a polka dot picnic {plus a mini gift bag tutorial!}

a few weeks ago we celebrated livi’s 1st birthday with a polka dot picnic themed birthday party at the park. it was a perfect fall day, and as our guests pointed out oh so many times, i was not wearing my polka dots as the invitation suggested everyone should. hostess fail. everything was so crazy that morning that i completely forgot to throw on my polka dot scarf!

See Spot Run - A Polka Dot Picnic 1st Birthday! // The Modern Locket

before we get to the party, here are some of livi’s favorite things at the moment and some stats. i swear our daughter isn’t a cat. i swear! she does really love yarn though…

1st bday livi statslivis favorites

like, a lot. she loves yarn A LOT. she wrastles it like it’s fightin’ back.

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back to the party. i made a felt banner to hang for a little extra festive-ness. i plan on doing a step-by-step tutorial, complete with a pattern, later on this month. i left out “birth” intentionally so that it’s perfect to use for many occasions – plus, it’s a really gross word. 😉 my favorite part of the party tablescape is the shadow box. i gave up my scrapbooking days long ago for the more streamlined photo book that can be customized and purchased online. i can’t turn my back on some technology based streamlining and efficiency, but i’m so glad i made this. it makes my heart happy to see it every day on a shelf in livi’s room and thought it would be the perfect addition to the table. maybe i’ll post something about how i made this shadowbox. it’s really easy, but there are definitely some things to use in order to make the process go a bit more smoothly.

mini-tutorial! first birthday picnic gift bags for boys and girls // the modern locket

{A Picnic Gift Bag Mini-Tutorial}
what’s  better for a gift bag at a picnic than the good old brown paper sack? they’re super cheap at $1 for a 100ct package of traditional brown at target, but they have a few colors available, too. i used a pair of edger scissors from my stash to cut the tops off the bags, punch holes for the baker’s twine and modified this template from The Pretty Blog  for the thank you tags. i wanted to be able to immediately know whether or not the bag was meant for a boy or a girl and also tie in the theme of the party somehow. i thought about making a potato stamp, but decided i wanted a more unfinished look. lo & behold, wouldn’t you know? wrapping a tissue around your finger to “stamp” the page willy nilly with some overlap before it’s printed on is a wonderful effect! cut out your tags, loop some pretty bakers twine through punched holes and you’ve got a cute gift bag that’s not going to break your party bank.

mini-tutorial! first birthday picnic gift bags for boys and girls // the modern locketshadow box display at 1st birthday

dave & friends swooped around expertly hanging lanterns in the middle of the pavilion and covered tables. dave even came up with a quick centerpiece for the tables by stacking & taping some extra tissue fans. my man constantly amazes me. 🙂

lanternstabledecor on the fly

a special shout-out to jenny, a family friend that’s more like family, who made livi’s super cute tutu & headband!  she’s so talented! we enjoyed a picnic lunch and the kids all played at the playground right next to us. livi really enjoyed her caramel apple cupcake with cream cheese icing filling! and i really enjoyed having our friends and family there to celebrate. i almost didn’t have a party for her because i thought, “she’s only 1 and she’ll never remember it!” but with photos she will. and she will know that she was loved by a village. 🙂

cupcakeccuteness // the modern locket


a world with octobers

i’ve always loved Anne of Green Gables. i must’ve read those books 100 times! i have a quote journal that i used to keep back when i had the brain cells to do such frivolously wonderful things (read: before livi) that had quotes from the Bible, books, songs, notable experts and people i knew. it had quite a few pages dedicated to books i read as a youth and one of my favorite quotes has recently surfaced in pinterest pop culture

Octobers Print from The Dear Friend shop on Etsy.com

Octobers Print from the Dear Friend Shop on Etsy.com

there are roughly a million creations centered around this quote, but this one from the Dear Friend Shop is my fave. october kicks off my favorite time of the year – full of fun and festivities galore.

to celebrate all things fall we went with livi’s Nana to Hill Ridge Farms last weekend to pick out pumpkins and harass some very well-fed animals. the great pumpkin welcomes you…

the great pumpkin at hill ridge farms // the modern locketThe Pumpkin Giver // the modern locket

livi was lifting pumpkins and punching holes in rotten ones like you wouldn’t believe. she basically has super powers. and that  sock monkey hat from our friend Cindy got more ooooo’s, ahhhh’s and, “oh my how adorable”s than i was prepared for.

horseme & the bug // the modern locket

i can’t wait until livi is old enough for the pony rides – she loved the horses! she did not, so much, enjoy having her picture taken with her mother. i’m afraid #disapprovingbaby will very quickly turn into #disapprovingteenager. just a teensy glimpse into my instgramming future. but you give her daddy on a hay ride and this is what happens…

cuddles with daddy // the modern locket

*sigh. oh well, you win some and you lose a lot. that’s my motto. 😉 as i type this, the duo is watching a dancing pumpkin video and the bug is entranced. dancing pumpkin head-1, mom-0.

comfy ducksbunnyville

hill ridge has so many goats, sheep, chickens, turkey, geese, ducks, rabbits and horses that are clearly living the good life. they’re fed well and have room to roam. i’m so glad they finally put a church in Bunnyville. i was starting to assume the worse about their poor bunny souls.

hill ridge farms slide // the modern locketcorn play // the modern locket

dave & livi slid down the giant slide and watched older kids play in the germ infested glee hole they call the corn pit playroom.

last night we trick-or-treated with a rather large group of friends & kids and accosted a friendly neighborhood. livi had two costumes: a snow white dress that i picked up last year during an after-halloween sale at Babie-r-Us for $4.99 (originally $34.99) and a Carter’s ladybug costume that dear friends (who are basically family) gave livi for her birthday. my heart burst from the cuteness!

show white bug // the modern locketthe ladybug bug // the modern locket

i mean. come on.

snow white // the modern locket

bugsy wore the princess dress to see dave at work during their halloween party where kids of employees trick-or-treated at everyone’s desks. it’s basically an adorable parade. she wore the ladybug costume outside for trick-or-treating when it was a bit cooler.

livi at work // the modern locket

i should probably hit up the after-halloween sales again this year! any suggestions?