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!
All images property of The Party Dress
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)
September 11th, 2009 |
My god-daughter was nick-named “Monkey” basically from the day she was born…..so I am always looking for cute monkey-themed party ideas for her. This Monkey Mania party would be perfect for a little boy or girl!
Invite your guests to join in on the Monkey Mania with this adorable invitation from Minted. It would be perfect for a carnival theme party, too. When the children arrive, adorn them with their very own monkey mask and send them on a scavenger hunt throughout your backyard. Hide small monkeys (in fairly obvious places), and see how quickly they can find all of them! Make sure there is at least one for each child to find…you don’t want to start the party off with any sad monkeys!
Decorating for this party is easy! Use a color palette of yellow, royal blue and green. Use potted grass plants or cake plates full of bunches of bananas as your centerpieces. Here’s where the cute part comes in…. place a tiny monkey at each child’s place with a name tag placed between the arms. An adorable placecard and a precious party favor all rolled up into one! After the kids are done sitting at the table, place their monkey into this cute bag full of candy and of course, a banana! You know me, it’s all about presentation!
I have two ideas for you for dessert (of course, it is my favorite course!). Individual cupcakes adorned with these darling cupcake toppers I found on etsy.com, and…….a banana split bar! Too cute, right?! Now, if you prefer to bake a cake, can I recommend you use this darling cake pan from Birthday in a Box?! It’s the perfect tool to help you make the perfect monkey cake!
I love all of the bright colors, and cute monkey details….and hey, if the kids get a little antsy, you could always play a game of “monkey in the middle!”
Images: placecard (partyspot.com), invitation (minted.com), cupcake toppers (etsy.com), banana onsie (bodenusa.com), drinks (brides.com), grass centerpiece and banana (inmagine.com), banana split bar (midwestliving.com)
September 9th, 2009 |
A Sip & See is a great way to introduce your baby to the world! It can take the place of a traditional baby shower, or can be thrown by the new parents as a way to formally introduce their baby to family and friends.
Use a traditional birth announcement to invite your guests, such as this one from Tiny Prints. The picture will give everyone a sneak peak of the darling baby they are about to meet. Schedule your open house mid-afternoon, so that your guests won’t be expecting a full meal. Since the party will be taking place at your home, focus your decorations on a few key places….the front door, a food table, and the baby!
Hang a beautiful, floral wreath on your front door to welcome your guests. Have a table set up when people enter the room with a stack of notecards, a cup full of pens and a scrapbook. Guests can write a personal note welcoming the baby, offer words of advice, and congratulate the family. The notecards can be placed into the scrapbook as a wonderful memento for the child in years to come. I think it would be cute to take this one step further, and use personalized notecards (you could even order double the amount and use them for thank you notes, too!).
Set up a buffet table with a few small bites and some bubbly! Since this party is definitely geared more towards adults, use the color of champagne as your inspiration and set a sophisticated table in shades of white, gold and silver…with an emphasis on shimmer! Line the center of your table with candlesticks filled with shimmered candles in gold and ivory, set out stacks of appetizer plates, gold cocktail napkins, and champagne flutes. (Quick tip: if you don’t want to serve your champagne in plastic glasses, invest in a set of inexpensive flutes….you will use them time and time again!)
The Sip & See is wonderful party idea – and you can adapt it to so many different themes. Baby Showers are typically limited to a woman’s first baby, but a Sip & See can be held to introduce baby number 1, 2, 3 or 10!
Images: yellow centerpiece (toddevents.com), baby announcement/invitation (tinyprints.com), champagne and baby (inmagine.com), floral wreath (brides.com), table (karljuengel.com), scrapbook (papersource.com)
September 4th, 2009 |
This colorful birthday party was posted over at Project Nursery yesterday….so cute, I just had to share it with you!
If your little girl is getting to that age where a princess party, or a “theme party” is just too babyish….try throwing a birthday party focused around a particular color palette. Bright colors, fresh patterns….the combination has the makings for an adorable, yet “grown-up” birthday party!
Today, let’s talk about an orange and hot pink color palette. Bright, festive and what little girl doesn’t love those colors?!
Invite your daughter’s guests with this darling invitation from Tiny Prints. The colors work perfectly for our party inspiration, and I love how it pulls pattern into the mix. To add an unexpected element to the party, ask all of the guests to dress in the pop colors.
Create a festive party space with hot pink and orange round lanterns, striped lanterns, balloons, and colorful centerpieces. I love the use of gerber daisies in the picture above…..adorable used in a full bunch, but also try adding a little flair to a basic candlestick. Punching a hole thru the middle of a silk daisy, and place it at the base of a candlestick. Slide your taper candle thru the hole, and voila! To add a touch of pattern to this table setting, use a variety of patterned melamine plates. Unbreakable, re-usable, and totally cute! Play into the “color” part of this concept and tie a small pack of crayons to each napkin, and place a tiny coloring book at each girls place at the table.
To add a “grown up” detail to dessert, dress up your daughter’s birthday cake with a pink candelabra candle! Instead of sending the guests home with a traditional goodie bag filled with party favors, present your favors in small boxes. Wrap them with bright orange paper, tie with a hot pink bow, and attach a personalized sticker that says “thanks for coming to my party” (the sticker matches the invitation, of course!)
Images: table setting (bhg.com), crayon napkin (theknot.com), party favors (davidbeahm.com), girls (ba-reps.com), invitation (tinyprints.com)
September 4th, 2009 |
I love this idea from Alpha Mom – dress up your fruit for a little laugh and a whole lot of fun. Perfect for those back-to-school lunches, or grouped together for a cute centerpiece for a child’s birthday party or baby shower. Click here to download the free template.