Sunday, May 29, 2011

{REAL Party} - Sugar & Spice Part 1 ~ The Details

What a fun party!! - to host and to plan!  It's not everyday that I'll have twin girlies turning one, so I wanted their 1st birthday party to be extra special - and yet REAL! I am a SAHM on a budget, so pretty much whatever I wanted at their party had to be done by me. Fortunately my family came in town for the big day, so I was able to pull it off.  I definitely could not have done everything without the help of my mom and sister!

I chose the theme Sugar & Spice because that is what our twin girlies are to us! :) Kaelyn is our fun & feisty girl and Kourtney is our sweet and snuggly girl.  Though, as twins are prone to do, they like to switch it up on us often! Just when we think we've figured 'em out, they surprise us! What's not to love about having adorable twin girlies?? We really feel so blessed beyond measure.

For the colors, I had originally planned for pink and brown, but then fell in love with pink and gray! Fortunately I found a designer on Etsy {digitalpotpourri} that had some digital elements combining the three.
View their invitation.

Now on to the details! :)

{As a side note - I had a TERRIBLE time with blogger putting my pictures in random places, so please forgive their being "out of order"!}



Party Banner made by my friend Sarah - She sells these and does an awesome job!
The tissue pom poms are one of my favorite trends right now! 



My girls' birthday cakes -  I was thrilled to discover the ease of using Wilton's 1M tip!!
Rather than icing the bottom, I made my own "liners" out of scrapbook paper. 


The Sweet Shoppe ♥


My mom and sister and I hand-dipped most all the chocolate goodies. 








I purchased these adorable Sweet Shoppe bags from In The Clear on Etsy.


I ♥ Subway art, but it can be expensive, so I made my own budget friendly version.
Go HERE to download it for free!
 I saw this these in a book and loved the idea of baking the cupcakes in  teacups! So pretty and elegant!

 I designed the cupcake toppers in PSE and my friend Sarah assembled them for me. :)

The brownie pops were probably the most challenging thing we made
- mostly because we'd never done them before.  But they turned out DELICIOUS!!
These were definitely a learning experience!

Another good use of PSE.
Table Centerpieces with Pictures of the Girls for Favors.




I served homemade croissants - chicken salad {recipe link coming soon!}, ham/cheese, and turkey/cheese
UPDATE: CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE
Vegetable Medley with Tim's Buffalo Ranch Dip
Watermelon Salsa {a personal fav.} and Tortilla  Chips
Fruit Kabobs
Pink Lemonade - I bought the straws from Hey Yo Yo on Etsy

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Stay Tuned for Part 2 - {Party Action}! :)


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kaelyn's and Kourtney's First Birthday Party ~ Just a sneak peek! ♥

WOW! The past 10 days since my last post have been almost completely consumed with organizing and preparing everything for the girls' first birthday party.  First birthdays are so special and doubly so with twins! I had so much fun doing their party and could NOT have done it all without my mom and sister in town to help!  But still I am WORN OUT! So you only get two pictures for today's post... :0

Kourtney

Kaelyn

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Happy First Birthday to Kaelyn and Kourtney ♥♥

We had a small family celebration today for Kaelyn's and Kourtney's first birthday!! We took them to Chick-fil-a for supper and their first kid's meal. :) Then we came home for cake and presents! Sooo much fun watching them smash their teddy bear cakes. :)






The Wilton stand-up teddy bear is a tradition in our family since my first birthday! I  bought the mini version pan to make for all my kiddos' first birthdays! :0 





















Now time to get ready for the big birthday bash with friends!!

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