Lexie's 3rd Birthday {Lalaloopsy Rainbow Party}

Well, I can finally relax, Lexie's birthday is over! It was a fun party, and actually, even though I made everything, it was a toned down version of my parties. It was kinda nice to do something a little bit more low-key. Check out the deets below!
This is the invite that I created with the pictures from her 3 year old photo shoot. Lalaloopsy dolls are definitely her favorite, so the theme was a no brainer. And since she loves to sleep and she is the baby in our home, she identifies with Pillow Featherbed, she even dressed as Pillow for Halloween

So, let's get started on the decor.
This was the central table for the party. Instead of doing a "happy birthday banner" I came up with cutting out some big clouds and add the stitching that goes with LaLaloopsy. The letters are all the colors of the rainbow, and of course, I had to include all of the Loopsy dolls that the girls have to the party. 

Rainbow pops add more color to this super colorful party! 
This was a simple poster board that I painted the colors of the rainbow on with watercolors. The color scheme for the party was the colors of the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple. (No, no indigo, I did not want to stress about finding that color)

Here is Lexie's Birthday poster. 
I like to create a poster and include their favorite items for that year of their life. It's kinda cool to see the differences and similarities as they grow. 
This is what the patio transformed into. I attached streamers and plastic tablecloths to a hula hoop and hung that from the ceiling fan. 
*My dad did most of the hard work, as always. Thanks Dad! 

The Rainbow of Tissue Poms and buttons along the table. 

My oldest daughter, my niece, and my mom. You can see the LaLaloopsy trees behind them. 
The trees! I loved them, in fact I saved them, they are now a part of the girls' room. I cut them all out, added the stitching and then added buttons to the trees. I was super pleased with them. It's always nice when I envision something and it actually works out the way I imagined.
These were my first attempt at candy wrappers. They were cute! The only thing was, I put them in the fridge to keep them from melting, and totally forgot to put them out on the table until the party was almost over. So I just walked around handing out candy to all the guests as they left.  
The favor bags, with the "Thank you" note. 
These fruit kabobs were a Rainbow themed food. They didn't photograph as well as I hoped, but they were delicious and refreshing! I also planned some more goodies that just didn't pan out. It happens to me every single time, oh well, what are you gonna do?
I was really happy with the rice krispy treats. I added some frosting, sprinkles and a cupcake topper, and voila! 
And now... on to the cake! 
My sister made the cake, of course. I made it easy for her this year and asked for something a little simpler. It was perfect! (p.s. the cake was not tilting, my table was)

We can't forget the pinata! I was so happy when I found this huge LaLaloopsy pinata downtown. I am sure I was quite a sight carrying this ginormous thing through the streets of downtown L.A, and then, trying to fit it in my backseat. Haha! But it was definitely worth it when Lexie saw it for the first time. (Oh! btw, only $12!)

The kids left with SO MUCH CANDY!! Sorry parents. :) 

That's the birthday girl back there. She loves the jumper! I always say no to a jumper for Lexie's birthday because it is in the middle of the summer. My dad always rents one anyway. This year, I had their kiddie pool filled up as well, so they went back and forth from their pool to their jumper. It worked out, they had fun!
My girls. 
Even though some of my ideas didn't pan out the way I planned, the party was a success. It was colorful and fun for the kids. And, most importantly Lexie had a great time.

*Thanks to my dad and mom for their help setting up, my sister for the cake, my husband for coloring the buttons, and sister-in-law for the photos! 

My Littlest

My littlest one turned 3 yesterday! I wanted to do a post as a tribute to my littlest Lexie. So please bare with me through this quick recap, she is probably my last baby. 
This is Lex at one day old. 
So let me just start by saying, Lexie's entry into this world was awful! Her delivery was a horrible experience. Basically, I freaked out during my C-section and they kept upping my drugs until, according to my husband, I kept yelling gibberish at my doctors. I was completely out of it until an hour or two into recovery. When I finally held her, they took her away to check her heart (My first born was born with a heart condition that he passed away from) and I didn't get to see her again for another 8 hours. I was so panicked and it was one of the longest days ever. When I finally settled into my room with my daughter and tried to fall asleep, I heard the loudest screechiest cry!   Nothing has changed, 3 years later, she still has the shrillest cry that hurts my ears.
I know they look sweet, but looks can be deceiving.
Believe me, they are beautiful, but they are a pain in my ass. Haha!

That smile on my face is a delusion. 2 weeks in, I had high hopes that she would chill out as a baby. She didn't. She was such a cry baby from day one to day 1,095. Haha! 

Here she is as my one year old wild child. She has kinda always been a goofball, and it's always great to see her smile. When it came time to plan her first birthday, all I could think was: She's such a little monster. Check out her Monster party
Here is my terrible 2 year old Lexie. I never knew what kind of mood she was going to be in. She would have great days and bad days. Some days she would be agreeable and some days, she would just be difficult. But either way, at some point in the day, she was sweet. When it came to her 2nd birthday, she loved Jessie the cowgirl, so she had a Cowgirl party

Here are pictures from her 3rd birthday photo shoot. We knew her theme was going to be LaLaLoopsy, so I brought all of her dolls for the day and set them up for a tea party. It's always nice when we do a photo shoot for the kids' birthdays because it is their special time, without any other kids around to take the spotlight.
  Her party was a success and will be up on the blog soon! For now, here are some of the best from her photo shoot. 
Lexie and her Loopsy dolls having a tea party. 

My beautiful little lady, she looks so grown up here. 

These are two of her LaLaLoopsy Dolls. I wasn't crazy about these dolls for a while because they are kinda awkward and top heavy, they don't sit by themselves, and they aren't very cuddly. But they are cute!

She looks so sweet here... Don't be fooled! She is a total sour patch kid. First she's sour then she's sweet. First, she'll yell and cry if she doesn't get her way, and then she'll insist that all she wants to do is kiss you and tell you that she loves you. 

So sweet right?

This is her, being tough!  

We decided to take her to the park to get her to move around a bit, since she started to zone out. This definitely worked! 
I love these pictures of my baby girl. 

And this one! Ugh, how great is that smile! This is like winning the lottery, because she hates the camera! My sister-in-law always says, she was born with a camera in her face, and she fights it. She is always looking the other way or not smiling. Well, my littlest Lexie was unexpected from the start and keeps me on my toes. She's such a crazy kid, and I love getting to know the little person she is becoming. 

Thanks for checking it out! Her LaLaLoopsy party post is in the making... stay tuned! 

Oh, and all photos are courtesy of my Sister-in-law Tricia. Thank you for helping me document the lives of my children.