On March 20th, 2016 my sweet girl turned one-year-old. We celebrated the day before with a great big pink and gold princess birthday party. It was such a fun and beautiful day. Our family and closest friends were with us to celebrate. We had great food, lots of love, and lots of fun. My baby girl is blessed to be surrounded by a family that loves her so very much.
I spent nine months planning her special day and her pink and gold princess party. I really wanted it to be a true celebration of her first year of her life–a celebration fit for my gorgeous Princess Marina Grace. I spent a lot of time searching for all of the perfect pieces for the day. From the venue, to the catering, to her outfit–every detail was carefully planned out with love and intention.
A few of my favorite details:
Each child’s place setting came with a special treat–a magic wand for the girls and a golden sword for the boys
Adults were greeted at their place settings by a piece of baby’s breath tucked into a handwritten name tag, placed on gorgeous handmade napkins from Dot & Army
The centerpieces were designed by me & assembled by Ringwood Florist. There were several different flowers in various shades of pink–including Geraldine roses, Eucalyptus, and wax flowers.
I didn’t like any of the vase options for the centerpieces. So I went with a square glass vase and then went to work on a little DIY project. I painted each vase with modge podge and then poured on gold sparkles. I’m obsessed with how they turned out
Marina’s high chair was an antique that I found on Craiglist. I had my dad spray paint it white
All of the catering was done by Kim’s Cafe & Catering. I designed cute little, tent cards for each food item to go with the princess theme, such as “Princess Pasta Salad” and “Beauty & the Beast Burgers”
All of the printed items were designed by me and printed by my friends at Printing Images
The day was captured by our absolutely incredible photography team–Stolen Glimpses. I can’t say enough good things about Leda & Jeff and their gorgeous work. Taking off my photographer hat for a day and allowing someone else to capture the special moments in my life is always a hard thing. Stolen Glimpses nailed it
The day was a dream come true. Everything came together and I couldn’t be more grateful for the love & generosity that surrounded my sweet girl. I hope that one day she will look back at the pictures and see how truly loved she was from the very start.
Over the weekend, we hosted Roman’s 2nd Birthday Party! It was a Cowboy / Wild West theme. All of Roman’s favourite people were in attendance and it was a day full of love, laughter, good food, and lots of fun. Matthew and I spent the days before the party prepping the house and the yard. It was a lot of work, but a true labor of love.
The party was everything that we’d hoped for & more. We are so grateful for our amazing friends & family who always shower our little guy with love. Two days later, and we’re still smiling from the joy of it.
I ended up running out of time before the party started, so I didn’t get to fix my hair or put on a stitch of makeup. I thought about leaving the party for a little while to put myself together, but there was just too much fun to be had. As you’ll see in the photographs, I wasn’t much to look at — but celebrating my little guy is so much more important than hair & makeup anyway.
The party featured a few adorable little projects that I DIY’d the day before, including:
spray-painted gold rocks so that the kiddos could “mine for gold” in Roman’s sandbox;
a few authentic “Roman’s Ranch” signs;
a genuine “Pony Corral”;
and lasso-wrapped eating utensils.
The beautiful ponies in “The Pony Corral” came from My Lue on Etsy and the sweet, colorful cupcake toppers came from The Birthday House on Etsy. Each child got to take home one of those gorgeous stick horses, a sheriff cowboy hat, and a red bandana as party favors.
(For a full list of party resources, check out the list at the bottom of the post.)
As I mentioned yesterday, we held my “Sprinkle” over the weekend. It was sweet & simple and I wanted to give out a little thank you to each guest to fit the theme. I had fun assembling these miniature candy bags with love and thought I’d share the process. (By the way, if you’re interested in my first baby shower you can check that out — including favors, decor, and games — right here.)
a “Thank You” stamp & ink
miniature paper bags
floral fabric tape
candy (I used pillow mints & pink chocolates)
Assembling the bags is so simple and you can pick up all of the necessary supplies at your favourite craft store.
To start, lay all of your bags flat. Using your stamp & ink, mark each bag with a “Thank You.” You’ll be folding & taping the bags down later, so stamp each bag low enough to account for the fold & tape. You can do a practice fold to give yourself an idea of how much space you’ll need.
Next, apply a sticker on the opposite side of each bag, at roughly the same height that you applied your stamps. Then, unfold your bags so that they are standing upright. Fill each bag with candy, being sure to spread the sweetness evenly into each bag.
Cut fabric tape into roughly 1.5-inch strips. Finally, fold tops of bags down and seal each one with a piece of fabric tape. I alternated between folding toward the “Thank You” stamp sides and the sticker sides — that way when I put the bags on display, guests could see both designs.
These favors could be customized for any kind of party, the possibilities are endless. If you give them a try, please share with me. I’d love to see what you come up with. xo
Halloween is just around the corner and anyone who knows me, knows that I’m super excited. (Halloween is my favourite holiday!) I really can’t get enough of all things pumpkin, candy corn, and adorable babes in sweet, little costumes. Halloween decorating & preparation always start early in this house. This year I’ve been having a lot of fun with our new RTGS LED string lights and finding ways to include them in my Halloween plans. A couple of projects that I’ve been working on so far are these pretty “glowing” mason jars and Roman’s “Trick or Treat” candy basket.
For the mason jars, I simply decorated a glass jar with some Halloween-themed washi tape. Then I stuffed an LED light string inside to give it that pretty/eery glow. What I love about these light strings is that they are indoor/outdoor safe. So you can use them as centerpieces for your Halloween party whether it’s inside or out. They would also look so dreamy lining the walkway up to our house in the evening, wouldn’t they? I might make a bunch more for just that purpose.
For Roman’s candy basket, I picked up a couple of sweet, little baskets at the dollar store — one for Roman and one for his cousin, Aden. Then I wrapped each one with an LED light strand. The lights are so easy to use and they wrap around anything effortlessly. I just love how the lights make their little faces glow. Plus, it’s a great safety feature. As it gets dark on Halloween evening, little ones will be much easier to see holding their glowing baskets. Once again, the lights are weather-proof so they’ll glow strong no matter what mother nature & Halloween have in store for us. You could even incorporate the lights into your kiddo’s costume. How sweet would a little glowing robot or alien be!?
The possibilities are endless with these lights. They come in lots of beautiful colors & sizes. Halloween is just the beginning. I’ve got plans to use them for Christmas decorations and can’t wait to use them for camping next spring, too. This post is in partnership with RTGS products — be sure to check them out on Facebook at Facebook.com/RTGSproducts. Thanks for supporting the partners that help me keep this blog going.
One of my favourite projects from Roman’s camp-themed first birthday party was the adorable hanging arrow installation. I had seen a few similar arrow ideas on Pinterest and was determined to create my own adorable version. Here’s a little how-to guide.
You will need:
3 sheets of sticky-backed glitter foam in gold
1 heart pattern
red & green feathers
colorful washi tape
a hot glue gun
First, trace rows of hearts onto the backside of the glitter foam sheet. Then, cut out heart shapes.
Next, wrap washi tape around wooden dowels in fun, colorful patterns.
Then, peel the backing off of one glitter foam heart. Press the end of a wooden dowel into the heart. Peel the backing off of another glitter foam heart. Carefully press the second heart onto the wooden dowel, being careful to align the two hearts perfectly.
Next use a hot glue gun to glue feathers onto the end of your arrow.
Finally, use rustic twine to hang your arrows up as decorations.
Aren’t these just the sweetest? They would make a great decoration for Valentine’s Day, too! I had a lot of fun putting them together. Let me know if you give this little project a try. I’d love to see what you come up with — there are so many possibilities. xo