I love throwing parties in general, but with these constantly unprecedented times, it would be easy to brush over an opportunity to celebrate. Events in time like birthdays, first days of school, graduations, etc. are not not just to celebrate your little, but the hard work you and your family have put into their little life so far!

There – now that I’ve hopefully justified all of the slightly extravagant party ideas I’ve found around Waco, I can tell you about some fun stuff! Here are some shots of Sienna’s first, small, family birthday party last month. I fixated a lot about how her birthday would be so close to Christmas when I was pregnant with her, but so far it has been so good!

Alice Allen Events Balloon Garland
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Snapp Family Photo
Simply Delicious Bakery Cake + Smash Cake
Alpha Lit Waco
Alpha Lit Waco
Sugars By Leah Cookies
Wonderplay Waco!
Snapp Family

The local vendors I used for Sienna’s party were:

Alpha+Lit Waco – AMAZING service, with rescheduling after rescheduling, they were so kind and the perfect special moment for our small party! They are officially a tradition for all of my parties!

Alice Allen Events for the Balloon Garland – I would for sure trust these girls to host my entire party if I was too busy to handle the details. This time I only needed them for the balloon garland and they delivered it right to my house! I have also considered renting their disco balls and other cute party props. Love them!

Wonder Play – another amazing Mama owned, local company (all of them so far are!). She was also amazing to work with an basically did it all! We cleared out my front living room and she came and set up all the soft climbing and riding toys, on a cute foam flooring, with a smaller indoor moon bounce, all with a plastic fence to keep the munchkins contained! It was perfect for my girls and their cousins up to age 6!

Simply Delicious Smash and Guest Cakes – They always do my cakes and they are literally so simple and so delicious! Not artificially sweet in the least, perfectly fresh cake, and the buttercream is my favorite texture! We did a cake for guests and then a small, coordinating one for Sienna to smash and eat in photos. She agreed it was delicious!

Sugars by Leah Cookies – Leah has done every party I have been a part of since before I was married! Her cookies are SO stunning, great at encompassing a theme, great for display or for favors, and actually soft unlike some of these decorative cookies. So yummy! This time she did a winter one-derland theme, but she’s done it all!

Gathering Board Waco – Not photographed, but their boards are always PERFECT. Hostess gifts, Friday night dinner, any sized group of guests? She’s got a perfect, beautiful, charcuterie snack for you!

Amazon Details – I had quite a bit of time at home to plan this one, but I loved my last minute, amazon party details! Pendent garland? Snow flake crowns? Cake topper or even face tattoos? The funnest little touches at your door in you final 2 days!

Working with great people makes planning a party even more enjoyable! Other ideas I’ve had include a moonbounce, movie theatre room rental, or maybe one day a petting zoo!

Have fun celebrating happy moments in time. We don’t get enough. Also stay tuned – Stella turns 3 on Memorial Day this year and we have decided to make the theme “Let Threedom Ring!”

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The concept of “home” has always been a long story for me! Being from a military family, I was always a Texan, but where exactly I was “from” was a lot longer of a story than people were typically prepared to hear. After a few trials and errors, I’ve become fairly good at introducing myself and making home out of wherever I happen to be. Everything from designing my many childhood bedrooms, unpacking my suitcases at hotels, to watching HGTV with my Mimi in her bed, home-making has always been my favorite subject. After finishing my degrees in Strategic Communication and Art & Architectural History at Texas A&M, I jumped right into a career in luxury apartment development. I bounced from project to project hiring, training, and working with teams at different universities all over the country to achieve marketing and leasing goals for new and ultra-chic, off campus, student communities. My office was based out of Chicago, but I maintained an apartment in Texas near my now husband. I was (and in a way still am) always on the move. I eventually came close to settling down in Dallas where I worked in apartment management, focusing on new developments again, until finally it came time to plant some roots and move to my husband’s hometown of Waco, TX. A Texas girl who toured a few other states throughout her life and made it back just in time to have a career and family here! If you and I met at a coffee shop right now, I’d probably be going on and on about how my career in residential real estate has me busy on feet, as I also try and keep up with my daughter Stella and Golden Doodle, Willie Nelson. I might also be laughing about how working in real estate, often with my husband, is far beyond different from what some people have grown to expect a husband and wife team from Waco to look like. Long story long, I have a love for making people feel at home and I’m so excited to share my journey and hodge-podge perspective with you here!

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