Thursday, February 28, 2013

Plans to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Bday

Tomorrow (March 2nd) is Dr. Seuss' birthday. I wanted to share my plans early so you can grab your Seussical supplies and celebrate too. For breakfast I'm serving up green eggs and ham (scrambled eggs with pureed spinach for color and bacon) and tablescape set with the Dr. Seuss items I have on hand. Nothing over the top, but another fun event on the home front. 

Will you be marking the day, in some special way? 
Come on, Come on please tell if you do. 
Just leave us a note in the comments, Woo-Hoo!

One Year

Yesterday we marked Bear's first birthday with a nice low key day at home. We took the chance to enjoy our littlest one and all the things he loves to do.

I did squeeze in a quick birthday photo session, but thanks to teething I had a hard time coaxing a smile.

After a nap, we enjoyed playing with Bear's new jumbo ball….a birthday gift both Belle & Peanut have since requested.

I attempted a sibling shot since I never got one at the party on Saturday…this was the best I could do.

We then set up for a dinner celebration with the grandparents and Theo N. I whipped up turkey meatballs with fresh mint, chablis-mustard roasted potatoes, and a salad.

After dinner we serenaded Bear. He was much more intrigued this go around with both the candle and the cupcake itself.

The night wrapped up with presents, playing and tub time.

Crazy to think that a year ago I was sitting in a hospital holding my newborn. It has been quite the year and having this little man in our lives is a blessing beyond measure. To many more birthdays my sweet baby boy!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pinterest Inspired Footprint Chart

Bear's Sweet Tootsies at 3 Months of Age

So on the eve of Bear's first birthday, I thought I would share with you all the footprint growth chart I made for his nursery. I found this inspiration on pinterest while I was pregnant (don't you just love when you stumble upon something on pinterest BEFORE you actually need it).


To recreate the look I took a blank canvas I had leftover from the kids father's day project a few years back and painted it the same color as the nursery walls (BM Pashimina). Then at birth, 3, 6, 9, & 12 months I painted Bear's feet with white acrylic paint and took his prints. It is a simple way to catalog the  rapid growth little ones go through the first year of life.  The canvas hangs as part of a gallery wall over Bear's dresser.

Bear: 6 months old
So it is with a tear in my eye, a smile on my face & joy in my heart that I will add the final set of foot prints tomorrow. How quickly time passes!

To see Bear's birthday bash click here

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Bear's Birthday Bash

This past Saturday we kicked off the birthday festivities with a gathering of our nearest and dearest to celebrate Bear's first year. The party had a subtle teddy bear theme in the color scheme of blue, cream & brown. The front door was festooned with a decorative number one sign created in pic monkey.

Once inside, a plush teddy bear and billows of balloons welcomed guests. The foyer table also held a tray full of  party favors & a framed number one print.

The favors were cello bags filled with honey & chocolate teddy grahams. The chevron tags read "Thank you so beary much for celebrating with me" and were also a pic monkey creation. If you haven't had the opportunity to try pic monkey, I highly recommend it. All of my party printables were created there free of charge.

favors teddy grahams

The dining room was party central housing the dessert, drink & gift tables.

monograms n mud

Since it was an afternoon affair, we had a large sweet table. The offerings included 2 glass jars filled to the brim with chocolate chip cookies & kettle corn. Chewy number one rice krispie treats. Fluffy vanilla cupcakes topped with the sweetest brown bears. And the 2-tier birthday cake.

bear cake cupcakes dessert table buffet monograms n mud

buffet monograms n mud

I love the look of layered linens and the dessert table was no exception. It was dressed with a burlap table cloth, a baby blue overlay, two linen-esque navy runners & Bear's initial. The dining room table and sideboard also had matching navy runners. Thanks to the magic of stitch witch, I didn't have a sew a thing and can reuse the fabric for future parties.

Hubby grabbed a few extra dollar store chalkboards when we were decorating the basement. I cut them to size and rested them on top of the pictures in the dining room. The chalkboard over the cake was inspired by an etsy artist and captures Bear's stats at one year of age. 

The reflection in the mirror just makes me smile…I am truly smitten with how it all turned out. I could look at this picture all day.

I love a good topiary and it was the prefect solution to the dining room table centerpiece. I fashioned this guy out of 3 faux boxwood balls I found at Hobby Lobby. Dressed with a herringbone twill bow he is as dapper as can be.

first birthday party teddy bear monograms n mud

I baked the vanilla smash cake and created the bear topper following a tutorial I found on pinterest. Rather than fondant (because I didn't have any on hand) I used play-doh and simply removed the little critter before setting the cake in front of Bear. The figurine now sits in Bear's room as a souvenir of the day.

first birthday monograms n mud

first monograms n mud

Scrapbook bear punches (etsy) were hot glued to toothpicks to make cupcake toppers.

The rice krispie treats were dolled up with blue sugar crystals that I first mixed into the marshmallow and then again sprinkled on top.

For refreshments, guests could help themselves to a variety of beverages. Coordinating tags identified the drinks and festive straws and glass bottles made everyone feel like a kid. 

Over the drink station, a mini banner adorned this corner of the room. I printed up 2x3 sized tags and attached them to a piece of grey yarn for an easy and festive addition.

monograms n mud

Balloons and our gigantic Pottery Barn Kids teddy bear livened up the family room. The kiddie table held coloring pages for the tots and jelly beans for all to enjoy. The mini bunting was Belle's idea, I absolutely adored how it looks nestled in the multicolored jelly beans with the balloons above.

In the kitchen, party goers had the opportunity to cut, sew & stuff their own teddy bears.  (Bestie H's side note: This is a fantastic "Parent" project…kept those of us with multiple children busy for quite awhile.)

Once guest arrived we snapped some pictures.

Put the newly decorated basement to good use. And yes, accommodating the bouncy house was taken into consideration when planning the layout of the playroom.

Sewed a bear or two.

This is Hubby's grandmother. I LOVE the fact the party craft was multi-generational.

Oohed and awed as we watched a slideshow of Bear's first year.

And finally, gathered in the dining room to watch our baby enjoy his cake.

After an initial hesitation, he found it most definitely to his liking!

Out of all the parties I've planned and thrown, Bear's 1st Birthday Bash is my favorite. Everything came together perfectly. The celebration began at 2 in the afternoon and our last guests left just shy of 11:30pm! Now I call that a successful party. 

We talked, ate, reminisced, drank, ate again, and laughed a lot. Most of all Hubby & I are reminded of how truly blessed we are to have such amazing friends and family to share our joys with. Bear, you are loved by so many and we all can not wait to see what amazing things you do with you life. Happy First Birthday!