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Party Outfit

I spent hours deciding what Emily would wear for her party (and now I’m a little embarrassed to admit that!). Make or buy? Skirt or dress? Style? Fabric? The only thing I knew was that it would be pink. And somehow go with butterflies.

The decision:


For all that agonizing, the outfit ended up being pretty easy to make.





I took a onesie we already had and added some ribbon and a butterfly. JoAnns had this pleated-type ribbon that I pinned into a  butterfly path (I’ve done this with regular ribbon and it looks great). The butterfly was so easy, but I think it’s really fun! I cut a butterfly out of felt and zig zagged the center to the onesie. Then I folded it over and sewed a straight seam to create the 3-d effect.



I used this idea from Designed by Dawn Nicole–I just left it as a skirt. Super easy to do, but it did take more fabric than I thought.

Lessons Learned:  Keep it simple. Pick and choose what you like from outfits. I’m finding that with Emily’s clothes, I do a lot of tutorial mash-ups instead of creating my own patterns. Best way to go!


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Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

Seriously guys, I spent the last week on the couch resting. And wondering what project I should work on. And thinking, “Ehh, there’s nothing that has to get done, I’ll take a quick nap before I go to bed.” I didn’t realize how much time and energy party planning had taken up until it was over!


I decided on The Very Hungry Caterpillar awhile ago. I love Eric Carle, and that book is one of my favorites. When I asked Logan if it was okay, he said, “Umm, sure. What’s that book about?” And then I proceeded to read it to him. He still agreed. 🙂

We had a fabulous time at her party–it was great seeing everyone, having people celebrate our little miracle, and watching Emily interact with people.


I did much searching on Pinterest to get ideas. Some of the ideas came from:  Sweet Designs, Offbeat Families, Pizzazzerie, The Stir, and Catch My Party.

Emily with her very happy grandma

Emily with her very happy grandma

The Invitation:

front and back

front and back


The Decorations:
The key here was to keep it simple! The caterpillar poms took about half an hour to make and almost no time to put up, but what an impact! The leaves were just copies from the book and sewed together to create streamers. The butterflies were put together the same way and were cutouts from school.



For Emily’s high chair, I covered it with a piece of pink fabric and tacked it into place. The tutu is made from this tutorial, except I obviously didn’t connect the ends. But it’s the right size for her, so she’ll have a tutu to play dress up in!

This was one of my favorite projects! I created a banner with pictures of Emily from each month (thanks Leslie for the idea!). Sooner or later I’ll take it down… and then put it into her room!

The Food:
The most important part! All of the food was based on food eaten in the book, which was a really great way to plan a menu. Usually I think that’s the hardest part of party planning, but when you have a food theme already established, it takes the guess work out. The cards labeling the food were just copies from the book.

DSCN0519Caterpillars:  raspberry for the head and green grapes for the body, all on a skewer
Clementines (okay the book has oranges, but clementines made more sense)
Dill pickles
Cheese, Salami, and Crackers
Sausage:  Sausage Balls (I’d recommend cutting down the cheese)
Butterflies:  Sugar Cookies (I combined two recipes, but this one is pretty close)

Sorry, I forgot to get a good picture of the cake. I made cupcakes (box mix with homemade cream cheese frosting) and frosted them in green. This was the caterpillar’s body. The red head was a carrot muffin frosted with yogurt for Emily’s cake. We haven’t given her much sugar, and her party wasn’t the day to sugar overload her!



I love how her two friends are there to help blow out the candle!

Party Favors:
Two circles sewed together and filled with M&Ms.


Then Sunday, Emily was dedicated at church. Perfect ending.


Yep, she's grabbing the pastor's mic

Yep, she’s grabbing the pastor’s mic

What a wonderful, crazy, exhausting weekend!

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Emily’s Party

After months of planning, birthday weekend came and went. What an exhausting, amazing whirlwind! It was so wonderful seeing how happy Emily was and how many people could make it to celebrate her. Thanks to everyone who could come and everyone here who has followed our adventures in the last year.


I’m taking the week off to recover from all the planning, but next week I’ll be back with pictures, recipes, and updates from her party (once I get all the pictures friends and family took because this silly momma forgot to be picture happy)!


I love this sweet girl!


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Safari Theme Baby Shower

So I’m pretty excited about my sister having her first baby. It means our kids will be about 8 months apart. How perfect is that for cousins?

Seriously, doesn’t she look great!

I have to admit, I’ve been planning Shannon’s shower LONG before this little man was around. I’d find cute elephant/giraffe prints and save the idea for her shower. The theme was always an African safari. Shannon spent nine months in Zambia doing missions work and loved all the elephants and giraffes she saw (one of her funniest stories was when a baby elephant wandered into their camp…and the momma elephants came looking for it!).

See that cute diaper cake? The craftiness of our friend Sara!

Elephants:  I searched for an elephant outline and traced it onto scrapbook paper. Then I just sandwiched ribbon between two elephants.

The other decorations mostly came from Shannon’s house. She has quite a collection of wooden elephants that spotted our table. I also used some of her African cloth to top my tablecloth.

My suggestion when you’re buying decorations:  buy basic pieces. These will last you through many parties, dinners, special events. Then you can pick up smaller, less expensive pieces (or borrow them) to personalize the event. And never forget the value of cute scrapbook paper!

The menu:  Why thank you Pinterest.

Shredded Beef Sandwiches by Erin Chase via The Chew (I heart Michael Symon)

Caprese Salad Kabobs (picture via Terri’s Table)–skewer grape tomatoes, mozzarella, and a leaf of basil on a toothpick

Sour Patch Grapes by Pure Sugar

Fruit and Cream Cheese/Marshmallow Dip

Chocolate Cupcakes

Coconut Meringue Cookies

Brownie Bites by me

 Pineapple Lemonade Punch by Froggy and the Mouse (I floated sherbet in it too)

Busy Bags:  I got this idea from Happy Hawkins. We made simple felt activities for when the little man is a little older and needs some quiet time. I printed out Laura’s examples for ideas, and everyone put their own spin on the project. We had a flower page from my mom and Grandma (they’re both fabulous gardeners), a rainbow from Shannon’s mother-in-law, a starry night, an autumn tree, butterflies, and ice cream cones. The great thing about this idea is that then the activities go into baggies so they can be switched out. Plus it’s an great craft to talk through (and easy enough that even non-crafty people have a good time).



We can’t wait to meet you, little man. Keep getting big and strong! We’ll see you in a few short weeks. Your cousin Emily can’t wait to teach you how to talk and giggle. And your Aunt Lindsey can’t wait to give you kisses!

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