Saturday, March 16, 2013

{Spring} Green on the Brain...

With spring on the horizon {YAY!}, I've got warmer weather, tulips and daffodils, and springy greens on my mind. I'm more than happy to leave ole' man winter behind :-/

I decorated my dining room buffet with faux potted greens for the spring season, and I'm loving the infusion of color in my home. And it also happens to be perfect for the St. Patty's dinner I'm hosting this evening too. Nothing fancy, just both sets of our parents coming over for a ham and cabbage supper and a little time with the grandbabes. Speaking of, I better get movin'!

**I'm hosting Easter this year too...details soon!
**Happy early St. Patty's Day to ya!

Friday, March 1, 2013

{Parties} Diggers Galore

We closed out last week with a digger party for our brand new THREE year old. It was a sunny winter day, and we so very much enjoyed celebrating our little man.

Diggers are something Dean just adores, so it only seemed appropriate to theme up his party a bit. I didn't go crazy...but I sure do love little details ;-}

The buffet in my dining room held Dean's dessert station. Check out the details below:

The chalkboard I found in TJ Maxx this fall was the focal point of the dessert table. I created a "Dig In" dessert menu listing all of the yummy sweets served. With a brown and yellow color palette, a chocolate themed dessert bar seemed perfect.

I used yellow chevron bags to hold party favors for the kids and adults.

I ordered a chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery for Dean's birthday cake. It was YUMMMMMM. I crafted some homemade cake toppers {a #3 and a digger}, added some yellowy orange candles, and called it a day ;-}

I've tried my hand at using melted chocolate over and over and just don't seem to have much luck, but I was able to squeeze out some chocolate covered pretzels covered in chocolate jimmies and...

...chocolate covered pineapple and strawberries. If you've never had pineapple covered in chocolate let me suggest you get on that ASAP. To.die.for.

Tootsie rolls also made an appearance because of their chocolate flavor and brown wrapping. Plus, my mom and sister love them :-}

In addition to my dining room buffet, I also decorated my mantle with some digger themed decor. First, I made a "Happy Birthday" banner. Then I filled a glass bubble vase with dirt from my backyard. Yes, dirt. Ha! I stuck a handmade digger pick in the dirt. I also borrowed a few of Dean's play diggers for the mantle.

My current favorite picture of my boy also made an appearance. One beautiful day last week, I took my little guy to the local elementary school, which is under construction, and situated him in front of one of the huge diggers. That was it...he was happy as a clam and smiled his head off while I snapped away. Ohhh, I just love him!

I also conducted a little interview with Dean in an attempt to document some of his current thinkings and likes. His answers were completely sweet and "my chat with Dean" is something I will save forever.

Last but not least, I set up dinner on my kitchen island {which is newly painted and I'll feature soon right here on my blog!} and added a caddy full of brown and yellow essentials including: stripey straws, cute napkins, and cups decorated with washi tape.

That's it -- a simple digger party for an anything but simple little boy ;-}

**Hallelujah it's MARCH! Come on already Spring!
**Post on the new kitchen island is coming soon. And also? We're painting our house. Yup! Stay tuned!