Monday, May 4, 2015

The BIG 5!!!

How is this possible?!? Owen turns 5 today! 
{It makes no sense because he was just born yesterday! Yesterday, I tell ya}

Somehow, in the blink of an eye, this little tiny baby has grown into a big boy.  And, five is definitely a big boy age, a milestone -- a perfect time to celebrate! 

This year Owen made lots of contributions to his birthday party.  We decided on a MOVIE party theme and Owen jumped at the chance to help plan!  He chose the movie,  Cars 2 -- an oldie, but brand new to him! His requests for the party were cotton candy, "Taste the Rainbows" (aka Skittles), and popcorn.  

Going to Sam's Club with the intentions of ONLY buying CANDY was a dream come true! Owen found all of his favorites in GIANT bags and he even let Luke choose his favorite candy, lollipops!

We're still not sure how Luke was able to haul that giant bag of DumDums.  He was certainly determined to get them in the shopping cart --- Even after we removed them, Luke went back to get the bag and proceeded to carry it around the store.  He was like a little tiny ant carrying 50 times his body weight in lollipops! 

I made the invites, which will be available in my Etsy Shop, and delivered them to his friends. All together, we had 5 families and I wasn't quite sure how we'd fit everyone in our house.  But, after rearranging some furniture (Think: Living room furniture in the dining room--- but in a strange way, it worked and was very comfy) everyone fit and had a great time! 

We hung a pair of old curtains next to the tv to create The Theater using our tv as the screen and set up a full table of sweets!  All of the movie themed decorations are from Hobby Lobby (whoohoo for 50% off!)  and will be the playroom decorations at our new house!  {P.S. We're moving next month! Surprise -- If I were better at keep up with blog posts, you'd all know that already!}

After buying all the sweets, I happened to say out loud, in front of Owen, {and he is always listening!} that I wasn't planning on making a cake. He thought that was wildly unreasonable and looked at me as if I was crazy. 
"No cake at a party?!?"  

It wasn't hard to convince me to add cake to the menu! At the last minute, I ordered a cake from Retro Bakery.  It was delicious and perfectly held his #5 candle.

The candy was a hit! 

We served pizza, veggies and fruit --- prior to pumping the kids with a weeks worth of sweets.  They may have all left the veggies on their plates, but I at least felt better giving them the option! There was one sugar-free option at the party--- bottled water! 

During the movie, each child got a basket with a swirly straw cup (both from DollarTree), popcorn and room for their candy bag.  I had them all prepped before the party started with popped popcorn and license plate labels! 

These baskets and cups became part of the party favors.  Prior to the end of the movie, I filled up a second bag of candy for each kid because if they didn't take it with them I'd eat it all and sent them home with candy, bags of cotton candy, a cup, and "Thanks for POPPING by" party favors. 

These are simply a popcorn wrapper and a bag of microwave popcorn! 

My absolute favorite part of the party was the cardboard box cars! Brendon bought large moving boxes and with a little tape, he turned them into cars.  

The kids were each given a gallon ziplock bag filled with all the supplies needed to make their car.   

5 large black plates {4 wheels + 1 steering wheel}, 2 red dessert plates {tail lights}, 2 yellow dessert plates {headlights}, and a personalized license plate.  I asked Office Depot to print them on sticker paper so it would be easy for the kids to do themselves. While I was at Office Depot, I picked up two packs of 1.5" brads - Each car needed 9 brads and they needed to be slightly longer than the typical brad to accommodate for the thickness of the cardboard. Brendon predrilled holes in the colored plates and in the cardboard boxes.  

Luke's car was our example and the kids quickly jumped at the chance to make their own! 

Kyle loved driving his car!

 After the party started, we realized the added bonus for having cardboard box cars  --- their messes were trapped inside their vehicles! The carpet was spotless after the party.  It was the easiest party clean up ever! 

Luke finally got to eat the lollipops! I'm pretty sure he ate more candy than Owen. 

After food and gifts, we let the kids fill their candy bags and started the feature presentation!  

 It was such a fun party for all of us!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I'm back... Because the Super Bowl is on!

Super Bowl XLIX is on right now!
 And, that means one thing... I've got lots of time on my hands.  
I'm a good sport.  I'll eat veggies with ranch and tune in for the commercials, but blogging sounds like a lot more fun!  Plus, we've made it past the halftime show, so I'm sure some of you are looking online for some new reading material, too.  

I'll come back later to give you an update on what we've been up to for the past 6 months.  Today, I'll just show you my Super Bowl Sunday project.  It's a Super Simple Spring Wreath!  
{Did you pick up on that?!} 

6 Months ago, Brendon surprised me with this awesome mirrored cabinet.  I LOVED it!  
I just didn't know how to decorate it.  This week, I picked up a chair from my friend that matches perfectly and really fits the space. 

Last night, I decided to start shopping around the house to find items that would pull a little more color into the dining room.  I stole a pillow from our bed and the yellow lampshade from our bedroom side table. I found an old vase we've had tucked away in the Harry Potter Closet and garage sale votive holder. They all looked great together -- Just one thing was missing.  A wreath!! 

I scrounged through my craft closet and found a grapevine wreath and 9 inches of ribbon {Yes, I keep scraps of everything!}.  All that I needed was a little greenery.  So, I conned the guys into going to Michaels this morning to buy some artificial flowers and ended up finding these adorable burlap flowers too.  Everything was on sale so the wreath only cost me $5.50!!!! 

Making the wreath took about 10 minutes... no really, it did! 

Step 1: Bend the artificial flower bouquet in half so it would cover almost half of the wreath. 

Step 2: Shove the stem into the grapevine wreath and cover with hot glue. 

Step 3: Wrap the ribbon and hot glue in place. 

Step 4: Use 1/2 a hot glue gun stick to attach the burlap flowers... Those babies aren't going anywhere!

Step 5:  Cut a "leaf" out of the burlap ribbon. Pinch in half and glue in the empty spaces. 


By the end of the 10 minutes, I'd used every-single-bit of my supplies. This is all I have left - scraps and nub of hot glue. 

 It turned out better than I even imagined and the dining room looks so cozy now! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Luke's Handyman Birthday Party!

It's party time!

I love planning parties and designing party printables has become my part-time job.  {No really, it is! Go check out my ETSY Shop SewInLoveBlogShop, where you can find the printables from all my parties!}

My newest party is Luke's 1st Birthday "Handyman" Party and you're all invited!

Coming up with a theme for a 1st birthday party can be really difficult.

4 Years Olds ask for birthdays at DisneyLand.
3 Year Olds ask for their favorite character, Thomas the Train!
2 Year Olds love anything, especially when it's a Sock Monkey Party with their best buddies!

But, how do you come up with a theme for a little guy?

We chose Owen's 1st birthday theme because we were taking him to the Dallas Zoo. For Luke, I decided to see what he was drawn to.  One day, after helping Daddy work in the garage, I realized that Luke's favorite toys were all TOOLS! He would crawl around with a hammer in his hand, chew on a little toy screwdriver, and he was constantly playing with his Playskool tool bench toy.  Then, one weekend, Brendon built a tool bench for the garage and a light bulb went off! 

A handyman party! 

Originally, we considered having the party in our garage, using all of Brendon's tools and his new workbench as the backdrop.  But... then we remembered that we live in Las Vegas--- and Luke was born in July--- and it's 107 degrees outside, in the shade.  So, the party took a little detour to our dining room.  Brendon volunteered (no really, he did!) to move the gigantic tool bench into the house for me. I did my part to help by holding up the door ... after it was removed from the hinges! Yes, we took down the door and the tool bench just made it into the house!  

*We moved the tool bench into the house a few days before the party and Owen loved it.  He thought it was brilliant that we replaced the buffet table in the dining room with a useful piece of furniture, like a tool bench.  I think he really thought it was staying there forever and that we'd be hammering, drilling, and working on projects inside from now on.   I may be the only girl in a house full of boys, but I draw the line at storing power tools in the dining room.  Now that the party is over, we've moved the bench back outside.  

The party theme was a perfect fit for our little man and so much fun to plan!  I spent a few weeks creating all the party printables-- Banner, High Chair sign, favor tags, and a few extra decorations. Plus, hours and hours baking and decorating his cakes.   The kitchen was such a mess, but the finished product was worth all the work.  

I had two cakes --- a "paint can" smash cake with green chocolate paint dripping down the sides, like a real paint can would.  The second cake was a wooden chocolate buttercream cake with chocolate tools! 

The food table fit the theme, too!  There were large paint trays with fruit salad, Chex Mix, a veggie tray with a small paint tray holding ranch dip, and Rice Krispies Treats Paint Brushes.  

These paint brushes were delicious and so simple.  
*Premade Rice Krispies Treats with a popsicle stick poked in the bottom and colored chocolate drizzled down the top. 

Brendon moved the toolbox inside for me and it became our serving station for all the plates, napkins, and utensils. 

I added a little sign to Luke's chair and, keeping with the theme, used zip-ties to connect them!

I used my new embroidery machine to create aprons for all the kids.  There were three families at the party, so I made coordinating aprons for all the siblings.  

Bryce and Kyle were given red aprons with a hammer and saw appliqué. 
Kylee, Kaleb, Landon, and Olyvia got white aprons with paint buckets that had their favorite colors as the paint.  
This was probably the most time consuming part of the party, but were totally worth the work! 

The kids looked adorable as they built toolboxes... this simple project was actually a little more complicated than expected.  The dads ended up completing most of the work -- the sides wouldn't stay together and the nails bent constantly.  The kids didn't mind and enjoyed watching their toolbox being built. They also enjoyed writing their names on the chalkboard paint!

Luke ate the hammer while the guests waited for their toolboxes to be built!

The new toolboxes were a great favor holder.  Each of the kids left with a new apron and two types of favors.   There were tool shaped bathtub water squirters and chocolate tools. Each were put in baggies and had a favor tag.  

Owen is still in love with the water squirters! 

We were so happy to have a house full of friends and it was the perfect number for a 1st birthday party.  I loved that I had plenty of time to talk to friends, play with the kids, and enjoy watching Luke eat his cake! Luke loved seeing all of his friends.  His little buddy, Kyle, took a nap during the first few minutes, slept through all the hammering, and woke up ready to party! 

We had a bounce house set up in the backyard.  The kids (& adults) loved it! 

Luke smiled the entire time he got to jump!

After walking around the garage, looking for ideas, I found a game ... ring toss!  We set the game up using our 4 cones and diving rings.  David and Brendon played a serious game of ring toss ---the kids used the cones as hats.  Either way, it was a fun game! 

Luke loved his cards and new toys! 

His toy bench, from Grammy and Poppa, came with a toy phone.  Luke immediately used it to call his friend, Kylee. 

Must have been a great talk because Luke gave her a HUGE kiss after! 

All those sweet kisses later, we moved onto the real sweets... CAKE! 

Luke had no idea what was in store!  Just like his brother, Luke reached for the candle and Brendon quickly blew the candle out.


While Luke ate his cake, Landon shared a little chocolate saw with him.  The sugar high hit hard and fast after all the cake and chocolate! 

He was super giggly as he squished the cake between his fingers! 

He even offered to share with Jess!

This party is my favorite theme yet!  I loved that we used so much from our garage, the kids loved it, and the new things we purchased are all reusable! The garage now has a fresh stock of buckets, paint trays, paint tarps, and 1 cinder block.  

The Handyman Birthday Party printables are available for purchase in my ETSY shop! 

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