Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Tea Party

My nearly 4 year old daughter Molly has been talking about having a tea party with her friends for months.  Where she got the idea to host a tea party I can only guess (Nick Jr.'s Max & Ruby comes to mind...) but naturally I am game to throw a party.  We thought to have an all girl party but in reality, Molly's closest circle of friends include several boys.  So this evening we invited the Spencers, Eccles, and Bradford Families.   It will go down as one of my favorite evenings in history.  Some highlights and quotes:

  • You're really going to let them use the china? - Michelle 
  • You said get dressed up.  Alex is in a civil war vest.  That's all we've got!  -Kylie 
  • Haven't you heard the term "BULL IN A CHINA SHOP?"  - Amanda 
  • What pattern of china and where's it from so I know how to replace it?  - Amanda
  • What's that smell?  Oh Alex, honey, you have dog poop all over your leg.  - Me 
  • Is Little Ceasars Hot and Ready pizza ok? They're like $5 each... -Mike 
  • Is that paint that Molly and the kids are using to paint the swing set permanent or washable? - Case 
  • Does it really matter?  They're painting the swing set?!  - Me 

Here's a peek at all of the crafty details Molly and I worked on and some great before and after shots.  The thing about social media and blogging is that I could write this post and show beautiful photos of the tea party, my little crafts and all the flowers, china and crystal.  But let's keep it real.  There were "tea cups" of broccoli mashed with tea bags, pizza all over the floor, paint stained clothes, at least 4 poopy diapers, and a whole lot of crazy fun.  I'll show both.  First the pretty shots.

I used my PSA Essentials Cupcake Peel & Stick stamps and the "tea cups" on several places. 

Tea for them, champagne for us... I created wine charms using my PSA Essentials Love Birds Peel & Stick stamps.  I used my circle punch, cut out and added to tags. I punched with a hole punch and threaded with ribbon. 

The kids got dressed up.  Parker and Molly wore "fancy" dresses.

Tea time!

Her pinky was up.  Seriously.

Hot N' Ready! Little Ceasars time!

And this is where it gets real.  We go from Tiffany's china, ties tied nicely - to shirtless, paint covered and half naked.  In a span of 30 minutes.

Alex representing PSA Essentials with some stamping!

Time to head out, but first a group photo or two or three...

Russ:  "Great party y'all, I'm out!"

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mermaids and Sharks Birthday Party

My daughter Molly has already made some good friends over the course of the last two years at May River  Montessori and two of them happen to be Mollie and Mason, who's mother knows how to throw an amazing party.  Last year the theme of the twins birthday party was "Bubble Guppies" and though Connor and I stayed home and missed it, Mollie still reminds us of when my Molly blew out her candles.  Good thing we were invited back this year despite last years candle ambush! (I kept her far away from this years cake...)  Here's a peek at all of the party details and a look at the DIY wrapping paper I created for the twins' gifts.   It was a great Sunday afternoon with friends.  Happy Birthday to Mollie & Mason!

From personalized water bottles to banners, flip flop and bubble party favors, a personalized cake, shark cookies, mermaid cookies and cupcakes, and a buffet of food, Tiffany (the 6 months pregnant mother of three already) completely out did herself.   Ryan, her husband, too! 

Check out this adorable cake from Ronnie's Bakery, Cakes by Lou!

Here's Molly and her best friend Parker.  Parker learned to swim last week and is really doing an amazing job!

Time to sing and have some sweets!

Looks like they have plenty of gifts to open.  Do you spy my DIY wrapping job?

I created some wrapping paper using my PSA Essentials stamper and my PSA Vanilla Peel & Stick stamp set.  Using the number 4 for Mollie and Mason who were turning 4, I stamped using my royal blue ink over and over again on white kraft paper.  It was easy to do with my stamper.

I tied some festive summery ribbon and viola!  Easy!

And off we went after a few hours of swimming and eating with a super cute pair of flip flops!  Seriously, is it not the cutest party you've ever seen?