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Char turns 5!

I seriously cannot believe I’m the mother of a 5 year old! Charlotte is so much fun to be around. She makes me so happy and I’m so lucky to be her momma! I threw a little party for her this morning with some of her closest friends. I live in one of the coolest neighborhoods filled with mom’s and awesome kids! All of them! So awesome!



This is a picture of the Birthday Girl and her adorable sign that I made her. I got it printed at Staples for like $3! Can’t beat that!



And here’s a better view of the banner.



Then, I had my amazing friend, Nadia, make me this #5 Piñata! Isn’t it great! Talent must run in her family, because her sister is amazing with hair. Thank you so much Nadia! It was the star of the show!



I had seen something similar on Pinterest, and wanted to do the same thing. I’m just lucky I didn’t have to make it. Again, Thank you Nadia! You are great!


But, I did make the fringe garland. I found a super simple tutorial (on Pinterest of course) and it only took me like an hour and $2 to make this one.


And, here’s my sweetie pie again! I love that girl!



Snow Cone Birthday Party Inspiration Board

Ok, Susan (from Freshly Picked), you asked and I delivered. Not that I consider myself a party planner extraordinaire, but I do love a good challenge. Especially when it involves one of my favorite Summer treats. I was inspired by this photo on Pinterest for the color palette. I just thought it screamed SUMMMER PARTY!!!


Start by making the party favor bags. I would just use brown paper lunch bags and then print these fun labels, that I designed onto blank sticker paper and close them. (You will need Avery 2 inch Round Labels, product number 22807). Buy some bulk candy and add these adorable little snow cone barretts and you’re set!



Repeatable Snow Cone Pattern that could be printed on fabric and used for napkins, or a table cloth. I also think it would be fun to draw on butcher paper a pattern similar to this one below and let  kids color while waiting for other guests to arrive.




Ez from Creature Comforts has the cutest tutorial for snow cone paper garland. I actually had the pleasure of meeting Ez in person, she is so sweet and so personable. I’m so glad we met! And her blog is just as sweet as she is.

Also, if you’re considering making a photo backdrop, use large sheets of butcher paper and a giant cheap paintbrush and paint some diagonal stripes across the back. Similar to the pattern on the back of the invitations. Make sure to do that on the ground though, so the paint won’t run.


These mini wooden spoons make eating snow cones super fun, plus they’re miniature size just like your guests. You could also serve the snow cones in these mini paper cups. You might even consider painting them a variety of colors on the ends like this.

I’d love to try these gourmet ones from Fresher than Fresh, whose flavors are all natural and made from home. Try mainking your own natural flavorings for snow cones like this one or this one. Oh, and don’t forget the cream! Yes, as in real dairy cream, just pour it on top. Amazing the difference in flavor it makes! Buy it local if you can. (Yes, I’m putting a word in for Dairy Farmers, just because I grew up on one and my parents still live on one with plenty of dairy cows.)


Customizable Invitations, just add your daughter’s name. And Sticker Labels for the grab bags.



Make a snow cone shaped chalkboard with the list of flavors and your daughters age and birthday.


Well, that about sums up what I thought would make a great Summer Snow Cone Party for your daughter! Good luck Susan!



30th birthday party invitation

I did this 30th birthday party invitation a month or so ago. I’m so happy to finally be able to share it with you. (names, places, dates, email and even the age has been changed on this invitation….)

I’m turning 30 this year as well (wow, I’m getting old!) and am thinking of doing a night dessert party. I can imagine all of the adorable lights on strings and delicious desserts. It sounds simple enough, but of course I always go over the top, as you can tell from Charlotte’s party. But hey, you only turn 30 once!

little girls vintage tea birthday party

My daughter, Charlotte, is 4 today! To celebrate we decided to do a tea party with a few of her friends. For Christmas, she got a mini tea party set and has just loved it. So I decided why not? The theme was set now all I had to do was put it all together. I took the pendant from her room (that I made her a while ago) and all of the papers I got on super clearance at a local craft store (that went out of business).

I got my inspiration for the cake here. Mine doesn’t look half as good, but hey, I still think it turned out ok. Tissue pom-poms are super easy to make. Find the tutorial here. I didn’t want the TV as the center of attention, so I covered it up with a large format print. It cost me only $6 to get it printed.

Here’s my princess! Isn’t she sweet!

Super simple menu. It included: strawberries, raspberries, pb & jelly sandwiches cut in circles, cupcakes, animal crackers, crystal light (that was the tea) and marshmallows on a stick. Lots of sugar, sorry moms….

The cake! Doesn’t it look delicious! The center is just the buttercream frosting with coolwhip mixed in. Yum!

This is one of the patterns I designed for the invitation. My dream would have been to get them printed on paper and fabric for the party, but that took time and money, which I didn’t have a lot of right now. I had just got home from ALT in SLC. I’ll tell you more about that later…..

Detail on the napkin rings. I designed them and had them printed on sticker labels. Super easy. Same as the thank you treats, I just used some of the graphics from Char’s birthday invitation and put them on the labels.

I made each of the girls these headbands.

Gift buckets were only $3 a piece and are filled with headbands, candy, bracelet, socks, hair tie, and more candy. Thank you Target dollar section on CLEARANCE!!!! (50% off!)

Marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles. Super easy. The girls loved them!

birthday gifts

Sorry everyone for not posting like I should. I guess I’ve let the summer get the best of me. I’ve been having way too much fun swimming, enjoying the sunshine, gardening and now watching my deck get built. I’ll most definitely post pictures of the finished product, hopefully sooner than later.

My birthday is in a week and I’m so excited for a few things. Is it silly that I order my own gifts? Who knows better than yourself what you want right?

I’m getting these two books.

The first is mostly for eye candy, plus I love baking, hence the nickname, Muffin. I love these ladies blog, The FarmChicks , so why not get the book .

The other one is to help me take my Etsy Shop to the next level, since I really have no idea what I’m doing. I’m hoping to learn a lot from this book , plus it has really good reviews. I also love the cover. It was designed by Emily of Inside A Black Apple .

Third, I’m getting some of these from Sparkling Shamrock. I’m getting the 1/4 inch ones though. I want to make garden markers like these and also see what other types of surfaces they work on. I’m hoping leather and clay to mention just a few!

What types of things do you enjoy getting on your birthday? Do you have any traditions? Mine is to eat lime jello cake . It’s sooooo good!!!