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Monday
Feb042019

lydia is five!

Two days after Christmas my baby girl turned FIVE!  Seems like just yesterday I was announcing my pregnancy here on the blog and now she's a whole hand of years old, has her first wiggly tooth and keeps talking about how excited she is for kindergarten next year....this momma's heart just can't handle it all!  As is typical with late December birthdays, we ended up throwing a very belated cake decorating party over this past weekend with a few of her little friends and it really couldn't have gone any better! 

The party fans are from Shop Sweet Lulu; I bought them for Lydia's first birthday party and have hung them up every year since! The day after Christmas every year, I yank down the garland from the hutch in the kitchen and hang these for her birthday the next day but this year, I thought I'd switch it up a a little and do a balloon garland in the dining area and hang the fans on the fireplace.  Love the pop of pink!

Lydia and I made a six inch funfetti cake for each one of our special guests the night before and then made some homemade buttercream frosting that I stuffed in pastry bags with different decorating tips.  Snack cups from Hobby Lobby held chocolate chips, sprinkles and Dots to decorate them with! The polka dot paper plates are from the Martha Stewart Line at Michael's, the coral linen runner is from TJMaxx years ago and the woven glass hurricanes are from Home Goods last year!

I found a pack of plain white canvas aprons on Amazon and then added some iron-on cupcake appliques from Walmart.  The kids looked so cute wearing them and they each took them home, along with their cake, as favors!

The pink velvet cake was store bought; the glitter five cake topper was from Amazon and then I added a few puppy figurines from Lydia's stash and almost burned my finger tips off making little party hats for them!  I actually made these for her real birthday and it was so worth it to see her face light up when she saw them on top of her cake!  Here's a little close up:

Hope you're all off to a great start this Monday!

Wednesday
Dec172014

lydia's turning 1!

In less than two weeks, my baby girl will turn ONE.  How that happened so fast, I do not know, but I try hard not to think about it as just the thought of the impending day reduces me to a blubbering mess.  Please tell me that has happened to you, too? My entire family is coming in for the big day; we have so much to celebrate, so much to be grateful for and I'm so glad they will all be here!  Even though her actual birthday party won't be until next month, I'm still planning on making her actual birthday super special.  I'm sticking with a peach, coral and navy blue color palette with lots of gold accents, of course. Simple flowers, tissue paper pinwheels and homemade birthday cake for the birthday girl:

I went a little overboard on the tissue pinwheels, but I love how delicate they are and I was so excited to find them from Shop Sweet Lulu in the exact colors and sizes I wanted!  I'm going to hang them from the hutch as a backdrop for the table:

When I couldn't find a navy and white striped tablecloth, my sweet, generous, thoughtful aunt came to the rescue and surprised me by having a gorgeous one made!  It looks a lot like this fabric from Premier Prints:

I couldn't believe it when I saw peonies at the grocery store a week ago and I thought they would make the perfect centerpiece!  Pale pink blooms with the navy tablecloth and gold accents would be divine; fingers crossed they will still be around in another week or so! I love the mix of cabbage roses and dahlias in these centerpieces:

I'm making her cake myself and thinking I'm going to try my hand at an ombre layered one and just ice in between the layers and the top, with some gold dust sprinkled on the edges.  Naturally, I must have gold dust.  Now that I think of it, though, that may be a bit of a lofty intention, we will see how it turns out.  Something like this would be perfect (and I love how in this picture, the cake sits atop a navy blue tablecloth!):

I wanted to do something different for a cake topper and when I saw these natural wood numbers, which are actually table number markers from Beholdn, I couldn't resist!  My brother is turning the big 3-0, as well, so I snagged one for his cake, too:

There will be SO many more details to come for her birthday party in January, but I'll be sure to post some snippets from the family celebration, too.  Hope you're all having a wonderful week and getting all your shopping done!  Happy Hump Day!

Monday
Jan232012

a 4th birthday party fit for a princess!

My friend Krista is an amazing mom...when her little girl turned 4, all she wanted was a Cars-themed birthday party and, boy, did Krista deliver! Every last detail Krista did herself-whether by hand or with Photoshop-from the banners and oil funnel party hats, to the Car Wash and flag-wrapped straws (she used duct tape!)  I think it's safe to say that Krista can now add "party planner" to her already impressive list of credentials!  I headed over a little before the party started to take some photos - here are some of my favorites:

Happy Monday!