A Celestial Baby Shower

This past weekend I had the pleasure of having another amazing baby shower hosted by close friends. These are some extremely crafty and creative ladies who put on an AWESOME celestial themed baby shower for Baby Bruckner! It was an intimate gathering of people that have at one point worked with me and it was really special. We have great women that come through our doors and I was honored to spend my Sunday with them. Now on to the shower! (Photos by Sara Faris – Hostess)

Carrie, Me, Sara (the hostesses!)

Carrie, Me, Sara (the hostesses!)

{DRINKS} – To loosen up the crowd they served delicious (I heard) Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, & Lime Punch

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Bloody Mary Bar!

Bloody Mary Bar!

{SNACKS} – Brunch-time is my favorite time and these tasty snacks did not disappoint. Carrie even made some adorable labels for the food!

Awesome cupcakes by Sweets to the Sweet

Awesome cupcakes by Sweets to the Sweet

Stars!

Stars!

The Spread

The Spread

Labels!

Labels!

Moon Pies

Moon Pies

{ACTIVITY} – I guess word got out that I didn’t have many burp cloths and thus, they provided the guests (who are all creative types) with some sharpies and got them to work on some “Alien” burp cloths for BBB. (Baby Boy Bruckner)

Game / Craft

Game / Craft

A work in progress

A work in progress

Finished Creations

Finished Creations

Finished Creations

Finished Creations

I had an amazing time and BBB got some wonderful gifts. Thank you all for this experience!

Bryant’s First Birthday Party!

Birthday Boy and his mama!

This past weekend my family and I celebrated my youngest nephew Bryant’s first birthday! We had an intimate gathering of family and it was probably a good thing considering how excited the birthday boy was to turn one. I think he may have sensed this was the beginning of getting older. There are some things going on with his brother right now, and the only way  I knew I could help out was to make some decorations and cakes / cupcakes. It took maaaybe an hour to assemble the decor and the cakes were even easier. Side note – if anyone wants a birthday kit in any theme, I can make you one for $30 (cakes not included as that really isn’t my specialty).

Let’s start with the cakes because really, that’s the best part.

{CAKE} – Bryant is majorly allergic to many things (eggs, peanuts, chicken, hugging, staying still, etc.) For his cake I used this recipe with the same frosting I used for the cupcakes (see below).  I just added some food coloring for his. Honestly, his cake was about 100 times better in my opinion than the cupcakes. It came out super moist and flavorful. I read online to wrap it and freeze it while it’s still warm from the oven. Worked great! Guess who didn’t agree?

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Bryant doesn't love frosting

Bryant doesn’t love frosting

{CUPCAKES} – For the guests we were able to have eggs in the cupcakes so I went with a homemade funfetti. In hindsight I should have gotten the boxed kind or chosen a different recipe. Live and learn!  They came out super dry and a bit too fluffy. I’m not sure what happened, but here is the recipe anyways.  The frosting that this recipe made was good but WAAAY SWEET.

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{DECOR} – For the decor I cheated and used some of the artwork I made for Jordan’s shower a year ago. It worked and I already had it ready to edit, so win-win. I made a personalized banner for the birthday boy, some cupcake flags, and tee-tiny bunting for the cake.  I printed and then cut out the flags, glued them onto some flat toothpicks and we were in business. Also on hand were some popcorn containers that we used for cheese puffs since a lot of popcorn is made with peanut oil and we can’t risk that.

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Older brother Jack

tee-tiny bunting

Decor

Birthday Boy and his daddy!

Birthday Boy and his daddy!

Bryant and Granddaddy

Guess who gets a smile? Granddaddy!

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Sister Squeeze on Bryant! (pregnant people need to stay hydrated!)

At the end of the day Bryant decided that he would in fact eat something but only inside where he could make a mess and only when no one was looking. I caught this photo as evidence.

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Katie’s Baby Shower!

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This past Saturday was the big day…Katie’s Baby Shower!  It was so fun!  At 2 o’clock we all convened at my house to celebrate Katie and her baby boy.  Our friend Allison threw the shower with me and we are both so excited to meet Baby B!

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First up, let’s talk about the cake.  This ‘beaut was tasty too!  How adorable is it?  When Allison and I were planning the shower I did a quick sketch of a possible cake idea and the cake lady actually used it!  She matched the colors and prints of the invites so perfectly.  Everyone knows a gray cake can go wrong (um, Steel Magnolias) but this one is just lovely.  I’m pretty sure Katie loved it too!  If you’re in the Atlanta area, the cake was made by Heather of Sweets to the Sweet Bakery.  Allison has had her do numerous cakes (including my baby shower cake!) and she always does gorgeous and delicious cakes for a reasonable price.
Find her on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/Sweets2thesweet 

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For decor I made another crepe paper ‘b’ for Katie in a fun stripe that’s not too boyish and fun paper decorations.  I just cut out fun paper designs and then ran them through my sewing machine to make various garlands.  I used coordinating (ish) colors to the invites and in the end it all came together!

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Time for presents!
Baby B is super loved already!  Just look at all those fun and useful gifts!

We also asked that everyone bring a book for Nugget instead of a card so that Katie will have a nice start on his book collection!  To round out the afternoon, we had typical southern snacks…sweet tea, lemonade, pimento cheese, chicken salad, meatballs (cause why not?!) and of course a cheese ball.  It’s not a party without a cheese ball.  YUM.

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We had so much fun celebrating our good friend Katie!  We are approaching the final countdown on Baby B’s arrival in early January….we can’t wait to meet him!

Maybe we can get Katie to write a follow up post on some of her favorite shower gifts?!

Throwing a First Birthday Party!

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So, now that we’ve had some time to recover from Elem turning 1…I can talk about her party.  It took a while for us to finally take the decorations down, but with Katie’s shower coming up at my house I wasn’t sure she would appreciate a “tropical” baby shower theme (you’re welcome, Katie!)
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We knew from the start we didn’t want to have an over-the-top 1st Birthday party, but we also knew that that DOES NOT mean we couldn’t still decorate like we were having one!  We just had family and a few close friends come hang out for a while.  We love any excuse for tropical decor (hello…we already have a tiki bar in our 50’s split-level basement!) so this was a great excuse to pull out some decorations we already had and add some new ones.  We went with a loose “Gilligan’s Island” theme since we love all things 50’s-60’s and because we have one of the cutest ginger we’ve ever seen!  I acquired some gold lame leggings (for Elem, of course) and made her a little “S.S. Minnow” shirt to wear with them.  My favorite part was the tiny photo booth with an S.S. Minnow for the littles to stand in!  I also put some bowls of cheerios out for the littles…I had some rubber footed bowls which helped them not slide around everywhere and the kids loved this.  A real toddler ice-breaker!  We also had lots of delicious food, including Chinese style ribs (if you’ve been to Trader Vic’s you-know-what-I’m-talking-about).  They were delicious, as usual with anything my husband Jeff cooks!  The kids drank from tiny hibiscus print straw cups and adults got their choice of a coconut mug with fun silly straws!  You’re never too old for a silly straw, am I right?!

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We didn’t spend much on the party since we already had a good start on decor and I was able to make a lot of the decorations.  We were able to find most of our party goods online on the cheap.

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Things I made for the party:

-cardboard boat
-pinata style ‘e’ with streamers and cardboard
-“fish floats” with big balloons and decorative fish nets
-lots of small balloon “coconuts” for the fish netting and palm trees!
-up-cycled “palm trees” with packing material, green poster board, and balloon coconuts

Things we bought for the party:

-fish nets
-blow up palm tree (we couldn’t resist!)
-blow up fruit
-plastic coconut cups and hibiscus sippy cups for the kids
-paper fan decorations
-plates, napkins, etc.

Total Amount Spent:  give or take $120 (we spent about $80 on decor and $40 on food)

I still can’t believe my girl is ONE!  What a fun year!