Rainbow Party

I can hardly believe my little Abby is 12!

Ever since she was born we have called her our little ray of sunshine.  She is so sunny and bubbly.  She is a joy to be around and always loves to be part of a good conversation. Abby is almost always willing to help and often asks how I am feeling and how my day was.

So what is the perfect party for a bubbly, sunny, fun-loving 12 year old?

A Rainbow Party, of course!

I wanted the various rainbow food to be the star of the show, so I placed everything on white dishes and a white table cloth.  To add a little extra color I used double sided tape to attach a few streamers to the table.

The cake turned out fabulous! I made mine using this recipe then frosted it using this technique from I am Baker.

The rosettes turned out so sweet and feminine.  And I promise it is easier than it looks.

The rainbow "happy birthday" candles were from Target.

And of course the inside was rainbow. The girls were all shocked when I sliced the first piece.

Rainbow Jello is a long standing tradition in our home.  We make it every year on Thanksgiving.  Instead of making it in a large glass pan, I made it in individual plastic cups (more fancy that way).

And to wash everything down.... rainbow juice!

For the rainbow juice I created a printable in microsoft word, cut it into a cloud shape then used a strip of rainbow scrapbook paper to go around each bottle.  The glass bottles were empty starbucks latte bottles that you can find at the grocery store. (These were actually the archer farms ones from Target.)

The secret "Rainbow Juice" potion was sprite, strawberry lemonade, and rainbow sherbet on top.

A few more table pretties...

Right before the party I started to cut up the pineapple for the fruit kabobs, but it had gone bad.  So our rainbow was missing the yellow. Oh well.

Instead of goodie bags I decided to make these tubes of skittles for each of the girls.  I found the plastic tubes and rainbow suckers at Hobby Lobby. 

The idea for the tubes and these beautiful printables are from My Sister's Suitcase found here.

Didn't they turn out lovely? 

During the party we ate, played color tag, and opened presents.  We were also going to paint nails, but I completely forgot.

We also made gumball necklaces from this tutorial.  To make things easier I pre-drilled all the holes with a power drill. (Thanks for the idea, Britany!)  The girls loved it!

Also Abby made the most brilliant streamer rainbow across our ceiling, but I somehow did not get a picture of it :( I hate it when that happens.

Happy Birthday Abby!  Thanks for being my ray of sunshine and lighting up our family!


The Sweetest Little Doll Basket

Every time I look at this sweet little doll basket, I get warm fuzzies inside :)

I decided I wanted to make something special for Emma's 5th birthday and I knew this doll basket would be the perfect thing!

The pattern is from Dana over at Made.  I absolutely adore Dana's blog! It is stuffed full with easy to follow tutorials and patterns.

The vintage looking floral fabric is from one of my favourite designers Camille Roskelly.  She designs along with her mom, Bonnie, for Moda fabrics. This particular print is from their "marmalade" line.

The inside of the basket is lined with a cozy flannel (from Bonnie and Camille's Ruby line).  I also made a reversible pillow and blanket with a green polka dot flannel from Michael Miller.

And to my complete joy, I found these beautiful Mooshka dolls at Target!  She makes the perfect addition to this sweet little doll basket!

I am not sure who likes it more, me or Emma?


Emma's Birthday

I can hardly believe my youngest child is 5 years old!  How did that happen?  It seems so weird to be done potty training, done with diapers, and done with sleepless nights.  I am quite enjoying this new phase of life, but I must admit it feels awfully weird after having babies for so long.

Emma is the youngest of 4.  She has two big sisters and a brother.  And now she is 5!!!

As much as I love throwing pinterest worthy parties, sometimes I just do not have the time or energy.  This year we decided to keep things simple and let Emma's dance teacher do all the work :)

The party was at Julie Dall's Studio of Dance and Miss Julie did such a wonderful job keeping all the little girls busy and entertained.

They danced and frolicked around the studio with batons...

Played a rousing game of Limbo...

Had a killer obstacle course complete with mini trampoline, tunnels and a giant piano....

Played pin the tutu on the ballerina...

And  chased bubbles...

Just to name a few :)

After lots of fun in the dance studio, we all had cupcakes and Emma opened her presents.

Emma is pretty much obsessed with pink, so we had strawberry cupcakes with pink cream cheese icing.  I also found these adorable printable cake toppers from Tatertots and Jello here.  They say "Tutu sweet!" Perfect for a ballet party :)

After cupcakes and presents, the girls played dress up, did a bit more dancing and ended with the big parachute.  It was such a lovely, stress free party.  Thank you Miss Julie!

This little impromptu hug around Emma, was my favorite moment of the day...


Happy Birthday to my dear, sweet, pink, Emma! I can't believe you are growing so fast.


Christmas 2013 in Review

Hello again!  Sorry I fell off of the blogging wagon for a while.  I know this post is about a month too late, but I wanted to document our Christmas this year.

During 2013, I was definitely dreaming of a white Christmas.  First I transformed our living room with board and batten (more on that soon!) then I went and bought a flocked tree for the first time since I was a little girl.

The flocked tree was absolutely gorgeous!  Especially during the day.

Our ornaments are a mishmash of memories with special meaning and stories.

My most cherished ornaments were a gift from my Uncle Jim years ago. They are my "Cinderella" ornaments, each one representing a different character from the show.  The one below is the fairy Godmother.

The Cinderella story has a special place in my heart because I played "Cinderella" in my high school production.  During the show, I felt like a real princess when my Uncle Jim flew all the way from Chicago to Salt Lake City to see me in the leading role.  A few weeks later a box arrived on my doorstep with the most beautiful ornaments I had ever seen.  Thank you Uncle Jim!

And what tree is complete without a train underneath?

Mantel complete with feather trees and homemade stockings.

Feather Trees (Hobby Lobby), Anthropology vase, and our newest addition "Hubert" the Christmas owl.

Now onto our favorite family tradition... decorating gingerbread houses.

Every year I spend a couple of days making the gingerbread and assembling the houses.  It is a big project, but the kids love it so much and the house smells AMAZING all week long.  

We all have pretty strong opinions, so each person gets their very own house to decorate to their heart's content.

Isaac went a little crazy with the candy floor this year.

Hubby's roof turned out pretty cool.

And last, but not least, we had a fancy candlelit dinner on Christmas Eve.  Complete with English crackers and paper crowns.

After our bellies were full, I surprised the family with our first ever matching jammies! I know they are so cheesy, but they made me crazy happy :)

Happy New Year!