All posts tagged: birthday

this is how we fiesta.

Everyone loves a taco party! Dinner al fresco lives on in my God-sister’s backyard to celebrate her birthday! We set the table with legit plates, napkin rings (cause we fancy), and desserts…lots of desserts. For our centerpieces we put together tiny vases of chamomile flowers, faux candles, and mini piñatas filled with more sweet treats. For our taco bar we picked up meat from Mi Tierra in Berkeley, and grilled up some vegetables. We had homemade salsas, guacamole, and aguas frescas, and all the taco fixin’s. And it wouldn’t be a fiesta without some honeycombs and photoprops. Group selfie with giant taco! Happy Birthday, my sister from another mister! How do you backyard bash? Share your party secrets below.

fat head.

When you wake up on your birthday and see a giant you. My fantastically creative Hubby decided THIS is what I needed for my birthday this year, and he was all the correct! He even made the “Happy Birthday” garland! 🙂 So, I know what’s you’re thinking — what do you do with a giant face? You let the people dance with it, of course! Throughout the course of birthmonth, as I celebrated with friends and family, the brave and the silly danced and jumped around for what turned out to be the best birthday gift ever. Turn the volume up! ​Unfortunately, my fat head got left behind at the park, but these memories will live on!!! Thank you all for celebrating my Jesus birthday with me this year!! My birthday wish is that you all take time out of your busy schedules to act a little silly and dance around. xoxo ​

birthday craft party.

OMG let’s do this again! My craft biz turned five this past October so I threw a birthday craft party complete with craft stations, a photobooth, and so. much. cake. I might need to throw craft parties on the regular. There was so much excitement and craftiness to be had. Here’s a look back at the awesomeness. I held the party at Sticky Art Lab in Berkeley. My lovely friend Katy greeted all the guests. We’ve known each other since junior high and I’m sooooo happy she lives nearby again. All the guests got an FtF VIP name tag and indigo dyed tote bag filled with a craft pack, a special birthday edition soy candle by Lighten Up Shoppe, and a felt pennant or garland by yours truly. I set up a confetti crown station. There was confetti everywhere and it was magical. The decorate-your-own-banner station was a big hit, too. At the photobooth people asked “What app are you using?” Answer: camera. We got a fun clicker to use with our iPad so guests …

piñata party.

Did someone say fuñata? Ok, so I’m a little obsessed with piñatas right now but only because I now know you can make them without the mess of paper mâché. My Daddy’s birthday was coming up so I decided to experiment with a new skill and make him a piñata to fill with all kinds of birthday goodies. All you need is some cardboard, crepe paper (streamer form will be easiest to work with), glue stick, packing tape, scissors, black and white paper (for the eyes) and string (optional, for hanging). First, draw and cut out your shape. Then, trace your shape and cut out a second piece. I made a donkey! For a donkey you will need two donkey shapes, rectangular pieces to link the two main parts together, and triangles for the ears. The rectangular shapes will attach the two sides of the donkey together. Cut your cardboard so the corrugation runs crosswise. This will allow the cardboard to curve easily along your piñata shape. Decide where you want your flap (for placing …

birthmonth.

I have the most wonderful friends and family in the world! And they all spoil me. Best of all, they support this whole birthmonth concept I started back in 2008. Last year, since I turned the big 3-0, I obviously had a website. This year, to much dismay, I didn’t go all out and plan a lot of activities. Well, I did, and then I changed my mind. I kind of wanted celebrations to happen organically instead, but let’s face it – April was a busy time in my life (which is great!) and I didn’t want to plan more activities and burn myself out. It’s all about balance, right? But let’s back track just a tad. You might be thinking, what is this birthmonth thing anyway? As I define it — Birthmonth is a celebration of birth all month long, a reason to hang out with friends near and far, and a time to party er’day.   Friends and family just thought it was a fun idea, but for me, it was a necessity. As …

gift local.

Last month was my sister’s birthmonth! Every year I wish I could celebrate with my big sis in person, but since we live hundreds of miles apart, I send birthday care packages instead. This year I put together items from some of my favorite local artisans, plus some handmade goodies. This pouch is by Flowie. It’s pyramid shaped! I’ve never seen a pouch quite like it before. They are made to order — hand-silkscreened on heavy weight cotton canvas with original designs. I love Flowie’s color combinations. I couldn’t resist; I had to get one for myself as well. This hand-bound journal is by my crafty lady friend Anna of Pickypockets Press. I love the woodgrain and the camera image she used. Clean lines and awesome design, plus all of Anna’s journals are made with at least 75% recycled or repurposed materials. Yay for you and yay for Earth! I love making little packages for my loved ones, especially with some local finds. You know, so they can be reminded that so much awesome comes out of the Bay …