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Preston’s ‘Toad’ally Hoppin’ 1st Birthday

I have a toad’ally awesome kid’s birthday party to share with you! A friend from high school, Kristen, threw a fabulous first birthday party for her son Preston and was grateful enough to share with us all the wonderful details of the day. A lot of the desserts and decorations Kristen did herself! I loved how they came out with the theme because really it was very personal and apparently very Preston.

“Inspiration for theme: Preston’s love for a little frog on his Jumperoo at 4 months old inspired me to do something magical with this bond. Preston would coo, talk and drool all over the plastic frog for hours. No matter which way we would spin the jumperoo seat, he ALWAYS went back to Mr. Frog. This love sparked the idea for a fun, colorful, and classy birthday party. Much thought went into the fact that most party guests would be adults. With a fun and simple theme, I just let my creative juices flow. This was my first party, and I can’t wait to upstage it next year. The ideas are already brewing! Others who helped tremendously: My Mother, Maureen helped with baking and decorating. I also have to thank my fabulous husband, Brett, for going along with my ideas, no matter how crazy and over-the-top they were.”

frog-party-invitation
A cute humongo toad greets you at the door. You know this is going to be a good party.

green frog party theme
ribbon-wreath
toad welcome sign
streamers bunting
I love these little pails that people get to fill up with delicious treats. Get ready for the awesome dessert table!

party pails
green candy snacks
green dessert table
Look at all those yummy desserts!

green oreo cookies

“Pond water” and JellyBelly drinks for the kids

Drinks for the adults

Their playroom is so awesome!

playroom
The beautiful mommy.
Best mommy ever! She let this little guy go to town on his own birthday cake. I love his matching onesie.

Complementary thank you cards.

Kristen, I hope you do continue to throw more wonderful parties in the future!
Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

Credits:
Logo Design (Tad, the Frog): Design Moose Creative Group
Stationery Design: Kristen
Party Printables Design: Kristen
Frog Cake & Cupcakes: Cakes By Teresa, Fort Collins, CO
Frog Sugar Cookies: Etsy: CookieMamas
Muddy Krispies, Layered Jello Shooters, Drizzled Oreos: Me & My Mom, Maureen

Airplane themed baby shower for Lisa!

I am finally getting a chance to post up some images from Lisa’s (my jolie partner in crime) airplane themed baby shower. Yes, her baby has already arrived if you were curious! The story behind the airplane theme is that her father was a pilot and so the plane has significant meaning to her. Also, it’s a great theme for a boy’s baby shower. The idea is that they are taking flight into parenthood.

Now, I had just had my baby but I had all these crazy ideas I wanted to do to make it special for her but I had to limit myself but I did have help from some wonderful and creative people. Also, she wanted it to be a family-style picnic at a park so our job was to turn the picnic area and all its concrete picnic tables into something nice. On top of that, Lisa is very popular so she had 60 people at this baby shower! Regardless, it was great fun.

The baby shower invitation mimicked the old par avion envelopes treated with some type. I also had some par avion labels and guestbook cards made as well.

We set up a sweets table in the middle of the picnic area and tried to cover up of the ugly gazebo looking thing as we could. We had old vintage suitcases and wooden biplanes from Michaels! Lisa loves popcorn so one of her friend’s made three different custom flavored popcorn of butter, cheddar and snickerdoodle. The suitcases were also stuffed with other delicious goodies such as homemade honey roasted peanuts and toffee chocolate chip cookies.



We had also bought these wooden airplane kits for $1 from Michael’s as favors for people to build there or take from home. They were sooo cheap and you get paint and glue with the kit! We built a few to use as decoration on our runway tables. We had some Chinese food since Lisa was not eating nitrates or carcinogen-induced burgers at the time. I picked up these cute little bento looking trays for food and made custom chopstick wrappers for each one–slightly reminiscent of airplane tray food. Also no caffeine so we had delicious Shirley Temples to quench our thirst.

It was such a fun day and we are so happy that Baby Ezra is here to play. Thankful for good friends and new ones!

A Birthday Ice Cream Social!

I have some of the best and most creative coworkers. For my birthday, they managed to turn a dreary old conference room into a fun and color ice cream social parlor. They picked out some adorable sugar cones and striped straws, handmade pinwheels. There were even some homemade delicious french macarons which, by the way, rival some of the ones I’ve tried in Paris. Delicious!





On top of that, one of my talented, crocheting coworkers crocheted me a set of adorable macarons!! Aren’t they lovely??


Photography by Manus Chau Photography

Parisian Baby Shower from HWTM

There’s been quite a few circus themed parties but I couldn’t get over this adorable New Orleans-based vintage Parisian circus-themed baby shower over at Hostess with the Mostess (that was a mouthful!). The decor, the venue. It all fit so perfectly! See more of the shower at HWTM.


Omg these bottles are gorgeous.

An adorable patisserie store where you can buy snacks in exchange for tickets!


EVENT CREDITS
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PLANNER/ DESIGNER/ FLORAL DESIGN/ STATIONERY DESIGN: Lollipop Events & Designs (Blog: Lolliblog)

VENUE: Vintage Uptown

LINENS: Wildflower Linens

ENTERTAINMENT: Carl Mack Presents

FLORIST: Diane with Fat Cat Flowers – (504) 486-8580

PHOTOGRAPHER: Justin Lee

UMBRELLAS: Bella Umbrella

CATERERS:
Toulousse Gourmet
Stephanie with Food Art
Chef Will – (crawfish, corn bisque, chicken drumlets)

DJ: DJ Hektik

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