A Look Back: A Gold and Pink Party for Everly

So this post is beyond late. Like 6 months late. Everly will be 2.5 years old on January 30th, so I figured it was time I share her 2nd birthday party with you. It’s so late on account of all the things that had been going on that kept me from blogging. Better late than never right?

For her second birthday, I decided to do a gold and pink theme, with a little bit of sparkle. She is such a little girly girl I thought it would be a perfect fit for her. I had so much fun planning all of the little details. It’s easy to say that now that I can look back on it and smile; but maybe if you had asked me at 1:30am the morning of, I may have said something else as I iced 60 cupcakes in my kitchen…

We decided to rent a hall for her party because we were expecting quite a few guests, I didn’t want to chance it incase it rained which would leave us cramming people into our house. (It’s a good thing we did, because it was pouring rain the day of her party.)

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Her birthday banner I made myself (I purchased the card stock from Michaels, as well as the gold polka-dot wallpaper.) The tassels I made myself. Each one is a single sheet of tissue paper. They were a little time-consuming to make (only because I needed quite a few of them), but they turned out great.

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The cake pops I purchased from Starbucks – they are a little pricey but the kids LOVED them. The pink cotton candy jelly beans I purchased from bulk barn. The cotton candy I purchased from a local business owner, it came in the containers and was around $1.50 per tub. Again, these were a huge hit with the kids. I added the gold sparkle tape around the tubs, which I purchased on clearance from Michaels. The chalk board easel I also purchased from Michaels, and the carnations were a pretty touch. The cupcakes I made myself, and dusted them all with some edible gold sparkles. I am really happy with how they turned out (well worth the effort – again, easy to say now).

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The loot bags and tags I purchased on clearance at Michaels and filled them with little trinkets from Dollarama. The sand buckets were for the littlest ones. The princess rendition of “pin the tail on the donkey” was also purchased from the dollar store.

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I tried to buzz around as much as possible to take pictures of all of the guests and kids playing together – it’s times like that I could really use a clone…

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How sweet is she?! I think my little cupcake had a great party.

Review of Artful Monkeys, Personalized Invitations and Party Printables

In the past, for the kid’s birthday invitations, I chose to order them through Shutterfly. Don’t get me wrong, Shutterfly is great, but this year I wanted something a little more personal and “homemade”.

For Maxton’s 4th birthday party, I decided to do a Superhero Theme (he LOVES Spiderman, The Hulk, Captain America etc.) and wanted to find the perfect invite to showcase this. So, I turned to Etsy to see what I could find. I wanted a shop that would create a digital image of the invite so I could email, text and/or print the invites myself.

So I searched “Superhero Birthday Invitations” and came across one that I LOVED. The shop’s name is Artful Monkeys, and she is based in the UK.

I chose the Superhero party invite ($14.25 CAD) and emailed the shop owner as soon as I saw it. She replied immediately and once I sent her the details, she had the completed invite emailed to me within a few hours! I couldn’t believe how quick and affordable they were. I was so happy with how it turned out, I couldn’t wait to send them out to all of Maxton’s little party guests!

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I blocked out the location of the party, but the whole thing looks fantastic! I am so pleased with how it turned out and the turnaround time for the completed invitation.

If you are looking for any invitations or party packs, check out Artful Monkeys. We have teamed up to save you 15% off your order until October 31, 2015, by entering code HWBLOG15.  So head on over to her shop today!

 

Maxton’s Bubble Guppies Party

On Saturday we celebrated Maxton’s third birthday, with a Bubble Guppies themed party (he doesn’t actually turn three until the 24th). Bubble Guppies is probably his favourite TV show, and has been for a while so I figured it would be something he would enjoy.

I see this TV show multiple times a day, so I had a pretty good idea on what I wanted to do and the colours I wanted to stick with.

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You will have to excuse the picture quality. I was racing around minutes before all the little guppies arrived, and wasn’t paying much attention to the settings nor did I do a great job at centering the photos.

The party was supposed to be outside, but just like last year for his party, it poured rain. It had been threatening rain all week, and it literally started to pour five minutes before his party started.

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The Bubble Guppies characters I purchased from Party City. They actually came in six, 6ft strands, but I thought I would get creative and tape them through the streamers to make it look like they were swimming in water.

The sign I made myself from scrapbook paper from Michaels. I love making the signs, it is so much more fun than just buying one.

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The plates, napkins and orange paper straws I purchased from Dollarama, with the exception of the Bubble Guppies plates; they were from Party City.

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It was fun coming up with funny little names for the food – makes it that much more fun.

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The cupcakes I made myself, and the cupcake toppers I also did myself. I printed them off of the Nickelodeon Junior website, cut them out, and taped them to the back of toothpicks.

The cake I had made by “Not A Cupcake“. She did an amazing job and only charged $35. Most importantly, Maxton loved it, and it tasted delicious!

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He was so excited to blow out the candle!

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So serious – he loved his piece of cake though!

Overall, despite the fact that we had to cram 40+ adults and kids into our house, it turned out great and Maxton had a blast.

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I hope my little guy enjoyed his Bubble Guppies party. I still can’t believe he’s almost three…

Tea Time for ONE!

The weekend before Everly’s first birthday, we had a tea party for her at our home. As a little girl, I loved having little tea parties. I am sure she will enjoy having them too, and figured I might as well start her young. Right?

I did a lot of prep work beforehand, and it still felt like I was running around like a chicken with my head cut-off, the morning of.

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The pom-poms I made myself out of tissue paper – they were super easy to make (I will post on how to make them soon). The banner I also made out of scrapbook paper, and the balloons were ordered from Party City.

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The first birthday stat board was surprisingly easy to make, and fun! I purchased a piece of white foam board from Michaels for $4.99, and covered it with black chalk board paint. I also purchased some chalk board markers, which were $19.99 but I had a 40% off coupon (for Michaels). I planned out the design on a piece of paper, and in some places I sketched it out lightly in pencil first. It turned out pretty good!

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The tea cups and saucers were one of my favourite parts. One of them was Steve’s grandma’s, which I chose from her collection when she passed away; and the other three are my Baba’s, and I chose them when my mom packed up my Baba’s belongings before she moved in with my Mom. (The spoons are also hers.)

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The plates/napkins and cutlery were from Dollarama, the paper straws I got at Target, and the candy I purchased from Bulk Barn. I thought it was a classic touch to put them in my fine china (which never gets used). After all, it’s a tea party; might as well be fancy!

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The shortbread I made myself, and picked up the cookie-cutters at Michaels. The Raspberry Jam Thumb-Print Cookies I also made from scratch and they were a big hit! I will be posting the recipe for that as well. The best part about them was the jam was homemade!

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Oh the cupcakes…mmm. I also made these myself, the night before her party. I feel like it was a bit ambitious to use coloured icing as it was more time-consuming to make separate batches of buttercream, but it was definitely worth it! The piping turned out alright – overall, I was quite pleased with how they turned out, and I think the tea party guests would agree!

I still wanted Everly to have a full-sized cake, at least for her first birthday. I found a local home-based cake business by the name of “Not A Cupcake” and she made an amazing tea-pot cake. It was much larger than I was expecting and I really didn’t need to make the cupcakes, but it was fun to have both. The cake only cost $40, and she threw in a free “smash cake” for her (details on that to come). I was so impressed with it – she did an amazing job on the design, and it was delicious!

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I wonder what was going through her little head…

A few more pictures of the afternoon…

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It was a great birthday tea party!

 

One Year of Miss Everly

July 30, 2013 | 7:10am | 9lbs 1oz | 21 inches long

One year ago today, I became a Mommy of two. I will never forgot putting Maxton to bed, the night before my C-section. Overcome with tears as I closed his bedroom door, knowing the next time I saw him, our lives would be so much different, in an incredible way. Wondering if I would be bringing him home a little brother, or a little sister. Wondering if my heart would be able to love another child the same way I loved Maxton, and how there would be room in my heart for this to happen.

Let me tell you, as I lay on the operating table, listening to my OB walk me through the surgery, listening to her every word waiting to meet that little person “I see big shoulders and big cheeks. Here we go…It’s a…girl!” As she held her up for me to see, my heart swelled and I was overcome with love for my daughter.

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That beautiful little chubby face. I couldn’t wait for Maxton to meet her. Even though he had no idea what it would really mean to have a baby sister, I knew he would love her just as much.

In the past year…

– You have made us a family of four

– You have given your big brother a forever-friend

– You have put a strain on our bank account with all of the cute clothing and accessories out there :p

– You have made us laugh every day

– You have shown me that it is possible to survive an entire year, without sleeping through the night once

One Month

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Two Months

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Three Months

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Four Months

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Five Months

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Six Months

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Seven Months

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Eight Months

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Nine Months

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Ten Months

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Eleven Months

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Twelve Months

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It’s amazing how much a child grows and changes before your eyes in their first year…Here’s a couple more from today.

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I have so much more to share with you. We had her Birthday Party, or should I say, “Tea Party” this past weekend, and we did her cake smash today. Stay tuned for those!

At twelve months…

– She is just shy of 24 pounds, and is 30 inches tall

– She is crawling, cruising along furniture, and can stand on her own. Just waiting for her to take her first few steps!

– She can say Mama, Dada, Bah (ball), Beebee (baby), Na-na (banana), no-no (obviously no, no), fan & isat (what’s that). She also babbles a lot in between!

– She loves to get into whatever her big brother is doing, she loves bubble guppies, all of her dolls, and the little kitchen

– She still does not sleep through the night

– She loves scrambled eggs, mortadella and raspberries

– She has eight teeth, and it wouldn’t surprise me if I saw a molar any day now

– She likes to wave, play peek-a-boo, dance, blow kisses, clap and point

– She loves animals and goes crazy when a commercial with a dog or cat comes on

– I am squeezing her into the few size four diapers we have left

Oh sweet girl, where did the time go…You are growing up so quickly, if only I could slow time.

We love you so much!

Happy 1st Birthday, Everly! xo