denver, colorado // day two

denver, colorado

Our second day in Denver was technically a half day as we flew out that day. However, we were still able to pack in a little Colorado goodness before we left. After breakfast at Snooze, we checked out the Denver Art Museum.

denver, colorado

Then, after lunch at Duffy’s Cherry Cricket, we drove out to Golden, Colorado. We stopped at Lookout Mountain and went to the Buffalo Bill Museum.

denver, colorado

Then we drove down to the Coors factory. All in all, we had a great Denver trip!

Previously – our itinerary / day one

denver, colorado // day one

denver, colorado

Way back in 2014 [I know, forever ago!] Kacey and I took a super quick trip to Denver, Colorado. How quick? We had a day and a half there, and it was our first time visiting. I want to share what we did, what we ate, and what all we saw in our day and a half in Denver!

We arrived late on a Friday night, hopped in our rental car, grabbed a quick bite to eat near our hotel and then went to sleep so we could wake rested on Saturday. That Saturday morning, we drove out to the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. I was surprised to see how much of a workout mecca it was. Lots of people climbing the stairs and doing workout routines on the benches. Definitely a beautiful place to exercise as the views from up top were spectacular!

Afterwards, we drove out to the Molly Brown House Museum, followed by lunch at Wynkoop Brewing Company. Their burgers were tasty!

denver, colorado

After lunch, we drove to the Denver Convention Center where we spotted the famous Blue Bear.

denver, colorado

Then, we took off to walk around Larimer Square where the Denver Chalk Art Festival was happening. I couldn’t believe how amazing the artwork was. And that it was all made of chalk! Serious talent.

We had cocktails at The Squeaky Bean and decided to hit up a Speakeasy for dinner. There was quite the wait at Williams & Graham so while waiting we checked out Little Man Ice Cream. The line was really long so we walked around until our reservations were ready.

denver, colorado

Williams & Graham was such a unique place. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so let’s just say it seemed like we were in the wrong place when we arrived! With a little trickery, we were seated in a cozy room for drinks and dinner. And while I can’t remember all that we ordered, I still think of the Roasted Bone Marrow that we had that night!! Oh so good + decadent! Kacey got to try a few rare scotches that were on his list. So, that was a highlight, too!

denver, colorado

Previously – our itinerary 

denver, colorado // itinerary

denver, colorado // itinerary

Day One -

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Molly Brown House Museum
Wynkoop Brewing Company [lunch]
Denver Convention Center
Larimer Square
The Squeaky Bean [dinner]
Little Man Ice Cream
Williams & Graham

 

Day Two -

Snooze [breakfast]
Denver Art Museum
Duffy’s Cherry Cricket [lunch]
Lookout Mountain
Buffalo Bill Museum
Golden, Colorado

spring update

em's sixth birthday

So much to catch up on! Em turned six last month. Surprise, it was a pony party! So we’ve got a pony party, our travels to Denver, Massachusetts, Dubai, Azerbaijan, and a Disney cruise to fill you in on. Plus, lots of letterpress including her invitations + paper goods for her party and lots and lots of custom home illustrated moving announcements.

happy veterans day

paw paw / veterans day

Thank you veterans! To all those that have served in my family + friends circle and beyond. And to this guy – thank you, Paw Paw.

And a little life update – very recently, my family lost our matriarch. A very special lady and I’m still a little heartbroken. She had 93 good, happy + pretty darn healthy years. Though, I still wish it were more. There is just never enough time here on earth.

recent work // mitchell’s first birthday invitations

Earlier this year, Pierce’s little brother Mitchell turned one. We were so honored to work with their family again on the invitations + thank you cards for his special celebration.

mitchell's first birthday invite

For the design, Mitchell’s first birthday invitation complements Pierce’s first birthday invitation so that the two can work well side by side together in a frame. A sweet new theme and fresh color palette sets the two invites apart.

mitchell's thank you card

We hope your birthday was a fun one, Mitchell!

em’s fifth birthday invitations

I’m so excited to finally share with you the invitations we designed + letterpress printed for Em’s birthday party. As you recall, she requested a mermaid theme for her fifth birthday.

em's fifth birthday invitations

The illustrations were really fun to work on. Kelp, seashells and bubbles! Oh my! Plus we hid a few mermaid specific illustrations. We chose a very soothing color palette reminiscent of sea glass and threw in a pop of vibrant orchid for the text.

em's fifth birthday invitations

How wonderful are these vintage stamps? Perfect for her underwater theme.

em's fifth birthday invitations

Like previous years, we handed out wish cards for our family to write their wishes for Em. This year, she really enjoyed reading them after the party.

em's fifth birthday invitations

And finally, the mermaid merci cards that we sent out post party to thank everyone for their thoughtful gifts and for celebrating with us.

em's fifth birthday invitations

em's fifth birthday invitations

And there you have it! Em’s mermaid invitations for her fifth birthday party.

em’s fifth birthday party

This year, Em wanted a mermaid party for her birthday!

em's fifth birthday party

And a mermaid party during April was a fun challenge. Public pools open at the end of May. We found an indoor pool option but I wasn’t sure we were prepared to chaperone twenty plus five-year-olds. Then, we discovered The Fish Gallery – a tropical fish store that also installs professional tanks. They have a party room and a gorgeous showroom. It was perfect.

em's fifth birthday party

The kids got to watch + participate in feeding the fish in the grand showroom tanks.

em's fifth birthday party

em's fifth birthday party

They toured the facility and got to touch starfish and little fish in the touch tanks. It was all wonderfully informative and the kids had such a fun time!

em's fifth birthday party

Afterwards, it was hand washing time. Then, lunch and birthday cake! 

em's fifth birthday party

Like previous years, the sandwiches and fruit came from a local grocery store as did the flowers. Continuing with the color scheme, we made a mint colored drink using lemonade and blue kool aid mix.

em's fifth birthday party

We got a small, inexpensive custom birthday cake from Whole Foods. It had layers of chocolate ganache on the inside. Mummm!

em's fifth birthday party

The cupcakes came from Hey Cupcake! and were part of The Fish Gallery’s party package. There were suppose to be all white. But, hey, kids love sprinkles! We letterpress printed mermaid + ocean characters and made cupcake toppers with them.

em's fifth birthday party

For party favors, we decided on these sweet mermaid and starfish cookies. They were incredibly good!

em's fifth birthday party

I found starfish + seahorse glasses at Homegoods. They were perfect to house the anchor forks and paper straws.

em's fifth birthday party

So that’s it! Em’s mermaid birthday bash. Thanks to everyone that was able to join us and celebrate her fifth birthday!

em's fifth birthday party

We look forward to sharing her birthday invitations with you, lovely readers. Be on the lookout!