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Kennedy’s Enchanted Forest Fairy/Gnome 3rd Birthday

Kennedy wanted a Fairy Party, I didn’t want to go with the typical fairy garden theme. I know how much she loves the outdoors and animals and so it began. I started gutting out our woods on the side of our house and made her and Enchanted forest. I thought of this idea because when I was little my family would take us to this spot in town “The Enchanted forest” and it was so magical to me and was one of my favorite memories growing up. So much stuff to do there and see bowling pins made out of wood, houses, tables, Little men made out of wood, trails you name it. So back to Kennedy’s party I went with an Enchanted forest fairy and gnome Party. I wanted it to feel whimsical, magical, enchanting, majestic. Something she and her cousins and friends could play in after her party and many years to come. I started working on the woods when there was still mounds of snow everywhere,(we live in Maine)  I had a time limit to get this done before her party came along. So I brought out the shovels and starting digging. The area I chose on the side of the house was just perfect, the trees seem to spread out just perfect soo I found the trails I wanted to add and started cutting with a saw and machete (which took forever) and tipping over the dead trees and hauling them out. Thank goodness Kennedy’s papa came along with the chain saw and it HELPED out in a big way!  So finally we got the trees cleared out, I began lining the trails with Rocks , which took A LOT of Rocks to do and took a lot of grunting and groaning trying to push this wheelbarrow through the woods up the trails filled with a ton of rocks. (Gets super heavy). Once that was completed my father’s  friend had given him a pretty nice wooden swing set for Kennedy awhile ago. That wasn’t put together yet, so I had him take the Slide and put it in the forest. Same with the swings and the  Rock climbing wall. I spread them out amongst the trails. Parts from the swing set I used  to make bridges for the trails and also made a tent out of spare pieces. His friend also gave us a nice sandbox that his grand daughter outgrew. So in the sandbox went in to the forest (which is a big hit with he kiddos).  I had the perfect spot near the end of the trail, it came to a complete straight line so I went and purchased large outdoor bowling pins and put them in, it opened up at the end of the trail for the perfect spot. Kennedy’s papa, myself and her Nana worked on a house to put in the forest. It turned out awesome, big and looks like a log cabin just tied in perfect with the theme. I ended up gettting a bunch of brick and painted yellow lines on them and made a big racetrack for forest and found some PVC lying around and made a tunnel out of it and covered it with mulch, rocks, and moss and that’s where the cars went flying down and you could race on the track. I found some trees and hung them connecting to two other tree so I could hang the flower reading canopy I made. I added tons of Toadstools, Flowers, gnomes, Butterflies and pinwheels throughout the trails. I also Made Fairy doors and windows and nailed them to trees. So that sums of the Forest pretty well. For the tables  I had the perfect spot picked out for a large long table for the kids, in front of these large rocks and super old logs that were growing moss all over them and it just added perfectly to my theme I was going for! We made a long table out of plywood and used stumps for the legs and made log benches for seating and I Made toadstool pillows to place on them. I used the main kids table for them to make fairy gardens and remember those large rocks and stumps I put all the accessories for the gardens all over them so the kids could go over and pick what they wanted to put in their gardens. The middle of the table was decor of moss,gnomes,trolls, fairies, rocks, butterflies, birds, flowers, wood, birds nest, fairy homes and animals  etcs…. I had a spot right by the main table to put up a fairy swing, I made the wooden board  and covered it with moss and on the rope added flower garlands. I placed a table by the main table that was set up with fairy wands and headbands I made for the girls and Gnome hats and beards for the boys. I had a section laid out for face painting and Fairy hairspray glitter. I had this perfect round mirror that was made out of bark that went perfect right next to the table and I hung fairy wings I made next to that so They all could check themselves out all dolled up before they entered the forest. I made three toadstool tables from Spools. I set up little crafts the kids could make on them. I hung from the entrance Her name I made out of twigs moss and flowers for each letter. The hanging decor I used were pom poms I already made that I used at one time for her nursery and I made yarn balls out of balloons and hung flower pots covered in moss. The food table was over by the end of the trail to exit the forest, near a wishing well we already had on the property and I felt that tied in perfect with the theme.

Cowhide Rug in this Natural Explorer Nursery
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Asher’s Natural Explorer Nursery

I had no real plan for this nursery when I started out beyond liking gray and orange.  The first item I purchased was the cow rug and the rest of the room kind of evolved from there.
Many items in the room were repurposed.  For example, the dresser and chest were my mom’s when she was a little girl, just repainted with new hardware. Likewise, the suitcases were already in the guest room. I had actually just moved them out of the way when we were positioning the crib and they ended up staying there.
We had originally planned built in bookcases but as my due date neared and my nesting reached critical levels, we opted for the plumbing pipe shelving for the sake of speed.  Once installed though, I couldn’t be happier with the choice.

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“ONE” to Grow On

I wanted to do an outdoor first birthday party. I also wanted to save cost by using things I already had around the house. I love all things natural. I used moss, moss balls, and furniture that I already had and decorated around those things.

Afternoon Tea Party Sandwiches
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An Afternoon Tea Party

Vintage inspired, afternoon tea party honoring Carrie and baby Charlotte, who is due to arrive September 27th!

Sound of Music-invitation
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Sound of Music 2nd Birthday Party

My daughter’s favorite movie and music is the Sound of Music so this year for her 2nd birthday we threw her a Sound of Music themed party.  The overall theme was elegant and classy and done in gold and ice blue with hints of green to represent the green and white damask curtains.
This party was months in the making and I could not have been more pleased with the outcome.  I included details around the party directly from the songs from serving “schnitzel with noodles”, “cream colored pony”, and my little girl in a white dress with a satin blue sash.
My husband and I created an Austrian mountainscape out of giant appliance boxes painted blue (for background mountains) and lush green.  We had even had “snowcaps” made out of poster board spray painted with shimmer pearl paint.  The mountains were placed in our backyard in where our guests picnicked under the trees filled with “wild geese flying with moon on their wings” and “raindrops on roses” which were made out of authentic sheet music from songs from the movie made into a cone with roses and greenery hanging in the trees. Strung crystals adorned the tree to look like glistening raindrops.  In the house I hung old travel posters, a ribbon garland and “snowflakes that stayed on nose and eyelashes”, and an Austrian flag.  Captain von Trapp would have been proud.
I had never made Austrian food but I made schnitzel, spaetzle, and kaiserschmarrn from scratch.  We had a pink lemonade bar outside, something the Baroness would have approved of!  One of my dear friends, Roni of Roni’s Sugar Creations, custom made musical note cakepops just for this event that were to die for. The food table was decorated with suitcases to represent their travel out of Austria, a picnic basket, copper kettle, woolen mittens, and bright yellow gerbera daisies just like on the hillside where Maria and the kids sang “Do Re Mi.”  I found green and white damask shower curtains and hung them in my dining just like the ones Maria had in her bedroom.
All of the guests left with a favor box full of soil, a potting cup, and Edelweiss seeds so they could plant their own Edelweiss plants which Captain von Trapp would have loved I think.
The movie played in the background the entire party and the music was playing outside.  Many of our guests had not seen the movie in years and all remarked that the movie evoked such happy memories from their childhoods.  This is my favorite that I have thrown so far and loved seeing my daughter light up when she saw Maria (a Limited Edition Barbie Maria) sitting atop her cake.

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Baby & Co…A Giraffe and Tiffany Blue Inspired Baby Shower

This super chic giraffe and tiffany blue inspired baby shower featured all of the mother-to-be’s favorite trends…stylish onesies and headbands, tasty treats, and modern decor. Her Baby & Co. themed shower was an event to be remembered.

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Christening Party for baby girl

The party took place at the backyard of a beautiful Greek restaurant on a hot summer day. The guests were around 100 (80 adults and 20 children).

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Superhero Birthday

What’s a mom to do when her little boy wants a superhero birthday with all the superheros….call on her superpowers, of course!

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Woodland Nursery for Baby Girl

My husband and I share a passion for climbing and being outdoors, and we knew from the beginning that we wanted to incorporate those two things into the nursery. I began planning for the theme before we knew the gender of the baby, so I wanted most of the decorations to remain gender neutral but bringing in feminine/masculine colors once we found out. We were elated to find out that we were having a girl!
The room is quite small, only 10×10, but I’m glad we were able to get all the essential furniture in there.

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Rainbow Playdate Party

What does a play group of seven colorful little sweethearts do to celebrate the end of summer? A Rainbow Party of course! I was so excited to be a part of this fun event for a Mommy & Me playgroup we belong too. The creative mom’s thought it would be fun to have each girl represent a color in what has to be the cutest rainbow ever…even if they did end up a tad bit out of order!The dessert stand was complete with a “Rainbows 5 cents” sign, printable banner, and a cute fabric banner I created to top it off. Each girl had a colorful jar of Skittles with their name & coordinating rainbow color. A candy scoop adorns a tag reading “Taste the Rainbow” inviting each guest to create they’re own take-home rainbow treat bag.The confetti cake was topped with a charming cake topper by the fabulous Debra of Titi’s Tutu’s, the original creator of Pom Cake Toppers! I was browsing through Debra’s Etsy shop and saw her adorable pom creations and just knew I had to have one in all the colors of the Rainbow!So in love with the topper she created for us – I can’t say enough about how cute it is! Be sure and take a peek in her shop for all her adorable creations!

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Fairy Garden Tea Party

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A Toadstool Inspired Baby Shower

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Ezra’s Dr. Seuss 1st Birthday

Since I really wanted a Seuss themed nursery for our son, and it didn’t work out, I was determined to use it for his first birthday. He has loved having the Seuss books read to him more than any other since he was tiny so we knew this was perfect. I love planning parties, and I wanted Ezra’s to be extra special and have more personal touches than your average first birthday. Due to my husband’s insistence I also did this on a pretty reasonable budget as well by ordering lots of printables from etsy.com, using wrapping paper and ribbon to decorate old formula cans and adding foam balls to hold up the chocolate lollipops and marshmellow cat hats I made, and making the cupcakes myself.

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A & A Joint Princess Party

This kingdom has not one but two princess. Their fathers have known each other since they were young and wanted to combine their little princesses parties this year. A guest list filled with the princesses and knights of the land. The day was filled with crowns, shields, ponies, hot pink & lavender.