For many, many years, I have been a dreamer. I dreamed that the parties I planned and cupcakes I made could actually translate into a profession that I loved and into which I could pour my heart. Last year, I made the decision to make my dreams into reality and DO! Though it's much simpler said than done, with the support of my family, friends and fans, all the hard work is paying off. I have been a long time admirer of Martha Stewart, her creativity, talents and entrepreneurship. I have often mentioned her site called "Dreamers into Doers", which is a community created to inspire women to reach for and achieve their dreams and goals. As a member, I constantly marvel at the talents and ingenuity of the women and their work featured on the site. And just this week, I was so incredibly honored and grateful to be named Martha Stewart's "Doer of the Week"!!! I cannot even express how thrilled and inspired I am by this distinction and am so grateful to all who have continuously supported this endeavor! I am definitely looking forward to more exhilarating twists and turns to come and thank you so very much for boarding and coming along on this ride with me!
While my mind has been in Never Never Land as I have been planning my daughter’s 4th birthday party coming up in a couple of weeks, I can’t help thinking that time is going by way too quickly! Is it possible to project “Peter Pan syndrome” onto someone else?! I don’t want my daughter to ever grow up!!! I feel like she just turned one a minute ago! As I reminisce about her first birthday, I thought I'd share some pictures of the celebration. We threw her a sweet French Market Poodle party to fete the occasion, especially since I'm slightly obsessed with Paris and our pet is a French Poodle, bien sur!
The guests were greeted at the door by a welcome sign...
On the patio, we re-created a French Market feeling with different stands. My parents were an ENORMOUS help in building the backdrops to each stand, from putting together the pipes and sewing the fabric. I was then able to paint the background.
|Welcome to Le Marche!|
|Anabelle's French Market|
|Painting and Photo Stand|
|Anabelle's 1st Year|
|Cartes Postales 5F|
|Easel with my daughter's photo on canvas|
At the flower stand, we had bushels of pinks, whites and purples and a station for guests to leave Anabelle notes with floral pens.
The drink stand offered pink lemonade and water. Girls had pink Eiffel Tower cups, while the boys had dog bone cups!
Each cup had a poodle stamp with the guests' names and tied on with ribbon.
|Eiffel Tower and dog bone cups|
We also had pink dog bone sugar cookies and lots of fresh fruit!
|Cookies, Fruit and Cheese|
|Floral Centerpiece & Photo Confetti with Guest Pictures|
No stroll down the Seine is complete without seeing French painters! We had a caricaturist drawing pictures of the guests at the party, which made fabulous keepsakes!
I made a buttercream poodle cake for the birthday girl! We also had cupcakes with adorable poodle candles.
|Cake and gifts|
|Pink Poodle Cake|
The favors included French poodle and bulldog finger puppets, a blow-up pink poodle and a CD with French music for both kids and adults.
|My Little French Belle!|
|The Birthday Girl and her Poodle|
As sad as I am that she's growing up, I LOVE to do everything I can to make her birthday special and this year is no exception... especially with help of Tinkerbell to ring in the big 4! I'm so excited to visit Never Never Land... and can't wait to share with you! :)
Besides losing her front tooth on the date of her 8th birthday party, Jillian had another malady that needed immediate attention! The diagnosis: Bieber Fever. The cure: Cupcakes, of course! Here's hoping Jillian had a rockin' Justin Bieber-themed party!!!
|Justin Bieber Cupcakes|
|I Beliebe! I Beliebe!|
|And the thermometer read: You've Got Bieber Fever!|
It's birthday season 'round these parts! My daughter's 4th birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks and I am in the midst of party planning! All her little friends' birthdays fall around the same time and we've been non-stop party animals! One of her closest friends, Delaney, and her little brother, Spencer, just celebrated their special days together with a Scooby Doo theme this weekend. It was a really fun theme on which to work and I was so excited (a little too much) when I realized that Scooby Doo's initials on his collar are Spencer and Delaney's initials! Oh, the little things! Here are the pictures of the cupcakes I was honored to make for the festivities...
|Scooby Doo cupcakes|
|Scooby, Mystery Machine and "SD" tag|
|If it weren't for those pesky kids!!!|
Happy Birthday, Delaney and Spencer!!!