Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday, Emerson!!

Happy  5th Birthday 
to the sweetest girl in the whole wide world!!

We are in awe of how much you have grown these past five years and what a wonderful little lady you've become!!!

July 9, 2007

Emerson's First Year

Emerson's Second Year

Emerson's Third Year

Emerson's Fourth Year

Emerson's Fifth Year
 (a year in pictures) 

 Yearly Birthday Shots!!
(she's changed sooo much!!)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Pressing Rewind | Emerson's 3rd Birthday Party

I'm really playing catch-up here, hence the Pressing Rewind post (stolen from my friend, Kelly)....the funny thing is, I've had this post written for about 8 months, but it just needed some finishing touches!!  I finally got the time to add them in.

Yes, my friends, you read that right....THIRD Birthday!!  I'm trying to catch-up .  I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't post about Emerson's 4th Birthday until I finally blogged about her third birthday, I mean it's only been 24 months since the party!!  But now I have to post about both the third and fourth birthdays, before her fifth (which, coincidentally, is tomorrow).  So, I will get her third done before her birthday and the fourth will be done before her party on Saturday!!  So without further ado...Emerson's Third Birthday Party.

We celebrated at school on July 9th and I did manage to post about her actual birthday on the blog here. Of course I had another birthday shirt created by *Golden* and the kids munched on adorable ice cream cupcakes (to match the theme) created by Target.  Emerson was super excited, when she got home from school, to find her new swing set (too bad the video cut off in the middle).  I assure you, her reaction was priceless!!  Next up, the official party....

So, the next day, now, Two Julys ago, on July 10th (2010), we celebrated Emerson's 3rd Birthday with an Ice Cream Shoppe theme.  I had originally planned (yes, years in advance) to produce Emerson's Candy Shoppe.  But, after much internal deliberation, I decided two-and-three-year-olds with candy filled glass apothecary jars probably wasn't a smart idea.  So instead, we created Emerson's Ice Cream Shoppe, which was perfect for the HOT, July afternoon.

As always, I planned every detail and had so much fun doing so.  I love putting kid's parties together, and if I thought I could make any money doing it, I'd start my own business!!!  Emerson's Ice Cream Shoppe was a huge success.  The kids had a great time playing on Emerson's new swing set (a birthday present the day before from Daddy, Grammy, Papa, Mimi, Birdie and me).  Each child got a turn whacking at the ice cream pinata and eventually scurring on the ground for candy when Mr. Dale cracked it open.  And of course, everyone loved eating lots and lots of ice cream and cake!! All-in-all another great birthday party...

Check out the video below for all the birthday fun!!

The Invitation
(I bought the shell from a website and then designed the wording and layout)

Outdoor Decor
(Loved the ice cream cones I made to hang on the porch)

The Food
(BBQ Sandwiches, Chick-Fil-A nuggets, fruit, chips, and all the fixin's)

The Toppings
(all toppings fit for a great sundae, even the dipped cones that I had so much fun making)

The Cupcake Cones
(I loved these cupcake cones I made, but they all toppled onto the floor right before the guests arrived.  At least I got pictures, first!!)

The Cake
(I absolutely LOVED this was exactly what I wanted and so cute!!!)

The Favors
(Who doesn't need a drip stopper for all their ice cream cones and popsicles??)

The Printables
(Of course, TomKat Studio did a great job on matching printables to my invite)

Untitled from Brooke Dever on Vimeo.

Thank you to these great vendors:
Invitation Shell - Polka Dots and Pirates
Printing and Wording Design - ME!!!
Party Printables - The TomKat Studio
Birthday Cake and Favor Cookies - Abigail's Bake Shop (no longer in business)
Photography - JAM Photography
Favors -
Pinata - Birthday in a Box (.com)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy Fourth of July!!!
Amazing how much our little sparkler has grown!!