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Some “Bunny” is One Birthday Party

My oldest sister gave each of my children nicknames before they were born. For McLaren, she started calling her “Bunny” and it stuck. Coincidently, she loves bunnies and sleeps with her stuffed bunnies every night. So naturally, it seemed fitting to do a Bunny theme for her first birthday… Some “Bunny” is One!

I always keep the kids parties pretty simple and always DIY. We haven’t yet expanded our birthday invites beyond our family… I’m not ready for the full-blown “friend” parties just yet. Maybe once they turn six and really know what’s going on :).

My favorite part of the decor was the balloon installation I made. I didn’t want to tear it down afterwards; in fact, I’m pretty sure I kept it hanging for at least a couple of weeks.

Some "Bunny" is One Party

Some "Bunny" is One Party

Some "Bunny" is One PartySome "Bunny" is One Party Like the decor, I kept the menu pretty simple.  We went with one of our favorite sandwiches that it always a crowd pleaser Рhomemade chicken salad on fresh, bakery croissants. We had fresh veggies with dip and chips.
Some "Bunny" is One Party Some "Bunny" is One Party

I filled apothecary jars with pastel bunny marshmallows and cotton candy. I also made chocolate covered peeps with cotton candy tails. So easy to make and so much better than “plain” peeps.

Some "Bunny" is One Party

Some "Bunny" is One Party Instead of a birthday hat, I made these floral bunny ears. My second favorite part of the party… though not necessarily a love by McLaren. She only kept them on while she was distracted by her first cake (which was her favorite part).
Some "Bunny" is One Party Some "Bunny" is One Party Some "Bunny" is One Party If you keep up with us, you probably caught on that McLaren is well over one at this point… in fact, she’s about to turn two. So a bit of a delay on the post, but what better timing than right before Easter!? ūüėČ

Beanie Boo Adoption Party for Girls & Boys

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I guess I should start by telling you how we arrived at the idea of a “Beanie Boo Adoption Party”. ¬†About a month or two before my daughter’s birthday, we sat down with the computer, opened up Pinterest and starting looking for party ideas. Holy Pandora’s box…

ice cream sundae party
Tissue ice cream decorations from Amazon
beanie boo adoption party girls party

Anyway, after a couple of evenings of debating the merits of a My Little Pony party versus an American Girl doll t-shirt decorating party, she went in an entirely different direction and announced that what she wanted, in fact, was a “Beanie Boo – Adoption Party – slash – Ice Cream Sundae Party”.

The ice cream sundae part was the easy part. I ordered pretty much EVERYTHING online, except for the ice cream of course (more details on that later). But I needed to figure out how a “Beanie Boo Adoption” worked. Thankfully, a couple of other bloggers had already pulled off such a party, so I gathered some initial inspiration from them.

Paige over at Paige’s Party Ideas had some great ideas from a Beanie Boo adoption party a friend of hers threw for her six year old daughter. She even incorporated a vet clinic and check-out area (I didn’t go that far!!). I probably borrowed the most ideas from Monograms ‘n Mud – namely, the pink and purple color palette and the craft idea. The craft idea was key because with 20 of my daughter’s most beloved friends coming to the party, I needed to make sure I had a way to keep them busy and out of trouble!!

Our DIY Beanie Boo Adoption Party Plan

The key elements of our Beanie Boo Adoption / Ice Cream Sundae Party were as follows:

The Beanie Boo Adoption

Each child was given a numbered ticket upon arrival to the party. The tickets were simply thin strips of cardstock with heart shaped numbers attached. The number corresponded with a number that I had earlier assigned to each Beanie Boo that we’d purchased¬†(find them on Amazon, or sometimes sold in ‘lots’ on eBay – check here to see if there are any currently for sale, or get them the old fashioned way and go to a toy store!). I kept the number assignments random, except for rigging it to make sure the birthday girl got her preferred Beanie Boo and I made sure that the three boys who attended got the more masculine looking Beanie Boos.

The Beanie Boo Registration Process.

Most of the kids in attendance are kindergarteners and are learning how to read and write. I thought it would be fun for them to practice their new skills with the Beanie Boo registration cards.

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They were asked to fill in their names, the names of their adopted Beanie Boos (found on the tag), the Beanie Boo’s birthday (also on the tag), eye color and fur color. They then signed their names, promising to take good care of their adopted Beanie Boos!

 

Craft Time – Beanie Boo Party Hats

With registration complete, we moved on to the task of making sure the Beanie Boos were party-ready. I had planned on making the party hats, but then I stumbled across¬†my party hats¬†¬†during a Target run (update: sold out but these are cute too….and these as well). They were the perfect size and only a few bucks. Done and done.

I also hit Target and Amazon for stickers, sequin tape,  jewels, etc. for the kids to decorate the hats with. Each table was set up with a few bottles of glue and an assortment of hat decorations. Some of them (my daughter included) got pretty creative with it.

Ice Cream Sundaes.

After the Beanie Boo adoption, the kids were fired up for ice cream. I made the mistake of having all of the sundae fixings set out at the start of the party. Bowls of gummy worms, gummy bears, swedish fish, M & Ms, and sprinkles sat out for the taking. I had to shoo the kids away several times from this table!

If I were doing it again, I’d definitely wait till after craft time to set out the sundae toppings. I found waffle bowls on Amazon, which made the sundaes extra special.¬†Three cartons of ice cream – vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry – were more than enough for this sized party. The most expedient way to serve 20 kids ice cream seemed to be to take everyone’s order, fill up the waffle bowls and then bring them out all at once.

Pi√Īata!

Believe it or not, this was our first party having a¬†pi√Īata and, let me tell you, we’ve been missing out. It was so much fun. It was a little stressful making sure the kids didn’t whack each other in the head, but they had a blast!! And it kept them occupied for 20-25 minutes. The pi√Īata was also from Amazon and it was the perfect size for the crowd!

Presents!

(Optional) Our Beanie Boo Adoption party was 2 hours long so there was just enough time for my daughter to open up her presents before parents started arriving for pick-up.

I don’t usually blog about my kids’ birthday parties because they always erupt into chaos and picture-taking is out of the question. But this Beanie Boo Adoption themed party¬†actually worked as planned and the kids were occupied/entertained for most of the time so I could get some shots. Highly recommend! Looking for another idea for a little girl’s party? Check out 2017’s Tea Party Birthday.

 

Beanie Boo Adoption Kids Party

St. Germain Gin Fizz Cocktail

Despite this week’s holiday, (thank you Labor Day) this week has been a long one. Shortened work weeks seem to always make the days longer as I try to cram in a full week’s worth of work into four days. Nevertheless, it’s Friday so it’s time to rejoice, relax, and sip on a delicious libation.

I can’t take credit for this one… One of the hubs’s buddies who is in the alcohol industry, came into town last weekend. As a result of his profession, he has a hand for crafting delicious cocktails. He prepared this one for me one night and I’m hooked. The trick is all in the ratios.
St. Germain Gin Fizz Cocktail
Makes one drink
Ingredients:
2 ounces gin, Hendricks
1 ounce elderflower liquor, St. Germain
1 ounce lemon (approx. one half lemon)
1 ounce club soda
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Sliced cucumber
Freshly ground pepper

Directions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, elderflower liquor, lemon, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into an ice filled glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with cucumbers and freshly ground pepper.
Drink. Repeat.
Cheers!
-Stephanie

College Football Season Kickoff: The Buckeyetini

 

The Buckeyetini, An Ohio State Cocktail

If you’ve read our ‘About Us‘ section, you know that Steph and I are both proud alums of THE Ohio State University. With the college football season kicking off this weekend, we thought it would be fun to dedicate this Friday’s cocktail to our favorite team!

Not only is this cocktail scarlet, but it’s also apple flavored, so it pretty much screams fall! Since the game starts at 8 pm, the addition of the Cranberry Red Bull (thanks Yvonne and Gavin!) will make sure you don’t doze off at half time. And, in an effort to bring in some grey (to get our ‘scarlet and grey’), we used silver sprinkle sugar for the rims of the glasses.

Since Ohio State doesn’t play till Monday, you’ve got a few days to go and get your ingredients. GO BUCKS! BEAT VIRGINIA TECH!! (Sorry Hokie fans, we still love you!)

Buckeye Punch


2 oz. Sour Apple Schnaps
1 oz. Vodka
2oz. Cranberry Red Bull

Grey (silver) sprinkles for rim

Prepare your glass. Pour silver sprinkles into a shallow bowl.  Rub a lemon wedge around the rim, turn the glass upside down and twist in the sprinkle bowl.

Pour all ingredients except Red Bull into cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into glass. Add chilled Red Bull and stir gently. Cheers!

The Buckeyetini, an Ohio State Cocktail