I had this idea that really going for the Bannerie meant that the blog had to be all about parties and I said something to that effect. I love parties and they will always be a part of Shoes Off Please, but trying to keep the blog only about parties felt a little forced for me (and also…. I didn’t do it) and I’ve really missed doing nursery and interior posts.

My stats have more than doubled this year which is quite honestly a surprise since I haven’t been blogging much, but a lot of those numbers have to do with posts I wrote last year! Looks like you love the party DIYs and room roundups the most!

Here are your 10 favorite posts:

10. DIY Glitter Birthday Cake Toppers

Gold, sparkly, and edible (well the glitter part, not the skewers or wooden letters. I am definitely not recommending you eat skewers or wooden letters).


9. Milk, Cookies, and Mustaches Party (with mustache printables

This feels like so long ago! Aiden is four and a half now and that much closer to growing a real mustache. Though at his last haircut he asked the barber to make him bald so he could look like a ninja turtle. Bald and a mustache…that’s my boy!

8. Best Photobooth Backdrops

An oldie, but a goodie, I think I need to do a sequel because there are so many amazing DIY Photo Booth backdrops going on and a lot of them are so doable for the average mildly crafty person (and some need no craftiness, evil or otherwise)

7. DIY Drop Cloth Rug

Honestly, this is my favorite DIY to date. Our living room looks so different now because we sold those couches, bought a new gray one, found amazing blue velvet Room and Board chairs on Craigslist and have a white coffee table (which is actually a Land of Nod play activity table), but I’m so happy we have a photo of what it used to look like.

6. DIY No-Sew Shape Garland

Looks like no one wants to sew! I got a sewing machine this year and I have such a love/hate relationship with it, but this DIY is so easy, there’s really no need for a sewing machine or skills.


5. Shared Boys Rooms

No boats or cowboys here! I still really like these options, they feel fresh and fun.

4. Shared Nursery and Toddler Room Roundup (boys and girls)

Sometimes I’m so annoyed at myself for doing gender-specific nurseries and then I get annoyed at myself for trying to be PC about it so… it is what it is. Don’t read into it. This is actually one of my favorites because I had such hard time finding inspiration for Aiden and Mia’s shared room and it’s one of my most popular pins by far.

3. How to Put Together a Last Minute New Year’s Party

It’s not all nurseries for you guys! This became #3 in a matter of a few weeks and if it’s a matter of pulling together elements/inspiration for throwing a party, then I’d love to do more posts like that! If it’s all about procrastination, well I feel you and I’ll see what I can do about that!

2. Shared Toddler and Baby Girl Rooms

I really loved putting this roundup together. Over the years I’ve shared a room with my poor older sister (sorry and I love you!) and there’s something so special about sisters sharing a room (and a closet once we got to a certain age.)

Shared Baby and Toddler Girl Rooms

1. DIY Play Tents and Teepees

The number one viewed post was the roundup of DIY play tents and teepees! I’d love to hear if any of you actually made one. If we ever get a house and a playroom, this is the post I’ll be going to when I beg Tuvia to make one for the kids (I won’t have to beg, he’s totally into it).

Some of these are in the top ten for two years running so I’m taking the hint and will work on more room roundups this year (yay!) and more on party DIYs. I also think maybe it’s time to decide on what graphic and font I want to use on my photos to make it more cohesive! On the other hand, maybe not. Way to keep you hanging.

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