Candy-Free Valentines

Thanks to Pinterest, I really love making valentines, especially candy-free ones! This year was no exception! I chose two super easy options that fit the kids perfectly. Kenley loves her fruit and veggies, so she is giving little clementine cuties to her classmates. I associate all things nautical with Crosby, so as soon as I saw the nautical themed valentines to go with the Pirate’s Booty, I knew they would be perfect.

You’re a cutie!

I had all of the supplies needed for the valentines, aside from the clementines, which I picked up at ALDI. I put these together while catching up on How To Get Away With Murder over the weekend and they were super quick. The party bags I had were too tall, so I cut them down after I had assembled the valentine. You can also get the smaller party bags if you’re buying them specifically for the valentines.

The supplies needed are as follows:

candy free valentines

candy-free valentines


I also had all of the supplies needed for these valentines too, aside from the Pirate’s Booty which I had delivered in just two days, thanks to Amazon. I technically didn’t even have to leave the house to make these and I just love how they turned out.

The supplies needed are:

candy free valentine

 toddler valentine

Seriously, these were so easy and so cute! If you still need more ideas for candy-free valentines, you can see my past valentines here, here, and here.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Choo Choos and Tutus

Last month, we celebrated Kenley’s 4th birthday and Crosby’s 2nd birthday with a joint party. I really wanted to do a “Choo Choo I’m 2” theme for Crosby. He is obsessed with all things trains so the theme would have been absolutely perfect, but I wasn’t sure how I would make that a boy/girl birthday party. Thankfully, Pinterest had me covered. I quickly found a Choo Choo and Tutu theme party invitation and I was sold.


I did a horrible job of taking pictures before (or even during) the party, so I will list the sources of inspiration and where I got the items, even if they are not pictured.

I ordered the invitation and printable party pack from swankypress on Etsy and printed everything myself. We opted for Publix cupcakes this year since they are half the price of Sweet and just as delicious. They did not disappoint!

choo choo tutu birthday party

I just love paper straws and I got the most perfect set in navy, pink, and gold from MoreSprinkledJoy on Etsy. The menu included fruit, veggies, meatball, peanut butter and jelly sandwich halves, buffalo chicken dip, juice pouches, water, and beer.

The party favors were pink tutus and conductor hats. Crosby was rocking a pink tutu by the end of the night and looked pretty darn cute in it. I got Kenley’s pettiskirt for free with the purchase of the tutus, which was awesome! Their birthday shirts were from Old Navy (here and here).

choo choos and tutus birthday party

choo choo tutu birthday party

The plates and cutlery were Cheeky from Target since the colors matched up great and it was one less stop I had to make. I love their stuff!



We did an open house style so guests could come and go as they please. There were a lot of kids running around at one point (hence why the pictures are scarce), but it was such a great day. The kids had an awesome time and loved having their friends over.






Happy birthday to our sweet nuggets!



Lindsey’s Surprise Sprinkle

Our good friend Lindsey is due next month with a baby girl! So naturally, Sally, Kristy, and I wanted to throw her a little sprinkle to celebrate baby Kennedy’s arrival. If you remember when Sally was pregnant with Margot, we started what is now a tradition of making sure the sprinkle shower is a surprise. They returned the favor for me before baby G2 was born at my surprise sprinkle. So of course, Lindsey was not getting away with knowing about her own sprinkle in advance.

We sent out the invitations before the holidays then got to work after the holidays on all the party details. The invitations were done by Kimberly J Design and they were so cute!

Sprinkle Shower

Sprinkle Shower

Sprinkle Shower

Sprinkle Shower

We wanted to do a sprinkle theme so our menu included: chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles, chocolate covered strawberries with sprinkles, fruit salad and dip, Donut King donut holes, homemade funfetti sheet cake, and raspberry lemonade. Sally and I both found the fruit dip on DoughmesticHousewife‘s Instagram page. Great minds think alike! It is one block of very soft cream cheese and one small tub of marshmallow fluff. So easy and so delicious!

Sprinkle Shower

Sprinkle Shower

The adorable tassle garland is from The Flair Exchange and was in our swag bag from the last Meet + Make. We definitely put it to good use and it was the perfect party decor.

Sprinkle Shower

Sprinkle Shower

After we mingled, got hopped up on sugar, and played a cute little shower game, Lindsey opened her gifts.

Sprinkle Shower


We had such a great time celebrating baby Kennedy’s arrival. We just can’t wait to meet her!

Crosby’s Construction Party

Crosby’s first birthday was under construction and we had such a great time celebrating!

construction birthday party

construction birthday party

construction birthday party

The menu:
Hand built sandwiches from Publix
Nuts & bolts – goldfish, Chex Mix
Lumber – pretzel rods
Fruit salad

The plate, napkins, utensils (tools), and cups were from Party City.
The Gladiator GarageWorks small bins were repurposed from Greg’s tool bench and worked great for displaying food and utensils.
We used caution tape for decorating around the house.

construction birthday party

The stripe straws were from Little Free Radical which were great because I got to choose the colors I wanted. Most of the “construction” mixes had orange in them which was not one of my party colors.

construction birthday party

The fuel included water and lemonade, as well as beer for the site managers.

construction birthday party

construction birthday party

construction birthday party

Dessert included dirt pudding and donuts as spare tires.
Crosby got his very own construction smash cake, made by Greg! He followed this recipe.

construction birthday party

construction birthday party

construction birthday party

The construction hats doubled as decoration and party favors.
The stickers, food cards, and the invitation were done by Michelle at This Grey House.
I used yellow duck tape on the black table cloth to make the road, both from Party City.

first birthday party

I displayed Crosby’s monthly pictures so everyone could see how he’s grown each month.

construction first birthday party

The construction trucks were from Amazon, but we only paid six bucks for them, I believe Target has the same pack.

construction first birthday party

first birthday party

Happy first birthday sweet boy!

Kenley’s Colorful Third Birthday Party

We celebrated Kenley’s third birthday in a colorful way. I had so much fun looking for decorations and planning this party. I cannot tell you how many times I said “ROY G BIV” in my head over the course of the process.

rainbow birthday party third birthday party

Paper lanterns and tissue poms are from Just Artifacts.

rainbow birthday party third birthday party

I made the confetti with card stock and a circle punch, super easy!

rainbow birthday party

rainbow birthday party

rainbow birthday party

The rainbow fruit platter was one of my favorite things to do.
Food cards and the invitation were made by Michelle at This Grey House.


I made the chocolate covered pretzels with rainbow sprinkles.


All of the paper products and party hats are from Wal-Mart. I ordered everything online with free shipping.


The frames are TOLSBY from IKEA and I made the garland from felt balls from Brickyard Buffalo.


The birthday girl!

rainbow birthday cake

rainbow birthday cake

I am very impressed with ourselves for pulling off the rainbow cake. I got very specific instructions from Heather on how to go about the cake and her instructions were spot on. It was a joint effort, but Greg did most of the work. I just love how pretty is looks and how yummy it was!

We had such a fun time celebrating Kenley’s third birthday! Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us!

She’s about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

A couple weekends ago, a few girls and myself had the opportunity to throw a baby sprinkle for our friend Michelle and baby Hudson, due next month.
Our theme was “She’s about to POP!” and we had so much fun with it!
Our color scheme was blue, orange, and gold.

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

The menu:
A popcorn bar with toppings
Popcorn shrimp
Jalepeño Poppers
Popcorn chicken
Salad with poppyseed dressing
Marshmallow pops
Snap, crackle and pop bars
Mini cupcakes to pop in your mouth

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

Drink station:
Electric lemonade with a pop of vodka
Soda pop

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

For the favors, we decided to set up a candy bar to thank everyone for popping by.
Candies included ring pops, lollipops, wax soda pops, pop rocks, and baby ruth candy bars.

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

She's about to POP {Baby Sprinkle}

The invitation we chose was from Etsy and food cards were from Pics and Paper.

We had so much fun celebrating baby Hudson and Michelle who is about to pop!

A Sprinkle Shower

A couple weekends ago, I had the opportunity to throw a sprinkle
for a friend who is due with her second baby next week.
Since it wasn’t a full on baby shower, I ran with the idea that it was a sprinkle.
A sprinkle shower!
As soon as I saw the invitation on Pinterest, I knew it was perfect.

From there, the decor all fit into the sprinkle theme.

baby sprinkle shower

Clouds & umbrellas

baby sprinkle shower

All of the food and drink items had to have sprinkles.

baby sprinkle shower

baby sprinkle shower

I dipped the bottle rims into a bowl of water, then into a bowl of sugar sprinkles.
They hardened perfectly within a few hours.
The bottles are Starbucks Frappuccino bottles that have now been through three parties,
and I’m sure will go through many more!



The party was at 2pm, so I figured desserts with sprinkles would be perfect.

Mini cupcakes from Sweet
Chocolate covered pretzel rods with sugar sprinkles
Sugar cookies with sprinkles
Funfetti cheese ball with vanilla wafers


baby sprinkle shower

The cheese ball was a big hit. It was so yummy!

baby sprinkle shower

baby sprinkle shower3

We had so much fun sprinkling mama and her soon-to-be baby boy with love!

Oh “Two”dles!

For Kenley’s second birthday party, we went with a crowd favorite: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!
As soon as I saw the “Oh “Two”dles” theme on Pinterest for a second birthday,
I knew I couldn’t pass it up.
There were tons of great ideas out there, but we kept the party pretty low key.
I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked, but I do want to share the details.


My good friend Michelle whipped up the invitations for me, which turned out perfect.
I gave her very little direction and she knew exactly what I wanted.
She made my job easy, that’s for sure!



The minimal decor was just enough.
The Happy Birthday sign was borrowed from a friend
and I got red, yellow, and black balloons filled the morning of the party.



The menu included:

Hot Diggity Dogs (Pigs in a Blanket)
Donald’s Dip (Buffalo Chicken Dip & tortilla chips)
Mickey’s Meatballs
Pluto’s Pouches
Goofy’s Goldfish
Figuro’s Fruit (Platter)
Von Drake’s Veggies (Platter)
Daisy’s Drinks (Lemonade & bottled water)
Minnie Cupcakes (from Sweet)




Kenley opened her presents with the help of daddy and her friends
and enjoyed the frosting off of her very own cupcake.
She did a great job blowing out the “hot” candles!


The kids had a great time running around inside & out.
Overall, it was a successful second birthday party!


Here is Kenley’s first birthday party.

What Will It Bee?

I have some really great friends.
They threw me a surprise shower (or sprinkle, as some would say) to celebrate baby G2.
Not to mention, it was the cutest theme ever!



The shower started at 2pm so they had light appetizers.
Menu: spinach dip // cheese ball // the famous sausage balls //
pineapples & grape skewers (you know… like a bumble bee. cute right?) //
cucumber water // iced tea with honey sticks // lemonade
For dessert: mini cupcakes from Sweet.
Absolutely perfect.




Adorable chalkboard sign from Etsy.





Another photo to add to our collection of wedding & baby showers together.



A huge thank you to Michelle, Sally, Lindsey,
everyone who came to celebrate baby G2,
and to everyone who was in on the surprise!
We are so blessed!

Lindsey’s Nautical Baby Shower

Our dear friends Lindsey & Mitch are expecting a baby boy very soon and
I had the pleasure of throwing a baby shower with three other awesome ladies to celebrate the occasion.
This was definitely a “divide and conquer” baby shower, which was great.
We all noticed that we weren’t stressed on the morning of the shower,
when we definitely would have been if we were throwing it ourselves.

We chose the nautical theme based on the nursery decor and it couldn’t have turned out better.
Nautical is very in right now so it was easy to find inspiration on Pinterest of fun
ideas that we wanted to incorporate. Here are all the fun details:






The menu included: chicken salad & croissants // fruit // caprese skewers // sausage balls //
veggie pizza // antipasta salad // cucumber water // arnold palmers // punch


Lemon and Cookies n Cream cupcakes for dessert


Red velvet cupcakes in a jar for the road


The hit of the party was the chalkboard print, which we all LOVED!
They are wonderful for many occasions and can be found here.



It was fun thinking back to all the previous showers we have been to together.
Sally was pregnant with her first at Lindsey’s bridal shower, then found out on
the day of my baby shower that she was pregnant with her second.
I am now pregnant at Lindsey’s baby shower. It’s been an eventful five years of friendship!

We all had such a wonderful day celebrating Lindsey and baby Wyatt.
He is already so loved and we can’t wait for him to get here!