An Up inspired First Birthday

In true Alysalovely style, I am FINALLY sharing my son’s first birthday photos about three months after his first birthday.  Oops, I did it again!  At least it’s a trend and I’m not treating him any better or worse than my daughter, right?  Her first birthday post is here!

For Aiden, we put together an UP themed birthday party!  It is such a great movie, and it was so much fun to dream up all the things we put together for the party.  I am also excited to share it with you now!

In addition to all the actual helium balloons, I came up with a little game for the kids to play.  I cut out a bunch of construction paper balloons and taped them to the wall all over the main floor.  Kids could go around and count all the balloons, and if they got the answer right they won a prize! No one got it right haha they missed a few 😉

In the middle of putting helium in all the balloons.  That was such a fun thing to do.

In honour of Ellie, I painted a copy of the up house at the top of Paradise Falls.  I love how it turned out and it is still up in our living room now.  I also made him a chalkboard style poster with his stats, such as how many teeth he had at the time, and how much he weighed, and words he can say.  I find it really fun for guests to be able to see all that in one spot.

Aiden’s special cupcakes!  I found this edible paper at Michael’s, and I cut them into balloon shapes.  And I put the little paper UP house at the bottom.  I love the way it looked so much

His first cupcake! He loved it 🙂

I made him a little pilot hat for the day, and then totally forgot to put it on him for the entire party haha he was wearing his adorable UP shoes from Lanie’s Closet though <3

I made everyone Ellie Badges that we gave out as a party favour, and I had to have the jar for the Paradise Falls fund!

All the adults got Ellie Badges, and all the kids got a soda bottle shaped thing of bubbles!

All of Aiden’s monthly photos <3

I made Aiden a “My Adventure Book” and then had everyone write their wishes for baby on cards to put in the book.  It’ll be so fun for him to read them later in life <3

Some things are not pictured.  I made balloon shaped cookies, we got soda in glass bottles, and we had hot dogs and hamburgers.

Where we got things:
Shoes/1: Lanie’s Closet
Paper Up House: Disney Family
Ellie Badges: My Own Road Blog

Hope you enjoyed seeing the things we put together for Aiden’s UP themed birthday party! It was such a great day and it turned out being a really fun theme.

xoxo,
Alysa

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First Birthday

I know that it’s been 3 months (yikes) since Autumn turned one, but I figured that late was better than never! 😉

The theme we chose for Autumn’s first birthday party was Super Mario Bros, or “1-Up!”  It was a really fun theme, and we could really stick with it with decor and food.  Plus, I really loved Super Mario Brothers growing up, and it was a great excuse to get out the old Nintendo and play some, too!

Here are some of the pictures from Autumn’s first birthday:

First Birthday - Memory Wall

Since I had been taking monthly pictures of Autumn, I decided to put them all up side by side in a memory wall of her first year!  I really liked the way it turned out, and I love that everyone was able to see how much she grew over her first year.
Then, I made a blackboard inspired infographic on black poster board, which showed a lot of Autumn’s favourite things at one.  Her favourite foods, favourite song, and the words she had said at the time, as well as the skills she had already learned.  It was a nice way of showing people the kinds of things Autumn had been up to lately (at that time).  It was fun to make as well!

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Here’s Autumn with her 1-up banner!  The two mushrooms were also her invitations.  So everyone who came had received one of those as well.

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A special chair for the birthday girl

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Green and pink cupcakes (for Luigi and Princess Peach), with the pink one being the very first cupcake that Autumn ever got to eat.

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And she loved it! I don’t think there were any crumbs at all.  She ate the entire thing.

For food, we had a veggie and fruit platter, red and green M&M’s (for turtle shells), chips and dip, and other various candies (which I am having a hard time remembering because I never actually ate any of it haha).  We also had Pink Princess Peach Lemonade, and regular lemonade, and the lovely pink and green cupcakes.

It was such a great day, and we felt super blessed by those who were able to be there with us to celebrate our little girl <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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My Clueless/90’s Birthday Party

 

Clueless was definitely one of those movies that defined the era.  When I think of the 1990’s, the movie Clueless is one of the things that comes to mind.  It definitely had a huge impact on my 90’s!  From the incredible quotes to the clothes, this movie is everything.  If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?? (But seriously, it’s on Netflix right now. Canadian AND American, so go watch it now!!)  It was pretty obvious that this would be the best co-theme for my 90’s party.  Plus, do we really need an excuse to dress a little like Cher Horowitz? I don’t think so!

Here are some of the ways I made my party like totally Clueless/90’s:

90's Clueless Party

First of all, there are no fancy-schmancy smart phones in the 1990’s.  So everyone had to leave their fancy non-flip phones in the basket and experience the 90’s as they really were.  Beepers were totally allowed though.

 

 

Clueless party

For the food, I had to have food from the movie!  There is a line (pictured above) that basically described the way I ate when I was in high school, so I got some of the best foods from the list.  Cher is so funny, she eats like a chipmunk but thinks she’s a heifer.  So silly!

90's Clueless Party

These were my two themed drinks.  I had to use the ultra mean quote “You’re a virgin who can’t drive” to describe my non-alcoholic beverage.  And when Cher describes Amber as being a “full-on Monet”, that was just too memorable a line to ignore.  And mojitos are amazing 😉

90's Party

I recently had my thrift store dreams come true when I found a copy of Dream Phone in Burlington, Ontario at Value Village.  It was one of the top moments of my entire life.  So of course we had to play the best 90’s teen girl game at the 90’s party!  I think people had fun playing this blast from the past game.

Clueless Party!

I really like giving out little goodie bags or a little something to my guests when they’re leaving (if I can remember to actually do it).  This year it was the little feathery pens, similar to the one that Cher has in the movie.  If any of my friends missed snagging one and still wants it, just let me know! I still have them.

90's Party

For total authenticity, the only music we could listen to had to be from the 90’s, and it had to be on CD.  I had a number of CD’s of bands who started in the 90’s, but the CD was from the 2000’s, and those were NOT played.  I was trying to keep it real. 😉

90's Party

And I definitely had to play the Clueless soundtrack, duh!

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The “dress code” of the party was 90’s attire, and it ended up being pretty plaid.  But here’s me and my best girlfriend, Melanie and I showing off our best 90’s inspired outfits.

Hope you enjoyed my little trip back to the 1990’s.  It was also really fun to come back to 2015 and be able to use Instagram though 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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Things to get SOMEONE ELSE to do on your wedding day

5 things to get someone else to do on your wedding day

Planning a wedding can be hard, and there is a lot to do when you’re the bride or groom!  There are also lots of people around (namely, your family and your wedding party) who are there to do things for you and for your wedding.  It will make your life easier, especially on the day of your wedding, if you delegate the following tasks to someone else so you can focus on your beloved and on having a great day.

1. Dealing with your gifts
Chances are, loved as you are, you will receive a fair amount of wedding gifts.  Get someone else to take care of bringing them out of the church or venue.  It’ll be a weight off of your mind and shoulders to get someone else to take care of this.  We had one of our groomsmen take care of the envelopes for us, and one of our parents took care of the gifts!  It was great we didn’t have to think about it.

2. Figuring out food for your wedding party
If you have lots of pictures to take between the ceremony and the reception.  You, and your wedding party, will probably get hungry.  The last thing you want is to have to scrounge around to find food for everyone.  And you want nice pictures, so you don’t want your wedding party to be starving!  Get someone else to put together a cooler of food and drinks for your day.  That way, you won’t have to worry about it, and no one will starve.

3. Picking up the flowers
This is something that can be done first thing in the morning, when you’re getting your hair and makeup done.. or when you’re eating your breakfast.  Getting someone else to do this means that the job is definitely getting done, and you don’t have to rush through any of the above things to do it yourself.  You can relax and enjoy the morning of your wedding.  It’s a win-win!

4. Decorating the venue
If you’re able to decorate the venue the day before, you can do that.. but if you’re not able to get into it the day before because of another event, get someone else to do this for you!  For the same reason as number 3.  If you also have to decorate the venue, your morning will be so rushed and you won’t be able to enjoy yourself.  This is your day!  Delegate this task to others and let them take care of these things.

5. Cleaning up after
A lot of couples these days will stay right to the end of their reception.. but don’t feel like you need to help clean up.  That is part of the deal when it comes to being in the wedding party.  You go spend time with your new husband/wife!! Cleaning up is the last thing you should be doing that night 😉

What are other wedding tasks that can be delegated to others?

xoxo,
Alysa

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How to plan an amazing bachelorette party

how to plan an amazing bachelorette party

Ah, the bachelorette party. Arguably one of the most fun parts of being in a wedding party.  You know, aside from being in a wedding 😉 But planning these parties is not always easy.  So far, I’ve been able to help 3 separate maid-of-honours plan a bachelorette for their brides.  2 out of 3 were huge successes, one was a complete fail.

Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your friend’s bachelorette party:


1. Do things the bride wants to do
It should be a no-brainer that the bachelorette party should be geared toward the bride, but that isn’t always the case.  It’s important to pick something that the bride would like doing, or a theme that the bride is actually interested in.  An example of when this didn’t work: I helped my friends sister plan her bachelorette party and we did the whole penis decor/bar party.  The catch, though, was that the bride doesn’t like drinking, and doesn’t like dancing, and was totally unimpressed with the penises we decorated her sisters house with.  We put a lot of time and effort into a party that was not at all what the bride would have wanted to do.  If I could do it again, I would plan a sleepover style party with pjs, popcorn and corny movies.. and the bride would have loved it.
Think about things that the bride would want to do, and plan to do those things!  It doesn’t have to be all about penises and bar hopping to be a bachelorette party, either.


2. Give the guests the heads up about what to expect
I’m a planner and I like to give people lots and lots of notice when I’m planning a party.  I think that when it’s something like a bachelorette party, it’s important to let guests know far in advance what they should expect.  Are you planning a lingerie shower?  Are you planning on going out of town?  People might need to book off work in order to attend, they might need to buy something specific that goes with the theme!  Letting everyone know what to expect is a great way to get all the guests in on the theme while


3. Plan some one-on-one time with the bride.
Before my bachelorette party really started, my maid-of-honour took me to get my nails done, and that was one of the most fun parts about the whole thing, really.  It was great to be able to spend some time with just my maid-of-honour before the festivities started, and it gave the party a great starting off point.  Planning something one-on-one with just the bride before the party starts was so much fun, and after all.. she picked you as her best bridesmaid for a reason! She would probably love that extra time together.


4. Don’t let the bride pay for ANYTHING
Again, this should go without saying… but there are some brides who will insist on helping out, or who will feel weird about having everything paid for her the whole night.  But the thing is that it is her night, and so she shouldn’t have to worry about bringing money.  One way to make it better financially on everyone is to get everyone to help out!  Most guests at a bachelorette party expect to be paying for the bride anyway, so splitting up her costs among the guests is a great way to ease the hit on the maid-of-honour’s wallet.

5. Keep a firm budget in mind
This goes with the last one. Start planning with an idea of how much you’d like to spend.  Can you afford a weekend, or a night? Can you stay in a hotel or take a trip?  Keep that budget in mind as you plan so you don’t go overboard.  It also helps if everyone knows that budget in advance so they can save for it if they would like to participate!  If you’re planning on taking your girl to Vegas, for example, not everyone can afford to do that on the drop of a hat.  Giving people advance warning about how much money they need for something will ensure that everyone can go.

What else do you do to plan an amazing bachelorette party?

xoxo,
Alysa

These pictures were from my own bachelorette party (which was super fun), you can see the photographers other photos here

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Breakfast At Tiffany’s Themed Bachelorette Party

Two of my best friends got married at the end of August, and it was my absolute pleasure to be able to play host for at least part of the bachelorette party.  One of the things I will always remember about throwing this type of party is to always gear it towards the bride.  Not everyone is interested in going to a place covered in male genitalia, and it’s always nice to have the option to keep the bachelorette as classy as the bride wants it to be.  That being said, Breakfast At Tiffany’s is one of this brides ultimate favourite movies, so we (the maid of honour and I) thought it might be a really fun theme for the party!

We started the night out at one of the bride’s favourite restaurants for dinner and drinks.  Upon arrival, everyone was given a string of (fake) pearls to go with our theme.

After dinner, we came back to my place for the lingerie shower.  Here is how I decorated:

breakfast at tiffany's tassels

I love the look of these types of tassel garland, so I made up a few of them in the colours from the movie.

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Drink table! I created names for all the drinks and the food that were lines from the movie.

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Between the two of us, the maid of honour and I had both seen recipes for alcoholic gummy bears on pinterest.  I just wish I had been able to sample them.  I’m told they were really good though! I also had regular gummy bears for those of us who couldn’t drink.  There were a variety of recipes online.  The general idea is that you put the bears in a container and cover them with vodka (or whatever alcohol you like), then cover them and put them in the fridge.  The recipes were all different when it came to time, but anywhere from 2 hours to a week.  The longer you have the gummy bears in the container, the more alcohol is able to be absorbed.  We gave ours two days, and (I’m told) they were great!

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The bride specifically asked for jello shots, so these were made as well! Plus, non-alcoholic ones for poor slobs like me who couldn’t drink during the party.

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I also had a photo booth that featured the poster from the movie as inspiration to pose with!

All in all, I think it was a great night! Everyone looked lovely in their little black dresses and pearls, and I hope that the bride felt like a princess <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Lovely Wedding: One Year Later

I cannot believe it’s been a year since my wedding!  It feels like it just flew by, and in all the best ways.
Since I haven’t really shared too many of my wedding pics with you, I thought today would be the perfect day to do so!

A&A Wedding 2012 <3

The groom and all his men waiting for the bride to arrive

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I love this picture of Andrew so much

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It rained pretty much all day long, so lots of umbrellas were used.  This is me arriving at the church 🙂

A&A Wedding 2012 <3

While we waited for it to start, two of my bridesmaids played with the fooseball table they had in our waiting area

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I really like this picture! I’ve used it for a few things on this blog, but had to share it again 🙂 The red background was super fun to take pictures in front of

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The mother of the groom pinning the boutonniere onto the groom 🙂

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My mom doing her thing! We had a pro photographer, but she still needed to take her own pictures 😉

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A hug from my sister <3

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Before the ceremony we wanted to pray together without seeing each other, and the back stairs of our church was the perfect place to do so. We were able to hold hands and pray, but we didn’t ruin the surprise of the first look.

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More pictures tomorrow!

All these pictures were taken by our friend Denley Thiessen!  He did an amazing job and I would recommend him to anyone who ever needs pictures taken.

xoxo,
Alysa

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