Bug Themed Party – Happy Bugday!

This Bug Party was originally hosted by Jenn over at Cookin’ Up Crafty Fun.
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This is a cute theme! The invitations that open up to reveal the caterpillar are so creative and for the receiver…unexpected! Everything is so well coordinated. I really like the banner and the unique way that each letter hangs on the ribbon. Oh..and the cake! How cute is that cake?

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

Enjoy Jenn’s party…..

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Since I haven’t made anything this week, I thought I would share some old pictures of my son’s birthday party last September. It was his first birthday, and as I have said, I love themes. His birthday theme was bugs. There was no better bug to help me achieve this theme than my cricut. Lets just say that my cricut saw a lot of action. I made caterpillar invites inspired by this one that I saw on SCS. They folded up into one circle and fit perfectly into an A2 envelope. I ordered The Very Lonely Firefly from Books A Million’s bargain bin online. I put a book and some gummy worms and these adorable bug cookies in each bag. We made a caterpillar cake. It was quite buggy.


The invites

William’s birthday card. The ‘thank you’ cards. The goodie bags.
The centerpiece.



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Jenn is also the woman behind Parties By Hardie. I have to give her party blog a shout out because I just finished designing it for her last week and she has a brand new look. Make sure to hop on over to her blog Parties By Hardie and check it out!!! Here is a sneak peak…

Super Sweet Birthday

This Sweet Shop Birthday Party was originally hosted by the Hacker Family.
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If you came here looking for some SWEET party ideas…you came to the right place! This birthday party is filled with ALL things SWEET! Cupcakes, cakes, cupcake pops, chocolate dipped pretzels, lollipops….you name it…it’s got it all! So many yummy ideas, so be sure to check them all out.

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

Enjoy the Hacker Family’s party…..

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The party was a huge success and I somehow found the time and energy to make everything that I wanted to for her “Sweet Shop” spread and then some. I was so happy with how everything turned out.

It started with an idea to do something with cupcakes and took off from there. As Travis says, I have a tendancy to go a little nuts when it comes to party planning, but what can I say – I love every minute of it. I am by far my own worst enemy.
Every detail was account for from the tablescape to the homemade treats. I even had a dress made for Avery, a better picture of that to come later.

All in all, it was a great way to celebrate Avery’s first birthday. I think she’ll enjoy these pictures in the years to come.

The cupcake tower is a great find, I was so excited to finally find it after seeing it on someone’s blog. I lined it with scrapbook paper and ribbon and added Avery’s tutu to the bottom of it. Expect to see this at the all the parties to come, it is so versatile and I can change out the ribbon and paper each time.
Mini sugared strawberry and vanilla cupcakes
Me and the birthday girl. Also, cupcake lollipops – thanks to Bakerella for the great recipe, www.bakerella.com
Avery’s smash cake
The birthday girl and Momo
The birthday girl taking a breather before the guest arrive in her special birthday dress.

The birthday girl in her new favorite chair – a gift from Momo and Papa
She was so cute and methodically ate the icing on the cake without making too big of a mess of course.

Homemade treats – candy coated pretzel rods for all the grown-up party guests.

Goodies for all the kiddies – metal tins from Target’s Easter stuff, cupcake magnets, stickers, candy watches and BUBBLES

I’ll post the video of Avery eating her smash cake soon.

Mr. Linky Monday – Find your Inspiration!

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!
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* Miss Spider Sunny Patch
* Wedding Shower
* Back to School Party
* Over the Hill
* 1st Birthday
* SuperHero
* Carnival Co-ed Baby Shower
* Safari/Jungle
* Strawberry Shortcake (twins)
* Sweet 16
* Dolphin Swim Party (8yr. old)
* Celebration for Completion of Cancer Treatment (2yr old)
* Cat in the Hat / Dr. Suess
* Trains
* Nature, Butterfly, Woodsy
* “ONE-derland” 1st birthday
* John Deer in Pink
* Mexican Fiesta (adult)
* Theme based on the child’s first initaial (letter “I”)
* Kids BBQ
* Babushka
* Elmo (girls)
* Girl Monkey
* Army (6yr old)
* Black & White Damask Baby Shower
* Peter Pan
* Pirate
* Mickey Mouse Club
* Princess (NOT Disney)
* Camping Theme (not a sleepover)
* Mermaid
* Pinnochio
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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 – Max and Bella

I love sharing fun things I come across with ya’ll….and I came across this super cute etsy site today so I thought I would share it. It’s a fun shop for things like Mommy Calling Cards, Business Cards, Tags, Stickers, & Labels.

It’s called Max & Bella. Just look at all the cute things…..


There is much more to see at Max & Bella. So hop on over and take a look!

Babycakes Baby Shower

This Book Inspired Baby Shower was originally hosted by Jess over at Polkadots & Pirates.
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This Baby Shower was inspired by a favorite book and nursery bedding. Everything about this shower is bright, fun, and coordinated. The invitations totally set the tone with a bold look and it flowed over into all the decor and right onto the cupcakes. I love the special touches like the matching game cards and diaper cake. I’m just LOVIN’ this baby shower theme!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Polkadots & Pirates to see what else she’s got going on! She sells FABULOUS party supplies!!

Enjoy Jess’ party…..
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Yesterday, I threw a baby shower for one of my BFs from college. Leah is one of the last in our close group of friends to have a baby, so we are all soooo excited for her. She lives about an our away from my house in Wisconsin where we went to school. We decided since most of her guests were from there as well we’d throw it at her house. That way everyone could check out the nursery progress, too!

Speaking of the nursery, that was one of the two inspirations for the shower. My friend CJ and I were talking about what the theme should be and decided Leah had picked such cute bedding from Target that we should use that as color and design inspiration. I also love the book Babycakes by Karma Wilson, so we decided to use “babycakes” as our theme.

Inspirations…
So from there, I designed these invitations…
Then after months of talk and planning, the day finally arrived. Here are some of the pics from the shower…

Our guest of honor…
The inspiration book (used as our guestbook), diaper cake (get instructions to make one here), and framed invitation served as a centerpiece on one of the tables…
We used a banner to spread our theme to the living room for gift opening…the cupcakes were the centerpiece on another table, set on three different cake plates…
and when you looked at them from the top, they mimicked our theme dots…the napkin rings in a tin were the centerpiece for the food table...We played TPIR with baby items and had a board where you could bet on baby details…Cake Box favors (I got the instructs from Better Homes and Gardens) filled with candy were sent home with guests. They can either be put together to look like a cake, or spread out by the piece, which we did to fill the rest of the cupcake table.

Aside from the freezing rain that fell at the end of the shower causing my almost 2 hour drive home, all went well! It was so fun to see so many of Leah’s friends that I haven’t seen since probably her wedding.

Bridal Shower Brunch

This Bridal Shower Brunch was originally hosted by Elissa over at Busy Me, Busy with Three.
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Elissa did such a wonderful job of blessing her friend with this Bridal Shower. I love the Barbie Bride cake. So cute! You absolutely have to take notice of the place settings. I love how she arranged the plastic ware and tied it together with a bow. Such a creative way to dress it up! The bingo cards were another fun touch.

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

Enjoy Elissa’s party…..

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My really good friend Christi is getting married in a couple of weeks. I cant believe the day is almost here. Being the Matron of Honor of course I needed to throw her a bridal shower and for Christi I wanted to make it fabulous! I decided to do a Bridal Shower Brunch.

I wanted to share it with you all not to toot my own horn but it really did turn out so nice and cute. I was really impressed with myself. Okay yea…..its to toot my own horn. LOL

The past few days the weather man has been teasing me saying it was going to rain. I didn’t have a plan B and we were eating outside. Luckily God was on my side and the weather was beautiful. Perfect!

Here was out outside viewThe table scape.Christi’s table setting.

I didn’t have enough hanging lanterns so I got this idea from the Martha Stewart’s website and made these pom poms for the center of the tents. The favors. These were part of the table scape but the guest also got to take them home as favors. I saw this idea one time at a dentist office of all places and decided to make them. They are pens covered in floral tape and put in a pot of black beans (dirt). I also made little favor tags that said “Christi’s Bridal Shower.”
I made the cake to be a bride. I really liked the way it turned out. I know I know the bride is blonde but that didn’t even cross my mind when I bought her. Oh well. She’s still a bride right?
There was a lot of yummy food at the brunch. Everyone loved scarfing it down.
I made this banner for Christi and Barry. I liked the way it turned out too.
Yummy food. Notice the juices even had the color scheme going on. Can you tell Christi’s wedding colors are pink and orange.We played fun games at the shower. Including Bridal Bingo and The Newlywed Game. For the Newlywed game I video taped and interviewed Barry. The questions were all about Christi. It was definitely the favorite game.
Me and the Bride
I loved this gift. It said something like “Happy Wife, Happy Life.” So true!
Christi loved her cake
Christ and her girls Sophie and Alex
All and all it was good times. I am so blessed to have a friend like Christi and seeing her as happy as she is makes me so excited for her. I such a blast doing this party but most importantly I wanted to make this special for her and I’m glad it was. She deserves it!

Pirate Birthday Party

This Pirate Birthday party was originally hosted by Erin at ErinAndAaron
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This is a really fun and amazing Pirate Birthday! I really love the walk the plank idea. Very fun activity for the kids. All the Jolly Roger flags flying high everywhere definitely set the stage for this party. All of the decor and accessories were just perfect and fun!

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

Enjoy Erin’s party…..

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On Saturday we threw a great 2nd birthday party for our little pirates. Here’s what we did…

I made this door hanger to welcome our guests. It let them know to come on inside since we were all out back and couldn’t hear the doorbell. Inspired from polkadots & pirates.

I replaced our garden flag with a Jolly Roger, of course!

And the back yard decorations:

A fun pirate pennant banner for the ropes that hold the patio awning in place.
We did sack lunches for everyone. The kids had a choice of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or jelly only and goldfish crackers. The adults had ham and cheese sandwiches, chips, and a pickle spear. The sandwiches were so delicious. We ordered Sheila Partin’s Sweet Sourdough bread. Yum! Each bag was sealed with a cute little sticker that we designed and had printed at zazzle.com. My hubby made the signs for the sandwiches so everyone knew what they were getting.


The awesome cake made by HEB Central Market.

I feel it is important that Owen and Mason know that they are their own person. I will always order them their own little cake so they can feel special blowing out their candles. We also sing them each Happy Birthday separately. The look on their face when they hear just their own name is priceless. They share every other day of the year so why not!

Here is the table set up this year. Last year the kids were to come in swimsuits so the majority of the party was outdoors. It was pretty hot for the rest of us so this year we decided to have a bit more indoor activity. We did not have an ‘official’ time to sit and eat, in fact, there wasn’t even enough table space for every single person. It worked out perfectly though, since some chose to eat earlier (or later) than the majority of the crowd. Tableware was ordered from The Celebration Shoppe. The pirate ship centerpiece is made by Step 2 and was a gift for Owen and Mason from Aunt Lindsay.


The kids even had their own special table.
Here is the banner I made for our fun pirate party. I think it turned out great and I’m leaving it right where it is until Owen and Mason’s actual birthday on May 10. Also inspired by polkadots & pirates.
For entertainment, we had a table set up immediately outside our back door. Each little guest was to stop here and transform into a pirate.
Red gable boxes with our personalized stickers from Zazzle included a spyglass and a treasure hunt checklist.
Here are the steps to becoming a pirate. My hubby made the sign.
Our little pirates had their choice of sash and eye patch.
Of course, every pirate needs a hook for a hand. I guess we didn’t get a close up of the little pirate hats.
What would a pirate party be if there were no plank to walk? My wonderful husband found some large buckets, drilled holes in the bottom, tied the plank on with a very pirate-y rope, and painted the words.

Here is the activity that went with the treasure hunt checklist found in the red boxes. A kiddie pool draped with burlap and filled with sand and treasure! What a hit!
The treasure that needed hunting was everything from pirate coins, loose jewels, giant gem rings, shiny necklaces, a bouncy pirate ball, and even a crocodile…tick tock, tick tock.

We also had this bean bag toss. I have to admit, it sure was hard to get those bean bags into the holes! There were a couple of activities that didn’t get their portrait taken. We had a table set up with pirate tattoos, stick-on jewels, mirrors, and black face paint to paint your own pirate mustache or beard. The tattoos and jewels were a hit but the face painting was not. Oh well. We also had a table set up to design your own treasure map. A large piece of paper that looked old and a sticker sheet with everything needed to make it look map-like. These cool little things were ordered from Oriental Trading.
Since our crowd of kids were too young to follow and actual map and find a treasure, we hung our treasure from our patio awning. Inside was filled with lots of kid-friendly goodies…goldfish, smarties, raisins, fruit chews, and of course, ring pops! What’s a pirate without a giant ring pop?
Here are a couple of views of our backyard. Nothing too crazy, but it sure worked out great!

Mother/Daughter Spa party

This Mother / Daughter Spa Party was originally hosted by Trendee Wife.
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I really love this idea. What a fun way to get to spend time with your friends and your daughter.
That basket of colorful flip flops is so stinkin’ cute!! The magazine table…lovin’ it! Those cute little cookies with the spa robes! Oh my goodness that’s definitely a great example of how to add creativity into a spa party!

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

Enjoy the Trendee Wife’s party…..

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This past weekend I hosted a mother/daughter spa party in celebration of Mother’s Day. We celebrated the weekend before because I figured it would be hard to get everyone together on Mother’s Day (plus I had a dance competition). The party went great! It started with a basket of flip flops asking to change their shoes and a sign welcoming them to “Salon De Dennis”. After everyone came inside, we offered them a beverage. I made sure that we had refreshing beverages like teas, lemonades, water, etc. I had made personalized water bottles from name badge templates and setup magazines and appetizers while they waited for everyone to arrive.


TIP: I labeled everything so as I was trying to entertain guests, they could see what each drink and dip was so they didn’t have to track me down.

After everyone arrive, I begain serving lunch. I had the best experience with Chick Fil A. Their website was easy to use, I had no problem with my order when I got there, they were resonably priced and they had the light and healthy food that I wanted. I would recommend them to anyone.
I had my mom and mother-in-law bring a few side dishes ( I know I know, it was for the moms, so I shouldn’t have had them bring anything, but they always INSIST! And if I don’t tell them what to being, they bring something anyways. Plus I didn’t have a whole lot of time to prep because I had my eye surgery the weekend before). I ordered cookies that were girls in robes from the lady that did my wedding cake, so cute. I will probably use her for all my events now. My aunt first started using her for events and her cookies are delicious!

After everyone ate, I started them with their treatments. I had a manicure, pedicure, parrafin hand wax, facial and nail polish removal station. I tried to keep everyone busy as treatments were going on and tried to keep them relaxed.


My aunt is amazing, she always has a ton of ideas for things. She went to the bath and body works outlet and found a bunch of deals on their products. Then the ladies gave her bags and bows for the goodie bags. Then we did a raffle and let them pick a goodie bag from the basket.


I had candles lit, spa music playing, rose petals in the pedicure tubs, fountains around the living room and an artifcial orchid on the table with the food. I think that the mood that was set played a big part in how relaxed everyone was. I can’t take all the credit though. The girls that helped with the treatments were AMAZING! I of course, didn’t have a lot of time for a treatment myself, so my husband got me a day at the spa (which I have never done) for my birthday that is coming up in a few weeks – I am so exicted!

Mr. Linky Monday – Party Theme Ideas

Here is the list of Theme Inspiration Requests that came in:
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* Bowling
* Hot Rod Car Show
* Ladybug – 2nd birthday
* Princess & Pirate
* Party Favor Ideas
* Luau – 1st birthday
* Monsters
* Aroung the World (Adult)
* All About Me – 1st birthday
* Cupcake & Candy – 1st birthday (girls)
* Mad Hatter Tea Party
* Butterflies
* Girls Night Out
* Tractors
* Spa Party (adult)
* Family Reunion
* Medieval Kings & Queens
* Pajama Party
* Backyard Camping Party (girls)
* Softball Team Party
* Pink Monkey
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Remember: Put the THEME instead of your NAME!
and please ONLY LINK TO PARTY THEMES LISTED ABOVE! Thanks!

I’m hijacking this blog for a moment!

This isn’t something I will do on a regular basis, but I have an urgent prayer request and the more people who will pray the better!!
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I have a woman at my church who is a wife and a mother of 4 who is currently fighting for her life. She was found unconscious in the family pool and was rushed to the hospital yesterday. The next 24 hours will be very critical to Wendee’s recovery. Since she has been at the hospital they have been keeping her body at a cold temperature to help alieviate some swelling on her brain. At 5pm they began the process of SLOWLY warming her body up to a normal temperature. The warming process is crucial and how her body responds to this process is a key factor in her recovery.

Tomorrow morning they will begin taking her off sedation as well. Those hours where she is coming off of sedation and having her temperature raised are the MOST critical.

Please be praying over the next 24 hours that this would be successful and that her body’s response would be favorable.

Please pray for a MIRACLE!!!
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This is the only post I will do about this. For further updates on Wendee’s condition please visit her Caring Bridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/wendeeweygandt

Please feel free to post this prayer request on your personal blog.

Party Invitations ….. It’s where it ALL begins!

What’s a party without an invitation? Invitations are the first little glimpse that you are going to give your guest into the upcoming event. So it should be a representation of what’s to come!!

Carolyn over at Cards with Care has so many fabulous choices for personalized party invitations. These invitations would be a wonderful compliment to your next event. Here is just a glimpse of what Cards with Care has to offer….

Girls Birthdays…..



Boys Birthdays…..



Kid’s Birthdays…..


Showers…..



Receiving any of these invitations in the mail would surely get your guests excited about the party!
So, what are you waiting for? There’s so much more to see over at the Cards with Care Etsy shop!

Mother Daughter Luncheon

This Mother Daughter Luncheon was originally hosted over at Inspired Creation Events.
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I love the bright fresh appeal of this luncheon. It’s so bright and fun…yet elegant. What a fabulous setting for a special event. I’m loving hanging lanterns these days and these gals did it up right with the lanterns!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to I.C.E to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy the Inspired Creation Events party…..

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What a BEAUTIFUL day. We had the pleasure of hosting a Mother Daughter luncheon for one of the high school cheerleading booster clubs in our area. Everyone loved the colors and decor. We decided to go with a Spring Garden theme with a green and teal color palette.

Everything was so festive and very reasonable in cost. Most of the items came from our local craft store, Target and Walmart.
Our centerpieces where made of wire bodyforms surrounded by flowers and votive holders with iridescent teal and green pebbles with Gerber Daises on top. The linen was a crisp spring white with embroidered flowers and the table setting was a beautiful coordination of teal and green clear plates with striped blue and green napkins.
I love this color scheme so much, I can’t wait to use it again.


Tinker Bell Birthday

This Tinker Bell Birthday Party was originally hosted by Shannon over at Creating Cute and Saving Dough.
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Shannon did such a nice job of creating a whimsical atmosphere for her daughter’s Tinker Bell Birthday. I love how she took the party into the garage and transformed the whole space! The cake is super cute and I love the little sprinkles of what looks like fairy dust on the table.

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

Enjoy the Shannon’s party…..

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Alyssa in her tinker bell tutu dress and me in my butterfly wings

My baby girl is now a 3 year old! Her Tinker Bell party ended up having to be moved to the garage due to uncertain weather condition, but it still turned out to be just fine and Alyssa had a great time. Here’s some of the details:

Gift table, arch way with butterflies, and toadstool (<---Click link for directions to make the toadstool) for the little fairy princess to sit and open her birthday gifts on.

This was my Easter tree I made for the past holiday and thought it would work perfect to hang butterflies from for the party. I’m happy with the result.
Small centerpieces thrown together with dollar store flowers and iridescent shreds under neath. You can kind of see the food table in the background, nothing special – but I did make these to put on that table you may want to check out.
We hung the butterflies and decorated lanterns from the garage door (should have been from trees outside – but you do what you have to do)

The hand painted yard sign I transformed from the “Welcome Home” banner when Alyssa’s was first born

The cake and desert table. I hung a lantern and butterflies from the hanging light.

I found the Tinker Bell candy (ring pops and pop rocks) at the dollar store. The treat bags (all the way to the right of the photo) I found on clearance at Michael’s for $.49 for 4. The cake stand I also found on clearance at Michael’s for $2.97.

My good friend custom made the cake. I purchased the cake mix and frosting and told her I wanted a toadstool on top and she did MAGIC! A tiny Tinker Bell sits on top of the toadstool house complete with sprinkle sidewalk.

I found the green utensil felt basket at Target for $1 (purple utensils came from the Dollar Store). I wanted to make marshmallow wands and found marshmallow poles at the Dollar store (10 for $1!), so those became the fairy wands. The Tinker Bell gift bags in the back were included in the cake stand, which I filled with cookies.

I used the flowers I got for my anniversary gift at the birthday party. I wrapped the vase with Tinker Bell ribbon and added a butterfly to tie the space together.

Hope you enjoyed a look into my little girl’s 3rd birthday party!

Baby Shower Idea Bliss

It’s time for some Baby Shower Bliss. I’ve got a few baby shower theme ideas for you to have a gander at. Be sure to click through to the original party post so you can see all the fantabulous shower ideas and details these ladies have to offer.

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This Monkey Themed Baby shower was originally hosted by Tiffany over at Creative Outlet.

Check out this hip modern Baby Shower with zebra print to boot! It was originally hosted by Cassie over at Ames Castle.


This adorable Sugar, Spice and everything Nice Baby Shower is super sweet! It was originally hosted by Natasha at Fete Fanatic.

Last but not least…check out this fun Dr. Suess Baby shower. It was originally hosted by Madeline over at Newly Nesting.


HEY…..what are you still doing here? You should be clicking through to see the parties by now! =)

Airplane Birthday Party Soars High

This Airplane Birthday was originally hosted by Nounces Designs.
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I love airplane themes. I did one for my son for his first birthday party and there are just so many fun things you can do with this theme. One of my favorite things with an airplane theme are the invitations! Birthday invitations that look like a boarding pass are just too cute and these days….I guess they are also very retro! (LOL) The idea to have the party favors waiting for the guests in the “baggage claim” area….GENIUS!! I seriously love that! And the clever use of the cheerios box for the “suitcase” deserves high praise. Very creative use of an item we would normally throw out! Oh…and you really must take notice of the “in flight meals”! Amazing!!

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

Enjoy Nounces Design’s party…..

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After what seemed like months of planning, the party is already over. The inspiration for the party came from the invitations.

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Hard to believe he is already two! For the goodies bags, I painted a Cheerios box brown, I then cut two pieces of brown paper into the shape of a suitcase and attached one to either side. To dress it up a bit, I used two stripes of yellow cardstock and travel stickers. I think they turned out pretty good. The adults were also sent home with a goodie bag, chocolate chip cookies….YUM!

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I went back and forth about the cake. I didn’t know if I wanted to go with cake or cupcakes. I couldn’t decide…so I went with both! Dan and I made the cake topper airplane out of Crayola Model Magic. Derek loved seeing the airplane on everything. He would get so excited every time he saw it. For the cupcakes, I added flags. Some with the airplane graphic and the others with his age, 2.

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Aww, I love the picture of him blowing out his candles. Such a big boy!

I probably got a little carried away with the airplane theme. I decided to serve the guests, pre-packaged lunches.

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The kids had a great time playing with all the toys Derek received.

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Thank you to everyone that helped us celebrate Derek’s birthday!

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