August 16th, 2010 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Elephant Parade

I recently had the pleasure of working with a sweet mom of 4 year old twins.  Jack and Sally LOVE the circus – so we took our blue elephant and pink elephant collections and combined them to create the “elephant parade” collection, perfect for a boy or a girl (or both in this case!), one thing is for sure……it made for one colorful birthday party!  Guests were welcomed with this darling elephant parade sign, and then they saw the main attraction…….

The host wanted the party to appeal to both the children and their mothers that would be in attendence, so number 1 on her list was a candy/dessert table.  I planned a colorful table full of sweet treats.  The item that MADE the table (in my opinion!)  was a “big top” canopy that hung above the table.  A colorful, tent-like top, with polka dots scattered around the sheer white netting of the canopy made this the perfect accessory!  And the best part?!  I found it at IKEA for under $20.  That’s a whole lot of bang for your buck, if you ask me!


Since it is August in Chicago (= HOT!), the dessert table was set up in the family’s screened in porch.  It gave it a clean, white backdrop, but also provided much needed shade so our desserts and candy didn’t melt in the sun!  I used a combination of apothecary jars in varying sizes, cylinder vases, mini white pots, and white rectangular plates.  I prefer to keep my vessels very basic, and dress them up with ribbon and coordinating candy jar tags.  I also found teeny tiny stuffed elephants at IKEA for 50 cents each to tie in the theme….don’t they look cute climbing the candy?!

I ordered all of the candy in bulk thru Candy Warehouse – their selection is wonderful and I love that you can shop by color!  Candy included gumballs (both big and small), blue raspberry hard candy, pink salt water taffy, lemonheads, lemon candy sticks and red licorice wheels.  Other sweet treats included boxes of popcorn, cupcakes with toppers by WH Hostess, meringue puffs, and sugar cookies with fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies (custom designed to match our invitation!).  One of the biggest hits was the pots of different colored rock candy – the kids loved it!  Orange, yellow and green….colorful and tasty!


The candy was so colorful, I used a crisp white tablecloth for the table.  To add a whimsical touch, I created a bunting of ribbon along the front – it added a great pop of color, and helped to pull your eye down from the darling canopy atop the table!  This is incredibly easy to do – simple drape your ribbon and attach with a single pin at each spot.


The host asked to to come up with a simple, yet cute party favor packaging idea.  These little white boxes were the perfect size to hold the guests’ candy.  Once we dressed them up with our brand new, die-cut elephant stickers – I think they are beyond charming!
I just love how this cute, colorful party turned out!  The little guests had fun playing bozo buckets and pink the tail on the elephant….and filling up their boxes of candy!

August 11th, 2010 |

Parties in Progress

I have been a busy bee over here getting ready for 7 BIG parties in the next month!  Kids parties: monkeys (girl and boy!), elephants and purses…oh, my!  Adult parties: a wine tasting and bridal shower.  All will hopefully provide you with great inspiration in the coming weeks!  For now, I thought I would share the custom inspiration boards I did for two of the upcoming birthday parties…..

Monkey Love


 

Images: invitation (whhostess.com), chair decoration (hostessblog.com), centerpiece (jldesigns.com), hanging moss balls (jldesigns.com), grass placemats (mommybabble.com), ice cream sundae bar (eatdrinkchic.com), banana split toppings (midwestliving.com), monkey cake topper (etsy.com), banana fondant toppers (etsy.com), monkey party favors (partyspot.com), pink drinks (brides.com), bubble tins (stylemepretty.com), monkey sign (etsy.com), peony centerpiece (josevillablog.com)

Elephant Parade ~ Circus Candy Shoppe

Images: elephant invitation (whhostess.com), candy table and candy jars (amyatlas.com), balloons (realsimple.com), paper cups (hostessblog.com), bubble tins (stylemepretty.com), izze bottles (thepartydress.net), pennant banner (makemerryevents.com), elephant party favors (koehlerfamily4.blogspot.com)

More to come soon!  If you are planning a monkey (boy or girl) party or an elephant (boy, girl or both!) party, head on over to WH Hostess to see all of the fabulous new items in these collections.

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August 1st, 2010 |

Real Parties: Hello Kitty

 

Today’s real party feature is a perfect example of how to throw a stylized character party.  Stefanie decided to throw her girls a joint birthday party, with (at their request) a hello kitty theme.  The party was inspired by Hello Kitty shirts from Modern Frills. Stefanie made the invitations using a digital file that Audree from DecorArtist created by making a similar pattern from Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden Tiled Primrose fabric which was used in the shirts. The design was incorporated throughout the decor pulling the orange, yellow, green and pink as the colors for the party.

Some of the other decorations included party circles designed by The TomKat Studio, a colorful birthday banner made by Love the Day Custom Printable Parties, party favor labels, kiss stickers and labels designed by Posh Pixels Design Studio.
Hello Kitty Cookies by TRBrown made the perfect party favors!   I love Stefanie’s use of bright colors and simple pops of the hello kitty image – it’s bright and colorful and appeals to girls and parents alike!

For more images from this party, check out Stefanie’s blog: richterology.

 

July 30th, 2010 |

Real Parties: 3 Alarm Fire Birthday Party

 

I have a darling party to share with you today!  A darling BOY birthday party….which I know you all think is hard to come by!  This is an amazing example of a stylized party that appeals to both little boys and their parents!  I was contacted by Gavin’s mom to help her out with some party goods for her son’s upcoming 3rd birthday party.  Since he was turning “3″, they decided they wanted to have a “3 alarm fire” birthday party.  Cute, right?!

Held in a local Kansas City park, this party is stocked full of charming, Midwest details….red and white check table cloths, a vintage toy fire truck placed center stage on the buffet table, and delicious food including fire roasted corn, summer cous cous, mini steak sandwiches, cupcakes and whoopie pies for dessert (wait until you see the pictures below….delicious!).

 

WH Hostess made the cupcake toppers that were stuck in the cupcakes and whoopie pies, stickers that were placed on red party favor bags, and our centerpiece sticks were placed into red and yellow floral centerpieces.

 

Gavin’s mom did a beautiful job styling this party!  It’s always so fun for me to see our WH Hostess party goods styled at parties….I still get such a kick out of it!  I think this theme is just darling for summer and fall boy birthday parties, and could be perfect for a baby shower, too.  Take a peak below at all of the items we offer in the collection:

 

July 19th, 2010 |

Baby Shower

Moving on with our damask collection party inspirations today……next up a sweet and simple baby shower!

I just love this combination – blue and green, it looks so fresh for summer and it’s perfect for a boy or girl!  I love the idea of pulling out some green, natural elements into the decorations.  This wreath and hanging votive chandelier was the inspiration for the table setting at the anniversary party I styled recently….and it would be lovely for a baby shower or bridal shower!  It’s definitely a “wow” addition to any party!

Images: hanging votive chandelier and floating hydreagnea centerpiece (brides.com), blue and green damask invitation (whhostess.com), blue candy and cupcakes (inspiredbride.com), drinks (stylemepretty.com)

July 13th, 2010 |

Real Parties: Little Fishy 1st Birthday Party

This darling little fishy party was inspired by our WH Hostess invitation.  Joshua’s mom pulled out all of the stops for his first birthday and we were thrilled to provide her with all of her paper goods!  Read on for more details…..

A color palette of blue and green, a little fishy design, and an amazing attention to detail made this party extra special!  Joshua’s mom infused a modern blue link pattern and some green and white polka dots into the mix, which gave the party a modern look.  Tables were set with crisp white linens, and centerpieces that included green umbrellas, pails and balloons (and also provided some shade on a hot summer day!).  WH Hostess created a custom banner, cupcake toppers, stickers, food tent cards, water bottle labels and mini bubbles that served as party favors.

Such a cute party and I think it could serve as inspiration for a baby shower, too!

June 29th, 2010 |

Real Parties: Hazardous Teen

This party was sent to me by Pam at Party Starters.  She threw this party for her 13 year old son – and with boy themes and teenager themes so hard to come by – I knew I had to share it with all of you!  Pam did a great job of pulling together a dessert table with a specific color scheme, and a masculine feel!  Read on below for some tips and ideas from Pam.

When asked what type of party he wanted for his 13th birthday, my son said “I want lots of green and the Biohazard symbol”. SO, off I went into toxic waste land!
DECORATIONS:
I created the hazard symbols, the banner, door sign, soda & candy bar labels as well as the cupcake picks.  For the ceiling I used neon green poster boards (4 qty) and cut out the slime shape. Those were hung in layers from the ceiling to create the dripping wall. Koosh balls and more symbols were hung from the ceiling in between the poster boards with fishing line. On our front door and porch we use “caution” tape found at the local hardware store to decorate instead of streamers. I used 5 yards of neon green tulle to cover a wrinkled (on purpose) cream colored linen table cloth for texture and added color.
FOOD:
The cupcakes are white cake with light green butter cream frosting. I used vanilla pudding with a little green food coloring added and injected it into the top of each cupcake with a pastry bag.
I made chocolate cupcake pops and coated some in green colored white chocolate melts and the others in melted Peanutbutter baking chips. Those were displayed on a ring of styrofoam that was spray painted silver. I also made some cupcake bites dipped in the green white chocolate.
FAVORS:
Each guest received a barrel of “Toxic Waste” sour candy (found on Amazon), a Koosh ball (found at Target in the dollar spot) and a Hershey bar which was covered with a custom candy bar wrapper.
LINKS:
Custom Party Decorations: Party Starters
Toxic Waste Candy: Amazon
Inspired cakepop recipe: Bakerella
“Caution” Tape: Lowes
There were a bunch of boys at the party ranging in age from 10-17 years and everyone of them told me that they thought this party was “SO COOL”. That means a lot coming from boys of those ages. I am glad I could create a theme that was worthy of their attention. My son now wants to relocate all of the decorations to his room to redecorate.

June 25th, 2010 |

Real Parties: Cupcakes & Cartwheels

Sharnel of Sharnel Dollar Designs sent me this darling birthday party she did recently for an 11 year-old named, Camilla.

A beautiful color palette of turquoise and chocolate brown, a decedent chocolate dessert table styled to perfection, and a lot of happy 11 year olds decorating cupcakes!  The perfect party for older children, and great ideas to inspire you for birthday parties and baby showers!

Head on over to Sharnel’s blog, My Life My Loves for more of the party details!

June 21st, 2010 |

Bumble Bee Birthday Bash

I’m sharing the latest party from WH Hostess over on Project Nursery today, and had to share all of the beautiful details with you!

Our charming invitation was the perfect inspiration for the party decorations and color palette.  Mackenzie’s mom really wanted to stay away from the typical black and yellow bee party, so this bright color palette was perfect!  I really like the modern honeycomb pattern mixed with traditional flowers, and of course, our darling little bee!

The party was an afternoon picnic, held in the family’s backyard.  Decorations included lots of yellow balloons, and a darling banner over the food table.  The centerpieces were to die for!  I used yellow milk glass vases (IKEA for $4.99!) and topped them with gerber daisy pomander balls.  A little polka dot ribbon belt was a last minute addition and tied together our theme beautifully!

One of my favorite details of this party was the juice bar!  We set up a “bar” with plastic cups, green straws dressed up with our bumble bee image, and we used juice bottles filled with different juices – orange, apple, and cran-apple juice.  I love these bottles (and not just for kids parties!) because they look consistant on a table together, and have a cork in the top (which keeps the bugs out of the bottles when you are entertaining outside!).

No party would be complete without a dessert table, right?!  I sat down with both the hostess and Mackenzie, the 3 year old birthday girl, to plan out the sweet treats for this table…..our birthday girl had QUITE the opinion on what were her favorite sweets!  Delicious cupcakes from the local bakery were topped with bumble bee cupcake toppers from WH Hostess.  We had a plate full of sugar cookies that we embellished with custom fondant toppers from Two Sugar Babies (she made them to specifically coordinate with our bumble bee invitation!), and  jars of candy!  Salt water taffy (in both pink and orange), lemon candy sticks, green apple sours, and little yellow and white stripe candy pillows were displayed in a combination of white footed bowls, glass apothecary jars, and footed candy dishes.  All of the jars and dishes were dressed up with bumble bee labels.  Here’s a closer view of our treats:

The party was a huge success and the little guests were absolutely thrilled with all of the cute details….especially the party favors!  Since this was a “picnic”, I found mini wood picnic baskets (in the dollar section at Michael’s) and we filled them up with bags of candy, and topped them with a polka dot bow and gift tag that said “thanks for coming to my party!”  The kids also brought home a darling tin of bubbles (dressed up with a custom label and pipe-cleaner wand), which also served as an activity during the party.

To view more parties by WH Hostess, click here.  Visit WH Hostess for all of your party planning needs!

June 16th, 2010 |

Blue Elephant Birthday Party

One of my favorite child trends right now is the “blue elephant”!  So sweet when done for a baby boy, or cute as can be when incorporated into a circus theme.  Our invitation from WH Hostess takes on a bit of the circus theme with bold stripes and accents in melon orange.

I found a few items around the web that fit in perfectly with this theme: a felt hat from Stella & Livi, fondant cupcake toppers from Two Sugar Babies, and the perfect idea for party favors!  Fill a clear box with animal crackers, and top with a tiny, stuffed blue elephant (available at IKEA for 49 cents!).

This party has somewhat of a nostalgic look and would be darling for a baby shower too, don’t you think?!

Images: invitation (whhostess.com), hanging paper mobiles (projectwedding.com), felt hat (stellaandlivi.etsy.com), fondant cupcake toppers (twosugarbabies.etsy.com), party favor (koehlerfamily4.blogspot.com)

 

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