Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Week!

I thought I would share some images from a recent Halloween Party article I did over on Little Miss Heirlooms and Babiekins.

Planning and styling this article certainly got me organized with my Halloween decor early. However, I am just getting to creating the kids costumes this week.

My kids love to design and help create their costumes every year. We try to limit the store bought options. I like to see them come up with ideas using materials we have around the house. It encourages not only creativity but is also earth friendly.

Julian's Super Mario costume will be created using old pants that we will turn into Mario overalls. Last years Evil Red Riding Hood red cape will transform into Mario's red hat.

Isabella's costume is top secret but I'll let you see the final creation when she gives me the green light.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

An 1812 Era Historic Fort Party

My son celebrated his birthday at Historic Fort York in Toronto this past weekend. All I have to say is that this party theme is a surefire hit with 7 year old boys.

I usually do parties in our backyard. It's the first time I have ventured off site for a party. I can definitely see the advantages!

The boys arrived at Fort York and were assigned a Historic Guide named Eric for the duration of the party. He proceeded to give the boys a tour of the Fort. Highlights included "Drill Training", learning to march, a mock "charge!" on the hills, and free run of the beautiful grounds.

After we refueled with cold drinks, snacks and cupcakes all they wanted to do was head outside to explore the Fort and play.

The favor bags were fun to put together. The boys got a replica pop gun, war of 1812 era soldier toy, and a "candy ration". I packaged them in a cotton muslin bag to which I added the image of a Union Jack.

I highly recommend Fort York as a birthday party destination. It was the perfect mix of fun and education in a stunning location. My son declared it the best birthday party ever!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween Party Ideas

The kids were eager to pull out all the Halloween decorations yesterday. We spent the evening adding a little Halloween decor to the outside of our house.

My kids always want it to look scarier while I am more partial to a fresh orange, black & white palette with hints of the macabre. I think I will have to give in a little this year and let them add a little more Halloween scariness to appease!

Be sure to visit the lovely blog over at Little Miss Heirlooms to see my take on a Halloween party.

How do you like to decorate for the holiday?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (in Canada)!

We are enjoying a weekend celebrating with family. Although a difficult first holiday without my Mom we have much to be thankful for. As one of four sisters, it was her holiday to host every year. Dad, my brother, myself and our families have stepped up to take on the Thanksgiving tradition that my Mom so loved.

Enjoy your special celebrations.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Hostess Gift Set Giveaway!

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend.

It really did feel like Fall here in Toronto. We had a busy weekend with soccer tournaments and a special day on Sunday when we participated as a family in the Run for the Cure to honor my Mom.

I'm excited to share with you a giveaway I am hosting this week on Pepper Design Blog. You must check out Morgan's blog. It is always full of creative ideas and inspiration for everything from design to kids parties!

Visit Pepper Design Blog for your chance to win!