Mr. Linky Monday

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!
*1st Birthday Monkey on Halloween
*Teddy Bear
*Employee Christmas Party
*Super Baby
*Polkadot Bridal Party
*Nautical Baby Shower
*Chic Pink Bridal Shower
*Where the Wild Things Are
*60th Birthday Party
*Carnival
*Shark
*Baptism
*Winter ONEderland
*Owl – 1st Birthday
*1st Birthday – Snowglobes/Elves
*Tinkerbell
*Ballerina 4th Birthday
*Butterfly Birthday
*Vintage Tain
*Survivor Party
*Bee Party
*Tropical/Under the Sea
*Horton – Dr. Seuss
*Table Top Settings – Thanksgiving – Christmas – Easter
*Bridal Showers
*Baby Showers

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REMEMBER to put the NAME OF THE PARTY THEME INSTEAD OF YOUR NAME!!
Please ONLY POST LINKS TO PARTY THEMES REQUESTED ABOVE!!!

Get Linky

Well, you caught me….

It’s past midnight and I was on my way to bed when I realized that I forgot to set up a post for today.  I’m tired and heading to bed but I didn’t want to leave ya’ll totally hanging.  So……

I decided I would leave it up to ya’ll today instead!

So, LINK UP PEOPLE! I would encourage you to focus on the seasonal parties that are coming our way, but today is a free-for-all.  You may link to any kind of party you would like!

(oh, and I’ll apologize in advance for anyone who submitted a Halloween/Harvest party to be featured.  Most likely I will never even open your email until after Thanksgiving….that’s how far behind I am.  Link up to them today! On that note…. those of you who have Christmas Parties to share….start sending them in now!)

***I had actually hit “publish post” and then decided I just couldn’t let you down…so here is an oldie but goodie post of mine from like two years ago for your viewing pleasure:

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Thanksgiving Dinner…..Hosted by YOUR KIDS!

I suppose you COULD go as far as to have your kids fix the meal….tv dinners or something….but that’s not what I’m talking about.

Last year I decided to have my kids host thanksgiving dinner. Together we made invitations and sent them out to the family. We also worked together and made placemats, placecards, and napkin rings. The placemats and napkin rings were made with the intention of using them for as many years as they last.

I kept it very simple. I bought some heavy corduroy fabric and cut it into squares. Then the kids help glue on silk leaves and ribbon that I bought at the craft store.

Then we all worked together and made napkin rings. They were simple rings made of wire and beads. These should last for many years.

Of course you could go “fancy” and use nice plates and everything

But this is where naming your KIDS the host gives you an advantage…..
We used charger plates to keep it fancy looking, but on the charger plates we used paper plates. You can totally get away with that when kids are the hosts! And HELLO…clean up was a snap!

I’m excited to pull these items out and use them again this year. The kids were so proud last year and everybody just raved about the beautiful table.

I just wanted to encourage you to get your kids involved in hosting family events. It’s fun to watch them take ownership and to see the beaming smile on their faces when they get all the compliments.

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Now….get linky!

Enjoy the parties!

Bee Themed Birthday Party

Today our party is courtesy of Silly Bee’s Chickadees. This is a fun bright yellow Bee Themed Party.

Yellow…it’s just so yummy! It just grabs you and pulls you right into this party. Personally I’m terrified of bees….because I’ve never been stung before…but this Bee themed party even won me over! How could it not with all the fun little touches.

Enjoy Silly Bee’s Chickadees party…..
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We celebrated my mom’s big birthday and it was soooo much fun. My sister, a few of Mom’s girlfriends and I hosted Queen Bea’s Surprise Birthday Jubilee! The party brought together a group of amazing women from across the country who have been awesome friends to Mom over the years. It was a great afternoon and so much fun visiting with old friends and new. Boy was she surprised!!!

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The theme was bees and circles representing Mom’s circle of friends. The party room was decorated in white and shades of yellow, which just happened to match my dining room! (No, I didn’t paint the walls to match, Silly Miss Sillypants). Round paper lanterns, honeycomb-style paper globes and handmade tissue paper flowers hung from the ceiling above the food table and in the corners of the den.

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My sister made fun party favors with cute little jars and yellow Jelly Bellys-one of Mom’s faves. She also made fabulous baskets for the door prize winners filled with loads of Burt’s Bees products and a yummy candle. She even sewed a little bee onto the baskets! The biggest basket went to the party game winner- the one who knew the most facts of Queen Bea’s life. (Q- Where did Bea meet Victor? A- At the Hurry Burger. Dad flipped hamburgers and Mom was the shake girl.)

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Wanna see more pictures and details from this bee themed party? Visit the original party post. There’s a ton more to see!

Time To Party Hop!

So many parties to share….so little time! So it’s time for a mini-feature…..come party hop around blogland with me:

First we will visit Heather over at Cookie Mondays and check out her Bug Party

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To see more bug party details and pictures visit the original party post.

Next ‘Along the Road’ is Leslie’s Pinkalicous Party

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visit the original party post to see more pinkalicous pictures!

Hungry from blog party hopping? Then head on over to Vanessa’s Cookie Swap!

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Wanna see more cookie swap goodness? Visit Vanessa’s original party post!

1st Birthday Party – Pink & Green

The pictures from this Pink and Green First Birthday party were submitted by Jessica B.

The colors are perfect and that cupcake tower is simply fabulous! Love the centerpiece with the limes in the vase and the baby’s breath. So cute.

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Checkered Flag Racing Theme

This Checkered Flag Themed party was originally hosted by {L} over at Moore Minutes.

This is a complete White and Black themed party (even the snacks were in color theme). All checkers! For a 50th birthday celebration. Please be sure to visit the original party post for more party details and a lot more pictures as well!

Enjoy the party…..
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My Dad is a fan of black and white racing checks. He has been for as long as I can remember. The straight lines that create the black and white square pattern is an instant attraction to him. I’m sure it’s related to his passion for racing. He has raced through the last 50 years quite literally. His racing history includes: motorcycles, four wheelers, snowmobiles, boats, (even RC boats!), demolition derbies, cars, and his favorite: drag racing. The inside of his dragster trailer was actually appointed with his big black and white checkers. Sooo, it was only appropriate that the theme of his 50th party would be CHECKS. He is a Prime Example of a man who has truly lived life to the fullest and provided a stable, solid home for his family at the same time.
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Wanna see more pictures of the party? Visit the original party post!

Time for Mr. Linky Monday

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!
*Candyland
*Alphabet
*Teddy Bear
*Father/Daughter Dinner Dance (little girl’s prom style)
*Superhero
*Tutus & Pearls (Abby Cadabby)
*Birds, trees, Owls (1st birthday)
*Ballerina (4 yr old)
*Farm
*Cupcake & lollipop
*Baby Shower
*Girl -Pink, Brown & Baby Blue
*Black/white/pink
*Zebra Print
*50th Birthday – Male
*Surfer Boy
*Casino/Poker
*Micky Mouse Club House (favors)
*Mod Monkey
*Trains
*Jack & Jill
*Pumpkin Fall Harvest 1st Birthday (girl)
*Around the House Shower…Burgers and Beer theme
*Mermaid Theme
*Halloween
*A “tiny” party (5 yr old girl)
*Tractor & Farm (party for two boys that are not twins)
*Snowman Birthday
*Goofy Birthday (from Micky Mouse)
*Wine & Cheese Party
*Wild Things (animal print parties)
*Fall

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REMEMBER to put the NAME OF THE PARTY THEME INSTEAD OF YOUR NAME!!
Please ONLY POST LINKS TO PARTY THEMES REQUESTED ABOVE!!!

The Celebration Shoppe

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I’m so happy that Kim from The Celebration Shoppe is sharing her wonderful collections of party supplies with us today. You will definitely want to hop on over to the Celebration Shoppe Store to see more, but for now take a look at these fabulous items….

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Wild West Cowboy Bash

This Wild West Cowboy Bash was originally hosted by Kim from The Celebration Shoppe Blog.
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My youngest is turning three and he wanted a wild west cowboy bash. So as you can imagine, I gave him one. {wink} Those who read me often know that he has severe food allergies so I needed to make a cake and treats that were dairy and nut free. (He was released from the egg allergy thank goodness; cake is not cake without eggs!)

Candidly I was really unsure what I was going to do until a few days before the party. I decided on a chocolate and vanilla cupcake tier with a 4×4″ cake (for my little guy) on top. Not only does the tier give the table height, but it also made a clear separation between his cake and the guest cakes… especially since I tried my hand at chocolate transfer. {loved it!}

So for his cake, I could use dairy-free chocolate transfer (trust me you can’t tell the difference in taste), but I’ve only been able to find it in regular chocolate, no white chocolate or other colors, and I didn’t think that was very interesting so I opted for a rice crispy (which he loves) sherrif badge. No worries, I made more as favors for his little buddies.

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Click here to see some tips on how to make the cupcakes and use chocolate transfers.

My little one has food allergies. He’s a big fan of the rice crispy treat so I molded the sweet treat into star cookie cutters (available in our shoppe) and then iced them as favors for our guests. We placed them in pails that were embellished with bandana ribbon, the same used on our cake plate, and a fun wooden cowboy boot from the craft store. {50 cents already painted people!} As for the sign, I just picked up a sheet of scrapbooking paper that looked like old wooden boards and imprinted it with the Playbill font (commonly found in Microsoft products).
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More details on the rice krispy badges can be seen here.

As for the treats, I slaved over placing the Twizzlers (aka cowboy ropes) in the tall vase {wink}. The chocolate dipped marshmallows took a little more time, but not much. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler, spear three marshmallows on a lollipop stick, coat the marshmallows using a silicon brush, add a few candy stars and lay them on wax paper to cool. For the final touch, package them in cello bags. I have to admit, I didn’t make enough. They were a hit.

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So of course I couldn’t just have fun food for my little boy’s third birthday bash, I had to have some really fun decor too. We decorated the entire backyard, but these are a few of my favorite crafts.

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Make sure to checkout the instructions for how to build the horses and make the other decor items you see above.

A fun craft for any child birthday is to create a character photo op. We made this one for our cowboy birthday party so that the children could stand behind it and wear the cowboy hat. All the detail on supplies and instructions are on The Celebration Shoppe Blog.

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Kim’s got some great items in her shop to compliment her Wild West Cowboy Bash. Invitaions and Table Settings.
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Taking advantage of the perks!

I figure one advantage of running a blog like this is that I have all of YOU at my fingertips when I’m looking for some ideas for my next party! And my next party is….a baby shower for one of my oldest and dearest friends. I heard of this idea for a theme somewhere, (wish I could remember and give credit) to have a baby shower theme of “She’s gonna POP!” and to use POPcorn, lolliPOPs, cakePOPs, etc, for the food and theme inspiration. So…what I’m looking for are some creative ideas from ya’ll to get my brain moving. Brainstorm with me and leave comments with your ideas. Ideas for food, games, invitation…anything!
Looking forward to hearing from ya’ll!!

Pink Polkadot Tea Party Fun

This Pink Polkadot Tea Party was originally hosted by Tamara from the Morales Crew.
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Tamar and her daughter’s were treated to a tea party with all the bells and whistles by her sister. I love the way the standard card table was totally transformed! So cute!

Enjoy the Tea Party….. and don’t forget to visit Tamara’s blog to see what else she’s got going on.

My sister came to visit last weekend, and boy oh boy she did not come empty handed. She treated the girls to a beautiful tea party, for which she spared no detail.
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My sissy could not & would not simply use these ‘blah’ card table and chairs. About two weeks before she had a conversation with Eden to see what her favorite colors were. Eden told her pink & black, so this is what Aunt Tanya created…

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She sewed chair covers and a table cloth that sure did fit the pink & black bill. We even used one of the covers and put it on Lily’s highchair so she would have a fancy place to sit also. Eden was soooooo (I cannot even add enough Os to show her excitement) when she saw just these decorations. But, there was more, much more!

Eden had her very own china place setting and little tea pot. We showed her how to pour it herself with just a little bit of help. Aunt Tanya brought her special pink sparkle raspberry lemonade to serve as her ‘tea’.

Aunt Tanya served egg salad sandwiches, fancy pb&j with marionberry jam from Washington, cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches, mini quiches, breaded mushrooms, a melon mix, and fresh strawberries. My sister made sure almost everything was dairy free so that Eden could eat without having to worry about her allergy. For tea there was Earl Grey, my absolute favorite, and a yummy cherry green tea.

Eden was on her best behavior, remembered her manners, and gave everything a try in the politest way. She even amazed me with what she liked and that she actually ate a little of everything. Her favorites was the pb & j, even after explaining sternly that she does not like jelly, but Aunt Tanya’s jelly was just right! The funniest part was when Eden tried the breaded mushroom. She does not like surprises in her food and when she discovered there was something inside the bread she quickly put it down on her plate, said ‘no thank you’, then made a comment about how there was ‘something inside there’ with a perplexed look. Lily LOVED the egg salad and all the fresh fruit. She was so excited to be eating the yummy offerings with everyone that you could tell she felt special being included. As for me, Momma loved everything! It was all very delicious.

Next came dessert. Ahhh…the choices. Cinnamon crispy twists, homemade mini cupcakes, oatmeal cookies, almond biscuits, and brownies. Again, all dairy free but Eden focused her attention on the cupcakes. I think she ate five! Her reasoning to get past one was she needed to try all the colors. I obliged as it was a special day for her and even gave Lily a cupcake to smash and mash around.

Lily’s favorite dessert was the oatmeal cookies. They were just her size and she had the crumb face to prove how much she enjoyed them!

It was a lovely day and to remember it by Aunt Tanya gave both girls their very own Tea Party personalized book. Each book has their name and age in it along with the date and location of their first tea party. Aunt Tanya read both girls their special book and then we spent the day together just us girls. I have the best sister in the world! Thank you for caring for my girls so much to do something this sweet for them. We would have been fine on that ‘blah’ table and chairs, paper goods, and hot pockets as long as we spent the day with you.
The finery just made it all the better!

Memories like this are priceless. Thank you!
Love – Your sister & two little nieces

Mini Feature – Lots of Parties to See

Mande threw a party for her daughter that was Fit for an Angel…..

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Check out this Crab themed 2nd birthday from Ashley….

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Here is a sweet Princess Tea party from Jamie

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Whale of a Birthday Party

This Whale of a Birthday Party was originally hosted over at the Phillips Family Blog.
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With a whale theme I just love title of the original post….”Our Little Squirt Turns One!” Sounds like the perfect intro for the invitations! The cake for this party is just too stinkin’ cute. Love the whale on top and LOVE the seashells.

There are more pictures and party details to see….so leave a comment and then hop on over to the Phillips Family Blog to see more! Enjoy the party………….
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Oscar’s first birthday party was so much fun. There were some many things you could do with a whale theme however purchasing things with a cute whale is impossible. With that said I had to be creative and make my own decorations. I designed the invites with a friend, paper cones with a whale were provided with “whale goldfish”, bubbles were given to the kids with mini invites as the gift tag, a sea of balloons lined the deck, handmade signs adorned the patio and a whale birthday hat for our son.

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Elmo Birthday Party

This Elmo birthday party was originally hosted by Toni.

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This party was thrown with love for one of the cutest little girls I’ve seen!  In Toni’s original post she talks about her daughter’s fun personality, and this party is a definite match!

Enjoy Toni’s Elmo Party and don’t forget to hop on over to the original party post to see more pictures and party details.

For her birthday this year we decided to have a little Elmo party and our friends came over to join us! I had so much fun doing all this, sometimes I think I enjoy it more than the kids :)

We had fun Elmo cupcakes and little treat bags for the kids.

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Mr. Linky Monday

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!
* Winter Birthday Party (boy)
* Tween Spa Party
* Candyland
* Carnival
* Whinnie the Pooh
* “She’s Gonna Pop” Baby Shower (popcorn / lollipops)
* Sports themed baby shower
* Little Mermaid Birthday
* Ipod themed party
* Hunting
* Bubble Gum
* Birthday for Twin Boys
* Science/Chemestry birthdy (boys)
* Butterflies
* Pink Poodle

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