Dylan’s First Birthday

I absolutely love parties. A fun fact about me is I’ve always wanted to be an event planner since I was a teenager. I never pursued it, so when it’s time for my kid’s first birthdays I have a lot of fun. First birthdays are big in our family and I’m always excited to use my imagination and make it into reality.

My youngest son lights up when I sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. That’s one of the reasons I chose this theme. I added some golds and a hint of pink to create a softer look. I made almost everything myself, so if I can do it, you can too! It just takes a bit of time, but crafting is my favorite stress reliever. I hope my baby’s party (yes, he’s still my baby), gives you some inspiration!


Cake 
I love simple cakes. Not just because they create a cleaner look, but because its cheaper! I have yet to venture off into making cakes. Since I’m frugal especially when it comes parties,  I chose to buy a  buttercream cake instead of fondant. Maybe someday I’ll venture off into cake making, but not anytime soon! I made the cake topper with my silhouette and a good friend designed the fondant stars. Voila! This was a lot cheaper than the fondant cakes I was looking at. In my humble opinion, it’s just as pretty!

Centerpieces

I have to admit these flowers were time-consuming to make, but they were not difficult. I was able to find some ombre pink tissue paper, and ombre blue tissue paper to add some dimension to my flowers. I found the blue at my local craft store. If you can’t find ombre, you can definitely inter change lighter blues with darker blues. If I were you though, you may want to opt for the ready-made ombre color to save you time. After making your 20th rose, you maybe asking yourself why did I start this. But look.. it’s so worth it! It’s also so much cheaper than real flowers too! Just message me if you’d like for me to do a video on how to make it. But there are plenty on youtube.

I changed up some of the centerpieces to included painted mason jars and glittered painted jars. I added these twinkle lights to create the right ambiance. They’re perfect because its battery operated and turns on with a flick of a switch.

Table Setting

For the table setting, I found some square plates  online. I also added a rustic touch to the table by using wooden utensils instead of plastic.  I couldn’t find the exact plates, but the ones I listed above are the same or similar.

Chocolate Star Favors

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me make these. It’s so super easy! All you need is a mold, some lollipop sticks, and some chocolate. You can also use candy melts if you can’t find the merkens. The candy melts or chocolate melt great in the microwave. I then used a spoon to pour the chocolate into the mold. Freeze for 15-20 minutes and you’re all done!

#1 Sign

This #1 is made out of card board box. I made a number one shape and then glued and taped it three dimensionally. I then added weight to the bottom of the number one by using rice in ziplock bags. After sealing it, I then wrapped the shape in tulle. To tie it in to the theme, I wrapped the number one with the star lights!

Food 

We did cater from an outside restaurant, but I wanted to make sure everyone had something to choose from including picky toddlers! I made these super easy star and cloud shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

All I did was use these cookie cutters. Star and Cloud. The best part about it you can always reuse them to make lunches for your kids!

 

In case you are wondering the wonderful photography is from my friend Dawnley.

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How to keep berries fresh longer

At nearly $5 dollars per small container, berries are an expensive staple at our house. On occasion when I find it by bulk, I do buy them. Problem is, when I do, they spoil so quickly. There’s always one moldy strawberry in the container that ruins the entire batch. So.. how do you keep berries fresh longer? Do a little prep work before you place them in the refrigerator!

The big bonus is you don’t have to wash them every time you take it out of the refrigerator. It’s also great for toddlers who regularly search the refrigerator looking for a snack. I won’t name any names, but I have said toddler living in my home.  This quick procedure will naturally kill the mold spores and won’t spoil as quickly.

I hope this helps 😉

How to keep berries fresh longer

Ingredients

  • 1 c. vinegar
  • 3 c. water
  • Berries

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix vinegar and water
  2. Add berries
  3. Gently rinse and clean the berries in the vinegar solution
  4. Rinse the berries in clean water.
  5. Drain the berries into a clean container
  6. Lay out a paper towel, or kitchen towel and place clean berries
  7. Pat dry
  8. Store in a clean container lined with paper towel
http://easytoddlermeals.com/2016/12/keep-berries-fresh-longer/

 

Baby Nursery and Play Room Decor

Hi Everyone! This is an off topic post, but since many of you have asked where I purchased some items for my boys’ playroom and nursery, I decided to write a blog short entry. P.S. This is not a sponsored post. Just having some fun with decor!

 

Boys' Playroom

Play Mat: Buy Here (affiliate)

Life Size Giraffe: Buy Here (affiliate)

Chair: Anywhere Chair from Pottery Barn Kids

Cabinets: IKEA

Dylan's Nursery Resize

Glider: Buy Buy Baby

Stool: Target

Crib & Dresser: Pottery Barn Kids

 

Easy Peach and Cottage Cheese

We’re very busy in the morning these days trying to get out the door for swim lessons.  I’m always looking for a fast meal. By the way, I’ll try to compile a few fast breakfasts into one post as soon as I can.  For now, here’s a super easy one that packs a great punch in protein. Peach and CottageRemember if you’re not a fan of cottage cheese, you never know if your child will like it. So it’s worth a try.

Also below I’ve explained the easiest way to peel a peach. No bruises or nicks, no knife or peeler.  Our bowl shown here is an EZPZ snack bowl. It doesn’t move and is so easy to clean! That means no flying bowls on the floor. For the win!

Ingredients:

  • Cottage Cheese
  • Peaches

Method:

1. Add water to a small pot and bring to a boil

2. Add washed peaches into the water and allow to simmer for 1 minute or so

Peach Simmer

3. In another bowl, add cold water and ice cubes

4. Add the heated peach into the cold water

Peach Ice

5. Peel and enjoy

Peach Peeled

 

6. Add cottage cheese in a bowl and pair with sliced peaches. Top with honey if desired.

Note: No honey before one years of age.

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Bib Organization

*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for some of the items below for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

We have several bibs. It’s difficult to keep them organized and stacked neatly.   Here’s a tip for you! Hook them on your high chair.

We use a hook from 3M. I suggest buying the jumbo command one (on link) so that it will hold several bibs.  You can even use an index card ring to hold more and hook them all on it.

Since we’re on the topic of bibs, here are our favorites! All of them are BPA, Phthalates and PVC free!

  • Bbox Bib for traveling. We love this bib when we’re out and about because it keeps all the crumbs and leftovers in one pocket. BboxIf we’re at a park I don’t have to frantically look for a plastic bag or trash can to throw stuff away. I simply zip it up and clean it when I get home. All the food stays inside the zip up pocket. Just rinse it when you get back home! It also comes with a flexible silicone spoon.
  • Silikids Bib for home. This bib is also one of our favorites.  It’s made of silicone and has a small pocket. You can either use the pocket or fold it flat. Our full review here: Silikids Review

Bib

  • Tommee Tippee Explora Bib for home. This bib also has a pocket to catch food! We love that it’s made out silicone because it’s so easy to clean and super durable. The food lands in the bib, not on his clothes. That’s enough to make any mom happy. It can also be placed in the dishwasher for fast washing.Tommee Tippee Big

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