Every time I heard of a friend thinking about doing a gender reveal I would suggest popping a giant black balloon… I probably suggested it more than once, since I was absolutely tickled at the idea of a shower of confetti raining down as the looks of surprise and joy spread across everyone’s face… You might say I was tickled pink 😉
So when the surprise of welcoming a third baby into our home came to us this summer I jumped at the idea of our own gender reveal balloon and photo shoot! It felt like such a long way off till we could find out the gender and start the planning. The hardest part was keeping the conviction of our four year old, that our baby would be a girl, under control: “we don’t know yet, but we’ll be happy with whichever we’re blessed with” riiiight!?!
Finally the day came. We ordered the balloons and confetti, had them filled before naps, and then the long wait began till papa came home. Thankfully our photographer is not only a close friend but also a close neighbor so we all agreed to meet outside after dinner. The kids loved to play with the giant balloons as we prepared for the great reveal!
Now I must say, I had some weird pregnancy dreams leading up to this day. Dreaming that the confetti would fall flat and I would be desperately attempting to throw it into the air; trying with all my might and make it sprinkle down over us as I’d always wanted. I am so pleased to say that nothing of the sort happened and in fact the confetti worked more perfectly than I had even imagined 🙂
Are you ready? It’s a…
GIRL!!! Not only did it shower down, it flew up into the air!Dresden was a bit taken back by the fact we popped a balloon, but Cozette and I had a grand ol’ time tossing the confetti and sharing in our excitement of a baby sister
Now, when I began looking for the confetti I had one qualification: it needed to be biodegradable. Since we would be celebrating in our community’s common area I wanted to be sure that after a day or so it wouldn’t be noticeable. I found what I was looking for at DyanisMemoryBox and am pleased to say it almost completely disappeared in just a few days!
Happy, happy Cozette will be welcoming her baby sister in February!
My dear cousin thought of the most awesome party theme for her little lumberjack’s first birthday. With everything from plaid tablecloths, chili lunch to toys, and games for the kids, to a burnt log birthday cake, this party was truly phenomenal.
It was such a pleasure to be a part of the planning and coordinating of her vision for her son’s first birthday. Happy first, nephew Cooper!
Is this not the most perfect picture? Silly little wild thing 🙂 The entire event was beautifully captured by Nic Dudek Photo. Her images are absolutely amazing and having her at the party was so much fun; she captured every little moment with ease. The children and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed her company.
On to the festivities!
Guests were greeted at the door with a cute chalkboard sign and a basket of lumberjack axes,
followed by a trail mix bar (with gift boxes to take some home),and a pop-up log cabin with coloring pages and wooden pencils for the kids!
The guests were then encouraged to find a seat and help themselves to a delicious chili bar!
Just don’t feed the bears! Lol.
The handsome little mountain man took pictures with everyone and played the entire time, while all eagerly awaited…
Look at these phenomenal cakes!
A banana “pancake” cake for Cooper to dig into after a quick chorus of “Happy Birthday.” And a fabulous burnt log cake for the rest of us to enjoy!
Check out that plaid!
We tasted both cakes and they were nothing short of delicious.
At the party’s end, after Cooper opened all his gifts and was wished the happiest of birthdays, we all agreed that the party was a big success.
Happy birthday sweet boy!
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. 😉
Brother 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… 🙂My 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.
Happy Birthday my dear!
A Blessing Way. Derived from a Native America tradition, our closest dear friends gathered together to share words of encouragement and blessings before the births of their babies. It was a beautiful evening of relaxation, laughter, good food and beautiful henna to grace the womb through the final stages of pregnancy.
Each lady was encouraged to create their own variation of bath salts, using muslin bags, Himalayan and sea salts, and a variety of soothing and fragrant herbs and flowers.
Words of encouragement and blessings, such as “expectation” and “contentment,” were written on a chalkboard, and each guest was given the chance to share the meaning behind their chosen word.
Each of the ladies getting beautiful henna tattoos.
The honored mothers were graced with belly henna.
The evening was a beautiful celebration of motherhood and sisterhood, and the expectant mothers were left feeling encouraged and pampered and prepared for the much anticipated births as well as the joy of welcoming their babies that lay ahead.
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.
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.
My favorite place to be: behind the scenes making sure everything runs beautifully.
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
Beauty doesn’t have to be complicated. And this book and story-themed bridal shower was simple, yet absolutely exquisite–by far the most lovely, relaxing, and enjoyable shower I’ve ever been to.
Hello, my name is Ariana. I’m beyond blessed to be the matron of honor for our bride-to-be, Abby.
As a long time friend of Tearah’s and a major in creative writing, she asked me to share my experience of this shower with you all. Enjoy!
Five tables with five genres of literature sat in a lush side courtyard filled with greenery and flowers. The guests inside, after getting light appetizers and coffee, were drawn into the fairytale-esque courtyard to peruse the beautifully detailed tables.
An icebreaker game of sticking the names of different book characters on people’s backs led to much laughter and animated discussion on which Shakespeare play started with O, or which red-haired twin in Harry Potter was George Weasley’s brother.
We wrote advice for the bride-to-be on cards that said, “The key to a happy marriage is…” Tearah’s sister Haven found delightful little keys that we attached to the advice cards. Now Abby can hang this “advice branch” in her home where she’ll have an aesthetically-pleasing place to find marriage advice!
Then we all watched a sweet video of the groom-to-be, Josh, answering silly and serious questions about Abby. The information in the video came in handy when we meandered back out to the courtyard for our next game: writing short stories about Josh and Abby. Depending on which table a guest sat at, they’d write a fairytale, a mystery story (Tearah’s team wrote a play!), a romantic story, a fantasy story, or a poem.
Then Abby judged which stories she liked best, and the winners got scented candles and chocolate. But we all felt like we won something, because every story we listened to was unique and entertaining.
I sat at the fantasy table, partly because I love fantasy and am writing a fantasy novel, and partly because the decorations were so accurate to the genre. Beautifully-bound Harry Potter books adorned the table, surrounded by greenery and dragon eggs and adorable little animals.
But the mystery table won the prize for the most epic. My brother’s copy of a Kurt Vonnegut book he didn’t like was slathered with melted candle wax, then stabbed into with his ornate dagger. The treasure chest, magnifying glass, and Sherlock Holmes books on a burgundy tablecloth completed the scene.
The fairytale table had all the things a little princess needs with plenty of flower crowns for the fairytale fans, a white unicorn, a swan, and of course the Grimm Brothers’ talented works.
The bride-to-be’s favorite table, poetry, was graced with some of the most classic poems ever written, with faded books and roses to add to the aura.
And the romance table was just…romantic. Something about the rose petals and candles made me sigh when I saw it.
Many thanks to Tearah, Haven and Kellyn for attending to every last detail! It is so wonderful to have friends whose talents lie in the areas of decoration and organization to make a party perfect. 🙂
Crisp Autumn air, warm and richly colored fall decor, friends, family and Thanksgiving. What’s not to love about November?
This year I hosted an intimate gathering of close friends to share our thanksgivings over a warm meal and sparkling drinks.
And yes, tis’ mid-November and the afternoons are still warm enough to leave the front door open for a while…
Trust me, I would very much love to be lighting a fire and dawning layers of scarves, but alas – this is Phoenix.
Grapevine wreaths make for a simple seasonal decor, and we just added a touch of felt acorns and bronze colored “berries.” I think I’ll just add some boughs of holly in a day or two, and my Christmas decor will be well underway!
As always, vines make for great additions to any season.
Cocktail garnish and Pinterest recipes to follow.
And a delicious apple pumpkin bunt cake for dessert.
The simple yet elegant table spread featured our favorite linen tablecloth and my grandma’s vintage silverware.
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with Joy. Psalm 126:3