rosé mansion

yes! here are the photos from rosé mansion! my friends and I had so much fun checking this place out back on august 31st.

here’s some info on the mansion: it’s an exhibit that’s only in NYC from July 14-october 21. initially, the last day was the 7th but I’m guessing overwhelming popularity allowed them to stay open fo two more weeks.

admission is $45 ($35 on weekdays before 4:30pm). tickets sell out FAST for the weekends so buy them as soon as you can. at last check, the next three Saturdays are sold out and there are only two more Saturdays left after that.

the mansion is located at 445 5th ave, New York, New York 10016.

the experience: you wander through differently, and vibrantly, decorated rooms to sample all kinds of rosé and learn more about each one. of course, these rooms are totally meant for the ig-obsessed people like me to take photos in!

the majority of the patrons are women (I’ll say 95%!) there were a few guys when we went, and the one man that was in our group remarked, “I guess I’m the group photographer!”

just in case it isn’t clear.. you must be 21 and over to attend since alcohol is served. you actually are allowed to bring a child but only if 1) they are 12 months and younger, and 2) you are wearing them. they do check your id at the door so don’t think you can purchase a ticket online and think you can get away with it.

okay, on to the pictures!

IMG_4272

the wall as you go up the stairs to begin the tour

IMG_4273

complimentary wine tumbler, pin, and stickers

IMG_4274

everything is covered with the grapes stickers

IMG_4293

IMG_4292

IMG_4288
IMG_4283IMG_4282IMG_4275IMG_4276IMG_4280

IMG_4301IMG_4308IMG_4310

IMG_4324IMG_4325

IMG_4328

scratch ‘n sniff walls!

IMG_4327

 

IMG_4329

IMG_4342

IMG_4346

these next three pictures would have been lovelier had it not been for the harsh overhead lighting. one improvement to the rosé mansion experience would be to change the lighting.

IMG_4348IMG_4362IMG_4356

IMG_4363IMG_4367IMG_4368IMG_4373

this turquoise room was tiny! and more harsh lighting… boo

IMG_4378

IMG_4381

IMG_4379

this room reminds me of a glam trailer park in florida 

IMG_4394

IMG_4408

IMG_4406

IMG_4411

this room had plastic bags containing different kinds of “rosé” that you could squish with your feet and hands

IMG_4412

I absolutely loved the grapes tunnel

IMG_4424

one of my favorite backdrops

IMG_4417

IMG_4413

IMG_4428

 

IMG_4430

I quickly snapped this photo when the employee behind the lab crouched down to get something

IMG_4431

IMG_4438

IMG_4433

IMG_4441

the next section is the sparkling champagne room

IMG_4445

IMG_4446

IMG_4447

the next five photos are hilarious: an employee snapped photos of struggling in the ball pit, and of us helping her up!

IMG_4449

IMG_4450

IMG_4451

IMG_4452

IMG_4453

IMG_4463

IMG_4468

IMG_4470

waiting for the garden bathtub room!

IMG_4477

IMG_4478

IMG_4392

so many cool walls

 

IMG_4525

I wish we had had more time in here but there was a long wait!

we chose our crowns and acted regal

IMG_4584

IMG_4585

IMG_4599

IMG_4593

IMG_4603

sing it with me: iiiiii want to swinggggg from a chandelierrrr, chandelierrrr

IMG_4540

IMG_4558

IMG_4553

IMG_4559

IMG_4561

IMG_4579

I wish you could view the next five photos like a flip book! the pics are so adorable

IMG_4611

IMG_4612

IMG_4613

IMG_4614

IMG_4617

IMG_4619

IMG_4620

IMG_4622

IMG_4621

IMG_4626

 

so concludes our tour… major props to genie for hearing about the rosé mansion back in july so we could plan accordingly. it was so hard to find a date that would work with our conflicting schedules but we were so ecstatic when we were able to make one work.

here’s to more fun and unique exhibits in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

penny’s 3rd birthday

I promised myself I wouldn’t go all out for penny’s 3rd birthday, especially since I had spent so much time, energy, and money on Ezra’s 1st birthday. but, it just isn’t me to not find an excuse to stay up late party planning and making decorations.

IMG_7784

penny doesn’t really love anything else as much as minnie mouse; but since she had already used that theme for her 2nd birthday party, I didn’t want her to reuse it. I settled on the unicorn theme which is really whimsical and quite popular.

to make the backdrop, I purchased a package of diy paper flowers from Michaels. this particular brand is recollections, and I had read bad reviews – difficult to follow illustrations, no written directions, requires a lot of tape/adhesive – but as they were the only kind Michaels sold, I purchased them anyway. they ended up being 60% off (regular price $19.99 for four flowers) maybe because they’re being discontinued? I couldn’t find any other diy paper flowers at Michaels – online or in store.

IMG_7648.jpg

the flowers were… time-consuming. I thought I would be able to whip them up but I spent quite a bit of time staring at the illustrations to make sure I had the correct size petals and that I was assembling them properly. in the end, I winged it because I really couldn’t figure out some of the steps! (recently, I also began rewatching random episodes of one of my all-time favorite shows, the office, so that’s a huge reason why I took so long in getting things done!)

I purchased green, black, lavender, and gold glitter card stock to make the leaves, eyelashes, ears, and horn respectively. I just traced them freehand and cut them out. I used a thick gold calligraphy pen to draw in the leaves’ veins to make them look more realistic. for the unicorn’s ears, I had white card stock at home that I used for the inner part of the ears.

the party room’s walls are bright shades of highlighter orange and lime green so I bought two plastic white tablecloths for a white backdrop. unfortunately, the tablecloths weren’t thick enough to hide the colors and designs underneath but, at least, most of it was covered. (I had looked up the party rooms online in advance to see how they looked.)

the party favors were diy unicorn horns made of funmallows (mini flavored marshmallows). I purchased the styrofoam cups and 5 bags of funmallows from target. (I only ended up using 3 bags for 21 unicorn horns.) the cone shaped plastic bags were purchased from Michaels.

IMG_7809

I also purchased the unicorn tablecloth, straws, and napkins from target. good ol’ target – I also found penny’s unicorn t-shirt in the girl’s section (size xs). the unicorn headband along with the unicorn cake topper were purchased as a set from amazon. the pink tutu was a gift and the polka dot pants are from carter’s.

IMG_7915

for those of you that know penny, she LOVES to jump so having her birthday party at jump off trampoline park was a no-brainer. lunch was included in the cost – pizza and pink lemonade – however, I wanted the kids to have other options in case they didn’t want pizza or wanted snacks. the trampoline park has a strict policy regarding outside food besides cake and cupcakes, but an employee informed me that if snacks are included in the goody bags, they can’t say anything. perfect! my husband assembled separate goody bags – this time, in gold and white paper bags – with an applesauce pouch, goldfish crackers, and a sticker packet in each one. thank goodness because penny barely ate the pizza (like we knew she wouldn’t. she only had a few bites of the crust.)

IMG_7644.jpg

the unicorn cutouts are from Michaels

IMG_7645.jpg

the cakes were almost a disaster. I had one cake ordered from big y, a small New England  supermarket chain, because I didn’t want to spend almost $100 on a fancy cake like I did for penny’s second birthday and for Ezra’s first birthday. well, supermarket bakeries have their limitations as we know. I just asked for a simple, 10-inch white cake with lavender, teal, and pink flowers cascading down the back for the unicorn-themed party. the cake wasn’t tall enough in my mind for the unicorn decorations. plus, it was my fault in asking for “happy birthday, Penelope” to be written on the cake. the baker didn’t know where to write that since I had told them I was going to use a cake topper; so it was written on the side where I needed to put on the eyelashes.

after Dennis told them we weren’t pleased with the cake, we just got a smaller (and taller) one from the display and the baker quickly piped on the flowers. the manager told Dennis they normally wouldn’t accept our request because it’s too detailed for them. we ended up getting the other cake for free. it was actually great that we had two cakes because we needed both to feed 18 children and some of the adults!

IMG_7825

IMG_7744

although I stayed up until 5am (and laid wide-awake in bed for an hour and a half) finishing up the party decorations, I had a really wonderful time making them. I don’t know if it’s because I was watching the office but I wasn’t feeling stressed or anxious. Dennis did wake up around 4am wondering why I was still up. he ended up coming downstairs to help me finish the details. ❤ Dennis and my mil also were kind enough to watch the kids while I took a nap on the couch for 2.5 hours later that evening.

I received a lot of kind words from the guests that day regarding the decorations and the party itself. the kids really enjoyed jumping on the trampolines and eating cake together. many of the parents thanked me afterwards for inviting them and we all remarked how the kids would have a great nap when they got home. (they did.)

the party’s over and done with, and I’m glad. but I did enjoy putting it together for penny. I hope she remembers how much fun she had that day.

IMG_7698

IMG_7701IMG_7704

IMG_7710

IMG_7712

IMG_7713

IMG_7715

IMG_7716

IMG_7718

IMG_7723

IMG_7727

IMG_7731

IMG_7735

IMG_7651

IMG_7652

IMG_7654

IMG_7656

IMG_7659

IMG_7665

IMG_7668

IMG_7672IMG_7675

IMG_7676

IMG_7679

IMG_7684

IMG_7686

IMG_7689

IMG_7690

IMG_7691

IMG_7694

IMG_7737

IMG_7746

IMG_7748

IMG_7749

IMG_7751

IMG_7752

IMG_7753

IMG_7757

IMG_7758.jpg

IMG_7760

IMG_7762

IMG_7764

IMG_7766

IMG_7769

IMG_7771

IMG_7777

IMG_7782