Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids! | And We Play

Somehow Elliott recently turned seven. SEVEN!! How this happened, I don't know. But celebrate we did and of course, Elliott wanted a Star Wars birthday party - and being the fan that I am, I was happy to oblige! We had the party at my studio and it was the perfect blank canvas for a party. Honestly, this was one of the better parties I have thrown. I did a few printable posters, made a lightsaber piñata stick and a fun photo-op area. Everything else was a breeze! You can get the downloads and the DIY for the lightsaber piñata stick right here, along with other details on creating your own party from a galaxy far, far away. In the mean time, here's more from the party! 

Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids! | And We Play
Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids! | And We Play
Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids! | And We Play
Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids! | And We Play
Easy and fun Star Wars birthday party for kids | And We Play

How ADORABLE is that little Princess Leia?


Elliott officially had his first day of preschool yesterday. I say officially because there were two days of parent orientation. Two! It was harder than I expected sending him off. It's not his first time going to preschool, but for some reason being in a public preschool is different. He'll be in class 12 hours every week which is awesome for everyone, but you know. I'll miss my little man. He of course ran full speed into the classroom and didn't look back. Typical. He loves it! He even came home excited about a little homework assignment. Homework on the first day? Of preschool? It was a fun assignment and he even said "I love homework!" Lets hope we can keep up that enthusiasm over the next 14 plus years. Hope all of you have had successful first days and weeks of back to school!

P.S. Yes, he's holding what he insists is a "telescope" (toilet paper roll)


We recently bought some all purpose shorts for Elliott - at least we think they are all purpose. They are his shorts for soccer, swimming, and general running around in. To me they are the perfect length, short - but not too short. He has a few pairs of swim shorts that we love, but they can ride up and look more like a speedo after a bit of running around. The best part? They are on sale! I mean, seriously on sale. So I thought I should mention it to you in case any of you are looking for some perfect shorts for your littles. They come in a couple of great colors. We just bought the gray ones with the sale, I can't wait to get them! Now, we're off to the pool with the shorts. We really do love them. 


When Elliott was a baby we used to call him a little leprechaun (among other not so cutesy names i.e. little old man boy, big belly round face). Thankfully he has outgrown that resemblance but since we do have quite a bit of Irish in our blood (my first name is an Irish last name after all!) I thought we should represent with a little shamrock shirt DIY. He of course thinks the gold is pixie dust and that it means he can fly off of the couch. So he loves it endlessly. You can see the whole tutorial over here on Momtastic

And in case you missed it, check out more shamrockin' DIY action here.


I wrote up a little article on the little things that Preston and Elliott do together both on a regular basis and as special daddy and me time. It warms my heart to watch them together, playing and reading and telling lame jokes. It also gives me (the only girl) some much appreciated alone time! If you are interested in seeing more about it, here is the article over on The Neighborhood


I write this post with a cry ball in my throat and a mist in my eyes. My baby is four! But enough of that. On to the party! Elliott requested an orange and yellow party. Color themed birthday parties are the absolute easiest to throw. If you can, try and get your kiddo on board with a color birthday party. We invited a few close friends and family and just had some good orange and yellow fun. We had all orange and yellow food and drinks like pineapple and cantaloupe skewers, orange soda ice cream floats and of course, orange and yellow cupcakes. We had everyone wear orange and yellow too. I think/hope everyone had as much fun as we did!
Happy birthday baby boy. We love you so.


This weekend was awesome. We had a grand time celebrating Elliott's birthday with family and friends. He loved everything about the day. Which of course, does a mama's heart good. Saturday night was very snowy and the roads were slick and I had no desire to leave the house. But Elliott was insisting that he wanted Cafe Rio for dinner (atta boy!) so out we went. Not one block from our house, we slipped on the ice and couldn't stop the car before we hit another car. I was a mess! Even though there was no damage to either car (miracle!) I was still taking deep breaths and shaking slightly 30 minutes later. Of course Preston was the calm and cool one, and Elliott was just worried he wasn't going to get his beloved quesadilla. Besides the little fender non-bender, we have been watching Peter Pan on repeat (a gift he received and loves!) and rocking out with his new not-so-electric guitar. It was a great few days. I'm going through all of the pictures from Elliott's party, so look for those soon! Happy Monday!


While I was at Alt, I visited their amazing toy shop and found these adorable monster magnets. They come in sheets of body parts, smiles, and accessories for you to build your own monsters. Elliott has been glued to our fridge ever since! He's made some seriously crazy creatures. He even made one that looked like Hitler. Yep. Hitler. I love the colors and the creativity they spark in him. And I really love how they occupy him - mama needs a break!
Aren't they fun? We like them.


In honor of the little man turning four on Saturday, this week's wish listed is for him. A few things he would love. Some of the items he is actually getting. The guitar is his "big" gift. I searched high and low for a "rock and roll" guitar that wouldn't annoy the living daylights out of me with it's endless buttons and batteries. This one looks like an electric guitar, but is actually acoustic! It just came in the mail yesterday and I think he will love it. Plus you can't beat that price. Seriously. 


Since Elliott loves to paint, we thought his valentines should be painting related. I found these super mini, adorable canvases at our local craft store. You can find similar ones here. I gave him my paints and let him go to town! He loved the process and is proud of his little pieces of art. (Confession: I helped a tiny bit)
 Hand the reigns over to your little one and sit back and watch the magic happen.
Write a little love note on the back, add a candy and you're done!
P.S. YOU are my favorite work of art.