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I can’t believe I’m posting about this, time flies so quickly, but I threw my baby girl’s 1st birthday party last Saturday!! It was so fun, and although she won’t remember the party, I had a great time planning and crafting to put it all together. The theme was based on a party package (a PDF printable that they e-mail to you and you use how you want!) that I bought from happypapers on etsy. It’s the “Cupcake Birthday Set” and I picked it because I loved the colors; pink, green, orange and blue! The set included an invitation, 2 patterns, center box, gift bag, gift tags, a party hat and goodie cone — all for $5 and e-mailed right to you! Although it included invitations, you had to write on theirs, I used their patterns to create one on the computer, which I just printed and mailed!
Another theme from the invites was cupcakes, so I jumped at the chance to make our own cupcake toppers, as well as a big cupcake (or mini-cake) for the birthday girl!
I made 3 different types of cupcake toppers — “H” toppers, “Harper” toppers, and “1” toppers! And we had chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, and yellow cupcakes with white frosting. We made Harper’s with yellow and white, to avoid the chocolate stains!
I filled the Happy Papers center cone with pink and green Jelly Bellies!
I also used the patterns to create a lot of other decorations, including a month-by-month photo decorations to hang from the dining room chandelier, and a “Happy 1st Birthday Harper!” banner!
And how cute does the birthday girl look in her tutu?? These are from Fairy Wonderful! I bought 2 and stacked them. They also have an etsy shop.
The outdoor decorations are my new favorite things — they are the Martha Stewart Pom-Pom kit and you can buy them at a Michael’s craft store or find them online! And yes, they are now hanging in Harper’s room!
Isn’t the location gorgeous? It’s my in-law’s guest ranch — Mahogany Ridge Guest Ranch. And yes, you can come vacation here. 🙂
On the menu was “Paella” — the quick version from last month’s Cookie magazine. Unfortunately I can’t find the recipe on their website, but it was sure yummy! We also served Tater Tot Casserole, lots of hors d’oeuvres (guacamole, cheese ball, shrimp/cream cheese/salsa, deviled eggs, cantaloupe, baked brie — all thanks to Glenn’s sisters, and both of our moms!), along with Hansen’s sodas and pineapple orange punch! There was a lot of food!!
So much food, that Glenn’s sister’s dog (it was her birthday, too!) partook in the cupcakes!
Daddy helped Harper blow out her candle…
And mommy helped her open her presents!
It was so fun, and Harper got a lot of great gifts! Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen and who was able to share her special day!
Be on the lookout for a tutorial on how I made some of her birthday crafts!
I want to send a shout-out to the ultimate kid’s party stylist, Kim at her super inspirational blog The TomKat Studio! Her ideas and crafts are sooo adorable and were a big inspiration for me for Harper’s party — and she is so sweet to boot!! Thanks, Kim!!
I love, love, love this kitchen. Well, more specifically I love the color scheme. It reminds me of the gray that I have in my living room, and I’m tempted to carry the color into my kitchen. I’ve actually had a lot of positive comments about the bright color I have now, which made me take notice of the subtle colors I’m attracted to. I’m not sure about the semi-bright green (“Misted Fern” by BM) I have now but a girl can dream. Always looking out for the better color, or side table, or rug, or ceramic garden stool. Which brings me to this kitchen from House Beautiful.
I love the white cabinets, gray background, and black and green accents. What do you think? It might actually help me tie in the “I am too cheap to buy stainless steel appliances” white and black appliances that I have. 🙂 Don’t judge me. It’s a starter home! The only problem I have now is my stock blonde “wood” laminate countertops. They’re in good shape so they’re staying for now, but we are planning a kitchen remodel – SOMEDAY. Our kitchen is way awkward with no storage, so it should be fun! But I can always repaint!
On another note, I just helped a client choose countertops from a color selection of meganite. Ever heard of it? It’s an acylic solid surface. She wanted black countertops, which would have looked great, but after seeing a friend’s dark acrylic countertops (which were full of scratches) she voted for my lighter selection, which should hide the scratches. Soapstone would have been so beautiful…but so expensive!
I can’t wait to see her “after” pictures! I’ll have to post them as soon as I get a picture. Have a good week, everyone!
This always happens! I just put in a HUGE paint swatch order and then I run across something like this and I need to start a new list! This San Francisco bedroom is from the decor8 feature called “How Much For This Room?” and it’s owned by a woman named Christiana. As a designer (and homeowner or love of decor in general!), it’s always so helpful to see something put out there like this. Plus you get a great list of resources and ideas.
I LOVE this color palette. Totally me – dark grey and white with some red, yellow and black accents!! I’m trying to phase out the green in my living room because I keep finding myself drawn to a more monochromatic palette with one (maybe two) accent colors. I’m moving all of the green stuff to my kitchen/dining room.
This color is called “Iron Mountain” by Benjamin Moore. I definitely have a color crush here…mmm…
How amazing is that wallpaper? A perfect example of how wallpaper can lighten up a dark room, or act as an accent wall without the huge commitment of wallpapering an entire room. Very contemporary. I love wallpaper.
As someone with two large dogs (both with black fur) and a growing baby, I’m a little scared of white, but I love the aesthetic! When in doubt, I choose dark or black colors, but I’m trying to not be so scared of stains! My husband can clean up anything or get out any stain, so maybe I will go for that light-colored slipcover I’ve been eyeing for the loveseat in the dining room…
What do you think of the color palette? Are you drawn to dark colors? A lighter and airier palette? A mix of both? Do you have a “when in doubt, choose (dark/light/white/black/wood)” mantra?
(images via decor8, linked to their sources)
Above is a link to the super inspiring website “Kindred” – a collaboration between Ez at Creature Comforts and Holly at decor8 (two of my blogging heroes!). They’re bringing together some super amazing talent and offering gorgeous computer wallpapers and printable note cards- all for my favorite price – FREE! It’s also a place to communicate in some very friendly forums – what else could you ask for??
I love the inspiration, ladies…thanks! And for the rest of you – check out The Kindred Site! Love it!
This blog is awesome!! I’m always noticing sets and interior design in movies (I’m always thinking about the actor, too, and how embarrassing that scene must’ve been!) and I’m always looking up photos on the internet or pressing ‘pause’ on the DVR (and taking notes…sometimes…). But not anymore!! Thanks to Julia at “Hooked on Houses!!” I am so excited…
Amanda’s (aka Cameron Diaz) house in L.A. in “The Holiday” is THE REASON I DECIDED TO PAINT MY LIVING ROOM GRAY. Not even a joke. My house is obviously nowhere nearly as finished or styled as hers (I love the pots of grass and artwork all over), and I’ve strayed from the concept since then, but I LOVE the color palette; gray, cream, espresso with little shots of color here and there.
That would be my dream house!! Well…one of them…
I know these are supposed to be on Thursdays, but I’m practicing patience with my posts! I am trying to put a lot more time into them so that you will actually enjoy what I have to say, and will want to come back! So here is some color therapy for your weekend!
This week’s “Color Therapy” is inspired by the portfolio of one of my Twitter contacts, Tobi Fairley. I am loving the fresh, bright color palettes lately, especially paired with crisp, classic patterns, as seen in the gorgeous photo below.
If I had the guts (or the cash) I would put one of these in my living room in a crisp navy blue and white. Love it!!
If I was to paint a room in this palette, I might start with navy walls with bright, white trim, crown moulding, and a chair rail, or two navy walls and two white walls, all with yellow accents throughout the room. Or navy and white stripes would look gorgeous! Yellow is always a nice paint choice as well, nice and sunny!
1. Ready for rain, 2. This week’s shoes . . ., 3. Ikea Building using sunglasses as polarizing filter, 4. Anais sm charm necklace in yellow quartz, 5. Big Top Earrings, 6. Priceless Gems, 7. gingham, 8. Venice Day & The Island of Guidecca, 9. Tobi Fairley, 10. Blue and Yellow, 11. yellow wall blue roof, 12. blue, 13. Colourful old garage – 31, 14. go schwinn lightning, 15. converse.cardinals., 16. the other half