Healthy Kids

Butterfly Garden Birthday Party and Pear Tree Greetings Giveaway!

How is my beautiful girl 5 years old?! What a milestone 5 is! She really is no longer a baby, and it’s hard to wrap my mind around that fact.

I have been feeling a big transition coming on in my life, and part of it is because of her fifth birthday. Being a mother to a 5 year old is so different than mothering a baby. It requires nuturing and love, of course, but the energy required is totally different, in my experience. I am still adjusting to the shift, for sure.

We had originally decided on a Minnie and Mickey Party when we were still living in South Florida since we had annual passes to Disney World. (We are back in Tallahassee, hallelujah!) It was only a two hour drive to Disney from our old place, just close enough for a day trip and we went at least once a month.

But then she fell in love with a butterfly piñata at Target and everything changed – now she wanted a butterfly garden party. Even though she may change her mind at times, you can tell when she means business and is set on what she wants. So I knew it was no more Minnie, and a Butterfly Garden party is what we would have to plan.

When I talked with Pear Tree Greetings and told them our party plans, they were excited to help me create an awesome party for my Sweet P. Pear Tree Greetings is an amazing online resource for photo cards, announcements, and invitations. They did our Christmas cards, Valentine’s Day Cards, and now birthday invites, and they have all been over-the-top in both cuteness and quality. Plus everything they make is printed on 100% recyclable paper.

Just like the last two years, I am doing an awesome birthday party bundle giveaway! This year Pear Tree Greetings is giving away a $250 Visa Gift Card AND a $200 Pear Tree Greetings Gift Card!!! *Giveaway closed*

And you can use the Pear Tree Greetings gift card on Christmas cards if you want!!

I am also giving away all of the party decorations I used for the party, about a $300 value! So total this giveaway is a $750 value!! Find out how to enter below.

butterfly garden party invites pear tree greetings

butterfly garden party invites pear tree greetings

Pear Tree Greetings has quite the assortment of kid’s birthday invitations.  I almost got these flower birthday invites for my daughter, which would have been adorable, especially with all the coordinating decor options, but I made the mistake of asking her opinion first and when she saw these fairy garden invitations, it was over. The decision was made. Side note: this whole party planning thing has me wondering if I am creating a spoiled and entitled little girl, but hopefully I am being conscious enough to curb that – we are constantly talking about how having parties is a way for us to spend time together, to do something creative and artistic, for me to show my love for her, for her to spend quality time with her friends, and for her life to be celebrated by our friends and family in a beautiful and mindful way. My hope is that she is a little girl with a vision who already knows exactly what she wants. One day, she will be CEO of a huge company and run it with skills she started honing at age 5, instead of turn into what’s her face from Charlie and Chocolate Factory. 🙂

Enchanted Paisley Etsy Shop Butterfly Birthday Party Crown

She is always excited for her birthday parties. It is normal for her to always be right by my side for any party prep, but this year she took it to a whole new level. I read an article a few months ago that age five is when kids really start getting into picking party themes and being involved. That started at 3, but this year she was super duper excited.

She loved her butterfly queen crown that The Enchanted Paisley Etsy shop made for her. Because of Frozen, she doesn’t like to be called a princess, she is the QUEEN. Again, I can easily see Founder and CEO on her future business cards.

butterfly garden party ideas

For party favors, butterfly wings from the dollar store and Target, and goodie bags with all things butterfly. A bracelet, a ring, a pack of stickers, a necklace, a balloon, a hair clip and a butterfly wand.

butterfly garden party ideas

One of our quality time crafts was painting some wooden butterflies from Michael’s. I put them all over my front porch potted plants with a couple of balloons for good measure.

butterfly party garden party ideas

 

butterfly garden party ideas

One of the coolest things I made are these Martha Stewart pink lanterns from Michael’s that we put butterfly stickers on. So easy!

butterfly party garden party ideas

Tissue paper garlands made such a big visual impact! Glam Fete Etsy Shop is so great about matching a party theme. I gave her my ideas and she hands down delivered!

butterfly garden party ideas

butterfly garden party ideas

The table decor was a mix of things from my Grandma, Oh Joy for Target’s summer line, stuff from Target’s Spritz party decor line, and cheap floral and gold rimmed china I found at Home Goods. I liked that nothing matched, but it did give me some anxiety because I wasn’t sure at first if it was all gonna come together like I envisioned or turn into a hot mess. Thankfully it was a success.

butterfly garden party ideas

Talk about anxiety, this cake was giving me some anxiety, for sure (Good thing I know how stop anxiety in it’s tracks when it starts, one of the techniques I use is tapping). Even after all these years of baking and cooking, there is still a little voice in my head that says, “You are going ruin everything!”

I went with a basic vanilla spice cake, gluten-free of course, and a simple, dairy-free icing of white powered sugar and palm oil shortening with a little vanilla extract. And it was a crowd pleaser. Phew! I didn’t tell anyone it was gluten-free and dairy-free and they had no idea!

butterfly garden party ideas

I bought two dozen pink roses from Costco and put them in little vases. These floral and gold rimmed vases are my Grandma’s, I love that they made an appearence!

butterfly garden party ideas

butterfly garden party ideas

Another one of our quality time crafts was this sign – the same sign I have used every birthday party, except last year because I couldn’t find it post move to Jupiter. I got butterfly découpage paper and then cut the butterflies out (I did this part by myself while watching TV). Once the background was painted, I mod podged them to the canvas. My daughter loved it!

butterfly garden party ideas

butterfly garden party ideas

Her blue mason jars from last year’s mermaid party made a comeback.

butterfly garden party ideas

So grateful to have friends that let us borrow their blow up stuff!

butterfly garden party ideas

And beyond grateful to be back in Tallahassee, so that our dearest friends, our friends that like family to us, could be at her party.

butterfly garden party ideas

butterfly garden party ideas

butterfly garden party ideas

A near hair burning incident happened here. Every year there seems to be some sort of candle drama that I just can not escape. 🙂

buttefly garden party ideas

buttefly garden party ideas

cute butterfly garden party ideas

GOOD LUCK!

And big thanks again to Pear Tree Greetings for being an amazing company, long standing supporter of M+BL and helping to make birthday dreams come true.

You Might Also Like

  • Melanie
    November 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Pinned and here is the link: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/108227197270847830/

  • Melanie
    November 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I have an almost 6 year old that would love this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/108227197270847827/

  • Melanie
    November 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    And again: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/108227197270847827/

  • Lynne
    November 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I love this idea!

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/190206784238203474/

  • Lynne
    November 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Love this too!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/190206784238203487/

  • Helen
    November 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Hi Stephanie,

    You’re a very imaginative person and I LOVE the parties you’re hosting for your daughter! They’re always so bright and cheerful!

    P.S. Too sad the giveaway is only for US residents 🙂

    • Stephanie
      November 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Thanks Helen! Sorry about that. I wish I could do international too.

  • Andrea
    November 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Such a beautiful party. I pinned this pic because I love that canvas http://www.pinterest.com/pin/187462403215116696/
    Also this http://www.pinterest.com/pin/187462403215116698/

  • Denise Freitag
    November 19, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Beautiful!! Didn’t exactly see the place to enter to win, but I love it!

    • Stephanie
      November 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      At the very bottom of the post I give instructions. 🙂

  • Tara King Meashaw
    November 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Love the 5! Pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/263882859392164752/

  • Tara King Meashaw
    November 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Beautiful tablescape!! Pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/263882859392164769/

  • Candy
    November 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Love the numbers made out of butterflies! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/559009372472077795/

  • Jessica
    November 19, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    What cute gift bags! I pinned them here:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11118330306310519/

  • Jessica
    November 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Such a fun way to make a butterfly! I pinned it here:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11118330306310516/

  • Jessica
    November 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    My girls love these wings! Pinned here;

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11118330306310509/

  • Jessica
    November 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    How yummy does this look! Pinned here:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11118330306310513/

  • Jessica
    November 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Nice touch! Pinned here:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11118330306310512/

  • Jessica
    November 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    This is a great idea…pinned here
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11118330306310486/

  • Jessica
    November 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    These look so real! Pinned it:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11118330306310505/

  • Jessica
    November 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    You got skills girl! Pinned it:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11118330306310503/

  • Jessica
    November 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    I seriously got hungry just looking at this!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11118330306310502/

  • Jessica
    November 19, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    How pretty! Pinned it here:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11118330306310499/

  • Jessica
    November 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Love the details! Pinned it here:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11118330306310496/

  • Anastasia b
    November 19, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Great party ideas! My first pin here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/32721534768777107/

  • Ruth
    November 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Will you be posting the cake recipe you used??? Looks delicious! I have a food allergy kid so I’m always on the lookout for great dairy-free and gluten-free recipes! Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      November 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Eventually! I am slammed right now, but hopefully soon. You can find lots of gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free recipes in my baking cookbook in the time being. 🙂

  • Stephanie
    November 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Pin #1 http://www.pinterest.com/pin/394768723561163364/

  • Stephanie
    November 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Pin #2! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/394768723561163517/

  • Stephanie
    November 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Now for #3 http://www.pinterest.com/pin/394768723561163551/

  • Stephanie
    November 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    And #4 http://www.pinterest.com/pin/394768723561163636/

  • Stephanie
    November 19, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Pin #5 http://www.pinterest.com/pin/394768723561163680/

  • Stephanie
    November 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    #6 pin http://www.pinterest.com/pin/394768723561163691/

  • Stephanie
    November 19, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    On to #7 http://www.pinterest.com/pin/394768723561163698/

  • Stephanie
    November 19, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    #8 http://www.pinterest.com/pin/394768723561163711/

  • Stephanie
    November 19, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Nine nine #9 http://www.pinterest.com/pin/394768723561163832/

  • Stephanie
    November 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Finally #10 http://www.pinterest.com/pin/394768723561163954/

    Thank you!

  • Sarah
    November 19, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Pinned!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/82964818111261778/

    Also, I am jealous of your mod-podging abilities. If I tried that, I would definitely mess up the number even if I drew it out beforehand.

  • jessica w
    November 20, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    I pinned this post http://www.pinterest.com/pin/86975836529686919/

  • jessica w
    November 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    I loved this theme http://www.pinterest.com/pin/86975836529686921/

  • jessica w
    November 20, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    cute crown http://www.pinterest.com/pin/86975836529686922/

  • jessica w
    November 20, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    another post i pinned http://www.pinterest.com/pin/86975836529686923/

  • jessica w
    November 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    cute wings http://www.pinterest.com/pin/86975836529686924/

  • Kelly H
    November 20, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    What an adorable party idea! First pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/149744756336234203/

  • jessica w
    November 20, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    another pin http://www.pinterest.com/pin/86975836529686926/

  • Kelly H
    November 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Second pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/149744756336236368/

  • Kelly H
    November 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Third pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/149744756336236391/

  • jessica w
    November 20, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I like that you don’t blind fold the kids for the pinata http://www.pinterest.com/pin/86975836529686928/

  • Kelly H
    November 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Fourth pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/149744756336234201/

  • Kelly H
    November 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Love this so much!! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/149744756336234199/

  • Kelly H
    November 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    The cake turned out great too. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/149744756336234196/

  • Kelly H
    November 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Adorable decor http://www.pinterest.com/pin/149744756336234194/

  • jessica w
    November 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    your cake is beautiful! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/86975836529686930/

  • jessica w
    November 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    bouncies are always a hit! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/86975836529686935/

  • jessica w
    November 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    last one! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/86975836529686932/

  • Miranda M.
    November 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Love the face paint!

    Pin 1: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155866837079170409/

  • Miranda M.
    November 20, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    The different flower cups were a nice touch.

    Pin 2: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155866837079170403/

  • Miranda M.
    November 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Nice table decor.

    Pin 3: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155866837079170401/

  • Miranda M.
    November 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Fun decorations!

    Pin 4: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155866837079170396/

  • Miranda M.
    November 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    What a creative idea!

    Pin 5: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155866837079170393/

  • Miranda M.
    November 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Awesome cake!

    Pin 6: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155866837079170390/

  • Miranda M.
    November 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Love the butterfly cake and matching canvas.

    Pin 7: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155866837079170386/

  • Miranda M.
    November 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    What kid wouldn’t love a pair of wings!

    Pin 8: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155866837079170389/

  • Miranda M.
    November 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    The invitations are perfect for you party!

    Pin 9: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155866837079170382/

  • Miranda M.
    November 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Love the gift bags!

    Pin 10: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155866837079170384/

  • CJ
    November 20, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    1. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/358951032774996844/

    Pinata time

  • CJ
    November 20, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    2. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/358951032774996841/

    Face paint

  • CJ
    November 20, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    3. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/358951032774996840/

    Fun wings

  • CJ
    November 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    4. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/358951032774996839/

    Creative decoration

  • CJ
    November 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    5. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/358951032774996837/

    Healthy snacks

  • CJ
    November 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    6. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/358951032774996836/

    Looks like a fun cake, might be able to do it myself

  • CJ
    November 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    7. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/358951032774996834/

    Birthday snack table

  • CJ
    November 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    8. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/358951032774996830/

    Very nice decorations

  • CJ
    November 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    9. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/358951032774996828/

    Nice favor bags

  • CJ
    November 20, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    10. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/358951032774996826/

    Pretty invitations

  • Jessica Beard
    November 20, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/207587864050295060/

    Looks yummy!

  • Jessica Beard
    November 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/207587864050295064/

    pin 2

    Love the pretty colors!

  • Jessica Beard
    November 20, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/207587864050295071/

    pin 3

    Love these books!

  • Jessica Beard
    November 20, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/207587864050295088/

    pin 4

    Beautiful invites!

  • Jessica Beard
    November 20, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/207587864050295110/
    Cute balloons!

    pin 5

  • Jessica Beard
    November 20, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/207587864050295103/

    Looks like fun!
    pin 6

  • Jessica Beard
    November 20, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/207587864050295125/

    pin 7

    So pretty! You did such a wonderful job with decorations!

  • Jessica Beard
    November 20, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/207587864050295131/

    I love pink roses! Beautiful!

    pin 8

  • Jessica Beard
    November 20, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/207587864050295145/

    pin 9

    Pretty bags! I bet the girls loved them!

  • Jessica Beard
    November 20, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/207587864050295154/
    pin 10
    These butterflies are so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  • miranda
    November 20, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    pinned 1) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/347551296218309445/

  • miranda
    November 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    pinned 2) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/347551296218309452/

  • miranda
    November 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    pinned 3) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/347551296218309456/

  • miranda
    November 20, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    pinned 4) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/347551296218309458/

  • miranda
    November 20, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    pinned 5) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/347551296218309460/

  • miranda
    November 20, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    pinned 6) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/347551296218309467/

  • miranda
    November 20, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    pinned 7) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/347551296218309478/

  • miranda
    November 20, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    pinned 8) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/347551296218309487/

  • miranda
    November 20, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    pinned 9) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/347551296218309496/

  • miranda
    November 20, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    pinned 10) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/347551296218309502/

  • tania t
    November 21, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    1) Pinned the beautiful butterfly cake! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/417708934163466651/

  • tania t
    November 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    2) Pinned that first pic, P has such amazing eyes! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/417708934163466676/

  • tania t
    November 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    3) So artistically done! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/417708934163466686/

  • tania t
    November 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    4) Pinned the detail on that image http://www.pinterest.com/pin/417708934163466690/

  • tania t
    November 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    5) Piñata! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/417708934163466698/

  • tania t
    November 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    6) Love these wings! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/417708934163466702/

  • tania t
    November 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    7) Fun, fun, fun! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/417708934163466706/

  • tania t
    November 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    8) Great eco-aspect http://www.pinterest.com/pin/417708934163466712/

  • tania t
    November 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    9) Love g’ma vases http://www.pinterest.com/pin/417708934163466720/

  • tania t
    November 21, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    10) THANKS!!!! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/417708934163466726/

  • Erica Walters
    November 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Adorable way to paint on a face!! So creative!!!! Must remember! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/11681280259541955/

  • gary
    November 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    1 – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389702173980904432/

  • gary
    November 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    2- http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389702173980904439/

  • gary
    November 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    3- http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389702173980904442/

  • gary
    November 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    4 – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389702173980904447/

  • gary
    November 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    5 – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389702173980904453/

  • gary
    November 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    6- http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389702173980904461/

  • gary
    November 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    7- http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389702173980904463/

  • gary
    November 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    8- http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389702173980904468/

  • gary
    November 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    9- http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389702173980904473/

  • gary
    November 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    10- http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389702173980904478/

  • Jenna
    November 22, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    1
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9429480445666598/

  • Jenna
    November 22, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    2
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9429480445666612/

  • Jenna
    November 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    3
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9429480445666622/

  • Jenna
    November 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    4
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9429480445666625/

  • Jenna
    November 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    5
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9429480445666626/

  • Jenna
    November 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    6
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9429480445666620/

  • Jenna
    November 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    7
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9429480445666627/

  • Jenna
    November 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9429480445666628/

  • Jenna
    November 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    9
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9429480445666629/

  • Jenna
    November 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    10
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/9429480445666632/

  • Kimberly
    November 22, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Beautiful! Pick me! http://pinterest.com/pin/106045766201234870/

  • Dawn
    November 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Pin 1: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/454511787368261026/

  • Dawn
    November 23, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Pin 2: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/454511787368261033/

  • Dawn
    November 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Pin 3: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/454511787368261029/

  • Dawn
    November 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Pin 4: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/454511787368261042/

  • Dawn
    November 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Pin 5: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/454511787368261046/

  • Dawn
    November 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Pin 6: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/454511787368261038/

  • Dawn
    November 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Pin 7: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/454511787368261068/

  • Dawn
    November 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Pin 8: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/454511787368261073/

  • Dawn
    November 23, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Pin 9: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/454511787368261064/

  • Dawn
    November 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Pin 10: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/454511787368261082/

    Thank you for the opportunity! Your daughter’s party was so cute and whimsical, good job!

  • Astrid
    November 23, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    1. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/575264552377024804/

    Yum, strawberries.

  • Astrid
    November 23, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    2. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/575264552377024783/

    DIY crown.

  • Astrid
    November 23, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    3. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/575264552377024776/

    Mason jars.

  • Astrid
    November 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    4. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/575264552377024770/

    Piñata time.

  • Astrid
    November 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    5. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/575264552377024755/

    Butterfly wings.

  • Astrid
    November 23, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    6. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/575264552377024736/

    5!

  • Astrid
    November 23, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    7. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/575264552377024718/

    This is a fabulous cake!

  • Astrid
    November 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    8. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/575264552377024708/

    Pretty decorations.

  • Astrid
    November 23, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    9. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/575264552377024704/

    I want one of these gift bags.

  • Astrid
    November 23, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    10. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/575264552377024699/

    Great invites.

  • Amber Strand
    November 23, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Such a pretty party! I pinned a few of the lanterns and the gorgeous tablescape. Let’s see if I can get a link to post.

  • Amber Strand
    November 23, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/229191068512381025/. I did it! Technological genius right here!

    • Stephanie
      November 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Congrats Amber!! You are the winner!!! I will be emailing you shortly. Please respond within 48 hours.
      Congrats!

      • Amber Strand
        November 25, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Wooohhhhooooooo thank you! I cannot wait to deck out my girls’ parties! This is awesome! Stay tuned for pics, Stephanie!

  • kelly tillotson
    November 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    pin 1: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/10273905375687979/
    *kelly
    [email protected]

  • kelly tillotson
    November 24, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    pin 2: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/10273905375687988/
    *kelly
    [email protected]

  • kelly tillotson
    November 24, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    pin 3: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/10273905375687994/
    *kelly
    [email protected]

  • kelly tillotson
    November 24, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    pin 4: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/10273905375687996/
    *kelly
    [email protected]

  • kelly tillotson
    November 24, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    pin 5: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/10273905375688001/
    *kelly
    [email protected]

  • kelly tillotson
    November 24, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    pin 6: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/10273905375688010/
    *kelly
    [email protected]

  • kelly tillotson
    November 24, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    pin 7: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/10273905375688016/
    *kelly
    [email protected]

  • kelly tillotson
    November 24, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    pin 8: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/10273905375688019/
    *kelly
    [email protected]

  • kelly tillotson
    November 24, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    pin 9: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/10273905375688024/
    *kelly
    [email protected]

  • kelly tillotson
    November 24, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    I love all the details,but the butterfly 5 is my FAVE! so pretty! Great party!
    Pin 10: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/10273905375688030/
    *kelly
    [email protected]

  • Melanie
    November 24, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    The butterfly 5 is my favorite, love!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/220887556699516972/

  • Melanie
    November 24, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    The cake is awesome too!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/220887556699516987/

  • Melanie
    November 24, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    And the favors, perfect!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/220887556699516992/

  • Melanie
    November 24, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Great party!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/220887556699516996/

  • Melanie
    November 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/220887556699517000/ 🙂

  • Maria
    November 25, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    1: soooo cute and what an amazing party!
    http://mamaandbabylove.com/2014/11/18/penelopes-butterfly-garden-birthday-party-and-pear-tree-greetings-giveaway/

  • Maria
    November 25, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    2:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/207869339026514886/

  • Maria
    November 25, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    3:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/207869339026514884/

  • Maria
    November 25, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    4:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/207869339026514882/

  • Maria
    November 25, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    5:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/207869339026514879/

  • Maria
    November 25, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    6:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/207869339026514877/

  • Maria
    November 25, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    8:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/207869339026514874/

  • Maria
    November 25, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    7: out of order 🙂 getting late :/
    http://pinterest.com/pin/207869339026514872/

  • Maria
    November 25, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    9:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/207869339026514869/

  • Maria
    November 25, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    10: I love all your freezer recipes and they truly help a busy mom stay organized! Best ebook I have!!!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/207869339026514868/

  • Crystal
    November 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    love butterflies

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/425379127278830221/

  • Crystal
    November 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    such a beautiful party

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/425379127278830220/

  • Crystal
    November 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    love the cake

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/425379127278830237/

  • Crystal
    November 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    the numbers are awesome
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/425379127278830249/

  • Crystal
    November 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    butterfly wings

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/425379127278830258/

  • Crystal
    November 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    the bags are adorable

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/425379127278830267/

  • Stacy
    May 29, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Question for you that I have no idea where to ask it! How many years of preschool did Penelope have? Were her classes 5-days a week? My son has a February birthday so he will likely start kindergarten when he’s 5 1/2. It sounds young considering he just turned 3 and I feel he is no where close to ready. However, I think I need to start thinking about this stuff now. His vocabulary is immense but his speech is still pretty broken and he doesn’t use complete sentences all the time. He also isn’t completely potty trained yet so I don’t want to rush putting him into a preschool, but I also don’t want to delay. Thanks so much- you’re a great resource for us parents/mamas!!

    • Stephanie
      May 30, 2015 at 6:53 AM

      Hi Stacy! That’s a great question. We started her at two mornings a week (three hours each day) at 2 years old, but since her birthday is in November, we didn’t start her at a school till January and that fall we did two mornings a week (three hours each) at one of my close friends house who had a daughter similar age. And on Monday’s we did a Mommy and Me nature class. With my friend, it was the perfect way to get her used to being dropped off somewhere and the nature class was helpful to get her used to being in a group with the safety of me being there. Then she finished out the spring at the preschool two mornings a week. Then we jumped to 5 mornings week for her 2/3 year. I feel like three days is hard on scheduling and routine and that kids that age actually do better going every day as oppossed to three days a week because it just throws them off (school today but not tomorrow but then again the next day!) Again only three hours in the morning 9a-12p. At 3/4 age school year we moved and she ended up doing a longer day 8-2p and it was too long the first half of the year, I should have picked her up at lunchtime still. By by spring she was totally used to it. Then we moved back and my only option was a 9-12p program for her 4/5 year, which was fine, because of the stress of all the moving, she regressed a bit and needed more time with me anyway and they had the option of staying later some days, so like two days a week she stayed till 2:30p to help her get ready for longer kindergarten days next year. So all said and done she had preschool for 3.5 years. I actually started teaching preschool this year because I had such a great experience volunteering in all her classrooms each year and it inspired me. I think that putting a two year old in is optional, but I think that a 3 year old should for sure be in some sort of program. But that’s just me, you gotta listen to your gut and do what is best for you and your family.

    shares