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Fox Party Fun

I have a real obsession with all things foxes so in true dictator fashion I pass that on to my little guy as well.  This year for E’s birthday we had fun creating some cute little details to share for his parties.  As with any special event I find that the anticipation is often the best part so we spent a couple weeks leading up to E’s second birthday creating memories together while we were creating art!  Here’s some fun things we made for his #twowild birthday festivities!

 

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To complete our goodie bags (cellophane bags of a variety of fox sugar cookies we also made together) I found an easy origami style pattern for fox faces which I made with a selection of craft paper I had laying around that fit the theme.  We hole-punched one ear on each fox and used ties to tie the goodie bags up with these cute little thank-you cards after E signed the back of each one with an “E”!

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For the party where E’s cousins were attending we made these fox puppets with Popsicle sticks, thinner coffee stir sticks and bits of paper and ribbon I had laying around.  E helped with the glueing and picking out some fun paper to use.  We tried to personalize each one to suit their recipients and although they didn’t actually put on a puppet show for us the younger ones specifically enjoyed these cute little favours!

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Last year I made E’s cake topper out of modelling chocolate and fondant.  It was edible in the sense that it was safe for consumption but let me tell you it did not taste very good at all!  So this year I didn’t bother hunting for these ingredients again and instead made his cake topper out of good old modelling clay.  Definitely not edible but a lot easier to work with and super cute to boot!  And if my clutter-free side doesn’t get too involved E may even get to keep his foxy friend for years ahead!

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Another thing we did in the week leading up to my guy’s birthday was capture him to film (per say)!  One of my closest friends is a fantastic photographer and this has been to my advantage a number of times already.  In keeping with the theme of woodland wonder and #twowild I set up this little tent in the woods for E’s 2-year photoshoot!  I wanted a very natural vibe, capturing E in his true, adventuring and busy self so we went on a mini hike looking for bird’s nests, reading books to his fox friends and pushing toy tractors and trucks through the lawn!   The photos turned out fantastic and I’m having a really hard time deciding on which ones I’m going to frame.  It’s such an important thing to me to capture E at every age.  We also recorded his height on the growth chart in his room (he’s grown a whole 5 3/4 inches since his 1st birthday!).  I’m obsessed with tradition and hopefully each year we continue to mark his growth, make him pancakes for breakfast and get his photos done!  (Gosh but how fast a year goes by now…)

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#TwoWild

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My little guy turned two this past week, and in true birthday fashion we celebrated all week long!  This year was centred around a woodland theme (#twowild) with the star creature being fantastic mr. fox!  Foxes have always been a bit of a forced love for E, I made his crib bedding with fox fabric before I even knew who he was!  His blankie is the same fox fabric and along with his collection of sock monkeys, he has a fabulous collection of foxes.  I hope he always remembers to “stay clever little fox” and adventure through each and every step of life!  Here’s a few highlights from the past week’s festivities!

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We had two family gatherings, one with my side of the family and one with my husband’s. We hosted a BBQ with my family complete with a burger bar with ‘woodland’ mushrooms, sprouts as well as the traditional secret sauce, lettuce and tomato.  I also served broccoli salad (forest of trees), macaroni salad (with wild animal pasta shapes), and a crisp fresh salad with cute little radish toadstools!  For appetizers I had a platter of pumpernickel bread cubes and spinach dip as well as pretzel twigs with dip!  My favourite part of the meal was definitely the birch tree stump cake complete with a sly little fox (made from modelling clay), some toadstool cupcakes and tree leaf cookies.  Slowly I’m becoming a better cake decorator! Pinterest definitely helps with easy ideas that pack a punch!

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For hubby’s side of the family festivities we had everyone over for sweets and treats after supper one evening.  I had a cookie bar along with mini toadstool cupcakes, veggies and dip and antipasto cheeseball pinecones with crackers and pretzel twigs.

E and I collected pinecones for decorating the table and I borrowed some wooden platters from my mom that look like tree slices.  We used orange and birch tree print napkins and orange and white striped paper straws with mason jar glasses for both parties.  Super simple decor!

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Here’s my antipasto cheese ball recipe:

  • 2 pkgs cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
  • 5-6 slices of dry spicy salami, cut into fine ribbons
  • 1/4 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tbsp epicure sun-dried tomato and parmesan cheese ball mix
  • sliced almonds to garnish ( I used approximately 1 1/2 cups for the three pinecones.)
  • optional: rosemary sprigs for garnish

Mix up the all the ingredients (except for almonds and rosemary) with an electric mixer. Divide into three balls and form into ovals.  Chill. Garnish with sliced almonds to look like pine cones.  Chill until serving.  Garnish with rosemary sprigs and serve with crackers, pretzels or vegetable slices!

For goodie bags E and I spent a few days in the weeks before his birthday making sugar cookies.  I bought a fantastic embossed rolling pin from Goody Woody http://www.etsy.com/shop/GOODYWOODYcompl and fox shaped cookie cutters off amazon.  We iced some and wrapped a variety of them in cellophane bags with cute ties and an origami fox thank-you tag! (Check out the latest post in “create” for these ideas coming soon!)

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In keeping with tradition I also made E pancakes for breakfast on his actual birthday.  Last year’s were shaped as a number 1 and this year a number 2, both with a heart pancake as well.  And of course momma took multiple pics both years!

More than anything I love to celebrate E’s birthday and really reflect on the past year with him.  I know he likely won’t truly remember his second birthday but I will!  And he’ll look back at the pictures just like I will and I’m sure he’ll smile!  I have a tradition now leading up to E’s birthday, I read back in my journal from being pregnant with him and his birth story as well as the monthly milestones from his first year that I recorded. I admit I get teary-eyed at just how fast he’s growing and all the amazing things he’s accomplished.  He is truly the best thing I have ever done.  I tell him daily that I love him “too much”, as if that is even possible!  He is a wonderful little guy, full of spunk and determination.  He loves to tease and make people laugh. He’s so madly in love with farming and being ‘just like his daddy’ and impresses me often with his cooking words and ingredient knowledge! He will most likely surpass me in farm equipment knowledge by his third birthday and may even be able to cook me breakfast for my birthday soon! He’s smart, busy, affectionate, sensitive and WILD!!! How can I not celebrate the heck out of this little guy, he gives me something fabulous to celebrate every single day (even if sometimes it’s a bit more trying to find that celebratory factor!). He’s the light of my life and I really cannot believe he is already TWO (even though he claims he’s three!!)