Birthday Gift Ideas

Someone buy these things for me okay? \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy birthday is this weekend!!  Yeah!!  I have no real plans at this point aside from a date night with my hubby.  This year doesn’t feel like it requires a crazy big celebration.  It does however, require a pedicure.  Here are some birthday gift ideas you all can buy for me.

Birthday Gift Ideas

A clutch that screams my name  .  a new sunbrella to keep me shady   .  cool shoes for my feet  .  this super fun picnic  basket/box  .  it’s time to start working on my summer wardrobe and this dress should be part of that  .  and this dress – I wear the heck out my other Novella Royale pieces and I love this print  .  and this fantastic gold tray wants to be in my house.

(You may notice that the link for the shoes is different from the shoe shown.  My husband explained that they change out their selection frequently.  And I’m too lazy to redo my collage.  And in fact I like the shoes in the link even better.)

See last year’s birthday post here.  It’s insightful.  I promise.


DIY Birthday Pennant Banner on YAMF

birthday pennant banner DIY

My latest DIY tutorial, DIY Pennant Banner, is up on You Are My Fave.  Go see!

I am so grateful that Melanie lets me share my crafts over on her site.  She’s the bee’s knees.  I heart her.

Happy Cake Day Banner on YAMF

guest post for happy cake day garlandI have a really fun birthday banner up on You Are My Fave.  Have you seen it?  Fabric letters and napkin flowers make it fun and exciting.  Go check it out!!


Happy Birthday to Lauren

cheers to a fabulous feteToday is Lauren’s birthday you guys!!  Send her some love today, won’t you?  Here are some reasons I like Lauren:

-She does my hair when we travel

-She has never said no to drinking wine with me

-She has taught me a ton about crafting and tells me it is ok to not be perfect

-She is fabulous to brainstorm with

-She has AMAZING style

-She’s super funny in a quiet sort of way

-She has become a trusted friend and let’s me whine and vent

-She is all around awesome and I’m so glad that this online world led to a real life friendship

Happy Birthday!  I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

 Tweet her a birthday wish! 

4 Cakes for 4th Birthday

miles on prodigy scooterTwo days after Christmas we held a birthday party for my son at Pump it Up.  Two days after THAT was his actual birthday.  We always have family over on the actual day for cake and ice cream.  But this year, you know, on account of because I am crazy (we’ve already established this right?  I don’t need to keep saying it.) I decided that since it was his 4th birthday, he needed to have 4 cakes.  So this happy little guy got to ride around the house on his new Envy Prodigy scooter.  I had cakes in the oven.  I had no time for discipline.

minted banner at homeI used the rest of the Minted party decor I had ordered for his party at the house.  This is our banner wall.  True story, this banner is still up.  As I type this, in February, the banner is on the wall behind me.  It just looks so cute!  And it was super easy.  The Minted items come printed and ready to string.  They are printed on really nice quality paper and make decorating super simple.  Here are 3/4 of the cakes.  One was still in the oven at this point.  We had a yummy cherry chip cake, a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, an angel cake with meyer lemon glaze, and a dump cake.   Yes, a dump cake.  If you have never had one, you need to.  I’m going to share the recipe with you next week.  It is super simple and everyone always goes crazy for it.  And kids (and my husband) laugh when they hear the word “dump.”

minted cakeasaurus party itemsAnd oh yeah.  I had made the cake toppers from the Minted party stuff before Christmas.  And then found them a few weeks after the party, unused.  How cute would these have been on the cakes?  Total fail.  I am not a baker so trying to get all four cakes done really through me off my game.  But I will just have to save these for another time.

birthday boy on tableDo you want to know how to make the birthday boy extra happy?  Let him walk around on the dinner table.  It was hilarious.  Pure joy.

blowing out the candlesSo there you have it.  4 cakes for a 4th birthday.  For 8 adults and 4 kids.  We had a lot of leftover cake.  And since my other son is turning 7 this year I figured that if I wanted to do a party with one cake for each year I better do it now.  Even my crazy has limits.

*This is not a sponsored post for Minted.  I had a credit with them and decided to try out their party decor.  I am so glad that I did.  It saved me a ton of time and everything was still super cute.