A Very Confetti Birthday

I have a 4 year old. Repeat. I have a 4 year old! There is a child in my house who is potty trained, can speak in full sentences, knows how to operate light machinery and can recite the planets to me in order. 4 years old!

Hitting this milestone was a cause for celebration. With August sharing his birthday with an epic holiday (cough Valentine’s Day cough) we knew we’d have to plan early. So way back in December I asked August, “What kind of birthday would you like?” I was expecting an answer along the lines of dinosaurs, legos, robots, animals or space. But not August. He’s always thinking a bit outside the box and of that I’m always proud. “Confetti” he replied. Really? I had to ask him a second time to make sure I understood. “Confetti?” He nodded yes. Alright then! Confetti it would be!

As soon as he confirmed his vision I started collecting goodies for the party. There were tons of New Year’s Eve decorations on store shelves and lots of sparkly colorful knick knacks that would lend themselves to our little celebration. I already have an arsenal of party decor that I reuse from event to event – so that was on the docket too. My kitchen cabinets are loaded with colorful cake stands, bright plates, customizable message banners, fun paper straws and colorful napkins. Perfect! I also knew I had a sizable stack of construction paper that I could tap for a homemade element. I ended up cutting out hundreds of confetti circles and sewing through them with my machine. Voila! Instant party decor.

When planning food for kid parties handhelds are always best. The goal is to keep things nice and simple so the kids can self serve, leaving the adults to have a chance to connect.  Trader Joe’s is always my go-to for party food. The prices are great, the products are delicious AND there are no creepy chemicals lurking about. That’s right! No synthetic additives, gmos or high fructose nonsense.Even the color additives are natural. I’ll take beet and carrot derived hues over red 40 any day! The final party spread included organic low-sugar juice for the kids, coffee, sparkling water and hard cider for the adults, fresh jumbo pretzels, cheese sticks and wheels, cheddar popcorn, peanut butter banana shish kabobs (thanks Pinterest!), grapes, a vegan veggie platter, and of course, cake. The best part? The cake, also from Trader Joes, was covered in confetti sprinkles. Love!

So there you have it. Our take on a very confetti birthday. Happy birthday little August!

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The Big T-W-O!

Oh my goodness – when did it happen?! When was I suddenly the mother of a full-fledged toddler?!

This past Valentine’s Day we crossed the milestone. August turned the big T-W-O! My little bundle, my baby boy, is now a floor stomping, bug poking, soil slinging mini man. He’s independent, fiery, curious, and addicted to routines. Thankfully, his tantrums are few, and his appetite is still big, so I’m clinging on to those two baby hold overs for as long as possible. His vocabulary is expanding in an exponential rate as are his physical capabilities. I’m telling you – mini man. Mini man.

To celebrate his passage into this new phase of life I hosted a small shin dig in his honor. As I’m quickly learning with this stage, less is more. Instead of busting out all stops for a big hoopla of a party, I planned an intimate breakfast bash with family, friends, and some of his toddler buddies. “Keep it simple sweetie” – definitely the way to go.

For the decorations I stayed away from a true theme and instead pulled together some basics in a variety of colors and textures. I also fell in love with a gold “Yay” Mylar balloon I found at Target – so threw in a few more metallic elements to bring it all together. Add a few bright floral bouquets and a smattering of wooden animal figurines and wallah! My apartment was birthday party ready!

For the food spread I, again, kept things simple. I filled up a cutting board with a variety of cheeses, including the standard brie and blue, both of which August promptly took whopping bites from. See my Instagram for video proof. I filled several bowls with berries, yogurts and granola, and set out jams and other condiments for spicing things up. Putting my collection of cake stands to work, I piled up mini omelettes, freshly baked mini croissants as well as towers of silver dollar pancakes skewered with berry kabobs. Do you see a pattern yet? Mini, mini, mini. One thing that was full sized was August’s birthday cake: A delightful chocolate ganache that we purchased from Whole Foods which I then topped with fresh cut flowers, a wooden animal figurine, a sparkler, and of course, two candles. For drinks I also kept things minimal and served orange juice, french pressed coffee, and organic milk boxes for the kiddos. The food was definitely a huge hit!

As seems customary at kid parties, I had an activity planned, but in the hub-bub of guests, food, and toddler antics, there was no opportunity to introduce it. Aka, I totally forgot. Oops! I had bought the supplies to have the kids make their very own seed bombs which they could “plant” somewhere in their neighborhood. Since I have the wildflower seeds and peat rarin to go – I may host a spring themed play date to give the littles a chance to get their hands dirty while teaching them some horticulture basics. But I digress.

730 days old. Quite the milestone and so glad we had a chance to properly celebrate. Now to start plans for Easter!

 

Events & Sales: Birthday Surprise!

Pierogi Picnic: Birthday Surprise!

Today is the day I graduate into a new age-decade! It’s my thirtieth birthday!!!!!!!

Moving beyond my twenties into the big 3-0 deserves all forms of celebrating – including a special one-day-only coupon code for you!

For the first time ever, use the following coupon code on ANY purchase in the Pierogi Picnic Etsy shop, and you’ll get 30% off your total purchase: birthdaysurprise30 That INCLUDES made to order items too! Yeah! Just pop in the code during check-out and you’ll see the discount reflected in your total.

So join with me in all my birthday festivities and get shopping! The coupon code expires at midnight!

Events: Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off!

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I can’t even begin to wrap my head around it – but we’re celebrating Pierogi Picnic’s five year anniversary this month! Woot! Woot!

To mark the birth of my beloved business, as well as all things eco-friendly, vintage and handmade, we’re going to have a month-long virtual party! Tune in to the Pierogi Picnic website every Sunday in August for a weekly special which will include deep discounts in the Pierogi Picnic Etsy store. And if you’re not following us on Facebook – make sure you do so today – as we’ll be hosting contests, freebies and more all month long!

To kick-off the celebration, we’re giving away a $50 Pierogi Picnic gift certificate!!! Talk about awesome! Enter for a chance to win by following the directions below.

How to enter:

1. Subscribe to the Pierogi Picnic website. Scroll down and look on the left hand-side of the page. Wallah!

2. Visit the Pierogi Picnic Etsy page and select your all-time favorite item.

3. Comment back on this post saying what your favorite item is, why, and include a link to the original listing!

The gift certificate winner will be chosen at random on August 15th using http://www.random.org. We’ll announce the winner on the site on Friday, August 16th.

Thank you all in advance for helping us celebrate! Let’s get this party started!

Sale: A Super Duper Birthday

It’s that time of year again – time to host my annual birthday sale!

Each year I dedicate a weekend to celebrating the advancement of my age with a matching discount on all ready-made and vintage items in my Etsy shop. Starting Friday, November 2nd you can take 29% off your purchase total by using the coupon code “superbday” during checkout. Start hearting your favorites today as the coupon will expire at midnight on November 5th.

Happy shopping!