Dora Birthday Fiesta

This Dora the Explorer Birthday Party was originally hosted by Jennifer over at Love, Laughter & Lyrics.


Forget “Swiper no Swiping!” on this blog!  This blog is ALL about swiping…party ideas!  Jennifer has plenty of those for all of you Dora fans out there!    I’m really loving those big tissue flowers she created for the centerpieces on the table!

Enjoy Jennifer’s Dora Fiesta…..

After weeks and weeks of rainy rain rain, we finally got a little sunshine just in time for Avery and Faith’s third birthday party last weekend. The beautiful, crisp weather set the perfect scene for our outdoor fiesta.

A few weeks ago, Kris and I found our invitations on Tiny Prints and just had to have them.

Unfortunately, they didn’t show up until a couple of days before the party, so we had to send out e-vites.
Boo, boo, boo.

Because we paid for them, I’m putting them on the blog.

Here’s what they looked like.
Mostly. Give or take some info.

Cute, huh?

Too bad no one saw the actual invitations.
Boo. Boo, Boo, Booooo.

Anyway —
Kris and I loved the little Dora on the invitation so much that we decided to dress the girls in matching felt appliqued t-shirts.

I couldn’t leave Little Charlie out, so I made a Boots shirt for him.

We decorated the park gazebo with tissue pom poms, paper chains and mexican banners in light and dark pinks, orange, lime green, and turquoise.

The paper flowers that Kris and I created turned out really cute!

And it only cost us 4 hours, around 55 cents per flower, and a few grey hairs from the stress of trying to keep our kiddos distracted while we worked.
Worth it.

Our special guest, Dora, arrived 30 minutes into the party.

As she walked across the lawn, the kids literally RAN to hug her.

Avery was a little shy, but thrilled that Dora was at her party.

After greeting Dora, the kids were each given a backpack for a special adventure.

Faith’s momma, Kris, and I ordered white backpacks from Discount School Supply.

Kris dyed the backpacks purple for the girls and orange for the boys. Then she hot-glued felt for the eyes, eyebrows, and mouth.

How cute did they turn out?!
(Was it worth the purple fingers and cramping hands, Kris?)

After the kids were given their backpacks, we gathered everybody around Dora for their “Big Adventure”.

Each of the kid’s little backpacks contained a few things to help with an “Adventure” with Dora.

FYI: I searched all over the internet for different Dora party ideas and came across the following activity here. It was a huge hit with the kiddos.

Dora opened her backpack, took out her map, and showed the kids the three destinations for their “Big Adventure”.

Then, Dora told the kids to take their Spy Scopes out of their backpacks to help them look for “Cupcake Mountain” (the playground slide).

After their climb over Cupcake Mountain, Dora led the kids across the Silly Snake Pit (plastic snakes on the grass)

Finally, they made their way to the big surprise (a wrapped box under a tree).

Dora told the kids to take the whistles out of their backpacks to wake up the sleepy bear on top of the present.

Then they all opened the present to reveal The Big Surprise: A pinata!

We took the Pinata to a tree and let the kids take turns hitting it.

After the Big Adventure, everybody had nachos from the nacho bar.

Then, it was time for CUPCAKES!

and presents!

The BIrthday girls had a blast partying with Dora.

Now it’s time to start planning Charlie’s 1st birthday celebration NEXT MONTH!

Wonder Pets Birthday Party

This Wonder Pets Birthday Party was originally hosted by Amy with Walking with the Walkers.


Well, I’ve gotta tell you that when my kiddos have this show on it just makes me smile.  When I hear that line “This is sewious!” I literally giggle because it’s just so darn cute.  So I’m instantly loving the idea of this theme!  Amy did a fabulous job taking this idea and transferring it from the “small screen” right into her own home!

Enjoy Amy’s Wonder Pets Birthday….

EMELIA’S 3rd Birthday!
The Wonder Pets Party

I created these cute invitations


Well we had the party at the park, so there wasn’t much decorating to do. I purchased all the adorable Wonder pet’s birthday supplies. We put a pop up tent for shade and I spread out a huge blanket so people could eat on the grass in the shade.

Games & Activities:

Find a animal:
I thought that it would be cute if all the kids could save an animal so I bought a small blow up pool and filled it with sand. Then I buried a bunch of animals in the sand. All the kids were able to use a shovel to save an animal. All the kids took home the animal that they saved.

Dress like a wonder pet:
I also had capes made for all the kids. I had someone sew them since I don’t sew and then I made and glued all the wonder pets emblems on to the back made out of felt. It took a long time to do, but so worth it! All the kids loved the capes.
Face painting:
I decided to break out the face paints and created a board of all the animals I could paint on the kids faces.
The Cake:
I must say I think I did a lot better this time around creating the fly boat wonder pets cake. I used the sail and characters from Emelia’s toy fly boat. I took chocolate covered doughnuts and dipped them in melted colored blue frosting. I also used marshmallow’s for the jets in the back and colored M&Ms for the lights. Then I took the sail and the wonderpets characters from Emelia’s toy fly boat it was the perfect touch to finish her cake. I was really proud of my self in the end. :) I also made cupcakes and put a wonder pets ring on top for the kids.

The Food:
The only themed food I served was celery sticks with various spreads. We did a ranch dip, Peanut butter, and cream cheese. You can’t have a wonder pets party and not server celery. :)

We also rented a snow cone machine. That was so much fun and all the kids LOVED it!

Birthday Girl Apparel:
Another Darling shirt made by a fellow etsian! Here shop name is jakeandlucy. Here is the link to her shop Jea was able to create the shirt exactly what I had envisioned!

I had her do an applique of Ming Ming (Emelia’s Favorite character) on the front and then on the back it said “This is serious”

Goody Bags:
All the kids took home the animal they saved in the sand and there wonderpets cape.

Once again my WONDERFUL and talented friend Jenny took pictures of the party. You can view the whole party on her website at then go to the client area type in the password wonderpet also for Jude’s party the password is onefish

Thank You cards:


Thank you to all the friends and family that made this birthday special!!

I have a ton of pictures to upload and put up here from this month and from our trip to Hilton head. I will hopefully get some time later this week.

Mr. Linky Monday

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

  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Kitty Cat – 2 yr old
  • Christmas Party
  • Girls First Birthday
  • Beatles 28th Birthday Bash
  • Safari / Jungle Baby Shower
  • GI Joe / Camo
  • Little Girls Tea Party
  • Pirates
  • Sock Monkey
  • Nautical Baby Shower
  • Amelia Bedilia 7th Bithday Party – cold weather ideas
  • Winter Wonderland
  • 60th Birthday
  • Barn Yard 1st Birthday – girl
  • 30th Birthday
  • 70′s theme
  • Boys, trucks, diggers
  • ballet themed 6 yr old bday party
  • Candyland
  • 60′s theme birthday party for a 60 year old man
  • Circus Party for 4th birthday
  • Princess
  • Mardi Gras
  • Fancy Nancy
  • Baby shower for a boy….off the beat theme in blue n brown
  • Carousel
  • Sesame Street Birthday
  • Pink Polka Dot Party
  • 50th Birthday
  • penguin baby shower (girl)
  • basketball theme for 4 yr old boy
  • Ladybugs
  • Winter Themed 1st Birthday – Boy
  • Casino Party
  • Disney Cars
  • Music Theme – Karaoke
  • Magician Birthday
  • Baby Shower – Neutral
  • Care Bear Birthday
  • 18th Birthday – Garden Party
  • New Years – 1st Birthday
  • Christmas – 1st Birthday
  • Hollywood Glam
  • Happy Birthday Jesus Party
  • Dance Party
  • Pizza Party



Sneak Peek!

I’m throwing a baby shower for one of my best friends in a couple weeks. The theme is “She’s about to POP!”

Here is your sneak peek…..
{the invite}

Giveaway Winner

The giveaway winner for Rosebud Cards is Marianne from A Portion of My Life.



Pinwheel Inspired Birthday Party

This adorable Pinwheel Birthday Party was originally hosted by Haute Apple Pie.
These colors are yummy! You see them and instantly think “sweet!” If that cake tasted as sweet as it looked then it must have been some darn good cake that those Haute Apple Pie girls cooked up!

Enjoy this inspired birthday theme…..

Our darling daughter, Isla, turned one last week and I knew I wanted to do something special for her first birthday party. Our neighbor has pinwheels in his yard and she loves to watch them spin around, so I decided a pinwheel themed birthday party would be perfect for our little girl!

Birthday Banner

The birthday girl wore a onesie created by sticheroos and a pinwheel headband from Kylala Boutique who also made her adorable birthday hat.

I found these simply stated and adorable invitations from Jack and Izzy which set the tone of the party


As party gifts, guest received small pink bags filled with candy. The bags were adorned with a small “thank you” tag created by fellow HAP blogger, Katie, and fastened with a mini clothes pin.

Guests were greeted by a Happy Birthday banner when they entered the house. Pinwheels were also put on the front door and scattered throughout the house in glass vases filled with orange Jelly Bellies. The banner and pinwheels were created by the amazing shana from crossroads cottage.

lettered birthday banner

For lunch we snacked on sun dried tomato pasta salad, spinach salad with strawberries, blueberries and walnuts, sliced apples with homemade caramel dip, tea sandwiches, hot dogs and brats. The food was labeled with lovely orange name tags and pink handmade pinwheels.


Guests sipped peach slush, pink lemonade and soda from pink cups decorated with a pink pinwheel sticker from Jack and Izzy.

For dessert we had a 2 tiered pink cake that was created by Aly from Sweetness by Alice. It not only looked amazing, but tasted out of this world! The bottom layer was vanilla cake with cookies and cream filling and the top layer was lemon cake with lemon and raspberry filling. Isla also had her very own cake to dig into!


All in all, Isla’s first birthday party was a success! She played, opened lots of wonderful gifts, ate tons of cake and then took a long nap!
Happy birthday baby girl!

Airplane Birthday Party

This Airplane Birthday Party was originally hosted by Judy from Cutest Little Things.
I love airplane themes. You can have so much fun with it. Tickets for invites, creating your own “airline”. So many possibilities and Judy took advantage of every one of them. I absolutely love everything she did!

Enjoy Judy’s Airplane Birthday….

I had so much fun planning my son’s 3rd Birthday party this year!  His dad chose the theme this year – airplanes.  Since there isn’t much that’s commercially available aside from Jay Jay the Jet, I had to do a lot of custom design work to do to make the theme cute!

It all came together based on the invitations that I purchased from a seller on Etsy!  They were so adorable – airline tickets with map envelopes!  AP Airlines stood for my son’s initials!

I made fondant-covered cookies in 3 coordinating designs for favors: airplanes, giant planes and number 3s with tiny airplanes!
For the kids, I made favor boxes to look like little suitcases decorated with scrapbooking paper and Martha Stewart travel stickers on clearance, and filled each one with a passport, crayons, airplane stickers, an airplane lollipop, and a foam airplane glider.

The cookie favors I put in a super cute suitcase with a sign above that read, “Baggage Claim.”
A closeup of the sign in the suitcase:

Outside I hung a giant number 3 balloon and an airplane mylar balloon on the mailbox, along with a giant gold number 3 balloon on his playhouse.

I handpainted cloud-shaped directional signs that I made out of inexpensive foam core to stake along the route to our house to help our guests navigate their way to the party…

and using Adobe Illustrator, made signs throughout the house…

Above the table, I made an aiplane mobile out of gliders hung from fishing line…
For the kids, I made my own trail mix and served them in cute little plastic cups that I decorated with handmade labels and a little handmade sign:
In addition to the buffet of food, I served fruit kabobs, giant Rice Krispy treats w/ M&Ms on jumbo popsicle sticks tied with red, grosgrain ribbons, giant lollipops tied with ribbon stuck in fountain glasses acted as centerpieces and favors for the little ones.  I found airplane chocolates and airplane gummies at a specialty candy shop.
The cake was a double layer cake decorated with fondant clouds, airplanes, a giant number 3 on top, and a fondant banner with his name on it:
Everything got rave reviews and lots and lots of compliments for its originality and attention to detail!

Most importantly, my son loved it!

Hey….have you entered the giveaway yet?

Cookies & Milk Baby Shower

This Cookies & Milk Baby Shower was originally hosted by Jenn from The Happenings.

Ok, whoever came up with the idea for a cookies and milk baby shower is a GENIUS!  I’m completely in love with this idea.  In fact if I hadn’t just mailed out the invites for the baby shower I’m throwing in a couple weeks I would’ve totally changed my theme!  Besides the fact that it’s a totally fun theme…Jen took the theme and ran with it!  I love her colors and love all her little details!

Enjoy Jen’s Cookies & Milk Baby Shower…..

when jamie and i saw the idea for a cookies and milk baby shower here we knew we had to have one for jodie. we planned the whole thing on our drive to utah a couple months ago. it was so much fun. we both had the same idea for the color combination, which just happens to be one of my favorites right now! red. aqua. and pink. we were really happy with the way everything turned out!

jamie made the invites of course…

i was dying to do something with big round balloons. i actually wanted them a little bigger but they worked!

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jamie made the cookie labels and the papers to go in the jars…

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my mom, jamie, jen, tauni, and i all made the yummy cookies.

thanks for the help girls!


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my mom also made the cute polka dot tablecloth

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everyone got to take home a bag of cookies too!


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she got some really cute stuff.
now if baby girl would just get here so we could put some of it on her!

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fun times!!

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Don’t forget to participate in the current giveawy!  You could WIN!

Thanksgiving is Coming!

With thanksgiving on it’s way I thought I would take you on a little trip around the internet to get some fabulous ideas for entertianing on this holiday.

HGTV has placecards that you can download and print for free!


Of course you’re gonna need some fabulous table decor to go with your place cards and HGTV has some ideas for you….

They provide step by step instructions.

Want to Glam things UP a bit? Check out this sophisticated fall tablescape from HGTV


That’s it for today.  I will be scouring the net for more fabulous ideas and sharing them with you throughout the month so you can throw a FABULOUS party filled with THANKSGIVNG!

Don’t forget to enter the current GIVEAWAY I’ve got going on!

Giveaway from Rosebud Cards


Hello Party People!  I’ve got a giveaway for you today….so you’ll have to wait for Mr. Linky until next week…(or maybe tomorrow…we’ll see).

Rosebud Cards is our giveaway host.  Here’s a little info about Rosebud Cards:

Our intent is to present cards done in the spirit of fine art. To that end, our cards are individually printed, not mass produced. We have chosen to print our work on Crane’s Museo fine-art cards. Uncommonly beautiful, it has the touch and feel that can only come from 100% cotton. In the spirit of a handmade gift, our card collections are created with love.
Rosebud Cookie Cards

The winner can choose any three cards of their choice from our site (includes our cookie collection and brush painting collection). Let us know about any other questions.

Here are the rules for entering:
1. Head on over to Rosebud Cards and pick out the product that you like best.
2. Come back here to this post and leave a comment telling me about one product you would chose and why you like it.
3. Complete this task no later than Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. (pacific coast time)
4. Giveaway ends at 12:00 a.m. Friday morning.
5. Winner will be chosen using
6. Winner will be posted on Fiday at 10:00 a.m. (pacific coast time)

——Want a second way to win? Post about the giveaway on your own blog with a link back to Creative Party Place.

—Rosebud Cards is also offering yet a third way to enter….twitter about the giveaway and in the tweet link back to this post.

Then come back here and leave ANOTHER comment letting me know about your shout outs and tweets!


Weekend Feature Pink Peppermint Paper

Looking for some fun holiday cards to mail out to your family and friends? Pink Peppermint Paper is definitely a shop you will want to check out. I’ve got a small sampling of their fabulous items to share with you today…but be sure to hop on over there to check out ALL they have to offer!





What are you waiting for? Head on over to Pink Peppermint Paper to see more!

Recycled Birthday Gets Trashy!

This Trash Talking Birthday Party was originally hosted by Eleanor over at Pink Peppermint Paper.

I’ve gotta say this idea for a birthday is completely GENIUS!  I myself love to be thrifty, and how much thriftier can you get than the trash!  Who knew trash could be so cute and festive?  Eleanor really did an amazing job putting this party together.

We’ve seen a party from Pink Peppermint Paper before but Eleanor just recently decided to start blogging about her parties.  So be sure to hop on over and show her some bloggy love!

Enjoy this Trashy party from Pink Peppermint Paper….
So my son fell in love with a toy garbage truck at the store over two months before his birthday. When he asked to bring it home, I quipped about how he had a birthday coming up and unknowingly sealed my fate—a garbage truck party. Rubbish! I angled for a heavy machinery theme. Rejected. So I took a deep breath and dug in. Way in. Knee deep in garbage and recycling!

I looked all over the Internet for ideas, and most of what I found was dozens of other moms asking for help throwing a garbage/garbage man/garbage truck party. Awesome. Where to begin?

I started thinking about all the things you would normally find at a party and attempted to trash them up. We set the tone for trash with these invitations I created. Check them out at I used paper grocery bags to make the envelopes and mailed them with coordinating return address labels that hinted at our theme.

Garbage Party Invitation

I decided that we could turn our trash into decorations for the party.
I made flowers out of drink boxes and food boxes and used yogurt cups for the centers.

Recycled Flowers

Our house is hard to spot until you’re right on top of it so I rolled our garbage can up to
the street and tied some balloons to it. We supplemented our planters with recycled flowers.

Recycled Planters

Pennant banners made from old drink pouches and scrapbook paper in our colors—
blue, green and orange—hung above the main table.

Garbage Party Banners

It was decorated with layers of vinyl tablecloths used to help create a cheerful garbage route.

Garbage Route Tablecloth

Pages from old magazines trashed our party hats.

Garbage Party Hats

The iPod bellowed songs like Oscar The Grouch’s “I Love Trash,” “The Trash Can Band,”
Jack Johnson’s “The 3 R’s,” and “Stuck on Trash” by Recycleman & The Waste Band.

My son is always really interested when we see workers picking up trash on the side of the road. I found some inexpensive robot pincher claws online and added a sticker to make them Garbage Grabbers, and our garbage pick-up game was born. We told the kids that litterbugs had scattered trash all over our yard and asked for their help to make it all clean again. Some of them really got into it!

Garbage Grabbers

Garbage Game

There was some spontaneous can-stomping fun too. What boy doesn’t like to do that?
I also made garbage truck coloring sheets for those not into picking up trash.

The summer camp at my son’s preschool gave me the idea to make bottle cap necklaces.

Bottle Caps

At the party, the kids got choose their necklace colors, look for the charms with their names and choose from other designs like ballet-themed, football teams and super heroes. We had some garbage and recycling charms too like the 3 R’s and a frog from one of my stationery designs that said “It’s not easy bein’ green.”

I created the designs, punched them with a one-inch circle punch and glued them into bottle caps I ordered from a home brewing supply place. I used jewelry glaze to give them their 3D effect without the smell or mess of resin.

We also used the bottle caps on the candles, for cupcake toppers, on the main table and as decorations on the seedling trees we sent home with the kids. They got a small reusable shopping bag to carry home all of their loot.

Seedling Trees

Small, galvanized trash cans held some of the party food and flowers.

Garbage Pail Roses

Now for the junk food! We had Junkyard Dogs aka Pigs in a Blanket, Funky Chicken Salad, a Stinky Cheese Ball, Hubcaps with Cheese and Old Tires with Jelly—both Uncrustables sandwiches and the birthday boy’s favorite—Mini Mud (Meat) Pies and Fruit Fly Skewers.

Junk Food

Water bottle labels got people thinking about the potential after recycling.

Water Bottle Labels

The cake was a little garbage truck I attempted. Not my best work
(there were circumstances people), but the four-year-old thought it was the coolest!

Garbage Truck Cake

And here are our bottle cap cupcake toppers!

Bottle Cap Cupcake Toppers

I made the birthday boy a t-shirt for the big day using the garbage truck art from our invitation.
I used a dark t-shirt transfer with great results! It’s true. He’s quite the Trash Talker!

Trash Talker Tee

The other kiddos got garbage truck stickers that I printed for the end of the party.
It’s hard to pass up a good sticker.

Trashed Stickers

Out-of-town family and friends shipped us Reese’s birthday presents so in keeping with our theme, we recycled newspaper and magazines into wrapping paper and bows. And, let me tell you when you can get away with it, a trash bag made the perfect gift bag for an oversized toy!

Gift Wrapping

We thanked our guests with these garbage truck folding note cards.

Garbage Truck Thank Yous

And since we clearly hadn’t trash talked enough, later that week we made dirt cups to celebrate with his classroom friends.

Dirt Cups

Whew! Happy 4th Birthday to my little Garbage Man!

Garden Themed Birthday Party

This bright and fun Garden Party was originally hosted by Lindsey from Bella Grace Party Designs.

All the color really draws you in and this party just pops right off the screen.

Enjoy Lindsey’s Party…..


Finally, here are the photos from Giada’s 1st Birthday party. We celebrated with a Garden Buggy theme and it turned out great! Everyone had an awesome time and I had a great time planning.

Here are a few shots of the favors.

Each favor box held a handmade butterfly or flower clip for all the little Girly Bugs.

Here is the Birthday Girl looking super cute in her Birthday suit!

Proud mommy and daddy!

And of course one of Big sister!

Happy Birthday Big Girl! We are so proud of you!

Gingham Birthday Brunch

This Gingham Inspired Birthday Brunch was originally hosted by Kellie from this Blessed Nest.
I really love the photo booth pics. Such a fun idea. The food looks fabulous, and this backyard bash appears to be a hit with all the party guests. You really must see the birthday gifts…they are to die for!

Enjoy Kellie’s party…..

  • blueberry streusel muffins
  • orange cream butter
  • fruit salad
  • vanilla bean cream cake
  • vanilla cupcakes
  • izze fruit drinks
  • organic yogurt & homemade granola

Our mini parfait bar – I must say, I think it was a hit!

~Some party highlights~

Pools, bubbles, balloons, sweet treats to munch, dress up photo booth – all under a gingham pennant banner (see how to make the banner here.) My kind of fun!
~ Dress-up photo booth fun!~

Graham, Maya, Ellie, David our neighbor, Mason & Madison, and Graham & Maya ‘switching it up a bit’. I think the kids enjoyed it as much as I did. See how to make the photo screen here. These are just a few glimpses of the fun!

Sage – our future daughter-in-law, beautiful Emily, and adorable Ellie! Such lovelies. I could hold them all day long.

~The Birthday Presents~

The only time Daddy & Mommy will be able to afford us separate cars!

“Happy Birthday Mason & Madison, Happy Birthday to you!”

It was such a fabulous day! We had about 5 days of ga-ga-gorgeous weather. So rare for us in the South. It was so much fun – I’m ready to throw another party. I can’t believe these two are “one”. Time goes by so fast – more of that sentimental stuff to come in a future post. But for now, I am basking in the memories of a fun party, these little ones turning one, and how lucky I am to have these three blessings! Thanks to all who came. You helped us celebrate such a special day!

Birthday Blitz Mini Feature

Baby Shower Bliss yesterday……Birthday Blitz today!  It’s another mini feature!
This birthday party comes to us from Vanessa.  Lovin’ the fun bright banner…

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Check out the other party pics on Vanessa’s Blog.

Check out this Surf Party which was hosted by The Splendid Stuff

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Lots more to see over on the original party post!

Taya put together a ONEderful Nautical themed birthday for her son.

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Visit Taya’s photo gallery for more party pics!

This Chic Pink and Black  50th Birthday party is courtesy of Moore Minutes

For more Chic Party Pics head on over to the original party post.


Please be sure to take the time to visit all these fabulous parties!

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