Friday, November 21, 2014

6 Steps for Toddler Party Planning

Friday, November 21, 2014

For the past few days my sister and I have been busy planning final details for Zaden’s second birthday party tomorrow.  This year we wanted to keep it simple, small, and fun for the little ones.  I have come up with a small to-do list to make the process easier for those of you who may be in the same boat.

6 Steps For Toddler Party Planning

Step 1- Decide on a Theme

Zaden loves Despicable Me Minions and my mama and sister had previously purchased some Minion party supplies on super sale last year when they stopped carrying it at our local Walmart. This made making a decision on a party theme super easy this year. I can’t wait for Zaden to tell me what kind of party he wants to have next year.

Step 2- Make a Guest List, Establish a RSVP Date, & Mail Invites

I wanted to keep our party small this year and only invite Zaden’s closest friends and their parents to our party.  For a toddlers birthday party I personally suggest not inviting a ton of people because it will be crazy as is with several little ones running around unless you have a huge venue and tons of cash to drop on the party (;

Step 3- Purchase and Send Invitations

There’s something special about receiving an actual invite versus a Facebook or electronic invitation to an event.  My favorite card company is Tiny Prints. They have the cutest cards and always have fantastic promotions going on. I personally loved the cake cutout party invite design it was cute and a little bit funky.  I suggest mailing out invites 2 weeks in advance so your guests have plenty of time to make arrangements to be there.

Step 4- Plan Games and Activities

Something I feel is important for a children’s birthday party is fun games and activities to make this event memorable and fun for the little ones. It’s important to not overdo it especially since games and activities are bound to take longer with little ones. Some of the games we have planned for tomorrow afternoon is a homemade piƱata, place the pocket on the minion, bowling, and having the kids decorate their own mini murph pizzas to eat.  We also have cute party favors planned out for Zaden’s friends.

Step 5- Food

Decide on whether you want to serve an entire meal, snacks, or desserts. Depending on what you are serving plan you party around that time. We are hosting our party in the late afternoon since the kids will all be rested and ready to eat lunch and cake shortly after arrival.

Step 6- Decorations

When it comes to decorating I say keep it simple and fun. Make your theme known and make a list of items you already have or things you will need to purchase before shopping. I love going to Hobby Lobby and taking advantage of their 40% off a single item coupon. I have made a few trips and have gotten that deal on some of the larger more pricey items to bring total party cost down.

Remember to have fun and if something doesn't go as planned to not stress about it. 
Happy party planning!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mama & Z Style: Hunter Boots and Neutral Colors

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mama wore:
BP Gray Floral Scarf
Down East Basics Floral Shirt

Zaden wore:
Gap Cable Knit Cardigan
Gap Gray Knit Long Sleeve 
OshKosh Skinny Jeans

We went on a little adventure this past weekend with Rox and her sweet little boy Damian. The weather was freezing cold and the road we wanted to venture down was closed off. Lately it's been either a hit or miss when trying to take photos with Z and this particular evening he wasn't feeling it. He was in need of a nap and hungry. Despite all of the craziness Rox did an amazing job capturing some great images for us. We will definitely have to do it again when Z has a full belly and nap (;

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hanes Hosiery Style Bestie Sweepstakes

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My outfit:
Forever 21 (Men's) Black Sweater
Thrifted Skirt
Rue 21 Crochet Belt
Chevron Designed Tights c/o Hanes Hosiery
Steve Madden Boots

Ti's outfit:
Forever 21 Black Tank Top
Old Navy Cardigan
Rue 21 Studded Belt
Printed Skirt from Ross
Checkered Designed Tights c/o Hanes Hosiery
Rue 21 Studded Boots

Believe it or not these outfits were picked out less than an hour before our photo shoot. Tiana had planned an outfit the night before and mistankingly left it at home. We frantically looked through my wardrobe and came up with these outfits. Also Hanes Hosiery sent Tiana and I some tights to style but the package still hasn't arrived so we had to work with my tights from my previous collaboration with Hanes earlier this year. I can't wait to receive the new Fall/Winter 2014 designs so keep your eye out for those in my future style posts (;

Tiana and I had such a fun time shooting these photos with Courtney last week. Despite how perfectly fall the weather appears in these photos it was a bitter cold evening. We quickly warmed up from all of the laughing that happened in between shots (; If you scroll up a few pictures there's a picture of Tiana on my shoulders. This photo was Tiana's idea and we had both left our phones in the car but Ti could have sworn that all besties have a photo like this. Funny thing is she was aiming for something like this and I somehow ended up with my little sister on my shoulders. Getting into this position itself nearly made me pee all over the floor and we all couldn't stop laughing at the situation.

Anyway, we had these photos taken in order to help spread the word about Hanes Hosiery Style Bestie Sweepstakes! You can enter for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree, a drawer full of tights for you and your bestie, and a girls getaway to New York City! Simply upload a selfie of you and your bestie H E R E and BAM you are entered. Sweepstakes ends December 5, 2014 so be sure to enter before then.


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