Event Envy: A Colorful 2nd Birthday

Ugh. This child is simply so cute!

This fantastic Birthday Party was found on On To Baby, and it is the most to say the least! (Grease anyone??)

“Photographer Jen Rodriguez crafted a bright, happy party to celebrate Cayden’s 2nd birthday that is bursting with a vibrant color palette of pink, turquoise, orange and yellow. Jen used a mix of vintage pieces and colorful floral design from April Flowers to create a fun, eclectic space. Instead of traditional tables, they used old vintage carts with a mix of chairs, while a variety of vintage props, including cake stands, frames, and chalkboards can be found in the decor. For the main focal point, Jen created an eye-catching backdrop for the party with strips of inexpensive, solid fabric that she hung from the ceiling. Another DIY touch we love is that number 2 sign made up of buttons. So cute! To see more of this darling party, stop by the full gallery.” – On To Baby

It’s Fun to be 1 party printables

I am deep in the party planning process with my BFF Brittany, working on my god-daughter LOLA’s first birthday. Take a look at the board I made for her on Pinterest here, to see all the things we are using as inspiration.

I whipped up some cute props and signs for the party, feel free to use them. If you want the original artwork just email me (what?! I’m feeling especially nice today!).

Event Envy: High Tea On The Beach Party

This picture is perfection. First of all it makes me simply itch for a little girl of my own, second – who does not love a good tea part, third – one word, pink, and lastly add in the fact that all of this is on the beach = PERFECTION. You can read more on this event on Kara’s Party Ideas.

The High Tea Selections were:
Pink Marshmallow & Coconut Cake;
Vanilla & Rose Teapot Cookies;
Pink Velvet Cake Pops;
Butterfly & Lace Cupcakes;
Petite Pink Rainbow Cakes;
Rose Petal Fizz;
Strawberry Tea;

Event Styling – Tout Mon Amour
Cake Pedestals, Cupcake Stands, Tea Set, Tablecloths & Cushions – Tout Mon Amour
Food Styling – Chocolate 2 Chilli
Photography – Andrea Sproxton Photography
Girls dressed by – Chicoco
Invite and Menu Design – Sprowt Graphic Design
Canopy - Tara K Designs
Vintage Inspired Dolls - Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane

Oh Boy! Baby Shower – Part 2

Time to take a look at all the delicious food that was served at this shower. Sharon (Kaitlyn’s Mom) had the MOST AMAZING circle of friends, they all lent a hand in cooking, hosting, decorating, cleaning, etc. Let’s start with the Mimosa bar put together by Kaitlyn’s aunt.

Here is a shot of my Mango Mimosa with Raspberries.There was also water and ice tea.

For the appetizers they set out an array of bacon wrapped figs, pumpkin bread, candy and dips.

( I think I ate like 10 of these)Then for lunch we feasted on Croque Monsieur, fruit salad and some delicious Butternut Squash soup.

Th Mom To Be finishing up her lunch.

We moved on to present out on the patio after lunch.

The Mother Load:

The seat of honor.We played bingo as the gifts were opened (you filled out your card with what you thought Kaitlyn would get and then crossed things off as she opened, every time someone got a bingo they got a gift).

It was so adorable seeing Kaitlyn get excited holding all the cute outfits and gifts she got.






As people left they were given these cute little party favors filled with chocolates.

Lastly, here is a few candid shots from the party:

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Oh Boy! Baby Shower

This past weekend I helped with my co-worker Kaitlyn’s baby shower.  I was on the “decorations committee” as decreed by Kaitlyn’s super organized Mom, Sharon. Sharon wanted to surprise Kaitlyn with the decor and theme so I came up with a few inspiration boards and we ultimately went with this Navy, Baby Blue, and Kelly Green theme:

There was a lot of hunting on Etsy and other party sites to find all the elements.  I worked on creating the graphics (which you can see I used in the inspiration board above as well). Click the links if you want to print and use these for yourself.

*Note: For some reason when I converted the pdf’s to jpeg the color distorted and got really bright.  The original pdf’s linked below have the correct color.

MOM to be

Food and Drink Labels

Oh boy door sign

Oh Boy Heart Sign

Aside from the things we bought and got printed I also spent the Saturday before the shower doing a little crafting, so let’s take a look at the final products:

We used some ribbon, clothes pins and paper cut out onsies to leave words of wisdom for the Mom to Be.

I love what we did on the mantle it turned out super cute. You can see the cute flag bunting, the paper chain garland, and one of our “Oh Boy” signs but what you may have a harder time noticing is that we took blown up pictures of Kaitlyn and her husband as babies and framed them on either side of her latest ultrasound picture.

Here is a shot of the cake table with the adorable teddy bear cake that Kaitlyn’s Mom made for her. I crafted the “Baby Nash” sign using some Martha Stewart glitters and some Elmers Glue.There was also a diaper cake added to this table that was late on arrival so it did not make it in to the first shot, but here is what it looked like:

There was over 40 people at this shower so there were tables set up all over but here is a shot of the main “big” table in the dining room.

We got this great polka dot fabric that we used as place mats and then used a blue paper napkin tied with baby blue ricrac ribbon at each setting.

All the water cups had a wedge of line in them with a navy blue staw and an “Oh Boy” drink flag.

Kaitlyn’s grandmother is a wonderful floral designer and put together all the centerpieces.  They sat in square glass vases covered in navy blue ribbon.

These balloons were my personal favorite of all the decorations.  They added just the right amount of whimsy to this party.  The balloons were purchased online and I added tissue paper fringe to each of them.  I will show you how to do this in a separate post.You can see the true color of the signage better in this picture.  We posted these all around the house with a variety of different grean, navy, and baby blue ribbons.  In fact, we used these ribbons to accent things all over the house, as seen below:

We hung also variety of paper balls around the party.

Shout out to my BFF Brittany for hand drawing one of these “Guest Book Trees” for the shower. These suckers can run you a pretty penny on Etsy so find an artistic friend or neighbor and ask for a favor.

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I show the food, Mimosa Bar, Gifts and more candid shots of the shower.



Nursery Letters

As you saw from yesterday’s post I visited my friend who just had a new baby boy 2 weeks ago this past weekend and she needed some help getting her nursery set up.  So I tackled one small project for her – creating a sign to hang over the crib.  She wants to hang the letters off of a large piece of drift wood, similar to this example:

Pinned Image

I used cardboard letters, scrap book papers, and some Modge Podge to create her letters (the nursery is a jungle theme with lots of colors). She will use some twine to attach them to the drift wood.  It was super easy to do this but here is a little tip for the hard to cut shapes in the middle of letters like “A” and “R”, use a box cutter it works great.

Fancy Nancy

I recently discovered the Fancy Nancy books when I was out shopping for something special for my god-daughter, LOLA.  They are totally adorable, Nancy’s wild red hair instantly won me over, so I may be a little biased.  There are now more than 36 books in the Fancy Nancy series, selling over 16 million copies, this first book spent nearly 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller listFancy Nancy has been on Publishers Weekly’s bestseller list for picture books, was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club selection and a Junior Library Guild Selection. It also won a “Borders 2006 Original Voices” award and has been translated into 17 languages, including Hungarian and Hebrew. Books in the series have now spent more than 250 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.  This is a must have item for the little girls in your life.

Fancy Nancy is a wild, young girl with a larger than life personality, who adores all things fancy. She always dresses extravagantly, wearing boastutusruby slippers, fairy wings, and fuzzy slippers. Nancy loves using big fancy words such as “iridescent”, “ecstatic”, and “extraordinary” and anything in French.[1][3] She has redecorated her bedroom with everyday items, such as feather boas, Christmas lights, paper flowers, and hats. Her favorite doll is named Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier.”

My co-worker Kaitlyn is famous!!

I have mentioned before how much I love the Lay Baby Lay blog, designer Joni is uber talented and comes up with great ideas for nursery’s. My co-worker Kaitlyn is prego and having a boy and she wrote Joni for some help figuring out how to make a “non-cheeseball” sports room.  To our happy surprise this morning we saw Joni took the challenge!  I ran down our office hallway screaming “KAITLYN, KAITLYN!” you would think she was nominated for an Oscar or something.  Check out what Joni came up with:

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