Hope you had a Happy New Year and a month of holidays! Love this crazy time of year, and to tell you the truth I’m sad to take it all down this weekend. Our winter family photos were captured by the talented Hollie of Lytle Foto. She transformed her studio into a winter wonderland with three different set designs. They were magical! She was so good to us as we arrived disheveled and with a trial of mishaps. But the pictures came out perfect.
Let’s play with color! Stella is the little artist in the family. Always drawing, painting and creating. So she was right on board when I suggested having a painting party for her 9th birthday. She’s hit the pre-tween stage so she wanted to be involved in all the planning. Cool with me to have a helper! We are lucky to know a professional artist who teaches children’s art class, and she was excited and to teach a step-by-step class at the birthday party on painting little owls and mixing colors to make the perfect shade of pink, purple or orange.
To set the stage for the party, I printed off the party details on a white 5×7 invitations which Stella then watercolored in pastel colors. She also added color to envelopes
We made up a few jumbo confetti balloons that floated around the party room. I also made a few of the paper mobiles to bring in the party colors. I then watercolored a large number 9 that we had hanging up at the party. Since we lined the table with butcher paper, Stella watercolored place settings for each of the girls to add color to the table.
Brittany the artist had a step-by-step tutorial on painting little owls. She showed them how to draw the owl on paper then transfer their design on canvas and then mix colors to paint. The girls only used primary colors! I was impressed with their mixing skills. I got all the art supplies at Blick and the girls were able to keep them all. They also received a monogram apron that Stella and I made prior to the party.
Cake and Candy
I had Miss Mamie make an ombre birthday cake on the outside for Stella. And a rainbow cake on the inside. It was beautiful and tasted amazing. All the candy I got at Whole Foods, believe it or not. But I love the pastel colors of their candies. And cupcakes and cookies came from there too. Shhh…we kind of put this all together in just a few days. Cake was served on white painted plates.
We have stumbled upon a “good thing” about living in Georgia. The close proximity to some of the best beaches in the world–Florida! With 26 miles of white sandy beaches, turquoise water, charming beach towns and warm water, South Walton Beaches has definitely filled my void of “miss-living-5-minutes-away-from-cold-and-rocky-Connecticut-beaches”. Just a quick drive away, we headed there for spring break and fell in love with the ocean scenery and the quaint towns. My favorite was Seaside, which is recognized as the shooting locale for The Truman Show and is as picturesque as it is in the movie. We biked around the darling town square and pastel-colored classic beach homes, ate lots of seafood, biked some more and looked for sea creatures.
I’m finally getting around to posting Jackson’s transformer birthday party, which happened the end of last year! But it’s too cute not to post, even though I’m a few months behind. This child of mine has quite the imagination and he can bring any little toy alive in his little mind. He plays hard! The current obsession is transformer. He’s so obsessed that now two of his little friends are obsessing over them too. I’m not sure how their moms feel about that but, let’s say his themed party was a huge hit.
For his invitation and all the party printables, I ended up reusing his Robot party printables and made changes so it would have a transformer theme. Since his birthday is in the winter time, we ended up having his party at an indoor children’s gym play center. They had a party room for us so I could still decorate a candy/cake table and the party tables. The lighting was horrible so pictures aren’t the best. One thing that they do at each birthday party, is have one of their guys dress up as a character and do a dance party for the kids. So the kids were really excited to dance with an optimus prime character. Resources for the party at the bottom:
all party printables: me
birthday cake and cupcakes: Miss Mamie’s (winner for Cupcake Wars!)
transformer lollipops: Candied Cakes
black and white stripes tablecloth: i made it from Ikea fabric
glass candy jars: Ikea
black and white chevron candy bags and cupcake liners: HeyYoYo
little transformer toys for party favors: TF Source
I’m going to try and be better about posting pictures of my kiddos. So I’m going to post one picture of each child once a week. That’s my goal. We will see if it will work.
1. Naptime–two books, two dolls and her blankie…everytime
2. First time winning the game ball
3. Egg crafting along side mama
4. Helping me make floral arrangements
With how cold and frigid Connecticut winters are, I always said I would never miss them if I ever moved away. Well I have to say, I don’t miss the northern cold that stings right to the bones, but I do miss the white winters and the snow. I’ve always lived in places that snows in the winter, so its been a little strange not hearing about snowstorms and school cancellations in the forecast. And when I had the urge to pull out all our winter gear and bundle up for a day of sledding at the local mountain, I was quite annoyed to hear it was $20 a person to sled on their man-made snow. Not going to happen!
It’s about time that I am finally posting the long-awaited Star Wars Birthday party for Lucas’s sixth birthday. I mean…it only happened over six months ago and we are in a whole new year and different season. But truth be told, I lost all his birthday party pictures. I was so sad and devastated. They accidentally got erased on our computer, and I’ve spent the last few months asking friends, who were at the party, to send me their copy of pictures. So I got a wide assortment, but think I got some pictures that captured the fun we had at the party.
We are big-time Star Wars fans, so I was really happy when Lucas wanted that to be his birthday theme. Can I just say that I actually love throwing boy birthday parties more than girls. There is so much imagination in little boys! Okay so I will try to remember everything I did. PS….excuse the glare in some of the pictures. It was a hot summer sunny afternoon!
PSS…this is a LONG post. Lots of pictures. Sorry!
Birthday table. The backdrop is actually a chalkboard. I got a large piece of wood cut at Home Depot and painted it with chalkboard paint. I wanted it to look like a starry night. Sorry for the glare!!
Jedi Training Kits–When the kids arrived, they each received a Jedi Training Kit gable box. Inside the box was their padawan training outfit, lightsaber, a little Star Wars squishy man and Star Wars pez candy dispenser. This was also their party favor box. Once they got their outfit on, I had them draw on another larger chalkboard Star Wars figures and stars, moons, comets, etc. We used that chalkboard as a photobooth to take individual pictures of the kids in their padawan outfit (but I lost all those pictures).
Birthday Table: resources at the bottom. Here’s the food list:
- Fruit Lightsaber: fruit kabobs
- Death Star Donuts: chocolate-dipped donut holes on a stick
- Ewok Nibbles: pretzels, goldfish, wheat squares
- Vadar Veggies: carrots, broccoli, snap peas
- Skywalker Sugar Cookies: sugar cookies
- Galactic Cupcakes: cupcakes
- Obi-Pop Kornobi: popcorn
- Leila Buns: small cinnamon rolls on a stick
- Palpatine Pizza: pizza
- Yoda Soda: green soda drink
- Warrior Water: bottle water
Before the party started we set up our TV outside, so Star Wars could be playing. I threw some quilts down for the kids to lay on and strung some blue party paper balls on ribbon and attached to wooden sticks across the quilts so it would square it off from the other activities. It’s similar to what I did here. I lost those pictures and don’t have them. When it was time to eat, I had trays so the kids could carry their food without it falling everywhere. It was really good because it contained all the food without it going all over the blankets.
Jedi Training Camp–The main party entertainment was the Jedi Training camp. Originally, a friend of mine had recommended magician Jon Finch to be the party entertainment. I was really excited to have a magician as we’d never had one at a party before but then just before the party, the birthday boy had a sudden change of heart so we had to have a Jedi camp instead! I talked to Lucas’s Uncle Eric about dressing up as a Jedi Knight and training a bunch of wild boys to be Jedi Knights. He took this responsibility very serious and watched a lot of Disneyland’s Jedi training camp YouTube videos. It was awesome! He even spoke like a Jedi and the kids loved it. I did purchase the Jedi Knight outfit because I was short on time to make anything for him. But it could easily be made with a long white robe with a brown sash. Or if you like to buy the one I have, let me know!
Jedi Eric taught the boys how to use their light sabers, how to swing and properly act like a Jedi Knight. Then they had to go through an obstacle course and practice their skills. The best part was when there was evil in the force and Darth Maul showed up. You should of seen the looks on the kids’ face. It was awesome! I have to admit. I was scared, but they all ran and attacked him. But my ultimate favorite part was when Darth Maul and Jedi Eric went at it and had a pretty good lightsaber fight. I’m sure it brought back a lot of fond childhood memories for those too. Don’t worry…Darth Maul was Lucas’s daddy.
After we sang Happy birthday, ate the most yummiest birthday cake and then the kids pretended to be Jedi knights and played in our bounce house. It was such a fun party!
PSSS…I miss our backyard.
Party Resources :
cut wood and chalkpaint: home depot
adult Jedi costumes
padawan outfits: I bought brown fabric on sale at Jo-Anns to make tunics for each guest. So, you cut
out a rectangle piece and then cut a hole for the neck. I suggest cutting the holes not too big or the tunic
will fall off their shoulders. I also bought white fabric and cut long strips for ties. No sewing.
star wars pez candy
star wars printable masks: BessiePooh
party labels and food labels: me
black and white striped table cloth: my own but got fabric from Ikea and made into a tablecloth
star wars cookies: Sweet Treatz by Mary
star wars fondant cupcake toppers: Pastel Fiesta
party straws, cupcake holder, food cups, striped bags: Hey YoYo
star wars 3-d cake and cupcakes: Sweet Lisa’s
I feel like I’ve lost touch with this blog the last part of 2012. The move down South kind of threw my life off the radar so thank you if you have kept reading it! I really do love blogging and hope to continue. My jewelry business is keeping me busy so it’s hard to keep everything smoothly flowing and the blog gets kind of lost in the mix. But here are some highlights from 2012, and I’m surprised I even have something to share:
|Jackson’s Robot Birthday Party|
|Mountain Retreat–Girls weekend|
|Lucas’s Lovebug Valentines|
|Jackson’s Paper Airplane Valentines|
|Stella’s Friendship Bracelet Valentines|
|A trip to Boston is always a favorite New England getaway|
|I helped put together a Pink + Green+ White baby shower|
|I also helped with another girlfriend’s baby shower. The theme was Little White Cake|
|We had an Easter picnic in an egg|
|Easter egg decorating|
|How to make party printables in Word.|
|Painted Anthro Jars tutorial|
|Family trip to St. Croix, USVI|
|Summertime Lemonade Stand|
|Our friends threw us a Goodbye picnic Party|
|San Francisco girls weekend trip|
|New house...for the meantime.|
|Owl Costume tutorial|
|We relaunced Darleen Meier Jewelry website|
|Our Christmas advent calendar + tutorial|
|Citrus Ornaments tutorial|
Our Christmas cards were mailed out much earlier than last year’s card. I was a little more on the ball this year and made sure to order before I was crazed with orders. I usually like to design my cards–it makes it original, saves money and time. But I have found over the years that it just adds to my holiday stress and Christmas time is one of my busy times for jewelry orders. So this year I ordered again through Minted and found a design that would go perfect with our move announcement and holiday cheer. I used our family pictures that we took this summer. I should of update but yet again, no time and family pictures can be so stressful! Anyway, my favorite part of the card is the raspberry-colored, star-lined envelope.
Pralines is a southern nut candy that my husband has many memories around during the holidays. This is a candy that is quite popular in the south. I attempted to make it once early on in my marriage but my pralines came out runny. So when my mother-in-law was in town this past month she made a batch of pralines for us to nibble on. My lousy attempt at this recipe was that I failed to cook it long enough and the candy didn’t form well. But she makes it perfect every.time. Perhaps, years of practice? Or maybe its because she’s a southerner and I’m a westerner? Runs in the blood. Regardless, pralines are quite yummy. Quick and easy to make (unlike me –just be patient and cook to soft ball stage).
Mama Jane’s Pralines: