Sprinkle Party (Part 2)

Today I…wanted to share with you pictures of some of the details from my daughter’s 1st SPRINKLE THEMED birthday party. Just a little background…my husband originally told me that if we had a big baptism party than her first birthday will be small. BUT…I couldn’t do it! He was SO mad! He gave me (somewhat jokingly) a budget of $200 for her 1st birthday party. I was like… $200? !! I can’t even buy food with that. So..nonetheless, I had to be creative! DIY party for sure!

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DSC_0504I decided to make it a SPRINKLE party/breakfast theme…it was a little cheaper bc breakfast foods are typically cheaper..and I already had a bunch of colorful paper and such so I could just reuse all of that. It was held in my parents backyard which we cleaned the weekend before. (so much work!) I love it though because it’s spacious and has an amazing view! Thank you mom and dad for allowing us to host her party at the house!

Okay, first the food… since that was the highlight to me!!

We had a waffle/pancake station where guests could “sprinkle” whatever toppings they wanted (berries, bananas, whipped cream, etc.) We also had a scrambled egg station with various toppings such as bacon, sausage, spinach, cheese, etc.IMG_0909

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Also, thank you Sylvie for the amazing egg quiches! People actually came up to me asking if there was anymore!

Then…for the diabetics..we had a “SWEETS” table with..well, more sweets than I could even handle!IMG_0885 IMG_0884

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Special thanks to my cousin Lauren, Risha, Yvette, and Johanna for making all the goodies! (Thank God for the bakers in my life!)

Then, my husband approved a mimosa bar (per a special request from my friend Jenelee). I know..I know.. a mimosa bar at a 1st birthday party!?! Don’t judge! It only costed $6/bottle at Sam’s club so it’s hard to pass up!
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We also threw together a quick “Kids Zone” bc I didn’t want to be in charge of any games so just decided to have some stuff for kids to do. In my opinion, it was a success!

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Oh! And I totes almost forgot about the cereal bar we had! Duh! Who doesn’t love cereal!

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And..last minute idea..we threw in a Headband making station so the older kids and adults could have something to do! Such a success! So glad we decided to have it. (Thank you Holly for setting this one up..literally at the same time the party was starting!)
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What we’ve been up to lately…

It’s been hard posting as of late. Today until Thursday I’m watching Eddie’s grandma at his moms house. So we’ll be stuck there for a bit.

Today I.. Reflected on the past couple weeks. Its been so up and down. One week we’re in SF, the next living at the in-laws’ for a couple days. Here’s what we’ve been up to:
1. Train rides at the local shoppes.

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2. She’s a climbin’ everywhere!

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3. Her first Easter bunny pic. I probably would never pay for this but it was free!

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4. Crafting!!

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5. Trying to catch a breath and find time to just chill… And when I do.. It’s awesome!

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Sparkle Fete Bridal Shower!

Today I.. Attended a bridal shower for my BFF and the theme was “Sparkle Fete!” I was a little hesitant about the theme at first.. But it was so fun!

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So this party was so fabulous! First of all, my BFF has a beautiful house in Irvine that looks like something out of Pinterest.. Especially her kitchen! (Swoon!) Anyway.. I think even though the theme was awesome.. It was all about the food!! All individually prepared and home cooked by her friend Jina. She did our wedding shower awhile back. She needs to start a business!
What I realized at that party was that party planning has evolved soo much bc of Pinterest and the Internet and the DIY/Michaels industry. We spend a lot of time ( probably more time than we need to) planning and making things for events and parties (I am guilty of this!)… that we sometimes lose ourselves in all the details. Remember back in the day when it was all about the food.. And MAYBE if you were feeling extra inspired you would go to your local party city and buy the matching utensils, plastics are, some random wall decor or centerpiece and call it a day! Good bye to those days!! But.. I can’t help myself. I love decorations!! They are just so fun and add so much to the party. The important thing is balance though. Hopefully I can keep myself grounded when it comes to planning my daughter’s 1st birthday. Hehe. But if not, don’t judge me! Lol.

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Seriously, can’t wait until Italy for this girl’s wedding!!

Oh Hello Friend Grand Opening!

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of going to the grand opening of a new vintage/ craft store in downtown Fullerton called Oh Hello Friend. Danni Hong, the creative genius behind the cute brand, was one of the women whose blog inspired me to make my own. I don’t know.. The idea of a person pursuing what they love to do and making it their full time job is such an amazing dream! It is truly inspiring! I’ve been trying to brainstorm some ideas.. And, well, lets just say you’ll be the first to know when I come up with anything good! 😉

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She also had a dessert station and a DIY button station which was fun to enjoy while waiting in line. The store has a great location and is also surrounded by cute little vintage shops, delicious cafes, and unique stores.

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I had to resort to my iPhone camera that day bc I had the baby with me and the idea of carrying my sister’s nice (but overly big) camera seemed impossible.. I don’t know how people do it! Anyway, it was a great morning and I enjoyed bonding with my sister and friend, Louise, who came with us. (Hi Lo!)

Personalized Gift Wrapping

I especially love this time of year because I thoroughly enjoy wrapping gifts. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like I have a bunch of blank canvases and every gift is a new art piece. Who’s with me? Although, I know my mom dreads wrapping because it takes so long so I can see both sides I guess.

Here are the materials I used:

materialsHere’s how they turned out:

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I went a little crazy with the mini clothespins, but how could I resist?!? They are so DARN cute! I also didn’t want to mess with gift tags this year..for some reason I got sad when everyone just threw them away last year. I know..I’m pathetic. So, I just wrote on Washi Tape and I don’t think I’ll care if it’s thrown away. (At least I hope not!)

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What I also liked about the wrapping was that the families got some printed pictures along with their gift! I don’t know if everyone is terrible like me, but I hardly print pictures anymore. So sad! So..I always appreciate when people print pictures for me. 😉

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Word of the Day: Arrows

Are you as into this arrow craze as I am?? Gosh, I’ve been seeing all kinds of fun arrow accessories, patterns, and items that it makes me want to go shopping!

These lovely arrows via

Arrow artwork via

Arrow wedding signs via

Arrow designed clutch via

Fun arrow tat via

Feathered arrow tips + bunting via

Arrow necklace via

Arrow patterned sheets via (I really want this..I wonder if my husband would go for them!)

Arrow quilt  via (So cute!)

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Have I convinced you on how fun arrow are yet?? 🙂

Well I hope you all had a great week and are all looking forward to the weekend! I know I am.

Here are some things to leave you with before we part…

Really glad I found this Target guide!

Want to do this DIY some day…

I have an old IKEA table that I’ve been wanting to do something with. This seems like the winner!

Gift Wrapping

Today I.. have been doing a lot of gift wrapping lately. I don’t know, I kind of find it therapeutic and a means to express my creative bug that I’ve been having lately. Typically, when I go shopping or thrifting, I tend to head straight to the gift wrapping/ribbon section and buy scraps of whatever I find. My husband probably sees them as USELESS, but no..no..they are in fact the little detail that can make all the difference in a gift! Haha. I’m crazy. Check out my recent wrapped items..I’m so proud. 🙂 Thank you sis for the wrapping paper!

Here are some of my favorite inspiration pieces that I tried to copy:

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