I’ve made the move….

Hi all. So I’ve recently made the move over to wordpress.org and in doing so haven’t managed to figure out how to (I don’t even think I can..) transfer all you amazing followers of this blog over to the new version.

If you want to keep up, please head over to poshtartparties.com and follow along… again. ūüôā

I can’t wait to keep sharing the celebratory love!

Jess

A Little Man Mustache Bash

A Little Man Mustache Bash

I know the excitement here in my little corner of the internet has been quiet, but trust me, I have been a busy bee. Stretched thin and definitely feeling worn down. But I am super excited for some upcoming changes and other good stuff I have to share. For now, a little walk down memory lane.

My nephew was turning 5, and per usual, I immediately offered to help plan and decorate for his special day. My sister in law decided that a “Little Man/Mustache Bash” was an appropriate theme for her little man.

The Party was held at a local hotel with small “indoor waterpark” that consists of some slides and a kiddie pool. (¬†The pool¬†had an “upper deck” that was divvied into sections for separate parties, each rented out at a ridiculously high rate. Also, the only food “allowed” was pizza ordered through an affiliate of theirs. (Of course, I managed to talk my way into getting a few things in. I was unaware of all the “rules” and played the pity card. Not to mention it’s 97 degrees and 300% humidity, but I digress.¬† (Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate hotel/pool parties, this particular one, is just unbearable for an adult to sit through for more than 20 minutes.. But the kids love it. what’dya do.)

Anywho, back to the shin dig. So As always, the budget was small, and by small I mean tiny. I had a three month old on my hip (moby wrap actually) and a lot to do in the couple weeks I had to prep.¬† Here’s what I came up with.

I made my own set of Mustache Props and Clip On Bowties (no sew, of course) for the party guests, I will share a DIY for both soon.

Little Man/Mustache Bash

Little Man/Mustache Bash

The mustaches are in a Mason Jar that I lined with cute paper and modge podge. I wrapped the top with some leftover fabric and a bowtie, et voila. It’s adorable! Not to mention the¬†adorable bowtie favor bags for {Distinguished Guests} to take home!

The Snacks we “snuck in” included veggie cups, fruit salad, bottled water, and cupcakes (which were allowed)

Little Man Party FoodThe Backdrop was made from paper bowties and mustaches I traced & cut out by hand, then hot glued string (sewing thread to be exact) onto the back.

There was also a photo booth made from crepe paper that I fringe cut. And the candy wrappers were scrapbook paper that I printed mustaches onto with my home printer and wrapped around little Hershey bars.

Little Man / Mustache Bash DIY

And for the Photo Booth.

Little Man Photobooth

And here’s “The Sheriff”, our own little man, and myself, taking our turn saying “cheeeeese”. (Can you tell we have a thing for temporary tattoos?)

Little Man DIY Photo Booth

And I’m super excited to share that Jillian from Catch My Party, who is a contributor for Spoonful, has featured a photo of this party in her most recent article on Spoonful all about celebrating your “little man”. I’ll get the link posted as soon as I can find it.. I’m a little frazzle dazzled at the moment!

And as always, I so appreciate you taking the time to look around I hope you have found something that can inspire a creation for your shin-dig! Tootles Party People!

The Big Latch On (2013)

Hey there All! So today I’m sharing another Blast from the Past! But before I do, I want to share a few things. I have shared some personal stuff on the site, but those posts are far and few between. Although I have a lot happening in my life that I’d love to share with you, I know that the main reason people come to the site is for “Party Schtuff.” And this post will contain all that same party-hearty goodness, I promise. But I want to give a little back ground on the event and small disclaimer for any one feeling a tish negative today.

The Big Latch On

First, the event I’m sharing with you today is titled “The Big Latch On.” This was our local event which is part of a larger annual event that happens worldwide, where nursing mothers come together at¬†the same exact¬†time and all feed their babies. The actual “latch” and headcount only take about 60 seconds. The totals are tallied nation/worldwide and end up with record breaking numbers of women coming together, raising awareness, and normalizing the natural act of breastfeeding. You can find out a location near you for 2014, how to register a new location for your area, and learn lots more about this event by visiting the Big Latch On website

Before I continue, I am a mom (obviously), and I know that when discussing anything child related, especially in the regards of feeding, birthing, sleep habits, diapering, circumcising, vaccinating, and so on, can be super touchy, hot button topics. I, as a mother, have always made the decisions that I *thought/think* are best for me and my family, as do all mothers and parents. This DOES NOT mean, that if you or anyone else has made a different decision, I or anyone else is judging you negatively¬†because of it, or at least they shouldn’t, As no one should do to me. (Not that I plan on really discussing anything “breastfeeding” related but the event itself, I feel the need for a semi-disclaimer)

As women, we should empower and praise one another, who else knows how hard it is to be a woman, wife and mother, but us. That being said, I made the decision to nurse my children. My son for just over 2 years, we eventually weaned about 10 weeks before I gave birth to my daughter (yes, I said 10 weeks). Well… she is just nearing 2 years old herself, and that totals almost 4 constant years of nursing.¬†I am proud of it and am happy that I made that decision for my family. And just because I can, here are some gorgeous pictures that I was lucky enough to have Erica McCauley capture of my beautiful baby and I.

Nursing My Sweet

To some, nursing is “icky”, unnecessary, and “rude” to do, especially in public. To which I say, Namaste y’all.¬† I was bottle fed, and did indeed “turn out just fine.” But I believe that nursing is beautiful, natural, and am so lucky to have had the experience. Not to mention, when a baby needs to eat, it needs to eat, and I would not condemn anyone to the bathroom stall, vehicle, or other inconspicuous corner to eat their meal.

Me and Z
Photo Credits: Erica McCauley Birth Photography

No mean spiritedness will be tolerated. Only love here folks’. Okay. Disclaimer over. Carry on.

The Big Latch On

In 2012 I saw a flier in the¬†“nursing mother’s room” at the state fair that summer. I checked it out online and knew I wanted to take part in it. Sure enough that August, I nervously showed up at the doorstep of a woman I didn’t know, ready to meet some moms, and participate¬†in something that I was really proud to be a part of.¬† There were about 12 of us that year, many of the women were members of the local breastfeeding group and knew each other that way. The weather was crummy, so we relocated to a nearby home instead of a park, there were lots of snacks, and nice mommies to chat with. It was great. So when 2013 rolled around, attending the event was a no-brainer. When they started looking for sponsors and door prize donations I threw my hat in the ring which led to me taking on more of a role in the setup/aesthetic aspect of the event (Which was very fun)

The amazing Erica McCauley, an amazing woman and birth photographer and her friend Sara (who just happens to be a doula, which is totally rad) were the ones really heading up this whole thing and I was just there to lend assistance when they needed. We brainstormed some ideas and concepts and came up with a few things.

Erica Wanted to do some Mini-Sessions for nursing moms who wanted them done, We also needed something to provide a little shade if were really hot that day.¬† I ended up putting together a PVC enclosure and using sheer window drapings as walls. It however didn’t get used at the event, simply because we live in North Dakota and mother Nature hates me. The wind made it impossible to safely keep it up and not stress about it.

Planning for Big latch On

I covered water bottles, made lovely banners and buntings for the snack table, for sale items, sign in and more. 

For the large backdrop and signs I used foam board from the craft store, covered it with a craft paper and used basic white acrylic craft paint and letters I cut with my Cricut Mini.

The Big Latch On Minot 2013

Ultimately the turnout was astounding, More than we could ever have imagined. The year before it was literally less than 15 of us, all three of us expected maybe 30ish people this year. Over 100 people showed up (I think :/). Whatever the specific number was, It was awesome (until we ran out of food, but even then, still awesome)!!

The snack table was swarmed and ambushed the second families started arriving, leaving nothing but bare food stands and crumbs in their wake.
BLO Snack Table

There was a great door prize table filled with goodies for all ages.
Door Prizes at BLO
(I donated a homemade wood sign that I was quite pleased with!)
DIY Wooden Sign

There was a table where “boobie hats” knit by local crafters could be purchased.
For Sale Boobie Hats at BLO2013

I also set up a “craft/activity” table for the older kids. As usual, I had no real extra money to put into this little side project, so I cleared out my ribbon and other misc craft stashes and wound up with enough stuff to make puppets, picture frames and magic wands (which were the biggest hit of all) plus whatever random things the kids came up with.¬† The table ended up being a bigger hit than I expected and I was definitely thanking my lucky stars to have two amazing volunteers there to help out!
Craft Table at BLO event

Here is a shot of the mini photo session set up and our massive turn out during the official “latch” itself.
The BLO

Got Milk The Big Latch On

The Big Latch On - Keep Calm and Latch On

The Big Latch On 2013

Me and Z at BLO

What a fun day! I can’t wait to start working with these amazing ladies on this year’s Big Latch On! A big thank you to Erica McCauley, please find her on facebook or check out her web page, she is truly one of a kind.

Don’t forget to check out the Big Latch On even closest to you if you’d like to participate or visit their website for more information on how to register, donate, and more!

As always thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear from you, leave me a comment, find me on facebook or pinterest. Just connect with me in some way and let me know what you think of the site thus far. I love feedback!! And don’t forget you can check out how I made the tassel bunting you saw on the snack table here! Toodles party people!

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A Purple People Eater (Double) Birthday Bash

Purple People Eater Birthday Party
I’ve been MIA for the last week-ish, with a house crammed with stuff to organize and clean, a computer full of craft files and 2 years worth of work and pictures that decided to completely CRASH, Many tears shed (over the death of that computer), and another birthday of my own came and went without a huge fanfare of celebration (which is just fine!) Plus I did end up with a new computer.

So here I am, with nothing new and exciting to share…having to start from scratch.¬†So something old and exciting it is! Here we go.

Last October I was lucky enough to celebrate two beautiful little girls’ birthdays with a Purple People Eater Party. It was a one eyed, one horned, flying monster themed DOUBLE party for the sisters.

Looking back, there are so many things that I’ve learned since then, and if I could go back in time and tweak, I totally would. So Keep in mind, this was literally one of the first parties I had ever thrown, I had a 3 month old and 2 year old, who highly impacted the amount of time I had on the “party day” to set up and focus on the event. (Long story, overwhelmed mommy. period.) But that’s not to say the party wasn’t a success, it was! the kids and parents who attended had a marvelous time, filled with activities, fun, and sugar. ūüôā

The Party rundown goes something like this!

First, When guests arrived at the party, the were greeted with a *Warning* sign and Monster Feet to wear. (I thought it was a cute substitution for party hats!)

DIY Monster Feet

I made them by creating a “template” on paper (it took a few drafts to find a shape I was happy with), and then using sheets of craft foam,¬†I traced and cut them out.¬† I cut three triangles for the toes (cutting one in half) and hot glued them on! I made two sizes also, just because friends of both girls (one turning¬†2 and the other 4) would be there.

They were a huge hit!

DIY Monster Feet Birthday Party

Once the guests were settled into party mode, they all sat down and were able to make fun Monster Masks!

(I bought a mask making kit from Oriental Trading Company, and added fun accessories like eyeballs and other monster “parts” for the kids to use on their masks. (it was nearly Halloween, and I was able to find lots of monster accessories at the local craft store)

Monster Party Activities

After the Mask Making –¬†I swapped out the setup from masks to delicious monster shaped cookies.

Each kid received three monster shaped sugar cookies (made the that they could decorate to their hearts desire. (When they finished, we assigned the “grandmas” to bag them up in cello with ribbon for guests to take home at the end of the party)

Cookie Decorating Party Activiy

Now, Onto the decorations.

I ended up using my “Mini Monsters” Cartridge and my Cricut Mini to cut out the Monster shape, I had to alter them a bit myself in order to get the single horn on top) I also used my Cricut to cut the letters and pieces for my banner (this was before I realized how easy printables were)

There was also a PhotoBooth, which consisted of lots of circles glued together with a strand of thread sandwiched between them. Did I mention…LOTS of circles. ūüôā It was easy though, I used a 2inch circle punch, hot glue, and black thread.

 I simply taped up the strands of the backdrop to the wall on the day of the party.

PPurple People Eater Monster Party

I also made some simple triangle bunting, again using the circle punch for the polka dots, two layers of purple paper (one color slightly larger than the other), and some cute ribbon glued over the top.

Purple People Eater Monster Party

There were a few “mini party stations” where guests could play with the singing Purple People Eater doll we found at Wal-Mart, leave the girls a birthday message, and of course eat, eat, eat.

Monster Party Sign In

I can’t seem to find all my pictures from this party, BUT, sloppy joes, chips, veggies, and other typical party food was served. I glued leftover googly eyes onto paper party cups because… well, who can resist.

Purple People Eater Party

Onto the Sweets:

The cake was made by a local woman who makes cakes in her spare time and did a totally rad job!! It was so cute, I love the little bite taken out of it. I passed along some pictures of the décor as I was working on the party, that way she could have a jumping off point to create the adorable cake.

Purple People Eater Cake

The rest of the table consisted of:

 Blueberry Cheesecake Fudge (with toppers, of course) purchased from a local candy store. Chocolate covered Oreos, Popcorn (aka Monster Munch) with paper cones, and an assortment of candy dressed up as Monster Parts (like toenails, hair, tails etc). Also some cute Monster cupcakes (I almost forgot about them!)

Purple People Eater Party - Sweets Table

After the party guests were pumped full of monster sized amounts of sugar and party fun, they were given little mini bucket favors, (that I also ordered from Oriental Trading Company for super cheap) and dressed them up by gluing white triangle teeth and googly eyes on them. They were filled with monster tattoos and other misc. little party goods.

The adults that attended the party were walking away with a delicious monster cupcake, which were all boxed up and ready to go for them.

Monster Party Favors

And before all the guests were gone, we rallied them up and snapped some fun photo booth pictures.

DIY PhotoBooth Purple People Eater Party

Well, that about wraps it up. This party was such a blast, and I really did learn so many things while planning and prepping for it. Like, ELEVATION! Your dessert table NEEDS elevation, even if is just a wrapped box for under your cake. Also, it takes a really long time to set up, from packing up the car, hauling it and unloading at the venue, unpacking, set up, pictures, etc. etc. So plan accordingly and stay organized in order to make the day of set up a breeze… well that’s an exaggeration, I’m not sure it’s ever a breeze, but definitely less stressful!!
DIY Monster Party - Purple People Eater

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St. Patricks Day Printable Wine Bottle Wrapper

St Patrick's Day Wine Bottle Label Printable

So today is a mini post, it’s been a long week, and I’m starting to fall behind schedule. The kids have been sick, plus we had to spend the day with my in-laws dying¬†dog ¬†(literally)¬†so she wouldn’t be alone, it was sad. Work is piling up and there is just not enough time in the day. (Not to mention my printer is driving me NUTSO! It keeps leaving terribly annoying lines when I print anything green or blue….grrrr.

Anywho!¬†I have a long time friend, who LOVES St. Patrick’s Day, She¬†has had a rough go of it recently also, so I bought her fave bottle of wine and plan on sharing it with her while venting about life “schtuff.”¬† It really is a “Lucky We” situation. In it together for another year.¬† You can download the free printable wine label below. I topped mine off with a homemade tassel and some green paper (you can check out this post to learn how to make simple tassels)

Free Wine Label for St Patricks Day

Here’s the Download: St Patricks Day Wine Bottle Wrapper

Thanks so much for stopping By! I’ll be back to posting party specific awesomeness soon!¬† Don’t forget to follow along on facebook or Pinterest to keep up on all the latest!

jessicasig

{Semi-Homemade} Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies With Fruity Pebble Frosting

Hi there all! So it is March, My very favorite month! And in honor of an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, the kiddos and I decided to try out a twist on one of our fave semi-homemade go to sweets. And by “semi-homemade”¬† I mean, not really homemade at all ūüėČ

We decided to make our cake-mix version whoopie pies, and instead of using chocolate cake mix, we decided to make them according to the colors of¬†rainbow (It was a great opportunity to let Logan work with color mixing and what not!)¬† I love the cakey-fluffiness in whoopie pies, and these are so easy you won’t believe it!

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

These are not your typical whoopie pies however, the frosting inside, is still light and delicious, but has taken on this mysterious texture that has a slight, yet appealing crunch. (I will share the frosting recipe I used, but you can use any frosting you like, even store bought! It’s all delicious!)

Alright Here’s the Recipe

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies

1 Box Cake Mix    (I used White for these, but would normally use chocolate)

3 Eggs

1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup Oil

Frosting/Filling (You could use your favorite frosting, buttercream, or even store bought)

1 Cup Shortening

1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar

1 Cup Marshmallows

1/2 tsp vanilla

1-2 Cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal (or equivalent)

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, Make your boxed cake mix with the adjusted recipe, mixing it until smooth. (if you’re dying them colors, now is the time to separate your batter into batches and create your colors of choice)

DIY rainbow cake mix whoopie pies - Copy

Next, you’re going to dollop some batter onto your baking sheet, about a teaspoon-ish at a time, because they get nice and puffy, (I highly recommend using parchment paper) and toss in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

DIY rainbow cake mix whoopie pies

While those are in the oven getting happy and delicious, it’s time to start your filling.¬† Start by melting the marshmallows in your microwave for 10-30 seconds to get them melty.¬†¬†Throw it all in a mixer and beat¬†with your shortening, vanilla, and sugar. (Add the sugar in parts, until you reach the desired consistency. More sugar = thicker frosting)

If your wanting to make them rainbow themed, festive, and with a kick of something different, crush up 1-2 cups of fruity pebbles and incorporate into your frosting. Yum.

DIY Rainbow Cake Mix Whoopie Pies 2 - Copy

Once your cookies are finished and cooled, you can start the fun (and messy) process of assembling your petite sandwiches of sugar heaven.

I find that using a disposable pastry bag (or large Ziploc with the corner cut out) is the easiest way. Just fill it with your frosting, and start by outlining the edge of the cookie, then filling in the center, and top it off with another cookie.

DIY Rainbow Cake Mix Whoopie Pies 2

So I will¬†be the first to admit, I am no professional¬†in the kitchen, not in the slightest. My cookies aren’t really home-made and definitely NOT perfect looking. As you can see, even when trying not to be, I can’t help but be a little messy.¬† Messy Jessie, a life long nickname of mine.¬† They may not look professionally made, but they taste awesome. Trust me.

Easy Whoopie Pies with suprise frosting

easy whoopie pies

And don’t be worried about the temptation to eat the whole batch, you will definitely be sent into sugar shock after¬†the first few, leaving you physically unable to consume the rest (I suppose I can share the rest).

Just in time for St. Patricks Day, a plateful of rainbow deliciousness. They would also be adorable at an art party, or any party for that matter, just match them to your theme, or keep them simple and classic. Mmmm mmmm.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to find me on facebook and pinterest to keep up to date on all the latest!! (I HEART Pinterest like a third child, just kidding… Kind of) Seriously though, Find me there! ūüôā

jessicasig

{Semi-Homemade} Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies With Fruity Pebble Frosting

Hi there all! So it is March, My very favorite month! And in honor of an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, the kiddos and I decided to try out a twist on one of our fave semi-homemade go to sweets. And by “semi-homemade”¬† I mean, not really homemade at all ūüėČ

We decided to make our cake-mix version whoopie pies, and instead of using chocolate cake mix, we decided to make them according to the colors of¬†rainbow (It was a great opportunity to let Logan work with color mixing and what not!)¬† I love the cakey-fluffiness in whoopie pies, and these are so easy you won’t believe it!

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

These are not your typical whoopie pies however, the frosting inside, is still light and delicious, but has taken on this mysterious texture that has a slight, yet appealing crunch. (I will share the frosting recipe I used, but you can use any frosting you like, even store bought! It’s all delicious!)

Alright Here’s the Recipe

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies

1 Box Cake Mix    (I used White for these, but would normally use chocolate)

3 Eggs

1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup Oil

Frosting/Filling (You could use your favorite frosting, buttercream, or even store bought)

1 Cup Shortening

1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar

1 Cup Marshmallows

1/2 tsp vanilla

1-2 Cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal (or equivalent)

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, Make your boxed cake mix with the adjusted recipe, mixing it until smooth. (if you’re dying them colors, now is the time to separate your batter into batches and create your colors of choice)

DIY rainbow cake mix whoopie pies - Copy

Next, you’re going to dollop some batter onto your baking sheet, about a teaspoon-ish at a time, because they get nice and puffy, (I highly recommend using parchment paper) and toss in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

DIY rainbow cake mix whoopie pies

While those are in the oven getting happy and delicious, it’s time to start your filling.¬† Start by melting the marshmallows in your microwave for 10-30 seconds to get them melty.¬†¬†Throw it all in a mixer and beat¬†with your shortening, vanilla, and sugar. (Add the sugar in parts, until you reach the desired consistency. More sugar = thicker frosting)

If your wanting to make them rainbow themed, festive, and with a kick of something different, crush up 1-2 cups of fruity pebbles and incorporate into your frosting. Yum.

DIY Rainbow Cake Mix Whoopie Pies 2 - Copy

Once your cookies are finished and cooled, you can start the fun (and messy) process of assembling your petite sandwiches of sugar heaven.

I find that using a disposable pastry bag (or large Ziploc with the corner cut out) is the easiest way. Just fill it with your frosting, and start by outlining the edge of the cookie, then filling in the center, and top it off with another cookie.

DIY Rainbow Cake Mix Whoopie Pies 2

So I will¬†be the first to admit, I am no professional¬†in the kitchen, not in the slightest. My cookies aren’t really home-made and definitely NOT perfect looking. As you can see, even when trying not to be, I can’t help but be a little messy.¬† Messy Jessie, a life long nickname of mine.¬† They may not look professionally made, but they taste awesome. Trust me.

Easy Whoopie Pies with suprise frosting

easy whoopie pies

And don’t be worried about the temptation to eat the whole batch, you will definitely be sent into sugar shock after¬†the first few, leaving you physically unable to consume the rest (I suppose I can share the rest).

Just in time for St. Patricks Day, a plateful of rainbow deliciousness. They would also be adorable at an art party, or any party for that matter, just match them to your theme, or keep them simple and classic. Mmmm mmmm.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to find me on facebook and pinterest to keep up to date on all the latest!! (I HEART Pinterest like a third child, just kidding… Kind of) Seriously though, Find me there! ūüôā

jessicasig