Baby Shower Tea Party

Seems like just yesterday I was pregnant with my last baby… And while I already had all the hand me downs you could dream of, I knew my friends weren’t going to let me get through without a celebration so a “Sprinkle” Tea Party it was! 

Each friend signed up for a different finger food, all of which were displayed on mis-matched tiered trays on each table. There were three kinds of tea and mimosas served. And I swoon over these adorable printable napkin menus!


Petit fours were inside each of these beautiful boxes each with its own hand-stamped thank you tag…. By far one of my very favorite parties! 

Alice in Wonderland 7th Birthday Party

Since my blog features all the crazy that is me, and I have obviously been crazy for much longer than the last month, I wanted to find a way to take you all back through time and feature projects that happened before this blog was born. And for my 1st FLASHBACK FRIDAY FEATURE ~ Kylie’s Alice in Wonderland 7th Birthday Celebration… How cute is she? So small!!!

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On each table, I featured a teapot filled with fake flowers and to each flower I adhered googly eyes, of course like the flowers in the garden in the movie. I still have some of these flowers in my house because I loved them so!

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For all of my parties, I always make sure I have plenty of activities for the kiddos. Coloring sheets have become a MUST for all celebrations, I usually print off to match the theme of the event. There are always a few kids who want to stay close to mom and dad or big kids who want to color. These little tins always stay stocked and ready to pull out for each party.

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For the first time with this party, I really wanted very large over-sized decorations, especially since there are so many great characters in this movie and I didn’t want to leave any out. So, I borrowed a projector from work, pulled up character images on my laptop, projected each to the wall, traced the outlines onto poster board and then painted each character in (I know, so time-consuming). But they turned out beautifully and after all, at this time in my life I only had K so I had the time to do it. Nowadays, not sure if I could do all of this with three little ones. But that’s why nowadays I normally pay to print gigantic images for my parties and buy the cardboard stand up characters, when I can.

Who could host an Alice in Wonderland themed celebration without “Eat Me” cookies? My mother and sister-in-laws also made adorable tea cup look-alike cupcakes and a cake that was to die for!

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The favors for this party were fantastic but also a little bit of work! I found this tutorial  by Bakerella for homemade gumdrops. These things were yummy and so darn cute!

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Burlap and Lace Baptism Celebration

I love love love the combination of burlap and lace! I’ve been waiting forever to get to use this theme in a party and little A’s baptism celebration was the perfect excuse. I found a seller who I bartered with on eBay for the beautiful table runners (definitely saving these beauties and adding to my party stash).

I already had a ton of mason jars on hand and Michaels had these little bouquets with the perfect rustic appeal at 60% off. They were perfect paired with a burlap and lace ribbon it was a very simple decoration on half of the tables.


On the other half of the tables I reused crosses that I had hubby assemble for my older daughter’s baptism a few years ago. A new coat of paint and glued on some pink burlap flowers and they were good as new.


The gift table featured more of the rustic fall flowers from Michaels, another leftover cross, a wooden letter A from Hobby Lobby and my favorite gift card box adorned with the precious burlap and lace ribbon. For the runners for the outside tables, I used a roll from Michaels with lace already adhered to burlap. Details, details!


The cake and cupcakes were made by my amazing sister-in-law. More recycled burlap used here from an old project, wrapped around a giant tin can holding more of the rustic flowers. Easy peasy and looks so nice!


This banner I got on Pick Your Plum a while back, added letters cut from my cricut and it was the perfect touch. The hall didn’t allow for us to use any tape or nails on walls so we got creative and placed the cake table in front of this window. The backlighting looked amazing when we took a few group shots.


Something special and sad about this celebration was that the person who my husband and I asked to be baby girl’s godfather (a very important ex-stepfather of my husband’s) tragically passed away a little over a month before the baptism took place. The only thing in my mind to do was to keep him as her godfather. He was such an amazing person, he was so honored when we asked, she was in good hands in my mind whether he was here physically or in spirit, I knew I could count on him. I put together a little memorial area on the favor table to honor his memory.

 

Designed, printed and laminated prayer cards both in english and spanish for all of our guests and they each also received a tiny picture frame with baby girl’s photo inside. I know I am biased but man is she adorable!

 


Kiddos need to be entertained so we brought the bounce house that my parents bought for Sierra’s 2nd birthday and placed it right outside the hall. They were busy for hours! I also put together a basket to put outside with jump ropes, frisbies and balls (almost all items from the dollar store) for the kids to entertain themselves.

And that, my friends, was my burlap and lace baptism celebration for baby Aviana! Time to get started on her 1st Birthday! (it’s only 5 1/2 months away)

Woodland Fairy 4th Birthday

My darling Sierra turned four this week, just coming off of her Woodland Fairy birthday party this past weekend, I finally decided to bite the bullet and start a real blog. I have always felt I have a lot to say and now I have a place to say it (the kicker will be if anyone reads it). But nonetheless, I went for it… Please bear with me as I am a newbie at this but with all the internet searching I do for my parties, I thought I might help someone else by showcasing what I pulled together all in one place.

My Little Woodland Fairy

My Little Woodland Fairy

I almost always gear my birthday photoshoot to the theme of my parties, so in this case, of course, a woodland fairy she was! Isn’t she just perfectly whimsical? More from our  Woodland Fairy Photoshoot in my Photography Blog.

And back to the party…

VENUE

We are fortunate enough to have an amazing nature center in our neighborhood and what better place to have our Woodland Fairy Birthday Party than the very nature center where all the woodland animals live. They offered a meet and greet with a few animals and a nature hike which was a HUGE hit with the little ones at the party.

CUPCAKES

Courtesy of my mother-in-law, toadstool look-a-likes placed on a wooden cake stand. Normally I would have built this cake stand but since I am running short on storage space, I opted to rent it from a local party planner. Easy enough to build (and to be honest I might still make one someday but for now, I will be good and NOT add to my party storage).

Toadstool Cupcakes

Toadstool Cupcakes

BIRTHDAY GIRL’S PHOTO DISPLAY

I always display a few of the best shots from our birthday photoshoots at my parties, in this case, I really wanted a super rustic display. I literally grabbed sticks from the park where we were shooting photos, some twine, dollar store flowers and my glue gun and went to town. The wreath I had purchased for another project that didn’t make the cut in the end so I used it to stand up my twig-frames. Now that the party is over I might go ahead and re-attach the photo frames to the wreath in a way where I can hang the wreath on the wall but I will keep you posted as to whether or not that works. I used a whole lot of glue so it’s a toss up.

Woodland Fairy Photo Display

Woodland Fairy Photo Display

FAVORS 

Goodie bags are a no-go in my book… Who needs more junk? I would rather give the kids something that they can play with in the future so, for this party and especially since we have mostly boys in attendance, we made Woodland Animal masks. I was going to attempt to cut the felt with my Cricut but in the end we went old school and printed a template from a stock image and cut out the felt by hand. In the end it was faster than trying to figure out how to cut felt on my Cricut. I have read it can be done but I didn’t attempt it this time. And for the girls (we only had a few) we had flower headbands and fairy wings which we also displayed as decoration.

Woodland Animal Mask Favors

Woodland Animal Mask Favors

And, because one favor is never enough, when I came across these adorable stuffed woodland animals from Oriental Trading, I had to make a cute sign and get this stacked basket from Hobby Lobby. Isn’t this adorable? The kids LOVED picking out a friend to take home.

Woodland Animal Adoption

Woodland Animal Adoption

CENTERPIECES

I know, I know, I hear that not all parties require centerpieces…. I disagree, I MUST have a centerpiece for every occasion. In an attempt to keep it simple, I created these with mason jars I already had in my mess of a craft room. I put some rocks on the bottom (since the event was outdoors and it might be windy) then put in a handful of moss, added some butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, flowers and small wreaths from Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree. And it goes without saying that every table was adorned with a burlap table runner as well.

Woodland Fairy Centerpieces

Woodland Fairy Centerpieces

FAIRY IN A JAR 

Compliments of Pinterest, I stumbled across this Fairy Lantern Tutorial and adapted the concept to something I could pull together quickly. Using my Cricut and some dark cardstock, I cut out the cute fairy. Frosted an oversized mason jar I already had from a baby shower I threw last year, added the fairy inside and added some glitter, flowers and an LED light inside. You should have seen the little ones looks of amazement that we had captured a fairy inside!

Woodland Fairy Trapped In A Jar

Woodland Fairy Trapped In A Jar

And in a nutshell, that was the party… Not quite as complicated as others I have thrown in the past but with my nephew/godson due right around the birthday party date, I had to be flexible as to what I could actually accomplish in the time frame I had and with limited help, should he come early. AND – he came early so good thing I planned accordingly!

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