samuel's 3rd birthday party

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We just celebrated Sam's 3rd birthday this past weekend.  

The whole three thing really snuck up on me.  I know mom's say it all the time, but I really can't believe it.  I feel like this should be his second birthday, not his third.  I told him he was my big boy now, no longer a baby.  He said, "Mom, I'm notta big boy.  I just Sam!"  That works for me kid :)

This year he had a Party Animal theme.  The plastic animal bins at the craft stores are his happy place.  Park the cart next to those and he is one happy camper!  I let him pick some out for his party and hot glued on tiny party hats made out of craft paper, pom poms, and silver pipe cleaners.  He played "zoo" with them non-stop the week before his party.

The streamers were a $2 DIY I'll share in a follow up post (click here for tutorial).

To make things easy on myself, I purchased the digital download Draw Together Birthday Set from the Caravan Shoppe.  It is AWESOME.  Well, everything from them is!  If you haven't checked them out before, you absolutely must.  The files for the background 3 poster, the Pin the Bow Tie on the Bear game, and Happy Birthday banner that you see below were just part of what was included.  Super easy!

The last half of the party we had a couple of ponies show up for the kids to ride.  I mean what kid doesn't like a pony?!!  Sam.  That's who.  He went for about one ride and was over it :D But, the other kids had a blast and took turns riding Outlaw and Jack Jack over and over.  

 At the end kids got to pick out their favorite animal jar to take home, filled with animal crackers.  These were an easy DIY I'll share in a follow up post along with the thank you tag.  Click here for the tutorial.

These super cute thank you cards were more printables and FREE (minus paper and ink)!!!  What, what?!!!  The cards are a FREE download from the Caravan Shoppe, and the envelopes are a FREE download from Jones Design Company from her valentines set.  For the envelopes, I printed them out at 110% so they would be large enough to accommodate the cards.  Toss in some leftover confetti so that all of your friends will hate you when their kids open the cards ;D

Confetti for everyone!!!

// SOURCES // number poster . pin the bow tie on the bear . happy birthday banner . letter balloons . confetti . stripe table fabric . plastic animals on table (Michaels) or this set . cake stand (Homegoods) . name candles (Party City) . thank you cards . envelopes . DIY mason jar favors . DIY ruffled streamers

halloween | 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I'm a little late to the whole Halloween recap party, but I'm sure you'll forgive me when you see the kids in their costumes.  I know I'm a little biased, but the cuteness factor was off the charts!!!

I always thought I would dress them up in costumes that would play off each other.  I have yet to do that.  This year Sam wanted to be a train and Izzy wanted to be Alice.  I enjoy making the kids' Halloween costumes and didn't think I was going to pull off the train request until I came across this costume Cortney made with her son.  It's amazing and Sam loved the photo I showed him so we basically did the exact same thing.  All I bought was some duct tape, black foam core paper for the wheels, and gold scrapbook paper.  We already had a bunch of boxes to choose from.  Cheap and ubber cute!

Izzy nailed the Alice look.  I used a pattern to make her dress and then adjusted it a little.  The darn thing came out so short at first!  I added more length to the skirt by putting in a bunch of flat pleats, which actually totally made the dress so it was a win in the end!  

You  know what happens when a train gets going a little too fast??

They get derailed :D

Izzy was impressed with her haul.  As was I - just look at all of that chocolate I can steal!!!

And all Sam cared about were the suckers.  Which, as you can see, ended up in his eyebrows and hair :D

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!!!


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