- 12-pack cooler
- Insulated tumbler
- $10 coffee gift card
- Super-size aspirin
- 21 mini shots
- Multi-flavored Beergaritas (these were a nice cooler filler & they weighed it down nicely)
- Fill & Sip noodle (how fun is this?!)
For Olivia's 21st birthday last weekend, my sisters and I wanted to put together a fun gift. I searched Pinterest, and it turns out, there's a lot of ways to put alcohol in cute containers :) However, I'm all about functional gifts. My mom has a new theory that she only gives consumable gifts for her parents and friends, because no one needs to collect more "stuff." While this is definitely applicable to my grandparents, it also has its place where 21 is concerned...or all gifts, for that matter. I've realized everything my parents sort now is a product of stuff they collected in their earlier years, and as an avid organizer, I'm determined to keep that to a minimum in my own life!
Don't get me wrong - this was still your stereotypical 21st birthday gift! However, I decided to pull its contents together in a fun beach cooler for Olivia. Cute baskets are always fun, but what do you do with them later? The cooler solved that problem, and we had fun putting this gift together! I meant to get a picture of its contents, but I failed you where that's concerned. Instead, here's a handy list!
I bought this fun summer sign last weekend, and since hanging it in my apartment, I've been chomping at the bit to get my flowers planted! I have a small deck, but each summer I plant a couple flower pots and as much basil as I can fit in a pot. I hated planting, mowing, and watering when I was growing up, and I vowed I'd have a cemented yard. However, as my mom promised, I've caught the bug, and I love a little life around in the summer.
I had an exciting Saturday night of buying flowers, and after organizing my garage in the afternoon, it was ready to plant flowers. Even though I have limited outdoor space, I love walking through the garden center and dreaming of a big, summery back-yard :) Someday.
I always think plants look better after a week of sun, water, and the chance to take root really well. Once my geraniums bloom a little more, I love to stick American flags in the sides of the pot as July comes around. I also use basil almost daily in the summer, and I never have to buy it. It's so easy to grow! Keep an eye out for fun recipes as it (hopefully) takes off! Happy spring!
I'm not sure I'm very Irish. There's one branch of the family we have little information on (Thanks for your record-keeping, 1900s.), but we have our suspicions that there's some Irish in there. However, I did get the awesome opportunity to study abroad in Ireland when I was in college, and I've been a sucker for the green holiday since.
The first thing I keep all year is my shamrock. I replanted one my mom bought me a year ago, and she heard an old wive's tale that if you "water" it with a little whiskey, it takes off. It's true! About once every six weeks, I give this guy a few drops of Templeton Rye, and in the summer, you can't believe how huge it is.
I refilled my cutsie apothecary jars with greener selections :) Sidebar, these are the mint M&M's you shouldn't buy.
This is not usually my taste, I mean, it's cute, but in my single-girl apartment linens don't top the list of things I keep around, but this is a hand-made, hand-embroidered linen my mom bought in Ireland when she and my dad and grandparents came to visit me that summer. She bought them for my sisters and I, and it's fun knowing we all have them out this time of year, and I can't help but picture the cute little shop where we found them!
Here are a few of my favorite Irish views and memories!
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