Thursday, May 12, 2011

Noah's 2nd Birthday Party (the decor)

When it was time to plan Noah's second birthday party I looked and looked and looked.  I wanted to find that perfect theme that Noah would appreciate and adore.  He loves so many characters that I was afraid that he would be into something one day and out of it the next.  Of course, once I commited to a theme I wouldn't be able to change it just because Noah wasn't in love with it at that moment.  I, also, wanted somethng unique that I knew no one else would have.  I chose Barney.  Yes, Barney the big goofy purple dinosaur.  Noah adores him!  Although, over the last few months Toy Story would have been more fitting, we had a Barney party AND  It was amazing! 
We decided to have Noah a pool party at my parent's house.  I didn't want to just have Barney party decor...I NEEDED Barney to be in his swim trunks, too. 

I asked my dear friend Veronica...a whopping 3 1/2 months ago to help me design this amazing party.  I am one of those that needs to have everything perfect down to the detail.  It was very important to start working on this party so soon, because Veronica is due to have baby #3 any day now!  I just knew she would have her while I was mid party planning!
She and her husband, Albert, are both amazingly talented!
She did soooo much to help me plan this party all the way down to the colors! 
I drew inspiration from all over, but most of it came from these amazing woman at Anders Ruff.  Maureen Anders designed her son's 5th Birthday party and I just swooned when I saw it.  I wanted her party!  Bad!  BUT I wanted an original party, as well.  She had so many amazing little details, I just had to "borrow" them!

Here is a photo of the dessert table.  I loved the idea from Anders Ruff to use wrapped clothing boxes as cupcake and cake stands.  How adorable and inexpensive!

These are homemade suckers that I made for Noah's 1st birthday party, as well. Jenn Koehler gave me this cute and inexpensive idea before Noah's party last year.  So very easy to do, and the kids and grown-ups alike, love them!  Just contact me if you are interested in a "how to". 
Veronica and Albert made me these sweet little thank you flags

Beverage station.  I got these beverage dispensers from Wal-Mart and Veronica made the little buffet signs for me to add.  I just added some ribbon and voila!  If you can see in the background, V&A made stickers to adorn the cups and they made water bottle labels.  I ordered the cute yellow striped straws from Sweet Lulu.

Along with the suckers, we had chalk for the little ones to take home as a favor.  I thought it would be a good idea just in case the water was too cool to have something for them to play with.
The labels on the utensils and napkins are the same ones we used for the cups. SO stinkin' cute, right?!

My sister-in-law, Holly took the task of making the cake and cupcakes.  I was sooo happy not to have to do that this year!  My sister and I were up all night last year finishing the baked goods! 
The precious Barney cake topper was made by LC Cakes.  She does amazing work!
I framed one of the invitations to have on display on the dessert table.
In the bottom left are the little treat bags I ordered from Sweet Lulu and placed a label on each one. These were for the kiddos to fill with candy at the end of the party.  I had three sand pails with the little shovels on the table all filled with Noah's favorite candies.  All labeled...dum dums, smarties, and fun dip. 

Close up picture of some of the cupcakes.  Toppers of course by Veronica ;)
Cupcake liners from Sweet Lulu.  I was thrilled when I purchased their "Big Top Cupcake Liner Mix" because it matched the party to a T.

Veronica made 5 centerpiece circles for me.  I put them together on a dowel and placed them in sand pails around the pool area.  I added some cute little red, yellow, and blue pinwheels that I purchased from Dollar Tree.
I made various pom poms and tied them under umbrellas and swings to added some pops of our party colors.  I placed a photo of Noah for everyone to admire my precious 2 year old!

The menu was kid friendly for sure.  I had Uncrustable pb&j's, applesauce, and goldfish crackers.  I purchased a bowl, a platter, and a plastic wine glass from Wal-Mart and I made a food tower.  My hot glue gun got so much use during this party planning! 


Again, on the Anders Ruff blog, I saw cookie pops and had to have them!  My sister-in-law assured me we could make them and we did.  They turned out so adorable. (Note to self...next time do not use a 3 inch cookie cutter to make them...they grow in the oven!)
More party posts to come...guests, presents, fun!

If anyone has any questions on where I bought anything or how to make anything or any help planning your own party, please do not hesitate to contact me amberrisher@gmail.com  xoxo

Friday, April 8, 2011

Noah's 1st Birthday recap (5/8/2010)

I decided today would be a good day to create a super long post detailing Noah's first birthday party since today marks one month until his 2nd birthday.  I know, I'm a little late.  I got away from blogging for such awhile and I kept saying I was going to blog about his party to give credit to the lovely ladies that helped me.....and yet, life was too much for me at the time to even think about blogs. So, here goes. 

When I sat down and started trying to figure out what theme I wanted I knew of course it would be Noah's Ark.  I came across a super duper talented baker at Blue Cupcake.  They had the most beautiful tower of cupcakes ever.  Please, when you visit their site search "noah's ark". 

From then on it was a must that the party centered around these cupcake toppers from Blue Cupcake.  I searched and searched and I was so amazed at how big the party world was.  I definately didn't want a "go to the store and buy a party...kinda party".  I found Jenn's blog and fell in love.  She always has the cutest parties for her 3 boys.  I especially loved the party she threw for her Noah on his first birthday, just a few months before my Noah's birthday.  She gave me so many cute ideas about where to find things and what to have on hand to preoccupy the little ones.  I was introduced to Dani of dani notes and she designed my little ones party logo. 
Isn't it adorable!

I made homemade suckers and marshmellow pops (seen above)


These are the take home favors for the little people (idea from Jenn Koehler)  with Noah's other precious stickers on them.  Favor box along with paper straws (not seen due to horrible wind) are from Think Garnish

I bought a shadow box and put Noah's invitation in the center and had Dani send me some blank circle labels for people to sign and place around the invitation


I got this idea from polkadots & pirates

Here's a photo of the cupcake tower with the homemade suckers on the left side

Noah really enjoyed his party.  He got tons of presents and we celebrated with great friends and family!
I have tons more I could share, but I will leave with a photo of me and my one year old boy...can't believe in a month he will be 2.  TIME FLIES.  I am cherishing every single moment with my Noah.


All photos are by Photography by Becky Morehead

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

School Photos

Ok, so I know I have been slack on the blogging lately.  I am literally so consumed with planning Noah's second birthday party that I cannot focus on anything else.  That is typical Amber, though.  I always get so into something that I forget to do anything else.  I can't wait to show all the awesome stuff his party will hold!  SO...for now...here is my munchkin in some of his school pictures
Sweet Baby Love!
I bet the lady taking the pictures heard "cheese" a hundred times that day!
So glad to have some little springtime photos of Noah to admire!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Riverbanks Zoo

Saturday, March 12, 2011 was Noah's very first visit to Riverbanks Zoo.  We spent all week talking about all of the animals we would see, so Saturday morning first thing we asked Noah was, what are you going to do today and he said "zoo zoo".  Another cute tidbit while getting ready Noah starting singing "tinkle, tinkle luddle taww"  My heart melted!
This is Noah when we first arrived equipped with his puppy backpack/ leash.  I wanted him to be able to walk around and see and not be confined to his stroller.
ABSOLUTELY adore this picture of Wesley and Noah all tickled at the monkeys going crazy!  Noah's favorite thing about the zoo.
Riding the carousel waiting on Grandpa Jim to come back with ice cream.
So, the main reason for this trip is this.  My daddy had never laid eyes on my precious little one.  So glad for this trip...Noah and Pepaw really bonded!

(Actually yesterday Noah and I got on our Kawasaki Mule to ride around, and I asked Noah where he wanted to go and he said, "Pepaw Dim....monkeys" :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday...YES!

I am always happy when Friday comes.  I get so anxious and excited to spend that extra time with Noah.  This is my little man looking all suave in his navy dress pants and his little button down shirt this morning.  I honestly cannot wait until it's time to see him this afternoon!  I usually run to the grocery store and pick up whatever we need for the weekend. ( I make sure to have all of Noah's favorite foods and snacks.  I think tonight is going to be a pizza night.  I definately don't feel like cooking after cooking all week long.  )  Then I rush home to clean and fold clothes and do whatever I can to keep from having to clean over the weekend, so it doesn't take away from my time with Noah. 

Just wanted to add a few cute and funny things Noah has started saying and/or doing lately.

When he and I are sitting on the couch or reading a book and he hears something in the other room he looks at me with big eyes and throws up his pointer finger and says," I back"  It is so funny, because I know he's telling me I'll be right back.

He, also, is say yeah a lot lately which is cute how he says it, but not quite so respectful.  So, when he says "YAH" I say "yeah, what?" and he says "ma'am ma'am"

Noah is pretty clingy to me and when I have things to accomplish I have to try to distract him from him wanting me to hold him.  So, I will say Mommy needs your help doing the dishes or mommy needs your help with the clothes.  Since I do that, he loves to offer his help and says, "I hope".  I love it!
Of course, there are things Noah says and does everyday that I think are amazing...those are just the ones that are sticking out right now.

Hope everyone has a good weekend! :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Weekend in Photos

I have mentioned in a previous post that my child LOVES being outside!  He drives us crazy with it sometimes. Even when it's dark he runs to the back door and says, "outsigh".  We have to sneak if one of us just needs to run out to the car or check the temperature. :)  So...being that this weekend  the weather was AMAZE and we spent nearly all of it outside with munchkin.  So, I needed to do some housework and it's hard to do with Noah inside with me.  (Normally, I do all of my cleaning/cooking after Noah and Wesley are leaving in the morning or before they come home in the afternoon. )  I sent Noah outside with Daddy and I wanted to take some pictures of them playing and of Wesley pulling Noah in the wagon.  Well, Noah spotted me on the front steps and came running.  A bird flew super close to us and landed near the steps.  This photo is Noah's reaction to that. LOL  he is so funny! 
The next photo is him trying to "ROAR" the bird away
Oh, those baby blues melt this moma's heart
Daddy's hat is cool
Sunday the boys flying a kite together...the squealing and giggling coming from our back yard had me smiling so big!
Slam Dunk!
Hope your weekend was as fun filled and as lovely as our's was!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

We've Been Sick

We've been sick....so sorry for the absence of blogging and reading blogs.  I tried to read them, I just couldn't get into it.  I have been at work despite how awful I have been feeling.  Noah and I have both been coughing our lungs up....and last night I heard Wesley start.  He is such a bear when he doesn't feel well.

Despite not feeling well Noah and I ventured to Bamberg Saturday to see Grams.  We had to visit Nibbles (her dog) and pick pretty flowers.  I couldn't get one of Noah holding the flower before he ripped it to shreds. oh well...
Little love with a mean face (not really, the sun is just in his eyes).  We spent the whole day outside, which was fine, because the weather was beautiful.
This is love this morning saying 'cheese'
The little emblem on his shirt is a penguin.  I walk out with his clothes this morning, because we always get dressed in the living room watching Sesame Street and say this is your penguin shirt.  Noah says, "pinmen"...."I like it."  This boy lights up my life!
I pray for all of those dealing with illnesses and sickies right now to have a speedy recovery!  And have a great rest of the work week!