Abby Cadabby Birthday party

This Abby Cadabby Birthday Party was originally hosted by Rebecca over at Faith Family Home Friends.
Oh my this little girl is too precious. I love some of the simple special touches like adding the gems to the candle. The birthday outfit is to die for and the outdoor setting of the beautiful white church is so ideal. We don’t really have many cute little white churches like that where I live. Wish we did! I really love the use of fresh flowers on the cake. They aren’t just for wedding cakes! Flowers are such a simple way to make a cake look fabulous and this cake is definitely fabulous!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Rebecca’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Rebecca’s party…..


Our little girl turned ONE YEAR old recently! It’s hard to believe how quickly this past year has gone. What a blessing she has been to us! Here are some pictures from her party…

We had her party at our church (This picture was taken last year on her first church service)

Her birthday cake.

The theme was “Abby Cadabby” from Sesame Street

The gift table

She got lots of fun gifts!

We had a brunch with muffins, fruit, sausage balls, etc.

We decorated with fairy wands (since Abby Cadabby is a fairy), stars, butterflies, and flowers

I made her headband and custom ordered her tutu from here:

Eating her strawberry cake

She clapped after we sang “Happy Birthday”

I made her birthday hat. I bought an inexpensive party hat and then painted it and added the embellishments.

Abby Cadabby treat bags for the older kids

Sippy cup favors for the babies

I also made her birthday candle by gluing rhinestones on a plain candle

My sister and I made her birthday cake

I made the tissue paper flowers from this tutorial from Martha Stewart: Pom-Poms

We got her a play kitchen from Target

And a vintage style toy car (from Baby Style but they are no longer in business)

Happy Birthday to our sweetheart!!

Cupcake Party

This Cupcake Birthday was originally hosted by Momdiggity.
You just really can’t go wrong with cupcakes! They are just so stinkin’ cute and tasty. There were PLENTY of cupcakes at this party. BIG cupcakes, little cupcakes, cupcake pops and cupcake clothing!
I absolutely love that each girl went home with her very own box of cupcakes! That is one sweet take home goodie!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Momdiggity to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Momdiggity’s party…..


See this girl?


She turns TWO today.


TWO!!??? How can that be???


We celebrated her birthday on Saturday. She’s been waiting for “Birthday Party Day” for a LONG time.

We went to a birthday party back in March and she’s been obsessed with the event ever since.

Her favorite song is “Happy Birthday To You” and she sings it ALL THE TIME.

We’ll be driving along in silence and suddenly she’ll say, “I need my birthday party.”

Last Wednesday, I went in to get her after her nap and she said, “Oh no! I almost forgot my birthday party!”

Later she was playing with her pots and pans and I asked what she was making. She answered, “Birthday party soup.”

One day she suddenly said, “I want toys.”

I said, “What kind of toys?”

She said, “Birthday toys.”

I said, “What kind of birthday toys?”

She said, “Birthday present toys.”

Because of her excitement, I tried my best to make the big day special. We did a cupcake theme and I may have gone a bit overboard, but it was all worth it.

I made the invitations. I bought the two different sized circles at Paper Source, as well as the cupcake stamp. I then “sprinkled” the cupcakes with glitter-glue.


I made a banner with pre-cut scalloped paper and some cutie-patootie cupcake ribbon. I used a c.d. to trace the circles on the printed paper and a credit card to trace the rectangles. Then I simply glued on the glittery chip-board letters. All of the supplies for the banner were found at Michael’s



My friend, Kristin, and I made Bakerella’s cupcake pops that tasted every bit as good as they looked.





My friend Ellie and I made homemade chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese butter-cream frosting and strawberry cupcakes with fresh strawberry icing that is absolutely heavenly. Make some soon.


And I made an over-sized cupcake cake.


Don’t tell my guests, but I used five pounds of butter, one pound of cream cheese, and 2 pounds of sugar for the spread. Needless to say, I was completely baked out by the time it was all said and done, but it was so much fun.

As the guests arrived, Arle wasted no time snagging their gifts and taking them to the “Birthday Room,” aka the dining room.


She also wasted no time getting the party started as she climbed onto a chair and dipped into the cake a bit early. It’s a good thing my grandmother doesn’t read my blog because, if there’s one thing she hates in the world, it’s people licking their fingers. Especially ladies. Before my wedding, she gave me strict instructions to not lick my fingers after feeding wedding cake to Trav. I think, in the heat of the moment, I may have done it anyway. I digress…


Trav lit the birthday candles and we sang her favorite song. She did a great job of blowing out the candles. If I had to guess, I’d say she wished for a life-time supply of fresh bagels from Einstein.


She ate maybe two bites of cake before diving into a cupcake pop.


Then, the “birthday present toy” opening began.



We had a cupcake decorating station set up for the kiddos. They each decorated four cupcakes with as many sprinkles as they could possibly sprinkle. I found some cute little cupcake boxes at Michael’s for them to put their masterpieces in and take home as their party favors, along with a few cupcake pops.



All of the “big kids” had a great time watching the little kids.


In order to avoid sugar-induced-comas, we then went outside to let the kiddos blow some bubbles and run around a bit.


Happy birthday to my sweet baby girl. You mean the world to me, and I love you so very much!

Sip & See – Sweet Baby Shower

This Sip & See Sweet Lollipop Baby Shower was originally hosted by Sarah over at Life Sweet Life.
Well, I have to admit that I have never heard of a “Sip & See” before! But you know what…I LIKE IT! Totally simplifies the whole food thing for a baby shower and who doesn’t need to simplify these days? All the decor and the invites are super cute and Sarah did a great job of detailing where she got things as well as inspiration!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Sarah’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Sarah’s party…..


As I mentioned yesterday, the Sip & See went great! It was so much fun and Baby Jasper received many adorable gifts. Below are some pictures from the event. I also included information about where I got most of it, as some have already asked, and I know I always like to know where to get everything, too! :)

Invites(inspiration from the TomKat Studio) These were completely designed using digital scrapbooking kits from DigiScrap Addicts and Just Digi Layouts. I found the wording for the front on Google: Lemonade pop sweets and treats, someone new for you to meet! Please come meet… The back was just the party information.

Entryway - bubble wands $1 (from Dollar Tree) in pots from Dollar General ($2.50 each)

Food Table - drink jars are from Wal-Mart ($5.96 each). These are great because they’re so versatile that you can use them for a variety of things!

Cupcakes(again, inspiration from TomKat Studio…she’s amazing!!) Cupcake stand is from Michael’s, normally $19.99 but I bought it with a 50% off coupon. I also bought wrapping paper from Michael’s, and cut circles to cover the cupcake stand. The toppers are all designs from the invitations, but I also added Jasper’s birthdate for one of the toppers. That date stamp is from a digital scrapbooking kit by WM[squared]Designs. We made chocolate fudge cupcakes as well as strawberry cupcakes with blueberries in them (thanks for the idea, mom!) and they were a HUGE hit! Would love one right now. :)

Candy Bar - For guest favors, I set up a candy bar along with sippy cups for guests to take some candy home with them. (sippy cups were purchased 5/$1 at Dollar Tree – what a steal!) I bought all the candy at Wal-Mart, including the precious little swirl lollipops…only 33 cents each!

And finally, my gift to Jasper! I put together a basket, because who doesn’t love gift baskets?! I bought the orange basket at Hobby Lobby and embellished it with some wood designs from Michael’s and a vinyl “J” from Uppercase Living. I filled it with diapers, some clothes, a bib, and some pacifiers that I found at Target thanks to Katie at It’s in the Details - that girl could be a personal shopper – she always posts about the neatest finds!

Also in the basket was a PRECIOUS dress and headband from Jaime at BusyBizzyB. Her blog & etsy shop always have such cute things, and she’s GREAT to work with! This wasn’t actually in her etsy shop but I requested it, and she had it to me in no time flat. Go check her out!

Oh, I also had a picture frame in the basket, and I put Jasper’s first picture along with her birth info. in it…but forgot to take a picture of it actually in the frame! Here is the digital design of it:

Well, I think that’s it! It was a lot of work but a TON of fun. :) Thanks to everyone who helped & shared ideas!! I’ll leave you with a picture of the proud mommy, and sweet Jasper gazing up at her favorite “aunt” – me!! :)

Space Ship Birthday

This Space Ship Birthday was originally hosted by Jodee over at Follow the Leader.

What little boy doesn’t dream about riding in a space ship someday? I think they all do! This spaceship birthday gets them as close as they are gonna get for now =) My fav thing is absolutely the CAKE! That thing is blasting off! I just love it. The red, white, and blue popcorn goodie bags are pretty stinkin’ cute too!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Jodee’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Jodee’s party…..


We had a great time celebrating Carson’s sixth birthday last weekend. Unfortunately, the day got off to a rocky start because Carson was exhausted from attending a camp at the Y last week. He didn’t want to go to T-Ball practice in the morning and he was being uncooperative, in general. He was being so stubborn that we even threatened to cancel the party if he didn’t shape up! However, after LaMar’s donuts for breakfast and chicken wings from the Watering Hole for lunch, things got a little better.

Our guests then arrived around 4:00 p.m. and the kids enjoyed watersliding until dinner was ready. We were really glad that all of Carson’s friends from school could come because none of his cousins were available to join us. As always, everyone enjoyed Chef Daddy’s cooking. After dinner, we opened gifts, broke the pinata open, and ate cake and homemade ice cream.

Cory and I continue to be a great party planning team. I love to pick out the theme, send out the invitations, buy all of the paper supplies and decorate. He loves to plan the menu and make all of the food.

We will continue to celebrate birthdays for the next month or so. Cory’s birthday is in two weeks and Kamree’s birthday is in four weeks. Stay tuned for more birthday posts!

The invitation!

The birthday boy always gets a new t-shirt to wear for his party!

Mommy and the birthday boy!
I had so much fun making the banner and door sign
with all of my old scrapbooking stuff.
Thanks again, Jess, for letting me borrow your ideas!
I also had Colby Ridge put together popcorn for the loot bags, and
I ordered the stickers from this Etsy shop.

Kristin, our neighbor, made Carson’s cake.
It was perfect for his space mission party
and it was delicious too!
If you are local, you can check out Kristin here.
I highly recommend her!
We gave the toddlers loot bags with Cheerios!
The waterslide was a big hit again!
Of course, Chef Daddy had to go down a couple of times too!

The girls enjoyed making a fort with their beach towels!
Kamree’s boyfriend, Bodie (our next door neighbor)!

Chef Daddy made a delicious meal for everyone,
which included smoked ribs, potato salad,
mac salad and delicious baked beans!

Carson got soooo many nice gifts!

He also got some birthday money so he bought
an IPOD shuffle with part of it after his T-Ball game yesterday!

The pinata!

Bob and Patty (my co-worker) stopped by.
You know it’s going to be a good party when the bikers show up!

The thank you note we sent out!

oh…by the way she has a brand new post for her daughters Ice Cream Birthday…you gotta check it out! Here is a sneaky peak:

Princess Party

This Princess Party was originally hosted by Samantha over at Three Little Blairs.
This Princess Party was definitely REGAL! The costumes are adorable and the table setting is FANTABULOUS! It really sets the tone and I’m sure it made ALL the little girls feel like the princesses they dream about being.

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Samantha’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Samantha’s party…..


My sweet little princess….
Sunday was Fathers Day, the first day of summer and my Audrey’s birthday. We had a birthday party for her Saturday. It was her first actual party so…. we went a little overboard… but it was so memoriable and SO fun!! It was a Princess Tea party. She truely was princess for a day… The look on her face during the party is something I will never forget… She felt very special!

Before the party. Audrey can barely contain her excitement as mommy and daddy made her pose with the family to take a picture.

Audrey is escorted in by her Knight in Shining Armour… Andrew!

Then off to the makeup table to get more glitter put on.

Audrey with a few of her princess friends.

My little princesses…

Miss Marie Claire. She isn’t the princessiest princess… but she sure love her shoes!

The royal family…

The tea party table

And last but not least… the cupcakes!!! Can you tell I am ridiculously proud of these!!

Mr. Linky Monday – Time to Party Hop!

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!

* Reunion
* Bachelorette Party “clean” fun games
* 40th Birthday – Female
* Octoberfest 30th Birthday
* Baby Shower Ideas:
* Pink/Brown Polkadots
* Polkadots
* Aqua & Hot Pink
* Pink & Black
* Lego Birthday (8 yr. old)
* Taylor Swift 5th Birthday
* Super Hero (boys and girls)
* Trains
* Irish Prince 1st Birthday
* Circus
* Man Party – Beer & all things manly (30th)
* Dinosaurs
* Puppy Party (girls)
* Sweet 16
* Hundred Acre Wood Pooh Party
* 1st Communion
* Dr. Seuss Baby Shower
* Ahoy! It’s A Boy! Pirate Baby Shower
* Cooking Party
* Lobster Dinner
* Wizard of Oz Baby Shower
* Rainbow 1st Birthday
* Mad science
* HELP! Need a unique theme idea for girl’s 1st Birthday
* Alice in Wonderland
* Indiana Jones
* Surfing Pool Party
* Muppets (NOT Sesame Street)
* Football Party
* Rubber Ducky Baby Shower



Weekend Feature – Sweet Mady

This weekend I would like to introduce you to a fabulous store called Sweet Mady. This store is a current sponsor on CP&S and I took the time recently to to head on over to the Sweet Mady shop and was delighted at what I saw. There are so many things! She’s got Party Packs, Calling Cards, Lunch Boxes, Backpacks, T-Shirts, Plates, Invitations, Announcements and MORE! AND….you can get it all personalized!!

Here is just a sampling of what Sweet Mady’s has to offer:

You really need to head over to the Sweet Mady store and see MORE MORE MORE!

Pool Party ….. Turtle Style!

This Pool Party was originally hosted by Sara over at Life with a Leach.
The cake…oh my at turtle cake. How stinkin’ cute is that cake?!! That little turtle just puts a smile on my face. The table setting was bright and fun and I really like the netting that she hung above with all the little sea turtles on it.

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Sara’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Sara’s party…..


We celebrated Landry’s first birthday today complete with a turtle-themed pool party at my uncle’s pool and pool house. The weather was perfect and although Landry skipped his morning nap, great fun was had by all. I think the kids had a nice time swimming and playing in the water table and on the inflatable water slide. The only notable mishap was that we forgot to unload the ice cream from the car and didn’t realize it until it was time to do cake. Oops! I had planned on making Landry a turtle cake with help from my friend Amanda, but with the funeral and everything else I threw in the towel and asked Amanda to take care of it for me. Once again I was amazed by her talent. Absolutely precious cakes as you can see! It’s late, but I wanted to share a few pics from today. I’ll try to post some more later.

Flowers & Butterflies Party

This Flowers & Butterflies Party was originally hosted by Meg.
I love the whimsical feel of this party. The butterflies on the cupcakes are just way too fabulous! I know from experience that those took some work and Meg did a wonderful job on them. The take away goodie boxes are a fun idea with the pinwheels.

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Meg’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Meg’s party…..


For Little Miss’s 2nd birthday we had a flower and butterfly party. I had so much fun making all kinds of girly things!

THe kids got to make butterflies out of felt and pipe cleaners.

We also had garden sticker sheet to make your own Garden.

We decorated the room with “kitty grass” and flowers. We also had garlend of flowers hanging from the door. and paper flowers garland with little missies name strung from the windows

I made butterflies out of colored chocolate. I got the idea from the cupcake book I got for my Birthday. It took most of friday morning but it was fun.

For goodie boxes I painted grass and butterflies on one side of the boxes and then added paper flowers. I borrowed a punch from a friend and made flowers with the kids names inside to seal the tops of the boxes closed.

The girls got flower and butterfly stickers, make your own flower bracelet kit, and three hair “pretties” I made.
The boys got bug stickers, Backyard friends(plastic bugs) and some silly putty. By the way I apologies now for the silly putty if it gets in your carpet try rubbing alcohol it worked for us :)
The adults even got a treat to take home, Chocolate covered pretzels.

Mini Feature!

It’s time for a mini feature! Join me as I party hop. But don’t forget to click through to the blogs to see ALL the party details these ladies have to offer!

This Brown & Yellow Baby Shower was originally hosted by Greta from Tea Parties & Baseball Games.

This fabulous Cowboy Birthday was hosted by Toni over at Twitterpated. She has COMPLETELY gone over all the details on her blog…so be sure to check it out.

The Style Sisters threw a very fun Fiesta for a 70th Birthday Party.

Erin from Got Memories threw a very nice Fancy Nancy Party. There are more details on her blog.

Please remember to visit the blogs of these party throwers!

Bug Themed Party – Happy Bugday!

This Bug Party was originally hosted by Jenn over at Cookin’ Up Crafty Fun.
This is a cute theme! The invitations that open up to reveal the caterpillar are so creative and for the receiver…unexpected! Everything is so well coordinated. I really like the banner and the unique way that each letter hangs on the ribbon. Oh..and the cake! How cute is that cake?

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Jenn’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Jenn’s party…..


Since I haven’t made anything this week, I thought I would share some old pictures of my son’s birthday party last September. It was his first birthday, and as I have said, I love themes. His birthday theme was bugs. There was no better bug to help me achieve this theme than my cricut. Lets just say that my cricut saw a lot of action. I made caterpillar invites inspired by this one that I saw on SCS. They folded up into one circle and fit perfectly into an A2 envelope. I ordered The Very Lonely Firefly from Books A Million’s bargain bin online. I put a book and some gummy worms and these adorable bug cookies in each bag. We made a caterpillar cake. It was quite buggy.

The invites

William’s birthday card. The ‘thank you’ cards. The goodie bags.
The centerpiece.

Jenn is also the woman behind Parties By Hardie. I have to give her party blog a shout out because I just finished designing it for her last week and she has a brand new look. Make sure to hop on over to her blog Parties By Hardie and check it out!!! Here is a sneak peak…

Super Sweet Birthday

This Sweet Shop Birthday Party was originally hosted by the Hacker Family.
If you came here looking for some SWEET party ideas…you came to the right place! This birthday party is filled with ALL things SWEET! Cupcakes, cakes, cupcake pops, chocolate dipped pretzels, lollipops….you name it…it’s got it all! So many yummy ideas, so be sure to check them all out.

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to the Hacker Family blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy the Hacker Family’s party…..


The party was a huge success and I somehow found the time and energy to make everything that I wanted to for her “Sweet Shop” spread and then some. I was so happy with how everything turned out.

It started with an idea to do something with cupcakes and took off from there. As Travis says, I have a tendancy to go a little nuts when it comes to party planning, but what can I say – I love every minute of it. I am by far my own worst enemy.
Every detail was account for from the tablescape to the homemade treats. I even had a dress made for Avery, a better picture of that to come later.

All in all, it was a great way to celebrate Avery’s first birthday. I think she’ll enjoy these pictures in the years to come.

The cupcake tower is a great find, I was so excited to finally find it after seeing it on someone’s blog. I lined it with scrapbook paper and ribbon and added Avery’s tutu to the bottom of it. Expect to see this at the all the parties to come, it is so versatile and I can change out the ribbon and paper each time.
Mini sugared strawberry and vanilla cupcakes
Me and the birthday girl. Also, cupcake lollipops – thanks to Bakerella for the great recipe,
Avery’s smash cake
The birthday girl and Momo
The birthday girl taking a breather before the guest arrive in her special birthday dress.

The birthday girl in her new favorite chair – a gift from Momo and Papa
She was so cute and methodically ate the icing on the cake without making too big of a mess of course.

Homemade treats – candy coated pretzel rods for all the grown-up party guests.

Goodies for all the kiddies – metal tins from Target’s Easter stuff, cupcake magnets, stickers, candy watches and BUBBLES

I’ll post the video of Avery eating her smash cake soon.

Mr. Linky Monday – Find your Inspiration!

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!
* Miss Spider Sunny Patch
* Wedding Shower
* Back to School Party
* Over the Hill
* 1st Birthday
* SuperHero
* Carnival Co-ed Baby Shower
* Safari/Jungle
* Strawberry Shortcake (twins)
* Sweet 16
* Dolphin Swim Party (8yr. old)
* Celebration for Completion of Cancer Treatment (2yr old)
* Cat in the Hat / Dr. Suess
* Trains
* Nature, Butterfly, Woodsy
* “ONE-derland” 1st birthday
* John Deer in Pink
* Mexican Fiesta (adult)
* Theme based on the child’s first initaial (letter “I”)
* Kids BBQ
* Babushka
* Elmo (girls)
* Girl Monkey
* Army (6yr old)
* Black & White Damask Baby Shower
* Peter Pan
* Pirate
* Mickey Mouse Club
* Princess (NOT Disney)
* Camping Theme (not a sleepover)
* Mermaid
* Pinnochio


Weekend Etsy – Max and Bella

I love sharing fun things I come across with ya’ll….and I came across this super cute etsy site today so I thought I would share it. It’s a fun shop for things like Mommy Calling Cards, Business Cards, Tags, Stickers, & Labels.

It’s called Max & Bella. Just look at all the cute things…..

There is much more to see at Max & Bella. So hop on over and take a look!

Babycakes Baby Shower

This Book Inspired Baby Shower was originally hosted by Jess over at Polkadots & Pirates.
This Baby Shower was inspired by a favorite book and nursery bedding. Everything about this shower is bright, fun, and coordinated. The invitations totally set the tone with a bold look and it flowed over into all the decor and right onto the cupcakes. I love the special touches like the matching game cards and diaper cake. I’m just LOVIN’ this baby shower theme!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Polkadots & Pirates to see what else she’s got going on! She sells FABULOUS party supplies!!

Enjoy Jess’ party…..

Yesterday, I threw a baby shower for one of my BFs from college. Leah is one of the last in our close group of friends to have a baby, so we are all soooo excited for her. She lives about an our away from my house in Wisconsin where we went to school. We decided since most of her guests were from there as well we’d throw it at her house. That way everyone could check out the nursery progress, too!

Speaking of the nursery, that was one of the two inspirations for the shower. My friend CJ and I were talking about what the theme should be and decided Leah had picked such cute bedding from Target that we should use that as color and design inspiration. I also love the book Babycakes by Karma Wilson, so we decided to use “babycakes” as our theme.

So from there, I designed these invitations…
Then after months of talk and planning, the day finally arrived. Here are some of the pics from the shower…

Our guest of honor…
The inspiration book (used as our guestbook), diaper cake (get instructions to make one here), and framed invitation served as a centerpiece on one of the tables…
We used a banner to spread our theme to the living room for gift opening…the cupcakes were the centerpiece on another table, set on three different cake plates…
and when you looked at them from the top, they mimicked our theme dots…the napkin rings in a tin were the centerpiece for the food table...We played TPIR with baby items and had a board where you could bet on baby details…Cake Box favors (I got the instructs from Better Homes and Gardens) filled with candy were sent home with guests. They can either be put together to look like a cake, or spread out by the piece, which we did to fill the rest of the cupcake table.

Aside from the freezing rain that fell at the end of the shower causing my almost 2 hour drive home, all went well! It was so fun to see so many of Leah’s friends that I haven’t seen since probably her wedding.

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