Saturday, February 21, 2015

Need

I'm wanting to brighten up my living room just a bit. I think I need these pillows.


My New Adventure

After Audrey's birthday party last month, I decided I didn't want to make the party decor fun to end – so I'm doing freelance and created an Etsy shop.

So, here's what I've been up to this last month...

A MINNIE MOUSE PARTY

Birthday banner:


Minnie banner:


A SUPERHERO PARTY

Birthday banner:


Superhero banner:


A VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR PARTY

Banner:


I also did a penguin banner, and am working on an entire Curious George birthday party...and have a Thomas the Train party I'm doing for my nephew this May.

Right now, I'm pretty much just building up my shop as I go along, but I am having so much fun. I've always loved party decor, so it makes sense for me to take this next step.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A tiny house tour

I won't lie, when Audrey fell in love with Calico Critters, I did a happy dance.

Not only do I have the nostalgia of playing with them as a girl myself, but they might officially be the cutest thing ever. While the brand can be a pricey interest, the quality and attention to detail in every item is just amazing. And it's those details that Audrey seems to appreciate most (because who wants to play with a oven that doesn't open)? 

So of course, she needed a house for her Calico Critters! I did look at the Calico Critters ones for a bit, but they had two things going against them – price and room size. I already knew I'd be spending a considerable amount of furniture, I didn't want to add $100+ for a house on that. And the room sizes were just small, some of which were even difficult to access. I just didn't feel they were very 3-year-old appropriate.

So, we decided to build:


Supplies were roughly $35. I had the paint. And then I spent maybe $8 on wallpaper (scrapbook paper).

Audrey has had her doll house for 3 weeks now, and I can easily say she's played with it daily. I love watching her play with this house – her imagination at work is so much fun to watch.

And now, on to the tour:



The kitchen:


The master
(If patient, you can find this set on eBay for a fraction on the price).

The bathroom:



The kids room:


The nursery:


And for those curious, the "connecting" tree house:


While the house never really looks like this (Audrey likes all the beds in one room...the toilet in the kitchen...the car in the living room), it's been such a fun process. She now has a doll house that her daddy built her, and the start of a wonderful toy collection that will be around for generations.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Audrey's 3rd birthday: AKA Hello Kitty Fest

I really had every intention of keeping Audrey's third birthday party simple – I cut the guest list to just family and close family friends and three weeks before the date, had successfully planned nothing. But then the "Happy Birthday, Hello Kitty" napkins arrived, and Audrey was so, so, so excited. We had to look at them every night and each time, her face just lit up. And that's when I knew my plans had changed.

The Winter "One"derland and Rainbow birthday parties were for me. But this Hello Kitty party was all for her. That's when I decided – if we were going to do Hello Kitty, we were going to do it right.





The Food
I stuck with appetizers again, because they are easy and yummy. The menu – pigs in a blanket, smoked sausage, barbeque meatballs, buffalo chicken dip, pasta salad, orzo salad, cream cheese pinwheels, manchego cheese and fig tarts, caprese skewers and a fruit tray.


The menu labels I made:

The Dessert
Like always, we got our dessert from Aunt Mary's Cakes Cookies and Cupcakes, and like always, it was rather delicious.




The cupcakes:
 

The cake:

The cake pops:

The cookies:


The Decorations
While the party decor changes each year to go with the theme, everything seems to follow a script. I always decorate the dining room wall, do a tissue paper number, have menu labels, do a similar menu, have cup party favors for the kids, etc. Because, well, if it ain't broke...

This year, I did add one new decor to the party though – the mantle.


It showcased signs I made...




...and was a fabulous photo backdrop:





I even used it as the background for cupcake photos:




Party Favors
Like usual, I did cups for the kids. While this can be pricey, the lack of spills is worth it to me. I got these at Target, and got Thomas ones for the boys.



I also picked up some kitty ears, because I thought they'd be so cute for photos.



The Tissue Paper Tradition Continues
I plan to do this every year. These are seriously some of my favorite photos.



It's just such a fun tradition to have.


The party was a blast, and most importantly, Audrey had so much fun. It was all so worth it.



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Something new to decorate

I have until mid-January, but Audrey's doll house for her birthday is now built! Now it's time to paint and decorate!!!


Sigh

Thanks to my crazy work schedule right now, I might have all my Christmas decorations up by next Christmas.


At least everything is out and taunting me, right?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday

I won't lie, it's my favorite day of the year. I'm a sucker for deals, so I feel this day was made for me. And with all the amazing online deals now, I'm not even leaving the house.

I've been enjoying Amazon's lightning deals for the last month, but they've been especially amazing the last several days.

I got the Lego movie for $3.95. 


The Matilda Jane Veranda dress for $20. (And maybe a pair of leggings and shorties two days ago. And a dress for myself).


The Land of Nod Princess and the Pea Toddler Sheet set for $41.50.


While this deal was only 15% off with free shipping, I know this is probably the best deal I'll get for this store...plus, Audrey desperately needs a sheet set.

I'll be watching Amazon throughout the day as well (Calico Critter tree house at 1pm!), but since Audrey's list is already addressed, I'm not super concerned.

4:42 pm edit: I did end up getting the Calico Critter Adventure Tree House. On Amazon, it was originally $69.99, and during the lightning deal it was $34.99. There is no way I can say no to that.


What deals did everyone else score?