June 29th, 2010 |
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 |
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 16th, 2010 |
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)
May 24th, 2010 |
My post over at Project Nursery today was a little to sweet not to share with you!
The first step in planning your kid’s birthday parties is determining what their current “likes” or passions are – and let’s face it, I have never met a kid that doesn’t LOVE candy! A candy-themed birthday party is a no-brainer for any age group, and with the candy/dessert table trend going strong – how can you resist?!
I just love this invitation from WH Hostess – it reminds me of gumballs! And is the perfect start to our candy-themed party! Carry that colorful look throughout your entire party……
Here are a few ideas:
*Welcome your guests with a wreath made out of balloons (but looks like candy, right?!) hanging on your front door.
*Decorate your table with colorful linens (if you are a crafty momma, you could create a table cloth or runner out of felt – no sewing required!) You can incorporate big, bold flowers and polka dots too….the more colors and patterns you use, the better in this case!
*Create centerpieces out of candy! Vases full of gumballs, urns full of candy with lollipop sticking out, bowls full of m&m’s or licorice.
*Skip the juice for this party….the kids will be getting enough sugar from all the candy! Dress up water bottles with polka dotted labels that match the invitation.
*Send the kids home with a mini gumball machine as their party favor.
Images: invitation (whhostess.com), balloon wreath (howdoesshe.com), table setting (via Passions for Parties), mini gumball machines (beau-coup.com), water bottles (hwtm.com), rock candy (amyatlas.com), gumballs (hostessblog.com)
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May 21st, 2010 |
I spend a lot of time talking about birthday parties around here, however there are so many other celebrations that involve kids! Baptisms, first communions, graduations, team parties, end-of-the-year picnics….the list goes on and on. These are big events in their little lives and deserved to be celebrated! Boy parties are complicated in my opinion – it’s tough to find the perfect balance of “boy” and the cutesy details we all love so much. My answer?! Clean and modern, with a preppy twist.
I love the idea of this “little man” party. The “summer stripes” invitation from WH Hostess sets a fresh color palette of blue, lime green and yellow. You can carry the colors throughout the party with a few simple touches: blue ribbon flags on straws, a blue and green candy bar, and (this is my favorite idea) cupcakes topped with bow-ties and neckties, and sugar cookies shaped like ties and mustaches. (So cute, right?!)
I think this theme would be precious for a baby boy’s baptism, or a first communion celebration!
Images: little boys (adelineandgrace.com), stripe invitation (whhostess.com), cupcakes and cookies (imprintables.com), candy buffet (inspiredbride.com), drinks (stylemepretty.com)
May 14th, 2010 |
I’m leaving you today with a sneak peek of our latest party from WH Hostess. This is the custom inspiration board I created for a sweet 1 year old named Maia. Her mom came to me to create a concept and party goods for her fiesta themed party….and here is where it all started! Head on back on Monday to see how the party turned out! (PS – it’s amazing and you won’t want to miss it!)
Images: invitation (whhostess.com), dessert table (amyatlas.com), mexican banners (orientaltrading.com), tissue paper flower centerpiece (realsimple.com), colorful hurricane glasses for margaritas (amazon.com), pitcher decorated with colorful rubber bands or ribbons (bhg.com), colorful maracas (orientaltrading.com), table setting with hanging stars and paper lanterns (socialcouture.com)
May 12th, 2010 |
This beautiful baby shower was sent to me by photographer, Wendy Updegraff. Thrown for her sister, no detail was left undone!
The color palette for the party was inspired by the Tiny Prints invitation. A tent covered the beautiful table setting, and was decorated with paper lanters and a special “baby Mama” banner. They made sugar scrub jars for the party favors and it doubled as the placecard. My favorite decorative element is definitely the huge Z they covered in artificial flowers…the baby-to-be’s name is Zoe. Baby Zoe’s room is to be decorated with bla-bla dolls so they made tags on the back of all of the chairs with cut outs of different bla-bla dolls. And here is a darling activity: while the guest of honor, opened gifts, they had baskets of ribbons, glue and buttons for the guests to make baby Zoe hair clips! Too cute, right?!