Party

Silas is One!

How does time go so quickly?? I seriously feel like it was just yesterday that we met this little guy and now we’ve celebrated a whole year (plus a month) with him! The first year felt like it went by quicker than the first year with twins. I’m not sure if it’s because we had school and all the busy that goes with that, or if it was because with just one baby things were a lot easier. Either way, it flew.
First birthdays are so bittersweet. Marking the end of that true “baby” stage and opening the doors to toddler life and the adventures to come. Silas means “of the woods” so I wanted to celebrate this milestone using that as our theme! I didn’t want a woodland animal type theme and wanted to keep things fairly simple and true to our many adventures and walks in the woods together. Which meant moss, ferns, and mushrooms!                
I printed my square month to month shots to use as part of our backdrop. All the images have some sort of greenery incorporated in the shot even 🙂

This AWESOME cake topper was from Little Sprout Creations. I just love how the white pops against the greenery! I made the cake myself (just a box mix, it had to be easy!) and the “moss” on top of the cake is just sugar cookies dyed green and placed upside-down in layers. Sprinkle some green cookie crumbs on top for texture and voila! Moss-topper! Found the original idea via pinterest here!

These cupcakes were similar – I used graham cracker cookie crumbs (bought them in store – WAY easier that way!) and dyed them green. That part was a bit tricky in a ziplock for it to blend together but it worked out alright in the end! Just a bit of icing and dip them into the crumb mixture and you get another great texture for the table!


Every party I plan has so many ideas I want to get to but can’t – these macarons were an example. I definitely wanted more than just 5 but this was literally all I could find before the party for some reason! I painted the ferns with a gel food colour and almond extract mixture to create an edible watercolor on the actual macarons. I SOOO wish I could’ve done more of these, it was so much fun!


Ok seriously. These were the talk of the party. Teeny little mushroom meringues! SOOOO easy, and so adorable. Just make a simple meringue cookie mixture (egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, vanilla) and bake in two sets of shapes – a fat blob for the tops and a skinny “hershey’s kiss” blob for the bottoms (these are technical terms people!) Once cooked and cooled, you carefully, gently make a little hole in the underside of the fat blob and pipe a drop of melted chocolate in. Let cool upside-down so the chocolate hardens and you end up with these adorable little mushroom cookies. I sprinkled a bit of cocoa powder on top of them to make them look more authentic. It was my absolute favourite Pinterest-Win of this party! Original recipe here!

For the twins’ birthday I had a Dr. Seuss theme so I got the Happy Birthday To You book for guests to sign as a keepsake. I found this gorgeous book at Spruce Collective in Abbotsford and chose it to be our guestbook.

What’s a party without a photobooth area? I looooved these hoops from Posie & Pine – they were such a gorgeous addition to the party area!


Happy Birthday to our Little Bear, our Bubba, our smiley little guy. You bring so much joy to our family and I can’t wait for the adventures we will get to have together!

Details:
Party Location: Rolley Lake, BC
Custom Cake Topper: Little Sprout Creations
Floral Hoops: Posie & Pine
Guestbook: Children’s Book from Spruce Collective
Photography: Amanda Gregor Photography 

Create! An Art Party!

So I’ve wanted my kids to have an art party for YEAARRRS now. But we do leave it up to them and roll with whatever they want to roll with – whether that’s princesses and pirates, paw patrol, or camping like last year! This year was originally going to be a Star Wars party (which may be next year!) but they both decided that an art party sounded fun. Cue this mom doing a happy dance!
I’m notoriously bad at over-pinteresting my party – meaning I have WAY too many ideas than are actually feasible. And with 3 kids it’s just kinda crazy to take it on in the first place. But I did this and it was fairly easy to be honest! And the activities kept all the kids busy for the entire duration of the party! (I went with 2 hours… this was at my home and the idea of having to entertain about 18 6-ish year olds was actually mildly terrifying!)
I’ll let the photos (a lot of them… eek!) speak for themselves, but we had an absolute blast!!


I went with more of a watercolour inspiration for the decor etc than the art parties I had seen on Pinterest. The number 6 and the watercolour bunting flags were directly inspired by this party I found and it worked beautifully!
I used these sprinkles as the colour inspo for our marbled cupcakes too!

Activity #1: Fidget Spinners! 
Yes, we did this. I found a DIY tutorial and got all the supplies required and let me tell you – these were a COMPLETE HIT. The kids loved making these and then playing with them after. Huge thank you to a Mama who stayed at the party and helped hot glue these together for the kiddos as they finished!

Activity #2 – Canvas Painting
I printed off some inspiration and hung those photos on the fence behind. It was really fun to watch the kids create their images together – all so different but they seemed to really enjoy it! I took white paper plates and cut a thumb hole and cut out to make fancy paint pallets for them too!


Props to the parents who came and helped supervise (and entertain!) the kids! Couldn’t have grabbed these photos without your help!

Eli’s creation – Any guesses? I love this!!
Activity #3 – Squirt Gun Painting! 
I decided on this activity after looking at the number of boys coming to this party. I had a moment of “what if they don’t like art?!?!?!” panic so I chose this activity because – um, hello – it’s just fun. Everyone just shared the canvases and took turns at target practice. We used watered down Crayola Neon paint and it turned out awesome! I think this was one of my favourites to watch.

Activity #4 – Fancy colouring sheets
I just got a more “grown up” colouring book from the dollar store and tore the pages out. Super simple.

Activity #5 – Cupcake decorating! 
I used Dainty Sprinkle Co. sprinkles on these paint pallets which worked PERFECTLY, the kids could continue their creativity to their cupcakes.

It was a bit of a disaster afterwards, but I’d say it was worth it!

So, there we go. Another year, another party. I cannot believe my little twins are so grown up now. How did 6 years go by so quickly?? I am so very proud of my tinies and I am so excited to see the adventures 6 brings!

Details:

Photography: Amanda Gregor Photography

“Create” balloons, paper plates: Heather & Gem

Sprinkles: Dainty Sprinkle Co.

Artwork on food table: Elena Markelova

Pretty much everything else came from the dollar store and Michaels!