Cupcakes, Flowers & all things PINK!

Hi, Everyone…..my name is Kelly Lyden, and I am the editor of The Party Dress. I am so happy to be here today as your “guest hostess” and have brought a darling birthday party to share with you!

Today’s party is so fun for me to post….it’s the birthday party of my best friend’s daughter! I am so fortunate to be called “Auntie Kelly” by this darling little girl, Emma. And am so excited to share some of these adorable details that her mom, Teresa, did for her 5th birthday party!

Emma is a girly girl…we’re talking pink, pink and more pink! So coming up with a theme wasn’t difficult – a color palette centered around the color pink, throw in some flower accents and giant cupcakes – and you have a party fit for a princess. Teresa ordered her party invitations from Tiny Prints, and also found coordinating labels there to use on goodie bags and Emma’s thank you notes.

This party was all about the details….and Teresa made everything herself! The party took place in a white tent outside, and was decorated with pink pom poms and Parallel Ribbed Pink 12-Inch Round Paper Lanternlanterns, all hanging from polka dotted ribbon. Emma L-O-V-E-S flowers. Instead of filling the space with fresh flowers, she decided to make balloon flowers. There were large ones floating around the yard, small ones attached to each girl’s drink straw, and even smaller ones that she made into a ring for each girl to wear. I should probably mention that she had a whole lot of help from Emma’s dad on these! Teresa found a youTube video that gives great directions on how to make the flower balloons and was nice enough to share it with us. So, if you are interested….check out this link.

The cupcake toppers were personalized with each girl’s name on them – which also served as the perfect place card. She presented the cupcakes on a Wilton 4-Tier Stacked Cupcake and Dessert Tower that she had decorated with pink ribbon. Note that the pink ribbon PERFECTLY matches the birthday girl’s Lilly Pulitzer dress! Of course!

It was a happy, happy birthday for Emma Jane!

All images property of The Party Dress

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Down on the Farm

This is Jess from Polkadots & Pirates signing on for Shannon in her absence. I have to admit that when Shannon asked me to be a guest blogger I had a fun idea for a post…but after a busy weekend and it being my son’s birthday today I didn’t quite get that post done. I will save it in my mind for the next time Shannon asks, but for today I’ll give you the recap of the party for my son that we threw a few weeks ago on my parents’ farm where I grew up.

A farm theme is nothing new…but since Beckett is obsessed with my dad and his tractors (and he has a birthday at a time of year we can actually be outside in MN!) it was perfect for him at this age.



If you want to know vendor and activity details, see more pics, or are curious to know why I had to use tea lights on Beckett’s cake =), check it out on my blog here, here, and here! Happy Monday!

Dr. Seuss Bash

Hello, Kara here from Kara’s Party Ideas. Thanks so much Shannon for inviting me to be Saturday’s guest host!

I’ve decided to highlight Dr. Seuss today. With school starting I’ve seen Dr. Seuss all over….books, games, school activities, etc, etc. I just love Dr. Seuss and all his characters.
So here’s some pictures from a Dr. Seuss baby shower I hosted a few months back. To see the full post and details {recipe’s, how to’s, etc.} go here. I hope my shower will help you throw your next Dr. Seuss bash. Oh, and you can’t forget Dr. Seuss’ Birthday in March. That’s an excuse right there to have a whooooriffic party. So start planning now!

Happy party planning folks! Thanks again, Shannon.
~Kara {www.karaspartyideas.com}

A Fanciful Twist Mad Tea Party

Shannon asked me to guest host today’s feature & was gracious enough to allow me to post one of my favorite parties. I immediately thought of artist, Vanessa Valencia. Vanessa’s parties are purely magical! Her recent Mad Tea Party is unbelievably amazing & truly beautiful. Please take the time to check out her blog, A Fanciful Twist where she features her original artwork & other incredible parties. Enjoy your glimpse into Vanessa’s magical wonderland!

I can’t wait to see what Vanessa creates next! Have a great weekend! Susan Crabtree, Poca Cosas

Robot Birthday

GUEST HOSTESSES are coming to this blog!
I’m taking a few days off and I’ve got some fabulous ladies all lined up to guest hostess! So come back over the next couple of days to see what they have to share!! (**note** there will be no theme requests this weekend…come back the following weekend to leave your requests)
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In the mean time take a look at this fun Robot Birthday my friend Eryn threw for her son Hayden.

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

Enjoy Eryn’s Robot party….. and don’t forget to visit the original party post to see more pictures and details!

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For Hayden’s 5th Birthday he really wanted a Robot party! I loved the idea. I made a robot cake and cupcakes, I spy robots and robot tshirts for all the party goers. We played Birthday Bot bean bag toss and I decorated with lots of nuts and bolts and shiny silver. It was a super fun time!



Ahoy! Nautical Baby Shower

This Ahoy It’s A Boy Baby Shower was originally hosted by Colleen over at The Augustines.
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Come aboard for this baby shower! It’s setting sail and filled with fun nautical touches. The cake is super cute and I love the use of the letter A throughout the party.

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

Enjoy Colleen’s Nautical Baby shower party….. make sure to visit the original party post to see lots more pictures!

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I finally have something to blog about again! I hosted my very first baby shower this past weekend for a special friend of mine. She’s having a baby boy, Aydon Scott Lefevre. I have been planning for months, even before I knew the sex of the baby! She is decorating his nursery in a nautical theme, so this is where the inspiration came from. I did a dessert table with a candy buffet, cupcakes, cake, and other goodies. Then I had an entrance table for the guests to make a wish for Ashley and the baby. I pretty much got all my supplies from the ole’ faithful Michael’s. I think that’s my favorite store…that’s pretty bad when you get that excited about a craft store!! But everyone enjoyed the shower and I had so much fun putting it all together. I can’t wait for my next project…actually, that would be Grayson’s 1st birthday that I’ve been planning for months now! =)

Don’t forget to go see the original party post for more pictures!

Back to School Party

Ok, people…I confess…it’s late…very late! I almost was going to skip posting because I’m tired…but I couldn’t let you down. I am however keeping it simple!

Here is another fabulous party from Susan over at Poca Cosas. She always has such fun parties to share! This one is for Back to School….ENJOY!
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WELCOME to our Back to School Bash! We had 8 boys in attendance for our day of school fun! Upon arrival, students were assigned a “class schedule” which listed times & activites for the day. 1st period: Art

Students created original works of LETTER art

Showing off their masterpieces

2nd period: Home EC

Our budding chefs made the edible crayons I posted last week (I forgot to take a picture of the finished project but they turned out great! The boys placed them in pencil boxes & took them home as a favor.)

3rd Period: Math class

4th period: Lunch

Served cafeteria style

After a morning of classes, they boys were HUNGRY

After lunch, the boys went to 5th period Music class (they played Guitar Hero on Wii).

6th period: Sundae School.

The boys said this was SSWWEEEET

we also had a few favors for our students


stored in locker bins with index card labels


And the finale, 7th period: Science

Step One: Place Mentos in tube

Step 2: Pull cord

Step 3: RUN for cover!

The boys had a BLAST & are already talking about next year’s party!

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Carnival Party

This Carnival party was originally hosted by Brittany over at Perfect HARMONy.
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This Carnival party is overflowing with ideas! So many fun touches. The two cakes are fabulous and compliment the theme wonderfully. From the moment the guests walked up the to the front door they were invited right into a down home carnival! Games, refreshments, and even a kissing booth!

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

Enjoy Brittany’s Carnival party…..and don’t forget to visit the original party post for more pictures and details!

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Rhett’s first birthday was a carnival themed party. I love a good party, and I really had so much fun planning this one! I will admit, I came up with the idea before he was even born. So, I had a long time for it to marinate and come to fruition. There were still things that didn’t happen that I had planned, but all in all, I think it was a great party. It was a crazy hectic week leading up to the big day, but we made it none the less, and now my house is back to normal, with a whole lot more toys! Thank you to my friends and family that helped get set up! Enjoy the pics (LOTS OF THEM!) Thanks to everyone who helped celebrate the big day! We love you all so much!


There are so many more fabulous pictures over on Brittany’s Blog. So please click on through to the original party post for more Carnival party inspiration.

Mr. Linky Monday – Variety of Parties

There have been some themes that keep getting requested each week, like monkey, polkadots, abby caddaby, Dr. Suess….Please look at previous Mr. Linky Monday posts before you put in your request….I get so many that I’m going to try to keep some variety.

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!
*Berenstain Bears
* Backyardigans
* Rock star sleepover
* candy buffet
* Wall-E or robot
* 7yr. itch anniversary
* heicoptor
* apples
* hello kitty
* Elmo / Sesame street
* Ladybug
* Where the Wild things are
* Glitz & Glamour Birthday brunch (30th)
* Wedding
* Candyland
* Asain (girl)
* Nautical / Sailboat
* Elephant
* Little Pony
* Little Mermain / Under the Sea
* Male 50th Birthday
* Barbie
* 3 Musketeer
* Yo gabba gabba
* Crayola Crayons
* Ice Cream
* Fall
* Cars
* #1
* Tweety Bird
* Pool Party
* Lemonade Social
* Halloween
* Thanksgiving
* Christmas
* Ocean
* Save the Wales
* Beach

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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!!!

Sneak Preview

Change is coming….here is a little sneak peak:



so….are you excited???? If you are, let me know!

oh…and want to know something ironic? I run this party blog, but here I am midnight before my son’s party…cupcakes need to be decorated, stickers for the take home goodies need to be designed and printed, it’s a water war party with super soakers and it’s now supposed to rain tomorrow….OH and because the soccer schedule kept getting delayed I didn’t even get to mail out invitations…I literally text all moms on Monday for the party today! Good thing you guys are all keeping it together and throwing amazing parties because this creative party girl seems to be losing her mojo!

Fancy Nancy Themed Birthday Party

This Fancy Nancy Party was originally hosted by Hillary over at Divis-Licious.
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Nancy is certainly Fancy and this party definitely lives up to the Fancy Nancy standard. I love all the pink feathered boas. Do you see how she even hung some from chandelier? Fabulous idea! All the girls are so cute dressed up and Hillary did a great job with all the dress up supplies. It really looks like the whole space was transformed and I’ll be the eyes of each little girl lit up when they walked in the door!

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

Enjoy Hillary’s Fancy Nancy Birthday party…..and please be sure to click on over to the original party post because there are a lot more pictures and many more details!

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Most of my party plans & stuff came straight from Peppers & Pollywogs & Martha Stewart.

The invite –

Lunch was served! We had little flower-shaped ham & cheese sandwiches, farfalle pasta salad, mini fruit kabobs, and punch. I wish I’d taken some detailed pictures of everything! I added rhinestones to the ends of the forks/spoons to make them extra fancy!

The favor bags, straight from Martha, had candy lipstick/jewelry, heart-shaped sunglasses, butterfly hairclips, pearl-ish necklaces, and lip gloss in them, with a boa/crown pen on the outside of the bag. The girls could also take home a pink feather boa. I got the sunglasses, clips, necklaces, & boas from Halo Heaven & they have some amazing prices in case you’re looking for party stuff or a ton of other things! Check them out!

I know this is gonna sound like I’m at an awards show, but thank you SO much Abby, Summer, & Mom for all your help! You guys are awesome & I seriously couldn’t have pulled it off without your help before the party! Thanks for staying & helping too, and also Tana (and I still can’t believe you drove your girls all the way here for the party – you rock!) & Kelly.

Art filled Eco-Friendly Party

This Eco-Friendly Art Party was originally hosted by One Charming Blog.
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I absolutely LOVE the concept of an art party! Such a fun experience for the kids. But this party isn’t just creative…it’s ECO-FRIENDLY. Art smocks and banners were made out of recycled clothing and all the food was organic.

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

Enjoy One Charming Blog’s Eco-Friendly Art party…..be sure to hop on over to the original party post to see more pictures and details. You won’t want to miss a single detail!

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Since this was an eco-friendly artist party, I focused on eco stuff. And artsy stuff.

The main table, with my rainbow of juices. I used resuable dishes to eliminate waste.
I made fabric banners out of stained clothing and old pillowcases, items that otherwise would have been thrown out.
so much more to see!!!

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!
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