Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A lady bug theme {Alaina's First Birthday}




Is anyone out there?  It's been a looooong while since my last post in April????! Seriously, I didn't think I had been away for so long.  One day I decided I was trying to do too much and decided to lighten my load and walk away from a few things temporarily...I didn't think it would be this long...But I'm back with a super cute party.  This party was put together by my cousin Yaneli from Lincoln Bakery for my niece Alaina's first birthday party.  My last post in April was Alaina's baptism, so I figured it was the right fit to follow it up with her first birthday. 

Yaneli created the cake and baked all the other goodies.  As usual, I arrived a little early to the party to help set up and help Yaneli craft up the cutest little dessert table for precious Alaina.

 Honestly, Alaina was like 2 months old when we decided her first birthday would be a ladybug theme. I know...I'm a little embarrassed to admit that :) On with the cuteness....First stop...my fave, the dessert table!

 
The beautiful cake....
 


Adorable cookies....
 


Yummylicious shot glasses...
 

 


 
 Cupcakes of course....
 
 
and cake pops....


and chocolate lady bugs...
 

 



 
The decor was simple, easy, and very adorable. 
The black polka dot fabric is the same fabric we used for this Minnie Mouse party and a pirate themed party...



Goodie bags...
 


 
Centerpieces with red and white carnations...

 
I'll leave you with a final look of the dessert table.



 I have several parties that occurred over the summer that I'm itching to show all of you. Some were put together by me and others by my very talented friends.  Plus, I have several parties coming up that will be super fun and super cute...among them, my kiddos' birthdays. Yay!  It's a busy time of year in my household, but I'll do my best to share all our celebrations on the blog.  Hope you enjoyed!


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Pearls and Lace {Pretty, Pink, Baptism}

Hellooooo there! Last week was my niece Alaina's baptism and my cousin Yaneli from Lincoln Bakery did a beeeeautiful job planning and creating a dessert table and reception. She wanted to keep it classic and femenine.  Yaneli used a pink and ivory palette with touches of pearls and lace throughout...the outcome?...Well, I love it but I'll let you be the judge :) 
 

Pretty, pretty, pretty cupcakes covered with lace fondant and topped with  gum paste roses and pearls...
 

 
 
How cute are those tiny little angel wings?!!!
 




Pretty cake pops with ruffled flowers...

 
Oh, and the cake topper is absolutely my fave!
The angel wings and the ruffled diaper are cuteness overload.... 



 
The centerpieces...beautiful!
 

 
The party favors...chocolate lollipops with little Alaina's picture on it...and yes, her picture is edible.  It's printed on sugar paper.
 
 
Here's a final look at the dessert table...
 
 
and thanks for stopping by!
 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Our Easter {Spring Decor and an Easter Dessert Table}

I am totally late on blogging about our Easter.  It's been truly busy in my casa the last few weeks.  We all got hit with a nasty stomach virus right after Easter.  Luckily we all got better in time for a little spring break trip to Yosemite and other fun stuff that I'll blog about later. So, I figured I'd show you my little Easter home decor and then the dessert table that my cousin Yaneli and I put together for Easter Sunday...
 
Here we go...
 
 
This is at the entrance of my house...The moss covered "F" is a DIY project by yours truly. I loved it when I saw them on the Pottery Barn website...but the price?...well not so much. So I looked up a few tutorials on Pinterest and took a stab at it.  I drew and cut the F out of card board to use as a pattern.   I carved the F out of some Styrofoam... you know, the kind that comes in a box with electronic packaging ...which of course was free.  I purchased a roll of moss at Michael's, which was a little under $10 bucks with my 40% off coupon (moss can be a little expensive!).  I cut the moss and glue gunned it to my Styrofoam cut out...and voila! A moss covered letter for less than $10 bucks.
 

The bunny is from Home Goods, the tree branches, moss, and the darling little eggs hanging off the branches (pictured above and below) are from Michael's.  The glittery eggs in the miette domes are from the Dollar Tree.  The miette domes are from Z Gallery and they may still have them...I also saw them once at Pier 1 Imports.

 
The coffee table in my formal living room is decorated with a $4 Ikea doily vase and some flowers I got at Michael's.  The little bunny insert I purchased last year at Pier 1 Imports for about $3.99...I think.
 
 
Here's my table setting in my formal dining room...
 

The tea pot is the Lenox Butterfly collection from Macy's, which I bought several years ago.  The hydrangeas I purchased at Michael's and placed them in a vase that I've had for years. The moss basket I got at the Flower District in Los Angeles about a year ago and filled it with pretty eggs from Pier 1 Imports...and the Ikea doily vase holds flowers from our front yard.
 
Here's my mantle decor in the family room...quite simple.  Again, I gathered things from around the house that shout spring. 
 

 
The distressed bunny is from Home Goods. The white lantern was only $3.99 at Ikea. The yellow flowers are from my local farmers market. I've been changing those out about every other week with whatever bloom I can get for $5 at the grocery store...I love to have fresh flowers in the  house during spring and summer months...they just put me in a good mood.  Oh and the Easter banner are letters I got at Michael's for $2 bucks each.  All I did was tie them with sheer ribbon to create the banner.
 


A little photo bomber got in the action...


I hung this inexpensive wreath on my pantry door...I got this one at Michael's last year AFTER Easter...on clearance.

 

Pretty shimmery pastel eggs (from Michael's) and moss in apothecary jars in my kitchen...

 
And we planted pretty yellow flowers in our front yard leading to our doorway...so pretty.  
 

On Easter Sunday, we gathered at my uncle's house for yummy food and the traditional Easter egg hunt.  My cousin Yaneli of Lincoln Bakery created some beautiful desserts and a super cute cake.  We gathered whatever we already had and put this dessert table in no time...We literally did no planning ahead for this one...we figured we could just wing it. 
 

 

 
The cupcakes on their individual miniature stand were my fave...serious cuteness overload.
 
 
The cake made by Yaneli....
 

I bought some marshmallows at the Dollar Tree and decided to make them into marshmallow kabobs...they were super easy to make and quite a hit with the kids.

More cupcakes...
 
and cakepops...
 

These little baskets, lollipops, and carrots are all from the Dollar Tree...
 

 
 


Yaneli set up a table for the kids to decorate their own cookies.  Fondant, little rolling pins (made from dowels cut at the Home Depot), sanding sugar, and colored butter cream were all set up on a table for the little ones.
 

 
 Here are my munchkins enjoying their desserts.
 
 
Here's my little Belle with her Godmother Yaneli.

Seriously cannot get enough of that little face...
 

This is my nephew Johani...he is such a little gentleman all around...


The kiddos after their egg harvest...
 




My cute little niece Liz...
 

And I leave you with this picture of my nephew Jodi...I love this picture! His little face all smudged with frosting and the joy of being a happy boy on Easter...priceless.

 
I hope you had a wonderful Easter. God Bless!