March 25th, 2009 |

Ladybug Birthday Party for your Little Lady!

Ladybug Party (small)

This smart little party idea will have you seeing spots–and a lot of smiles.  Decorate the front of your house with red balloons covered with black circle stickers, and greet each child at the door with her own set of antennae – made of a headband, pipe cleaners and Styrofoam balls.

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For a younger bunch of girls, it’s important to keep them busy with some games or activities.

  • Cut out a red bug out of posterboard and play “stick the spot on the ladybug”.
  • Have a jitterbug dance party – at this age, they won’t know the steps; just put on some music and let them make it up as they go.
  • Have them decorate bug catchers and run around the yard catching ladybugs and fireflies.

For birthday treats, serve up ladybug cupcakes and chocolate covered oreo lollipops!

There are tons of great ladybug toys and treats out there to fill up adorable goodie bags.  I found this cute stuff at Oriental Trading.

Ladybug Goodie Bags (small)

Images: lady bug (flickr.com), bug catcher (orientaltrading.com), polka dot dress (chasingfire-flies.com),ladybug cupcakes (flicr.com), bags of candy (amyatlas.com), ladybug costume (poshtots.com), lady bug goodie bag toys (orientaltrading.com)

March 25th, 2009 |

Ladybug Treats

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These little bugs are easy to create and are sure to get rave reviews!

All you need are Oreo cookies, red and brown melting chocolate, lollipop sticks and 1/4″ icing eyes (all available at Country Kitchen Sweetart).

Pry apart the Oreo cookie and scoop out some of the frosting to place in the lollipop stick.  Press the cookie back together into a sandwich, and dip in the red, melted chocolate.  Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet into the refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes.  Then pipe the head (attach the icing eyes), dots and line in the center with the brown chocolate.  Return to the refrigerator to chill.

Here are a few more lady bug treats I found on flickr.com to inspire you:

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March 24th, 2009 |

A Baby Boy Shower

When a baby boy is on the way, host a transportation themed baby shower full of bright shades of blue and green.

Set the theme for the party with this darling invitation covered in trucks by minted.com.  Welcome your guests and the mommy-to-be with a clean, modern space decorated with Spring-like centerpieces using freshly grown grass as your centerpieces.  The color palette and centerpiece ideas could be adorable for a birthday party too!Transportation Shower (small)

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I love these clear glass candlesticks – available in 5 different shapes at cb2 – they are incredibly inexpensive, so go ahead and mix and match tons of them to use going down your table.

The use of grass can be used throughout your party – available at your local nursery or gardening store – you can fill a tray or container full of grass sod and use it in various ways.  Attach your placecards on candy sticks and “stick” them into the grass – or serve brownie pops as a dessert and stick them in standing upside down.  It will make such a cute presentation – your friends will be wowed by your creativity!

If you are looking for a modern way to set your table – try this idea:

Stack your plate, napkin and silverware on top of each other.  Wrap it with either a printed rubber band or ribbon.  No bow, no frills – just clean, but decorative.

As for food, carry your color story through by serving a fresh salad ( I love this avocado-citrus salad with bacon from Williams Sonoma), and then some fun desserts everyone can enjoy while your guest of honor is opening her gifts.

Transportation Shower Food (small)

In case you need a few gift ideas for the new baby boy…..these are sure to get some “oohs and ahhs” at the shower!Transportation Shower Gifts (small)

Images: truck invitation (minted.com), grass and rose centerpiece (projectwedding.com), placecards (brides.com), white plates (realsimple.com), rock candy napkin (theknot.com), table setting ( via bellemaison23), cotton candy and rock candy cupcakes (matthewmeadstyle.com), festive cocktails (brides.com), salad (williams-sonoma.com), baby bib (upsiedoodle via etsy.com), transportation bedding (modernnursery.com)

March 15th, 2009 |

Polka Dots & Stripes – A Children’s Birthday Party

Polka dots and stripes and pink all around….

Give your little girl the birthday party of her dreams!

Pink & Black Birthday Party (small)

Images: chevron print dress (neimanmarcus.com), hanging pom poms (swoozies.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), table setting and stripe cake (brides.com), favor box (theknot.com)

March 15th, 2009 |

Party Dresses for the Little Hostess

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Spring fashion is a time for blossoms and brights.

Here are a few of my favorite party dresses for the little hostess.

Little Ones 3 Dresses (small)

Images: pink floral dress (gap.com), blue stripe dress (bestdressedchild.com), yellow floral dress (nordstrom.com), burberry plaid dress (neimanmarcus.com)

March 10th, 2009 |

Candyland 1st Birthday Party

Candyland 1st Birthday Party

A 1st birthday is a HUGE milestone is a baby’s life….

You definitely need to celebrate!

What could be more fun than a party full of color, candy and games?!?

Images: stack of presents (swoozies.com),  lollipop centerpiece (rachelraymag.com), party table (hostesswiththemostess.com), balloons (theknot.com), birthday baby (etsy.com), lollypop favors (theknot.com), curly ribbon (swoozies.com)

March 7th, 2009 |

Birth Announcements – For Life’s Little Celebrations!

I’m a sucker for paper….no doubt about it.

But I firmly believe that there are many things in life worth celebrating (and announcing!)….and the addition to a family is definitely one of them!

Here are some of my favorite new birth announcements….many of them could be used for the color story/theme of a baby shower too.

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Top Row: red & blue pattern (minted.com), blue monogram (tinyprints.com)

Middle Row: mod rattles (tinyprints.com)

Bottom Row: brown and blue (minted.com), white (minted.com)

March 7th, 2009 |

Announcing a New Pet

Don’t forget about the puppies….they deserve to be announced as well!

I think this one does the trick for my new “nephew”!

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Pet announcement via tinyprints.com

February 27th, 2009 |

Boho Chic – A Little Girl’s Birthday Party

little-boho-girls-birthday-party-copyI think this is the perfect birthday party for a free-spirited little girl!  I picture a feisty, red-headed birthday girl, running around the backyard in a tutu and barefeet…..

Paper lanterns and stars hanging over the festive table, cupcakes and candy galore, a yard decorated with blossom balloons (see Martha Stewart for directions on how-to), and special goody bags to take home….what more could any little girl ask for?!

Packed full of bright colors and fun details….your little girl is sure to be the envy of the block!

Images: flowers (weddingbeepro.com), table setting (socialcouture.com), fairy cupcake (via sugarbloom), flower balloons (marthastewart.com), rock candy (amyatlas.com), blue bottles (brides.com) and festive goodie bags (marthastewart.com)

February 20th, 2009 |

A Modern Baby Shower

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Invitation from www.tinyprints.com, table setting (via www.rebeccathuss.com), cocktails and placecards (via www.brides.com), animal print from www.landofnod.com, and blue cakes (via www.theknot.com)

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