Miss Spider Sunny Patch Party

This Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Party was originally hosted by Tamara from The McDonald World.
Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch is one of those books and cartoons that is just so bright and fun. Tamara did a great job at making this party just as vibrant as it’s inspiration. Lots of fun little touches to see!

Enjoy this Sunny Patch Birthday Party…..

For Lauren’s 2nd birthday, I decided to go with a Miss Spider theme…little did I know (after I had my heart set on this idea) that it would be near impossible to find anything Miss Spider out there. This is such a cute show and so perfect for this age, that I feel like they are really missing the boat by not marketing it anymore. If it were not for the Nick Jr. printables and some creative work on my part and the bakery’s part, this party would not have been very successful. At least decor wise! Lauren had over about 3 of her friends and they all have siblings that are Sarah’s age so it made for a nice sized party. Her are the photos and the specifics!

Theme: Miss Spider Sunny Patch
Food: Palio’s Pizza & Salad
Drinks for kids: Apple juice, lemonade, milk
Cake: The Cakery (Southlake) The bottom part was white cake with white butter cream and the Miss Spider was chocolate cake with white butter cream! Heavenly!
Colors: Played off of the lime green and yellow colors mostly, but it was a very colorful party
Decor: I made my own buggy friends out of small colored paper lanterns, craft poms poms, pipe cleaners and felt. I found one place online that had one package of Miss Spider “blow-outs” and they had the cute bug antenna “party hats”. My husband made the Hollow Tree tree trunk out of construction paper. The rest was really balloons and crepe paper
Flowers: Yellow tulips and multi-colored gerber daisies
Games: Bean bag toss, bowling, parachute, Velcro ball & catch game and lots of printables to color and play with from Nick Jr. I also had a Miss Spider video playing to keep them entertained while at the party table.
The Invite

The “party room”

The place settings

The wonderful cake

Her cute cupcakes left over from what she took to “school”

Drink boxes to match decor

The goodie bags: I could not find 10 of the same Miss Spider book at any bookstore, so I did a mixture of books to accommodate the different ages and genders. Also add some little slinky’s and glow in the dark bracelets in lime green. The girls got a sunflower in their bag!

My homemade bugs and colored lanterns

Buggy facts I printed off of Nick Jr.

The printables to color and a “I promise to be good to bugs” certificate

All sitting down for pizza!

Me with my sweets!

It is no secret that I love parties! Especially kid parties! Let me know your favorite themes and ones that have been successful! This sort of thing is the sweet part of life!

Girl’s Horse Birthday Party

This Horse Birthday Party was originally hosted by Tammy from the Southern Cottage Cakery.
Tammy makes cakes so you know the cake is going to be gorgeous! And it IS! Oh my it is simply fabulous! The rest of her party details are fantastic as well so scroll on down the post and check them out!

oh…by the way….are you a follower of this blog yet? I just recently added the followers widget on the right sidebar. I’ve got a giveaway coming up from a partyware store that you won’t want to miss…but you have to be a follower to enter. Stay tuned for more details.

Enjoy this horse themed birthday party….

This has been an absolutely crazy week for me since my daughters birthday is on the 8th and my husbands is on the 9th. Luckily, my husband only wanted Key Lime pie for his birthday dessert, but my daughter wanted a big birthday bash with 15 of her preteen friends. She wanted ANOTHER horse party since she is obsessed with horses! She rides English, so I thought it would be appropriate to have a cake that depicted that.

This is an 8″ cake that I covered in white fondant first to make the white undershirt and then I covered the white with black to make the jacket. This was a trial and error kinda cake since I hadn’t done it before, so I am sorry if I don’t give the most detailed instructions.

Anyway, I made the hat by using rice crispy treats that I bought in a box (i must have used 20 of the things) from the store. I smushed them altogether (doesn’t sound to appetizing) to make the shape of the helmet and then built it up with black fondant to make it bigger. After getting it the size I wanted, I covered the whole thing in black fondant and then added the front part. I made the ribbon out of blue fondant and fan folded it in a circular motion (did this at least three times to get it right) and then let it dry and painted on the gold with luster dust mixed with extract.

The whip is a piece of covered floral wire that I inserted into a piece of fondant that had been rolled to the size I wanted, and then I added the end, etc.

The buttons are done using fondant and two different sized circle cutters to make it look more realistic.

I am happy with the way it turned out, but my daughter and her friends were most impressed and that made me happiest!

Here a few other photos from the party:

I bought bags from Michaels and printed off initials of all the girls that were coming to the party. I used flower and circle punches I had from all my craft supplies. The polka dotted ribbon was purchased from Michaels and the green from WalMart. The colors matched the party theme perfectly!

These were water bottles that I just added cut cardstock to and then happened to find Propel packets that matched the color theme to insert inside.

Here is a tutorial on How to make the water bottle pouch!

This is an ice bucket I purchased from Southern living at Home! Love it ! I use it for every party I have!

Our aunt just happened to have an ice bucket to match the colors!

The girls got ribbons for winning the games we played. We played games like bobbing for carrots (we hung them from a string and they had to eat it fastest. We had a jumping course where they had to compete to see who could finish with the best time and then we threw horseshoes to see who could throw them the furthest. It was alot of fun but very hot and humid (as you can see by the way some of pictures are blurred)!

My daugther decorated the yard with some of her horseback riding equipment! It was a great day and the girls seemed to have a great time!

A Plethera of Parties!

Jeri over at Got 2 Have Faith put together one post that featured a few of the parties she has thrown for her kids. There are lots of fun ideas to see so enjoy the parties!

Below are just some of the parties that I have planned for my little girls. I hope that it will led to inspiration for your next party.

Ni Hao! Kai-Lan
for under $60

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Almost everything on this table is handmade. www.nickjr.com saved me this year. On their website you can find all of these printables and more for any of their Nick characters (i.e. Dora, Diego, Backyardigans).

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My very happy 3rd year old possing in front of her Kai-Lan theme party table! So, let’s start with the cupcakes. The cupcakes are semi-homemade using box mix and tub icing. I topped each with a fortune cookie (found at Walmart, 12 for $2.99). (Cake, icing and cupcake liners at Target for $5.20 total.) The sprinkles I had on hand. Hint: double wrap the cupcakes with 2 different colors to make more festive.

Parker Birthday 2009 002The invitations: from www.nickjr.com

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Decorations: These cute lanterns are printables from www.nickjr.com. I run them out on my inkjet, cut and assembled. They are really cute but time consuming. I only had the energy to make 3 total. Instead of expensive photopaper, I just used a white cardstock and used the economy print setting to save ink. This worked just fine. (Cost: $0, since I had the ink and paper on hand.)

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The  small blue lanterns (above) are made from toilet paper rolls that I collected for over a month. I covered each with a blue cardstock (from our craft box stash), added the red strip from the streamer roll, punched 2 holes and hung them with string (also from our craft box). (Cost: $1 for 2 rolls of steamers at Dollar Tree, which will be used again in the party.)

Parker Birthday 2009 025The cute printable “fortune tellers” (below) are from www.nickjr.com. Also I printed the “Say it Two Ways” card from the same website (left).

Parker Birthday 2009 033And, the Kai-Lan fans were printables along with the cup art. The cup art is actually a juice box planter printable but I printed it out from my inkjet, used markers to color in, then cut out and taped to the front of the cups. I also run out and cut out the straw toppers.

Parker Birthday 2009 046Panda Oragami. Found on, you guessed it, nickjr.com. The google eyes were $1 at Joann’s and the template I printed out. The older kids like doing this craft. They thought it was neat since they had never experienced paper folding before. The little kids need adult help.

Parker Birthday 2009 028Party Favors: I used more saved toliet paper rolls. Cover the roll with light blue tissue paper, secured 1 end with 1/2 of a pipe cleaner, fill with small candy (Kisses, candy corn & Reese’s), then secure the open end with the other half of the pipe cleaner. I finished it off with a red band of streamer. (Cost: tissue paper I had on hand. Pipe cleaner $1 at Dollar Tree, candy $1 for candy corn. I had Kisses & Reese’s in the pantry.)

Food: Koolaid ($ .52), frozen pizzas ($15.33 at Target), Mandrain Oranges (2 cans for $1.78), mixed veggies (brocolli, cauliflower & carrots $6.27), veggie dip ($3.79), chips ($3), ice cream cups (12 for $2.99).

Misc: Pocci chocolate sticks ($4.99), chopsticks (10 pack for $1.07 at Walmart), table clothes (2 for $2 at Dollar Tree), also from Dollar Tree I bought all the plates, cake plates, forks, cups and napkins for $1 each (total of $5). So, if you’re keeping track that was a GRAND TOTAL OF $59.93!


  • Make a “wish list” of what you would like to have at the party then find ways to do it cheaper.
  • Check your local Dollar Tree or Dollar Store for unusual items. You would be suprised what these stores have.
  • Shop on Clearance. I bought Parker’s birthday presents, a Kai-Lan lunch box for $2.50 and a Hello Kitty Tent, for just $4.98 on clearance!
  • When making decorations be sure to allow plenty of time to cut out and make. I started in September making everything for this party.
  • Search the web for printables. This saved me big time!
  • Search around your house to see what you might have on hand already. My theme colors came from the tissue paper and colored cardstock that I had on hand.

Punk Princess.


This party was for my daughter’s 7th birthday. I designed the skull and cross bones in Adobe Illustrator and had the cake shop make an eatable image from my print out. The large confetti on the table is from a scrapbook website that I printed out on my ink jet printer, then cut out each image and taped to the table cloth boughht at Dollar Tree.
The blog is: http://saras-scraps.blogspot.com


These images are also from that scrapbook blog above. I enlarged the images, printed them out and cut and tied the images together with black streamers. I also made each image 2 sided.


I bought some cupcakes from the bakery and made the cupcake picks by printing out the large confetti pieces and gluing each to a toothpick.

Candyland Birthday.


The invitations for my daugther’s 2nd birthday was a Candyland theme. I purchased a sucker photo image from a popular photo website (sorry, I can’t remember which one). In Adobe Illustrator I created the type in a circle, then opened that file into Adobe Photoshop Elements. This made the type a transparent layer. From there I changed the transparency to 25% of the sucker image in the background then positioned the Illustrator type on a top layer. I set all the other text on several other layers. I also positioned on a layer a 100% image of the sucker (side by side), this served as the reverse side of the invite. I ran the images out to fit (front and back images) on an 8.5×11 sheet of photo card stock to my ink jet printer, cut them out and glued each the images together with a large popsicle stick in between. I then wrote “You’re Invited” on the popsicle stick with a Sharpy marker and handed the invites out to the invited guests.


For the party favors I created in Photoshop Elements a wrap for a Hershey bar. I started with a freebie download of the wrap from a website I wish I had wrote down and modified it to fit my needs. (sorry again)


As you can see I am no cake designer. My 7 year old also helped decorate the cake too. I make a 3 layer cake then used some mini cupcakes and mini ice cream cone cupkaes to decorate the cake. We got a little crazy with the sprinkles and candy!


Truly a homemade cake…but it tasted sooooo good!


For the table setting  I used bright colors as in the game Candyland. The table cloth, napkins, crazy straws and plastic (reuseable) cups I purchased at the Dollar Store.


And of course, oodles of candy. Whatever was leftover went home with guests as part of the party favors! I used simple brown paper bags for the take home loot along with a Hershey bar.

pom martiniCandy for the adults: Rose’s Pomegranite Martini. Just use the mix, add vodka, shake with ice and served in a sugar rimmed glass. Yummy! Caution, after 2 of these I couldn’t photograph my feet let alone my daughter opening presents, so go easy on these! Or, at least take as many pictures as

Secret Agent Spy Party

This Secret Agent Spy party was originally hosted by Kim from the Monson Family.
Ok, as soon as I saw the “laser” maze I was AMAZED! It’s such a simple idea, but I bet the kids had an absolute blast trying to do that. So fun!

Enjoy Kim’s Secret Agent party….

On Saturday I helped Rebekah with Bentley’s birthday party. It was a fun Secret Agent/ Spy Party. When the kids first came in, they got their photo taken and then they were fingerprinted (where we made agent IDs. (They got them at the end of the party as a “you completed the missions you are now an official top secret agent!” Then, Jameson made a little video that the kids went WILD over, and then they had 3 missions. During each mission they would collect clues. Mission 1: Deactivate the bombs! (pop the balloons because 2 of them had a clue inside), Mission 2: The obstacle Course (which was INTENSE! The lights were out, a fog machine was going, lasers were pointing, guards were in the way, tunnels to climb through, a strobe light, and the best part of all time: cameras set up! The idea was that the kids couldn’t get caught on the camera. So the video’s were being played on the TV, so the kids could look up and see if they were hidden or not. It’s hard to explain but it was really fun!) The last mission was to climb through the laser security system to get the clues. Afterwards the kids collected the clues and put them together like a puzzle, decoded the message and searched for the goody bags!

I love throwing parties, and I seriously wish I could make a career out of this!

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After a crazy week, we stopped by my family’s house on the way home. I was sad that I could only see them for an hour or two, but I will see them again soon. I made my little sister’s dress while I was in Frederick, which meant a few late nights (4 am!) When I gave her the dress I only had 1 alteration to make, which took a total of 5 minutes! I think it turned out really cute and I can’t wait to see her homecoming pictures.

And this I thought was really cute of Brooklyn on the drive home. I love how she is kicked back with her bottle, just enjoying life. (Little does she know- that the next day the bottle will be gone forever!!!)

Where the Wild Things Are & Willy Wonka

I’ve got two parties for your viewing pleasure today. The first is a party that has a theme based on the book “Where the Wild Things Are”. The second is based on another children’s favorite…Willy Wonka.

This Where the Wild Things Are Birthday Party was originally hosted on Mommy Star’s Blog. It was her friend Jessica’s party.

Enjoy this Wild party……

My best friend, Jessica, had her son’s 1st birthday party today. It was the cutest thing and she is so great with the details. Her son, Mason, had a “Where the Wild Things Are” party. She also drew these picture from the book for him too. They are awesome! Come and check out Mason’s party.

Party Favors for all the kids

Mason’s boat

One of Jessica’s drawing. It’s it great?

And I must have forgotten to take a photo of the other picture.

Mason & Mommy

Happy Birthday Little One!

Opening his present from Mommy & Daddy – He loved that ribbon!

He loved the Lollipop Drum we gave him. (All the kids always love this drum in music class.)

We all had a great time at the party, especially the kids.

Happy 1st Birthday Mason!


This next party is a Willy Wonka theme and was originally hosted by Love Sick Events.

Enjoy this yummy party….

That’s right the Willy Wonka Baby Shower has come and gone. I have full filled my sweet tooth for awhile. Here is a few pics of the Shower from this weekend.

The theme was “Willy Wonka“, full of lots of great candy. The centerpieces were glitter top hats stacked with candy sprinkled around the edges with tissue paper grass used as the table runner. To hold the Pictures I used Amy from stem parties Fab bottle picture holder idea. I filled the baby bottles with gumballs and they turned out oh so cute.There was of course a candy bar full of delicious delights…. Bubble Gumball machines , small and large. We also served cotton candy which the little ones loves and the big kids too.I was able to find these great giant gummy bears also. I just want to bite the heads off.

This was a brunch shower so we had a “Scrumdidilyumptious” breakfast bar: Golden eggs, Charlie Bucket Cereal Bar, Mike Tevee Sausage, and Augustus Gloop Animal shape Waffles. For Drinks we served Fizzy Lifting Drinks “stirred not sucked” Lollipops swirled into a glass of champagne until it dissolves and infuses the bubbly with flavor(a recipe i got from a magazine I cant remember), Mimosa, and Ooompa Loompa Orange Juice. For the cereal bar we put the milk in baby bottles “got milk?”. In baby food jars we made mini banana pudding. We put donut holes and Carmel crunch in popcorn boxes.

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.
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.)


Also…Eleanor from Pink Peppermint Paper has posted some FREE printable items that you will find useful during this Christmas season! Check them out and download them today!

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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.

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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!

This Pinkalicious Birthday Party was originally hosted by Leslie from Along the Road.
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….

This table became the “green food” table. Remember
Pinkalicious had to eat green food to turn back to normal.

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.
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.
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!
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!
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


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…..







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!

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