Category: Parties

Halloween Playdate {2018}

Every year Sarah invites a handful of friends over for a Halloween Costume Playdate. This year she invited a few classmates from school.

We made an invite and created a menu.

Unfortunately I was in party mode and only remembered to take a few pictures of the party food.

We decided to split Sarah’s friend and their siblings into two tables. That way Sarah can host her friends and Jacob can host the siblings. I love place cards, but with such a casual setting it was necessary so Sarah wrote everyone’s name on their goody bag and we used that to mark their spot.   

We also made mummy juice boxes with silly faces.

Since it was lunch time the kids got to make individual mummy pizzas. I set out English muffins, sauce, olives and string cheese. 

After lunch we made edible spiders (pretzels and giant marshmallows).

Next we decorated pumpkin shaped cookies.

We took a little food break and went outside to play. The moms even got in on the action!

The kids also played pin the nose on the witch.

We ended the afternoon with a little nail salon station so Sarah could paint her friends nails.

Thank you to our sweet friends for the fun afternoon! 

To see previous playdates click below.

Halloween Playdate {2017}

Halloween Playdate {2016}

Halloween Playdate {2015}

Halloween Playdate {2014}

Halloween Playdate {2013}

Oshrat’s Bridal Shower

After our fun weekend in Palm Springs for Oshrat’s Bachelorette, it was time to plan her bridal shower.

The Theme

Come have tea with the bride to be!

After checking in with Oshrat, she told us she wanted a tea party with navy blue and blush as her color scheme. So my mom, my sister Germaine and I came up with beautiful tea party for the lovely bride-to-be.

The Venue

July in Florida is just gross so we opted for an inside event. My sister’s new house was the perfect spot. Her hubby moved the furniture and we set up shop with long tables in the living room.

The Decorations

After creating a Pinterest board we put a few our ides into fruition. Like this doily wrapped rose gold silverware. plates // rose gold silverware // doilies Scalloped napkins // tea cupsThe table as you walked in included favors and some more decor. The sweet bride even made that F with pink flowers.

  G got this cute make your banner that we put on top of the dessert table. tea picks // create your own banner

The Food

Going with my sister’s tea party theme we spent the majority of the day making mini sandwiches. We made egg salad, cucumber and cream cheese, strawberry jam and cream cheese, smoked lox on cream cheese, PB & J.The dessert table consisted of mini scones, muffins, doughnut holes and mini bundlets from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

tea picks // banner // cake stand

The drink station included water with strawberries, Pimms tea, pink lemonade with blueberries and sweet tea. beverage dispenser // straws // drink tags // cups

Activities

We made a photo wall from paper fans. One of Oshrat’s bridesmaids bought some props and we had our very own photo booth.

navy fans // rose gold fans

Testing out the photo wall with the bride-to-be!

We also played two games. Oshrat’s favorite was when we asked Matt some questions about Osh. Favors

We had a local mama make these cookies. They were not only gorgeous they were tasty too!

Loved hosting this lovely shower with my mom and sister!Click below to see previous parties:

Germaine’s Bridal Shower

Fancy Dinner Party

Mardi Gras Dinner Party

Kids Parties

My Little Pony Birthday Party

After planning 6 Pinterest style parties for Sarah I decided I was ready for a turn key birthday party this year. So when she told us she wanted to have her birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s we said done and done!

We made reservations, bought a few party items and showed up! It was amazing!! The Theme

Sarah is really into anything to do with ponies and unicorns right now. I voted for unicorns but she wanted My Little Pony so MLP it was. My favorite evite site, Punchbowl even had our theme. I made a quick invite and sent it out. Even though Chuck E. Cheese’s comes with their own tableware I decided to buy tablecloth and plates (cups were not allowed) to tie into her My Little Pony theme. I surprised her with a My Little Pony headband she wanted. She was really excited about it!The Cake

I went by our local grocery store the week before and picked out a #7 My Little Pony themed cake. I decided to pick a cupcake cake so that way it was one less thing to do at the party. Best idea ever! Activities

The kids ran in and out of the party room for lunch and then cake. Each of her friends got a Play Card to use while playing games. Little bro got in on the action too. What really sold her on having a party at Chuck E. Cheese’s is the ticket tank. Something only the guest of honor gets to do when you book a party. She was so excited!!! She not only got a ton of tickets, but she also found the golden ticket!!

Outfit

While out shopping one day Sarah spotted this unicorn dress. I thought it was adorable! It wasn’t MLP, but fit perfect as cute party dress.Favors

I wanted something very simple this year so while at Target one day I saw these My Little Pony sets. It included a pen, notebook, eraser and stickers. Perfect for my little girl who loves to doodle. I kinda, sorta, missed having a Pinterest birthday party, but I also really enjoyed how easy everything was. The most important part was that she had a good time and seeing from these pics below it looks like she did!

Happy 7th my love! Have courage and be kind.Click below to see previous parties:

Sesame Street birthday party

Minnie Mouse birthday party

Doc McStuffins birthday party

 Frozen birthday party

Superheroes birthday party

Shopkins birthday party

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday {2018}

Every Spring I try to find a way to celebrate the birthday of one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss published over 60 books during his career, which have spawned numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series.

The reason I celebrate his birthday is to instill a love of reading in my kids. So every year on March 2nd we celebrate the silly author on the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

We started the celebrations with a visit to Barnes & Noble with friends Greyson and Remy for a Dr. Seuss themed story time.

Thing 1 and Thing 2. Thanks for the fun props Ms. Kathy. In the past we celebrated with breakfast, but with busy mornings and busy weekends we decided to change it up a little bit and host a Dr. Seuss brinner (breakfast for dinner) for his birthday. We kept the menu simple; green eggs, green cheese, hash browns and smoothies.

The cheese was Gouda pesto cheese from Trader Joe’s.The green eggs were spinach, eggs, a splash of milk and salt and pepper.The smoothies were spinach, peach, banana and a splash of milk. For dessert we used Sarah’s cake she made in baking class a few days before and even stuck a candle in it. I love celebrating life with my family and I like it even more when it involves learning and food.   

See past celebrations below.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday {2016}

Dr. Seuss’ birthday {2013}

Oh, The Places You’ll Go Keepsake Book

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! Thank you for writing such fun books.

Germaine’s Bridal Shower

As Maid of Honor I had the privilege of planning my sister, Germaine’s bridal shower in my hometown, Florida. Along with my mom and other sister, Oshrat we planned a lovely afternoon.(And no we didn’t plan to both wear floral dresses with red flowers.)

But then mother nature took over and hurricane Irma came through 10 days earlier. Airline tickets were booked, invites were sent and food plans were made. I tried calling the airline, but they didn’t care so we pulled through and did our best.

South Florida was a mess! From trees and debris blocking the streets to stores being closed or completely empty. It was quite the adventure.Big thanks to my dad for driving us around town! I know how much you missed all of our shenanigans.Turns out the elevators to the building where we were hosting the bridal shower didn’t work. There wasn’t an oven like we thought there would be in the room and then half way through the bridal shower the air conditioning stopped working in the room.

But then you see pictures like this and remember how fun you had showering your baby sis.

The beautiful bride.The sisters.

My family.

The girl cousins (on my dads side). My mom, bride and MIL.Our theme was gold, peach, and marble. We had different accents through out the room. Our table setting was modeled after my sister pinned this onto her board.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of just our tables, but at least I got a picture of the bride in front of it all.Germaine’s fiance loves candy so we had a candy buffet for him and the guests.As each guest was leaving they got to fill up a bag of candy. Happy bridal shower, G! Love you!

Choo Choo Birthday Party

After having a combined birthday party for Jacob’s 1st birthday, I knew I wanted to make his 2nd birthday party special.

The Theme

Jacob is big fan of all types of trains. From Thomas the Train to trolleys he loves anything that resemble a choo choo. Coming up with the theme was easy, Choo Choo I’m Two. 

The Venue

Jacob loves the park and going nad-nad (swinging in Hebrew) on the swing. There are a few parks by our house, but with different age groups attending the party we went for the park that had two different play structures. This way all ages can play.  The Decorations

Target, the best store ever, had everything we needed. We went with Thomas’ bold colors of red and blue.

The Food

I didn’t want to have to worry about delivery or picking up food. So we made a simple build your own pulled chicken sandwich station with potato salad and a green salad (oops I forgot to take any pictures).

  We also had snacks and fruit traffic signals skewers to munch on. The Cake

I ordered cupcakes form the bakery in our grocery store (love their stuff!) and arranged the cupcakes into a number two.Activities

Hubby and grandpa made a duct tape train track. Jacob loved riding his Thomas on the track.  Sister, Sarah, enjoyed it too!We also had a train track taped to a table so the kids can play with different size trains.The Outfit

A mama friend at Stitches in the Sun made Jacob’s special birthday shirt. It was bright, colorful and had a choo choo. Jacob was a big fan!The Favors

To go with the train theme, each kid got a train conductor hat and a scarf.Jacob however was not interested in either piece. :( Luckily big sister, Sarah and some friends were.

Thank you to everyone who made his birthday a special day.

Happy 2nd birthday to my little guy!

Click below to see previous parties:

Sesame Street birthday party

Minnie Mouse birthday party

Doc McStuffins birthday party

 Frozen birthday party

Superheroes birthday party

Shopkins birthday party

Show & Tell Tuesday – Parties

I’m linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday.

The theme this week is…Grown Up Parties.

Which fits perfectly as I recently added a Parties tab to my homepage. I love hosting and I love getting dressed up. So planning parties is lot’s of fun for me. I think I love it so much, because I’m in mom mode and mom clothes most of the time. So hosting or going out and getting all dolled up is fun.

I hosted a “fancy” dinner for my friends. I used my china, stemware and even our linens. I cooked all the food and set the table. Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of the finished table. :(

See more pics here.

My friend Nicole and I hosted a pajama themed Holiday Party at her place. See more here.

We celebrated Mardi Gras one year with a little outdoor dinner. See more here.

I also host most of the Jewish holidays at our place. The most recent holiday was Passover.Through out the years I’ve learned that pretty paper plates and napkins can be just fun and just as nice as china (well, sometimes…). I still prefer the real thing, but clean up was so much easier.

To see more parties I’ve hosted click here.

Happy Tuesday!

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