Monday, March 28, 2011

Rock and Roll Lives Forever

It was a small miracle that I was actually able to pull off Jonah’s 5th Birthday party and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Josh and several wonderful vendors. When we first started planning his party in October he originally wanted to have it at the Dallas Zoo. But I had heard about this new school from my friend Juli that opened up in Frisco called School of Rock. Loving the movie, I knew I had to check it out. I immediately started thinking of all the fun I could have with a Rock Star themed party so I persuaded Jonah in that direction. It took a lot of persuasion but he eventually agreed that it would be more fun than trying to have it at the zoo. I thought it would be fun if all the kids dressed up as their favorite Rock Star for the party. Then Josh and I decided that Rock Stars have to travel in style so it was only appropriate that they arrive to their “concert” at the school in a limo. Jonah had seen the fleet of limo’s on the website that I use when I take car service to the airport. He immediately noticed the white stretch hummer limo and said “I want to ride in that car” So I called up my favorite car service Allen Limo and they set everything up. It made me laugh when they asked what kind of beverages would I liked stocked in the mini bar! Hmm! (I opted for apple juice and water).

I turned to my very sweet and creative friend Erica at Works of a Wink to create a one of a kind invitation and she did not disappoint. She came up with the idea of a backstage pass on a lanyard for the kids to wear around their neck. It was perfect! She also created all of the gift tags, water bottle labels, cd covers and food labels to match.

For the party favors I wanted to something fun so I found the cutest Rock and Rock t-shirts on Etsy at Punky Monkey Kids. I ordered drumsticks on Amazon and then Josh made a CD with Rock and Roll songs on it for each guest.

Jonah decided he wanted to be Justin Bieber so I got online and downloaded several pictures of JB and then went on a shopping spree to find the perfect outfit.

Every year I try to find a yummy alternative your standard party cake and ice cream and this year I had to think about what Rock Stars like to eat (5 year old Rock Stars that is). When I asked Josh what he thought he said cheeseburgers so I decided it was probably a good idea to have the party catered. We had the BEST slider cheeseburgers and sweet potato French fries from Burger Girl in Frisco.

I was so busy with all of the other party preparations that I forgot one critical item and that was dessert! But Kroger in McKinney pulled through for me last minute and created really cute Rock and Roll themed cupcakes! I think the kids enjoyed them as much as they would from a swanky bakery.

All of the photos taken at the School of Rock were provided by my sweet friend Narci at Narci D Photography. Limo pictures were taken with my iPhone or donated by my friends at the party because I of course forgot my camera at home.

I think the kids had a great time! The costumes exceeded my expectations! It was truly an A-list affair. I rode by myself with all of the kids in the limo and what made me laugh the most was how concerned they all were with the fact that they did not have to sit in a car seat! They were also very curious if the limo had a bathroom,  which it did not. 

At the party the kids nibbled on the sliders and French fries and then broke up into groups to practice for their concert. They sang Louie Louie for the parents and it was really cute!

On the ride back home after the party Jonah told me it was his “FAVORITE Birthday party ever!” That made my heart happy and made all the hours of planning totally worth it! 

Now for the fun part – the  pictures!

The Ride

Limo Ride copy

The Inside  (taken with my iPhone so the quality isn’t great)

photo 1

The Famous faces: Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Hannah Montana, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Cyndi Lauper, Ke$ha and Katie Perry

Picnik collage A-List pics

The Food and the Favors

party food

Party Stuff

The Practice









The Concert





The Celebration


The Friends







The Family






Sunday, March 27, 2011

7 years ago today

We were here…….


reading our wedding vows to each other……. in Italian.

I loved you on that day and I love you even more today.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Little Leprechauns

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