Our little darling chose Sleeping Beauty as this year’s birthday theme. So for the color palette we chose different shades of pinks, white & gold (especially gold sparkle…a princess just HAS to have her sparkle). We used doilies and tissue paper to make the banners which turned out beautiful and completed the look.
For the girls we made them beautiful crowns (tutorial) and gumball necklaces. I got the idea for the fabulous necklace stand from Life Ann Style.
For the Knights we picked up chest armor and shield from Dollar Tree and spray painted gold. For the swords I was originally playing around with the idea of making them wood swords but remembered how rough boys are with each other and decided to go with inflatable ones since they would most likely be smacking each other with them lol.
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For our princess we bought this amazing hand-made Aurora Dress from Miquel Zotto, even after letting her play in it most of the day it held up extremely well and is still as beautiful as the day it arrived.
We opted for sandals instead of dress shoes but was not disappointed with the pretty pink sandals I got on Zulily.
Per the request of the birthday girl Josh, myself and my parents also play dress up for the day (yes we are totally kids at heart too). Daddy got to be King Stefan and I was lucky enough to be Queen Leah. So I based our outfits off of the characters.
My dad’s outfit was so much fun and was super easy to make in order to make King Hubert’s character come to life.
The gift bags were book bags that we transformed into customized bags for the kiddos.
We simply used our refurbished buffet table as the gift table and hung the Happy Birthday banner to complete the look.
Then the birthday girl opened her presents on a pink chair made suitable for a princess.
There were so many details it’s hard to fit them into one post, there was a huge inflatable dragon flying above the tables, goblets for the girls, mugs for the boys, adventure coloring books, chicken, roasted potatoes, pinwheels, cake pops, French vanilla pink velvet cake, and other goodies galore.
At the end of the day we were blessed to have so many friends and family join us to celebrate another wonderful & healthy year.
This funny little guy just started developing on his own as I put Lyssa’s lunch together.
His fuzzy eyebrows are shredded baby carrots
His big eyes are cucumbers cups filled with green goddess dip & I used black olives for the pupils
The nose is simply a Babybel Swiss cheese wheel
His smile I shaped out of imitation crab meat
She will be delighted to see her dessert is watermelon with a little bit of whipped cream
And because I saw Josh eyeing the cucumber cups…he got a smile face too 😋
There are so many proud moments I have as a momma, but today when I walked out of the house into the garage to see my hubby teaching our little girl how to shoot her new Daisy BB Rifle (bday present from us) I was truly so proud of her…especially her accuracy for her first shooting.
We take her with us to the ranch when we shoot, but NOW she can join in on the fun and have a little target practice herself.
FYI her target was a picture she asked my dad to draw specifically for shooting (she wanted to be able to shoot zombies but knows how super afraid of zombies so she asked Pampo to draw a Frankenstein zombie so mommie wouldn’t be too scared…super cute right)
Today we enjoyed Lepik Palooza where we celebrated our house warming, my birthday, Josh’s birthday and our anniversary and I have to say I had a grand time!!! This was the first party that Josh decided that he wanted to be in charge of so I temporarily denied my party OCD instincts and gave him the reigns.
He had the invitations designed 6 months in advance I kept thinking that I created another OCD party monster (I was so proud). But after giving my hubby 3 friendly reminders to get the invitations printed and mailed out at 8, 6 & 4 weeks then me freaking out because he hadn’t mailed out the invitations much less printed them (remember I DID say temporarily) then since I hit my 3 strikes rule I no longer mentioned the invitations…and then about a week before the party my darlin hubby sent me a text that he asked me to forward as the party invite to my family & friends list (I was thinking that we were definitely NOT going to have much of a turn out) but boy was I wrong!
We had about 50 close friends and family show up today to enjoy the day with us. My mom got Lyss a pool that ALL of the kids enjoyed with Beach Balls and Floaties. We hung out and enjoyed our time with our amazing extended family, so thank you ma famille for a wonderful day!!!
I love you all so very much 🙂
I wanted to take a moment and share some thoughts about Daddys, because it has always been my view that any guy can father a child but it takes a real man to be a Daddy.
Josh shared with me that as a kid the thing he wanted to be most when he grew up was a husband and daddy. Well…my loving husband is just that, partly thanks to his best guy role model growing up; his neighbor (Doug Cox) who took time to take Josh places to see new things and experience truly amazing sites (Josh grew up mainly in Montana so their hikes involved glaciers, grizzlies and big horn sheep in the national parks…definitely pretty amazing). Josh has taken this mentality with Alyssa. He always takes the time with her, he ensures we involve her as much as possible from taking her on our easier hikes now that she is still little, to playing a daddy daughter basketball game he wants her to look back and know how much he loves her. When she is having a melt down and I send her to her room he will go and talk it out with her to ensure she understands what she did wrong and how we can work together to fix the problem in the future.
It makes me so happy that Alyssa looks to Josh the same way I look at my Daddy. She thinks that he is Superman and argue with anyone who tries to say otherwise! 🙂 She is always thinking of him and will point out anything that is his favorite color lol (lime green). She runs and will hide behind him whenever there is a scary part on Scooby Doo because she knows he will protect her and the way she looks at him with admiration and love when he isn’t looking is breathtaking at times.
So honey, even when Alyssa is being difficult and continues to argue over every little thing and your patience is starting to wear thin remember that she only has one Superman Dad and loves you so very much!!!