Little Apple Baby Shower

 I have been DYING to do this post on the Little Apple Baby Shower that I helped throw for my sister-in-law Tricia. So, a month before the shower, Tricia asked me, "Do you think you can make a tree for my shower?" and my answer? "Umm, sure!" 
The tree was definitely the focal point of the decorations and was a lot of fun to make. The apples on the tree were part of one of the shower games, each apple had a number 1-18, and the guests were able to write a note to baby Emma to be read on the corresponding birthday. 

Here are the invitations that I created for Tricia, they were really classy and simple. And, do you see those apples behind the invite, well because of those apples, we ate apples for a month. Those apples turned into apple fritters, apple pancakes, and apple tarts, it was actually pretty fun trying out new recipes with apples. 

The favors were these amazing Apple Cake pops made by the super talented Kristy's Cakes and Treats

This was the entryway where the Emma poster was displayed during the shower. Tricia wrote out the meaning and the history behind the family name Emma and I designed and printed the poster for her. The poster now hangs in baby Emma's nursery.

The bunches of tissue poms display the color scheme of Red, Brown and Creme. Here, the main table is decorated with burlap for the runner on the white linen, small baskets filled with red apples, and recycled wine bottle as vases with small bunches of white flowers. 
Another view of the main table.
This angle shows the burlap bunting I made. I love burlap! It keeps making appearances at all the parties I have a hand in. It's just so neutral and simple and adds so much character. 

The sweets were such a huge part of the party as well. There was delicious Red Velvet, Chocolate and Vanilla mini cupcakes made by Pinda Sweets, and my baking contribution consisted of mini-apple tarts and mini cheescakes. Oh yes! Super delicious mini desserts. 

The favorite is always Red Velvet. 
How cute are the little added pieces with "Baby Emma" on them? 
More Desserts...

My mini apple tarts were really simple, which made me really happy, considering I made them late the night before the shower. (I can not seem to find the recipe I pinned)
Mini Cheesecakes 
I bought mini pie crusts in the tins and then used the Philly 3-step Cheesecake recipe
Super Easy! But Shh.. don't tell anyone!

 I loved the way the kitchen hutch was so easily transformed into a mini dessert bar.  

And finally, the happy mom-to-be Tricia. It was such a beautiful day and I am so blessed to have been a part of it. 
And, here is my beautiful niece Emma Leighton Russell born February 15, 2013. 
(the post with the announcement I created is coming soon)

P.S. I never remember to document my projects for a DIY tutorial, this is the closest thing I have to a before and after of the tree. 

Lexie's 1st Birthday- Lil Monster Party

When it came time to plan Lexie's 1st birthday I had difficulty deciding on a theme. Part of the reason was because she is the 2nd child and so I didn't have all the time in the world to focus solely on her, so she didn't really have a particular favorite anything. The other part of the reason was that she was a difficult baby, who cried a lot, and was really needy. So, after I began planning a circus party for her, I realized that it had nothing to do with who she was and who she was, was a 

This is the birthday banner that I designed for her birthday! My older daughter had a banner made for her 1st birthday, so naturally Lexie needed one as well. 

This is one of the two dozen little monsters that I made for the party. These were used at the centerpieces for the tables. I sewed each one using fabric quarters that I bought on sale at JoAnn's, this probably took me  two weeks to do, a few hours a night, a few nights a week.

I didn't want to use Monster's Inc. for the party, So I found this coloring page of "Boo" colored it, printed it and had it mounted to cardboard.. It was the welcome sign. Not to mention, my daughter resembles Boo! 

This was my first time making tissue poms! And, I didn't just make a few, I made 40! 

More Monsters...
The one in the background is one of 5 Monsters that I made out of foam board and material.  I saw this tutorial where a very crafty woman cut the monsters out of wood using power tools and then covered them in material. I am not exactly the power tool using type of woman (even though I considered it). I am however, an exacto blade wielding, foam board cutting, adhesive using, monster making, type of woman!


Ice Cream Bar
Since Lexie's birthday is in the middle of July, I really wanted to have an Ice Cream Bar. We had three different flavors, Vanilla, Rocky Road, and Cookies and Cream. The toppings: Sprinkles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity pebbles, Mini Chocolate Chips, Frosted Animal cookies and Marshmellows. The extras: Whipped cream, chocolate and strawberry syrup, and cherries of course!

The Tissue Poms!

I wanted to have a bright backdrop for the kids to take pictures in front of. 
The pictures came out so fun!

My nephew jumping in the Jumper!

It's Scary how fast she's grown
I always like to display photos of them from their past years or year in this case for their birthdays. Since my sister-in-law takes amazing photos of my girls, I had plenty to display.  

Monster Ball Pit
This was one of the girls kiddie pools from the summer, I filled it with balls and it was a mini ball pit for the little ones! It just fit in so perfectly, it was another bright monster.

More photos!
 My daughter Lacey, Me and my friends from high school, and  my friends handsome and photogenic son Julian.

Lexie, My little monster! 

My Monsters! 
I cut these out of foam board, then sprayed adhesive on them, laid the fabric over it and then tucked the excess material on to the backs. 

We had a face painter, which kids always enjoy! I love this picture of my cousin's daughter Evelynn! Such a beautiful smile!

A monster keeping an eye on the gifts! 

The invitation I designed for Lexie's party. 

The cupcakes and toppers that I cut out using my Cricut!
I got the idea for the topper and some of the other
 Lil Monster Party elements from this blog.

Our Family photo