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UNO! (Part uno…)

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Better late than never, right?! I can’t seem to get back into the swing of things.  It seems as though there’s always some barrier between me and blogging right now! But I’m ready to get out of that funk… starting with Cohen’s birthday party, which we held at our house in early December.  It was absolutely amazing!  Couldn’t have turned out more perfect – and we put some serious time into the details, because hey, our first child only turns 1 once…and it is all about the details. So read on for millions of pics…and loads of fun!

Tim and I wanted to create a super fun backdrop for the party – and many of our details were homemade – those that weren’t, were simple and easy to interpret. What I loved so much about the UNO theme was not having to buy 200 Mickey Mouse plates.  We were able to stick to bright, primary colors and it was still fun and young!  So anyways, about the party…we had it in the basement.  I decided it was best to split this post into 2 parts (much like our party – more on that later).  The first being all the details pertaining to the party (the decorations, food, etc.) and then I’ll have a part deux, which will be party, party, party, in full glory!

Here’s a little warm up…during the decorating process! And yes, that’s a tent/tunnel.  We had to keep the birthday boy occupied during set up, naturally!


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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on spreading the holiday cheer around our house!  I love when our house is decorated for Christmas – I think it’s the coziest time of year at Casa de Seidler and I look forward to it all year long!  This year felt very reminiscent of last…I really wanted to get the holiday decorations up in time for Thanksgiving.  Yeah, I know that the Pilgrims should have their time and all, but what can I say, I really love me some Christmas decorations.  Last year, I wanted to get them up before Baby Seidler was born, and actually be able to enjoy them without feeling the pressure to get the house decorated while in the early stages of labor (because yes, I am that crazy and would have made Tim decorate the house with me while contracting!).  And notice in the photos below, we used the small white tree upstairs last year because we decided not to decorate the basement since we wouldn’t be hosting any get togethers in December…but boy, it looked so bare in the family room (compared to this year, where it’s wayyyy cozier!).  This photo couldn’t have been more than a few weeks before having Cohen – crazy how it’s almost been a year now!  AH!


This year, we were hosting Thanksgiving, and I knew the coming weeks would be crazy, so it seemed appropriate and necessary to deck the halls early!  We have definitely made some changes to the family room since this time last year, and I’ve also been crafting away to add some new decor to our holiday repertoire this year.

This includes::

Mosaic ornaments – which I displayed in my new blue dish!











An updated version of my oh-so-hideous tree skirt!


Why is it so difficult to take a nice picture of a tree? I swear, it’s much more beautiful than this picture lets on…7-8′ Frasier Fir! My fav!

A homemade Advent Calendar – complete with an ornament to hang each day and an activity to complete! 🙂 I can’t wait to start this tonight! 



And lastly – a new way to display the Christmas cards we receive!  We got our first one today!  Yay for Kelly Bols – making the rest of us look like slackers!

Can’t forget my yarn wreath, too, on the front door!  I love this because it was great for fall and now for winter!  How wonderful!  I love how the Christmas spirit and coziness is all through our house now!  Hopefully I’ll be able to break down how I completed some of these projects over the next few days!  They were all so super simple – and most were zero dinero!

We are now in birthday party planning mode!  Cohen will be 1 in less than 2 weeks and we have his party the weekend after next!  Today I made my master list of TO DO and TO BUY so tomorrow I must get going on that.  Luckily we are keeping it simple with an UNO theme – so I’ll be sticking to primary colored decorations with bright pops everywhere in the balloons, poofs, tableware etc!  I can’t wait!  But at the same time I can…because it means my Bubba Scoobs is 1…holy moly!

More on the Christmas decorations and party planning later!  Happy December everyone!