Hive 5-Graduation Party Ideas

For those of you here to check out our favorite graduation party ideas, be sure to check out all the details of Queen Bee's graduation party.  Click on the link below.


I'm still in shock that I have a daughter who is graduating high school.  Where has the time gone?  I've been consumed this week in graduation preparations so I only thought it appropriate to share some of my favorite graduation party ideas.   Be sure to  click on the links below for more information.  Have a great weekend!

Seasonal Decor Updates-Spring Kitchen

Seasonal Decor Updates-Spring Kitchen

I like to mix things up around the Hive every now and again and I feel like the changing seasons and holidays are the perfect opportunity to refresh my decor and update it with fun new pieces.  Today I'm sharing what I do in my kitchen for the spring season.  

One of my favorite places to decorate seasonally is my dinning room table.  I usually stick with a few basics that are always in place, like the galvanized metal tray, the burlap runner, and my grandma's vintage cookbook. Then I like to add some seasonal or holiday accents.  To give you an idea of what I mean, here is my basic, everyday tablescape.

OHH everyday tablescape

Here is how I changed it up for spring this year.  I just added the little birds nest and eggs, changed out the twigs for pussy willows and switched the salt and pepper shakers for little bunnies.  This was a super simple, and inexpensive update.

For this Christmas tablescape, I changed basically everything but the runner and tray.  

OHH Christmas 2015 Tablescape

Hopefully this gives you some inspiration for making some small seasonal changes in your home. It's easy to add a little something now and then and have a little fun with your everyday decor. 


Birthday Party Ideas-Mermaid Party

Birthday Party Ideas-Mermaid Party

This Little Mermaid party was Queen Bee's first friends party.  We wanted to make our living room feel like it was "under the sea".  To create this effect we hung a fishing line across the living room ceiling and then hung streamers in various shades of blue from the fishing line.  This created a wall of streamers that the girls could walk through to enter "the sea" on the other side.  Once "under the sea", we had a bubble machine filling the room with bubbles and clear balloons blown up all over the floor to look like giant bubbles.  I hung printable fish and sea creatures from The Little Mermaid all over the ceiling with fishing wire and had plastic shells and sea creatures all over the floor.  There was a giant treasure chest with Little Mermaid crowns and necklaces for the girls.  I wish I would have taken more pictures.  

I wanted to think of a way to make the girls feel like they were a mermaid so I came up with the idea to wrap their legs together with green plastic wrap.  It was perfect!  They had so much fun waddling around like mermaids.  We played different relay games waddling and swimming back and forth across the room, they loved it! 

Here are some more great Mermaid party ideas I've found around the web.  Click to enlarge and click on the links below for more info.

1.  Aren't these jellyfish darling?  Find them here.

2.  I love these message in a bottle invites.  Click here for more info.

3.  This gorgeous treasure tablescape can be found Catch My Party.

4.  This is the perfect centerpiece idea!  See more by clicking here.

Birthday Ideas-Bowling Party

Birthday Ideas-Bowling Party

This week my baby girl turns 18 years old!  I am in shock, denial and a deep depression .  This can't be happening.  It went by WAY TO FAST.  Help me.  Tears.

I'm trying to work through some of my emotions, so I thought it might be fun to share some of The Queen Bee's past birthday parties this week.  Hopefully they will give you a little spark of inspiration.  Please keep in mind that these all happened MANY, MANY years ago.  More tears.  Part of me wasn't going to share them because they aren't anything particularly special, but I'm keeping it real here.  These are long before Pinterest, Blogs, and Instagram.  I can only imagine how much more overboard I would go these days. More tears.  Why can't they just stay little????

Let's start this week off with the Sassy Strikers Bowling Party.  This was such a fun party.  I designed a "bowling shirt" for each girl.  The girls bowled and played arcade games and we ate cake and greasy bowling alley food.  How could this not be a party?

Below I've shared a couple of pictures from our party and some other sites that I've linked to with other great bowling party ideas.  Click on image to enlarge.  Click on links below for more information.

Hive 5-The Best of Washington D.C.

Hive 5-The Best of Washington D.C.

The first time I went to Washington D.C. I was in Jr. High.  Even at my young age, I fell in love with this city.  Fortunately for me, I've been able to go back several times over the last few years with my Worker Bee and I've fallen in love all over again.  We've been in D.C. this past week and I wanted to share with my readers some of our favorite D.C. traditions.  I've tried to think outside of the box and choose things that aren't normally mentioned.  You've all heard about places to visit like the Smithsonian, The White House, The Capitol, etc.  We've been to all of those amazing places and loved them, but you can find them in any old guide book.  This is the Hive 5 for Washington D.C.

1.  The Hay Adams Hotel:  I love this hotel.  The decor is so beautiful and classic and the rooms are comfortable and inviting.  The bed here is heavenly!  The best part is that they leave you a little gift on your pillow each night.  Not just chocolates, but cute little bottles of foot scrub or eye cream.  It was like getting a little present each night.  Things like that make me happy.:)  It is in the perfect central location for sightseeing, located right across the street from the White House.  Your hotel room could even have a White House view.  This is the quintessential Washington D.C. hotel.  

2.  Filomena:  This restaurant has the best Italian food we've ever eaten.  Words cannot describe the deliciousness.  It is a favorite among celebrities and politicians too, the menu is filled with names of famous patrons.  You can try a favorite dish from U2's Bono or a former U.S. President.  You won't leave disappointed.

3. Nationals Baseball Park: If you're a baseball fan like we are, catching a DC Nationals' game is a must.

4.  Segway Tour:  We've done the Segway tour several times and continue to love it.  It's a great way to see all of the monuments.  If you're visiting DC with a teenager, trust me, this is a must.  If the idea of driving a Segway overwhelms you, don't worry.  If I can drive a Segway, anyone can drive a Segway.  No athleticism or coordination is required.

5. Ben's Chili Bowl:  This has been a DC Institution for over 50 years.  Yummy burgers, chili dogs, cheese fries, you know, all that healthy stuff. :)  Lot's of history here and such a friendly staff and unique atmosphere.  Whenever we've been here the daughter-in-law of Ben himself is here mingling among the tables and taking pictures with diners.  It's not only delicious, but a fun experience.