Archive | April, 2017

Monster First Birthday Party

21 Apr

Even though our little guy has been toddling about for a couple of months now, we officially said goodbye to infant days when Levi turned one earlier this month {sniff sniff}. Adam and I both love that our kids were early walkers because it opens up so many new activities at the park, etc., but a little part of me was definitely sad to be done with the sweet baby phase! Here are my favorite things about Levi’s first birthday party.

  1. Theme/Invitation: I went with a monsters theme for this party after some Pinterest perusal. I was drawn to the bright colors and thought it would be easy enough to add googly eyes to everything in the house! I ordered a digital invitation from JCO Invitations and used Paperless Post for online tracking. I struggled to find an invitation that featured monsters that did not refer to the honoree as “our little monster.” For some reason, that seems like an extension of “boys will be boys” and just wasn’t the route I wanted to go.levifront2
  2. Decorations: I used the lime green, orange, and blue from the invitation as my general color palette {it really was just a happy coincidence that we had just painted an orange accent wall in our dining room}. Then I rounded up all of the monster toys we had around the house to use as table decorations and added googly eyes to anything that wasn’t moving :)20170408_160320.jpgimg_20170419_120339_723.jpgimg_20170419_121249_985.jpgimg_20170419_120645_615.jpg
  3. Fun for the kids: We were expecting quite a crowd, so I tried to set up a couple of activity stations around the house, in addition to the usual play areas. We had a Make Your Own Monster station and Pin the Eye on the Monster. We also had favor bags with monster face play dough, tattoos, stickers, and a bendable monster.img_20170419_120842_712.jpgimg_20170419_120603_280.jpgimg_20170331_170741_476.jpgimg_20170331_114651_472.jpg
  4. Sweet treats: I tried my hand at blue monster fur buttercream frosting atop chocolate cupcakes. I also made Jell-O Sugar Cookies {with the help of my favorite sous chef} and they were a surprise hit. I mostly thought they would be fun for the kids, but I saw several adults heading back for seconds as well :) Levi was a bit apprehensive when it came time to eat his first cupcake, but I think he finally finished it after 15 minutes or so!diptic-153613105.jpgimg_20170419_120446_634.jpgimg_20170419_121328_724.jpg20170408_111511.jpg
  5. Birthday boy photos: One of my favorite things that I did with both kiddos in their first year was to track growth each month using a Snuggly Swaddle doll from Designs by M Susan. It’s hard to believe how big the doll looks next to Levi in the one month photo now!1492634055969.jpg

As usual, the best part of the whole thing, was being surrounded by friends and family who came from as close as next door and as far as South Florida. Our little boy sure is well-loved {as is our whole family}.img_20170401_222551_217.jpg

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It’s his party and he’ll cry if he wants to…

Superhero Third Birthday!

18 Apr

So, third time around on this whole kid’s birthday party thing, and I think I’m getting better at focusing on the little details that make a party more memorable rather than trying to do it all. I’m guessing that just about everything at the Twinkle, Twinkle First Birthday was made from scratch, but who has time for that anymore?!?  With an extra little one under foot since the last time we did this, I tried to prioritize by picking just a few projects that would have the most impact. Unless you’re a professional baker/chef, most of your guests are not going to care whether you lovingly cooked up every item on the menu from scratch, or lovingly warmed up some pre-made hors d’oeuvres! With that being said, here are the things that I think are worth spending a little extra time on:

  1. A good theme: Naomi had been loving her Batman and Superman shirts all summer, so a superhero party seemed like the way to go!IMG_20161112_183342
  2. A fun invitation: I love hand-crafted, custom invitations, but I love the ease of online tracking even more. My favorite way to get the best of both worlds is ordering a custom, digital invitation from Etsy and then uploading it to Paperless Post. This time around, I ordered from Kawaii Kids Design and was so happy with the result. They even did a custom blonde, blue-eyed Batgirl :)super hero invite v2
  3. An eye-catching tablescape: I went pretty simple this time around and just used red, blue, and yellow to pull the theme together. I ordered a six-pack of cardboard superhero signs and used them on the table, front door, and photo booth-style wall. Luckily, the birthday girl had just received some Little People Superheroes, so I used them as table decorations as well.20161112_160630 IMG_20170418_152520_229
  4. Fun take-homes for the kids: The big craft project for this party was making custom capes for each child using re-purposed, old t-shirts. I won’t reinvent the wheel on this one as I just found a tutorial on Pinterest and made some minor adjustments. I decided to leave the original necklines intact for the most part (unless it was too large for a child, in which case I cut in the center front so that it could be tied around the neck). I then found a free printable online and added each child’s first initial using Microsoft Paint. I printed them using iron-on transfer paper. The hardest part of the whole project was actually peeling the backing off of this paper! Otherwise, it was a fun and easy way to make it a little more special for the kids!IMG_20170418_164332_71820161112_174351IMG_20170418_152233_390


We couldn’t use our super-speed to get a decent picture of all four family members, but we had fun and that’s what counts! The birthday girl just asked for a superhero fifth birthday party {after a Moana fourth birthday, clearly}, so I think it was a hit with her!

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