Monday, January 13, 2014

Cashing In!

 Man oh man! What a week and what a weekend! We had Claire's birthday party (finally) on Saturday. We didn't want to plan a party close to her actual birthday because most people are busy around Christmas celebrating or traveling. So, we decided a couple weeks after the day would be more feasible. It was a lovely time and Claire and the other kiddos seemed to have a lot of fun. I know the first birthday party seems to be mostly for the parents (and the pictures so you can show your children when they are older all the trouble you went to just for their party), but I still say it was a good time had by all! 


 The theme was bears because we always call her Claire Bear. Easiest theme ever! We were able to use all her stuffed animals around the house. We decorated with streamers, banners, Chinese lanterns, and tissue balls, too. 


Sweater-Kohls (very similar, similar) // Plaid-Gap via thredUp (similar, similar) // Pants-American Eagle // Boots-DSW (similar, similar) // Bracelets-Groopdealz, gift // Necklace-Lia Sophia Mae 

At first I was a little thrown off by planning party food for kids. Nothing too spicy, or a choking hazard, or that can be smeared anywhere. Hmmm. Matt and I settled on crockpot mac and cheese and rosemary pulled pork sandwiches. Still grown up, but kid friendly. The pork was a huge hit! It was so easy to make, too. I totally recommend it! 

Thinking about all of this has made me realize something, too. Claire will not be missing out on anything by having her birthday on Christmas. With all the family events, everyone feels compelled to make it special for her so she gets tons of extra little celebrations! She isn't missing out, she is cashing in! ;)

Hope everyone had a great weekend like we did!
See how else I've worn my plaid shirt here and here.

23 comments:

  1. Aww sounds like fun! That rosemary pulled pork sounds delicious! I'm going to try it sometime.

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  2. sounds like it was a great party, love the color of that sweater.

    xo,
    Cha Cha
    http://www.chachathefashiongenius.com/

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  3. ElleSees.blogspot.comJanuary 13, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    loving the dots and am craving a sweater like that! so happy the party went well.

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  4. In my family we don't really do birthday celebrations with extended family, but one of my aunt's has her birthday on Christmas Eve and we are all always together on that day so it's actually kind of lucky for her :)

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  5. that sounds like a fabulous party!! and i love your outfit. that sweater is so fun!

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  6. Those polka dots are seriously too cute! Sounds like you had a great party - and I like the sound of the menu too! ;)

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  7. that sweater is SO cute!! i want to see pictures of the party!!
    forlaurenandlauren.blogspot.com

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  8. Those boots are killer and I love yoru sweater! Hope you'll join in on my link up, Stylish Tuesday, tomorrow!


    xo, Paige
    lifesapartydli.blogspot.com

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  9. adorable sweater! You are too cute:)
    first time popping by...I think I got here from Get Your Pretty on....Anyway...I have a 4 year old in love with his speech therapist, ha!

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  10. The polka dots and plaid look perfect together! And as a Christmas Eve baby, I can relate to what you're saying about Claire's celebrations! People always assume that I "missed out" somehow but in fact I get lots of little celebrations with friends and family!

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  11. I love polka dots so I definitely love your top, the two patterns together are a genius idea and I adore the necklace. Good to hear to that Claire's birthday celebrations went well.

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  12. Loving the plaid with polka dots! Those boots are cool and add a nice little edge to the outfit. Happy birthday to your Claire Bear! So cute.

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  13. Love this sweater! Grants birthday is July 2nd and I was worried about it being so close to a holiday too, but I'm with you, it just means they always get an opportunity to be with family on their birthdays :)

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  14. First of you look so adorable & colorful. I love the sweater, necklace & boots. Secondly, I am glad the party was a success and I love the theme. Vivian's Birthday is quite close to Christmas also. Those Pork Sandwiches sound delish too. Post a recipe. And post some photos from the Birthday Party. I want to see. Or, you can always E-Mail them special to me. LOL

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  15. You should! It was so easy and really tasty!

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  16. Thanks for stopping by! I work with lots of preschoolers. It's such a fun age! :)

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  17. People make all kinds of 'Poor Claire' comments to me so I am always happy to hear when people like having their birthdays on or near holidays!

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  18. I might have to post a recipe next time we make it, but I did include the link to my pin! I'll have to email you some photos. Most of them are on my husband's camera so I am waiting for him to upload them to my computer! :)

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  19. Almost makes me jealous my birthday is only near Labor Day! ;)

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  20. I am always relieved to hear things like this! Too many people tell me how they feel bad for her. But it isn't like I could really stop things at that point and ask to wait until the next day! ;)

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  21. Love the sweater! And happy bday to sweet Claire! Susan

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