Tinker Bell Birthday

This Tinker Bell Birthday Party was originally hosted by Shannon over at Creating Cute and Saving Dough.
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…..


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.


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.
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…..


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


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!


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.


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.


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


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

Mr. Linky Monday – Inspire Others

Here is the list of Theme Inspiration Requests that came in:
* Rainbow Birthday
* Fiesta (graduation)
* Football for 1st Birthday (tailgate)
* Firetruck / Fireman
* Cute Monster for 2yr old
* Lego Star Wars (pool party)
* Construction
* Playdate with Mommy Lunch
* Pool Party
* Adult Rock-n-Roll (guitar, flames, etc)

Remember: Put the THEME instead of your NAME!

Kara’s Cupcakes


If you are ever looking for a little cupcake inspiration Kara’s Cupcakes certainly won’t disappoint you! She has so many fun ideas and here are just a few of them….

She even shows you how to make the cutest cupcake earings!

There are so many other really cute, fun, inspiring cupcakes to see. So hop on over to Kara’s Cupcakes and get inspired!

Circus Party of the Century!!

This AmAZing Circus Party was originally hosted by Kara over at
Kara’s Party Ideas.

Ummmm….seriously this is like the MOST elaborate party I think I’ve seen. Kara certainly didn’t miss a thing! I’m completely blown away by this one people! The decor, the candy, the food, the games, the take home goodies, the cupcakes, the EVERYTHING!!!

An elaborate party deserves an elaborate post! It’s a looooong one, but it’s worth every little scroll on your mouse! I promise!

oh, and Kara also hosts another blogKara’s Cupcakes.

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

Enjoy Kara’s Circus party…..


come one, come all

enjoy the fun
kaden and gavin’s
birthday circus has come!!!
the circus party i’ve been planning for months for my two june babies came and went with a BANG!

Take a seat, grab a snack…this post is LONG, so scroll down and sit back!

{most photo’s are courtesy of my amazing photographer, Lyndsey @ seenboxphotography.com. She did SUCH an awesome job! it was SO hard to pick out my favorites. that’s why this post is so long!}

the balloon arch we made for the front yard…
the walkway leading to the BIG TOP circus…

open the curtains and……let the fun begin!

here’s the party favors each child was given as they walked through the ‘door’…
the boxes had tickets {that they used at the game booths} and fun circus items inside…i made/painted the ticket booth…it used to be a plain wooden puppet stage!
i bought this cute circus spinning shelf on amazon.com. the brand is guidecraft. there’s a whole bedroom collection that matches…
i wanted it all!

like i said, this was a party for my little boys who were both born in june. here’s my oldest birthday boy, kaden.
he turned 3!
{i made their birthday shirts out of circus fabric pieces}…and here’s my youngest birthday boy, gavin!!
he turned 2!
{yes, they’re only 11 months apart}!…

a view of the party from up above…
i took this picture from our upstairs window…the cupcake table inside the tent…
i put some of the cupcakes on a cardboard circus scene
{found online}…
we served hot dogs, chips, lemonade, and sugar sugar sugar!
the bunting flags i made were purchased on parties by hardie notice the cups…they’re cute circus animal noses as well as matching ‘welcome to the circus’ cups…
some of the items on the dessert table…
the clown cupcakes i made…
i found the cute clown heads and clown shoes online. they made the cupcakes so adorable!…
the plates and napkins looked like this…
a cute lemonade cart i found on ebay

i put carnival candy {carousel twists, circus peanuts, animal crackers, gummy popcorn} and fireworks in plastic
big top hats turned upside down…. here’s my snow cone cupcakes and popcorn cupcakes!
as i said in a previous post, i wanted to serve snow cones at the party but didn’t want the work and mess. so after brainstorming one night, i came up with these! fun, huh?!
i made the popcorn cupcake sleeves out of cardboard popcorn boxes…and then attached a popcorn label to the front. the ‘popcorn’ is marshmallows {i cut an x into each marshmallow with kitchen sheers} sprayed lightly with yellow food coloring spray…

and here’s the cake i made {more detailed pics below}. since this party was suppose to be last week {we got rained out BIG TIME and had to cancel/postpone it a week} the bottom part of the cake was kinda hammered. i re-made the top part though.
i made the fun happy birthday banner in photoshop {the paper was a mix of adorable circus paper}…

you can also see the napkins/napkin rings
i made out of tickets {got the idea from hwtm}…
and the cake stand..it’s a tub that i painted to look like a circus elephant step! i got the idea from one of my followers, briattany {perfect harmony}. thanks brittany!…

i ordered the water bottle labels through, pumpkin petunia.
SO cute!…

the dessert table

the food tables
the circus canopy table
i bought the canopy and matching fabric {that i sewed into tablecloths} at ikea
and, one of my favorite parts of the whole party….the photo booth {i made it out of painted cardboard, polka dot fabric, and small chairs}!…
the clown bibs i had out for the little ones…
i made the centerpieces out of plastic popcorn containers, glittery batons, balloon suckers, swirly lollipops, circus peanuts,
and ceramic circus figures…
i also had ceramic circus train cars and
metal noise makers out on the tables…

the gumball ferris wheel
guess what this is suppose to be…a bird feeder! i found it on ebay and about died because it was so cute {don’t worry, it has NEVER been used as a bird feeder..it was brand new}!…
we rented a clown {joy-geous} to do face painting and balloon animals. she was GREAT!…

we also rented a popcorn machine. the air smelled SO GOOD with this baby going…
the fun circus photo op
the cardboard megaphones

the candy table
i made all the candy labels & lollipop stickers in photoshop {they matched the invitation}…
the booths
i bought the games all over…the party store, oriental trading,
amazon, hobby lobby…wherever i could find them!
i made the poles out of pvc pipe and ribbon, and stuck them in the ground with rebar {i’ve come to LOVE pvc..i used it for so many things for this party}. they won goldfish soap at the goldfish toss {i made the soap out of glycerine, scented oil, and plastic goldfish, and small plastic bags!}. i tied little tags on {also made in photoshop} with cute circus ribbon. the tags said,
a prize for you from the circus crew
goldfish soap
love, kaden & gavin
thanks for coming

the kids won tickets at each booth to redeem for
prizes and cotton candy!
here’s a few pics of some of the prizes…i attached little ticket tags to each prize that said, ‘gavin one, kaden two’ {made ‘em in photoshop}…circus tatoo’s….

circus frog tic tac toe & an elephant toss…

here’s the circus blanket i found at target.com…
i set it out on the lawn for people to sit on…
we filled our bounce house full of beach balls. the kids loved jumping with them. a bouce house is always a hit… you just can’t have a circus/carnival without cotton candy
{the cotton candy was ordered online,
and the labels were made by me}…
cute kaden sportin’ his smeared frog on his cheek :)…zoltar the fortune teller
here’s my little gavin again.
my kids were all over the place the whole party!…
i bought this circus tent on orientaltrading.com {along with a lot of other circus items}. we put all the gifts underneath it…
a cute circus top {that i found on amazon.com}, the metal noise makers i was talking about earlier, and a bunch of balloons :)… the mini circus tent {also, ot}…
a project for the kids to make and take home…
my make shift ball pit {i found the child awning at dan’s!}… some of the circus crowd {you should have seen our lawn afterwards. hehe}!… the gifts {thanks so much everyone!}…
the body boppers
the kids LOVED these things!… time to sing happy birthday! here’s the boys blowing out their candles… our grandparents being silly & having a big top time!…
and the boys finally got to open presents
{they were very excited}!the party was a hit for both young and old… here’s the birthday tins i passed out at the end of the party. they had little rainbow candies inside… and it all came to an end
here’s the boys inside the tent the next morning as we were taking it all down…i just loved every minute of planning this party. i hope you’ve enjoyed looking at all the photo’s {again, seenboxphotography.com}. happy birthday kaden and gavin…mommy loves you to the moon!!!!! for all of you who came to their party, you made it so special..thank you.

So many parties…so little time!

Time for another mini feature!
As always….please remember to click through to their blogs so you can see ALL the party details!!

Check out the bright and fun Luau Party over at The Morales Crew.

Marina has lots of fun tips and tricks for hosting a Disney Themed Birthday party!

Tracy at Suddenly I See honored her daughter beautifully with a party on the day of her First Communion. She has a few different posts with the details, so look here, here, and here!

Diary of a Droolasaurus put together a fun and personal party for their little boy.

Beach Party

This Pool Party Birthday was originally hosted by Simply Creative Insanity.
This is one bright, fun, stinkin’ cute birthday party! I love all the bright colors and all the fun beachy touches. That cake is just too adorable. The idea of tying the starfish and other creatures to the back of the chair…genius! Lovin’ that! There are lots of fantabulous accessories and she was kind enough to share where she found them!!

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

Enjoy Simply Creative Insanity’s party…..


Memorial Day was my daughters 2nd birthday and what better way to spend it than with friends and family! We had a water slide party and the kids…of all ages…had a blast! We kept the food simple since the party was at 3:30 by serving a veggie tray and fruit bowl! The kids goodie table outside had swim ring donuts a.k.a. powdered donuts, rice crispy treats, swedish fish, and of course goldfish. They even make starfish “goldfish” now! The kids filled the beach ball cups with lemonade or strawberry ice tea. All of the details are below and I hope that you to can host your own beach/pool/water themed party!

The Birthday Girl herself!

The invite…….I loved the cute little pink fish with a bikini on! They have blue fish too for all of you with boys!

Taylor’s favorite Summer Treats Cake

Strawberries, Ice Cream, Popsicles,

and more Popsicles….Her true favorite!

Cake by Cooper Street Bakery!

Highly recommend if you are in the DFW metro area!

Kids table and chair backs.
I made the tablecloth from striped material I found at Joann’s fabric with a cute little felt border! I tied up Lobsters, Crabs, Starfish and Seahorses with tulle to the backs of the chairs. The kids got a kick out of them and loved them so much they wanted to take them home! Who wouldn’t want their own Seahorse?

I decorated the drink table with seashells and these very cute felt flip flops that I found at Hobby Lobby for only a $1! I tied up the utensils with ribbon and placed them in a decorated green tin bucket. I made a lollipop flower pot from a clay pot. I spray painted it and put foam dots all over, placed a piece of red styrofoam inside and instant lollipop pot! There was not one left! And lastly the birthday banner! This was so fun to make! There are so many cute Etsy stores that you can order these from BUT, I thought I would try it. It was easy to make an very affordable! I think I spent $5!

I found these beach ball cups at birthday in a box
I think they were a big hit..not one left behind!!
Party favor buckets!
Gumball party favors

Movie Theme Birthday Party

This Movie Themed Birthday Party was originally hosted by Our 4tunate Family.

Years ago I was looking through a Wilton cake book and saw a really cute “movie themed” cake and the idea of a movie themed birthday has been in the back of my mind ever since. So I was really excited to get this party submission and see all the fun ideas! The “popcorn cupcakes” are so cute…the invitations are fun…the decor is spot on and the kids were so into it!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Our 4tunate Family to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Our 4tunate Family’s party…..


Well this years Birthday Bash was movie themed. So the idea was for the kids to team up and come up with a movie that they act out in costume etc. Then we watch the movies together on the big screen TV that I set up like a movie theater. It ended up being a lot of fun! Of course boys making movies have to be action packed and they were with lots of wrestling, scary mask and other boystuff. But they really had a good time laughing, joking and poking fun at each other. I made DVD’s of the movies for each of the kids as thank yous and a keepsake from the party.

Here are the invites yes I coped out and bought them this year Wow what a time saver that was! I thought they still had the homemade feel to them.

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The cake table, with my try at popcorn cupcakes (I used marshmallows), the take home favors and gift table.

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The Birthday boys

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The movie theater set up I wish I had a better pic. I lined up card table chairs and had a black curtain drawn back to view the show.

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Now on with the show I mean party!

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And finally the DVD & covers I made with added thank you notes from the boys and pics of the kids from the party.

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The take home favors were plastic popcorn containers filled with popcorn and movie candy. Parents have told me their kids haven’t stop talking about how much fun they had making the movies together.

Open House

This Open House Graduation party was originally hosted by Robin over at All Things Heart and Home.
I’m guessing Robin’s daughter was very blessed by this party! My favorite thing has to be the salt water taffy and her creative use of it! Using it as the base of the little flags for the names of the food was such a super cute idea! And those take home goodies…the salt water taffy stick “thank you” flags. How stinkin’ cute are those!!

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

Enjoy Robin’s party…..


It’s Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch! Lots of good tablescapes over there for you to check out! I’m posting Emma’s Open House!

Emma’s graduation from college called for an open house! Her fiance’ Tim also graduated from college this year! We’re so proud of them!!! We decided to decorate with an edgy tone because of her graduation pictures.

I posted one of the grad. pics with my step by step instructions to the banner here!)


And the step by step of the lantern re-do here!


I used fabric that I already had for the table cloth and taped the hem! I also had the mosaic candle holders from Stephie and Jon’s wedding.


When it was time to get pictures of the table…


The Husband wouldn’t stop doing his taste test! (But who’s gonna complain? Look at him, he’s so cute!)



I copied (highest form of flattery right?!) this idea from Sharon and Paige! They threw a couples shower and served loads of Mexican food including these great dips. I loved them so much I planned my whole Open House menu with various dips! (Menu at the bottom of the post!) Thanks S & P!



The dessert table~ Yumalicious!




I’m blogging these Surprise Cookies very soon…they were a HUGE hit!


Have you noticed the little flag foodie name cards? They’re stuck in taffy for a reason…

For the party favors…my most favorite thing to do, I skewered salt water taffy with little flag signs…to carry on the theme from the flag banner of course! Hence the taffy!



Tim and Em…Congrats! 2009 is going to go down in history as a banner year for the two of you! (Their wedding is in September!)


The Menu for the Open House…

Paige’s Mexican Spinach Dip(thank you Paige-recipe to come soon)

Paige’s Chicken Enchilada Dip (thank you Paige-recipe to come soon)

Ruthie’s 7 Layer Dip (Thanks to Ruthie for making ALL the dips!!!)

Emma’s Hot Sausage Mexican Dip

Bethany’s Texas Caviar (recipe here)

Chips & Salsa

Fruit! (the token health food)

Dessert Menu…

Coca Cola Cake (I posted this on Tuesday of this week!)

Strawberry Cake (Recipe here)

Mini Monster Cookies (Not nearly as good when you make them minis! Original Monster Cookies: here)

Ruthie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Surprise Cookies (these were the big hit…I’ll blog them really soon!)

Love to you Peeps! I hope there’s an idea or two you can use on your next get together!

Weekend Etsy – PartiesbyHardie

Parties by Hardie has lots of fun options for your next party. Jenn will put it together for you or if you are a D.I.Y.er you can get one of her printable parties! She has lots to choose from over in her etsy store so be sure to check it out!

Hey…what are you still doing here? Hop on over to Parties by Hardies etsy store!

Rockin’ the Mini Feature!

Once again I’m rockin’ the mini feature trying to bust through all the emails and submissions! Keep ‘em coming! People just can’t get enough!!

As always PLEASE make sure you click through to these fabulous parties so that you don’t miss a thing!

Jodie put together a bright and fun ABC themed baby shower.

Adriana blessed her daughter with a Lady Bug themed Birthday Party.

Hostess Jo was inspired by the brides favorite color of Apple Green for this Couples Wedding Shower.


This CandyLand Themed Birthday from The House of Fowler is sure to be a hit!

The RED, WHITE & BLUE link party!

With 4th of July just around the corner I thought it might be a good time to try out Mr Linky! So…do you have some fabulous RED, WHITE, and BLUE party ideas for everybody? If you do then please link up so we can all have a gander at your eye candy!! I’ve received a few more submissions since my last post. But I thought this might be a fun way to do it. So if you did submit something please link up here instead!
{{{American, 4th of July, Red, White and Blue parties only please!}}}}

Sweet Baby Shower

This Sweet Baby Shower was originally hosted by HipMamaB at La La La
This Sweet Baby Girl definitely got a Sweet Baby Shower! That diaper cake is so cute and I love how she even added the cupcake toppers on it! Fun idea. The other thing I noticed that really added pops of color to this party was FRUIT! She used fruit in the flower vases and they just really add to the bursts of color that are all throughout this party!

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

Enjoy HipMamaB’s party…..


Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting a lovely baby shower for mommies-to-be Carin and Hillary as they get ready to welcome their baby girl into the world in July.

As most of you may know, Carin and Hillary are some of our best friends (and the “Fairy Godmommies” to the kids.. well, officially Lucas, Zoe by default.. poor 2nd children..) and after years of a loving relationship were able to legally marry last summer during the short amount of time (backwards) CA allowed it.

They are amazing women and I can’t express how excited I am for them. Very obviously, they are having a girl.. which means a PINKPINKPINK explosion.

the “garden table”

Please note the 1st of 2 diaper cakes I obsessed over. The cupcake toppers (on the diaper cake) and banner is from my girl Jess at Polkadots and Pirates I kinda don’t do a child related party without her these days.. ;-)

“Vintage” plate set and sugar cubes with “sugar charms” – are those not the cutest things ever??

and the dessert table..

the mommies-to-be!

Hillary sipping on a “Hilly’s Silly Fizz” (Ker Royal) while Carin drinks her virgin “CC’s babe-a-lini” (Martinelli’s and Peach Juice)


Then Zoe came in, to litterally “take the cake” ….

Me and the mommies-to-be:

if you are interested in the full set….

Mini Feature Time!

The submission list is getting LOOONG! So I decided it was time for another mini feature! You all send in such fabulous and fun ideas. I wish I could full post feature all of you, but at that rate I would never get through the list!

Please be sure to click through to the featured parties so you can see all the fun and creative ideas these ladies have to share!


Jody from Life in the Hill used a scrapbook kit as her inspirations for this graduation party

Cha de Bebe put together a very sweet baby shower

The Cordial Cricket’s Story Time Baby Shower is a fun idea!

Erin from Bringing Up Burns put together a fun filled Carnival Birthday party for her daughter!

Don’t forget to click through to all the above parties so you don’t miss a single detail!!!

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