Nom Nom Nom, A Cookie Monster First Birthday

Hard to believe a year has come and gone already, but what better way to turn one then surrounded by friends, family, and lots of cookies!

If you haven’t figured it out already, Cookie Monster was the theme for this party and, as the little man loves his pancakes, I planned the celebration for late-morning to serve a delicious, kid-friendly brunch menu! From mini-pancakes and cinnamon buns, to DIY yogurt parfait and a cereal bar. Then to top it off, some frootloop marshmallow treats, blue jello, cupcakes, cake and, of course, lots of cookies (and milk!)!

Cookie Monster First Birthday Brunch

#PartyTip – DIY Yogurt Parfaits are a great alternative to assembling individual parfaits… Not only can guests pick and choose their toppings, but leftovers are easy to pack up and re-use without a fridge full of parfaits! 😉

The cereal bar was a hit, not only by the kids but for the “big kids” too, and you want to talk about something easy with minimal work… just grab a few jars, fill with cereal, add bowls, spoons and milk, and voila, done and ready! The cupcakes were just adorable, with the mix of mini cookie monsters with cookies and chocolate chip cookie topping. Then the cake…. one of my favorite, and most delicious, parts…. the chocolate cake, done up like Cookie Monster, had the most delicious layer of cookie dough filling!

The prep for the big day was lots of fun, between the “Nom Nom Nom”, “One” and other banners, Cookie Monster figurines, milk crates, and cookie Continue reading “Nom Nom Nom, A Cookie Monster First Birthday”

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{New Project} Canvas DIY Subway Art

I am always looking for new things to try with my Silhouette Cameo and a quick search came across many, many, many tutorials! I took a little bit from each tutorial and the result was even better then I expected!

The key I found was once you have the vinyl letter placed on the canvas, apply a layer of modge podge to ensure the paint does not bleed and keep those clean, crisp lines! In no way was the end product perfect, but for the first try I was quite proud of myself. And eh, I don’t want it to look like I bought it off some department store shelf, it should look like I made it (at least that is what I keep telling myself!).

{How To} It was really quite simple… First, cut out wording on the Silhouette Cameo. Second, using transfer paper apply the wording on to the canvas. Third, apply a layer of modge podge and let dry overnight. Fourth, paint over entire canvas (using a small roller I found worked best).. a few coats may be required. Fifth, peel off the vinyl and voila!

And here’s a fun DIY version for the kids… Continue reading “{New Project} Canvas DIY Subway Art”

A Baby Minnie First Birthday

Glitter everywhere, but the Baby Minnie First Birthday decorations are done and I can not get over how CUTE they turned out!

The Pictures

Baby Minnie with Glitter

Tonights project is all about baby minnie, first birthday, and glitter! I think I may be a little too excited to see how everything comes out, from the mom’s love of glitter and the beautiful pastel pinks and yellows for baby minnie mouse, this promised to be full of adorable!

Here is the part I look the most forward to making… the cake topper! When she showed me the cake they had chosen and then just let me run with baby minnie and the pastel colours, all I could think was a cute little pendant banner was most definitely needed to frame in the centrepiece. So we went with that: an adorable little pendant banner to top off a one with baby minnie layered on pastel card stock and completed with glitter!

Now the fun begins…..

 

A Minnie Mouse Birthday

This weekend we celebrated Miss L’s 2nd Birthday in disney style with a Minnie Mouse Birthday! The celebration was wonderful, despite the weather not cooperating, and as always she was spoiled with gifts upon gifts! We will be spending the week reorganizing the play room to make room for all the new additions!

The Decor..

We stuck to the classics for colour scheme: red, yellow and black. Of coarse the stores were filled with pink minnie decorations, but that did not concern us, as the decorations were all handmade! I enjoyed trying a few new techniques when making these decorations – like the Minnie Mouse shaped invitations and then a few classic decorations – cupcake toppers, layered food labels and more.

As per every year, we made a scrapbook page guest book for everyone to sign and write little notes to the birthday girl! I like this tradition, as then every year I add this page to our scrapbook with a few party pictures, so we can look back on the birthday girl and see how she has grown through out the years!

The Food & Sweets…

We made all the food ourselves (with the help of our lovely family, ie. DAWZ Catering), from the hand cut mickey mouse cheese slices, tied veggie bundles, dips, and s’mores and strawberry cheesecake desserts! We were going with a “BBQ” theme for the food, with the main dish being Mickey shaped hamburgers and smokies! Then of coarse to top it all off, we had a candy bar!

The cake and the cupcakes were, as always, hand made by my amazing cousin (ie. The Cupcake Machine)!

The Pictures..

 

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, New Fish!

A “Dr.Seuss” Baby Shower! This post is a little long over due (said baby may be over six months old now) – but nevertheless here it is!

The Decor …

The theme (in case you haven’t caught it yet) was Dr. Seuss, meaning our colours were red, blue, green, and yellow (and a few in between)! We didn’t go to crazy with decorations, they standard: balloons, streamers, etc. Then we did a few pieces, cupcake toppers, food labels, and Dr. Seuss book covers and characters. Once we had the balloons all filled with helium, we tied with coloured ribbons and attached Dr. Seuss character cut outs on the end of the strings and then spread the balloons throughout the room.

The Food & Sweets …

One of my favourite things we did here were the food and food labels! From the “Green Eggs & Ham” devilled eggs to the “Hop on Pop” popcorn bags! The food, as always, was all done by the mom of the family (i.e.. DAWZ Catering) and the Cupcakes by The Cupcake Machine!

The Pictures …

Keep Calm & Marry On

It may be many months late, but here it is: the wedding post! I wrote these two notes below on the two mornings with the intent of posting them on my blog here that I had planned on starting many months ago, but as late as it is, here they finally are:

PART I – 8:00am, August 3rd
I can’t believe it – today is the day I get to marry by best friend, and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! Preparation the past few days went off with out a hitch and everything looks absolutely perfect! My prep is done and the rest is in the hands of some very capable and amazing friends and family! Can’t wait to walk down the aisle…. bring on the hair and makeup!
PART II – 8:00am, August 4th
Perfection is all I have to say about the day. It was absolutely perfect, every detail, every event, everything was perfect! I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day – it truly was my dream wedding! And the best part.. walking down the aisle and seeing all my friends and family there, so full of love and support (and a few tears), and the best part – seeing Dustin standing at the end of the aisle waiting for me…

The Theme & Decor…

It took us a while to decide on our theme, we flipped and flopped between many, and then we chose colours: orange & silver, and then the “theme” came.. crowns and “Keep Calm”.. that was going to be are starting ground and then we ran with it and made something of it even better then I could have ever imagined!

The Invitations…

We custom designed and made our wedding invitations (with some ‘labour’ from our great bridesmaids and groomsmen)! The first was our save the dates, and then a few months closer too the invitation which included, location/hotel information, itinerary for the big day, and RSVP cards.

The Wedding Decor…

We definitely stuck with the colour scheme here (orange and silver) from the orange table runners, silver centre pieces, orange head table back drop, and more. There were a few key items I would had listed as my “must haves” for the wedding, a tiered cupcake display and photo booth! And yes, we had them both and more! So let’s go through it piece by piece:

The Head Table…

The Guest Tables..

The guest tables were complete with orange table runners, custom favour boxes at each seat with custom M&M treats, and activity books/bags for the kids seats.

The Guest Book , Seating Chart & Entrance…

We decided on a puzzle for the guest book, everyone signed a piece of the puzzle. The entrance area was defined by many large columns and drapery. The guest book was another one of my favourite pieces, we found some old window panes which we attached together and than the table seating was written out on each pane.

The Cake/Cupcakes and More…

The Cupcakes were one of my favourite parts (though it seems I did have many, many favourite parts, but can you blame a girl?). All the cupcakes were done by my amazing cousin / bridesmaid, The Cupcake Machine!