Thursday, March 24, 2011

{Please Vote!!} Project Nursery's March Party of the Month

Hi Everyone! Yes, this is a shameless post and I totally admit it! LOL.  I found out earlier this week that my Pink Zebra Party is a finalist in Project Nursery's Party of the Month contest for March.  How exciting is that?!?

If you have a minute, please vote for my Pink Zebra Party!  You can vote more than once too!  Hint Hint!

Thanks so much for your support and votes!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sewn Paper Garland Tutorial

I came across this great idea for party decor on mini-eco. It's a fun website for creative activities and handmade items for kids. Sewn Paper garland would work great as party decor and would look great in a playroom or even a bedroom to create interest. You could also do this with strips of felt.

Photos from mini-eco

All you need to do is cut lots of strips of paper and sew along the center point. Mine measured 8 x 1cm. Make sure you mark the halfway point before cutting your strips out and then you’ll know where to sew.

How to

You will need:
♥ Paper
♥ Thread
♥ Sewing machine
♥ Craft knife and cutting boards (or scissors)
♥ Ruler
♥ Pencil

See the rest of the tutorial told by Kate on mini-eco.!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ice Cream Cups & Trucks

A perfect item to end this beautiful Friday with! An Ice Cream truck and cups from Sweet Lulu!

Perfect for an ice cream themed party, play date or just an extra special treat for your kids!  This cute little ice cream van is decorated with bright patterns and contains 12 matching patterned ice cream cups and wooden spoons.

Available from, Shop Sweet Lulu for $13.00 plus shipping. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Goldilocks and The Bears Party

This party is amazing! I love it when people are able to totally transform their backyards and or their homes to fit the party theme. In this Goldilocks and the Three Bears party that was featured by Amy Atlas, they modified a bed as the table where the kids ate! How cute is that? My husband would NEVER go for that!!  Would yours? 

A nursery themed party is a perfect choice for a first birthday party.  At that age, kids really aren't in to anything per se.  It's also an age when you can pick the theme yourself and not feel guilty about it!

By 2 years old, they have their favorite books that they love reading over and over again and also makes a perfect theme! 

This is Brennan's 2nd Birthday Party - Check it out!

Photography by John McLaughlin and Paula Biggs.

I love how she used little chairs to display some of the desserts!

Photography by John McLaughlin and Paula Biggs.
This is the table I mentioned before.  I love it. I am sure the kids went crazy over it.  It's such a great idea. 

Customized blocks that match the party theme.

Adorable cookies!

For more over the top and perfectly planned parties,  visit Amy Atlas's blog, Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Egg Dyeing 101 from Martha Stewart

This year my oldest daughter will be 3.5 years old on Easter. I've gotten away the last 2 years with doing the bare minimum since she really didn't know what was going on, but now she does.

 I need to step up my game!

I've already splurged on great Easter Baskets from Pottery Barn Kids and I started collecting stuff to put in it besides candy.  I ordered the pink liner on the right in the image below for both of my girls.  At first I was going to get different liners, but then I had a vision of future arguments, so I got the same ones. 

Easter Baskets & Liners from Pottery Barn Kids

I haven't dyed eggs with my daughter yet, so it's definitely on the list of things to do this year.  I was at Party City last week and they had tons of egg coloring kits.  While I was looking at them, I realized that I haven't done this since I was a kid and really don't remember how to dye Easter eggs.

Here's some tips from Martha Stewart:

Step 1: Blow Out the Eggs
I think I'm going to skip this part and just hard boil my eggs, but here's Martha's way.  To empty a raw egg, begin by using the tip of a sharp utility knife to pierce both ends of the egg; turn the knife in one of the holes to widen it slightly. Then, poke a straightened paper clip through the larger hole to pierce and "stir" the yolk. Hold the egg, larger hole down, over a bowl, and then blow the contents out with a rubber ear syringe.

Step 2: Dye the Eggs Protect your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) in 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you submerge an egg completely.

To create different tints of a color, vary dipping times: Submerge eggs for less than 5 minutes for light colors, and leave the egg in for 10 minutes or more for deeper shades. Using tongs makes handling the eggs easy.

To make a two-color egg, dye the whole egg first in a light color, let dry for 15 minutes, and then submerge half into a darker color (this idea works best for hard-boiled eggs).

Step 3: Let the Eggs Dry A drying rack made with pins and foam board keeps things neat.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Pink Silhouette 1st Birthday Party

I saw this perfect Pink Silhouette 1st Birthday Party on Pizzazerie and had to share it with you! I am a huge fan of silhouettes AND, the party printables use the same one that I use in my logo that Shabby Creations designed for me!

Here are some pictures from the event. 

Vendor List from the Pizzazerie post:

Cupcake Jars, Fantasy Frostings
Cake Pops, Posh Pops
Milk Chocolate Pretzels, S’mores, Sweet Lydias
Square Silhouette Cookies Sandy’s Baking Memories
Strawberry Cheesecake Fudge & Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge, Jewel of the Lion
Sparkle Sugar Cookie Lollipops, Fun Favors
Polka Dot Chocolate Covered Oreos, Sweeties by Kim
Neapolitan Marshmellows, Fusion Sweets
Rasberry White Chocolate Shortbread Sandwiches, Southern Hands Studio
Strawberry Ice Cream Nougat Almond Candy, Kettle Confections
#1 Lollipop, White Chocolate Brownie Pops Sweet Cresendos

Personalized princess notepads, Really Cute Stuff
Personalized favor bags, Perideu Designs
Personalized Playdoh, Miss. Nibbit
Hair clips, Sweet Harper
Silhouette Cookie Favors, Fun Favors

{Everything Else}
Polka Dot plates, Ruffle Pants bloomers, Ruffle Pants pettitskirt worn by the birthday girl: Polka Dot Market
Plates & Shabby Chic Napkins: Plates & Napkins
Silhouette Plate, Le Papier Studio
Pin Wheels, Party Hats, Crossroad Cottage
Hand painted tray and happy birthday plate, Magnolia Creative Co
Shabby Chic Plate (with tea pot on it), My Girlie Goods
Tea Pot was from Pottery Barn Kids
Milk Glass Urn, Vintage Queen
Birthday hat, Lehla shop
pink paper millinery flower bunch, Light pink paper bags, Pink small spoons & bowls, paper drinking straw, Metal food tent holder, Fort and Field
Banner Boutique bow in birthday girls hair, and headband on sister, Embellish Kids on Etsy Dress on sister
Table cloth – Sweet Tea Linen
#1 Block – Tiny Giraffe Shop
Personalized Thank Yous – Party Box Design

Friday, March 4, 2011! A New Site to Sell and Buy Baby/Kid Stuff!

I know, I know, this is not a party related post, but I figure that most people who read my blog are a parent just like me! If you also probably have a lot of stuff at home that you really don't need anymore. I know I do! For example, right now I am getting ready to do a Big Girl mini makeover for my 3 year old daughter and I have a beautiful set of Pottery Barn Kids crib bedding that I need to get rid of.

Anyway, I just found out about this site this morning, so I am going to give it a try. Why not?


Check it out!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Minnie & Mickey Mouse Centerpieces

I have been getting a ton of requests on how to create the Minnie/Mickey Centerpieces I featured back in November. The site where I originally found the image  is under construction, but you can find them on Facebook here:  Lil Bella Boutique

What You Need:
  • Large Styrofoam ball (this will be Minne or Mickey's head)
  • Two smaller Styrofoam balls for the ears.  
  • Wooden dowel, up to 1” thick and approximately 15” long
  • Wooden dowel 1/4" thick or less cut into two six inch pieces
  • Flower pot or vase
  • Moss, faux grass, or shredded paper (optional)
  • Floral foam (available at your local arts and crafts store)
  • Toothpicks, broken in half
  • Gumdrops in many different colors
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Licorice (optional)
What You Do:
  1. Cut a block of floral foam to fit inside the flower pot or vase and place it inside.
  2. Insert the dowel into the center of the Styrofoam ball about 3” deep.
  3. Insert the other end of the dowel into the floral foam all the way down so that it touches the bottom of the vase. Make sure the dowel is stable.
  4. Use the 2 smaller dowels for the ears.  Insert one end into the small ball, and then the other end into the large ball used for the head.  Repeat for other side.  (You may find doing this step closer to the end is easier when you already have some gumballs on the head part). 
  5. Stick a gumdrop onto one end of the toothpick and push the other end of the toothpick into the Styrofoam ball. Working in rows, continue placing gumdrops all the way around the ball.
  6. Once the Styrofoam ball is completely covered, you can place moss, faux grass, or shredded paper into the vase to cover the floral foam.  In this example, assorted colors of Twizzlers where used.  They were simply wrapped around the base.
  7. Tie a bow around the dowel with the ribbon (optional).
Doing this with toothpicks lets the gumdrops remain edible.  If you don't care about that or want a faster way to create this Minne/Mickey centerpiece, a glue gun on the low setting works just as well!

Happy Crafting!

Reminder! FREE St. Patrick's Day Printables from andreap | designs

It's already March 2nd! Head over to andreap | designs Facebook page, "Like" her page and post on her wall saying that My2PinkLadies sent you. It's THAT easy!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Custom Birthday Hats!

Today I ordered what will be an adorable birthday hat for my daughter's first birthday. I was browsing Etsy and found the sweetest little hats at a great price.

I ordered a custom hat from Shoplissy to match my DD's tutu. Here's a few items from her shop:

Aren't they cute?