Oct 14, 2014

A Baptism for our Lil Angel

Olivia's important milestone celebrations came back-to-back! With her baptism being scheduled just 3 weeks before her 1st birthday party, I had lots of coordinating to do in order to play both off well. Luckily, there wasn't too much to prepare for the baptism. After the ceremony, we headed to a nice little restaurant where lunch was taken care of, so all I had to bring were the essentials:

Tissue Paper Flowers
I fell in love with the flowers in this photo and wanted nothing more than to re-create them in peach, rose, and gold to display at the restaurant somehow. I worked on these for about 2 weeks and thought they were beautiful enough to design a whole theme around them. I loved them so much that they were also used as props for her 1st birthday photoshoot, and I think I'll find a way to display them in her room as well! I'm also working on these for the Etsy shop so I'll be back with an update soon!

I designed the invitation with the same look and feel of the paper flowers in mind. The invites were printed on a metallic pearlescent cardstock so it really made the gold printing really shimmer. Check them out here!

Photo Cards
Keepsake favor cards were also designed with the same floral motif. This is the backside--the front featured the cute photo of Olivia above.
Here's a trick to get your baby to look like she's praying for a baptism picture: Give her/him a blade of grass to play with and you've got the money shot!

Another beauty by Thelma's Cakes! She created this cake using the same colors of the tissue paper. This cake deserves to be pinned and repined over and over again—so get to it! :)

I swear these were thrown together at the last minute. I just ordered cabaret roses in a pinky coral, cut them short, and bunched them together with baby’s breath in a fishbowl glass vase. Easy peasy. Also looks great next to a yummy glass of sangria :)

And last but not least…

A Beautiful Headband
Olivia looked so pretty in her hairpiece by Abelialane featured in the photo above. It’s made with silk and chiffon white flowers, sparkly rhinestones, pearls and a rhinestone cross. It was the perfect match to her simple silk baptism dress. Here's a close-up!

Abelialane has the most beautiful headbands at such great prices. I’m definitely checking back again soon for more headbands for the holidays.

Teddy Bears' Picnic Party is Famous!

Catch My Party

I'm so excited that Olivia's Teddy Bears' Picnic Party was featured on Catch My Party! Of course the full details were listed here, but if you want to see the party in all its glory on this awesome site, click here!

Oct 6, 2014

Olivia's Teddy Bears' Picnic 1st Birthday Party!

The only way I brainwashed myself to cope with the fact that my little baby was officially turning ONE, was to focus all my energy towards throwing her an amazing 1st birthday party! Ok, I was still super emotional every time I really thought about it, but it definitely helped some!

This may be my favorite party that I've planned yet! I had a lot of time (more than usual) to plan this party so I took my time thinking of each and every detail, finding coupons and creating DIY alternatives. The theme selection was taken into great consideration. I wanted something gender neutral (because the ratio of boys to girls in our group is totally unbalanced), something baby-ish (because she will have many years to come to choose her own birthday themes), and something outdoors to be able to give the bigger kids playground options. Once I came across the Teddy Bears' Picnic theme on Pinterest, I knew it was perfect! I loved the book and song when I was a little girl so it's probably safe to say that I'm reliving my childhood a little. :)

I couldn't really find any cute graphics that went with the image I had in my mind, so I just created it all. This theme I designed has more of a modern feel and is bright and colorful--the opposite of what I found online. I'm not hogging them all to myself--These party items are available at my Etsy shop for other mommies out there who are just as picky as me! If there’s something you like that’s not listed in the shop, just send me a message!

I started with the invite and everything else evolved from there! I got them printed at OvernightPrints.com and they did a great job. (Note: They are usually hit-or-miss but thankfully, no hiccups this time around!) Custom address labels were attached and off they went to Olivia’s picnic guests!

Entrance to the Party
Bear Ears made of tiara headbands and felt were available for kids to pick up on their way to the party. I loved seeing the kiddies wearing them during the party. The Teddy Bears' Picnic book was on display, as well as a sign featuring a line from the book. These signs are available here.

Indoor Tables and Centerpieces
Centerpieces were made from large cans, covered with wood patterned gift wrap and a cute sticker label, and topped with a teddy bear cut-out on a stick. Red gingham tablecloths were placed on each table of the entire party. (Note: Tablecloths were purchased from the dollar store but I don’t recommend them—most tore the second we took them out of the bag! I guess you get what you pay for!)

Cake and Dessert Table
This table was full of treats including Teddy Grahams in picnic baskets, teddy bear Cake Pops on real wood stumps and amazing two-tiered cake by Thelma, cupcakes sitting in basket liners, gummy bears in snack containers, and s'mores cotton candy disguised as "Bear Stuffing". Labels available here!

Teddy Bear Workshop
The kids went home with teddy bears to host their own Teddy Bears' Picnic! It was a DIY version of Build-A-Bear! I purchased unstuffed wholesale bear skins and stuffing, and attached tags to show that each bear belonged to a child. The station also included foam hearts to add inside the bear, birth certificates for them to personalize, party hats, and house bags to take the bears home in. A kiddie-sized table and chairs were set up for the workshop. The striped fabric backdrop featured bear faces made out of tissue paper fans and a poster for instructions on how to build the bear. Check the Etsy shop for a digital printable set!

Picnic in the Woods
A picnic area was set up within trees and included blankets, and baskets with toys and balloons.
Selfie Station
This photo op area was meant for the kids to take photos having a picnic with their new bears. It was complete with props and a sign saying how so beary cute they are! This was a last minute area we threw together, and I’m so glad we did! The pictures that came from this were adorable!

Although it was a lot of work, every minute was worth it when I saw this face! Olivia had a great 1st birthday party!

Sep 26, 2014

Did you hear the Buzz? This Bee's Open for Business!

After creating so many parties for my family, friends and myself, I decided to stop hogging up all my hard work and open up an Etsy shop to the world! Without further adieu, I introduce to you...BEESWAXBUZZ!

BeeswaxBuzz was born because of all the encouragement I received from my family and friends to get my party ideas out there. It's pretty obvious where the name originates from, but I added the buzz for being so "drunk in love" with all the wonderful things I like to blog about and list on Etsy. :)

The shop currently lists just a few items, but I'm working every day to add more and more to it. I will always blog and pin the new items, so don't forget to check back here for updates and follow me on Pinterest!

I must state that I'm no expert nor do I claim to be one. I just enjoy brainstorming and planning events for fun! It is also my favorite part of my job and if I can somehow convince my boss to let me do this --and only this-- full time, I would! But for now I'm really excited about my new little shop and hope you check it out. :)

Aug 8, 2014

Nursery of my Dreams

I call it the nursery of my dreams because I literally had a dream that it would look like that. Has that ever happened to you? I actually dream about my crafty projects all the time--I'm so nuts. But I knew early on how I wanted it to look, and just tried to make the dream come true little by little.

I love the color combo of peachy-pink and yellow so I looked long & hard for the perfect crib bedding and finally found the puzzle piece that brought the room all together. Dwell Studio's Rosette pattern had the right colors and the cutest modern little flowers. I illustrated the same little flowers and made a gallery collage of Olivia's name in Ikea's glossy gray matted frames.

The crib was also something I searched long & hard for. I wanted something modern but neutral and nothing at the baby stores really caught my attention. I went with a two-tone gray and white modern crib and changing station from Babyletto's Hudson collection.

The walls were painted a peachy-pink to match the bedding, and the closet was also painted inside. (Thanks to her Daddy <3 p="">

The rocking chair was a hand-me-down from Olivia's big cousin, Ryan. Hanging above the rocking chair is a little mobile that I made myself. I used Ikea's Kladsam Mobile and converted it to a baby mobile. I added ribbon to cover the black metal attached little felt flowers and hung a letter O from it.

The dresser and toy organizer are also from Ikea (yes, I went on a shopping rampage there!), the pouf was from Nordstrom and the rug was from Overstock.com.

This is probably my favorite room in our house. SO much love and thought went into making this a special place for Olivia.