February 13, 2014

A Baby Shower for Baby D

Over the Christmas holidays, my mother, two of my sisters and myself held a baby shower for my dear sister Sophie, who is expecting her first child, Baby D, any time now!
We planned to have the shower between Christmas and New Years as my two other sisters {Janelle and Adèle} live out of town, and we wanted them to be here.
{NOTE: this was the first event I photographed with my new camera! Exciting! I was still getting used to the settings, zoom, and flash so my apologies for the poor quality!}
Sophie chose not to find out the sex of the baby, which is amazing to me {because I HAD to know what I was having for both pregnancies!}. Having said that, we wanted a theme that was gender neutral. We based our decor on some baby shower napkins which were pale yellow and apple green with a hint of grey.
My principle task was to make a diaper cake. I bought some size 1 Pampers Swaddlers diapers as well as onesies, washcloths, socks and spoons that were all color coordinated. I chose to wrap the diapers facing outward since their colors matched the scheme. Here is my finished product: 
Janelle had the idea of making some little colored flowers to tuck between the layers! Pretty!
Other color coordinated decor consisted of tissue paper pom-poms, made by my eldest sister Adèle:
My co-planners also found patterned duct tape in coordinating colors to wrap around water bottles for our guests:
 And they made lovely candies out of washcloths, ribbon and tule! So sweet!
A color-coordinated cupcake display adorned the buffet table!
As we had a few younger guests, my mother purchased little loom bracelet kits and lipgloss tins for each girl!
We put my nieces to work as the greeters! Emma on the left is 10 and Marie-Eve is 7. They were in charge of getting each guest to write their own address on the thank-you card envelopes {as a service to the mom-to-be} as well as fill-out a ballot for door prizes.
Here's the momma-to-be in all her beautiful pregnancy awesomeness!
And here are other pics of the guests, decor and gifts! Here is her awesome highchair from IKEA, which she selected herself! 
An amazing gift basket made my my cousin, Amy. Do you see those tulips made of little socks? So sweet and clever!
With mother and mother-in-law by her side, she tackled the gifts with pleasure!

Now, this gift needs an special introduction.
This collection of stuffed animals is called Kaloo. Every one of my nieces, newphew and my own kids have a Kaloo of their own. This tradition started with the eldest niece, Emma. She received a lovely pink bear Kaloo at her baby shower from a cousin. She grew to love the bear so much! When my sister Adèle announced she was expecting her second child, I, being the god-mother, chose to continue the Kaloo tradition and buy one for my god-child, Marie-Eve. So, Marie-Eve recieved a pink rabbit Kaloo. A few years later, Adèle was expecting her third child {a boy this time, Mathéo} and I was expecting my first, also a boy {Nicholas}. Our sister Janelle and brother Pierre found two identical blue rabbit Kaloos for each child! When Luca was born, he also received a small blue bear Kaloo, and he adores him! The sweetest part is that each child is attached to his or her Kaloo and they all call them Kaloo! So Janelle came through again {cause these Kaloo's are actually difficult to find} and found this mint kitten Kaloo for Baby D! The tradition continues...
Baby D is so loved already! I find it so exciting that my sister didn't want to know the sex and can't wait to meet this little person! My prediction is that it is a GIRL {just for the record}! And no one is more deserving of this precious baby than my sister Sophie, who has been through so much. Hence why this baby is so loved and so awaited!

February 5, 2014

Having a Ball!

Before I can start blogging about 2014 projects, I have a few 2013 topics still waiting to be shared. Let's start with my son Luca's 2nd birthday party which we celebrated on his birthday on December 14th.
Last year's theme was owls. This year, I chose a more personalized theme according to Luca's likes...
Now, for those of you who know Luca, you know he is a sports fanatic, even at the tender age of 2 years old! He loves all sports, lovingly calling them all "b-ball" {hockey, soccer, golf, basketball... they are ALL "b-ball"}. So an obvious theme for his birthday was sports!
I DIY-ed this sports banner that spelled "Bonne Fête Luca! 2 ans"! {Happy Birthday Luca! 2 Years!} I basically used Microsoft Word clip arts to insert the different sports balls, and added large letters over each ball. To make them large enough, I printed one ball and letter per sheet. Nicholas then helped me cut them out. I hung them from white crêpe paper ribbon using a stapler. So this was my living room birthday decor.
In the kitchen, I decorated my buffet area. As we were doing a simple "cake and gifts" evening party with close family, I only had cake and juice to serve, along with some munchies later on.
At the Dollar Tree, I picked up balloons, streamers, a plastic table cloth, and even found a sports themed cupcake stand! I had matching utensils, plates and cups leftover from previous parties. So for a few dollar store purchases, I was quite happy with the focal point!
I made cupcakes topped with vanilla icing to allow the kids to decorate their own cupcake with the sprinkles provided.
The rest of the batter made a small rectangular shaped cake. This time around, I kept the cake basic, but cut out stars and more sports balls as a "topper" to adorn it. Simple yet effective to bring my theme home! 
Matching plates, cups and utensils leftover from previous parties and a pitcher of color-coordinated Kool-Aid rounded up the grouping.
During the party, I ran a slide show of all the pictures I had of Luca since birth from my laptop to my television. It was a really nice touch to recall his birth day and see how much he has changed in just two years! Here he is, watching the slide show and himself as a newborn! Oh course, Mr. Sporty had to wear his hockey jersey! He cried when we wanted to take it off to put him in his pj for bed! And he insisted on wearing it again the next day!
Here is his big brother, Nico, anxiously waiting for everyone to arrive.
After "happy birthday" singing and cake eating {I didn't actually get any pictures of him eating his cupcake! Oops! But my mother-in-law has some for sure, so the memory was definitely captured!}, Luca got to unwrap his presents, which were {of course} wrapped in sports themed paper!
I just had to share this awesome reaction which I actually caught on camera!! Cute!
His gifts were all music and sports related!
From this tiny bundle...

To this beautiful toddler...
What a sweetheart! Happy 2nd birthday Luca! Maman t'aime beaucoup!