“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ~John Muir, Alaska Days With John Muir, 1915 A few weeks ago I asked my dear friend Nancy, “If we could do anything to celebrate your birthday, what would it be?” It took her a few days to answer honestly, but … Continue reading Gratitude Day 3: The Gift of Hatcher Pass
Yesterday was Maggie’s 8th birthday, and this year she decided on a stuffed animal party theme. (Legos were a close second, but in the end stuffed animals won.) She sleeps with a menagerie of furry friends each night, and spends copious amounts of time rearranging them in her room each day, so we weren’t terribly surprised. For the invitation,we gathered all the kids’ stuffed animals … Continue reading Stuffed Animal Birthday Party
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that beloved books make great birthday party themes. At the age of two, our two-year-old Maggie was seriously obsessed with one book: Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose. And so it was decided: a nursery-rhyme birthday party! I had fun with the invitation wording: The Humpty Dumpty cake, on the other hand, was not so fun. I tried my best … Continue reading Mother Goose Birthday Party
Last night’s opening ceremonies in Sochi brought back memories of a favorite birthday theme: the Olympic party. When Sam turned six he was passionate about both sports and geography. He especially loved to draw flags, so an Olympic-themed party was a perfect fit. The invitation was simple and bold: The cake was a cinch to decorate: five Olympic rings, served with patriotic plates and napkins: … Continue reading An Olympic Birthday Party
What is it about Dr. Seuss books that makes kids want to hear them again and again and again? I pretty much had The Cat in the Hat memorized around Maggie’s third birthday, so a Seuss-themed party was a natural choice! The invitation was a bit wordy, but it definitely set the tone: For this party I decided to go with a pull-apart cupcake cake. I … Continue reading Dr. Seuss Birthday Party
I’m not a huge fan of commercial characters, but I have a soft spot for Mario and Luigi. My brother and I spent many hours of our youth seeking secret passageways and power ups to help those cute plumbers conquer dragons and rescue Princess Peach.
A few years ago my husband actually found a classic Nintendo on Craigslist, and it was one of my best Christmas gifts ever. (I trained from December to July, but sadly my brother was still able to defeat me, all these years later.)
Maggie loves to help out in the kitchen, and has been our enthusiastic cooking sidekick since her wee days. When she turned 4, we decided to celebrate this passion with a cooking-themed birthday party. As usual, designing the invitation was one of my favorite pre-party tasks: (If you like this invitation, it is available for $10 in my Etsy store. I will customize it … Continue reading Cooking-Themed Birthday Party
My birthday party posts get a lot of views, so I thought I’d go back in time and write up the parties the kids had in the pre-blog days. Back when Maggie turned 5, she requested a princess party. I swore I would never allow such a thing, but when your little princess wants to be a princess it is tough to say no. As usual, it … Continue reading Princess Party
Maggie loves animals more than anything these days, so her party theme was simple: the zoo! She picked a handful of friends, and we all met at the zoo. After a few hours of exploring, we came back to our house for an animal-themed meal, cake, and a sleepover for those who wanted to stay.
The night before Maggie’s birthday, we were more patient than usual with her bedtime shenanigans. No matter when we send her to bed, she always finds a reason to come back downstairs. Oops, she forgot her water. Ooops, she forgot her book. Oooops, she forgot to take her asthma medicine. Her last trek downstairs is always with open arms, simply asking for another goodnight hug … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Maggie Style