Throwing an Easter Party {on a Budget}

Thank you to Oriental Trading for partnering with me on this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know I love planning parties! You also know I loveeeee a good deal! This past weekend our family hosted a Easter event at a local park and it was honestly one of the best days of my life. We had such a wonderful day! I wanted to give you some tips on how to host a similar event, especially since you still have a few weeks until Easter!

First, I thought of the aspects of an Easter party! An egg hunt was a must! Almost all of the children that were invited are around Adalynn’s age – 1 year old! I knew this egg hunt could be super simple and the kids would still love it! I searched Oriental Trading for egg fillers and found just what I needed!

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Bubbles, stickers, chocolate carrots, bouncy balls, and gummy bears (well, rabbits hehe)!

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They also had the cutest mini Easter baskets which were perfect for those little hands!

Since our yard isn’t huge and we were hoping for good weather we decided to host it at a local park. That park also has a walking trail and a playground so that was an added bonus! After the egg hunt, we decided we’d have a picnic style lunch. I arrived early and claimed some tables and each family brought a dish! It helped me so much that all our family friends were so willing to do that! I can’t imagine lugging all that food to the park and then dealing with clean up! Yikes! I also packed a few simple decorations in my bag to make it feel even more festive!

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FREE printable of this sign at the end of the post!

Next, I hid the eggs and then the kids were off! For most of these kiddos they were too little last year, so this was their first Easter egg hunt ever! (insert huge smile and mama tears here)

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See how those baskets from Oriental Trading were just the perfect size? I loved them!

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SUCCESS!

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Shop Oriental Trading now! They have the best Easter goodies – from basket stuffers to home decor! Andddd they’re having a huge sale right now that you don’t want to miss!

Happy {early} Easter!!!!

As promised, you can download your Easter themed “Thank you” sign here!

 

xoxo

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Valentine’s Day Brunch & Play Date

I had the most wonderful weekend!!!! And I hope you did too!

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Items mentioned in this post were provided by Oriental Trading. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog post are 100% my own. 

Adalynn and I co-hosted a Galentine’s Day Brunch and Play Date and it was pretty much the best thing ever. I’m sure you’re not suprised since I’m so holiday obsessed! My mama friends brought their kiddos over and we did crafts, ate brunch (mimosas included), and had a photo booth. And then while the kiddos continued playing the moms took part in adult conversation!!!!! Unheard of, right?! Hahah

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Seriously though it was such a beautiful day, filled with love – exactly what I’d wanted! Everything turned out perfectly and I couldn’t have done without the help of Oriental Trading! I don’t know if you’ve ever ordered from them before but there’s not many events in my life that Oriental Trading hasn’t played some part in. (I even ordered things from them for my wedding!)

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Lots of yummy goodness!

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The kids had their own side of the table. Thank goodness for the disposable tablecloth that helped keep the mess stress level low! Haha

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Oriental Trading has the cutest crafts and crafts supplies as well! For this particular party the kids made necklaces for their moms and colored/put together boxes to hold their valentines! (Both of which could totally be used for any event!)

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I can’t wait to proudly wear my necklace! (cue the tears)

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And oh my goodness, Adalynn got the CUTEST valentines! The kids moms were each asked to bring non-candy valentines and the kids handed them out to one another and put them in their decorated box. The cuteness almost killed me y’all!

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And then last, but not least, each of the children left with a plush rose from Adalynn.

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Even though the roses are a bit more Valentine’s themed of course, I was so torn when I initially ordered because all of their plush products are so dang adorable!

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Until next year my loves!!!!

Have you ever ordered any party supplies or other goodies from Oriental Trading? What was it for?

xoxo

 

A Valentine’s Date with my Daughter

This post has been sponsored been Crazy 8. I received the mentioned products in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

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I love holidays! Valentine’s Day quickly became one of my faves after having my baby girl. My husband and I never really celebrated and deemed it a “made-up” holiday. (Such bah humbugs! So unlike me!!! haha) Well fast forward a few years to our baby’s first Valentine’s Day! I wanted to decorate, I wanted everyone to wear hearts and pink and red and anything that said “love.” We did Valentine’s Day crafts, we made cards, we took pictures in all our lovey dovey goodness! I was immediately obsessed!

I know everyone talks about the sentimental, more meaningful holidays being so different once you have children (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter), but Valentine’s Day was right up there on the list for me once I was a mama. I was so excited to celebrate a day of love with someone I loved so dear. I know it may sound cheesy, but even if it’s made-up, I’m all for rejoicing in the love I have for my daughter and my family!

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With that being said, I was over-the-moon excited when Crazy8 offered to send my daughter a Valentine’s Day outfit. I’ve always heard great things about them, but never knew they had such an adorable line of holiday wear! Oh my goodness you guys, so much cuteness!!!

So I did what any good mom would do and took her out for yummy treats, bought her some balloons, and took a zillion pictures 😉 Seriously though, I loved our mommy/daughter date day. It was perfect. I just wish I gotten someone to snap some photos of the two of us!

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You only have a few more days before Valentine’s Day, so hop on over to Crazy8 (in stores or online) and get your little one the perfect outfit! They’re having a 40% OFF sale right now, you really have no reason not to! 😉

Also, if you’re ever visiting Virginia’s Eastern Shore make a stop in the historic town of Cape Charles. That’s where all these photos were taken, but more importantly stop for a bite at the Cape Charles Coffee House, that’s where those food photos were taken! Yum!

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Shop Adalynn’s look!!!!

Shirt     Tutu     Bow     Tights     Shoes

Now tell me, what’s your favorite Crazy8 look right now?!

xoxo

Adalynn’s 1st Birthday Party

I had way too much fun planning our baby girl’s 1st birthday party. While birthdays are so bittersweet, I was did much less crying than I thought I would! I was just so excited for the fun things planned and I’m so excited to see the wonderful things she accomplishes in her life!

Her birthday party was pink lemonade themed and boy did I find some adorable stuff to go along with that theme! I’m also someone who is all about details so every little thing I found I could picture being incorporated into her birthday party.

Her perfectly designed invitation (thank you Audrey!) was a great start!!!

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Guests were greeted by a lemonade stand that Adalynn’s grandparents handmade her!

A variety of finger foods and beverages were served soon after the start of the party, because let’s be honest, food is everyone’s main priority anyway (Just me?) The drink tags, signs, and food tents had just the right amount of lemonade cuteness and even though they were from different Etsy they all went together just right!

After eating, the adults chatted while the kiddos played inside or outside. Inside there was a play kitchen and outside there was a water table and three kiddie pools.

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Since it was so hot the day of the party, we put up a large pop-up tent for shade for the kids and provided water bottles (with the cutest labels!) to stay cool.

Next it was time for presents…

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…and then cake!

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Again, the cake topper and high chair banner were from different Etsy shops, but looked just darling together!

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She wasn’t a fan of getting dirty!

While Adalynn ever so slowly enjoyed her cake, the guests enjoyed cupcakes.

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After cupcakes/cake the party was pretty much over. Guests headed out the door with favors in hand – lemonade mix, with the cutest little tags!

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Thank you to everyone who came to Adalynn’s party! We love you so much! And thank you to my husband and brother for helping me snap photos. You guys are the best!

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Thank you, also, to all the shops mentioned, for providing decor and other perfect details to make her birthday party so very special. Here is a full list of those who made this party possible and helped pull my vision together.

Invitations – c/o Prints for Events

All 8×10 party signs – Divine Party Design

Tassel banner / “1” candle – Walmart

Food tents – c/o Party & Printables

Jars w/lids & straws – Michaels

Drink tags – c/o Sweet Jelly Parties

Water bottle labels – c/o So Sweet Party Shop

Cake topper – c/o Lemon Sugar Studios

Highchair banner – c/o Rutzer Ribbonz and Ragz

Felt ball garland – hello maypole

Favor tags – c/o Dreamy Party Printables

Adalynn’s outfit – romper by Scarlett Gene / bow by Dashing and Dainty

// citrus tankini by Joe Boxer for Toddlers

XOXO