Mob Gangster Birthday Party {Mike’s 35th}

IMG_4126This mob gangster birthday party was open house style from noon to 10pm with people coming and going all day.  There were classic mob movies playing round the clock, multiple outfit changes by the birthday boy, and multiple meals (subs, spaghetti, cheese and crackers, and much more).  The hostess kept calling me her “Poppa”….as in her paparazzi since I was taking all the pics haha.  I couldn’t stay the whole time to get pics of the whole night but what I got was classic and I had a blast!  Happy Birthday Mike!

IMG_3948The idea was to make the place feel like an old fashioned Italian restaurant.IMG_3950The mantel was decorated with things like pasta, wine, grapes, corks, olive oil and balsamic.IMG_3962IMG_3961IMG_4005IMG_4009Wine for days!IMG_4045IMG_4019The bar had lots of extra props for those who didn’t come dressed as gangsters.IMG_4072IMG_3946There were cigars, tommy guns, gum, pipe cleaners, and firecrackers lying around.  
IMG_3985 IMG_3999 IMG_4002Had to sneak one of my girl in there with her “gangster” glasses on.  IMG_4017IMG_4024The birthday boy in his first outfit taking people for a spin in his Corvette. IMG_4026Some luxury cars were taking up the driveway.IMG_4032I just love the little touches of Mike’s outfit.  Not only was he wearing this ring, watch and track suit…but he had a gold chain, a gun and harness under his tracksuit, gold glasses, and blue contacts. IMG_4036The hostess with the mostess in her mob-wife attire!…..it suits her.IMG_4058The birthday boys second outfit and grand entrance.  
IMG_4065Getting a boutonniere pinned by his mob-momma.  IMG_4068IMG_4071IMG_4078 IMG_4079 IMG_4081One of the games people could play was “lock picking.”  There were tons of locks with bobbi pins, paper clips, and other tools for people to try and successfully pick.
IMG_4086The hostess handling business.IMG_4088 IMG_4097Walter White aka Heisenberg sighting!!  Def a gangster!IMG_4115One last pic:  Selfie of me with some of my faves wearing no gangster attire!

A Valentine’s Day Picnic : {Evangeline’s First Birthday Party}

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Last year I went into labor on February 13th and we were sure that we were going to have Evangeline on Valentine’s Day.  But of course she didn’t come until February 15th at 7:18am.  Even though we just missed it by a few hours, we still call her our Valentine’s baby. So when it came time to pick a theme for her 1st birthday party there was no contest; A Valentine’s Day theme!…hearts galore!  I had so much fun dreaming up the party, and then actually carrying all those things out (with the help of some awesome friends)!  I may have gone a little overboard…the house looked like a love bomb exploded in there haha. Happy Birthday my sweet Evangeline!

DSC_8174DSC_8177When people first walked in there was this sign with instructions on the party and the picnic basket of bubbles for the kids.

DSC_8149The “Love is Sweet” garland was purchased on Etsy here!DSC_8414My friend Jenna told me about where to purchase this sign on Etsy here.  I purchased the photo, had it printed at Costco for under $5 and mounted it on black poster board. DSC_8096I bought the cake toppers here! See my Healthy Cake Smash RecipeDSC_8394DSC_8067IMG_3419DSC_8095I bought these at the $1 section at Target.DSC_8144I am in love with this table runner I got on Etsy here!  See my always soft Marshmallow Chunk Rice Krispie Treat RecipeIMG_3440DSC_8211She loved looking at pictures of herself.  I kept saying “Who is that baby!?”IMG_3443DSC_8196DSC_8172I made these gorg mason jar gold glitter “vases” special for the party…now they decorate almost every room in my home and I love it!IMG_3458DSC_8326My good friend Claire was nice enough to make some heart shaped PB&J’s for the younger ones who weren’t into the taco bar.
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DSC_8216DSC_8383DSC_8447We had a decorate your own heart shaped cookie table as a party favor.

DSC_8449DSC_8594DSC_8541Evangeline’s adorable dress was purchased at my favorite Etsy shop for girls dresses: Twinkle & Whim
DSC_8654Children enjoyed the parachute games, park play ground, and bubbles.  DSC_8683DSC_8693DSC_8721See my Gold Heart Piñata DIYDSC_8924The piñata was a little too tough to break for the kiddies so my husband ripped it apart.DSC_8974The end result of the cake smash….no cake smashed haha.  Thank you Karla & Heather for decorating the high chair! DSC_9045We were so blessed by our friends and family.DSC_9058We had to sneak in a costume change to try on one of her new outfits while she played with her new toys. DSC_9004All tuckered out!  It was a great party with our lil’ nugget.

Gold Heart Piñata : {DIY}

DSC_8719When it came time for my daughter’s 1st birthday party I immediately started looking for a heart piñata since it was a Valentine’s Day theme…but I couldn’t find one anywhere!  So I decided to make my own. Trust me when I say this isn’t as cool as it sounds, it is cute, but making it myself made me so nervous it wouldn’t hold together.  LUCKILY it did!…a little too well haha…my husband had to end up breaking it himself.  FYI I seriously just made this up as I went along so if you decide to make one feel free to change things. photo 1 (9)I started by taping large pieces of paper together so that I could trace my giant heart.

I Folded the paper in half and drew my heart.  I then cut out the paper heart and traced it onto cardboard. (Luckily I had a giant cardboard box from a wagon we bought).  Then with an x-acto knife I cut out the hearts.photo 4 (6)photo 1 (10)photo 5 (5)IMG_3325Confession:  I have no ruler, I measured the side panels with a C.D. lol. 
IMG_3327 I bent the side panels and just began glueing them onto one of the hearts.  IMG_3331Things to keep in mind (that I didn’t): 1. Make an open flap for where to put the candy 2. Poke holes at the top and string rope through PRIOR to placing final heart hahaIMG_3359 After placing the last heart on top I taped all the edges just to make sure it was really secure.  IMG_3367IMG_3360 I covered my piñata with gold mylar using the hot glue gun again (But you could cover in anything).  Since I wanted a side of it to be fringed, I cut strips (about 3″ thick) to fringe.IMG_3362To fill it with candy I cut a little square on the top of the heart, then glued and taped it back shut.  Super easy!  (DON’T cut the whole on the bottom).

Prime Wine Birthday Party

IMG_4927After having my baby I would be up at all hours of the night needing to feed her. Those middle of the night feedings became what I like to call “Pinterest Time” or “Sleep Pinning.” One of those nights I came across an idea for a wine tasting party and I got so excited! Something that Pinterest is great at is making you want to throw fabulous parties! I sent a text to my good friend Heather who later sent a text to our other good friend Diana and before we knew it we were planning a wine tasting party just for fun! We later realized that the three of our birthdays were not only coming up but were weeks apart from each other. We decided to combine our excitement for the wine tasting party and our birthdays to create the “Prime Wine Party.” (Note: We describe our age and time of life as “Our Prime”. See http://sweetlylemon.com/2013/07/19/30-not-so-dirty-or-flirty/ )

Throwing a party with friends is such a great idea because you can combine your creative strengths, and it is more cost effective and manageable. The party was such a success we know it won’t be the last!

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View More: http://dianarush.pass.us/prime-birthday-partyPhoto courtesy of http://www.dianarush.com/

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IMG_4777The glasses needed two coats of chalkboard paint on the top and bottom. Note that if using chalkboard pens instead of plain chalk the writing dosen’t fully come off!

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IMG_4800The “White Table” featured appetizers that can be best paired with white wines.

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IMG_4810The White Table Appetizers:

Caprese Salad Skewers, Gorgonzola Bruschetta, Prosciutto w/ Cantaloupe Bacon Wrapped Dates, Veggie Plate, GF Pasta Salad, Grilled Chicken & Steak Skewers, Fruit Tray (Apples, pears, grapes, strawberries, cherries), and an olive bar.

IMG_4809The “RedTable” featured appetizers that can be best paired with red wines.

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IMG_4807The Red Table Appetizers:

Grapes, dried apricots, dried dates, walnuts, jams, wide variety of crackers and toasts, variety of dried meats and over 10 different kinds of cheeses.

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IMG_4791The Sweets Table:

This table featured dessert or “Sweet” wines/champagnes, as well as dessert: GF Cupcakes, Strawberries and Vegan Buttercream Dip, Variety of Unique Dark Chocolates, Lemon Macaroons, GF Cookies, Susie Cake Cupcakes, caramels, and salted caramel brownie bites (Click for Recipe)

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IMG_4763Wine bottle ring toss gave the guests something to play with during the night.

Easy Homemade Ring Toss Tutorial: Click Here

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IMG_4962We provided a basket of supplies to make S’mores and some of our guests got really creative with it! For example someone made a S’more with graham crackers, Brie Cheese, and Sea Salt Dark Chocolate.

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IMG_4918At the end of the night there were lots of empty bottles and left over wine! We provided about 6 bottles of red, white, and sweet wines and then asked the guests to bring a bottle to share in lieu of gifts and there was such a variety!