Monday, March 3, 2014

I do love celebrating...

 I feel like the title of this post should be "And also..." because I've got so many things to tell and catch up on!

Okay, maybe not SO many things. But plenty.

This week marked the start of what I call "birthday season."  It begins with my mama, then Nurse Nicki, my sis-in-law, my son (going to be a teenager!) then shifts into April with a sprinkling of spring break, Easter and closes with Adrain's birthday and a few days later we celebrate Ava's birthday.

Then I collapse and vow never to bake another cake ever again.

Until the next celebration, anyway. 

One of my mama's gifts, from ChantillyStay

My mama was turning 60 so I planned her a party that would be pretty and girly.  I went with coral-y peach, pinks and little sparkly pops of gold.

I was glad it was well planned out in my mind a month ago, because last week was very tough for us.  This raising kids into well-grounded adults is no picnic sometimes.  I shared that I was feeling weary last Wednesday on Instagram and got a huge response of love and encouragement from you guys.  Thank you for that. 

I'm sharing all the bits and pieces of her party today, but the truth is, I forgot to take so many photos that I wish I had.  Oops.  Too many balls being juggled I think.  I've listed all the sources at the bottom of this post for you too.
 I got her a few fun things to open, and wrapped them all pretty in paper from Target and Marshalls and ribbon from the Paper Source, then topped them with pretty tags.  (I listed a few tag sheets after showing them on Instagram, and there is one sheet of tags and twine left in my shop.)

 I stamped my Celebrate pink balloon print with the words "Come on in" and used the sparkly gold tape to attach it to the front door.  It was so cute! 
 And then I forgot to take a photo of it, so you'll have to imagine this taped to my front door with gold tape.  
 My mama wanted ice cream and my homemade salted caramel sauce.  I filled these little ice cream tubs with two scoops and used polkadotted washi tape to attach small wood spoons to them.  I printed up the cutest (and funniest) Avery label stickers on the tops of the lids.  It read, "60 is the new... what was I saying?"  My mom laughed out loud and that was the whole point.  (I had to tie yellow and white twine over the tape, and around the spoons because once the lids were on, they were popping off all over the place. )

 Salted Caramel sauce: 

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp sea salt (I used pink sea salt)

*Melt butter in saucepan.  Add sugars and bring to boiling, stirring constantly.  Stir in whipping cream and bring back to a boil.  Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in salt.  Cool completely. If you want a thicker consistency, rather than a glaze, pop it into the fridge and it will thicken slightly. Then you can dig your spoon into it. Which may or may not be a good thing.   

 My sis in law brought some pink and peachy tissue and I added gold tissue that I had on hand, so we put together some fluffly flower decorations before the party, then bossed our husbands around, making them hang everything, just so. 
 We made her a giant "60" out of cardboard and painted it with craft paint. 

 We all went out for Mexican food, then came back in the driving snow for ice cream and her presents.  It was a nice party and I'm pretty sure she felt well loved. 
 And also.  I wore this little number from my Instagram buddy's (@wristsoiree) shop off and on all weekend.  It goes with everything.  And I am madly in love with it. 
And also. I've got a few Last chance items left in my shop this week.  I'm clearing out some older prints and dishtowels to make room for newer items and have a very limited supply on sale for half price right now until the ones I've got in stock are gone.  (You can check out the ones that remain here.)

And also. I bought myself a fiddle leaf fig tree plant for ten bucks while grocery shopping.  I'm terrified of it, but it was calling me, "Sasha...put me in that bland corner next to your television... Sasha... don't walk away, get over here GIRL!"  Plants are bossy like that. I'll probably kill it by the end of birthday season. (I haven't told it that, however.)

And also.  It snowed again and I am officially over snow.  So right now, I am sitting on a beach in Maui.  (Actually, I'm just eating pineapple and yogurt with some raw coconut sprinkled over it, in my kitchen while I type this post, and pretending.  I'm pretty sure if everyone promises to be nice and quiet, I'll be able to hear the waves.)

Feather tags, here.
Celebrate balloon print, here.  (also as postcard sets) 
Wrist soiree Amelia bracelet, here.

Shhh, there's wine in here mug from here.
Tissue flowers DIY, here
Peach and pink tissue streamers found at Caramelos, here.
Satin ribbon, Paper Source.
Wrapping paper, Target and Marshalls.
Little color blocked wood spoons, icecream pints found at Shop sweet lulu, here.
Washi tape and gold glitter tape, Joanns.


  1. Please send a post card saying "Wish you were here!" ;D Looks like the party was FABULOUS. You should be a party planner/decorator/craftor/creator of all things I don't want to do for parties. Oops, did I just reveal that that is not my gift? LOL You always do parties with such a touch of class!

  2. What a lovely and beautiful party for your precious mama. 💗

  3. What a lovely and beautiful party for your precious mama. 💗

  4. Looks so pretty love the huge flowers!!

  5. What a sweet, sweet party!! Everything looked perfect! !

  6. Everything looks awesome! I am glad it all went well. My Moms 80th is coming so I have some good idea from you and will be spending more time peeking around your etsy shop. :-) Have a blessed day.

  7. What a lovely party to celebrate your Mom's 60th! I know she was beyond feeling very loved. Good for you! I'm over Winter too and Spring can't get here quick enough. Happy everything!!!!

  8. you're basically the best party-thrower in town. or anywhere. amazing!!! i know your mama was blessed big time.

  9. Happy Birthday to your Mom. Such a sweet party, you clever girl!

  10. Happy Birthday to everybody! They are so blessed to have you as their Party Planner, everything is gorgeous!

  11. You are officially the best party thrower I know! I hope I get to attend one someday! ;)
    I also want to be the proud owner of a fiddle leaf fig...i've had my eyes out for one, but so far, no luck.
    May yours live a long and happy life!

  12. How in the world?....where in the world? never cease to amaze. Momma musta been thrilled.

  13. What a sweet party your threw for your Mom! I just turned 60 also in the last couple of weeks! Your Mom is Blessed!


  14. I kind of want to lick this caramel sauce off the screen. You are so gifted! Your momma is so blessed - she did a mighty fine job of her job as mom. :)

    Hey, I sent you an e-mail - just want to make sure it doesn't end up in your junk box.

  15. You could definitely have a party planning biz. You should!! What a lucky momma to have you love on her like that.

  16. You throw the kind of parties I want to put together and want to attend! All the details, the decorations, food - all of it is so thoughtful. I can only imagine how loved and cherished each parter goer and honoree feels. Happy belated Birthday to your mom!

  17. Amazing! My mom did a wonderful job, but I wish she flew you in to do my 30th last month ;) Really, just beautiful!