For many months leading up to Abby’s 8th birthday, she obsessed about a Fairy themed party.
I, in turn, also obsessed and pinned all things fairy on pinterest. Then I went and let her flip through the cake book in the bakery at Safeway. Forehead-desk. Duh. She immediately fell in love with the Disney Brave cake and all Fairy themed ideas were tossed aside for Merida and arrows and wisps!
I have proudly made every one of Abby’s cakes. Every one but this one. That’s not actually her cake, but it’s the picture in the catalog at Safeway that pulled her heart strings and it’s the cake we ordered for her. GULP!
Sadly, the great “iCloud debacle of 2013″ ate every last one of my pictures from this party (totally my own fault. . . I still ache from losing those), but I had stashed a few on instagram and was able to recover a lot of the bits leading up to the day.
I took a huge amount of inspiration from an invite I found online and made this on picmonkey. We emailed it to her buddies and they all took the school bus to our house.
The after school party was a brainstorm I’d had the year before for her rainbow party. It is the perfect amount of time (2:30-4:30) and allowed me to have the whole school day to prep the house and get the food ready etc.
When they came in, I had snacks prepared (nothing fancy, though I wish I’d pulled off the idea I had to create targets out of ritz, cheese and pimentos. A savory version of this).
I can’t remember the order of events, but we strung simple pony bead necklaces with bear claw beads Abby and I made out of fimo (after I’d hunted until my head hurt to find reasonably priced bear claw beads, I finally gave up and realized it would be easy enough to make them. It totally was and was SOOOOOO much cheaper than buying and shipping something else!).
We ran out of time to make all of the tiny craft stick/dental floss/q-tip bow and arrow sets ahead of time, so we made kits for the kids to take home with instructions for THEIR parents to make them. Directions here.
I’m fairly certain we played a few games with blue balloons. . . like, Keep the Wisps in the Air and tosstheballoonaroundthecircleasfastasyoucanwithoutdroppingit.
The pinnacle of the party though, was when it was time for cake. OH NO! The evil witch stole the cake! The kids had to follow a treasure hunt all over the neighborhood to find it. I thought it would take them at LEAST 30 minutes, but they barreled upstairs to the closet off our bathroom within 8 minutes to find the cake. Phew!
The closet is dark and was lit by wisps. Each kid took one home.
We made the wisps with dollar store tea lights (battery operated) and sheer fabric with ribbon to tie the tops. It likely would have worked better with blue cellophane, but I didn’t find that in time.
In all, it was a great party. The kids talked about that darn 8 minute treasure hunt for an entire year. So, I made sure to make the 9th birthday party hunt MUCH harder.
When Abby turned six back in 2011, we had just arrived home after three months in New Zealand. We were really busy getting back into the swing of things and didn’t have a lot of time to plan a big ta doo for her. Since we had a lot of family coming to celebrate and several friends and their families coming, I decided to feed everyone with a giant sub sandwich and thus, the Yellow Submarine theme was born.
She begged me to bake her the honey cake from Apples and Jam when she saw it on Amanda’s blog. Totally unrelated to yellow submarines, but super yummy. I used rosemary flowers from the yard for that fun POP of purple.
After I got going with the submarine ideas (this was BEFORE I’d discovered pinterest, people!) I found a great tutorial for making submarines from random recyclables and bits from around the house. You can see that just some yellow ribbon, some cups, straws, sharpies, pipe cleaners, stickers, bottles and tape inspired the kids to be so creative.
Yellow submarine print offs to decorate around the house and lots of yellow food: pirate’s booty and carrots to go with the sub sandwich!
Pin the Beatle on the Submarine!!! HA! I had so much fun with this!
We passed out stickers and crayons and honestly, a bunch of random stuff from around the house that was vaguely yellow as favors and played The Beatles for background music.
When I looked into doing this theme, I couldn’t find ANYTHING for much inspiration. Now, of course, there are a hundred pins on pinterest related to Yellow Submarine Party! Ah well, I should have written this post back then! I was a trend setter.
Well, that month sure blew by quickly! Tom and I had a great trip to Mexico. Abby turned nine on Thursday. We’re diving back into house updates this week. I’m training for a half-marathon. Phew!
Here’s us last night…actually on the 15th. We’re post birthday party, family visit snuggling.
How’s YOUR month been?!
(I’m posting at least once a month on or near the 15th. More info here.)
Sparkling Cider Toast on New Year’s Eve
The last streaks of a cherry smudged sunset are being wiped out of the mountains behind my house as a fog rolls in. It will be fully dark soon and the smallest full moon of 2014 will rise. The bare branches of the deciduous trees across the way are looking mighty spooky as the fog gathers in the lingering twilight.
I’ve left all of the ingredients for dinner on the counter.
The kid is off somewhere making rainbow loom bracelet tutorials and Tom is likely walking home from work with a podcast buzzing in his ears.
I have a brief and quiet moment to myself.
It is the 15th of January. The first 15th of this year and the first 15th I plan to post here.
15ths are a little special for us. Tom and I shared our first kiss on December 15th, 2000. We got married exactly 18 months later on June 15th, 2002. My birthday is October 17th and Abby’s is February 13th and the average of 17 and 13 is. . . 15 (Yeah. . . I’m reaching on that one!). Point being, for the last 13 years, Tom and I have usually noticed when it’s the 15th of the month and share a look across the breakfast table, or a peck on the cheek and say “Happy 15th!” It’s a day each month that sticks out to me and I hope that “sticking out-ness” helps me remember to do a few things each of these twelve 15ths of 2014.
- Take a family picture or make sure there’s been one since the last 15th. Even if it’s just a selfie on the iPhone. Too many holiday cards have no pictures of the three of us together because there ARE no pictures of the three of us together.
- Weigh myself. . . and ONLY on the 15th.
- Pull pictures from my phone, go through them and back them up.
- Post something here.
- Pause. Look around. Notice.
- Kiss my husband. No. . . I mean KISS my husband.
That’s it. There may be more to it as the year rolls on, but I’ve got way too much on my plate to make blog promises much bigger than this.
So, Happy 15th to you! Make it sweet, friends.
Turkey, Pie, Spinach Dip.