Monday, February 29, 2016

DIY Monday: JAE is almost one!

In 6 weeks, my baby will be turning ONE! did that happen? The time went by so fast! It's almost like I blinked and she is now approaching her first birthday. 

Being the DIY mom that I am, I am now in full planning mode. And since I'm all about theme parties, JAE will be having a "Sugar and Spice" birthday party. JAE has truly been our sugar in the sense that she has been an easy baby. A lot of people say going from one to two kids is a lot of work. For J and I, going from zero to one was the biggest shocker. Going from one to two has not been easy but it was definitely not like it was going from zero to one. 

JAE is also a very strong willed girl and is not afraid to get rough with her sister. Hence the "spice". This morning, I asked JOE what kind of entertainment we should have for JAE's party and she said "well, a Doc party of course! JAE loves doc." Yes, JAE loves Doc but I think that's because JOE watches it all the time. I am now trying to figure out what type of entertainment will be appropriate for a Sugar and Spice party. I am open to suggestions!

Anyways, of course I will be doing DIY. I enjoy this and since I have recently started making babywear/accessories to sell, I can't justify doing anything less for little one. To give me some ideas, I went looking at my favorite site. Pinterest! I will of course personalize it for JAE but here are some ideas of what we will be doing for JAE's birthday party. I look forward to seeing it all come together. 
The primary colors I will be using will be pink and gold. 

How cute are these balloons? What a way to dress up the occasion. 

When I did JAE's 6-month pictures, I didn't have the right markers to do this. However, J got them for me so I plan on doing something like this for JAE's first birthday. I hope to have it in time to do a photoshoot session for her as well. 

This is also another idea I was thinking of but for the table.

I plan on making sugar cookies and using pink and gold sprinkles to decorate them. 

And of course, there will be cupcakes! How cute are these?

I made chocolate covered pretzel rods for JOE's birthday last year and they were a huge hit. The sugar of the chocolate and salt of the pretzels made it a really tasty combination. Will be making them again for JAE's party.

I liked this one primarily for the main cake for JAE so I think this is what we'll be doing with for her cake.

I'm still undecided on whether or not to do the donuts as well. I know kids get sugared up at parties. I'm not against that but this is what I will consider a "stretch goal" :-). 

I love love love this set up. While I won't be doing everything in this picture, this comes pretty close to what I'd like to do for JAE's party. How cute are the flatware holders? I am really excited about making them. 

Another idea for the flatware holders.

For JAE's birthday photoshoot session, I plan on making a giant cupcake. It will be decorated similarly to this but primarily have pink and gold sprinkles.

And of course, we have to have a sign for her birthday. How cute is this? I'll be doing one for JAE. 

I am thinking of going one of these in pink and gold with the number 1 as well for the table and also for her photoshoot session. This is also another stretch goal. :-)

This is one that I am not entirely sure of...spiced latte (aka...spiced chocolate). JOE loves chocolate and this will be one she'll enjoy but it will be early April and the party will likely be somewhat closer to the afternoon so I'm not sure if this'll work but I'm still thinking about it. 

So there you have it. The stuff that'll be keeping me busy for the next few weeks. I know this is all going to be a lot of work but it is truly going to be a labor of love. I don't remember most of my first through my 10th birthdays BUT I have seen pictures of them and looking at them truly made me smile. I could feel the love and happiness that went with each party and I'd like to create those lasting memories for them.
Have a wondrously awesome week!


  1. Oh my goodness! I just LOVE your creativity! How you find the time to do this is amazing! I'm sooo looking forward to seeing the finished party! x

    1. Awww...thank you! I do it in the evenings after work or on weekends. And for the most part, these are things that are fairly easy and take no more than 30-minutes of my time. Thankfully, hubby is always OK taking care of the kids for a bit so I can get it done :-).

  2. I can' wait to see the outcome. you are great at DIY so i know it'll be good. How about having cookie decorating as an activity at the party. You can make square or circle shaped sugar cookies (like you planned) but then let the kids decorate them. You can put out frosting, sprinkles, edible glitter, etc and let them go to work. Then they can take them home and eat them!

    1. Thank you! I LOVE the cookie decorating idea. But I want to save that for JOE's birthday. Originally, I thought I'd do it for JAE's birthday but JAE won't be able to participate much and I want her to have something she can do. So instead, we have decided to do it at Gymboree's. She likes to play and climb.

      JOE will definitely be having the cookie decorating activity though. It looks like so much fun and definitely up her alley :-).

  3. Ooooh, how fun, party planning. Can't wait to see how it all comes together

    1. I hope it comes together well. It's often hard when piece doing it.

    2. I hope it comes together well. It's often hard when piece doing it.


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