fall harvest party [eats]

Nicole threw an amazing fall harvest party last year and we could not stop talking about it for months! You can see it all here. When the leaves started to change we urged her to make the party an annual thing and she obliged. We collaborated with two of our favorite friends, Susan of Freshly Picked and Meta of One More Mushroom. Party throwing is so much more fun when you have lots of hands on deck! We have so much to share we’ve split it into a few days, but take a look at some of the food!

Spicy root beer went so well with our guests’ pots of chili – we held a cook-off (which also helps take some of the burden off feeding everyone) and our new favorite go-to, Mini Pumpkin Pies were perfect for walking around the party with.

You never know how fall weather will behave, but for the party it was warm and gorgeous. Bobbing for apples was refreshing as the sun was setting.

After the sun went down party-goers gathered around the fire for roasting s’mores! Susan and Meta brought the new stacker marshmallows, which are a new staple for making the perfect s’more! Buy them here.

Check back tomorrow for a look at the variety of games and activities we had for our family and friends!

Film and digital image credit: Carolee Beckham Photography

costume parade party

There’s no better way to catch a glimpse of your favorite kiddos in their costumes than by letting them parade around the yard with the Ghostbusters theme blaring. So this week we did just that. The name of this game was to keep it as low-key as possible so we could really enjoy their crazy costumed antics and the company of friends, too.

Halloween Party

Halloween Party Kids

Halloween Party Kids

After they paraded the yard, we handed out awards for their costumes. It was funny to get  input from their parents, moms always know exactly what to say to make their kids beam with pride. For Goldie being awarded “Fashion Cat” put her over the moon.

Costume Parade Awards

How lucky were we to spend the afternoon with superheroes, firefighters, ninjas, cupcakes, dragons, Dorothy, Jasmine, and a couple tough guys?

Costume Parade

Party Details

Since this was a post nap, pre-dinner soiree, we let them indulge in a one or two sweets. We suggest putting the treat table a bit higher up than 3 feet, or one or two sweets will quickly escalate.

Costume Parade Party Food

Orange Soda

And of course, if you’re in the market for a Costume Award, feel free to download ours below.

peach picking 1st birthday

There is something so special about a first birthday, and celebrating it is as much for the baby as it is for the parents. Our resident party genius Jenna, has the sweetest little boy, Jude. His family as long called him “Juder Pop” and combine all of that with peach season and the “Pop’s a Peach” theme was born.

Peach Picking Nicole

Peach Picking Emily

Jenna brought us out to Chappell Farms’ Peach Orchard so we could all pick our own peaches as a family.  If you want stress free decorating, let nature do its thing. Rows and rows of vibrant green trees with pops of orange and grassy floors created the most beautiful setting. Jenna added a few minimal touches like reclaimed wood tables decorated with white hydrangeas and peaches too, of course. The drink bar was perfectly refreshing for a warm Summer evening.

As if that wasn’t sweet enough, we celebrated Jude with a decadent chocolate cake.

Happy birthday, Jude, you really are quite a peach!