Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 2nd Birthday Party

Last week, our little man turned two, so we invited some family over to celebrate with a small backyard party.

Jackson is about all things transportation right now. So I thought it fitting to have a Planes, Trains and Automobiles themed birthday party.

I started with a digital invitation and let that set the look and feel of the party.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate one of those balloon arches as a backdrop, but with wanting to keep the budget real low this year, I decided to try my hand at creating one on my own. 120 hand pumped balloons later, here is how it turned out.

I’m used to creating my own banners and menu signs, but this was the first time I decided to do a DIY food station as well. One of Jackson’s favorite dishes is my spaghetti, so I decided to do a Pasta Station.

And of course no party, big or small, is complete without a dessert table spread.

Freshly baked homemade cookies and other sweet treats made up the dessert station.

A big thanks to my sister for, yet again, baking the delicious cupcakes!

The driveway was decorated with a little road and other sidewalk chalk creations so Jackson and the other little kids could drive around in his little car and motorcycle toys.

Happy 2nd Birthday Jackson Danny!

a kate spade inspired bridal shower

this past weekend my mom and sister threw me a bridal shower and to describe it in one word… PERFECTION!

it was a kate spade inspired theme, from the black, white, and pink colors, to the dots, stripes and quotes scattered throughout the house. the bubbly was flowing, the ladies laughing, and my heart bursting with so much joy!


my sister had ideas she wanted to do for the invites.  i helped her bring those ideas to life.


she printed, cut and assembled each invitation and i couldn’t be more proud of how beautiful they turned out.






the dessert table was filled with homemade goodies all baked by my sister.  she sure did bake her little tush off with coconut macaroons, vanilla & coconut cupcakes, and both banana & zucchini bread!




ranunculus and baby spray roses in all shades of pink made for perfect floral arrangements throughout the house.


these adorable little signs were scattered throughout the house with some of my favorite kate spade inspired quotes.



my clients jana, from Jana Williams Photography and bess, from Celadon & Celery did a youtube video last year on how to make flower rings and i suggested this idea to my sister as a great little activity for each guest to do when they arrived.  it was such a huge hit with all the ladies and definitely something i recommend if you want to offer a fun activity for your guests, but you’re not into the typical bridal shower games.


i chose a pink ranunculus flower for my ring, which matched oh-so perfectly with my pink heels.  🙂



i was showered with so many gifts and all the ladies agreed this was definitely one of the BEST wrapped gifts EVER!


thank you to all my family and friends that attended and showered me with so much love and well wishes on my journey to becoming a mrs. to feel, know, and have this amount of joy and love in my life is beyond words. the impressions these women leave on my life and in my heart makes me the woman i am today and the wife i will soon become.

thank you to my mom and sister for going above and beyond in throwing me the best bridal shower a girl could ever dream of.


thanks to my cousin joanie, for being such an awesome photographer and capturing so many amazing pictures. i swear there is not a single picture of me without a giant smile on my face that stretched from one ear to the other. i started to wonder what my eyes look like.  ha!

birthday love

on the blog today, i wanted to wish tee, of minds eye design studio, aka: the boyfriend, a special birthday wish…

these pics were taken from his surprise birthday party 2 years ago.  i made homemade cupcakes and decorated them with his custom silhouette as a topper.

happy birthday to my love, who continues to inspire me on a daily basis, both in life and with work, teaches me to not take life so seriously and to just enjoy the ride, and who still makes me feel stupid happy after all these years!

happy 5th of july…

hope everyone had a great 4th of july yesterday!  we threw a little bbq get together at our place to celebrate and i got to try out 2 new recipes.

grilled pizzas and pb&j cupcakes…

the grilled pizzas were inspired by this recipe here.

and the pb&j cupcakes were inspired by 2 recipes found here & here.

special invites for special occasions

i love getting emails that say, “i googled cupcake invitations, came across yours and I MUST HAVE THEM for my daughters birthday!”

actually, it’s always pretty amazing when someone emails me AND chooses me to create invitations for their special occasion because there are so many other options available online these days.

two of my fun birthday invitations got recreated once more recently.  first one, is based on debra’s casino night invites.

and the second one, is based on my niece’s 1st birthday cupcake themed party.

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