Frozen in a Winter Wonderland

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How would you describe the frozen windy city, in one word?


That’s mine.

After 6 cancelled flights in 5 days on 2 airlines, we surrendered to O’hare.

We rented a big SUV from Avis in Connecticut, loaded in our 8 suitcases full of Christmas presents galore, and every so slowly wove our way home across five snowy states over 2 days, for 15.5 hours, back to our fair, frozen, Windy City.

And, as work would have it, Mike has already flown off – business trip #1 for 2014.

Now, off to design we go – our DIY Decadence is just 4 short days away!

images: Scott Olson/Getty Images, Hank Cain/Weather Channel, AP/Andrew Nelles, Akasped.


Sneak Peek: Planes Trains Automobiles 1st Birthday Party


Want a peek behind the scenes at our Planes Trains Autos soiree this weekend?

Love the stripey and check textured silver propellers kids used for “Pin the Propeller on the Plane”…


Every kid’s party needs a busy, bustling arts and crafts table…


And don’t even think of throwing a party without a custom personalized pennant…



Busy busy crafty party guests – and a before snap of the Cookie Bar before the kids got their hands, icing and spinkles on them…


Toot Toot – Locomotive Lemonade coming down the tracks…


Pure Kitchen Catering whipped up an indian feast for the adult tasting bar…


The darling kid’s buffet stopped every little one in their speedy tracks…


And as always, Toni Patisserie whipped up the most sumptuous themed sweets.

Beep beep – honk honk – sure was ONE fun filled day of first birthday celebration.



Stop – Time for our 1st Party of 2014!


Vroom vroom – we’re off and running.

Tomorrow is party #1 for 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited.

And best of all, it’s for a darling young chap, who’s turning 1.

He’ll be zooming along with friends and family, planes, trains, automobiles, and the world’s most adorable party menu of Stoplight Fruit Skewers (red strawberries, yellow pineapple, green melon), Crudite Car Cups with Hummus, and these darling stripey sign straws.

Can’t wait to share all the sweet details…so stay parked – keep it in neutral – and stay tuned.

Happy birthday to you Rishabh!


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