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Happy 1st birthday, to my cute little niece, Lily Rose! 

Eva’s 4th Birthday!

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Eva’s 4th birthday. And like many four-year-olds, she requested a pink, princess party! With a little inspiration from Pinterest, a few purchases from Etsy, a little DIY, some recycling from previous parties and a few knights and dragons thrown in for good measure, Eva had a perfectly pink (and gold) princess party. 

With 12 kids running and giggling around our backyard, they played the typical party games — What’s the Time Mr Wolf, Musical Statues, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Dragon Vs Princesses (a variation of the swimming pool classic, Sharks and Minnows), and chasies. 

All of the kids had a blast. They lined up and beat a piñata. They dressed up. They devoured the sweet and sugary snacks and left the healthier star fruit wands. They could have spent the entire 2 hours fully engaged with the bubble machine. 

Eva was so engrossed with her friends that she hardly noticed the food or the presents; more than half were left unopened at the end of the party. Although she did manage to stop and sit to eat her strawberry birthday cake — lovingly made by her grandma! 

So after two parties, two weekends in a row — we’re all exhausted and have consumed a little too much cake! 

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What Eva Wore: Galaxy Dress (Tutu Du Monde), Feather headband (Seed Heritage), Gold Glittery Shoes (Country Road)

Decorations: Pink and Gold Tassel Garland (Etsy — Studio Mucci) Two Headed Dragon (Papo), Gold Number 4 Balloon (Amazon), Giant Powder Pink Balloons (Amazon), Gold Glitter Banner (Similar, Land of Nod), “Happy Birthday Eva” Banner (Etsy - Little Retreat) and Tissue Pom Poms (reused from Eva’s 1st Birthday!), Gold Diamond Piñata (DIY!)

Dress-ups: Plastic Rings (Amazon), Gold glitter crowns (Etsy), Pink Tutus (Always Under Pay), Knight Masks (Amazon)

Food: Crown Cookie Cutter/ Sandwich Cutter (Amazon), Gold Star Party Plates, Gold Star Cupcake Toppers (Meri Meri), Gold Paper Straws (Etsy), Pink Straws, Bamboo Utensils and various tableware (Wheel and Barrow

Halloween 

Spiders, Bats, Ghosts, Mummies, a Bat-Eva and a Cowboy. 

Halloween 

Crafting, Mask Making, Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin, Donuts on a Spring and a bunch of cute kids dressed-up, made for a fun little Halloween party. The kids had a blast and Eva is already looking forward to next year!

Eva’s 3rd Birthday Party

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Three.

Despite the whirlwind couple of weeks we have had, the party must go on! Initially, when I had planned Eva’s birthday party, I had expected that I would have a newborn that was a couple of weeks old, not a three day old baby!

And so Owen arrived the day before her birthday and I would still be in hospital for the big day and miss everything. But with both sets of grandparents in town from out-of-state and overseas, and with Eva having been counting down the days for more than 2 months—“I can’t wait my birthday” she would tell me on a daily basis—I knew I couldn’t postpone anything.

In the end, the day was perfect. Eva woke up to red balloons and a birthday breakfast. I was home with Owen by late afternoon for cake and candles in the evening. And on Saturday, we had her birthday party with all of her friends. There was pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey, party hats, and more cake.

Afterwards we were all exhausted—Eva took a nap for the first time in ages—, but it was the best day. On Sunday, Eva woke to tell me— “I can’t wait for Christmas!”

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* Inspiration and resources

** Thanks to my mother-in-law for making Eva’s lovely cake and Sarah for taking some great shot while I was occupied with Owen.  

Eva’s 3rd Birthday Party Inspiration

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Time is moving far too quickly. It’s hard to believe that soon Eva will be turning three! 

It might seem strange that I’m already planning Eva’s birthday party, which isn’t for another two months, but by the time her birthday rolls around, we’ll have a newborn in the house — my due date is May 11 and Eva’s birthday is the 23rd!

And in some ways it might seem crazy that we’re planning to have a party at all; however, I’m very conscious of making Eva feel special once the baby boy is here. Skipping her birthday is not an option. 

As much as I’d love to go all out with a fun birthday theme like a vintage circus or a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, I’m trying to be realistic about what will be achievable. So we’re going back to basics. As far as Eva knows, birthdays are about an awesome cake with candles, lots of balloons and party hats. 

I’ve already purchased some "Happy" wrapping paper from Kikki K, which along with the geometric pattern, the colours will be the inspiration for decorations. I’ll order party hats from etsy, buy a silver  
"3" and confetti balloons, and my mother-in-law will make a two-tiered banana cake, as requested by Eva. Along with a few classic party games, the party will be short and sweet with the focus on the cutting of the cake! 

Details and photo credits can be found on my Pinterest pin board

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Valentine’s

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Last week I sheepishly messaged a couple of friends of mine who have girls around the same age as Eva. Not wanting to sound weird or too “American” — which I’m often accused of despite being Australian — and invited them over for a Valentine’s themed playdate. 

While Australians tend to celebrate the “big” holidays — Christmas and Easter — it’s not uncommon to hear people complain about other holidays being overly “commercialised” or “Americanised”. Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a date night with complimentary flowers and chocolate but not to the extent as it is in the States. Kids don’t create little mail boxes to be filled with cards and goodies from classmates and only recently have shops started decorating their windows in theme. 

But as a kid what’s not to love about celebrating all the holidays — presents, crafting, fun decorations and an excuse for a little party? So here it is, Eva’s Sunday morning Valentine’s party playdate with Ruby and Avalon.

Not wanting to fill them up on too much sugar, they ate croissants, fresh fruit and milk from mini-glass bottles. And later engaged in obligatory crafting — card creating, crown making and cookie cutting. 

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Mmm… chocolate filled raspberry macrons. 

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DIY Giant Geometric Wall Heart — via Oleander and Palm.

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Mangled heart-shaped cookies.

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And an attempt at getting a shot of all the girls together.

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Halloween Party

It might be the fact that we didn’t celebrate Halloween in Australia until recently or it could be the fact that I spend way too much time on Pinterest, but this year I wanted to celebrate it in a big way — our first annual (?) Halloween party! This time I crazily decided to make most of the food — mini-pumpkin pies, apple pockets and zucchini tots along with a cheese plater and spider-fruit skewers. Needless to say, I spent way too much time in the kitchen and so literally took a shower and got myself and Eva dressed just 10 minutes before everyone arrived!

I had long hoped that Eva was going to be Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween. However, after Eva’s grandmother sewed her a red cape and I hand-stitched an apron, Eva decided the outfit was “too red”. And despite my pleads and attempted bribes, Eva held strong to her convictions. So, 10 minutes before the party started Eva agreed to be a pink butterfly. Seeing as though I may be living out my childhood fantasies vicariously through Eva, I may need to rethink my approach to her future costumes.

Yet, once the first guest arrived Eva began jumping and skipping excitedly around the living room — all of my craziness had paid off in that moment. The kids had fun playing “pin the nose on the pumpkin”, colouring, exploring the “mystery bowls” and making little “mummy lanterns”. And despite our best attempts at getting a group shot, there was always a kid or two missing! 

Photo Credit: most of these shots (i.e. the high quality pictures) were taken by the lovely Sarah

Eva’s Tex-Mex 2nd Birthday Party

Eva is one lucky little girl. Not only did she have a early birthday celebration with a few of her friends, but she got a Texan birthday party with her family.

Johnny grew up in Texas and was surrounded by Spanish and Tex-Mex culture. Every time we go to a Mexican restaurant outside of Texas, he scoffs and pouts. So when we found out we would be in Texas for Eva’s birthday, Johnny wanted her to have a proper Texan birthday party like the ones he had growing up, with fajitas, queso, homemade guacamole, a piñata, the lot. 

And Johnny’s Aunt Linda, Uncle David, his cousin April and her husband Luis were the greatest hosts ever. Their house, outside of Austin, is absolutely gorgeous, and all four of them went above and beyond in setting it up for the party. 

We had sombreros, maracas, margaritas, and even fake moustaches. 

The food was incredible. I think I may have eaten the whole bowl of guacamole by myself. Luis makes his own salsas, all of which were absolutely incredible. Later when I asked Johnny if he wanted to take home any jarred salsa—he is so picky about salsa—, he said he just wanted to take Luis home instead. Johnny had an entire plate of just fajita meat and moaned the entire time while eating it.

Eva was apprehensive about the food, and seemed confused by the colour of the Spanish rice. So we have some training to do there.

A neighbour brought her children over to enjoy the party and to help with the piñata. Eva had more fun carrying the stick around the back garden than beating the piñata. But after it was busted open, she stuffed her party bag full of goodies — the plastic sunglasses and star wands were particular favourites.  

Eva got so many presents that we had to bring home an extra suitcase to accommodate them all. Johnny’s aunt once again bought Eva fabulous clothes, including this one. 

I couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate Eva’s 2nd birthday, and can only hope that get another chance to visit Austin and Johnny’s family again soon! 

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