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Holden’s Princess Pancake Party

08.06.15

Pancake Birthday Party for a Picky Toddler @ohbotherblog

As I’ve shared, Holden’s eating habits can be challenging. As such, I would say the kid probably eats pancakes for at least seven of her weekly meals (don’t judge me; sometimes it’s not worth the battle).

So for her third birthday this year, I decided to go with what we know and have a breakfast pancake party… a Princess Pancake Party.

We took over the mezzanine level of our Central Market House downtown. The Market is closed on Sundays, but Mezzogiorno at the Market is open and happens to make bangin’ pancakes.

Princess Pancake Party at Central Market in York @ohbotherblog 

I decorated the mezzanine with Dollar Tree finds, in pink of course. And yes, those are frappuccino bottles doubling as vases. I saved a case of them after seeing a cute Pin for a milk and cookies party theme. No, I never had a milk and cookies party. Yes, this is the first time I’m using them in two years.

Princess Pancake Party for a picky three year old @ohbotherblog

I gave the kids a table of their own and filled it with activities to (hopefully) keep them entertained while waiting for pancakes.

Princess Pancake Party for a Picky Toddler @ohbotherblog

Coloring books, crayons and glitter pens to decorate their individual princess hats (again, all Dollar Tree).

Table activities to keep toddlers busy at a birthday party @ohbotherblog

Breakfast snacks consisted of a breakfast pastry platter, fruit tray, coffee, mini bottles of chocolate milk and orange juice… and mimosa fixings for the grownups (especially for me).

Mimosas for Mom at a kids' birthday pancake party @ohbotherblog

The birthday girl was so excited to see all her family and friends gathered to celebrate her.

Holdy's arrival at her birthday party @ohbotherblog

It was a perfect #whatholdywore opportunity to capture her party ensemble.

#whatholdywore princess dress and sneakers @ohbotherblog

#whatholdywore princess dress and sneakers @ohbotherblog

Holdy and her friends had fun coloring and decorating their hats.

Crafts to entertain kids during a party @ohbotherblog

And the moment we were all waiting for: Birthday Pancakes!

Birthday Pancakes for a picky toddler @ohbotherblog

Birthday Pancakes for a picky toddler @ohbotherblog

Birthday Pancakes for a picky toddler @ohbotherblog

After we all ate pancakes and Holden opened her gifts, the party was over, lasting about an hour and a half in total–my kind of kids’ party!

Oh, and I’ve been trying to find theme-appropriate t-shirts for myself to wear to each party. I found this tee at 5 Below (flower crown is my own!):

Happy Birthday Holdy! @ohbotherblog

 

I’m thinking this may be our last birthday party for a bit. Although this party was relatively easy to pull off, I’d like to focus on fun activities/experiences, rather than a party, for the next few birthdays. Remind me I said this next year!

DIY Party Decorations

19.04.15

GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog

Many of you have asked me, “Meg, how did a moron like you manage to make such cute decorations for GB’s party?” Okay, well you didn’t exactly say it like that, but I know you were thinking it.

If you want the truth, the answer is… glue dots! So here’s how I did it:

Cupcake Picks

DIY cupcake pick decorations @ohbotherblog

I punched my circles–one red and one blue for accent colors, and stuck them together with a magic glue dot.

I then rolled up a glue dot for the back of my little mustache because it wasn’t actually a sticker.

DIY cupcake pick decorations @ohbotherblog

Rolled up a glue dot for the back of the lollipop stick and slapped it onto my paper medallion.

DIY cupcake pick decorations @ohbotherblog

Boom. Done.

DIY cupcake pick decorations @ohbotherblog

(Now you understand why I was able to do this myself).
GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog
Seriously, so easy.

Paper Banner Bunting

DIY paper bunting banner @ohbotherblog

I printed my own scrapbook paper because I couldn’t find patterns I liked in my color scheme, but you could of course use any scrapbook paper you like.

Print out the bunting template and use it as your model. Cut the paper to match the template.

DIY paper bunting banner @ohbotherblog

Pop on some glue dots and attach the pennants to the jute, cut to whatever length you need. Apply as many pennants as you want to each banner.

DIY paper bunting banner @ohbotherblog

 Boom. Done.

GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog

So, like I said, glue dots are clutch. They can make anyone a crafting star.

And that, my friends, is how this moron made decorations for her son’s first birthday party without it being a true Pinterest fail.

GB’s First Birthday Party

22.03.15

We held GB’s First Birthday party yesterday at this adorable little pretzel shop, York City Pretzel Company (of which I happen to be an owner). I shared my lackadaisical approach to birthday planning the other day, but this party turned out pretty damn cute if I do say so myself. And, believe it or not, I actually made most of the decorations–I know: Who am I?

Whaddya think?

GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog GB's red and aqua mustache and bowtie first birthday party @ohbotherblog

Happy Birthday (tomorrow), Buddy! 

the no-party birthday

04.06.14

Party pooper @ohbotherblog

As I stand holding the third invitation we’ve received to a carnival/circus-themed kid’s birthday party this year—this one complete with big-top tent, popcorn machine and balloon-animal-making clown—I feel both relieved and slightly guilty.

Holden’s second birthday is this Saturday. I’ve opted not to throw her a big party this year because I. just. cannot. I think the party I threw for her first birthday was cute and not really too over-the-top and even that was more effort than I care to spend this year. I mean, don’t tell me you’ve forgotten about those damn rainbow cupcakes.

Rainbow Cake Fail @ohbotherblog

So for Holdy’s birthday, we’re taking a trip to the zoo and then we’re inviting grandparents over for a cake that I will (hopefully) make. I like to think I’m not depriving my child or traumatizing her by not throwing the big party.

I enjoyed having a summer birthday growing up and, if the weather was nice, we’d spend the day at the pool and I’d get a thrill if my birthday was announced over the loud speaker. I was usually able to invite a friend to the movies and then we went back to my house for cake and ice cream. It was enough for me.

Part of my inspiration in starting this blog is that I think we as parents/homeowners/cooks/humans are placing too high expectations on ourselves to lead a Pinterest-worthy life. It’s exhausting.

Birthday tradition: clock photo showing birth time @ohbotherblog

So I’m taking myself out of the game on this one. I can’t compete with the photo booths and handmade decorations and popcorn bars. There will be no clowns or paper garlands or custom party favors. There will be zoo animals, and birthday pizza, and a (hopefully) handmade cake and, of course, the birthday clock photo. And it will be enough for me. And for Holden.

Let’s all just cut ourselves some slack.

oh and p.s.—this is the cake I’m attempting tomorrow night: The Best White Cake Recipe. Just because I’m not throwing a Pinterest-worthy party doesn’t mean there won’t be Pinterest fails.

Remember this one?

Pinterest FAIL: Oh Happy Day's mini cakes @ohbotherblog

starry night bridal shower

07.05.14

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

A few weekends ago, we held a bridal shower for my cousin, Katlyn. Kat is an art teacher and is going to have an amazingly Pinterest-perfect wedding so we knew we had to bring our A-Game with the shower.

We decided to go with a theme of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” as a nod to Kat’s artistic side. As you can see, we went blue and yellow crazy.

The shower was held at the bride’s mom’s house, in her sunroom.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

We had these amazing Starry Night cupcakes, from Ladybug Baking Company. Look at that icing work!

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

I love having guests fill out envelopes with their addresses for thank you cards at showers—makes things so much easier on the honoree!

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

We had a fun blue and yellow candy table. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that those are all of my apothecary jars, haha.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Blue and yellow everywhere.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Confession: I hate games. Especially shower games, other than gift BINGO. I like BINGO because it gives guests something to do during the looooong gift-opening sessions.

Confession: I also hate shower favors. Most people leave them behind. It’s usually an unnecessary added expense. 

So to address the favor issue, and the fact that BINGO usually requires a lot of prizes for winners, we instead went with a raffle.

Each bridesmaid created a theme basket—entertaining, spa, pasta, coffee, beach, etc. Every attendee received two raffle tickets at the start of the shower. Whenever someone won BINGO, they received additional tickets.

We put a bag by each prize basket so attendees could put their ticket in to try to win. At the end of the shower, we raffled off the baskets.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Little man had to come because we’re pretty much a package deal these days.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

The beautiful bride (notice the painting in the background, done by one of the bridesmaids at a Painting With a Twist party!)

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

We all even tried to dress to the theme.

Van Gogh Starry Night Bridal Shower Theme @ohbotherblog

Also, I made that crazy blue punch you see in the very first photo up there. Basically I just threw a bunch of blue stuff into a punch bowl, but here’s the recipe:

  • 1 bottle Bacardi Hurricane mix (it’s blue!)
  • 1/4 bottle Blue Curaçao
  • 1.5 gallons Hawaiian Punch Berry Blue Typhoon
    • Note: when I make punch, I usually freeze one bottle of the juice to use as ice (regular water ice cubes will dilute the punch!) You can also make ice cubes out of the juice, which is probably smarter because otherwise you have to use a box cutter to cut open the plastic bottle. Yeah, I should probably just do that next time.
  • Pineapple juice to taste, but not so much that it will affect the blue color
  • Pineapple slices to float

It was damn good. And strong.

Such a fun shower!

my great gatsby shower

03.03.14

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

In a super sweet, overwhelming and completely unnecessary move, my family and friends threw me a “sprinkle” yesterday. I’m using “sprinkle” in quotes because this thing was a full-on baby shower. A Great Gatsby-themed baby shower, of course. While I wish they hadn’t gone to all the trouble, I loved it and was so impressed by the effort my mom and mother-in-law had put into the planning.

From playing the Baz Luhrman movie and soundtrack in the background, to feathers and pearls as decoration to guests choosing between wearing headbands, beads or a mustache, they covered all the details.

I mean:

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

(that mirror was my nanny’s <3)

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

They stole my “Hello, Old Sport” sign from the nursery a few days before and I didn’t even notice! Ha!

And then this happened.
Yes, that’s my mother-in-law and my mom.

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

They had me don a headband and feather to fit in with the guests.

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

The cake and cupcakes were gorgeous:

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

My mom was pretty proud of herself for hand-glittering all those letters.

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

 

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

I am not a good cake cutter.
Check out that orb in the photo.
(and yes, that’s a photo of Holden crying in that wall calendar.)

Great Gatsby baby shower for a baby named Gatsby @ohbotherblog

Holdy even showed up at the end to join in the fun.

So I’m 37 weeks and I’m now stocked with adorable baby boy clothes and diapers. Let’s do this, little man!

a “great” gender (and name) reveal

13.11.13

So along with the nontraditional reveal for the gender reveal party, we went with a nontraditional theme as well… to go with the nontraditional name we’ve chosen for our baby boy. See if you can guess it before I tell you…

My mom’s friend made us this adorable “Hello Old Sport” chalk art sign that we displayed on the dessert table (which will eventually hang in the nursery).

Hello Old Sport Chalkboard Sign for a Gatsby Party and Nursery @ohbotherblog

JUST A VINTAGE SOUL Signs by Sue •Hand•Lettered• •Original•Designs• •Custom•Orders• •Special•Occasions• •Made in the US•of•A• ~sjavitt@gmail.com ~717-495-3423

The cupcakes were painstakingly handcrafted by Jess at Ladybug Baking Company.

Great Gatsby Cupcakes for a Roaring 20's Party @ohbotherblog

Sensing a theme?

An impromptu “photo booth” added to the fun.

Great Gatsby Photo Booth @ohbotherblog

Any guesses? I suppose it’s not entirely a surprise: I hinted at it months ago, even before I was pregnant… but baby #2’s name will be:

Gatsby William - baby boy name @ohbotherblog

Gatsby William. I guess I should start preparing for him to dislike his name, like I will probably have to for his sister!

an illuminating gender reveal party

10.11.13

Because we didn’t find out what we were having with my first pregnancy, I was pretty excited to hop on the gender reveal party train this time around. I’ve been to some super cute gender reveal parties where the big reveal was done with cakes, balloons, even a poem. So I, of course, wanted to do something a little different.

Sparklers played a fun role in our wedding reception, so I thought it might be cool to incorporate sparklers into the gender reveal.

Sparklers during your first wedding dance @ohbotherblog

(Yes, we’re dancing in a pool.)

I found colored sparklers online at weddingdaysparklers.com. They come in red, blue and green. I went ahead and ordered both red and blue to make sure I had them in time for the gender reveal (because I found out on Wednesday; I assumed I couldn’t order the correct color and have them arrive by Saturday without paying a rush).

Colored Sparklers for a Gender Reveal Party @ohbotherblog

I placed the correct-color sparkler into a basket for use during the big reveal. Luckily there’s no exterior indicator of color on the sparkler, so it was able to remain a surprise. Once it was time, we headed out to the back porch, armed with lighters, to see if the sparklers would light pink or blue.

Mr. B was finding out at the same time everyone else was, so we gave him a bit of a head start.

Colored sparklers for a gender reveal party @ohbotherblog

As you can see from the photos and the video, the blue color was faint at best (does this count as a Pinterest Fail?). You really have to wave the sparkler around to see just a hint of blue. I lit a red one as a test and it’s just as difficult to detect. So you got the point, but it wasn’t immediately obvious. If you’re set on a specific color for, say, a wedding, I’d probably skip these brand of colored sparklers.

I’ll share more on the baby’s name and accompanying party theme soon!

(thanks to Katlyn Marie Photography for the fantastic photos of the moment!)

#30pies

28.09.13

Pumpkin Pies made with Ice Cream @ohbotherblog

So by now I’m sure you’ve heard about the woman who is making her boyfriend 300 sandwiches in the hopes of earning an engagement ring (more or less). Well I’m taking that chick’s sandwiches and raising her 30 pies. Pumpkin pies to be exact.

Some dear friends of mine are hosting a Harvest Dinner tomorrow night at their (very cool) barn and I’m bringing dessert. The conversation went a little like this:

“Hey, can you make your pumpkin pie for the barn dinner?”

“Sure, of course.”

“Great. Now can you make 30 mini ones?”

I’m actually being dramatic (shocker!); making 30 mini pies is not a huge deal at all. My pumpkin pie recipe makes two 9″ pies already, so I basically just have to double my recipe. The real problem I foresee is transporting them.

But anyway, my pumpkin pie is pretty damn good because—get this—I make it with ice cream instead of sweetened condensed milk. The recipe I use is adapted from an Allrecipe’s submission called Cindy’s Pumpkin Pie, which I’ve been using for about 10 years.

Pumpkin pie recipe made with ice cream @ohbotherblog

Cindy uses some funky measurements, so I’ve adapted those over time. And, instead of using vanilla ice cream, I use pumpkin ice cream. Boom!

Here’s the recipe:

Meg's Pumpkin Pie
Serves 16
An easy pumpkin pie recipe that uses ice cream instead of sweetened condensed milk.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups pumpkin (or vanilla) ice cream, softened
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 1 15 oz. can of pureed pumpkin
  4. 3/4 cup white sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)
  7. 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie shells
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425℉. Place ice cream near the warm oven to soften.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs. Stir in the pumpkin puree, sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Mix in soft ice cream until smooth. Pour filling into two 9-inch pie shells.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce temperature to 350℉, and bake an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until filling is set.
Adapted from from Cindy's Pumpkin Pie Recipe
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Note: For the mini pies, rather than first baking for 15 minutes at 425℉ and then 30-40 minutes at 350℉, I baked them for about 30 minutes at 350℉.

Oh, and if you want to check out that girl’s sandwiches, here’s her 300 Sandwiches blog.

i cooked. alert the media.

01.09.13

Caribbean Jerk Pork with Avocado Mango Salsa and Red Cabbage Slaw @ohbotherblog

Once a quarter, my cousins and our significant others gather for dinner at one couple’s house. This weekend was my turn.

In celebration/mourning of the end of summer, I went with a Caribbean theme. I was married in Jamaica—have I told you that? I will sometime—so I’m a big fan of jerk-flavored foods and general tropical fare. I’m also a huge fan of anything I can make in the crock pot. So the menu was this:

  • Jerk pulled pork with avocado mango salsa and/or red cabbage slaw (served with King’s Sweet Rolls)
  • Chicken pineapple skewers
  • Esquites (Mexican corn salad)
  • Caribbean sweet potato salad

Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad and Mexican Corn Salad @ohbotherblog

Everything was bangin’, if I do say so myself. If I’ve got a recipe and a crock pot, I’m golden. Bonus: these dishes were all able to be prepped in advance, so I wasn’t running around the kitchen like a nut once my guests arrived!

Here are the recipes:

I, of course, added some of my own hacks to make things easier:

  • I didn’t actually make the salsa for the pork. I purchased store-bought fresh mango salsa and just added my own avocado.
  • My grocery store didn’t sell the “fancy” purple cole slaw, so I purchased store-bought and just mixed in some red cabbage.

 

 

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