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1st birthday collageWith a name like Leia, you know I couldn’t resist throwing a Star Wars themed first birthday party…heavy emphasis on Princess Leia.  You can see the birthday invitation here.    I made Leia funfetti cupcakes that were decorated with cream cheese and chocolate frosting, mini chocolate chips, chocolate Oreos, and red decorating gel.  The oreos are held on with a dab of chocolate frosting.  I displayed the cupcakes on the tower I made (instructions here).  I plan on recovering the tower and adding new ribbon for my older daughter’s Disney Princess birthday in May…here we go again!  At least I have 6 weeks to recover get things ready for Hannah’s party.

001I decorated the kitchen by displaying photos from each month of Leia’s first year clipped onto a piece of light pink sheer fabric.  The funny story about this fabric is that it was originally purchased and used at my wedding reception almost 7 years ago.  Little did I know then what that part of the decor would be used for later on 🙂  I had a bunch of silver hair clips that I used to clip the photos onto the fabric–just trying to use what I had.  I couldn’t find a star wars table cloth that looked girly enough so I just bought a plain pink one and attached star wars graphics I printed out on photo paper as well as some photos of Leia with her Princess Leia hair buns on.

I made a “one” pennant decoration for Leia’s high chair.  It also had “Leia” on one side pennant and “Danielle” on the other end pennant.  I strung them through light pink ribbon and attached it to the high chair with glue dots.  The glue dots peeled right off afterwards.

Leia with my SIL Tiffany

Leia with my SIL Tiffany

I decorated the blank wall that Leia was going to be sitting in front of to open her gifts with a big poster of photos my cousin Candace took after Leia was first born.  You can see part of this in the collage above.  This made a pretty backdrop and was also fun to look back on (thanks Candace!).

cakey smileNow on to the food.  I tried to have fun with the food labels.  Here’s what we had:

  • Yoda Soda (pictured in collage above)–it’s actually just 7-Up and Lime Sherbet but it’s really tasty!
  • Han Solo Ham Sandwiches (I made homemade yeast rolls, filled them with shaved ham and cheddar cheese, then popped them in the oven to warm 30 minutes before lunch time)
  • Princess Lays Chips (I can hear your groaning)
  • Yoda Ears (edamame in shells topped with coarse kosher salt)
  • Vader Veggies & Droid Dip (my mom supplied this with fresh veggies from her garden and delicious spinach artichoke dip–even the spinach was from her garden!)
  • Light sabers (pretzel rods dipped in raspberry sherbet flavored candy melts then sprinkled with hot pink sugar crystals; I stuck the “sabers” into a bowl filled with pink candied popcorn Hannah and I made)
  • Princess Leia cupcakes

Leia cake 1So now you have some ideas to plan your own girly star wars party–come on, there has to be someone out there that can use this!  Also, a big thank you to our friend Bryan Alston who took such great party pictures for us and many of the ones I featured in the collage above.  It was a really fun day and I’ll cherish the memories of Leia’s 1st birthday forever!

Linked up at New Nostalgia and How-To Tuesday and All Things with Purpose.
Leia and Mom 2


Cupcake Tower finishedThe cupcake tower I started making this week for two upcoming birthdays is now complete!  This is how I started this project.  If you’d like to make your own cupcake tower, it is super easy.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cardboard cut into circles of 3 different sizes (I used empty diaper boxes to make me feel better about all that $ spent on diapers)
  • Paper to cover the cardboard (I used 12 x 12 scrapbook paper from Michael’s)
  • 2 canned good items covered in paper
  • ribbon
  • hot glue
  • glue dots (optional but this made putting the scrapbook paper onto the cardboard really easy)

You’ll need two circles of cardboard for each tier.  I traced the lid of my cake saver for the bottom tier (largest) and that measured about 13.5″ in diameter.  I traced the lid of  a large dinner plate (about 11″) for my second tier and a salad plate for the top tier (9″).  There is no magic number these cardboard circles need to measure–they just need to go from largest to smallest as you go up the tower.

Glue the same size circles together so your tiers will be sturdy.  Trace the cardboard circle onto your paper so you’ll have the right size of paper to cover your cardboard.  I took my ribbon and hot glued it around the edge of the cardboard circles.  Then I wrapped paper around my canned good and glued them onto my finished cardboard covered tiers.  Ta dah!

Linked up at All Things With Purpose.

Cupcake stand 1Both of my girls are going to have cupcakes at their birthday parties (Leia in April and Hannah in May).  I do not own one of those fancy cupcake stands but thought, hey, I could probably make one but first I need to figure out how by looking at…you know it…pinterest.

The blog I found that I thought had the best system for making one was Annie’s Eats in her post, How to Make a Cupcake Tower.  The picture I posted above is just the start of mine but I am so excited about how it is looking (and the fact that I am using empty diaper boxes to make it)!  Might as well use the diaper boxes, I paid enough for em’.

I just cut my diaper boxes into usable flat sheets of cardboard and then cut the circles out of that.  I traced the lid of my cake saver container for the largest tier and one of my small dinner plates for the smallest tier.  You need two circles for each tier since you need two circles glued together to make a stable enough “shelf” for the cupcakes.

Yes, there is a jar of pickled okra separating the tiers right now but eventually I will have some wrapped cans in between and I still have to make the middle tier. What you see here are the top and bottom tiers.

I was also able to use some ribbon I already had laying around so that was nice and made the project even more affordable.  The only thing I have purchased so far is the scrap book paper and it was on sale today at Michaels.

Since Leia’s birthday comes first, this one will be for hers–I will probably add some Star Wars stickers soon.  After her party I plan on recovering the tiers with other paper and replacing the ribbon with Disney Princess ribbon I bought today at Michaels since that is the theme of her party.

This has been super easy so far and I will post more instructions when I have a finished product!

Linked up at New Nostalgia & Housewife How-To’s.

I cannot believe Leia will turn 1 in about 5 weeks!  We are doing a girly Star Wars/Princess theme for her party…did her name give it away?

I will be doing a series of posts on all of the things I am creating for her party so here is the first–the invitation.  I got some pinspiration from here,  here and here of course and then created this:
Invitation no personal info

Personal information has been removed due to privacy reasons but you get the idea!  I just inserted the file into a message and e-mailed it to all our guests.  I recommend this to save money on printing, envelopes and postage.  Much quicker too!

I had a lot of fun with this and hope it gives you a few laughs today 🙂

Linked up at New Nostalgia & Housewife How-To’s.

Frog PrinceThe “Sunburst” yellow tomatoes I bought at the store a couple days ago were my inspiration for Hannah’s lunch tomorrow.  I thought they would be perfect frog eyes (now you’ll never be able to eat these tomatoes).  Hannah’s frog prince consists of:

  • Whole wheat bread
  • 1 triangle of laughing cow cheese mixed with green and yellow food coloring
  • 1 sunburst tomato cut in half
  • Raisins (pupils & nostril)
  • Roasted and salted seaweed (nori) cut into the shape of a smile
  • Yellow gummy bear cut into the shape of a crown

It’s not the fanciest lunch I’ve done but I haven’t been feeling too hot since the weekend so this will have to do!  I’m sure she’ll take it 🙂

Our sweet girl Hannah turned 4 on May 18th and we celebrated in Veggie Tales style the next day with a party at our house.  The party itself was only 2 hours (long enough trust me) but the bounce castle was set up by 11 am so you can imagine Hannah’s excitement at getting it all to herself for several hours prior to her party starting.  I did make her take a break to eat lunch and lay down to rest which she heavily protested of course.   Here is the bounce castle in all its glory:
ImageWe rented this from Joe’s Jumps, a local company that serves Denton and surrounding areas.  They have a great variety of nice jumpers at great prices so I highly recommend them.

This was Hannah’s first party with friends (aka little people) invited.  I definitely recommend a bouncer if kids are involved in your child’s birthday party–it keeps them out of the house, entertained and wears them out so they will sleep well that night 🙂  Here are some of my favorite pics of the kids (big and small) in the  bouncer:

H & friend Cameron

Hannah’s Great Grandmother, Oma (yes, she jumped inside too!)

H & her Aunt Tiffany

I made several of the Veggie Tales characters for decorations and games.  We did pin the nose on Bob:

Now lets move indoors where I did let the children go periodically 😉  Here is the food table.  My friend Megan who owns Tiny Kitchen Cakery, made the adorable Laura the Carrot cake.

Not pictured were the Veggie Tales balloons.  I ordered these from the Veggie Tales website and I would NOT recommend them.  Many of them busted when Kroger tried to fill them with helium–cheaply made.  Of course no party is complete without favors:

It was a great time and so fun seeing Hannah just love life!

I thought a great first post of the new year would be to take a look at some of my favorite things from 2011.  I believe it’s good to celebrate the past before setting new goals and looking towards the future.  I call this list the Pregnancy Edition because many of my favorites were heavily influenced by the fact I found out I was pregnant in August!  You don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy these favorites though so read on and have no fear if you are of the male species or not with child 🙂

2011 Favorite Things

Sutera Spa
This is the day spa in Flower Mound my mom and I most frequent.  I love that it’s not too far from home and has such a nice, cozy feel from the moment you walk in.  The staff are great, they offer a variety of services, always have good monthly specials and even offer a complimentary infrared heat sauna.   I am loving the prenatal massages there right now–simply amazing.  They had a great Holiday Open House in December and my mom and I had a blast that evening.  We both came home winners of gift baskets that had hundreds of dollars of beauty products in them!

Denton Square Donuts
This place is such an awesome addition to the Denton Square!  If you’re a Dentonite, this place is located where The Hydrant Coffee Shop used to be on Oak Street.  The Hydrant was one of my fave places to get coffee so I was sad to see it go but if something had to replace it then it should definitely be donuts…and not just regular donuts but BAKED, square shaped ones!  You can even pretend that these are healthy for you (just ignore the sugary toppings) since they are baked.  They remind me of puffed pastry and are so fresh tasting–tons of toppings to choose from also.  Hannah loves em’…she told the lady working behind the counter after she finished her sprinkles donut and half of a “piggie” donut (yummy little sausage on top): “I mean, those were TOO GOOD!”

So Perrier and sparkling water in general were not something I was too crazy about pre-pregnancy but once I hit about 23 weeks, I became obsessed!  I purchase Perrier by the case from Sam’s or Costco to keep the cost more reasonable.  Still cheaper than Sbucks though!  Costco has the Grapefruit and Citron flavors but Sam’s has it in the glass bottles.  It’s probably something in my crazy preggo mind but I think the Perrier in the glass bottles tastes better, even without the flavors.  I love it because it is so refreshing (especially when it’s super cold), has 0 grams sugar and hardly any sodium.  Great soda alternative!

Inspire Yoga Studio
This yoga studio opened January 2011 in The Shops of Highland Village and I started going to classes in May.  The classes are very reasonably priced and they even offer a free class on the 2nd Sunday of each month.  The instructors are awesome and I always get a great workout every time I go…probably because they keep the studio pretty warm so you can get your sweat on.

Mt. Olive Petite Snack Crunchers (Kosher Dill)
I love pickles even when I’m not pregnant but these are the best–extremely crunchy, small and just the right amount of vinegar/salt.

Game-On Athletics
This is where I take Hannah for her Tot Time class and I also did an awesome Boot Camp class there in December.  Tot Time is an hour of active play for kids 1-5 years old (they split up the older from the younger ones).  They do all kinds of exercises and learn sports skills–it gives the kids a good taste of a variety of sports like soccer, T-ball, basketball and gymnastics.  It’s great kid-to-kid interaction for Hannah and also helps her take a good nap that day 🙂

Greek Gods Greek Yogurt
I like the plain version so I can mix in fruit/granola.  Another of my faves that goes along with this one is homemade granola and I stole my recipe from this great blog here.  Since I’m trying to gain weight right now with this pregnancy I buy the full fat version of this yogurt (which tastes fabulous like cheesecake) but it also comes in non-fat varieties.  This is my favorite kind of greek yogurt and I’ve probably tried them all!

This Guy & This Girl
What can I say, 2011 wouldn’t have been near the adventure without my awesome husband Sean and sweet girl Hannah.  They make every day of every year a blessing.  We are so excited to welcome Leia Danielle in April of this year–I’m sure she’ll make the favorites edition next year 🙂  Happy 2012!