5 on 10-10-10

yep, lily turned 5.
wow. FIVE. that’s big, like really big.

but… she still seems so little to me! maybe its because i have gracie to compare her to size-wise (not that gracie is so big, at just barely over 40 lbs!), but lily just still seems like a little one to me. maybe it helps that she has still been napping until very recently (darn, i was hoping that’d last forever!).

last weekend we were visiting for my grandma’s 90th birthday and we decided to throw lily a little family party for lily while we were down there. sean’s family doesn’t get to celebrate birthdays with us that often since we’re 4 hours apart, so we invited everyone over to my mother-in-law’s house for a casual party. a very casual party. if you know me or have read my blog much, i *love* to throw a party! but this is a really hectic season for us, with sean’s travel schedule full and soccer season, too. so lily agreed to have a party at grandma’s! (thanks so much for going along with this, lynda!)

i went really light on the decorations.  lily requested a mermaid party.  i knew i didn’t have a party like this in me again, so i went much more subtle.

i got these adorable cupcake pics and paper cups online, and used blue coarse sanding sugar from my new favorite, sweet baking supply.  i was attempting to make the mermaids look like they were in water with the sand (crushed graham crackers) around them.

i couldn’t pass up the $13 mermaid pinata, although i never did quite understand pinatas.  i get the candy part, but hitting something that looks like something you love just seems weird, no?

and other than swimming and eating, putting on mermaid tattoos was about all i planned.  i love having parties where the guests can just hang out and enjoy each other!

for lily’s actual birthday, we just hung out as a family and celebrated with our favorite friends.

we love you, lu!

and thank you for giving our family a very random yet hilarious saying: “89 hundred… READY SET GO!”

we have no idea what made you think to say that, or how shy little you came running into the room shouting it like a rock star, but it will stick with us forever!


a little side note:

i’m going to be a part of the queen bee market in the san diego area again this year!

the date is set for 1 month  from today!

i’ll have a bigger booth, so more products, and i’ll be hanging out there most of the day this time.

if you are in the area or want to set up a road trip, i’d love to meet you!

if you went last spring, you know you won’t want to miss out.

it was by far the best show i’ve done as far as the caliber of crafters and artists selling – i wanted something from each vendor!

so mark your calendars for november 12th and 13th!

hope to see you there!

oh, and be sure to visit their blog – there’s a little giveaway from the pleated poppy going on right now!


  1. 1

    Oh, Happy (late) Birthday to Lily! I love the mermaid decorations (growing up in the late 80’s, early 90’s, I was a Little Mermaid girl!)
    I’ve always loved your blog and talent!

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    Hi, Lindsey!

    I always enjoy seeing what you come up with for birthday parties! In fact, the teeny-tiny party you did a while ago really started the wheels in my head turning. I borrowed many of your ideas (hope you don’t mind….imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?) and threw a little tiny party of my own for my soon-to-be-seven year old this weekend. Our tiny party was a great big hit! My daughter and her guests loved it–it was so fun to see how much all of them enjoyed the novelty of everything miniature. I owe you many thanks for sharing your great idea and how you pulled it off. You can see the pics of ours and how I added a touch of fall to the tiny theme, here:

    Have a great day!

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    I will be there! We are headed to SoCal for my daughter’s 5th bday, although please don’t let her catch wind of Lily’s darling party because I’ve nixed all party plans due to the fact that we are taking her to Disneyland. That’s fair right? Plus I do not have the energy to plan the gala she has been imagining. I’m so excited for the queen bee market, I’m so over all the utard trends, we beat every cute thing to death here. ;)

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    I have been following your blog for awhile now and I love it! Looks like you had a lovely party for your daughter. 5 is a big deal–my son will be 5 in March and I can’t believe how fast time flies (even though everyone tells you this!).
    I love seeing all your ideas and your product is amazing! Our family moved from Ohio to South Orange County this summer so your blog has helped me see how to live a creative life in Southern CA. I am planning on going to the Queen Bee Market! I already have made plans with a friend to drive down.

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    She is precious!!! I love her hair! and those eyes! wow.
    Happy 5th birthday, Lily!! The party looked like so much fun! I love your ideas and the pictures are beautiful. Thanks for linking back to the other mermaid party too. I really enjoyed looking there too!

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    Happy 5th Birthday to Lily! She is so cute!

  7. 7

    WOW! Birthday on 10-10-10! Fun! And Happy birthday to your “little” girl! Looks like she had fun!

    Just Better Together

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    Happy Birthday to your darling little Lily! What a fun birthday?! 10-10-10. I’m jealous!

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    I am making a road trip up to San Diego to meet up with my cousin (who attends Point Loma conveniently) just to go to the Queen Bee Market! We are huge crafters and most of our together time is built around making something!! Can’t wait! Counting down the days!

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    so cute! i agree about the pinatas…it does seem a little violent to bash something so cute! BUT the kiddies love them!

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    I’m so excited about the Queen Bee! I will be there- not sure which day yet, but I can’t wait!

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    I love love love the mermaid-themed party for your daughter’s 5th Bday celebration. They cupcakes are sooo unique and yummy looking. My daughter is 8 and sometimes I am surprised to discover that b/c I so often feel like she is still so little.

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    Woohoo! You will be in my neck of the woods, count on seeing me there for a visit for sure!

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    What a fun day! Happy birthday Lily!! She is SO cute :)

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