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hot dog, hot dog, HOT DIGGITY DOG {a 3rd birthday party}

It’s hard to believe that my two big kids have moved out of the toddler stage.  Paige is about to turn 7 but just a few years ago Paige was totally into Minnie Mouse and the color pink. We threw together a simple and sweet little birthday party for her. Here are some pics. Hope it inspires you to throw a party for the sweet little Minnie Mouse in your life!
For this cake I simply iced it with a hot pink icing and used a piping bag to decorate with black frosting. To get the right shape for Minnie I stuck the tops of 3 oreo cookies – one large and two mini’s – on the top of the cake in the shape of Minnie and piped the black frosting over it. I cut a bow out of a maraschino cherry for the top of her head. I even found candles that were black with white polka dots. It was not very fancy but it made her happy.

::The Menu::

Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dogs

{we grilled up a bunch of fancy polish & chicken dogs}

Minnie’s Bowtie Pasta Salad

{homemade pasta salad with bowtie shaped pasta}

Chips

Watermelon

Apple Sauce

::The Decor::

Pink, White & Black Colors

{table cloths, napkins and frames}

Pictures of Paige

 Happy Birthday signs

{I used a Disney-like font and printed them off of my personal computer}

Minnie Mouse Images

{I made them by cutting circles out of sparkly black paper and taped them on a few frames and a few cheap white containers that I got from Target}

Minnie Mouse Ears

{I bought some with a pink bow but in true Paige fashion she wouldn’t wear them that night}

{Paigey and her sweet little friends…it was a fun and simple little celebration}
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it’s a small world {after all}

Paigey’s 6th Birthday Party

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It was awesome.

Last weekend we hosted a “little” party for our Paigey’s birthday. She loves people, parties, Disneyland, costumes, the “it’s a small world” ride, cupcakes and lots of color…so with that in mind I was able to come up with a really fun shindig for our girl. The theme lent itself well to lots of playful color, Disney elements, world geography {which I love} and making a trip around the world in a whimsical way! It was a costume party and most of the kids dressed up {including Paige who was Merida for the evening}.

We had only 60+ people {around 30 kids} to feed & entertain…so it was a fun and creative challenge to put it all together. I decided to move it to our church so we would have enough room to let the kids run around. Here are some pictures of the party that my sweet friend Chrissie took for me. She captured the feel of it so well! So thankful! I will share more details soon.

Hope it inspires you to celebrate someone you love or take a trip to Disneyland!

::the decor::

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We set up six round tables and used lots of fun details as centerpieces. Pictures from Paige’s photo shoot with Jessica, succulents, trays with the names of each continent, and pages from a little “it’s a small world” book that I had in my stash. I collected things for months in preparation. The finger puppets were from Oriental Trading Company, the doilies were from Smart & Final {I just used a stamp for the wording} and I glittered the tea-light holders myself {and forgot to turn on the tea-lights for the party}!

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::the coloring table::

I found these fun printable coloring sheets on Spoonful…a great Disney craft resource.

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::the favors & goody bags::

I will talk more about the goodie bags another time. There were very fun to put together and Paige LOVED making them special and helping me put them together. I decided that since grown-ups never get goody bags it would be fun to make a favor for them. I made luggage tags that each “grown-up” lady {one per family} could take home. Each person got to choose the ribbon/string that they wanted to attach to it and bring it home for a suitcase, diaper bag, laptop bag…backpack…whatever they needed it for. More on how I made these another time.

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::the dessert table::

My goal was to have desserts from around the world and a beautiful cake. I found most of the desserts at World Market {swedish fish, hawaiian chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, green tea mochi, scottish shortbread} and my sister had the idea of setting them out in their packaging so that people could see where they were from. I added little trinkets that we had from around the world too.

Thanks to the help of my dear friend Stephanie I got a beautiful & delicious cake {along with tons of yummy cupcakes}. She is a pastry chef and totally made my vision for the cake a reality! I wanted a blue cake that looked like water so that I could float a picture of the little small world boat full of kids on top. I took a pictures {with my iphone} of the sign that is outside of the ride and just cut it out, added a doily and attached it to a stick. I also made a special candle {more on that another time}. It turned out so cute…don’t you think?

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::the food::

I made the food as simple as possible.We had several families with food allergies coming and I am trying to eat gluten-free these days. So I tried to find some foods that Paigey loved {sandwiches, pickles, veggies, strawberries} and that were okay to eat for most people. My mom helped me prep and chop for a few hours and my friend Stephanie helped me wash up all the dishes after the party.

Sandwich stuff with lots of fixin’s’ and different breads

{ham, salami, turkey, mustard, ranch, mayo, pesto, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cheese}

Veggies and Dip and Hummas

Chips and Pirates & Veggie Booty

Strawberry Salad

Water and Lemon/Orange San Pellegrino Sodas

All in all people seemed to eat most of the food…so it must have been okay!

Merida the little hostess and game warden!

merida the hostess

::the games::

I came up with a fun way for the kids to each get a passport and take a trip around the world with the games. It was a challenge because we were hosting 30 kids from ages 1 to 10. I recruited some dads and a few moms to help and we took over the multipurpose room at church {thanks goodness we had such a huge room to run around in}. I will post more on the games another day but here are a few pictures of the fun. Most of the kids participated {I actually bribed them by saying that they had to get a stamp in their passports…from all seven stations…in order to get their goody bags} so I call that a win/win! I also created a “fill-in-the-blank” trivia game for the adults that had questions about geography, the  “it’s a small world” ride at Disneyland and Paige. Papa was the winner of that one!

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kids around the world merida and friendsThe best costume may have been Aunt Fifi as Snow White {Laura was a close second and the kids all looked awesome}!

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80th birthday party {diamonds are a girls best friend}

 This is the lovely JUNE {she recently passed away…after several years of mental strain and confusion…I am so thankful she is now at peace with Jesus}. She is my Uncle Ray’s mother and someone I got to know very well in the  years we lived in Southern California. For her 80th birthday my Aunt Evelyn decided to go all out with a glamorous birthday party fit for a queen. June had always been {and remained} quite the glamor girl. She loved diamonds, jewelry, fancy clothes, gold, ornate decorations and bright colors…the list goes on. She liked to tell people that she had never wore Blue Jeans a day in her life. She was generous and always looked fabulous from her hair to her signature lipstick and on down to her toes…and she was a beautiful singer. I loved hearing her play piano and sing with all her heart!
With all that in mind I got to help decorate for her party several years ago. We used lots of black linens, nice stem-wear {rented} and tons of jewels {diamond inspired}. Kim {my cousin and June’s granddaughter} is amazing with flower arrangements {see below} so we did those ourselves. We knew pink flowers and sparkly accents would be the perfect addition to the black backdrop. We moved furniture out of their main living area and added beautifully decorated tables under displays of white lanterns that we hung from the ceiling {with thumb tacks}! Aunt Ev had a meal of June’s favorite foods catered and we gave a few roasts and toasts for the lucky lady. Birthday cake was shared along with a slideshow that I made of pictures from the 80 years of her life! Kim and I also made a small scrapbook of pictures we loved of June from over the years {it include slots for small slips of paper that each guest signed and we later included in the book}. She loved it. She passed it around for weeks, bringing it around with her to bridge, her hairdresser and other friends homes.
 It was a lovely party for a lovely lady!

{June and her dear cousin singing a song from the good ol’ days}

Such a glamorous GIRL! We miss you June!

Hope this inspires you to spoil a glamor girl in your life someday!

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super hero party {super cousies turn 4}

My cousin Kim and I had our sweet boys just one day apart four years ago. They were due two weeks apart but Asher came late and Grant came early! So we have dreamed of having a combo birthday party for these little buddies since then. That day finally arrived a few weeks ago! Check out the festivities. It was great. Throwing a party with another creative person is fun and makes for a much easier party to plan, put together, pay for and even clean up! And I’m thankful that my Aunt Ev and Uncle Ray have such a beautiful home that they allowed us to use! Hope it inspires you to throw your own!

::the set up::

::the food::
::the decor & favors::
::the games::
We actually played two other fun games that I will tell you all about another time {they were awesome}
::the costumes::
We encouraged people to dress up as their favorite Super Hero and they did! Almost everyone! It was pretty fun to see all those alter-ego’s running around!

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the loveliest tea party birthday for {ALISHA}

About a year and a half ago I got to help my sweet friend Alisha celebrate her birthday with a grown-up tea party.We went to San Francisco for a lovely afternoon at Crown & Crumpet. It has recently moved locations, but let me tell you that I cannot wait to check out the new spot when I get the chance. The decor and atmosphere were lovely and the food & tea were even better!
This creative girl made us little tea box favors…even though it was for her birthday…how cute is that?
These home-made crumpets were so good that I went on a crumpet kick for a while after I had them. Trader Joe makes some that you can toast up and drizzle with butter and honey…YUM! I’m licking my lips just thinking about it!
Pretty Lady…Love this Girl!
I love Alisha! Let me count the ways! I love her parents & siblings {they have been dear family friends for years} and I love her hubby and kids. We went to high school together and church youth group. She moved back to the Bay Area around the same time as us and it was such a treat to get to know her again after years of living apart. Our kids are pretty close in age and love playing together! I trust her so much that she is the person I called to pick up Paige the day my dad died. She took her and kept her busy and happy and fed her…I was so comforted in knowing that Paige was in good hands while we were at the hospital. She loves her family so well, loves God, is a loyal friend and always makes me laugh! Lets just say I adore this sweet, creative, funny, loving girl!
Alisha with her mom and sister…it was a sunny & beautiful day in the City!
And then it was time to go.
look at these cute girls…they have been friends since high school…i love it!
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