Tea for TWO – A Tea Party Themed 2nd Birthday

When Ezra was born, I knew right away which theme I wanted to do for her second birthday, Tea For TWO tea-party! Before she was born, obviously I had been scouring the Pinterest world for birth announcements, nursery decor, baby milestones and birthday parties, what can I say, I like to plan ahead! With having regular tea times at home and when she visits with grandma, I knew this theme would be a hit with Ezra. Especially when we brought out her very own tea set!

Tea For Two Birthday Highlights :

  • ‘Chip’ Cake Pops
  • A Tea Party Set Up Fit For Royalty
  • Edible Tea Tag Party Favours + Printable
  • An ‘Iced Tea’ Bar
  • Fresh Floral Sugar Cookies
  • A Surprise Princess Appearance
  • Variety of Mini Sandwiches
  • A Beautiful Floral Backdrop Made From Paper
  • Free Tea Party Colouring Sheets
  • Tea Cup + Tea Pot Cookies

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Planning Ezra’s birthday party was so much fun! Thinking of every which way to do floral, mini pastries and let’s not forget those dainty little pinkies! When I originally sent out invitations I made sure to include a fun (and adorable) ‘party attire’ for everyone; Bow Tie or Floppy hat required! This made it so much more fun and some parents really embraced the theme with having their child fully done up with a fascinator and some with bow ties, suspender and side parts combed down. SO cute.

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Can we just talk about this amazing treats table for a second?! I don’t think that Dreamagical Patisserie, Soul Sugar, Kizzy’s Macarons and Homemade by Harris could’ve knocked it out of the park any farther! What an amazing group of bakers and makers, each of these treats were so unique and carefully handcrafted to fit a vision I had for this table. I put together a few items myself for the table, including these incredibly easy Pansie Shortbread Cookies. And special thanks to my sister in law, Shannon, for helping out with Ezra’s beautiful floral, tea party cake! She found the perfect tea cup for what I had in mind to sit on the very top! I loved this alternative to birthday candles. (Don’t worry, we added some later for her to blow out!) FUNNY STORY: The past month or so Ezra hasn’t been eating much and refuses pretty much anything we put on her plate, so one day I got out a candle and let her blow it out for every bite she took. This has now become an everyday routine and is helping her eat her full dinner! So when her birthday came, she knew exactly what to do!

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One of the best things to have at a toddler’s birthday party is finger foods. Their little hands are always reaching up on to the table and grabbing anything quick and easy. The morning of the party my husband and I made about 60 sandwiches (four different kinds, because we all know, toddlers are picky!) to fill these little hands and also put together some amazing platters from GRIMMS Fine Meats + Cheese. We had some available down the main table and also others along the side of the deck, lots of options!

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Another ‘A-HA’ moment I had while putting this party together was when I was thinking about beverages, what was I going to serve? What does Ezra like? and what is universal and refreshing to all guests. With it being a tea party, my first thought was obviously tea, and I can’t believe it didn’t come to me sooner, especially working at Starbucks, to do ICED teas! With the options to add water or lemonade to it! So I brewed and iced four different types (Passion Fruit Tea, Black Tea, Green Tea, and Peach Citrus Tea) and set up the Tea Bar! (This was also a very cost effective way to give the guests lots of options and flavours!)

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I’ve recently noticed, and I’m sure it’s no big surprise to anyone who knows me, that when I plan a party, everyone’s invited! So what do you do with 18 toddlers and 6 babies? Well, let me give you a few ideas:

  • Colouring sheets, lots of them. I found mine on Pinterest.
  • Mini triangle sandwiches (ham+cheese, cucumber+mayo, strawberry+cream cheese)
  • Sandbox + Bubbles (Outdoor party)
  • Loose balloons – My daughter will chase a balloon around for hours
  • Invite a Princess! DUH!

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We had a very very special surprise for Ezra in the middle of the party, a real life princess! Belle showed up in her beautiful big golden dress, a basket with goodies and a story book for the children. Most of the children were just struck with awe at this beautiful, bubbly and friendly character that had just entered the back yard! We had so much fun with Belle from Fairy Skye, Ezra and her friends sang with her, twirled in circles with her in their tea party dresses and even had some face painting time! (Which Ezra did not want, but offered up her my cheek instead! Haha) If you haven’t checked Fairy Skye out yet, I would highly recommend that you do for your next event! They’ve got a huge variety of characters for any theme and even have some awesome superheroes!

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We are so thankful for everyone who came out to enjoy the day with Ezra and celebrate her little life, being with us for two whole years and how she’s grown and changed through it all! We are so excited for where this next year will take us, hopefully through some potty training, a big girl bed, and getting rid of those ‘sou-sous’ once and for all.

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Details from Ezra’s Tea For TWO Birthday Party:

Photography : Megan Faber Photography
Tea Party Dishes and Set Up : Little Tea Party Crew Rentals
Floral Backdrop : Blooms + Paper
Belle Princess Appearance : Fairy Skye
Tea Cup Cake Pops + Torched Meringue Tarts : Dreamagical Patisserie
Meat + Cheese Platters : Grimm’s Fine Foods
Party Favors + Tage Printables : DIY by myself
Milestone Board : Creations by Sonia
Paper Floral Plates : Party City
Berries : Save on Foods
Pastel Macarons : Kizzy’s Macarons
Fresh Floral Shortbread Cookies : DIY by myself
Floral Tea Cup Birthday Cake : Auntie ‘Shanni’
‘Tea for TWO’ Letter Balloons : Michael’s Craft Store
Pink + White Candy Floss : Soul Sugar
Variety of Iced Teas : Starbucks

 

 

Goodbye Roaring Twenties – Hello Thriving Thirties! – A 30th Birthday Celebration

What better way to celebrate entering your thirties, than an ode to all the good times you had in your twenties! Prepare to be emerged into a speakeasy, back alley gambling, cabaret evening! When I was thinking of what I was going to do for Mackenzie’s 30th, I knew it had to be BIG…right? I started researching, pinterest-ing and sketching the vision of this event in my my notebook. Which companies that would fit this theme perfectly and make it all come together seamlessly.

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Make sure you scroll all the way down to see each of these amazing companies, decor ideas for your own twenties themed event, the most delicious desserts and a link to a fun DIY of a fairly easy ‘mugshot’ photo-booth. Below is a full collection of the shoot, styled by me and a true labor of love. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did putting it together and seeing it come to life!

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Mirror + Stand : The Jubilee Collection

String Lights – Pretty Things Rentals

1988 Balloons : Party City

Letter Board : Letter Peddler

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The Decor for this was on point solely because of two unreal boss ladies – Valerie from Pretty Things Rentals and Kayla from The Jubilee Collection, both of which I have worked with before and each time they wow me with their ability to completely capture a vision and run with it alongside you as the creator. Make sure you check out their pages below for more ideas and all the options they have to deck out and glitz up your next special event!

Sequin Runner, Trumpet Vases, Candle Sticks, Goblets – Pretty Things Rentals

Wine Barrels, Sidebar, Chandeliers, Bench, Rugs, Sign Holders – The Jubilee Collection

4 DIY’s For A Speakeasy Themed Party **Coming Soon**

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The pastries and sweets that were provide for this shoot were unbelievably tasty, perfectly captured the essence of the event and were way beyond anything I could have ever imagined creating! A HUGE shout out to these amazing (and LOCAL) vendors who were apart of this big day and helped me capture the vision and feel of the 1920’s.

Letter Donuts – Cartems Donuts

Gold + Silver Candy Floss – Soul Sugar

Gold + Silver Macarons – Kizzy’s Macarons

Gatsby Sugar Cookies – LilleYums Custom Desserts

Bulk Sweets + Cookies – SaveOnFoods

Platters, Draping, Sequin Runners, Flute Vases, Gold Chargers – Pretty Things Rentals

Here are a few more outtakes from later that evening. Some things not pictured was the outdoor poker match we had set up for some ‘backyard gambling’ and some delicious meat and cheese platters from Grimm’s Meats. Enjoy!

 

Check out some more themed parties I’ve done:

Rainbow Baby Shower

SG Harvest Feast

Donut Grow Up – Cake Smash

40’s Lemonade Shoot

 

Rainbow Baby Gift Basket – Handmade and local gifts from the companies you love.

When I was putting together the Rainbow Baby Styled Shoot, I knew right away that I wanted to put something special together for this mama. A basket full of goodies for baby AND mama, after all, they both were to be celebrated to the fullest extent and this basket needed to exude not only essentials but luxury.  Below is a layout of each company involved in this precious basket, each locally made and ones I love to support on the daily.

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A Little Love Creative – Calligraphy Wall Decor

And Then Again – Hand Stamped Birthdate Teaspoon 

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Au Fait Mama – Nursing Tank

Baby Bear Design – Rocky Rainbow Teether

Beluga Baby – Sarah Wrap

Kewe Clothing – Rainbow Tights

Mint and Birch – Rainbow Hope Necklace 

Modern Burlap – Rainbow Swaddle

Pau Creations – Mama Bear Tank

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Peekabloom Baby – Rainbow Pastel No Hair Bows

So Luxury – Sitz Bath Soak

White Fox Collective – Rainbow Druzzy Earrings

Wild Ones Mocs – Isla Bow Mocs

If you are looking for something special for any mama, new babe, second babe, or even rainbow babe, take a look into each of these shops. They are not only FULL of amazing and unique gift ideas, both for yourself and for gifting ;), but have amazing boss ladies behind them. And if you haven’t already, head on over to Rainbow Baby Styled Shoot and check out the full feature of the mama and little girl that was celebrated and gifted this basket.

If you have any of your own ideas or shops that you absolutely love, leave a note for me in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

XO Cass

My Little Rainbow – Celebrating a little girl who was Wished For, Hoped For and Prayed For.

This past year was one of the hardest, trying and most broken years I have ever seen someone go through. Last year my sister-in-law went through something no one should ever have to go through, especially more than once. In 2016 Shannon+Derek went through three losses before they were awstruck with the news they’d be expecting their little rainbow on January 28th 2018.

My Little Rainbow Highlights

  • A Floral Matching Mommy + Me Set
  • Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Local and Handmade goodies from all over the Fraser Valley
  • Macrame + Floral backdrop
  • Unique Gift Ideas for a Rainbow Baby + Mama
  • Delicious Macarons from Kizzy’s Macarons
  • Sunshine + Cloud Cookies
  • Epic Rainbow Baby Basket (Link Below to come)
  • Happy Little Miss Evelynne

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On May 29, 2017, that little stick showed 2 pink lines; two lines of joy, two lines of hope, but also two lines of fear. Anxiousness of the ‘what if’ and the unknown, only time would tell which path this pregnancy would take. Prayers of strength, trust and health surrounded them as those first months went by. On January 28th 2018 little Miss Evelynne Ruth Winanne Fenton was born, will bright blue eyes and a big loud cry!

This was a baby and MAMA that needed to be celebrated to the greatest extent! The strength that these parents possess has no end and I was so excited to have an afternoon to just love on them and celebrate the ultimate joy that Evelynne is. Thank you to all those who made this happen and come together so beautifully. Please take a look below at the beautiful photos that Megan from Megan Faber Photography took for this special Rainbow Baby Shoot.

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Decor

Floral Garland + other greenery – Maple Ridge Florist

Macrame –  Saige + Skye

Baby Script Balloon – Joonie + Joe

‘My Little Rainbow’ Cake Topper + Cloud Garland – Little Sprout Creations

Calligraphy for chalkboard + Window pane – Penscripton6th

Woven Succulent Holders – Twelve Little Things

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Treats + Sweets

Macarons – Kizzy’s Macarons

Pastel Marble Cake – Panda Cakes

Sunshine + Cloud Cookies – Shea’s Sweet Shoppe

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – Homemade by yours truly!

Alfajores – Jessica Alfajores

Rainbow Baby Cake Topper – Little Sprout Creations

Gold Triangular Party Plates, Cups + Classic Wooden Cutlery – Joonie + Joe

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Savoury Snacks

Meat + Cheese Platters – Grimm’s Fine Foods

Fruit, Veggie, and Sandwich Platters, Crackers and Beverages – Save On Foods

Sunshine Plates, Cloud Napkins + Wooden Cutlery – Joonie + Joe

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Styling

Stumbling Grace Blog

Photography

Megan Faber Photography

RAINBOW BABY BASKET CLICK HERE

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SG Harvest Feast – When you have all that you need, build a longer table.

From the bottom and top of my heart I want to thank each and every one of these ladies for being apart of the Harvest Feast. It was such a perfect night, an evening one could only dream of. I left there in pure bliss, unsure of if I just walked out of a day dream, because that couldn’t have been reality. The amount of raw emotion, pure community and utmost vulnerability overwhelmed me. This was the whole reason I wanted to host the event, this was the passion and driving force behind it all. I firmly believe that there is always time to rest, no matter how busy. Let it be cherished and sought after! We seem to be so busy with our lives, blogging, business’ and networking it’s hard to find these face to face times, and it needs to happen more! 

Thankful. Thankful for a foundation of trust, community, leadership, guidance, perseverance and the love that embodied that Saturday night. The women who attended, the dreams that were dreamt and the goals that were set.

One evening I thought to myself, what brings me joy? Community. Getting to know people. Experiencing life together. This is how I chose to continue and build off leading and living a joy filled life.

The Harvest Feast has been a dream of mine that I didn’t think was attainable. I was nervous, I was a bit lost and frankly, I was scared. What if I do all this work, time in to contacting companies and they all say no, or it doesn’t work out, or no one wants to come. Stop it, I told myself. I want to do this, I need to do this and I am going to do this. And as I reached out, I found myself empowered with the encouragement and guidance from companies, partnerships, and many boss ladies out there, Saturday, October 7th, came.

We laughed, tears fell, and we dug deep into each other’s roots and grew so much closer because of it. I am BEYOND proud to say that this is just the beginning. Evenings like that need to happen more. I would be honoured to explore and conquer this journey of bringing the women we so often see on social media, up on the stage at events, and selling their pride and joy in their product at markets, together. To rest in community, be vulnerable in our fears and discomforts, and be strengthened in joy and love.

I could try for hours to put in to detail of how the evening went, what the vibe and overall feel in the room was, but I wouldn’t be able to bring it justice. How GOOD it felt to just rest and be with each other. To let all the walls of ‘looking our best’ and ‘best version of us’ in front of everyone, down, and to simply just BE. As the evening went on, I discovered that there were all sorts of women gathered at the table. There were Entrepreneurs, Mothers, Hikers, Artists, Photographers, Writers, Bakers, and so many more amazing qualities to discover, that you would never have stumbled upon if you hadn’t taken the time to sit and just be with each other. Face to face and heart on our sleeves. There was an overwhelming sense of comfort that embodied and surrounded the room that evening, whispering, it’s okay to share, it’s okay to let them in, it’s okay to feel sadness and joy. It’s okay.

“Eucharisteo: Thanksgiving, to be thankful. ⠀
I opened the door to the Secret Garden and my eyes were placed upon a setting that was delicately set up with love and passion. A passion for a night where women could gather together intimately and share our hearts. We were created for connection. That longing that you feel was put there on purpose. It was placed just as delicately, passionately and purposeful like that table before us. I didn’t want it to end. My soul thirsts for truer, deep-rooted connection. Sharing our hearts and our dreams, our struggles, and fears. How can we shift our priorities to ones that matter most without being deceived by the things that don’t? To be thankful right where we are but also with a vision of moving forward? ⠀
Refinement. Sanctification. This continuing of being molded by the potter’s hand and being thankful for the process. Humbly let go. Let go of trying to do, let go of my own fears. Let God blow His wind, His trails, oxygen for joy’s fire. Leave the hand open and be. Be at peace. Bend the knee and be small and let God give what God chooses to give because He only gives love and whispers surprised thanks.“⠀- Shannon – Adventurous Mama

Here’s to the first annual Harvest Feast and the many more that are to come!

VENDOR/SHOP LIST

Styled & Curated – Stumbling Grace Blog

Photographer : Tallya D Photography

Decor

Autumn wispy wreath – Bloom Bloom Room

Letter Board – Letter Peddler  

The Flores Towel/Blanket – Tofino Towel

Window Pane, Chalkboard, China Plates, Golden Frame –  Stumbling Grace 

Floral décor on golden frame – Vintage Meadows

Chalkboard lettering & Window Pane lettering – Hand Lettered by Bev

Decor & FurnitureJubilee Collection

Dessert Table, Silver Platters, Copper stand, Copper Chandelier , Menu stand, Large gold chalkboard stand , Rugs , Tea light candle holders , Glass Terrariums (on dessert table)

HYGGE Wooden Cut Paper Heart Calligraphy

Sweet

Salted Caramel Popcorn & Pretzels – Batch Sweets

Macaroon’s & Cake Pops – Cakes’nSweets

Earl Grey/Lavender Cookie & Blueberry Scone – Crème de la Crumb

Savoury

Mennonite Sausage Ring, Kolbassa Sausage Ring, Capicolla Toppers, Cervelat Toppers, Original Pepperoni Bites, Festive Ham – Grimm’s Fine Foods

Maple Smoked Indian Candy Salmon , Beef Jerky , Smoked Salmon Lox – West Coast Salmon

Bread & Dips – A Bread Affair 

Sweetheart Loaf , Three’s Company Loaf , Marquee Loaf , Sourdough , Baguettes, Roasted Carrot Dip , Beet Dip , Cranberry & Pecan Dip, Chocolate Croissants

Sip

Fortunello & Oat Porter – Four Winds Brewery

Growlers of Cream Ale & Sour Weisse, MB glasses – Mariner Brewing

Homemade Apple Cider – Stumbling Grace

Table Setting

Invitations, Name Cards, Menus – AylaPena Calligraphy

Table Greenery & Greenery on dessert table – Maple Ridge Florist 

Candles – Wood Lot

Live Edge Wooden Table – Gilbert Built (Jubilee Collection) Instagram : @gilbertbuilt

Stop Buggin’ Spray – K’Pure  

Lavender Bouquets & Gather Tags – Grow & Gather Farms

Table Settings & Decor – Pretty Things Rentals

Wine Glasses , Moscow Mules , White Cloth Napkins , Curtain Backdrop , Eggplant Table Runner, Golden Candle Stick holders, String lights

Wooden cutlery – Joonie&Joe

Takeaway

Pumpkin spice cookie jars – Jars by Jodi

Woodlot Soap Bars – Wood Lot

Venue Location : The Secret Garden’ at Woodbridge Ponds

If you yourself are looking to put together your own event or even would like to partner together in making something magical come together please send me a message, I would LOVE to create a unique space with you! Let’s chat! You can find my contact information above ^^

GUESTS

Cassandra – Stumbling Grace Blog

Chalie – GOLDNgrasses

Diana – Happy Bees Events

Jen – Little Sprout Creations

Kayla – The Jubilee Collection

Natalia – The Venture Creative

Samantha Lenz – Oh Samantha! Blog

Shannon – Shannon Lee Blog

Tallya – Tallya D Photography

If there was anything that was used in this party you fancy and would like to inquire for yourself, I have listed all the links you will need to find the local and creative community that poured in to this event. 

 

Cheers loves! and here’s to many more.

 

XOX – Cass

 

 

 

 

 

LEGO of your DIY fears!

Here are 3 DIY’s that will make sure, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME, at your Lego party!

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A few weeks back, I had the privilege of working along side Chalie from Gold’n’Grasses for a very special birthday party for her son. Being an avid lego collector and enthusiast, he wanted to have nothing more than a party that was completely ENGULFED in the LEGO world!

Now, having a small flash back to when I was a child, my brother, sister and I loved and adored all things Lego, we would want nothing more, for any occasion, than to sit and build, create and imagine for hours on end. When I was first approached for this project,  my 6-year-old-Cassandra-heart was jumping for joy and waiting in anticipation for the day this party would come! Just listening to Chalie talk about all she had planned made my heart pitter patter, dreaming alongside her and envisioning what she was about to achieve! And boy, oh boy did his mama deliver!

Continue reading on for FREE printable’s, created by yours truly, and more DIY projects to make your very own LEGO party for your little (or grown up) super fan. I absolutely LOVED being apart of this event with Chalie and being able to help bring her vision to life. I am always looking to collaborate for my next event, whether it be creating or partnering with creators, so don’t be shy! Let’s Chat.

DIY #1 – Lego Building Activity Cards (FREE Printable)

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Get some creativity going and start the spark of imagination with these fun and customizable Lego Activity Cards. These cards were super simple to make and to create a set that was completely unique to Tristan! (ex: Create a number 5 out of Lego, Create a letter ‘T’ out of Lego, etc.) You can move on to creating favourite things of the birthday girl or boy or even just another item that falls into the theme of the party, ex: Police Station. Enjoy!

Below is a link to your very own set of Lego Activity Cards to use at your next party or even just around the house!! I would love to hear what you come up with for your own set that is unique and customized for your little ones! 

[Click here for LEGO Activity Cards]

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DIY #2 City Line Photo Booth Backdrop

This DIY was a 3-part task, now I chose to paint the pieces after I had measured and cut them. I also decided to use spray paint so that made it a lot easier as well! Here is a rough break down of how I made these beautiful, simple but dramatic party decor come to life!

Step 1 : Materials

Find what you are going to use as your base for this project. My hubs went to Costco and grabbed a couple of the pieces of cardboard that sit in-between the giant pallets and brought them home to cut up!  (I used 3 pieces of 3ft x 5ft) You can also use cardboard boxes, diaper boxes, or even head over to Michaels or Staples and pick up black poster board.

Step 2: Trace/Sketch

Sketch out the exact shapes that you would like to cut out – here it is not really a big deal if you mess up or have pencil everywhere. You are going to be painting over it soon, but if you are really unsure, take a sharpie or marker and trace the exact lines so you dont make a mistake while cutting!

Step 3: Cutting

This was the most grueling task for this whole project. I used a cutting board underneath while I used my exacto knife and then later on realized that using scissors would be much easier. Just make sure it’s not the cheap-o version!

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Step 4: Painting

The paint I found the easiest and quickest to use was spray paint, I placed a large piece of plastic on the ground and did 2 coats of black matte spray paint. You could totally do this with a paint brush, I just imagine it taking 5 times longer!

Step 5: Dry & Set up!

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DIY #3 Gift Bag Tags (FREE Printable)

Don’t forget to tag the bag and to say thanks for celebrating the girl/boy of the hour! I designed these awesome tags for Chalie & Tristan to attach to their iconic ‘Money Bag’ goody bags. What an awesome idea, because, well, a bag full of money is a pretty awesome goodie! lol. Follow a long and grab your very own gift tags to use for your next Lego party!

Below is a link to your FREE PRINTABLE for your own gift tags the next time you throw a Lego Party!

[Click here for Lego Favor Bag Tags]

Even MORE Lego DIY’s to keep the party going! 

Lego Twister – Created & Crafted by Chalie at GOLDNgrasses
Diamond Pinata – Created & Crafted by Chalie at GOLDNgrasses

If you haven’t had a chance yet, head on over to Gold’n’Grasses and get the FULL layout and run down here of all the shops involved, other DIY’s you won’t want to miss and photos of her big 5 year old boy!! It was such an enormous joy to not only celebrate Tristan in turning 5, but to work alongside someone who is just as passionate and goal driven to see their dream come to fruition. Chalie my girl, you are a true Gem! And not just because you made an awesome Diamond Pinata! ❤

Happy Birthday Tristan, I hope it was a blast and that EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME!!

Xo Cass

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If there was anything that Chalie had or used in this party and are worried about finding out where she found the perfect pieces for this Lego theme, look no further! Below are all the links you will need to find the local and creative community that poured in to this event.

Styled & Curated by : Chalie at GoldnGrasses

Photographer  :  Creative Wife & Joyful Worker

​Photo editing: GOLDNgrasses

Venue :  High Street Community Room
Food :  Memphis Blues BBQ
Custom cake & macarons :   Super Sweet Sheep
​Mini mango cheesecakes & white chocolate ganache pudding: The Wooden Whisk
Night out sprinkle mix : Dainty Sprinkle co.
Sugar cookies : Sweeter with a Cookie
Popsicles : Tubify
Cake toppers : Glitter Paper Scissors
Lego printables : Swirl Creative
​Lego head printables : Creative Wife and Joyful Worker (link coming soon)
​Lego activity cards & cityscape & gift tags : Stumbling Grace
Art school speckle large plate & tissue diamonds: Bash Party Goods
Canapé grid plate paper ware :  Heather & Gem
Paper straws & candles :Joonie and Joe
Cups & napkins :EZ party
​Confetti & small ballons : Oh Happy Day! Party Shop
Customized wooden pendant banner :Sprig West
Lego cutlery & party favors : Oriental trading
High five shirt :Lucky Bum Clothing
​Kids tables and chairs :Turkey Party Makers Ltd.
Lego twister DIY : GOLDNgrasses
Diamond piñata DIY : GOLDNgrasses
Lego cop printable : GOLDNgrasses

 

 

Summertime Sisterhood – up’s&down’s, high’s&low’s and I wouldn’t change a thing.

They say that a sibling is a forever friend. This is a bold statement, especially when you are 9 and your sister is 2, you may be thinking quite the opposite. As time went on, it threw us curve balls and we could do nothing but cling to each other and grow through it. You learn to turn to each other in times of defeat instead of turning your back. You celebrate the small victories and rejoice in the milestones. You start to pull at each other, asking for guidance, for support and sometimes just for a hug. I am so thankful God gave me a sister to go through life with, even if I didn’t realize the blessing in the early years.

Growing up we had a large age gap between us and even though we did get along the odd time, when we got in to mom’s makeup or expressed ourselves artistically with markers on the wall, I don’t think we really ever anticipated what our relationship would one day grow in to. I look back now on the days we spent together, our endless LEGO villages and Sunday morning cartoons, and I can still see that same little 4 year old looking up to her big sis. Waiting for me to make the next move, to tell her if she’s doing a good job or when her pony tail isn’t centered.

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To this day, this is still our saving grace, our center of gravity, pulling each other in and lifting each other up. A state of glorification and eagerness to help each other. Why? Because we’re sisters. There’s no other way to explain why we’ll go to the ends of the earth and walk the moon for one another. She’s my little and I’m her big, plain and simple, black and white.

Now in to our twenties, that 7 year gap isn’t making quite such a dent anymore. We both have a home life, work life and personal interests, hobbies and loved ones. Tish is such a great auntie to our little Ez, I find myself sometimes tearing up thinking and dreaming of the relationship that they share and will hold so dear to their hearts.

I remember when we were younger and Tish was trying to figure out what she was going to do after high school, having no direction except knowing she loved art, music and personal connections. She followed in her sisters footsteps and took an interest to Makeup Artistry, luckily that soon dwindled and she fell right in to where she was supposed to be, teaching and caring for children. we are now working in the same field and I am so excited to hopefully work along side her in the classroom and share our joy, excitement, and craziness.

Watching Tish grow over the years has given me a variety of feelings. Feelings of joy and excitement, feelings of anticipation and anxiety but mostly an overwhelming feeling of pride and love. I guess having a larger gap between us opens up the door of almost becoming motherly towards her in the teen years. I have to say though, now being older and being able to share the same passions and interests, it’s like a whole new world. As if I was just waiting for her to catch up to me, waiting for my best friend to arrive.

My not-so-little sister has grown in to this beautiful, funny, courageous and multi-talented young woman and I am SO excited to continue on in life with her. Going on trips, discovering new hobbies and just enjoying everyday to the fullest. Each day is a new beginning to start something new, learn something new and be renewed. I hope and pray that one day we can give Ezra the same blessing that God gave me 21 years ago.

Love you Little One

X0X

 

COLLABORATORS // Summer Styled Shoot

STYLED & CAPTURED BY: The Venture Creative

PHOTOGRAPHY: Natalia Reardon Photography

SUNGLASSES: Ollie Quinn

TOWELS: Tofino Towel Co.

SWIMSUIT: Nettle’s Tale

SUNSCREEN: K’Pure Naturals

JEWELRY: Mind the Minimal with Joie De Cristaux

APPAREL: Aloha Kai Apparel

BAG: Hold & Carry

WATER BOTTLE: The Free Reign Life

MODELS & GUEST BLOGGER: Stumbling Grace with Natasha Holt

LOCATION: Spanish Banks

 

 

40’s Lemonade Stand – Styled Shoot

 

A few months ago, myself and Natalia, The Venture Creative, were having a goals and inspiration girls night and came up for the vision for this shoot. We started to prep and plan different styled shoots, ideas for promotional materials, products we would like to review and companies that made our hearts jump and skip a beat! And thus, the ’40’s Lemonade Stand’ was born.

40’s Lemonade Stand Highlights:

  • Mason Jar/Lemon Sugar Cookies
  • Local Shops & Products
  • 14 Lemons
  • DIY Lemonade Stand
  • Ethical Visions & Support
  • Sweet&Sour faces
  • First Date – Sharing a Sippycup
  • 40’s Themed Outfits

 

Now my first concern here was, where and how and when am I going to make a Lemonade Stand, and from what? Do I go the route of a large wooden pallet, two wooden crates, or buy one.

**Enter Superhero-Handyman-Hubby**

I explain my thought process to Kenz and the different ways I could go about making the Lemonade Stand and his response, “I’ll just make one!” I think I just fell in love all over again. He took a bunch of left over wood we had from taking apart a bunk bed a few months back, (he also used this for the backdrop at Ezra’s First Flamingo – check it out), and went to work! I could not believe how perfect and beautiful it is! *insert happy cry* While he was building it, he had the face of it complete and I was thrilled! He then told me he had a lot more to do because he wanted it to be sturdy for Ezra and her cousins to play with for a long time to come. He added extra supports, squared it off and made sure everything was tight and secure. What a great man he is, always bringing my dreams to life! I will be making a separate post for your very own DIY Lemonade Stand in the near future so keep your eyes peeled!

We had so much fun with this shoot, involving all three of our children was difficult but so much fun! Luckily we had both of our husbands there to help rangle the kids and make them smile. We really lucked out with the weather that day, the entire week before and after had been in the high 20’s and this day just happened to be overcast. The perfect day for a summer shoot out in the sun.

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When I first started searching for who I wanted to involve in this project, there was a couple that came to mind right away and a few that I stumbled upon and am absolutely in LOVE with. Seriously, after you’ve looked through all the beautiful photos by Natalia Reardon Photography, scroll down to all the amazing LOCAL shops involved.

Through planning and executing this vision of the Lemonade Stand, I got to meet some of the makers behind the scenes. I had Kara from Nest&co Handcrafted over for a cup of tea when she brought over the adorable romper photographed above. I think this may be one of my favourite parts of organizing these style shoots is meeting and learning about the shops, how they came to fruition and the passion that keeps them going.

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Planning, Prepping and Preparing. 40’s theme, think bonnets, knee high socks and pearls. PEARLS! I remembered I had seen the most adorable mommy and me sets from Baby Bear Design just the other day, I rushed over and behold, there they were, perfect for the girls. Amy has a serious amount of awesome chewellery, teethers, children’s & adult apparel and she has big things coming down the shoot, check her and BabyBearDesign out here!

THE Bonnet. I originally was introduced to Fawn & Lace through Tara Teng, she posted a photo of her little girl in one of her bonnets and I was instantly in love! I contacted Parla and explained the vision behind the 40’s Lemonade Stand and if she would be interested in being involved. Now HERE is the real reason I wanted her beautiful bonnet to be featured in our shoot, to raise awareness and to promote what she is doing behind the scenes. Not only are her bonnets made from recycled materials but for each bonnet that is purchased, she puts $5 of your purchase towards women at risk and survivors of trafficking. Whaaaat? If you can’t already tell, this woman has such a huge heart and is doing amazing things. Go check out her handmade bonnets now and help support not only locally made and sourced items, but for women who need all the help they can get.

Here’s where you can pick up yours, but be quick! They’re only put out in limited releases. Her next release date will be at the end of July.

I got to meet another amazing shop owner along the way, Kim, grandma to Mia and one of the makers behind Mia’s Mocs. They’re goal and driving force is to provide great quality moccasins at affordable prices for new moms, moms with large families, low income families, families with special needs children and military families. You know those moments that just kind of catch you off guard, that you’re not expecting but it is such a joyful surprise when it does? This happened when I ran up to the door to meet Kim, and we ended up chatting for about 20 minutes about her daughter, grand daughter, my little Ez and the goal of Mia’s Mocs. It’s such a joy to get to know the makers, a snippet of who they are and who you are supporting and promoting. So thank you Kim and Alyssia!

The beautiful banner of lemons hung on the Stand was made by Little Sprout Creations and in the midst of her own hustle and bustle of putting together her daughter’s 2nd birthday, her shops 1st Birthday AND a giveaway, she still put time aside to make sure these lemons made it to the shoot. What a gem Jen is, the passion she puts behind her product and customer service is unreal. Thank you Thank you!!

Arn’t these cookies beautiful? Well, if you we’re wondering, yes they tasted even better than they looked! How is that possible? I couldn’t have imagined these cookies looking any other way. DesignerCookies really outdid themselves for this delicious treat for our littles, even though I’m sure they ate way too many during the shoot! Designer Cookies is a cookies company that makes custom sugar cookies to order based in Metro Vancouver. You can order yours here.

Seeing a photoshoot, and very much a project, come together and to fruition filled me with so much joy and excitement for the ones to come. We’ve got some amazing stuff down the shoot and I can’t wait to share it all with you.

XOXO

Here’s a couple post-shoot shots of Ez… How could I resist?! Is there really anything cuter than a naked babe in a basket?

 

Contributors

Photographer : Natalia Reardon Photography

Lemonade Stand : Hubby DIY

Lemons & Mason Jar Cookies : Designer Cookies

Lemons Banner : Little Sprout Creations

Black Striped Paper Straws : Party City

Ezra’s Outfit

Lace Bonnet : Fawn and Lace

Yellow Floral Romper : Nest & Co. Handcrafted

Knee High Socks : Petite Littles

Pearl Necklace : Baby Bear Design

Grey Mocs : Mia’s Mocs

Kylan’s Outfit

Fedora : Joe Fresh

White Dress Shirt : Joe Fresh

Bow Tie : Little Beau Boutique

Suspenders : H&M

Khaki Shorts : Joe Fresh

Socks : Petite Littles

Brown Mocs : Mia’s Mocs 

 

Eliana’s Outfit

Sun Hat : Gap

Pearl Necklace : Baby Bear Design

Dress : Nest and Nurture

 

 

Tropic like It’s Hot, There’s A Birthday Giveaway!

A couple weeks ago Ez and I were invited to join in and celebrate the 1st Birthday Bash for Little Sprout Creations and oh boy, was it a blast! Jen and I met a couple months ago while I was working alongside her at the Local Love in Spring Market for Beluga Baby. We really hit it off and ever since have been almost inseparable! Both having a passion for creating, small children and eating.

The morning started with Jen heading over to my house and piling Ez and I into her GIANT truck. That in itself was an adventure. We headed over to the Jubilee Collection in Abbotsford for a few key pieces that Jen had rented for the day and then arrived at the shoot location; High Street.

When we arrived at the High Street we were both starving and in need of a caffeine boost, I ran over to Starbucks with Ez to grab the goods. I ordered a full breakfast for each of us and a small one for Ez, two coffees and an iced drink. I then lifted out my wallet to pay and the barista leaned closer to me and let me know my order had been paid for in full. There was a man sitting by the window, reading a book, sipping his coffee, and he had given the barista an bottomless gift card for customers order that morning. I couldn’t believe it! People, there is still true, honest, goodness in the world, even if it is in coffee form! Ezra and I grabbed our items to go, but we didn’t leave without saying thank you, Ezra flashed her 6 pearly whites and gave the man a small wave. What an amazing, unexpected, kind way to start the morning.

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While prepping, I had the opportunity to gift Jen a mini makeover for the big birthday bash, for those of you who don’t know, one of my part time jobs is M/U for bridal and special events. We were just finishing up and then thought to ourselves, Sephora is right across the walk, endless lipsticks, balms and gloss, let’s go put on something fun! We rushed over, picked out our favorite shades of pink to match our tropical vibe and headed back to the shoot!

How perfect is it that the theme Jen had chosen to celebrate her shops one year of success was tropical! Ezra and I are now veterans of the tropical lifestyle and felt right at home in this flourishing, fruity climate!

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When I was trying to put together what I would wear, I was at a loss. The only tropical clothing item I had was a full blown, palm leaf dress and if I wore that, I would’ve blended in with the photo wall. I was digging away in my closet (sidenote: doesn’t it always seem like you have a million dresses that DON’T work when you’re looking for the one that does?) and then there it was, the dress I had hidden away for new years this year. It’s peach, kind of rose/blush, shiny, high-low style and perfect for a birthday bash! Ezra was easy-peasy, Jen had a couple shops come alongside her to celebrate that sent over clothing for each of the littles attending!

Ezra’s outfit details:

Hand made grey tunic from nest and co handmade

Suede and golden mocs from wildonesmocs

Flamingo headband from antlers and acorns.

We were finally ready to go! Despite the fact that when we got there Ez was rearing to go, getting in to everything, watching all the kids play as she sat immobile on the ground, then when the time came for the snack table to be photographed, guess who was asleep. You guessed correct; Ez. She had missed her morning nap and was getting cranky. I hugged her tight and snuggled her in to the Ezra Wrap and she fell fast asleep. But that didn’t stop this mama from getting’ her groove on!

Luckily there was still more fun to be had with the photo wall and extra treats! All these women had a blast with their babes. Thank you so much @littlesproutcreations for having us join in on the fun, it was an event to remember and has me thinking about Stumbling Grace’s birthday, but that won’t be until May next year! Make sure you scroll down for a list of all the shops who came out and helped make Jen’s vision come to life!

If you haven’t heard, Little Sprout Creations is having a HUGE giveaway for their first birthday. Head over here to enter in on the fun! There is some amazing stuff to be won.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out the vendors and guests below!

PS: Arn’t these two just adorable, I hear wedding bells ringing!

Shop & Decor info:

Type A Photography

– LSC Birthday Bash was beautifully captured by Type A Photography

http://typeaphotography.com/

Instagram @typeaphotography

email: typeaphotography@hotmail.com

Little Sprout Creations

– toppers (cake, cupcake, donuts), ferns on table & walls, wine glasses

www.facebook.com/littlesproutcreationsshop

Instagram @littlesproutcreations

littlesproutcreationsshop@gmail.com

Bloggers (& Models)

Deanna Reddy – Stylist – Style by Deanna

www.facebook.com/stylebydeannaco

Instagram @style.by.deanna

dmreddy@telus.net

Website: stylebydeanna.wordpress.com/

Samantha Lenz – “OH Samantha” Blog

Instagram @snlenz

samanthaNlenz@gmail.com

Website: www.samanthalenz.com 

Cassandra Fenton – “Stumbling Grace” Blog

Instagram @thecassra

cassandralfenton@gmail.com

Website: stumblinggracecom.wordpress.com/

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Contributing Vendors

Panda Cakes

– toasted coconut cake, flamingo cupcakes, mini cupcakes

Instagram @panda_cakes__

panda_cakes@outlook.com

Cakes by Peddie

– macarons

Instagram @cakesbypeddie

alannahpeddie@gmail.com

Sugar Flour Bake Shoppe

– pineapple and flamingo cake pops

Instagram @sugarflourbakeshoppe

sugarflourbakeshoppe@gmail.com

Dainty Sprinkle Company

– sprinkles

Instagram @daintysprinkleco

daintysprinkleco@gmail.com

T’s (Once Upon a Tea Leaf)

– sangria tea mix

Instagram @onceuponatealeaf

teas@live.ca

Chalkboard Art by Emily

– “if you like pina coladas” chalkboard sign

Instagram @chalkdboardartbyemily

emily20cannon@gmail.com

Town & Country Vintage Home

– ceramic pineapples, throw pillow

Instagram @townandcountryvintagehome

townandcountryvintagehome@yahoo.ca

Little Rose Party Company

– giant white balloon with tassel, paper plates, painted cutlery, paper straws

Instagram @littlerosepartycompany

mshilton@live.ca

Sophia’s Flower Shop

– floral arrangements

Instagram @sophiasflowershop

sophiasflowershop@gmail.com

The Jubilee Collections

– picnic table & stumps

Instagram @thejubileecollection

thejubileecollection@outlook.com

Caribou Candle Company

– mini candles

Instagram @cariboucandleco

cariboucandleco@gmail.com

Mully’s

– table place cards

Instagram @mullys_handcrafted

karlybelanger@gmail.com

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Baby Bear Design

– pineapple teethers, teething rattle, mom & baby necklaces, bracelets

Instagram @babybeardesign

babybeardesign@outlook.com

Emz + Co.

– “Snap That” hoodie

Instagram

emzandcokids@gmail.com

Antlers & Acorns

– flamingo headband

Instagram @antlersandacornsbc

antlersandacorns@hotmail.com

Wild One’s Mocs

– bow moccasins, hair clip

Instagram @wildonesmocs

wildonessales@gmail.com

Pacific Coast DIY

– “Aloha” sign

Instagram @pacificcoastdiy

pacificcoastdiy@hotmail.com

Nest & Co 

– Seafoam romper, lace trimmed grey dress, headbands

Instagram @nestandco_handcrafted

hello@nestandco.ca

Fog & Fern

– Fern shorties

@fog.and.fern

fogandfern@outlook.com

Ivy + Joy

– pineapple snapback hat

Instagram @ivyandjoy

Glass & Brass Vintage

– pendant necklaces, earrings

Instagram @glassandbrassvintage

glassandbrassvintage@gmail.com

Ezra’s First Flamingo

Flamingo Kisses

Olivia Ann Photography

Well, we did it! My little bean is one. How an entire year has gone by I don’t know, but at the same time I look back and remember all of these little moments, adventures and triumphs. The moments that seem so short, the days that are long and all the in-between warm fuzzies, and think to myself, it’s ONLY been a year? How is that so? I cannot recall what life was like before I met you, had you in my arms, snuggling me and kissing me. Watching me, tracking me to make sure I didn’t leave the room. So much time passes in the blink of an eye and you don’t realize it until a milestone like a first birthday comes along. And when that milestone presented itself, you best believe we celebrated in style.

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Ezra’s First Flamingo Highlights:

  • Pineapple/Watermelon pops
  • Jumbo sized palm leaves
  • Free Printable Pineapple toppers
  • 6 DIY Party Décor Ideas
  • Large Flamingo Balloons
  • Rice Crispie pops
  • Homemade Flamingo Cookies
  • Patio party lights
  • Oreo pineapples
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There was pink, there were feathers, there was sweet corn, pop corn and cake pops. There were pineapples, giant balloons, sunscreen, bouncy castle and lots and lots of laughs. This day couldn’t have gone any better. Yes we were scrambling until the last minute while the birthday girl played with bubbles in her playpen, but man did she have a blast. Leading up to Ezra’s first birthday I thought to myself, yeah for her first birthday I think I’ll do a party, something fun and flashy but not huge. Then it started. Ezra turned 6 months and one of my close girlfriend’s son turned one. Then the other two littles in our group turned one. After months of planning and preparation I was drawn in, sucked in to the ‘first birthday fiasco’ and there was no telling where the end point would be. I had created a vision in my head and nothing would get in my way until the day of completion. This party was going to be big. Real big.

Ezra's First Flamingo

I planned, I prepped, I snipped and snapped, glued and taped. Our home was constantly in a changing form, one day our living room had different shaped ferns covering the couch and floor, the next day we had 4 giant helium flamingos hovering in the corner. Slowly our living space became quite tropical and there was no denying Ez was about to turn one. I was very fortunate to have a couple local shops come alongside me in celebrating with décor. Little Sprout Creations (Ezra’s First Flamingo Banner) and Glitter and Spice (Flamingo Teether).

The only way I got through the couple months leading up to her birthday was three words:

PLAN//PREP//PREVENT

After planning and writing everything down on paper, I went through the stores I would need to go to, compared prices and made a ‘To buy’ list, ‘To do’ list and a ‘To make’ list. Having it all jumbled on to one piece of paper would’ve driven me crazy. Having separated each task into three lists gave me some sanity in picking and choosing what I wanted to do that day and not be overwhelmed with a list 30 items long. I looked through the things I needed to make and chose to start on the most daunting task first. The one that would take me the longest: The ferns. Even though these took the longest, they really made the event and brought all the décor together.

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Décor:

Here some step by step decor ideas, planning and pictures to help guide you in throwing your very own First Flamingo!

|| Flamingo Balloons:

I was looking online for where I could purchase some of thesewonderful pink breasted birds other than party city and I found them! For CHEAP. I ended up purchasing them from BargainBalloons.com ($4.50 each!). I received them in the mail within 2 weeks and went to go and fill them the day before and NO WHERE would fill them unless they were purchased from their store. I called what felt like every store around but I got word from a friend that a dollar store up the hill would do it!

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|| Pineapple Donut Toppers:

I gathered these adorable little pop on prints from CreativeWife & Joyful Worker. Codi had posted these for a tropical party that she had recently done and used these toppers for donuts with a yellow icing zigzagged on top (SO cute!). If you haven’t had a chance to view her gorgeous set up with Dearlovesblog check it here

I printed these toppers off (large and small sizes) on to card stock, cut them out and then hot glued them on to toothpicks for easy attachment with the treats!IMG_6923

Go to Creative Wife & Joyful Workers Summer Party post for your own Cookie & Donut Pineapple Toppers Free Printable

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|| Banner for Photo booth:

Little Sprout Creations provided a custom made banner for our photo booth, ‘EZRAS FIRST FLAMINGO’ If you are in need of any party décor or custom made banners, seriously, check Jen out @littlesproutcreations. She is the bomb! And such a joy to work with. (If you were wondering, yes she also did our banners for our DONUT GROW UP shoot we did a few weeks ago.

You may also like ‘Donut Grow Up styled shoot’.

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DIY Projects

Below are a few of the DIY projects I took on months before the party and boy am I glad I did! I wouldn’t have gotten them done otherwise.

1. Tissue Tassels (Light pink, white, gold, hot pink)

One of my girlfriends was planning her little ones birthday party a couple months before Ezra’s and was creating these beautiful tasseled garlands. I couldn’t help but jump on board because 1, they were super simple and 2, cost efficient! (and 3, the perfect thing to do while you’re watching survivor)

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2. Photo booth

This would have been the second photo booth that hubby and I have put together, the first of which being the one we made for our wedding Reception. After doing a bit of research we found it to be quite simple to do and cost effective if you can find your supplies at a thrift store or in the discount bin. For our wedding we had used thin pieces of plywood and thought that it would be better and lighter to use was the wood with holes . Turns out we were wrong, it really curled and bent in the sun and now it is in a heap in our storage room because it couldn’t hold it’s shape. If you get the thin plywood, it is a bit heavier but worth it for either resale or reuse after the initial event!

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Wallpaper > Value Village : If you know Mackenzie and I, then you know that we are diehard thrifter’s and on a date night, babysitting covered and a couple hours to spare, you can find us at the thrift shops. One of these times we just happened to be wondering through the home décor section and low and behold, tropical palm wallpaper. Obviously when I saw this, I knew that the stars had aligned and we were going to have a photo-booth at Ezra’s birthday. The entire roll (that we still have leftovers) was $7! HELLO!

Other materials we picked up along the way to make our photo booth a success:

Wallpaper Paste (RONA – $12)

Wallpaper tray (RONA – $3)

Plywood (RONA – $12)

3. Photo booth Props

I ended up purchasing the prints online and then printing on to card stock, cutting and gluing to small dowels and it worked lovely! A little bit time consuming but also very cost efficient, I paid a total of $10 for the set and dowels (Dollarama) and everyone had a blast using them!

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4. Paper Ferns

These big floppy ferns took me the longest! I bought 8 green poster boards, sketched 4 different kinds and sizes of leaves that I wanted to create, cut them out and retraced each one. This was an evening project that probably took about two weeks. But keep in mind, the only time I really buckled down to do this was when The Voice or HGTV was on.

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5. ‘One Year of Ez’ Frame (12 x 5×10 monthly milestone photos)

Throughout Ezra’s first year of life, She had this great big golden frame (5ft x 3ft) hanging on the wall in her nursery. This frame was passed down from Mackenzie’s grandmother and is a very special piece of memorabilia for our home. Every month I would go back to it and fill it up with current photos, family and friends in her life and milestone moments. When her birthday came around it only seemed necessary that I fill it with larger versions of her monthly floral milestone photos. Above her present table we hung the frame for all to see, out of reach from littles but perfect height for viewing pleasure!

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6. Floral ‘1’ Decor (Large size)

As some of you reading this may know, I have a few side jobs where I create certain home, birthday and wedding decor. One of which are these beautiful blooming 1’s for first birthdays. (If you or someone you know if interested in these pieces, please send me an email! I create letters, numbers, Canvas Calligraphy and Macrame wall art)

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SNACKS

|| Flamingo Cookies

These rockin’ pink feathered beauties were handmade by Ezra’s lovely and very talented Auntie Shannon.

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|| Pineapple Toppers & Watermelon Toppers

I thought that instead of having larger pieces of fruit out for little hands, I would put bite-sized pieces on sticks. They were such a hit! I think they were the snack that I refilled most. (They were a little time consuming, but they looked adorable and I they were easier to hold for tiny hands!)

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ONE Snack Table

Donuts: Tim Hortons

Lemonade/Pink Lemonade & Sangria bar – lemonade, sliced lemons and strawberries

Cotton Candy – Safeway

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|| Rice Crispie cake pops w/ icing and sprinkles: 

Now this one was a doozy. Something I thought would be so simple and easy, obviously, turned chaotic quite quickly. I cut and stacked the squares and put the straws in the ends (Gold&White swirl straws: Party City) and dipped them into the homemade icing and placed them on the baking sheet. ALL the icing poured off on to the baking sheet, dripped down and pooled on the bottom. I was at a loss trying to think of ideas of what to do to save my beautiful melting creations. I quickly placed the tray in the freezer, then each time I dipped the squares, I sprinkled them and placed them in the freezer. The next day when I brought them out for the party, they were all beautiful iced and sprinkled and if they melted in the sun that was A.O.K. with me. They were beautiful and they were done.

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Set Up/ Décor

We started early in the morning, but we all know that even that isn’t enough time! It really IS tricky to set up and really zone in to your project when you’ve got your one year old crawling around and pulling everything you place within arms reach. Luckily I had my amazing in laws and hubby to make this creation come to life! All up to 5 minutes before guests arrived and papa ran out to get ice and beers. Thank you papa.

FLOW: When setting up an event you want to make sure you’re envisioning the day with everyone there, not just empty and pretty looking! When I was looking for a spot to put the photo booth, I needed to put it somewhere where A) no one would constantly be walking in front of, B) somewhere that was inviting, and C) a spot that wasn’t in the blaring sun. In the end of it, I had to opt out and put it in the sun, but it worked and people took pictures! So PHEWF.

The rest of the area fell in to place naturally. In the yard, the bouncy castle would be positioned in the sun in the back corner, the play house in the other corner and the small turtle pool in the shade beside the rocker under the tree. The food/treats table would be set up just beside where the BBQ was, drinks and ice in the stand alone cooler, and condiments/plates/napkins were on the ledge of the BBQ cover. On the deck we had a large umbrella where the comfy seats were and this is where our grandparents and parents would sit. Beside them was a gifts table, if anyone brought a special treat for Ezra I wanted to make sure I had a spot that was for that instead of trying to organize where things went during the party. (On a side note, we chose not to do an ‘opening gifts’ time because there was a large amount people and I feel Ez would’ve been overwhelmed. She was so blessed that day in receiving a mountain of treasures from all who attended! After everyone had left we had her cousins help her with unwrapping.)

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That little piano was our gift to Ezra. 6AM is her favourite time to channel her inner Mozart.

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Touching on the concept of ‘flow’ in the party and proper roll out, I made sure EVERYTHING was prepped. If we needed more napkins/plates/bowls/cups, I had them in a bin under the snack table for easy access. I had any extra food just inside the door for quick refills and I did not bring the cake out until it was time to sing. This ensured the cake wouldn’t melt in the blazing sun or little fingers wouldn’t get to taste test before the big sing along began.

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Yes, yes. The cake is homemade. Please feel free to boost my baking ego! Because dannnng did that cake have a mad lean and 12 skewers holding it up before it came out!

After the song had been sang, hugs and kisses had been exchanged and well wishes were given, it was time for the GREAT FLAMINGO CLEANUP. Naturally, we plunked all the kids in the turtle tub and carried on our way! I hope you enjoyed Ezra’s First Flamingo as much as we did!! We were blessed beyond compare with the love of family and sunny weather on this day. Now let’s hope this carries on throughout the rest of the summer! No more rain!

Scroll down to enjoy the last few minutes of our big day, take care & see you later lovelies,

XO Cass

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