My son is really into the Justice League, so I planned his 6th birthday with that theme. I customized almost everything to fit each superhero of the Justice League.
WE had a ROAR-ingly good time at my son’s Dinosaur 3rd Birthday Party. The kids had such a great time and the dino theme was easy to put together. It was DINO-mite!
This room was designed for a little boy to update his nursery to his “big boy” room. The bead board wainscotting, convertible toddler bed and dresser were existing. My client wanted a “celestial” theme that was not too “themey”. This drove the design in that most (although not all) of the elements of the design were suggestive of the celestial theme, rather than literal. This is how I prefer to approach children’s room design because it allows the room the grow with the child. Who wants to completely redecorate every couple of years?!
How am I a 4 year old’s mom?!?! Ok, coming back to reality. I wanted to do art theme on my son’s third birthday party initially. But, I went with a different theme then.
One day he just randomly told me he LOVES painting. And that remained consistent for about a month. So, I went along with the theme for his fourth birthday.
Boys & cars go hand in hand. When designing for a 4 year old boy, we didn’t have to look far for a creative theme when transforming this space into a cool & contemporary junior room. From a chain-link lamp, a headlight pendant, and your classic black and white racing pattern, there was no shortage of details for the littlest of car lovers.
I wanted to create a woodland nursery, but wanted it to be more sophisticated and of course gender neutral. I fell in love with gold rub and buff and realized how easy it is to make anything inexpensive look a little more upscale (even plastic!). I was definitely sticking to a tight budget so I DIY’d as much as possible and working in a tiny space for twins.
Paddington Bear inspired nursery.
Our three-year-old loves all things trucks! I tried to create something unique incorporating his love for trucks…so garbage trucks it was!
A blue and red room for a toddler boy that combines several themes – cars, airplanes, animals, and superheroes.
When my son told me he wanted a shark themed birthday party, I won’t lie, I was a bit stumped. Having never planned an animal/fish/mammal party before, I decided to start with the venue. It was important to me to have a space where kids could enjoy the party, have an activity to participate in, but more importantly, burn off some energy! (I mean, we are talking about Kindergartners here!)
After talking with the folks at the aquarium, I decided that location would best suited for a smaller group. Next on my list, The Aqua Shop. I gave them a call and visited the store and was sold! This place was perfect. It’s an indoor surf shop with a retail section as well. The Aqua Shop has bounce houses, a back room for parties, and indoor surfing. I booked the shop and began to think about the invitations.
I am a huge fan of adding “bling” or “flare” to all my invites. It’s the extra detail that really makes the invitations special. For this invite, I chose to do a 4 x 9″ so I could add my “flare” aka plastic shark to the back so each kid would have something to remind them of the cool party about to happen. I also hand cut shark bite marks into each invite. (Again, it’s all about the details!)
Since this party was on location at The Aqua Shop, I decided to keep the dessert table simple. I ordered wave patterned fabric and had a table cloth made. The party favors were super fun sharks, sunglasses and a shark tooth candy necklace. I used the party favors to decorate the table. I had custom m&m’s made, which were a hit to kids and grandparents alike! I also used Swedish Fish to accent the table.
The party was during lunch, so I brought Chick-fil-A nuggets in with chips and juice boxes. And let’s not forget the fruit! I made a watermelon shark and added green grapes. I found the tutorial here. The kids were in awe (and it was SO easy!).
I ordered a sheet cake from my local bakery and asked them to make the icing look like waves because I had a great idea brewing in my mind. I found a plastic shark at Toys R Us, cut it in half like I did for my dino party (see the tutorial here), and had the cutest cake!
To get some cute pics, I ordered a diecut shark head and a personalized wooden surf board. Using these simple props made the pictures more fun to take and the kids were really interacting with each other.
My son requested a shark themed 4th birthday party!
We wanted a nursery that could work for either gender in case our next child is a girl. My favorite color is yellow, so we painted unique stripes around the room. The inspiration for the stripes is an actual paint chip. We chose a gradient from dark on the bottom to light near the ceiling with small white stripes between. I think it makes the room feel larger and taller.
Since the the walls are so bright and modern, we wanted the rest of the room to feel classic and traditional in contrast. Most of pur accents are whites and neutrals to balance the bright walls.
A nautical nursery for our ocean state baby.
After we moved into our house just over a year ago, our little Monkey’s room was an after thought. This summer I finally took the time to design a room that is not only more functional, but also a better reflection of his personality.
We converted Reese’ jungle themed nursery into his “big boy” bedroom. I painted the mural when I was 32-36 weeks pregnant and Reese so enjoys saying goodnight to his jungle friends that we made it a priority to create a layout for his new Jeep bed that did not obscure the mural.
Little Hudson turned two! I couldn’t wait to throw a Southern Style bash for my little Southern Boy!
A LEGO City Police inspired birthday full of fun and home made elements, from the decor to the desserts.
A classic Star Wars motif with a modern feel for a young boy that loves Star Wars.
A calming, woodland themed nursery for my soon-to-be-born son.