Score, Rocco is 4! Hockey Birthday Party: skating + concession snacks

Four years fly when you’re raising an energetic little guy! Our little hockey lover, Rocco, requested a hockey birthday party this year. We didn’t do a big one with friends last year, so we thought we would pick it up a notch this year. Besides the fact that I truly enjoy planning parties, he’s getting old enough now to really appreciate it, which makes it even more fun. It was actually pretty easy too, since we had a lot of the hockey decor on hand from his bedroom and toy collection. Here’s a look at Rocco’s “score, I’m 4!” birthday party.

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Rocco’s friends all met us at the 3o3 hockey and training center to skate and practice their slap shots.

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His dad’s buddy that works at the 3o3 rink set up the full hockey experience by stacking pucks just like the pro’s and all!

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We even snuck in a team pic before heading over to the concession stand back at our house.

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The party room included red, white, blue and black hockey gear.

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Each player found their spot with a puck name tag on their straw. I found these in store at Hobby Lobby. They weren’t specifically made for a hockey themed party, but when I spotted them they were the perfect fit!

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The cake was an all vanilla (Rocco’s request) custom ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. I ordered the hockey guys topper online. Stacked pucks made the perfect cake platter!

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Since there wasn’t any of the delicious cookie fudge inside the ice cream cake, Oreo pucks made a great mix-in.

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The marshmallows on the bottom right were homemade and super easy! I just bought some Ghirardelli white cholocate candy making chips,  dipped one side of the marshmallow in the melted chocolate, then dipped it in red sprinkles and let them harden for a few hours. Rocco loves marshmallows so much that he could eat an entire bag if I let him. This was a fun and festive way to add an extra sweet little treat to the concession stand. You could coordinate these to match any event. Slide them onto a stir stick for a hot cocoa treat. Dip them in gold sprinkles for a New Years Eve partie or rainbow sprinkles for Valentines day, you name it!

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Once the referee blew the whistle at the end of the game (I mean when the mama’s said their sugar head was ready for bed), each player got to take home a referee style party favor bag.

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I designed the Hockey Tic Tac Toe game, that went along with a hockey stick pencil, temporary tattoo and lolly pop. The coloring sheets at restaurants have made Rocco a huge tic-tac-to fan! If you have one too, download this free template.

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Now onto the next December event…

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Merry Christmas and Happy Hockeydays!

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Our dining room redesign with a modern mix: white + warm

Like many first time home builders, when we moved into our house three and a half years ago we didn’t have the extra funds to fill every room. And even if we would have, I learned my lesson on impulse decor decisions with our first home. Don’t do it! Therefore, our current dining room remained pretty bare the last four years. As much as it drove me nuts to stare at the big blank grey walls, I appreciate the time we spent getting acquainted with the space. It really helped us figure out the direction we wanted to go with custom designs and decor.

I love both giving and receiving inspiration, especially when it comes to home design. So, for the love of sharing here’s a look at before and after our dining room redesign.

{BEFORE}

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My goal was to create a modern yet warm and inviting, bright and cozy space for family dinners and entertaining. This fall we were able to see our dining room dreams come to fruition. I’m extra grateful that we completed it in time to host Thanksgiving this year. Just as long as no one breaks out in a pumpkin pie fight on my fresh white walls (wink)!

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We updated the space with a DIY faux white brick wall, reclaimed wood dining table, super affordable white eiffel style chairs, and a custom dry bar by Franklin Builders.

{AFTER}

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Baby boy fashion alert: keepin’ it comfy + keepin’ it real

Our littlest man, Luca, is almost nine months old! I cannot believe I’ll be planning his first birthday in just a few short months. It’s like they say, “the days are long and the years are short,” right mama’s?

In the meantime, we are having so much fun learning all about him! Luca is an observer, yet he will make his voice heard, especially when trying to keep up with his big bro. He’s not super ticklish, but when you catch the right spot he has a hilarious love/hate to be tickled laugh. Our little love is a snuggler, but is also on the move crawling and climbing to stand on ev-er-y-thing.

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Elijah newborn lifestyle session: sparkly eyes + sleepy snuggles

I recently had the privilege of experiencing my first newborn photo shoot. At almost two weeks old, baby Elijah was still in sleepy snuggle mode but wanted to peek around a bit at his new surroundings from time to time. However, I didn’t mind snapping some shots of his sweet little sparkly eyes! I’m honored to have captured these precious moments of Elijah’s first weeks in the world. What a blessing he is!

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A fall family photo shoot: flannel + foliage

What to wear, what to wear…it’s always a big question when it comes to finding the perfect outfits for your family photo shoots. In the fall in Minnesota we are mad for plaid! Check out a few photos from this cute family’s session, that I had the privilege of photographing, in their cozy fall getups including the cutest plaid toddler high tops. I mean, couldn’t you just squeeze this little dude? This {now} dad has been a second little brother to me since he was in like the 2nd grade. It’s so much fun to be part of capturing his sweet family’s life.

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