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Instant Gratification: Two Quickies for the Pinterest Challenge

Do you ever feel like you have so many projects going on and they’re all just halfway done? Case in point: The ladies each got new beds last week. Well, I should say new mattresses. (Sophia got a full and Lily got rid of her toddler bed and upgraded to Sophia’s old twin.) So of course that means changing lots of things in both of their rooms.  (Looks like I’ll probably get around to trying a DIY headboard sometime soon!) I’m also knee-deep in party planning for Sophia’s 8th birthday in less than 2 weeks. And since I’m insane, I just decided to paint the kitchen ceiling. (Test swatches went up last night!) You know…because there is not enough going on in the rest of the house. Right?

But until I get to all the big changes, I decided to try two super quick, super easy DIY projects for the Pinterest Challenge. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about…click here. And watch the adorable video. You’ll thank me.) Don’t feel like clicking over? Here’s the Cliffnotes version: Young House Love and Bower Power urge readers to stop pinning and start doing. That means, pick a project you pinned on Pinterest and do it!

FIRST UP: LILY’S 2-MINUTE PRINTABLE

Moving Lily’s bed meant all of her art was out of whack so as I moved most of the frames to the other side of the room, I remembered a pin I had just seen for a free printable from On To Baby.

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It took me about a minute to design the printable for Lily’s room (just pick a color and input a name) and print it. And maybe a minute to put it into a red Ikea frame I had on hand. Boom. Two minute project. 100% done!

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In a room that’s filled with reminders of everything I still need to do, this freebie (not including the cost of the frame, of course) gives me a little feeling of satisfaction. And Lily loves it! (More pics of Lily’s room before this switch can be seen here and here.)

NEXT: SOPHIA’S GOLD FRAMES

Onto Sophia’s room. I had seen this gold painted frame awhile back from Bryn Alexandra and thought it was genius. It’s another cheapie from Ikea but it’s been glammed up in gold spray paint.

The two huge black frames on Sophia’s picture wall had been bugging me for awhile. They just felt so heavy for such a feminine room. They were always meant to be temporary but alas, two years later, they’re still there.

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So, I took them down and got to work out in the yard with a piece of cardboard under the frames. (Yes, it was freezing and not the best conditions to paint in but mama can’t wait til spring.) I had just bought a new can of Krylon Metallic paint from Michael’s so I decided to give that a try. As soon as I started painting, I was in love! This spray paint is so much better than the Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic that I had used before for the letters in my foyer. Check out the comparison.

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I was so thrilled that I repainted them immediately. Check out the difference!

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But wait! Let’s get back to Sophia’s room. A couple of quick coats (ok…maybe three coats) of that glorious Krylon Metallic on each side and they were ready to put back in the room. I did a little rearranging too and…ta da! Instant Gratification.

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For more pictures of Sophia’s room before this switch, click here and here.

Make sure you click over to Young House Love,  Bower Power, The Remodeled Life,  and Decor and the Dog on Wednesday to see all the other projects completed in the Pinterest challenge. I know I’ll be checking them out. You know…cause I need another project!

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. I just want to give a shout out to Emily from one of my favorite blogs, Emily A. Clark, who featured my pink chair dye job on her Saturday 6 last weekend. Her readers were so kind to click over to my blog and I had my best day ever. Thanks Emily!!

If you’re unfamiliar with Emily’s blog, please check it out! She’s a super mom (with 5 kids!) who creates beautiful rooms. My favorite is her stunning office that she put in the home’s dining room. Those bookshelves are perfection!

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Bon Voyage to Eugene the Elf

Today, on December 24th, I’d like to bid a fond adieu to the newest member of our family, Eugene the elf.

Dear Eugene,

We’ve had a lot of fun over the past month with you and we’re so glad that you enjoyed checking out our house: hiding in the Christmas tree, playing the piano, sneaking into the cookie jar, and even napping in Lily’s dollhouse.

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But one of our favorite moments was when you took command of the Barbie house. Those Barbies sure did look up to you!

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It was very sweet of you to write notes to the girls when you were proud of their behavior (and even when you weren’t!). We especially loved the note you left this morning to say goodbye. We’ll be sure to blow a kiss to you tonight before we go to sleep! Have a safe trip back to the North Pole. We’ll miss you! See you next year!

P.S. Thanks for the cute Christmas necklaces you left this morning. The girls had so much fun putting them together!

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XO

Sue at Home

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Holiday Card Display

If your house is anything like mine, the holiday cards have started arriving and you’re trying to figure out where to put all of them. Last year, I created a simple and free (use-what-ya-got) display. Before I tell you how I did it, let’s marvel at how different the living room looks with the old white slipcover on the chair. Doesn’t it look so much better with the dyed hot pink one?

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Step 1: Grab a vase and fill it with something that’ll weigh it down. (Water works.)

Step 2: Grab some branches from your yard and put them in the vase.

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Step 3: As the cards arrive, punch a small hole in the corner.

Step 4: Tie a little ribbon onto the card to make a loop.

Step 5: Hang!

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To make it easy to keep up with, just put your hole punch and ribbon in an easily accessible spot like your kitchen junk drawer.  (The card in front was ours last year. You can read more about it here.)

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Question…do you keep your holiday cards after the holiday season? I do! Nothing fancy, they just sit in a box in the attic. I know it might seem hoarder-ish but they really don’t take up a lot of space.  I loved the Christmas card book idea that Chelsea from Two Twenty One shared on I Heart Organizing the other day.  Check out the how-to and printables here.

XO

Sue at Home

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Making a Wigwam for a School Project

This may not seem like one of my normal DIY projects but it’s still a fun and creative one so I thought you might want to see it.  For any parents out there, flag this post because your day will come too! Lucky you — I’m here to show you how we did it. Come inside and warm yourself by the fire!

Sophia’s 2nd grade class is studying Native Americans this month and her assignment was to build a replica of the shelter that the Shawnee tribe lived in. The only stipulation was that she should use as many natural materials as possible. We used this website as a guide.

We started by tracing a tray to make a big circle onto an old corkboard that I found in our garage. Then we measured around the circle and marked off where our holes should go. Next, we drilled small holes into the board to anchor the sticks but we made sure not to drill all the way through. (Truth be told, we staged this photo. No, I do not let my kid handle power tools by herself. Or maybe I’m just telling you that so my mother doesn’t freak out when she sees this photo. Whatever you want to believe is fine with me!)

We gathered lots of sticks from the yard (there were plenty from Sandy) and we tied pairs together to make the frame.

It took some time to find the right sticks (without them breaking) and get them glued into the holes but we were excited that our frame was coming together just like an authentic wigwam.

In lieu of bark or woven mats, we used brown bags to make a cover for the wigwam. First we cut them into strips.

Then we cut fringe onto each strip…

…and slowly added each row of fringe to the frame. If we had better glue, I would have used that but instead we took the easy road and used tape!

We built the layers up and then took a little time to add a rock-lined walkway and a stone hearth in the center. Sophia was great at coming up with ideas, like using red and orange construction paper to build the fire.

We dressed one of her Polly Pockets in a brown bag dress and propped her up by the door. (I had to promise Sophia that we’d be able to peel the glue off her feet after she gets the project back!)

To add a little more personality to it, we added Sophia’s name spelled out in left over tree branches.

It was a lot of work but Sophia and I had a great time building it together. She was so proud of the finished product and I’m so proud of how hard she worked on it.

XO

Sue at Home

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Epic Pumpkin Fail

When I started this blog, I promised to share my successes and my failures. And while I’ve had some toot-my-own-horn  successes lately (dying a slipcover, creating an easy jewelry storage solution, and cooking up a yummy seafood paella), I need to tell you about the pumpkin catastrophe that recently occurred in my house. You’ll remember that I bought some smallish pumpkins and coated them in matte black spray paint. 

Now, I have seen TONS of bloggers write about painting pumpkins and I have never seen any of them warn that this will kill the pumpkins! I painted them on October 1st and you can imagine my surprise when Sophia said, “Mommy. The pumpkin is opening up.” on October 12th. When I came to investigate, I found this:

After we got over the shock, me and the girls took turns plucking the stems off of the rotting pumpkins. They fell right off.

They were so rotten in some spots that they were caving in.

Before you say “maybe they were just bad pumpkins”, I’ll tell you that I bought three other pumpkins from the same place on the same day and those are fine. Surprise, surprise! They have no spray paint on them!

I bought some new ones and I’m thinking of attempting a little gold craft paint on them. I think the key might be to not cover the whole thing. I guess I must have suffocated them! Sorry pumpkins.

 I’m attempting a craft this afternoon with the girls. Hopefully this one will work out a little better. Have you had any craft fails lately? Please tell me and make me feel better!!

XO

Sue at Home

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Halloween Decorations

Even though I want to cover our home with spooky details, I never want to spend a fortune on anything and holiday decor is no exception.  And though I’d like to DIY everything, I found some scary stuff at Target that was so inexpensive that it would probably cost more to make it myself.

When you walk into my house, you’re greeted by this glittery black skull on our foyer table.  Can you believe I got him at Target for only $2.50? (I loved seeing a not-as-nice-as-mine version at another store for $13.99 the other day!)

Another table in our living room/foyer area that already benefits from having a little skull topped box on it year-round, gets the added fun of a mini pumpkin and a spooky spider. The spider came from Target also – but this little fella was a buck! Obviously I had to buy a bunch of them and then go back for more. I even let the girls “earn” a purple one for each of their rooms…if they cleaned their rooms up.

We’ve got another one of those glittery skulls–this time in purple–on the dining table. I love the way it looks at night.

For our bay window nook, more of those little spiders from Target guard my magazines while some black pumpkins sit atop a cake plate.

To make the pumpkins, I just bought some small ones and spray painted them matte black and put them on gold doilies on a cake plate. I think the long stems make them particularly spooky. (The pumpkins were 2 for $5 at ShopRite.)

If you notice any hot pink under the black, that’s because I first tried to spray paint them neon pink but even with spray primer, I just didn’t like the way the paint was adhering to the pumpkins so I just coated them in black instead.  It doesn’t look bad here but it was really spotty–even after several coats.

It’s really starting to come together inside the house. As for the outside, I followed the advice of HGTV magazine’s mums story and bought my blooms tight so they’d last longer. It looks pretty stupid right now so I’m hoping they’ll have some staying power and I won’t regret listening to that advice. But when you have kids this cute, who’s looking at your mums?

It’s coming together…and we haven’t even carved our pumpkins yet!

XO 

Sue at Home

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DIY: Quick and Easy Jewelry Display

I recently completed Phase 2 of organizing my jewelry (which you read about here yesterday) and I managed to find a home for just about everything–except for a handful of long necklaces.  I spun around my room scanning for a place to put them and this frame that I had sitting on our dresser jumped out at me. You see, I had put it there recently because I felt like I needed something in front of my For Like Ever poster (read more about that here) to break up the vastness of it. It’s not fancy–I just cut a piece of old wrapping paper and stuck it in the frame. Thankfully, it worked and it was all starting to look a little more like a pretty vignette rather than a massive poster propped against a wall.  Here’s what it looked like with the addition of the frame:

You’ll also notice another new little friend. That’s the teeny tiny piggy bank I bought at Daytrip Jr during our trip to Maine. Isn’t he cute?

You might recognize that wrapping paper that I used as the drawer liner from Phase 1 of The Great Jewelry Organization Project (read more about that here.) See it hidden under all my baubles?

Anyway, back to the frame.  I noticed that it was kind of long–like the necklaces–so I figured I could make something out of it. I grabbed some pretty rose-goldish nails that I had bought for a forthcoming String Art project and got to work. FYI: The frame I used was the Wood Gallery 4×6 triple frame from Pottery Barn. At 18″ high and only 11″ wide,  it’s the perfect size.  (Yes, my hammer is pink. You got a problem with that?)

I removed everything from the frame (I would not recommend trying this with the glass still in there!) and drew a straight-ish line across the top in pencil. Then I measured 1 inch spaces across the top so the nails would be somewhat uniform. As I nailed, I decided to put some a little off the line because I figured I might split the wood if I stayed on the same line. Did it come out pretty and perfect? Nope! But as you’ll see below, you can’t tell that the nails are a little lot crooked when it’s all put together.) I was very careful to make sure they were nailed in far enough to hold a necklace but shallow enough so they weren’t coming through the other side.

 (Note: Beware of the blue eyed monster peeking in when you’re taking pictures of your projects!)

When I was done, I put the frame back together and started hanging the necklaces.

I’m glad I put the nails an inch apart instead of closer because I needed a little space between each necklace.

I think the little piggy likes it too!

XO

Sue at Home

Have you done any fun DIY projects recently? Let me know in the comments below!

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DIY: Lengthening our Master Bedroom Curtains

I suppose putting DIY in the title of this post is a little misleading. It should be more like “figure-out-how-to-do-it-and-then-hire-someone-else-to-do-it-because-you-can’t-sew”. That’s a little more honest. But if you can sew then you can absolutely do this yourself. Anyway…

I have a love/hate relationship with curtains. I mean, I get it – I know that they can totally transform a room but I find them to be a little fuddy duddy and too “designer-y” for my taste  – plus they are often A SMALL FORTUNE. For just a piece of fabric. It kinda makes me crazy.

Let me stop and remind you about the inspiration picture for our bedroom. Olatz Schnabel’s bedroom from House Beautiful. Ahhh. I could just stare at this pic all day. It’s so dreamy.

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Yes, I’m aware we don’t have high ceilings like that, nor do we have a gajillion dollar bed but still, I figured we can work with the color palette. Just go with it, ok?

(Sidenote: Before I get into telling you about the curtains I ended up with, let’s just gloss over the EPIC CURTAIN FAIL that happened when I ordered 4 red silk shantung panels from Macy’s. Small room with low ceilings + inexpensive but trying-to-look-expensive drapery panels = turning one’s bedroom into a brothel. I’m not talking about a high class Heidi Fleiss kinda place. I’m talking about 8th and forty-deuce. It was HORRIBLE. They were quickly returned and we shall never speak of this again. Okay? Okay.)

So, I spent a lot of time looking high and low for some curtains for our bedroom. I knew I wanted something that would really pop against our blue walls. Something in either a bold red or a rich purple or even a major print. There were many I fell in love with – most from Anthropologie. Some are long gone now but the ones I was loving are similar to these:

The Marrakech Curtain – This would add an eclectic vibe.

Wandering pleats – I love that rich purple color.

And the new Swing Stripes curtain (they’ve got POM POMS! And I love me some pom poms!)

Since an Anthro curtain can run you from $148-188 per panel, these were all out of the question. (I needed 4 panels and there was NO way I would be spending $600+ on curtains when I don’t even have a grown-up bed.  More on that at a later date.)

Then I started looking through the curtains at Anthropologie’s little sister, Urban Outfitters, and there were a lot of pretty prints. They’re all much lighter, semi-sheer cottons but I kind of like that look so I didn’t mind. (Remember, I’ve got an aversion to thick, fancy, old ladyish “draperies”.) I was thrilled when I found this amazing one that was kind of flourishy in purple, orangey-red and even a little of a light blue that kind of worked with our walls. (It’s still available in other colors.)

I bought the longest length they had (84″) and I hung the rod a little bit above the window so the curtains skimmed the floor. I don’t have a picture of this because I was embarrassed by how it looked.  Here’s the problem: We all know that curtains need to be hung as close to the ceiling as possible so I knew I was trying to cheat and get away with a cheap solution. What was I thinking? (I know actually. I was thinking about doing it as cheaply as possible.)

In case it’s unclear what I mean, check out the great post from Erin Gates of one of my favorite blogs, Elements of Style. She illustrates the problem in the most simple way:

Hanging curtains way up there just makes the ceilings look higher – and it gives the room a French boudoir feel to it. Ooh la la!

 But I had 84″ curtains and I needed 96″. So how to deal with too-short curtains? I ordered 1 extra panel from Urban and they were on sale at that point so I got it for a song. Then I brought all 5 of the panels to my tailor (that sounds so fancy but it’s just my dry cleaner who hems stuff for me!) and asked her to cut the extra panel and add an extra 12 inches to the bottom of each curtain. Is it perfect? Nope! But I asked my dry cleaner to do it and I think she charged me $20 for all 4 panels so I’m not going to complain. (If I had done it myself, I probably would have been a little more anal particular about lining up the print perfectly but I’m quite sure they would not have been sewn straight.) See how messed up there are?

It’s pretty obvious there but when I pull back it’s not as bad. I don’t think anyone would notice unless I pointed it out. See?

One cheap place where you can always count on finding long curtains is Ikea. They sell most panels in one long length that comes with hemming tape so you can make them any length you want. We have these polka dot ones in Sophia’s room. I think they look great and they were so cheap. You can’t beat $13.99 for a pair! The hot pink crinkle sheers are from here. (For more pictures and details about Sophia’s room, click here and here. )

Since I finally took some decent pics of our master, this will be the first in a series of posts about what’s happening in the bedroom. (No. Not that stuff! Get your head out of the gutter!) So, make sure you subscribe to Sue at Home to see all the action. (Decorating action! Jeez. You should be ashamed.)

UPDATE: Click the links below to see more of our master bedroom.

House Tour: Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Inspiration: Olatz Schnabel

The Hunt for Master Bedroom Bedding

I Will Love This Poster For Like Ever

Jewelry Storage: A Work in Progress

Jewelry Storage: Phase 2

DIY: Quick and Easy Jewelry Display

 What’s Wrong With My Bedroom

XO

Sue at Home

For more about the inspiration behind the Master Bedroom remodel (plus a Before pic), click here.

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Our Wedding: The Details

First of all, thanks so much for your interest in our wedding! Monday’s post on the setting for our wedding, and Tuesday’s post on the fashion choices were two of my most read blog posts EVER, so thanks!

Today, I’d like to show you some of the details from the wedding. Let me first explain something to the youngins out there: Before Pinterest, there was a wedding binder. And let me tell you, mine was huge! I pulled it out of the attic (of course I still have it!) to take a peek again. Honestly, the binder seems to be the most outdated part of my wedding! The cover, which features a flower inspiration pic and our teal detailed invitation, shows the color palette we worked with. There were also touches of Tiffany Blue throughout the wedding.

Here’s a picture of a flower inspiration page. Pretty, huh? I would have died to have carried a huge arrangement of peonies but they weren’t in season so when I saw this picture of cabbage roses from Martha Stewart Weddings,I was smitten.

The arrangement came out beautifully. It was heavy as hell – but I loved it. (That’s me and my dad before we left the mansion to walk down the aisle.)

 

Funny story: My dad is no sap but he can be known to get a little sentimental.  So, I warned him. I said, “Dad, don’t you dare turn to me right before we walk down the aisle and say something that makes me cry. I want you to tell me a joke.” And he took this task very seriously. He bought joke books and looked for the perfect one for weeks. Finally, he decided on this short, sweet, and giggle-inducing one: A pig is sitting at a bar drinking beer and after beer. Finally, the bartender asks him if he needs to use the bathroom and he says no thanks. He continues to drink and the bartender is baffled. After a few more beers, the bartender asks again, “Don’t you need to use the bathroom?” and finally the pig says, “No. Don’t you know who I am? I’m the little pig who goes Wee Wee Wee all the way home!”

Thanks Dad for the potty humor when I needed it the most. (You can actually see me gaffaw in the wedding video!)

Ok – back to the decorative details:

The bridesmaids all carried different flowers in various shades of pink. Everything from hydrangeas to daisies to snapdragons. They were small and simple and they looked great. (For more about the bridesmaids dresses and where you should NOT get yours, check yesterday’s post).

For centerpieces we had some low and some tall and they were mixes of pinks and greens.  I spent weeks making beaded table numbers but they were a bit of a bust. In fact, they’re crooked and you can’t even see them in these pics. I feel like I need to explain: I took wires, added large silvery clear beads and bent the wires in the shapes of the table numbers. Then I had the florist insert them into the centerpieces. Unfortunately, they were too small/clear and no one could see them. Oh well.

     

One of my favorite flower arrangements was the huge one in the Music Room. As guests arrived, they entered through the foyer and then were directed into this small blue room that had a large arrangement in it with all the seating cards stuck in the arrangement. (I guess sticking things into flowers was a big thing 10 years ago! Or at least I thought it was!)

Now to the yummiest detail – the cake! Now listen, my mood on my wedding day was one that I have never had before or after. (Yes, even different than the birth of my kids.) I was giddy, elated, and high-on-life. I drank several glasses of champagne throughout the evening and none of it touched me. It was like I was drunk from the day itself and nothing else could compare. So maybe you don’t want to trust me when I tell you that my wedding cake was The. Most. Delicious. Cake. Ever.

But it was.

It was simple – white cake with buttercream and chocolate ganache covered in fondant. And now that I think of it, I need to take a trip to Fall River, Massachusetts and get an anniversary cake sometime this summer from Confections.  We rented the vintage cake stand from the bakery and I think it really added the perfect touch.

Our favors were another favorite detail of mine. I discovered early on when we were dating that our initials were the same as the initials for salt and pepper (S&P) so it was natural that we gave shakers as our favors. I found these great stainless steel ones from Crate and Barrel which featured holes in the shape of the letters S&P. I found acrylic boxes to put them in and I decorated each one with a wide silk blue ribbon and a label that said “S&P  – Love is the Spice of Life – July 27, 2002”

The best is that they’re totally personal. They wouldn’t make sense for anyone but us. Unless you have S&P initials, of course! I’m happy to say that many of our friends use them everyday – and we do too!

Hope you enjoyed all the details of our wedding! Stay tuned for more wedding fun tomorrow.

XO

Sue at Home

Photos of wedding binder by me. All other photos by Mark Nelson.

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L’s Rainbow Birthday Party

Today we celebrated L’s 4th Birthday with a Rainbow party. It was a very easy theme to carry through the party and all the kids had a blast.

We set the scene with invitations decorated by L. I used a rainbow invitation free printable from Making It Lovely (Thanks, Nicole!) and stuck them onto blank folded cards we found at Michael’s. L decorated the front of the invitations with rainbows.

We kept the decor simple – just some latex balloons in rainbow colors. (Update: Excuse the lack of shrubs in this pic. We were in between a shrub overhaul. Check out the “after” here.)

We served pizza, Goldfish (rainbow ones, of course!) and a pretty rainbow fruit salad. The girls loved helping me make it. When we were done, S said “Mom, you’re so good with food”. I couldn’t help but laugh! If you know me, you know that I am NOT good with food. But if washing a bunch of fruit and arranging it on a platter makes my kid think I’m Mario Batali, I’m okay with that.

Dessert was a little more complicated. I made a 6-layer, 8 inch tall rainbow cake.  Full disclosure: the cake itself was from a box mix, but I did make yummy homemade buttercream frosting.  The cake was time consuming but very easy. (I’ll give you the play by play in a separate post. UPDATE: Click here for the cake how to.) Thanks to my friend Tracy who took amazing pictures of the cake cutting. As the person who’s usually taking all the pictures, it’s nice to have someone else handle it. Thanks Tra! Want to be my official blog photographer?

You might notice in that picture that I even had a rainbow manicure! I only had the red and orange (which were both on the thumb nail) so we made a quick stop to CVS and  bought $10 worth of the cheapest yellow, green, blue and purple nailpolish I could find. Obviously, the girls went to “The Mommy Salon” and got rainbow manis too! (That’s what this cheapo mom calls it when I paint the kids nails at home in lieu of actually taking them out for manis or pedis.)

We even had a magic show, which all the kids LOVED! (If anyone in the North Jersey area needs a magician for a party, call Steve Woyce. How can you not trust a man in a gold sequin vest?) Lots of the kids participated in the show. And when L got dressed up in the cutest magician outfit ever, she made a real bunny appear! Who knew my kid had the magic touch? (And BTW, if she ever needs glasses, we’re totally going with the John Lennon / Harry Potter look. They totally suit her. Don’t you think?)

 This picture makes me think that S has a future as a magician’s assistant. A mom can dream.

All the kids got a chance to pet the bunny. And by “all the kids”, I mean “me too”.

For favors, we put together little boxes from Oriental Trading with notebooks from Michael’s, boxes of crayons, rainbow lollipops, and little bags of Skittles. (Taste the rainbow!) I magically (pun intended) scored a free $20 offer from Tinyprints which I used on a photo notebook for work and some rainbow labels. The labels (which said “FOR YOU with love from L”) were perfect for the outside of the favor boxes. I wish I could tell you why I got that offer or how you can get one. But signing up to receive email promotions from Tinyprints couldn’t hurt.

After days of saying to myself, “Why? WHY? Why do I throw parties at home and always bite off more than I can chew?”, I was really pleased with how it all came together. And most of all, L had a great time. Isn’t that all that matters?

I’ll end this post with a little Instagram love. I’ll admit, I’ve barely used it – I don’t get why every picture needs to be epic. (Sometimes having my pictures clear and normal colored is fine with me.) But I do think it’s fun to make a few arty pics like these. If you’re so inclined, feel free to follow me on Instagram at sueerneta.

XO

Sue at Home