Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ava's Circus Birthday Party

Hello! How crazy is it that it's spring?! Didn't we just clean up Christmas? It's been so busy lately I haven't had much time for blogging but I have been wanting to share with you this darling circus party that my sister put together for my niece Ava's second birthday. All the little 
details are adorable!

Friends and family drove in from all over to celebrate!

Aren't these the cutest balloon cupcakes?

And what could be more perfect for the kids to take home then balloons and animal crackers after the "circus" was over.

She served circus food for dinner including hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta salad, mac and cheese, chocolate covered pretzels and popcorn! It was all delicious and added so much charm to the theme of the party!

It was the perfect day for playing outside and she had lots of fun games set up to keep the kids entertained.

Wasn't that the cutest party? So glad I got to celebrate with her this year!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Adele!

My baby girl turned one last week. I can't believe how fast time flies. She's such a little blessing and we are so glad to have this sweet baby girl in our lives! 

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wish you the best for 2015!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to pop in today and wish you a Merry Christmas!

These photos of the girls were taken a few weeks ago by Brittney Naylor Photography. She did such a great job!

Here are a few photos of our Christmas decorations. I had intentions of taking more photos of everything and giving it a complete post but time got away from me. My kids are reminding me to just "Let it go". =)

This adorable little bug print is from Craftberry Bush

Friday, December 5, 2014


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! It's been awhile since I've had time to post anything but I wanted to pop in today to share a few pictures from our Thanksgiving.

 We had a progressive dinner this year and it was so fun! We started out with appetizers at my house around lunch time. The weather was really nice that day so the kids had a great time playing outside while the adults chatted inside and watched some sports. 

I made my own sparkling apple cider by mixing spiced cider with Sprite. So good! I added a sliced apple just for fun!

I used tree slices lined with parchment paper as serving pieces to add some natural elements to the table.

I was so glad my sister was able to be with us this year for the Holiday!

The banner and the food labels I used for the table are free printables from The TomKat Studio

We had a great rest of the day with two other stops. Dinner and Dessert!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Claire's Art Party

My baby girl turned 7 last month. I can hardly believe how fast the time flies. Wasn't it just yesterday she was dancing at her ballerina party? She loves to do crafts and especially paint so this year I decided to throw her an art party. I had so much fun planning this for her!

For budget friendly invitations I used paint chips from Home Depot and attached them with colorful brads from Hobby Lobby.

I had planned on setting up the tables outside on the deck for the painting portion of the party and wouldn't you know it started raining an hour before the party started! We brought the tables in, dried them off and had to rearrange the dining room. We got it set up with very little time to spare. It was a little crowded but we made it work. I made the pennant banner using paint chips and some kitchen string.

I had planned on hanging these letters up outside but since we had to move the party indoors I didn't really have a place for them. I decided to just lay them on the table. You can view my tutorial for covering letters here.

The paper medallions I pulled from my party stash so I didn't have to purchase anything new for the dessert table decor. The larger medallions are Martha Stewart available at AC Moore. You can view the tutorial to make the smaller ones here.

Each little guest had their own canvas panel, art apron and paint brushes waiting for them upon arrival.

I made these paint pallet sugar cookies using skittles. They were easy to make and a cute little addition to the dessert table.

The little easels I made using colorful paper straws.  Luckily I have quite an extensive collection so I didn't have to purchase any new straws for this.

We kept the menu simple by ordering pizza and served fruit, veggies and chips along with it.

Surprisingly my cake turned out OK.  Cakes with lots of layers can be tricky. Unfortunately we lost one in a freak accident... orange layer you were missed!

Pretty much all the little boys paintings were what I would call "abstract pieces" while the little girls drew actual pictures. I feel like there is a child psychology lesson to be taught here.

Since we are tight on space the art table is working double duty as the dinner table also.

Each little artist got to take home their own mini paint can filled with colorful goodies.

Overall I think the party turned out well even though we got "rained in".

Resource list:
Art Aprons
Washable paints
Plastic Paint Palettes
Canvas Panels
Colorful Paper Straws
Mini Paint Sets
Small Paint Brushes
Chevron rainbow name tags
Rainbow favor tags and cup cake toppers
Other paint brushes: AC Moore
Mini clear paint cans: AC Moore
Cupcake wrappers: AC Moore
Large paper medallions: Martha Stewart from AC Moore
Table cloths: Target

For more fun party inspiration check out my parties page here!