November 2nd, 2009 |
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends to give thanks for another wonderful year. Take this opportunity to teach your kids to do the same – have them invite their friends over for a “kids-only” Thanksgiving dinner. Invite your little guests with this traditional turkey invitation from Tiny Prints.
Set the table with Fall colors and a simple centerpiece. This “give thanks” centerpiece from Parent’s Magazine is simple to do, colorful and makes the event more child-like. Serve up a few snacks when they first arrive – paper cones filled with chex mix, and “turkey” fruit kabobs – the perfect snacks to eat while doing some fun activities. For dinner, go ahead and bypass the traditional turkey. Instead, think about making turkey wrap sandwiches, serve with mashed potatoes (which we know all kids love!), and turkey cupcakes for dessert.
You should have a couple of activities to keep the kids busy during the party. Have a craft table set up with different foam shapes cut out and some glue sticks. They can make turkey napkin rings or hats to wear during the party. I absolutely LOVE this next idea….Parent’s Magazine came up with this darling yarn-wrapped turkey. Have the turkey prepared before the kids arrive, as well as a basket of pre-cut feathers (use colorful construction paper). Have the kids write what they are thankful for on a feather and stick it into the turkey. I’m sure you will get everything from “I’m thankful for my family” to “I’m thankful for candy!” It’s cute, creative and will help to remind the kids what Thanksgiving is really about!
Send the kids home with a cute, little party favor. I found these at Chasing Fireflies, and you can order them here. However, I think you could also put together a version of this yourself, too. A glass jar, a personalized label, and some cute ribbon….candy corn never looked so cute!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), turkey napkin ring and table setting (parents.com), snack cones (coutureparties.com), turkey hat (hostessblog.com), fruit kabobs (familyfun.com), cupcake (partycupcakeideas.com), turkey glasses (potterybarnkids.com), “I’m thankful” game (parents.com), turkey toes party favor (chasing-fireflies.com)
October 29th, 2009 |
Now that the weather has definitely turned cooler, garden or flower-themed birthday parties get a little bit tricky. Fear not – if your little girl is dying for a party full of flowers, and she just doesn’t understand the concept of “winter” – I have plenty of ideas for you today that will help you throw an indoor “modern garden party”.
Create a color palette of bold, bright colors such as fuchsia pink, tangerine orange, lime green and strong yellow. This invitation from Tiny Prints fits the theme perfectly. A traditional garden party uses nature as it’s decorations…..for this indoor garden party, you are going to have to get creative! Try jazzing up your walls with these modern flower wall decals. To add some color to your table, stack spools of different patterned ribbon, and top with a plate. Here the plates are full of little desserts, which is darling. But for our modern garden party, I think it would be cute to cut the head off a large flower and place it on the plate. Can’t you just see this with a big, fuchsia gerber daisy on top?! Add in these charming flower placecards and your table will be bright and cheery.
If you are looking for a great activity, try this paper flower-making kit from Land of Nod. Great colors, simple project….perfect for the girls to bring home with them! Instead of using a traditional paper or cellophane goodie bag, trying filling up one of these felt bags adorned with flowers. I love the colors, and I love the fact that you don’t throw it out at the end of the party. The girls can use it to store their art supplies or hair accessories once they get it home. At only $2.00 a piece, it’s a small investment that will make a big impact.
If you are a whiz in the kitchen, try baking your own flower-shaped birthday cake. This pan is perfect for our them – and you could decorate it so many different ways! Between the decorations and the cake, you are sure to hear “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” from both the girls and their mothers!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), ribbon centerpiece (rachaelraymag.com), flower-making kit (landofnod.com), daisy cake pan (birthdayinabox.com), felt goodie bags (beau-coup.com), flower wall decal (mycurlycue.com), flower place cards (theknot.com)
October 23rd, 2009 |
I love today’s feature party. Crafty-Mom Michelle sent me pictures of her son, Darrian’s 2nd birthday party – and I was hooked. Not only is Darrian darling….but his Mom put together a party that still has her neighbors talking!
Here are a few words from Michelle:
“I really wanted to do something modern and fun for his birthday - something I was not seeing all over the web. I decided to go with a modern spin on a prince and princess party. I knew I wanted a bounce house as entertainment since Darrian really loved those at other parties we had attended. I picked out a castle bouncer I liked and then started to think about other things that could go with the theme. I enlisted the help of a friend to help me make capes for all of the kids to wear, and serve as party favors. I really wanted to include polka dots in the decorations, because they seem child-like. I found a Michael Miller Fabric that I loved and used those colors to build the party theme.
Once we had a color palette, I enlisted a bunch of sellers on etsy.com to help bring ideas together. I found an image of a cute dragon and thought that would be fun to add to the theme. I found a esty seller who used the dragon as inspiration and customized a cartoon-like version of to use on the invites, the centerpieces, favor tags, and to use on the banner and crowns. I used everyone I could from etsy because I love that things can be customized to my ideas, and supporting small (often time woman owned) business. I had a creative vision for the party, and I loved the way it all came together!”
Michelle was nice enough to share some links to the etsy.com vendors she used:
Darrian’s shirt and initial pendant (goldenshop), crown cupcake toppers and party favor boxes (bugandboo), castle pinata (pinataqueen), custom invitations and party favor tags (bndesigns), custom banner and crowns (polkadotsandpirates)
To see more of Darrian’s modern prince birthday party, check out Michelle’s blog. Do you have a real party you want to share with us?! Send an e-mail to email@example.com……make sure to include some pictures and a brief description of the party!
October 21st, 2009 |
I am LOVING these candy corn topiary trees from Better Homes and Gardens. So cute and playful (and easy to do!) – perfect for a kid’s Halloween party! Click here for the instructions.
October 14th, 2009 |
I am always on the look-out for gender-neutral baby shower themes, and as you can tell, I love putting a sophisticated spin on them. I think it’s important to remember that the shower may be celebrating the upcoming arrival of a baby, but it is also in honor of the mom-to-be…..so it’s important to make her feel that that party is for her too! I like maintaining a healthy balance between baby sweet, and mama-sophisticated!
The bumble bee theme fits the bill perfectly! Bees have been creating quite the buzz lately (sorry, I couldn’t help myself with that one!). There is a ton of cute stationary out there to use as invitations, thank you notes and birth announcements. These are my favorite from Minted:
Use white as your main color when decorating for the baby shower. Add in pops of modern yellow in your place settings , and a few bold, black and white patterns accents. Stripe or polka dot ribbon wrapped around vases, or tied around napkins is a great way to bring in that pattern accent. Hanging a bumble bee mobile over a table can serve both as part decoration, and part gift for the baby.
Create a dessert buffet for your guests to enjoy while the mom-to-be is opening her gifts. To create a sophisticated, colorful dessert buffet like the one pictured above, keep your candy and desserts centered around a specific color-scheme and use similar containers. You can find vases, apothecary jars, pedestal candy dishes, footed bowls, and cake plates to display your desserts. Insert a silver scoop into each vessel to serve the treats. I found these darling candy bumble bees that would be the perfect decoration atop cupcakes or brownies.
Send your guests home with a miniature beehive full of honey….the perfect party favor for our bumble bee baby shower!
Images: table setting (theknot.com), candy bar and floral centerpiece (amorologyweddings.com), black and white candy (amyatlas.com), table with dishes (potterybarn.com), cupcakes (surlatable.com), bee thank you note and bee hive birth announcement (minted.com), bumble bee mobile ( pinkperch via etsy.com)
October 9th, 2009 |
I love the idea of creating a cheerful, colorful birthday party for kids….one that includes homemade details and a whole lot of charm. There is a ton of adorable bird products out there right now, and I thought it could be a darling Fall birthday party theme.
Invite your guests with this invitation (could be used for a baby announcement too!) by Tiny Prints. Totally charming, and trendy in a sort of vintage-way, right?! Pull out colors from the invitation to use for the rest of your decorations – hang bright-colored lanterns, and a birthday banner decorated with birds. Set your table with some playful patterns, including gingham napkins, colorful, striped straws, and use bambu silverware for a natural look. Dress up your cupcakes with these charming felt bird cupcake toppers from Etsy.
Keep the kids busy with a fun activity – color-their-own bird houses! You can find a darling kit at Oriental Trading. Perfect for our theme, and a great party favor to bring home. Speaking of party favors….instead of a traditional “goodie bag”, try placing their treats into a square box, wrap with a ribbon, and customize with a coordinating sticker from Tiny Print.
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), bird cupcake toppers (giftsdefine via etsy.com), lanterns (swsmag.com), party favor boxes (amorologyweddings.com), bird banner (mamasaidshop.typepad), silverware (inmagine.com) and bird whistles (orientaltrading.com)
October 1st, 2009 |
Halloween is a great opportunity to let your kids entertain their friends. You can get them involved in the planning, and playing host/hostess for the day will make your child feel special! I searched the web for invitations, and I have to say that Tiny Prints has the cutest selection out there! There were so many cute ones; I had a difficult time deciding. This candy corn invitation fits our theme perfectly!
A holiday like Halloween makes our job easy….the color palette is set, and we all have traditional decorations that look cute year after year. In this case however, our activities are so cute they also act as decorations! As you know, it’s important to keep kids entertained during a party. If the party is a couple hours long, I would plan on having 3 activities and time to eat snacks.
Create this adorable pumpkin toss game (from Better Homes and Gardens) – it’s easy to construct out of a large box and posterboard. Then, set up a table with 1 or 2 of the build-a-pumpkin kits from Pottery Barn Kids. Set a time limit (say 1 minute) and have kids get creative designing a pumpkin. Take a picture of each child with their pumpkin to send to them with a thank you note for coming to the party. For older kids, you could also have a contest for who makes the most unique pumpkin face. The last activity I would do would be a pinata full of candy. You could hang a pumpkin pinata from a tree branch and let the kids go to town! Give them each a small bag to fill up with candy to bring home.
Since this party will probably be after school, you don’t need a whole lot of food. Serve up mini candy apples (decorated with all different types of sprinkles), halloween cupcakes, and “mummy” dogs. I absolutely LOVE this idea (again from Better Homes and Gardens)! Take your traditional “pigs-in-a-blanket” concept, but wrap the breading a little bit looser to create the look of a mummy bandage. Place poppy seeds in place for the eyes before you bake them. They are so cute – the kids are sure to love them!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com) candy apples and candy corn (inmagine.com), girls (chasing-fireflies.com), pumpkin toss and mummy dogs(bhg.com), orange izze sodas (hostessblog.com), pumpkins (potterybarnkids.com)
September 29th, 2009 |
Today’s party is so fun for me to post….it’s the birthday party of my best friend’s daughter! I am so fortunate to be called “Auntie Kelly” by this darling little girl, Emma. And am so excited to share some of these adorable details that her mom, Teresa, did for her 5th birthday party!
Emma is a girly girl…we’re talking pink, pink and more pink! So coming up with a theme wasn’t difficult – a color palette centered around the color pink, throw in some flower accents and giant cupcakes – and you have a party fit for a princess. Teresa ordered her party invitations from Tiny Prints, and also found coordinating labels there to use on goodie bags and Emma’s thank you notes.
This party was all about the details….and Teresa made everything herself! The party took place in a white tent outside, and was decorated with pink pom poms and lanterns, all hanging from polka dotted ribbon. Emma L-O-V-E-S flowers. Instead of filling the space with fresh flowers, she decided to make balloon flowers. There were large ones floating around the yard, small ones attached to each girl’s drink straw, and even smaller ones that she made into a ring for each girl to wear. I should probably mention that she had a whole lot of help from Emma’s dad on these! Teresa found a youTube video that gives great directions on how to make the flower balloons and was nice enough to share it with us. So, if you are interested….check out this link.
The cupcake toppers were personalized with each girl’s name on them – which also served as the perfect place card. She presented the cupcakes on a Wilton cupcake stand that she had decorated with pink ribbon. Note that the pink ribbon PERFECTLY matches the birthday girl’s Lilly Pulitzer dress! Of course!
It was a happy, happy birthday for Emma Jane!
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September 29th, 2009 |
LOVE this idea from brightideas.com…..darling for a little girl’s birthday party!
- 1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
- 3 cups prepared vanilla frosting
- 48 pieces thin pretzels twists
- ¼ cup pink decorating sugar
- 1 ½ cups M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies
- ¼ cup M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies
- 3 strands licorice laces
- Green food coloring
- 24 paper cupcake liners
- Cupcake pans
- 2 sheet pans
- Wax paper
- Microwave-safe bowl
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line the cupcake pans with the paper cupcake liners.
3. Prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions. Pour the cake mix into the lined cupcake pans, and bake for approximately 18-21 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.
4. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the butterfly wings. Line the two sheet pans with wax paper. Transfer 1 cup of vanilla frosting to a microwave-safe bowl; heat in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, stirring occasionally, until the texture of slightly whipped cream. Dip the pretzels in the warmed vanilla frosting until they’re almost covered. Dab off any excess frosting, and then sprinkle with the pink decorating sugar before the icing sets. Transfer to the lined sheet pans; set aside and let cool completely.
5. Tint 1 can of vanilla frosting green; spread it on top of the cooled cupcakes. Refrigerate until the frosting is set.
6. Using the photo as your guide, decorate the cupcakes as follows:
7. Cover the top with green M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies on the outside edge of each cupcake.
8. Press the small tips of the pretzels on top of the cupcakes for wings.
9. Place one M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies for the head.
10. Arrange a line of same-color M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies for the body.
11. Cut the licorice laces and place them as antennae.
September 23rd, 2009 |
When I think of Fall parties, one of the first ideas that comes to mind is a cowboy theme! You can have so much fun putting together retro western details….perfect for a little boy’s birthday, but also darling for a baby shower!
If you are thinking about hosting a western themed birthday party, boy do I have ideas for you! Invite your guests with this darling invitation from Tiny Prints. Welcome them at the door with a bandanna to tie around their neck, a sheriff’s badge, and a cowboy hat. Start the party off with a quick game of pin the tail on the donkey, and then move into horse races. Looking to create your own horse corral?! How cute are these?!
Make your table setting festive by using bandannas for napkins, and tin cans full of wildflowers for your centerpieces. Make sure order those bandannas in bulk! Instead of buying store-bought goodie bags, why not make them out of the bandannas?! A quick run through the sewing machine, fill them up with goodies and tie with a ribbon….totally simple, and really cute!
There is so many cute western/cowboy theme stuff out there right now….I would love to see someone take these ideas and throw a vintage cowboy baby shower, too!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), popcorn cones (countryliving.com), pony corral and little cowboy (creativepartiesandshowers.blogspot.com), bandanna napkin (theknot.com), daisy centerpieces (brides.com), bandanna goodie bag (bhg.com), horse 1 (amazon.com), horse 2 (amazon.com), horse 3 (amazon.com), cowboy hats, western party blowers (birthdayinabox.com), bandanna paper plate (amazon.com)