Name: Vicky Hudgins
Location: San Diego, CA
Website: The City Cradle
Kids: Twins boy (aka dude) & girl (aka chica), 18 months
Vicky's tagline: "where event planning, design, and motherhood collide." How appropriate for a new mother of twins running an event planning business in her, um, spare time. We can't help but get inspired by the creative and beautiful parties she plans, and lucky us, she shares her free printables all the time - like those pretty juice box covers above.
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
The City Cradle has had a very organic growth and focus shift since inception. I started blogging like many moms when I became pregnant with the twins mainly to update family and share stories about how ginormous I was getting. After their birth it became a place to share the joys and struggles of raising twins.
Last winter, once I had established a good groove with motherhood I began getting back to working on a deep passion of mine- planning and crafting celebrations. In January this year we relaunched the site and it now has a heavy focus on handcrafted parties, events and celebrating everyday life. The blog's evolution has very much followed my life and the process I have gone through over the past few years; I love that part of it!
Tell us about the blog and your favorite things to post on?
The City Cradle is a place where I share my passions, inspirations and designs for handcrafted parties. I am currently in the middle of a challenge I've given myself to plan 30 parties this year before turning 30. I post about the inspiration, the design details and multiple DIY projects for each party. I love to inspire others not just with great party design but also with the tools and easy steps to recreate celebrations that will make wonderful memories for their family and friends.
I have also recently opened the site for handcrafted party submissions and I just adore this new chance to share other lovely homemade celebrations with my readers.
What are some of your favorite blogs?
My current daily reader includes:
What advice can you give a parent who's looking for inspiration to plan a party for their young child?
Try to be creative and think outside the box! Why not use a Ferris Wheel to serve ice cream toppings, or give out handmade bow-ties as party favors? Giving your celebrations unique personal touches will make them more lovely and memorable than simply following a popular trend.
What have been some of your favorite projects/activities?
My favorite projects so far have been:
*The pink princess birthday hat (It was so easy to make!) [We love this hat- you have to check it out.]
* The recent homemade ice cream favors.
* The twitter banner I created last year for the babies' 1st birthday, it was so incredibly special to see all our tweets about them throughout the year as we celebrated their birthday.
* I am also extremely fond of the felt circle chandelier we just produced and I loved how the circles twirled in the wind above our cake table.
How do you balance life at home with the event planning you're doing?
Honestly, I am still working on this. Thankfully my babies have always been great sleepers and are on a really good schedule. I plan and blog when they sleep and often will work on craft projects while we play together. I also have a very supportive husband who thinks incredibly all too high of me and is always ready to fill in when it is needed.
Since our inception, we have loved hearing from all of our readers as well as reaching out to several in the blog community. You are mothers, fathers, wives, husbands all writing about your families, style and what makes you tick. To continue fostering this great blogging community, we'll be featuring close-ups of our favorite family and design blogs as part of our "Big Blog Family".