a cotton candy cloud cake is my fave

February 27, 2014

kid's birthday cake
I have to give full credit to Kirsten for not only baking the cake but coming up with the perfect cake topper – cotton candy clouds. Not only were the personal cotton candy sticks a hit, the girls were delighted (okay, maybe a little scared) with the mini sparkler topper. Yet another thing I’ll be adding to the must have at every party list.
kid's birthday cake
kid's birthday cake
kid's birthday cake
photos: Nicole Coleman

a cloud piñata is my fave

February 26, 2014

cloud piñata
I discovered the key to success for a 5th birthday party is a piñata. Swinging a bat at something? Fun. Having candy rain down on you? Fun. Eating all that candy in a matter of minutes? Fun.

This sweet cloud was hand crafted by Aracely of Whack Piñateria. Don’t you love the raining down fives? The party wouldn’t have been half as fun without it.  cloud piñata
cloud piñata
cloud pinata
piñata: Whack Piñateria
photos: Nicole Coleman

a weather activity is my fave

February 25, 2014

kid's weather station

For a weather friendly activity, a printable weather station fits the bill. I preassembled them for the girls to customize and then they all had their chance to play meteorologist. Cute and easy.

kid's weather station

kid's weather station

kid's weather station
photos: Nicole Coleman

weather party week is my fave

February 24, 2014

It’s time for another party week! The theme this birthday girl requested was weather (an unexpected but awesome choice for a five-year-old) which kind of turned into a cloud party since that was the motif I most loved. It made for a great party and I’m excited to share the details and a couple how-tos with you this week. First up are the invitations.

kid's birthday party invitations

I always say the invitation sets the tone for the rest of the party and this cheery design did just that. Designed by Kirsten Bingham, you’ll see the happy cloud and color palette reflected in the rest of the party details (the polka dot raindrop makes an appearance too).

kid's birthday party invitations

invitation design: Kirsten Bingham
photos: Nicole Coleman

abstract art is my fave

February 19, 2014

When I was decorating our house, I made the conscious decision to invest in a few pieces of original art. Those three paintings are still my very most favorites in the house and I imagine there will always be a place for them to hang no matter where we live. I would love to invest in more pieces, and I have my eye on these five abstract artists.
abstract artists

Ashley Goldberg
Britt Bass
Jenny Prinn
Emily Rickard
Yangyang Pan

I have friends who pick out and buy one piece a year together for Valentine’s Day. Although I’m not sure Ryan would want to adopt that tradition, I think one piece a year sounds very doable (for treat yo’ self day). Especially if I stop buying prints I never frame.

Who’s an artist you would love to own an original from?

a birthday cake you can send in the mail is my fave

February 17, 2014

diy happy birthday poster
Sending baked goods in the mail always starts out with good intentions but ends in stale cake. Here’s a way to send a cake, card, and surprise all wrapped into one – no intense saran wrapping skills required.

diy happy birthday poster

To make your own you’ll need:
- white poster paper
- Martha Stewart acrylic paint in various colors
- paint brush or small roller
- Martha Stewart Crafts glitter
- glue

diy happy birthday poster

Paint the cake stripes (a little roller comes in handy here), paint some lines on top for candles, add some drops of glue above the candles and shake the glitter on to mimic the flames. Spell happy birthday out with stickers or hand write.

diy happy birthday poster

diy happy birthday poster

diy happy birthday poster
Simply roll up and ship in a mailing tube for a very happy birthday wish.

This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.

fridays are my fave

February 14, 2014

fri.faves2

1. Another Max Wanger print I’m head over heels for
2. Itty bitty pots to house your air plants
3. A spotty dotty tote
4. Simple, pretty garland
5. I would like to label verything sent from my house as happy mail

Plus!
- How to create your perfect reading nook and living room
- I love this party (especially the color palette)
- You’ll want to move right into this house
- The best use of an engineer print I’ve seen
- Gosh, Joy’s party line for Target looks so dang good

Have a weekend full of love (or at least good chocolate).

galentine’s day in a box

February 12, 2014

This box is for the Leslie Knope holiday known as Galentine’s Day because heaven knows, men wouldn’t fully appreciate the cuteness of those bowls.

galentine's day

galentine's day

galentine's day

galentine's day

While most of the boxes I feature here are put together solely for the blog, I actually gave these as favors for a Galentine’s brunch last week. It was one of those times when it was better to be the gifter than the giftee. A little bit because it was like shopping for myself but mostly because I knew that it would be loved and appreciated. And that it was. My gal pals have good taste.

sources: Forever 21 socks, eos lip balm, pencil from Target Dollar Spot, Rifle Paper botanical notebook, Hey Girl gum from Blue Q, heart bowls from West Elm

postcard valentines are my fave

February 11, 2014

I wouldn’t list promptness as one of my strengths, hence delivering you these postcard valentines just a few days before the holiday. But if you print them out today and simply slap a stamp and address on them, they’ll get to your far away favorites just in time.

free printable valentines

free printable valentines

free printable valentines

free printable valentines

I can just hear Chris Traeger saying, “you are literally, my fave.”

Grab the four designs right here, and the back of the postcards right here.  Now spread the love.

design: Kirsten Bingham

looking good valentines are my fave

February 10, 2014

looking good valentine

My sister told me her kid’s school just implemented a no candy valentines policy (this slightly bums me out thinking that in the future Beck won’t be bringing home a fake mailbox full of treats that I can confiscate and eat myself). So I came up with this candy free valentine that is still sure to impress since fake glasses are all the rage.  Get the free printable right here on Julep.

valentine's day diy

design: Kirsten Bingham


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