It’s a long time coming, but we finally celebrated our littlest lovebug last weekend with a Sip and See. Hadley had been wanting to meet all our friends, so this little shindig helped introduce her to the world, owl-style.
The original plan was for a really sleek, modern owl theme, but it morphed into something much more rustic when I found two great owl vases and picked up some sticks on the way home from the park one day. With some (a lot) of help from my uber-artistic mom (in town for the weekend), we transformed the branches into moss and yarn covered trees. More owls hung from wreaths throughout the house, though somehow they all managed to face backward into the party the majority of the time.
Food was simple: popcorn and pie. 6 flavors of crunchy goodness in labeled bags. From honey barbecue to jalapeno cheddar to peanut butter chocolate and kettlecorn, the flavors were popping, and the apple and pumpkin pies felt just right for fall. I love the little compostable bowls from World Centric. They were just the right color, and it’s nice to let party trash rot away into something nice for the garden. The “tablecloth” was the same wood grain paper that I love to wrap presents in – so multi-purpose. And for drinks? What else does an owl drink buy Yoo-Hoo, of course?
The whole thing was such fun and both girls were (almost) perfect little birdies the whole time. Hadley showed her feathers with a furry little headband, but by the end of the party she needed to fly back to her nest.
UPDATE: I’ve embedded the PDF at the bottom of the post for easy downloading. Seems there actually are quite a few of you as obsessive as me.
From past posts, you know I like some good organizing. Labels are my best friend. My closet is rainbow-organized. But here’s where my organization obsession really shows itself: my medicine cabinet. It’s been bothering me for ages. This little wooden container in the closet serves as pill popping central, and it previously was a pile of half empty boxes with pills mixed and matched and outdated. Every time we grabbed a box with the cloudy head of a bad case of congestion, pills would fall out. Plus, I hate searching every side of a box to find the directions and symptoms. So, I finally made myself some little labels and cleaned up the mess. Voila, a really easy to sort through list of symptoms and remedies, all ready to go for this winter’s cold season.
p.s. If you’ve got a little case of OCD yourself, shoot me a note and I can hand over a PDF of the labels.
Click the image below to download the PDF.
Today is my hubby’s birthday. We had been very clear to keep it low key due to way too much going on this year, and it is his 32nd, so not a particularly noteworthy number. However, I did want him to come home from work with something fun. For all of you (that would be approximately 2 people) who have told me that I always nail every party/holiday/celebration perfectly and get each detail in order, here is proof that that is not the case. So this is the story of celebrating a birthday, otherwise known as cute-idea-meets-terrible-execution-and-unforeseen-obstacles.
First there were going to be balloons. 32 balloons. But when I got to the party store and they started blowing them up, I realized it is not possible to squeeze 32 balloons into one’s car, even a clown car, or an SUV. So then I was going to go with the paltry number of 5 (3+2=5). I took my puny but still cute bouquet into the car and one popped while driving home. Upon bringing them into the house, I noticed that one was 15% smaller than the other 3. Within another 10 minutes, it was the size of a kiwi. So I was down to 3. Then I started stringing all the father/daughter photos (32 best father/daughter pictures that I spent an hour picking out) onto the remaining 3 balloons and realized a balloon can only support the weight of 1 picture – duh.
I was about ready to give up, but alas I spread the remaining pictures out on a table, hung some on other string that I taped to the ceiling (not taking into account the fact that they would spin and mainly show the backs of photos), and still had my 3 balloons with 3 pictures. And then the abnormally hot weather hit. In the 3 hours between purchase and husband getting home, all 3 balloons became crestfallen, limply hovering over the table. It was a sad, sad site. (Additionally, the tiramisu I swung by the store for melted on the way home and would not hold a candle).
The one thing that went ok: after working all day on the happy birthday song, Carter filled in the “DADA” part on one verse.
We finally got to celebrate some up and coming little babies last weekend and had so much fun seeing friends and showering them with love. Nothing beats mom-to-be glow and knowing that some little wee bunnies are going to be ready to play soon.
In keeping with the multiplying-like-rabbits theme, everything was fresh, green, and bunny-fied. I didn’t have the perfect tablecloth, but did have three perfect table runners. Ta-da – a new tablecloth was made, kept from sliding off the table by the weight of the green metal chargers, atop often used grayish wicker chargers. (I know, double chargers is a bit much, but it worked). Moss pots from Michael’s mixed with woven pots from Pottery Barn had just the right mix for holding the gerber daisies. Interspersed faux metal (just ceramic) rabbits from Smith & Hawken pulled it all together. And of course, there was assigned seating: I put styrofoam and moss in tiny little pots, then glue-gunned the name cards to the top of bamboo skewers. (By the way, everything looks a bit more neon green in the photos than the fresh, grassy green it actually was).
And the rabbit food? Well of course it had to come from a garden! I found a great vintage wooden fruit crate on Etsy, filled it with some moss, and then picked out fresh lettuces and carrots from our vegetable garden. Planting pots (from Carter’s sip and see) were put to use holding dips, carrots and cheese straws. The main course was a big cobb salad – great for a mix of carnivores, vegetarians and gluten-allergies – and it was topped off with mini carrot cake cupcakes from Kara’s. Delicious!
Now hurry up and get here little bunnies! We’ve got some kiddos waiting to go hopping around with you!