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My Sister’s Baby Shower

10 May

My little sister, Marissa is having a baby! So I jumped at the chance to throw her a shower.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get photos of everyone who pulled this day off. I was overwhelmed by the hard work so many were willing to do for the love of my sister. These are some of the amazing people that worked their butts off to make my crazy ideas happen! Susie Q, Leata, our mom, and Lorraine.

My BFF who also did a TON behind the scenes with me. How hot is she?!

Some of the details…



Everything on the menu was tiny. Baby burgers, baked mac & cheese in baby food jars, veggie cups, guacamole bruschetta

And some tiny, sweet treats too. Mini lemon cupcakes, Snickerdoodles, baby strawberry shortcake, and vanilla bean ice cream cups

I love you sis and can’t wait to be an Auntie to your sweet little baby!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

23 Mar

Vienna turned 2!

She is in love with Minnie, so there was really no other option for her party theme. Here are the invites

Each child received minnie or mickey ears to wear.

The kids colored Minnie pictures.

We served waffles, sausage, tater tots and berry cups. And my mom still had that Mickey waffle iron after all these years! I found a tasty way to make egg/dairy free waffles, that everyone would want to eat. And made way too many, my freezer is packed!

The bean bag toss

Vienna did more of a drop in than a toss.

Here are some other minnie details…

Thanks for the board inspiration H! wish you were there!

It was such a fun and simple party

I love you Vienna! Can’t believe you’re 2!

Arty Birthday Party

22 Sep

For Melania’s 4th birthday we threw her an Arty Birthday Party.

These water color paints were the invites. Stamps and mailing address labels were on the back.

At the start of the party, the kids made labels for their water and then chose what color they wanted it to become.

We painted marshmallows

They painted their initial and we attached it  to a clothespin to display their work.

The cupcake palette

the look on Heather’s face says it all! I had this “grand idea” of hanging cupcakes from palette  I made out of cardboard. And while we tried to attach them, we were getting comments from the “peanut gallery” that we couldn’t do it. We proved them wrong and it turned out cute!

The group masterpiece started out calm….

And then went to this

and this.

You know its a good party when you have to hose off!

The decor was easy, kids artwork hung throughout the yard

the thank you’s (pretzel crayons)

I think this was my favorite party! Great friends and fun. (Plus my BFF Heather and fam from Georgia!)

Melania’s Puppy Paw-ty

5 Aug

Saturday we celebrated Melania’s 3rd birthday.

dog house sugar cookies

hot pink fire hydrants

Chocolate dipped dog bones

We held dog training and had a puppy obstacle course. Daniel took my game ideas to a whole new level. The kids had a blast pretending to be puppies.

The pups played fetch and got Scooby Snacks for participating.
the party favors

Kiara painted this dog house for her gift

She had such a great time. I can’t believe she’s 3!

“Pupcakes”

2 Aug

I  spent Thursday baking with Julie for Melania’s Puppy Party.  I had so much fun learning. She made a great teacher and I can’t wait to do more! I searched the web for puppy cupcakes and found them here
Here’s their mouths…

their noses…

the finished product. pink bows for the girls

Here’s a close up. Aren’t they cute?!
We made really cute sugar cookies too. I’ll post more pictures later from the party.

A Treat That’s Worth It / Comments Please

12 Mar

I have been eating really healthy. My efforts are paying off. BUT, I am ready to indulge in something really tasty! Tomorrow night we’re going to some friends for dinner and I offered to bring dessert. Now if I’m going to eat it then it has to be worth it. I’m thinking something with chocolate and maybe ice cream with it or in it. What should I make?

Save Room For Dinner

10 Jan

Tonight we did things backwards. We asked the girls if they would like to go out for dessert first and then dinner. Sohaila and Seanna were all for it, but Kiara wasn’t buying it. “Nooo, you’re just joking us!” Kiara was so surprised and later told me we were crazy.

First we drove out to Cracker Barrell for dessert.

The kids ate sundaes and we shared apple dumplings a la mode and brownie  cobbler.
They had little rocking chairs on the front porch. Yes, Seanna is in her jammies. She didn’t want to change into clothes.

Then we headed to to Swallow at the Hallow for some Southern BBQ.