March 23rd, 2010 |

Raggedy Ann Birthday Party

 

For a bit of nostalgia, base a party theme around a childhood love–like Raggedy Ann. Make sure to add in all of the cool details–like Raggedy Ann’s famous “I love you” heart as a cookie–without over doing the theme. Focus instead on a fun color combo, like red and aqua. Pick up some popcorn, colored taffy, over-sized lollipops, and a few yummy chocolates for simple, inexpensive party treats. Splurge on awesome, custom cakes for a bit of “wow” and have cupcakes on hand to serve. And finally, don’t forget a fun banner.

A few of the details: My florist, Persimmon Floral, added paper flowers to the floral arrangements for a whimsical, youthful feel. I wrapped paper around the sandwiches to add color. And my mom sewed and donated the 6 mini Raggedy Ann dolls.

Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat

~ Brittany, One Charming Party

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March 17th, 2010 |

Bumble Bee Birthday

 

Bumble bees scream SPRING and SUMMER to me!  So this party inspiration would be perfect for an upcoming birthday party or Easter celebration.  Typically when you think of bumble bees, you think of a yellow and black color palette (one of my favorites!  Do you remember this baby shower?!)  Switch it up this Spring by using festive colors such as yellow, green and orange.  The colors of this darling invitation by WH Hostess sets the color palette and theme for the party.  Love the stationery?!  You can get matching cupcake toppers, address labels, notecards and gift tags for your party favors!

I love the idea of incorporating daisies into this theme.  You can use them in your centerpieces, tied into napkins, and have them frosted onto your cake (how darling is this cake, by the way?!).  Add a whimsical touch to your table setting by tying ribbons onto the back of your chairs.  It will add a splash of color, and if you are hosting your party outdoors – just think how charming the ribbons will look blowing in the wind!

Send your guests home with a mini honey pot party favor.  So cute – and perfect for our theme!  You can package them in a clear box, embellished with ribbon and a darling bumble bee tag.

Images: invitation (whhostess.com), napkin (brides.com), drinks (hostessblog.com), cake (goodhousekeeping.com), felt party hat (stella and livi via etsy.com), chairs (stylemepretty.com), centerpiece (blonde-designs.com), mini honey pot party favor (beau-coup.com), party favor box and sticker (whhostess.com)

 

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March 15th, 2010 |

A Modern Train Party: Part 1

I have had the pleasure of working with Melisa from Project Nursery on her son’s 3rd birthday party the last few weeks.  She came to me with a big request: plan a party that her son, Austin, will think is a “Thomas the Train” party….but without the cartoon-y look, something more modern, that will appeal to the designer in her.  After weeks of collaboration – I think we have done just that!  Today, I am showing the inspiration for the party over at Project Nursery – the virtual party planning that has taken place, if you will.  Melisa will be following up with pictures from the party in the next couple of weeks – showing you exactly how she took my inspiration and brought it to life!

Head on over to Project Nursery to see the details of the party inspiration…..but for now, here is a sneak peak of how things turned out:

Let me tell you, this party is going to knock your socks off!  Custom paper goods ranging from signs, to cupcake toppers, to centerpieces, to party favors….all created by us over at WH Hostess.  We love to work with customers to create custom parties – so if you are in need of a little help, or a lot of help – check us out!  We would love to help you plan your next party!

Images: dessert table (hello naomi via flickr.com), centerpiece (nancyluichin.com), paper lanterns (karljuengel.com), thomas the train cake (simplysweetz.com), red and blue banner (etsy.com), polka dot party favor box (thecelebrationshoppe.com), party favor topper (etsy.com)

 

March 9th, 2010 |

Vintage Glam Barbie Birthday Party

 

Thrift store finds and a sophisticated color palette come together to make this Vintage Glam Barbie Party a hit. Pull out your old Barbies or find some vintage reproductions for your daughter’s birthday or a girl’s day out.

Black and pink are always fun paired together but keep things light by using two colors of pink to outweigh the black. And every girly party need lots of flowers.  To keep costs down, use flowers from your yard.  To really glam up your party, have a three tiered cake (with transfer sheets from Fancy Flours , pink lemonade and all pink ice cream sundaes.  Scour your local thrift store for vintage glass luncheon trays & cups and pull out your often under-used silver spoons to add a little extra wow.  And sparkly monograms add just the right amount of bling!

- Brittany, One Charming Party

Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

March 8th, 2010 |

Giveaway! Kate Landers Events

Happy Monday, Everyone!  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I can’t think of a better way to start out our week than with this darling giveaway from Kate Landers Events.  Remember Kate?!  She’s one of our fabulous sponsors…..she creates the most darling parties, and sells some fabulous party supplies!

Today, she is offering all of you a fabulous giveaway!  Here’s how to enter: simply head over to her shop, look around (drool over all of her cute things a little!), and then leave a comment here with your favorite item.  Want a second chance to enter?  Blog about it, tweet it, scream it from the rooftops – just send me an e-mail with the link!  Entries will be accepted until Thursday at midnight, and the winner will be announced on Friday.

On to the good part….the prizes!  The randomly chosen winner will have her choice of the following two prizes:

A preppy, spring-inspired pink and green paper party set for 4. Includes 4 assembled classic paper party hats, a package of spring green beverage paper napkins, a package of white dessert paper plates (perfect size for cake!), a package of pink paper cups, a package of bright pink plastic flatware, AND a large custom birthday girl ribbon!

A darling red, light blue and white sailboat-themed party hat and table runner set for 4. A custom hand made felt heirloom sailboat party hat, with 3 coordinating hand made solid felt party hats for guests. All in coordinating colors of white, red, light blue and navy–each features velvet ribbon to tie under the chin for a more luxe look. In addition, a custom red felt table runner to keep the “eco-friendly” theme and help the table and hats to coordinate together well.

So what are you waiting for?!  Go check out Kate’s shoppe, and come back to comment on what is your favorite item.  Let me guess?!  Is it the custom monogram wrapping paper?  or the handmade fabric party hats?  or the to-die-for fairy wings?  Can’t wait to hear!!  And if you are looking for more inspiration, check out Kate’s blog while you are over there too!

March 4th, 2010 |

Birthday full of Butterflies

 

Butterflies scream SPRING to me!  Every party should contain 5 main components: a stunning invitation, decorative details, a signature cake or cupcakes, a statement centerpiece, and decorative napkins.  Pull those main ideas together and you too can have a cohesive party that is sure to get “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” from your guests!

For our butterfly theme party, let’s break down each idea:

Invitations: When it comes to children’s parties, I love invitations with bright colors and bold patterns.  This butterfly invitation from WH Hostess has both of those things going for it!  It’s colorful, playful and even has matching cupcake toppers, and gift tags!  The colors set the color palette – orange, hot pink, and lime green.

Decorative Details: It’s the little details that really pull a party together.  Accents that leave your guests saying “wow…you really thought of everything!”  Some ideas?!  Place colored ribbons or rubber bands around the pitchers and glasses.  Hang felt butterfly garland from tree branches or around windows. (how darling is this, by the way?!)

The Cake: A signature cake like this makes a statement that this hostess means business!  I love the “banner” (I believe it’s chocolate) draped across the cake….unique and playful, perfect for a child’s birthday!  If you are more of a cupcake-kind-of-girl, check out the coordinating butterfly cupcake toppers.  These would be darling atop cupcakes frosted with our three signature colors: orange, hot pink and lime green.

Centerpieces: Typically your table centerpiece is one of your “wow!” details that you put a lot of time and resources into.  Flowers are common, but when it comes to a child’s party switch things up a bit.  You don’t need to have a traditional centerpiece…try something a bit lighter, a bit more whimsical.  I love the look of this centerpiece.  Simple bud vases, filled with only one bloom each.

Napkins: You know me….I love a festive napkin!  This is an easy way to add a special touch to your table.  Tie each napkin with a grosgrain ribbon, and hot glue a silk butterfly to the top.  It will add a darling touch of whimsy to your table setting.

I just love this inspiration board!  It’s so happy and festive!

Images: invitation (whhostess.com), balloons (josevilla.bigfolioblog.com), glasses (bhg.com), birthday cake (eatcakebemerry.com), napkins (parents.com)

 

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March 1st, 2010 |

A Blooming Birthday Party!

 

Are you craving Spring parties?!  My post over at Project Nursery was so colorful and festive…I just had to share it with you too!

What little girl doesn’t dream of a birthday party full of beautiful flowers?!  With Spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning a party with tons of cute flower details.   This colorful invitation from WH Hostess sets the color palette as pink, yellow, blue and green…perfect for Spring!

Set your table with a few key details that when put together are sure to impress.  Create a centerpiece using metal pails full of  felt flowers.  Cover the table with a solid tablecloth, colorful melamine tumblers and these DARLING, do-it-yourself flower placemats.  These placemats are simple to make…..use foam circles from your local craft store and embellish with a silk flower head and ric rac to look like a flower.  Add a large, round crystal in the center of the flower to add a touch of bling!  Give the birthday girl a special touch at her placesetting – a personalized melamine plate with a big flower on it.

Carry the flower theme into your food, as well.  You could arrange veggies and dip to look like flowers, or use lollipops and sugar candy on cupcakes to resemble flowers.  Get creative….the more you tie together your theme, the more cohesive the party will be.  No party would be complete without party favors!  I personally, LOVE this idea!  One of my good friends, Melanie,  designs a darling line of hair bows called Mel-Belles.  She has adorable bows for just about any occasion….and now, she has party favors!  She designed these flower bows with our party in mind – the set includes a big bow for the birthday girl to wear, and 4 small bows that come presented on a card, ready to be placed in a goodie bag.  How cute is that?!

Images: bold flowers invitation (whhostess.com), lollipop flowers (bhg.com), paper lanterns (stylemepretty.com), felt flowers (landofnod.com), personalized flower melamine plates (whhostess.com), lollipop cupcakes (howstuffworks.com), melamine tumblers (katelandersevents.com), flower dip (parents.com), flower placemat (bhg.com), flower hairbows (mel-belles via etsy.com)

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February 25th, 2010 |

Snow Day Party!

 

Looking for a way to entertain your kids this weekend?!  Seeing as though half the nation is covered in snow, this is the perfect time to plan a snow day party!  Invite your kid’s friends with this charming invitation from Tiny Prints.  Get your kids involved in decorating the house by cutting out tons of paper snowflakes.   Don’t they look darling hung by the window, mixed with balloons?!

Entertain the kids outside by playing snow games such as tic tac toe, host a hula hoop contest (it’s so much harder when you have a ski jacket and snowpants on!) and decorate snowmen with colorful candy.  When it’s time to head inside to warm up, serve the kids snowflake cookies, snowman heads (embellished powder sugar donut holes), and milk shake shooters.  What a fun way to spend a cold, snowy day!

Images: paper snowflakes (finelittleday.blogspot.com), snowflake cookies (allyou.com), milkshake shooters (theknot.com), snowman treats (veryheatherly.blogspot.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), girl (gap.com), snow games (parents.com)

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February 23rd, 2010 |

A Classic School-Themed Baby Shower

 

I think one of the cutest trends right now is giving any party theme a vintage twist.  And to really make a party shine, don’t forget all of the fun details:

The invitation sets the mood for this classic school-themed baby shower. Pencils, chalkboards, and tons of letters are an absolute must!  Also, try experimenting with different things for banners, like these vintage flashcard (purchased on Etsy).  Scatter the extra flash cards and some alphabet letters on the tables to spread the theme to the guests.  Always think outside the obvious for a party!  For this theme, alphabet cookies and a pile of apples (since everyone knows that teachers love apples) carry the theme through.  Order personalized pencils to tie onto party favors or mix into your centerpieces.  And find different uses for common party items. With all of the cute cupcake liners out there (find an amazing selection at Bake it Pretty), why not use them for food instead of saving them for just cupcakes?


This is a baby shower that one of my creative directors, Sara Westbrook [http://sarawestbrookphotography.com], planned and photographed (I got to help a tiny bit). Invitation image by Veer [http://www.veer.com].

- Brittany, One Charming Party


February 18th, 2010 |

Rainbow Party

 

Rainbows have always evoked a feeling of whimsy and enchantment for me, ever since I was young.  It’s those feelings I try to recreate when planning a child’s party.  This fun theme is great for both girls and boys and won’t leave the little boys feeling all “pinked out”.

To get your guests excited about your upcoming soiree, send out an invite featuring a classic rainbow icon to set the scene.  This simple image can be repeated on cupcakes, the centerpiece on your table, and the cake.  I would love to use a multi colored frilled tablecloth on my party table, or if you aren’t handy on the sewing machine, find some multi spot wrapping paper and use that as a table runner.  You could also make matching paper bunting with the gift wrap as well.  Balloons would work perfectly too (and they are inexpensive).

One of the many ways to carry the rainbow theme through is by serving food that is colorful.  A few suggestions would be fruit kebabs, rainbow ice cream, colored pancakes and layered jelly glasses. Get your guests involved in the party by spreading big sheets of butcher block paper on the ground and getting them to paint a rainbow.  You could take a photo of the finished artwork and use this image on your thank you cards.  Send your guests home with a noodle box filled with chocolate freckles or for a healthier option a notebook with rainbow pencils.

~Sharnel

Images: cake (sweettiers.com), frilly curtain (anthropologie.com), invitation (boatmangeller.com), rainbow cupcake (hellonaomi.com.au), balloon arch (via Jessica Claire Photography), centerpiece (sambellina.com.au)

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