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DIY Mickey Mouse Party Invites

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  • March 20, 2015
Hello, lovelies! I hope you’re all enjoying some spring-like weather today! It’s gloomy here today, but I’m crossing my fingers that we’ve seen the last of the snow for this winter!

My baby boy is turning 2 on Sunday (how did that happen?!?), so I’ve been deep in the midst of party planning. If you follow me on Instagram (@lemondroplife) you know that we’re doing a Mickey Mouse party, as my guy is obsessed with that little mouse. He can sing the Hot Dog song with scarily accurate pitch. I’ll be sure to share all the party details with you guys next week, but for now I thought I’d show you the adorable invites I made.

DIY Mickey Mouse Party Invites | Lemon Drop Life

Forgive the iPhone photo, but I realized after I started this post that I forgot to take any pictures with my good camera before I mailed all the invites out. Whoops.

These were pretty straightforward – cut the Mickey Mouse head shape out on black card stock, cut a half circle from red card stock, glue together and add a couple buttons! But remember: don’t glue the top of your half-circle down, so that you can slip your invite inside!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and get to enjoy some sunshine!

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Eat Cake Or Walk The Plank!

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  • March 28, 2014

I am officially writing this as the mother of a one year old. How in the world did that happen?!? Last Saturday was my little guy’s first birthday, and we spent the day celebrating him in all of his awesomeness!

I shared with you guys a while ago that we were planning a pirate-themed soiree, so now I’m here with all the deets!

First, let’s talk food. I wanted to keep things super simple – think, stuff that people can serve themselves – because I didn’t want anyone tied to a kitchen or serving food. We had coney dogs, meatballs, fruit cups, a veggie tray, and some chips & crackers. But of course, we had to theme it out a little bit.

So the coney dogs became pirate ships…

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And the meatballs became cannonballs…

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

The fruit cups were dolphin cups..

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And what would a pirate party be without fish & chips (Goldfish crackers and potato chips)?

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And to wet your whistle we provided lemonade, sea water, and pirate rum!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Cute, huh? And let’s not forget the star of the show…CAKE!

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

As the backdrop for the cake table, I simply hung some streamers in coordinating colors and strung up a banner I picked up at Target. So cheap and easy!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

 

Originally, I was going to do the streamers behind Roarke’s highchair where he would eat his cake, but then I got an idea that I loved SO much more!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

I created this little ‘1’ display out of various Instagram photos from the past year. I’m so totally in love with this little tribute to my sweet boy and everyone really enjoyed seeing how much he’s changed!

The highchair you can see a glimpse of in that picture is actually JP’s old highchair that I gave a little makeover last summer. I loved being able to use a piece of his dad’s childhood for such a special moment.

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And what kind of blogger would I be if hadn’t whipped up a fun little pennant banner to decorate it with? I’ve got a super easy tip I’m going to share with you guys in another post for how to get perfect triangles without measuring!

I created a cute little display over the gift table with some wood letters and paper fans. Another cheap set-up that makes a big impact!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

I knew there would be a few small kids coming to Roarke’s party and I know how tough it can be to keep kiddos entertained indoors for more than 5 minutes, so I thought I’d try and help out a bit! I picked up a couple pirate-themed things that they could color and put them in a basket with some crayons.

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And now the question on every one-year-old’s mind: WHAT am I going to wear to my birthday party? Luckily, I took care of that, too. I whipped up a design and printed it on some heat transfer paper to make this adorable little onesie! Please forgive my juvenile humor, I couldn’t resist 🙂

 

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

For favor bags, we gave each buccaneer an eye patch, a pirate rubber duck, bubbles, and some rad temporary tattoos. Ya know, for the rebellious babies.

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

 

All in all, the party was fantastic and I’m so happy we were able to share it with our whole family. And to my precious little man: you’ve brought so much joy and happiness to my life and I love you to the moon and back!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

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Pirate Party Inspiration

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  • March 12, 2014

Hello, lemon-droppers! I’m in a great mood today, because we’ve had two days in a row of 60 degree weather!! I’m savoring it while I can, though, because we’re supposed to get 4 to 6 inches of snow tomorrow… I know, it’s crazy, right?!?

My little guy’s first birthday is fast approaching and I’ve been busy planning his party! (Pause for gratuitous picture)

roarke suspenders

I could lament for hours about how quickly this year went and how bittersweet it is to watch him get older, but I will spare you (for now).

When I was still at home with him those first few months, a lot of times I would turn on the Disney channel just for some background noise. I noticed very early on that every time Jake and the Neverland Pirates came on, he would totally zone out, just staring at the TV. And that’s still his favorite thing to watch to this day. So it only seemed appropriate to throw him a little pirate themed party!!

Of course I headed to Pinterest right away..there are tons of seriously awesome pirate-party ideas out there!

How cute are all these pirate themed snacks? The octopus hot dogs seriously kill me!

Pirate Party Inspiration | Lemon Drop Lifevia

And check out how they made this table look like a pirate ship? Amazing!

Pirate Party Inspiration | Lemon Drop Lifevia

I love these bottle labels..it’s little details like that that can really make your party over the top on the awesome scale!

Pirate Party Inspiration | Lemon Drop Lifevia

I’m loving this simple table decor…glass jars filled with a little bit of sand and pirate-y accessories? I’m in!

Pirate Party Inspiration | Lemon Drop Lifevia

Last but not least, I’ll share the party invite I designed with you. Normally, I don’t like anything to be super theme-y, but I can’t help but go all out for this!

Pirate Party Inspiration | Lemon Drop Life

Can’t wait to share all the details with you once the party is over!

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That’s So Cheesy

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  • November 21, 2011

Another Monday, blah. But at least there’s only 3 work days in this week..so really today is like Wednesday! My mood just increased greatly 🙂

Last Thursday, we had a bunch of friends over for a pre-Thanksgiving get together. Since most holidays are spent with family, it was nice just to have an evening with friends before all the holiday madness begins!

I didn’t want to do anything too fancy in the way of food, but I wanted something a little more than just your run-of-the-mill cold cut sandwiches. I looked to the hosting queen (Martha Stewart) for ideas and came across the idea for a grilled cheese bar, which I thought would be perfect!

Let me tell you, it was awesome! And honestly, it was SO easy to put together. We had several options of bread, cheese, and fixings along with a couple of side dishes and everyone loved it! It was so fun to create our own sandwiches and it kept things really low key. I hate it when you host a party, but you’re so busy trying to serve food and keep everything going that you don’t get to actually enjoy the wonderful party you created. And there was absolutely NONE of that with this party. It was fantastic!

Here you can see all of our breads and cheeses..and honestly that just scratches the surface. There are so many types of cheese out there, it’s unbe-cheese-able! Sorry, I couldn’t resist 🙂

And to keep in line with the ‘cheesy’ theme I made a cheeseball and we had cheesecake for dessert. I’m nothing if not one to stick to a theme. And I also had some tomato soup that we served up as a side. I figured cheese soup would be awkward.

Here’s the whole spread with all the fixin’s…we had baby spinach, avocado, tomato, onion, bacon, and ham but you could use pretty much anything!  It was a really fun night and I’m thinking we might make it an annual thing..my head is spinning with cheese-themed decor 😉

 

 

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Wedding Crashers

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  • August 7, 2011

Ok, so that might be a bit misleading. I didn’t actually crash the wedding..I was invited, but it makes for a catchier title don’tcha think?

Last Saturday, Jordan’s youngest brother, Sam, got married and of course I was there with my camera, snapping the night away! So, I just wanted to share a few of the photos with you guys.

They were going for sort of an antique/country chic vibe. They used this table in the foyer for the guest book and programs.

 

The decorations in the sanctuary were kept fairly simple. A few columns, some white linens, and LOTS of votives!

 

 

 


For the reception hall, they hung antique mason jars with votives in them from the ceiling, along with some string lights. The centerpieces varied from table to table. They used various antique silver vessels, filled with candles, blue hydrangeas,or white calla lilies.


I LOVED this chandelier we created (yup, that we includes moi…it’s Shake n’ Bake and I helped!) Basically, we tied a ribbon around the jar and then secured clear plastic wire to either side of the ribbon. We then looped the ribbon around the spokes of the wagon wheel and passed the jar through the loop of the ribbon, so it would hang securely. We added the twine just to make it look a little more finished. This chandelier hung over the head table, and it looked awesome!

 

 

 

Here are a few other shots I got:


It was a really beautiful wedding, and I am so happy for Sam and Mindy. They are spending their honeymoon in Europe, and then they will be living in the Netherlands for 3 months! How cool is that??

We have another wedding to go to in a couple weeks, so I’m thinking maybe I’ll turn ‘Wedding Crashers’ into a feature here on the blog. I go to a wedding and then share all the details with you. What do you guys think..do you enjoy reading about other peoples’ weddings? I’d love to hear from you!

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