Thursday, May 14, 2015

EASTER 2015

I couldn't resist one more post - my favorite Easter to date!
Tim's parents were in town and we got the chance to host! The food part is so out of my comfort zone so I left that up to Tim and I was in charge of decor and activities! We make a good team like that.

To start off I found some printables on Pinterest - Most were free but the kids table cloth cost me about $10 between purchasing it and having it printed at Staples, well worth it! Target was on point as usual and I picked up an inexpensive table cloth, little fabric chick to stand next to the tulips, and hit up the dollar spot for the bunny crayon bin, grass, eggs, and wind mobile. The bunny masks I found for free as a printable and just had to cut them out and add bakers twine. I added place settings to candy filled eggs with a gold paint pen and all the kids loved the whole set up. For the strawberry display I got a Godiva bunny from Target (I picked a more pricey one because I knew it would have a better shape and detail) and using bread to add height to it, I stacked chocolate dipped strawberries around to make it look like he was a visitor to the strawberry patch. The kids really got a kick out of it!

I can't even get over what a ham Robin was while we snapped some cute pictures of the kids in their Easter duds. Love that guy! Later we made our way to the Tulip fields, something we are a little famous for here in Western Washington! It was the perfect weekend!

xoxo melissa

A FROZEN PARTY FOR STELLA

Two months late but worth the wait!

If you know me then you know i'm fairly anti-character themed parties but I learned it's hard to resist that Frozen charm! Especially when one of your best friends happens to have a Elsa costume (that she made herself!) just hanging around home. In the end i'm pretty proud of myself for making the whole event happen with very little licensed decor - a little fuchsia, light blue and a snowflake here and there did the job just fine! Tiny prints in always our go to for invitations and while they had an adorable Elsa & Anna option, I wanted to just set a snowy wonderland tone and went with The Twilight Sky invite. Everyone was invited to dress up as their favorite character or disney princess.

The jumping off point for my entire set up was Oh Happy Day's "big fringe garlands". Super easy to do and I would just go with the cheaper option for paper! I hand cut the Let it Go sign and scoped Target clearance after christmas for the bottle brush trees. Since our wedding I add to my apothecary collection when I can and it always comes in handy when there is a candy bar involved! The crowns were $1 at Joann's (although I had to hunt them over several days because I needed quite a few). For the cookies we used our favorite local shop Flour de lis, the same shop that made Rowan's amazing hospital thank you cookies. Our water color cake was made by our sweet friend Denise as usual - I can't believe she has made every one of Stella's cakes for five years! We topped off the cake with peg people from the Sweet Whimsy Designs shop on Etsy. I loved going this route because the girls now have two new figures for their princess castle instead of a tossable topper.

We held the party between meals and treated our guests to cookies, candy, frozen Elsa hearts (aka chocolate dipped strawberries), and blue punch. Don't worry, there was a veggie platter off to the side.

For games I filled cute paper bags with crumple white computer paper and all the guests and Elsa had a snowball fight. Then Elsa read the Frozen story and we finished off with a game of pin the nose on Olaf. It was the perfect day with our favorite people and I now may or may not be trying to convince one of the girls to have a Tangled party next. Lindsay would make a great Rapunzel, don't you think?

Enjoy looking through the photos and feel free to ask any source questions!
xoxo melissa

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A WINTER THEMED BABY SHOWER

Back around Christmas my sister enlisted my help to plan a shower for their expecting friends at the end of January. After lots of pinning and guessing what this couple would like I finally found inspiration in the after Christmas clearance aisle at Target. How could I pass up all these glitter bottle brush tress at half off? The idea for a "winter" themed shower was hatched.

My budget was exactly $200 and believe it or not stayed with in that up to the dollar - It was a mix of stuff I had on hand (the buffet wire baskets from Hobby Lobby and mini lighted tree), Target clearance, and Cort Rentals (pumps and cups). The main attraction was the hot cocoa bar which funny story...it ended up being a 70 degree day which is crazy for a Seattle January.

The "snow" is just cotton balls strung and glued on fishing line and attached to the ceiling with transparent tape. To stay with-in budget and not overwhelm guests I kept the cocoa bar simple with packaged marshmallows (stick up after Christmas!), candies, and of course Pirouline cookies. For the actual cocoa I went with classic and salted carmel. So good!

As i've thrown parties over the years i've learned to grab fun white serving dishes at Tjmaxx when I spot them and hold onto things like wood rounds and a good cake lady! I also love that these days Target has really beefed up their craft aisle and you can now find anything from bakers twine to mini chalkboards there!

What do you think of my Winter Baby shower? I think it's my most favorite party yet!

xoxo melissa

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A CONSTRUCTION PARTY FOR ROBIN

Yes it's true - I am officially breaking radio silence to tell you about Robin's "Construction" themed 2nd birthday! I don't even want to talk about how he is two already. When did that happen?

This last year Robin has been all trucks, trucks, trucks, and motorcycles. I am actually yelled at in the car if I don't slow down to a snails pace as we pass construction sites full of tractors and other machinery. So I figured there was no way we couldn't do a construction themed birthday party this year. With a quick search on our favorite invite site Tiny Prints we found the perfect invited to draw inspiration from! Who knew you could do a sophisticated construction theme?

This is one of my favorite parties to date. Do I say that every time? It really was and do you want to know why? Because it was so low budget but still looked like I spent a ton! I did most my party prep and shopping right in my own garage and Tim's work. My favorite touch was the blue prints Tim brought home of an old high school, perfect for a table cloth. Maybe I should have been an architect because all the lines and doodles made me all swoony. I ordered the cones, bins and construction hats on Amazon for a great deal, stalked Costco and Craigslist for reasonably priced trucks, and used Etsy for the finishing touches like the food labels and circle garland. Those tool belts? $0.75 cents each at Home Depot and it just took a few more dollars on felt to really personalize them - Each kiddo took one home with a construction hat.

With scraps laying around, I had Tim mimic the framing of the house on the invitation as our centerpiece, now the kids loving having it around for play. For a good toddler approved activity I filled a large Rubbermaid bin with lima beans and little contraction vehicles with a basket of Robin's eco friendly trucks to pull out as well. Of course I made sure to rope it off with caution tape, also adding a "2" to our door to greet guests. Plates and etc were so easy - I just went with good old construction colors black, yellow and orange. Pinterest was a gold mine for ideas - this party theme seems to be huge these last couple of years and every thing seemed low budget and easy to DIY. I took some inspiration here and there but really loved dreaming up my own ideas and seeing them through. Did I mention that i'm pretty proud of this party?

The cake of course was made by the same gal who has been making our cakes since Stella's first birthday. At first I pinned tons of cakes that were "deconstructed" with tiny vehicles but then I figured with everything else going on with the table it would be too busy. I went with a simple exposed layer cake that was dirt colored haha. The whole party turned out simple and perfect! I didn't go crazy trying to plan and perfect everything and Robin was all smiles the whole day. I think every gift he got had wheels of some kind and he was pretty excited about that - the boy loves to make a good truck, tractor or motorcycle sound.

Throwing boy parties is so much fun! I can't wait to see what he is into this year for the big t-h-r-e-e!

xoxo melissa