I’m excited to share the details of Lauren’s third birthday fiesta with you today. Lauren’s desire for a pinata and our Texas roots and love of Tex-Mex cuisine inspired the party’s theme. I put a girly spin on a traditional fiesta by using a rainbow color scheme which included hot pink, orange, yellow, lime green, turquoise, and purple. It was my first time to style a party with SO much color and I love the way it turned out, really fun and perfect for a three-year-old’s party. (To read more about my planning of this year’s party check out this post.)
As in previous years, we were thrilled to have family from Texas make the trip up to New Jersey to help us celebrate our little sweetie. Bine-Bine and Pa Jim (Andy’s parents) and my sister, Aunt Lizzie, and her boyfriend Ben helped us make the party just perfect!
Without further delay here are the highlights from Lauren’s Third Birthday Fiesta! Ole!
Balloon columns and a rainbow deco-mesh wreath with mini pinata greeted our friends as they arrived at the fiesta.
We decorated the main floor of the house with traditional, colorful Mexican Papel Picado tissue paper banners. (Thank you, Bine-Bine, for buying these in San Antonio and sending them to us early! We got most of the party decor set up early in the week. It really help keep party-day chaos away on Saturday morning. )
As we celebrate three years of Lauren with family and friends this weekend this quote sums up what’s in my heart. Happy Third Birthday, Lauren! I LOVE you!
Please HELP! I want to hear from you. I’m looking for book recommendations for upcoming summer reading, specifically for our trip to Kauai. Even if I don’t know you, and you’ve never commented before, I’d LOVE for you to give me some ideas.
To get you started here’s a little about my reading preferences.
I don’t like anything too serious. (No Kite Runner for example.)
I don’t like anything too scary. (No Stephen King, etc…)
I LOVED The Help.
I LOVED The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. (Probably one of my favorite books, ever.)
I LOVED both the Harry Potter and Twilight series. I haven’t read any of The Hunger Game, and I don’t think I want to.
It’s summer. I’m fine with reading something light and girly (and easy) like say, Something Borrowed or Chasing Harry Winston.
It can be old or new. I really don’t. I guess just something with a good story and good characters. That’s not asking for too much, right?
So I’m open to any and all suggestions. Please send them over, please! And, THANKS in advance!
Also, I’m thinking about using my iPad mini to read on for the first time. Any thoughts on that from folks who use e-readers?
Like many other children, Lauren is in love with Monsters, Inc. Neither of us can wait for the new Monsters University movie to come out next month. We’ve never taken Lauren to the movie theater before and we’re all looking forward to this special family date night.
Last week, our fabulous library lady, Ms. Linda, shared many books and songs about monsters and I thought I’d pass ideas along here. If you have a little monster lover at home these are just the thing to keep them entertained until the movie comes out.
Some monster books you might enjoy:
The Perfect Little Monster by Judy Hindley
This is a sweet story about a baby monster who is just a little different from the other monsters in his family.
One of many other exciting things that happened in our house over the past few months was that Lauren was potty trained! Woo-who! Honestly, the hardest part of the whole process was craving out a chunk of time to be (mostly) at home for three (plus) straight days. The long President’s Day weekend in February was the perfect time.
We (pretty much) used the “Three Day Method.” (We did use Pull-Ups during naptime and at bedtime in the beginning.) To prepare bought about a dozen pairs of Disney princess and Minnie Mouse panties. (*If you can stand being in one (I barely can), check Marshalls or TJ Maxx. I think I got each pack of panties for only $3.00, which is great considering some pair ended up being thrown away.) We also bought a Costco size bag for chocolate candy for post-potty rewards. I was a little concerned about both the Pull-Ups and the candy being an ongoing thing, but after a month we had phased both things out.
I’d say do what works for you child at the time and stick with it. Day 1 was hard. I think we went through about seven pairs of panties and didn’t have much success. Day 2 was better, she “held it” for a long time, but about halfway through the day things clicked and after that it was smooth sailing. By the end of Day 3, Lauren was potty trained!
The Baby Bjorn potty seat is, in my opinion, a MUST for potty training. It is a bit more expensive than some of the other seats on the market, but it’s design is 100% better. Trust me. It’s easy to clean. It doesn’t’ wiggle or slip and seat is comfortable and non-irratating to little tushes. Best of all, the curved and angled splashguard makes sure nothing lands outside of the potty. Again, take my word for it, this can be traumatic for parents and kids, and it’s an issue for girls and boys a like…enough about that though.
I have to admit, one of my biggest motivators to get back to blogging was my desire to share the details of Lauren’s upcoming third birthday party. I can’t believe my baby girl will be THREE in less than a month. The time has flown by and, if I’m being honest, I’m just a little sad. ”Two” still seems like a baby age, but “three” is a big girl. I LOVE her and love planning a special celebration for her each year!
I usually like to choose her party’s theme and start planning in January. However, this year we had a really hard time picking a theme. Lauren isn’t the kind of kid who gets really into just one thing. There are lot of things she loves, but no clear “favorite.” Then, one afternoon as we walked through the produce department of our local grocery store, it hit me. As she had on nearly every previous shopping trip, Lauren asked about the pinatas displayed high above the bins of vegetables. Suddenly, it was perfectly clear. We could combine our Texas roots and LOVE of Tex-Mex cuisine with Lauren’s desire for a pinata and have a “FIESTA” themed party!
Of course, I started a Pinterest board to streamline my ideas. Andy loves the theme because it gives him a great reason to grill up one of his favorites-fajitas!
So today, I just wanted to share a few sneak peaks of what we have in the works for her
party ”FIESTA” next month.
I knew from the get-go that I wanted to put a colorful, girly spin on the “traditional” fiesta. I purchased digital paper and clipart from Lilly Bimble on Etsy. EVERYTHING in this shop is so cute. I highly recommend you check it out.
I also created this fabulous mesh wreath to place on our front door and welcome guest to the FIESTA. (Sorry about the horrible iPhone photo, pregnant Aleah has no time for photo editing.) I love all the bright colors and the adorable mini pinata. Ole!
I’ll share all the details from her party in a few weeks! Be sure to check back soon!