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.
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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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Tiny Tea Party

In an attempt to keep my daughter’s birthday low-key this year, Cozette got to invite three friends to a tiny tea party brunch. I created a soft backdrop with light food and let them focus on being the girly, silly little four-year-olds that they are. 😉

img_9971Brother got to attend but had to hang back during tea time and try to play calm and gentle games with the girls. He’ll learn… 🙂img_9984My favorite double-stuffed balloons from luftballoons are always a hit with the kids, making a great addition to any children’s party or any gathering really!  The ribbons weighted them down a bit, but the height you see them at is the exact hight they were floating too and I used glue dots to keep them all together in a nice tiered shape.


My extra long “window scarf” or valance curtains have come in handy with so many parties! A couple of thumb tacks, some draping, and voila! I created the vines from “bushes” bought at Hobby Lobby, I attached dozens of branches together by cutting with wire cutters and securing with floral wire to make one very long vine.

The adorable ChiqueDesign cake topper we used at Cozette’s Bubbles and Tiffany 3rd birthday party was the perfect addition to this celebration too. Although it’s paper I can easily keep it, stored flat, for years. I love cake toppers that can be used multiple times and this one is just perfect. img_0077

Happy Birthday my dear!


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



Photo Credit Sarah Withers: dwellrichlyphotography.com

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.
IMG_4165IMG_4166IMG_4121IMG_3977 (2)We filled the little Tiffany Boxes with adorable tiaras and necklaces. Even after a long morning of chasing bubbles and sitting in sandboxes these little girls still looked classy and fabulous.

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Sweets! Glassy blue lollipops made by SherrieCoreDesigns, beautiful to look at and tasty to eat!


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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BUBBLES! Little bubbles, giant bubbles, body-sized bubbles…Oh my!IMG_4243IMG_4000 (2)IMG_3955 (2)IMG_3962 (2)IMG_3964 (2)

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!


Gardening Party, Sister’s Birthday

Beautiful sisters, with their bright floral dresses, soft ringlet hair, shining blue eyes and adorable little smiles. These pretty little girls deserve a special little party to cherish and enjoy.

Dainty whites and vibrant pinks mingled with brown paper sack lunches and trendy urban gardening. Inspired by their urban farm life, I really enjoyed mixing the feminine and refined decor with a more surreal and down-to-earth activity… terracotta pot painting and wildflower seed planting!


Offered right from the start, sack lunches for the kids and finger foods for the adults. In my experience providing sack lunches for the kids is the most practical way to make sure the little ones get both a satisfying and healthy meal, while reserving the more elaborate appetizers for the adults, ensuring that everyone is happy.


Mixing a variety of intricate buntings and garlands is a beautiful and easy way to decorate for any event. A handful of simple garlands with more refined pieces like this Doily Bunting is sure to catch the eye. ThespoolroomIMG_8872_2

This brightly colored heart garland from our Valentine’s Day Brunch is a real favorite!


Finally, using some of my stash of stored-up fabric, I simply cut some strips and looped them onto a rope for a quick bunting. It worked beautifully,  filling up empty space and bringing all the colors together in one piece.


Using some of this fabulous double sided tape, intricate hand-crafted silk flowers stood alone in their beauty and grace. CharmingChicDecorIMG_8892

The details of these flowers are amazing and they make the perfect party decorations… brightening any room.


Take a peek at these adorable little favor boxes! Since the kids had such exciting craft favors to take home we decided to treat the mamas with a little something too: a plantable paper favor full of wildflower seeds and its very own spot of dirt and mini-pot. NatureFavors
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The highlight? Painting flower pots, playing with soil, and planting butterfly paper full of wildflower seeds!IMG_8925


Mini Terra-cotta pots & pretty recycled paper butterflies ready to be planted are a gift that keeps on giving. The little ones are so excited, waiting with anticipation for their wildflowers to grow!  NatureFavorsIMG_8951

An irresistible bucket of fresh soil, complete with bright gardening tools and pinwheels.IMG_8926IMG_8933

Letting their creativity flourish, mixing the colors seemed to be quite amusing

IMG_0284IMG_8974IMG_0382IMG_0380IMG_0391Couldn’t resist the fresh earth and a chance to pull up a chair and play for a while. We hope our little party inspires you to enjoy the simple pleasures and remember to stop and smell the… wildflowers =)


Happiest birthday girls ever!




Cozette showing off all the pretty decorations we incorporated into this special party. Be sure to check out their shops for even more variety and inspiration!

TheSpoolRoom upcycles gorgeous and vintage doilies to create one-of-a-kind garlands and buntings; delicate pieces, and each one is unique!
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The intricate and personalized wrappings always make me smile. A big Thank You! to our contributors.IMG_8629

Party at my house–it feels like a celebration every time a package arrives at my doorstep. NatureFavors has over a hundred options to choose from, with a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.

Our wildflower seeds have sprouted just over a week after being planted!


Such elegant variety! I’m so looking forward to incorporating these little beauties into more parties in the future. CharmingChicDecor creates beautiful and personalized decorations for any occasion, from gifts and favors to holidays and home decor. IMG_8699IMG_9491

I’ve already transformed one of these little pretties into a hair clip. Isn’t it just perfect?!
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Cars & Trucks / Transportation & Automotive, 2nd Birthday Party

Happy 2nd Birthday Zander!

This little boy loves everything car–especially Fire Trucks from his Daddy’s work and School Buses from his Mommy’s.

Personalized invitation sets included printed invites, envelopes and return labels. But that’s not all… check out the other items  delightpaperie provided below!


A large “Happy Birthday” banner is printed on glossy, sturdy paper and adjustable on a bright red ribbon.



Favor tags and table confetti, personalized to fit to occasion and send home a special note from the birthday boy.



Everything from invites & banners to table confetti & gift tags, and we especially love the waterproof bottle labels!IMG_6342




Check out her huge, growing collection of invitation and party accessories here :delightpaperie


Upon arrival guests were greeted at the entrance with this super adorable chalkboard poster, printed at FedEx for under $15! Marisol at Ladyfromsundesigns was really great to work with, very thorough and prompt.

IMG_6338 2 Personalized for the little birthday boy, these charts are the cutest way to keep track of these precious moments.


Use the code 20SALE to receive 20% off anything in the shop! Shop Now through April 30th.

Cupcake wrappers in monster truck, race car, metal diamond patterns… it doesn’t end there! Check out SewCouturebyMeg for full themed party supplies.IMG_6339 IMG_6307 IMG_6308


Like mud on a tire we loved combining these two beauties to really excite the kiddos!




Hand crafted and extremely adorable, these cupcake toppers really added a “wow” factor to the party. Little ones and adults alike loved ’em! Visit 4HeartsPaperCraftCo to see hundreds more of her crafty creations!IMG_6338 IMG_6314 IMG_6316


Birthday boy’s very own name banner! And with his favorite vehicles =)

Zander’s 2nd birthday was a huge success and he will have this sturdy foam name banner to keep for years to come.

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SheWhoCraftsLast personalized the Fire Truck and School Bus just for him. Happy Birthday Zander! IMG_6321 IMG_6414 IMG_6437


And don’t forget to take some time to wind down after the party!

This shirt provides the perfect bonus at the end of the day–an automotive town for the little one to drive his car on and a free back massage for dad, all while mom enjoys some well-deserved quiet time. Get yours at TheBlueBasketShop 🙂
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A Puppy Party for a 2nd Birthday

It’s a Paw-ty!

I had so much fun planning this precious Puppy Party for my daughter’s second birthday! I tried to keep it small this year in comparison to her first birthday party. Although it was difficult for me to narrow it down, at the end of the day we had a sweet little party with several of her playful pals.

Ballon & garland: tasselsandtails

I fell in love with the idea of a white picket fence surrounded with pink flowers, green grass and blue skies… I couldn’t find a stock puppy party theme like that online, and couldn’t remember where I had gotten the idea in the first place. Then it hit me – the Ikea piece of art that was sitting in my daughter’s room! A friend had gifted it to us only a month or so before, and I hadn’t gotten around to hanging it yet. Now was my chance! I started looking for white picket fences to go with my vision.

Wall Decal SissyLittle

Adopt a puppy! Not only a wonderful real life idea but the perfect theme for a toddlers birthday, the kids loved picking out their very own puppy to keep (complete with a leash and collar which I modified to fit such tiny little toys).

Adopt card MimsAndRanon

(Puppies doubled as party favors, and all for under $20, win!)


I set up “adoption center”, where I asked each of the children to pick a name for the puppy and sign a certificate of adoption. It was hilarious to hear the names they picked when put on the spot. We had a couple “Doggies,” a “There,” and one little boy named his baby brother’s puppy after himself 😉

White fence BarbaraAnnsCreations

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I sent each adoption certificate home with each child, tucked away in a personal note thanking them for joining us at the party and adopting a puppy. A great time saving tip for all you busy mamas out there!

Gift tags & Thank you notes byMMcC

It was oh so adorable to see her little friends bearing gifts, each excited as she was to open them and see what was inside.

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Moving into the kitchen, we had a delicious spread for lunch of bone-shaped watermelon pieces, PB&J, and juice in their very own personalized sippy cups (spill proof for mama!).


Chalkboard labels sookiedog



The adults enjoyed a Panini bar with a variety of all my favorite toppings – lightly buttered and grilled ’til the cheese melts on the skillet – mmmm!


After lunch and a brief play break…

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We called the little ones over to sing happy birthday and break out the puppy treats: poodle sugar cookies, bone rice crispys and puppy chow.


Cookie cutters chocolatesupplies


Framed photo cards MCopen

Recipe post to follow, so stay tuned!


All in all it was a wonderful September afternoon spent with pleasant company & playful friends.


Take a look at our fabulous Contributors to begin planning your own paw-ty!




The birthday girl eating breakfast and waiting for her party to start =)




Ninja Turtles Birthday Party

I’ll admit, a GIRL Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party was a bigger challenge then I’d imagined. When our almost four year old claimed her newest obsession (TMNT) I was excited to sojourn back into my childhood. A birthday party with my four favorite turtles?! Awesome! Or should I say, Cowabunga! Hubby and I were singing “turtles in a half shell…turtle power!” under our breath (or embarrassingly out loud) for weeks as we brainstormed.

This one stumped me folks.
But eventually I think we threw some pretty cute ideas together in time for a pretty great 3 year old to turn 4 in radical manner dude.



The invitations were made by my hubby, who is going to take center stage on a lot of these party highlights…Ninja Turtles? He couldn’t help himself. 56d76d5b529ee3bb58c6061eb642b763DSC_0755

   He also made the awesome birthday cake! A bust of the birthday girl’s favorite Ninja Turtle (Leonardo) sat atop a New York Sewer Lid, all made of moist chocolate truffle cake. Aahhh yum.DSC_076082c623a5950b3f9c24e0396412e93561I’ll give you one guess on what we had for lunch. The kid favorite was inhaled by little turtles and grown ups alike. The fact that each kid had their very own pizza box personalized with Lexie’s name made it all the more special. If you’re looking to repeat this party detail I’ll have to tell you it was super affordable and darn easy to do. Hungry Howie’s gave us as many Jr. pizza boxes as our heart desired (24) and all at 6 cents a piece. And the cute personalized labels were from Party Prints Plus (a delightful little etsy shop) for an extremely reasonable price. They have tons of other cute party decor that extends beyond the typical banners & bottle wraps (though they have those too!) check ’em out!



c6c994b09b573919b98169f4a938fc05We had a ball playing Ninja Turtle games! First up, toss the pizza in the pizza box Frisbee style. We used cardboard cake rounds we had on hand & some colored paper to make the pizza’s. My kiddos are still using them to play pizza parlor. The pizza toss was followed by nailing Shredder with ooze (green water balloons), Ninja training (“freeze it!” with karate moves), and a villain hunt. Would you believe it, there were bad guys hiding all over our backyard.




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DSC_0762670d0d5ae1976f310ea71870e4741e20A totally tubular birthday party dude! Hope you enjoyed it!

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Birthday Freebies!

April is my birthday month, and this year I decided to take advantage of the many fabulous birthday freebies some restaurants offer. Now that the month is over and I was able to try them all out I’m ready to share the list with you!

Some restaurants have expiration dates on the deals. The below freebies expiration dates are in reference to my birthday and/or when I signed up. I signed up for the freebies April 8th, and my birthday is April 14th.
Note: Have printer ready, as several offers must be printed immediately or within two views.
Some places also send you a welcome deal for signing up.
RA Sushi: Half-birthday special. When your half-birthday comes around they will send a $20 gift certificate special.
Kona Grill: $15 certificate.  exp 4.30
Benihana: $30 certificate dinner only M-Tr after purchase of entree. Must print.      exp 5.06
Carrabba’s: Free appetizer with purchase of entree.      exp 5.24
Culver’s: Buy one get on free value basket.     exp 4.23
Olive Garden: Free appetizer or dessert with purchase of two adult entrees. Welcome and bday gift the same.      exp 4.21
Islands: $5 off purchase of $25.      exp 4.18
Melting Pot: 6 free chocolate covered strawberries with $60 purchase.      exp 7.07
TCBY Frozen Yogurt: Birthday: $3.00 off total purchase. Welcome gift: buy one get one free up to $5.      exp 4.22
Jersey Mike’s Subs: Buy one get one free regular sub.
Rubio’s: Free meal up to $7  – welcome gift for signing up: 1 free taco. Show on smartphone.     exp 4.23
Denny’s: Grand slam breakfast on date of birthday. Must show ID and print.  exp day of birthday
Arby’s: Free 12oz shake with purchase.  Welcome gift: free roast beef classic. Must print.     exp 4.16 & 15
Grimaldi’s: Free large one topping pizza. Welcome gift: $5 off next bill.  Dine in dinner.     exp 4.19 & 18
Cold Stone: Buy one get one free.      exp 4.23
iHop: Free breakfast. Welcome offer: free breakfast.     exp 4.23
DelTaco: Welcome offer: 2 free grilled chicken tacos.      exp 4.24
On The Border: Free brownie sundae or bowl of queso. Welcome gift: free queso or sopapillas with purchase of entree.    exp 4.23
Einstein Bros: Free breakfast sandwich with drink purchase.  Welcome gift: free bagel with drink purchase.     exp 4.16
World Market: Birthday: 15% off purchase.      exp 5.08
Dairy Queen: Welcome: buy one get one medium blizzard.      exp 4.23
Orange Julius: Welcome: buy one get one fruit smoothie.      exp 4.23
Baskin Robbins: Birthday free ice-cream scoop, kids size.      exp 4.19
(Note, the image is also a link to more freebies! I will be checking those out next year;)

Birthday Party: Mermaid Merriment

I know, Dunkin’ Donuts are weeks into their “Tis the Season for Pumpkin” campaign, and the air is getting chilly, but I couldn’t resist sharing one last summer party with you.
This one took place back in August and was in honor of a mermaid lovin’ 3 year old.  On the scale of great big birthday parties, this one was small, but perfect and thanks to some of our lovely sponsors, featured some pretty adorable decor.



Starting with a color scheme that screamed “mermaid” and believe it or not was inspired by that super cute mix of paper straws below, combining “sea” elements (conk shell dishes, coral, sea weed, sand, & fish netting) to the atmospheric dimension of the hanging pom-poms & confetti garland made the whole thing Ocean themed while adding just the right amount of “girly”.  3-year-old mermaid lovers in attendance? All impressed.


Sea fairing foods fit for tiny mermaids & grandparent/parent mermaids alike…

“Sea Pearls”
(grape-sicles–or frozen grapes on a skewer)
“Driftwood, Seaweed, & Fish”
A plastic shell shaped bowl full of pretzel rods, goldfish crackers, and an actual dried seaweed snack found at the Farmer’s Market. Nobody liked it (too fishy!), but it was darn fun to try. With the darling nut cups next door, parents could help hungry tots to a pre-dinner snack.
“Shark Teeth”
A white American cheese block chopped into ragged triangular pieces.
“Mermaid Punch”
Country Time Lemonade with a couple of blue kool-aid packets stirred in.
“Tropical Sea Fruit”
There was nothing tropical about the fruit featured in this awesome fruit carving done by Occasions Catering, but we called it that for fun anyway. Featuring cantaloupe starfish, chopped watermelon,
“sandy” apples & hiccamuh sea shells & crabs, this little number was really the star of the show.



Those cinnamon & sugar covered apple slices had an accompanying peanut butter cream cheese dip (in the sand pail up above) that was completely scrumptious.




Store bought angel food cake chopped in half, slathered with cool whip, sprinkled with more “sea pearls” (sprinkles), and some generous handfuls of summer blackberries.  Light, easy, popular & delicious.




There are about a million shots of these pom poms because I just really couldn’t get enough of them. I love how they turned out just delicately hanging there at all different heights. Thanks to Pomtree who did a spectacular job on them and was also fun to work with.



Poster board cutouts of coral, seaweed, & starfish paired with vertically hung streamers helped to create a little bit of an “under sea” atmosphere. It certainly had the birthday girl singing, “Under the Sea” in an ongoing refrain ; )

And last but not least…party favors (in stinkin’ cute favor bags done by Spiral Sage, had teeny tiny “Little Mermaid” bottles of bubbles & a Crayola 6 pack of crayons in “Shimmering Mermaid” (picked up during back to school sales!)

Favor bags, paper straws, nut cups, and baker’s twine, all came from and adorable (& completely affordable!) Mermaid themed party pack offered by Spiral Sage. Check out more of their party bundles here.

Poms & circle garland by Pomtree whom I sent a picture of Spiral Sage straws too & Pomtree matched happily & perfectly : ) The tissue paper made pom poms came in perfect condition, included invisible fishing line for hanging, and detailed instructions. Awesome!

Thank you thank you to both of our post sponsors!!