Monday, May 21, 2012

Yellow brick road and all!

If you've been reading over the last few weeks, you know that we had a big party planned for Saturday. I wanted to follow up with some party details and photos of the actual day. Luckily we had a gorgeous day and were able to have the whole party outside. Lucie, AKA Dorothy, had a blast and I hope everyone else did too. 

I wish I had thought to snap a photo as my husband created a brick road template and used an entire sidewalk chalk stick to hand draw the yellow brick road. As you can see, Dorothy was quite pleased with how it turned out.

The first thing the kids did when they arrived was to make their own Glinda or Wizard crown.

You can see many of Dorothy's friends working diligently on their crowns.

And here are some of the works of art drying.

Then there was the "Pin the Heart of the Tin Man" game thanks to my very talented sister, Teni! 

We had a few kinks to work out, as I am pretty sure Dorothy could see through the blindfold.

But I think we worked it out after the first couple of participants. Not bad for 3 and 4 year olds, right?

Before we dug into the cakes, we snacked on "Scarecrow popcorn" and "Somewhere of the rainbow fruit skewers"

Then came the cake and the "Rainbow cupcakes"

I think the birthday girl would say all of her wishes came true!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Party prep - oh my!

As I mentioned a few weeks back in this post, we are gearing up for a Wizard of Oz Birthday bash this weekend. Lucie picked the “Dorothy” theme herself and is getting very excited about the upcoming event!

We finalized the invitation and applied a small bit of glitter glue to the shoes once printed, which of course Lucie was thrilled about helping with! The final cards turned out great and I have to say the little bit of glitter is my favorite part!

I also created an inspiration board for the invitation/party that looks like this:

And now, after a whirlwind weekend out of town, it’s time to get down to business and finalize all of the party details which is coming up in only 5 days, yikes. Here’s my crazy list of Wizard of Oz party details:

• Chalkboard paint a yellow brick road on the sidewalk path in our back yard

• Make a sign to go on the front door that reads, “There’s no place like home”

• Make a sign to be place on the side entrance of the fence that reads, “Follow the yellow brick road”

• Create a flag banner from paper or fabric

• Hang scenes from the movie around the party area

• Rainbow fruit tray or rainbow fruit skewers

• Popcorn in paper cones

• Apples hanging from a tree

• Pin the heart on the Tin Man game

• Make a Glinda or Wizard crown

• Watercolor paint favors with “Somewhere over the rainbow” tag

What else am I forgetting? Who knows how much of this we’ll actually end of doing (definitely not everything!) but it’s fun to brainstorm and then hopefully we can pull of a few good ideas on the list. As I told myself when I couldn’t sleep at 2 a.m. thinking about all of the things to do last night, it is just a 4-year-old’s birthday party! I’m sure the kids will have a blast whether I find the gingham table cover I’m looking for or not, right?     

Monday, May 7, 2012

What's on your wish list this mother's day?

For all you dads out there wondering what to do for mother's day this year. We've got some ideas for you! Check out our top five gifts listed below. 

Photo from Martha Stewart
5. Flowers - pick up an arrangement from your local florist or put together an arrangement from the garden or grocery store. Keep it simple with one flower like these bright and cheerful calla lilies.

Photo from Sydney Hale Co.
4. Candle - a scented candle is always nice, but these natural soy candles from Sydney Hale Co. are simply amazing. I am loving the sea salt + bay rum candle these days!

Photo from Lululemon
3. Gift Card - pick up a gift card to her favorite clothing store, bookstore, or cafe and then be sure to give her a few hours of kid-free time to go and enjoy it! 

Photo from Love and Life Cards
2. Love and Life Cards personalized stationery - give some beautiful stationery in a classic cream or her favorite color. 

1. Spa Treatment - anything from a simple pedicure to a full day of pampering at the spa - she'll appreciate it! 

What is on your wish list this year for mother's day? A day with the family? Jewelry? A day at the spa? Or is a homemade gift from your children all you need to put a smile on your face? Leave a comment letting us know and then share the link to our blog with your husband and kids for a little light reading!

And however you choose to celebrate your day - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!