Sunday, July 20, 2014


Every year we celebrate Solis's birthday with an outdoor party in our backyard.  It's always hot and always fun.  Solis had the best time this year, running around with her cousins and little friends.

I was a weeee bit stressed though.  Throwing a party for 25 adults and 9 kids with a 9 week old will do that to you.  If only our guests had seen the scene an hour before they came.  Rogue had a hard time staying asleep for his afternoon nap so I put him in the Moby Wrap while moving tables and setting up decorations. (And of course it was a 90 degree day so I was sweating bullets.)  Then I nursed him while finishing last minute details.  Nothing like running around the house with a kid attached to your girls :)  It was hectic but it all came together nicely. 

Solis's third birthday colors were hot pink and orange.
Tissue tassel garland Project Paper 
Pink & orange bow SolaBowtique
"Three" applique Olive and Birdie 
Pink & orange tutu Lucky Clover Boutique
(Not shown: mega food table!  We had pulled pork from a local place and my husband grilled hot dogs for the kids.  Our moms graciously made the side dishes.)

I went super simple on the cupcakes this year and Pillsbury did all the work.  I got the mini cake from the grocery store and made the cake topper myself.
Party favors for adults was kettlecorn from a local orchard.
 My hubby made the stickers.
Tissue tassel garland Project Paper
I filled the kid's favor bags with little Dora items from Party City.
Drink canister (pink lemonade) and beverage tub (booze :)) from Target last year.
Flowers from the local florist
I made sugar cookies from cake mix and dyed them pink and orange.  My husband called them heavenly and he's not a dessert guy so that's a win.  And these cookies are pretty much the easiest thing ever to bake.  Just mix, roll, and bake!
 Sugar Crinkle Cookies

1 box white cake mix
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs
food coloring, powdered sugar

1. Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs in a bowl.
2. Add food coloring and mix through with a spoon.  Batter will be sticky.  If you are using 2 colors, divide the batter in half.
3. Form the batter into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.  Place in freezer 15-30 minutes or until firm.  I did this overnight and the dough was still soft enough the next day to form into balls.
4. Roll dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar.
5. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 10 minutes at 350.
The Dora pinata (Party City) was a big hit.  Solis couldn't bust it for the life of her but her 4 year old cousin took off Dora's head in one shot.
I'm sure all the parents loved that their toddlers were getting a bag full of candy :)
I love this picture because my dad was getting chased by 7 little girls.
They were having the best time!
Totally kicking myself for not getting a family picture.  Rogue was only outside for an hour and he was passed around from person to person that we didn't have time to get a picture.  And of course Solis isn't smiling!
Tissue pom poms Sweet Tea Paper
My dress Kohls
Birthday banner Little Peanut Gallery

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