Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2014


I’m sure everyone is busy preparing their Thanksgiving dinners and cooking turkeys … I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank you!!!!!

There is much I have to be thankful for this year … family & friends for their wisdom, love and support, and my wonderful clients who allow me to use my passion and imagination to create invitations, decor and events for their special occasions!

Wishing you and your family many blessings, health and happiness this Thanksgiving!

{New Addition} Faith Leah

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

I am officially an aunt!  Faith Leah was born yesterday at 5:50am weighing 9lbs and measuring 20 inches.  Mom, Dad, and baby are wonderful!

She is just beautiful!

Happy Birthday Luca!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday to my ‘little guy’!  It is hard to believe you are 3 – how time flies!

You arrived at 7:52am and when I saw you, I couldn’t believe how much you looked like your sister.

A cuddler from the beginning, you slept sweetly and had such a calm demeanor.  Your big sister was so proud and loved you from day 1.

You have quite a sense of humor and your evil laugh is priceless.  You are full of life and energy.

I am amazed at your imagination and how your bring your ‘choo-choo’s’ to life.  Your inquisitiveness and desire to find out how and why things work is mind-blowing.

Luca, I am so proud to be your mommy and cannot wait to see how your discover the world!

Happy Birthday, Luca!  Love, Mommy

{Inspiration Board} Vintage Rootin’ Tootin’ Roundup

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

With a little over 2 weeks until my son’s 3rd birthday, we are in full party mode for a western hoedown!  I’m taking a chance and hoping to have his party in our backyard as a cowboy party just needs to be outside.  (Keep your fingers crossed for me that the weather stays mild for just another few weeks!)  I do, however, have a backup plan in case of rain or extreme cold weather (making sure your guests are comfortable is a top priority when planning any event).

Here is my inspiration for Luca’s Cowboy Rootin’ Tootin’ Roundup.

{Image Credits: sunflowers; square dance; atmosphere; s’mores; snack cones; stick horses; napkin; beverages; washboard; ribs; saw horses; gem mining; buffet; apple cider; western attire; tablescape – unknown, please contact us if you are/know the source so I can give proper credit; stamps; muslin bag; cowboy boots image}

{Real Parties} Sneak Peek: Jolly Holiday Birthday

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Stay tuned for a full report of our Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Celebration!

Happy Birthday Cibella!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday, Cibella – my ballerina princess!

My pregnancy with my daughter was quite difficult during the last trimester; I was in and out of the hospital due to complications 3 times when it was finally determined to have a c-section.

She arrived at exactly 2:44pm with a big head of hair and large black olive eyes – the sweetest and most beautiful little girl I had ever seen.

Cibella, I have loved watching you grow, discover, and learn.  Your imagination and creativity are incredible.  I am so proud to be your mommy!

You are a beautiful girl both on the inside and out.

Happy 4th Birthday, Cibella!  May all your dreams and wishes come true!

Remembering 9/11

Saturday, September 11th, 2010


Wonderful news!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

After weeks of waiting, my sister finally had her ultrasound yesterday.

It’s a GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!

My daughter is thrilled beyond belief and was jumping up and down shouting, “I was right!”  Luca is happy as well as he remains ‘the little man’ of the family.

A baby girl baby shower it is.  Onto the planning (and the shopping!)

Real Parties: Handy Manny 1st Birthday

Thursday, December 10th, 2009
When my little guy was about to turn 1, I was originally planning a Hundred Acre Wood Pooh themed party.  All that changed when he became fascinated with Handy Manny.  This grew even more as my dad would let him help him out around the house.  I knew I needed to change themes – and fast!
First I created the invitations to resemble Handy Manny’s shop sign.


and since I couldn’t decide which one I liked better, I designed a second version as well!
Since Luca’s birthday is the end of October, the weather here can be cold or oddly warm.  As much as I would love to be able to plan the weather, I cannot, so the party was held in the gym at the school of our church.  This turned out to be a great idea (I hosted his second birthday there 3 weeks ago).  There was plenty of room for all the kids to run around and play!
One of the first projects I created were the tablecloths.  I purchased paper dropcloths and paint brushes from Home Depot, and Crayola paint.  I laid the cloths out on the grass in the yard and with my daughter’s help we splattered paint over all the drop cloths.  This was a messy and fun activity!  If you decide to do this, have an area preferably indoors where the cloths can be laid out to dry overnight.  One drop cloth made 2 tablecloths.
Here is the children’s craft table with playdough, Handy Manny and tools coloring pages and crayons were added to the table after this was taken.
When my dad heard the theme for the party, he immediately went to work on the centerpieces – red toolboxes just like Handy Manny’s!  Each toolbox had Mega Blocks and plastic toys to encourage building – both children and adults got in on the fun!  Each child was able to take a tool box home at the end of the party.  I have Luca’s displayed in his room – it goes with his Cars themed bedroom great too!
I used yellow Caution tape to block off areas that the kids could not play near.  On the walls my dad and I traced the characters with a projector and painted them.  Also on the walls were pictures of blueprints (how to build a birdhouse, a toolbox, etc) just like in Manny’s shop.

Chips, pretzels and other snacks were placed in orange paint trays
The children ranged in age from 1 year to 4 years, so I didn’t have any real structure to the party or games, per say.  I had music from children’s artists playing (Dan Zane, Imagination Movers, Choo Choo Soul, etc) which encouraged dancing and running.  Other activities for the children included this hopscotch puzzle mat
a giant bowling set
When each child arrived they received a hard hat to wear for the party.
I made a pull string pinata to resemble the tape measure, Stretch.  I prefer pull string pinatas so no one gets whacked in the head and the kids all feel like they opened the pinata together.
Inside were plastic tools and plastic character figures purchased from the Disney Store.
Here is the birthday boy by his cakes and cupcakes that I made.  The large red thing was my failed attempt of making a tool box.  I started working on the cake too late in the week and really didn’t think it through.  This year’s cake was great!
As you can see, Luca enjoyed his cake!
For the favors, I set up Mr. Lopart’s Candy Shop.  Guests were invited to fill up their take-out boxes with as many goodies as they wanted.  I purchased the candy in bulk from Candy Warehouse and choose novelty and old-fashioned candies.  My older cousins, aunts and uncles especially liked the walk down memory lane as they picked out their favorite childhood treats.
The take out boxes had favor tags shaped like hammers attached to them
The tags for the kids had their names on them.
Because Halloween was only the night prior, I had additional children’s favors which included playdough, safety goggles, a hammer, stickers, and room for their pinata goodies – non candy option.
The party was a success and I had a fabulous time building it!
Hammer Tags can by found in my shop