A Mini-Feature for Monday

FYI…The party submission form is back up and running. New party submissions are now being taken! Thank you for your patience as I have worked hard to catch up!
I’ve got lots of fun parties for you to attend today. So grab a cup of coffee and Party Hop with me!
This Zebra Print Birthday Party is simply fabulous. It’s perfectly complimented by Hot Pink. Hop on over to Together is Our Favorite Place to Be so you can see all the fabulous zebra print details and decor!

Fig & Ruby decided to do something different and turn a girls birthday party into a shopping day! What girl doesn’t love to shop? Of course a purse party is the perfect compliment! Check out all the rest of this Shopping Birthday Party over at Fig & Ruby.

This next party is an ALL BOY Baby Shower. It was inspired by the baby’s nursery which is always a fun idea. I love these cute little wagon favors. Check out the original post from It’s in the Details to see the rest of the party!

I guess I have to admit that I don’t remember a whole lot from my Spanish Class in High School. This next party comes to us via a spanish (ok, somone told me it’s actually in Italian…shows you what I know!! )language blog…but party pictures transcend language barriers! So be sure to visit Nabiki’s Blog to see the rest of the details for this farm themed party!


This is a simple clean modern Transformers Birthday Party. There are lots more pictures to see over on Mrixie Pixie.

The Idea Fairy threw a New Moon Party that all her friends enjoyed! Check out her blog for all the bloody details!

Mr. Linky Monday – Link Up Chicas!

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

  • Sweet Sixteen
  • Dinosaur
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Hannah Montana
  • Kai-Lan
  • 1st Birthday Boy or Girl
  • Surf
  • Airplane
  • Hawaii
  • Girls Birthday (combined for 2yr old & 5 yr old…multi-age)
  • She’s About to Pop
  • Baseball
  • Frogs & Lily Pads
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Olivia the Pig
  • Dalmations
  • Baby Girl Shower
  • Umbrella themed Bridal Shower
  • Man’s 40th Birthday
  • Vintage Inspired 1st birthday
  • Couples Baby Shower
  • Sesame Street
  • Bridal Shower
  • Pirate/Mermaid Combo
  • Cars & Trucks
  • Birthday on a Budget
  • Sugar, Spice and Everything TWICE
  • Boys 1st Birthday – Primary colors…Polkadots
  • Shower the Family – Co-Ed Baby & Bridal Shower
  • Centerpieces
  • Party Favors
  • Chic Summer Baby Shower
  • Girls 5th Birthday
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • 80′s Birthday party
  • Alligator
  • Golf



Giveaway Winners…

I’ve got three winners to announce to you. I used random.org to pick the comment numbers and just went in the order they came in.

The Winners are:


Melissa Moore


Shoot me an email to claim your prize girls!


What are the odds that all three winners would want the same invite. Looks like Elegant Green is the choice of champions! Ha!

Final Day for Giveaway!

The Giveaway ends at midnight tonight! (west coast) Be sure to enter today.  View the details HERE!

In the meantime….have you checked out my fabulous sponsors!!!

Printable Party Items: Who wants one?

****this giveaway is now CLOSED*****

Ok, I’m going to pick THREE lucky winners. Each will receive their choice of ONE of the following invites delivered to their email, ready to print and personalize for themselves!!

All you have to do to enter:
1. Be a follower (see right sidebar)
2. leave a comment letting me know which one you would want

**bonus entry….post OR tweet about this giveaway…come back and leave another comment to let me know about it!

here are your choices:

Happy 1st Birthday: Invitation, thank you card, cupcake toppers

Happy 1st Birthday Collection

Super Hero Boy: Invite, thank you & cupcake toppers

superhero boy_inviteThanksCupcake

Super Hero Girl: Invite, thank you  & cupcake toppers

superhero girl_inviteThanksCupcake

Elegant Green: Invite, thank you & registry card

Green Flourish

Mod Monkey Birthday Party

This Mod Monkey Birthday Party was originally hosted by Corin from The Simple Life.
Requests for Monkey Party ideas come in to my email on a weekly basis. Corin did a great job with her monkey party and I think ya’ll will get plenty of inspiration.

Enjoy the monkey party…..

We celebrated Jacob’s birthday last Saturday, and we could not have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was gorgeous and, despite it being a pool party, not many kids went swimming. I’m kind of glad ’cause it would have been crazy. We had our signature taco guy, and the food was good, too bad I didn’t get to enjoy it. And the cake was not only cute, but delish. Unfortunately, with all of the running around, I didn’t get to enjoy the party at all. But I know Jacob did and that’s all that matters. The theme of his party was mod monkey, and I got tons of compliments on the party decor, goody bags, and cake. I had adults asking for goody bags and table centerpieces! A lot of time and thought went into this party and many thanks to my lovely family for helping me through the last couple of weeks. And here are the pix…

The invite I made…

Diggin’ into his smash cake…

About to take a whack at the pinata…



Photo timeline from birth to 1 year…

Only game we had time for, pin the nose on the monkey…

Goody bags included a monkey tote, notepad, pencil, key chain, bubbles, sticky hand, fun straw, banana key ring, banana candy, Laffy Taffy, Skittles, and Starburst…

Many to feature…so here’s a Mini Feature!

Check out this Super Spy Birthday Party from Toad’s Treasures. Visit their blog to see more of this party!

This Baby Shower definitely has a ton of pizazz with it’s Zebra Print Decor Accents.  It’s brought to us by Alysia from Prost to the Host. Be sure to hop over to the original party post to see more!


The Red adds just the right amount of romance to this Bridal Shower. The original post is brought to us by Sentimental Sublime and is filled with tons of details so don’t miss the chance to check it out!


Let’s change colors and head on over to this Tickled Blue Baby Shower. More highlights from this baby shower can be viewed on the original party post from Razzle Dazzle Party Box.

Our last stop on the party tour today takes us to a Toy Story Birthday originally posted by the Fryman Four. Visit their blog to see more of the “story.”

Hope you enjoyed today’s party tour! Be sure to take the time to hop on over to each of the blogs above to see all the fantabulous party details!

Mr. Linky Monday

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

  • Modern Boy 3rd Birthday
  • House Warming Super Bowl Party
  • Pink Poodle  / Paris / Diva
  • Beach Inspired Party
  • Jungle Safari Party for Adults (500 people)
  • Pinkalicious
  • Pickles & Ice Cream Baby Shower
  • Sports Theme
  • Retro Sock Monkey baby shower
  • First year Birthday Boy or Girl
  • Couples Game Night
  • College Graduation Party
  • Cupcake Tea Party
  • Princess Party
  • Birthday for 8 year Old
  • Outdoor 30th Birthday Pool Party  (no BBQ or Luau)
  • Scavanger Hunt (girl)
  • Pink & Brown (2yr. old girl)
  • PHD Graduation Party
  • Pink Ladybug
  • Bridal Shower
  • Red & Turquois
  • Yo Gabba Gabba
  • Pink & Orange Birthday (girl)



Airplane Birthday Takes Flight

This High Flying Airplane Birthday Party was originally hosted by The Robertson Family.
I’ve seen a few different airplane parties but this one had some unique ideas. First of all having it out near the airport so you could see the planes landing and taking off…super cool idea. I also loved the terminal signs and the suitcase for the gift or “baggage” drop off.

Enjoy this airplane party….

Tate’s second birthday party “took off” this past Saturday as approximately 10 young passengers and their carry-on parents joined us for an airplane theme party.
First, the invitations were sent out to look like boarding passes:

My friend Eleanor at Pink Peppermint Paper did all of the creative and design work, and she is fabulous! She designed the “Tate Airways” logo that says “Flying High Since 2007.”
We sent the invitations in red envelopes with a tie closure to look like travel documents. The return address said “Tate Airways” and we printed “Important Travel Documents Enclosed” in a stamp font on the envelope to make it look official.
The location was Founders Plaza, which is an observation area at DFW airport where you can watch planes take off and land. I called the airport for permission and was told they never had a birthday party there before! But it’s one of Tate’s favorite spots to visit, so we thought it would be enjoyed by his friends as well.
A banner I printed at FedEx Office greeted guests to our picnic area.
Pink Peppermint also designed “Baggage Check” and “Baggage Claim” signs for the gifts and favor bags. The airport doesn’t allow you to bring extra tables to the picnic site, so I used pieces of luggage to hold the gifts and favor bags.
My sisters both wore white shirts and black pants to look like TSA security. I gave them badges that said “TSA: Tate’s Super Aunts.”

For lunch, we served Lunchables. Not only was it easy for a picnic setting, but the packaging looks like airplane trays! I also had individual packages of pretzels, because, you know, that’s what you get on airplanes. My sister cut out placemats in the shape of white clouds for the blue tablecloth.
We had some airplane theme toys for the kids to play with.
Cousin Blake brought his own seat. I guess he didn’t want to ride ‘coach’ with the rest of the party-goers at the picnic table!
Note that cousin Blake came dressed in an appropriate “wing man” shirt to serve as Tate’s sidekick!
The cake. Um yeah. It was made out of cupcakes and was supposed to be in the shape of an airplane. I’m not so sure. And I picked it up on the way to the party and didn’t even notice that Tate’s name was spelled “Take.” Luckily my Mom did a quick fix on it to correct it.
For the favors, I ordered white bags that look like air-sickness bags (aka “barf bags.) The stickers were done by Pink Peppermint Paper and say “We’re Sick to See You Go. On behalf of our captain and flight crew, thanks for flying Tate Airways.”
Inside the bags we had rubber ducks dressed like pilots, a glider plane, little plastic parachute men and individual luggage tags for each guest.
After the party, we sent thank you notes from “Captain Tate Robertson.”
We had a great time, and the birthday boy loved every minute of watching the “ah panes” land with his friends!

Sweet Inspiration – Fabulous and Creative Cakes

Today I thought it would be fun to just shoot some yummy cakey EYE CANDY your way. Here are some fun cakes to inspire you that I’ve come across on my blogland travels…..

Pirate Cake:

4 Goodness Cake

Tow Truck Cake: Mater from “Cars”

tow truck cake from Cars

Enchanted Cakes

Rocket Cake: Blast Off!

Pink Cake Box Cake
Pink Cake box

Princess and the Frog Cake:

princess frog
Icing and Ink

Butterfly Cake:

Create Each Day

Dr. Seuss Cake:  Cat in the Hat

The Food Lab

Ladybug Cake:

Most Adorable Party Contest from Creative Hostess

Jenin from Creative Hostess is having a contest to find the “Most Adorable Party of 2009!


Last year mums completely out did themselves, and we saw some pretty amazing children’s parties floating around the blogsphere. Mums got creative with their themes, and parties were fabulously detailed. We saw some swanky dessert tables and candy buffets, some strikingly creative decorations and party favours and some oh so yummy treats. I’m a firm believer in rewarding a job well done, and I believe that mums deserve some recognition and reward for their hard work and creativity in 2009. This is why I’ve decided to host The Most Adorable Kids Party Of 2009 contest, to reward deserving mums and party hostesses for a job well done.

most adorable judges

The winners will be chosen by five talented and adept  judges, who will carefully sift through all the entries, and discerningly choose The Most Adorable Party of 2009. There are three fabulous prizes to be won, by three deserving party hostesses.

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ALL the details about PRIZES and HOW TO ENTER your party into the contest can be found at the Creative Hostess Blog.

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Before you hop over there to enter the contest…check out this fabulous DIY party favor idea from Party Box Designs

This party favor is truly perfect for any cupcake inspired baby shower, birthday party, or even as a great little present! It works beautifully as a grouped center piece and as a party favor, saving you both time and money by giving it two party purposes!

Simply buy boxes of cake mix, shredded coconut, chocolate chip morsels and mason jars. Then divide your cake mix into 3rds and layer the remaining ingredients into your jars! You can then attach baking instructions to the backs of your party favor tags!

Your guests will be blown away by your creativity, and thankful for such a fabulous party favor!

Citrus Inspired Birthday Party

This Citrus Inspired Birthday Party was originally hosted by Carrie at Adventures of Gnomes and Penguin.
Citrus colors are bright and cheery. They are perfect for a party and using actual citrus for some of your decor is a simple and cost effective way to add some splash to your party.

Enjoy the party…..

Today was Gwen’s 2nd birthday party! I had a ton of fun planning it, and I think it turned out quite well! We had some great friends come to join us in celebrating, but I did not get any pictures of those friends. So thank you to the Claysons, Beth, Hickmans, and Ubertis! Gwen had a great time!

First I have to thank Joan at Bitsy Creations for the wonderful invitations that she did for me! She is super fast and does wonderful work! I love everything she does! She’s also a great friend of mine! Those blemishes are not her doing, I smudged out my address so its not on this public website.

From 2009

I made the sign myself!

From 2009

And I made this one – and the giant 2.

From 2009

Can’t forget to post the hanging chinese lanterns that Brian complained about every time he hit his head.

From 2009

Tiny details -

From 2009

Candy galore

From 2009

I made the cake, triple layer, vanilla, chocolate, vanilla with an orange buttercream frosting.

From 2009
From 2009

The whole spread.

From 2009

Homemade lemonade, grilled cheese and grilled cheese and tomato, cucumber sandwiches, and PB&J for the kids

From 2009

Homemade guacamole and store bought wraps (these were my least favorite thing)

From 2009

Birthday Girl!

From 2009

Excited big Sis!

Mr. Linky Monday – Party Ideas and Inspiration

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

  • Fairy & Princess
  • Valentine Brunch
  • First Birthday (girl)
  • Bling Baby Shower
  • Penguins (not madagascar or surf’s up)
  • Mermaid (not disney)
  • Circus
  • Parisian Bridal Shower
  • Mickey & Minnie
  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
  • Nautical Baby Shower
  • Arts & Crafts Party
  • Tween Spa Party
  • Boys 13th Birthday
  • Lamb Baby shower
  • Bat Mitzvah Luau
  • Garden or Tea Party



Football Inspired Co-ed Baby Shower

This Football inspired Co-ed Baby Shower was originally hosted by Amy from Tonality Designs.
I think Amy did a great job and making this party bright fun AND co-ed friendly. And as a former cheerleader….I love the pom poms for table centerpieces.

Enjoy this Co-ed Baby Shower…………

Who says a bridal shower has to be a formal tea or a baby shower has to be just for the girls? I say a party should not be shaped by rules but by the guest-of-honor and what will make her happy. With football season here and my Buckeye’s off to a fun, yet rocky start, I thought I’d post a couple of past showers I did that were both inspired by the guest-of-honor’s love of sports.

Shower-atypical-1 Shower-atypical-2 Shower-atypical-3

Party #1 is perfect for a college-football crazed bride. If you’re not familiar with the Ohio State/Michigan Rivalry or College Gameday this invite idea is going to go over your head, but I promise if you are familiar with them you will laugh just like the guests and bride-to-be did. See more pictures on our website.


Party #2 is a great idea for a couple’s baby shower. Guests were invited to a Baby Pep Rally and the Pom-Pom Pennant invite asked them to come prepared by wearing their favorite team colors.

Update! I found the original invite. Here’s the wording:

TEAM CAZARES is preparing to sign on a new recruit.

Join us at the BABY PEP RALLY to cheer on MICHELE and STEVEN as they get ready for the BABY DRAFT.

With their first round pick they are looking to score a healthy baby boy to round out their family’s team.

We have a strong feeling he’s going to be ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR.

Show your support by dressing in your favorite team colors.


Simple, yet appropriate, decorations were created with primary-color steamers, balloons, pom-poms and megaphones, all topped off with a “Baby Cazares is #1″ Pennant Banner. We also created a sports themed diaper cake that was a big hit with both the guys and gals at the party. And don’t forget the peanuts and crackerjacks. Now play ball!

Ladybug First Birthday Party

This Ladybug First Birthday Party was originally hosted by Tamara from the Morales Crew.
I absolutely love the fact that the theme is based on their daughter’s nickname. Super cute! All the little touches like the leaf garland on the fireplace just make it extra special and fun.

Enjoy Tamara’s Ladybug Party…..

We sometimes call Lily ‘Lilybug’ so it was fitting that we would have a ladybug party for her first birthday, but not just any kind of ladybugs.
Why of course they had to be pink & green little ladies! The invite, handmade by the Crew as we all helped a little bit with it.
Chepe got the design ready for me in Photoshop, I cut and assembled, Eden punched out & glued on the green spots, and Lily tried to help cut the ribbon with her teeth ;o)
Thank you to Uncle Chris & Aunt Lisa for letting us crash their place!
Pink & Green Ladybugs leading the way to the FUN!
Chepe helped me make a custom birthday banner with his “cutter machine” as like to call it, but really it is a QuicKutz Silhouette and it puts the Cricut Expression to shame! Funny how in our house Papa Bear is the crafty one. Notice I was over tired while assembling the banner and messed up on the name part. Oh well, it was too late to do anything about it since I noticed about 10 minutes before the party was set to start.
For refreshments we served raspberry lemonade with green sugar for the cup rims. Again, the sugar creation was due to a very creative Papa Bear & yet another one of his gadgets…the Magic Bullet.Thank you to PartyPops for these custom stickers. They were too cute and perfect for the water & favor labels.
Leaf signs above the refreshment table.
Happy 1st Birthday Lily! ~ Party Time. Lily is one! ~ Thank you for celebrating with us!
The birthday girl’s special chair for the day.
I painted the ladybugs to match the labels and attached them to giant leaves from Cost Plus. A special thank you to the very nice cashier who gave me an awesome deal on the leaves!!!
Smash cake ladybug for Lily & flower cupcakes for the guests. Yes, I actually baked, with help from Chepe yet again, and made the smash cake. The cupcakes were jazzed up store bought green ones that I added a sugar flower to in order to make them cute, cute and fit the theme. I am all about the theme when it comes to a party…can you tell?
Lily’s favorite part was the hostess cupcake.
Kids table with a ladybug centerpiece
Special pink ladybug decoration that big sissy Eden made for the party.
Eden was so cute and thoughtful in wanting to contribute to the decor. I have to give it to her she stayed on theme. She drew the pink ladybug about four days before the party and made sure that it did not get erased or messed up all that time. She was so proud to help decorate for her little sissy’s birthday party.
Leaf banner for the mantel with some friendly ladybugs
Lots & lots of food.
Told you there was a lot of food.
To decorate the buffet I used ladybug beads that were custom made from another wonderful seller on Esty.
I plan to make each of the girls a necklace with the beads now that the party is over.
Silly string favors.
‘Thank you for coming to Silly Lily’s 1st Birthday Party’
Get it…silly string :o)
The Birthday Girl
A special thank you to Sweet Couture for custom making both Lily’s birthday onsie and Eden’s matching big sister shirt for the party. They matched everything perfectly! Honestly, without the wonderful sellers on Etsy I could never have pulled this party off.
Present opening time brought lots of wonderful things for Lily to enjoy. Lily especially loved Eden’s gift to her of a little Tiger wearing a t-shirt that she was able to design. Lily would not put ‘Tiger Bear’ down the rest of the time and he is still a favorite friend at home.
Thank you to everyone for your thoughtfulness!
Cake time!

Lily loved her cake, but did not like her messy hands much.

Thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes to our Lilybug and to those of you who were able to share in her special day. We are blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives.

Birthday hugs!

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