Friday, December 1, 2017

Party Planning Tips for Christmas and Beyond

This post was sponsored by Paperless Post. I was able to try them for free, but all opinions are my own.

It is my favorite time of the year...Christmas. There is so much to do and so many ways to make memories. This year is even more exciting, because E is super excited too! 

One of my favorite things about Christmas is hosting parties that are full of merry making. This year we are going to host a party for E and some of her friends. Over the years I have figured out how to create some holiday magic without a lot of stress or breaking the bank. Hopefully these tips will help you plan some holiday magic too.

Theme

I often pick a theme early and then work to find things that fit that theme. Maybe it is cocktails and ugly sweaters or pancakes and PJs. Make it something that works for you and you can have fun with. I haven't quite settled on a theme for this years holiday party, but the wheels are churning.

Food

Simple, but delicious is what I go for. I typically start with simple but enjoyable items like cheese, fruits and veggies. From there I look for things that are fun, but don't require using every pot in the kitchen. (Thanksgiving is the exception to this, but that is because it is Thanksgiving.)

Activities

It is fun to have one or two things planned, but there is no need to go overboard. This is especially true with little ones. They have as much fun playing and running around as they do with official activities.

Guest List

Invite those you really enjoy spending time with. This is especially important for parties. It is easy to fall into the trap of feeling obligated to invite everyone, but being a little choosy about who you invite helps with stress and makes things overall more enjoyable. 

Invitations

I hate sending paper invitations and going to the post office is one of my least favorite things to do (especially this time of year.) That is why I am super excited to try Paperless post for my invitations this year. They have great designs and are way more fun (and private) than a FB event. It is the look and feel of a card with the convenience of an email.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Welcome to 2017!

The beginning of a new year is always a special time. Full of the freshness of a new year. Oh wait, it is February and the year is already a month in. Yeah, that has been most of the fall and the beginning of this year. I have been living more and blogging less. Thanks for hanging with me during this time.

Here is the short short version of what has been going on since September.

We went on a cruise and it was pretty fabulous.



We survived hurricane Matthew without damage or loosing power.


Lots of projects were needed to keep sane.


So thankful that it was just
rain and wind for us.
We enjoyed a fall festival and some Halloween fun.

  We ran the Wine and Dine half and E did her first Disney Kid's Race. The kid's races were awesome, but my race was kind of stinky.


The kids races were a lot of fun.
I survived. That is all I have to say.

We enjoyed lots of Christmas fun. E was all about Christmas. This year was full of holiday parties and family time.

Luckily St. Nick brought a longer nightgown.

Watching The Candlelight Processional
Someone enjoyed Christmas.


Ice Skating for the first time


We celebrated New Year's Eve toddler style. (The countdown to the new year came at 7 p.m.).


Champagne for Mommy,
grape juice for E.

E had her first haircut. Of course it was at the Magic Kingdom.


E did so good with her haircut.
There has also been lots of time with friends, several trips to Disney, Strawberry picking and a few other fun adventures. I was also asked to be part of the Orlando Obassador team, so I am excited to share some adventures from that over the next year.

I haven't been running a ton lately because I have been dealing with foot pain since around Thanksgiving. The pain was in the big toe and front part of the ball of the foot. Three doctor visits, a surgical shoe and cortisone shot later they figured out that it is plantar fasciitis. (Of course I have the kind that manifests itself in a strange way.) I have another 2 weeks of no running and then we will see. Needless to say, this has put a damper on my spring race plans.

Thanks for sticking with me and I am going to try and blog more regularly this year.