Mother Goose 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

An Olympic 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: (If you like this invitation, it is available for $10 in my Etsy store.  I will … Continue reading An Olympic Birthday Party

Happy Birthday, Mario-style

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.)

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Cooking-Themed Birthday Party

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

Happy Birthday, Maggie Style

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

Bowling Themed Birthday Party

My way of making the kids’ birthdays special is to take something they love and turn it into a full-blown party.  We toned it waaaaay back this year, with only a handful of guests.  (See… I actually learned something from Maggie’s giant Bird Party back in April!)  For Sam’s celebration, we simply took a few kids bowling, and then came back to our house for … Continue reading Bowling Themed Birthday Party

Bird-Themed Birthday Party

In case anyone else out there wants to throw a bird-themed party, I thought I’d share a few ideas that we used to pull it all together.  When Maggie initially picked this theme, I had no idea what we would do.  In the end, we had more ideas than we could use! Designing the invitations is my favorite step in the party planning process.  I … Continue reading Bird-Themed Birthday Party