Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas... from our family to yours!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Beep! Beep! Beep! Jack's 3rd Birthday

 We read Little Blue Truck & Little Blue Truck Leads the Way at least four times a week, so it was a no-brainer when it came to picking a theme for Jack's 3rd birthday.

Apparently, it's quite a popular theme right now-- the invite in my etsy shop has sold 222 copies so far. Crazy!

So, we decided to have a farm fresh breakfast!

I love brunch food-- there are so many things that can be made the night before & popped in the oven in the morning. So we had two egg souffles (one with turkey sausage, one without), baked pumpkin french toast, donuts, muffins & fruit...

With juice, milk and coffee.

Decorations doubled as gifts for Jack.

How is he THREE already?

When I was going through my pictures, I realized that I hadn't put the cupcake toppers on the muffins when I snapped this picture-- there was fruit in the boxes on the bottom (bananas, strawberries, blueberries & grapes), blueberry & strawberry muffins in the middle and mini donuts in the bags in the top.

A huge thank you to my dad, who built me the metal stand! I've been drooling over the Pottery Barn Galvanized Metal Tiered Stand for almost a year, but refused to spend $70 on it. I saw a DIY tutorial on Pinterest and asked him to help me make it. I love it!


After we ate, I had a few crafts for the kids to make-- they assembled foam blue truck ornaments and painted their own trucks. The painting project was a hit!

But I think my favorite part of the party was the Little Blue Truck photo prop my friend Beth painted for me. Jack was mesmerized by it, and the kids had fun with it! We'll hang it on the wall in Jack's room now that the party is over.

The little smile makes me melt!

Happy Birthday to my sweetest surprise. I love you so much!


Invite, Banner, Toppers: Me
Gingham Table Cloth, 1940's Model Truck, Animal Balloons, Wooden Trucks, Little Blue Truck Books: Amazon
Farm Animals, Wooden Crate, Plates, Napkins & Striped Boxes: Target
Striped Bags & Polka Dot Balloons: Party City
Glass "Dairy" Milk Bottles: Michaels
Paint, Aprons, Gable Boxes, Chipboard Letters and Numbers & Vases: Hobby Lobby

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Camp Out! Liam's 4th Birthday

It's been nearly a year since the last time I blogged-- the silence has not been intentional, rather, the natural consequence of what happens when a married mama with a part time job becomes a single, full time working mom with two jobs. So much to say, but not enough hours in the day. Eventually, I'll get around to writing a post that recaps our year, but for today, we have a little man's birthday to celebrate!

Liam is 4!!!!
 I had a hard time committing to a theme this year... first he requested a firetruck party just like Jack's party last year. We thought about a construction theme. Then, I got my heart set on a camping party.

I saw an invite that I fell in love with on Pinterest and recreated it myself, making a few small changes:

 Then took elements from a lot of different parties that I loved and put them together.

Liam was SUPER excited about helping make the flames for his cake (crushed/melted Lifesavers):

And he loved making his own Trail Mix:

We had tree cookies and compass cookies--
Me: "Liam, do you know what a compass is?"
L: "They're how you find your way home to your mommy."

And favor boxes with compasses, flashlights, personalized canteens and s'mores kits:

Even more s'mores to snack on:

Little Campers:

Blowing out his candles:

And my favorite part-- the outdoor movie. I borrowed a projector from work and we watched Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (the one where he goes to camp) while the kids ate hot dogs in their tents.

This is the moment I never want to forget:

Happy Birthday, sweet boy.


Invitations/Signs/Labels/T-shirts: Me
Lanterns/White frames: IKEA
Trees/Favor Boxes/ Burlap/ Buckets/Scrapbook Paper for Letters: Hobby Lobby
Canteens/Camping Signs/Flashlights/Compasses: Oriental Trading
Push Pops/Stand: Ebay
Tents: Burlap from Hobby Lobby, Wood from Lowe's
Fake Campfire/Lantern String Lights: Amazon
Table Cloth: Riley Blake Wood Grain fabric