Back in June we were at my parent’s house, eating dinner on the patio, when this darling little cat wandered into their backyard and made a beeline for Brielle. It was love at first sight for them both, neither leaving the other’s side for the next 3 hours. Of course being the animal lover I am…Brielle and I joined forces, batted our lashes at her Daddy and just like that we got a new kitty! We told Brielle that she’d have to take care of her and feed her every day. Yeah…ask me how consistent she’s been with that chore…anyways, since she was her kitty we let her pick out the name. She promptly named her Lily Glitter Sparkles (every parent that has also watched Trolls on repeat will get it!) We picked up some essentials, including a bright pink collar with pink heart tag and took her home. She settled in right away with our dog, Ajax, and only a few spats with our other cat, Zoe. To celebrate her joining our family and Zoe’s birthday in July we had a Kitty party!
Brielle insisted on pink for her two girl kitties and I picked gold to go with the sparkles portion of the name. I also used black and white to ground it all but also because both Zoe and Lily are mainly those colors.
Ahhh time for one of my favorite parties of the year…our annual ‘Murica Trash Bash!! This is our 2nd year doing this particular theme and it’s just as funny as last year. There are so many funny stereotypes about Americans so it’s fun to utilize some of them! The hardest part of doing a trash bash is restraint! You want it to look slightly tacky but it’s gotta look believable too 😉 We always have it as a potluck because it’s one of the few times it totally doesn’t bother me having all different sizes and colors of tupperware bowls! Plus, people like to feel involved and this is an easy way to do that AND help me out! We provided hot dogs, buns, drinks and condiments. Everything was assigned. It.was.glorious! Know what else it? That this entire party, tables and chair set up included, takes about 30 minutes!!! God Bless America!
I have some pretty special men in my life. I have my dad and hands up….I was and STILL am a Daddy’s Girl. I love that man more than ordinary words can say. I can say all the exaggerated phrases like My Hero, The Funniest, Incredibly Generous, My First Cheerleader but they still fall too flat. He’s the person I still call when I need to vent and cry because he’s always known to validate my feelings first (even when they were a mess of angsty teenage girl who felt like her world was over, I repeat, OVER because not one friend had the same lunch period as me) and save the advice for the end after I was all dried out of tears and it was exactly what I needed to hear. Not always what I wanted but precisely what I needed. My first Secret Admirer, sending me a big bouquet of flowers every Valentine’s Day during school so I felt special. Starting from 6th grade and continues to this day, always complete with a card telling me something he loves about me and signed Your Secret Admirer. Even though I’ve known it was him since late high school, when he slipped up and wrote the card himself and I immediately recognized his handwriting, it’s still one of my most dear traditions. He was the perfect Dad and my mom always told me if I could find a man like my Dad I’d be happy for the rest of my life.
And it’s been true. Next up is my husband, Scott, who had some monstrous shoes to try and fill but stepped right up to the plate and like everything else in his life has shown he’s brilliant at it. He and my Dad are so similar that they’re incredibly close to each other on their own which just thrills me to see the two men that I love more than life get along so swimmingly! Scott is such a tremendous father to our daughter, Brielle! He can get her belly laughing so hard she can’t breath. She loves trailing behind him as he refills our bird feeder, gets the mail, does yard work and make Mav runs so she can convince him she NEEDS those M&Ms! He’s always willing to take her for an afternoon when I need a break or take her shopping. She loves it too because he’s such a softie she always returns with something new. She 100% has her Daddy wrapped around her cherubic finger and I know their relationship is shaping up to be as special as mine with my Dad. So you can clearly see…I LOVE celebrating Father’s Day and the men that are champions of the title Father!
NOW, onto the reason you’re here…the party!! I wanted a masculine theme but finding one that fit for both of them with varying interests was hard. Until I decided on “Thank you for helping us BUILD our lives!” because it’s a perfect fit for them both since they’re still shaping their childrens’ lives! I went with a construction theme and kept my colors to bold orange, yellow and black with splashes of metallic silver.
See the line where the sky meets the sea
It calls me…and we can’t believe
Brielle’s turning Three!
My daughter, Brielle, is obsessed with Moana so it was only obvious that’s what her birthday party theme would be! I wanted to bring in as many tropical touches as possible to invoke the island feeling. The best way to do that was COLOR! Hot pinks, oranges, bright greens and of course, brilliant turquoise were scattered through our venue as well as flowers and palm leaves. This is another picture heavy post but if you wanna take a trip to Montunui settle in!