Monday was the one year mark of the girls birth! It was amazing day full of friends and family INCLUDING all of YOU! We live streamed the birthday onto our YouTube channel so anyone who wanted to could join in- dispite some technical difficulties it worked for the most part! It was our first time live streaming something and literally had it working just hours before the party. Thank you everyone for your patience as we worked out the bugs! I hope to be live streaming more often in the future and figuring it all out so it runs more smoothly! I think we did pretty good for first timers don’t you think?!
If you missed it check out our YouTube channel for recordings of it all! A special THANK YOU to my Dad who ‘carried’ you all around the room that night! 🙂
The party was INCREDIBLE! If you follow our Vlog on YouTube you know that just 6 days before the party ALL of my plans fell through and I basically had to start from scratch! I think it turned out pretty great considering! -Check out my blog post where I go tour The Lodge at Traverse mountain for the first time and fall in love here.
I had amazing people come through and step in to help me last minute!
THE VENUE–The Lodge at Traverse Mountain
First off I need to thank Ashley Zimmerman for providing the place we held the party at! The Lodge at Traverse Mountain! This is a reception center and last minute when I didn’t have anything I was a wreck! I had this vision in my head of what I wanted the party to be like and I was thinking I was going to have to settle for less. Then in comes Ashley to save the day.We have already become great friends in the 7 days I have known her. Hahah then again I pretty much befriend anyone I come in contact with! Ashley was just so sweet and took so much stress off of us! I walked in to check it out and it was EVERYTHING I wanted PLUS more!
I wanted it to be kind of an out doorsy look. The theme was ‘Under The Stars’. When I walked in there were lights hung from the ceiling and the cozy atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for and they were super nice and easy to work with! On top of it all this place already has all the tables and chair for the venue and a place they work with to get the linens for the tables.
They have been so kind to offer our readers a special deal! $100 off your booking if you schedule your event before February 1st! To get the deal like their Facebook page here, their Instagram page here and mention GARDNER QUAD SQUAD-just like magic you will get $100 off your booking!
THE ENTERTAINMENT– Salty Dinner Theater
Secondly I need to thank Mary with Salty Dinner Theater. She totally saved my butt and stepped in wherever I needed help! She provides the entertainment-The wonderful Monique Derr to sing for us! If you haven’t heard of Salty Dinner Theater you need to check them out. We are season ticket holders and make a date night out of it. You should buy some season tickets too and join us for a night of hilarious entertainment and dinner. They also offer a whole slew of services including funny valentine telegrams, wedding entertainment and much much more! THANK YOU so much Mary for helping out so much! You’re amazing! Check out their Facebook here.
Salty Dinner Theater has offered you guys a 30% off code that expires in one week (1.6.16) Use code QUADBLOG for 30% off on the website or you can call customer service and use the code as well. Monique (who sung for the girls) will be performing in the February show! I know we won’t be missing that show!
I told them the colors I wanted. She sent me a few idea pictures and I fell in love with them and she just simply had them ready for me the day of the party. They were perfect!
Everyone was complimenting how beautiful they were. I snuck a taste when the girls were digging in and they also tasted amazing- and I’m not much of a cake person!
I told her that I wanted each cake different and unique just like each of the girls. They might be two sets of identical twins and quadruplets but they are all very unique and individual and they deserved their own unique cake! She delivered perfectly!
Thank you Dippidee Bakery for making this special day even more special. You can check them out on Facebook here.
THE GIRLS’ HEADBANDS– Chloe Rose Couture
Headbands! As you all know by now for me a big special occasion calls for a big special headband! It’s just my thing. Go big or go home is my motto-I mean I did have 4 babies at once-I only know how to go big! 😂
I always can count on my go to headband shop-Chloe Rose Couture! She is seriously incredible at what she does. So talented and the headbands are great quality, not heavy for their heads and absolutely beautiful!
She is always so kind to deal with my last minute ‘Quad Brain’ and we work together to create exactly what I have in mind. She always pulls through with better than I even dreamed up! Thank you Mandi!
She has been so kind to give all my readers 20% off your order through Sunday (1/3/16). Use code QUAD20! Check out her Facebook page for more updates here.
THE DRESSES–Sew Trendy Accessories
The dresses! OH EM GEE-THE DRESSES! 😍 4 little processes needed to look like princesses on their first birthday! Thank you Sew Trendy Accessories for working with me to create the perfect dresses for the girls! This woman is seriously so talented. She made the dress I wore for our first Photoshoot with Loni Smith here…
She makes amazing maternity dresses! I wish I would have known about her when I did my maternity photo shoot! Check out her website here.
BIRTHDAY BOARDS–Chalk Full Of Grace
These birthday boards were gifted to the girls by Chalk Full Of Grace! She made sure to get our birthday theme and colors and we filled out the information! She put it all together beautifully don’t you think?
I thought this was the perfect way to show off the girls amazing stats and milestones. They go perfectly with the ones I made to hang over their beds when they were first born. Man, look how far they have come…..
She makes them all beautiful and sent me a proof to double check everything and change whatever I wanted last minute and then send the PDF file over to my email.
From there I sent them over to Costco-now here is my secret- if you print a ‘poster’ 16×20 at Costco the print only costs $6.99!!! I do it with family pictures all the time! Then run over to Hobby Lobby and grab a two pack of 16×20 canvases for $7.99 and then use their 40% off coupon with brings it down to $5….something! I use modge podge and a tiny roller sponge brush and paint the canvas with the Modge Podge and the back of the poster. Stick it on and then modge podge over the top of the pictures too! It dries in like 20 minutes and DONE! A master piece is created! Now that you know my secret to cheap canvases go make like 10….trust me….you won’t be able to stop!
A lot of you have been interested in where these came from so check out their Facebook page here. Also, she ha offered all of you a 15% discount on your order. Use code GARDNERQUADS15 at checkout!
Flower Center Pieces– Bushel And A Peck Floral
The flower center pieces seriously pulled everything together beautifully. A Bushel And A Peck did them for us. I truly think that it is an art to be able to arrange flowers like she does.
I got all of you a discount here also! 15% off all wedding orders or 10% off any arrangements or other events. Just mention this post or the Gardner quads for the deal! Expires February 1st 2016
PHOTOGRAPHY– Loni Smith Photography
THANK YOU Loni Smith Photography for sticking with us for an entire year and providing us with the most incredible photos I could have dreamed up. We love you so much and are so grateful for our friendship!
She has been photographing the girls their entire first year of life and she has wow’d us every single time. Everytime I think ‘the girls were so naughty no way she got a good photo’ she blows me away everytime. To check out all the photos she has done of the girls over the last year and all her other amazing pictures check out her Facebook page here or Instagram here
I got all the rest of the decorations, plates, cups, glitter, balloons from a local party store!
Well guys! That’s it for the vendors who helped me pull this fabulous event off. I hope you all get some great ideas for your next even and are able to take advantage of these discount codes.
And last but not least we would not have been able to pull this off without amazing family and friends who come through for us whenever we need them! We love you all!
Until next year!