December 9th, 2015 |
Creating a little Christmas magic for the little ones in my life is always a goal for the holiday season. This year, I want to host a “Breakfast with Santa” party – complete with our darling Santa party invitation, festive tablesetting, a donut breakfast bar, and Santa mug party favor.
A classic red and green color palette looks fresh against a crisp white backdrop. Here are a couple of my favorite details to look for in the photos:
- Our “Santa” party invitation is one of my all-time favorites. It could be used for a variety of Christmas events, and I love the simplicity of it and the preppy stripes on the back. You will see we play off the stripes in a few different places, like on the kids plates, and on the banner hanging above the donut bar.
- Our tablesetting contained a couple of festive elements: a personalized melamine plate that also served as a party favor, and a white napkin tied up with a red bow and big red jingle bell.
- The theme dictated a breakfast menu, so a donut bar was in order! I used my white cake stands to serve up different types of donuts, many of which were basic store-bought donuts I embellished myself with a little frosting and sprinkles!
- I used a red and white stripe banner from Target as the backdrop for the donut bar, and used 2″ silver foil letter stickers to spell out “believe” on the pennants.
- My favorite item on the donut bar were the cello bags full of powder sugar donuts with our santa sticker labeling them “snowballs.”
- We sent guests home with a charming Santa mug from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s, tied up with cellophane and our big “special delivery” foil-stamped gift tags.
October 28th, 2015 |
One of the challenges we face when planning custom birthday parties is the location, and what they will allow in terms of decorations. If your planning a party at home, the sky’s the limit when it comes to decorations. But at a restaurant, play place, farm, museum, etc. that’s not always the case.
One of our favorite clients asked us to help plan her son’s Under the Sea/Finding Nemo birthday party this past spring. The catch was, he wanted to have it at the Houston Aquarium. There was a restaurant, where they could decorate a table, but they could only get in 30 minutes prior! So….we had to plan smart, and come up with a few key details that would make the space look festive, yet that could be set up quickly!
A few fun details to take note of:
- The colorful tablesetting for the kids – we dressed up basic linens with a table runner made from our custom fish patterned fabric, and then popped it with paper plates, napkins, cups, and bubbles.
- We used turquoise foil accents throughout all of the paper goods, from the invitations, to the straw flags, to the party favor gift tags. It added to the look of bubbles!
- The adult guests were served a themed cocktail….blue, of course!
- The tiered cake by Cakes by Gina was spectacular!
- After the kids went on a fabulous tour around the aquarium, they took home a sand pail full of goodies, including a stuffed Nemo, and tied with a foil-stamped gift tag.
October 12th, 2015 |
Halloween is such a fun holiday, especially for kids! With the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, it offers up the opportunity to host a little party. One of my favorite ways to entertain for Halloween is to invite neighbors over for sweets before trick-or-treating. Our pumpkin stripe party invitation is the perfect way to invite your guests – full of stripes, pumpkins and candy corn.
Halloween can give Mamas a to-do list a mile long, between costumes, school parties, candy for trick-or-treaters, etc. The idea of baking sweets for a party may be daunting enough for you to pull the plug on the idea. Don’t let it! Here are a couple tips for creating a clean, stylized presentation of store-bought goodies:
- Create a clean look by using all white, black and orange sweets
- Display all of your goodies on white cake stands and serving pieces, dress up one or two of them with an orange bow
- Embellish store-bought vanilla cupcakes with a candy corn pumpkin, brownies with candy corn, and make sure you pick up some of the Halloween Oreo cookies!
- Fill up little candy cups or baking cups with candy corn for little hands to grab
- Use foam letter stickers (available at your local craft store) to embellish milk bottles or glasses with “boo” or the kids’ names.
June 22nd, 2015 |
Working with my custom party planning clients is truly one of my favorite parts of my job. My clients invite me into their families, to help them plan a memorable event – a baptism, birthday party, bridal or baby shower, and in this case a First Holy Communion. Held in Florida, we wanted to give the event a crisp, sunny color palette, and use classic haberdashery patterns for a masculine look. A gingham check invitation design was born, and set the tone for the rest of the party. (PS – our gingham check invitation is available in the shop in 8 different color ways!)
The event had a very classic feel to it, and there are some steal-worthy ideas that would be perfect to incorporate into a summer party. Some of my favorite details include:
- Guests were welcomed to the event with a sweet placecard display. Lollipops (with the guests’ names and table no. were placed on stickers) stood at attention in pots full of green moss.
- During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on sweet tea in cups personalized with stickers and our foil-stamped straw flags. Cocktail napkins, stamped with a custom message added a personalized touch.
- Our custom fabric, in a coordinating blue and white gingham check, was made into table toppers for the round tables and featured a yellow pom pom trim. The tables featured two different centerpieces from Flowerama: a gorgeous white lantern from Pottery Barn, wrapped in a white hydrangea wreath and a yellow vase full of “happy” daisies and yellow billy balls.
- The kids had their own special table, also dressed in a gingham check runner, with big yellow balloons soaring above it. We hung a “God Bless Marco” chair sign at the head of the table, for the man of the hour.
- The dessert table carried out the sunny blue, yellow and white color palette with a yellow striped custom fabric backdrop, yellow candy including small bags of jelly beans accessorized with gift stickers, a gorgeous cake incorporating the gingham check pattern by Cakes by Pink, cake pops from Sweet Lauren Cakes, gingham check chocolate-covered oreo cookies from Sweeties by Kim, and a pennant banner that hung across the front.
- As a keepsake for the communicant, we created a custom guest book, including photos of the young man and his family, along with pages for guests to write him a special note.
Images by Stacey Woods Photography
April 28th, 2015 |
Cinco de Mayo is a colorful, festive celebration that typically is more geared towards adults. I have a couple fun ideas for you, from my book Stylish Kids’ Parties, on how to throw your littles a colorful fiesta. These ideas would also work smashingly well for a Fiesta birthday party!
Whether you are hosting a Cinco de Mayo party or a Fiesta birthday party, send your guests a colorful invitation to set the tone for the event! We have two new designs in the shop that would be perfect: the fiesta and the confetti invitations. (see images at the bottom of the post) If you want to get crafty, you can add a glassine envelope of colorful confetti to it!
Dress up your basic party platters or cake stands with colorful pom pom trim from your local craft store. One of my favorite ways to serve up lemonade is in mini mason jars with flower lids and striped straws. Looking to add a playful punch to your party? Fill up a bowl with sprinkles and place your mason jar drinks in them for easy grab-n-go.
Decorate your tablesetting with a fringe centerpiece. Using a wood number (age) or letter (initial), wrap it with a paper fringe garland and stick it into a pot of wheat grass. The full DIY instructions are in my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, along with a couple free printables.
Send your little guests home with paper cone party favors full of candy. I used pink and orange striped lollipops from Candywarehouse.com. Throw in a couple of tacos and chocolate-covered churros, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous family-friendly Cinco de Mayo party! Here are the two new invitations in the shop that would be PERFECT for a Fiesta party: