Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sebastian's 1st Birthday Party in Pictures

Well... it's done! We successfully threw Sebastian's 1st birthday party! I'm so happy and so exhausted. We have such amazing family and friends and in days like this, I can see how truly loved our baby is and how blessed we are. A huge, huge, huge thank you to all of them.

A few details:
We threw the party at a Little Gym so we would have room for the 15 children between the ages of 9 months to 10 years old to run around. The Little Gym was awesome - they helped us set up, ran all the activities, ordered the pizza, packed up our gifts, and cleaned up at the end. So helpful.

I made pretty much all of the decorations. I started with the large paper house on the counter with the party favors. I used a file from SVGCuts and cut it out using SCAL with my Cricut.

The party favors were a 5 pack of sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and a delicious, beautifully decorated cookie. I bought the chalk & bubbles at Dollar Tree and decorated them with a label I quickly designed on Word. The cookies were ordered through a friend :)

You can find information on how I made the chalkboard here: DIY Faux Chalkboard

Other things I made with SACL & my Cricut:
  • Happy Birthday Sebastian banner (font is "Minnie")
  • Sebastian throughout the months banner
  • Cake topper (paper house & balloons)
  • Balloon cupcake toppers
  • Centerpiece houses (balloons held inside with balloon weights)
  • Birthday boy crown, which he refused to wear, lol.
  • Photobooth props

My mom made all the Brazilian "docinhos" and they were a hit! My friend helped me roll over 300 of them in 2.5 hours one night. We had 4 flavors - traditional brigadeiro (chocolate), traditional beijinho (coconut), prestigo (chocolate with coconut middle) and moranguinho (strawberry).

I had quite the dilemma with Sebastian's cake... I originally wanted something like this:
But when I was told the price for a cake like that for 40 people, I was horrified. $160?! Hell to the no. Delicious half sheet cake from Costco for $17? Hell to the yes. I custom ordered the cake to be completely plain chocolate and decorated it myself. Not too shabby if you ask me.

And there you have it. About 2 months of preparation to be enjoyed in 2 hours, lol. I think the birthday boy had a blast :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

We Have a 1 Year Old!

I honestly don't know how this happened. There have been some looonngggg days but the months flew by and my baby is on his way to toddlerhood!

Happy 1st birthday, Sebastian!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

And a Couple More Style Me March Outfits

Day 11: #ALittleBitOSparkle
(Also Pinspiration Tuesday)
Tshirt - Hanes, Jeans - F21, Shoes - Steve Madden, Jacket - DKNY, Scarf - gifted :)

Day 12: #SweetPinks&Peaches
(Also a Wednesday Style Challenge Day - Jewel Tones)
Blazer - F21, Top - Loft, Pants - Target, Shoes - Steve Madden, Clingy Baby - Renata & Sergio ;)

Day 13: #SoMyCity
Cardigan - August Silk, Dress - Ann Taylor, Shoes - Urban Og

Day 14: #PuckerUp
Lip Color - NYX Matte "Perfect Red"

Day 15: #MakesMeFeelSexy
Husband & a tan ;)

Day 16: #SawOnAStyleBlog
Top - F21, Pants - Old Navy, Shoes - Toms, Scarf - Target

Day 17: #ColorOnMyFeet
Blazer - Banana Republic, Top & Pants - Target, Shoes - Cole Haan, Necklace - F21

Day 18: #Layers&LayersOhMy
(Also Pinspiration Tuesday)
 Dress - Loft, Shirt - NY & Co, Blazer - H&M, Necklace - F21, Shoes - Urban Og

Day 19: #InBlack&White
(Also a Style Challenge Wednesday - Animal Print)
Blazer & Jeans - F21, TShirt - Target, Shoes - Nine West

Day 20: #MyBestFeature
I had a really hard time w/ this one b/c I had one of those days where NOTHING fit right and I wanted to shave my head... So no best feature. Just an outfit I could tolerate wearing.
Blazer - H&M, Tank - Target, Jeans - Old Navy, Shoes - Shoe Dazzle

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Some More Style Me March Outfits

March is a crazy month between work and all the birthdays & celebrations... I've managed to keep up with the Style Me March challenge on Instagram though! I definitely feel like I've been more inspired to put more thought into my outfits and I hope there's an April challenge so I continue to stay out of the jeans/tshirt/chucks rut I was in before.

Here are some of the outfits so far (I can't believe we're almost done with this month!):

Day 4: #PutABeltOnIt... (I'm not a huge fan of this outfit)
(Also Pinspiration Tuesday)
Cardigan - Target, Blouse - NY & Co, Pants - Gap

Day 5: #AllAboutTheEyes
(Also a Wednesday Style Challenge Day - Stripes)
Cardigan - Gap, Jeans & Scarf - F21, Shoes - BC, Glasses - Coastal

Day 6: #TheLittleBlackDress
Dress - H&M, Scarf - Target, Blazer - H&M, Shoes - Carlos

Day 7 - #FeelinRockstar
Sweater - F21, Pants, Scarf, & Shoes - Target

Day 8 - #GoodHairDay
Sweater - Loft, Jeans - F21, Shoes - UrbanOg

Day 9 - #AnOldieButAGoodie
Cardigan - Urban Outfitters, Jeans - Old Navy, Boots - Target

Day 10 - #ISwoonForStripes
Peplum - Banana Republic, Jeans, Shoes, & Scarf - F21, Jacket - Target

You can follow me on Instagram @renatariru :)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Up, Up, & Away - Sebastian's 1st Birthday Invites

Sebastian's first birthday is quickly approaching and while I have mixed feelings about having a 1 year old, I'm having a good time planning all the little details of his party.

We're going with an "Up!" themed birthday because decorating with balloons is easy, lol. I made his invites with materials I already had on hand. Both the balloons & little house were cut on my Cricut with the Create a Critter cartridge. I printed the info on white cardstock from Word using Market Deco for the print (download here for free) and Contribute for the script (download here for free), matted it all on red cardstock, & added foam stickers for a 3D effect on the balloons & house.

And of course I had to add Up! stamps to finish the look :)