The big 3-0

Today I have officially started a new decade. We had a big party on Friday night, it was a joint Holly-Wren-Christmas party, filled with our favorite people. Family, friends, kids, pets, the kind of party I will remember for a long time because I couldn't help but feel we are incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such caring, wonderful people. 

The rest of the weekend was quiet and peaceful, considering it is the last weekend before Christmas!
Wren and Sean built this adorable igloo my cousins little boys got her.
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Making it fit for a princess.
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Sean surprised us by getting his craft on and making a birthday banner for the party. I didn't see this one coming (perhaps he should start a DIY blog???).
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He also made the sweetest photo collage to share with all our guests of the last 30 years. Good job Mr. B. Good job.
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I think 30 will be my biggest and most colorful year yet.

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Wren's Birthday Invitations Printable

You may recall me saying we were bumping Wren's birthday party this year from Christmas to January. It honestly feels like January just started, but in the blink of an eye it is more than half over and we are just getting around to making party preparations. But it may all work out for the best because Wren has requested a Princess themed birthday party and I am going to tie in a few valentine's elements to the party decor so I can just leave it up. Which will be awesome and easy for me and super duper exciting for the birthday princess!

Wren and I came up with her birthday invitations together over the weekend and they were much faster and easier to do than I had anticipated so I thought I would share our little project with you all.

Of course all good princesses have a fairy tale to tell their tale, and that is where our invitation inspiration comes from. We simply wrote up a little 'fairy tale' using a few pictures so the girls can read them on their own and printed them up on pink craft paper then rolled them into scrolls!

Since it isn't technically Wren's birthday we decided to throw the party 'in honour of' the big day.

Wren handed them out to her friends at school this morning and it was quite a hit with our little guests. 

I shared a snapshot of the invites on Instagram and had a couple requests to share the printable version, so here is the exact one Wren and I whipped up, minus our details, but it was a really fun and fast project if you simply want to tell your own story or make your own version using a mix of words and clipart (I whipped this up in Paint, that is how easy it is!).



These printables are pre-set for the width of a portrait oriented paper, simply put two per page and then cut the page in half.

Hope you have a magical Monday!

Birthday Bonanza


While I am still nibbling on left over turkey from the fridge and the after glow of a wonderful Christmas, I have been itching to share some birthday photos with you!

It really is such a divided, hectic holiday season for us with all these birthdays, specially when we take the time to actually separate them (and ourselves) from the holiday season. But it is also a special time of year to surround yourself with friends and family and everyone does seem to be in those fantastic holiday moods... so I'll take the crazy with the good.

Last Saturday was my single best birthday yet. The group was small, 8 in total, and the laughs were plentiful. 

{ a dapper duo }

As they say, one thing led to another...

It all started when I bought the rabbit mask for Wren. She had so much fun in it that I kind of thought it may be fun to do adult versions for my party. I know my friends well, and while they are straight laced professionals in their day to day life they know how to have some silly fun too and they were the perfect way to set the tone for the whole night.

We glittered up our own moustaches with some black craft paper, glue and glitter, then hot glued them to paper straws. 

And I whipped up a quick fox as well for the more adventurous party goers.

A tiny, glittered cowboy hat from Party City rounded out the props.

Remember all that thrift store tinsel and ribbon I scooped up?

Wren and I dedicated an evening to ironing it with some StitchWitchery on to strings and hanging it around the house.

But no party is truly complete in our house without balloons. And as my last birthday in my twenties I went big! with some giant 36 inch balloons.

I got these giant balls of goodness from the darling Ramona over at Sweet Social. She has some super fun and cool party supplies, but these balloons were sooooo amazing. 

Her sweet package was even complete with treats. THANKS again Ramona!!

We had the balloons inflated at a party store, then Wren and I got to work jazzing up the ribbons with everything we could think and craft up!
We made tissue paper tassels...

Foil tassels....
and tied endless ribbons and tinsel strands on. 

The more we could add the better!

Almost party time!
Finally, just before it was time to get ready we set out the treats and while it looked yummy, it didn't really have as much punch as we were looking for so we quickly tossed some food coloring and water into antique bottles around the house.
Wren especially loved this!!

All dressed, waiting on guests to arrive Sean let me open my first present just in time to light it up.

{ he knows me so well }

My suave gentleman.
My bestest, dearest friend for life.

Trying to hold a poker face...

even my smallest guest got in on the fun (kind of, sort of). 

We caught up, laughed and played at the house for some time then made our way all together over to my favorite jazz bar and spent the balance of the evening singing and dancing. 

It was a great reminder to do this more often.

And a VERY happy Birthday to all you other December babies out there. 
I know there are a lot of us!