March 5, 2014
All stationary found on Etsy, Miss Cozy's invite (which also doubled as part of the centerpiece table decor) was a nice mix of pink (her proclaimed signature color) and animal print. We popped a zoo map in the envelope and party details on the back...
The invite looked cute on the photo holder & matched the flowers!
Our return address labels were zebra & pink, and she used them on both her invites & thank you notes...
We adore, adore the thank you notes which by now have all been mailed, a linen note with soft pink and blue with black text. That is one cute zebra :)Next up: Flowers, party treats & the walking tour!
February 27, 2014
Matching Mondays is popping up on a Thursday this week; I'm posting the girls' cute outfits from Miss Cozy's ninth birthday party at the National Zoo!
Now if you've read this blog for a while, you'll know that I lean more to the traditional when it comes to childrenswear... but really, a zoo party called out for animal print!!
Birthday girl Miss Cozy wore this fleece dress and matching accessories from Gymboree bought on sale last Fall. I paired it with thick brown tights and these suede boots from Pediped. She also had a matching red coat with faux fur trim for the outdoors portion of the party.
Miss Cozy was seriously excited to show off Toddler Cozy in this one piece leopard snow suit from Crazy 8, it looked a bit like a Halloween costume, and funny when she toddled around :) I paired it with matching knit hat and bow, and these red mary janes from Pediped.
Next Up: Invitation & thank you stationary, party fun, the cake & party accessories!
February 24, 2014
One of my favorite parties yet! Miss Cozy's ninth birthday party at the National Zoo in Washington, it was the most fun venue to date!
Now I will not lie, major strategic maneuvers were required to pull off this particular celebration: First the weather, a zoo party in February? Well, luck shined on Miss Cozy that day as our beautiful, 50 degree day was flanked by two snowstorms and below freezing weather!
Next, the mobilization of party supplies from car to private party room -- a hike even when parking in the closest lot. This contraption saved our bacon -- our beach cart!! Only two trips with a full cart and full arms were required!
We set up the room quickly and between our decorations (floral arrangements, cake, large inflatable animals & tulle bows in party colors for chairs) and the zoo's (safari hats & honeycomb centerpieces), the room was awesome.
We lined up the party take-home bags on a ledge to keep our animal theme going and the kids arrived, started with games and snacks and then followed a zoo guide on a personal tour of the ape house, big cats & science center.
Next up: Miss Cozy & Baby Cozy's coordinating zoo party outfits!!
February 6, 2014
The evening of Miss Cozy's birthday, when family would be together, we wanted to have a birthday cake -- but with little time during the day, and juggling an acting class and school project that evening, I opted for a store bought cake for convenience -- but dressed it up specially!
I found this beautiful cake decorating set from the UK company Talking Tables on Amazon and was wary at first that it wouldn't look like the photo, but look -- it's turned out beautifully!
The thick cardboard graphics are covered in a greaseproof film, so they can even be re-used ... and they stand up beautifully in my beloved vintage birthday colors.
I also bought coordinating vintage birthday napkins. I have enough leftover to use again next year.
Happy Birthday Miss Cozy!
She wore this cute T-shirt (Gymboree) to her acting class that evening, complete with jeans & pink sparkly mary janes :)
Next up: Miss Cozy's birthday party with friends at the National Zoo!
February 5, 2014
Miss Cozy woke up on her ninth birthday to this sweet breakfast just for her!
Our morning birthday tradition consists of loads of balloons, "celebration" pancakes and the next vintage birthday figurine to display in the girls' rooms.
This year, number nine graced the table!
Miss Cozy wore her felt birthday crown for breakfast & her "birthday girl" headband to school with her uniform.
Mr. Cozy dropped off a huge tray of Fresh Market 4-inch fruit tarts for Miss Cozy to share with her classmates, along with cute coordinating party ware & favors!
Customizing juice boxes is easy -- stick the scrapbook paper of your choice around the box with glue dots (and re-attach the straw in back with a glue dot), and adorn the front with a large sticker!
Works for any celebration or theme...
I also love to send in a take-home treat for the kids to enjoy in carpool or extended day, and these happy swirl lollipops matched our fruity color scheme perfectly!
Toddler Girl Cozy & I went in to school at snack time and celebrated with the class, it was so cute, Miss Cozy wore a crown and was proud to show off her baby sister :)
Small red shoe with ruffle sock in background belonging to said baby in stroller.
Next up: Fabulous cake decorating set from the UK made my job easy the following night!
I've linked to Vintage Thingie Thursday!
I've linked to Vintage Thingie Thursday!
I found this gorgeous wreath on Pinterest and promptly started collecting vintage birthday candle rose holders to make my own -- for the next two years! It took about 100-150 holders to fill out my large foam form, so I would look for large lot sales and sort through them for the best ones.
Apart from the vintage candle holders, all you need is a trusty glue gun, a round wreath form, a roll of red crepe and coordinating ribbon (I also used ric rac).
First, wrap the wreath form in crepe, which is easily done as crepe stretches beautifully. Seal the ends with a dab of glue from your gun.
Next, poke your candle holders in -- I wanted a little bit of a repeating pattern, so I used the largest ones first and tried not to put same colors side by side. I filled in the smaller spaces with smaller holders.
If you plan to display your wreath in a covered area outdoors, I highly recommend putting a dab of glue on each holder before poking it in, as changes in weather can cause the crepe to warp a bit and loosen the smaller holders.
Could you just stare forever? I adore these colors. And was fascinated by how many different kinds of flowers have been made over the years...
I left the inside of the wreath form unadorned, I loved the red showing through...
Last, I attached about a foot & a half of coordinating ribbon to the back of the wreath form with my glue gun ... I chose colors to coordinate with the holders and also the retro birthday colors I use every year on birthdays. I can use my wreath indoors or out!
I have so much to catch up on, I'll go backwards starting with Groundhog Day!
Groundhog lunch pancakes & pudding snack (get it? groundhog emerging from the dirt? haha)
There is a really great assortment of Groundhog Day books on Amazon, from toddler board books (for my Cozy baby girl) to great facts books for older kids (perfect for my inquisitive Miss Cozy).
We've had two snow storms resulting in a number of days off ... luckily they give enough advance notice that I'm able typically to do a big round up at the grocery store the night before. We celebrated the first big snow of the year with a snow day breakfast!
I picked up some fresh crayons for Toddler Cozy Girl...
And an unlikely, but super fun snow day gift for my girly Miss Cozy -- a "dinosaur" egg that you chip away at until you find the bones inside, which you can assemble into the whole skeleton. She loved it!
Downton Abbey Season Four premiered here in the US and I prepared a sumptuous tea -- for ME!! I still look back on that evening with a glow... :)
Miss Cozy worked on and finished her friends and family Valentine cards...love this gorgeous card set from Cavallini!
And last but not least, taking us to the beginning of the year, our annual New Year Day brunch, complete with breakfast cups and a party hat doughnut tree!
In our tame house right now, cocktail shakers work great as vases...hee!
Next up, celebrating Miss Cozy's 9th birthday in style!
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Mr. Cozy read the sisters The Night Before Christmas...
The girls put out cookies & chocolate milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer...
...which the baby preferred to count and hand one by one to her sister.
Miss Cozy's little tree glowed, full of promise...
...and while they slept, presents from Santa waited for good little girls under the big Christmas tree.
Merry Christmas to you from our beloved cozy home to yours, wishing you a day spending time with those you love!