Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Just Like Mommy - Go Illinois!

I haven't done one of these Just Like Mommy or Daddy posts in awhile...
A few months ago when Mia put on her Illinois shirt, she said, "But I don't have Illinois pants like Mommy." So, for Christmas our little chief got her very own University of Illinois sweatpants, just like mommy! She loves being my twin!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Princess Ballerina Birthday Party Decorations

**Thank you Jen for the feature on Tatertots and Jello!**

My 3 year old daughter is such a girly girl who loves to wear dresses, sing and dance around (to a made-up song where the only words are "Iiiii'm a prinnnnnnnnnnncessssss...."), pretend to do makeup, carry purses, wear jewelry and of course loves princesses. So sure enough, what was more fitting than a Pink Princess Ballerina Birthday Party full of sparkle and glitter??
Hey there! That's me - party stylist, photographer and lil mama!

If you're new around here, I'm all about DIY, thinking outside of the box and being resourceful to use what you already have to keep costs down. Keep reading for some of my party planning tricks. 

I pretty much based the entire theme and decor on this invitation and dress. Couldn't be more perfect! And yes, she has that sassy pose down. She's well on her way to being a Misha Media client! Click here to see my full party inspiration board.
{Wooden frame from Michael's painted with acrylic paint}

Come on in!
{DIY Tulle Doorway Swag with glitter ribbon from Michael's, similar to what I did for Erin's 1st birthday party}

{Mia liked helping me paint the frames. Then I printed "Happy Birthday" on regular computer paper, traced it with glue and glittered away! I made the star garland with a craft punch from the MonSTAR party and thread}

Someone was excited to greet her guests!
It was SO nice to have Mia's old dance instructor at her party. Just like mommy, Mia is the smallest one.

{Love how this cake stand can go from a boy's monster party to a sweet ballerina party. "Help yourself" banner made with picmonkey.com. No fancy water bottle labels, simply wrapped them in scrapbook paper.}

{Sparkle hydrangeas from Mia's Winter ONEderland party. To add height to the cake stands, I flipped trays upside down.}

Table settings fit for a dozen 3 year old princesses...
{Every little guest went home with favors of pink and white M&M's with a princess star wand.}

{Silver glitter wands for a $1 from Target's party section. Dig through those bins!!}

{I prettied up the popcorn/french fry boxes with a simple ribbon and star from cardstock.}

{Party food for the girls included star shaped salami and cheese sandwiches, pink chocolate covered popcorn, fruit cups and milk with pink striped straws.}

Told you she has quite the personality! I wish I could bottle up her sweet little voice too!

{Think outside the box! The flower centerpiece vases are actually stem less wine glasses wrapped with glitter  tape from Shop Sweet Lulu. Flower arrangements are rearranged from grocery store bunches - 3 for $12.}

{Semi-homemade pink velvet cupcakes from a World Market box mix atop tutu skirted cake stands. Mia's cupcake is topped with a number 3 made out of sprinkles.}

Love you, your animated personality and big squishy hugs, sweet heart!

Party Styling and Photography: a {day} with lil mama - me!
Venue: Baby Take a Bow
Invitation: Brightside Prints via The House of Smiths
Sparkle Tutu Dress: Nordstrom
Glitter Tulle and Glitter Ribbon: Michael's
Glitter Wands: Target
Star Wands: Party City (cheaper than Oriental Trading)
Favor Tubes: Pretty Sweet Stuff via Very Jane and Shop Sweet Lulu
Popcorn/French Fry Cups: Pick Your Plum

Thank you to my mom and best friend for helping with the set up. And to my husband who hates glitter and lived with a pile of pink party supplies for a few months!

linked up and as seen on Tatertots & Jello

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

20 Birthday Questions

My baby girl turned three recently and here's what she had to say when I asked her 20 questions on her birthday. I hope to do this every year to see how her answers change.

This little girl is full of personality where Doug and I can both see so much of ourselves in her. Already. At age three! We live for her big cheeky smiles, she amazes us every day with how much she knows/remembers and we couldn't be happier with our little family.

Princess ballerina birthday party pictures to come soon!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Princess Ballerina Birthday Party Ideas

It's been quiet here on the blog because the past few weeks I've been busy turning this pile of pink party supplies...
...into a princess ballerina birthday party! Here's the inspiration board for my soon to be three year old daughter who loves pink, dancing and princesses...
Sprinkle Topper: Kojo Designs
Cake Stand Tutu: Seriously Daisies via Baby Lifestyles
Pink Chocolate Covered Popcorn: Eat Good 4 Life
Adorable Table Setting: Sugar Sweet Buffets via Kara's Party Ideas
Sweets Table: Creative Juice
Star Cookie Wands: Lindsey Palmer Photography via Kara's Party Ideas
Sparkle Tutu: Nordstrom
Invitation: Brightside Prints via The House of Smiths

To see more pink princess ballet party inspiration, you can check my pinterest board here. Or just come back soon for a sneak peek at my DIY projects and how I whipped my pile of supplies into a pretty little party at our local dance studio. The pink starry glittery goodness drives my husband nuts makes me giddy! Only a few more late nights days until the party!