Monday, November 12, 2012

A S'mores Outdoor Birthday Party

 My oldest daughter is now eleven!  We celebrated with a 'S'mores Outdoor Birthday Party.' 
Making very simple cupcakes, I combined a jar of chocolate icing and vanilla icing to achieve the light chocolate color as the backdrop for the pretzels and miniature marshmallows 's'mores.'
I found a stack of outdoor themed paper at one of the craft stores and made cones to hold the popcorn.
She is a little old to make cone paper hats, so this was my alternative!
Big logs from our firewood pile, plus camp stools surround our small copper fire pit.  We gave flashlights as party favors (Big Lots: ten for ten dollars,) knowing the darkness would come quickly.  You have to love an outdoor party, where all the mess is contained!  I put a large French basket on the front porch to hold gifts.  I didn't spend much time on decorations, but did make a few warm spots for parents to sit.  Rob set out several games for the girls to keep them entertained.
Corn hole, bobbing for apples, eating hot dogs, cupcakes, and s'mores, plus opening gifts made the time pass quickly.  Not all the girls knew each other, so having games is a great way to make everyone feel included.

Happy Birthday Ashlyn!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Favorite Photo Friday

  Last year, the Fall Festival in Fort Mill, SC was my most favorite.  Maybe it had something to do with the beautiful blue sky, the corn maze, the horse rides, the pumpkin carving or the warm apple cider.  Maybe it was because people at fall festivals are in good moods and cheer seems to be in the air everywhere.  More than likely it was watching my kids play and trying to record and save every sight of laughter and fun with the beautiful backdrop of golden leaves, bales of hay and fields of corn.

Well, we are now onto our Master bath remodel.  I don't seem to have the energy for it!  Let's hope with my lack of enthusiasm, it doesn't end up purple, yellow, green and bright orange.  I will share the before pictures soon, so that you can see my husband's desperation!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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