A few months ago, my one year old daughter approached me and asked, “mama, mama this Halloween can I be one of the greatest female military leaders of all time?” It was the damnedest thing I’d ever heard. She mentioned that the national heroine of France she… Read More
Some of my fondest memories as a child were the family outings we would take every year during the fall to Apple Hill, the most charming collection of ranches located just about half way between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe. The epicenter of family fun,… Read More
The only thing I love more than muffins is mini muffins! They are such a quick, easy, and (in this case) nutritious any-time treat for my one year old daughter who doesn’t have time for sit-down meals. She’s a toddler on-the-go with a million and one things to… Read More
What better way to welcome autumn than by baking up a delicious batch of these pumpkin whoopie pies with maple-marshmallow cream?! Yes, I said maple-marshmallow cream! The name alone makes my mouth water. The light, airy texture of these looks like a cookie, tastes like a cake treats… Read More
I have been swooning over these festive balloon wreaths for quite some time and with all the DIY tutorials available on Pinterest, I decided to give it a go and get crafty. I stuck to the theme colors of my daughter’s Madeline/Parisian inspired birthday party but the possibilities are endless, making them the perfect decoration for any celebration! All the supplies needed can be found at your local craft and/or party store (I went to Michael’s) and if you have the time and patience (it took me a good 5-6 hours), I promise it’s quite simple!
First, you will need to collect the following items:
- straw wreath, left in plastic wrap
- greening pins
- a whole lot of balloons (I used close to 400 for a larger, fuller wreath)
- ribbon to cover the straw (optional)
- pipe cleaners (optional)
- rubber mallet (to save your poor thumbs from going numb)
Okay, time to get to work! If you choose to wrap the wreath with ribbon, go ahead and do this first by securing it to the wreath with greening pins. I attached two to three balloons per greening pin by simply grouping the balloons together in an arrangement to my liking and (waaaaait for it), pinning them to the wreath.
Repeat this step one thousand times over until the wreath is totally covered and VOILA!!! Easy peasy. To add your “curling ribbon”, wind pipe cleaners around a pencil to achieve the perfect curl. Attach each pipe cleaner to a greening pin and fill in any empty spaces of your masterpiece.
The finished product is so darn cheerful you can’t help but smile! I can’t hardly wait to hang this baby on the front door again… countdown to the Fourth of July begins NOW!
My baby girl is ONE and there is so much to celebrate! A year has flown by in the blink of an eye and now here we are at such a momentous milestone in little E’s life, one which she surely will not remember and I will never forget. This is my first child’s first birthday so let’s be honest, it was more of a joint party really, half in honor of the past 365 days of her life and the other half as a congratulatory pat on the back to my husband and I for surviving.
Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I love a good theme party and this particular theme was inspired by my favorite childhood book, Madeline. A brave little girl with an adventurous spirit, the beautiful “City of Light” as her playground and that fabulous, yellow hat! What’s not to love? First and foremost, I must confess I have a huge crush on all things French: film, cooking, pastries, music, fashion, accents, bull dogs, children’s literature…the list goes on and on. Confession number two; I am a planner. Truth be told, the wheels were already turning way back when we found out we were having a girl! Pulling together and fine tuning all the details that made this party special was such fun and totally DIY friendly if you’re up for a project or two.
Some of my favorite details were the darling monsieur and madame bibs (handmade by my ridiculously crafty mother), the Paris cityscape mural, which made a fabulous backdrop for guest photos (more props to mom), the balloon wreath (which took about six hours worth of baby E’s naps for me to complete) and of course, the ensemble (accessorized with red, glitter shoes and the cutest smile ever), worn by ma petite cherie.
Joyeux Anniversaire Eisley!