Tuesday, June 19, 2012

10 Ways to Make Birthdays More Fun

As you know I love Birthdays, I really try to create special traditions and I have even shared them on the blog. I came across a Fun Birthday article at Family Fun and wanted to share with you.  Click link for the entire article.

Birthday King or Queen for the day, balloons everywhere, special dinners - Is there anything your kids expect on their big day?  How far in advance do you plan?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

You Are My Sunshine

When I was trying to decide on a theme for my daughter's 2nd birthday party I thought of what makes her happy.  Well every night my husband or I sing 'You are My Sunshine' before bed and both kids just love it and snuggle in for big hugs. This song just touches my heart and I wanted to express this at her party.
I bounced around between modern/chevron to vintage/lace.  I decided on vintage when I found my moms stash of very old Ball Mason Jars.

The front door was painted (birthday tradition), We gave all the girls a sun wand and all families got a You are My Sunshine box filled with silly straws, yellow lollis and a bracelet.  I used ball jars filled with daisies or lemons around the house.  I hung a doily garland throughout the kitchen and made a doily Happy Birthday banner.  I used my silhouette cameo to make the sun cutouts.  Besides the mason jars my favorite part of the decor was my parents old dining room chandelier that we painted and used as a cupcake display.  Chalk boards displayed the food items.  I had homemade cake pops and mini push pops with banana pudding and a nilla wafer.  We served lemonade and iced tea with mason jar glasses.  The kids had capri suns or mini water bottles.  The kids were between 18 m and 4 yrs so we had two activities- Pin the Ray on the Sun and a Mini photo booth area.  A Sunshine cutout was a HUGE hit with the kids.  We were supposed to sing You are My Sunshine to all the kids before we sang Happy Birthday but time go away from us and we forgot.

Hope you enjoyed the party - it was a fun party to plan.

Birthday Girl was all smiles!!

Paper - dimpleprints.com, oneofakindkeepsakes.etsy.com
Decor - Thats My Kind of Party
Mini Cookies - justcrumbs.etsy.com
Cupcakes - Wegmans
Sugar Toppers - Sugar Cake Designs
Photography - Devin Spillane Photography