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A Cowboy’s Birthday

My grandfather was a real cowboy in Oklahoma and always had a love of horses. We rode his horses and even competed with him in rodeos when we were young, so when the doc announced to us,”it’s a boy!” I knew a cowboy party would be in his future. We even had Papa’s saddle, spurs, boots, saddle blanket and some of his artwork to decorate. It poured, but like the hearty cowboys and cowgirls we are, we prevailed and had a hoopin’ hollerin’ good time!

My grandpa was a real Oklahoma cowboy! I decorated Caleb's party with his saddle, blanket, spurs, and boots. What a treasure and so fun to have his memory as part of our special day!

Papa’s saddle, boots, spurs, and art. It was so special to have his memory as part of our special day!

Decorated with ropes, "barbed wire", butcher blocks and themed signs, we're ready to dig in!

Decorated with ropes, “barbed wire”, butcher blocks and themed signs, we’re ready to dig in!

When the folk arrive, they MUST dress the part. Git yer gear, partners!

When the folk arrive, they MUST dress the part. Git yer gear, partners!

Farm Vegis and Dude Ranch and Cowboy Caviar round out a table of snacks fit for any weary traveller.

Farm Vegis & Dude Ranch and Cowboy Caviar round out a table of snacks fit for any weary traveller.

Layered cake decorated with Red Hots, horse, candles and banner!

Layered cake decorated with Red Hots, horse, candles and banner!

Come Wet Yer Whistle down at the Watering Hole, ya'll!

Come Wet Yer Whistle down at the Watering Hole, ya’ll!

Have I mentioned how much I love photo booths?

Have I mentioned how much I love photo booths?

My MAIN cowboy.

My MAIN cowboy.

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Our lil family has a 2 year old! I decorated a blue layer cake with white icing and red hots. I tied twine around 2 skewers and attached the letters of his name above a horse and candles! Easy as pie, er, cake.

Our lil family has a 2 year old! I decorated a blue layer cake with white icing and red hots. I tied twine around 2 skewers and attached the letters of his name above a horse and candles! Easy as pie, er, cake.

"Don't Go!" The poor little thing was so sad to see the good times end! He gave out little bags of trail mix that said "Happy trail mix to you until we meet again! From, Caleb"

“Don’t Go!” The poor little thing was so sad to see the good times end! He gave out little bags of trail mix that said “Happy trail mix to you until we meet again! From, Caleb”

Nana and I take a break for S'mores Pops. Dip marshmallows in melted chocolate and dip in graham cracker crumbs. Couldn't be easier. I stuck them in a hay bale to serve.

Nana and I take a break for S’mores Pops. Dip marshmallows in melted chocolate and dip in graham cracker crumbs. Couldn’t be easier. I stuck them in a hay bale to serve.

Happy Birthday, Sweet Boy!

Caleb snacks on Pretzel Ropes dipped in Peanut Butter and Jamboree. Happy Birthday, Sweet Boy!

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Curious George Party

Last weekend we pulled out the stops for our favorite monkey…our 3 year old, Caleb! He chose his favorite fella as the theme and away we went!

For our mid-morning event, I went light with the snacks. A popcorn bar allowed guests to snack on several varieties. We had Junior Mint popcorn (a childhood favorite of mine, literally Junior Mints melted and drizzled over popcorn), strawberry popcorn, cheddar bacon popcorn (extra sharp cheddar cheese and bacon sprinkled on popcorn and baked until melted), and garlic parmesean popcorn (finely grated garlic cloves and parm sprinkled over popcorn and baked until melted then tossed with fresh parsley). Oh my, it was tasty.

I found the vessels at dollar stores and thrift stores for a total of $3! The rest of the table scape was completed with a visit to the fabric store, bananas, peanuts, jungle animals, monkey masks with a banner, balloons and pinwheels to draw the eye up.

"A Popcorn Bar? How Curious!"

“A Popcorn Bar? How Curious!”

I printed images of George, wrote sayings and framed them around the house, along with some images from PBS.org which has a whole section of party ideas for their shows. I used their templates for party hats but there were other FREE cute ideas. Check them out!

I See! I See! Caleb is 3!

I See! I See! Caleb is 3!

Cake is delicious and all but it is a well established fact that serious monkeys love bananas. What better dessert to celebrate with than classic banana splits? I had chocolate and vanilla ice-cream and fixed it up with mini M&Ms, roasted almonds, cherries, caramel, chocolate syrup and whipped cream…all atop a banana! Mmmm I’m sorta salivating right now.

Time for a Banana Split, Monkeys!

Time for a Banana Split, Monkeys!

A friend of mine had this vintage Curious George felt board in her grandkid’s toy box. To say that it made my day is an understatement. Love! The little stuffed George lived at my parents house over a year ago when Caleb grabbed ahold and wouldn’t let go. Perhaps it was love at first sight.

Fruit tarts with balloons, vintage CG felt board and George himself!

Fruit tarts with balloons, vintage CG felt board and George himself!

"Curious George loves Yellow! The Man with the Yellow Hat and Lemonade!"

“Curious George loves Yellow! The Man with the Yellow Hat and Lemonade!”

At first, I was going to simply give a banana to our guests as their takeaway. But because I can never leave well enough alone (it’s a gift), I thought I’d whip up some individual banana puddings! And I am so glad I did! It was a super easy sour cream banana pudding recipe and major high on the cute and tasty quotient. I finished styling the area with Caleb’s beloved books, animals and a barrel of monkeys!

"Thank you for going bananas with me! With you, it's going to be fun to be 3!"

“Thank you for going bananas with me! With you, it’s going to be fun to be 3!”

And looked who joined the party! I swear he did not put up an iota of a fight when I casually mentioned dressing my husband as the man in the yellow hat. That’s true love, baby. And it paid off. The kids thought it was fantastic and just tonight, Caleb called out to him “Daddy, you’re my man with the yellow hat!” Well you can’t beat that, thank you very much.

Husband of the Year.

Husband of the Year 2013.

Me with my pumpkin, I mean, monkey! He looks like a teenager here (short but old). He loved his party!

Birthday Banana Split

Caleb was nice enough to invite his big sister and her monkey buddies to his party.

Caleb was nice enough to invite his big sister and her monkey buddies to his party.

Happy Birthday, big boy!

Happy Birthday, big boy!

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Cozy Fireside Party

I was hired to style an outdoor fireside party last weekend for newlyweds Jesse and Yvonne. Just a few weeks after their wedding they had a lot of love and bountiful libations from the wedding to share with their nearest and dearest. Cozy decor, good music, delicious food, a photo booth and lots of plaid make for a dang good time.

The glow of the lights, candles, fire pit and the cozy plaid table covering and homemade garland make this outdoor party insanely inviting.

We used 6 glorious different plaids to make our fall fireside shindig super outdoorsy.

This was the s’mores box of the century. There was really good sea salt chocolate, etc. but the shiny prom queen of the night was Nutella. Holy goodness, please make a s’more with Nutella. Oh, and it looked awesome in a vintage Pepsi crate next to the fire sitting atop a galvanized tub turned upside down.

40 friends gathered around the fire for good food, good drink, great conversation and an overall fabulous fall evening.

Hanging plaid fabric on the side of the house and gathering an array of props makes for a lot of fun and cuteness. Fact.

Yvonne and Jesse were fantastic hosts. Here she serves up a hearty pot of turkey chili. Also on the menu was pumpkin butternut squash soup and a glorious turkey and whole grain mustard sandwich platter. Yummm-o.

Host Jesse (of ‘Jesse & Yvonne’) feeds the fire. This is a very important job….without a fire, it is entirely impossible to have a cozy fireside party.

Our cozy fireside party was casual but special. The guests ‘ooh-ed and ahh-ed’ as they came around the corner of the house to the back yard. Our hosts wanted their first party as a married couple to be memorable and we succeeded. If it’s not too frigid where you live, go ahead and create your own glowing event!

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Anna’s Princess Tea Party

My little girl wanted nothing more than a princess party for her 5th birthday. Your wish is my command, m’lady!

Pink Princess PomPom

The focal point of the house was the table scape and with height, scale and loads of volume, detail and color, it was magical!

Adornable Dishes

A great way to make your party more festive is to adorn the edges of your dishes and platters with ribbon or pompoms. Height and color always make the table more beautiful.

Table Scape

I’m finally using my gorgeous china! Cloth napkins are tied with tea party ribbon. Little girls like chocolate milk more than tea so we skip the formalities.

Cupcake for a 5 year old

Anna’s cupcakes sits atop a vintage dish and gets a glitter 5.

Oreo Wands

I took apart an Oreo and pressed a skewer with a dab of white chocolate and sandwiched the cookie back together. Dipped it in chocolate and, of course, sprinkles!

Milk Bottles

I took frapuccino bottles and covered them in doilies and glitter stickers. You cannot get more girly than this! Fruit skewers and vegi/cheese skewers for the “healthy platter.”

Color!

Doilies, flowers, garlands, a tea pot, ribbons and sprinkles make for a very girly table!

Welcome, Ladies!

The front door and entry announce that a princess resides here.

The Kingdom

The girls come straight in and get fancified in dress up central (a.k.a.the couch) and the moms move to the kitchen nomnom area.

Mommy Yums

Queen Mums get pampered too! Snacks and sangria keep us happy.

Dress up Central

The girls dressed up in vintage hats and scarves, costume jewelry and plenty of princess pretty!

Photo Booth

I love photo booths like nothing else in life. Dressing up and acting like a kid are prerequisite for adults and if you add cute 5 year old princesses? Oh yeah. Adorbs.

Queen Booth

Moms got adorned with vintage hats and stoles at the dress up area, too!

The Princess

Three generations of fancy! Me, the princess herself, and the original Queen Mum.

Come for Tea

The pretty princesses enjoy their tea party!

Muah!

Hot pink frosting makes the BEST lip gloss.

Make a Wish

Make a wish, sweet girl.

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Robot Party

My lil fella turned 1. He’s not old enough to tell me what kind of party he wants and vintage robots make me swoon. Enter, Caleb’s 1st Birthday Party! (Heads up:  It’s intergalactic)

Robot Cake

Turns out I’m an amazing cake decorator when all it entails is positioning candy and donuts. I can do that. (You can too! thumbs up for us.)

Computer Chips & Goo

I love signs. Signs are a must at my parties.
Computer Chips & Radioactive Goo. This stuff sounds delicious, right??

Robot Eats

Fuel cakes are black forest ham, swiss cheese and dijon stuffed puffed pastry. Fueling up is delicious.

Robot Puppets

Cade & Reese made little robot finger puppets and then, of course, finger fought.

Birthday Boy!
Our little nut (and bolt?) loved his party. He loved it so much he danced the robot. You should see that boy break dance. Happy Birthday, baby!

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