Monday, April 25, 2011

Fancy Emme Claire's 2nd Birthday Soiree! Part 1

My darling daughter Emme Claire turned 2 this past Saturday and the theme of her party was Fancy Nancy. I had a lot of fun planning the party and I think it was a huge success! Emme had the time of her life! She was a little social butterfly. She really enjoyed having so many people gathered together to celebrate her big day! Thanks to all who came and helped make it such a special day. And thanks to all who helped me pull it off!

Here is the front of the party invitation. I just adore it! Melanie Fuglaar of West Monroe, LA designed it and she did a fabulous job! You can find her on Facebook under Innovative Invitations. She is so great to work with. She did a lot of other design work for me for this party and I'll share those things a little later.

And this is the back of the invite. My daughter loves to play dress up and wear lots of fun jewelry and hats etc so this theme was perfect for her.

The party was held at The Historic Fire Station in downtown Ruston, LA. The building was renovated a couple of years ago and is a very nice place to rent for events. It was a perfect location for our Fancy Nancy birthday party.

Here is the entrance side of the building. I took these pics a few days before her party. I forgot to take pics of the outside on the day of her party. I had pink and purple balloons tied on the railings on either side of the entrance.

This is in the courtyard outside.

The other side of the courtyard.

Side of the building.

They have a lot of pretty flowers around the building.

This is the side of the building where the fire trucks used to enter.

The cake and cookie table was designed to be as Fancy Nancy as possible. We hung the party banners on this backdrop and made this the main focus of the party room. Both cakes and all these cookies were made by Heather Bailey of Social Bites of Ruston, LA. She does amazing work and is very talented. The main cake was very heavy and tall so Heather delivered it in a Cake Safe. I had never seen one of those before. It was a big box made from some sort of heavy duty plastic. Heather said that people ship cakes using those boxes. She successfully and safely got the big cake set up on the cake stand with no problems. Heather stayed to set up all the cookies for me too.

The cookie wands were star shaped cookies on a stick decorated with icing and tied with ribbons that matched the party colors. I think they turned out so cute!

She made fancy tiara cookies that were a perfect addition to the theme.

Heather made adorable butterfly cookies too.

This was Emme Claire's personal cake. Heather put a tiara with a #2 on top and polka dots around it which fit in perfectly with the theme and design. Emme's cake was vanilla flavored but the color inside was bright pink. You will get to see a picture of that later, it was such a pretty color inside. And it must have tasted pretty good because she definitely enjoyed eating it.

The main cake was 4 tiers, on a cake stand and had a E and feathers on top. It was very tall and heavy. Parts of the cake design were inspired by one of Fancy Nancy's dresses. The bottom tier with the purple ruffles is made to look like the dress you see on Nancy on the party invitation and also on the plates and napkins. Also the big orange bow idea was taken from that same dress. One tier had pink and white stripes. We had lots of flowers in the party design so Heather made one tier have flowers on it. The top tier had pearl like beads draped around the edge (made of icing of course). The scalloped design was used in many things through out the party. She also stuck butterflies out of the cake. I was so pleased with how the cake turned out. Heather never ceases to amaze me!

I will post more about this party soon. There are lots and lots of other parts to share with you. I hope y'all enjoy reading about and seeing the pics as much as I enjoyed planning this fancy party for my sweet little girl! :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Emme Claire is 2!

My darling little girl came into this world April 23, 2009 at 9:38am weighing in at 6lb 6oz and 19 3/4 inches long. I love her more than words can say. She is such a blessing in my life and I cherish every day I have with her. So thankful to be a stay at home Mommy because I can't imagine missing any of this amazing journey! I'm looking forward to spending many many more years with you my dear sweet Emme Claire! I hope you know how very very loved you truly are! :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Emme Claire and Marie

We bought Marie for Emme Claire back in January when we were at Disney World. Marie is from the cartoon movie Aristacats. It was one of many souvenirs she got on that trip. Well, she has really taken a liking to Marie lately. She wants to take her everywhere she goes. We went to my parents house one day and she wanted to carry Marie around in the yard with her. I must admit, Marie is very cute and very soft. :)

I love when her hair looks like this. Somedays it flips out like this and somedays it doesn't.

Playing at Aunt Dean's house

We go over and visit with my husband's Aunt Dean quite often. Emme Claire loves to go over there and play. Aunt Dean has lots of fun toys and yummy snacks. I enjoy going over and playing cards or dominos with Aunt Dean. On this day it was so pretty outside that we sat in the backyard and played with bubbles for a while. And we walked around picking flowers and EC picked up sticks. We sat outside for a couple of hours and I never broke a sweat or sneezed. That is rare in Louisiana in the spring time so I took full advantage of the beautiful day.

Look how long her hair has gotten.

Chasing bubbles! She loves bubbles!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Mirror mirror on the wall...

Who's the fairest of them all?

This little girl loves to ham it up in front of the mirror!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

My very own Fancy Nancy!

Emme Claire will be 2 years old on April 23rd. I can't believe how fast our time with her so far has gone by. I just want to let every moment with her soak into my memory. One day she will be grown and that scares me. I just want her to stay little forever. I'm trying my best to make every day special.

I've been planning her birthday party for months now and it's going to be so cute and fun! The party theme is Fancy Nancy, which I turned into Fancy Emme Claire. I decided on this theme because EC loves jewelry, hats, boas, just everything girly really. So I thought it fit her perfectly. I will definitely share lots of pics from the party on here. I can't wait to see the cake. I know the cake will be fabulous and fancy! I'll post her invitation on here too but I'm going to wait until after the party to do so that way I don't have to blur out any of the party info.

To tide you over here are some pics of EC in her birthday party dress. These were taken by Kimberly McDaniel of at Biedenharn Museum and Gardens in Monroe, LA. We used 2 of these adorable pics on the invitation.