Valentine’s Day Tree!

My 6 year old’s favorite holiday is probably Valentine’s Day. I think it has to do with all the pink heart decorations ūüėä. This year, we’re hosting a Valentine’s Day play date with some of her friends. When I think about Valentine’s Day, I think about¬†lots of¬†pink and red hearts (it’s probably the same for most people!). That’s what so great about holiday parties, the theme is already picked out. All you have to do it focus on bringing the theme to life. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Tree!”

Pink and Gold Christmas

I had major computer issues during the holidays which is why I am SO late with this Christmas post! I thought about saving it for next Christmas but, since Christmas is by far my favorite holiday I didn’t want to wait.

I know some people are annoyed when stores hang Christmas decorations, sell Christmas merchandise and play Christmas music before Thanksgiving is over. Me? I love it! Christmas comes and goes so fast that I don’t mind stretching it out a bit longer than necessary. This past year, I was in Michael’s with my daughter a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving and it was already full with Christmas merchandise, which led to my most recent inspiration. Continue reading “Pink and Gold Christmas”

Butterfly Garden Party

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I am very excited to share with you the Butterfly Garden theme party from Wavey‚Äôs 2nd Birthday.¬† I always wanted to design a butterfly party because butterflies are so fun and¬†pretty (and I LOVE pretty things!).¬† There‚Äôs something magical about those feather light wings and, they make me smile!¬† I think it is the perfect theme for a little girl‚Äôs party.¬† Continue reading “Butterfly Garden Party”

Easy Butternut Squash Soup

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With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I want to share with you a very easy (and very delicious) Butternut Squash soup that is a perfect starter to your Thanksgiving dinner.¬† While I enjoy cooking, the chef in our family is definitely my husband.¬† He is able to take a bunch of ingredients and whip up a dish that is amazing.¬† I, on the other hand, require instructions (the simpler the better) for any dish that I prepare, which is why this recipe is perfect!¬† I found a few versions of this recipe on line but I made some tweaks to it for a slightly lighter taste. Continue reading “Easy Butternut Squash Soup”

Thanksgiving Chair Decor

 

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I can‚Äôt believe it‚Äôs less than two weeks until Thanksgiving. After Christmas, Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday! I love that we have one day devoted to eating, drinking and, most importantly, celebrating with family and friends. I know a lot of people stress out about the cooking, cleaning and entertaining involved with Thanksgiving but I for one love the preparation involved! I don‚Äôt mind spending the day in the kitchen cooking, maybe because I find cooking to be quite relaxing (it probably also helps that I have a glass of wine in hand while cooking!). And, I love that we‚Äôre basically eating all day! This year, my sister-in-law and her family will be celebrating Thanksgiving with us. This year is also special because it is the first Thanksgiving in our new house. Therefore, I want to make it spectacular. ¬† Continue reading “Thanksgiving Chair Decor”

Paper Pom-Pom Centerpiece

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For LaLa’s¬†5th birthday party, I made paper pom-pom centerpieces as decorations for the dessert table (see my earlier post “5th Birthday – Rainbow Party). ¬†As promised, here are the very easy instructions for the centerpieces.

Supplies Required

One paper pom-pom (Party City)
One wood dowel
White acrylic paint
Paint brush
Tape (not shown in picture)
Small vase/container for pom-pom to stand in
Small piece of Styrofoam (to put in vase to hold pom-pom)
Craft balls ¬† Continue reading “Paper Pom-Pom Centerpiece”

Lalaloopsy Inspired 1st Birthday

 

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My younger daughter, Wavey, celebrates her birthday just¬†2 weeks after her big sister LaLa, which means every year I am planning two birthday parties at the same time. ¬†While the kids are little, I’m trying to keep their birthday parties separate¬†because I want them to have a special day just to themselves. ¬†I’m sure as they get older, combining their birthday parties will make a lot more sense (and be a lot less stressful)!

For Wavey’s first birthday, LaLa¬†and I decided on a Lalaloopsy inspired party especially because of the fun and colorful outfits¬†of all the¬†characters (and, LaLa¬†loved the show). ¬†As much as I loved all of the colorful outfits, I wanted to stick with just a couple of colors for the decor. ¬†So, we chose the Crumbs Sugar Cookie Lalaloopsy character as our inspiration. ¬†Her primary colors are yellow and pink with a touch of black. ¬†We decided it would be a pink and yellow party.

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To commemorate each month leading up to Wavey’s first birthday, I created a “growing” tree with 12 pictures from each month as the “fruit” for the tree. ¬†It was very easy to do and I loved the result. Unfortunately, I’m writing this post after I finished all of the decorations so I can’t provide step by step instructions with pictures. ¬†For future parties, I will definitely try to take pictures as I work on the decorations. But, I will try to explain what I did below and hopefully it will be helpful. ¬† Continue reading “Lalaloopsy Inspired 1st Birthday”

Sleeping Beauty Inspired Party

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For LaLa’s¬†4th birthday party, she asked for a Sleeping Beauty themed party. This wasn‚Äôt surprising especially because she was going through her princess phase. Not only did she want a princess themed party, she wanted it to be “super fun.” ¬†With this in mind, she asked to have it at one of her favorite places, an inflatable indoor playground venue called Pump-It-Up. It was a little stressful figuring out how to get all of the decorations set up in time for the party (there are back-to-back parties so you have very little time to set up) but thanks to the staff of Pump-It-Up and my amazing husband, Jack, we were able to set everything up just in time for the party guests to enter the party room. ¬† Continue reading “Sleeping Beauty Inspired Party”

Nice to meet you!

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Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for visiting my page.  I am a working mom with two adorable daughters, LaLa and Wavey. I have always loved decorating, crafting and party planning. When I was 13 years old, I helped my older sister plan her wedding and make boutonnières for the groomsmen in her wedding. But, it was not until I had my daughters that I realized just how much I loved party planning and crafting. For my girls, I wanted them to have beautifully decorated birthday parties without the assistance of a party planner. As a working mom, I tried to incorporate purchased decorations as well as decorations that I could craft myself with my spare time. I spent countless hours online pouring over different party planning sites to get ideas and inspiration. After hosting several birthday and holiday parties and receiving great feedback from family and friends (as well as requests to assist with their planning needs), I decided to create this site to share ideas with all of you! My approach to every happy event inspired the name of my site: Design, Create and Celebrate. I hope this site will help inspire you to do the same.