isla’s first birthday

I love birthdays. It’s the only day you get to celebrate the pure existence of a person. This birthday was especially significant since it was my little Isla’s first. It also marks the anniversary of our little family becoming three.

So without further ado, here are tons of photos and details of the celebration I put together for our little lady.

I went with a glitter/sparkle theme and used the colors mint, pale pink, peach and gold to pull it off. I made most of the decorations myself and baked (with the help of my mom) all of the tasty treats.

Here is a link to my Pinterest board that I made to collect inspiration.

The invitations had sparkly bows on the front and fun, playful sparkly polka dots on back. I made each of the bows, but I promise, I didn’t individually sparkle the polka dots, I bought that paper and cut it to fit the back of the invites.

I served a dessert buffet, mostly full of cake, but there were also glitter almond sandwich cookies, peppermint patties and vanilla meringues. The large mint colored cake and the small peach cake was Smitten Kitchen’s Golden Butter Cake. The medium sized peach cake was Champagne Glitter Cake inspired by Appolinas.

I decorated the cakes with buttercream frosting, sanding sugars and disco dust. Unfortunately these photos don’t really do the cakes justice, they really did sparkle.

I found this sparkler candle from a little shop in Ballard way back in November and knew it would be perfect for this little fete.

Guests sipped on pink lemonade, a sparkling cocktail made with champagne, grapefruit juice and grenadine and small cartons of organic milk. And there were also paper straws in complimentary party colors.

I covered our kitchen table (BJ finished it just in time) in white butcher paper and lined homemade party hats down the center. I had crayons on hand for guests to draw while they were hanging out.

Inspired by Confetti System, I made tassel garland from crepe paper, mylar and rope trim. I hand cut confetti from the scraps left over from the tassel garland which I scattered down the table and around the desserts. All of the desserts were displayed on my jadeite cake stands which sat on top of a pink striped tablecloth.

I also made a Fancy Frill Balloon using crepe paper, tinsel and a gigantic 36″ round balloon. If huge balloons don’t make you happy, I’m not sure what will.

We had so much fun celebrating our little girl. The weather was perfect and we had a full house of people who we’re so thankful to call our friends. Isla rocked the celebration despite the fact that she only had one nap.

Believe it or not, this is the best group photo we got of (most of) the kiddos.

PS: thanks to my parents for all of their help. There’s no way, I could have pulled off all of this without their help. And to my husband, because, obviously. Thanks, also, to dear Megan who came all the way up from Seattle just to celebrate little I. She was also our official photographer. 🙂

PPS: Isla’s little dress was custom made by my talented mother. I don’t have a great photo of the whole thing, but it has the cutest cap sleeves and bubble hem. Thanks, Mom!

best day

4 years ago today.

1 year ago today.

April 12th is by far the best day of my life.

Love you two.

To Baby Mamas: Maternity Wardrobe Must Haves

I have so many friends in my life that are soon-to-be mamas, I thought it was only fitting to share my favorite baby and pregnancy related products. This will probably be a multi-part post and I’ll stick a few advice tidbits in there when fitting.

I thought it would be best to start at the beginning with a few tips for building a maternity wardrobe. I believe that you’ll enjoy your pregnant body so much more if you have a few key pieces that make you feel beautiful.

My Maternity Must Haves:

A good pair of jeans. It is worth it to purchase a good pair of jeans that you feel amazing in. Even if they happen to be a little more expensive than you want. Definitely purchase your regular size, do not size up for your growing belly. Maternity clothes are made for mamas, so they should fit you as your bump grows. Also, I would encourage you to choose pants with a waistband below your belly or above the belly, do not buy a pair of paints where the waistband stops in the middle of your belly, it’s a recipe for awkwardness.

A few cute tees. Kind of self-explanatory, I wore them all the time, super easy to throw on and layer under sweaters, cardigans, etc. I liked having a couple with patterns and a couple solid. I also recommend getting a few layering tanks, you’ll want them for post-baby too. I’ll talk more about nursing tanks later, but I almost wish I had gotten one of these when I was still pregnant since they’re made to fit a baby belly and transition into your post-baby wardrobe. The Glamourmom tanks are supposed to be the best and you can find them on sale all the time.

Cute shoes and jewels. They always fit. It’s fun to glam up your outfits. I didn’t want to buy tons of maternity clothes, so accessories were a great way to freshen up an outfit you’ve worn a million times.

The little black dress. It’s inevitable that you’ll have to attend a work event, wedding, dinner or other special event during your pregnancy. It’s worth having a little black dress that you feel comfortable in. Black dresses are so versatile and many times can be dressed up or down. I wore mine to a wedding with glitzy jewels, with a blazer for a work event and with a jean jacket for a casual dinner.

A Pea in the Pod leggings, these things were amazing. I wore them with boots and also flats. They are SO comfortable and soft. Don’t let the price tag deter you, they’re worth every penny.

This sweatshirt tunic from Target was one of my favorites towards the end of my pregnancy. I’m always a fan of sweatshirts that aren’t blatantly “sweatshirts.” This one has a cowl neck, a kangaroo pocket and rouched sides. Pair this with those Pea in the Pod leggings and you’ll feel like you’re walking around in your jammies all day long.

Belts can help define your bump when you’re lacking in the waist department. I bought a few super cheap shirts in larger sizes and used a belt to make them a bit more flattering. Belly bumps always seem to look cuter when they’re given a little emphasis.

Best store for maternity clothing: Hands down ASOS.com. Cute styles. Great prices. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality for the price. It was hard for me to find maternity clothes that fit me but ASOS had it. Not to mention, free shipping and free return shipping. You can’t go wrong. One note is that it takes about 10-14 days to get your package, so plan in advance and order early.

A few other favorite maternity shops: The always easy Gap, Topshop, A Pea in the Pod and Target. Always Target.

Don’t be afraid of the non-maternity sections of your favorite stores. I still wore cardigans, some button up tops and even a sweater from non-maternity stores. I also purchased a few billowy tops from Forever 21. I wore them with a belt at the beginning of my pregnancy and then lost the belt as my belly grew. I didn’t care if they got stretched out since they weren’t very expensive.

There you go! I hope this is a helpful little series for all of you Mamas-to-Be. Let me know if you have questions or suggestions for this series.

Oh, and, Congratulations on your little bundles! 🙂

happy halloween!

So I realize this is the day AFTER Halloween, but I did want to share a few details on Isla’s Halloween costume. It was a lot of fun to make, super easy and cost effective.

I was inspired by this costume which I found while scouring Pinterest.

 

This costume was based off this Martha Stewart pattern, so I went back to Martha’s pattern and followed it while adding my own little modifications.

I printed off the pattern at 300% to fit her petite 6 month old frame. The largest wing was still pretty large for her so I only ended up using 3 layers of wing (instead of 4). Instead of the pilot cap I made a headband using the ear pieces and added feathers to them. I was a little worried they would look like cat ears without the feathers. I also skipped the goggles. There was so way I was going to get this wiggly little lady to wear something over her eyes all night.

I spent a total of $7 on this costume, including the cost of having the pattern pieces printed at Kinko’s, and I have TONS of leftover felt for anyone else who would also like a pair of owl wings. 🙂

We spent our Halloween at our church’s Trunk or Treat event. I wanted to get a few good photos of her in her costume, but she wasn’t too excited about our backdrop. She immediately got this face…

There was something about that pumpkin.

She hated it. 

30 seconds later. She’s completely fine.

Steppin’ Out Saturday: Halloween Style

Hi friends! This week we were actually able to get a few good shots for Steppin’ Out Saturday!

We headed out to a Halloween party for the kiddos over at our friend Kristi and Steve’s house. It was fun to see all the little ones dressed up. I wish we would’ve gotten a photo of all the littles together in their costumes, but they were all a little busy crawling over each other…or in Isla’s case looking at everyone else crawling over each other.

I’ll give more details on Isla’s Halloween costume on Monday, but for now here are a few photos of us all ready for our night.

On Me: Sweater: J.Crew, Jeans: H&M, Booties: Bass Outlet (who knew?)

After we came home from our kid party (let’s face it babies don’t make it past 7:30 pm) BJ and I had a little at home date. We made bruschetta and split a bottle of wine. It was like old days, minus the fact that we were at home eating on the floor in our living room instead of out at a restaurant.

Happy Saturday, y’all!

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