Category Archives: Party!

Happy New Year!

IMG_2570Happy New Year!
Welcome 2015!  Team Steamie is ready for ya!
We spent our new years eve snuggling (aka being the human mattress) while our Teeny Steamie sweated and slept off her mystery fever.  Poor babe, nothing is more sad than looking at those little eyes all glossy & cheeks all flushed with sickness.  But thankfully she perked up on the 1st, and so far has been her happy (and feisty) self for the new year.
Cheers to all the adventures to come in the new year.

Steami-ized Gift Tags- DIY

Requiring no actual “crafting” this DIY, is more of an “OIY” (order it yourself)… but here’s how we arrived at our cute little personalized gift tags:

IMG_2312Since the other half of this “Team Steamie” was kind enough to cave to me pestering and get a holiday card photos shoot this year [pictures here]… I just couldn’t leave well enough alone at using the photos just for the cards.

Must. Maximize. Cuteness.

While I was checking out online cards, I noticed templates for simple, square business cards. The light bulb clicked on, and I ordered a set of 50 cards with a simple image from our photo shoot (Gotta love E’s sparkly shoes!). Yes, I had a coupon code… yes, I’m a sucker for square format anything.

With just a simple hole punch- voila- personalized gift tags.

I really think they added a lovely touch to this years wrapping. I didn’t buy ANY wrapping supplies this year, just used up what was left over in the archives (aka- the wrapping paper box under our bed). I envy those out there with a full room dedicated to creating magical packages to sit under the tree… but I’m happy with our sparkly yarn & adorable feet adorning gifts for our loved ones!

Ho. Ho. Ho.

Have a very STEAMIE Christmas! [2014]

Happy Holidays from Team Steamie!

Happy Holidays

Here’s some excerpts from the mini-photo shoot for out holiday cards this year.  It was quite chilly & breezy & our little E was a bit camera shy, preferring to try to run off and play rather than sit & pose, but they still turned out darling.  Love that little FACE.

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I made her little romper the night before using this pattern from Etsy.  The fabric I had snatched up at Joann’s back in September when I went shopping for Halloween costume fixings.    It’s a little loose still, but OH SO FUN!

*photos taken in and around the Boathouse Collective I saw a review with one picture of the exterior & instantly knew I wanted to hang out with all that corrugated metal!

Teeny Steamie- turns 1!!

file under: better late than never…  Our little Teeny Steamie is now 19 months old, but I realize I never published my post about her first birthday.  It’s been just a sad little draft sitting on my computer for months!

We celebrated each week on the red chair- but this year milestone is cause for a party!

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Everly’s 1st birthday fell on a Saturday- so it was so fun to have her party on her actual B-day!

Leading up to the party, people kept asking me what the “theme” was for the party… um… can “birthday party” be a theme!? haha. I didn’t have a theme per-se, but I did have a vision- RIBBONS… lots of them. I wanted to have one LONG table (I pretty much ALWAYS want one long table for parties) and I wanted to see lots of ribbons! I strung them up from the trellis to the house, and it created a colorful ceiling for our party! Other than the ribbons, we kept it simple, just a fabulous cake, family & friends, and obviously- some fun for the kiddos- in the form of a few toys, yard games (USC Corn hole) & we set the teepee set up in the yard with toys suitable for the littlest guests.   Steve & Danny crafted up a CUTE lemonade stand- that greeted people at the door, and some little “welcome” & “Everly” signs for the yard as well.     The lemons sprung up as a late mini-theme after we did her little mini shoot (scroll down for photo!).

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Here’s the ribbon set up on the patio.


 The moose had to get some attention too.


Spare ribbons embellished the wall of the side yard.  And happy discovery while rearranging for the party table- the outdoor sectional fits amazingly in the side yard!


The guests enjoyed playing out side. There were bubbles, cornhole & music via Danny!  (I do think some people think we hired him as entertainment!  haha… thanks Danny!)

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The little guests got to take home pots & seeds to plant and bubble & toys too.  I wanted to do a potting table, so they could pot at the house, but then I worried no one would want o get messy- so they just got the parts to DIY it later!


Daycare made this paper crown!


and the best part of all parties- The DESSERT!



Have your cake… Everly seemed a bit overwhelmed at the cake smash- she didn’t quite know what to do with it, but with her fabulous Grandma & Nana showing her how it was done, (and a little spoon) she did give it a good smash. and maybe even got a little taste in.

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We loved the ruffle cake, and her ruffle romper- I thought it tied in with the ribbons nicely- and she was the picture of Cuteness!

Everly LOVED the party & having all her favorite people over. So much so, that the next day- she kept crawling & opening the sliding door to head out to play with everyone again! Too bad they all had to go home! 🙂

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Earlier in the month we did a mini shoot for her “1 year” pics! She wore her ruffled birthday outfit- and out of the 100 or so photos the photographer sent us home with- she smiled in approximate 6. haha. But she had fun playing with the lemon and tolerated the headband long enough to snap the pics- so I’d call it a success!

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Happiest of 1st birthday’s to our little Everly. You are an amazing girl, and we’re so enamored & proud to be your parents!

Feb 2013

Feb may be small, but it packs a punch!

the Steamie Yard progressed…

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We hosted a fun “Rock & Roll” themed shower to our FAB friends as the prep to welcome a new addition to their family.  Nothing a few spray painted Vinyl records can’t do!

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The onesie decorating was a super fun craftivity for the party guests!

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Steve is such a sweet daddy to be & let me drag him to a couples pre-natal yoga class!


We packed in a few visits to Disneyland before our passed expire again.


Awesome valentines date night to Banderas (MMMM…. Cornbread) and movies at the port theater!  We CRACKED up that our reserved seats stood out in the EMPTY theater.

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Sweet little handmade heart pillow from Mr. Steamie- yes the button says “ you are my SEW mate”  haha.


Bump selfies in restaurant bathrooms- so classy.


Steve made me excellent mock-tails (faux-garita)


We attended our birth-prep classes at hoag lucked out to score sundae from the event happening in the next room!


Snagged a super cute little table for the side yard seating area (Homegoods FTW!)


My mom got us our stroller!  It’s getting real here.  J


A Jolly Celebration!


On Dec 8, 2012 we celebrated with my dear cousin Amanda, as she & Jamason made their marriage official (again)- this time in front of all their family & friends!

We had a wonderful evening the night before at the rehearsal dinner,


and then spent the day getting ready at the good ol LA Athletic Club Hotel.








We posed for pictures around the hotel & then walked the few short blocks to Loft 7 for the wedding ceremony & reception.


THe VIEW was unbeatable, and the awesome handcrafted decor items really set the tone for this book loving crowd!




The tables & flowers were all so happy & cheery, and the couple looked radiant through out the night as they visited, laughed & danced with their favorite people.


Also- the food was scrumptious- and hey- who doesn’t LOVE a photo booth! 🙂

Cheers to Mr & Mrs Jolly! Twas a Jolly Celebration indeed!


Putting out the christmas decor brought to light that we might have a little critter obsession… and the Steamie christmas tree is starting to show it.

This year, even some penguin plates made their way into our holiday collection…


We also rearranged the living room yet again to accomdate the christmas tree- and it’s just SO Cozy in there! 🙂