Saturday, April 4, 2015

Charles is ONE!

Charles turned one on March 24 and we celebrated with some family and friends last Saturday at our house.  In some ways it feels like he's been around 5 years and in other ways it seems like I was just pregnant.  I decided to go with a "party animal" theme - lots of animals and party hats!  

Special thanks to my mom and Bailey for all of their help getting ready for the party.  I was in NYC for the 3 days leading up to his birthday and could not have pulled it off without them.

Picture overload time.


Invitations - I ordered the Caspari Party Animal directly from Caspari and then designed and printed out the text at home - easy and cost efficient.


My sweet mom made the cakes for me (funfetti!).  I made the little bunting banners quickly in powerpoint and printed out on cardstock and glued to grilling skewers :)  I ordered all the animals off Amazon & the little party hats for the animals off Etsy - see specific links & sources for everything at bottom.










Favors - I saved his baby food jars, stripped the labels (quite the pain!), spray painted the lids and spray painted mini animals to create a fun and festive treat for the guests to take home.



I found these cute and free hats online (signature party hats at Caravan Shop) that were perfect - different animals in black and white wearing colorful party hats.  I printed them out on cardstock and Bailey made the yarn pom pom that we hot glued onto the tops.

Olivia was so thrilled to be modeling one for us...







Someone was NOT a fan of everyone staring at him in his highchair.

We moved his highchair out into the backyard a bit away from everyone and he was a little more curious.



Someone wanted his cake...


The man of the hour with his adoring grandparents















Our dear friends, Liz & Jack, gave him the cutest Ray Ban juniors.  Josh was jealous of them!


Charles - we love you so much and are so proud of the little boy you are becoming!

One more of the animals in party hats bc I can't stand how cute they are.  I think I'll put them on the bookcase in his room with the hats for a little, but then strip the hats and let him play with them as he gets older and is more interested in them.  All except the tiger (which I just realized along with the giraffe is not pictured) are darling and very realistic -- the tiger is a crazy neon.




XO,
Whit

Thursday, March 19, 2015

60th birthday ideas - round 2 - pink, gold & pineapples

The second 60th birthday celebration was for my mother-in-law, Jean.  She loves all things pink and gold, so I tried to make this party at my house a "pink princess" (as my sister dubbed it!) theme.

For my centerpiece I spray painted real pineapples gold.  I have to say, they turned out looking really cool and lasted for about a week before I had to toss them.  I'll definitely be doing this again!






Sugar Paper Gold Cabana Stripe Placecards and P Press Papers Happy Birthday tags - Iocals, I picked these up at If It's Paper in Ridgewood Shopping Center.

I opted for the gold large number balloons this time (still from Party City) and the pink and gold balloons from The Party Shop at Cameron Village.

Another little banner whipped up in PowerPoint.

Furbish Oval Leopard Tray was perfect for happy hour

We all tried to wear some pink (forgot to grab Charles something).  Love this side of my family too!




Another through the decades banner (doing this month-by-month for Charles' 1st bday party next weekend).  Love this shot of Jean and the three sons.



Cake from Edible Art


Next up, Charles' 1st birthday (3/24)!

XO,
Whit