now that summer is here, i'm trying to catch up and keep up with some of my favorite blogs. blog surfing is one of the first things that goes when i'm super busy and i miss it. this week, carole from mother's little helper, posted a fifty shades inspired father's day canvas, which reminded me of my very own grey tie card waiting in the to be posted file, using world's greatest, baby face, and limitless labels from pti. i was holding on to it to post with these pictures that i also hadn't taken the time to edit yet...
my book club doesn't meet regularly over the summer, but we usually pick a light beach read along with something more book club worthy to pass the time. last summer, with all of the hype surrounding it, of course that book was fifty shades of grey, with the assumption that many of us would continue on with the rest of the trilogy. and because i had recently thrown an epic hunger games party for my daughter (which i also still need to share!), i was nominated to host the fifty shades book club when school started up again. so, to live up to that expectation, i went all out and had tons of fun with it, starting with my email reminder invite above. straight from the book!
the topic and dominant details of the book, along with the timing of the book club definitely called for more festive decor than usual, so i continued to deliver the fun in my dining room. rope, hand cuffs, and the tie, along with roses and kisses - and yes, i even recreated the contract! i also used mini zip ties as napkin rings and printed a few fun signs and tent cards with some of the more memorable (um, overused) quotes from the books. oh my!
everyone brings food to share - i think i made a pizza (a nod the girls' packing night) and maybe a salad or pasta. i can't remember anymore, but the important thing from the book was that anastasia ate. it was in that contract up there! in addition to my dinner dish offerings, i had a few book inspired snacks in the living room to be enjoyed during our discussion - kisses & twizzler "ties" (hee hee!) plus a small assortment ranging from "very vanilla" to "spice it up" (haha!). as an added touch on this table, i tied bows around the various pieces of controlling technology christian gifted to anastasia. so much fun and everyone got a kick out of it all! creative credit goes to the book, pinterest, and google for all the fun inspiration. and today, i have to thank carole for the kick in the pants to edit these pics! if you're looking for a beach read and never got around to it before, i say go for it!