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4.28.2015

Construction-Themed 3rd Birthday Party



I can't believe my littlest is 3!  We celebrated the big t-h-r-e-e with a construction-themed birthday party for the little dude.  Thanks to good ol' Pinterest, there was no shortage of inspiration to plan the décor and DIY projects for the party.  Click here to view my party planning inspiration board on Pinterest, and click here to follow @fabeverydayblog on Pinterest for ongoing inspiration.

The party color scheme was primarily black and yellow, with some orange and brown accents. 

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Food and Drink
 
Cake inspired by Pinterest.  Layered chocolate round cake with crushed Oreo cookie "dirt" and these CAT Mini Machines purchased from Amazon.
 
For the candles, we used these construction cone candles, also from Amazon.
 
Beverages included water bottles (with labels removed, and wrapped with construction stripe tape) and Sunny D in an orange Igloo cooler (or "Crew Punch").  Cups from Party City.
 
 
 
Build-a-Burger bar with mini ground chicken and cheese sliders. 
 
Condiments were stored in these empty paint cans from Home Depot, with mini paint brushes (also from Home Depot) to spread.
 
Snacks and other foods were stored in toy dump truck buckets and plastic hard hats (link below in the favors section).
 
We had a few yellow and orange-colored snacks to go along with the décor color scheme.  Super healthy, I know!
 
Paint cans were also great to hold dips, like this spinach dip and salsa.
 
Some sweet treats included wafer cookies (lumber), and Rice Krispie treat pops dipped in yellow candy melts (wet paint).  These were hits with both kids and adults!
 
Cutlery were wrapped in yellow napkins (all from Party City) and tied with a "Dig In!" label. They were displayed in one of the boys' toy plastic tool boxes.
 
Yellow square plates from Party City, and extra cutlery stored in empty paint cans wrapped with construction tape trim.
 
Décor
 
Extension cord and plastic tool wreath.
 
Ahem... I may have purchased a real barricade for décor... I got it from Amazon here. Hopefully I can sell it on a local BST so another family can enjoy it for their construction party!
 
 
 
I may have also purchased a wheelbarrow from Home Depot.  But this one we can actually use again!
 
 
   
We made some of the signs, but I also got this 4-pack of construction party signs from Amazon.  We also used caution tape in varying ways.
 
Favors
 
One of the favors was this yellow and brown candy buffet displayed in these yellow plastic storage bins, and using these toy shovels as scoops. 
 
The yellow candy came from Party City, the Whoppers and chocolate covered raisins were from a grocery store, and the Reese's Pieces were purchased in bulk from Amazon.
 
We had other fun favors for the kids that included yellow plastic hardhats, these canvas work aprons from Home Depot (only $0.77 each!) each with two plastic tools in the pockets, and little goodie bags (details below).
 
All crew (kids) entering the construction site (party) had to put on their hardhats and tool belts.
 
Goodie bags included Reese's Pieces (purchased in bulk from Amazon), plastic toy shovels, and mini plastic toy construction vehicles wrapped in clear favor bags from Party City with an "I Dig You!" label.
 
Activities
 
This was the hit activity of the party.  Play sand from Home Depot in a kid's swimming pool (wrapped with black trash bags), and filled with CAT Mini Machines toy construction vehicles (purchased in 5-packs from Amazon).
 
S was in it before the party even started, and stayed out there pretty much the whole time!
 
 
Orange cones provided not only party décor, but also props for this cone ring toss game. 10 pack of cones purchased from Amazon.
 
 
I also printed several copies of these construction themed coloring pages for the kids to play with inside with some jumbo crayons: dump truck, excavator, bulldozer, and toolbox.

Edited to add: All printables for the party are available in this post here.  These printables are free, but I would appreciate a follow for @fabeverydayblog on social media (you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Snapchat with that username) in return.  If you post pictures of your parties, tag @fabeverydayblog in them so we can see what you do!  Finally, if you blog about your party, please link back to www.fabeveryday.com in your blog posts to credit the printables and inspiration.
 
Another birthday party done, and another good time had by all, especially our birthday boy!  I wonder what theme G will have in store for us next!
 
Don't forget to share and pin if you are inspired!
 

4.21.2015

Spring/Summer 2015 Vacation Fashion

 
The weather in Central Texas finally feels like spring!  I am more than ready for SS15 fashion, and had the perfect opportunity to shop: my upcoming trip to Turkey and Greece with Mediterranean Delights Fitness Voyage (more on that later).  On the blog today I am sharing some of my new spring/summer vacation fashion looks.
 
Off-the-shoulder blouson top and high-waisted striped short from Express. Perfect for lounging on the deck of our gulet boat in Turkey! 
 
Black, three-quarter sleeve crop top from Forever 21 and high-waisted striped full midi skirt from Express.
 
Striped V-neck long-sleeved tee and flowing wide-leg Smocked Palazzo Pants from Forever 21. As parts of Turkey are a bit more conservative than other parts of Europe, I wanted to make sure I brought some outfits that were cute and comfy, but also provided coverage.
 
Another full-coverage outfit, but without sacrificing style.  Floral lace long-sleeved top and pleated wide-leg trousers from Forever 21.

Boho chic floral long-sleeved maxi dress from Forever 21, and knee-high gladiator sandals (Megara) from JustFab.  If you're not a member of JustFab yet, click here to join (disclosure: this is an affiliate link, which means I receive commission from JustFab if you sign-up using the link)!


 A boho fab chiffon top from a local Austin boutique with high-waisted crochet shorts from Express and Tory Burch Lucia blue and cream lace espadrilles.
 
Continuing my hippie chic attire for the trip, a peasant top from a local Austin boutique, high-waisted denim sailor shorts from Express, and the same Tory Burch espadrilles.

 
Now I just need some fabulous bathing suits and I should be all set for Istanbul, the Turkish coast, the Greek isles, and Cappadocia!

4.07.2015

Outdoor Decor: Front Yard Garden Makeover

Spring has finally sprung in Central Texas, which makes us want to get outdoors and garden!  This year, my husband and I decided it was time to redo our front garden.  We hadn't done much with it since moving in four years ago, so we figured it was time to give the space an update and make it our own.  Plus, the plants up there had a difficult time with all of the freezing weather we had this winter.  We decided to find some good Texas native plants that could not only handle the winter cold, but could also handle the ongoing drought conditions.

Here is what our front garden looked like up until a few weeks ago:



Here is what is looks like now:



First, we did some research on the Texas native plants we wanted.  We were also inspired by the color and mixed textures from the plants in this pin:



Upon recommendations from some folks, we went to The Natural Gardener to see a good selection of Texas native plants, and so we could ask questions of the knowledgeable staff.  We found exactly what we wanted, and decided to go with Mexican feather grass and artemesia (which we alternated in the front), and Mexican bush sage (for the back row):



We also decided to add some plants in large plant pots around our front entrance.  We found these cool GRÄSET plant pots from Ikea (the tall one is here, and the square one is here).  We planted licorice plant and lavender in them to match the silver and purple colors we incorporated in the main part of the front garden:



We finished off the look with black hardwood mulch and these pretty square Hampton Bay solar path lights from Home Depot.

Here's the before and after:



I can't wait to see how it looks when the plants fill out!