Monday, February 27, 2012

Cami's 3rd Birthday Invitation Reveal

The big day is approaching...Cami's 3rd Birthday! The first year she really gets what birthday's are all about. She keeps asking, "Is it my birthday party yet?". So cute. It's funny to me that she remembers some of her 2nd birthday because she'll see pictures or things I have stored in the basement from her party and say, "Member mom, my Elmo party?". LOVE.

 When it came to figuring out what the theme was going to be this year, it was a no-brainer. Curious George. Or now known as Curious Cami. :) Pretty sure this was decided last Summer and I ran with it. Cami's infamous phrase a few months ago was, "What are you doing here?." Her way of saying what are you doing, but always added in the "here" for some reason. It was the cutest. So she's a curious little gal + a HUGE Curious George fan...and so it began.

If you know me, the color scheme is always a big thing for me and I don't like to do the traditional scheme. My original thought was doing the obvious yellow and aqua and throw in some pink and lime for fun. Then I was at a craft show this past Fall and saw a pair of adorable polka dot leg warmers in all of her party colors but they also had some red + brown on them, and I loved how it all looked together...and there you have it. :) I contacted the fabulous Jessica of Pen & Paper Flowers to design a little girly monkey. I love her work and it turned out just perfect! I also knew I wanted to use the popular chevron pattern on the invite to give it a fun and modern feel.

As for the invite, I wanted to do something different than a traditional flat card. So I ordered shimmer red panel pockets. Aren't they so fun!? Love how they turned out -- I mounted the main piece on the front panel and inside the back pocket is a two-sided invite with the info and picture featured on the reverse side. I had the invitation pieces printed on a shimmer white coverstock as well for another girly touch :) Like I mentioned, she is a very curious gal, so I tried to be creative with the invitation and worded the questions with phrases Cami would normally say/ask.

My sister snapped this adorable photo of Cami last month wearing her Curious George hat. I just love it. I added part of the opening theme song verse around the circle - "When everyday is so glorious, then everything is so wonderous.."

I created a matching address wrap and had them printed on a removable sticker paper. My new favorite thing. Address wraps = SO fun and I'm not a even a label person. I'd rather hand-write out envelopes any day over a label for some reason but an address wrap can really spice up an envelope, don't 'cha think!?

{above photos taken by Photos by Vitella}

What do you think? I'm kinda in love with it and can't wait for her party! She's going to have SO much fun with all of her favorites in one room. And that's what it's all about. :) XO, m

Friday, February 17, 2012

My Insanity Party Party Finalist

On Monday, My Insanity's Party Party Finalists were chosen and I am SO honored that my Born to be Wild Twin Girls Baby Shower I helped throw this past Summer was chosen in the top 10! Woohoo!! You can read all about the party from my post right here.

Now I need your help :) Can you please take a second and vote for me by clicking here?

Thanks so much friends, it's amazing to be included in such a fantastic group of party gals! Happy Friday!! XO, m

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day my sweets! I hope you enjoy your day with the ones you love! :)

 {above photo of Cami taken by Photos by Vitella}
So my hubby + I never exchange gifts for holidays but he surprised me and bought me a super cute zebra print chair I've had my eye on for my new office! Isn't he sweet?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day Playdate

A couple of my talented friends brought their little girlies over for a fun Valentine's Day playdate on Friday. Miss Cami was so excited to play with her "sisters"! Cracks me up! She thinks whenever there are all girls they are her sisters. How cute. She sees pictures from my Merry + Bright kids holiday shoot and she says, "Member, Mom...we had cupcakes with my sisters!". Gotta love two year olds and their way of thinking :)

Anyways, the best part - it barely cost me a thing! Lots of DIY and Target dollar aisle finds :) Oh and these pretty pictures you see - the one girlies mama is the very talented Ellie of Photography Studio 37. The other mama is the fabulous Amy of AMK's Boutique who made the adorable headbands the girls are wearing and she made the XOXO letters seen on the table. Two very talented mom's who helped make this little playdate extra special.

I styled this party in full budget mode. I twisted crepe paper to hide my wall that usually holds wall art in my dining room. Everything seen on the table I already had laying around, except for the heart plates - I found those cuties at Target for $2.49 and couldn't resist. I'm loving my new white cake stand with red edging I got as a gift for Christmas. I decorated my black corner cabinet last month for Valentine's Day using my Target dollar aisle finds. You can read about all that here.

The girls decorated the mini mailboxes found in the Target dollar aisle using little gems and hearts also found in the dollar section. It was such a fun little project and perfect for their ages (2+4). I wrapped plastic milk bottles in twine and added a fun striped paper straw. My very talented friend Ann made the adorable sugar cookies! Aren't they FAB?! You can't have a party without Lillycakes so I simply stuck them in my fake flower arrangement for a nice little centerpiece. OK, so the flower arragements I stole from my mom's house the day before - hehe. OK, enough talking lets begin with the details...

 OK, enough details right, most importantly, the girlies had a blast and that's what it's all about! :) Aren't they just the cutest in their *golden* tees and full Valentine's Day gear!?

Aren't they sweet? Thanks so much for coming girls, it was SUCH a fun day!

Miss Addison + Amy
Miss Mindy + Ellie
Miss Camryn + Me :)
Happy Valentine's Day my sweet readers! XO, m

Styling/Printables: I DO invitations by michelle
Photography: Ellie Piper of Photography Studio 37
Headbands + XOXO Letters: AMK's Boutique
Tees: *golden*
Cake Pops: Lillycakes
Tissue Heart Fan/Straws/Milk Bottles: Shop Sweet Lulu
Red Chevron Table Runner: A to Zebra Celebrations
Cami's Necklace: Miss CoCo Designs

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Little Things...

Sometimes it's the little things. I bought this cute Menu & Scroll vinyl from The House of Smiths. Love how this turned out and it was a super cheap and easy DIY. I saw the mock photo on their site and thought, I need to do that! The vinyl was only $5 {purchase here}. I bought the fun white plate from Target on clearance for like $2. The scroll stand I had stored away in my basement since I use it at my Wedding Expo's. 

Isn't it cute? I have it displayed on my kitchen counter next to my sink. Sorry, the picture looks so blah - quickly took this on my iPhone last week. I'm sure you'll be seeing this again next week when I use it for Cami's Valentine's Day play date. Mental note: Go get red dry erase marker :)

Only thing I wish I did was order the "notes & scroll" opposed to the menu, only because I feel I'm writing my hubby reminder notes more often on it than anything. XO, m

Friday, February 3, 2012

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Looking for a new appetizer to serve at your Superbowl party this weekend? I've got the perfect one for you brought to you by one of my best friends, Amber. I'm slightly obsessed with this stuff and it will surely be a crowd-pleaser :) 
Buffalo Chicken Dip

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup hot wing sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1 ¼ cups shredded pepper jack cheese
1 chive diced
Serve using Tortilla or Pita Chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly spray a 1-quart casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, wing sauce, sour cream, and ranch dressing mix, stirring until smooth. Fold in chicken and cheese. Transfer to prepared casserole dish. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until heated through and bubbling. Garnish with a few chives after baking. Serve warm with tortilla or pita chips. Enjoy!! :)