July 23, 2014

A Minnie Birthday Bash: Part Two

I had so much fun putting together this party. From the details, the food, and the guests, it was amazing watching it unfold the day of. I'm pretty sure Miss A had a great time, even if she can't remember it, she has lots of pictures and videos to look back on when she gets older.

We were so happy to have our parents, her grandparents here to celebrate with us. After driving 12+ hours and flying over to be with us, we couldn't be more grateful.

The ladies- my mother in law, two sister in laws, me, and my mom!

The gentlemen- my brother, husband, father in law, adopted brother (hubby's best friend), and my dad. 

The party started off outside, which was where all the food and drinks were, along with entertainment for the kids. Miss A spent some time on the swing before the majority of her friends arrived. 

We had her elephant game outside, which blows out fireflies and comes with two nets for the kids to catch them. They were more interested in picking them up off the floor and stuffing them back into the elephant, which kinda made me sad that we didn't get a pinata after all!

Setting up a coloring station was a last minute idea and I'm glad I did it, because all her friends actually sat down and took some time to create a Minnie masterpiece.

She looked so cute in her Minnie dress and sparkly shoes! I got the dress from Esty and found the shoes a few months ago on clearance at Target. 

No time to waste when to comes to cupcakes! She dove face first into the frosting.

Opening all her gifts was the highlight of the day. She loved, loved ripping open every package and was delighted to find her very own Anna doll. 

Of course we can't forget Minnie! We have Frozen and Minnie toys up to our ears, along with lots of new books, clothes, and a few fun educational toys for me to get started on our preschool corner, which I hope to start this fall.

Now that the party is over, I'm a little sad, and also nostalgic. Reflecting on the past year, it's amazing to think about how much she has changed and grown since turning one years old. In a year she learned to walk, run, talk, put together three, sometimes even four word sentences, sing, count, and develop a sense of humor so much like her Daddy. She loves to play, laugh, hide, and dance. Stickers, dogs, cats, bunnies, blueberries, coloring, being outside, songs, and singing are a few of her favorite things. I absolutely love staying home with  her and being there for every minute.

July 22, 2014

A Minnie Birthday Bash: Part One

With so many pictures to share, I thought I'd start off the fun with the part I spent the most time on: the details. I started planning Miss A's party two months ago, browsing Pinterest for ideas, making my very own "Minnie" board, figuring out what I could DIY and make myself, and what I had to purchase from the store. We had a small budget (at least in regards to a party) and I was determined to make it special, festive, and beautiful. I've always loved party planning and was up for the challenge. I loved every minute of it and honestly, I already miss it! I'd craft during nap time, nights when my husband was working, and if I had the rare moment where Miss A was occupied on her own. I made everything, except the cake!

The party was held outdoors, however, that didn't stop me from decorating indoors too! We had the cake table inside to keep it away from bugs and from the heat (it was awfully hot that day, which was a bummer). I decorated the mantle in our family room with the board I made for her photo shot (more on that in a future post), two stuffed Minnie's she already had, a "two" banner that I made, and pink and white streamers. I also printed out several pictures from her photo shot and framed them. 

On our front door I hung a welcome sign that I made using my printer and decorative cardstock. I also tied a few balloons and streamers to the walkway.

By far my favorite aspect of the party was the cake table. Everyone helped me put it together, handing me strip after strip of tape, being my eyes from afar, and making sure I didn't fall off the chair I had to stand on. I made the "happy birthday" banner, the streamers, and printed out the Minnie cutouts. 

I also made the cupcakes and decorated them with mini Oreo's for ears. The two Minnie dolls we already had and the stuffed Minnie and Mickey were gifts from her grandpa. I ordered the "2" stickers from an seller on Groopdealz

Ah, the cake! I can't take credit for the cake. My friend made it to a "T" of a picture I showed her. She was spot on with what I asked for, it was gorgeous, and tasted really good too! I didn't want to cut it, it was so beautiful.

We had two tables outside for guests to eat and chat. I covered the tables in matching pink tablecloths, a glittery pink runner that I found at Michaels, circle dot confetti, and bucket centerpieces I made with Minnie cutouts. I printed out the Minnie's on white cardstock, cut them out, and taped them to lollipop sticks. I made the black cutouts by hand and printed out the bows and cut those out. I stuffed the buckets (from Walmart) with pink Easter grass and stuck on a "2" sticker to the front. 

Miss A's friends had lots of toys to play with. Her ball pit, lots of cars to ride on, a sidewalk chalk mat that I put together with old cardboard boxes, her swing set, and a coloring station. 

For the food we had chicken fingers (Goofy's silly fingers), pigs in a blanket (hot diggity dogs), chex mix (Pluto's doggie treats), veggies (Daisy's garden veggies), a pasta salad (Minnie's bowtique pasta), and fruit salad (Mickey's fruity salad). Sadly I completely forgot to take a picture of the drink table, which was out by the tables. It was also covered in a pink polka dot tablecloth (Amazon) and we served pink lemonade, sweet tea, water, and wine for the adults. I also had pink polka dot straws for even more festiveness!

Tomorrow I'll share the rest- family shots, Miss A in her birthday dress, cutting the cake, and opening presents. Stay tuned!

July 21, 2014

Our Two-Year-Old Photo Shoot

Hi there! I'm finally coming back to the blogging world after two weeks of a little hiatus. Miss A's birthday celebrations kicked off early with the arrival of my in-laws, followed by my parents, friends, and a weekend of partying. She is a very lucky little girl! I can't believe we have a TWO year old. I thought this day was stil so far off in the future. Low and behold, her birthday has passed, the cake has been eaten, the presents unwrapped. She was spoiled rotten by all and absolutely loved all the attention. I can't wait to show you all the photos from her party!

But first, I want to share with you her photos from her two-year-old session. With so much going on it was nearly impossible for me to pull together a blog post, hence why I'm now getting around to sharing these. I've have had this post drafted since the beginning of the month!

Our photos were taken by Southern Seedling Photography, a local photographer in the triangle area of North Carolina. We took our pictures at a park and we were blessed with hot, humid weather. Haha. At least it didn't rain! Without further adieu, here are a few of my favorites.

Sadly, this is the only time Miss A actually smiled. Girlfriend was NOT in the mood to be photographed that day. Sigh. Nothing can ever go to plan with a toddler right? At least we have this beautiful picture of her up on her Daddy's shoulders. He can always get her to smile. 

Just precious. This one is already framed in our living room. 

A favorite for everyone. Printed and hand delivered to her grandparents and this one is also sitting framed on our mantel. I love the expression on her face. 

Also another favorite! I do wish she would have smiled. Oh well!

There you have it! I'll be back tomorrow with lots and lots of pictures of her party. Happy Monday!