Saturday, August 31, 2013

Rylee Jane's Tea Party

So this year when I asked Rylee what kind of "theme" she wanted for her birthday party, she told me that she wanted a tea party! What a wonderful, very girly idea...sweet treats and tea...I can totally handle that!!! I think I was more excited than she joke. I had all these ideas in my head right away for décor and invites, and of course the treats! So what did I do right away...get pinnin' of course, lol! I found a ton of cute ideas for the party that put what was in my head in a more tangible plan, if you will! This way, by pinning tea party ideas, I could actually get to work on the party planning!
I started out with my go-to place for invite ideas, etsy...I ended up working with Amy at Freshly Squeezed Cards and together, we came up with these invites! I changed them obviously to Rylee Jane's info and changed the wording for more of a custom feel (She was great to work back to me super fast...would totally work with her again!) After she emailed me the final invite, I just went to a local printing shop and they printed and cut them for me...all together I think I spent around $25 (including postage and really cute brown paper envelopes from Hobby Lobby)...I didn't think the price was too bad for custom, ADORABLE invites!
{Pics of the sweet treats, tea and party décor inside.}

After the invites were out, it was time to get to planning...I started out with the invites and then went from there...I found plastic, outdoor plates on clearance at Hobby Lobby for around a buck a piece so I bought them all and knew that I would get creative in using them for serving the sweet treats (I ended up using three of them plus two dollar store glass, candle holders...with a little water proof glue, I made a three-tiered serving piece...totally adorable!) Then came the fabric purchase for her sweet bunting and all the treats were pretty much homemade in which I used color coordinating sprinkles...this girl will eat ANYTHING as long as it has sprinkles on it, lol!
{Everyone enjoying the party!}
{Present time!!! Let's just say she has enough "bling" and princess accessories to last a lifetime!}
 {One of my favorite pics from the day...Rylee and her cousin Wyatt who came dressed to impress!}
{The little duo sharing Rylee's birthday cake!}
{Parker on top, Maysen on sisters enjoying the tea party!}
All in all, I probably went overboard...I mean, I even had enough real, crystal tea sets for all of our guests (borrowed from my sweet friend Jess) but it was so fun and so special seeing the look on her face when she saw her party all come together. I know she's only three and maybe won't remember the actual party but someday, she'll look back at all of the pictures and think, wow, my mommy loves me so much and threw me such a special birthday party! I love that little ladybug more than life and always want her memories to be so, so special! We had a perfect day with family and friends...Rylee had so much fun and her sisters loved watching her open all of her presents...afterwards, Rylee went around to all of her guests and individually hugged and thanked everyone for coming...she's so so sweet. I love her more than I could ever put into words! Hope you enjoyed her party as much as well did!



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rylee Jane's 3rd Birthday

Hi friends :) It's been awhile but this mama has been busy busy this summer with my three little ladybugs! I hope you have had a super fun summer...and I hope you are all staying cool in this dreadful MN heat this week, oofta!!
We had a very special week last week and I can't wait to tell you all about it! Last Wednesday, August 21st, our Rylee Jane turned THREE!!! All I can say in the world do I have a three year old already?! It literally feels like yesterday that I first laid eyes on my beautiful baby girl...she stole my heart the second I saw her and kissed her soft, warm little newborn cheeks! She was in a big hurry to get here and hasn't slowed down since! She has the kindest, most gentle little soul and she just makes our days brighter and better in every way possible! This year was so fun because she's at that age where she really "gets it" and understands what birthdays and holidays mean so she was so excited that mommy and daddy had a fun, very special day planned just for her! On her birthday, we woke up and brought her little sisters to daycare (which Rylee was so concerned about and didn't understand why Maysen and Parker weren't coming with us on our special day...see what I mean you guys, most gentle, kindest little soul!!!) Then we came back home and got ready for the day and asked her what she wanted for breakfast...the girl LOVES anything with sprinkles so off to our favorite little bakery in town, Daubes.
 Then after we finished our delicious breakfast, we headed up to the Como Zoo! Rylee was so excited to go to the "animal fair" as she calls it, lol :) Rylee had so much fun looking at all the animals and she was so patient and waited her turn to get up close to see everything...we thought that being a random Wednesday and middle of the work week that it wouldn't be busy but the place was packed with kids from all different summer camps...when we pulled in and saw bus after bus lined up we knew it was going to be packed but it was still so much fun! We haven't had a "mommy, daddy, buggy day" since the twins joined our family and I seriously can't tell you how special that day was for all of us! After we checked out all the animals (and by the way, the Polar Bear was by far the coolest!! He was outside swimming around playing with a big barrel and he was just so entertaining to's hard to believe they are such dangerous animals when they look so cute and cuddly behind the glass, lol) we headed over to the amusement park side and Rylee was in heaven checking out all the rides. She kept asking to go on rides but as we walked around, Chris and I noticed that all the rides she was tall enough for, we were too big to join her so we explained to her that we could buy tickets for her to go on the rides but that she was going to have to go by herself and she looked at us and said "it's okay mommy, I'm bigger now and I can go by myself." Talk about holding back tears!!! She went on lots of rides but the swings were by far her favorite...every time she'd swing around, she'd yell "hi mommy, hi daddy" and wave her little heart out. She literally had a perma-grin the entire time! While she was riding the swings for the 3rd time, a slow, kinda sappy song came on over the speakers and next thing I know, I'm public...and I can't make it stop!!! It just hit me that my little tiny ladybug isn't a baby anymore and although she still needs me for so much in life, she's just so independent and wants to do everything on her own. I'm so proud to be her mommy and I'm so proud of the little person she is's just so hard to watch them grow up!!! All I could think was hell, if turning three is this hard on me...what will her first day of kindergarten be like?!!! I seriously love being her and Maysen and Parker's mommy more than life itself and my heart is so full it just feels like it could burst!
After I got it together, we headed out because we were all so hot and tired from our fun day at Como...we hit up a restaurant on the way home and buggy ordered a kiddy cocktail and we all had lunch was so fun! We felt like we were on a date with our daughter and we made memories that day that will last a lifetime!
We weren't even five minutes into our ride home and she was sound asleep!
We got back into Rochester just in time to pick up our other two little ladybugs and they were so excited to see their big sister! We finished out her birthday with the five of us snuggled in and of course had to have some ice cream, her fav! She had a daycare birthday party on Thursday and we had her tea party birthday party on Sunday with family and friends...It was seriously SO FUN and I had a total blast planning and hosting her beautiful little tea party...I'll post a bunch of tea party pictures this week for sure! I can't wait to share that with you too!