Giveaway Winner – Custom Party Invitation

Well I had people leave comments on the giveaway page and the secondary post.  So I listed each entry in chronological order and then did random.org.  the number that came up was 9 and that means that Vanessa from Seriously is the winner.

Congratulations Vanessa! Email me at creativepartygirl@gmail.com to claim your prize! Can’t wait to create your custom invite for you! Super excited to hear the theme and all the details!

Under the Sea – Ocean Party

This Under the Sea party was originally hosted by Tiffany from Hello Birdie–Meet Your Maker.
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There really are some fun and creative ideas for an ocean themed birthday. I really love all the different ways that streamers were utilized. Those jelly fish are so cool! And you really do get the feeling you are under water. You really must check out the octopus cupcakes. The are super fun!

Enjoy Tiffany’s party under the sea…

Props to Mish for the paper creatures donning all the walls (and for whipping up desserts), Kyle for obeying my frazzled commands all day, and Kjerstin for coming up with great ideas for pretty much everything, and for making most of the food while we were otherwise occupied. This party would not have been pulled off without her, especially since she was the one who convinced me to substantially reduce the extravagance and number of crafts and activities. I need that sometimes.

Ellie woke up before Erik and when she saw the decorated walls, it was seriously almost better than Christmas to her. Kjerstin was still asleep on the couch so Elle couldn’t go wild with delight, but all morning she couldn’t stop hugging and kissing me and Kyle and telling us how beautiful the room looked. Also, I think she was just amazed that we were actually out of bed with her that early in the morning.

The shark-faced tent was used for a rendition of Musical Chairs. While the music played, the kids climbed in the shark’s mouth and some of them we could even get to climb out the back. When the music stopped, whoever was still inside the shark’s mouth was OUT! But “out” meant you got a shark gummi, so the “winner” of the game was really the loser because he was the last one to get a gummi shark. I don’t think he noticed, though.

Then we headed to the ponds for some old-fashioned fishing, but we probably should’ve tried this game out prior to the party so we would’ve known that being in water makes the fish impossible to procure via magnet-to-paper clip. At least some kids got to splash around and saturate their clothes, though.


After dancing to Reggae in the midst of bubbles, we headed inside for an oceanic feast consisting of the following: -seashells and sand (shell pasta and parmesan) -ocean scene bagels (with blue cream cheese and goldfish crackers) -octopus hot dogs (bottom part sliced into eight pieces before being boiled, and these looked Deee-sgusting but were a big hit with the kids, who don’t know what hot dogs are made of, although do any of us, really?) -ocean scene jello cups (Swedish fish suspended in blue jello topped with a whipped cream wave) -blue punch with fish-shaped ice cubes -other ocean animal-shaped crackers and snacks –and just in case the moms were concerned that their kids hadn’t devoured enough sugar, we topped off the feast with …

octopus cupcakes, which miraculously turned out pretty cute and even look like octopi, I think. Just ask Mish how octopi they were looking at 9pm the night before and you’ll see why this I consider a true miracle.

In all honesty, I don’t think Erik understood that this was his birthday party, or what a birthday is anyway, but “Happy Birthday” is one of his very most favorite songs and he does pretend to blow out candles on a regular basis, and witnessing the surprised delight on his face when everyone broke out in song in his honor and clapped when he blew out the candles, well, it made the almost unreasonable amount of time and energy I put into this party completely worth it.

This was not the first nor last time I turned around to see Ellie’s cheeks stuffed with gummi worms. Unlike the other times, in this instance there was no guilt (or concern that she’d have to spit them out) in her eyes.

The coolest game was not a game at all, technically, but I guess getting stung by paper jellyfish is pretty hilarious to toddlers. I don’t think I’m ever going to take them down, either, because it’s humor has not yet worn off on Erik.

Erik got some really great presents from friends and then we distributed the I Spy bags I made for party favors. Forgot to photograph those so I’ll post it next time. All in all, the party was a huge success. I still can’t believe that with nine toddlers and two babies, we completely avoided catastrophe. The house wasn’t even trashed at the end of it. My endurance was, though. I just felt so grateful, relieved, and exhausted that the party was over and that it went so well.

Instead of taking the afternoon nap I desperately needed, though, I embarked on my next big project: preparing this home and family for Charlie’s arrival! After picking up a dresser in Salt Lake, we stopped at Temple Square and admired the gorgeous landscaping. Perhaps it is their short life span that makes sightings special, but something about tulips always takes my breath away. They make me happier than any other flower (except the hand-picked bouquets of dandelions the kids give me).

Kjerstin couldn’t stay for Erik’s party but later she brought over the adorable gifts she made him, as if she doesn’t do enough for my kids in the first place. Erik finally has his own apron, with a bonus chef’s hat and super cute felt hamburger and chips set, all handmade, of course. I have trained her well. =) (J/k, she’s way better than me.)

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Win a FREE Custom Party Invitation!

****Giveaway Deadline Extended****

This giveaway is hosted by me, Shannon – your Creative Party Place Hostess. AKA: EightCrazy Design.
The prize is for a Custom Party Invitation. This will be a graphic invitation and will not include any photographs. This invitation will be created by me and a pdf file will be emailed to you for you to print at home, cut out and mail to your party guests.

Here are some samples of invitations I’ve done:

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Pinkalicious Birthday Party

Alright before I dive into today’s party….Don’t ya’ll want to win the free custom party invitation? Have you clicked on the ad up above to enter the giveaway? What are you waiting for? Get clicking!
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This Pinkalicious Birthday Party was originally hosted by Leslie from Along the Road.
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Ok, who remembers the movie Sixteen Candles? Remember the sister’s wedding with pink Pink and MORE PINK? Well Leslie knows how to do pink and she totally makes it PINKALICOUS! This party is every little girls dream.

Enjoy Leslie’s Party….


Pink party lanterns and Martha Stewart Tissue flowers were hung above the party table.


Pinkalicious with her Grandparents

Yes..I know this dress is over the top pink, but it needed to be!

Party guests enjoying the food…

Liv and her girls….


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The Party table.


The girls had flower and heart shaped sandwiches and pink treats.


The parents’ spread…


We had bags of pink strawberry popcorn for the girls to take home.
I found these cute Pinkalicious bag toppers on Big Day Creations.com

We got the popcorn from a local Popcorn & candy store.


Pink lemonade, of course. What else would you drink at a Pinkalicious party?

Cupcakes from Tart Bakery..

Pink flamingo party picks….plasticwear wrapped and sealed with a pink cupcake sticker.

Pinkalicious water labels also from Big Day Creations.com


I got very inexpensive gold wands from Oriental Trading Co, and glued ribbons to them to match Pinkalicious’ wand in the book.


Pink tiaras were given to each girl with the wand when they got to the party.


Goody boxes full of cute pink treasures and treats…


Little chairs just waiting for the party day!


Shawn called this the “Pink nightmare” room for awhile!

Beach Wedding on A Budget

This Beach Wedding on a budget was originally hosted by Jacey from Trashy Treasures.
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I love beach weddings. I’ve never actually been to one…but I dream about it sometimes. Someday my cousin who lives in Nantucket will get married…and I can’t wait! Jacey did a beautiful job putting together a beautiful beach wedding on a frugal budget. The cake is totally to die for!

Enjoy Jacey’s Beach Wedding….

Those of us “Frugal” chicks know how hard it can be to plan and execute a wedding as thrifty as possible. And let me tell you it’s no easy task. We literally planned, bought, arranged, set-up and tore down EVERYTHING for our wedding ourselves. And although it cost us a pretty penny, it was well worth it and I’m sure we saved quite a few $dollars$  doing it ourselves. I’m going to show you some of the stuff that I made or bought at a bargain price for our wedding that I am quite proud of :)

We were lucky enough to have our wedding at a beautiful beach side house thanks to my wonderful aunt and uncle who graciously allowed us to celebrate our special day with them at their home.
Since the house was tucked behind a security gate, I knew I had to make some signs directing our guests where to go. So I came up with these.

I put the “Wedding” sign outside the front gate, and the “Reception” sign at the top of the hill pointing to the staircase that led to the beach where the ceremony was.
For these signs, I bought 2 pieces of rectangle wood from Michael’s, brown, pink, and white paint, letter stencils, and a print stencil for the swirlys.
I don’t have step by step photos for this because I didnt think of it at the time, so I will do my best to describe how I made these.
1. I painted the wood brown
2. painted the swirlys using the stencil I picked out
3.  traced the letter stencils onto the sign and painted it in white
4. drew an arrow and painted it white (for the reception sign)
It really wasn’t that hard at all! And they turned out BEAUTIFUL!
For the stakes, I went to Lowes and bought a long piece of wood, brought it home, took a saw to it and cut it in two. Then I cut the ends at an angle to make it easier to push down into the grass. To finish it off, I screwed the stakes to the back side of the signs.
I would say at the most these were about $20 to make. Not bad :)
The next thing I reallllly wanted needed were parasols. I did a lot of research on weddings and came across some beautiful photos that incorporated parasols. So I decided to get some to enhance our pictures.
I searched and searched online for the best deal and came upon a website called Oriental Trading. We ended up getting a lot of our wedding decor there because the prices were just too hard to beat. We ended up paying $30 for 12 parasols. It was actually a GREAT deal. And we had a few left over for some of our guests to enjoy. Here are a few of our favorite photos with our parasols :)
This was supposed to be one of those cute/funny mid-air photos…who would have thought jumping all at the same time could be so difficult HAHA!
This is one of our favorite pictures from the whole wedding :)
This is how you take the picture. Place the parasol in front of your faces while giving each other a big smooch, have the sun behind you to help create the shadow that you will get on the front of the parasol, and SNAP! you’ve got a beautiful photo!
This one didn’t involve the parasol but it’s a great photo op. Place the veil over your hunnies head and give each other a kiss. This is our all time fave pic!
For our ceremony we lined the isle with tiki torches. They looked so cute and beachy. The only downside to this was it was too windy to light them…oh well…they still looked adorable :)
I believe we paid about $15 for like 12…not bad
Our best man and Maid of Honor. You can see the tiki torches on either side.
Yes…our dogs walked down the isle. They’re our babies :)
For our reception centerpieces I bought 8 large hurricanes and filled them with sand, shells and a candle. Perfect for a beach wedding and it added to the ambiance of our twilight reception. Plus it became a keepsake for some of our guests to take home. Why pay $150 for flower centerpieces that will wilt in a day or two!
Total for each: about $25
The best keepsake from a wedding is a signiature mat, but have you ever priced them before? MY GOODNESS! So…I made ours!
I bought a large piece of black posterboard, a photo border mat, silver permanant sharpies, a couple starfish, and bling stickers to spell out our names. It was so easy to make and it looks AMAZING! Plus our guests had fun signing it too :)
Total for this signiature mat: about $15
Everyone knows that card holders are handy for the wedding gift table. But I couldnt find any that I liked. So I bought a basket that came with a pink and brown damask liner. PERFECT for our wedding since those were our colors :) So I took the lining and put it on the outside of the basket instead of the inside.Then I took a wooden plack and painted it brown and added pink stickers to spell out “cards” then added some starfish. It turned out adorable and it was quite handy
Total for this card holder: about $10
To help make our wedding more beach festive, we decided to hand out pink leis and bamboo fans to the ladies and shell leis to the men.
I bought bamboo fans online.Then I took pink ribbon and tied a bow around the bottom. They turned out so adorable, and they came in handy for those who got a little warm down on the beach.
I paid about $10 per dozen for the fans. About $10 per dozen for the pink leis, and about $8 per dozen for the shell leis.
Who could forget about the yummiest part of a wedding?? The CAKE!! For our cake we wanted something simple yet chic for our topper. I searched and searched and finally found one that I fell in love with. I ended buying it on E-Bay for about $15. And it turned out beautiful.
The cake was so yummy I just had to smoosh some on my hubbys face :)
And last but not least, you can’t have a wedding without a hoopa! My grandpa is a handyman when it come to woodwork and building things. So I deligated this his task. And let me tell you he didn’t disappoint us one bit! He bought 8 pieces of bamboo and cut them to fit the sizes we needed, then used screws to hold them all in place. I think we decided to make it 8ft tall and 6 ft wide. Then I went to Joanne’s and bought two looooong panels of white sheer fabric to hang over it. This was quite costly. But well worth it. We paid about $80 for all the fabric. We layed the fabric across the top and then wrapped the remaining fabric around the bamboo due to the wind.
Thats it folks! Thanks for reading this looong blog.

Remember, just because you are on a low budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice what you want on your special day. I hope I’ve inspired you to make your dreams a reality without breaking your bank :)

Train Birthday with Thomas the Train

This Choo Choo Train Birthday Party was originally hosted by Desi at The Bingham’s.
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All aboard for this fun Thomas the Train party. You definitely need to check out the little train treats Desi created with chocolate covered graham crackers. Super easy. Super Cute!

Enjoy Desi’s Train Party…..

My Son LOVES trains…any kind of trains. So for his 3rd Birthday we had a train party. It was fun preparing it and totally worth it because he Loved it! I wanted to post some pictures of what I did, hoping that it can give others ideas.


Here is his Invitation. I made it on my computer and I made it into a train ticket. I covered the address, but it says:

(Last name) Station
Track # (address)
Departing: ( Day & Time)
RSVP Station Master: (phone #)
It turned out REALLY cute!

Here is the Birthday Boy! So adorable!!! We bought this Thomas the Train on Craig’s List, it was a good find. The kids loved it! My idea before this was to make a train out of boxes. Then I could get a picture of the kids in it. But this was much easier & much more fun for the kids.
Some of the decorations:

A Birthday Banner, which I made on my Cricut machine… finally putting it to good use :)
I made rail road signs and put them around. This sign says, “Cool Off Smoothies” We had a smoothie station, which was perfect because it was hot.

Rail road sign in front of our walk way. I also had a check in table where the kids could pick up there bag to put their goodies in. I cut out a train from my cricut and glued it on a paper bag. They each got a goody from the games they played, and a thomas the train book when they left. I found these books at the $1 store. Another Great Find!!

One last decoration was our rail roads made from black tape going up or walkway. I don’t have a good picture of it because it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. It’s such a cute idea, but unfortunately our sidewalk were wet from the sprinklers, so the tape didn’t stick in some spots.
Here is a train table that I covered with white paper & drew train tracks on it. This was where the kids painted a wood picture frame that was shaped like a train. I don’t have a pictures of them painting, but the kids really enjoyed it. I found the wood trains at the Dollar Tree. A Super good find! Love the $1 store!
We played Pin the Caboose on the train.

I started the party out by reading a Thomas the Train book called ‘Thomas goes fishing.’ Then we went fishing. I had my kids color fish to tape on a blue sheet before hand.
Simple yet YUMMY food! I made a simple pasta salad using the wagon wheel pasta & called it ‘train wheel pasta’

I ordered bread sticks and called them ‘train whistle treats’
I made train cookies from Chocolate cover graham crackers & animal crackers. I used decorative icing to put two cookies together, then to put an animal crackers on. I then iced around the cracker, put a couple of stripes down (for the cage) and then added lie savers for the wheels. Super cute & not too complicated.
Choo Choo Chewy Popcorn. Always a hit with the kids!
Dessert…YUM!
This was such a HIT!!! I found this ice cream dessert in a magazine. My kids enjoy ice cream much more then cake, so I had to try it. It’s ice cream sandwiches on the outside, ice cream in the middle with a cookie crust and cool whip on top. I’m going to have to make this a tradition. It was GOOD!Hope you enjoyed looking because I enjoyed planning!

Perfect Pair Bridal Shower

This Pink & Black Perfect Pair Bridal Shower was originally hosted by MLC from Our Generation to Come is HERE!
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I love how MLC took the idea of “The Perfect Pair” and did something different with it than I’ve seen before. I’m really lovin’ the pairing of the high heel and the worn boot….way too cute! And all the pink and black details are just so sassy…love ‘em!

Enjoy this perfect pair bridal shower…..

The Bride & Groom
(Kenny stopped by the shower briefly and we loaded him up with goodies!  I’m sure he appreciated all of the pink, girly stuff!)

So this weekend was Beth’s Shower!  I have been working on it (with the help of the other bridesmaids) since April.  Though in my head, I’ve been working out all the details since I found the idea for the theme back in January!  I was so happy that it was finally here!  Finally time to put it all together and see how it turned out!
The theme was “A Perfect Pair”, but instead of using pears like I’ve seen at other showers, we used shoes.  Our tagline was “Like worn-in cowboy boots or the ideal set of heels, Ken & Beth make a perfect pair!”  Cute, huh?  It fit them perfectly because Beth has the best shoe collection of anyone I know and Kenny loves his boots!
Our first step was to collect LOTS of shoe boxes.  In fact if you are reading this post, you probably helped contribute to the shoebox collection madness.  I never counted, but my guess is we had upward of 100 boxes.  We used them everywhere!
They made great decorations… throw in a piece of tissue paper or wrap them in a bow.  We didn’t get a lot of pictures of them, but they were literally everywhere!  We put them on top of the china hutch, by the fireplace, in the entryway, EVERYWHERE… such cheap decor!
In fact, we even served lunch out of them…  I saw this on the shower I modeled this one after and thought it was the most clever idea in the whole entire world.  On top of the shoeboxes, everyone had either a pink high heel sugar cookie or a black cowboy boot sugar cookie.
Along with the enormous amounts of shoe boxes, we also went label crazy.  I think along with the cute theme, the labels really helped tie it all together and gave it a more professional look.  It turned out exactly how I had pictured it in my head which was such a relief because there were definitely some hours put into this! =)
We labeled everything on the candy bar, the candy bar take-out boxes, the plates, the cups, the punch, the chicken salad sandwich, the salad, the potato chips, the water bottles, the foot cream for the favors, etc.  I found this great place on the internet… labelbythesheet.com… where you can buy labels… well, by the sheet, of course.  It was great not to have to buy a whole box of each size.
We decorated the tables with shoes, flowers, and their engagement pictures.  I thought the pictures looked too blah so I made my own mattes with scrapbook paper and thought they turned out pretty cute.  Decorations really were easy and minimal since we could just throw a shoe box or a pair of shoes anywhere that we didn’t have something.
Even the favor bags made a cute display… in part because of the cute ribbon that I found at Hobby Lobby.  And we couldn’t let everyone leave a shoe shower without their own pair of shoes so we found these pedicure slippers (one size fits all!) and added foot cream and a heel file to the favor bag.

So this is what I’ve been doing for the last few months and why I haven’t blogged about resolutions or life’s lessons or anything other than really important info on Finley!  It has been so much fun working on this shower and though it was stressful at times, it was totally worth it… especially since with Beth’s wedding just a couple weeks before Finley’s 1st birthday, I’ve decided to keep the same color scheme for Finley’s party and use a lot of the same aspects except of course, for the shoe boxes… though I think I may have to use those for her Sweet 16 party.  I think it would be pretty cute theme for her then!

Party Submissions Update

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I just wanted to let you know that for now I will not be taking more party submissions. I’m so far behind. I literally still have submissions from August to feature. I love that so many of you have submitted your parties and I feel bad that I just can’t get to them all fast enough. So rather than continuing to make the wait even longer, I’m closing submissions for a few weeks. I will put a notice up when I’ve re-opened the submission form.

For now I ask that ya’ll hang in there. I really do desire to feature all of you, but most likely that’s not realistic. Please know it doesn’t have anything to do with the parties themselves. It just comes down to…so many parties…so little time.

oh…one more thing. I’ve just added the google followers gadget. So link up so you make sure to get the invite to all the party posts!

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…..

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Here are some pics of making the surfboards:

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Pretty Pony Birthday Party

This Pretty Ponty Birthday Party was originally hosted by Kathryn & Ashleigh from Bee in Our Bonnet
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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Then we had our pretty pony cake and presents.
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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.

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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

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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!!!

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….

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Construction Birthday Party

This Construction Themed Birthday Party was originally hosted by Heidi from Blue Eyed Blessings.
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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!!

~ INVITATIONS ~

~ BIRTHDAY BANNER ~
(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!)

~ FRONT PORCH DECORATIONS ~
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!

~ PARTY SIGNS ~

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”

~ PARTY FAVORS ~

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)!!
~ THE FOOD TABLE ~

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!


~ CONSTRUCTION WORKER SACK LUNCH ~
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 ~
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!

~ PLAY TIME ~
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.
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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

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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!

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