Mr. Linky Monday is BACK!

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!

  • ladybugs
  • candyland sweet 15 birthday
  • co-ed Chicago Cubs (or sports theme) baby shower
  • spiderman
  • cookie monster
  • gymnastics
  • party for a brother and sister (not too girly or too boyish)
  • Rainforest
  • mickey mouse
  • Cowboy / Western
  • boats
  • Superbowl Party Ideas
  • monkey
  • couples baby shower
  • tennis
  • fancy nancy
  • pink polka dots
  • valentine’s day party
  • christening
  • valentine themed baby shower
  • apple
  • man’s 60th birthday party
  • sports theme baby shower (baseball, football & basketball)
  • lingerie shower (nothing distasteful please)



Posh Pink Poodle Party

This Posh Pink Poodle Party was originally hosted by Pink, Green & Southern.
This poodle theme sure did make for a pinkalicious party! The poodles are so cute and I just love them paired with pink white and black. Classic combo but a lot of pizazz was added with all the patterns.

Enjoy this posh pink poodle party….


Last Saturday, we had Pinkie’s fifth birthday party—a Posh Poodle Celebration—at our home.  16 little ladies were invited with a perfectly pink poodle invite from Itty Bitty (purchased at CPD Designs)

293%20PoodleThe hot pink envelopes were “calligraphed” thanks to my computer printer in Segoe Script and topped off with custom stamps, envelope seals  and return address labels from Big Day Creations.


When the guests arrived they were greeted at the door by a decorative wreath (a tutorial on how to make your own can be found at Deep Fried Kudzu) embellished with a wooden letter “K” bought at the craft store, painted pink with black polka dots, and a big black tulle bow.


Pinkie wore a custom poodle ensemble from Baby Gail’s Etsy shop along with a pair of pink sparkly leggings I purchased at Wal-Mart (embellished with ribbon and ric rac) and a pair of pink sparkly ballet flats.


I wore a shirt I appliquéd with a pink poodle design I downloaded for free from Sew Forum.


Each guest was given a pair of poodle ears to wear (purchased from Birthday Express)

IMG_0111 and their noses were painted black like a poodle’s with face paint bought from the Halloween section at Wal-Mart

IMG_0135Next, the girls stuffed their own poodles purchased from The Party Animal



Then they made their dog its very own collar using pony beads, pink pipe cleaners and key tags



After their poodles were all accessorized, the girls decorated their own collars that I made from a pack of black and white foam I purchased at the dollar store.  I simply cut the black foam into strips, punched a circle out of the white foam using a one inch circle punch and then hot glued the pieces together.  Miss Priss and a friend were on hand to help with the crafts and after each girls decorated their collar with self-adhesive jewels (from Oriental Trading) the big girls took a pink sharpie and wrote each child’s name on the white circle, fitted it around the child’s neck, cut off the excess, slapped on some self-adhesive Velcro dots,  and secured it on the child.

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Finally, the girls made their very own poodle cuffs by gluing pink, black, and white dollar store pom-poms onto pink felt strips.  Just like the collar, each cuff was fitted onto the girls’ wrists and secured with Velcro dots.



After all the activities were completed, it was into the kitchen for some food, cupcakes and  ice cream.

IMG_0089-2 The bar in the kitchen was all decked out for the party with a banner I made following Katydid and Kid’s tutorial


I made custom cupcake picks  using Darby’s label tutorial and a scallop punch glued onto Wilton lollipop sticks that was tied with a thin black satin ribbon.  Each cupcake was then placed in cupcake wrapper made from a pattern found on Skip to My Lou.



A framed copy of the invitation


A framed chipboard “K” decoupaged with scrapbook paper


As well as several other decoupaged frames proclaiming “Happy Birthday Pinkie” and “5”


IMG_0070 I served finger sandwiches shaped like dog bones (using a cookie cutter from Birthday Express)


Water bottles filled with pink lemonade and adorned with custom labels from Big Day Creations


A veggie tray, pita chips and hummus, grapes and cheese and the girls favorite “kibble”—cocoa puffs and Scooby snacks!


as well as pink and black M&Ms (I picked the black M&Ms out of the M&M Halloween mix and added them to the pink breast cancer awareness M&Ms!)

IMG_0067All served on decorative platters, silver trays and milk glass.

I ordered a plain pink two tier cake from the grocery store then  added my own ribbon and feather embellishments and a mirrored “K” embellished with rhinestone polka dots.


The little girls ate at two 10 foot long table set up in our kitchen and decorated in pink, black, and white.


Each table was covered in a pink tablecloth toped with a runner I made out of some black damask fabric I found at Joann Etc. Down  the center of each table I placed dollar store vases (embellished with scrap book paper, satin ribbon, and decoupaged/ rhinestoned chipboard Ks) filled with pink roses.



I served each girl a cupcakes in pink jeweled dog bowls (I purchased them at the dollar store, spray painted them and then hot glued dollar store jewels onto them).IMG_0158

They drank pink lemonade out dollar store cups that I “jazzed up” with some black and white harlequin paw print ribbon that I found for a dollar a spool at Michael’s and a poodle sticker proclaiming “Pinkie’s Fifth Birthday!”IMG_0058 IMG_0160


Pinkie blew out her candles wearing a custom Birthday hat from Little Cubby.

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My girls!


A little rest in Dad’s chair before opening presents!



Pinkie’s favorite part–playing with new toys!


And no birthday is complete at our house without adding a new Madame Alexander doll to our collection!


The Ugly Dolls Party

This Ugly Dolls Party was originally hosted by Julie from Stuff and Nonsense.
I love this concept. Totally fun and cute. Totally unique. Looks like the girls had a lot of fun working on their crafts.

Enjoy the ugly doll party….

The Ugly Day finally arrived!

This birthday party for my ten year old girl was inspired by Ugly Dolls. The kids (and I) collect them, but since they aren’t overly commercialized, we couldn’t find any party products. So, we made our own. We made invitations, gift bags, a cake, and crafts for the guests to make all with an Ugly Doll/Monster theme. The guests loved the craft and were still embelllishing and playing with their dolls the next morning (after going to bed at 4am).

We decorated the house.

Put out the food-

And prepared the crafts-

The girls also watched a movie and had a sleepover, which meant they were awake until 4am.

Thanks to Bunnycakes for the inspiration!

Mad Scientist Birthday Party

This Mad Scientist Birthday Party was originally hosted by Rhonda from Life As I See It.
I’m totally in LOVE with the food building experiment she had the boys do. I mean how much fun to see what they could build with marshmallows, toothpicks, and cheese puffs!! So cool! I’m totally stealing that one for a future party!

Enjoy this Mad Scientist party……

Some pictures from the party.
Alden invited 5 other boys. (Which funny enough felt like 2x the amount whereas the girls party two weeks ago was more girls and easier to manage! Lucy came upstairs and said to me “Mom, girls just talk a lot but boys are loud and make trouble!”)
I had wanted to get the kids some lab coats. I was going to borrow some from my mom (She has enough for her entire grade 1/2/3 split class) but she couldn’t find them and it was too late to head out to the thrift store to buy men’s shirts – but that would totally work!)
So instead we just had funny mustaches. :) Kinda random. But totally funny!
We did some science experiments and a little building. Each boy got the same amount of toothpicks, marshmallows and cheesies. The boys really got into it!!
Then we made homemade silly putty or goo or whatever you wanna call it. Most of the boys loved it. One of them (Carter) said he was gonna throw up cause it was so gross. :) (Notice him escaping from the table quickly behind Ben)
Then we went outside to do some baking soda and vinegar exploding. Which they loved! :)

The cake. I let Alden pick whatever cake he wanted (from my Martha Book!) and he picked a cake called Martha’s Birthday Cake. And only Alden liked it. The other kids told me it wasn’t so good. hahahaha. I didn’t really care. As long as Alden was happy, I was happy! :)

It was a good birthday party I think! Alden loved it!
Rhonda also threw a party for her daughter that was fit for a princess…..


Visit her blog to see more pictures of this Princess Party!

50th Birthday – Dessert Table

This beautiful Dessert Table Display for a 50th Birthday Party was originally hosted by Sprinkles & Swirls.

Enjoy this sweet treat….

I’ve been dying to do a dessert table design after seeing the incredible work of Amy Atlas who is an event designer in New York City. In addition to the cupcake tower, I also made royal iced cookies, chocolate dipped pretzels, white chocolate dipped marshmallows on a stick, muddy buddy mix and chocolate covered cake balls on a stick. I selected the theme colors of chartreuse and black and designed a logo for the party which I incorporated throughout. It was a blast putting it all together and it would be perfect for a wedding or party. I hope I get a chance to do more of this in the future



Sweet Girly Pink 1st Birthday Luncheon

Happy New Year ya’ll!!!

This Sweet Grily Pink 1st Birthday Luncheon was originally hosted by Heavenly Blooms.
This 1st birthday luncheon is one of those totally dreamy outdoor luncheons that any girl would want to attend. The colors and treats are sweet and the rose centerpieces are simply fabulous!

Enjoy the 1st birthday luncheon…..

A bittersweet birthday is coming up next week…. our little Kate is turning 2!!!
I do not know how two years have flown by so quickly.
I wish time would stop, so she could stay one for a little while longer.
Her Mommy (my best friend) and I are in a party planning flurry for her
Minnie “Nouse” party, however I though it would be fun to
post pictures from her 1st birthday.
We didn’t really have a “theme”… It was a homespun, girly, festive,
pink and lavender luncheon with lots of sweets and glitter.
I am so blessed and thankful for Kate and I am eternally grateful to her
parents for bringing her into our lives.

The morning of the party the birthday girl patiently sat and played with her toys.

I always love a shoe shot… and I loved her glittery pink shoes!!!
Kate the Birthday Girl!!!
Our hand crafted lollipops… made out of cardboard!
Kate with her big brother Charlie, Mommy & Daddy…

The proud Mama and her ONE year old baby girl…

The centerpieces were surrounded by mini floral cupcakes, which were given away as favors at the end of the party to the adults.

The kid’s table was set with fun activities and toys.

Fairy wings were hung on each little girl’s chair.

Kate’s monthly baby pictures were displayed so guests could see how she’s changed over the year.

Me and My Kate…

We hand painted each pot with polka dots and glitter.

The cupcake stand was accented with pink ribbon bows and a tulle skirt.

Kate’s Mom made her birthday hat to coordinate with the party.

She loved her cupcake!

And she also loved playing her little cake too!

Her big brother Charie playfully pushed her face into the cake. Thankfully the birthday girl thought it was funny too!

We dressed up her high chair with tulle tutu and ribbon.

The lollipops were placed around the guest tables.

There weren’t any planned activities or games because the guests were so little. Instead we had fairy wings and wands for them to run around with. As well as a little play tent with plastic balls.

Charlie, our little helper for the day, shows off his muscles.

Happy 1st Birthday my beautiful Kate!!!

Photography by Harvard Photography

Co-Ed Bridal Shower BBQ

This Daisies and Gingham BBQ Bridal Shower was originally hosted by It’s My Party by Ashlie.
This is a fun Bridal Shower idea that you can use when hosting a co-ed shower. This party just looks cozy! The gingham really lends itself to a comfortable down home feel, while the daisies brighten things up. Great combination!

Enjoy this co-ed bridal Shower BBQ…

My brother is getting married in October and my mom decided to give the happy couple a shower. I of course was totally all over it and asked if I could give her some ideas. She wanted the party to be a casual bar-be-que. So, I came up with a daisy, red gingham and lemon decor’ theme. I had so much fun making the invitations, all of the banners, bride and groom nametags and setting up the table centerpieces and other decor’ around the house.

I got the party favors idea from the hwtm website. Instead of using the jars as drinking glasses we filled them with lemon slice candies and put raffia ribbon around them and a tag with the couple’s names and date of the wedding. So cute! And the party was a huge success.

Baseball Birthday Party

This Baseball Theme Birthday Party was originally hosted by Dimple Prints.
I think they really did a great job with this party. From the balloons greeting you at the door to all of the really great signs and decor. You just get that baseball / ballpark feel for sure! Bright, fun and sporty!

Enjoy the Baseball Party…

I went with a traditional red, white and blue baseball theme. His birthday party was the week of 4th of July, so the color scheme was very budget friendly as I was able to pick up numerous “4th of July” items from the dollar store, etc.































Lil’ Pumpkin Baby Shower X 2

I’ve got two different baby showers to show you but both are the same theme. I thought it would be fun to see two different styles and takes on this fun idea. The baby shower theme is “Lil’ Pumpkin”

This Lil’ Pumpkin shower was originally hosted over at This-n-That Williams.

Last week, my sisters-in-law and I got together to throw a fabulous baby shower for Jessica and her baby boy, who will be here in december. They hadn’t picked out a name, (and still haven’t as far as I know), and they didn’t have anything really picked out for the nursery, so we went with an easy lil’ pumpkin theme, since it was october, and pumpkins are easily found. Not to mention, Jamie has a plethora of fall decor, so this made decorating for the party a piece of cake!

So there wasn’t much to it, no games, just some really great food, some awesome people and lots of baby boy gifts, gotta love it. Sorry, but there are a ton of photos ahead. Enjoy the party, we sure did!
The lil’ pumpkin invite
Jenina, my sister-in-law, is a great cook, and she had some seriously fabulous food for this party. There were pumpkin pie tarts, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, and the most delicious fall salad ever!
Some of her yummy cinnamon rolls. The ones I brought home were gone quick, Kevin loves those things, and I NEVER make them!
Jamie has a friend that made this awesome cake! It was delish, and looked absolutley amazing.

Jamie made this cute cheese ball, funny thing is Jamie hates them and wouldn’t even try it.:)

My mother-in-law went all out and made this awesome fruit display. Fruit on skewers, stuck in a pumpkin. It looked great, and I’m sure took her awhile to do it too.

This is what I make, chocolate covered pretzels, Kevin was very happy when I brought a bunch of them home.

Some of the cute decor we had for the party. Jamie put bows on everything, so cute!

Every guest of honor needs their very own pumpkin patch, don’t they? Alot of my time preparing for the shower, was spent painting pumpkins, glittering pumpkins, and putting ribbon on them.
The party favors were these seed bags filled with seasoned pumpkin seeds. The tag said, “grow your own pumpkin baby”, love it!
Some of the fun glitter pumpkins. They were so easy to do, and I love how they turned out!

Even the silverware was festive! Or would that be plasticware?
The fireplace mantel. Jamie hand drew “it’s a boy” on the pumpkins, while holding her 4 month old son in the baby carrier. She’s talented!
Some more fun displays by the drinks, and a photo of Jess’s belly, with her “pumpkin baby!”

The guest of honor opening gifts, sorry for the grainy photo, but she looks beautiful anyway!
While preparing for the shower, I made my own “lil pumpkin” scrapbook kit, which really came in handy for a few of the things I did for the shower. So, here it is for you to enjoy, feel free to check out taffy apple designs, and download it for free!
Congrats Jess, we can’t wait to meet the little guy!

The next Lil’ Pumpkin shower I have to show you today was originally hosted by Lisa.

This weekend I got to throw a baby shower for one of my closest friends, Katie. We met each other back in our newlywed ward when Mike and I lived in some apartments in Bountiful. I was assigned to be her visiting teacher. We became friends, soon after Mike and I bought our home and we moved away (a whole 2 miles away). Then shortly after that Katie’s work had an opening at the U in the Housing Office and I wanted a new job so she told me about it, I was hired, and we worked together for 8 months until she left for another job herself. We spent many, many hours together not only at work, but carpooling for 8 months back and forth to Salt Lake. Our husbands are good friends, both been married 5 years, and now will soon both have little boys. She threw me a shower last year when I was pregnant, and she did such a wonderful job I knew I had a lot to live up to.
I decided to do a “Little Pumpkin” theme since it was the week before Halloween.
These were the invites:

(I blurred out my address and phone number for blog purposes)

I made this little advice book. I bought a blank chipboard book at Roberts for $2.99 then decorated it with ribbon, paper and put some rub-on stickers on the pages inside.


I made this with my moms Cricut machine, then just bought some baby socks and put them all up with some mini-clothespins and ribbon.

My mom sent me the idea for these pumpkins. Super easy to make. You can find it here.
I also made some Martha Stewart pom poms to go above the food table. You can make these here.

For food I made 7-layer bean dip, caramel apple dip, clam dip, veggie tray, Oreo truffles, and Pumpkin Pie Bites.
I was in the kitchen the day before the party making and baking. Its true what they say: things made from scratch taste better, but its also true that its a lot of work.

I think the most work was these Pumpkin Pie Bites. I got the idea here from Bakerella. Forming the dough in the muffin pan was very time consuming and took me 1 hour to make 1 batch. However, it was well worth the time because they turned out delicious.

For favors I made these, (also done on the Cricut) I put candy-corn and candy corn pumpkins inside.
Out of all the pictures I took, I was a dork and didn’t take ONE of the mother-to-be. (However she can be found on my previous post Mike’s Big Hurrah if you look closely for a very pregnant woman).
Overall I had a ton of fun planning and preparing this party over the last few weeks. What fun it would be to get paid to be a party planner. Maybe in my next life! I have had lots of ideas rolling around in my head for Emmett’s 1st birthday coming up, however after these last 2 parties, he might not get what I’ve envisioned because his mother is pooped!

Polkadot First Birthday and Kickball Celebration

One party for a little girl…..and another for a “big” girl. Enjoy these fun parties!

This Polkadot Fun First Birthday was originally hosted by Jill from Bless Our Nest.

Kennedy’s first birthday has officially come…and gone…It was such a fun week celebrating and remembering how just one short year ago we had just had her and brought her home with us (can you believe they let us bring a kid home)? Yet here we are, a year later, every one is sane and in one piece and those sleepless nights are but a faded memory. I have a TON of pictures to show you but today we will stick with party details because I LOVE throwing parties and its ALL in the details!

I drew inspiration from many party blogs so I’ll try and give you as many resources as I can to either purchase it yourself or be a copy cat like me and DIY

You have seen the invitation already. We designed these ourselves with a program Justin has, and then ordered them from a printers. It was really affordable. I wanted to do something fun and colorful for miss Kennedy’s first birthday since she isn’t “into” anything yet, being that she is too little to know characters or themes and whatnot. So like the invite, I stuck with dots and an orange, pink, and blue theme, with a little green.

First, the party table all done up. I had the party at 1 in the afternoon so expected most people to eat something lunchy before coming and provided some light snacking, some yummy for adults and some kid suitable: fruit, chicken nuggets, cheese ball, spinach artichoke dip, pasta salad, and teeny bbq weenies. I got the hanging lanterns from Ikea for only $5 each!
I made cupcakes instead of doing cake. We had plain white cake with buttercream frosting and sprinkles, and cookies and cream cupcakes with mini oreos on top of buttercream icing. So yummy! I actually got to eat one once everything slowed down…Kennedy’s cupcake was made in a jumbo muffin pan to make it bigger and a little extra special since she WAS the birthday girl!
I grew slightly obsessed with finding some drink dispensers that would meet my specifications and found them at Crate and Barrel. I love them! I filled these two with pink lemonade and sweet tea but decided to give them some funky twists with festive names! Momma’s Southern Sweet Tea (bc it is MY momma’s recipe, and she is southern) and Tickled Pink Lemonade (since we were celebrating my baby girls bday).
I also got some of these little juice bottles for the kids, I remember LOVING these as a kid and thought they would enjoy them too! It made the drink station complete.
Next, the birthday banner. Now I have found a couple different gals who make these fun banners, as well as cupcakes tops and other fun paper goods, but my favorite is probably Jess of PolkaDots and Pirates. I made this one easily and love it so very much, I just might not take it down until November. It went great on the fireplace along with some fun frames I found at Target for really cheap and balloons to add even more fun!
I also had a little sweet shoppe with “1″ suckers that I made and bags to fill with other goodies. The one candy molds I found at Candy Mold Central. It was cheap and I got 3 so I could make more at once. (Pop them in the freezer, they harden faster)

The front door sign

Her highchair

My sweet girl eating her cake

I just love this picture of her standing in her new big girl chair. Such a sweet little face…

My two favorite people EVER!
All that work, and the party lasted about 3 1/2 hours, just doesn’t seem right huh? Well, I’ll post more about the party fun with more pictures tomorrow!


This Kickball Party was originally hosted by Little Ant Designs


Y’all ready for this?  Said in my best announcer voice with loud music blaring in the background.

Friday was the big game…my daughter Megan’s kickball party (that had been planned as an end of Summer party but had to be rescheduled at the very last minute)

The two teams, The Neville Kickbottoms
and The Spongebob Kickpants played a good game but in the end only one team could be the victor
Congratulations Team Kickpants!

I love the signs that one of the cute moms made for both teams – thanks Shauna!  Shauna is the one that drew who knows how many dark marks on the arms of the teenagers when we were in line for Harry Potter.

There was some fine athleticism displayed …
amazing form – Megan has never looked so athletic


a sense of fashion even in the heat of competition

a fierce competitive attitude

the thrill of victory
the agony of defeat – “What?  I’m totally safe.”

It turned out to be a great evening and we’re glad so many kids could join in on the fun.  But the night didn’t end with the game – there were celebrations to be had.

Any good game ends with a parent tunnel

Before leaving the field The Spongebob Kickpants picked up their winners trophy…

You weren’t aware that there was a Kickball Championship Trophy were you?  Amazing what a $4 lamp from Goodwill, styrofoam and paint will make, huh?  Since no one person could take the trophy home because I’m holding on to that baby for next years rematch, I put together individual awards for each person on the winning team that they picked up once back at our house where the festivities continued.
They each received a mini trophy with a giant gumball kickball on top as well as a medal.  The “kickballs” were a hit and it was hilarious watching the kids try to chew them.
After all the competition on the field the kids were hungry.  There were lots of tacos and burritos consumed

and lots of this…

I’m not sure what it is but the teenagers have a love affair with this slightly thick, processed, yellow goodness.

Whenever we serve it (which is nearly every time we have teenagers over)  They surround the stuff, each trying to get their fair share and you can bet they will be back for seconds, thirds and fourths.
Here’s to making this a yearly event – cheese and all!

Secret Agent Spy Party

This Secret Agent Spy Party was originally hosted by Moore Minutes.
The cake for this party is totally “The Bomb!” (scroll down and you will see what I mean!) The laser field looks like tons of fun, and all the treats are super creative!

Enjoy spying on this party…..

Our 3 adorable boys ready to party!

I mentioned last week that we did a Spy Party for my oldest son’s 9th birthday. Click here to see the invitations.We had a grand time with 20 kids in our home sweet home!I’m going to break it down into DECOR, FOOD, and ENTERTAINMENT.


I made a Secret Spy Candy Buffet as a special treat for all the hard-working agents.I scattered bullet shells, top secret labels, and handcuffs around the tables. I put up bullet hole stickers throughout the house. We pulled CRIME SCENE yellow tape across doors.I used a bright and fun color palette to make the crime scene theme more youthful!I enlarged some fingerprint and question mark clip art and edited the photos by tinting them different shades to color match them. I attached them to corresponding scrapbook paper and hung them from the ceiling.We made chalk footprints on our walkway to add to the suspense and fun. We also played Mission Impossible themed music in the background during the party.


I made custom water bottle labels for the kids.I took mini chocolate donuts and put cut licorice into each hole to make BABY BOMBS!Snickers? Twix? or Milky Way? How skilled are these agents at figuring out the MYSTERY BARS?I had such a difficult time trying to figure out WHAT food to use to create magnifying glasses!! I finally came up with cheese and pretzels. :) Question Bread, Clueless Chips, Detective Dogs, and Mysterious Munchies were among other snacks.THE CAKE was incredible! I told a local cake shop that I wanted a bomb with a sparkler for a candle and they FAR exceeded my expectations!


I set out a Clue Jr. Game to play at leisureUpon arrival, each guest was given their professional Secret Agent ID tagged and they were fingerprinted for security.Party Favors included: Dark Glasses, Agent Hats, Magnifying glasses, compasses and whistles, red lights, detective bands, and a trip through the candy buffet.The invitation called each agent to our house (headquarters) for a specific mission. This mission was the MAIN source of entertainment. A sealed envelope was opened and it stated that Skyler’s birthday gift was robbed along with all the treat bags. This was officially a CRIME SCENE and it was up to our team to discover the bad guys and find the missing items! There were clues scattered around our neighborhood.Each clue had to be retrieved by completing an obstacle. This first clue was hidden inside one of the balloons. These balloons blocking the door were representing bombs and had to be quickly popped to find the clue and prevent them from detonating.The next clue was hidden in a laser field. This was my brilliant husband’s idea and he did such a fabulous job setting this laser maze up!We have no photos, but another clue used their cipher cards from the invitation to decode, and another had to be read in the mirror.Another clue was in a bag full of fortune cookies! I took tweezers and removed the original fortune from one cookie and replaced it with a clue! So the kids had to break the cookies open and find the cookie with the clue. Here they are running back from the fortune cookie discovery.There was danger along the way, the bad guys sprang out and attacked.This next clue had to be scratched off like a lotto ticket to be revealed.


All the clues led to Skyler’s birthday gift: a NEW BIKE! The bad guys had hoisted it into a GINORMOUS tree. BUT when they were caught by our team they agreed to surrender. And they even helped us rescue the bike from the tree.

What nice bad guys they were!

And just when you think you’ve seen FAR TOO MANY photos I decide to give you one more:

our nine year old…
Cameron Skyler

Roller Skate Birthday Party

This Roller Skate party was originally hosted by Enchanted Expectations.
For those of us in our 30′s I think we all have memories of going to the roller skating rink. So many fun after school skate parties. Oh how I wished I was able to “shoot the duck”….remember that one?
Anyhoo….A roller skating theme just instantly takes me back to my childhood. I love the colors. Love the cake and all the details a simply fabulous. So scroll on down and check them all out!

Enjoy the skate party…..

The skating party went so great. The kids had a blast. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of the actual kids skating because I was decorating for the skating after party that was located at the birthday girls home.

The Invitation that set the tone for the day

Here is the Birthday Girl


Once again Cakes Plus of Laurel Maryland did a great job of creating the perfect color and design for the skating party. I just love the skates on the top.


Purple Satin boxes from Michael’s dollar section. I just added a purple and green polka dot bow and stuffed it with green tissue paper and Friendship necklace with two charms that said Laugh and Love

Make your own bracelet

The kids had a great time making their own fashion bracelet.

Sweet Shoppe

There was so much candy, cookies and treats that it almost didn’t fit. This was a kids heaven.

I made the pretzel sticks, marshmallow pops and cones.

Marshmallow lollipops below from Homegoods

I ordered all other candy from They have great selections and different sizes that can be ordered. Also the shipping price is fantastic!

The chocolate covered apples and skate cookies were made by Joy Blakeney of Joyful Creations. They were yummy and went great with the dessert display.

80′s Birthday Party – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

This 80′s Inspired Birthday Party was originally hosted by Maddycakes Muse.
Since I’m a child of the 80′s I of course love this party! It’s like totally psychadelic! Maddycakes Muse is one of our current sponsors. So be sure to visit her to see all the stuff she’s got going on!

Enjoy the 80′s……

Here is a tablescape that I did for my birthday this year. I had an 80′s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun party. I was chosen to be a SPEAKER at The Special Event this year – oh did I mention that on yesterdays post- anyway this party was not only to celebrate my birthday but to showcase that you can have a great party on a small budget! My class at The Special Event is titled Parties for Pennies so if you are going to the convention please come by my class and show some love!

My centerpieces glasses were bought at the Dollar Tree and so were the daisies. I mixed a few drops of acrylic paint in water until I got the desired color. Since the 80′s were all about neon – I used neon color everywhere. I tried to make it more on the elegant side than the tacky side.

A close up of my place setting. I used ring pops as napkin rings. Do you remember those? I found the glass plates from Goodwill – I really love them.

Albums that I purchased from Goodwill served double duty, they were chargers and my menus.

Also, found the cassettes at Goodwill and spray painted them in neon colors. This took many coats of paint. Then I used a paint pen to write the names and used as namecards. I liked using items that were common in the ’80s and repurposing them.

I used lanterns all of the time. They are inexpensive, come in every color and pattern and instantly colors and fills a space! Plus you can reuse over and over again. I originally bought these lanterns for a luau party.
I just bunched them together and hung with fishing wire from my dining room chandelier.

I bought these jelly bracelets from Oriental Trading Company but when I got them they could only fit my daughter (she is two). So I decided to throw them on the glasses. I think it turn out cute. When you have lemons make lemonade.

These awesome pictures were done by the most talented Marry Jordan! I am so blessed to have her as my photographer for my business and as my friend.

Fairy Birthday and a Carnival Birthday with Rainbow Cupcakes

I’ve got a two parties to share with you today. Have fun party hopping!

This Little Fairy Birthday party was originally hosted by Kacy from The Heindorff Family.

My sweet Sydney is now officially a 5 year old! It makes me so excited and happy to see her personality blossom into such an amazing girl, but I feel it is bittersweet as I slowly watch the innocense and neediness grow smaller. I guess it is an inevitable good trade all moms go through!

Syd started her special day nice and early (6:00am) and as soon as I could muster up the energy I made her a crumb cake and berries for breakfast. We met Grandma Mitchell at Build a Bear soon after where Syd chose her red white and blue bear that she has been talking about for weeks! She knew exactly what she wanted when we got their which made it super easy to get through without any major decisions! After that we met Brooke, Ethan, and Allie at McD’s for lunch and playtime. Thanks Brooke for the stamping set!!! She begged the whole time to open it and couldn’t wait any longer once we walked through the door. She made several beautiful stamped pages until I made her clean up to get ready for the party, I don’t think I was very popular at this moment :) We continued to get ready for her evening party…..

And the theme? You guessed it….FAIRIES!!!

Each beautiful fairy was presented a flower crown and special rainbow wand as they arrived. Soon they each created a treasure box we would later fill with pixie treasures. I love each of their individual characters displayed through their boxes…too cute!

Following next was the fairy tea party. They were very proper and each gobbled up mini tea sandwiches, veggies, olives, bright red and purple berries, cubed pound cake, rice crispy teats, and coconut marshmallows. The tea pots were filled with strawberry and chocolate milk…the strawberry definately won their hearts!

Each fairy, with treasure box in hand, flittered across pixieland (our backyard) searching for the delicate treasures that fairies love most. Soon their boxes were full of bubbles, flower seeds, feathers, a plastic baby dove, glass jewels, glittery lip gloss and glitter spray, and strawberry candies.

I hope her wishes come true!

The girls all played so well together and I even noticed 2 girls whom had never met were hugging and holding hands as they ran to find the treasures! Sydney loved her gifts they all brought…each one was perfect! She said it was her “bestest” party ever and was asking if Kirra could have the same party for her birthday. When I replied it would be too cold outside for Kirra she asked if it could be called a rainbow party then. Hmmm…I’m still trying to figure this one out :)

Happy Birthday Sydney! You have truly brought joy to my soul and bring me happiness daily!


This Carnival Party with Rainbow Cupcakes was originally hosted by Jlyn Scrapbooking Crafts and Design.

We are blessed and thankful for every birthday, but there is something special about turning 5.  So we did it right for Kael this year with family, friends a balloon artist and silly fun and games.  It was a blur of balloons and bright colors.  Started with the invitation thanks to my Cricut and Martha Stweart punches…

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Then I was daring and made what I’ve been seeing all over my favorite blogs lately…the rainbow cupcake…ok, so my rainbow is upside down, but a five year old is still impressed! Not bad for the first attempt – next time will add sour cream to the mix so that the layers stand up better…

Rainbow cupcake

The balloon artist is called “Pax” and he was awesome.  He can twist anything you can think of, and throws in a few cool magic tricks to keep it lively!  Kids love this guy, and can you see why?

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When we sat down for cake, the kids had rainbow cupcakes, magic birthday punch consisting of 3 colors of gatorade frozen into star shapes and dropped into Sprite which turned colors as the stars melted, and funny face glasses- you know the kind with eyebrows and a big nose!  I shamelessly stole the idea for the silly glasses from my friend Dina, but hey, it was a great idea! I was a little preoccupied and only have one shot of the funny faces!

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Kael’s Carnival 5th birthday was a screaming success!  All the kids went home with brightly colored hula hoops (from the dollar store) and silly face glasses.  Will definitely be making those adorable cupcakes again soon!

Miss Spider Sunny Patch Party

This Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Party was originally hosted by Tamara from The McDonald World.
Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch is one of those books and cartoons that is just so bright and fun. Tamara did a great job at making this party just as vibrant as it’s inspiration. Lots of fun little touches to see!

Enjoy this Sunny Patch Birthday Party…..

For Lauren’s 2nd birthday, I decided to go with a Miss Spider theme…little did I know (after I had my heart set on this idea) that it would be near impossible to find anything Miss Spider out there. This is such a cute show and so perfect for this age, that I feel like they are really missing the boat by not marketing it anymore. If it were not for the Nick Jr. printables and some creative work on my part and the bakery’s part, this party would not have been very successful. At least decor wise! Lauren had over about 3 of her friends and they all have siblings that are Sarah’s age so it made for a nice sized party. Her are the photos and the specifics!

Theme: Miss Spider Sunny Patch
Food: Palio’s Pizza & Salad
Drinks for kids: Apple juice, lemonade, milk
Cake: The Cakery (Southlake) The bottom part was white cake with white butter cream and the Miss Spider was chocolate cake with white butter cream! Heavenly!
Colors: Played off of the lime green and yellow colors mostly, but it was a very colorful party
Decor: I made my own buggy friends out of small colored paper lanterns, craft poms poms, pipe cleaners and felt. I found one place online that had one package of Miss Spider “blow-outs” and they had the cute bug antenna “party hats”. My husband made the Hollow Tree tree trunk out of construction paper. The rest was really balloons and crepe paper
Flowers: Yellow tulips and multi-colored gerber daisies
Games: Bean bag toss, bowling, parachute, Velcro ball & catch game and lots of printables to color and play with from Nick Jr. I also had a Miss Spider video playing to keep them entertained while at the party table.
The Invite

The “party room”

The place settings

The wonderful cake

Her cute cupcakes left over from what she took to “school”

Drink boxes to match decor

The goodie bags: I could not find 10 of the same Miss Spider book at any bookstore, so I did a mixture of books to accommodate the different ages and genders. Also add some little slinky’s and glow in the dark bracelets in lime green. The girls got a sunflower in their bag!

My homemade bugs and colored lanterns

Buggy facts I printed off of Nick Jr.

The printables to color and a “I promise to be good to bugs” certificate

All sitting down for pizza!

Me with my sweets!

It is no secret that I love parties! Especially kid parties! Let me know your favorite themes and ones that have been successful! This sort of thing is the sweet part of life!

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