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Derby themed birthday party

recently my son Bob became obsessed with horses so it was easy coming up with a theme for a second birthday. It just so happens his party fell on the day of the Belmont Stakes and what became a historic day with American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown. We took the family out in horse country and the beautiful Salamander Resort equestrian center was a great place for the pony party! (party notes below at very bottom past photos)

My daughter helped me paint these plastic horses and jockeys!

I mixed everything the mini bottles with ginger ale and lime  and poured it back in!

Found these little grass cubes at Michael’s.

Found drawer and moss at Michael’s. Used foam underneath so they’d stick!

My sister led this fun and easy craft!

American Pharoah who?

The Great Zucchini was beyond GREAT! The kids love him!

 

Horse Selfie- a MUST!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission Accomplished!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARTY NOTES:
Location, catering, pony rides: Salamander Resort
Cake, pie pops, hat petite fours, cupcakes: Jason Reaves at Salamander Resort
Inspiration: Hostess with the Mostess Blog
Horse Cookie Pops: Fresh Bakes
Cupcake Photo Topper: Say Cheese Toppers
Invitation: Sweet Wishes Stationary
Flower Arrangement: Karin’s Florist
Table Cloth: Lilly Pulitzer
Entertainment: The Great Zucchini
Name banner, Derby Signs, Thanks Yous: The Unique Day
Stick Ponies: My Lue
Horse Necklaces: Knotty Origami
Bob Attire: Janie & Jack
Adora Dress: FaithWorks4U
Glitter Popcorn: Kernel Encore

Bob’s Neverland 1st Birthday Party

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.” ~ Peter Pan

As Baby Bob turned one we thought it’d be fun to encourage everyone to “never grow up” at least for a day. While this milestone is one to celebrate it’s a reminder of just how fast time really does fly by.  At Bob’s Neverland more than dreams were born. There was face paint, balloons, Tinkerbell and even a real baby alligator! A magical day indeed.

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IMG_1254Mom’s friend Vi Hannett designed this personalized map so guests would know where to find everything at the party! Look for etsy shop Viva Designs soon!IMG_1273Mini hotdogs and beef skewers from Saint Germain Catering!IMG_2335 Pizza bites!IMG_2334Uncles Joe & RichardIMG_2458

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NL tableYou know they say “When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”IMG_2368Adora  filled the mason jars aka fairy house with moss. We dropped a fairy in each and glued a butterfly on top. We made one for all the girls at the party. The best part was when she stopped and said “Mom I LOVE helping you!”

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IMG_2373Scary things at Hook’s Cove. Some trivia for you! What is Captain Hook’s Real name?

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The answer is Killian Jones– He was nicknamed Hook when a croc ate his hand!

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IMG_0673All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. ~Peter Pan

 

Adora’s Little Red 2nd Birthday!

I love themes. Even when we had very little growing up we used our imaginations to create themes during holidays and milestones. Now that I’m older and have a little girl of my own.. it’s even more fun. Adora turned two this week and we decided to throw her a Little Red Riding Hood birthday party. I thought it was the perfect theme for a winter birthday… a lot of red and woodsy stuff! So into the woods we went and were so delighted when all our friendly creatures from across the land came out.

A month before the big day I did a lil photo shoot with the talented Janette Kim who specializes in portrait photography. We got these shots in 5 minutes. I knew I’d want to put pictures of Adora up at the party.

In the woodsAfraid of the big bad wolf!

From print to frame it was picture perfect for the party!

WELCOME! Had this sign maid with burlap by Landon Avenue Design

.. to where we harmlessly threaten you!

Handmade woodland creatures masks by Mahalo

The birthday girl radiant in red! Cape by Lorigami

Sweets and Treats. My sister Tricia made this banner with wooden letters. It’s my favorite thing!! I got most of the garland, flowers, moss and glass containers at craft stores. The cake stand is an old cranberry crate.

Storybook cake by Edibles Incredibles in Reston

Black Forest Cake Pops also by Edibles Incredibles. Check out the tree stump cake pop stand and cupcake stump. They were made by The Gypsy Bird.. I love all of her customized work on Etsy.

After I saw some of their treats at another party I asked Juju Sweetz if they could do something with the theme. I adore what they came out with!

Savvy Treats did these cute toadstool tarts.. the went more like hot cakes!

I found nuts.com was the best for getting color coordinated candy! Brown M&Ms, red gummy bears.. caramel popcorn. Finding snacks was a one stop shop!

I’m obsessed with personalized napkins… ask my family.

I don’t cook. It’s amazing how you can dress Domino’s up on a platter 🙂

Fries with truffle oil and sea salt– to go with the whole theme.

Victoria enjoys her “cheese pie”

Crafts included decorating your own bird house

We had capes and flair for pictures in our fake forest

Avery is the perfect Little Red

The capes by Originals by Lauren draped beautifully!

The face painting by Dee Vinchey artist was out of this world!

Dee Vinchey also twisted balloons into amazing art!

Do you recognize the Big Bad Wolf? I have a very generous co-anchor. Richard Jordan deserves a year worth of I-O-Us for this one! He was awesome… although he did scare some of the children.

Kiss the Cook Kristina! She made the most amazing baked brie and Huntsman Punch!

I had these vintage labels and all the buffet cards made through B. Nute Productions

Something sweet for the parents

Alex Naini provided us with the perfect place to host a party and our buddy Joey Darley was their to catch all the great moments! THANK YOU!!!

Papa snapped this. They weren’t even out of the driveway yet. It was a big day.

When she woke up it was present time!

Thank you to all our friends for making it an amazing day! Zane, Maureen and baby Cayden

Uncle Chris and Knox

Keneger and Avery are all about caramel popcorn

Mary and Kylie!

Auntie Eun

Alex and Uncle Jason

Dad and Papa

Adora’s Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party

I love themes. Even when we had very little growing up we used our imaginations to create themes during holidays and milestones. Now that I’m older and have a little girl of my own.. it’s even more fun. Adora turned two this week and we decided to throw her a Little Red Riding Hood birthday party. I thought it was the perfect theme for a winter birthday… a lot of red and woodsy stuff! So into the woods we went and were so delighted when all our friendly creatures from across the land came out. Special thanks to Alex Naini and Joey Darley for all the great photos!

A month before the big day I did a lil photo shoot with the talented Janette Kim who specializes in portrait photography. We got these shots in 5 minutes. I knew I’d want to put pictures of Adora up at the party.

In the woodsAfraid of the big bad wolf!

From print to frame it was picture perfect for the party!

WELCOME! Had this sign maid with burlap by Landon Avenue Design

.. to where we harmlessly threaten you!

Handmade woodland creatures masks by Mahalo

The birthday girl radiant in red! Cape by Lorigami

Sweets and Treats. My sister Tricia made this banner with wooden letters. It’s my favorite thing!! I got most of the garland, flowers, moss and glass containers at craft stores. The cake stand is an old cranberry crate.

Storybook cake by Edibles Incredibles in Reston

Black Forest Cake Pops also by Edibles Incredibles. Check out the tree stump cake pop stand and cupcake stump.  They were made by The Gypsy Bird.. I love all of her customized work on Etsy.

After I saw some of their treats at another party I asked Juju Sweetz if they could do something with the theme. I adore what they came out with!

Savvy Treats did these cute toadstool tarts.. the went more like hot cakes!

I found nuts.com was the best for getting color coordinated candy! Brown M&Ms, red gummy bears.. caramel popcorn. Finding snacks was a one stop shop!

I’m obsessed with personalized napkins… ask my family.

I don’t cook. It’s amazing how you can dress Domino’s up on a platter 🙂

Fries with truffle oil and sea salt– to go with the whole theme.

Victoria enjoys her “cheese pie”

Crafts included decorating your own bird house

We had capes and flair for pictures in our fake forest

Avery is the perfect Little Red

The capes by Originals by Lauren draped beautifully!

The face painting by Dee Vinchey artist was out of this world!

Dee Vinchey also twisted balloons into amazing art!

Do you recognize the Big Bad Wolf? I have a very generous co-anchor. Richard Jordan deserves a year worth of I-O-Us for this one! He was awesome… although he did scare some of the children.

Kiss the Cook Kristina! She made the most amazing baked brie and Huntsman Punch!

I had these vintage labels and all the buffet cards made through  B. Nute Productions

Something sweet for the parents

Alex Naini provided us with the perfect place to host a party and our buddy Joey Darley was their to catch all the great moments! THANK YOU!!!

Papa snapped this. They weren’t even out of the driveway yet. It was a big day.

When she woke up it was present time!

Thank you to all our friends for making it an amazing day! Zane, Maureen and baby Cayden

Uncle Chris and Knox

Keneger and Avery are all about caramel popcorn

Mary and Kylie!

Auntie Eun

Alex and Uncle Jason

Dad and Papa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dresses, Cake, historic… a Winchester Wedding

The bride with her golden locks down was darling in her white chiffon gown and sweetheart neckline. The groom was handsome in white vest and tie. The bridesmaids looked like soft lilac blossoms in JCrew silk chiffon ‘Taryn’ dresses in sweet thistle. Following the ceremony the reception was held at the historic George Washington Hotel.  The cake flawless and mini wedding cupcakes in customized boxes at each table were sweet savoirs for guests unable to wait til the cutting ceremony. Congratulations to my sorority sister and sweet friend through the years… Kinsey and her love Phil

As the Newlyweds wished… we promise to Eat, Drink and Be Married!

AOII sisters with Mr. & Mrs. Phil Fabrizio

The old married couple in downtown Winchester post ceremony

The Wedding Cake

Barefoot bridesmaids… we’ve all been there!

For the guests

My college spring break buddy Jenny & husband Brian

Pregger AOIIS… Mary & Angie. There are 12 of us expecting in the area right now!

 

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