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. πŸ™‚

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!


happy new year!

Ummm…does anyone know where the month of December went? Not to mention the first 5 days of January?! Well, none the less, here is my first blog post of 2012. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We were blessed to spend a whole 8 days with some of my favorite people in Minnesota. We had a wonderful time celebrating the season with my family and friends that I’ve known from high school. We had a ton of fun, but are so glad to be home…especially after we took a 6:55 am flight on New Year’s Day.

Here we are ringing in the New Year at our hat themed New Year’s party.

Since it’s the time of year to be thinking about goals, I thought I’d give you guys a quick update and share some goals for 2012.

As many of you know I have moved on from my job at Steven Moore Designs. It’s amazing how having a child causes you to examine your life and readjust your priorities.Β It was a tough decision, but I’m looking forward to the new possibilities that await.

I’m putting together a little running group to train and then run Seattle’s Rock and Roll Half Marathon in June. I’m super excited to get back into running and I’m looking forward to running with these girls. I’m hoping our commitment to each other will keep us encouraged and accountable.

I am planning on spending more time on this little blog. I’m looking forward to posting more about entertaining, recipes, DIY projects and a little about my family too. I have lots of plans for re-dos, crafts, and sewing projects I’d like to do. Not to mention I will be planning a first birthday and 30th birthday party this year. Yay! I’m so excited!

Thanks for sticking with me these past 3 years, I’m so thankful for those of you who continue to read and encourage me in this little endeavor.


Anthropologie inspired Christmas decor

When my friend Angeli was in town a few weeks ago we saw these adorable Mason Jar Snow Globe holiday decorations at Anthropologie. We both looked at each other and said “you could totally make that,” and definitely for less than $38. It took a total of 5 minutes to make them. And here’s how they turned out…

Here are the supplies you need:

Mason jars, salt shakers, etc. of different sizes

Bag of fake snow

Bottle brush trees (we got ours from JoAnns) they are typically used for Christmas villages or train sets

Glitter, optional

The super easy steps: Clean out your jars. Spoon fake snow in the bottom of your jar. I suppose it would be cleanest to do it with a funnel, but I just used a spoon. Stick your tree or other cute minatures in the bottom. Sprinkle with a little glitter. Screw on the top. Voila! Cute Christmas decor Anthropologie style.

We didn’t use any glue or anything, although I’m sure you could if you want it to be a bit more permanent.

I looked for tiny animals (like deer) to stick in them for some variety, but I couldn’t find anything. If you do, I’d love to see how they turn out!

They look super cute in bulk. Here’s my final shelf decor. (it’s the closest thing I have to a mantel) Happy Christmas decorating!


Steppin’ Out Saturday: Christmas Tree Hunt

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your days off and are spending quality time with family and friends. We had a great Thanksgiving with BJ’s family. We had some of the best turkey we’ve ever eaten and my pumpkin pie contribution turned out to be the best pie I’ve baked so far.

This weekend we set out to our favorite tree farm, Alpine Meadows, to hunt for our Christmas tree. I highly recommend getting your tree from a tree farm. Cutting down your own Christmas tree is so much more gratifying than going to a fenced in parking lot, pointing at a tree and bringing it home. Plus, your tree is so much fresher and hasn’t spent days wrapped up. Anyway…

This is a fun little family tradition for us. It was a beautiful day outside, so that made it even better. First we stopped for some holiday beverages. Eggnog latte for him and Peppermint Mocha (Christmas in a cup) for her.

It’s very rare that you need your sunglasses on a November morning in Washington. πŸ™‚

Hunting for a tree

This is the one that came home with us.

The truck BJ is driving right now only has 2 seats. Good thing my Honda could step in and haul our tree home.

On the way home we always stop by this crazy store and get some fancy cheeses and smoked meats. This store has a little bit of everything, just take a look at the sign out front.

For those of you who were wondering…Fall is officially out of my system and Christmas is here! Stay tuned for a post on this year’s Christmas decor!

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. πŸ™‚

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.Β 

30 seconds later. She’s completely fine.

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