An Under the Sea Themed Birthday Celebration

by Donna Hann on 07/01/2016

Under the Sea Ombre Ruffle Cake

Together my daughter and I decided that an Under the Sea party would be a fun theme to celebrate her recent birthday. We both love the brainstorming, planning, and organizing that go into creating a great party. Go figure, my 11 year old has soaked up my event planning fetish. There could be worse things… I thought I’d share our process for getting from concept to execution of her party with you here.

First we jotted down ideas that came to mind when we thought of what was in and around the sea. We came up with oodles of ideas that we might end up using in some manner as we developed a vision for the party.

lobsters, starfish, mermaids, gold coins, fish, coral, seashells, blue water, jelly fish, anchors, sand,

treasures, sea turtles, sharks, seaweed, pearls, sea horses, and more…

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New York Cheesecake Recipe ~ Deliciously Gluten Free

by Donna Hann May 12, 2016
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Gluten Free Key Lime Pie Recipe

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