A woodland Wild One birthday party: details + free printables

From Luca’s cake smash photo shoot  last week to his birthday party this past weekend, we are all a bit pooped over here. Big brother Rocco might be feeling it the most as he shared in all the excitement {and extra sugar} with his little bro. The party was a success and Luca was definitely celebrated and loved on! Here’s a look at his woodland style Wild One first birthday party.

This time around I made planning easier on myself and simplified a bit more than Rocco’s first birthday party. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely still sprinkled in special details. I just did it in a more efficient and budget-friendly way, like making the black and white invitations myself, incorporating things on hand like decor from Luca’s woodland nursery and refraining from personalizing every single little thing (no labeled water bottles, etc.).

Also, thanks to my mom I was able to include some quality reusable items like the table runner and pillow she made with fabric from the local craft store. They are so cute!

Many mama’s take monthly photos of their cubs and I love the idea of incorporating them into first birthday parties. It’s so much fun to relive that first year of crazy growth at a glance.

Another one of my favorite quick and easy party details was the “Wild Paw-corn” with coordinating sprinkles. Plus, it tasted just as good as it looked! It’s officially my new go-to party treat since you can coordinate the sprinkles to match any theme and it looks so pretty in a glass bowl. Here’s the recipe I put my own spin (and name) on from Pinterest. You gotta try it!

The only thing I needed to assemble was the favor bags (above), which were super easy! I picked up small craft paper bags, filled them with two Girl Scout S’mores cookies and sealed them with pre-printed stickers from Etsy.

These 4×6 black and white printables I designed and framed were a fun and easy way to fill space. I made generic versions to share with you, if you’d like to do the same (see links below). Enjoy!

 

Free 4×6 Woodland Wild Ones printables:

Wild One
Fearfully & One-derfully Made
Let’s Get Wild
I’m 1 Let’s Party!
Be Brave Little ONE
Thank You notecard

Luca said let’s party and we did! Now it’s time for a bit of hibernation (wink).

Luca is ONE: a woodland wild one cake smash + lifestyle session

Well, that was a quick year! Our little Luca boy turned one this past week. Even amongst the joys and challenges of transitioning to two in our crew, the year definitely flew! We could not be more in love with our sweet and silly little stinker. I think everyone in his life would agree that he brings us all so much light!

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My best friend, Photography from Eileen, outdid herself once again with Luca’s one year photo shoot. Here’s a look at his woodland style Wild One cake smash and lifestyle session.

But first…CAKE! And a special shout out to my mama for making this little birch beauty.

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“Clean up clean up everybody everywhere, clean up clean up everybody do your share!” Luca loved the cake, if you can’t tell. Game on in the sweets department. Once you start these kids they don’t want to stop. Well, neither do I. So, I think I’ll be feeding him straight broccoli for the next several meals.

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Thank you again Auntie EE {Photograpy From Eileen} for sharing your beautiful gift with us, once again!

Happy birthday, Luca! We love you more than words can say!

“Fearfully and ONE-derfully made.” Psalm 139:14

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.

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.

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My oldest son now asks to eat dinner in this room (versus the kitchen island) every night. You mamas know that stopping kids in their tracks from playing and getting them excited for a meal is a challenge at times. Family dinners are high priority in our family, so I would consider this redesign a win in many ways. Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends at whatever dinner table you are!

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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.

 

With that said, I’ve had to ditch the denim lately and let Luca live in sweats. Being the fashion-lover I am, I truly enjoy styling my boys and finding ways to make the comfy stuff cute. It’s an even bigger bonus when I come across positivi-tee’s like this one from Old Navy. I’m a firm believer in the power of positivity and with everything going on in our country and around the world lately, I love this little reminder from my tiny teacher.

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From head-to-toe, baby boy fashion has come a long way. A few of my favorite places to shop baby boy are H&M, Zara, LuLu and Roo, Gap, Old Navy, Target and Nordstrom.

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A special thanks to my sweet Luca boy, for helping us keep it real with a little fashion and faith this Friday afternoon. You can find his hat, sweatshirt, joggers and sneaks at H&M.

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The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:2