I couldn’t wait to share this very special birthday with you! My best friend Angela created an Alice in Wonderland party for her daughter Adalie’s first birthday and I was fortunate enough to be able to help!
Angela served colorful tea party perfect sandwiches, including delicious cucumber sandwiches! She was kind enough to share this simple recipe with us.
Adalie’s highchair was decorated for the big cake smash! Angela purchased coordinating scrapbook papers, cutting pendants and attaching with ribbon to create this fun banner.
Saving tip: Zulily’s website offers daily deals on posh items for babies and kids up to 90% off their retail prices.
Hope you enjoy this colorful celebration! Happy birthday Adalie!
The Mustache Bash! I absolutely love that this theme is becoming so popular. Weddings, First birthdays, Bachelor Parties, Bah Mitzvah… the mustache is taking over! Provide the cheesy fake ‘staches and a camera and let the fun begin!
I’ve been working on a line of Mustachioed party printables for my shop which got me thinking of what else would be needed to make one of these events complete. I turned to my Etsy hand made community for some unique finds for either a little man’s birthday or a grown up soiree!
1. Mustache glasses by BreadandBadger 2. Plastic Mustache Photo Props by WhiskerWorks 3. Mustache Wine Charm by HattieRexy 4. Mustache Vinyl Wall Decal by WillowCreekSigns 5. Cupcake toppers by DeathByCupcake 6. Mustache Cookies by WhippedBakeShop 7. Mustache Crayons by JugieBeeCrayons
8. Mustache Napkins by ParrishHW 9. Mustache Lollipops by AmpersandIdeas
I spent part of my day organizing our desk today, mostly because my husband forced me to! And partially because it was long over due. What’s the point in having a desk if it isn’t functional? So I am on the search for stylish ways to get organized. I would love to go out and buy all kinds of colorful organizers and create the desk of my dreams, but who has the money for that?! Luckily there are plenty of ways to have style on a budget.
I love the idea of finding items you already have and creating a new purpose for them. Reduce, ReUse, Recycle…Not only good for the enviroment but good for your budget as well! So I was thrilled when I stumbled upon these ideas about repurposing from BH&G. These egg cups and soup cans are given new life as desk organizers. Stylish small serving dishes are already pretty and the soup cans simply need your choice of favorite scrapbook paper, scissors and glue. You should take a look in your cabinets and see if you can’t find a hidden treasure!
One thing that drives me crazy about my desk is all the cords going everywhere. Phone chargers, Camera Chargers, Laptop cords… I love the idea of this stylish DIY charging station for all our electronics from Martha Stewart. They give you step-by-step instructions on creating one for your desk and you could easily pick up a box on sale or use one you already have and make it over with colorful paper.
I love this adorable business card holder I discovered on sale now by ArtIsEverything. Colorful and unique, it would brighten up any desk and keep your business cards always handy.
Last but not least, if you are a office supply junkie like me, you’ll love these creative paper clips by BarrelOfMonkey. They have all kinds to choose from, and even make pushpins.
Now to actually put these ideas to good use and get organized!
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and even though I am not hosting a party, my sons preschool is certainly having one! Of course, as a good mommy I plan on contributing a little something. So I set out for inspiration on what to bake and found no shortage of it! Here are a few favorites:
The Dream Cake: If you happen to be in charge of a bigger Valentine’s event and have lots of time to invest, I absolutely love this wedding cake from Brides.com. Flowers, Hugs and kisses.. and of course, it’s all about love! What says Valentine’s Day more than that!?
DIY tip: Not a cake expert? Visit Cake Central for everything you ever wanted to learn about cake decorating!
I have to admit when my son informed me that he wanted a super hero themed 4th birthday party, I was less than excited at first. Images of the same old commercialized Spider Man party plates, bags and decor filled my head. Instead of panicking, I turned to Etsy! The many adorable designs I found inspired me to design my own version of the popular super heros to give his party that special touch!
When it came time to planning my daughter Annabelle’s first birthday I knew it had to be as cute as she is! (Indulge a proud mom). She is so girly and sassy I knew she needed something with just a little spunk. So what could be more perfect than a lady bug that’s gone PINK! Just a little bored with the same old red and black, this little lady took it up a notch and added a little sass to a simple lady bug birthday theme.
I started by designing the Pink Love Bug invitation. If I was going to make the lady bug pink, why not make the dots white! It wouldn’t be a Love Bug without hearts, and of course I had to add an adorable photo of the birthday girl! (*The beautiful photo of Annabelle was taken by the incredibly talented Amber of ambershereephotography.com)
Affordable tip: If you are a Costco member their photo lab does a great job with photo cards – you can get 50 photo invitations for only $14.99 and the matching silver lined envelopes are included!
Instead of baking and decorating a huge 4 tier cake to serve all the guests I decided to scale down my cake plans and add cupcakes to make up the servings. I created matching pink lady bug cupcake toppers to tie it all together (the DIY printables are available in my shop). Next I went shopping for some scrapbook paper to create a banner for her highchair and created a custom birthday hat. Find the free template here!. I embellished the pink paper hat with feather trim and cardboard cutouts purchased at my local craft store. The result was a perfectly spunky one-of-a-kind hat comparable to fabric ones sold in boutiques… but all for under $10!
Once upon a time I saw the cutest scalloped table cloth at a craft show. After searching relentlessly for one to match the party, I decided I had to create my own. Of course cost and sewing were obstacles. Accordingly, I created this magenta scalloped table topper using felt! At under $4 a yard, and no sewing required this darling touch added much bang for my buck. I simply used a cake round (a small plate would work) to trace the scallops with sewing chalk, and then cut!
Of course, last but not least, the birthday girl herself had to match the theme! My mother-in-law, and awesome seamstress, Denice of Green Tulip made this adorable pillow case dress for Annabelle to wear on her big day.
(*You can find a step-by-step guide with photos to create your own pillow case dress by Susan Petersen for FreshlyPicked.)