Annabelle’s 12th Birthday Pool Party

Annabelle turned 12 and we were not sure we would be able to celebrate with friends. It’s 2020 and we are in a pandemic. We did not plan much because everyone has been at home, sheltering in place since March 13. When her late May birthday rolled around, our state starting opening back up slowly and gathering in small groups was ok again. We had a very small group of girls that had all been home for 3 months so we felt safe. Lunch was served in personal lunch boxes and the only dessert was flamingo float cookies made by my sister. We had a beautiful sunny day and the girls had a blast seeing each other for the first time in months. Cheers to Summer!

PHOTOS BY: Maggie Russo Photo
SWAG BAGS & LUNCH

Swag bags included cute cabana striped towel, yellow polka dot flip flops, sunnies, personalized tumbler and Girl Squad cover up shirt.

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Christmas with Besties

Pancakes, Pajamas, Starbucks, Funny Letter Boards and Christmas Movies…..that’s what Christmas with Besties is made of! They may have outgrown cute little parties with over the top dessert tables, but this is just as fun1

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Girls Back to School Shopping

It’s almost time! Even though we are savoring every last second of summer over here, we are also enjoying a little bit of fun Back to School shopping. Here are a few of Annabelle’s favorite things for the new school year.

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LOL SWEATSHIRT // YELLOW HEAD WRAP // PINK VELVET SCRUNCHIES // PINK STRIPED BOW SCRUNCHIE

BEST YEAR YET DIARY // PINK TEE // YELLOW STRIPE DRESS // BACKBACK // PENCIL CASE

PINK CHECKERED VANS // LUNCHBOX // RIFLE PAPER NOTEBOOK

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Christmas Gift Swap Party

This year Annabelle invited a few school buddies to do a Christmas gift swap. We created a couple of fun gift swap games, including a dice game and a card game. Our color scheme was red, pink and white with a bit of mint green mixed in. We bought a few rounds of small gifts, just to keep the fun games going.  Be sure to scroll down to see the special guest at this party, Annabelle’s brand new puppy, Louie. Fa la la la la, la la la la!

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Dessert was simple, gift shaped cookies and milk.

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We gave sugared spruce and juniper scented soaps in the shape of mini mint Christmas trees, by Madison Avenue Soaps as favors. The girls all loved them and they smelled amazing!

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We served healthy “merry meal” boxed lunches.

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Photos by Maggie Russo Photo, www.maggierussophoto.com

Cookies by Little Miss Sweet Tooth

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Slime Party Ideas and Recipes

Annabelle is TEN! She is really into this whole slime craze right now so no surprise she wanted to have a Slime Party.  She put together 5 easy slime recipes and we hosted a bright and fun Slime Workshop for 10. We used sprinkles and bright colors as our theme. The dessert table was kept super simple with a slime inspired cake made by my talented sister, Little Miss Sweet Tooth and sprinkle donuts. For lunch we served her favorite food, Tacos with chips & salsa.

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 I labeled everything for this party to keep the look bright and fun. Every girl got a recipe card and container for each type of slime made. We had scented oils and neon colors for the girls to personalize their slime. The table was set with large clear bowls and mixing spoons from the dollar store along with activator & water  squeeze bottles and foaming hand soap (needed for all recipes).  The instant snow, beads and floam beads were packaged in mini containers and displayed on translucent cake stands down the center of  the table.

You can purchase the ENTIRE printable set here! 

The bright colored squeeze bottles were a fun find in the target dollar spot. I have regular inexpensive squeeze bottles linked below.

 

RESOURCES:

INSTANT SNOW | THE BEST SOFT CLAY PACKETS | FLOAM BEADS | JELLY CUBES | NEON FOOD COLORING

SLIME CONTAINERS | SCENTS CLEAR GLUE | WHITE GLUE | DRINK CUPS WITH LIDS  | LINKABLE BALLOONS

 ACTIVATOR BOTTLES | BORAX  | UNSCENTED FOAMING HAND SOAP | MINI CONTAINERS & LIDS

SLIME RECIPES

First, make an activator by filling squeeze bottle with warm water and one tsp Borax

BUTTER SLIME: white glue, activator, packet soft clay, foaming hand soap| optional: scents & coloring

JELLY CUBE SLIME: clear glue, activator, cubed magic erasers, foaming hand soap | optional: scents & coloring

CRUNCHY SLIME: clear glue, activator, beads, foaming hand soap | optional: scents & coloring

CLOUD SLIME: white glue, activator, instant snow, foaming hand soap | optional: scents & coloring

FLOAM SLIME: any glue, activator, floam beads, foaming hand soap | optional: scents & coloring

 

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A Holly Jolly Cookie Decorating Party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This is Annabelle’s 5th year celebrating Christmas with these ladies. We chose cookie decorating as our theme long ago and my head went straight to cute and sweet, green, pink and red with scalloped aprons and gingham prints…and as we got closer, Annabelle had a different vision. She thought it would be so fun if they all wore ugly sweaters. So, I ditched all of the cute ideas and went straight up red and green with tinsel and sweater poms to really match the crazy sweaters. It was still adorable, and very festive! The girls listened to Christmas music and sang along while they decorated stacks of cookies to bring home. This party was hosted on a Sunday morning so there was a breakfast cart filled with sweet goodies like donuts and cinnamon rolls with bottles vanilla milk. Each guest went home with a gift, matching Christmas jammies, for Christmas break sleepovers. I hope these girls never stop celebrating together!1

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photos by Maggie Russo Photo

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Pretty Iced Pine Trees

I received these beautiful iced pine trees from from Commercial Palm Trees. Although they would look pretty anywhere inside, I decided to put them on my porch in a wire basket. They are heavy enough that they will not blow away and wintery enough to stay out in January too. I love the heavy cement containers they are in and the flocking of frosty ice on them. Pinecones just at the base give it the perfect touch of winter. You can find the trees here! I have this site bookmarked for spring and summer as well, they have some great tropicals. Great quality items for sure. Check them out!

 

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let it snow! let it snow! let it snow!

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2016 Christmas House Tour

I will decorate my house on Black Friday because I host Thanksgiving. It is so hard to wait though! Thought I would share some snapshots of last years Christmas house. I always switch it up a little each year, although my favorites will stick around. Stay tuned for Christmas 2017 House tour soon. Fa la la la la ……

It starts off pretty neutral in the entry way, because that is my go-to style. I use lots of black, white and cream with natural elements like wood, metal and greens.

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My office has just a couple of touches, and I kept this neutral as well. It is calming while I work. office

As you move into the kitchen and family room, I can’t help but add red. It is so cheerful and just says “Christmas” to me. Every time I think I want to go all neutral, I change my mind as soon as I get to my boxes of red. By the end of December I am quite ready to take it down though.

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and then back to really neutral in the master bed (and bathrooms not pictured).

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I love having fresh greens in everyroom because they smell like Christmas!

And just for sticking around, you can download this print for free! 

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Christmas Decorating for Girls Room Ideas – Annabelle’s 2016 Room

Do your kids decorate their rooms for the holidays? Annabelle loves to decorate all year long, but Christmas is extra special. She has been collecting vintage reindeer, bottle brush trees and cardboard village houses for the past several years. Each year she has a little more to add and sets it up a little different than the last. We were just looking at snapshots of her 2016 room while we plan to add a few more things for 2017. We keep the colors soft with kraft paper, natural greens, white fur and lots of pretty pinks, greens and blues.

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Stay tuned for 2017 Christmas Decorating ideas for little girls!

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