Dr. Seuss 1 Year Old Birthday

Recently, my son turned one and I can’t even tell you how fast that first year went by. If you have kids, I’m sure you can relate. Even if you don’t, it seems time goes by faster as you get older. Anyways, we had a small family birthday party for him. We kept it relatively simple with easy crock pot foods like pulled pork and salads and I wasn’t even going to do much decorating or have a theme. Well, the designer in me ended up having way too much fun with it. Originally, I was going to go with a nautical theme to go with his nursery because he’s a little young to pick his own theme. But, the Monday before his birthday (which fell on a Saturday), I was reading to him Dr. Seuss’s ABC’s and it clicked then and there. He loves when I read him that book and also Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?. He always has a big smile and bobs his head with excitement as I’m reading it while he turns the pages to look at the fun illustrations. That was it! A Dr. Seuss birthday was going to be the theme.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area

I wanted to make it colorful to go with the colors in his two favorite books rather than just doing the traditional red, white and blue.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area

I made most of the decorations including this banner.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area on vintage window wall hook

These tissue fans were one of the few items that I didn’t make and you can find these at Michael’s. These are so cool because they fold back up so you can save them for future parties.

I made the One Fish, Two Fish sign, the Mr. Brown cutout and the pinwheel using a fellow blogger’s tutorial 🙂

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area with candy table

Again, I made most everything here but did not write the poem — Pinterest find! — designed it though.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area with birthday sign and happy birthday to you book

Probably the most fun I had was making the tissue paper pom poms! I went to several stores trying to find these to purchase and finally came home from Michaels with a Martha Stewart Tissue Pom Kit only to find out it’s just a bunch of regular tissue paper that you can buy anywhere. Back to the store those went! I bought a giant package of tissue paper at HomeGoods and used this tutorial to make my own.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area with tissue pom poms

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area

I included the last page of Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? on a sign because I would read this to him when he was first born and this was his favorite part. I think, mostly because the way I would read it to him in a silly, fun kind of way.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area

Here’s the birthday boy in anticipation of his cake!

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Not really sure what to do with it…

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that seems about right! 🙂

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Christmas Home Tour Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my Christmas home tour! If you missed part 1, you can check it out here. For this half of the tour, I will be showing you our second floor living space including our kitchen and dining area. I kept everything a little more neutral here using a lot of champagne accents with just a few touches of red.

As you walk up the stairs, I added garland with lights, ribbon and champagne poinsettias to the banisters.

banister, garland, poinsettias, lights

On the back of our front door (which is at the landing area since our house is a split), I have a simple pinecone wreath that I picked up from Homegoods last year. I like how it matches so nicely with the poinsettias.

pinecone champagne wreath

Enter into our dining area and I added a couple of trees.

christmas decorations, blogger home tour, kitchen, vintage window with hooks

christmas decorations, blogger home tour, kitchen

This is our German twig tree that I got as a Christmas gift when we first were married. I wrapped it in pip berry garland and burlap. Then, added champagne poinsettias from Michaels and champagne ornaments from Dollar Tree.

german twig christmas tree, champagne ornaments and poinsettias, burlap ribbon, pip berry garland

To the right of the tree, we have our vintage wood chest and our leaning bookcase from Crate & Barrel that was a wedding gift from my sister. I kept the color scheme to silver and white with some pops of red and a few greens.

crate & barrel leaning bookcase, white milk glass, wood crate, antique silver, vintage chest trunk, wire crate, sugar pinecones

Our vintage chest you may have seen before for my fall home tour. I kept it simple and added some greens to the wire crate.

vintage chest trunk, wire crate, sugar pinecones

Next, we have our butcher block table with our champagne pencil tree from Hobby Lobby.
hobby lobby champagne christmas tree, target mercury glass mason jar, vintage silver tray with crate & barrel beaded pinecone ornaments, old diy vintage window, hunter boots

I placed boxwood clippings in a vase with champagne ornaments from Dollar Tree. The small silver tray is actually an antique butter dish that I placed a few beaded pinecone ornaments from Crate & Barrel on. The mercury glass vase which is from Target has a sprig of berries in it for a touch of red.

hobby lobby champagne christmas tree, target mercury glass mason jar, and vintage silver tray with crate & barrel beaded pinecone ornaments

Over on a side table, I matched up this chalkboard sign with a vintage-looking seltzer bottle (I say vintage-looking because it’s from Homegoods 🙂 ).

vintage seltzer bottle, christmas decor and chalkboard sign

On our kitchen table, I played with a few different arrangements. First, I had this vintage looking seltzer bottle . I placed it on an antique silver tray with mercury glass ornaments and a sparkly stem from Michaels.

vintage seltzer bottle, christmas tree, mercury glass, antique silver tray

But then, I decided to just keep it simple with this red bowl of mercury glass ornaments I’ve collected over the years from Homegoods, Pottery Barn and an adorable local shop called The Vintage Retriever.

crate & barrel red marin bowl with mercury glass ornaments

In our kitchen, I kept it simple with some greenery on top of the cabinets and a few touches of red.
espresso kitchen cabinets with stainless steel appliances

Hope you enjoyed part 2 of my Christmas home tour!

Christmas Home Tour Part 1

‘Tis the season for sparkling lights, the smell of fresh balsam (or fraser fir depending on your tree), fuzzy blankets and a cup of hot cocoa cuddled up on the couch by the fire, watching Christmas movies. It’s Christmas! That means lots of decorating has been happening in my house! This is my favorite time of year for decorating. It means I can have a whole lot of glitter and sparkling lights and what girl doesn’t love sparkly? 🙂

When I was a kid, I used to take all the Christmas decorations that my mom didn’t use anymore and decorate my entire room with it along with the hallway and staircase leading to it. You see, my bedroom was on the 3rd floor along with my sister’s so when she was away at college, I had free reign to do what I want with it for decor. I remember I had these M&M colored christmas lights from 1993. Ha! They were quite tacky but I loved them. If you do a quick google search for them then you’ll know what I mean.

I’d like to think my Christmas decorating has matured a bit since then so please join me in my home tour! (For Part 1 of the tour, I’m only going to cover our first floor living room space.)

christmas tree, decorations, home, living room

christmas tree, decorations, home, living room

On top of our piano, I placed ornaments and greens into a silver bowl I found at an antique store recently. The vintage white ornaments are from the gift shop at the Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, RI which if you’ve never been to is especially beautiful this time of year decorated for Christmas. They even have carolers!

christmas ornaments, silver, decorations, home decor

I enjoy mixing old with new and real with fake in my decor like I did here with this sparkly champagne tree I got from Target a few years ago.

vintage scale, ladder, christmas tree, pinecones

christmas tree, decorations, home, living room

I recently created a wooden box that I’ve been wanting to make for a few years now. I’ll talk about that in a separate post. I’m going to have so much fun filling it for each season! 🙂

wood box, coffee table, plaid table runner

old window, wreath, christmas decorations, home, living room

I used large bulb lights that I picked up from Lowe’s to wrap around the window. They remind me of when I was a kid. Then, I hung this silver basil wreath on the window and placed greenery and ornaments around it.

old window, wreath, christmas decorations, home, living room

One of the things that is very unique about our house is that it has a lot of shelving because the previous owners had built-in cabinets. We took out the cabinets and opened everything up. It’s great for adding little touches of decor here and there.

For this window shelf, I used a berry branch I bought at Homegoods and mixed in boxwood stems that I bought when we picked out our tree. — Did I mention I love boxwood? We have two of our own bushes out front but they’re not mature enough to be trimmed. — Then, I added these red mercury glass ornaments from Pottery Barn. Best time to get these by the way is after Christmas when they’re on sale!

window shelf, lantern, christmas decorations, home, living room

lantern, pinecones, christmas

I added a few sugar pinecones from Crate & Barrel that I purchased last year (saw them at Michaels this year) and green stems to our catalog/magazine tray.

sugar pinecones, pottery barn magazine

And last but not least (for Part 1 of the tour), I’ll leave you with our Charlie Brown Christmas tree – a must in our household! 🙂

charlie brown christmas tree