Jack's 3rd Birthday Party + Cheeky giveaway!

Firetruck themed birthday party

A couple months ago when I asked Jack what he wanted his birthday cake to be, he enthusiastically exclaimed, "FIRE TRUCK!" Since he seemed pretty set on the idea, I started keeping it in the back of my mind as a loose theme for his birthday party. My cousin makes his cake every year, so she had plenty of time to prepare and figure out the details to make his wish come true. I got the invitations designed and ordered about three weeks out, but it wasn't enough time to have them printed and mailed. Plus, let's be honest, I didn't have enough time to hand address every one of them like I wanted to. We got custom invites made by A Pretty Little Party (she also designed the ones for Jack's first birthday party) and sent them through Paperless Post. We collaborated with our friends at Cheeky and made a simple DIY out of their awesome plates, which you can see how to make near the end of this post. There's also a giveaway and chance to win your own party pack!

Our set up was fairly simple, we borrowed an awesome ride on firetruck and banner from Rachel since she threw two firetruck themed birthday parties for Grayson. We put one of Jack's firetrucks on the napkins because it was super windy that day and we didn't want them to blow away. JC roasted a pig and my mom made awesome potstickers, fried rice, crab rangoon, and egg rolls. I didn't get a photo of the spread of the food, but I did get it on video, which will hopefully be edited in the next month or so. Love that it's truly a family affair when it comes to putting these parties together. We used the same buckets for utensils as last year and you can check out his 2nd birthday video on YouTube.

The celebration was lots of fun. We booked Pump and Splash, which was super fun for the kids and even some adults. Since we are in a drought and on a water restriction, our grass is completely dead. One of the awesome things about Pump and Splash is that it recirculates the water. It was the perfect addition to go along with our theme. We also had The Beat Buds perform, which was super fun and entertaining. I first saw them when I scrapbooked Willow's (Pink's daughter's) 2nd birthday party. Since then we have seen them at tons of events and Jack is in love with both of their CD's. The kids were so engaged, playing the musical instruments and dancing along.

Last but not least, the cake! The cake Cindy made was a HUGE hit. Not only did it look amazing, but it tasted so good. And Jack for the first time blew out his candles on his own!

We used Cheeky plates, utensils and napkins, which are available in the party department, exclusively at Target. Here's the simple DIY you can create with just a few items.

Thanks for checking out some of the fun from Jack's party - wish you all could have been there! We had over 80 people, and I can't wait to get the video edited to share more of the fun. And extra special thanks to Cheeky for collaborating with me. Love working with awesome people at amazing companies making a positive impact. The best part is for every Cheeky pack you purchase, they give a meal through their partnership with Feeding America. Cheeky has now helped generate over 9 million meals since launching in November 2014! We also have some pieces from their modern and whimsical Cheeky Home collection we love using on a daily basis. I also shared some tips and my party playlist over on the Party Series on their blog.

GIVEAWAY:

  • Cheeky Party prize pack of our fall assortment:
    • Cheeky Party beverage napkins
    • Cheeky Party lunch napkins
    • Cheeky Party 7" snack plates
    • Cheeky Party 9" lunch plates
    • Cheeky Party cutlery
    • Cheeky Party table covers
  • Cheeky will also donate a meal for every person who enters on 9/22!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below with anything party related! Comments will close on September 26 at noon Pacific and a winner will be announced shortly after on this post. GOOD LUCK!

Perfectly Imperfect quote

Perfectly Imperfect quote

Recently commissioned by someone making a scrapbook for their boyfriend. This quote has been getting a lot of love on Instagram.

Our brush lettering online workshop is getting wonderful feedback and there are so many great projects popping up in the #ATbrushlettering on Instagram. Would love if you joined in on the fun!

Also if you have any favorite quotes - please share them in the comments below. I'm using this watercolor set from Michaels and a waterbrush that I love by Tim Holtz/Ranger.

Hedley & Bennett knows how to party

Food wall goals

I had to post this photo on Instagram with this caption: When a lovely stranger asks if they can take a photo for you, right after your son spills ice cream on himself and you've got too many bags and melting McConnell's, you still say yes. I mean, look at this wall! Had so much fun at #hedleybturns4

It was such an awesome party where I didn't document it nearly as much as I could have - didn't vlog it, didn't take many pics, but I did share it on Instagram Story. After using it for a bit, I am thinking it's a nice way to share stuff, but I wish it had some of the fun features I like about Snapchat, like the geotag and the time stamps. Been thinking a lot recently about how much I share and the best platform to do it on. I love and appreciate the comments and dialogue that has been established on YouTube and of course here on the blog. So fun connecting with all of you in various ways. What I have come to realize though, is that sometimes it's just nice to be able to attend something, spend time with Jack and socialize a little as opposed to worrying so much about getting enough video to edit a video later or to take the perfect shot for Instagram or this blog. There's something so magical in just being present and not feeling the need to document it. It's a strange balance to strike when I love sharing so much with all of you on various platforms. Also it seems that all of this stuff is moving faster than ever and we are getting so much thrown our way, it's hard to determine how much we need to take in. 

One thing I know for sure though, is that I LOVE when I am delightfully surprised with these photos by Lily Glass in my inbox after not even knowing they were being taken! Many thanks for sending them along, MWPR - and congrats on an amazing Hedley & Bennett event!

Photos by Lily Glass

Workshop at Baum-Kuchen

Baum Kuchen shop

Basically walked into Traveler's Notebook and stationery heaven when I taught at Baum- Kuchen. I pronounced the name wrong in the video below - the "c" is actually silent. Please excuse my little mistake! I didn't take enough photos, but I did LOVE the energy that the sold out class brought into the wonderful workshop hosted by Wakako and Eunice. So grateful to this awesome and inspiring creative community.

You can check out Baum-Kuchen's blog post as well as the video of the fun. If you're in downtown Los Angeles, be sure to check their schedule and hopefully you can get inside their amazing space! Of course thankfully you can shop online and get your hands on all the goods. Are you obsessed with stationery and paper goods as much as I am?

Breathe. Believe. Release. Receive.

Breathe. Believe. Release. Receive. by Amy Tangerine

Keeping this in mind as I continue to learn the lesson that life doesn't always work out the way we envision. Usually, if we're willing to let go of our need for control, we eventually find our flow. And that is when life turns out to be better than we could have ever imagined.

The new brush lettering online workshop we launched is getting awesome feedback and there are lovely projects popping up in the #ATbrushlettering on Instagram.

Also if you have any favorite quotes - please share them in the comments below. I'm using this watercolor set from Michaels and a waterbrush that I love by Tim Holtz/Ranger.