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Yes, I realize I am a complete dork. I absolutely LOVE going all our for my kids birthday parties. I look forward to it all year and usually start planning at least 6 months out. I search Pinterest to come up with as many DIY projects I can. And there is always a theme! For Parker’s 4th birthday I wanted to do something fun but still true to him. Like most little boys (and girls) his age, he is obsessed with Paw Patrol. It’s such a fun theme with tons of potential.
Recently I started seeing a new print, paw prints, going around the LuLaRoe groups. While I am not much of a unicorn person when it comes to prints I instantly knew I wanted to have a pair for his party. I was giddy last night when I managed to score a pair for myself! Since his party is in the summer I will need to alter them into capri pants but they will still look awesome!
I found a plan baseball t-shirt and will use my handy Cricut to do an iron on of all the Paw Patrol Pups. While the food, decorations, and activities will be a blast I secretly can’t wait to show off this outfit!
Since becoming a SAHM it’s been a real challenge to keep up with my appearance. I didn’t realize until recently how much I had let myself go over the last 4 years. I showered maybe 3-4 times a week, never worried about what my hair looked like, and stopped using makeup all together. My wardrobe consisted of black yoga pants, black tank tops, and black shirts. I stopped caring about accessories, purses, and my jewelry started collecting dust. I never looked in the mirror and hated being in photos with the kids. It was bad and I was miserable.
After bringing it up in a few of my moms groups I realized it’s more common than I thought, more importantly I wasn’t alone. I decided enough was enough and I needed to stop making excuses. I started shopping around for fun clothes again, which lead me to participating in my first LuLaRoe Pop Up on Facebook. All the sudden my closet was full of color, fun patterns, and even cute dresses! From there I started investing in accessories and paid more attention to my appearance and how much time I spent taking care of myself each day.
I realized part of the problem is finding fun yet practical and reasonably priced clothing. I decided to take on the challenge and this mini series to share some of the stores, brands, and outfits that fit my needs as a stay at home mom.
You can follow along on Instagram using the hashtag #cblsahmstyles
I knew quite awhile ago I wanted to throw a ONEderland tea party for Caity’s 1st birthday. Instead of traditional tea we wanted to have a variety of iced teas for guests to enjoy. Knowing that we would be living in a hotel at the time I promised Rob that I would keep Caity’s birthday party low key. I had every intention of following through on that promise but… as always I ended up getting a little carried away. Pinterest was a perfect source of inspiration and I kept adding more and more items to my DIY list. I managed to make everything in the hotel room the week before her party, even sugar cookies!
I had fun decorating the entry way making several hotel guests stop and ask what they were for. Some guessed a poker game 🙂
For each of their birthdays I find a book that guests can sign that has something to do with the theme. Of course this birthday called for Alice in Wonderland!
I fell in love with these adorable napkins from Amazon and decided to use them as inspiration for the color scheme. Yes, I had a theme and color scheme for her party. The napkins were pricey so I only bought 1 pack and then found paper products at Oriental Trading (plates | cups | knives | spoons | forks | napkins) to compliment the color scheme.
Tea cups and saucers from our local thrift store was an inexpensive and fun way to hold utensils. I used the additional pieces to make a tea cup tower and secured them together with E6000.
The books were one of my own inventions. For some reason when I think of a tea party I think of stacks of books. I bought a long piece of builders grade wood at Lowes and had them cut it down into 12 inch(ish) pieces. Then I painted them and tried to free hand the font on each of the books. The kids new play room is going to be Disney themed so I thought this would be something fun that can be used after the party was over.
I found the tea pot when we were in Disney this past summer. I can’t believe it was the ONLY piece of Alice in Wonderland merchandise I could find :/
I knew I wanted to make large colorful flowers to help fill in the back drop. We were in Jo Ann Fabrics and there were paper flower kits from Martha Stewart on clearance. They ended up working perfectly. The directions were horrible and I had no idea what to do but I lucked out and found a tutorial on YouTube with detailed instructions.
I used unfinished frames from Michaels to display some popular quotes from Alice in Wonderland I made in Photoshop. I had them printed at Costco along with a photo of Caity and Alice we took in Disney and her birthday chalkboard. There prices are very reasonable and they have quick turnaround.
I also made two collages of photos of Caity from the last year. The first were her monthly photo chalkboards. I found this wooden pallet at Michaels for a decent price. All I had to do was add some paint and use painters tape to secure the photos. Painters tape was great at holding the photos in place for the party and removing them without damaging the pallet after it was over.
The second was a project I had on my list for awhile. I love when old frames are repurposed and used to display photos. I took an Instagram photo of her every month for the last year and had them printed at Costco. I’ve had the frame for years just waiting to be used but I think I paid around $5 for it. All together this project cost under $10 which is great seeing as though this would probably be $50 at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
Since we were throwing her party in one of the hotels conference rooms I had to sketch out my idea for the whole room. I ended up making a few changes but couldn’t have been more pleased with the way it all came together. I had planned to buy lattice to help created the table backdrop but while we were in LBI on vacation Rob suggested we just use a few links for Caity’s baby gate. It worked PERFECTLY. Most people didn’t even catch on that is what it was.
I found the large red flower and bottle at Michaels in addition to the large iron key. The yellow clock is from Amazon and will be used in her room.
I found a print of my favorite quote from the movie in an adorable Etsy shop called, AliceInWonderlandDsg. I also found Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Winnie The Pooh in her shop for the kids playroom. Her work is absolutely amazing.
As a final touch my mom helped me line the table with blue tulle I found at Jo Ann Fabrics.
We decided on a variety of light finger foods for everyone to enjoy. Wegmans had an amazing selection and really good prices. The food was delicious and their presentation was impressive.
I had a lot of fun putting together the dessert table. I gave decorating sugar cookies a try. They certainly didn’t come out perfect but I am pretty impressed with myself and there wasn’t a single one left so they must have been yummy. I also made Rice Krispies paint brushes using Popsicle sticks and some icing. We ordered the cupcakes from Wegmans and they were amazing. I had them give the effect of roses some painted white, red, and then a mix. Since it wasn’t anything extravagant they were their normal cupcake price of $12.50/dozen. I just added playing cards for extra effect.
The wonderful smash cake was made by a friend who went above and beyond. It came out exactly how I was hoping it would and was the perfect addition to her theme.
We had a drink station with a variety of iced teas and water.
My parents were sweet enough to bring my old high chair that I also sat in for my first birthday party. I made a matching fabric scrap garland and used Photoshop to create the ONE playing cards.
I like to try and find unique favors for the kids. Since they are a little too young to enjoy playing cards I found a card game assortment pack at Oriental Trading with Old Maid, Go Fish, and Hearts. I put a few in each bag and used the Avery square labels for the bags. I also used these to dress up the drinking cups a little.
A momma in one of my groups made a life size Instagram frame that I thought was too perfect so I decided to put together a little photo booth for some fun shots. My Dad had the same idea and made a life size Queen of Hearts playing card too.
We put together a few activities and crafts to keep the kiddos entertained. There was a bean bag toss and then a craft station to decorate your own crowns and top hats.
Everyone had a great time, especially the birthday girl!