Friday, September 7, 2012


Whoever said that kids grow up before you can blink an eye was so right! It seems like just yesterday I was holding that little 7 lb. 15 oz baby boy. And now here I am posting about his SECOND BIRTHDAY party.  My little baby is two, I just can't believe it.

I started planning his birthday party back in May (yes that's right MAY), and I was sure that it was going to be a Mickey Mouse theme. However, as it got closer and closer to August I noticed that his love for Winnie the Pooh was turning into a toddler obsession. Everyday we would watch one of the Winnie the Pooh movies and read Winnie the Pooh books.  So obviously, I knew that the birthday party theme had to be changed to Pooh.  

I wanted to make sure that Colton's party was as cute as can be with some original decorations instead of just the store bought ones. I found some cute ideas on Pinterest (love that site) and of course came up with some ideas on my own.  

For the present and cake table: I bought Winnie the Pooh tablecloths for the tables where the presents and cake would be. For the tables where people would be sitting, I just purchased solid colored tablecloths in red, blue, and yellow.  On one table i placed his Winnie the Pooh cake and next to it i placed candy jars with gummy bears, honey drops, and bear cookies. This was also the table where i displayed Colton's 2 year pictures in frames.  Next to the cake table was the present table. I decorated the present table with the group of stuffed animals that I purchased for Colt. Note: I purchase stuffed animals of all the characters from the Winnie the Pooh movie, and let me tell was NOT CHEAP.  (But it did look very my son has a Pooh and Friends army in his crib)  On most of the tables I placed little signs with some very cute Winnie the Pooh quotes. Such as, "If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your hear and I'll stay there forever,"  "Think, Think, Think," "It's not much of a tail, but I'm sort of attached to it," and "Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon." The guests thought the quote cards were a very cute idea.

For the food table: It took me a while to decide on the food for the party, especially since a lot of people offered to bring something (a huge help!) I decided to have a few munchies for guests to snack on throughout the party.  I really wanted to stay within the Winnie the Pooh theme even with the food so for the snacks, I chose items with a bear or honey feel.  I had bowls of honey teddy grahams and honeycomb cereal. For the food that wasn't bear shaped or honey flavored, I figured out a way to connect them to the theme.  I came up with the idea of little signs that identified the food, and each one of Pooh's friends had a food named for them.   
For these adorable signs, I got a big piece of white foam board and using an X-Acto knife (scissors will not work) I cut out mini "wood" sign shapes just like the ones in Rabbit's garden. I painted them brown and then with a white paint pen, wrote a food on each. For the sticks I used wooden chopsticks that I bought at the party store. These signs looked so cute on the food table.  Also, at the beginning of the food table (by the plates and napkins) I had a large cutout of Pooh with the saying "FILL THE RUMBLY IN YOUR TUMBLY" The decorations turned out very cute and I got a lot of compliments. 

When you're throwing a party for a child with child guests, no matter what age, entertaining them throughout the party becomes the number one priority.  I purchased a Winnie the Pooh piñata and filled it with age appropriate candy and toys. Because some parents, me included, that would prefer my son to not eat a ton of sugary candy, I also put packets of fruit snacks into the piñata.  I also had favor bags for each one of the kids. And since I love to sew, I actually handmade my favor bags from Winnie the Pooh material that I had purchased at JoAnn Fabrics. 

They turned out even better than I had expected. The best part, they are reusable!! My nieces carried them like big purses. I filled each of them with a Pooh coloring book (that I got from the dollar store), a box of crayons, a can of yellow play dough (it was an outside party so the parents didn't have to worry about cleaning up a mess), a bottle of bubbles, and some other little toys.  I tried to pick things that would provide enough distraction for the kids so that the parents could actually get to sit and eat.  One of the hardest things about a kid's birthday party is chasing them around. I finished these bags off with a name tag attached with a piece of Winnie the Pooh ribbon. 

It was like 95 degrees and Colt was running around the whole time.
I was so worried because his face was as red as a cherry.
He took his cake into the grass so no one would steal it. LOL
I was very happy with how the party turned out and more than that how much fun Colton and all the guest had. All the hard work paid off. I suggest that if you have the time and patience, add some handmade touches to your party. It really does make it more special.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


In my house birthdays are treated the same as holidays...and while I may want to skip my "holiday" this year (when you're in late twenties, birthdays just aren't as fun), my son's birthday is a big celebration! I found this really cute idea for a decoration that I could display for the whole month. 

*Straw wreath (leave plastic wrapping saves you from making a mess and helps the pins stay in place)
*Floral pins (several one for each balloon)
*Latex balloons (1"-2" balloons  You need A LOT. I used around 300)

Take one floral pin and one balloon, place pin across the center of balloon (don't put through balloon). Then stick pin into wreath, push in tight, The pin should make the balloon fold in half. Continue with the rest of the balloons, making sure you place them close together so there are not "bald" spots. 

The finished wreath should look full. I only applied balloons to the front and outer/inner sides of the wreath. The back of the wreath should be bare so it lies flat against the door.
The great thing about this wreath is that it can be made with multi-colored balloons for a birthday wreath. Or you can select just a few colors like powder blue and white for a baby shower. I am in love with this wreath!