Look What She Won…

I did a giveaway awhile back for a free custom party invitation and just wanted to show you what I created for the winner:


Check out the valentine party post just previously posted! (I was REALLY late getting it up today. Sorry)

Valentine Party

Oh my! I forgot to post last night! Sorry this one is coming at you late in the day!
This valenine’s day party comes to us from Save the Date Cupcakes
Chocolate Buttercream Cupcakes with Nonpareil Heart toppers
Marshamallow Peeps dipped in Chocolate and Valentine Sprinkles
Mason Jars filled with Large Conversation Hearts and Marshamallows
Finger Foods
Pink Lemonade

Enjoy this yummy treat……..

Since my anniversary is on Valentine’s Day, we (my husband and I) usually try and go away some place that doesn’t involve kids;o) So we had a early Valentine’s Day party this past weekend! I don’t feel too bad since I’m already seeing EASTER stuff out on the shelves!!! I’m sure I’ll be doing more baking and crafting with the kids as we get closer to Valentine’s Day, but we sure had fun this past weekend!
Mason jars filled with sugar coated marshmallows and large Conversation Hearts
Love these Heart Peeps dipped in chocolate and sprinkles!
Cute packaging for the Heart Peeps and Cupcakes
Take home bags

*Most everything was DIY and very inexpensive! I got lots of stuff from the dollar bin at Michaels. I’ll post more detailed pictures and a tutorial on rose topiary soon!

Sweet Treat – My First Printable!

I thought it would be fun to create a valentine printable for ya’ll. So here is my very first printable that I’m sending out with LOVE to all you party girls!

It’s for Valentine Cupcake Toppers. <---click link to left to open pdf file.

Here is a preview: (print and enjoy!)


And if you have some valentines day party and sweet treat inspiration for us then please link up below:

A Mini Feature for Monday

I’m rockin’ the mini feature today!  So have fun while you simply click to hop from party to party!!


The first party is a girly farm inspired theme and was originally hosted by Julie from In Good Company.  There are two party posts on her blog that showcase this fun party. Post one & Post two. Enjoy!


This next party is a bright colored Mickey Mouse Birthday party for a one year old boy. The original party post can be viewed on Debbie’s blog All About O.

Check out this super cute Cupcake party that was originally posted by Che from the Accord Announcements.

This Backyard Homemade Tea Party comes to us from Laura at Piece of Cake. Complete with a stawberry shortcake Cake and lots of fairy princess goodies!

Well that should be sufficient to get your party juices flowing! Hope you had fun party hopping and got lots of fun ideas.

Mr. Linky Monday

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

  • Sex and the City
  • 80th Surprise party
  • Man’s 40th Birthday (no golf, fishing, hunting)
  • Roller Skating
  • Construction
  • Princess & Knights
  • Vintage 1st Birthday
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Mediterranean Cruise
  • Vintage / Modern Baby Shower
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Minnie Mouse
  • 30th Birthday – Basketball
  • Trains – not Thomas
  • Zoo Birthday
  • Wintery Birthday
  • Winnie the Pooh (girl)
  • Dalmations
  • Cowboy/Western
  • Princess Jasmine
  • Frogs or Reptiles
  • Fairy Party Invitaions
  • Abby Cadabby
  • Dr. Suess Cat in the Hat
  • Cake Boss (girl)
  • Music and Art themed Barmitzvah



Clothing Swap Party

This Clothing Swap Party was originally hosted by Christi from P is for Party.
Hey, who isn’t feeling the sting of the recession? So a clothing swap is a great idea and a great reason to get together with all your favorite gal pals!

Enjoy the Clothing Swap…..

A few weeks ago, I hosted a clothing swap at my house and a great time was had by all. Friends were invited to mix and mingle and enjoy a cocktail or two while they “shopped” for items donated by friends with similar styles. Not only was it an excuse for good friends to get together, but it was an opportunity to lend a hand to The Salvation Army. Leftover clothing was donated to the annual style show luncheon put on by the organization. There are many pictures to share, so get ready…

These ottomans served as inspiration for the invitations and all of the paper goods to follow.

The play area for my kids was transformed into a boutique style atmosphere.

As guests entered the house, they grabbed a card from the tree. Inside was a number which let them know when it was their turn to swap.

Yummy spiked pink lemonade was the drink of the afternoon.

The girls grabbed guilt-free meringues as they left the party.
The current economy is hard on us all and this was a small, but wonderful opportunity for a group of girls to update their wardrobe without spending a penny!
All images by photographer Ellen Johnson
The paper goodies were made by Hayley Hardcastle

A Pirate Party fit for a GIRL!

This Pirate Party for Girls was originally hosted by Jenny from Listen to this…
It’s always fun to get pirate party submissions and open them up and see GIRLS!   Love the walk the plank game.  Too fun!
Enjoy this pirate party…..
Hazel’s Big Day came with much anticipation!  We have been planning her Pirate Party for some time now, it was so exciting for the day to finally be here!

We set out early to decorate the yard pirate style!  We added nets to the play structure and flags and balloons everywhere.

We even found a Dora Pirate ship earlier this week….
I made pirate bandanas and sashes for all the pirate guests, as well as eyepatches.

Hazel was so excited, trying out the plank while waiting for her friends to arrive.

Once the girls got there they immediatly made up games on the plank, the kids at the end were the alligators!
Such sweet little pirates!
We had a game of pin the treasure on the X.
Look closely,  I think they may have been peeking!!  Sweet little Willa wanted to play too, she was the only one who didn’t know how to peek.
Next we played a treasure spoon race with golden coins.
Lastly the kids followed picture clues all around the yard to find the hidden treasure!
The kids had fun playing around the yard as well.  They seemed to be making up mostly pirate themed games…although I did hear them referring to themselves as “pirate princesses”!
We made treasure boxes with little shells in the lid, they were very pleased with how pretty they were.
They also got to fill their boxes up with treasure jewels.
We had a yummy lunch of pirate ship hot dogs and watermelon (and of course cheetos!).
For dessert we had pirate birthday cupcakes!

After lunch Hazel opened the gifts her friends had bought her, so fun!
The last activity was the pinata….it took them nearly 25 minutes of beating with a stick to get it to finally break open…and that was after Branden finally took a few swings at it!  Unfortunatly all that hitting broke most of the candy to bits.  Fortunatly most of the kids found this hilarious!
Willa didn’t like the noise from the pinata hitting!
I’m so happy my little Hazel had such a fun day with her friends!  Happy 5th Birthday Hazel!

Parties that Move – Trains & Race Car Birthdays

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I’ve got two parties for your viewing pleasure today and they are both themes that would thrill any little boy in your life….Trains and Race Cars.
This Thomas the Train Birthday party was originally hosted by Keisha from Cupcakes and Wishes.

Enjoy the Train Birthday…..

On to the second party which was on Sunday.  I did a banner, party hats, placemat, napkin rings, treat bags and some fun cut outs for a Thomas and Friends birthday party.  I also created a standing cardboard ‘Thomas’ as a prop for the party.
I just used my computer and a page protector (I hid the hole rings tab with some tape so it didn’t show).
The placesettings were very simple and you can see my napkin ring and the finished placemat here.  You can also see the party hats – Mom wanted something very simple so I just did solid color cone hats and we put them out on the kids table next to the place settings.
Here are the treat bags (full of ‘I’m going to regret this in 20 minutes’ candy).  I created a tag using cut out circles and some Thomas and Friends stickers and tied them with a fun ribbon.
Here’s a picture of the cardboard Tomas prop that I created.  We used the top of the train to put the treats on.  We placed it on the gift table and handed them out at the end of the party when the birthday boy finished opening his gifts.  Notice the Railroad Crossing sign, someone made a comment that we must be from the south because all the railroad crossing signs are upside down.  LOL
These are just a couple more pictures from the party where I set up.

This next party was for a little NASCAR lover. This Race Car birthday party was originally hosted by Vanessa from Seriously.

Enjoy this NASCAR birthday party…

Matthan loves race cars, so that’s exactly what he wanted to do for his 3rd birthday party.  He chose two of his favorite NASCAR drivers, Jimmy Johnson and Kasey Kahne (he has their toy cars) as the main attraction for the party – Jimmy Johnson cake and Kasey Kahne piñata – the boy knows what he wants!

I found the perfect invitation (that just happened to match the blue and red of the chosen race cars, whoo!) . . .

We ordered the birthday cake and cupcakes from the fabulous Holly (who also made his first and second birthday cake) and were not disappointed.  Her cakes  always look amazing and are incredibly delicious!

We had boxes ready for each of the kids to make their own race car.  They chose a number and “decals” to decorate their cars with, then our helpers (my wonderful nieces) helped put their tires on their cars.

Before they could head to the race track, they had to make a pit stop to tighten their tires and gas up their cars!

We planned on having some racing events, but had a few freak outs due to the many adults staring at them (I guess I can understand that).  Thankfully, at the end of the party (and after getting some sugar from the cake) they all went back outside and ran around the track while the adults chatted inside.

The party ended with a Mexican tradition (Matthan is 25% Mexican after all).

Everyone got to hit the piñata, then we had to have our friend David finish it off so the candy would fall out! These Mexican piñatas are very well made! : )

The kiddos each got a bag to put their candy in and took that, and their race car, home as their party favors.

The party was so much fun and a big success (thanks Megs for all your help).  So thankful for all our friends and family who came and showered Matthan with lots of love on his special day.  And, to make things even better, he did get to “drive” the race car like he wanted to when it first arrived! : )

Hungary Caterpillar Birthday Party

This Hungary Caterpillar Birthday Party was originally hosted by Grey is the New Black.
I really love seeing parties that are inspired by children’s books. It’s just such a fun way to bring the book to life or your child and a great reminder down the road what book your child loved at that age.

Enjoy this Hungary Caterpillar Birthday…..

Our very dear friends, Michael and Meghan, recently moved back to Memphis after a 2-year stint in Boulder, Colorado. To say that we missed them is an understatement, but what we really missed was seeing their little guy, Grant, in his first year. When we got word that they were moving back into town last month, Meghan and I went into full-party-planning mode. Grant’s 1st birthday was just 2 weeks after they got back from Colorado, so Meghan asked if I would help her plan, since she, as you can imagine, had her hands full. And me being me, I took over (with her permission of course!). The party was inspired by this cake that I found online. I was sure that I could replicate it and save tons of money, so I decided to take it on.
Plus, who doesn’t love that book? Even my sister, who hates to read, told me that it was her favorite book in the library as a kid.
The party was held at her brother and sister-in-law’s house yesterday afternoon and I think it was a huge success!

I was inspired to use astroturf as the tablecloth by the lovely ladies at Southern Event Planners, they used it on a football themed table at a wedding and I just thought it was adorable and perfect for this theme, so I bought a 6×8 piece at Home Depot and we cut it to fit the tables that we used.

I had Mommy Meghan make those “caterpillar” fruit skewers out of green grapes and strawberries and they turned out adorable.

I scanned the food pictures directly from the book, blew them up, and them glued them to cardboard and used an Xacto knife to cut them out.

I had some leftover butcher paper from Greyson’s 1st Birthday, so I hand-painted this sign for Mr. Grant.

The favors were gummy worms of course! I used Publisher on my computer to print the tags out onto sticker paper and them closed the bags with those.

I actually tackled the smash cake as well. Meg wanted him to have an apple smash cake, since that it what the caterpillar eats in the book. The stem is pipe cleaner and the leaf is scrapbook paper.

I thought that the cupcake cake turned out awesome! The trick was decorator icing, which is firmer and stood up better. I think I used 30 cupcakes and then a 6 inch cake pan for the head. The base is cardboard cake boards taped together and covered in butcher paper that I painted with the legs, antenna, etc.

I had a genius idea one day to make one of those banners that are so expensive on Etsy, out of leftover paper plates that I had hanging out from the many, many parties that we have had over the years. I painted the backs of the plates with tempera paint and then printed out the letters on my printer and glued them to it. Then I punched holes for the antenna and legs and strung them together with ribbon.

Our lantern caterpillar..probably the easiest idea ever and it turned out so cute.

to see more pictures of Grant’s Hungary Caterpillar party visit the original party post.

Lollipop First Birthday Party

This Lollipop First Birthday Party was originally hosted by Stephanie from Richter-ology.
There are plenty of sweet details to notice about this party. I love the way she used the paper lanterns to make the “big candy” for decor! So creative.

In her submission Stephanie mentioned that her lollipop theme was inspired by TomKat Studios. (just wanted to give her a shout out for the inspiration!)

Enjoy this lollipop party……

Our sweet little Madeleine is turning one on Tuesday and we celebrated her lollipop party today. I truly had a blast making her invitations, decor and creating a candy shop in our home! Everything turned out really “sweet”! I think that everyone had a great time.

Madeleine’s lollipop invitation and cupcake toppers that read: “m”, “madeleine’s sweet shop” and “madeleine”. Big pieces of candy made from paper lanterns, clear wrapping paper and ribbon.

Madeleine’s Sweet Shop Door Sign and handmade giant lollipops created out of paper plates, paper, wood dowels, cellophane & ribbon!

The console table in our entryway which included a Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday to You book which we had everyone sign. The homemade birthday hat and favors made from Madeleine’s baby food bottles.

Cupcake stand, marshmallow pops inspired by Bakerella, and fruit on lollipop sticks!

Our little princess all dressed up in her birthday outfit from Dandy Lion Designs .

The candy buffet which was a BIG hit!

We had a balloon entertainer for the kiddos which they really seemed to enjoy.


Don’t forget to view the previous post to link up for Mr. Linky Monday to see everybodies amazing party ideas!

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. http://www.uglydolls.com/ 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



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