In thinking about his birthday, I couldn't help remembering when he was first born. Here's a few pictures from when Caleb was "little". As you can probably tell from the pictures, a more accurate description would be, when he was "new". :)
Is this for real?! I might not think so, except it's me and I know it is! As you can see in the picture, It's 6:20 am and we're getting ready to head to the hospital.
(I was induced so that's why I don't look uncomfortable--yet!)
He arrived safe and sound and was a big 9' 5 oz! Dark hair like his Daddy!
Big brother and sister were so in love with him right from the beginning
I am blessed.
One of my favorite pictures of my newest love. I wish I could squeeze those cheeks!!!
And here he is today (well, not Today today, but you know...recently)
Picking beans with Momma in the garden
Playing in the mud
Wearing his sister's swim goggles...
This one actually was from today. We went apple and raspberry picking--here's the big boy caught munching on the raspberries he picked
Obviously this little guy's birthday comes in the fall and since we love this time of year around here, I decided to do a woodsy themed party for him. I settled specifically on the owl theme after finding this adorable owl package from La Petite Party Shoppe. I thought it was incredibly cute and it is even available in an entire party package option. That makes it so easy to pull off a cute party with minimal work! I love, love, love the owl designs in this package!
The invitation I chose looks like this:
The mom and daughter team that make up La Petite Party Shoppe have awesome customer service and were very helpful by providing printing tips (i.e. which pound paper to print on depending on what it was I was printing, suggesting taking my own card stock to the print shop to save money, etc.).
Their tips were very helpful to me since I'd never done something like this before. The most economical option was to choose what I wanted to print from the party package and put it on a zip drive to take to my local print shop. For the invitations, I actually uploaded them to Walgreens (although now I know Costco is cheaper!) because I wanted them on photo paper. Everything else though I did at Staples.
These great ladies even put together the specific package for me that I wanted to print so that it was easier when I went to the print shop. (I love that I could just hand them the zip drive and say "This is what I would like printed please.") I told you their customer service was great! :)
La Petite Party Shoppe has some super cute party packages available. And, the downloadable invites are only $10! Check these out:
I LOVE this one!!
Also, be sure to swing by their blog to see some packages as well.
Using La Petite Party Shoppe's invites or packages will make your party planning so much easier. Their designs are fresh and lovable and I'm so glad we could use their products for Caleb's party. Here are some of the pictures from our very fun night!
(La Petite also made the Food Cards)
To tie the theme in, I made an owl hair clip (or you can buy them from etsy) for each of the little girls and displayed them on a small branch. I also reused the tin plates and cloth napkins that I used for Carlee's cowgirl party and used newspaper for the tablecloth. The food was kept very simple and we only had snacks: Branches (pretzels), Owl S'mores, Nocturnal Punch, "Acorns", candy corn, and homemade banana cupcakes with homemade frosting. If you want to make Owl Pops, they are cute as well (although I did not have time to do them.)
I also used several candles and a lantern for decorating since it gets dark around 8pm these days! Of course we had a nice bonfire as well for s'more roasting (and to keep us warm since it was chilly!)
These are the cute cupcake toppers that came with the party package. I generally do a special cake, but stuck with cupcakes this time.
The banner in the background was also designed by La Petite
Now these cute little owls came from Memorable Favors. Aren't they adorable?? They come in a kit and you assemble them. Everything on the head was already glued together and the boxes were pre-creased so all I needed to do was fold the box up, glue the belly and head on and oh my! I just realized I forgot to glue their cute little feet on! Oops! Well, they're still pretty cute!! Here's a few more styles Memorable Favors offers:
These retail for $6.99 for 10 favor boxes. I filled them with dark chocolate hershey kisses. (Each child also took home a dark chocolate Hershey's bar with a cute candybar cover from La Petite Party Shoppe around it.) I think these owls are sooo cute and were such an easy and inexpensive party favor. I was also sent a detailed instruction sheet as well as links for easy assembly should I need them. (Which I didn't and that's saying a lot because I'm usually not good at this kind of stuff. If I can do it, you can too!!) Be sure to check out Memorable Favors for more themed favor boxes for weddings, birthdays, baby showers or whatever event you're having.
The birthday boy and Momma
And, in honor of Caleb's birthday, I have a giveaway!
Should you win the giveaway, you can choose from one of these party packages from La Petite Party Shoppe:
LIttle Monkey (boy or girl)
Nautical Party Package
Little Hoot (boy or girl) (this is the one we did!)
Cowboy (boy or girl)
Little Cupcake (boy or girl)
The party package will include (can't you just imagine how cute, but easy your next birthday party will be??):
DIY personalized invitation design
Happy Birthday Banner
Cupcake Toppers/Favor Tags
DIY Thank You Notes
Mini High Chair Banner
DIY T-shirt Transfer design(2)
Regular Hershey Bar Wrapper Design
Return Address Labels
Smash Cake Topper Designs
Door Sign Design
Printable Birthday Hat
To enter the giveaway, be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.
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- Check out La Petite Party Shoppe on etsy and tell me your favorite invitation design
- Blog/tweet/FB about this giveaway before it ends. Please leave the direct URL to your blog post.
Disclosure: I was given product to keep from La Petite Party Shoppe and Memorable Favors in exchange for a candid review. I LOVED both products--there's my candidness. :) Purposeful Homemaking will not be held responsible for prizes not uflfilled by the sponsor. I have represented my sponsor wtih the expectation that they will fulfill thier prize and in a timely manner. The sponsors are shipping their items to you directly. They will not be shipped from Purposeful Homemaking.