Happy Birthday Cake!

So, my Little Man turned two last week.  Yes, I know...it's weird to even say that.  Anytime we asked him about his birthday, he would shout "Happy Birthday Cake" and/or "Be Two" while holding up two fingers, plus his thumb since he couldn't quite get that tucked in. 

We did an ocean themed party, so after searching through Pinterest and seeing other Under the Sea parties, this is what we came up with!  Enjoy!
Yes, my husband is the best ever.  He carved a watermelon shark for me.  You can check out how to do it at www.watermelon.org.


I had these fish cut out and ready for guests to write notes on.  I also used the extra cut out fish to send out as thank you notes for the presents he got from his friends. 


B-O-Y Spells Boy

What happens when an English teacher has a baby?  An ABC shower, of course!  This was for one of my very best friends, H., who is having a baby boy in August. 

She loves word games, so we took that and made it the theme of her shower.  We used scrabble tiles (well, actually Bananagram tiles) to spell out things on the tables for an added touch. 

I also borrowed my 2-year-old's blocks for a decoration, since they went so well with the theme. He loves H. so I'm sure he didn't mind.

This is similar to the bunting I made for S. and her little girl, but with 1/4 yard fabric instead of 1/2 a yard.  See the longer, pinker version here.

ABC everything!  The watermelon I cut out with cookie cutters, the letter cookies are from Trader Joe's and the scrabble Cheez-Its were just perfect for the occasion.

Gotta have cake balls, right?

This punch was delicious.  Blue Hawaiian Punch, Sprite & lime sherbet.  It was beautiful and tasty!

Those Trader Joe cookies came in handy for one of our games too.  We let each team take as many cookies as they wanted, timed them as they spelled out baby related words in Bananagram style, and then told them they had to eat all the ones they didn't use before the time was up.  It was hilarious to watch them try to bite the letters into the letter they REALLY needed.  We let them try to justify all the words that maybe didn't quite fit the baby theme of the game, and it was fun to see the imaginations go wild!

Cutest baby bump!
 This game was one that L. found online and it was a hit!  It was a matching game and under each number there was a baby related word such as Poopy Diaper, Bottle, Contractions, etc.  When somebody found a match there was a corresponding candy bar for the prize.   One of the best baby shower games I've ever played.  Super easy to put together and fun to play. 

Print right on the sticky notes to make it super easy!  Here's a tutorial on how!

The ones we used for this game were:
Contractions - Good & Plenty
Nursing Bra - Reese's Big Cups
Bottle - Milky Way
11 lb. Baby - Whoppers
Lullabies - Symphony
Newborn - Sugar Babies
Giggles - Snickers
Pacifier - Ring Pop
Poopy Diaper - Tootsie Rolls
Epidural - Lifesavers
Dirty Laundry - Mounds
Family - 3 Musketeers

We also had people guess when baby was going to arrive.  The one that is the closest to the actual due date gets a prize!  Last time we did this, we sent and e-gift card to Coldstone.  You better believe that made them happy they guessed the right date!

I just want to give a shout out to L. & A. who made this SO much fun and helped me more than they will ever know!  Thanks, Ladies!

Congrats, H.!  Can't wait to meet the little guy!


Lemonade & Pinwheels

So, my good friend S. is having a little girl soon and I'm SO excited!  My friend and I threw her a baby shower and it was so fun thinking pink!  With my little boy running around sometimes all I think about is dirt, bugs & trucks. 

Totally stole this idea off of Pinterest. I used a little canvas so she can put it on a shelf in the baby's room. Canvas, ink pad & a Sharpie.  Easy Peasy.

She loved the idea of pink lemonade and pinwheels, so we went with it!  We did pink and yellow so it wouldn't be overwhelmingly pink, but still very feminine. 

The banner was just 5 colors of 1/2 yard each of fabric, cut into strips and tied onto some rope. My favorite thing from the whole shower. :-) Besides the mom-to-be, of course.
I {heart} paper straws.

One mom let her kids draw pictures on regular paper and then wrapped her gift in it. So cute! Especially loved the "Look on the brite side" written on there. Good advice when dealing with kids, right? (Can you tell I have a 2 year old right now?  Deep breaths...)

S. made these to give to everyone and they blew me away! They're so adorable. Sorry, I can't tell you how to make them because I have no idea!  My contribution was eating the jelly beans.  

Cake in a jar = happiness.  Especially when they make a cake mix that is pink lemonade flavored and happens to go PERFECTLY with your party theme.  Thank you Pillsbury. 

Congrats, S.!


Sooo....it's been two months.  I know.  I'm bad.  I have some really good reasons for not posting anything during that time, like this:

The Disney Wonder, folks. 

Yes, that is a glacier on the right.

The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show.  Coolest.  Thing.  Ever.

Or this:

Celebrating Independence Day at George Washington's house.  Yeah, we're cool like that.

Daytime fireworks over the Potomac.

American dream, right?  Free stuff.  Happy Birthday America cake. 

Backyard Show!
Oh, and did I mention I did two baby showers, my son's birthday is this weekend and I leave for Germany next week?  No big deal, right? 

Okay, now I feel better.  I'll get back to posting regularly now.