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…and I’m crafty too! PART DEUX

26 Dec

Oh hey there, it’s me again…the crafty mom who just has to go all out when it’s birthday time?? Yep, I’m back! So the baby just recently turned 1…I know, ALREADY?! Since I’ve already gone through this twice before, I reminded myself  to NOT overdo it and that the 1st birthday party is ALWAYS for the parents…like a 1 year old really cares about color scheme, theme and cake flavor, right? But every child deserves a kick-ass party whether or not he is old enough to comprehend what is going on!! So in time-honored tradition, I put on my thinking cap, poured myself a glass of wine (or 3) and began brainstorming for another birthday party theme.

It took me a while to figure out Benjamin’s first birthday theme. I asked the older kids for their opinion but even with all of our heads put together, we still couldn’t figure it out. Finally, while giving Ben his usual snack of  Nilla wafers…I realized, “this boy goes NUTS for cookies!” And who gets this crazy for cookies?…None other than Cookie Monster himself!

So since we’re sticking to a Cookie Monster theme, what better treats to serve at the dessert bar but cookies? I made my chocolate chip cookies ~courtesy of  Nestle Tollhouse  (now say it the way Phoebe from Friends says it, hehe).  I also made my Chinese almond cookies, which turns out, my almost diabetic father-in-law can’t get enough of…oops. And I cannot forget Ben’s favorites, which are Nilla wafers and Oreos!! The iced sugar cookies were added to the table to give it that splash of blue~courtesy of  Vons. I also wanted to add some extra oomph to the decor so I learned how to make pom poms~courtesy of Martha Stewart (curse her crafty awesomeness).

I would like to give props where props are due…the most fabulous birthday cake was made by my longtime friend/sister from another mister, Mary B. For all things delectable and for any and all occasions, you may contact her at:, a sincere thanks!

My birthday boo was up to his armpits in love and gifts and I of course got “mad props” for my dessert table…until another birthday…I’m spent!


…and I’m crafty too!

4 Aug

*sigh!* My little man turned the BIG 5, and what better way to celebrate a Summer baby than by having a “Dinosaur Pool Party!” He changed his mind a lot about the theme. At first, it was Cars2, then it became Power Rangers, then he finally agreed to those prehistoric favorites. Now, I’m that mom who goes all out when it comes to celebrating their spawn’s day of birth. I’m the one who’s balling as we’re singing “Happy Birthday”, realizing that “my baby is growing up!” *wiping tear* I’m also the procrastinator who waits until the night before the party to get everything done. I decided to create my own decorations, assemble a most fabulous candy/sweets buffet and make the giveaways! Who has the time, you ask? Not me, but I’m gonna sure as hell try!!

Yep, I made that banner! It could have been nicer and a little bigger, but no one even noticed it…the banner, that is! The kids and I cut out the dino pictures, but when it came time to hang everything up, everyone went missing…

I got a few chuckles since the hubby noticed that my “sweets table” looked more like a memorial table…kinda morbid, I know…

By the end of the party, I was indeed pooped, but nonetheless pleased with the turn out. The birthday boy was extremely thankful and I as usual, vowed to NEVER do this again…until the next kids’ party, of course!