A Green Party

If you ask Miles what his favorite color is he will tell you with certainty: GREEN!

He had been talking about having a green party almost every day for a couple months (I was surprised/relieved he didn't ask for a Thomas the Train party or a Dinosaur Train or Elmo party).

It's so fun now that Miles is old enough to help make his own party invitations. We gathered all our green art supplies -- tape, crayons, felt, stickers and stamps -- and Miles went to town on some leftover green paper. Miles asked our family friends to come to the party wearing green!

It turns out most of Miles's favorite foods are green. We had green smoothies, salad, honeydew and grapes, green pasta with pesto and peas, guacamole. I didn't take any photos other than this one of some of our leftovers the next day. I'm usually skeptical of recipes found on Pinterest, but these green muffins were a hit with the kids. No food coloring -- the muffins get their bright green color from a bag of spinach blended up with milk and banana.

I made an ice cream cake layered with mint chip, frozen pound cake and chocolate wafers with gummy dinosaurs on top.

The kids made their own green beaded bracelets, decorated green crowns and went home with little bags of dinosaur toys and stamps and crayons.

Miles had a blast, he wore his crown everyday for the next week.


A Cereal & Donuts Bridal Shower

I threw a party for a dear friend who is getting married later this month. She loves donuts, sweets and is a cereal expert -- she writes a cereal column for the food site, Serious Eats (it's such a fun read, you have to check it out!). So naturally, we had to have a cereal buffet (inspired by the one at Gramercy Terrace!), a dozen donuts from Doughnut Plant, and her favorite treats.

I sent out this Sprinkles invitation, and instead of buying lots of balloons and decorations, I bought a single giant donut pool float. It was fun seeing friends take goofy photos with it throughout the party. Friends all chipped in -- one friend brought beautiful flowers, I asked another friend to make colorful cereal treats, and some others to bring green tea and strawberry Pocky sticks for me to arrange on the table.

The bride and groom have little inside jokes and sayings for each other, and my friend's fiancee compared her to some of her favorite treats. I made these quick sketches on some construction paper I had at home and taped them to the wall.

Candy-colored straws (with a line from a silly song about cereal) and colorful cups (from Joy's awesome new party collection at Target!)

We made bags of sweet and salty cereal mix (pretzels, peanut butter candies, candied sunflower seeds, sprinkles, Kix, and homemade Chex Mix) for everyone to take home.

So much love for my sweet friend and bride-to-be.

(Some more photos on Pinterest & Instagram)