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My son was obsessed with Lightning McQueen and the Cars movie. It's on repeat at our house. having a Cars themed party for him was really a no-brainer! 

I did what I could to make it fabulous for him, but considering that I just had my daughter last month, a lot of the party elements had to be purchased rather than homemade. Despite that, I was able to squeeze in a couple of personalized touches for him to really make it special.  

The invite (DIY) was designed by yours truly using a cute pic of the birthday boy, free fonts, and free clipart of Mater and McQueen.
This door sign greeted guests as they arrived.

Cars themed chalkboard
Cars movie-inspired menu
The birthday boy specifically asked for chicken and waffles, so that's what we served. We had fried chicken and a few sides catered and set up a waffle station on one of the countertops. It was a genius idea!

A little DIY flair for the plastic cutlery
 Sally's Cozy Corn Muffins dressed with DIY toppers
 The cake table
 The cake
It was made by Cakery Bakery, but I finished off the decorating with the candles, a Piston Cup, Lightning and Mater figurines, and the DIY Cars logo-inspired cake banner.
The Happy birthday (above) banner and Cars poster (below) came in a Cars scene setter kit ($5.99) from Party City. The Rhyle checkered banner and personalized interstate signs were DIY.
 We purchased Cars party hats and Mater teeth pops for party fun and really silly pictures.
 The super happy Birthday Boy

Credits:
Party City - party supplies
Cakery Bakery - cake
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Weekly Pregnancy Chalkboard

I wanted to do something weekly to capture my baby bump in all its glory. Chalkboard trackers are all the rage, so I followed suit. The tough part was coming up with an idea I could draw (well) every single week! It was a lot of fun, but a lot of work. Some of these are quite detailed! 
Week 39 was taken right before we left for the hospital. We had a scheduled induction, so I prepped the board a few days before September 20th, but Miss Sadie had her own plans. My water broke around 3am the same day we were going to be induced.
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Bun in the Sun

For my second pregnancy, we opted to have one big family party to celebrate the upcoming arrival of baby no. 2. With a small toddler running around keeping me busy, I opted to have our invitations made, instead of making them myself. When I found this design by Storkie.com, perfectly dubbed "Bun in the Sun," I knew I had made the right decision. How cute is that?!
For the party decor, I chose a hot pink and orange color motif, while also incorporating the summer "Bun in the Sun" notion. The party was mostly outdoors, so four round tables were set-up covered in hot pink or orange tablecloths.

Centerpieces: tissue paper pom-poms and paper flip-flops
Fringe banners hung above while inflated pink and orange beach balls were scattered all over the back yard.
Hot pink photo backdrop with flip-flops made from cardstock and an offering of different plastic colored sunglasses to choose from 
Inside the house, the decorations continued...
I absolutely loved how the bathing suit banner above the fireplace turned out. You can't really tell from this photo, but I added crepe paper to give the bathing suits ruffle bottoms!

The dessert table was kept inside because of the heat and decorated with circle streamers hanging from above.
(left) Homemade mini donuts dipped in pink and orange glaze 
Party favors: You're the flip to my flop homemade rice kripsy "cupcakes" complete with drink umbrella and mock label "Sadie's Sweet Shoppe"
Cake from Cakery Bakery, gussied up with fondant in our party colors


Credits:
Invite - Storkie.com
Cake - Cakery Bakery
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And Baby makes 4!

Sullivan party of 3 is expanding to a family of 4!
The photo was taken during a family vacation in Costa Rica and edited with text to create a pregnancy announcement to send to all of our family and friends. 
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