So Many Party Ideas to Share!

So many parties…so little time! So…I’ve got another mini feature for ya’ll!

This shark party was a big hit and you can view the details over at SMR Party Wear

This first birthday celebration can be viewed over at Mayken, Inc.

This polkadot party was thrown for 3 little princesses! It was hosted over at Life on Brixton Lane.


This next party was fancy…..Fancy Nancy! Hop on over to Busy Bee Birthday to see more.

Mini Feature Time!

I’m rockin’ the mini feature today! So be sure to click through to each party to see more pictures and party details!

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Check out the Mystery of Disguise birthday party from Three Pumpkins Little.

Abigail from Piece of Cake threw a fun Jungle themed party!

Mrs. J from Bless our Nest blessed some friends with a farewell party

Remember to click through to view these parties!

Safari Birthday Party

Allison submitted her picasa web album of the Safari Themed party she threw for her son’s second birthday. Be sure to view her entire album because there are soooo many more fun pictures to see!



Mr. Linky Monday – You can Inspire Someone Today

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!
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* Carnival Baby shower
* Minnie Mouse
* Wear your old bridesmaids dress
* Little girls tea party
* tinkerbell
* girl Rock Star
* Martini Party – 50 yr. old
* Pink Baby Shower
* Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday
* Tailgate Shower (Couples Shower)
* Halloween Wine Party
* Boy Train Party
* Abby Cadabby
* Girls 1st Cupcake
* Zebra/Teen
* Army
* Book Themed Baby Shower
* GI Joe
* Bridal
* Halloween Costume Party – 25th birthday
* Girls Disco
* Dr. Seuss
* Butterfly Garden Baby Shower
* Olivia, The Pig
* Strawberry Shortcake
* Backwards Party
* Turtle Theme (1 yr.)
* Baseball (5 yr.)
* Birthday for a 1yr. old & 5yr. old born on same day

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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!!!

Weekend Etsy Feature – PartyPoms

Sorry everybody…I’m a bit delinquent getting the request form up this weekend…but it’s up now!

Found a fun etsy shop today and thought I’d share! It’s called Party Poms. Check out this little picture of eye candy and then head over to etsy to see more!

Giraffe Inspired Birthday Party

This Giraffe Inspired Birthday party was originally hosted by Amy over at Tonality Designs.
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I love when parties are inspired by the little things that kids love. And this kid loves giraffes. The invites are super fun and unique. I love how they really transformed the backyard and created zones for all the party fun. This party just looks like it was filled with laughter and life!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Amy’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Amy’s party…..and make sure to head over to the original party post to see more pictures and get more details.

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The inspiration all started with Drew and his love for giraffes. “Giraffe” could almost be considered Drew’s first word after MaMa and DaDa, so Drew’s parents knew they wanted a giraffe motif, but they didn’t want anything too cheesy. Hence the modern and fun Pingg Evite we designed.
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I think we created a perfect setting for all to get lost in the fun. Created balloon arch and had different “kid zones” – slide, bounce house, train and puppet show.

Yes the details were all there.
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Pink & Brown Baby Shower

This Pink & Brown Baby Shower was originally hosted by Kristin over at A Chicky La La.
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Take Pink & Brown and throw in some polkadots and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an adorable baby shower. The pink baby buggy is such a sweet and fabulous addition to the decor. The polkadot cake is just way too cute and the table settings look very inviting!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Kristin’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Kristin’s Baby Shower…..be sure to head on over to her blog to see more pictures and party details!

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My first shower was yesterday…. I am still so exhausted from putting all the wonderful gifts away, but I had to do an update!!

I had a wonderful time, everything was beautiful and my mom was an excellent hostess!

My AWESOME cake… my friend Amy is a pastry chef and made this special for me. I told her I didn’t want to know a thing about it- definately a stray from the usually Kristin. Hehe.

It tasted amazing and it looked great. Everyone raved about how cute and yummy it was! Yah!!

Close-up of the diaper cake.

Close-up of the little buggy.

Sock Monkey Birthday Party

This Sock Monkey Birthday Party was originally hosted over at Oh My Gluestick!
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Sock Monkey….it doesn’t get much more timeless than that! And what a fun and cute idea for a party theme! Oh My Gluestick has put together a great party with lots of ways to incorporate the sock monkey into the theme. I really love the magnets….fantabulous!!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Oh My Gluestick to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Oh My Gluestick’s Sock Monkey party…..don’t forget to click over to the original post for many more details!!

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This year, for my son’s first birthday we threw him a sock monkey party. For Halloween last year, he was a sock monkey {super adorable!} and the image of him has stuck with me since. Every time I see a sock monkey, I melt and think of my sweet little boy.

When it came to planning the party, I had a really hard time finding anything sock monkey party related! So, I rolled up my sleeves and designed the entire party from start to finish myself from favor bags to his smash cake topper.

The invitations


The favor bags are tiny and perfect; just enough to hold a few small treats and not worry other mommies with, “What in the world will I do with this?” I designed a special and unique favor bag for each tiny guest. No one had the same one. They each had a hand designed tag with their name on it and were filled with a few hershey kisses, a swirly straw {huge hit and 99 cents for a box of assorted colors at Walmart in the party isle}, a mini kazoo {my son’s absolute favorite instrument}, and a handmade sock monkey fridge magnet on top of homemade crinkle paper. Thank you tags were tucked inside for each guest.

Favor Bags

Thank you tags

Sock Monkey Fridge Magnet party favors

Most of everything you see here is available at http://www.sockmonkeyparty.com/. If it’s not there and you want, just ask. I can duplicate anything in this post custom for your party.

Don’t forget that there are MORE Sock Monkey Party details to see over at Oh My Gluestick! Make sure to check it out!

Pirate Birthday Party – ARRRGH!

This Pirate Birthday Party was originally hosted by Korie over at We Will Always Have Paris.
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Well I don’t think I’ve seen a much cuter Pirate than Baby G! She’s adorable! I really love what they did with the ships. How fun to build them and then have the kids decorate them. THEN add in a water fight and you’ve got MAGIC! I bet the kids had an absolute blast!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Korie’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Korie’s Pirate party…..and please visit her party post to see the rest of the party!

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Baby G’s 4th birthday party was this weekend, and she (once again) wanted to have a pirate-themed party. So, I drafted the invitations:

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Once the kids were done decorating the ships, we loaded them up with buckets of water balloons and let them have a pirate battle:

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Check out the pirate cake:

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Make sure to sail on over to Korie’s Blog for all the Pirate Party Details. There’s more to see!

Adopt a Puppy Birthday Party

This Adopt a Puppy Birthday party was originally hosted by Staci over at Designing & Motherhood.
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I love how Staci took the time to thoughtfully plan this party ahead of time so that she was able to be frugal AND FABULOUS! I love all the food items. They look super yummy and they totally compliment the theme. She took the time to share recipes so be sure to check it out on her blog. This puppy party is so cute and I think it would be a fun theme for any little boy or girl.

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Staci’s blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Staci’s Puppy party…..

There’s so much to see that Staci has two posts. All the backyard party details. All the food details.

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I enjoy giving the gift of a theme party to my girls. I view the b-day parties as a gift of love from mother to daughter. (and I do it with a thrifty heart & mind). I am glad I had the energy to do this party in May for my 4 year old daughter.

When I shop I am always thinking ahead. I saw these cute puppies for 75% off at Walmart in late February. They were on the after Valentine’s day clearance and they came to be $2.50 a piece. They don’t scream Valentine’s day red or a “lovey dovey” V-day theme. It was right then I had the idea-How about an adopt a puppy party for my daughter’s birthday? The idea stemmed from the Build a Bear workshop concept. You know the concept-you go to stations in the store with a stuffed animal. I can’t afford to take 9 girls to Build a Bear and this sounded like fun to create my own party at home.

Welcome to the Adopt a Puppy Party in my backyard.

Puppy paw print cupcakes

I used Rasinetes and Junior mints

Puppy bone rice crispy treats


Don’t forget to visit Staci’s blog for a ton more of the party details!

Mr. Linky Monday – Party Theme Inspiration

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!
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* Book Club Meeting for young girls
* Barnyard Theme
* Welcome Home (Military)
* Wii
* Kid’s Magic Party
* Minnie Mouse
* Pink Poodle in Paris
* Sesame Street
* Bugs
* Monkey
* Abby Cadabby
* Noah’s Ark Baby Shower
* Pirates
* Cute Halloween Party
* Fall Dinner Party
* Birthday Parties for girls
* 4yr. old
* 10 yr. old
* 16 yr. old
* KIDROBOT (the character)
* Golf
* Robot Theme
* Dora
* Emmy Viewing Party
* Game Day Gatherings (football)
* Art Party
* Wine Tasting
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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!!!

NEWS FLASH**New Submission Form

I’m sure you’ve been noticing that load time has slowed down a bit on this blog. I believe that’s because this blog is “picture heavy”! Not only does the blog have to load pictures from blogger..but it also has to load pics from all the sites I copy and paste from depending on the blog being featured. Anyhooo…I will get to the point. I’m changing things up a bit. I’ve added something to the “Submit A Party” form. It’s picture uploads. From now on when you submit a party you will also submit the 3 pictures that best represent your party. Those 3 pictures will get posted along with the description YOU provide on the form.

Of course I have several submissions to go through before I start using the ones that will use the updated form. So for now I will still copy and paste directly from the original post, but I will most likely be posting fewer pictures with each post. So be sure to get in the habit of clicking through to the original party post from now on.

What will this change do?
1. It will hopefully help to speed up the load time by decreasing the amount of pictures.
2. It will drive traffic to the blog of the featured party since viewers will HAVE to click through to view ALL the party details. That’s a good thing!

There are more changes and surprises in the works! Hopefully planning to unveil them in a couple weeks! I think ya’ll are REALLY gonna love it!

Weekend Features

Superhero Birthday Parties seem to be a popular request. So when I came across this Etsy shop called HomemadeHeroes I just had to share it with you. These capes are fabulous and some of them are even reversible. She’s got capes for boys and girls!



Be sure to hop on over to HomemadeHeroes to see all the options!

While your hopping around blogland please be sure to stop by some of the stores of Creative Parties & Showers most recent sponsors:

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OH BOY! Baby Shower

This OH BOY baby shower was originally hosted over at Soiree Design.
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This was a fun baby shower filled with blessings and surprises! The invitation filled with baby onesies was a great jumping off point. I love how all the onesie was carried through to the banner and the cake. THE CAKE! How cute is that cake? LoVe it!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Soiree Designs Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Soiree Design’s party…..

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Last Sunday was my baby shower for our little boy that will be here shortly. It wasn’t a surprise, so of course I made all of the decorations, which was so much fun for me. My mom threw the shower, but she knows how much I like to put these parties together, so she gave me free reign with the decor. As you can see from the pics, I made an “Oh Boy” banner, food and beverage signs, table confetti, water bottle wraps, cupcake toppers,favor and game signs, napkin rings, and candy vessel signs.

The invite came from TinyPrints
I put one on display in a frame that I got from Ikea and matted it with paper to match the rest of the decor.

One of my good friends, Nicole, had the cake made. It was delicious and matched the onesie that I had on the banner.

One of my besties, Ama, flew in from Atlanta to surprise me (that sneaky little thing) and my hormones got the best of me. It caused a chain reaction and soon the whole room of women was in tears.

For the games we had a diaper bonanza, which I explained in a previous post along with a baby word scramble and Celebrity Baby matching game. My mom put the folders together with the games, a pen, and the envelope for the thank you cards, so that the guests could fill out their addresses in between the games. A lot of people are anti baby shower games. I completely understand why. It is time consuming, especially when you know it could take over an hour to open the gifts, but I also think it’s fun for the guests to have interaction and win a nice prize at the end of the game. We had simple prizes, but they were certainly well liked. Each of the winners took home a Target gift card(who doesn’t like Target?) and tahitian foot scrub from Bath and Body Works. The foot scrub was fitting because the prizes were placed in little blue boxes with baby footprints all over them.


Cupcake toppers that I made with cardstock and coordinating paper.

The favors are mini anti-bacterial hand gel from Bath and Body Works. Everyone loved them. There were a few left over, but you can never have too much hand sanitizer as a new mommy! We put the favors in a little blue tub that I found in the $1 spot at Target. I made the sign and attached it to a paint stick.

It was such a nice day and I feel truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and family in my life.

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Love you all!

Totally Tubular 80′s Party

This Totally Tubular 80′s Party was originally hosted by Divine Party Concepts.
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Ok, like this party like totally speaks to me! The 80′s were some good times! And is it just me or is it freaking out the rest of you children of the 80′s to see some of the trends coming back! I think the cassette tapes as “streamers” is genius and I’m in LOVE with the pac-man cake! I also think it’s like totally awesome how they even like included like the bathroom into the event by adding some totally 80′s touches! This party is psychedelic! Like, FOR SURE!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Divine Party Concepts to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Divine Party Concept’s 80′s party…..

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This weekend we had an 80’s party and I LOVED planning this because I do love the 80’s!

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When guests got to the front door they were greeted with this sign.

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I made a totally 80’s backdrop to take pictures of everyone in their 80’s gear. That’s probably the only time that I will EVER use foil tinsel.

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I made signs with sayings from the 80’s all around the house. Some of them were:

Where’s the Beef; Gnarly; Gag Me with a Spoon; Who Killed JR

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The table was decorated with memorabilia from the 80’s. I had a record player with pop rocks, candy necklaces and ring pops on it. There were Uno cards, old cassette tapes and even my old skates from way back when….

The yellow paper is a list of “You Know You Remember the 80’s When…”

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The Pac Man cake…

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I hung cassette tapes (got this idea from Kara) from the chandelier. I also hung candy necklaces, glow sticks and glow bracelets with the tapes.

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Now onto the food and drinks…

I made a bowl out of an old record and used it to serve chips in.

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I made signs for all of the food that related to an 80’s movie, song or memorabilia. Some of them were Like a Virgin Drinks; Mystic Pizza Rolls and Three Amigos Salsa.

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I even tried to keep our guest bathroom with the theme. I had Aqua Net hairspray and pink glitter hair spray set out on the counter. You know you have to keep your hair BIG!!! Look at the note I had on the wall…..

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Lastly, here is a glimpse of what my husband and I looked like. It was actually a little scary how much I really looked like I did back then!

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It was Gnarly!!!

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