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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gabe's Pond Party!

Gabe's mom is one of my closest friends so I was so excited to have the opportunity to work on this party for her little guy's first birthday. I am so happy with the way everything turned out. The weather was perfect and the birthday boy absolutely precious. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

This amazing cake was made by Gabe's mommy. So cute!

Isn't he the cutest little guy in his matching muscle tee? Love it!

Gabe with his mommy!

Happy 1st Birthday Gabe!

Invitation: Pitter Patter Parties
Paper Goods: Pitter Patter Parties
Gabe's t-shirt iron-on: Pitter Patter Parties
Cake and Cupcakes: Jen Lacey

Abby's Owl Party!

 Here are a few pictures from Abby's owl party!

The treat bags were filled with the adorable owl treats shown below, cheerios and a super cute owl bean bag made by the birthday girl's mommy!

The birthday girl!

I didn't have one, but by looking at his face I would guess that those cupcakes were pretty yummy! Ha!

Happy 3rd Birthday Abby!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gabe's Pond Party Invite

Here is a quick look at Gabe's birthday party invitation.  I am so excited to celebrate with this adorable little guy this weekend! Pictures from his party coming soon!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Abby's Owl Party!

We have a big party weekend coming up! Carson and I will be celebrating Abby's 3rd birthday on Saturday and Gabe's 1st birthday on Sunday! I will be sure to take lots of pictures to share with you. Here is a quick look at the invite I designed for sweet Abby!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happy S'mores Day!

Today is National S'mores Day!  I think it is awesome that there is an entire day devoted to these yummy treats! :-) I found a great post from Celebrations at Home yesterday that had several yummy s'mores recipes.  Carson and I had friends coming over for a play date today so we decided to make the Golden Grahams s'mores bars. They were so easy to make and a big hit with our friends! Here are a few snap shots from our S'mores Day celebration!

Making our treats!

I think he ate more than he helped!

Gluten free option: Replace Golden Grahams cereal with Rice Chex

Happy S'mores Day!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Addison's Monkey Party!

I just got the pictures back from Addison's 2nd birthday party and I am thrilled with them! I hope you enjoy them too!

Once again, my amazing sister made all of the yummy treats. She has given me permission to share a few of her secrets with you!

Last year we made a batch of rice crispy treats that we intended to cut into a cute flower shape with a cookie cutter. Unfortunately, things didn't go so well. The rice crispy treats hardened very quickly which made them nearly impossible to work with. This year Nikki came up with another plan!

Secret #1: These are actually just the store bought rice crispy treats! She just cut them into smaller pieces, dipped them in a white candy melt and then drizzled them with pink and yellow. So cute and so much easier! 

These cake pops were to die for!

Secret# 2: These are made from a boxed cake mix!
Here is how to make them! Step 1: Bake cake following the directions on the box. Step 2: Crumble the cake into small pieces. Step 3: Mix  cake crumbles with a pre-made frosting. Step 4: Roll the mixture into balls and place it in the freezer for at least 1 hour. This helps to keep the cake pops together while you add the lollipop stick. Step 5: Add the lollipop stick. Step 6: Quickly dip the cake pops into the candy melt mixture and top with sprinkles. It is important to do this before the cake pops defrost completely. They can be quite fragile! :-) That's it! Don't they look adorable?

Did you know that you can buy JUST banana runts? We used them to fill the push up pops. Perfect  food for little monkeys!

Isn't he the cutest?

Addison's nanny made this super cute cake!


These monkey masks were another great $1 find at the craft store.

The Party Dress is one of my very favorite party blogs. We got the idea for these adorable monkey party favors (among other things) there.

I always love finding little ways to make kids feel special at birthday parties. Setting up a kids table is a great way to do that.

Each lunch bag was filled with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, goldfish crackers, homemade banana bread and a banana.

My little munchkin with his Uncle Johnie.

 Isn't she precious? Happy Birthday sweet Addi!

Party design/styling: Pitter Patter Parties
Paper Good and invitation: Pitter Patter Parties
Cake and Cupcakes: Kelly Baker
Sweet Treats: Nikki Matthews
Banana Runts: Sweet Factory
Monkey Graphics: Designer Graphics

Tuesday, August 2, 2011