Mexican fiesta{Photos from a Mexican fiesta party I threw for my sister 4 years ago}

My younger brother, Joel and his fiance, Katie are having a co-ed shower (basically just a huge party) on Saturday with a Mexican fiesta theme. Both sides of the family are helping out to make the shower a success. Here are the items I am helping with (along with my sister):

Decorations which will include:
Papel picado
Cylinder vases with lemons and limes
Colorful flowers in Mexican soda bottles and salsa cans

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Juliet's dreamy clouds 2nd birthday partyI really shouldn’t be blogging right now and prepping for Juliet’s party instead but I’m tired and have already worked on a few projects this evening (for a peek at those projects check out my Instagram). Juliet went to bed early because she isn’t feeling the best. I really really really hope she is feeling better by Saturday. Last year she got strep throat a couple days before her party and while she was no longer contagious she was a bit out of sorts on her birthday.

I am so excited about her party on Saturday and so is Juliet. She has mastered singing happy birthday and she knows her birthday is February 16th. She tries hard but can’t quite figure out how to hold up two fingers yet. Maybe by the weekend.

I can’t really explain my creative process and how I came up with the theme “dreamy clouds” but I think it had to do with the fact that Juliet loves these two lamb stuffed animals that she calls her “yammies”. I pondered doing a lamb-theme but that didn’t feel right and then I started thinking about an all white cloud theme playing off lamb’s fluffy wool. When I thought all white I thought that sounded really dreamy and loved that idea. I added in some sparkly gold and there you go, “dreamy clouds”.

My party philosophy is all about celebrating the guest of honor with lots of pretty details, great food and personal touches wherever possible. It’s really not my style to spend a ton of money on the parties I host so I always do a lot of DIY projects and try to find deals wherever possible. Juliet’s party dress was $16 and from Old Navy and it is absolutely perfect. I’m using baby’s breath because it’s so airy, light and pretty and also it’s super affordable. I am planning on making Juliet a little baby’s breath headband to wear but my gut is saying she won’t keep it on so maybe I won’t bother.

I’ll have a few activities for the kiddos (there will be about 9 kids between the ages of 10 weeks and 5 years) like coloring, glueing cotton balls to make little clouds on paper and most importantly, a dance party. Juliet loves to listen to her favorite song (Move It Move It) and dance like crazy. It’s one of my favorite things to watch her do.

I’m also really excited for the kiddos party favors. A couple of my favorite kid’s product companies are providing product for the favors and we’ll have a 4-pack of Little Green Pouches and puzzles from HABA toys as well as a few things I’ll be adding.

As far as food we are serving appetizers, snacks and dessert. The party is 3pm-5pm so we don’t need to do a full dinner which is nice because appetizers are my favorite anyway. And it’ll be easier with the kiddos to just serve snacks. We’ll have a blend of healthy and not so healthy snacks (from fruit to animal crackers to smoothies in Little Green Pouches and mac n cheese bites).

Dessert is going to be a white and gold candy table (candy is being provided from Sweet Works, they have gold Sixlets! So awesome) and I am making cloud sugar cookies with royal icing, plus we’ll have a cake and cupcakes. I should probably apologize in advance for the sugar rush the kids will have.

I am working with Shannon from Grace and Guy Paperie on Etsy for all the paper items. She designed incredibly perfect invitations and is making placecards and signs (including signs with my favorite dream quotes to display around the party). If you are in need of paper goods for an upcoming party I suggest checking her out. She does really nice work and is super responsive and reasonably priced.

Here is my Pinterest board for the party if you’re interested in seeing more. And be sure to follow me on Instagram as I’ll definitely be posting a few photos the day of the party.

My baby girl is almost 2. The past 2 years have honestly been like a really good dream, so this theme is very fitting. I couldn’t possibly love her more. 

Photo credits/links:

Cloud cake 
Cloud cookies 
Chiffon-rosette tulle dress
Baby’s breath headband 
Follow Your Dreams print
Powered sugar donut tower

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Sources {Cake, Heart toppers, Macarons, love printable, gold balloons, gold vase}

It shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone that I am really excited for Juliet’s first birthday party.  It’s going to be a beautiful party with lots of great brunch food, gorgeous desserts, my family and closest friends.

Juliet will love it.

She is always happy when surrounded by a lot of people and she adores my family and all the attention they give her.  Her party is going to be a wonderful celebration.  I can’t wait.

I’ve heard the other side.  “She won’t remember it”.  “You’re having the party for you, not her”.  “She won’t even know what’s going on”.

I don’t care what anyone says.  Why wouldn’t I celebrate her?  Why wouldn’t I throw a party in honor of the the most amazing year of my life so far, all because of her.

She is so worth the celebration.  And she will have fun!  She’ll eat lots of cake (which won’t quite be her first taste of sugar) and I’ll stare at her in awe and so much love when the frosting is smeared in her hair.  I’ll laugh at her dad when he stresses about the mess.  It’s going to be such a good day.  I can’t wait.

The inspiration board contains a few of my ideas:

Baby love.
Lots of hearts.
Pink and sparkly gold.
Brunch (duh!).
Bubbly drinks,
Beautiful pink macarons,

Click here to follow my Pinterest board with lots more details.

My baby girl is almost one (in 3 weeks!).  Juliet is going to rock toddlerhood.

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{Photo credit: Martha Stewart and Country Living}

I am very excited to co-host a tea party/baby shower for my sister-in-law Nikki on Sunday. My mom, sister, aunt and I are all hosting the shower with tons of sweet tea details including:

A white tent with suspended chandelier
Tables with flowery fabric as tablecloths
Antique tea cups and saucers
A vintage, silver tea kettle set
Cucumber and radish tea sandwiches
Caprese tea sandwiches
Mini scones
Mini quiche
Mini donuts
Macarons
Cupcakes and cake (the gals in my family have a major sweet tooth!)
A tea table with three different types of tea
Flowery fabric bunting

Right now the weather predicts a sunny day and 80 degrees, it couldn’t get more perfect than that!

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{Photo credits: Country Living}

Erik and I are hosting a BBQ on Sunday with a small group of friends and some family.  I decided on a good old-fashioned hoedown.

Here are some of my ideas:

“Hoedown Hits-the-Spot” signature drink: alcoholic popsicles
A corn-on-the-cob eating contest
Hay bales (if I can find them)
Bandana decor (I’m thinking of making bunting or some kind of banner)
Red and white gingham tablecloths
Sunflowers
On the menu: still TBD but maybe fried chicken, homemade biscuits, corn-on-the-cob, etc. All the dessert recipes are from Reddi-wip.
Square dancing music?! Maybe.
Cowboy hats

Sounds like fun doesn’t it?  Lots of photos to be posted early next week!

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