nate's 5th birthday

Nate turned five recently and we celebrated with a Totoro party.  Here’s what we threw together:

—Totoro and catbus cupcakes by Candy Clay Cupcakes.  Such beautiful and meticulous work—I was really blown away this time!

—Soot sprite truffles made with ganache and Sweet Estelle’s chocolate sprinkles and royal icing eyes.  Inspired by the ones on Tinned Tomatoes (Thank you to Sweet Estelle for sending these for Nate's party!)

Acorns made with mini Nilla wafers, Hershey's Kisses and chocolate chips

—Green tea-flavored Pocky

—Chocorooms and chocolate horns by Meiji

—Macarons from ‘Lette Macarons

Felt garlands from The Land of Nod

Felt leaves from Woolhearts on Etsy


Happy birthday to our little Nate!

opening gifts for her sixth birthday

For Avery's sixth birthday, we wrapped up her gifts in brown kraft paper and tied each package with ribbon and yarn from each color of the rainbow.  She open her presents in order--red, orange, yellow, green, blue and last, purple.  Her final gift was a Lately Lily doll (definitely her favorite present this year!).  She loved unboxing her gifts in "order" and was so ecstatic that we saved the best one for last!

avery's 6th birthday

Avery turned six recently and asked for a Hello Kitty party.  Thanks to everyone who made it a special day!

Sources: invitation by The Indigo Bunting for Paperless Post, cupcakes from Candy Clay Cupcakes, cookies from Porto’s Bakery, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, felt garlands from The Land of Nod, paper from Paper Source, party hats and paper plates from Meri Meri, Target and Crate and Barrel, red polka-dotted bags from Sweet Estelle, wash tape from Sanrio, cupcake kit from Paper Source, Wilton treat stand and crepe streamers from Amazon, stickers and yarn from Michaels.

gift box

And for the last detail of Avery's birthday gift from my cousin Amy (featured on Monday's post): its monogrammed gift box.  Amy used IKEA reversible wrapping paper and cut out an "A" to adorn her gift box.  Simple and very cute!