The Oscars are a great excuse to have a party! Adults, appys, desserts and a built in theme- sold! Truth be told that in the years post babies most of the nominated movies might as well be foreign films because I have not even heard of many of them. Confession: the only nominated film I've seen is Inside Out! So without friends & food the Oscars are a real snooze over here.
One of my favorite things about having a party is creating an idea board, this may not be fun for others and that's OK! I made one for you! From the invitations, to the decor, snacks, desserts and even a crafty DIY favor; I've got you covered. Scroll down for sources & links to the recipes and DIY's (want more ideas check out my Oscar Board)
It seems like only yesterday that I was swooning over the Serena & Lily nursery bedding (the kate collection was the reason for my pink & green color palette) I blinked and now the time is quickly approaching for yet another (gulp) BIG girl room. As much as it saddens me to think about my baby moving out of her crib it's also super exciting to decorate a girly room. Serena & Lily was always my go-to for beautiful bedding but truth be told I never knew what an incredible selection of furniture and designer decor they had...so an inspiration board was the only logical next step.
I started with the bed, which is everything, the rattan mixed with the white is perfection and the trundle is a great bonus! The pink and orange bedding followed and voila, I have a color scheme! Throw in some blue from the rug and wall art and you have the cutest little girls' room! Ever!!
Doesn't every child want a chair hanging from the ceiling? Mine do! Scroll down for links to all these pretties and head over to Serena & Lily and help me pick out a side table and lamp!!
The year passed in a blink and before we knew it she was turning ONE! I had the hardest time choosing a theme for my older daughter but Violet loves the song "You Are My Sunshine" so the decision was easy this time. I made a watercolor sun, threw in a watercolor rainbow and sweet Violet had her 1st Birthday theme.
I adore a dessert table and food always comes second in my party rule book but this party was oh so different. My dear friend Oghan, who owns Ghee Banqueteria a very successful catering business in Brazil, was going to be in Florida at the time of the party and offered to cater it! Wait... you're telling me the guy who just catered an event for Elle Brazil and Nespresso was going to cater my daughter's first birthday (insert gasp followed by screams of excitement).
The menu preparation was serious business and at this party there would be nothing frozen served (hehe)! The menu included a bruschetta bar (my personal favorite); french bread, tomatoes & basil, sautéed mushrooms & onions, and cheese. Oghan also made organic chicken salad topped with fresh arugula served in mason jars, beet & carrot sandwiches and sundried tomato pesto penne salad.
I always serve flavored water but Oghan's recipe of Pineapple, Ginger and Lemon was as you would guess also a hit!
I still went nuts with the desert table but in comparison to years prior, there was so much dessert left over that I was begging people to take plates of it home. I loved the sugar cookie cups filled with pudding, they were so easy to make and looked so cute. The rainbow cake pops were a disaster but from far away looked pretty good but more important they were yummy and that's all the kids cared about. The sugar cookies were a labor of love and doubled as a "Thank You for coming" gift.
The cake as usual was made by another dear friend, Andy from Hilton's Gourmet Bakery and once again was said to be the most delicious birthday cake anyone had tasted. I was not making another cake topper and pre-ordered months in advance from EnchantedBelles in Australia and it was the perfect addition to the beautiful cake.
For entertainment we hired Music with Mar which is a weekly class you can attend; it included songs, a music instrument parade, story time, kazoos, and a parachute. It was fun even for the big kids. Outside we sent up a bounce house and a color the sun craft.
Family & great friends combined with great food, sweets and drinks is really what parties are all about and this one had it all.
As much as I wanted to keep her in her nursery and especially her crib...indefinitely, baby sister's upcoming arrival sped up the transition. Fiona chose teal as her wall color and when we found the bedspread the rest of the color palette fell into place. The carpet was replaced with a white pine laminate and the pink fluffy rug gave the room just enough girly pink. The wall unit is a great way to display little one's toys and toys that once went unnoticed in the toy bin became new again. I found the wooden headboard on craigslist and hubby painted it white, it cost $40 which was great compared to the hundred dollar beds made of cheap veener. The Lilo & Stitch drawing and Nemo painting were made for me by a super talented artist while I worked at Disney, it's more than 10 years later and they are a great reminder of the wonderful people I met while working for the mouse (and look great on her walls).
Now can I go back to that first week, when she kept it clean? ;)