Summer Surf Party…oh and a Water WAR!

Hello Party Girls! It’s me, Shannon your Creative Party Place Hostess. Today I’m actually sharing one of my own parties. It was my son’s birthday party at the end of the summer. I went with a Summer Surf Party Theme. It ended up being too cold to swim. So I luckily found an amazing deal on large water guns…and I decided to expand my surf themed party into an all out water war. With 10 little boys…who could go wrong!! And thanks to my hubby’s smart thinking of adding a hot water to the outside hose bib…it was totally bearable. I even joined in and got COMPLETELY soaked (sorry no pics of that!)

Enjoy my Surf Party…..







Here are some pics of making the surfboards:













Pretty Pony Birthday Party

This Pretty Ponty Birthday Party was originally hosted by Kathryn & Ashleigh from Bee in Our Bonnet
I think if we all remember back to our childhood we all wanted a pony for our birthday or for Christmas at some point in our lives. I wonder where I thought the pony would live. My backyard most certainly would not have been a suitable home! So I think the second best thing to a real pony…would be a pony party! And this purple and pink pony party that Kathryn and Ashleigh put together is quite fabulous!

Please enjoy their Pretty Pony Birthday Party….

Camille wanted a pony party based on a pink and purple cake here in Family Fun. In my search for ideas all I could find was western, cowboy etc pony parties. That’s not what my girly girl four year old wanted. So, the pretty pony party evolved.

The invitation which is not my favorite, but I made with paper and fabric on hand so, bonus.


I looked on the internet for hobby horses to buy, I really did. But, they weren’t pretty. So I met Karen on this video series here and it looked so fun, I officially had a bee in my bonnet to make 12 pretty pony hobby horses.


It’s not that I regret that decision but you should probably start on the project sooner than two days before the party. It will make your husband happier.

The party guests arrived and put on “pony tails.”


Then they chose their pretty pony, they were all a little different and then they chose a pony name like “Buttercup” “Fancy” “Magic Star” etc and we attached their tag.


We went outside with our ponies to play games like “Pony, Pony, Horse” instead of “Duck, Duck, Goose,” “Mother May I” (Mother may I take three pony gallops, two clip clops, one pony leap etc), and then just pranced around like a pretty pony should.

Then the party guest arived at the Pretty Pony Beauty Shop where I had all sorts of little clips, bells, curling ribbon on barrettes, feathers etc out for them to fancy up their pony by decorating their yarn manes. I put out Camille’s pretend makeup kit from Build A Bear, too. I cracked up when the little girl whose mom is a hairdresser actually did a really cute hairdo for her pony.



Then we had our pretty pony cake and presents.

Then the girls went home with their pony and their Adoption Certificate. I had to convince a few of them that they could actually keep their ponies. Apparently I’m not usually that nice.


Making those ponies did almost put me over the edge but considering that was all I had to do for games, activities, and favors, it was worth it. The purple fabric wasn’t my first choice but it fit the budget and the ponies only ended up being about 5 dollars each. I would like to thank the academy… oh, I mean Dave for cutting my dowels, Dad for bringing the circular saw over to my house and helping me score the dowels, my hubby for painting all the dowels pink, my oldest for helping my curl loads of curling ribbon, Ash for making me (I mean encouraging me to) post this party, and my kids for watching me make the yarn manes and telling me they were cool, it helped ease the pain. Happy Birthday little Camille!

Mr. Linky Monday – Party Theme Ideas

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

  • Boys Baseball
  • Kid’s Tea Party
  • Jungle Safari
  • Transformers
  • Robots
  • Magic Party
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Christmas Eve Party
  • Slumber Party
  • Candyland
  • Sports
  • Cupcakes
  • Golf
  • Trains
  • Polar Express for Family Christmas Party
  • 50th Wedding Anniversary



Upcycled Baby Gifts – RushArtistry Etsy Shop

I have a friend from church who recently opened an etsy shop. She creates what she calls “upcycled” products. She takes things like used baby onesies that are in very good condition and turns them into something new and fabulous! Not to mention totally unique and environmentally friendly.
Please take some time to hop on over to Rush Artistry Etsy shop to see these fabulous upcycled baby items. They would make a great gift for the next little baby arriving in your life or the life of a friend!

here is a little sneaky peek….




Construction Birthday Party

This Construction Themed Birthday Party was originally hosted by Heidi from Blue Eyed Blessings.
I suggest you STOP and take a look at this party! I think you will really DIG all the little details and see how this party was BUILT!

Enjoy Heidi’s Construction party…..

This is all about fun, fun, fun!! Austin’s 2nd birthday was on Monday and we celebrated his special day over the weekend with family and friends. I love party planning, so this one was quite the tackle to get it all complete to my liking without going overboard…not only with my sanity, but the pocket book, too! I think I’ve said this before, but when I plan a party I tend to put a lot more time and effort into it than money. It’s a little stressful, but it’s worth it! And I really do enjoy the small little details. Another tip is that I start planning far in advance and that way I’m on the lookout for the added touches to the party and “collect” things as I go along, looking for things on sale. It doesn’t seem so overwhelming if I were to wait until the last minute. This year’s theme was CONSTRUCTION! Boy, was this a fun birthday party to tackle!!


(a picture for each month of his 2nd year)
The best part? I re-used his birthday banner from his monkey party last year by simply taking off the letters. Gotta love when you can re-use something you’ve already put a lot of hard work into! (I pretty much save everything that I can see a re-use for!)

I love having that extra “wow” factor when the guests walk through the door. The cones I found a month or so prior to the party in the Dollar Spot at Target. I added a group of balloons, caution tape that I found at a party store…

…a “Party Area” sign in the flowers, and…

…I swiped one of Austin’s trucks to add some more fun!


I couldn’t help but add these party signs to my Celebrate Express order (I had a $5 off coupon!) when I orderd the cutest construction plates and napkins (see below). The greatest part about this sign was that the food table was just underneath and I used it to alert people to not hit their heads on the chandelier. Ths signs included “Party Area” (with the front porch decorations), “Yield”, “Stop” (seen with the birthday banner), and “Construction Area”


This is always one of my favorite things to do! This year, I bought Home Depot tool belts (only $.77 each!) and wrote each of the kids’ names on the front, added a Tonka truck coloring book that I found at Michaels for $1.00 each (I snagged every last one and couldn’t believe I had hit the jackpot!), some construction stickers (purchased with the plates to match!), and an orange colored fruit roll up.

The note attached said,
“So glad you came and joined the crew,
To celebrate Austin turning two!”

I even set out some construction colored candies and baggies that the guests could fill up and take home for some on the go goodies. What a great time of year for a construction party…Halloween candy (orange, yellow, and black)!!

I love decking out the food table with the little details. On the menu? Build your own sub sandwich, fruit salad, veggies and dip, chips (orange colored by the way!), and soda pop in yellow, orange, and black! I even found orange disposable cups!

The pasta salad was even made with wheels!

Each of the kids got a lunch bag filled with a juice box, bag of chips, applesauce, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was fun to pass out the lunches. Many of my friends had to leave early, so the kids got to grab their lunches to go!

Cupcakes are so easy to have for a party treat! And I love decorating them. This year was extra fun!! I colored the construction worker, added an orange sign that said “A” or “2″. Then I used crushed up Oreo cookies for piles of dirt. I realized that it needed something else, so thank goodness I had bought a small truck set at Target for only $5.99 that came with mini cones, signs, trees, and small trucks. Perfect! This was one of our gifts to Austin and so it was fun to use as decoration, too! The truck to the left is another one I swiped from the play room.

I also served cookie crunch ice cream to represent the “dirt” in the ice cream. Aren’t those plates and napkins so cute? And the yellow silverware…I found on Target clearance!

For entertainment, I had four stations set up in the backyard (thank goodness for beautiful September weather!). Each station was marked with a sign…creating station (Play Doh), building station (foam blocks), digging station (trucks and pea gravel), and break time (a bouncy house I borrowed from my sister and brother-in-law…what a hit!)

I think everyone had a great time and the party was a success! It was a lot of fun being able to celebrate our “little man” turning 2 years old with family and friends and tackling yet another year!!

Autumn Inspired Shower

This Autumn Inspired Shower was originally hosted by Marsha’s Mpressions.
Here’s another post to give you some inspiration for your upcoming fall festivities. Marsha has put together a very beautiful table flooded with the colors of Autumn.

Enjoy Marsha’s Autumn Inspired party….

WOW! I don’t know about you, but it’s been a crazy, busy week for us. Our little grandson had surgery, but, thank God, he is doing well. I haven’t had time to post or visit anyone much this week, but I did want to show you the fall bridal shower table after we added the food and made a few changes.

If you follow my blog (and if you don’t, you should, hehe!), you would have seen the table after I set it, but before the food was placed on it. To catch up, you can see the previous post here.
You may have noticed I changed the centerpiece from before. I thought it would be nice to have fresh flowers.
Be sure to check out a future post and I’ll show you how I put these burlap filled daisy arrangements together.

Remember the tiered cake plates? Here they are with a variety of cupcakes including One Perfect Bite’s Pumpkin Cupcakes.

And here’s the chocolate covered pretzels I told you about. Got the idea from Cozy Kitchen by the Sea and Our Family Attic.

Do you remember the pumpkin dip recipe I gave you? Here it is, served with green and red apples and gingersnaps.

Mixed nuts with candy corn mixed in.

I served an Autumn Spiced Punch from the kitchen bar. I’d love to share this recipe and how I made the ice ring with you in a later post.

And here’s a view of the whole table before we gobbled it up. :) We arranged the gifts in another room on top of our piano.

What Would You Do? Nautical Baby Shower



I’ve come up with a new idea to help you party girls inspire others AND get inspired! It’s kind of fun to just throw a theme idea out there and ask…What Would You Do? So many of us will just never have a chance to throw a party for every theme out there. But we still have good ideas to share…so WHY NOT?

So, please leave a comment and tell us what you would do and what great ideas you have or have seen for a Nautical Baby Shower!

I’m excited to hear what ya’ll come up with!

Vintage Circus Party Theme

This Vintage Circus Party was originally hosted by I Love Parties.
Ideas for a Circus Party Theme is a continuous request that I get her on Creative Party Place. So when I saw this submission I was excited to share it with ya’ll. There is plenty of inspiration!

Enjoy this Vintage Circus Party from I Love Parties…..
{hint: click on each pic to see them larger!}

In May this year, my son and I had a combined Christening and 1st Birthday (him) and 30th Birthday (me…obviously). He and I share a Birthday which means double the party fun for the next couple of years (while I can still get away with it).
The theme was vintage circus – the perfect theme to cover all age groups.
The room was decorated with colourful banners, vintage circus posters and a “homemade” big top (long strips of calico and lots of red paint!).
The tables were decorated with red and white striped table runners, tin toys, circus megaphones and bunches of red, yellow, blue, green and white balloons.
Brown kraft paper favour bags were decorated with variety of ribbons and filled with old fashioned lollies (including large jaffas, sherbet bombs, bananas, bullseyes, conversation hearts and lollipops) and some red “Admit One” tickets.
We set up a fairy floss, peanut and popcorn stand for people to help themselves. The peanut and popcorn bags were from etsy.
We had the meal catered, and it was a lovely BBQ with fresh salads and bread. I printed signs for the “Big Top Bar” and “Big Top Buffet”. The kids ate fairy bread, cheese sandwiches and cupcakes with clown toppers and drank ice cream sodas.
I found a beautiful vintage clown doll on eBay that I propped up on the cake table.
Almost all the supplies for this party are now available at I Love Parties (
It was a brilliant day and I had a great time organising it. I just hope everyone had as nice time…

Party Hop for Great Party Theme Ideas

The first stop on this Party theme hop is at Mommy Mogul. She’s got two great themes for you to take a look at…

Safari party

dillon safari 001

Spy Party

spy invitation

Next let’s fly on over to Stories from a Crazy Mom for a Peter Pan Party

When you are done soaring then inch your way over to this Hungry Catepillar themed birthday from Life with the Rich’s…

Have fun party hopping! Don’t forget that there is more to see for each party, so be sure to click on through to see ALL the party details on each post.

Enchanted Garden Fairy Party Birthday Theme

This Enchanted Garden Fairy Birthday Party was originally hosted by the Gala Girlies.
The word “Enchated” conjours up a lot of fairytale like images in a girls mind. The Gala Girlies certainly put together that lives of to several of those images. Any little girl would be thrilled to get dressed up like a fairy and attend this garden party!

Enjoy the Gala Girlies party and please visit their original post to see more details.

garden party table setting

enchanted garden fairy birthday party tableenchanted fairy garden party

Mr. Linky Monday

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

  • Baseball 1st Birthday
  • 80′s Themed party for 16 yr. old girls
  • 1st Birthday – Boy
  • Creative Modern Baby Shower
  • Yo Gabba Gabba
  • I-Spy Party
  • Hello Kitty Birthday
  • Fireman Birthday – 2 yr. old
  • Power Rangers – 4 yr. old
  • Elf Theme
  • 30th Birthday
  • Housewarming / We’ve Moved Party
  • Colorful 1st Birthday
  • Flamingo Luau
  • Three Musketeers
  • John Deere Tractor Party
  • Circus Party
  • Vintage Mickey Mouse – 4 yr. old
  • Elmo Party
  • Where the Wild things Are
  • Mardi Gras



Weekend Shout Outs!

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Rubber Ducky Birthday Party

This Pretty Rubber Ducky Birthday was originally hosted by Susan from Just Baking.
If you are looking for some sweet ideas for a rubber ducky party then you’ve come to the right place. Susan put together some really adorable options. That cake is simply fabulous and the whole table setting is just so bright and cute!

Enjoy Susan’s Rubber Ducky Theme….

I have been so busy these past two weeks!But first i want to show you the 1st Birthday party i helped with on Sunday!
I made the Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies, Party Boxes, Pom POms!
!!It was full of PRETTINESS and HAPPINESS!

I enjoyed it soooo much! Everything was adorable!!
Have a Darling day!

A Birthday fit for a Prince

This Knights, Princes, and Dragons Birthday was originally hosted by the Thorton Family over at Life After We Do’s.
Oh that little prince would make any princess swoon. He is stinkin’ adorable! And his birthday party complete with a dragon cake and capes is just as cute! I love all the little details with the shirt and the flag banners. It’s all just so much fun and so well done!

Enjoy the Thorton Family’s party….

I started planning Darrian’s party back in Jan. because I wanted to do something I had not seen before, and I wanted lots of time to pull it together. I was thinking of doing pirates, but I see pirate parties all over the web right now so I thought maybe something like prince or knights. I wanted a cute kid element to it, since D is only two. I thought a cute dragon would do the trick. Once I had the ideas the rest fell into place. I was lucky enough to use talented people from Etsy to bring the ideas to life. I was really happy with how it all came together, and the kids had a great time. I hope it was fun and memorable….now a few months of rest before starting the next one. Just kidding I promised Keith to not go AS big next year (yea right).

Here are some detail shots of the party..

main table: had the cape favors, favor boxes, the cake, framed invite, and table runner that matched many of the other decorations (pendants, D’s shirt), and a framed picture of D.

The cake was amazing and matched the runner and colors perfectly!

Cake and the invite, the dragon on the cake inspired from the one on the invite.

Centerpieces had necklaces and coins overflowing, ribbon that matched the photo banner and the dragon from the invite.

gold coins on the table runner

favor boxes, I left these opened and unfilled we had a pinata and these were used to carry the pinata treats home.

Favors that my friend Lisa helped me make, these are the girl capes and were SO cute on the kids. Also had the dragon favor tag on it.

Invite…LOVED it

table set up

I wanted two pendant’s like you have at castles, I originally thought paper one’s but the girl who made the banner recommended her friend who did them in fabric. I really loved how the came out. The fabric matched the table runners and D’s shirt.

The whole set up with the pendants and the banner…


Instead of party hat’s I had crowns made for the kids, in three colors and with the 2 and two dragons on them.

Darrian’s special crown

Something I actually made :) A photo banner with a picture from each month from age 1 to 2.

The Castle :)

The photo banner

The custom pinata filled with play dough, jewels (ring pops & necklaces), and treats.
We had cupcakes for the kids with cool crown toppers.

Lingerie Bachelorette Party

This Lingerie Shower was originally hosted by Sugar Mama from the James Junk
When I opened up this post and saw those paper bras and panties I just about died!  Seriously they are just too cute and too fabulous.  What a great idea!
Enjoy Sugar Mama’s Lingerie Bachelorette Party………….
I had the honor of co-hosting my sweet friend Amanda’s lingerie shower. I had the most fun time making decorations and putting it together with Emily! We played lots of fun games and Amanda got a bunch of fun goodies!

Lots of candles and you can never go wrong with labels!!
A handmade sign to add to the feeling of the night…
This lingerie garland greeted the guests in the foyer!
These were the lingerie cookies that had cute little tags that say “Love” on them…

Bride to be chair
The mantle with garland and brown bags that I decorated with cute lingerie and candles, along with some brown and blue tulle.

We flanked the drink table with balloons…

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