A Baby, Whales and Fun!

imageLast December, T.W.O. officially became aunties to a handsome boy – Hayes! He was the best Christmas present under the Christmas Tree! To officially welcome him into the world, we planned a baby shower to honor him surrounded by family and friends. Being a beach family, we loved the idea of a Whale Theme Baby Shower…Ahoy It’s A Boy!! Our color palette was shades of blue – navy, turquoise and light blue. We used polka dots and solids to offset the whale material we purchased on Fabric.com. We made custom flag banners with personalized onesies, table runners and square center pieces. Whale mobiles hung from the umbrellas, along with blue lantern balls. Simple hydrangea flower arrangements were placed on each table along with small bowls of gold fish. Below are images of the day – hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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A Big Thank you to Baker Party Rentals who were fantastic to work with!


1. How Long Is Hayes?

2. Nursery Rhyme Game

3. What’s in the Diaper



The menu for the shower was simple and light for this hot ‘summer’ March day! There was a crudité plate along with a cheese platter for the guests to munch on when they arrived. We had a drink station set up – Rosé (of course!), homemade ice tea, lemon water, pink lemonade and Pellegrino. For the main entrees, homemade ‘Napa’ Chicken Sandwiches, Orzo Pasta Salad and a Mixed Green Strawberry, Avocado Salad. Dessert?? Of course our mom’s famous carrot cake was served along with lemon bars and custom Hayes chocolates. I don’t think anyone went home starving! Seconds please???

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Leaving a party empty handed is not really fun, so we made sure to send our guests home with ‘Cookies Ahoy’! We made chocolate dipped shortbread cookies, put them in a bag along with the custom Hayes chocolates and tied a tag on them. Simple, cute and oh so good!

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 Be sure to tune into our blog in a couple weeks where we will be sharing our ‘Napa’ Chicken recipe!

It was the perfect day to celebrate one special baby boy!

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A Hamptons Birthday Party


It’s Memorial Day Weekend, A Birthday Celebration, Kickoff to Summer and Barbecue Season – – – so let’s have a Hamptons Theme Birthday Party.   Class, Class Class! Check out how T.W.O. made our mom’s birthday special!  From the barbecue ribs, summer salads, corn on the cob, cheese platters, DIY decorations, rose and bubbly we all had a great time! We even surprised our mom with a “Singing Flash Mob” – Say a Little Prayer like in the scene of My Best Friend’s Wedding.  (That is the reason for 14 paper crabs!) If it wasn’t for the help of our family with the food and decorations, we couldn’t have pulled off such a fun celebration!

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A Masquerade Dinner Party


We recently hosted a Masquerade Dinner Party at our home.  It was filled with good food, fabulous masks and mostly, wonderful company.  Check out some pictures from our night and our homemade invite above.  DIY Dinner Party!

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DIY Headboard

imageMove over Pottery Barn, West Elm and all those other fabulous furniture stores that sell quality, pricey pieces that make magazine covers –  –  – T.W.O. has competition for you! This past couple of months, T.W.O. designed and built a custom headboard.  After looking through magazines and not finding exactly what we wanted, T.W.O. decided to make our own.  With the help of a talented crew (Thanks Dad and Mom!), they made an original piece.  Follow the pictures below to watch the progression of the DIY project.  We can’t wait to finish the room off with shelves, accessories and frames.  More to come in later posts on that!











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Lemon Week on T.W.O.

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It’s Lemon Week!!

This week, T.W.O. will be featuring some recipes and creative ideas that all include lemons! Every year, around this time, the famous family lemon tree is full of fruit! The tree produces so many lemons, so we like to come up with different ways to use them so they don’t go to waste! We look forward to sharing our ideas and hope that the next time you are given lemons, you think of T.W.O.’s lemon ideas!

Decorating with lemons is one of T.W.O.’s favorite things to do with the fruit. Just grab a vase, some fresh picked lemons, and bam- you have yourself a nice table centerpiece!

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IMG_0404Use lemons as a table setting decoration.  It’s the new napkin holder!


Another idea is to gift lemons! Add fresh lemons to a gift basket! It adds color and is a great filler between the other items in the basket.



Lemons make life so much brighter!

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Tips for Thought in 2014

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Tip #1: Saving a Cell Phone

If your phone accidentally ends up going for a dip in the water, don’t freak out right away.  The old trick of rice does actually work if you use  a mixture of brown rice and basmati rice.  Uncle Ben’s doesn’t make the cut! The mixture of brown and basmati rice soaks up the water that is in your phone.  NOTE – T.W.O. does not guarantee this will work for every phone, but its worth a try, right?  Thank you to a special someone for the science experiment project!


Tip #2: Fast Track to Drying Painted Nails

Have you ever left the house with wet nails? Or too impatient to let your freshly painted nails to dry and decide to move onto something else that causes the polish to get ruined? This mostly likely has happened to all of us at least once or twice in our lives. But don’t worry, T.W.O. has a solution! Cold water! After painting your nails, place your fingers into a bowl of  ice cold water for  about 1-2 minutes. If you don’t have a bowl handy, run your hands underneath cold water from the faucet. Wah-lah! You are ready to walk out the door without messing up your nails!


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Christmas Recap

T.W.O. had a wonderful Christmas spending it with family last week.  We were fortunate to have been able to celebrate for an entire week with our family.  Check out some of the highlights of our holiday.



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Fall-Inspired Tablescape


Flowers always make fabulous centerpieces, but during fall, T.W.O. enjoys decorating our table with pumpkins, corn and gourds! This season, T.W.O. added a table runner. And guess where we got it?? That’s right- from a shipment we received from Sur La Table! It was the wrapping that protected the item we purchased. The same kind of wrapping is used by Crate&Barrel. So, next time you order something online from Sur La Table or Crate&Barrel, save this fabulous wrapping material- it makes for a great table runner!

What you will need:

-Table runner
-Indian corn

Wrapping Material from Sur La Table or Crate&Barrel

First, place the table runner on the table.


Next arrange the pumpkin, gourds, and corn to your liking.  Now you just need to simmer some cinnamon sticks on the stove and your house will be fall-inspired!

Be creative and original!




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Flower Bouquets by T.W.O.


Flower bouquets make great gifts for any occasion- birthdays, hostess gifts, “Get Wells,” “Thinking of You’s”, or just to show appreciation for someone else. But let’s face it, most of the time these fabulous gifts are all wrapped the same way- in plastic. Boring. To add a little more spark and personal touch to each boutique gift, T.W.O. decided to wrap the flowers themselves. Now let’s get crafty!


-Large, brown paper grocery bag
Tissue paper, colored
-Raffia or Ribbon
-Bouquet of flowers


First, cut the bottom of the paper bag so that it becomes a long rectangle. Flip the paper bag with the blank side face down if one side has writing on it.


Next, take 2 sheets of tissue paper and place on top of paper bag, with one side situated higher than the paper bag.


Then, place your bouquet of flowers at an angle on the tissue paper. Start wrapping the bouquet. You might need to fold or cut the paper bag if it is too long. Secure the paper bag with raffia or a ribbon.

Now you have yourself a marvelous gift!



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Wine Cork Place Card Holders


Having a dinner party with assigned seating?  Can’t decide on how to display your guests’ name? Well T.W.O. has the perfect solution for you! All those wine corks you are “saving” for a special occasion can finally come in handy.  It’s as easy as one…T.W.O.…three!!

What you will need:

– Name Tags (T.W.O. printed the name tags on Avery template pages)
– Wine Corks
– X-Acto Knife or Swish Army Knife


Step 1: Design and print out your name tags.


Step 2: Using your knife, cut a ½ cm deep line into the cork (lengthwise).


Step 3: Place the name tag in the slit and make sure it’s secured. *



Now that’s an easy DIY project! Happy designing!!!

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* If the wine cork place card isn’t standing upright, shave the bottom of the cork to create a flatter surface.

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