Harper’s Second Birthday Party

We celebrated our sweet Harper’s second birthday party on Saturday! It was so much fun celebrating with our family and close friends! What a beautiful day as well-the temps were in the high 60s-so gorgeous!

I based Harper’s birthday theme loosely around mason jars and incorporated green, navy blue, and pink. I purchased this cute mason jar invite on Etsy to kick off the theme.  Sorry for the blacked out portions…when I started this blog and decided to use my kiddos’ middle names when referring to them, I never knew how difficult it would be and how careful I would need to be to make sure their first names or initials were not in any of the pictures I posted, ha!

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Our yearly family birthday pic! We started this when Will turned one-we make sure we snap a picture at each birthday party.

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The cupcake and ice cream spread! I decorated wooden spoons with washi tape and bought some cute flower cupcake toppers on Etsy.  For cake stands, I used several white ramekins and put colorful Fiestaware plates on top.  To save time, I always pre-scoop out the ice cream in individual candy cups and pop them back in the freezer. In this picture, the ice cream is in the white and blue chevron cups. It’s so easy for the guests to pick up a cupcake and a cup of ice cream.  Since I wanted to use my Lisa Leonard “Happy Birthday” topper, I made Miss Harper a mini cake.

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I created a display of Instagram prints that spanned from March 2013-March 2014 and organized them in chronological order with mini washi tape clothespins. In our dining room, I hung one of the displays and attached a few tissue paper tassels I made. Below the banner, our guests placed the gifts for Harper.

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Here’s the second Instagram display (this one was in the living room).

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On the buffet in the dining room, I spread out our mason jars with daisy lids.  I created the washi flags initially for guests to write their names on them but at the last minute, I decided it would be easier to stick a piece of washi tape on the cup where guests could more easily write their names.  Medium size cups for the adults and mini size mason jars for the kiddos. I’m loving the paper straws-so pretty! One downfall, however, is that they tend to get soggy.

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I used a mason jar decorated with washi tape to hold the wooden washi tape spoons and forks.

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Miss Harper snuggling with her Uncle E. We attempted to put her down for an early nap (her party was at 3), but our family started arriving around 1 and Harper was not about the miss the excitement! She’s playing peek-a-boo with me!

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Will playing hide-and-seek with Uncle E.  He loved it!

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Taking a little walk before the party started…it was so nice out, so we decided to visit Shadow and Isaac, our neighbor’s horse and donkey. Uncle E. and Aunt M. are the best! The kiddos love playing with them:)

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Snapping some pics before the party.

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Sibling love!

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Since both kiddos are young, their birthday parties are very casual and small.  We invited both of our parents, my brother and sister-in-law (who live in NC-we were so excited they drove up for the party!), Nana, Pops, Maw, Aunt Kathy (the kiddos’ extended “grandparents”-their babysitters), and our neighbor and her kiddos. Will and my mother-in-law helped Harper open up her gifts.  She had a blast, and so did Will! He wanted to open all of her gifts, ha!

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Modeling her new purse!

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Playing with her new tea set. Harper received so many nice gifts! An alphabet puzzle, two dresses, a summer outfit, several books, a tea set, purse, arts and craft supplies, and several other wonderful presents.

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Will sipping lemonade from a mason jar.

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We put the cake in front of Harper and tried to get her to  blow out the candle.  Instead, she wanted to put her finger in the flame.  Ouch!  I made an easy chocolate cake (family recipe) and some delicious whipped cream/cream cheese frosting. I watched this tutorial from Carolina Charm on how to frost a cupcake. Mine didn’t look as nice as hers, but they looked a lot better than in previous years!

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All of Harper’s babysitters:) She loves them so much!

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Enjoying cake and ice cream outside.
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Face-timing with Harper and Will’s cousins in Colorado. After the party was over, we had dinner for our immediate family. I made an easy chicken parmesan bake and my mom brought a yummy salad. My mother-in-law made a squash casserole and brought garlic knots. We enjoyed a great dinner and spent some time visiting later that evening.

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Sound asleep on Grammy-exhausted from the super fun day!
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We are so blessed to have amazing family and friends!  Harper had a wonderful 2nd birthday!

Birthday party sources:

Mason Jar Invitations from Cherry Berry Designs on Etsy

Mason Lemonade Jars, Daisy Cut Metal Lids, Blue Chevron Candy Cups, Plain Wooden Spoons, Green Paper Straws from Pink Lemonade Party on Etsy

Flower Cupcake Toppers from Scrappuchino on Etsy

Washi Tape from Silent Poetry Arts on Etsy

Harper’s Green Skirt from Laken and Lila on Etsy (I love her skirts and dresses! It’s been a tradition for Harper to wear a dress or skirt from Laken and Lila each year for her birthday).

Birthday Banner Cake Topper from Lisa Leonard Designs (we use this each year)

Pink paper straws, blue napkins, pink plates, birthday candle, and mason jars from Target

Instagram Prints from Printstagram

DIY Tissue Paper Tassels and Photo Display

DIY Washi Tape Spoons

DIY Washi Tape Flag Labels

DIY Washi Tape Clothespins

P.S. As you can see, I’m a little obsessed with Etsy and Target! Ha! They both have tons of great party supplies! Now it’s off to start working on Will’s 4th birthday party (Lego themed), which is coming up soon (at the end of April, yikes!)!

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Weekly Pinterest Project-Week 31: Washi Tape Flag Labels

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Hello! I’m doing more prep for Miss Harper’s 2nd birthday, so I thought I’d share these cool washi tape flag labels.  Her birthday theme is loosely based around mason jars, using the colors of green, navy blue, and hints of pink.  I’m using washi tape in several of her decorations, so I guess it could be a mason jar/washi tape themed birthday party, ha!  (Sidenote: washi tape is the coolest thing! So many fun crafts you can make with it!)

I bought some plastic mason jars with cute daisy lids on Etsy for her party (in two sizes-one regular size for the adults and a smaller size for the kiddos) and found some striped straws (love the paper straws-they come in so many fun designs!) but needed a way to write everyone’s names on the cups.  In the past, we just used  colored cups and guests wrote their names on the cups with a black sharpie (classy, I know!).  I plan on writing the guests’ names on the cups once I know who will be attending her party.  I recently heard from my brother and sister-in-law in North Carolina who plan on coming up to Virginia for Harper’s party, yay!  I also sent an invitation to one of my brother’s who lives in Colorado since over Christmas, he told me he was disappointed he wasn’t invited last year to his niece’s and nephew’s birthdays.  He was totally joking, but I took him up on sending him an invite anyway:)

Anyway, all I did to create these flags is fold over a piece of washi tape on the straw.  It was kind of hard to get the tape perfectly even, but after several tries, it became easier.  Then I cut the tape in a V shape to make it look more like a flag.  So easy! Oh, I realize that the picture makes the pink washi tape look more reddish but it’s actually a pretty coral/pinkish color.

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Five on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Darci and friends for Five on Friday:)

{one} I made these delicious Valentine’s chocolate chip cookie bars recently.  They were so yummy!  Chocolate chips and M&Ms! A winning combo!  I love making bar cookies since they are so much easier-baking individual cookies takes too long:)

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{two} Meal plan prep and a peek into my fridge! I always love reading posts about what’s in people’s refrigerators.  It’s kind of nosy but I like seeing what other people eat, ha!  Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of food prep on Sundays-I plan out meals for the week and Will and I go grocery shopping.  I have been making two dinners on Sunday (one for Sunday evening and the other, typically a crock pot meal, for Monday since Will has music class). I also take some time on Sunday to chop up fresh fruit and vegetables for the week.  Doing this prep on Sunday saves me some time during the busy work week.  Any suggestions on making meal planning/cooking easier?

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{three} I’m loving this spoon necklace from The Vintage Pearl, another one of my favorite places to buy jewelry!  So pretty! I’m thinking about getting one with my kiddos’ initials.

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{four} I first saw these mason jars from Julie at The Girl in the Red Shoes and knew I had to get one for Will and Harper!  The kiddos and I are on a smoothie kick and I’ve been looking for a cup with a straw and lid for them.  I ordered one for Will with a train in his favorite colors-orange, blue, and green and one for Harper with a purple horse (both personalized).  I can’t wait to use them for our yummy green smoothies! (I plan on doing a Pinterest post about the green smoothies-when I first saw smoothies made with spinach, I thought they would be disgusting. However, they are very yummy!).

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{five} Have you heard of the app, Waterlogue?  I read about it on several blogs this week and decided to download it.  I typically don’t purchase many apps (there are so many good free ones out there) but Waterlogue sounded fun! It takes your pictures and turns them into watercolors.  I have played with it several  times and it’s so much fun!  Here are a few pictures from the app:)

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Have a great Friday!

P.S. I was having some difficulty with my WordPress app last night. I was making some revisions and it accidentally posted this last night.  When I tried to correct it, my post disappeared:( I had to re-type the whole thing, boo:(

Weekly Pinterest Project- Week 19: DIY Foaming Baby Shampoo/Wash

Good Monday morning!! I came across a DIY foaming baby shampoo and wash on Pinterest from this blog and decided to give it a try. I love foaming soap but the Method brand we purchase is not the cheapest. I’ve used Dr. Bronner’s before but it was always so watery.

I bought a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Mild Baby Castile soap at Target (I got a large container, which was pricey but it lasts a LONG time since you dilute it) and some peppermint essential oil at a local grocery store. I had an empty Method foaming soap bottle, so I cleaned it and removed the label.

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I combined one and a half cups of water, one fourth cup of Dr. Bronner’s soap, and approximately four drops of peppermint essential oil.

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I mixed the ingredients together and poured the soap into the dispenser. It makes approximately 16 ounces and my dispenser holds ten ounces, so I poured the extra into a container to use at a later point.

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I was impressed-this soap foams up well and smells great! Plus, it’s all natural! I’m going to try it with Will and Harper tonight during bath time. I also plan on using it as hand soap in the bathroom. My next plan is to have my husband help me make these cute DIY mason jar foaming hand soap dispensers. How cute are those?!

Trying out this soap has made me want to DIY laundry detergent, household cleaners, and possibly some wool dryer balls. What household items do you DIY?