Friday, August 26, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Hello and happy Friday. Today we take a moment to celebrate the small things with our host Lexa Cain, and her co-hosts: L.G. Keltner and Tonya Drecker

It's been a busy week here. I'll have both girls home until September 7, when they finally go back to school. This week it's all about birthday, birthday, birthday. My youngest turned 10. We celebrated on Wednesday with a trip to our favorite restaurant, The Melting Pot, and today she is having a spend-the-night party with a few loud, excited friends. (Some of us, particularly the cat, will celebrate the end of these festivities.)

We like to pick a theme and this year it's Under the Sea. Here's a peek at the decor:

It's a little dark, but we've got blue, green, and purple streamers with a school of 10 silver fish made from cardboard and wrapping paper.

It's not a party without balloons! The ribbons are supposed to represent coral (red), seaweed (green), and water (blue). The fish is supposed to be a fish. 

The jellyfish turned out pretty cool. This is just a large, plastic fruit bowl ($1) turned upside down, covered in a toddlers' play skirt (also $1), string, and streamers. Thank you dollar store!

Here's our "touch tank" filled with decorative stones and toy creatures that grow in water. Dollar store again. 

Here we have coloring page fish printed from the internet decorated with markers and more streamers. The "coral" on the bottom are pipe cleaners. 

Do you decorate for parties? Have any awesome themes to share?


  1. Happy Birthday to your daughter! I love the party theme and think the jellyfish is especially clever. I'm sure she and her friends will have a great time!

  2. Happy birthday to your youngest. Your decorations are clever. Well done!


  3. Oh how cute! You were so inventive. I love the touch tank. Good luck surviving birthday weekend.

  4. Oh, I absolutely love your choice of theme!!! Those are my favorite colors and anything sea-related always makes me happy!

  5. Love the birthday theme... Your undersea decorations are fantastic:)

  6. That Jelly fish is awesome! I'm going to share your ideas with a friend of mine that goes nuts with birthday parties for her little ones. My kids are 14 and 9 now, so theme parties haven't been around for some time.

    But, for my 9-year-old son's last birthday party, my daughter and I drew the Happy Birthday banner across several sheets of paper. Each letter was on a full page and we decorated the letters with swirls and circles and other goofy colorful drawings. Then we hole-punched the Happy Birthday banner and hung it up across our living room. I swear it was better than any store-bought banner we ever had. My daughter, who loves drawing, is doing this now for her friends birthday parties.

    Happy Birthday to your little ones!

  7. Those are awesome decorations! They really give the effect of being under the sea. Have a fun time partying!

  8. What a fun theme - love the decorations! And you made me laugh about the cat celebrating the end of the festivities. :D
    Hope everyone had a great time!

  9. How FUN! I love your decor and your theme. I got to go to The Melting Pot for the first time earlier this year for our wedding anniversary. It was awesome! I'm definitely going back.

  10. Awesome decorations! Sounds like all had great time!

  11. I think the jellyfish came out out awesome. Yeh for turning 10! :)


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