Milk and Cookies Birthday Party For Miss P

My sweet baby girl turned one this weekend. I still can’t believe a year has gone by since she made us parents. Her birthday was an absolute blast. I’m so grateful that my husband came home just in time for us to celebrate as a family. I had my eye on a milk and cookies birthday party for months, so when it was finally time to party, I was ready to go!

We took her to a baseball game on Saturday for her actual birthday, such a typical family event for us! On Sunday we celebrated with friends with a milk and cookies birthday party.  It was so fun to load up on tons of yummy sugary treats and just celebrate our girl turning ONE.

beauty milk and cookies party

I went with a milk and cookies birthday party theme because I wanted something that wouldn’t require a lot of work the day of. Since my husband was just returning from deployment I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to prepare right before the party so I wanted to be able to make most things ahead. With the cookies, I was able to do that. My mom was in town about a week prior to the party so she and I whipped up tons of cookie dough and froze it.

For a color scheme, I decided on pink and aqua. How fun is a pink and aqua party for a little girl? The colors were so fun to decorate with. They were so vibrant, making the party decorations really stand out.

milk and cookies

The details were so fun. I made MILK label tags for the milk bottles and attached pretty striped straws to the bottles with washi tape. I made glitter dipped mason jar vases and filled some mason jars with circus animal cookies. I also filled a cookie jar with birthday cake Oreos (my personal favorite). For favors, I made Oreo pops, with tags that said “It was so SWEET of you to celebrate with us!” And of course, no party is complete without cake or cupcakes. And no milk and cookies birthday party is complete with cookies and cream cupcakes, so I made chocolate cupcakes with cookies and cream icing. They were DELISH!

Pink and Aqua birthday

The smash cake was probably my favorite part and it was certainly the centerpiece of the entire table.

I DIYed the cake plate for her smash cake by spray painting a thrifted candle stick holder, and gluing a plastic dollar store plate to the top.

For the cake topper, I simply took two paper straws and made a washi tape bunting.

milk station making home base

For the milk part of the milk and cookies birthday party, I set up a little milk station with milk bottles and a tub full of ice to keep the milk ice cold. Of course, we had chocolate and strawberry syrup on hand for the option of chocolate or strawberry milk. Mmm….

making home base milk and cookies

To match the chalkboard invitation I made a chalkboard full of information about the birthday girl including all of her favorite things.

Oh and the most important part about a milk and cookies birthday party has to be the cookie spread, which was amazing! We had snicker doodles, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, and m & m cookies. For fun, we had some treat bags for our guests to take some sugary goodness home with them!

pink and aqua first birthday

Although, we did a smash cake a few weeks ago, she still went at her cake like it was the first time! This time, I was too busy enjoying watching her to get photos, so I’m so glad we did that smash cake photo shoot.

We had a wonderful time and I’m certain the birthday girl loved it.  If I can have a party like this one every year, I suppose I won’t mind my little one growing so fast.

Be sure to check back throughout the week for some party detail sources, tutorials, and recipes.

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Supplies: milk bottles, striped straws, treat bags

Party details: Cookies and Cream Frosting


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Baby Announcement Ornament

One of the best things about this holiday season (other than the fact that is the first one in three years we aren’t moving) is that it’s my little girl’s first one. I am having so much fun making everything extra special for her. Part of that has been starting new family traditions. One of the traditions we’ve started this year is making homemade ornaments. I wanted to do a really special ornament for Miss P this year. I thought about buying some kind of baby’s first Christmas ornament but nothing really popped out. So I thought, why not create my own? And what is more personalized than using her baby announcement or a homemade baby announcement ornament.

I started out with just trying her hand print on an ornament. We’ve tried the hand print thing before on things we’ve sent to Daddy. She didn’t always cooperate so I didn’t really have high hopes for this. BUT, she held her little palm out perfectly and I quickly pressed the ornament right to it and viola!

After letting the paint dry a little bit I cut up pieces of her baby announcement and dropped them into the bulb.

I love that you can see little bits of it as you turn the ornament around.

It’s perfect for her first ornament. I plan on doing a couple more for her but this one is just lovely to celebrate the most special event of the year.

Are you starting any new traditions this year? Tell me about them!

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Let It Snow Winter Wreath

Hey there everyone! I know you all have been busy busy busy arranging the holiday decor. I just pulled my fall wreath off the door yesterday. We were out of town until then, and driving through my neighborhood I saw some beautiful Christmas decorations. I felt left behind! That’s what I get for going out of town.

Fear not, I caught up quickly. And now, it’s officially winter over here since my wreath is up. I was giggling at myself a little bit today while hanging the wreath as it was probably close to 75 degrees outside. I don’t anticipate any snow this year but a girl can dream, right?

I knew right away that I wanted an aqua winter wreath this year. I just love the color and it looks so pretty against the contrasting white. I did a simple yarn wrapped wreath with lots of embellishment.

There is a mixture of embellishments here. My mom {the crochet queen} whipped up two different kinds of crocheted flowers for me. Oh how I wish I could master the art of crochet. This lefty has such a hard time with it. Then I added some felt flowers, and fabric rosettes. The little white snowballs were leftover from my Snowflake Glitter Garland as were the two snowflakes.

I added the “Let It Snow” bunting last minute, I think it completes the wreath. Don’t you?

I am so pleased with it, the color is so fun and it really stands out from the street! Happy winter :)



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[Tutorial] Paint Chip Christmas Trees

Hi, friends!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend and are stuffed with turkey and pumpkin pie. I know I am!

Christmas decorating in my house has begun and  I want to share a fun Christmas craft with you guys today. I whipped these easy little trees up over the weekend. They are super inexpensive and they come together so quickly. I’m so excited to share them here today.

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

These sweet little trees are so festive.

Things you’ll need to make Paint Chip Christmas Trees:

Foam cone(s) any size (mine are 12 in and 9 in)

paint chip cards

glass head pins


ribbon for embellishment

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

First you’ll need to grab different shades of green paint chips from your local hardware store.

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

Cut them into 1 in. 1 1/2 in squares. The squares do not have to be perfect. I used a cutting board and sort of eyedballed it. I like the look of the different sized squares.

Then, starting at the bottom of your cone pin your squares around the circumference, alternating colors. Continue to pin your squares working your way up the cone until the entire cone is covered. Towards the top of the cone I trimmed my squares down a little bit so they weren’t overlapping too much. Then, you can embellish it with a nice gold ribbon like I did, or even a little star on top would be cute.

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

I just love these little paint chip Christmas trees and so far this is the only Christmas tree we have up in our house. Is your tree up yet? Have a great week!

Want more Holiday Decor ideas? Check out my holiday project gallery.


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