sweet woodland birthday party

sweet woodland party

First off, a sweet Happy 2nd Birthday to my little Ava! I've always wanted to do a woodland party theme, and I figured I'd better do it while Ava still has little to no say in her party! (She likes saying puh-ple so I could have done a puh-ple party I guess. but that's just this week)...so...anyways, woodland party it is! I also like how it kinda … [Read more...]

frozen birthday party

frozen party

Sadie has preeetty much had her 6th birthday party theme picked out since we saw the movie Frozen last December. You may have heard of it...lil Disney hit? popular with kids? totally sing-able songs? ha ha ha. It was a super fun party to plan-but I am glad to have my summer parties out of the way! Her invite! Designed it myself-I love the … [Read more...]

girly jungle birthday bash

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

Charlotte is FOUR! She (and Sadie) is obsessed with the Katy Perry song, ROAR, so we went with a jungle/safari theme for her birthday party this year, with some added pink of course! She had a blast, and it ended up being a really fun party for me to put together too, after some feet dragging. lol. let's dive in!  I designed this little invite … [Read more...]

book baby shower (and free printables!)

book shower by craftiness is not optional

If you couldn't tell by now, I kinda love throwing parties. I've hit a good balance lately between minimalism and what I call "I've lost my marbles" party planning. I dangled a baby shower tantalizingly in front of my sister (mostly to get her to come VISIT! haha!) and that took place a few weeks ago. She's worked as an editor for a few years, … [Read more...]

girly chalkboard baby shower

girly chalkboard shower || craftiness is not optional

I successfully threw another surprise baby shower last weekend! This time it was for my sister in law, Anna. She's due with her second baby, a girl, in the middle of March. She is PSYCHED to have a girl after having a boy for her first child and having many boys in her family. So I knew I had to go pink for her shower. I mixed in some gold accents … [Read more...]

little deer first birthday party

mint and green deer party by craftiness is not optional

Our "deer" little Ava is turning one! Yikesabee. I cannot believe it. Literally. We love our little girl so, so much. She has been the sweetest, most agreeable baby yet...and loves to snuggle, EAT (she is our chubby baby and I LOVE it), play with her sisters, and climb all over us when we lay on the ground. hahahahaha. SOBSOB my baby is growing up! … [Read more...]

my sister’s coral, grey, and yellow wedding

So, my second littlest sister got married a few weeks ago. eeshk! So happy for her and her new hubby. In unrelated news: I feel old. It was a family affair, capturing this wedding. My uncle was the main photographer, my dad did the videography, and I wandered around taking pics until they told me to move. Well, ok really I was in charge of … [Read more...]

Sadie’s Ballet Bash!

 Phew! I made it through a bridal shower, helping with my sister's wedding (which I still need to blog about), and now a ballet birthday bash-all in a week and a half! I'm exhausted to say the least. But my birthday girl had a blast and that's what matters! We had a girls only party-as requested by the birthday girl. We're moving into the … [Read more...]

"Love is sweet" dessert bridal shower

  My little sister is getting married this week! So last week I threw her a bridal shower, because "it's what I do...it's what I live for..."(name that little quote....*cough* disney nerd *cough*) I went with a colorful palette of pink, teal, and yellow with some touches of black and white...and lots of vintage touches because I can't stay away … [Read more...]

charlotte’s dinosaur birthday party

After last years parties, I really did cut back this year on the girls parties. If you don't believe me, check out those links. ;) I have a tendency to go way overboard with parties...lol! I get it from my mom. Thanks, mama. Anyways, it felt great to be more low key this year and also, we just did a small friends and moms playdate style party...so … [Read more...]