January 26th, 2010 |
Someone recently asked me how I come up with my party ideas….and I responded by telling them that it’s a variety of things! Inspiration from around the web, fashion and color trends, things I dream up in the middle of the night, and often…it’s the people in my life that inspire different themes! When I put together a boho chic wine and cheese party, I’m totally thinking of my sister. A monkey-themed birthday party…inspired by my god-daughter. A rustic, yet elegant wedding, I am recreating the look of my own wedding! So today’s party is inspired by our little cousin, Erin, who has a love affair with her puppies!
A puppy-themed party is great – because it is so gender neutral! Great for a boy or girl, and darling whether it is held inside or out. I’m not going to lie to you….these puppy cupcakes from Parents Magazine started the ball rolling for this theme. Aren’t they darling?! Each one has such a cute little personality, and when you read the instructions you will see….they actually aren’t that difficult to make! Using the cupcakes as your “wow” factor (one of my top 12 entertaining tips!), plan your decorations around them. Simple things such as napkins with paw prints, or straws bent in the shape of a bone will add a cute (but not cheesy) touch to the overall theme without spending a fortune! And don’t forget to get creative with food….it would be darling to cut out pieces of cheese using a dog bone cookie cutter!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), puppy cupcakes (parents.com), banner (etsy.com), face painting and table setting (designdazzle.com), dog-bone straw, dog-bone candy, and paw-print napkins (birthdayinabox.com)
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January 25th, 2010 |
Good morning, ladies! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Before we get started for the week, I have a very fun announcement…..
Jenin, from Creative Hostess, is hosting a contest for the most adorable kids party of 2009. Now, I know how talented you are all, because you send me beautiful parties to see everyday….It’s time to let the world see how talented you are! The rules are simple, there are fabulous prizes for the top 3 winners from The Ink Spot Worshop, Seven Cupcakes, Gigglesapu, and Parties by Hardie, and it’s being judged by yours truly! (along with some of the best party goddesses I know….Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess, Kim from TomKat Studio and Chris from Celebrations at Home)
So head on over to Creative Hostess to enter your party! Good luck!
January 20th, 2010 |
Today’s featured party is going knock your socks off! I get a lot of parties e-mailed to me….and I try to show you parties that are unique, that I think will inspire you, and ones that fit in with my particular style….and today’s party is the epitome of all of that! Sent to me by Zuesette Zamora, this vintage carnival theme 1st birthday party is full of style, amazing details and a sweet table that is drool-worthy!
My description of this party will barely do it justice, so I am going to turn this over to the Mommy, herself to share her inspiration and party planning tips:
Zoë Reese is our first born child and I wanted her 1st birthday to be something special and memorable – - but fun! Carnival’s have always been fun for me so I thought; why not bring that theme in for Zoë’s party!
Crystal Lequang, from Amazáe Special Events (www.amazae.com) helped me create the vision for Zoë’s 1st birthday party from beginning (design ideas & prep) to the end (coordinated the entire day). We brainstormed on more of a “vintage” carnival theme to bring in more of the toned down colors rather than the usual bright colors. I dressed Zoë in a pink tutu to fit the theme! I started off with the invitation created by me! My business partner, Marivic, and I are the owners of our custom-designed invitation company, Marizette Paperie (www.marizette.com). The z-card invitation consisted of a small pocket containing an “Admit One” ticket, as if you were going to an actual show.
The colors from the invitation were our inspiration for the rest of the party. As guests entered, they were greeted by a table housing a personal guest book (www.kolo.com) along with a Polaroid camera accented with feathers. I created a sign telling our guests to have fun with the camera and to take a photo of yourself to put in the book along with a message for Zoë. Then there was a table of gable boxes that I made labels for & personalized with each child’s name that served as party favors. They contained a box of Barnum’s Animal Crackers & a roll of tear off tickets to use to “pay” for each game you play. I made a sign that let them know that the gable boxes were to be used as their “bag” to store all their prizes when playing the carnival games.
Centerpieces were put together with a combination of daisy flowers & feathers, jars of laffy taffy, and vintage photo frames with carnival artwork & Zoë’s pictures from birth to 1 year. Flowers were provided by Nicole Ha Designs (www.nicoleha.com).
Finally, what’s a carnival without the desserts? In addition to the cotton candy machine, popcorn machine, snow cone machine, and hot dog steamer…..we had a cake, cupcakes, and raspberry bars that were deliciously made by Jen from Jen’s Cakes (www.jenscakes.com). My sister, Zoraida, & my cousin Dabbie, made the adorable sprinkled, caramel apples! All lollipops were purchased from Kendon Candies (www.kendoncandies.com).
For entertainment, I used “Hey! Balloon Lady!” (www.heyballoonlady.com) which provided Balloon Creations & Face Painting. I also had a Caricature Artist which people loved!! She was from Magikal Entertainment (www.magickalentertainment.com). Lastly, I had a Parrot Show from Happy Birds (www.happybirds.com). The kids were excited to see live animals at this party and I especially enjoyed that each child could take a picture or hold the birds at the end.
Lastly, a carnival would not be complete without games! I rented almost all games and food equipment from Fun Services (www.funservices.com). 5 different games occupied the kids: Duck Pond, Tip the Clown, Alley Oops, Can Can, & Bean Bag Toss. I gathered some of my friends & family to “work” each booth…wearing bright red aprons with personalized pin buttons that I designed and had made from (www.zazzle.com). To play a game, each child was to “pay” with their tickets and after playing, they were awarded with “winning tickets” so they could claim some prizes. What are games without prizes? I created an entire Prize Booth! All prizes were bought from Oriental Trading Company (www.orientaltrading.com), and displayed in different vases & canisters (all found at Michaels or TJ Maxx Home Goods). I labeled each prize container and wrapped it around with ribbon.
The children had so much fun; definitely a party that we will not forget! Fortunately, we had amazing photographs taken by Claudia Akers Photography (www.claudiaakers.com) so that when Zoë get’s older, she can see the photos and know how much she was loved!!
January 18th, 2010 |
Baby showers can be tough for a trendy, sophisticated mommy that just isn’t into cutesy baby blocks or rubber duckies. I get it! If you find yourself hosting a shower for a mom-to-be that has a great sense of style and a love for color – try centering your party decor around a mod pattern, or a particular color palette.
This invitation from my new social stationary collection, WH Hostess, serves just that purpose! Bright colors, a bold pattern….perfect for a trendy baby shower (or any party for that matter!). Whether you are hosting your party at home or at an outside venue, keep your decorations clean and simple and remember to stick to your color palette! Consider a unique location for your party, such as a wine bar, a coffee shop, or a day spa.
A monochromatic table setting like the one pictured above is perfect for this occasion. The different shades of green look modern when layered together, and I absolutely love the centerpiece! Instead of fluffy, full flowers choose something with a hard shape, like these billy balls….I just love how they look like little yellow pom poms! One idea that I am currently obsessed with is the idea of adding colored draping to your party room. Swap out your curtains, hang drapes in your doorways, or even covering a wall. By using the same color, it will help unify your party and create a very festive space. Paper lanterns always dress up a party! Instead of hanging the traditional round version, use square lanterns for a more modern look.
Diaper cakes are a traditional decoration at baby showers. Put a new spin on yours by creating a “stork package” instead. I found this darling one on Etsy. Modern with a touch of whimsy….this baby shower is perfect for the first months of Spring!
Images: invitation (WH Hostess via etsy.com), table setting (realsimple.com), drinks (brides.com), lounge area (detailsdetails.com), lanterns (swsmag.com), placecards (WH Hostess via etsy.com)
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January 13th, 2010 |
Today’s theme party really got me excited! It’s hard to come up with a really cute, unique theme for kid’s parties….especially when it’s the dead of winter and outdoor entertaining is at a minimum! So, if your daughter is craving a sleepover party….add a unique spin to it by host a “silly socks slumber party!”
This invitation from Tiny Prints is absolutely perfect for our theme….not only that, but it totally inspires decorations! Bright colors, whimsical patterns…and don’t forget to tell your guests to wear “silly socks!” Decorate your home with this colorful fabric banner from etsy.com. It would be so cute hung over the food table…especially with these sock-covered flower pots going down the center! What a darling idea (thank you, Rachael Ray) and oh, so simple to do. I love how colorful it is, and that it is totally kid-friendly.
What better activity for a silly socks slumber party than decorating-your-own sock monkeys! I found this set of plain white, ready-to-decorate monkeys on etsy.com…..grab some fabric markers, colorful ribbon, pom poms, and you have yourself one darling activity. The kids will love bringing these home as their party favors too! If you are looking for some inspiration for your sock monkey design, check out these darling monkeys I found on-line:
This is a party I would have loved to have been invited to as a kid….so, who wants to throw a silly socks slumber party?!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), sock monkeys (landofnod.com), centerpiece (rachaelraymag.com), patterned tights (bodenusa.com), striped straws (etsy.com), fabric banner (etsy.com), sock monkey kit (etsy.com), pink monkey (utownblog.wordpress.com), green striped monkey (melbourne4mothers.wordpress.com)
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January 4th, 2010 |
Once the Holidays are past us, I love looking towards Spring! The glitz and glam of the Holiday decorations leave me yearning for clean, fresh, simple decorations that scream Spring. If you have Spring birthdays in your family, now is the time to start planning!
Butterflies are the perfect theme for a Spring birthday party. This darling invitation from Tiny Prints sets the mood for a whimsical party full of stylish details. Using shades of green, purple, pink, and a touch of blue as your color palette, define your party space by hanging these charming butterflies over the table. Create a simple table setting by placing a small vase of flowers atop green dinner plates. (the vase of flower serves as a darling party favor too!)
Continue your decorations throughout the party by incorporating natural elements, such as grass and leaves. I love using boxes of grass as centerpieces for a party! (click here to see how I have used them before) To switch up the hanging decorations, try wrapping styrofoam balls with green raffia, or moss wire. Insert a few flowers, or wire butterflies for a little extra touch!
Chocolate butterflies are a festive addition to either a birthday cake or cupcakes. They are very simple to make (click here for full instructions) and will add a “wow!” to your party. Carrying the butterfly theme throughout will give your party a cohesive look….from invitations, to decorations, to your party favors. I love, love, love this display idea for your party favors. Classic containers are presented on glass cake plates covered with moss. Add in a few wire butterflies and your guests will be charmed by this whimsical display. Dress up your containers with personalized labels that coordinate with the darling invitation.
This butterfly party is the perfect way to welcome Spring and a festive way to celebrate a special birthday!
This party was featured on Project Nursery today…..have you checked out their new site?! Head on over there to view the new features, and to see more party inspirations!
Images: hanging butterfly decorations (landofnod.com), table setting (brides.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), hanging ball decorations (brides.com), cake (theknot.com), tutu (etsy.com), party favors (hotessblog.com)
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December 23rd, 2009 |
The months following Christmas can be kind of dreary, the weather almost depressing! I don’t know about you, but this is when I start to CRAVE color! If you are hosting a baby shower during these months, opt for a bright, colorful theme. Today’s inspiration is full of persimmon orange and lime green (with a few accents of yellow for good measure!). Sophisticated decor and details will make this an event all will enjoy!
Invite your guests with this invitation from Minted. It’s cute and simple….and it works perfectly with our color palette! Keep your decorations simple…a stunning wreath on the front door or over a mantel, monochromatic centerpieces done in shades of orange. Keep your details simple and your color strong. As a unique touch, create a hanging placecard that can attach to the back of your guest’s chair. It will add an unexpected element to the chair, and open up your place setting for an interesting napkin treatment or room to place your party favor on their plate.
Don’t forget to carry your color theme throughout the entire event….especially dessert! Have your pasties made in coordinating colors to create a stunning affect!
Images: yellow wreath (inmagine.com), invitation (minted.com), chair placecard (bhg.com), party favor (styleathome.com), champagne cocktails (amberkarsonevents.com), orange centerpiece (brides.com), cake (theknot.com)
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December 17th, 2009 |
This Christmas Tree party was posted over at Project Nursery today. Such a cute, festive theme….I had to share it with all of you too!
The search for the perfect Christmas tree can be a very entertaining process…..especially if you take a group of kids! Plan a day of activities for your kids and their friends by inviting them to a Christmas tree farm and then for a tree-trimming party back at your house.
Invite the kids with this darling Christmas tree invitation from WH Hostess on Etsy.com. Make sure to tell them to dress warm, as they will be outside looking for the tree! You can also ask each child to bring an ornament to place on the tree while they are trimming it.
You know kids, the second you get to the tree farm they will be hungry and thirsty! Provide them with snowman sippy cups for their walk around the farm, and individual bags of snacks (keep them small so they can put them in their pockets).
Have your house set up for the party before you go, so that once you return the kids can trim the tree with lights, and ornaments. Set up a craft table with strips of construction paper and glue sticks, and have the kids make paper chain garlands to hang on the tree as the finishing touch. Serve up some frosted sugar cookies in the shape of trees….and if you present them clustered together on a platter, it might just resemble the tree farm they visited earlier that day!)
As a party favor, send the kids home with a small Spruce seedling planted in a tin container. It will be a darling reminder of a festive day!
Images: invitation (WHhostess via Etsy.com), snowman sippy cups (orientaltrading.com), snow kids (jcrew.com), kids decorating tree (inmagine.com), tree seedling party favors (midwestliving.com), christmas tree cookies (elenis.com)
December 14th, 2009 |
Fancy Nancy is one of my niece’s favorite things right now….she loves everything “fancy”. But if you are not-so-into throwing a “character” birthday party for your daughter….try throwing a “fancy” mommy-daughter birthday lunch. I guarantee your daughter will love having her own version of a “fancy” party!
Let’s be honest, sometimes all of those special details we hand-craft ourselves for birthday parties get lost on the children. By inviting the mothers of your daughter’s friends to join in the fun….it will be special for the girls, and you are sure to get some much deserved ooh’s and ahh’s from your friends too! I love this simple invitation from Tiny Prints….it’s perfect for our birthday lunch! The pink and blue on the invitation help to set the color palette for the party, too.
Set the stage for your party with some beautiful flowers, crisp white linens, and a festive birthday banner. You all know my obsession with a beautiful napkin….this one is simple! Simply tie a blue ribbon around the napkin and finish in a loose bow. Insert a small bouquet of flowers off to the right side. You can send the little girls home with their own bouquet of flowers as a party favor.
This party wouldn’t be complete without some “fancy” cupcakes! Here is a little inspiration for you. Enjoy!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), drinks (brides.com), liberty-print banner (ravenhill via etsy.com), centerpieces (jldesigns.com), napkin (inmagine.com), floral cupcakes, pink cupcakes, and bouquet cupcakes (flickr.com)
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December 8th, 2009 |
We all rack our brains trying to come up with the newest, the cutest, the most inventive themes for our parties. Sometimes all you need is a cute invitation to inspire a color palette…..and the rest just falls in place!
Images: girl (ba-reps.com), invitation (minted.com), candy napkins (familycircle.com), balloons (realsimple.com), cupcake (inmagine.com), drinks (inthenowweddings.com)
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