Friday, February 27, 2015

time flies! vintage airplane birthday

The first birthday - what a milestone! I can't believe how quickly my little man is growing. I wanted Joe's first birthday party to be a day our family and friends could relax and enjoy. We went in circles for awhile on the theme, but I ended up choosing what I want his future "big boy" room to be. That way, we could recycle all the decorations. And so Joe's "Time Flies" vintage airplane birthday was created. Time literally flew...and who could resist a cutie in an aviator hat?

The decorations were so fun to create. I bought this chalkboard at a flea market and created the sign with chalk markers.

I kept the airplane-theme when choosing the menu. The propellers were a huge hit with all the kiddos!

I made simple chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. For the propellers, I rolled out mini Tootsie Rolls and shaped them. The center of the propeller is a mini Reese's cup with a dollop of frosting. You can read details on how to make them here. The airplane shelf was a great way to display the cupcakes and will look adorable holding toys in his future bedroom.

For the party favors, I wanted something age appropriate for the babies, toddlers and young kids attending the party. We found aviator rubber duckies online and wrapped them with children's bubble bath. A little something fun for bath time!

Our little pilot LOVED his first taste of birthday cake!

 Happy birthday, Joe! We love you!

A big thank you to our photographer for capturing Joe's special day. For anyone thinking about 1 year portraits, consider hiring a photographer to attend your party instead. It was wonderful to actually visit with guests and enjoy all of your hard work!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

little valentines

I received an email from Joe's daycare that all Valentine's are due on Friday. I didn't realize that was a thing for 1 year olds, but apparently it is. Of course I wasn't going to go out and buy the standard tear-apart Valentines, but I was pretty short on time. I decided to use things I had around the house to make homemade cards for his classmates.

Joe loves his yogurt bites, and luckily I had a bag of strawberry bites on hand. I put a few in little baggies, tied them with twine and added some old heart stickers I had from last Valentine's to create a fun little snack for his buddies. I think Joe was proud to hand them out! :)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

bee mine?

Believe it or not, Valentines Day is one of my favorite holidays. Maybe because it's right after my birthday, or maybe because it's an excuse to be extra cheesy. I wanted to spread a little love and give Joe's new teachers a little something to let them know we appreciate them.

I love the Burt's Bees products and a friend at work gave me the idea to incorporate the products into a "Bee Mine" Valentine. I purchased the lotion, face cloths and chapstick and made a little tag with striped paper. They were a hit at school!