Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To!

I've been so busy keeping everyone else's schedules together that I hadn't realized that my birthday is Tuesday! I knew that it was coming pretty soon, but I had no idea that I'd be the big 2-5 (again) in just two days! I haven't had time to ponder over what gifts I'd like to receive although I'm sure there are some things I can think of that would look great on my arm (hint) or sitting in my lap (hint, hint)! The names Michael Kors and Steve Jobs come to mind when I think about those splendid gifts!

Now, if only Cake Boss would send me a cake! That would make my day! Buddy, I'm calling you! Check out this Bumble Bee Transformers cake that he did. How awesome is that!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Erin's Yummy 3!

Last month, we celebrated my Erin's Yummy 3! with an ice cream-themed birthday party. We had a blast, and we are literally still eating ice cream sundaes. Delicious! Nothing better than chocolate ice cream with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, pecans, M&Ms, marshmallows, and everything else that I can find in the fridge! Here are some of the photos from the party, so I hope you enjoy taking a quick (or long) peek at the fun that we had!

I was looking for a much better alternative for invitations than the pre-made invitations that came with the party packs that I purchased. I used faux carnations and sugar cones to get the looks. Yes, the cones are real!

I put the cones in cello bags made little ice cream tags and tied them with ribbon! Everybody loved them!

This is the birthday banner that I made for the party. My carpet was covered in silver glitter for days, but it was worth it!

The dessert and ice cream tables were so fun to make! I loved the variety of colors that I was able to use with the Ice Scream for Ice Cream party packs that I purchased from Oriental Trading. I absolutely loooove Oriental Trading because they have the cutest items for such great deals. I was so disappointed in the marshmallow pops because I forgot to put styrofoam under the boxes, and they looked like they were dancing to their own rhythm.

The ice cream table! We had ice cream cone cupcakes, ice cream sundae cupcakes, all types of cones, syrup, ice cream, and different toppings! I made the awning below that was attached to wooden dowels but ended up having to take my "ice cream stand" down because the huge fans that we had outside were blowing it all over the place! It was so hot outside, and I didn't want to the kids to be too uncomfortable, so the fans won!

My awning that I painted with care. I even used painter's tape to try to make the stripes as straight as possible, but... Sniff, sniff, RIP...

Ice cream table again!

We had lots of yummy ice cream toppings! There were cherries, marshmallows, gummi bears, M&Ms, Oreo cookies, Nerds, sprinkles, and pecans! I had to refill the gummi bears 3 times because they were disappearing each time I placed them in the bowls. There was also caramel, strawberry, and chocolate syrup, and whipped cream! I think the whipped cream and pecans were my favorite!

These ice cream sundae cupcakes were delicious! There were 12 to begin with, but I snuck and ate one of them while I was decorating the cupcakes and never thought I would have eaten that much icing at once! I made the little straws from paper straws that I had left over from the Cowboy baby shower and bought sour cherry candies to make the cherry on top!

As soon as I put the ice cream cone cupcakes on the tables, they were gone. They were made with key lime batter that the birthday girl's grandmother whipped up for me because I'm hardly a baker! I must say that I think these turned out pretty cute for it being my first time making them!

Goodies, goodies, and more goodies! I knew that I wanted to do a dessert table because they are fun and always liven up a party. There were many treats and snacks that the kids loved, and the colors were just perfect.

Sno-balls are a favorite of mine and the birthday girls, so I had to include them. My grandmother let me borrow the scalloped cake stand that they are on. Gotta love her for that!

The boy favors were little green ice cream cone cups that I found at Dollar Tree filled with lots of goodies. There were crazy straws, ice cream poppers, ice cream cone shaped candies and marshmallows, silly glasses, ice cream cone stickers, rainbow springs, and other fun candy that kids gobble up! Most of the favors were purchased at Oriental Trading.

The girl favors were nearly identical to the boys with the exception of the ice cream cone cups being pink, and instead of crazy glasses, the girls received butterfly-shaped sunglasses. I even had green popcorn boxes that I decorated with ribbon and ice cream lables for the older kids. I hate that I didn't get a picture of the finished boxes.

Yummy candy bars that ended up melting because it was so hot. I froze them the night before, but the heat just wouldn't let them be. I purchased these candy bar labels and favor tags from Oriental Trading also.

The party tables!

Getting this water slide was probably the best and ONLY idea contributed to the party by dad! It cooled the kids off and provided hours of fun! The adults were able to relax and enjoy the day while the kids played.

The birthday girl and other kids not playing fair and getting first dibs on the game prizes. I love Dollar Tree because they have so many cool prizes for the kids!

A couple of the games that I had for the children to play. I was running a bit late in getting the games set up, so the kids took matters into their own hands! I made little cardboard signs to go at each station, but ended up not even using them :( My hard work went to waste!!

Isn't this the cutest little ice cream toss game? Of course it was courtesy of Oriental Trading, and it was perfect for the small children. They enjoyed all of the prizes that they were able to win while playing the game. I had to hide the bean bags afterwards because they wanted to throw them at each other!

What's a party without crafts?!?! I printed ice cream-themed coloring sheets from the Internet and made popsicles out of foam so that the children could decorate them with google eyes, rhinestones, markers, and other fun items.

It was dark by the time we got around to playing with the pinata. I found this ice cream cone shaped pinata at Hobby Lobby, and it was just as much fun l

Mommy and Daddy! The day ended great, and I'm thinking that next year, we're going to do something with just a few kids. Maybe I can use all of the Princess and the Frog items that I purchased for this year's party and throw a small princess party. We'll see what happens!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

To Mac or Not to Mac...That is the Question

My computer is nearly on its last leg, and I've been pondering what my next machine will be. Of course, I salivate when looking at the Apple's Macbook line, but then I start looking at the prices and remember that I'm living on a working girl's salary! Pricing aside, I believe that the Macbook Pro may be joining the ranks of my now defunct line-up of laptops because I need something for more than just computing power. Since laptops and other mobile devices are becoming the latest "must-have-even-if-I-don't-know-how-to-use-it" accessories, I need something that's aesthetically pleasing. I like the word aesthetically, by the way. Bottom line, although I need functionality, I want a pretty laptop. Is that too much to ask for? Are laptops pretty? Maybe I'll check with the Geek Squad at work and see if they can find me a better term for a laptop that looks great! I don't know if it's safe to approach them since the last conversation that I had revolved around the new version of Ubuntu. I love technology, and I'm surrounded by it every day, but I don't think I want to gloat over the new user interface of Ubuntu. It does look amazing though!