Monday, September 14, 2009

Let's Party Some More!

This Thanksgiving found us eating turkey with all the fixings and celebrating Reagan's birthday. It's pretty hard to celebrate with friends around that time of year. We postponed. When her half birthday rolled around it was Memorial Day time. Another hard time to get friends together. So that found us celebrating her 7th birthday 3 months before her 8th. But that meant a pool party and float-in theatre were in order!

Since McKinley had been at school when I made her cake I gave her some icing and decorations and let her make an island next to Reagan's Under the Sea cake.

It was pretty cute.Reagan's cake was also easy to make. No piping involved. I could get used to this. The same rocks and fish from McKinley's plus some Fruit Roll Up seaweed and it was complete.We used the same take home gift for all three parties this summer. It will probably become a tradition. I haven't found a person yet who doesn't like Marshmallow Puffs.She invited 10 friends and 7 said they'd be there. We were all a little crushed when only 4 came. But we quickly realized they were a wonderful 4 to have! She has some precious friends.And it made it easy for the three chaperones to keep up with them! I hate that this picture is blurry but I do look pretty cute....maybe blurry is the photo fix that I need.After cake and presentswhich was apparently when it was a bit chillyand funnythey settled in for a float-in showing of the Bee Movie.It was a bit chilly and eventually everyone but Evan was poolside.
He was still in but was nicely wrapped up:)And so ended our two day party fest and summer of celebrating all three! I sit here being so thankful for my girls and the wonderful friends that they have.

And very thankful that Shawn is willing to clean the pool, mow the yard, and be our video man at a moments notice!



Wonderful finds here! Also, I found something interesting I thought I would share…from something I wrote this month…
Bringing Out Your Inner BOLD!
Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Clever and chic for Janie may be yesterday’s yawn-fest for Carol. Different tastes in décor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
Bold, baby! Bring on the bold!
Boldly say what you want to say when designing a room. Make a statement and let your personality shine through. If you go in for the palest blues to soothe and relax, add a custom zing to make it pop! Love black and white photography? Maybe even some of that ultra-hot photo alphabet wall art in black and white? Splash in some passionate pink or revved up red on the wall to make it sizzle.
No longer are walls content with neutral shades. Any color of the palette goes! Splash on muted melons or eccentric eggplants with savvy sage. Classic colors cozy up with velvety crimsons and Dijon yellows. Color is fantastically bold and beautiful! Rich textured throws, swags, rugs and runners jazz up every room, every time.
Patterns are all the rage now, too. Twists and twirls, paisleys and pearls-bold is key! Did you ever in a million years think of dotting stripes and striping dots? Designers these days are pulling out all the geometrical stops. Paisley mixes with all sorts of combinations-checks, polkas, and weathered solids. Discover a new way of looking at the world around you in different shapes and deigns.
Mix it all with gorgeous gilding in silver and gold. Toss in a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. And with the trend of decor becoming more and more personalized, a meaningful piece of photography will make you feel right at home. Black and white as well as the historic look of sepia photography looks gorgeous in any room. Add all these ingredients together, and you’ve got yourself a decorating design that not only expresses your individual style but does so as personally and beautifully as you want it to.
Whatever you want to say while decorating, say it with your own personal sense of style. Put it out there for the world to see and don’t look back! Embrace your individuality whether your nature is “Janie jazzed” or “Carol calm”. Express yourself! When people enter your home they’ll shoot you a complementary smile, knowing it looks and feels sooooo perfectly like you. And no one can do YOU better.
To take your individual decorating accents and style to a whole new level of personalization, check out Imagine photographs of natural alphabets, clip art photo messages or even personalized photo place mats. Consider yourself a person on the go? You’ll love pictures to go with alphabet letters! (Intrigued yet? Check us out now!)
Amp up that “you” factor, bringing the bright lights, bold city look to the forefront with clever photography of New York architecture and nature. And, if it’s gorgeous enough for your home, you KNOW personalized photo gifts are great for any occasion!
by T. Miller
Décor Tips & Quips from AlphabetPIX
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Carol............. said...

Looks like a fun party! Any cake left over for me? LOL

Margaret Glyn said...

Loved the account of the parties and enjoyed the pictures! Thanks much for posting!