Succulent and Neutrals Baby Shower

In honor of our dear friend’s twins we all pulled together and created a lovely baby shower brunch featuring fresh eucalyptus branches and succulents._mg_7096A delicate floret graced each place setting along with crisp watercolor paper for sharing encouragement and best wishes._mg_7107-2Each guest was gifted with a little succulent terrarium to take home.
_mg_7098By buying the succulents as full plants at Sprouts we were able to intermingle the branches throughout the event.img_5462Those who contributed food were asked to bring brunch themed-delicacies in white dish-ware _mg_7114Linen tablecloths and natural elements were perfect complements.
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Lost Boys of Neverland, Peter Pan, Birthday

“Lost doesn’t mean alone.” A Lost Boys from Neverland theme, with other hints of themes from Peter Pan. We celebrated my nephew Remington’s first birthday with a backyard dinner and treasure hunt.

img_141814462992_10105285582716762_3407006806311512573_nFamilies ventured around the backyard, following clues to a treasure chest full of goodies for the kids to play with.
treasurehuntimg_1549Peter Pan, pirates, fairies and deer all showed up to the party.
img_1591 img_1682Along with Lost boys of course!img_1654Lost boy on the run!img_1560“To live would be an awfully big adventure”
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Felt feather garlands dressed up an A-frame tent as well as…img_1416img_1538…the “cake-smashing” highchair.img_1419Lost boy’s rulez! I was surprised to find it so difficult to write inconsistently…img_1432… so what’s the best way to get a child’s handwriting? Have a child write it! A wooden directions sign was specially created by Remington’s Grandpa and 5yr old cousin for the occasion.img_1424 img_1429
This stellar cake was specially made for the birthday boy, with lost boy silhouettes surrounding a leafy lantern design. The kids all requested to eat the leaves which I found to be quite fitting for the occasion. 😉
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Evening Gathering for a Birthday Dinner

A simple, sophisticated evening of celebration, laughter and great food. I have to say this is one of my favorite events to date. Mindy knew exactly what she wanted and solicited my help to bring her dream into reality. Now I’ll let the photos speak for themselves… dreamy.

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Guests signed up for toasts; having a physical sign up sheet helped the evening flow more smoothly. A basket full of blankets kept guests warm as the night drew on and became a little chilly.

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Food ordered from The Parlor made for easy prep and clean up, not to mention how delicious it all was!
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My favorite place to be: behind the scenes making sure everything runs beautifully. Josh's 30th-11

I had phenomenal help by the talented Taylor, as she free-hand wrote much of the chalkboard calligraphy throughout the party. And not only that but she and her fiancee helped manage the entire event; they definitely made the evening run perfectly! Check out her Instagram @impressionprints

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Photo Credit Sarah Withers: dwellrichlyphotography.com


Sunshine and Sprinkles BaBy-Q

We bid the summer adieu with a Sunshine and Sprinkles BaBy-Q!
Yes, it’s still hot and summery here in Phoenix, even in the middle of October–and trust me, we’d all appreciate some “fall” weather! But for this occasion, the bright yellow sun followed by a fiery red sunset was the perfect backdrop.

And for the perfect invitation? We turned to VintageLeeCrafted where Amanda personalized her beautiful yellow-and-grey invitation to meet our request. I particularly love her wine labels – what a great idea for making announcements or a personal request. With the winter holidays fast approaching, check out my favorite label.
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Guests were greeted at the door with this sweet and simple request. I love the idea of using a classic children’s book for the guest book! It’ll be read throughout the years and always remind him of everyone’s love.

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Prizes for the diaper raffle were sent to us from Sendabox.

What a brilliant idea this is–sending a “box of sunshine” as a gift, a get-well present, to welcome a baby, or just because. For this occasion I split the contents of the original box into two prize boxes for the winners.  Jen is currently working on opening her own business website, I will post the link when it is launched, for now you can send your requests directly to her at: 2jenhansen@gmail.com

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A bite to eat while dinner was being grilled…
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And refreshments served in mason jars with paper straws.
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The littl’ns played in the grass… then moved on to our playful photo booth!IMG_7489P1050366IMG_7557

Dinner was preluded with a chalkboard menu and BBQ sauce party favors!

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These adorable little bottles and custom labels were created by SouthernStickers. I’ve had my eye on these for some time now, and was thrilled to be able to feature them before the summer’s end. IMG_7440 IMG_7458

Our Sunshine and Sprinkles theme came to its height at the buffet table, with tissue paper pompoms as the sun, sky and clouds. I added some raindrops from my previous sprinkle shower.

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Tiffany’s & Bubbles Birthday Celebration

The second party to our weekend celebration featured the elegant Tiffany Blue theme and the fun Rising Bubbles theme.

Jessica, the owner of WeddingTreatsandMore, contributed this lovely cake pop creation! Blue chocolate-dipped doughnut holes, topped with roses and garnished with ribbons and jewels. She even sought out a mini-chandelier to complete the true “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” atmosphere.

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wedding-treats-and-more has just launched a new website with everything wedding related, check it out!

 

Cozette was ecstatic to have two sweet blue treats… Yum!
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The ombre blue backdrop and clear “Rising Bubbles” balloons are a feature of the PinkPoodlesofParis. A small tank* rented from a local shop filled about 100 balloons. I’m such a fan of balloons at a party–they’re a classic piece that makes a big impression. IMG_6744 IMG_6743 IMG_6724 IMG_6719 IMG_6714IMG_6798IMG_6795

We enjoyed the rare pleasure of an overcast sky and ushered in the first day of fall as we celebrated the joy of good friends and a great party.

If you haven’t already, be sure to take a peek at our “Bubbles and Tiffany’s” party post!

 

*The tank was about 50 cubic feet (that’s how they measure the helium). After calling around, I found the best price from a helium distributor as opposed to a party rental shop. They turned out to be the biggest distributor on this side of town, supplying helium for grocery stores, dollar stores, etc. I’m definitely going there again.


Bubbles & Tiffany’s Birthday Party

Cozette turned three this September, and three things this little girl absolutely loves include Bubbles, Blue and Sweets.

With that in mind I aimed to throw a party that was both fun & classy. Enter Bubbles & Tiffany’s!

Unfortunately a key package was delayed due to a slip up at the post office. This created a major setback in the aesthetic aspect of my party, as well as all my plans…

After a lot of stressing over the weekend, I finally came up with a wonderful solution: We split the party into two events! First we enjoyed a backyard Bubble Bash. Then two days later, once the missing items were finally delivered, we all relaxed with a Porch-Top Tiffany Soiree. Both were fabulous parties with double the fun. It just goes to show that even if your dream party appears to be evaporating before your eyes, the party is truly for the guests. Their simple presence, along with the infectious joy and laughter that comes with children running around and having fun, makes even the simplest party a fabulous celebration!

That said, I’m honored to be featuring the contributors for Cozette’s third birthday celebration that made the party such a success!

Gorgeous scripted “Happy Birthday Cozette” topper and Tiffany boxes were sent to us from ChiqueDesign. They added such an elegant touch to the party.

IMG_4326IMG_4321IMG_4320Since the party was a late brunch, I opted out of a traditional birthday dessert. Breakfast sweets and plentiful fruit made for a light yet satisfying meal.
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Sweets! Glassy blue lollipops made by SherrieCoreDesigns, beautiful to look at and tasty to eat!

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Cosette can’t get enough of this sugary goodness 😉

VirtuousWomenShop provided bottles of homemade sweet aroma-filled bubble bath. Cozette’s love of bubbles  began with her very first bubble bath. Ever since her party, she yells,  “Blue bubbles!” every time she takes a bath!

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Tiffany blue bubble wands by BiggerBetterBubbles1 included a secret recipe for these amazing giant bubbles! Check out their shop and help support 9-year-old Riley’s summer camp fund 🙂

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Even the little ones gave it a shot. Like father, like son.
IMG_4397Thank goodness the Dads were there! They kept the kids entertained for hours with their slick bubble-making skills, while the Mamas and Little Ones relaxed in the shade and took it all in.
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I finally did it! Saved up enough plastic square bottles to make kids’ cups for the party. I drilled a hole in the cap and collected enough blue straws to match. They were perfect, a real party favorite, and cost practically nothing.

The amazing, giant confetti-filled balloon, complete with a color-themed tassel, was sent to us by PinkPoodlesofParis, a shop stocked full of balloons, confetti and more. You’ll see more of her balloons in the Tiffany & Bubbles party post!
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Trailing the giant balloon along as you run looks like a blast! After one child discovered this delightful entertainment, several others decided to give it a whirl. IMG_4361IMG_4364IMG_4368IMG_4371IMG_4375IMG_4386IMG_4270

A delicious spread, complete with coffee, milk and a sparkling punch.

 

Don’t forget to check out the second half of this “Tiffany’s & Bubbles” birthday soiree!

 


DIY Moss Terrarium

As an extra-special party favor for our Woodland-themed baby shower, (post coming soon!) we provided supplies for each guest to create their own little moss terrarium.


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After scouring Pinterest for all of the best information on how to create and care for a moss terrarium, I decided to put together my own DIY to share with you all of my findings.

So here goes!

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Supplies:

1: Clear glass container, with or without a lid. We visited Goodwill on their 50% off day and loaded up on adorable jars and glasses for as little as $.50 each!

2: Pebbles. The sizes can vary; it really depends on the size of the container and how you want it to look. It is preferable that your pebbles are clean so as not to introduce any unwanted elements (such as other plant life or bacteria that may grow mold)

3: Potting soil. I read that it should be potting soil, not gardening, so I took their word for it.

4: Activated charcoal or carbon. It’s the same thing often found in the aquarium care section, and helps purify the water to avoid mold.

5: Fresh live moss! We got ours from teresab123 on Etsy. She provides lots of supplies as well as ready-made terrariums.

6: Accessories. Look in the miniature section of craft stores or gather up your own natural elements. Try to find things that will withstand frequent watering.

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Moss = teresab123

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Assembly:

Start with a layer of pebbles. I like to be able to see them in the bottom of my glass so I used a generous amount. The height of the container will also determine how much you use so keep an eye on that.
Next sprinkle a layer of charcoal over the rocks. It doesn’t need to be thick, just a little bit over the entire surface area to filter the water.
Now add the soil. I patted it down to make enough room for my moss and accessories. Make it thick enough to allow roots to grow and let the dirt retain some water so that the moss stays damp. You don’t want the soil so thick that the water doesn’t eventually pass through to the pebbles. Soil that is constantly wet will encourage mold.
Although moss can grow tiny roots, it isn’t necessary to dig a spot for it in the soil; just lay the moss gently on top and press lightly so that the moss roots are touching the soil.
Mist the moss to start the dampening process and keep it alive. I’d suggest a gentle spray bottle since we don’t want standing water at the bottom. I think I’ll keep an eye out for a cute little copper mister to replace my re-purposed Windex one… 🙂
*Note, use filtered water, as tap water can burn the moss.
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Care:

Keep in a moderately lit area, not direct summer sunlight or windowsills as the bright sun (especially here in Phoenix) will most certainly burn the moss.

Mist lightly and frequently. Open terrariums need to be watered every couple of days as their water tends to evaporate quickly. Just keep an eye on the level of moisture, it should stay slightly moist but not so much so that water gathers at the bottom. If you notice this just lighten up on the amount of water you give it but don’t leave it completely.
Closed terrariums can go a week or two between waterings since they have created their own little ecosystem. If you notice too much condensation building on the sides of the glass remove the lid and let it dry out a little before sealing it again.

If mold does begin to grow, try using a bit of paper towel and a pick (like a skewer) to gently dab out the mold, so it won’t affect the rest of the moss.


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Some of my favorite terrarium tutorials can be found on our Woodland Nature Baby Shower board on Pinterest.

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