Thursday, May 26, 2011

Party for Two

Our two monkeys have birthdays that are 10 days apart. Though it was definitely not something that we planned, it turns out that it was one of the luckiest surprises we've ever had! ;) I know I'll be singing a different tune when they are 13 and 11 and wanting to have seperate sleepover parties two weekends in a row, but right now it means planning just one party: two birds, one stone my friends.

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This year we went all out celebrating the extreme girliness that is our little family right now. Anna Cate was into helping me pull it all together and having her excited about the party made it my favorite one to plan so far!
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To celebrate both girls, we combined Anna Cate and Caroline's current favorite things. Anna Cate is really into ballerinas and Caroline loves to play tea party so we had an Angelina Ballerina tea party.

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When the girls arrived, they each got to pick out a tutu and mouse ears to wear. (These also served as part of their party favors).

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There were crayons and coloring pages at each place setting for the little mice to color while waiting on all of the party guests to arrive.
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These tiny paper purses were in the clearance section at Marshalls and were perfect for holding their crayons.

We had the party outside and the sun was bright! One of the birthday girls (ahem) was a little pouty because she said it was too hot and too bright outside in the sun. I wish I had thought about that ahead of time and picked up a pair of glasses for each little girl from the Target dollar section to wear for the party. (Thank you Baylis for saving the day with an extra pair of glasses!!)

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After all of the guests arrived, they enjoyed their tea party. On the menu: fruit cups, cheese cubes, pb&j sandwhiches, goldfish and cupcakes.

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We used bakers cups for the cheese cubes and fruit to make them easier to serve and more friendly for little hands to manage.

Instead of baking and decorating two cakes for the party, we served cupcakes. I found a picture of some cute cupcake toppers on etsy and copied the idea to make some to match our ballerina theme. (I took some pictures so I could post a tutorial soon!)


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Singing Happy Birthday to Anna Cate.
There were four candles to blow out this year!

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And singing Happy Birthday to Caroline.
Two candles for this little miss's cupcake!

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The sun was bright and in our eyes. This was the best picture we have of Will and I with her. At least she is smiling, right?

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After the tea party, we moved on to the ballerina portion of the party. We had some dancing activities for the girls planned out that Anna Cate was so excited about. However, what some may call a maypole, for us, was better known as the pole of mayhem and disaster.

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I didn't do a very good job explaining how they were suppose to dance around the maypole and it turned into one big mess. Either all of the girls were lumped on one side of the pole or...

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...they were upset and crying because their streamer had popped off of the stick they were holding. I'm telling you, it was total cHaoS and I think we have some if it on video. Can't wait to check that out. ;)

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Moving on, the girls also got to dance with ribbon wands. If you've seen Angelina Ballerina, you know that she twirls around at the beginning of the show with a ribbon wand. Each of the girls got to pick one out and dance around and those were a little more user friendly than the maypole.

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They were a big hit with all of the girls, both big and little.

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the aftermath

We asked that guests not bring gifts this year. After I sent out the invites, I was nervous about how people would respond, but all went well! As a "gift," the little girls brought homemade cards or balloons for Caroline and Anna Cate. After the party guests left, we sat with the grandparents, aunts, and uncles to open family gifts.

Meltdowns and maypoles included, we had a wonderful day celebrating our little ballerinas!
I hope to share some tutorials and diy projects soon. We were able to pull the entire party
off on a really tight budget, but there were a lot of diy lessons learned in the process!
stay tuned...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy to you Cate

Caroline's rendition of the birthday song goes a little something like this

Happy to you
Happy to you
Happy to you Cate
Happy to you

And she got to sing it all day Wednesday because Anna Cate had a birthday and turned 4!
What? How did four years go by so fast?!?
Following tradition, the birthday banner was hung and ready to greet her when she woke up on her special day.

We sang Happy Birthday and she got to blow out a candle on her special sprinkle pancakes for breakfast.

In true diva style, she stayed on the phone for almost an hour after breakfast taking calls from family and friends wishing her a special day.

Then she got to pick one special thing that she wanted to do for the day. Without hesitating she said, "go play in the little pink house."

Oh the thrills of a four-year old! What a simple birthday wish to grant. ;) happytoyoucate
She and Caroline love this little pink playhouse that is in the botanical gardens at the zoo. Forget seeing the animals...we could just stay here the entire visit and be good to go.

We did manage to tear ourselves away from the little house to walk through the rest of the gardens and this is how we walked danced through the gardens the entire time we were there.

Monkey see, monkey do.

And just to keep it real, this was Caroline's reaction when I asked her to sit by Anna Cate to take a picture. I'm not sure if it was because it was Anna Cate's special day and she was getting all of the attention or if Caroline just really did not want her picture taken. Either way, this was all I got.

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That evening we had a few visitors stop by and she got to open some presents.

Andie and Baylis came by and gave Anna Cate a ballerina doll that straps to your feet and dances with you. Caroline's tune changed a little once Anna Cate let her take a spin the new doll.

All in all, we had a wonderful day celebrating our now four-year old!
She keeps telling me that she doesn't want to be four,

that she liked being three and wants to always stay little,

but I think four may be our most fun year yet!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Just for Fun

If I had the time, these are just a few of the projects swirling around in my head that I'd love to tackle. However, because I have neither the time nor the resources to devote to these following endeavors, I thought I could at least share them with you all here in hopes that it will inspire someone to creativity!

girls room
simple and just sweet enough to be girly without being frilly

shower curtain
I've been looking for a shower curtain for the girls' bathroom for over a year. The standard size doesn't come down long enough to touch the floor and it looks like the shower is wearing a pair of capris. Drives me cRazY!
I found this shower curtain and loved the bold stripes. It looks like it could be a fairly easy project with several yards of coordinating fabrics, but is it too graphic for their bathroom? Hmmmm....

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Sweet little linen ruffle dress for the girls.
Would be too cute for beach pics this summer!
Just add a ruffle to the front of an A-line dress and add the buttons to the back, instead of on the shoulder.

And in keeping with the ruffles, I love to make this sundress for myself. You could easily adapt a strapless dress pattern to make this by adding a couple of ruffles and some elastic around the top.
Seersucker or linen?
I can't decide, but definitely would like to find the time to try to make one...

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Thought this little red and white polka dot number was darling too! It would take a lot more pattern tweaking than the first one, but I loooove the bow.

Can you tell I'm in a ruffle mood? Love this little clutch. Have had it in my inspiration files for two years now waiting to make as Christmas presents, but haven't used the idea yet. Would be cute in a bright floral fabric for the summer.

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And speaking of summer, this is certainly something I'd love to tackle over the next few months. We have a wonderful group of friends and I'd love to host an outdoor dinner party this summer to celebrate our friendship. I can't think of anything more enjoyable than dining under some twinkling lights by the lake, while enjoying a glass of wine with some really special couples.

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If I really had some extra time (and extra moula!) I'd love to host a crafting retreat. Off the top of my head I can already think of about 10 girls I would love to invite. Some are long time friends, and some are people I am just getting to know, but I can tell that all of them love a good crafting project from their blogs. I think it would be oh so fun!

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And to really splurge, I'd host the getaway here.
But then we may not want to craft. We might get so relaxed and just sit around chatting, enjoying some much needed girl time.

Or maybe if I would just stay off the internet, I'd have a lot less ideas in my head and a lot more time on my hands!