A Bearthday Celebration!

front door sign

Me-oh-my! We had quite the bonanza of parties this weekend. My favorite, though, was celebrating our first double-digit birthday for my girls. They’re officially “tweenagers.”

They’re still at that sweet age, though, where they listen to their teachers (and parents) and play with a few toys. In fact…

My girls adore their stuffed animal bears, so we hosted 10 of their friends at our house for a special 10th bearthday party.

On the surface, this seemed like an easy-peasy kind of theme. It was a bit tricker than I had thought, but thanks to a few ideas on Pinterest and my crafty sidekick-twins, we pulled off one of our favorite parties to date. And that’s saying something, because we thought last year’s 9th Neon Birthday would be pretty hard to top.

I took lots of pictures in case you try this out for yourself. (I totally recommend it.) Now let’s get on with the show-and-tell.

{A Warm Welcome} We made a welcome sign out of chalkboard and drew bear prints up the sidewalk for a grand entrance. We went with teal and a burlap-brown as our overall color palate.

front sidewalk

{Bear Signs} We had fun posting bear signs in the yard and around the house. Didn’t the girls do a great job with these?!

bear sign

bears in bucket

{Rustic Decorations} We carried the party colors and rustic theme into the house and used acorns, pine cones and other woodland accents to decorate the table. (I’m totally planning to squirrel some of this away for the fall.)

party set up

table decorations

Most of this came from Hobby Lobby, btw!

{Bear Paw Cupcakes} The original idea on the cupcakes was to use brown M&Ms to help make “paws.” Well, you can’t just buy just brown M&Ms – unless you go to a specialty store. I found Hershey’s chocolate drops, which are a bit bigger than M&Ms, and they actually worked perfectly!

You can also see how I displayed the cupcakes on two slices of wood with a glass candlestick in the center. This really helped with the woodland look on the table.

rustic cupcake stand

{More Fun Food} While we’re on the topic of food, the menu for the party included grilled hot dogs, carrot sticks, fresh berries and assorted candies. Remember those Hershey’s drops? The girls thought it would be funny to call it bear poop. Yes, we did.

berry patch

bear poop

{Backyard Bear Cave} My husband got into the theme, as well. He’s such a good daddy – and was absolutely adorable to watch as he mapped out a bear cave in our backyard.

He pitched a large tent and attached a cardboard box to the front (as the entrance to the cave) and covered it all with a brown tarp. The girls added signs and we had ourselves a super cute bear hangout.

The girls ended up watching the movie Brave (because of the bears) in the tent toward the end of the party. It was a great place to hang while the parents picked up. I’ll give a full rundown of activities here in a sec.

bear cave

{Campfire Fun} One other area we set up was right next to the tent. We created a campfire setting where we could make s’mores and create funny mad libs together. We made sure there was a seat and blanket for each girl so they were comfortable as it got chilly.


{A Beary Happy Time} Each of the girls brought a special stuffed animal, and we played fun games the entire time! We chose not to have an overnight party, so our compromise was to have an extra long party. (It was four hours.)

girls with bears

Look at those sweet girls!! <3

{Entertainment) Here’s how we kept everyone busy and having a blast:

  1. Bearaoke (your basic karaoke – sung with stuffed animals)
  2. Pin the bowtie on the bear
  3. Bear bingo (using Teddy Grahams as bingo chips)
  4. Dinner, cupcakes and opening gifts
  5. Bobbing for apples (because bears love apples)
  6. Busting open a piñata (because bears love anything sweet)
  7. Dress-the-bear relay (each team had to run back and forth to dress/undress a Build-a-Bear)
  8. Nature scavenger hunt
  9. Campfire time with s’mores and mad libs
  10. Watching the movie Brave (while eating piñata candy)
eating dinner

One of their friends used the bottom of the piñata as a hat. She wore it the rest of the night. Cracked me up!!

playing games

This was taken during bear bingo. Most of the night-time pics didn’t turn out because it was too dark.

{Parting Gifts} As each of the girls left, we made sure they took home a little treat bag filled with Teddy Grahams and mini marshmallows!

goody bags

{The End} That’s a wrap for this party post. It really was a great time. Let me know if you try this theme for yourself and what other details you add.

relaxing by the fire

This last picture shows Evan, Leo and I taking a rest by the fire while the girls watched their movie.

Here’s to being happily partied out!!




Hello. It’s me.

Hi, my sweet friends! I know I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately, but I’m still alive and kickin’. Pinkie promise.

I ended up taking some quiet time last month to get centered, focused and fired up about the coming year. It felt so good to soak in the new year like a nice hot bath sprinkled with Epsom salts and lavender oil. Seriously. Now I’m refreshed and ready to rock the blog. Woot! Woot!

I have tons of great ideas and projects I can’t wait to share, so let’s get this party back on track.

Blogged while listening to Adele’s “Send My Love” on repeat.

Instead of sharing my usual wrap of the week, this is going to be a look ahead. It’s because there are so many exciting and meaningful things happening. So shall we?



It’s no accident that was typed in all caps – as if I was screaming with joy. I’m over-the-moon excited about starting a book club. Tonight is the inaugural meeting at my house. It’s actually funny how it all started. My friend Ally suggested (over a few mojitos) that we should start a book club. Then she cleverly nominated me to plan it. The thing is, I’ve been wanting to start a book club for so long. This was just the nudge I needed to get this going.

We selected “Yes, Please” by Amy Poehler to get things off to a fun and easy-read start. I plan to whip up some of my mom’s enchilada casserole, and my friends are bringing the sides. I’m also making my SIL’s delicious sangria. For dessert, I’m attempting crockpot fondue. I’ll share pics and recipes next week, assuming all goes well. Who knows how in-depth we’ll discuss the book. I’m just glad this is happening and that no matter what, I have an evening with good friends and food ahead of me.

{TWO} Happy Bearthday!

This is the tee I ordered for the party. The girls actually call me this! Lol!

This is the tee I ordered for the party. My girls actually call me this! Lol!

If you’ve seen me pinning bears and party ideas on Pinterest, this is why: my twinsies are turning 10 this weekend!

We’re having a bear-themed party because my girls are still obsessed with their bear besties. AND, my dad recently taught them the song about the Teddy Bear Picnic. So all signs pointed to an all-out bearthday.

The theme definitely isn’t as easy as an off-the-shelf Hawaiian luau or Disney character party. (Party stores are busting at the aisles with these kinds of decorations – and not much else.) I had to get crafty with the color scheme and other ideas. Pinterest saved the day (again), and I think the girls and I have pulled together quite the shin dig. I can’t wait to show you pictures. I’ll have a full post on Monday!!

{THREE} The Big Game Kickoff

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Even if you don’t follow sports, it’s hard to miss the game of all games – The Super Bowl. There’s the fattening food, the funny commercials, the national anthem sung by Lady Gaga, the halftime performances with Coldplay and Beyonce, and oh yeah, a football game!

This year the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos. Since I don’t have an allegiance to either team, I’ll be the one wearing an orange shirt with blue pants (that have an elastic waistband for all of the fiesta and buffalo dip I plan to devour). We’ll be heading to a friend’s house for all of the festivities. Where will your watch party take place?

{FOUR} Wear Red for Women

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Today is the first Friday of February, which means it’s National Wear Red Day to help spread awareness about heart health for women.

Can you believe heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!? That completely shocks me. Everyone is encouraged to wear red today as a symbol of their support. So let’s get on this, girls!

And be sure you’re up-to-date on your wellness visits. Know your numbers in terms of cholesterol, body mass index, and blood pressure. A lot of people care about you – and we want you to stay healthy. That’s my PSA for the day 😉

{FIVE} Rev Up for Random Acts of Kindness

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Speaking of national days to honor things, Random Acts of Kindness week is coming up. I absolutely love this kind of thing. Remember the time I spent my entire birthday spreading kindness? When I was searching for some ideas, I came across this national event. The official site is full of inspiring stories and ideas to spread kindness not only from Feb. 14-20, but also throughout the year. I’m planning some fun posts around this “holiday” so be sure to come back for ideas in the coming days.

Have a great weekend and here’s to kicking off a fabulous February together!