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Sunday Lately :: Week 87

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Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe (which is being fearlessly lead by Angelica, Meaghan, Nicole, and myself. We e-hang out every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the last week of life in our own worlds. We'd love if you could join us!

This week's themes: Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, Expecting.

Doing. A lot of couch sitting today.  Whoops.  Bennett and I went out last night to a local bar and had such a great time!  A few of our friends are in a band called Mr. Fancy Pants and they are just ten shades of amazing.  To take the cake, they did an 80's cover night and KILLED IT.  So good.  So fun.  So many beers.....

Appreciating. My husband, who is currently being amazing and taking Louis out for some fun.  While Momma is being this huge bum.  Seriously.  Bennett is the best.

Designing. The final products to be putting in my September KatyMade boxes.  So excited!  These babies sold out in THREE days and it was such a fabulous response to the re-launch of our subscription program.

Humming. The Friends theme song.  Because I've been watching the entire series on Netflix...but today especially.  (Yep.  Told you I'm being a lazy, lazy person.)

Expecting. A busy week.  We've been receiving wholesale orders lately from shops that are prepping themselves for the winter and holiday seasons.  So Bennett and I are going to be firing up the laser, and fulfilling some fun orders for our favorite local shops!

Louis' First Day of KINDERGARTEN!

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Oh man.  First Louis goes and turns six on us...and now he's a Kindergartener.  What is happening?!?!  This gorgeous boy of ours has officially started full time school.  (Cue: Empty Nester Syndrome for Katy.)

Louis has always loved school.  We've never experienced a single struggle to get him out that door and into the classroom.  He's a social butterfly with a never-ending excitement about learning.  It's a beautiful thing really.  But man, does it kill me sometimes.

This morning, I thought maybe we'd experience the slightest hesitation because this will be the longest time out of the house, and away from us.  NOPE.  He walked in the door, found his cubby space, and hardly kissed us goodbye before going to play with his classmates.  ::sob::

I'm so proud of this boy.

Before he drifted off to sleep last night, Bennett read him a story and we cuddled beside him, listening.  Then we snuggled, and talked, and loved on each other, and smooched, and tucked him into bed.  As I was about to leave the room, Louis stopped me and said:

Momma. Before you go. Just let me tell you this: Tomorrow is a new day.

Dead.  I'm dead.  I can't handle this kid and his sweetness.
But then.  I guess I can.  Because we asked him to "make a face like Momma"...and this is what he delivered.  Apparently I need to look in the mirror more often.  Turd.

I can't wait to pick him up at 3:00.  I'm dying to hear all about his first day of big kid school.  This is the first time Bennett and I will be spending so much time in the house without Lou, and even eating lunch without our little bundle of sunshine in tow.  Maybe we will adjust.  But this week is going to be hard on my fragile, mushy momma heart.

To add to it.  Let's go ahead and compare last year's first day to this one.  (Because I obviously can handle that.)

Dear Louis,
Stop growing so quickly.  You're killing your mother.

Happy Birthday, Harry [Louis] Potter!

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Earlier this year, we decided to sit down and watch all of the Harry Potter movies with Louis.  We've been wanting to read the books to him but thought it might be a good way to introduce the wizard world and lay a base of information for him.

As expected, he LOVED them.  Even the scary parts...which is why we held off so long.  It can be super dark and intense, and I think it's scarier than other movies we've watched because it's kid themed.  So it hits home easier for littles while they are watching.  But Louis?  Not a problem at all!  Not even with creepy noseless Voldemort.  

Louis decided that his birthday party this year was going to be Harry Potter themed and we ran with it!  How could you not?  It's such a fun theme idea!

The great and hard thing about a HP party is that there are SO MANY things we could include in the party itself.  We wanted to start with a fun invitation to "set the mood" for the party.  And we thought that the "Undesireable No. 1" poster from Harry's want ad would be a fun way to kick it off.

Louis was turning 6, however.  So we decided to make a couple of changes...while keeping the same design idea.  We were afraid that non-Potterheads wouldn't get the reference so that's why we wrote "Harry (Louis) Potter".  It was our not-so-subtle hint that this was going to be a Harry Potter party. 

As always, I wish I'd taken more pictures during the party.  We had over thirty adults and children running around, having fun, and it's hard to remember to snap photos when you're visiting with everyone.  I did manage to get some solo shots of the birthday boy himself.

Can you believe that he's SIX?!!?  When did that happen?
I had full intentions of making some really cool Quidditch shirts for Bennett, Louis and myself...but time got away from me.  So I just thought a couple of graphic tees would be fun too.  Louis' "Snitches Get Stitches" cracks me up the most.

And although I didn't get better photos of our shirts, I did make some fun Harry Potter sayings for Bennett, myself, and my Momma.  I couldn't help myself.  

We like our parties to include as much fun for all the guests as we can pack into one evening.  Which means, we basically want to make it easy for everyone to dress up and be a part of the theme.  So all of our "party favors" were a ton of things the kids could play with during the party itself...and then take home after.  That way, they double as decor AND gifts.  Win win!

When you first walked onto the porch, there was a table with a mirror reading "The Chamber of Secrets has been opened", filled with goodies.  You've almost seen all of these on the blog already, too!  We had spell books, Harry Potter glasses, Gryffindor house ties, Quidditch brooms, and Olivander's magic wands.

Bennett gets full credit for the wands.  We bought some cheapie chopsticks on Amazon and he covered them in hot glue and paint...and created some truly magical props for the kiddos.  I can't tell you how many times someone "avada kedavra"-ed me, though.  I'm thinking we should have taught them one of the nicer spells, haha.

^^ I kept hoping that people understood the reference to the cake Hagrid gives Harry in the first movie...and not that I really don't know how to spell 'happy birthday'.  You never know, haha.

Birthday parties can create SO MUCH garbage for us, so we always try and limit that by at least having some reusable, washable glasses for both kids and adults alike.  And since we are a huge fan of getting kegs of craft beer for the grownups for our parties, mason jars with a cute themed sticker are perfection.  We also found some bright, cute colored plastic cups for the kiddos 

My Mom made and AWESOME "Sorting Hat" cake for the party.  Even though she fretted over it and it didn't turn out quite like she had envisioned, I think it's pretty freaking awesome.  I also find the scarf and glasses cupcakes darling.  

Strung up across most of the openings on our porch were these banners, made of envelopes and flying skeleton keys.  They almost didn't survive the crosswinds we kept getting on the porch that day, but they were super easy to make and provided for some extra theme-ing of the porch.  It's hard to decorate such a large space, so these banners helped extend my reach a little bit.

Additional decorations we included were a 9 3/4 sign and "brick" panels for our door.  It was actually the way in and out of the house...so it was a well used portal.  And of course we had to have some spells laying around.  "Accio" and "lumos" are probably the two most recognized spells (and shortest!) so that's why we thought they'd be cute as table decor.

We took some large quilting hoops, attached them to wooden dowels, stained them, and staked them into the ground for some Quidditch rings.  We aren't really ones to have organized events for the kiddos...we like to just let everyone run around and have fun, and do their own thing.  So we left out some ballpit balls, to let them target practice on their own account.

For whatever reason, my in-laws have this GIANT snake from years past.  So my mother-in-law closed off the doors to the dining room and hid Nagini under the table for the kids to find.  It was a hit, for sure.  They dragged that poor stuffed snake around in circles MANY times.

One of our fabulous friends brought over some homemade Butterbeer with them.  Yum.

Louis LOVED the Butterbeer.  I can't remember how many times he kept exclaiming how 'delicious' it is!

All in all, I'd say that we had a pretty darn successful birthday party.  Harry Potter would be proud!  I'm super glad that Bennett remembered to take some photos of people with our "Have you seen this wizard?" poster too!  I don't know why, but making face-in-hole posters are my favorite thing to do for parties (or anything) basically ever.  It's a fun photo op and provides for a little more silly antics.

A HUGE thanks goes out to all of the people who came, partied, drank all the beers, laughed all the laughs, and nerd-ed it up with us over our favorite Wizarding World.  We had a blast!  Happy birthday, Louis!!

I know it's a lot of information and photos in one post.  But here are as many things as I could remember to share with you, so you can have your own magical Harry Potter party!

TUTORIALS

DIY HP Spellbook + Printable HERE
DIY Quidditch Brooms HERE
DIY Gryffindor House Ties HERE
DIY Wands + 9-3/4 Wall HERE

FREE (personal use only) DOWNLOADS

HP Graphic Tee Silhouette Files HERE
Photoshop Birthday Invitation Template HERE
Hogwarts Crest cut/print sticker Silhouette File HERE
Mr. H Potter Printable Envelope File HERE
Have You Seen This Wizard? poster (24x36 file for engineering printers) HERE

EXTERNAL LINKS (FONTS / PATTERNS / FABRIC / SUPPLIES)

Font for Birthday Invitation found on DaFont.com HERE
Jolly Roger Raglan shirt pattern by Patterns for Pirates HERE
HP Inspired custom fabric from Vintage Lace
Round Harry Potter Glasses (set of 8) HERE
Skeleton Keys (for flying keys) on Amazon HERE
Assorted Color Kids Cups HERE

Sunday Lately :: Week 86

Sunday LatelyKaty McKinleyComment

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe (which is being fearlessly lead by Angelica, Meaghan, Nicole, and myself. We e-hang out every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the last week of life in our own worlds. We'd love if you could join us!

This week's themes: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling.

Planning. Louis' first week of school!  He starts on Tuesday, but we go in tomorrow for an "open house" style visit for him to meet his teachers, see his classroom, and drop off his supplies.  I'm still a little in disbelief that he's going to be in school full days this year.  Our house is going to be so empty!

Loving. All of the fun we had last night at Louis' Harry Potter birthday party!  Our porch was PACKED full of amazing friends and family.  And we had the best time ever.  (Of course I didn't really take many pictures....or any on my phone at all.  So I don't have too much to share just yet.)

Reading. Blogs again!  Summer is hard for the blogging world.  Everyone is so busy and outside doing fun stuff...and it's hard to make yourself sit at a computer and read/comment on things.  But now that school is back, we will ALL be on a schedule, and one of the things I'm scheduling in is time every day to read and comment on all of my favorite blogs.

Wishing. Cooler weather was here sooner.  Oh my gosh was last night toasty!  Louis' party is always a sweatfest...but that comes with it being in August.  The Halloween decorations are already out at stores everywhere, I've been seeing fall beers pop up at the grocery store AND there is a rumor that Starbucks is getting their Pumpkin Spice flavors soon!  Woot!  Fall is nearing!

Feeling. Exhausted.  A good exhausted.  But I'd like all of my future plans to include sitting on my butt and not doing anything.  Except they are quite the opposite.  Busy busy busy!  I'll sleep when I'm dead, right?