I am beyond emotional and in complete denial that my 1st born baby girl is turning 3 years old on August 26th. It really does seem like yesterday that I was pregnant in the absolute hottest summer in Texas history (no joke). Josselyn Grace Alcala never ceases to amaze me. Her spunk, creativity, charisma, joy & love for life blow my mind every day. She truly encompasses everything beautiful and words can not even begin to describe the depth of love I have for that girl. Well enough of the sappy mommy talk lets to get to the party details!
Ok...so I know I say this every time, but this time around I really did keep the party SIMPLE. If you were expecting one of my over the top parties like Josselyns's An Under the Sea Mermaid Party! or An Abby Cadabby Birthday Party or Julianna's A Circus Birthday Party then I am afraid you will be slightly disappointed. I will be completely transparent with you all....I feel like I am just trying to survive each and every day. I still have not gotten the hang of life with a 1 year old and 2 year old. Trying to chase after them, keep the house semi-clean, do laundry so John at least has underwear to wear to work and throw something in the crock pot so we do not starve is a job in itself! But of course that is just the beginning of what is on my overflowing plate. I run the women ministry at our church, I am a placement adviser with the Junior League of Collin County, I co-own a small styling company called Tres Chic, I work every Dallas Market as brand rep for Lindsey's Loft and now I am an Independent Distributor for It Works (with 30 Distributors on my Team)! I know I know something has to give (my husband tells me this every day) I am just trying to figure out what to let go of. Life is currently overwhelming and the thought of a party completely stresses me. However I love party planning (it is my favorite hobby next to shopping) so I was not going to let Josse's 3rd birthday slip by without some type of BASH so here is what I have planned....
Venue: August Birthdays are hard becasue they are in the middle of the scorching HOT summer!!! We have done a swim party the last 2 years and I just did not want to do another swim party. I love the ballroom in my moms neighborhood that we usually rent out, but we just did Juliann's birthday there in April and Josse's last 2 birthdays were there, along with her baby shower so I had to think a little outside the box. I began searching for venues (ones that had some type of room indoors) and my mom suggested this precious ranch called Story Book Ranch in McKinney. Now I know ranches are outside but this ranch has an adorable little town in the back that consists of historic buildings that were hand picked and delivered to the ranch to preserve them. As I toured the ranch I fell in love with the little authentic 1800's saloon! So Josse is having her 3rd birthday in the historical "walk in waddle out saloon" hahah.
Theme: It was pretty easy coming up with a theme since the party is going to be at a ranch in a saloon. I went with a cowgirl theme for my little cowgirl! Josse has LOVED horses, cowgirl hats & boots since she was a baby! She has a pair of red cowgirl boots she loves so much that YaYa has now bought them for her in 3 sizes! Although I naturally wanted to go with a pink & silver blinging cowgirl theme I decided to be a little more practical and go with more of a traditional red & blue theme since Josse has just as many little boy friends as little girl friends. I also already have tons of red bandanas, burlap, etc so I knew going this route would save me tons of $
Decorations: I kept telling myself that I didn't need to decorate since the saloon was already decorated western but of course I got on Pinterest and came up with a few ideas. Like I mentioned before I already own burlap, red bandannas, and mason jar vases so I figured I would just pack it all up and take it to the party and scatter it around when I get there! When I imagine the party I picture red bandannas, blue jean denim, hay bales & yellow sunflowers. so I am going to order some sunflowers and wildflowers to stick in all my glass vases & mason jars and voile I have my centerpieces.
Paper-wear: I searched and immediately found red bandanna and denim paper-wear from Oriental Trading Co and that right there was a sign from God!
Entertainment: I did not have the energy to come up with games, go all out decorating so I am literally going to set up the food and cake in the saloon where there are tables, chairs and air conditioning! And then we are going to have 2 pony's giving pony rides in front of the saloon, along with a little petting zoo and jump house for the kids. There will be plenty of activities outside for all the little cowboys & cowgirls and the adults can enjoy some food and drinks inside the air-conditioned saloon.
Food: There are so many great food ideas for a western themed party! I hopped on Pinterest and found tons and tons of adorable, delicious ideas. My problem was simply that I am trying to keep this birthday party simple and easy so I had to keep scrolling past a ton of the ideas I came across. This party is from 4pm-6pm so I want to do heavy appetizers so I am leaning towards: beef sliders, pigs in a blanket, quesadillas, howdy partner pasta salad, frontier fruit, farm veggies & some drinks from the water hole.
Cake: I say this every party but I am not a huge cake person. I would rather have a table full of fun desserts vs a big cake. Unfortunately my daughter the birthday girl Josselyn does not agree. Anytime someone asks her what she wants for her birthday her reply is simply 2 words "BIRTHDAY CAKE" And she is dead serious. A party is not a party to Josse without CAKE. So cake we shall eat! I sent these 2 pictures (from Pinterest) to the cake decorator I use "Sweet Life Cakery". I can not wait to see what she designs.
Desserts: Although we are having a cake I still love having a few other sweet treats. I found tons of ideas on Pinterest so I may have to have Tintas Cattering make a treat or two. I am loving the smores pops and hay bales on a stick!
Party Favors: Since I throw rather large parties and there could be anywhere from 15-30 kids and probably an additional 20-30 adults. I have to keep the party favors simple or I will get completely overwhelmed and the cost will add up like crazy! I decided to just do cowgirl/cowboy hats for the kids from Oriental Trading Co & some Happy Trails trail mix for the rest of the guests.
Outfits: I love finding cute outfits for my girls! I always do a special personalized birthday girl outfit as well as a matching sister outfit. Etsy is my favorite place to go to find cute custom shirts/onesies and once again I was not disappointed! I love to do shirts with my girls names on them as well as the birthday girls number. This time I decided to change up the bottoms from the years past! I normally do a tulle tutu or peti-skirt for the birthday girl but I came across this precious Esty shop "Hattie Mae" and they do denim/peti-skirts and I knew this would be perfect, as well as a little more practical for a ranch style party!
Invitations: I waited until the last minute to order invitations so I could not have our usual fabulous graphic designer create them but luckily I did find some pretty adorable western themed ones on Etsy! I also ordered the foods cards, thank you's & welcome sign from "Impressions Paperie" as well.
Well there you have it... my party planning vision board for Josse's 3rd Cowgirl Birthday Party! I still can not believe my little cowgirl is going to be three but you you better believe I am savoring every last day of her precious two's. Stay tune for all the party pictures! I will be posting them sometime next week after our big RODEO! Wish me luck...I still have so much to do.
|My precious 2 year old|
Happy Trails until we meet again...