Tag Archive: Birthdays

Nov 08

Halloween Fun

2 Halloween around our house is destined to be pretty eventful. Not only do we get to dress up and eat candy, but it’s Eric’s Birthday too!

The weekend prior to his big day, we hosted a party…cleverly titled “Eric-palooza”. He’s been talking about this party for a year now, so we were all excited when it finally arrived. Although I didn’t get any photos of that day (I guess we were too busy having fun?) you can be sure we had a good time. The party was complete with a costume contest, beer pong, and a snake in the bathroom. Wait, a what?! That’s right, around midnight I went into our master bathroom to find a SNAKE on the back of the toilet. No it wasn’t a prank (like I initially thought). I’m still in shock that there was a live snake in our house. In true Eric fashion, he laughed, picked up the snake and let it back out in the wild….because it’s a “good snake”. I’m hoping we’ve met our snake quota for the next 20 years and won’t have to deal with that again!

3 4 2014 halloween 1 Charlotte’s daycare had a parade on Halloween day, which was pretty adorable. The only thing that interested her in her bag was crackers. I’m thinking this is the last year she won’t immediately go for the candy. digging in candy IMG_2054IMG_2058kissesornery

Sep 15

It’s All in the Details

As I mentioned before, I had so much fun decorating for Charlotte’s first birthday party! I figure that this is probably the first and last party that I get to determine the theme, so I made sure to have a great time planning for it. I want to remember all that went in to that day, so I thought I’d document some of the details that went into making it so special.


I asked Eric’s Mom for photos of him when he was one. She sent me the sweetest snapshots! He was (and still is) such a cutie! I displayed both of our one year pictures for people to compare how Charlotte looks to us at the same age. baby pictures decorations I drew inspiration from one of my favorite blogs, Sugar Bee Crafts (who also happens lives close to us! holla), for these massive prints of Charlotte’s One Year photos. I had them printed at Office Max for a whopping $3.57. They’re 24×36 prints and I mounted them on insulation board from Hobby Lobby ($2.50 each). It was the easiest and fastest project ever, and I can’t believe how well they turned out. Everyone thought they were canvas prints. Several people commented on how expensive they must’ve been. They were shocked when I told them that they were in fact quite cheap! I’ll be putting them up on the walls of her playroom soon. back porch decorationsfront porch decorationsI set out the Shutterfly photo books I’ve made for her over the year, as well as the scrapbook my Mom has made of her life thus far! She is such a crafty lady! dining room decorationsFor food, we did snacks and drinks. I found the cute chalkboard tags at TJ Maxx (top 5 favorite places to shop!). drinks decorationsisland decorationsThe kiddos at the party received party favors, which were coloring books, crayons and a little tag thanking them for coming to the party. favors decorations My Mom made this amazing Happy Birthday bunting banner. It was the perfect “vintage chic” touch!happy birthday bunting decorations lets party sign decorationsBrandon was so nice to hang out with the birthday girl while I ran around making the final touches. It was even during the Nebraska game….and if you know anything about Brandon, you know that holding a fussy baby during the game was quite a sacrifice. That’s a super guy for ya! mantle decorationsI printed Charlotte’s month-by-month photos and displayed them in a banner for everyone to see how much she’s grown and changed!  month by month photos decorations present table decorations


Finally, i needed an extra special way to thank everyone for being a part of Charley’s big day…and her first year as a whole. I created some amazing thank you cards at Treat, a branch of Shutterfly whom I adore and use on a monthly basis for photo printing and book making. I was super excited to give Treat’s cards a try, and of course loved them!



IMG_0004They’re beautiful, personalized, and super high quality. I see lots of fun card-making in the future!


Hope everyone has a great week 🙂