October 31, 2016


happy halloween!

yesterday was my best gal's birthday...and on the 24th was my other best gal's birthday. october is a big month for us. throw in some family pictures, a few house projects, and running my two little businesses and i kind of feel like i want to sleep for a week.

i really really do.

so. tired. *blink blink*

but that doesn't matter. i'm here today to do a little recap and share no fewer than 12903 pictures of party day!

we started the week with a visit from my other very best gals - my sister and niece. they flew in for the party and i was beyond excited. free labor. and i was also excited to see reese interact with kaye and sawyer.
the few days leading up to the party consisted a lot of just watching the gals play. i mustered up the motivation to do all the decorating a few days before...and i'm so glad i did. who knew hanging a few lanterns and banners would be so much work. (i did it last year...apparently i forget every. single. year.)

on friday we took three children to costco and it was a madhouse. note to self. never take three kids to costco. not only is there no room in your cart, but it's just insanity. to top it off...it was a ridiculously busy day. never again.

on saturday i woke up and started party preparations. i threw the pork in the crockpot (pulled pork sandwiches) and threw the cupcakes in the oven. i put kelli in charge of the food table because she's just so damn good at it. she makes things tall and layers and fusses and does this's and that's and in the end it looks like we're attending a catered event. i don't know how she does it.

regardless...when all the prep work was complete, this is what i looked like and i was pooped. kelli insisted on a picture.

"it's for the blog!" she said. "your readers will love it!" she assured.

well friends - do you love it? hot mess...at your service.

i managed to pull my act together in the final minutes and the party unicorned on!

the kids ran like wild...unicorns.

one gal came up to me and said in a very dramatic voice, "i'm so dramatic because i'm had SO. MUCH. SUGAR!!!"

and i thought - mission accomplished.

did i mention sawyer insisted on being mostly naked for most of the party?

cakepops - donuts - cupcakes - cookies

stop...cookies. can we talk about these cookies? actually...we can't. i'm planning a whole separate post for them.

we played pin the horn on the unicorn.

we smashed a unicorn piñata. kaye whapped the head right off. then amy's boy, brody, swiped a foot. and kaye's other little friend, adrian, knocked the whole thing down. all farm kids - all farm tough. that poor unicorn didn't have a chance.

there was present opening - which was pretty darn cute. both gals were so excited about each gift...and all the kids were almost as excited. they kept crowding closer and closer until they were all practically on top of one another. who knew it was all so thrilling?

there was happy birthday singing and candle blowing - sawyer nearly burned her nose and lips in her gusto to extinguish the flame.

the day was such a fun success and it took a fifth of the time to clean up as it did to put together.

oh...and the reason i have a hangover? well...i don't. not a real one anyway. i have a party hangover...and i hope i never forget how this feels. because when i get the crazy idea to throw a birthday party for the gals next year...i'm not going to break my elbow and we really are going to go to disneyland.


a huge thank you to amy for manning the camera on so many of these!


  1. I absolutely love the pictures of the two of them at the table with their cakes - they look SO grown up! Happy birthday to both of your best girls! :)

  2. This look sooo fabulous! What a fun party with so many magical details. Your best gals are lucky to have you and your crew.

  3. Love love love everything! You did such a great job! I especially love their little individual cakes! So cute!

  4. Always love recaps of your parties - you're the best party planner! Hope your sweet gals had the best birthdays!

  5. That party looks fantastic - you did great!! Seriously, why do kids parties have to be SO.much.work?! I swear I'm never doing another one (but I'm sure I will have forgotten that by next year.) I totally get the party hangover too. There is nothing better than a clean and quiet house after a party. Nothing! Looks like they had a blast though :)

  6. Aw, it turned out great! Sharing birthday parties is so much fun when you're younger. My cousin was born on my birthday (on my 3rd birthday) and we used to do joint birthday parties all the time when we were little.


  7. I love the unicorn party. So cute. And those cookies. Wow!!!

  8. This party looks absolutely perfect! I love the theme :)

  9. Looks like it was a great party. The whole theme and decor is quite nice.

  10. What an awesome party! I love the theme and all the decor, so so cute!

  11. Stawp itt!! This is the cutest party I've ever seen!!! I'm going to copy it for Gracie's bday next year 'kay!? Seriously though, all the little details are just precious!!

  12. What a cute party my friend - loving the cookies, their outfits, that piñata and those gorgeous unicorn balloons!! Well done - huge success! x

  13. Those piñata pictures are my favorites. Hilarious. So intense, those girls are. All that I need to do is send you the mini life size unicorn.... except you'll probably need two.... because those girls need their own.

  14. This really looks professionally done!!! Amazing!! You have to write a post about how you did it all. Is sawyer the oldest?

  15. This is just the most adorable! I totally feel you..every year I forget how throwing a "simple" party can be so much work. Kaye's expression with the pinata..love! So blessed you are momma but yes...Disneyland next year.


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