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A secular baby welcoming ceremony jampacked with love and sweets

We left the day feeling very much like we did after leaving our wedding. We tend not to do things in the "traditional" ways, and often get a lot of funny looks from people when we describe what we have in mind. With Margot's ceremony, and our wedding before it, we got some push back from people who thought what we had planned was weird, or just… had lots of questions like "um, what the heck is a welcome ceremony?" So, we feel especially pleased when those same people come up to us to say "That was so lovely!" or "This was the nicest wedding/baby ceremony I have ever been to!"

A Very Hungry first birthday party!

We hosted our son's first birthday party in August 2012. We were so excited to have an outdoor party, complete with Slip 'n' Slide, a kiddie pool, golf toss, and a barbecue. The day of the party, we began setting up at 10 AM and realized we were in for a scorcher of a day, since the temperature was already in the 90s and climbing.

It's on like… a Donkey Kong-themed birthday party!

With three young children that I adore making a fuss for, party planning has become one of my favorite things. I l-o-v-e a theme and finding ways to creatively interpret it. So when my own "not so little/little guy" approached me with his request to host a Donkey Kong-themed party, I was up to the challenge!