Posted by John on February 7th, 2013
Happy Friday everybody! Hope your week has been a good one. Last Saturday we celebrated our daughter’s 2nd birthday with a small family party. I guess small family is kind of a relative term in this case. Plus we had a few neighbors. We decided to go with a Wiggles theme since she’s a HUGE fan of the show. Lately she’s also into Caillou. It’s not my favorite show, but she lets me watch hockey whenever the Flyers are on and I let her watch Caillou. I think that’s only fair.
In case you’re not familiar with the Wiggles, it’s a group of Australian dudes that wear colored t-shirts and sing and dance. She’s a big fan of their music. There are few things cuter in life than watching a 2 year old try to dance along with a TV show. They each wear a different color: purple, red, blue and yellow. So, the challenge for decorating the party was to try to incorporate those hues into the party decor.
Instead of using our house like we did at her party last year, this year we rented out a local small school house. It was ideal. All we had to do was some light cleaning afterwards and we were set.
For food, we had a decent variety with pasta and potato salad, lunch meats, tomato pie and Chik-Fil-A nuggets (jackpot).
Lisa made some Wiggles colored cake pops for dessert to supplement the birthday cake.
She didn’t stop there either. She also had time to make cookies! Everyone got a little cookie baggie as party favors. The best party favors are ones you can eat before you get to your car, IMHO.
My favorite dessert also made an appearance, pretzel donuts!! While they may look like your average glazed donut, make no mistake, these donuts are something different. They are amazing. I’m convinced they alter the part of your brain responsible for decision making. I’ve seen people snort them. One of the neighbors that attended is now a full blown pretzel donut addict. The thing is, these donuts may not even be the best product this bakery makes. Scary.
We also put together special little goodie bags for the other little kids in attendance.
All the invitations, the cookie bags and the kids’ party favors had these custom made Wiggle graphics. Lisa took a stock Wiggle image, added the stars background in Photoshop and printed them all up. Fun stuff.
So, I think Lisa and I are both hoping that this time next year we’re not posting about a Caillou themed 3rd birthday party. I’m not even sure what that would look like. I presume it would involve a lot of whining and disappointment as is the overarching theme of that cartoon.
What are your weekend plans? Any foods you’re addicted to or is that just me (and now Mike)?
Posted by John on July 12th, 2012
This past Wednesday, Our Home from Scratch was officially online for one full year!
Color us surprised! I can’t believe how quickly that went. I remember setting up this URL in a hotel room while I was in San Diego on a work trip… wasn’t sure how long it would last. So far so good. While we would love to post more often than our usual 3 posts per week, I’m happy we’re able to manage that with our busy lives. We have a 17 month old daughter, I work full-time with occasional work trips every now and then and I’m in grad school part time. Lisa is involved with a local mom’s club and is always busy doing normal mom stuff. It’s often difficult to make quality time for just Lisa and I, let alone a blog.
To celebrate our blog’s first birthday, we thought we’d share some facts, figures and other fun stuff with you guys.
Our Home from Scratch by the numbers:
Number of Posts:
John – 111
Lisa – 52
Most hits in a single day: ~3000 (We switched hit counters a couple times, so an exact number is sketchy).
Projects we have planned in the next year:
1. Backyard Deck
2. Master Bedroom Painting and Decorating
3. Built-ins, built-ins, built-ins
4. UV Window protection
5. DIY Plantation shutters
6. Garage Shoe Organizer
7. Basement Egress?? (I snuck that on there)
I would also really love to dress up this stock wordpress theme we go going on here. I was thinking about designing our own and completely customizing it out, but then I realized that I don’t know anything about HTML or CSS and I’m also a terrible graphic designer. So, we’re probably going to pop for a custom theme. Looking for input on designers here. Let us know if you have any recommendations
We’re also going to try to inject some more personality. Maybe post some photos and stories of us being us. DIY and home improvement are fun, but we don’t plan on constantly working on projects.
If that doesn’t work, then we’ll just stick with the projects. There’s still a lot of painting to do.
Posted by Lisa on February 9th, 2012
This is the banner was hanging in our morning room for the party. It’s still there (I’m going to try to see how long I can keep it up).
All the crafts and goodies for the party were a lot of fun and I thought I would start off with the most time consuming project – a birthday pennant banner. Making banners is not new to me – check out one I made for Halloween
A lot of blogs have how-to’s for banners. So I perused the web to check them out. I had bought the paper for the banner way back in early December, since I knew I had to make one. The paper I purchased was from Michael’s and was on sale for 25 cents per sheet (usually it sells for a dollar!).
I printed this template at 50% size (my banner was 26 letters long including spaces) on 110lb card stock I had leftover from my invite. Then I just traced two pennant templates per sheet of paper.
After the first two, I smartened up and figured out that I should be tracing on the back of the paper and lined the pennants up so each would be sharing one cut.
Twenty-six pennants later, I began printing the letters. I used Word to spell out “Happy Birthday” in size 300 font in hot pink. I printed the document on 8.5″x11″ full sheet labels I purchased from Amazon. I am obsessed with this paper! It’s awesome
Then I cut out each letter by hand (ouch!) and used an exacto knife to cut the small parts. I removed the backing and placed the letters on the banner.
Now, I am sure there was an easier way to do this – say, purchasing sticky letters – but I never found any I liked and I figured I bought the label paper for some reason.
Then I took a standard hole puncher and punched two holes at the top of each pennant. Next I threaded my ribbon through. After a lot of tweaking .. the banner was up!
The whole process didn’t take TOO long, and I was super proud to display a banner I made all by myself! Hopefully John likes it too, because it’s staying up until his birthday… in July.
Next up… our cake pops. Any Birthday plans coming up for anyone soon? And what’s everyone doing for Valentine’s Day? We’re staying in and cooking!
Posted by Lisa on February 7th, 2012
Well kids it’s here – our 100th post. I know some of you are regular readers, and some are not, but I just want to take a minute and say thanks for the support and comments and of course keep them coming!! We’re having fun with this blog thing so I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it. We certainly enjoy reading yours!!
If it was up to me I would post entirely on our 100th post – and discuss our most popular posts, our most disliked posts, most comments, and so on and so on. But, I am contractually obligated by my hubs to post about the first birthday party (so I don’t get any dirty looks!).
The theme of the party was cupcakes and everything was pink of course!
Here are some pictures from right before the party:
Cake pops… so rich!
Baby’s “Smash” cake…
Everything went really well. We had a wonderful time. Can’t wait til her next one!
Later this week, I will be posting on how I made the banner (not shown), cake pops, cookies, and decorations in separate posts so stop by.