Monday, November 3, 2014

Stone's 1st Birthday: Vintage County Fair & Dol Janchi

This post is extremely late. It has been insane the past couple of months. Better late than never to share what I did for Stone's 1st birthday party.

As usual I starting brainstorming an idea for Stone's 1st birthday party many months prior to the big day. I knew I wanted to go all out like I did for Jett's 1st birthday, but I wanted to do it at home this time. In doing this I can accomplish what I really I want. And I have all the control in the world. Ha ha! (evil event planning laugh). No, but really it's nice not having restrictions and everything being right there.

At first I was going to do a Circus theme, but I DO NOT like clowns at all so that wasn't going to happen (the movie "It" ruined me for life). Then we met this amazing balloon artist at our favorite local Mexican restaurant and I knew I wanted to use her for his birthday. The idea then popped into my head to do a Vintage County Fair.  I had the perfect outfit for him to wear. Swoon!

This party to was a labor of love. With many months of planning and preparation. Mainly because now that I have 2 little ones and working full time there was never extra time to do anything. Little by little with the help of Mike and Jett we made Stone's County Fair!

I designed all the paper products (invitations, banners, dol-jabi raffle)
I forgot to take a picture of this sign when we had it up. This was in front of our neighborhood directing to Stone's Fair!

Entry at our home. We had more balloons, but the hot August heat in Texas brought most of them down. The best photo I can get.
Stone's Dol-Jabi Raffle table. More on what a Dol-Jabi is from Jett's 1st Birthday!

Used baby jars and modge podge this little graphics with scrapbook paper onto them

Stone's Guest Book. We did the same thing for Jett's 1st Birthday!

All the dessert. Yummy! Made by the incredible Sweet D.light!

Put up photos of Stone through out the year. Including his month to month photos.

We served hamburger sliders, hot dogs, corn on the cob, sausage a stick

Popcorn, chips, cotton candy, watermelon

We created these sign games with old fence slats. 

  • Tin Can Throw: Old baby formula cans wrapper in scrapbook paper
  • Ring Toss: Used an old coke crate with old coke bottles (they were Mike's grandfather's). Rings purchased from Smaller the rings harder the game is.
  • Skee Ball: An old game that was in the family
  • Washers: a gift from Mike's friend years ago
  • Cornholes: A game we borrowed from a friend
  • Ball Pit: A blow up pool with plastic balls for the little ones (photo not shown)

My sweet drooly birthday boy.

My mother in law made the cute bib.
The incredible balloon artist. She could make anything!

Jett shooting his big cousin down.

We had games like skee ball, corn holes, washers, tin can throw, ring toss

Now onto Stone's Dol-Jabi! (Jett's Dol-Jabi)

He was eyeing the ball. 

He was so proud of himself! He chose the ball! Our little athlete! Just like his big brother.

Yeah!! He chose money!! 

He didn't eat the cake, but he sure did love playing in the cake!
I didn't get a great picture of the inside of the cake, but it was blue and red! So awesome!

Opening his awesome gifts! He did really well considering how many people were there. The most fun for him was his in all this tissue paper.  :-)

Happy Birthday Stone!!!!! We love you!!!

Location: Our Home
Food: Hamburger Sliders, Sausage On a Stick, Corn on the Cob, Chips, Watermelon
Bake goods: Sweet D.Light  (cupcakes, cookies, rice krispie treats & smash cake)
Cotton Candy: Flossie's
Paper Decor: Me 
Invitation Envelopes: Hobby Lobby
Personalized Bib: Mother In Law
Birthday Hat: Etsy seller, Daintycouture
Favor Bags: Hobby Lobby
Prize Favors: Toys, candy, stickers, etc. 
Red/Blue Containers: Michael's ... July 4th items marked down
Fabric for High Chair: Hobby Lobby

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Stone!

The week of Stone's birthday I was extremely emotional about his 1st birthday. So much happened while I was pregnant with him and his 1st year of life. It was all so bittersweet. I knew I needed to stop crying and just celebrate the miracle that God had blessed our family. Stone's 1st birthday fell on our 5th year wedding anniversary. Yes, this little stinker decided to surprise us not only being born at 35 weeks, but on our wedding anniversary. He really wanted the attention in our family. 

The day of his 1st birthday I took the day off on his birthday and we just hung out as a family. Mike made Stone birthday cake. Jett, Mike, Nee and Papa were there to sing his 1st birthday song. We wanted to take it easy since the next day was his blowout birthday bash! It was a great 5th anniversary and 1st birthday!

Happy 1st Birthday my little fighter!! You really beat all the odds that life has brought to you. You never gave up and we are so proud of you. I thought it would be so hard to love another child, but I was wrong. My heart grew like I never thought it could and you have taught me so much as a mother. You are an amazing blessing to us. Your sweet smile and gorgeous eyes just makes my heart melt. Your brother Jett thinks the world of you. He told me the other day that he was so excited for you to grow up so you both could play toys! You amaze us. Continue to be the fighter that you are and you will succeed in life my son. I love you.

Happy 1st Birthday my sweet Stone!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Jett's Vintage Train 3rd Birthday Party!

I was really excited about planning Jett's party because we would throw the party at our new home. So many possibilities!! I always try to brainstorm ideas months prior to the party so I can slowly come up with stuff and create them. I started to think of things that Jett was really into at this part of his life.

He loves planes, but we did that for his 1st birthday. He loves tractor, we did that for his 2nd party. Now at almost 3 he loved trains and Superman! So I asked Jett in November, "Jett do you want a choo-choo train party or Superman?" and Jett yells, "CHOO CHOO TRAIN!!" PERFECT!!

I was now thinking of things to do and how to decorate for this party. Of course everything has to start with the invitation. I created the invitation myself. I went with a old style boarding pass. 

You can now purchase this invitation, but personalized
 at my Etsy store!

I printed these in cardstock and then stuffed them in kraft paper envelope that I purchased at Hobby Lobby at 40% off. I love those envelopes. I can use them for any occasion!

We were about a month away from Jett's party. I was telling him how excited I was for his Choo Choo party. This was the first party we were inviting all his friend's from daycare. He was thrilled! He then started to tell me he was going to have a SUPERMAN birthday!! Ugh oh....he is really going to be disappointed when he sees all the train stuff. I had to think about how to break the news to him that we were not having a Superman party. I told him and he was not happy. Then I thought I was going to rent a bouncy house anyways so I decided the bouncy could be superman. Problem solved!

Alot of things I used I found them on pinterest, but adapted them to Jett's party. Below are some pictures of the party and decor.

I always decorate Jett's room in the middle of the night for his birthday. 

I think he liked it. 

My husband made the crossing arms.  They were a HUGE hit! He made two. We put one here at the front door and the other at the front of the driveway. People thought the trackless train company brought them over because they looked so good.

Jett loved the railroad track on the driveway. Made with LOTS of duct tape.

Didn't want the duct tape on our wood floors. So I put kraft paper down to protect the floors. I held the kraft paper down with painters tape.

The dessert table.

Cupcakes by Sweet D.Lite. Cupcake toppers, me.
Cake by Sweet D.Lite

Party Favors! Chocolate trains with whistles.

Awesome Cookies by Sweet D.Lite
Kept the food simple. Just order sub trays. Chips & fruit. 

Through a neighbor I heard about this awesome trackless train that comes to your event. This was a HUGE hit for the kids. It was really worth seeing the kids face when they saw the train. They loved it. Especially Jett, he still asks me to bring the train back

My conductor. He had a blast.

Also, got a Superman bouncy since we only had the train for a hour. And fulfilled Mr. Birthday Pants need for Superman at his party. It was a success.

My excited birthday boy.

Jett's little brother, Stone. All ready for the festivities!

Can't believe our little boy is 3!

People ask me how I do I plan for a party like this. My answer is I plan ahead. It starts with an idea and goes from there. People always think I spend a ton of $$ on my parties. I really don't. I do alot of DIY and I pay attention to the details. Paper doesn't cost a whole lot and can go a long ways and make a party seem so much fancier. I am also all about baked goods. I am not good in that department. I found Sweet D.Lite and she is incredible. I already booked her for Stone's birthday. 

I love planning parties like this. It is all worth the time and energy too see how excited my boys get. We shall see what Stone will have for his 1st birthday in August. Stay tuned!


  • All baked goods (cookies, chocolate train, smash cake, cupcakes)- Sweet D.Light
  • All paper goods (invitation, bunting flags, directional sign, cupcake toppers, other birthday labels, etc.)- LuckyElevenDesign (Me)
  • Train Whistles & Conductors Hat-
  • Jett's Train t-shirt- Etsy Seller