Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sienna-Irene's First Birthday- A Wild One Carousel Party.

Sienna-Irene's First Birthday- A Wild One Carousel Party
    At Jane's Carousel in Dumbo Brooklyn

It's no secret that I love to throw a great party.  From planning out the details to making it come alive, I enjoy the many aspects of decorating, preparing delicious food, and bringing family and friends from many different circles together.  But Sienna's first birthday party was super special to me because as joyous as her first year was, it was also a tough one for me.  Not only was I dealing with the grief of my grandmother passing away before getting to meet my daughter but I was more than a tad overwhelmed by this two-kid lifestyle.  It took some time to get it down and work out a routine while my sweet baby girl waited patiently.  Along the way, we may have missed documenting a few milestones in the craziness and many days were spent making sure my son was coping with such a huge change.  In addition to not being the baby anymore, we had recently moved from friendly Hotlanta to freezing NYC.  One day during the cold of winter we decided we couldn't take it anymore and had to get outside. We were walking around Dumbo and all of a sudden it started to snow and rain like crazy!  We ran into the nearest open door and ended up inside Jane's Carousel.  We were the only ones there and the silence was as magical as the scenery was stunning. I looked down at Sienna's smile... it was as big and bright as the attraction in front of us and I could almost hear her thinking, "Everything is going to be OK, Mom."  And it was.  At that moment, I fell even more in love with her and the city we live in.  I booked the carousel for her party the very next day.   =-)

We set up the party inside the carousel and because it had been raining on and off that day, they had the glass down for us. As soon as everything was set up and people started arriving, the sun came out and shined down during the entire party!

For the drinks and food we served cucumber water, sweet tea, and a pink virgin punch ( We did bring Vodka for anyone who wanted to spike their punch=DUH;)) We also had Honest juice boxes for the kids... get these in bulk at Costco! My husband made Italian sandwiches and Ham and cheese and even spent hours tying bows and paper around them for me. He is amazing! I served up my pasta salad recipe that passed down to me from my Mamaw Nan... I bring it to every party. I can't get enough of it! We had individual carrots and ranch dressing to try and fit the horse theme;) What seemed to be our biggest hit was the mini chicken and waffles with maple syrup on the side. 

This party was a mix of family, long time friends and new mommy friends that I made this year. It was incredibly special to me to have everyone come together !!! =-)=-) Heart Full!

The kiddos got to ride over and over again on the carousel and as much as I thought they would tire of it, they all were sad during the last ride. For anyone thinking of doing a carousel party... Go for it!

For dessert ... the birthday cake was strawberry icing, yellow cake, and strawberry Jam in the middle topped with a little toy horse and copper topper.  The mini pies were apple caramel and topped with tiny copper horses. I bought the favor bags at Ikea and then decorated them with stamps and pom poms. Inside there were all of Sienna's favorites... sunglasses, goldfish, hair clips, bouncy balls, and star wands.

 Last but not least ... I had a jar out for everyone to fill with what they think Sienna will be when she grows up on a piece of paper. I plan to give her on her 18th birthday=-)  I can't wait too what amazing things she will grow up and do!!=)

Thanks to everyone that came to the party and celebrated with us!! We truly adore each and every one of you!!!


Sienna's Dress- TUTU DU MONDE // MY DRESS- Auguste the Label
Sienna's Crown- Love Crush Bowtique// Mini Pies- Pie Corps in Brooklyn
Favor Bags - bags from Ikea and stamps from Paper Source in Brooklyn
Signage done by Dimity in Byron Bay, AUS and myself (added tassels and flowers)

Let me know if there is anything else you want to know!! I would be happy to help!!!
 I should just be a party planner... I LOVE IT SO MUCH!! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016



Most of us wouldn't purposely wait until the last minute to get a gift for the special women in our lives but sometimes we get busy and put it off until the big day sneaks up on you. Give yourself a break... even the most loving people scramble to find a gift a few days before.  If going from store to store just isn't possible in your busy life, I have put a list together of my favorite gifts on Amazon. If you are an Amazon Prime member like muah... then these items can be on your front porch in a day and your dear mother will never have to know.  ;-) 

I always love to start a gift with a great basket and then fill it with cute and usuable items. I picked out my favorite baskets for you along with some items that I threw in for my own mother... hopefully she isn't reading this post!!!! Shhhhhhhh.  ;-) 

Now let's go shopping!!! =) Good luck!! 

Happy Mother's Day!!

ACME Party Box Company Boho Lux Picnic Basket For 2 -- If you don't have time to fill the basket yourself ... this is a super cute and fast gift. It's my favorite!

Bolga Baskets International Medium Oval w/ Two Leather Wrapped Handles  - The basket I ordered for my own mother. Isn't it amazing!!!?

Deco 79 Large Seagrass Basket  - Something more simple but safe to make any mama happy=)


Artisan Chai Tea Making Kit

Poppy Austin 100% Pure Rose Water Facial Toner.

[TONYMOLY] I'm Real Mask Sheet Pack of 11

Lavender Essential Oil 4 oz. with Detailed User's Guide

Diptyque Roses Candle-6.5 oz. -  We have these all around our home and it smells like heaven. You can also use the candles for decorations when they run out. You can't lose with this gift!

Essential Oils Aromatherapy Gift Set - 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Guaranteed - Premium 6 (Peppermint, Lavender, Orange, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Tea Tree)

VicTsing 300ml Cool Mist Humidifier Ultrasonic Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser

True Food Cookbook: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure- Your favorite cookbook will work ... this is just my personal favorite. There are tons of awesome ones ready to ship on Amazon=)

Hope this list helps!!!
Now relax and look forward to a happy peaceful Sunday ;)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Coachella 2016

Coachella was everything I wanted it to be and more! Not only was it an amazing escape from reality for the hubby and I but we got to see our favorite band... the group that brought us together, Guns n Roses! =-) 

At first the thought of leaving my kiddos for a long weekend was a little nerve wracking but once I ripped the Band Aid off... I realized how important it is to also travel without them. Every couple with kids needs some time without the little ones and they also need a break from their parents to form bonds with other family members. =-) 

Enjoy our Coachella pics and YES, I highly recommend going next year. =-D

Palm Springs we LOVE YOU!!!!! See you again soon!!!!