Aesthetic Nest

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I am the mother of three daughters, my muses. Aesthetic Nest journals my pursuits to create beautiful things and celebrations. I hope you'll enjoy reading about what keeps me up at night.

What's the most creative dessert idea you've come up with for a party? Please share a link if you have one.

What's a cool DIY project you would recommend for party decorations?

What are some of your favorite kid-friendly party snacks that are healthy too?

Help us create the ultimate Western-themed birthday party! Please share an idea for a game, recipe, party favor, decoration, etc. that's perfect for a Cowboy/Cowgirl party. Include a link to a photo if you have one!

Anneliese

I created a County Fair cowgirl party for my daughter and niece a few years ago and used brightly colored bandanas throughout the decor: quilted into tablecloths and lining kraft paper bags for favors and even to create an outfit for a younger sister. The bandana colors were the same I used on the invitations, the dessert table candy, and the cowgirl birthday outfits so it created a saturated and fun party atmosphere.
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What are your best tips for birthday party invitations? (What to include, where to make them online, etc?)

Anneliese

I always approach birthday party invitations with the belief that the invitation sets the expectation. I like it to be in the spirit of the party, which always means fun! In my opinion, it should also be tied to whatever theme is being used to celebrate. Sometimes this is simply a matter of color palette but other times it may include motifs such as zoo animals, or a dinosaur, or a ticket to a county fair. I love printed cards and papers to i goo "all out" with my invitations--they are always snail mailed and often come in more elaborate forms such as a mini book or an accordion card. I design all my invitations myself so I can customize them, but there are fabulous invites to be found on Etsy, many of which include "editable text" or customizations to tailor them for your party. In addition to the essential details of day, date, time and location, I like to include a note about what else to expect--lunch? swimming? a trip to the zoo? Anything parents might appreciate knowing before they arrive.
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How do you store your child's toys? Please include a link to a photo if you have one.

Anneliese

My favorite, and most effective solution, is large drawers built into my daughters' closets. the drawers are almost 3 feet deep and the perfect depth for tossing in stuffed animals and whatever else is littering the floor.
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