Thursday, February 26, 2015

Project: Invitation!

Oh my dear blog, how I missed you so!

Last week was "break-week" for my kids here in Vermont, so I spent the whole time trying hard to keep them busy! But now they are back at school and I am back at party planning!

I am planning a couple of parties at the moment, and one of them is for my daughter, who's turning 7. A few months ago I asked her what theme she would like to have for her party and with that, I feel like a opened a "Pandora box"! It took her a few days to think over some suggestions and when she finally came up with an idea I was beyond myself with excitement! Not only this theme tells a lot about her and the little person she is becoming, but it is also very unique. In fact, even though I have found a lot of inspiration, I have not seen a birthday party quite like this one is going to be! Altouhg I am not going to talk about the theme itself in this post, I am going to confess that I am super excited indeed!

This week, I started working on the invitations. More specifically, on the envelopes! I have something very specific in mind, and could not find the right size envelopes. So my first step was to create a very simple template.

Then I just traced them onto the paper, cut, glued and Ta-Da!!


These pictures probably give you an idea about the theme...but maybe not! Ha! 
I will keep you posted!! ;)

Tchau for now!!

Fabi :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Simple Valentine's Table

My kids absolutely love Valentine's Day. I am sure it's got nothing to do with the actual meaning of Valentines, but instead, with the prospect of the candy and cards their friends will give to them at school!
Because our kids are still little and we don't have any family close by, my husband and I haven't had a proper Valentine's Day celebration in a long time. But we still try to exchange something special and just enjoy the day with each other and our two babies.
To surprise them this year, I created a very simple table set-up, that I am sure they will just love!
And love is exactly want I am for!

I used two gold paper lanterns from my local "Dollar Store", glittered heart cut-outs and heart shaped iced cookies, from my local grocery store.

Simple, yet fun!
I will tell you later if they liked!
What about you? Any plans?

Tchau for now!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Dinosaurs are here!

In February we celebrate our son's birthday, and this year he asked for a dinosaur party. I found lots of ideas on the internet, but I also wanted it to be very suited to him and his own idea of how dinosaurs would be in his world.

To make this happen, we started by placed dinosaur tracks all over the outside of the house and on our entrance floor, to get our guests in the right mood!
Once they were inside of the house, a hungry T-Rex greeted them and they were asked to leave a message for the birthday boy on a dinosaur book: "How do Dinosaurs say Happy Birthday, by Jane Yolen (Book). This book is now to be treasured for years to come!

All the kids played a "Pin the Tail on the Dinosaur" game, followed by "puzzle hunt". They were separated in groups and each group had to decide on a color piece to hunt for, find them around the house and place  them properly on the dino base. That kept them busy for a little bit and they got to work as teams! I found the templates for the puzzles for free right here

There was a lot of snow outside, so we took all the kids out to keep on burning steam! They had fun sledding, snow ball fighting, and dinosaur egg hunting! That was a big hit, as some of the eggs had hatched and little dinosaurs were trying to escape!

After all that, it was time to eat! We served dino cheese, fruit salad in individual cups, dino sandwiches, lava juice and hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream and cinnamon. Yum!! The table was decorated with dinosaurs wearing party hats and a T-Rex holding a gift for the birthday boy (it was an actual gift!!). Each child got their own party hat and a dino mask.

After that, it was pinata time! We hit a T-Rex pinata really hard and got a lot of candy! (Pinata)

After a couple of scraped knees and an elbow on the face (ouch!), we moved along to the cake! The cake table was decorated as a dinosaur jungle, complete with two floating trees! The cake was a volcano, made out of chocolate with lava floating out of it when it got open, and little chocolate rocks around it! For sweets, we had praline and chocolate covered marshmallows, brigadeiros (a Brazilian chocolate) and dino foot print sugar cookies. Of course, the dinosaurs were all over it!

When it was time to go home, each child got a little dinosaur, crayons, erasers and a volcano/lava kit so they could create their own lava experiment at home! I found this idea here

The birthday boy and all his friends had lots of fun, ate a lot of sweets and finished the party with a big grin on their faces! All and all an excellent party!! Yay!!

Tchau for now!

*If you would like to see my inspiration pins for this party, click here

Monday, February 2, 2015

Candy Shoppe for Lyndsey!

Today's party was a candy shoppe theme, and oh what a fun theme!
The little girl was turning 7, and she was very adamant she did not want a "candyland" party! So we made her a shoppe!
The idea was to create a festive, yet clean, looking background, so all the bright colors from the candy would display nicely. And boy, we had candy! I used a chevron fabric on the wall, colorful paper bunting and three "candy balloons" on top. To frame it, we used six balloons on each side. The birthday girl asked for cake AND cupcakes, so her mother provided cupcakes for all the children and the birthday girl got a mini cake of her own.
In addition to the many different kinds of candy, we also had chocolate covered marshmallows and chocolate covered Oreo cookies. Big hit! 
At the end of a sugar filled day, each kid got to take home their own little bag, filled with the candy of their choice. And I saw all of them pretty happy!!

Birthday girl's favorite color is purple!

Chocolate and sprinkle covered marshmallows

Chocolate covered Oreo cookies

Rock Candy

Birthday girl

And that's what makes it so especial! The big smile! :)

 If you want to see my inspiration board for this party, click here
Tchau for now!