boone's baby shark birthday

You all know by now that our Boone Thomas turned one year old on February 24th. Zach was in Bangkok at the time, so we decided to wait and celebrate Boone’s birthday with family and friends at our house on March 10th. It was such a special day, bittersweet and full of love.
Originally I didn’t want to have much of a theme, but when Bear suggested a Baby Shark theme, the rest was history. Boone loves Baby Shark and I knew we could do decor he would love while also keeping a more classic overall nautical theme. I didn’t go overboard (literally!) this time around like I did Bear’s first, and I’m thankful for that because I was able to just sit back and enjoy it all. So many amazing shops helped make this day possible so I’m going to talk about them each below!

For the cake/gift table, we framed pictures of Boone in nautical frames (found at Hobby Lobby). I made a banner with a picture from each month of his first year and could hardly look at it without crying. What a fast year it was! But such a sweet one.

The “Boone Shark” and “doo doo doo doo doo doo” signs were made my The Petite Party Animal, who was such a pleasure to work with. Molly got only a little info from me and ran with it, exceeding all expectations with her creativity. She not only made the cutest banners, but also a custom shadow box that we will keep in Boone’s room and the most adorable “make your own baby shark” crafting projects for the kids. They ended up playing so hard at the party that we sent them home as favors which worked out perfectly. Molly can make any party vision you have come to life with special, one of a kind details and decor.

The invitations and printables were all done by Paper Heart Company. As soon as I saw this invitation, I fell in love and had to have it for Boone’s party. I could’ve printed them at home but chose to have them printed and mailed to us instead and I’m so glad I did- the paper quality was amazing and I loved the details on the envelopes. All of the printables (water bottle labels, food cards, favor tags) were made by Paper Heart Company to be cohesive and match the invitation. I would 100% recommend this shop to anyone planning a party, as they were so easy to work with and do such amazing work. Paper Heart Company is a woman owned business that offers digital files and printing for all events. They are located in Warwick, NY but can drop ship anywhere in the world. PHC can edit existing designs or create custom along with options for foil, letterpress, thermography. They do day of pieces and envelope addressing - pocket folds, wax seals etc. Basically they’re magicians and made Boone’s party so special!

It’s hard to pick my favorite part of the details but these cookies definitely rank high up there. It was surprisingly hard to find Baby Shark sugar cookies but I found the most adorable ones by April’s Sugaree Cookies on Etsy and our guests loved them just as much as I did. April offers so many unique designs and looks aside, her cookies are DELICIOUS. We had some left over and I finished the last one off last night- 2 weeks later and it was still so soft and fresh.

The “fin-tastic” cups were made by Rubi & Lib, another hit at the party. They were perfect for holding the cookies and a great take-home favor for our guests. I could also envision the cups being ideal for a bachelorette weekend, baby shower, etc. Just so sweet and completely customizable. Also really great quality for the price!

The giant cupcake (or “smash cake”) and other cupcakes were all from Crave Cupcakes, our very favorite local bakery. True story, the very first time I ever came to Houston to visit Zach, he took me to Crave Cupcakes. and it was love at first bite. I was so excited when I found out The Woodlands has a Crave (we used to live off of Post Oak and frequent that location) and my very favorite coffee in the world is a Cupcake Mocha Latte from Crave. Each latte has an entire scoop of cupcake frosting in it…..basically heaven in a cup.
I somehow took this conversation over to coffee, big surprise, but back to the cupcakes. They were so yummy- we got a variety of flavors and everyone was happy.

The acrylic “Boone” shark cake topper was made my Studio Noel, who also made Boone’s monthly milestones that you saw on the blog the past year. My reflection doesn’t show it well in the pictures but the topper was actually a silver acrylic, which was so cute in person. Brittni is unbelievably talented and I still can’t get over how perfect Boone’s cake toppers (she sent an extra!) were. She can make pretty much any laser cut sign you’re needing and will work with you on a design that you love. I wish I’d known about Studio Noel when we got married!

I can’t thank all of these shops enough for making Boone’s birthday such a sweet, special day for our boy.
Even more than the material things, were the people present who made the day memorable. We had family drive in from all over the state, and friends make 2 hour treks to be there for Boone. I can’t put into words how much this meant to our family, even if Boone was sleepy and a little grumpy at the time :). We truly have the best friends and family and we love you all.

If you have any baby shark lovers in your family, I hope this post will provide a little inspiration for their next party! It really was so much fun to plan and we loved celebrating our ONE year old baby shark.
xo, Britt

how to host a kid-friendly super bowl party

Football is kind of a big deal in our house….considering I’m outnumbered by my sweet boys. I do, however, look forward to the Super Bowl each February and am so excited to be hosting our neighbors for the game this year. Since the Pro Bowl was yesterday, we decided to do a little test run on our party supplies and had some of Bear’s friends over to “watch the game”, aka eat snacks and do anything but actually look at the TV. Which was fine, because we were fully prepared thanks to Bed Bath & Beyond. The boys had so much fun, I wanted to share some of what we did in case you’ll be hosting kiddos at your Super Bowl party, too!

The first thing I knew we needed was paper goods. Mama is not about to wash dishes for that many people! I found this 85 piece party supplies kit and knew we needed it, which ended up being perfect. The plates, cups, and napkins are all so cute and will be perfect for the Super Bowl. I also found this 5-piece kit that matched and had to grab it for some easy decor. A banner, danglers, centerpiece, and football balloon all completed the table. I found the tablecloth we taped to the floor in store at our local Bed Bath & Beyond. Our little snackers spent a lot of time on that turf. :)

I needed some new serving dishes and wanted to order pieces I would be able to use time and time again, not just for one evening. I found this 2-tier marble server and cannot say enough good things about it. Not only is it beautiful for display purposes, but it folds up and lays flat so it’s easy to store. Win/win! We are on the hunt for a dining table for this space and I want to put this serving tray in the middle when we finally find it. The tray was perfect for holding all of our paper goods for the party, and can be used for so many things. Kids tend to make a mess with paper plates and napkins, so it worked well to have them sectioned off in a tray. I love the classic white and black detail of the tray and couldn’t believe it was under $30!

Since our neighborhood is a circle with about 20 houses that almost all have children, we always have a crowd coming in to grab drinks from the refrigerator. I knew the adults wouldn’t want the refrigerator being slammed shut 200 times during the big game, but wanted drinks to stay cold if we set them out. We got this big bath party tub and it might’ve been our best party decision ever. This was perfect for the kids (and adults!) and I will use this in our pantry to store extra bottled waters.

No party is complete without favors, so we grabbed these cups and filled them with cookies/candy. The kids loved them and felt special getting to take a treat home. Was also a great way to send home leftover cookies with our guests so we wouldn’t eat them all the next day.

We wanted Boonester to feel like part of the party, so he got his very own silicone football grip dish. His high chair pulls up to the table and he’s always pulling his plate onto the floor, so this is a great way to keep his food on the table (and look cute in the process).

Knowing Bear and his friends, I had a feeling they wouldn’t sit still for the entire football game. It makes it hard for the adults who do want watch the game to be able to do so when kids are running around screaming and going crazy, so we bought a fun board game to entertain the younger crowd. And it worked! I had never heard of 1st and Goal, but turns out it’s a really fun game that the kids loved and played for over an hour.


Overall, fun was had by all and the party was a success. When it comes to making a Super Bowl party kid friendly, the most important things are snacks and entertainment! We found everything we needed for a successful football party at Bed Bath & Beyond, and I was amazed at the great selection they have online. We had everything shipped right to our front door and arrived just a few days after ordering. If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, here are a few things you might need:

Creative Converting™ 85-Piece Tailgate Rush Party Supplies Kit

1st & Goal Football Board Game

Prodyne Big Bath Party Tub

Kitchen Innovations Football Mini Tongs

Artisanal Kitchen Supply® 2-Tier Marble Server

Home Essentials & Beyond Large Oval Enamel Serving Tray with Handles in White/Black

Creative Converting™ 5-Piece Tailgate Rush Party Supplies Kit

Creative Converting™ 85-Piece Tailgate Rush Party Supplies Kit

NFL Football 8-Pack 22 oz. Souvenir Plastic Cups in Brown



Do you have big Super Bowl plans? Are you just in it for the halftime entertainment or do you watch the game? I’d love to hear!
xo, Britt


*This post is sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

polar express party+hot chocolate recipe

Last Friday evening, we hosted a Polar Express Party for the kids in our neighborhood. We live in a gated circle drive that has 20 homes, almost all of which have young kids. This has been so much fun for Bear, as they all play outside together everyday and have become such good friends. Bear passed out party invitations (free template found here) to his new friends one day after school a couple weeks ago and he talked about the party nonstop after that. He was so excited to have his friends over and watch the Polar Express (we’ve never seen it!) which didn’t end up happening because the kids were having so much fun playing, they couldn’t be bothered to slow down and actually look at the TV. Guess that means the party was a success?!

For privacy reasons, I left most pictures of the other kids off of this post but I wish you could see their sweet little faces. We had a total of 12 kids and 6 adults in our house that evening and it was pure madness in the best possible way. I didn’t take a lot of photos or go all out on decor because honestly, this wasn’t intended to be a Pinterest-worthy event. I wanted to sit back and enjoy everything, not be running around with a camera in my face the whole time. I think we all have more fun that way and Bear is already planning next year’s party! I might need a few more weeks recovery time before I’m ready for that. ;)

(The wires don’t normally hang down from our TV- we are waiting on the Geek Squad to come do some maintenance. The kids didn’t care!)

Right when the kids showed up, we had two gingerbread house kits that they got busy making. The girls got into it more than the boys and seemed to really enjoy decorating the houses. After that, many cookies were consumed and much playing was had. My favorite part of the party was the hot chocolate- I could drink my weight in this homemade crockpot recipe we’ve been making the last several years. If you want an easy hot chocolate recipe that will feed 12-15 and is rich enough to cause cavities by the cup-full, here it is:

The Best Crockpot Hot Chocolate
Ingredients:
6 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk (12 oz.)
1 pkg. milk chocolate chips (14 oz.)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
Stir all ingredients in crockpot on low heat. Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. Switch setting to warm and serve with marshmallows!

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We feel really lucky to live in a neighborhood where the kids are all around the same age and enjoy one another’s company (most of the time). Even Boonester couldn’t be bothered to sit still and take a photo, he was having so much fun crawling around after the bigger kids. He will be running around with them before we know it!
Now that we still haven’t seen the Polar Express, Bear and I will be watching it over the weekend. Zach told him we could do something special tonight and he chose to go see The Grinch again…so looks like we will be watching lots of Christmas movies over the next few weeks. I’m not upset about it- bring on all the popcorn, hot chocolate, warm blankets, and snuggles!
xo, Britt