They say the third time’s a charm and after a successful party for my little-big man’s 3rd birthday, I must say I agree! I’ve gone quite over the top in the past, but with a new tot to tote around I tried to keep things—somewhat—minimal this time. So, to make things simple without losing the shock and awe, I went with a gilded gold and shining silver colour scheme with a touch of bronze and copper. The balloons were a cinch to pick up and, the cake was bought at a local bakery,the cupcakes were made by using a boxed mix and the materials for the good bags were all picked up at the craft store! It was also nice to have my little helper around since Carter loves to be involved!
Edie turns 3 this Easter. Her birthday falling on a holiday lends itself to the theme already being decided. 2 birds. 1 stone. Easter Cuteness It Is, think bunnies, lambs, eggs.
With just a few carefully selected party supplies; Sticking to a trio of colours add Pom Pom’s for texture, a garland for colour and some old school milk bottles filled with mini eggs and a cute glittery treat for favours and the table is set.
I love a simple iced cake with a cute cake topper …how adorable are these lamb and hare candles. Perfect for our Easter centrepiece or how about your Babiekins’ favourite animal for their birthday?
I’m so fortunate to have friends with kids around Carter and Mason’s age. It makes for great entertainment for both the kids and the moms when throwing little parties so we try to have as many get togethers as we can. It also gives me a great excuse to use the plethora of crafting ideas that I come across on Pinterest.
We had a little Valentine’s Day party earlier this week. Once upon a time I would have tried to make all the delicious treats myself, but now with a rambunctious toddler and an infant that is just about on the move, it doesn’t leave me much time to break out my dusty Kitchen Aid mixer. All the sweet treats were store bought. I did however make the chocolate dipped strawberries. Only because it’s super simple to do and I had a little helper who was eager to sprinkle on the Valentine’s jimmies for me. I also made all of the decorations: Pinwheel backdrop, banners, cupcake toppers, milk box favours and party hats. I don’t have to time bake during the day, but I do usually get 1-2 hours to myself an evening, after the boys are tucked away in bed and before it’s time to veg out on the couch with Mr. Smith.
Partykins // Photography: Annelie Klein
With the holidays come an array of parties and celebrations and what woman doesn’t want to be a part of that? But when you have a baby in tow it’s easy to feel left out when the room is filled with clinking glasses and loud celebrating cheers. Carrie Marvin, mother and founder of 9 Months, didn’t let that stop her from enjoying the celebrations. She is the inspiration behind 9Months, a non-alcoholic sparkling blend designed just for the mothers-to-be who want to raise a glass and partake in the toast.
Carrie, you created 9 Months non-alcoholic sparkling bubbly a couple years ago so you and other woman in similar situations wouldn’t feel left out of the party scene. Can you elaborate a bit on how you came up with the idea?
I’ve had an entrepreneurial mind since I was very little. I was (and still am today) coming up with ideas and brainstorms on how to make life a little more enjoyable. When I came up with the 9Months concept, I was at the age where myself and everyone around me was pregnant and I saw an opportunity to provide expecting mommies with a festive and safe beverage for social events! 9Months also celebrates pregnant women – because we certainly deserve it!
I would imagine the tastings would be the best part of the job! How involved are you with the process of making your non-alcoholic sparkling bubbly?
The tastings were absolutely the best part of coming up with my sparkling bubbly. I first tried to find a winery domestically to carry out my idea, but I didn’t find one that I felt understood my vision. That’s when I looked at international options, and was so happy I did because not only did I find a winery in Southern Australia that was excited about the idea, but, the product they made surpassed all my expectations of how I wanted 9Months to taste. The winery sent me samples and we decided on two flavors to start with: a dark sparkling that is made with a blend of red grapes and a Golden Muscatel Grape that makes up our white blend. Both are sweet, delicious and very refreshing!
When you purchase a bottle of 9Months a percentage of the sales goes directly to the March of Dimes, a charity near and dear to your heart. Do you feel this sense of “giving back” is an underlining motto for your company?
Giving back and donating a portion of each sale to March of Dimes is one of the most important parts of my company. I couldn’t be more excited to donate to such an inspiring and important charity. The idea for 9 Months came to me while I was pregnant in 2012 with my first daughter. I was living in NYC, going to events and parties but feeling so left out of the cheers and toasts or specialness of having a celebratory beverage. I knew I had to do something to make other pregnant women feel included. Then, when I lost my daughter at 39 weeks, I knew I wanted to incorporate the “giving back” element to my brand. I was devastated and angry by our loss and was very close to giving up on the 9Months concept, but, instead of giving up, I thought to give back. Providing resources to a cause dedicated to healthy pregnancies is near and dear to my heart.
We can’t imagine what you went through and our thoughts and prayers go out to you and every woman who faces a similar situation. You are now in a position where you balance motherhood and a career with a new blossoming company. Do you ever feel challenged by this lifestyle?
Balancing motherhood and a growing business has been one of the hardest juggling acts I could have imagined, but, I know myself and for me, being busy is how I am happiest. I find I’m my best when I have a full plate! It forces me to focus on the most important things first and then prioritize appropriately to achieve everything. Of course, that all can blow up in my face when my little one needs me, as I drop everything in a heartbeat for her! But, all in all, I love it. I wake up excited to see what the day will bring me.
Now let’s talk about these sparkling wines! Do you prefer red or white?
That’s always such a hard question for me! I really do like them both, BUT, if I must choose a favorite, I do like the white just a tiny bit more. It resembles the taste of champagne, which I missed terribly while pregnant!
What are the distinct flavors of the sparkling bubbly?
The red sparkling has a very natural and crisp taste with a light finish. The white is also very light and refreshing with a beautiful aroma that adds to the flavor. Both are unique and, in my opinion, do not resemble anything you would buy in a grocery store.
What are some great scenarios where you think a bottle of 9 Months would be a perfect drink to offer guests?
Everywhere! The opportunities are really similar to any social or celebratory gathering, ranging from a party to a wedding or a backyard bbq! It’s also an amazing gift for baby showers, gender reveal parties or simply for your co-worker or friend who recently announced their pregnancy!
Tell us about the future of 9 Months. Do you plan to add to your portfolio of non-alcoholic sparkling bubbly any time soon?
The future of 9Months is bubbly and bright! We are looking to include a new flavor by spring so be on the lookout!
Thank you Carrie for joining us today and cheers to a new year!
Ain’t no party like a Christmas party!
Let’s cut to the chase: everyone loves a good Photo Booth… especially when you’ve wrangled your kids out of their typical getup of yogurt-stained sweats and scrubbed/pressed/dressed them to the 9’s for a Holiday party!
Home improvement material hoarders rejoice; your time has come! What you’ll need:
– extra-large roll of paper (aka: masking paper or painter’s paper from your local hardware store – a roll is about the price of that Gingerbread latte you ordered this morning) or a pressed Queen-sized bed sheet.
– clear tape
– props /confetti (sorry, in advance, for the chaos ignited by these bits of sparkle)
– sugar-hyped kids
Roll it out, tape it up, slap on some stars if you’re feeling extra crafty. (really! that’s it!)
In the age of television-sized smart phones you won’t even need a camera or photographer stationed by the booth. Instead, give yourself the opportunity to snack on the finger foods (you painstakingly cut into Christmas shapes) and allow parents to snap away at their leisure.
“Okay. Great. But how do I enjoy all of photos at the end of the event!?”, you ask. Simply ask your child to help you concoct a specific hashtag that guests can use when sharing on social media. You’ll be able to enjoy photos and reflect on how brave you were to give 8 year old boys confetti all year long! PS: Don’t forget to tag Babiekins- we don’t like missing out on the fun!
Lucas León is three! We celebrated my little (not so little) guy with a celebration in our home. Since he has a November birthday planning is a bit tricky (with it being so cold and such). We recently moved and I thought it would be the perfect time to have all our loved ones over and celebrate Lucas’s big day. There was no particular theme – I wanted a clean color pallet with fun, bold patterns. I became inspired after visiting Little Lulubel. I instantly fell in love with mixing up their bow and geometric prints. From there I continued to incorporate fun Fall touches of burnt yellow and oranges with his lion mask (how perfect for my León!), our favorite Hugo Loves Tiki print, and candles. I added my own vintage plates and vase and his birthday table was complete!
It was the perfect birthday weekend and Lucas was so very loved by all his friends and family. I hope you enjoy the photos!
Cups|Plates|Birthday Banner|Straws|Mask|Napkins|Balloons from Little Lulubel
Tissue Tassel Garland from Everly Lane
Ananas Print from Hugo Loves Tiki
Cake baked by Chloe Sackett
With winter right around the corner, we couldn’t help but get inspired by the magic of the season. We turned to whites and silvers for this seasonal celebration fit for a winter queen. By combining a few party accessories with items from around the house, you’ll be able to throw together a winter scene in no time.
Create your very own fringe tassel garland out of tissue paper and add several balloons for a whimsical feel. I decided to forgo the traditional gift bags and set out a candy station that also served as the center piece for the table. Crystal rock candies, white M & M’s and peppermint sticks are the perfect fit for a cool treat! And of course, we can’t forget the vanilla bean cake and chocolate cupcakes smothered in glittery white buttercream icing- reminiscint of freshly fallen snow.
And the most important accessory? Why the queen’s attire, of course! The Daisy Chain Tutu Dress from Tutu Du Monde adds just the right amount of contrast to the hints of white and silver. And if you experience a frosty day, simply add a faux fur vest and wool tights.
This winter themed party is bound to make any little girl feel like a winter queen.