My sweet little Hudson turned 4 a few weeks ago, which I can still hardly believe. FOUR? My baby is FOUR? That not only makes me feel old, but also a little sad that he’s growing up so fast.
We celebrated Hudson’s fourth birthday by throwing him a Peter Pan party. He was thrilled with his invitations we sent out in bottles, and could hardly wait to wear his Peter Pan costume. He was a little disappointed though when he discovered the costume didn’t make him fly. Trust me, he tried jumping off the bed. (Thank goodness it was just the bed.)
The first few years of our children’s birthday parties, my husband would frown, roll his eyes, and think I was out of control. We don’t fight very often, but it was a given that we’d land ourselves in a fight the night before one of our children’s birthday parties. I’d be stressing over all the last minute things I needed to get done, and he’d be annoyed wishing his wife would just come to bed like a normal person. Miraculously though, after six years of over the top parties he’s had a change of heart and has really gotten into it. So this year I just about died when he suggested he dress up as Captain Hook. WHAT?? So the Kellers became Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Wendy Darling, and Princess Tigerlily for Hudson’s big day.
His party took place on the beach at Kayak Point State Park. We woke up to rainclouds and sprinkles but by the time we got out to the beach the rain had stopped and the sun was shining. It was a birthday miracle. (If you know me, it rains about 75% of the time I’m planning an outdoor party.)
The kids had a blast at the beach. They had a Peter Pan picnic on a pirate ship table, dug for buried treasure, sword fought mean Captain Hook, had their faces painted, and of course ate more sugar than their parents would have agreed to.
After the party was over, everything was cleaned up and we were finally driving away, Ally said from the backseat of the car “Mommy, that was the best party you ever did!” Hudson chimed in and said “I want to have my party there next year too!”
Those sweet little comments make every ounce of work worth it. Sitting in their car seats, Ally wearing green fairy wings and a face covered in pixie paint, and Hudson with crazy messy hair, a body covered in sand and black lips from too many pirate cake pops, both beyond exhausted from all the fun. That’s my definition of a party success.
Such a sweet dessert table we did for Patrick and Jenn’s romantic pink wedding at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, WA! Jenn wanted all things pink, and Patrick just smiled and went along with whatever she wanted. Love that!
Congratulations Patrick and Jenn!
We loved these beachy nautical desserts we did for a little boy’s birthday party. Such cute colors and fun theme! Happy 3rd Birthday Bennett!
Another fun table from June was the Bake Shop dessert table we did for a baby shower in Mercer Island. The couple hosted a sip and see for their close family and friends to meet their new baby girl. The hosts showered their guests with not only sips but lots of sweets as well!
Summer has been so busy, I’m just now getting to blog the fantastic dessert tables I was able to do over the last two months. From wedding tables to baby showers, corporate events to birthday parties, it’s been a very eventful season!
In June I was asked to create a 50th birthday Golf themed dessert table for a very important person at Microsoft. What a fun table this was to put together! We did a green cake with a hole in one at the top, golf ball cookies, cake pops, and cupcakes. The team at Microsoft was incredible to work with. Happy 50th Birthday Brian!
My sweet little Ally is now a Kindergarten graduate. I can hardly stand to think of her being away from me next year in full day first grade. I had a hard enough time sending her to kindergarten 5 days a week!
But what an exciting year she had. I can’t believe how much she has learned in just 9 short months. She learned to read, write, spell, add and subtract, and most important, learned even more about Jesus. Every week at Northshore Christian Academy she was given a new bead to add to her “bible necklace” if she had memorized the weekly bible verse. Her little necklace is filled with colorful beads! We are so proud of our girl, she is truly one of the sweetest, most caring little girls you’ll ever meet.
To celebrate her accomplishments we threw her a pink ombre themed graduation party. All things pink! My incredibly talented photographer friend Kaylee of Kaylee Eylander Photography captured all the details of the day, from the grad hat cookies, diploma topped cupcakes, to the inside of a pink ombre ruffle cake. We snacked on diploma tortilla wraps tied in pink bows and sipped pink lemonade, while the kids filled their goodie bags with as much pink candy as their pink polka dot bags would hold.
Guests were sent home with pink ombre cakes in a jar, topped with paper grad hats complete with yarn tassels! And Ally didn’t leave the party empty handed, we gave her a new iPod engraved with her graduation year. 2024. Eek. I can’t even fatham that.
Congratulations Ally James! We are so proud of you!
This past weekend I had the pleasure of creating the dessert table for my cousin’s baby shower. My aunt and I chose the theme months ago, before we knew the baby’s gender. My aunt shares the same love of all things vintage, so it was easy for us to agree on a theme. We went with vintage storks!
This table was so fun. I made a turquoise ribbon cake and placed it on an old baby scale, which actually worked and informed us the cake weighed 12lbs! The cookies were baby carriages, rattles, and babies in blankets. Sugared cake pops stood inside an antique glass baby carriage, topped with the iconic pastel baby shower mints. Tiny pacifiers were tied around the mini apple cobblers, and nestled inside an old tin bread box. Blue mason jars, milk glass vases and even an old baby bottle warmer held beautiful blue and white hydrangeas. I made bunting and garlands out of fabric scraps I’d scored at an estate sale, and hung them from old doors for the backdrop.
Naturally, living in Seattle, we woke up to thundershowers the morning of the shower. Our outside baby shower had to be moved indoors, which no one was thrilled about. Furniture had to be moved out, and shower decor had to be brought in. I guess when you live in Seattle, you just have to count on the rain. It always seems to make it’s appearance on days I’m throwing a party!