Hello friends! Oh boy has it been a whirlwind couple of weeks. Lots of celebrations and parties, which is actually very exhilarating for this stretchy-pantsed homebody.
As many of y'all know, I'm involved with bringing an amazing organization called The Birthday Party Project to Kansas City.* In January, we will throw our first birthday party for the children living at Sheffield Place, a shelter that does so much to help homeless mothers become self-sufficient. They are doing truly amazing things for these women who have already had to work so hard to overcome an awful lot. We feel so lucky to get to come in celebrate their kids!
*If you still haven't heard of The Birthday Party Project, go check out their web site or Today.com or Ashton Kutcher's Facebook Page.
My girls and I are super busy in fundraising mode, hoping to get the word out to Kansas City and encourage our friends to get involved.
When fellow blogger Karen from The Arts by Karena approached me about hosting an India Hicks Get Together to benefit The Birthday Party Project - Kansas City (#tbppkc if you want to follow along), I jumped at the chance. I've been a longtime follower of Karen's blog and we've always talked about getting together. I'm also a huge fan of India Hicks. HUGE. So it was really a perfect idea and so awesome and generous of Karen to offer!
Here are a few pics from the party set-up. Once it got started, I got busy chatting with friends and cornering people to show them pictures of India Hicks' beautiful home in Harbour Island and tell them how much I love her and want to be her. In my excitement, I forgot to take pictures of the fun.
The quality of the products is exceptional. Everything seemed to be so well-made and have such luxurious details. India Hicks is a mother of 5 (that just made me dizzy to type), and I feel like she gets us moms. We want "functional, but you don't notice because it's just so stylish." Yes, that's a thing. All of these products would work so well into my daily life, yet my cooler little sister would also want one. It was hard to choose what to buy.
I could carry my two-year-old in the large red Madly Deeply bag you can see above. But then my 5-year-old would want to ride in it, so it's probably better to leave my children out of my bags and let them walk on their own.
Karen put together an incredible gift basket for us to raffle off. I was so excited to see my pregnant friend win it. New mamas always deserve to be pampered.
I love those mylar foil balloons. I got a little excited with the decorating! I blame my party-filled weekend in Dallas for inspiring me (more on that next time I make it back to the keyboard).
Here are a few pics from the food table:
I had some fun little fascinator-like party hats as a nod to India's British heritage and to add to the party-vibe.
And of course, Buddy had to greet the guests at the front door. He gets really excited about birthdays and presents and hats.
And of course, just before the party gets started, Edward scores some T-Rex claws. And the dog is trying to pretend she's asleep.
Because Karen was so incredibly generous, the party was a huge success and we raised a lot of money that will go directly toward celebrating our kids (presents, cupcakes, games, decor, go big or go home)!! She really went above and beyond to help make this party a success and to join in the excitement of The Birthday Party Project. I am constantly humbled by the people who come out to support us in ways that are often bigger than I could have expected. It's pretty awesome.
So thank you THANK YOU to Karen and all of my friends for helping us do more for the homeless kids in our city. I hope one day we are in every shelter celebrating every homeless child in the Kansas City area. I am so excited about the opportunity to bring people together who might not otherwise ever cross paths and to make these children feel loved and appreciated for just being here.
P.S. Even the dinosaurs were inspired #dinovember #joychangeslives