Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday Party

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribalMy baby girl just turned one. And it took me forever to figure out what to do (I knew what I was doing for my son’s first birthday about 1 month after he was born). And finally, one day, it hit me. The whole tribal, navajo genre is huge right now. I’ve seen a number of stylized wedding shoots with this theme, but not really any children’s parties–especially not any dreamy, girlie ones like what I was envisioning. So I decided to throw my little girl a dreamy navajo first birthday. And it was amazing.

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

I was able to collaborate with some absolutely incredible vendors for this event. It was such an honor to work with each of them, and I highly recommend them all. A list of these vendors can be found at the end of the post. 

I hope you enjoy this dreamy, wooded, navajo first birthday party as much as I did. xoxo

Decor:

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribalMy vision was a to create a dreamy and whimsical girly birthday party for my little girl. Colors would be primarily white and gold, along with mint green and a blush pink. I wanted glitter-tipped white feathers, lacy dream catchers, a ruffly tee-pee, gold antlers, and flowers, all alongside some rustic elements. I absolutely love how everything came together; it was absolutely perfect and just what I wanted.

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal 

Food:

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribalOur dessert table was graced with a lovely cake from Cake Wars winner, Bake You Happy, as well as adorable teepee cakes made by Karen’s Custom Cakes. I absolutely adore the glittery cupcake toppers by Pelemele. What a great shop to work with! They custom designed toppers for this shoot and got them to me quickly despite being another continent away. Finally we had absolutely gorgeous cookies from Grunderfully Delicious (she’s local but ships her cookies!!). 

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal 

Guests: 

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Our adorable guests were outfitted by a number of Etsy and Instagram shops. 

2014-10-21_0006Leather Braided Rose Headband: Lemons & Lace

Necklace: Hip Chixie

Buck Tee: Sandilake Clothing

Demin Shorts: Dimps DeminDreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribalLittle Wander Tee: Sandilake Clothing

Pants: Elizabeth Ann Handmade

Dress: Elle Ollie HandmadeDreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribalSkull Tee: 32nd & Elm

Arrow Pants: Elizabeth Ann Handmade

Gold Dreamcatcher Tee: Monkey Bug

Chevron Shorts: Nola Fionnah

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribalWILD Tee: Feather 4 Arrow

Arrow Pants: Monsters Under My Bed

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Dreamy Navajo 1st Birthday | Marigold Events  #navajo #tribal

Vendors:

Event Styling, Dreamcatchers, Table Runner, ONE Highchair Banner: Marigold Events

Photography: Blyss Photography (IG: @BlyssPhotography)

Cake: Bake You Happy

Cookies: Grunderfully Delicious

Teepee Cakes: Karen’s Custom Cakes

Teepee: Sugar Shack Teepees

Feather Garland, Fabric Tassel Garland: Feather and Fray

Wood Signs: Oak & Ivory

Chevron Table: Redemption Grove (IG: @redemptiongrove)

Happy Birthday Print: Hello Brielle Designs

Cake Topper: Pink Poppy Party Shop

Cupcake Toppers: Pelemele

Florals: Rare Sophisticate Events

Tassel Garland: Erin Groves (IG: @eerin_kay)

Napkins: Charleston Charms

Arrow Embossed Wood Forks: My Mom via her Stampin’ Up amazingness

 

Clothing Vendors (Including IG accounts): 

Little Wanderer and Skull Tees: Sandilake Clothing 
@sandilakeclothing

Dotted pants; Brown & Navy Triangle pants: Elizabeth Ann Handmade
@elizabethannhandmade

Arrow pants: Monsters Under My Bed
@monstersundermybedco

Gold Dreamcatcher Tee: Monkey Bug Shop

Purple WILD Shirts: Feather 4 Arrow
@feather4arrow

Blush and gold shorts: Nola Fioannah
@nolafionnah

Leather Fringe Necklace: Hip Chixie
@hipchixie

Leather Braided Rose headband: Lemons and Lace
@lemonsandlace

Georgia’s dress: Elle Ollie Handmades
@elleolliehandmades

Shea’s shorts: Dimps Denim
@dimpsdenim

 

 

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Great Gatsby Themed Bridal Shower

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events So this happened over a year ago and I’m just now finally getting it blogged. But life happens, you know. At the time, I had a 3 week old. Enough said. At the time, The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio, had recently come out and all things Gatsby were the rage. Which was perfect for our bride, because she loves the roaring 20s. So Hello Brielle and I worked with her sister and maid of honor to throw this Great Gatsby Lingerie Shower. 

We worked hard to stay true to all the glitz and glam F. Scott Fitzgerald brought to the character of Jay Gatsby. That means plenty of gold, fringe, tassels, pearls, feathers, and glitter. We served appetizers catered by Ooh La La Catering, as well as a variety of desserts, including some gorgeous cookies by Cookies Gone Glam.

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Favors:

Guests were asked to come dressed in 1920s attire. We provided the perfect accessory–a headband to complete their look. 

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Details:

From peacock feathers, to pearls, to vintage record players to a glamorous drink fountain, all the little details came together to create the perfect roaring 20s, Great Gatsby atmosphere.
Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

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Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

 Printables:

All the printables were designed by Hello Brielle Designs, and I think she did a great job honoring the roaring 20s. I love how they turned out!
Great Gatsby Bridal Shower | Marigold Events

 

Vendor Credits:

Styling: Marigold Events

Printables: Hello Brielle

Photography: Caroline Cate Photography

Catering: Ooh La La Catering

Cookies: Cookies Gone Glam

 

 

 

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Foodless Box of Sunshine & the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I’m going to divert from my usual party planning post to talk about something close to my heart. There are two items that have taken social media by storm in the past couple years–boxes of sunshine on Pinterest, and more recently, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I’m going to start off with a personal story; if you would prefer to just see my most recent Box of Sunshine, feel free to skip to the end.

IMG_9154This is my gramps. A week and half ago, he died after a rather horrific 18 month struggle with ALS. And not just the normal type of ALS, which typically starts in your limbs, but a particularly cruel form, which started in his neck and throat area. His speech and ability to swallow were immediately affected, and within 8 months of being diagnosed, he had a feeding tube and could no longer talk. He spent the last 10 months of his life unable to talk, and in the end, was basically incapable of communicating. It was tragic to see a man who had always been so healthy and full of life slowly become entombed in his own body. 

I have always been extremely close to my grandparents; I spent countless weeks at their house during summer vacations growing up. These visits continued well into my 20s until I moved across the country 10 years ago. Living over 3,000 miles away, I found it very frustrating to be able to do so little to help my grandparents during this difficult time. My one idea was to send my them a Box of Sunshine to try to encourage them and bring some light and love into their struggle. A few years ago, I sent a box of sunshine to my mother in law when she had foot surgery. I found all sorts of cute yellow and orange items to put in it, including lots of food and drink items (you can see that box here).  However, this wouldn’t really work in this situation because of my grandpa’s inability to swallow or eat. So I had to think outside the box (of sunshine) and find items specifically for him and his situation. Below is what I came up with; I hope it inspires and encourages others as they seek to bring much needed warmth and sunshine in the lives of those suffering.

I’d also like to briefly comment on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I have blown away by the response to this challenge. And whether or not you are irritated by videos clogging your social media feed, upset by excessive water usage, or annoyed by the seeming narcissism running rampant, I am so thankful for not the just money being donated to ALS research, but the awareness that there now is about this disease. There is so little known about ALS, even in the medical community–my grandpa always had to double check with his specific ALS doctor after meeting with any other medical professional because so many know so little about this horrific disease. Families affected by ALS are thankful for those participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge and what it means for research. My prayer is that others will not have to suffer as my grandfather did. So thank you to all those who have participated.

For more information on ALS, please visit the ALS Association webpage.

Foodless Box of Sunshine

 Disclaimer: Technically this isn’t a completely foodless box because I did add some Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut M&Ms for my Grandma. Caregivers need encouragement too.

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

Each item was specifically intended for either my grandma or my grandpa or for specific rooms of their home. I wanted pops of yellow everywhere they went to remind them that I was thinking about and pray for them.

For my grandma, I sent candy, nail polish, and chapstick. For my grandpa, I sent Carmex, napkins (he had drooling issues due to his inability to control the muscles in his mouth), and a back massager for the neck and back pain he had. I also sent washcloths for the bathroom, soap and a dishtowel for the kitchen, framed Scripture prints I’d designed–one for their bedroom and one for the living room. I also sent pictures of my kids in yellow, as well as hand and food warmers because my grandpa kept the house at 68 degrees to help make it easier to breath. Oh, and a silly yellow bumble bee toy thingie. When I was born, my grandparents came to the hospital with the first gift they ever gave me–not a doll or teddy bear, but a giant stuffed bumble bee. It only felt right to send it to them. Finally, I designed little tags for each item so they would know exactly how it was to be used.

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

Foodless Box of Sunshine | Marigold Mom

 

Remembering Gramps

My grandfather was an amazing man left an incredible legacy. Being his first born grandchild, he wanted me to speak at his funeral. I was honored to remember him to those at his memorial service and thought I’d share my memories with you also. 

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Many people never have the opportunity to know their grandparents well. I, however, have had the privilege to not just know mine, but to also have a very close relationship with them. My mom often tells me of the time they came walking into her hospital room right after I was born, my grandpa carrying a large stuffed bumblebee picked out especially for me by him.  And in her words, her parents morphed before her eyes and changed into people she barely recognized. Well my arrival may have changed them a bit but, they were a major influence in my life, helping to shape me into the person I am today.

As I have reflect on my grandfather’s influence in my life, there wasn’t one big memory that stood out. Instead there were a myriad of seemingly insignificant memories that, when combined, encompass the essence of who he was.

There’s the man everyone knew…the one who was retired Air Force turned life insurance salesman with impeccable handwriting. Who was always immaculately dressed with a perfectly knotted tie. Or on casual days in his Michigan gear. Who love coffee–black of course. Who loved his church, teaching Sunday school, leading singing. And who dogmatically stood for truth, integrity and Christ. Regardless of whether or not you agreed with him, you couldn’t help but respect him.

Then there’s the grandpa I knew.  The one who met me with a bumblebee instead of a doll or teddy bear. Who could be recognized not by the coffee in his hand, but on his breath when he hugged you close. The one who bought me milk and a donut to go with his coffee and donut, first at Mr. Donut, then (somewhat grudgingly) at Dunkin Donuts. Followed by feeding the ducks at Silver Lake, back when it was still safe to go there. And when I got older, bought me my own cup of coffee. The grandpa who built amazing sandcastles every summer at Rehobeth beach, then fought the seagulls off his Thrashers fries. Who took me on exciting trips to places New York City, Washington, D.C., Florida, and California. And took me to do fun things I probably would not have had the opportunity to do otherwise, things like Broadway shows, presidential inaugurations, and Disney world. He was one of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders, and I don’t know that he or grandma ever missed a birthday, school concert or performance. From backyard plays with the Helms sisters, to Faith Community Church picnic talent shows, to Christmas concerts, he and grandma were at every event. I remember, as a small child, watching in fascination as he took out his dentures and meticulously brushed them. And then attempting to model that same brushing technique when I got my retainer years later. There was the time he, grandma and I all crawled into their bed and ate ice cream. And the time he told my husband that if he wanted to marry me he had to have life insurance. He sat him down right there, pulled out the paperwork and asked for his credit card. I remember his stories–you’ve heard him tell one of his stories right? It’s like you were right there with him when it happened. The details; the dramatic pauses; sometimes even tears. Or how he’d look at me and hold my face when he was getting ready to say something important. His infectious laugh. And I remember the first time we found that book “I’ll love you forever”; you know that book? No one can get through it without crying. He was no different, but he read it to us, tears streaming down his cheeks. There are so many memories and moments etched in my mind; I could go on and on. But what stood out to me more than anything was his unwavering commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word. The man you saw on Sundays or at the office was the same man that came home and lived with his family. There was no difference between the Ken Sparks you knew and the husband, dad and grandpa we knew. And I knew I could always count on him for godly counsel and wisdom, for prayer, and most importantly, for complete adherence to the truth of God’s word. And in the midst of losing him, this knowledge has brought unspeakable comfort.

You see, despite being the amazing man that we all knew, Grandpa knew the truth: that he was a sinner in desperate need of a Savior’s grace and forgiveness. And he had submitted himself entirely to Jesus Christ as Lord, living his life to honor Christ alone. And When he died, grandpa walked right into the arms of the Lord and Savior he loved so much. He believed, just as I do, the words of John 11:25 & 26 where Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet will he live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” This is our comfort and this is our hope. His body may have died, but his soul is alive with Christ in glory. And those of us who also love Christ will one day see him again.

I’d like to close with the refrain from that book grandpa read to me all those years ago, tweaking it just a bit to fit the occasion:

I’ll love you forever. I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my grandpa you’ll be.

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Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party

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Never Never Land
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

This is my son, Henry. And he loves all things Peter Pan. When I asked what kind of party he wanted for this 3rd birthday, I was not at all surprised that he answered without hesitation, “I want a Peter Pan birthday!” So that’s what Mama delivered.
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

I have to admit, after a quick browse of Pinterest for ideas, I was extremely frustrated. I mean, have you seen the Peter Pan parties out there? They are so amazingly elaborate, a normal human being could never compete. And understandably so…there are so many things you can do with a Peter Pan/Neverland theme. After crying to my husband, he reminded me of my goal when it comes to events: to create beautiful, fun and affordable events. So I dried my eyes and decided to do just that. I DIYed literally everything–invite, printables, treasure maps, signs, goody bags, skull rock & crocodile paintings, the backdrop, banners, garlands, etc.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold MomTheme:

For this Peter Pan Neverland party, we invited our friends to join for us Peter Pancakes in Neverland (aka our local park full of nice big trees and a play structure that could resemble a pirate ship with a little imagination) as their favorite Neverland character. We turned the park into Neverland with stations to represent the various landmarks on the island. Each of these stations also hosted activities for the treasure hunt (see Activities & Favors section).  Some areas were as simple as a chair and sign; others were more elaborate.

The Night Sky leading to Neverland
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Backdrop | Marigold Mom

Indian CampPeter Pan Neverland Birthday Party with teepee and easy DIY camp fire | Marigold Mom

Skull Rock
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Skull Rock - Cubby, Jake and the Neverland Pirates Costume | Marigold Mom

Mermaid Lagoon
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Mermaid DIY bubble gum peal necklaces | Marigold Mom

Pixie Hollow
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pixie Dust | Marigold Mom

Crocodile Creek
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Cannibal Cove
My son particularly likes pirates and Captain Hook, so I decided to make our dessert table pirate themed. It was probably my favorite part of the day! And the kids seemed to really like it as well. I made Captain Hook’s Canon Balls (Oreo truffles); Karen from Karen’s Custom Cakes made our pirate ship cake; the cupcake toppers were my splurge–I ordered them from Pirate Desserts on Etsy. I loved working with Tammie at Pirate Desserts. When the toppers arrived, some of the hooks were broken; she had replacements sent out the next day and they arrived just in time for the party. I highly recommend her and her amazing toppers!

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert Table | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Ship Cake | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Desserts & Captain Hook's Canon Balls | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert & Captain Hook's Canon Balls | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Pirate - Pirate Dessert & Captain Hook's Canon Balls | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert & Captain Hook's Canon Balls  | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert & Captain Hook's Canon Balls  | Marigold Mom

 

Food:

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food | Marigold MomWe held our party in the morning so we could serve Peter Pancakes. The rest of our menu included items that represented various Neverland characters.  I made sure to plan food that could be made ahead of time as there aren’t many cooking options at the park. The one exception was the pancakes for the grown-ups (I made dollar pancakes ahead of time for the kiddos); my hubby flipped those over a charcoal grill:

  • Peter Pancakes
  • Crocodile (Turkey) Sausage
  • Nana’s Nasty Tonic (Maple Syrup)
  • Mr. Smee’s Whipped Cream
  • Wendy Darling’s Vanilla Yogurt
  • Lost Boy’s Granola
  • Tinker Bell’s Fairy Fruit
  • Mermaid Lagoon Hard Boiled Eggs

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food - Tinker Bell Fairy Fruit | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food - Mermaid Lagoon Pearls | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food - Lost Boys Granola | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food - Mr. Smee's shaving cream & Nana's Nasty Tonic | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food - Peter PanCakes | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food & Drink | Marigold Mom

 

Activities & Favors

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games & Activities | Marigold Mom

Our activities and favors were combined. At the Indian Camp, the boys could make Red Man headbands to wear and/or take home with them. At Mermaid Lagoon, the girls could make bubble gum pearl necklaces. And the big finale was a treasure hunt that ended at Pirate Cove where the children had to battle a pirate to get their treasure/favors. 

Red Man Headbands

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games & Activities - DIY Native American Headbands | Marigold Mom

The Red Man Headbands station was set up at the Indian Camp. The boys cut out their headband (I used this template), then could color it in, add feathers, and tape it on their head. We let the girls make them too because they were just so fun.

Bubble Gum Pearl Necklaces
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games & Activities - DIY Mermaid Pearl Necklace | Marigold Mom

The Bubble Gum Pearl Necklace station was set up at Mermaid Lagoon. Yes, those are actual gum balls, and yes, I actually drilled holes in every single one so they would thread onto the ribbon. But they were so cute and fun and the girls LOVED them. What girl wouldn’t love them? I think some boys snuck in on this one too (can you blame them?) This was a great party activity!

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games & Activities - DIY Mermaid Pearl Necklace  | Marigold Mom Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Treasure Hunt
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Treasure Chest | Marigold Mom

I don’t know how the kids felt about the treasure hunt, but it was my favorite part of the party. It was husband’s idea (all my really good ideas are his) and was so much fun to put together! We outfitted the children with a map, a Tinkerbell or Peter Pan goody bag, and “telescope” and sent them to each section of Neverland where they had to complete a task in order to receive their next clue. 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Treasure Hunt | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Party Games, Activities & Favors - Treasure Hunt | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Party Games, Activities & Favors - Treasure Hunt | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Party Games, Activities & Favors - Treasure Hunt | Marigold Mom

 Our treasure hunt started off at the Indian Camp where everyone had to dance around the fire and chant.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Party Games, Activities & Favors | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Teepee and DIY camp fire | Marigold Mom

The campfire was made out of tissue paper, paper towel rolls, and foam blocks spray painted grey.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors | Marigold Mom

From there, we ran to Hangman’s Tree, which is also the hideout of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. And in typical Lost Boy fashion, each guest had use a sling shot to shoot a bouncy ball (which is much safer than a rock).

From there, we ran to Hangman's Tree, which is also

Next we swam to Skull Rock where everyone had to yell, “Hook is a codfish!” into an echophone. It was pretty epic listening to all of them shout into that thing. 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Skull Rock | Marigold Mom

 After establishing the fact that Hook is indeed a codfish, we went to Mermaid Lagoon. Each child had to dive deep into waters (aka ball pit balls) of Mermaid Lagoon and retrieve a “pearl” (aka old golf ball from a box in my garage). They were also free to wade around for a bit if the urge hit.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Mermaid Lagoon diving for pearls | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Mermaid Lagoon diving for pearls | Marigold Mom

Crocodile Creek was the next stop. The task was to toss a bean bag through the croc’s mouth. Or get your picture taken with your head in his mouth. Or throw a bean bag at your brother’s head in the croc’s mouth. Anything can happen with 3-5 year olds. And not to brag, but I DIYed this one. I didn’t think I could draw or paint at all, but apparently there’s a recessive gene buried deep down somewhere. I was just a little pleased with how this one turned out.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Crocodile Bean Bag Toss | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Crocodile Bean Bag Toss | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Crocodile Bean Bag Toss | Marigold Mom

If anyone survived their encounter with the croc, they were to proceed to Pixie Hollow. There they could sprinkle some pixie dust on themselves and fly away on the swings. By the way, don’t ever sprinkle glitter in child’s hair. You will still find it weeks (and possibly months) later. 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Tinker Bell's Pixie Dust | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold MomNext, our guests were to land on the Jolly Roger and walk the plank, because naturally, they would never become pirates and join Captain Hook’s crew. 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Ship Walk the Plank | Marigold Mom

 

The final challenge was the greatest: to defeat the pirate defending the treasure chest (and the dessert). 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold MomAnd finally, a chest full of party favor treasures awaited them.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Treasure Chest | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Treasure Chest | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Treasure Chest | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Treasure Chest | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

 

Photo Booth & Neverland Characters

It was so fun seeing all the children come dressed as their favorite Neverland characters! All the fairies and mermaids and pirates were simply too adorable! We also had a photo booth (which ironically I had absolutely no pictures of and had to email everyone to try and get some photos) with some absolutely darling (no pun intended) props I found Etsy.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Tinker Bell & Peter Pan Costumes | Marigold Mom

My very own Tink and Pan

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Cubby from Jake and the Neverland Pirates Costume | Marigold Mom

Cubby (from Jake & the Neverland Pirates) 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Darling Children Costumes - Wendy, John & Michael Costumes | Marigold Mom

Wendy, John & Michael

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Wendy Darling & Peter Pan Costumes | Marigold Mom

Wendy & Peter

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Twin Tinks (though I think one lost her skirt)

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Izzy from Jake and the Neverland Pirates Costume | Marigold Mom

Izzy (from Jake and the Neverland Pirates)

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Peter Pan, Cubby, Jake and the Neverland Pirates Costumes | Marigold Mom

Cubby, Peter Pan & Jake

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Rock Star Peter Pan

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Photo Booth Props | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Photo Booth Props | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

 

The Birthday Boy

Wishing my big boy a very happy 3rd birthday! Part of me never wants him to grow up. The other part is ready for him to move out so the hubs and I can go on lots of exotic trips and spoil grandkids. 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

 

Vendor Credits:

 Event Planning & Styling: Marigold Events

Photography: Emily Strawn Photography

Cake: Karen’s Custom Cakes

Cupcake Toppers: Pirate Desserts

Invitation & Printables: Marigold Mom Designs

Photo Booth Props: Upon a Time Designs

 Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Backdrop | Marigold Mom

 

 

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Gender Reveal: Pink & Blue Moccasins

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Moccasins are all the rage right now, aren’t they? I know I want a pair for my daughter SO BAD! I love them! And apparently so does everyone else, including my friend, Tiffany, from Tiffany Nicole Photography. And for her second child’s gender reveal, she chose what we all love best…moccasins! She and I collaborated to create this adorable Pink & Blue Moccasin Gender Reveal with the big question: He or She? What Color Moccasins Will They Be?

If you’ve been pregnant, you know how exhausting it is to have your body creating a new little life, so we kept everything very simple–pizza, chips, and veggies for dinner with cupcakes for dessert. Decor was simple too: balloons, DIY tassel garland, moccasin banner, prints, and cupcake toppers that I created (available in my Etsy shop), and of course, moccasins. It was simple, inexpensive and simply darling. 

I won’t give the big reveal away…you’ll need to go to the bottom to see what they’re having.  :-)

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold MomDaddy was the keeper of the secret of Baby #2’s gender. And he did a fantastic job keeping his secret. So much so that he had Tiffany convinced she was having a boy. Boy, was she surprised….her face was amazing!

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Congrats on another precious little girl, Stephen and Tiffany! Can’t wait to meet her!!

 

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Tiffany Nicole Photography

Printables: Marigold Mom Shop

Moccasins: Hello Moccs

Cucpaks: Lady Di’s Cookies

 

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