2nd Annual Friendsgiving

We are so thankful for friends who take eating and drinking (and giving thanks) as seriously as we do!

The Grown-Up Table
 
I love sunflowers!
The place setting
 

 
The kid's table
 
These folded turkey napkins were so cute!
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Mad Six Science

My son has a deep love for all things science-related, so it wasn't surprising that he had had his next birthday party theme picked out since the day after his last birthday party. This theme was a lot of fun to do and the possibilities were endless. 
 
DIY Invite
The Welcome Sign
The kiddos each received a lab coat, ID badge, and safety goggles when they arrived.
 
DIY ID badges

Guests of all ages could also pick up science themed buttons to wear
 
The Dessert Table
 
Flasks filled with colored water 
Sweet Treats
DIY slime cake and topper with One-eyed monster mini cupcakes

Sour gummy worms and test tubes filled with rainbow sprinkles, crushed Oreos, mini chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows for the DIY Ice Cream Lab we had after the birthday boy blew out his candles
Homemade marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles, topped with pipettes filled chocolate sauce
This one was a huge hit with the kids!

Parting Gift
Test tubes filled with Nerds with DIY Thank You tags 

DIY Periodic table birthday banner
DIY signs for wall decor
It probably went over the kids' heads, but I got a kick out of them while I was making them.
I hired Mad Scientists to come to the house and entertain the kids with experiments, a ride on their hover craft, and launch a rocket.
DIY test tube piƱata
DIY photo prop
Proud Mama with her Future Scientist
 
More photos from the party can be found on our family blog HERE
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Evil Queen Crown and Dwarf Belts

We've been planning for this year's Mickey's Halloween Party for months! My whole crew agreed on doing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. All the players were in place and now we just had to pull together our costumes.

The part of the Evil Queen was bestowed on me which I embraced. Sometimes it's fun being the Bad Guy. I grabbed a purple maxi dress, found this cape from Amazon.com, watched Youtube videos for makeup tips, and DIYed the heck out the crown.
 
The dwarfs needed belts, so I cut some black and yellow felt to size and voila! It was super easy and super cheap!
Here's the final product with all of us together!
You can find more of our Mickey's Halloween pics on our family blog HERE.
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aDORYble Finding Dory Party

Choosing a theme for my daughter's 4th birthday party came quite organically. She's a huge fan of Disney Princesses--all of them, really--but she just couldn't decide which one would headline her party. Cue the most aDORYble movie of the summer, Finding Dory. She LOVED it; the whole family loved it, watching it not once, but two times in the theater. It was then that she decided she wanted a Finding Dory party. Well, Mama loves a good theme and swam with it!

The Birthday Girl

The Invite
 
I designed it myself, using the chosen color theme for the party. Pink got thrown in there for the birthday girl; it's her most favorite color. 

Greeting Guests
The walkway leading to the front door asked the guests to, like Dory, follow the shells home, or in this case, to the party.
 
Purple shells (Dory's Mom, Jenny's, favorite) lined the front walkway all the way to the backyard. Excuse the lack of green on my lawn; this Cali drought is no joke.

The Front Door
 Party sign, Party that way sign (DIY)
 
The Party Starts Here
 
"Jellyfish" white paper lanterns with hot pink streamers

The main attraction, other than the birthday girl, was this super awesome water slide we rented for the day. It was a huge hit and the kiddos couldn't get enough!!!

The Dessert Table


The Cake
   Homemade five layer cake with DIY cake toppers

Candy Buffet  
  
Sour Punch Twists , Red Vines, Starbursts, Finding Dory Goldfish, M&Ms, Skittles (Tropical), Finding Dory fruit snacks

Mini Cupcakes  
Mini cupcakes decorated with DIY baby Dory cupcake toppers and Hank and friends sprinkler

 Goody Bags
 
The blue bags were from the Dollar Store decorated with Dory and our version of Dory's orange transfer tag. They were filled with Finding Dory graham cracker snacks, Finding Dory pencil, a Finding Dory sticker book, and Finding Dory bubbles.

 The Cupcakes
 Strawberry cupcakes with DIY cupcake toppers

 Cake Pops
When the birthday girls asks for cake pops, Mama makes cake pops. They weren't the prettiest pops I've ever made, but they tasted fantastic.

More Decor

DIY Photo Props

Happy 4th birthday, Baby Girl!
 
She's showing off her Finding Dory temporary tattoos.
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