Milk & Cookies Party – Emerson’s First Birthday!

The snowpocolypse didn’t stop this crew from gathering and eating ONE BILLION cookies! Note to self: Don’t tell the Day family “you can all bring a batch of cookies if you want” unless you want a thousand cookies to show up. As usual, this family over-delivers. We turned it into a contest. The winner was Michelle’s “Oreo Balls”, the second runner-up were Allison’s “Pumpkin Spice Cake-ies” which means no one voted for an actual “cookie” which mean this might actually be the worst theme party ever since apparently no one likes cookies. (: Moving on…


Party Details:

Plates/Napkins/Metal Buckets/Favor Buckets/Polka Dot Straws/ Coffee Travel Mug “Prize”: Target

Wrapping Paper Table Runner/Striped Straws/Scrapbook Paper: Hobby Lobby

Cupcakes/Cake: Sam’s Club (for $11 total!)

Old Fashioned Milk Bottles: (I’m a LIAR. They are actually Starbucks Frappucino bottles. We poured the frappucino into a  new container and served it at the party.)

Not pictured: A giant tub of unbelievably amazing chili that my super hot husband made.

Shakti - April 8, 2014 - 1:16 pm

what a beautiful, super special day. Looks like everyone had a blast. Love that cookie buffet!

Julie & Tyler – a lovely backyard wedding at sunset – springfield, mo

Sigh. Some weddings just feed my soul! I left this wedding completely inspired. Julie has been writing a journal to her future husband since 2003. That’s ten years, guys. She gave Tyler the journal on their wedding day. (Pay no attention to the photographer weeping into her camera.)

They also had some really great ideas I’d never seen before. Since they were expecting a TON of kids, they converted a barn into a little “kids center” complete with movies as well as a “kid’s only” mac n cheese and chicken tenders station so the littles wouldn’t have to wait on the adult food. (Pay no attention to the photographer stealing sneaking unbelievably delicious chicken tenders.)

I hope you enjoy this simple, romantic, lovely wedding!

Corlis Gray - January 23, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Beautiful! Love your style. Your black and whites are stunning!

Sara May - September 16, 2014 - 1:12 pm

So much love and tenderness in each frame… :) Love it!

Our Family at the Fair!

You may remember the last time we did a photoshoot at the fair when I was pregnant with Callie. It ended up being my favorite shoot of all time and now that we have two kiddos, I wanted to do a re-re-remix. What can I say? I’m a sucker for whimsy and joy, and…creepy carnies. I’m also weirdly obsessed with ferris wheels. I don’t think I’ve ever passed by a ferris wheel without snapping a photo. Maybe it’s because of The Notebook. Or Tris & Four. Moving on…

I did another photo exchange with the unbelievably fun, talented, sweet Janae Hardy.

Katie: “Hey, do you want to take our collective five kids to a crowded carnival and try to do TWO photoshoots in one? Oh and It’s supposed to be 100 degrees?”

Janae: “Girl, meet me under the tilt-a-whirl!”

Anyway, here’s that shoot from July. Callie is almost 3 years and Emerson is 6 month old. I just couldn’t love it more.  (:  Also I keep having these moments where I say “DAMN! My husband is freaking HOT!!!!!”

“…Cuz we’re the two best friends that anyone could have…we’re the two best friends that anyone could have…”

To see our last round of photoshoot trading, click here.

amanda june - November 18, 2013 - 10:32 am

fun! do you also find yourself saying to yourself, “DAMN! I am pretty freaking HOT myself!!!!!” …I find that happens sometimes with post-weightloss photos. anyway, you should. :) great photos!

kdp - November 18, 2013 - 10:43 am

aww. thank you so much!! :) :) :) :)

Jenloveskev - November 18, 2013 - 9:43 pm

hahah so I popped over here from your hilarious email and I even knew I was going to be looking at pictures of you and in that top picture of all you guys in front of ferris wheel I was like “wow is that me?” then I remembered where i was. haha. Too funny. Well I am honored that we are now internet long lost sisters. xoxo

kdp - November 18, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Oh goodness @jenLovesKev. I’m so happy you chose the word “hilarious” and not “insane”. :)
Here you go, sis:

Callie’s Tangled Birthday Party!

Planning this party was possibly the most fun I’ve ever had. Callie helped with every craft which made it all the more exciting.

Here’s the details on the crafts/decor:

Plates/Napkins from Target, Wooden Sunshines: Michael’s, The purple banner was from Hobby Lobby, we printed the yellow sunshines on a purple circle and cut/pasted them on. The floating lights are just computer paper with sunshine printed on them and taped on back. We bought one package of lanterns from Party City. The hair-flowers and cupcake toppers: We hot-glued together flowers from hobby lobby and buttons onto bobby pins. The cupcakes were baked by Sam’s Club ( Ijust ordered plain white cupcakes and we added our own toppers.) Aunt Haley did all the braiding and she is just ridiculously talented at hair. aunt Lacy made the giant yarn Rapunzel wig. The rest was just thinking about relevant quotes from the movie and doodling them on chalkboards. So fun. It was a blast. Callie was so excited! Thanks to our sweet family for traveling from afar to celebrate our favorite little spunky three-year-old! We love you so much!

Evridiki - September 3, 2013 - 12:07 pm

You are one talented lady! Beautiful crafts/photos/party!

jasmine - September 3, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Oh my goodness!! This is amazing. You did such a great job! I especially love the chalk designs on the ground and the invitation. Can I tell you that one of the first things I thought when I found out I was having a girl was how much fun I’d have planning and throwing her birthday parties?! Ha! Her first is coming up, and my husband and I have psychotic, over-the-top plans for a Snow White party. Can’t wait!

kenzie - September 3, 2013 - 1:35 pm

you are AMAZING!! this is seriously brilliant and so so fun!!! (also, you look FANTASTIC! you are one of my fave people to follow on instagram. creepy? ;) keep it up!!)

Samantha Lee - September 3, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Everything about this is so great. I can’t wait until I have kids because I am going to go all out for their birthday parties. Beautiful job! :)

Erin Cruz - September 3, 2013 - 2:12 pm

I thought about you this weekend and hoped the party was fantastic. It looks like it was a success! I love the photo booth pics! Great job!!

Ali Moore - September 3, 2013 - 2:30 pm

How fun! Fave part – your chalk art on the entire sidewalk. Love!

Rebekah Markewich - September 3, 2013 - 10:01 pm

That is amazing!

Amy - September 4, 2013 - 8:39 am

Hopped over from IG and this is so awesome. Wonderful job! And beautiful pictures.

Sara - September 4, 2013 - 3:23 pm


Stephanie - September 4, 2013 - 9:17 pm

AHHHHH!!!!! This is ah-mazing! I may have been singing along to the Agenda…

Ally Ebdon - September 7, 2013 - 6:22 am

Wow, you did soooo amazingly with this. The apple detail made me properly giggle snort into my coffee. I am 20 in November and totally revving myself up to ask for a tangled theme party.

Samantha - March 4, 2014 - 3:02 am

Found this blog though pinterest. I absolutely love everything about your daughter’s birthday party! Where did you get the invitation from? It’s hard to find a really good one!

kdp - March 6, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Hi Samantha! I’m actually a graphic designer and created it myself! :)

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