channing's 1st birthday

we held the bird’s first birthday party in our home with friends and family.  i love to set up a good party but also had to keep it easy and affordable.  i actually bought all of the plates and decorations on sale, at target, after valentine’s day.  i did make her cake from scratch - vanilla grapefruit -and made heart shaped pb&j for the other kiddos in attendance.  i used our kitchen island for the display table and moved it in front of the big kitchen/dining room window (which i hung a vinyl heart table cloth in front of for a back drop).  she particularly loved her balloons and seemed to have a wonderful time!



little bird's baby shower

in february 2011, i was so honored to have such a beautiful baby shower thrown for me!   two of my wonderful girlfriends put together this wonder display of love and creativity.  it absolutely blew me away and i feel so lucky to have been able to experience this with my friends and family.  what a fantastic celebration for our baby girl!

fall treats

this past fall, we decided to finally throw a house welcoming/meet the baby party in our home.  i felt the fall would be the perfect time to have a s’mores party!  we were lucky enough to have great weather that day, where everyone could gather around outside and enjoy tasty fall treats and cook s’mores over little cookstove burners i wrapped in decorative papers. the menu included :

caramel, peanut pears - ginger cupcakes - caramel stuffed apple cider cookies - salted popcorn

it was a fun time and a beautiful day!