Archive for: Parties & Entertaining

Healthier Smash Cake Recipe {Hannah’s Purple Polka Dot 1st Birthday Party}

A healthier smash cake recipe, made without butter or refined sugars. This easy whole wheat banana cake is sure to be a hit with your birthday girl or boy! Plus, I'm sharing photos and ideas from Hannah's Purple Polka Dot 1st Birthday Party! Plus an easy, how to VIDEO A couple of weeks ago our sweet Hannah turned one! I'm not sure where the past year has gone- it seems like just yesterday that I was announcing my pregnancy and her birth. Hannah's first birthday brings up lots of mixed feelings. I'm sad that we are past the baby stage, but at the same time she is so much fun right now! She's walking all over the place, she loves to play in her play kitchen, and she'll try to climb up ... [Continue Reading]

William’s Construction Birthday Party

A Construction Birthday Party, with directions for decorating the easiest-ever construction cake! My little guy, William, recently turned 3 and we celebrated with a construction birthday party!  A construction party was the obvious choice because William absolutely loves all things trucks right now.  He plays with cars and trucks endlessly and knows the different kinds of trucks by name.  He can tell you what their jobs are, from the excavator to the crane truck to the cement mixer.  William's favorite TV show is Bob the Builder, and he loves listening to the book Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site at bedtime. Naturally, we had to get William a big construction truck for his ... [Continue Reading]

Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream

This Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream is a perfect celebration cake. Whether it's for a birthday, St. Patrick's Day, or just because, this fudgy cake is fun and festive! This past weekend we celebrated Julia's 6th birthday. Last year, we threw her a colorful art party and invited her friends from school. This year we went the simple route and kept the party to just family. Julia had lots of fun playing with her cousins and so long as there was cake she was a happy girl! As soon as the kids are old enough to have an opinion on what kind of birthday cake they want, I let them decide. When I asked Julia what kind of cake she wanted for her 6th birthday, she said ... [Continue Reading]

William is Two: A Thomas the Train Birthday Party!

A few weeks ago we celebrated William's 2nd birthday.  It is so hard to believe that he is two- it seems we were just celebrating his first birthday a few months ago.  William is the sweetest little guy, and we are completely loving watching the new things that he does and says each day.  He is talking all the time, often using full sentences.  He loves to repeat what other people say, so we always have a little (or not so little- he talks pretty loud :) ) echo around here.  He has the cutest of voice, too.  I'm not sure how to describe it here, but trust me it is adorable and funny all at the same time. One of my favorite things about William's age right now is that he and his sister ... [Continue Reading]

Julia’s Colorful Art Birthday Party

We recently celebrated Julia's 5th birthday.  5!  I'm not sure how it can be that my girl is 5 and only a few months away from starting Kindergarten.  She still loves hugs and snuggles with Mom, reading books, and pretend play.  Her favorite activities right now are painting, drawing, cutting, pasting... pretty much anything involving arts and crafts.  An art party was the obvious choice for her birthday this year, and the party was so much fun. The invitations set the theme for the party.  I loved how colorful they were, and it was fun to give an invitation that the guests could use and enjoy.  The best price I found on the watercolor sets was a sale price at Kmart, but unfortunately ... [Continue Reading]

Fluffy Vanilla Cake with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting {William’s 1st Birthday!}

What a title!  This cake deserves every descriptive word in that title, and it was the perfect cake to celebrate my sweet boy's first birthday. A few weeks ago William turned one, and we celebrated with a relaxed party at home with family and a few close friends.  I thought and thought about a party theme, and nothing seemed quite right, until I settled on a color theme.  I kept things simple, with a few colorful decorations and an easy menu of burgers and salads.  And of course, cake! I found this cake recipe just two days before the party, and although it was a new recipe I just knew it would be perfect.  The cake was incredibly light and fluffy, and the frosting was sweet and ... [Continue Reading]

Butterfly Cupcakes for Julia’s Butterfly Birthday Party

We recently celebrated Julia's 4th birthday.  I feel like I say this every year, but I can't believe how the time has flown by since she was our tiny baby girl: Today she is a beautiful, independent four-year-old who loves hugs and kisses, stories and songs at bedtime, doing artwork, pretend play, gardening with Daddy, baking with Mommy, and playing with her baby brother. When I asked Julia what kind of birthday party she wanted, right away she said a butterfly party.  There are so many cute ideas that go along with a butterfly party theme, and it was lots of fun planning and getting ready for the party. To make the invitations, I bought some pink and purple cardstock at Michael's, ... [Continue Reading]

Funfetti Cupcakes

We recently celebrated Julia's 3rd birthday. I cannot believe my baby is 3, and she's definitely not a baby anymore. She's her own little person, who loves to sing, color and cut, blow bubbles, and help her mommy with "jobs," especially in the kitchen. Julia's favorite character right now is Curious George so we had a Curious George party to celebrate her birthday. Since I'm seven months pregnant and trying to take it easy, I kept the party simple this year. I incorporated the George theme in the party color scheme, table decorations, cupcake toppers, party hats, and a few other simple goodies for the kids. The menu included veggies, chips, and dip, make-your-own sandwiches, and salads. ... [Continue Reading]

A Baby Shower (for Twin Girls!)

This weekend my sister, Lisa, and I threw a baby shower for our sister, Karen. Karen is expecting twin girls in a few months and we couldn't be more excited for her. We had so much fun planning a shower to celebrate these twin baby girls! Lisa is amazingly creative and artistic, so she is responsible for many of the creative details from the shower, including adorable mason jars and labels for the beverages. Our guests really enjoyed drinking their pink lemonade out of the cute mason jars. The pink lemonade was a hit! Lisa also made these personalized water bottle favors. I, of course, was most excited to plan the menu for the shower (especially dessert :) ). ... [Continue Reading]

Julia’s Ladybug Birthday Party

We recently celebrated Julia's second birthday.  This year has flown by, and it is amazing to see how much Julia is changing and learning every day!  I chose a ladybug theme for the party, and it turned out to be a really fun theme to work with.  Julia now loves ladybugs even more than she did before, and she's still carrying around her ladybug balloon from the party! My sister, Lisa, and I made these adorable invitations for the party. I made a Happy Birthday banner to hang above the dessert table.  For table decorations, we used red tulips, ladybug and flower centerpieces, Valentine M & M's in a glass candy jar, and a cute ladybug table runner that my mom ... [Continue Reading]