Hi! It’s Christina, the modern half of neutral hue! I am posting without Ashley today, since i’m featuring my little Mila’s first birthday party. I am tearfully adjusting to the fact that my little lady is now one, but that aside, I had a great time putting together her party fit for a little lady.
I wanted this little soiree to signify soft vintage femininity with a modern touch. I was so excited to create this party for Mila that I made the invitations by hand, months in advance. I had bouquets of Baby’s Breath strung down a feature wall, made a Baby’s Breath crown for Mila and hung a branch from the ceiling with monthly pictures backed with blush card stock I found at Paper Source. I purchased transparent balloons and stuffed them with peach metallic tissue paper. I found a slew of white vintage handkerchiefs from a local vintage store and layered them across the table as a table runner. Honestly, I originally bought them thinking they would make an interesting swag attaching them by the ends, but designs always change while you’re actually styling.
The gift bags were filled with Wildflower Seed Paper I found on Etsy. The paper was shaped like daisies. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the find and it fit in perfectly — and as you can see here , I just adore flowers.
I made a 3-layer carrot cake from scratch with cream cheese icing (just like my mother made me for my first birthday). Speaking of which, Mila wore the actual dress I wore on my first birthday. It was a perfect fit, and an amazing heirloom and feeling to know I wore the very same dress. Life is just about that, making memories to share from generation to generation. And this party one amazing memory with friends celebrating Mila’s first year.
Images by Amber Fouts
If you are in the Los Angeles area, don’t forget to stop by Gap at The Grove tomorrow between 11 AM and 2 PM to join us for a styling and craft event.
Have you heard? Babiekins Magazine is teaming up with Gap Kids to bring you a spring craft and style event on February 27th from 11 AM – 2 PM. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, join us at Gap Kids at The Grove to create DIY accessories for your little ones and check out our favorite Gap styles for the upcoming season. There will also be a raffle to win a free subscription of Babiekins Magazine and a chance to enter your little one for a feature in an upcoming issue. We hope to see you there!
This Halloween has come by so fast that many of us weren’t even prepared for it. That’s ok! We have compiled a couple fun and cute ideas for those of you who are running out of time. These costumes can be made from items found in your Babiekins closets, at the thrift store or vintage items you already have laying around. Here are a couple fun and easy costumes to recreate and be sure to come back tomorrow to see some more Halloween costumes that can easily be made from what you have laying around your house!
Photo Credits: Photography Stephanie Mattew | Styling Heather Rome | Hair Sue Anne Tiger | Creative Direction Priscila Barros
I don’t know if you have heard of Donna Hay, but in Australia she is our answer to Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver, BUT she is a much better food stylist (no offence Nigella and Jamie).. AND if you do know her, then i am sorry, some people still think we keep kangaroo’s in our backyards, so i never know what you do or don’t know about Australia.
Today, i just wanted to share some of her styling idea’s (well they may not be exclusively her’s) that you could try at home. thes first one involving ice-cream…..
take a stand
The common household egg carton demonstrates how useful it can be once again.
This time, the inverted 6-egg carton makes a perfect ice-cream cone stand.
All you need to do is cut a small hole in the base of each hollow to slot the cone into.
Add squares of beautiful paper to suit your theme, place on a ceramic tray
and you have a mini gelateria served right to your table.
brioche ice-cream doughnuts – so easy even i can manage it…
Dessert is made extra-simple and super-quick with these ice-cream filled brioches.
Cut circles out of the tops of each brioche and remove some of the middle.
Fill the hole with a scoop of your favourite ice-cream and serve immediately.
They are an ideal dessert to serve at a cocktail or drinks party.
If you can’t find brioche, use plain sweet buns.
Ice-cream sandwiches are easy to make and even easier for your guests to eat.
Simply place an ice-cream slice between two of your favourite biscuits.
This is a quick easy dessert for kids.
Hope you and your little ones, enjoy these cool ideas from Donna Hay.
Lots of love, Jacinda – Hide & Sleep
after last week’s upset, hadley had her birthday party on saturday.
she wore her princess dress from last year.
the girls played hot potato + freeze dance
[but asked about the piñata the whole time!]
the piñata was beautiful yet deceptively strong!
each girl pulled a cord – but instead of candy + treasures pouring out – the whole thing fell from the ceiling!
it took a few parents to wrench it open.
we had a big crowd so i made two cakes.
the pinkest strawberry layer + chocolate almond raspberry + served both with neopolitan icecream.
it was a sweet day.
saturday morning – the day of her birthday party – hadley woke with a nasty cough + fever of 103°.
she would not leave my side + i held her all day. it was no surprise that by the end of the day – i had a fever, too!
we spent the weekend watching scooby doo + nibbling on party snacks.
so the piñata remains intact for another week!
the silver lining is that we are more than ready for next week’s party …
i made eighteen wool felt wands for party favours. hadley has already claimed hers + her kindergarten teacher has requested some for the class!
it is a birthday tradition that i make hadley a piñata for her party.
we are expecting eighteen[!] kids this saturday – so this year’s piñata will be a big one.
the piñata is also used in our thank you cards! year five [pink]. a photo of the post-party glittery mess made pretty cards [above].
year four [purple + butterflies]. a photo collage of our friends wearing the piñata as a hat made fun thank you cards [below].
this year’s piñata theme: neon pink + silver metallic.
only five days to go before the big day + i have alot of work to do! [unfortunately, last-minute pinata decorating is also a birthday tradition!]
have a great week + i will be back next monday with photos to share!