A Teddy Bear’s Picnic

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I can’t believe my Morgan is 6!  Where does the time go?  She is super into stuffed animals right now and plays with them a lot.  Any time I take her to the toy store, she usually chooses a new stuffed friend.  She just loves them.  

So for her 6th birthday, I suggested a Teddy Bear’s Picnic theme and told her we’d stuff teddy  bears as the craft and party favor.  She immediately agreed and got really excited and told me not to tell her anymore because she wanted to be surprised for her birthday- she’s also into surprises and really wanted a surprise party- do 6 year olds have surprise parties?  

Anyway, off to planning I went and decided on a pink, khaki, and brown color scheme for her party.  The theme was Teddy Bear’s Picnic, but it was too cold to hold it outside in March so I decided to host the picnic inside in my dining area.  Normally, I’d move all of our furniture out and rent kid tables for the kids to sit in, but we recently got a new dining room table which seats 10 so I decided to just use that- at 6 years old the kids are more than able to sit at a regular table with regular chairs anyway.  

The paper invitations set the mood for the party and got the little guests intrigued about the theme.

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I’m just going to walk you through each step of the party beginning with set up.  This is our dining room all decorated and waiting for the guests to arrive.  Besides stuffed animals- Morgan LOVES balloons- this was a simple and easy party decoration that made a big statement.  I ordered about 30 pink, white and gold balloons and just let them go on the ceiling of the dining room above the table.  I cut the ribbon short enough so they wouldn’t hang in the girls’ faces and used scissors to curl the ribbon.  Simple!

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Here is a view from the living room.  The guests sat at the dining table- I have a long bench which sat 4 girls and 4 dining chairs plus 4 folding chairs.  I kept the table decor simple with fresh flowers as the centerpiece.

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I also set up a drink station with mini water bottles and Orange Juice in a beehive beverage dispenser.

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Each place setting had a pink gingham placemat with a teddy bear drinking cup filled with Organic Chocolate Milk.  Beside that was a tiny honey jar (bears like honey right?) filled with maple syrup.  I served French Toast sticks for lunch so the girls could dip into the maple syrup if they wanted.  (Breakfast for lunch?…Yes, please!)  How cute are the wooden forks jazzed up with pink polka dot washi tape?  LOVE!

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I heated the french toast sticks just before the guests arrived and tossed them into these cute picnic boxes alongside fresh strawberries and Teddy Grahams.  I decided to do lunch in the beginning of the party so the boxes were waiting for the girls when they arrived.

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You know the famous Teddy Bear Picnic song? “If you go into the woods today, you’d better go in disguise”…I had teddy bear headbands for the girls’ “disguises” rather than party hats.

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As the guests arrived they were greeted at the door with this sign I made from cardboard strips taped to a piece of wood.

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I always have a sign on the front door too.  I like how it sets the mood for the party from the outside in.

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We have a new built in corner unit that I staged with party decor galore.  I cleared it out of its usual decorations and added pink and white tissue poms, paper lanterns, and teddy bears, of course.  In front of the TV, I placed the backdrop which I cut to fit the space nice and tight.  The backdrop is just two pieces of craft board taped together and covered with linen fabric.  I used tacks to hang the Happy Birthday banner.  

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The birthday girl opted for cupcakes rather than a cake so I made a batch of those and decorated with chocolate icing and pink pearl sugar crystals.  I added the cupcake toppers to match.

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Inside the picnic baskets on either side of the cupcake tower are the wonderfully delicious and adorable teddy bear cookies made by Carrie Budke of Angelcakes.  She never disappoints!

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I didn’t hire any entertainment for this party.  I planned a craft, and two games, lunch and cupcakes.  An hour and a half was the perfect amount of time.  The craft was the main activity.  The girls were stuffing their own bears to eat lunch with at the picnic.  Then they decorated tee shirts for the bears and printed birth certificates. I did hire a couple of teenage girls to help run the craft stations and games.  I set the craft up into 6 stations- similar to Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Station 1 was “Choose Me.”  The girls chose from 5 teddy bear “skins.”  I ordered these from an online company, Bday Bears.  They are great quality and came with everything needed for a bear stuffing extravaganza.

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Station 2 was “Stuff Me.”  After selecting a teddy bear, the girls sat in a circle in the middle of the living room and stuffed the bears with stuffing fluff.  They could make them as soft and cuddly as they wanted.

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Station 3 was “Stitch Me.”  This station was set up at the dining table.  The girls found their seat, chose a little heart to wish upon and stuff inside the bear before zipping up the magic zipper on the back of the bear.  Once the zipper is zipped it is locked into place.  No sewing required!  Since Station 3 was at the table it was the perfect transition for lunch.  The girls enjoyed eating a picnic lunch with their Teddy Bears, but as soon as lunch was over they were ready for Station 4.

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Station 4 was “Dress Me.”  The girls got a teddy bear sized tee shirt and I gave them fabric markers and felt stickers to create a new shirt for their bear.  This was really cute.  The girls took their time and added lots of detail to the shirts.  This station was a favorite for sure!

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As the girls finished decorating they went to Station 5, which was “Name Me.”  I created a teddy bear birth certificate in photoshop and my teenage helpers helped the girls type the names and special details of their teddy bears and then printed the certificates for them.

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Finally, the bears were placed at Station Six which was called “Take Me.”  I had picnic baskets lined with gingham fabric that we set the bears in to await the trip to their new home.  

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After the teddy bear making stations, we played games.  I made Pin the Bow Tie on Teddy Bear,  which was a huge hit!  Kids really love these simple games.

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 I had bought an entire CD of bear themed songs from iTunes and had that playing in the background for the entire party.  We played the tune, “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” for the Pass the Teddy Bear game.  When the music stopped the girl with the bear went to her table spot to get ready for cupcakes.  I bought two copies of the book “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” for the winners of the games- yes I had winners and no one got upset!

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After Pass the Teddy it was time for cupcakes!  They sang happy birthday and enjoyed, cupcakes, cookies and Gummy Bears–boy did they enjoy Gummy Bears–those were probably the biggest hit of the day.

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I know Morgan really enjoyed her party.  She had a smile from ear to ear the entire time.  I’m so glad I could take her love for her furry friends to the next level.  She truly cherishes her birthday party bear and the five others she made after the party with the extra bear skins and stuffing! LOL!

Happy 6th Birthday to my “beary” sweet and special little girl!

Mommy loves you!

XOXO!

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St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

16 Mar

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This post is super late, but if you’re last minute like me I hope it can be super inspiring.  As you know, I like to celebrate holidays with my kids by making them a special breakfast.  From holiday themed tableware to holiday themed food, I try to make it pretty special for them.  Last year, we celebrated St. Patrick’s day with a breakfast from “Lucky the Leprechaun” and a scavenger hunt for his pot of gold.

“Lucky” left them a bag of Lucky Charms cereal which could be eaten then or saved as a snack for later.

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I made them a Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow.  For the rainbow I used strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries, and purple grapes.  I used powdered donuts for the clouds, a pancake cut to make a pot, and scrambled eggs for the gold.

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They also got milk which I colored green with a tiny bit of green food coloring and a paper straw with a couple of fruit loops to make a rainbow.

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In the center of the table were some gold coins and the first clue to begin the scavenger hunt for the pot of gold.

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Madison read the clues which had the girls scrambling room to room.

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Until at last, the pot of gold was in the fridge.  They were rewarded with skittles and little chocolate coins as a treat.

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I enjoy making my children smile with these little breakfast treats, but these special breakfasts are truly a treat because they don’t get to eat Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops, donuts, and candy on a regular basis…although they’d love to!  I started the Lucky Charms tradition years ago, but wanted to add another element with the fruit.  Looking back at it now, it was a lot, but they had fun and made memories and that’s all the matters to me.  Now I’m off to set up tomorrow’s special breakfast.

HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY!!!!

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Valentine’s Day Breakfast

2 Jan

Happy New Year everyone!  2014 is upon us.  Our next special holiday is Valentine’s Day which will be here before we know it!  Ever since my kids were very little, I’ve always made Valentine’s Day special for them.  I usually make them a special Valentine themed breakfast and include a little gift from the “Lovebug.”  Each Valentine’s Day, the “Lovebug” pays a visit to reward the girls for acting in loving ways throughout the year.  The girls really look forward to Valentine’s Day.  Last year, I cut pancakes into heart shapes using a tiny heart cookie cutter.  I sprinkled them with some powdered sugar.  I also trimmed the tops of strawberries to look like hearts and placed those on a skewer and served it along side the heart pancakes.  I served pink yogurt in a pretty glass and of course a cold glass of pink milk finished off this special breakfast.  The “Lovebug” left the girls a fun gift bag with inexpensive treats inside.  How do you make your Valentine’s Day special? I’d love some extra special ideas to implement this year. 

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I hope you enjoyed your special Valentine’s Day girls.  Mommy loves you!

XOXO!

Ringing in the New Year

27 Dec

Are you ringing in the New Year with your kiddos this year?  We have made it a New Year’s Eve tradition to ring in the New Year with our kids and some family friends and their kids.  I wanted to share what I did last year to make New Year’s Eve fun and exciting for the kids.  They enjoyed it so much and can’t wait to see what is in store for them this year. 

On New Year’s Eve, we let the kids stay up until midnight or until they pass out from exhaustion (whichever comes first). We also like to spend time with our adult friends so I decided to keep the kids entertained each hour leading up to midnight by creating countdown bags full of fun activities to keep them occupied during the party.  

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Our schedule for the evening went something like this:

The guests arrived around 6:00 and we started the evening with kid and adult friendly foods and drinks.  The kids became acquainted with one another and played together, but by 7:00 they were ready to do something.  It was the perfect time to start the first bag of the evening.

7:00  The 7:00 bag contained all the items needed for a movie night- a new DVD, microwave popcorn, and popcorn boxes.  The kids sat in the media room and watched the movie while enjoying popcorn.  The adults got some adult time and everyone was H-A-P-P-Y!

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8:00 Time for an intermission.  The kids took a break from the movie to open the 8:00 bag which contained all the fixings for ice cream sundaes!  We served the ice cream in fun old-fashioned ice cream glasses and the kids got to choose their own toppings.  After ice cream they continued the movie which ended just in time to open the 9:00 bag.

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9:00 Game time!  This bag included games both the kids and adults could enjoy together, including one new game- Spot It!  The kids and the adults played games together for the hour and had a blast!  

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10:00 Dance Party!  The 10:00 bag included an iPod touch and speakers that was set and ready to blast kid friendly tunes.  I also included festive necklaces and glow sticks to add to the fun.  The kids and adults were ready to let loose at this point and danced the hour away.

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11:00 At this point the kids were getting tired, so I was glad I planned a low-key activity.  I printed some New Years Eve coloring sheets I found online and a New Year’s Resolution sheet.  The younger kids enjoyed coloring while the older ones concentrated on writing resolutions for the New Year.  I also included some Christmas Crackers for the kids to pull.

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12:00 Just before midnight we opened the final bag of the evening which included noise makers and 2013 glasses to wear to ring in the New Year.  

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The kids had such a blast.  I can’t wait to plan this year’s party!  Here is a snapshot of the night in photos.

Movie Time!

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Ice Cream Sundaes

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Game Time!

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Dance Party!

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Coloring, Making Resolutions, and Christmas Crackers

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Ringing in the New Year!

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Thanks for following along. I hope you got some ideas to make New Year’s Eve a blast for your kiddos.  Wishing you all the best in 2014!  Happy New Year!  

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Cheers!

Easy Christmas Breakfast

10 Dec

We have a little tradition in our family that my kids look forward to each holiday. It has become known by my girls as a “special breakfast”.  With Christmas around the corner I wanted to share the breakfast they woke up to last Christmas morning.  For this breakfast, I chose a turquoise and red color scheme and used paper plates for easy clean-up (and because I don’t own red plates).  I had some paper doilies on hand and used those as placemats.  The breakfast itself is super easy to put together and super cute. All you need is a box of Entenmann’s Pop’ems powdered donuts (any brand will do, but that is what I used).  Using three powdered donuts, stack them on top of one another on a plate to make a snowman.  Chocolate chips were used to make the eyes, a slice of the end of a baby carrot became the nose, and a small tube of black frosting was used to draw a smile.  For snow, I used shredded coconut.  I sprinkled the plate with some blue sugar crystals to add a little sparkle. I always like to serve fruit with breakfast, so I made a candy cane out of sliced strawberries and bananas.  Recycled Starbucks Frappuccino bottles make great milk bottles.  I topped mine with another donut which I bedazzled with blue sugar crystals and stuck a striped paper straw through the hole.  The kids absolutely loved this breakfast!  They’ve already asked if I can make it again this year.  We shall see…whatever I come up with this year, I can’t wait to see them smile on Christmas morning.  Happy Holidays all!  

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Arts and Crafts Birthday Bash

24 Jun

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This was the sign posted on our front door the day of Madison’s 7th Birthday Party.  I can’t believe my little girl is seven years old.  She’s getting too big, too fast.  I love that my children choose a theme for the birthday parties that reflects their personality at that particular time.  This year Madison is really into all things ART.  We can always find her with a crayon or pair of scissors in her hand.  She’s a very creative little girl.  This year she chose an Arts and Crafts theme for her 7th birthday party.

I let Madison choose her guest list and she only wanted to have a small number of friends celebrate with her this year.  We hand delivered these paint palette invitations to her friends’ homes.  The party details were on the inside cover.

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We held the party in the late afternoon.  The entire morning was filled with excitement as Madison anticipated her friends’ arrival, asking every five minutes, “Is it time yet?”  Finally 3:00 arrived and Madison was so excited for her party to start. She greeted all of her guests at the gate, welcomed them to her “Art Studio”, and escorted them into the backyard.

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Upon arrival, the girls found their art smock which I personalized with their first initial using glitter iron-on transfer paper.  They then colored a caricature of the birthday girl while waiting for everyone to arrive.

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Madison chose all the crafts that she and her friends would create.  I set up four tables that the girls rotated through during the party.  First up, was the paint station.  This station included painting the first initial of each girls name.  After painting their wooden initial, they got to paint their very own masterpiece on the mini-canvas displayed on miniature easels.

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After the masterpieces were completed the girls washed up in some buckets of suds and moved on to the next station…

JEWELRY MAKING.

I put all the beading supplies out on the table and let them bead until their hearts content.  They made some beautiful jewelry from bracelets and necklaces to rings and anklets.  One creative guest made a tiny bracelet for her doll…so cute!

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After beading for a bit, the girls found their place card at the party table and sat down for some refreshments.  The place cards were made using two paint swatches stapled together to form a pocket.  Inside the pocket was a napkin, fork, and paper straw.  IMG_0135

I used scrapbook paper in each color of the rainbow as placemats and each place setting had a white charger, pretty water color paper plate and a personalized water bottle wrapped in rainbow duct tape.  I stapled streamers to ribbon and hung them on the backs of the chairs as added color for the tablescape.

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Carrie Budke of Angel Cakes made a framed canvas cookie with a blank canvas and I let the girls use edible markers to decorate them.  This activity was a huge hit.

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After creating the canvas cookies, it was time to sing happy birthday to the birthday girl.

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Then the Starving Artists helped themselves to treats.  We had “Creative Juice” which was 20 calorie Gatorade in every color of the rainbow, paint brush Rice Krispie treats, a rainbow of candy in clear paint cans. rainbow fruit cups, and cupcakes displayed on an artist’s palette.

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After dessert, the girls got their craft on again making Spin Art and Sand Art.


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In addition to all of the crafts, smock, and treats, each guest went home with a little paint bucket of art goodies that included a rainbow notepad, shuttle pen, stackable crayon, and rainbow lollipop.  They each also got a paint can puzzle.

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This was one of the more enjoyable parties I’ve thrown.  I loved seeing all the girls so into all the crafts and activities we planned for them.  The small number of girls was manageable and allowed each of them to interact with one another.  The party was a success and my little girl had a wonderful time crafting with her friends.

I hope you enjoyed your special day my little Picasso!  Mommy loves you with all her heart.  You’ll always be my first love.

XOXO,

Mommy

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Hello Kitty Birthday Party

2 Jun

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Say HELLO to Little Miss Molly.  She recently turned 3 and we celebrated with a Hello Kitty party.  Molly LOVES Hello Kitty, so when she told me she wanted a Hello Kitty party I was happy to oblige.  Hello Kitty is such an adorable character and I was excited to plan and create this party.

Molly attended preschool this year, so she made some sweet friends.  We invited the nine boys and girls in her class along with her Godparents and their four children and, of course, her sisters.  We sent these adorable invitations from Funtastic Parties on Etsy to her little friends.

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I found some rolls of Hello Kitty coloring sheets a while back at Michael’s.  Initially, I bought them to put into party favor bags, but the night before the party I decided to use them as decor.  I unrolled them and taped them to craft board for the backdrop of the dessert table and also covered an entire wall in the entry way with them.

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The dessert table was a sweet display of fruit, cookies, brownies, lollipops and milk.  Edible Arrangements had a fruit arrangement in a Hello Kitty vase available so I ordered the fruit from them.  I love how easy it is to serve and no prepping on my part.  Easy peasy!

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I got my favorite chocolate covered Oreos by Sweeties by Kim.

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Store bought brownies were prettied up with fondant bow toppers from Shop Cupcake Central.

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Bow shaped sugar cookies were made by my favorite cookie lady, Carrie Budke of Angel Cakes in Rye, NY.

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I found these adorable plastic milk containers on Etsy.  The lid unscrews and it has a hole in the top perfect for paper straws.  One word to the wise…DO NOT place them in the dishwasher.  Mine melted, even on the top rack.  I’m very sad about it, but will order more for sure.  I found the milk bottles and yellow paper straws on Etsy at Cute Kids Food Box.  They have the most adorable party items available.  I’ll be visiting them very often, I’m sure.  To add more Hello Kitty detail, I found a bow image online which I printed and cut out.  I used glue dots to adhere them to the paper straws.

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Molly wanted me to be sure to have lollipops (her favorite treat), so I found these Hello Kitty ones at Candied Cakes on Etsy.  They come in many flavors and colors and were yummy!

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My friend, Daryl, started a cake business called Frosted by Daryl.  She makes gorgeous and delicious cakes and made this one for Molly’s party.  It was so cute and YUMMY!

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I was set to have the party outside in our backyard, however the weather forced us indoors.  I switched gears at the last minute, cleared furniture from my living and dining area and decorated inside.  Here is how the kids’ tables looked in our dining area.

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I used fresh flowers as centerpieces, tied Hello Kitty ribbon around the vase, and put a print out of Hello Kitty on a skewer to bring a touch of Hello Kitty to the tables.

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As Molly’s guests arrived she took a picture with each of them.  The entryway wall covered in Hello Kitty coloring pages made for the perfect backdrop for photos.  I may use these in the thank you cards.

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The kiddos were very excited to see Hello Kitty walk down the stairs.  They enjoyed games and songs with Hello Kitty and the MC.

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After songs and games, we sat down for lunch.  I put together little lunch boxes for each kiddo.  I packed strawberry cream cheese sandwiches (I used a bow shaped cookie cutter to cut it), a package of organic apple slices, and a tube of organic strawberry yogurt.  I tied a Hello Kitty ring on the box with baker’s twine.  The kids loved having their own individual lunch kit and prize.  A healthy HAPPY MEAL!

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After lunch, it was time to sing happy birthday.  It took Molly three times to blow out her candles.  She was surprisingly shy being the center of attention.

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Hello Kitty stuck around after cake to take pictures with Molly and her friends.

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After Hello Kitty left and pictures were done, I let the kids have at it with the wall and some crayons.  It ended up being great entertainment while the adults chatted.  I’ll definitely use this idea in the future.

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I bought TY Beanie Babies for party favors.  Each little girl went home with a plush Hello Kitty.  The boys got Hello Kitty’s friend, Keroppi the Frog.

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Molly loves balloons and this one is one of my favorite balloons ever.  This thing was huge!   It was still inflated 4 days after the party.

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Molly had a blast at her party and loved celebrating with her friends and Hello Kitty.  

I love you with all my heart sweet girl.  I am happy I could make your 3rd birthday so special.

XOXO,

Mommy

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Easy Easter Breakfast

23 Mar

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Easter Sunday is next weekend so I thought I’d share how we celebrated last Easter.  I love taking breakfast a step further for the holidays and making it extra special for the kids, so last Easter the kids woke up to a sweet little breakfast treat inspired by a post I read on Thoughtfully Simple.  It was too easy and too cute not to do.  We had mini-pancakes which I served in a cupcake wrapper with a lollipop stick inside.  A few polka-dots on the lollipop stick made with a purple pen dressed it up a bit.  The kiddos also enjoyed strawberry yogurt with a tiny bit of pink sugar for added interest.  I also gave them a little milk bottle with orange juice and a striped paper straw.  The colors were perfect for spring and the kids really liked the extra effort I put in to make their breakfast a little more cuter than usual.

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After breakfast, the kids were off to search for their Easter Baskets from the Easter Bunny.  Last year was the first year I “hid” the baskets and it made it so much more fun.  I’ll be doing the scavenger hunt again this year.  The clues were hidden in plastic eggs and the kids had to follow the clues which eventually led them to their basket of goodies.

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I love creating memories with my girls and this one was super easy and brought a smile to their pretty little faces.  Love that!  Can’t wait to do it again this year.

Hope you enjoyed your Easter treats, girlies.  Mommy loves you.

Happy Easter!

XOXO,

Mommy

Lalaloopsy Tea Party

10 Mar

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I’m so excited to post about Morgan’s Lalaloopsy Tea Party.  She has loved Lalaloopsy for two years now and wanted a Lalaloopsy party for her 5th Birthday.  We decided that Jewel Sparkles was the perfect Lalaloopsy to base her party on since, according to Lalaloopsy Legend, Jewel Sparkles is made from remnants of a real princess’ dress, is very graceful, a little bit bossy, and loves to dance and wear sparkly clothes…sounds just like my little Morgan. This is the invitation I had created by Nancy at N’s Little Shop on Etsy and sent out to all 15 party guests.

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I wanted to have the party at home but needed to find entertainment for the little guests.  We thought combining the Lalaloopsy Princess theme with a tea party would be fun, so I enlisted the help of Eileen Phelan of Princess Tea Parties to help.  I already knew she was fabulous as we used her for Madison’s 5th Birthday Party as well.  She wasn’t familiar with Lalaloopsy dolls, but reassured me she’d research and learn about them before the party.  After securing Eileen two months in advance (she is very busy and you need to book early), I began gathering inspiration for the party on Pinterest.  There are so many inspiring photos out there and I used many of them in creating the decor for this party.  I knew Eileen would be creating a beautiful tea party table complete with lace table cloths, flowers in french lemonade bottles, crystal plates and cups, silverware, trays of finger sandwiches, and tea pots, so I concentrated on transforming my dining and living room into a Lalaloopsy Land fit for a princess. 

All Lalaloopsies have buttons for eyes, so I went with that detail and created large buttons from paper plates and strung them together.  I hung these on my sliding doors in the dining area.  I filled in the spaces in between with pink, green and white ribbon.  It made a lovely backdrop and helped set the mood for the party.  I also hung large tissue paper pom poms by Martha Stewart down the center of the room.

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My girls have a large collection of Lalaloopsy Dolls, so I incorporated them throughout the house.  The leftover doll stands from Madison’s Barbie Party really came in handy.

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The colors I used throughout the party were pink and green.  I used pink and green streamers for the backdrop for the dessert table.  My mom helped me by stapling the streamers to a string and then we hung the string in the corner of the room behind the table.  I hung a fabric garland on the front of the table.  The garland was designed by Whimsically Detailed, a great site for custom party decor.

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Included on the dessert table were these adorable cookies by Carrie Budke, a Rye local.  The cookies look like Crumbs Sugar Cookie, another Lalaloopsy.  Carrie makes fabulous cookies and made these with two days notice.  Thanks, Carrie! 

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I ordered these gorgeous fondant cupcake toppers from Top Cake Decors on Etsy.  I had 350 Classic Bakeshop, a local bakery, bake mini cupcakes and place the toppers on them.  They came out great.  How cute is the Jewel Sparkles topper?

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I made little fruit cups that I called “Lalafruitsy.”  I ordered the green polka-dot cups from The TomKat Studio and they were perfect for mini-fruit cups.  I loved that they are lined with wax, so they didn’t get wet and soggy from the fruit. I found the cutest glitterized forks from Whimsically Detailed to use to eat the fruit and cake.

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We always have so much cake leftover so I went with a 7-inch round cake from Cornerstone (the smallest they make) and we still had leftovers!   I got a plain white cake so I could decorate it.  I topped it with a Lalaloopsy Tea Party set featuring Jewel Sparkles and Crumbs Sugar Cookie.  I made the banner topper using scrapbook paper, bakers twine, and paper straws.

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I was up late the night before decorating and setting up, and then Eileen comes 20 minutes before the guests arrived and turned this…IMG_1853

into this. She is AMAZING!

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A welcome sign hung on the front door…I made a number 5 out of buttons.

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Morgan wore a custom shirt designed by Rowan May Fairs on Etsy that I paired with a green tulle skirt from Gap Kids and a Jewel Sparkles chunky necklace from Etsy shop, Twincess Inspirations.  Her Jewel Sparkles hair clip is from Tutus and MudPies.  

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As the guests arrived, they chose princess costumes from Mrs. Phelan’s dress-up rack to wear to the tea party.  I also put several Lalaloopsy costumes on the rack for the girls to wear.

Here’s my little Molly wearing Jewel Sparkles….

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The girls also chose tiaras, bracelets, and necklaces to adorn themselves.

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Morgan decided to wear the Lalaloopsy, Scarlett Red Riding Hood’s costume.

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That’s Morgan’s teacher, Mrs. Cheyne.  She is friends with Eileen and came along to help.  She surprised Morgan and all of her friends…many of whom are in her class.  How cool to have your teacher at your birthday party!

After getting their nails and makeup done, the girls sat down and the tea party began.  Eileen told the kids that she was serving magic tea and this tea will make you act like a real princess or prince (there was one little boy) and it tastes just like pink lemonade! The kids ate mini turkey and cheese sandwiches, heart-shaped strawberry jam sandwiches, and bagels with cream cheese or butter. Many girls brought a Lalaloopsy doll to the party and I gave them a doll stand so their doll could join them for tea. The kids were so good, they stayed in their seats, raised their hands for more food, and when they wanted more tea they said, “More tea, please!” with a princess voice.

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After lunch, they played freeze dance, hot potato, and limbo. It was so cute seeing the kids dance in their ensembles.

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After playing games, the kids sat again for a sticker craft.  They decorated little pink canvas bags with foam stickers.

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After the craft, it was time to sing Happy Birthday and enjoy cake, cupcake and cookies.  This is the only picture I have of Morgan with her cake.  I wish I could recreate it and take more pictures. 

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It was a great party.  The kids seemed to have a great time and Morgan loved having all of her friends around to celebrate with her.  I was so glad I could create a party for her that includes some of her favorite things at this age.  Happy 5th Birthday Morgan Paige, you are the sweetest, most special girl in the whole world.  I love you with all my heart.

XOXO,

Mommy

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P.S.  If you would like to have a Tea Party Birthday Party, call Eileen Phelan at 203-532-0547. The price is very reasonable and she is willing to work with you to give you the tea party you envision.

I also wanted to share a tip I found very helpful.  I had thank-you cards printed in advance and as Morgan opened her gifts, I filled in the blanks on the card with the gift and Morgan signed her name.  I never did it this way before, but it went so smoothly and allowed her to slow down and appreciate the gift one at a time.  I had Nancy at N’s Little Shop on Etsy create Fill-in-the-Blank Thank You’s that matched the invitation.

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I hope you enjoyed the details that went into this party.  Thanks for visiting the blog!

Madison’s 6th Birthday BARBIE PARTY!

25 Jun

We celebrated Madison’s 6th birthday last weekend.  I can’t believe she is 6 and just finished kindergarten.  She’s growing up so fast.  Madison is really into Barbie and she really wanted a Barbie party for her 6th birthday.  Her wish is my command and I made it happen for her and 14 of her little girlfriends.

I started with the Glamour Girl invitation and party printables from The TomKat Studio.  It was such a sweet set and the girl silhouette fit the Barbie theme well.  I also adored the colors- light pink and black.

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I found Madison’s silhouette party shirt from Sweet Threads Clothing on Etsy.  It was really cute and was very well made.  I especially loved the rosette flower detail on the head of the silhouette.  It made it so girly and sweet.  We paired it with a pink tulle skirt from Carter’s. 

Before the guests arrived I placed a Barbie doll at each place setting.  I used doll stands to make them stand up and placed a Barbie dress on each plate.  When the girls arrived they sat down to design a Barbie dress using jewel stickers and ribbon trim.  They really loved this activity and were so excited when I told them they could dress the Barbie in the new dress and take them home as party favors.

Here are a couple of the creations.  We have some future fashion designers on our hands – great job girls!

While the girls waited for everyone to finish designing a dress, they colored some Barbie coloring pages I printed from Google Images.  All of the girls finished designing a dress and dressing their Barbie just in time for the main attraction…BARBIE herself!

The look on the girls’ faces was priceless when Barbie walked into the yard.  First they were sort of surprised and then all ran to her for hugs.  So cute!

Barbie and her helper led the girls in some fun games, including limbo, freeze dance, and two relay races.  I particularly loved the relay races.  The girls were divided into two teams.  The first relay race was called Malibu Beach Barbie dress up.  The girls had to put a Hawaiian lei around their neck, a pair of sunglasses on their eyes and a beach bag on their shoulder.  They had to run to the other end of the yard and back and then take off the items and dress the next girl in line in the beach gear.  It was really cute.  In the second relay race, they had to pack and unpack Barbie’s bag.  They had several items that Barbie would likely take on a trip in a bag and had to run across the yard, quickly unpack the bag, and run back.  The next girl in line had to run across the yard and repack Barbie’s bag and run back. Click the link to see a video of the Malibu Beach Barbie relay in action.

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The girls also participated in a Scavenger Hunt.  They loaded up on Scavenger Hunt prizes including sunglasses, rings, bead necklaces and other trinkets.

After playing games, Barbie and her helper sat the girls down for makeovers.  They each got eyeshadow and a fancy design and jewel on their face. 

After the makeovers, it was time to say goodbye to Barbie, but not before we posed for pictures.

The girls were sad to see Barbie go, but had worked up an appetite.  Good thing because, once Barbie left, it was time for dinner.  The girls enjoyed hamburger and hot dog sliders, veges with ranch and watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon that I cut into heart shapes.

After dinner, it was time for a trip to the dessert buffet.  I set a dessert table that consisted of a Barbie Cake I had made from Harrison Bake Shop, homemade cupcakes baked in black and white striped paper baking cups, Birthday Cake Pops from Starbucks, pink Barbie gumballs from Party City, and pink lemonade. 

A sweet friend from work, Lisa, made the pink and black tissue paper poms which I used for the back drop to the table.  I had some window panes lying around in the shed left from the previous owners of our house.  I knew I’d put them to good use one day, and this was the day.  I hot glued the tissue paper poms to the window panes and leaned them on our deck.  The window panes made a nice, sturdy back drop for the table.

Here are some close-ups of the treats.

To dress up the table even more, I used the same dress form I used for Madison’s Princess Tea Party.  This time I dressed it in a black tutu skirt and pearls.  I tied a pink ribbon around the skirt and pinned on a brooch from my jewelry box.  I also found a remake of the original 1959 Barbie doll wearing the signature black and white bathing suit on Amazon and incorporated her and her black dress into the design of the table.  The Barbie Print I found in Google Images was printed and placed in a frame and displayed on a plate stand on the table.

After singing Happy Birthday and blowing out the candles the girls grabbed a plate and chose a few desserts to enjoy before their parents arrived to pick them up.

This was a great party and I was so happy I could make my daughter’s 6th birthday party so special.  When it was over, I got so many smiles and thank you’s from my little Barbie Girl.  I’m glad I could make your dreams come true.  Happy 6th Birthday, Madison Grace.

XOXO,

Mommy

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