Monday, June 18, 2012

Ultimate Birthday Guide

A few months ago, I opened my inbox to the most excited email from Heather at Cool Progeny.  She had seen the girls Shabby Chic Cowgirl Party and after squealing at all the sweet compliments she had about the party, I was able to finish reading her email.  She asked me if I was interested in becoming part of the creative team behind Cool Progeny.

For those of you who don't know, Cool Progeny is the most amazing site for local families in and around the Baltimore/Washington area.  Heather and the team write about everything from parenting tips, fun things to do in our area with your kiddos to parties, crafts, baking, etc.  The blog is one you must check out!

I, of course, was so excited to join this creative team of ladies and have since been writing about crafts, and anything and everything party.  With that said, we just launched our Ultimate Birthday Guide.  If you are planning a birthday party anytime soon, you must check out this guide.  It's amazing!  What to wear, where to host the party, styling ideas (look for Cupcakes and Lemonade), local vendors, favor and decoration ideas, gift giving ideas and SO MUCH MORE!  It's a compiled list of the "best of the best" in and around Baltimore and every vendor/venue has been tried and tested by members of our "Cool Team."

So, put on your party hats and head over to check out the Ultimate Birthday Guide by Cool Progeny!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Free Father's Day Printables

My girls think of their Daddy as their prince, their Super Hero.  It was only fitting that we make him the perfect Super Hero gift for Father's Day.  So, we made a quick trip to Target gathered some of his favorite treats and put together our very own box of supplies from the Super Hero Supply Company.     With lots of inspiration from Pinterest, I designed some super cute labels and below you will find a link to download everything you need to put together your very own care package.   All you need to do is print, grab a pair of scissors and some glue and you are all set.
Super Hero Treat Basket

Box or basket of your choice
Various treat bags-we found ours at Michaels or you can even use ziplocs
Your Super Heros favorite treats
Downloadable labels
Either tape or glue.  I printed some of my labels on adhesive paper

1) Buy Dad's favorite treats.  We used Gatorade, BBQ chips, a Hershey Bar, Nerds (he loves these) and various other munchies that we transferred to bags

2) Using our downloadable file, print the labels on card stock or adhesive labels

3) Cut out the label shapes using scissors or paper cutter

4) Adhere the labels to the bags

5) Tuck them all in your basket or gift box, and get ready to surprise your Super Hero on Father's Day!  Give him the energy to fight tantrums and save the world, one meltdown at a time.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Summer Celebration

I am FINALLY getting around to posting pics of our Super Fun Summer Party last year.  6 kiddos with Winter Birthdays=a reason to have a party!  WARNING! LOTS OF PICS!

for those of you who know me, you know i love to throw parties. i could find a reason or occasion to have a party everyday, but i am SURE that drew wouldn't approve so, i won't even go there. our next door neighbors have three boys and we have three girls, all the same ages. we often jokingly call ourselves the "brady bunch".

all 6 kids have winter birthdays. we have joked that we are "so envious" of all the fun summer birthday parties we see online and wish we could just have a popsicle eating, pool party, slip n slide kind of party for our 6 in the backyard. so the half birthday idea was born!

we set the tone for the party with this invitation that i designed.

what a fun day it was! we rented a GIANT waterslide bounce house, had tons of great foods, a lemonade stand sweets bar and fun favors for the kids. the biggest surprise came after lunch! the snow ball truck drove right up into the yard! the line was so long as kids and grownups enjoyed it all!

The reason we had this party!