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.

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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!

Baby Shower Bliss Mini Feature

Looking for some Baby Shower inspiration? Today is your day! I’ve got a few party submissions that you will definitely want to take a look at. So take a look, but don’t forget to visit the original party post because there is so much more to see for each shower!

Check out this totally Chic Baby Shower with Zebra Print from Alysia over at Prost to the Host.

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More pictures and details can be seen on Alysia’s blog.
This Rubber Ducky Baby Shower was originally hosted by Susan from Thoughts from over the Rainbow.

View more details about this Rubber Ducky Party at the original post.
Katie from It’s All In the Details threw a fabulous Bird themed Baby Shower….

More details and pics from this party can be found on Katie’s party post.
This Hello Kitty Baby Shower comes to ya’ll courtesy of Ms. Jasmine over at Love Sick Events.

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Don’t forget to check out Ms. Jasmine’s blog for more details.
Be sure to take the time to visit all these fabulous parties!

Mr. Linky Monday

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!
*1st Birthday Monkey on Halloween
*Teddy Bear
*Employee Christmas Party
*Super Baby
*Polkadot Bridal Party
*Nautical Baby Shower
*Chic Pink Bridal Shower
*Where the Wild Things Are
*60th Birthday Party
*Winter ONEderland
*Owl – 1st Birthday
*1st Birthday – Snowglobes/Elves
*Ballerina 4th Birthday
*Butterfly Birthday
*Vintage Tain
*Survivor Party
*Bee Party
*Tropical/Under the Sea
*Horton – Dr. Seuss
*Table Top Settings – Thanksgiving – Christmas – Easter
*Bridal Showers
*Baby Showers



Get Linky

Well, you caught me….

It’s past midnight and I was on my way to bed when I realized that I forgot to set up a post for today.  I’m tired and heading to bed but I didn’t want to leave ya’ll totally hanging.  So……

I decided I would leave it up to ya’ll today instead!

So, LINK UP PEOPLE! I would encourage you to focus on the seasonal parties that are coming our way, but today is a free-for-all.  You may link to any kind of party you would like!

(oh, and I’ll apologize in advance for anyone who submitted a Halloween/Harvest party to be featured.  Most likely I will never even open your email until after Thanksgiving….that’s how far behind I am.  Link up to them today! On that note…. those of you who have Christmas Parties to share….start sending them in now!)

***I had actually hit “publish post” and then decided I just couldn’t let you down…so here is an oldie but goodie post of mine from like two years ago for your viewing pleasure:


Thanksgiving Dinner…..Hosted by YOUR KIDS!

I suppose you COULD go as far as to have your kids fix the meal….tv dinners or something….but that’s not what I’m talking about.

Last year I decided to have my kids host thanksgiving dinner. Together we made invitations and sent them out to the family. We also worked together and made placemats, placecards, and napkin rings. The placemats and napkin rings were made with the intention of using them for as many years as they last.

I kept it very simple. I bought some heavy corduroy fabric and cut it into squares. Then the kids help glue on silk leaves and ribbon that I bought at the craft store.

Then we all worked together and made napkin rings. They were simple rings made of wire and beads. These should last for many years.

Of course you could go “fancy” and use nice plates and everything

But this is where naming your KIDS the host gives you an advantage…..
We used charger plates to keep it fancy looking, but on the charger plates we used paper plates. You can totally get away with that when kids are the hosts! And HELLO…clean up was a snap!

I’m excited to pull these items out and use them again this year. The kids were so proud last year and everybody just raved about the beautiful table.

I just wanted to encourage you to get your kids involved in hosting family events. It’s fun to watch them take ownership and to see the beaming smile on their faces when they get all the compliments.


Now….get linky!

Enjoy the parties!

Bee Themed Birthday Party

Today our party is courtesy of Silly Bee’s Chickadees. This is a fun bright yellow Bee Themed Party.

Yellow…it’s just so yummy! It just grabs you and pulls you right into this party. Personally I’m terrified of bees….because I’ve never been stung before…but this Bee themed party even won me over! How could it not with all the fun little touches.

Enjoy Silly Bee’s Chickadees party…..

We celebrated my mom’s big birthday and it was soooo much fun. My sister, a few of Mom’s girlfriends and I hosted Queen Bea’s Surprise Birthday Jubilee! The party brought together a group of amazing women from across the country who have been awesome friends to Mom over the years. It was a great afternoon and so much fun visiting with old friends and new. Boy was she surprised!!!


The theme was bees and circles representing Mom’s circle of friends. The party room was decorated in white and shades of yellow, which just happened to match my dining room! (No, I didn’t paint the walls to match, Silly Miss Sillypants). Round paper lanterns, honeycomb-style paper globes and handmade tissue paper flowers hung from the ceiling above the food table and in the corners of the den.


My sister made fun party favors with cute little jars and yellow Jelly Bellys-one of Mom’s faves. She also made fabulous baskets for the door prize winners filled with loads of Burt’s Bees products and a yummy candle. She even sewed a little bee onto the baskets! The biggest basket went to the party game winner- the one who knew the most facts of Queen Bea’s life. (Q- Where did Bea meet Victor? A- At the Hurry Burger. Dad flipped hamburgers and Mom was the shake girl.)


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Wanna see more pictures and details from this bee themed party? Visit the original party post. There’s a ton more to see!

Time To Party Hop!

So many parties to share….so little time! So it’s time for a mini-feature…..come party hop around blogland with me:

First we will visit Heather over at Cookie Mondays and check out her Bug Party

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dirt and worms dessert
To see more bug party details and pictures visit the original party post.

Next ‘Along the Road’ is Leslie’s Pinkalicous Party


pink party favors
visit the original party post to see more pinkalicous pictures!

Hungry from blog party hopping? Then head on over to Vanessa’s Cookie Swap!


Wanna see more cookie swap goodness? Visit Vanessa’s original party post!

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