i always try to have one element of each party we host a "do it yourself" project, and even though i bought almost everything this time (pizza, beer, chips, cupcakes, cleaning lady-ha, etc), i still got stressed out when i ran out of time to finish the sugar cookies. thankfully my sweet husband helped roll out the dough and cut all of the onesie shapes out.
here are a few of the finished cookies. two of my sweet neighbors came and helped decorate, which also helped alleviate the time crunch stress (although i still did not have time to do my hair or makeup, blah).
we ordered cupcakes from rick's bakery and they were delicious!! (i found the "it's a girl" and "it's a boy" cupcake toppers at hobby lobby for $1.99...saving the rest of the pack for showers!)
here is our dessert table...i love the pink and shiny blue fabric. i actually had the pink left over from my wedding decorations box and i bought a half yard of blue at hobby lobby for $1.50. the blue and pink plates, cups, napkins, etc. are from walmart for cheap.
these are the two fabulous ladies (neighbors) who watch parker when james is working. love them!
kids' beverages...i tried to find blue and pink jones soda and they sell it NO WHERE in nwa (well at least not at walmart, target, or the pinnacle market), so i settled for berry and punch juice boxes instead.
our gender "guestbook"...made from supplies at yours truly, hobby lobby (the letters were left over cutouts from parker's birthday party sign)
overall i think the party went really well. i enjoyed myself more than parker's birthday party and felt like i got to talk to more people instead of just running around doing things. even though james' asked for me to make it girls only after i'd already sent the invites, i think it was a good family activity and more guys showed up than we were expecting (well more people in general). the kids played, everyone had enough to eat, and it was a great night of celebration of new life! love yall.