Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gallagher Gender Reveal- A St. Patrick's Day Party!

When my husband and I found out we were pregnant, "Lucky" is certainly the first word that came to mind for us. So, when it came time to determine the gender of our little one, it only seemed fitting for us to have a St. Patrick's Day themed party to learn this special news, surrounded by our friends and family. 

(Please click the link "Lucky" to hear this song by my friend Kat and to have great accompaniment while reading this post).

It all began with this envelope and its contents. Our ultrasound technician wrote down our baby's gender in this envelope and we had Stephanie, the receptionist at our midwife's office email Katie, who created some special scratch-off cards for us for the party. (More on that later). After we got home, I made Jack hide this envelope as I knew I'd be tempted to peek.

 After the special scratch-off cards arrived, I put together several "Gender Reveal Party Boxes" for our immediate family, who all live far away and planned to Skype into the party. The contents of the party box: one scratch-off card and coin, IZZE apple drinks, "It's a Lad" and "It's a Lass" drink straws for them to vote for their guess during the party, St. Patty's day sugar cookies (by the fabulous Stacy Winick), and "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" gum. I got these in the mail about a week before the party so that they all arrived in time.

Then, on the 16th, we had our DC friends and family come to our home to "Eat, Drink and Be Irish" with us.

This "Lad or Lass?" banner was made of green playing cards, which I thought played on the "Lucky" theme. (You may also notice our "Gallagher" letterpress letters on our mantle).

 To have a little fun, I found old baby pics of Jack and me and incorporated them into the decor. In addition to the lime green, I tied teal blue and mustard yellow into the color scheme (no pink for this girl).

 As we were getting closer to the reveal, Jack and I tested some "Old Wives Tales" to see what the experts said about what gender we would have. The blue answers favored boy and the yellow answers favored girl. This chalkboard centerpiece was drawn by hand (Stay tuned to see if they were right!).

 Guests "voted" by choosing a Lad or Lass drink straw. The teal bow-tie and mustard hair bow were purchased from two etsy shops. (Click on the links to see the shops).

These gorgeous St. Patrick's Day themed cookies were designed and baked by the talented local baker Stacy Winick. She even coordinated the ribbons in mustard and teal, too.

As favors, guests were given the cookies with a note "Lucky Us! Thanks for celebrating Baby Gallagher"
 and "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" gum.

 The talented Jo from Highway to Hill Flowers designed the gorgeous floral arrangements. She incorporated white and green hydrangeas, yellow daisies and green Billy Balls as well as clay teal shamrocks and ribbon. They were stunning and truly stole the show. Thanks, Jo!

The menu included: Bangers and Grits, Reuben Sliders, Assorted Quiches (from H Street's Dangerously Delicious Pies), Mac and Cheese (from Kenny's BBQ), Bacon on a Stick, Cupcakes (from Buzz Bakery) and a few items for the Wee Ones: goldfish crackers, animal crackers and apple juice.

The specialty drinks included: Irish Coffees and Midori Champagne Cocktails. Guests could continue their vote by choosing a cocktail glass with the corresponding gender color. The lime green paper chain garland added the perfect vintage touch to the decor.

"Lucky Water" bottle labels also helped tie into the decor.

 Since we had kid guests, I wanted them to feel welcome, too. We set up the basement as the "Kids Zone," with shamrock coloring, snacks and fun TV.

 "Baby G" was featured on the green silverware wraps.

After guests "voted" on their guess... 

They were given a scratch-off card for the big reveal. Katie from StationMerry designed these outstanding cards, which made the party even more fun and interactive. Guests were to pick a side: Lad or Lass and scratch-off to see if it had three gold clovers. To add to the fun, we had only one "winning" card at the party. So, guests had incentive to see if their card was the winner. 

But first, we had to Skype our family from afar so they could play along with us. 

Our guests scratched off their cards in anticipation...

And, here's the play-by-play of Jack and me discovering our baby's gender. 
Thanks to Grant for the winning card!

Even Big Brother Murphy was eager to hear the news! ("Big Brother" bandana created by Make Me Smile Crafts and also appeared on our Christmas Card Pregnancy Announcements). 

Needless to say, Jack was pretty thrilled that "Lad" was the gender!

 We spent the remainder of the day glowing from the excitement (Who am I kidding? We are still beaming from the news). 

To say we are "lucky" doesn't quite sum it up. "Blessed" is more like it.

Thank you to our family and friends for participating in our special day. We are so blessed to have you all in our lives as we embark on this exciting adventure of parenthood!

This party would not have been possible without the help of these outstanding vendors. Thank you!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Max's COWBOY Birthday!

On Saturday, Happy Everything Events headed to Rose Park in Georgetown for Max's 1st Cowboy Birthday Party. We loved working with Mommy Amanda to create the perfect theme for this sweet birthday boy who loves 
wearing bandanas.

There was a perfect fence in the park for the "Happy Birthday Max" pennant banner, that matched the subtly cowboy/vintage style of the invitations.

 We designed water bottle labels to celebrate the special day, too.

 The cow print paper straws were adorned with matching flags.

The amazingly talented baker, Jessica Beardsley, made some special treats for the big day!
Check out her beautiful cowboy cake (and that 3d bandana is too cute for words).

And these gorgeous cookies of cowboy hats, cowboy boots and little "M" stars were the perfect favors for guests, young and old. She even tied them off with bandana ribbon to match.

The amazing food table was full of barbecue, deviled eggs, dips and even a few things for the little ones (Cheerios, brilliant!) The matching food labels were left blank so that we could write on them that day
for the continually growing menu.

For favors, we made s'more packs with graham crackers, Hershey bars and marshmallows. Then, we tied them up in bandanas with this fun favor tag: "Thanks for making my birthday S'MORE fun! -Max"

Here are the favors at the party, with the matching "Happy Trails" sign.

For the little buckaroos, Mommy Amanda wanted a fun activity for them at the party. 

 These inflatable horses were set-up for the children guests to play with and get in the cowboy spirit during the party.

 Mommy Amanda ordered this adorable chalkboard sign from a vendor on Etsy and we hung it in the tree, near the picnic area.
 Below the chalkboard sign, they set up a comfy crawling area for the little ones and cowboy hats for the older guests.

 The cow print and red balloons added a special touch to the party and allowed guests to see where the party was in the park. 

 The birthday boy had a great party and sported his cowboy hat and bandana 
as he celebrated with guests.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Noah's Ark Baptism Brunch in Baltimore!

A little over a week ago, we had the honor to travel to Baltimore to plan Holden's baptism brunch. In talking with Mommy Kim, we decided on a "Noah's Ark" theme and went with orange and aqua for the color scheme. (You may remember Mommy Kim's "Little Man" baby shower here).

For the cupcake tower, I created "Holden's Ark" and covered boxes and cardboard, trimming it with rickrack and ribbon. The "Holden's Ark" sign was the finishing touch. (Shout-out to my husband for his engineering help on this!)

 The cupcake toppers featured different animals, two-by-two to play on the theme. 

As favors, I wanted to play on the theme a bit more and had orange chevron favor bags, 
filled with orange salt water taffy.

 The custom stickers featured the ark and animals.

The two fireplaces featured "Holden" pennant banners in orange and aqua.

 Paper chain garlands highlighted the food buffet.

The animals, two-by-two, were also featured on the food menu cards.

The animals also appeared on the drink straws.

 Each centerpiece featured a different pair of animals.
The blue waves and rickrack helped bring the ocean to life. 

And although he slept through most of his party, sweet baby Holden 
was certainly honored by his friends and family on this special day.

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