birthday parties

Mar 14

Spring First Birthday Capsules

I’ve been excited to work on a bunch of first birthday capsules  that you can always find on Etsy.  First among them is my own Emmett’s capsule for his upcoming Guess How Much I Love You? first birthday party.  I’m looking forward to sharing more details from the festivities soon!

Emmett's Guess How Much I Love You Party

I also made a woodland animal capsule for my niece Brynn who was born only two weeks after Emmett.  I used photos of her nursery for inspiration.

Brynn's Woodland Wonderland Capsule

An Etsy client asked me to design a capsule inspired by her daughter’s pink and purple colored party with floral accents.

Maeve's Purple and Pink Flower Party

Another Etsy client asked for a Minnie capsule similar to one I had designed before.

Lyla Rose's Minnie Party

Feb 14

Bridget’s Toy Story Third Birthday

I know my posts are far and few between as I enjoy my extended sabbatical from wedding planning.  I spend my days running around after two adorable little people, so this post has been forgotten for too long.

Without further ado, I present our biggest little person event of the year: Bridget Elizabeth’s Third Birthday.

This was my first “Party City” party.  I so so wanted to design my own printables, but really who can beat Disney Pixar when it comes to Toy Story?  Why try to compete with the genius that is Buzz, Woody, and Jessie.   So I let Party City do the hard stuff for me, while I added in a few quick yet cute details.

Did I mention we are a little Toy Story obsessed? In surviving the transition from one child to two, potty training, and preserving my overall sanity I’d like to thank the entire Toy Story family from the bottom of my heart.

I purchased this backdrop on Zulily (if you read my blog, you know I am a Zulily addict) and it was a huge hit with the short people.

Bridget and Cousin Conor testing out the photo back-drop and "Etch" prop

Our very, very amateur "Etch"

Shirt courtesy of the wonderful Etsy

More modeling

Having a "threenager" moment before the party begins

Blue and White "Green Guy" Box-made Cupcakes

The Toy Story "Guy" Play Station

The Toy Story Water Bottle Favors were a huge hit with parents and kids

The Claw is My Master Drink Straw Flags

Tired and Happy Parents

Adorable Baby Brother

Buzz Lightyear

Adorable Birthday Girl

There you have it.  My sweetest little baby – the one that made me a momma – is THREE.  She started her two’s a baby, and now… well, now she is Bridget.  And she is so many wonderful things.  Everyday she walks a little away from me, and my heart is so full of pride and a little bit of sadness.  She can get dressed; she can go to school; she’s a big sister.  I am working on remembering that she is such a little girl even if she has big girl powers.  I suspect this is something I’ll be working on grasping for quite some time.

On the day you were born, the flowers all turned blue.
On the day you were born, the birds sang so sweetly, songs were meant for you.
Comes back to you, back to you, always comes back to you.
On the day you were born, the sky opened wide.
Filled up with colors bright and lovely we felt it inside.
Comes back to you, back to you, always comes back to you.










Oct 12

Our Biggest Little Event of the Year: Take 2!

Miss Bridget herself turned two this weekend and in Better Together style she did not let a pesky little hurricane put a damper on her stylish Curious George party!

Please visit our Etsy store to purchase the complete printable Curious George party, the invitation, the complete party box, and many more a la carte items from this party!

Tutu by FromDiapers2Divas on Etsy; Custom George Shirt by lilshabebe on Etsy

Invitation by BetterTogetherEvents on Etsy


All Printables by BetterTogetherEvents on Etsy

Cake and Cookies by Cakes by Karen

Sweet Bridget: I could never express in words how incredibly proud of you and how amazed I am by you on a daily basis.  Watching you grow is the miracle of my life, and it humbles me in a way I know I will never be able to put to words.

You just turned two and none of us can believe it.  You are such a little girl, but sometimes I still I look back at you in the back seat staring out into the sky, and I can still see your baby face and smell your baby smell.  I just love this age on you though.  Nothing gets by you and your vocabulary has just exploded.  And I know that you are only 2, but I just know you are determined, fearless, funny, and empathetic.

Thank you for sharing your world with me – it is much more interesting than my grown-up view of things.  Thank you for your hugs and kisses and the sweetest words I’ve ever heard my little girl say: I love you.

Happy Birthday, Bridget.  Love always, Mommy

Apr 12

Conor’s Around the World Sixth Birthday!

My nephew turns 6 today and over the weekend we celebrated his Around the World birthday party!  You can purchase the complete party here on Etsy or the printable version here.  Happy Birthday, Conor!

Check out all the fun details below…

Someone could not lay his hands off the petit ecoliers!

Apr 12

Birthday Shower Time Capsules

So when I started my Etsy shop, the party boxes were my main focus.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised in the interest that my birthday time capsules have found.  The idea came to me looking through ideas for Bridget’s First Birthday.  It was a big hit!  Guests wrote sweet notes that I think will be fun for her to look back on.  After the party, I filled the box with momentos from the day: the tutu she wore, an invitation, birthday cards, etc.  It’s definitely something I’m going to do every year to commemorate her birthdays.

Here are a few new capsules I’ve created for some awesome customers!

And coordinating notecards are now available so guests can leave comments in the capsule!

Nov 11

DIY Pinwheels

Here’s a how-to the pinwheels I made for Bridget’s party.  I got my instructions from

What You’ll Need (for the pinwheels)

Several sheets of 12? x 12? double sided scrapbook or decorative paper (a lighter weight paper, not stiff, heavy card stock)
Round-headed pins
12? wooden dowels
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
A push pin
Flower shaped craft punch
A pair of scissors
A ruler

Pinwheel Instructions

1.  Begin by measuring and cutting several 6? inch squares out of your paper.

2.  Find the center of your one of the squares and mark it by poking a hole through it with your pushpin.  (see figure 1)

3. Lay your paper pattern side down, and use your ruler to draw diagonal lines from each corner to make an “X”.    (see figure 1)

4.  Cut along the diagonal lines, from all four corners,  stopping one inch before you meet the hole in the center of your paper.  (see figure 2)

5.  Use your pushpin to make a hole in the right hand corner of each side of the square, just to the left of the line you just cut.  (see figure 3)

6.  Use your punch to cut out a paper flower.    Stick your round-headed pin through the center of the flower.  (see figure 3) Note: I did not have a punch so I cut out tiny hearts.

7.  One by one, bring each of the four pin-holed corners to the center and stick the flower and pin through each of the four holes.  (see figure 4 and 5)

8.  Next, put the pin through the hole in the center of the square and set aside.

9.  Make a pilot hole, using your pushpin,  1/2 inch down from the end of the dowel.

10.   Put a drop of hot glue on the hole, and quickly insert the pin that runs through the pinwheel center into the glue and dowel.   (see figure 6 and 7)  Be careful not to let the pinwheel paper touch the glue on the dowel while it’s drying.  If it sticks, it can’t spin.

11.   Arrange your completed pinwheels in a vase or container like flower stems.

What it Costs
(to make 12 pinwheels)
4 sheets of paper @ $.50 each = $2.00
Package of 12 dowels = $2.00
Box of pins = $2
Total = $6

Nov 11

DIY Party Hats How To

So I was inspired by all of the neat party hats on Etsy when I thought – I could do that – and save some $$$.  Here’s a how-to to make the hats I made for Bridget’s party.

Note: this could also make a really fun craft project with kids.  Just construct the plain hats ahead of time, spread out a bunch of doo-dads and glue and glitter and what-not, and let the kids go to town.  Maybe give out a prize for the craziest hat!  I found the instructions for this project on

Downloadable Hat Template Click here to download.
Heavy Paper (like poster board or cardstock) or Scrapbooking Paper (which I found worked better)
Crepe Paper (or you can also use tissue paper for the big flowers)
String (or wire)
X-acto Knife

1. First you’ll want to pick some paper. I started with cardstock, but found through trial and error that scrapbooking paper was easier to mold together.  Trace the following template onto your paper for however many hats you want, then cut them out.  Use the x-acto knife to cut along the straight line (this is where the tab will fit through when you roll into a cone).
2.  Put the tab into the slot.  I struggled a little bit with this and found I needed to reinforce the inside of the cone with tape/glue.
3. Punch a hole in either side of the hat to put your ribbon through.
4. Push the ribbon through each hole and knot to secure.
Once you have your hat then it’s time for the fun part: Embellishment
Embellishment Instructions
Step 1. Cut a 1″ piece of Crepe or Tissue paper.
Step 2. Cut evenly spaced fringe on each side of the 1″ piece.
Step 3. Ruffle and scrunch with your fingers then unroll the fringe.
Step 4. Take the fringe doubling or tripling it up and then staple or glue it to the edge of your hat. (You can bend the fringe to cover the staple.)
Step 5. To make the fringey ball on top, take a section of fringe and roll it up. Then secure it tightly with string in the middle, leaving long tails of string.
Step 6. Separate each side of the fringe and poof it up until it is a little ball.
Step 7. Put the string through the hole at the top of the hat and secure the tails with a piece of tape on the inside.
Step 8. Et voila! You have a party hat!
Here are some more images of the finished product!

Oct 11

Our Biggest Little Event of the Year: Bridget Elizabeth’s Vintage Sunshine 1st Birthday Party

On October 28th, our beautiful Bridget turned 1; on October 29th, we celebrated with a fabulous (if I don’t say so myself) vintage sunshine party.

I went DIY crazy for this one, and there are more posts to come with details on how to make some of the items you’ll see below.

The theme was vintage sunshine.  What does this mean?  I was inspired by the song I’ve been singing to my sweet girl since the day she came home: You are My Sunshine.  Being a Fall baby, I didn’t want to go crazy with the summer sunshine thing, so I warmed it up a bit with vintage details.  Think lots of lace, pastels, and soft details with a splash of hot pink.

I worked with The Paper Perfectionist  and White Tulip (Etsy)  on the invitations.  Multiple stamps were used to add a vintage flair to the invitations, and I used a whimsical font in addressing them.

Love the Day (Etsy) did the graphic design on the favor tags, party rounds garland, outdoor signs, and the Happy Birthday sign.  Everything else from the poms to the floral arrangements to the party hats and beyond, the one woman creative force at Better Together Events made with love for a certain very inspirational birthday girl.  :)

Hand made Party Hats, Better Together Events

CD Holders and Labels, Better Together Events

Hand-Made Pinwheels that actually spun! Better Together Events

Poms Poms Everywhere! Poms by Better Together Events

Printables by Love The Day

Printables by Love The Day

Printables by Love The Day

Hand made Table Ribbon Garland, Better Together Events

High Chair Ribbon Garland, You are My Sunshine Sign, Better Together Events

Gift Table

Capsule Details, Better Together Events

Personalized First Birthday Ornament, Sunshine Ceramics Etsy

Water Bottle Printables, Love The Day

Rochester’s own Premier Pastry made the gorgeous cakes.  Wegman’s catering took charge of the food platters.

Oct 11

Friday Etsy Finds

Without giving TOO much away regarding Miss Bridget’s 1st Bday Extravaganza, I have been Etsy-ING up a storm and been SO VERY happy with all my purchases.

I’ve learned through my years of wedding and event planning that designing and implementing your vision requires delegating when necessary, and Etsy provides a great place to accomplish this.   If you have a very specific idea in mind – odds are you won’t find exactly what you are looking for – but if you find the artisan that can most likely implement your design, that’s all you need.

I’m still a huge fan of DIY, and right now my dining room table is appropriately covered in ribbon scraps, card stock, tape, hot glue gun pieces, etc.  And a lot of times I get inspired by what people are selling on Etsy.

Check out what I’m digging now…

Personalized First Birthday Ornament, $13, SunshineCeramics

Personalized First Birthday Ornament, $13, SunshineCeramics

Personalized Trick or Treat Bag, $8.95, SewBlessedStitches

Harry Potter Golden Snitch Locket, $16, Leslie Shields

Harry Potter Golden Snitch Locket, $16, Leslie Shields

You Are My Sunshine Personalized Dish, $25, SunshineCeramics

You Are My Sunshine Personalized Dish, $25, SunshineCeramics

I’ll finish this post with a related pet peeve.  A lot of times crafty people are falsely accused of “having too much free time on their hands.”  Are people who jog for fun accused of this?  How about people who bake?  I get my crafts out at the end of a long day.  It’s cathartic for me – I love being surrounded by bits of lace with scissors in one hand, glue pieces stuck to my fingers.  My final products aren’t always so hot, but I’ve had fun doing something creative for someone I love.  So just because you don’t like to craft, lay off the people who do.  Yea we’re a little bit crazy about our hobby – but isn’t that the point??

Jul 11

1st Birthday Spotlight: DIY Pinata

I’ve been more than a little obsessed with first birthdays lately.  My husband thinks I’ve gone utterly bananas.  He just can’t quite understand why I needed to start compulsively planning Bridget’s 1st Birthday party 4 months in advance.  I don’t have the heart to tell him that I’ve already been brainstorming a theme for her 2nd Birthday party.  :)

Anyway, in my internet window shopping, I’ve come across so many fabulous DIY projects to add some flair and pizazze to birthday parties.  This is the first of many 1st Birthday spotlight posts….

I saw this one over at The Sweetest Occasion courtesy of a super talented DIY-er at Lucky Indeed.  Essentially, all you need are a couple cereal boxes, masking tape, tissue paper, and an ample supply of creativity and candy, and you will have yourself a totally amazing pinata!