recent work // gemma’s baptism invites + favor tags

gemma baptism invite + tag

We recently completed these sweet baptism invitations + matching favor tags for a little girl named Gemma. The design was a custom spin on the baptism invitations available in our Etsy shop. We replaced the cross with her monogram and added a beautiful script typeface for her name.

dress rehearsal

dance review 2013

In addition to printing + house sketching, this weekend is Em’s first dance recital. I’m really looking forward to it. Here’s a pic from her dress rehearsal yesterday. Little three year olds in fluffy, sparkly, matching dresses? Love.

I never planned on putting her in dancing so early. I thought I’d enroll her around age 4 or 5, the same age I was when I enrolled as a little girl. But, thanks to Angelina Ballerina, Em started doing dance moves around the house and knew some dance lingo. So, at 2.5 years old, we placed her in a combo ballet + tap class. I’m so happy we did. She really loves it and has made a few friends!

homemade bubbles

homemade bubbles

Yesterday, Kacey used this recipe to make bubbles for Em when we ran out of solution. I was skeptical, but they were amazing! Truly. Big, long-lasting + colorful bubbles. We used both a big wand and an automatic bubble blower. Both worked great. I was most impressed with the bubble blower. With regular solution, we’ve only been able to get it to produce consistently small bubbles. With the homemade recipe, it made big monstrous, stacking bubbles. Em had a blast popping them!

recent work // house sketch no. 41

house sketch // no. 41

house sketch // no. 41

We recently completed these custom house sketch moving announcements [on double thick paper] and a 5″ x 7″ letterpress print that’s perfect for framing. Congratulations Scott, Courtney + Audrey on your beautiful new home!

printable // mother’s day + father’s day cards // no.2

father's day card printable

father's/mother's day card printable

Last year, we posted free DIY handprint cards on Hellobee for Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. Since then, we’ve received lots of requests for a younger version from those of you with children saying Dada + Mama instead. So here they are! A “Happy Dada Day” and a “Happy Mama Day” card. Just print each out onto card stock. Then, using the crop marks as guides, cut out the cards. Stamp or trace your kiddo’s hand. Finally, place each inside an A2 size envelope. And you’re done. Enjoy!

disney / 2013

disney // 2013

So, this happened last week. Em’s third trip to Disney World. I’m working on a few posts about our whirlwind trip including a what-to-pack-when-flying-with-a-toddler-to-Disney list.

Hope your week was fabulous!

PS – How do you like our blog’s new look? It finally matches our website! Hooray! Thanks for all of your help, Joy.

em’s third birthday // the details

We’ve shared with you Em’s pixie party. Now, here’s how it all came together! As we mentioned, we decided not to have the party at our house this year. Instead, we rented out a place called Gorgeous Millie and invited all of Em’s classmates and a few friends from her dancing class.

em's third birthday party

Since the space was already so lovely, we kept decorations very simple + minimal. I ordered 3 huge balloons from here. The white vases were a mix of from Ikea and Goodwill. Like previous years, I just picked up flowers the day before the party at a local grocery store and put them together. To follow the rainbow theme, I made sure to get flowers in all of these colors – pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. The glittery little fairies are from The Disney Store.

em's third birthday party

The birthday cake came from Whole Foods. It had layers of chocolate ganache on the inside and we asked for the outside to be completely white. At home, I decorated it with multicolored sprinkles I found in the Easter aisle at Target. These are the twisted candles we used. For the cake topper, I made her name out of the heaviest gold wire I could find from the craft store.

em's third birthday party

Just like the previous two years, we picked up tasty macarons from a local bakery called La Pâtisserie.

em's third birthday party

In addition to the macarons + cake, we picked up a fruit tray and a couple of sandwich trays from a local grocery store. We wanted to keep the food simple and easy.

em's third birthday party

We offered water and lemonade to the guests. For the lemonade, we used organic lemonade we picked up from Central Market and infused it with strawberries and lemon slices. This is the drink dispenser we used. It holds 3 gallons and we had to refill it during the party.

em's third birthday party

The glass bottles are actually Starbucks coffee drink bottles. We’ve used them the last two years so peeling off all those labels was an excellent investment time-wise! I ordered the striped paper straws from two different Etsy shops – here and here.

em's third birthday party

The party space, Gorgeous Millie, provided lots of dress up clothes options including hats, princess dresses and a few colorful fairy wings. We also brought additional tutus + white fairy wings for the children.

em's third birthday party

Em’s custom party hat came from the same Etsy seller we used last year.

em's third birthday party

Instead of buying a piñata, I tried my hand at making one using these instructions + these instructions. I wish I would have taken more time on it and added more layers. This is where I bought the crepe paper. I also added iridescent mylar sheets that I picked up in the gift wrapping aisle at a party store. If you’re going to make one, I highly recommend getting these fringe scissors. I added a removable bottom which I fastened out of cardboard since I filled the piñata with heavy party favors instead of confetti. I poked holes through the cardboard bottom and strung through pull stings made from iridescent curling ribbon. One strand of ribbon was tied securely and was the one that opened up the piñata.

em's third birthday party

The favors all came from Party City with the exception of the poppers that I bought online which turned out to be duds and rainbow circle stickers I found at Target. The kids gathered all of their goodies in super cute gold polka dot muslin bags I found on Etsy.

em's third birthday party

And, there you have it! The makings of Em’s third birthday party.

em’s third birthday party

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Em’s third birthday with a pixie party! You’ve seen the letterpress printed invites we sent out. Now it’s time for us to share her party with you!

Em loves Tinkerbell and all of her friends. So, we decided on a loose fairy/pixie theme for her party this year.

em's third birthday party

And, after noticing that the Disney fairies combined make up the colors of the rainbow, I knew we had found our color palette for her party.

em's third birthday party

We rented out a space for her party and invited all of Em’s classmates and a few friends from her dancing class. The place we chose is actually a space for co-op playgroups. It turned out to be a great choice. Not only was the facility gorgeous, it was fully set up for kids under the age of four.

em's third birthday party

There were different areas for the kids to do all sorts of things like play dress up which they loved!

em's third birthday party

em's third birthday party

As promised, there were fairy wings for all of the children to put on.

em's third birthday party

em's third birthday party

em's third birthday party

em's third birthday party

em's third birthday party

em's third birthday party

And there were magical things like a pull string pinata…

em's third birthday party

that unloaded lots of sparkly treats for the kids…

em's third birthday party

including pirate ships + gold doubloons.

em's third birthday party

Her pixie party was a big success and so much fun to plan! A hearty thank you to everyone who came to her party + celebrated with us. We’re so lucky to have you in our lives!

I plan to do a follow up post featuring links on where we got everything to make her pixie party come together. If there is anything you are curious about, please leave a comment!