celebrating braylen, zoo style

We had a big weekend celebrating BK’s fourth birthday. When I looked ahead to her birthday, I saw that I had penciled in a “37″ on the Thursday before. Meaning, I would be 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant on the day she would turn 4. I wasn’t sure what we would do, but I was sure that I didn’t want to take on a huge party at the house, even though parties at our house will always be my favorite kind.

In January, we decided on a zoo party and she changed her mind a million times. But, when you’ve already paid a big fat deposit there is no going back. Luckily, she was just fine with that and when things started to come together, and she saw her adorable invitations, she was ecstatic about the zoo party.

Here we are before leaving. I didn’t think we would get a picture of the three of us together (and we didn’t), and this is the best I could do before the party.

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This birthday girl proudly held up four fingers for the photos.

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We started off inside a party room at the zoo, and they didn’t waste any time pulling out the animals. BK wasn’t so sure about the snake, but after she saw all of her friends touch him, she was on board. They also brought out a feret and let’s just say, I don’t think she’ll be asking for one anytime soon.

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We loved celebrating with so many of her sweet friends.

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The best part about the zoo party is that they literally do everything. I only brought safari hats as party favors and the zoo did the rest, from cake to clean up. After cake and ice cream we were first in line for the carousel and the train ride, and then everyone could enjoy the zoo for the rest of the day. She and her friends had the best time, but she was still up for stopping by Chick-fil-a with Brayden on the way back home.

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On Sunday, she woke up to a room full of balloons and a cinnamon roll with four candles and we sang Happy Birthday to the new four year old. She was smiling all morning, and her smile only grew when she saw her net trampoline (she’s been asking for one for months) in the back yard.

We quickly got dressed for church where she was sure to tell everyone that it was her birthday.

After church, we had a little party at our house with family and a few friends. It was small, I didn’t have to do much at all and I fed everyone pizza. Remember how I’m 37 weeks pregnant? Plus, they didn’t seem to mind the pizza. We stayed true to the zoo theme at our little party. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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BK was elated to be sung to a third time.

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And she spent a good bit of time serenading us with the Frozen soundtrack on her new karaoke machine.

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We seriously had the best weekend, my feet were so swollen by the end of both days, but it was all worth it. Now, the real countdown to baby begins, we have less than two weeks until we meet our baby boy. His big sister could not be more excited about his upcoming arrival!

A big thank to Kristin for the adorable printables.

 

showering baby boy

I had a beautiful baby shower this past Saturday to celebrate our sweet baby boy. The countdown is on around here, and we’re less than three weeks away from his scheduled arrival date. It seems like a million years in some ways, but I know I’ll blink and be getting my things ready to check into the hospital.

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I love how fun and intimate this shower was, it was at my house and I invited my closest friends and family. It was nice to be able to sit and talk, to catch up and laugh with everyone who came. The food was delicious and the cake tasted just as good as it looks in the pictures.

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I’m going to incorporate this thumbprint tree in the nursery after I let all of of our visitors (once the baby arrives) add their name. I think it will be a special keepsake for years to come.

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And how cute is the nail polish? I loved seeing all of the shades of blue!

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I always love getting to see these two ladies. We’ve been friends since kindergarten and share some incredible memories.

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And a huge thank-you to everyone who hosted the shower and made the day so special, and to everyone who came and celebrated with us. Here a group shot with my hostesses who truly went above and beyond to make this day perfect.

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Braylen was excited to see all of the new things for the baby. She’s been playing in his room lately, rocking her baby dolls and getting tons of practice in before he arrives. I think she’s going to be the best big sister and I can’t wait to see her in her new role.

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Speaking of showers, I also had a diapers and wipes shower at school last Tuesday. I only have a picture of the cake, but I had a great time. I work with a wonderful group of women and I am so thankful for all the love and support they have shown.

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Rubber Duck Baby Shower

I actually helped my mother with this shower a few months back, I completely forgot about it until I saw the draft I had written back in May. It was a nice surprise, especially since I was lacking content today.

My mother was actually the brains behind this shower, we usually recruit each other to help out when we have a party to plan, we make a great team. I’m going to show you the pictures and give you the details at the bottom. She went with the rubber duck theme per request of the mother-to-be, I live in the land of princesses and glitter, so it was a nice change for me.

You’ll see rubber ducks throughout, along with the blue gems to create the illusion of water. This cute banner hung over the fireplace.

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The desert table was filled with white powdered doughnuts, cupcakes, and a cake.

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The food table featured finger foods and a chevron table runner. If you have a serger, you can quickly make a table runner by serging around the edges of the fabric. It’s an inexpensive way to add character and color to the table. You can also purchase several yards of fabric and fold it to create the illusion of a finished edge. Then just lay the fabric down the middle of the table.

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You can coordinate glass pieces you already own by adding ribbon. We filled this container with rubber duck candy. To continue the color scheme, we added yellow flowers to sit around and brighten up the venue, fresh flowers are always a great way to bring everything together.

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We used floating rubber ducks for the punch bowl and added coordinating ribbon to the drink dispenser.

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I thought this was such a fun and cute shower for a new addition, it would even be fun to use yellow and pink for a girl.

Most of the ducks were purchased on Amazon.

DIY Cupcake Stand

As promised, I’m here to deliver the cupcake stand tutorial. My husband may be a bit of a perfectionist, not when it comes to picking up his dirty cltohes, but building something? Yes. This is unlike what I would do in so many ways. First, he doesn’t use any hot glue.  Second, he uses a saw and other power tools. Basically, it’s legit. (Don’t worry, you can purchase pre-cut circles and wood glue.)

It’s also rather large. You may find that the dimensions are too big for your liking, in that case just start with a smaller base circle.  I wanted it to be large enough to use for future events, but the top tier does screw off, so it gives me a little room to scale back, if needed.

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  • 8- 4″ table legs (bought these 6″ and cut them off 2″)
  • 24″ circle- you can purchase unfinished wood circles at various websites on the internet (even Etsy)
  • 18″ circle
  • 12″ circle
  • 8″ circle
  • screws
  • primer
  • paint
  1. Turn the largest circle upside down and find the center. Draw a cross intersecting the middle point of the circle. Drill a 1/4″ hole (don’t drill completely through the plywood to avoid holes being seen) 2″ from the outside of the circle on these lines. 

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  2. Screw one of the table legs into each of the holes, this will become your base, flip it over (so that the base is resting on the four legs).
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  3. Drill 1/4″ hole in the center of the circle, screw another leg into this hole from the top.
  4. Center the 18″ circle on top of this leg, attach with screws (do not screw in the center, you’ll need the center point to attach the next table leg).
  5. Repeat these steps until you reach the top.
  6. The top leg is optional for the top, it isn’t for support.
  7. Prime and paint.

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FYI:

  • This cupcake stand is large. It easily held 5 dozen cupcakes and the back wasn’t full on the bottom layers. Adjust the size of the circles to your needs.
  • I’m not sure if glue would hold this together, Allen says no, but I tend to believe in the power of hot glue. If you make yours smaller, it’s worth a shot. Also, look at using lighter materials for the circles. The concept will stay the same.
  • Allen cut the circles out of plywood he already had, your husband (or dad or brother, or you) may be able to cut the circles for you to save money.
  • Allen painted mine an off-white color so I could us it in the future, you could embellish with ribbon to customize it for different parties.
  • Email me or leave a comment with questions, I’ll make him help me and get them answered :)

 

 

 
 

princess party favors

Today, I want to share the adorable princess party favors and one of my favorite places to shop online. If you’re not buying your bows from Polka Dot Posies, I think you might be missing something great (and you might be spending way more money than I do on bows). When BK first came on the scene, we were stocking up on bows at local boutiques and paying as much as $8-$10 dollars per  bow. It didn’t seem so crazy, because everywhere I looked the prices were in that range.

Before I get ahead of myself and tell you more about Polka Dot Posies, here are the adorable princess clippies the girls took home from Braylen’s party:

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These were only $2 from Polka Dot Posies. I bought the pink princess clippies but they come in a variety of other princess inspired options, we now have them all for our upcoming Disney trip.

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Polka Dot Posies has so many options for bows. The bows come in all sizes in types, from giant bows to bows with frill and even tiny bows for the newest additions. They also have a line of headbands, hats, and flowers. If you have a darling little girl who loves bows, I highly recommend this store. None of her bows are over $4, and the quality and customer service are both fantastic.

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Pre-Polka Dot Posies I was concerned with keeping up with all her bows and making sure they didn’t get dirty. Cleaning bows is no fun! But now? I’m much more relaxed, the price point makes them replaceable and I don’t feel like I’m breaking the bank if I have to purchase a fifth pink bow.

P.S. I’ve informed Allen that he has to help me with a tutorial for his cupcake stand. Which I’m now referring to as the cupcake stand that stole the show. I’ll try to have that for you next week.

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