Time for Mr. Linky Monday

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!
*Teddy Bear
*Father/Daughter Dinner Dance (little girl’s prom style)
*Tutus & Pearls (Abby Cadabby)
*Birds, trees, Owls (1st birthday)
*Ballerina (4 yr old)
*Cupcake & lollipop
*Baby Shower
*Girl -Pink, Brown & Baby Blue
*Zebra Print
*50th Birthday – Male
*Surfer Boy
*Micky Mouse Club House (favors)
*Mod Monkey
*Jack & Jill
*Pumpkin Fall Harvest 1st Birthday (girl)
*Around the House Shower…Burgers and Beer theme
*Mermaid Theme
*A “tiny” party (5 yr old girl)
*Tractor & Farm (party for two boys that are not twins)
*Snowman Birthday
*Goofy Birthday (from Micky Mouse)
*Wine & Cheese Party
*Wild Things (animal print parties)



The Celebration Shoppe


I’m so happy that Kim from The Celebration Shoppe is sharing her wonderful collections of party supplies with us today. You will definitely want to hop on over to the Celebration Shoppe Store to see more, but for now take a look at these fabulous items….







Wild West Cowboy Bash

This Wild West Cowboy Bash was originally hosted by Kim from The Celebration Shoppe Blog.
My youngest is turning three and he wanted a wild west cowboy bash. So as you can imagine, I gave him one. {wink} Those who read me often know that he has severe food allergies so I needed to make a cake and treats that were dairy and nut free. (He was released from the egg allergy thank goodness; cake is not cake without eggs!)

Candidly I was really unsure what I was going to do until a few days before the party. I decided on a chocolate and vanilla cupcake tier with a 4×4″ cake (for my little guy) on top. Not only does the tier give the table height, but it also made a clear separation between his cake and the guest cakes… especially since I tried my hand at chocolate transfer. {loved it!}

So for his cake, I could use dairy-free chocolate transfer (trust me you can’t tell the difference in taste), but I’ve only been able to find it in regular chocolate, no white chocolate or other colors, and I didn’t think that was very interesting so I opted for a rice crispy (which he loves) sherrif badge. No worries, I made more as favors for his little buddies.


Click here to see some tips on how to make the cupcakes and use chocolate transfers.

My little one has food allergies. He’s a big fan of the rice crispy treat so I molded the sweet treat into star cookie cutters (available in our shoppe) and then iced them as favors for our guests. We placed them in pails that were embellished with bandana ribbon, the same used on our cake plate, and a fun wooden cowboy boot from the craft store. {50 cents already painted people!} As for the sign, I just picked up a sheet of scrapbooking paper that looked like old wooden boards and imprinted it with the Playbill font (commonly found in Microsoft products).

More details on the rice krispy badges can be seen here.

As for the treats, I slaved over placing the Twizzlers (aka cowboy ropes) in the tall vase {wink}. The chocolate dipped marshmallows took a little more time, but not much. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler, spear three marshmallows on a lollipop stick, coat the marshmallows using a silicon brush, add a few candy stars and lay them on wax paper to cool. For the final touch, package them in cello bags. I have to admit, I didn’t make enough. They were a hit.


So of course I couldn’t just have fun food for my little boy’s third birthday bash, I had to have some really fun decor too. We decorated the entire backyard, but these are a few of my favorite crafts.


Make sure to checkout the instructions for how to build the horses and make the other decor items you see above.

A fun craft for any child birthday is to create a character photo op. We made this one for our cowboy birthday party so that the children could stand behind it and wear the cowboy hat. All the detail on supplies and instructions are on The Celebration Shoppe Blog.


Kim’s got some great items in her shop to compliment her Wild West Cowboy Bash. Invitaions and Table Settings.


Taking advantage of the perks!

I figure one advantage of running a blog like this is that I have all of YOU at my fingertips when I’m looking for some ideas for my next party! And my next party is….a baby shower for one of my oldest and dearest friends. I heard of this idea for a theme somewhere, (wish I could remember and give credit) to have a baby shower theme of “She’s gonna POP!” and to use POPcorn, lolliPOPs, cakePOPs, etc, for the food and theme inspiration. So…what I’m looking for are some creative ideas from ya’ll to get my brain moving. Brainstorm with me and leave comments with your ideas. Ideas for food, games, invitation…anything!
Looking forward to hearing from ya’ll!!

Pink Polkadot Tea Party Fun

This Pink Polkadot Tea Party was originally hosted by Tamara from the Morales Crew.
Tamar and her daughter’s were treated to a tea party with all the bells and whistles by her sister. I love the way the standard card table was totally transformed! So cute!

Enjoy the Tea Party….. and don’t forget to visit Tamara’s blog to see what else she’s got going on.

My sister came to visit last weekend, and boy oh boy she did not come empty handed. She treated the girls to a beautiful tea party, for which she spared no detail.
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My sissy could not & would not simply use these ‘blah’ card table and chairs. About two weeks before she had a conversation with Eden to see what her favorite colors were. Eden told her pink & black, so this is what Aunt Tanya created…

- After Picture -
She sewed chair covers and a table cloth that sure did fit the pink & black bill. We even used one of the covers and put it on Lily’s highchair so she would have a fancy place to sit also. Eden was soooooo (I cannot even add enough Os to show her excitement) when she saw just these decorations. But, there was more, much more!

Eden had her very own china place setting and little tea pot. We showed her how to pour it herself with just a little bit of help. Aunt Tanya brought her special pink sparkle raspberry lemonade to serve as her ‘tea’.

Aunt Tanya served egg salad sandwiches, fancy pb&j with marionberry jam from Washington, cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches, mini quiches, breaded mushrooms, a melon mix, and fresh strawberries. My sister made sure almost everything was dairy free so that Eden could eat without having to worry about her allergy. For tea there was Earl Grey, my absolute favorite, and a yummy cherry green tea.

Eden was on her best behavior, remembered her manners, and gave everything a try in the politest way. She even amazed me with what she liked and that she actually ate a little of everything. Her favorites was the pb & j, even after explaining sternly that she does not like jelly, but Aunt Tanya’s jelly was just right! The funniest part was when Eden tried the breaded mushroom. She does not like surprises in her food and when she discovered there was something inside the bread she quickly put it down on her plate, said ‘no thank you’, then made a comment about how there was ‘something inside there’ with a perplexed look. Lily LOVED the egg salad and all the fresh fruit. She was so excited to be eating the yummy offerings with everyone that you could tell she felt special being included. As for me, Momma loved everything! It was all very delicious.

Next came dessert. Ahhh…the choices. Cinnamon crispy twists, homemade mini cupcakes, oatmeal cookies, almond biscuits, and brownies. Again, all dairy free but Eden focused her attention on the cupcakes. I think she ate five! Her reasoning to get past one was she needed to try all the colors. I obliged as it was a special day for her and even gave Lily a cupcake to smash and mash around.

Lily’s favorite dessert was the oatmeal cookies. They were just her size and she had the crumb face to prove how much she enjoyed them!

It was a lovely day and to remember it by Aunt Tanya gave both girls their very own Tea Party personalized book. Each book has their name and age in it along with the date and location of their first tea party. Aunt Tanya read both girls their special book and then we spent the day together just us girls. I have the best sister in the world! Thank you for caring for my girls so much to do something this sweet for them. We would have been fine on that ‘blah’ table and chairs, paper goods, and hot pockets as long as we spent the day with you.
The finery just made it all the better!

Memories like this are priceless. Thank you!
Love – Your sister & two little nieces

Mini Feature – Lots of Parties to See

Mande threw a party for her daughter that was Fit for an Angel…..


Check out this Crab themed 2nd birthday from Ashley….

crab cupcakes

Here is a sweet Princess Tea party from Jamie


Whale of a Birthday Party

This Whale of a Birthday Party was originally hosted over at the Phillips Family Blog.
With a whale theme I just love title of the original post….”Our Little Squirt Turns One!” Sounds like the perfect intro for the invitations! The cake for this party is just too stinkin’ cute. Love the whale on top and LOVE the seashells.

There are more pictures and party details to see….so leave a comment and then hop on over to the Phillips Family Blog to see more! Enjoy the party………….
Oscar’s first birthday party was so much fun. There were some many things you could do with a whale theme however purchasing things with a cute whale is impossible. With that said I had to be creative and make my own decorations. I designed the invites with a friend, paper cones with a whale were provided with “whale goldfish”, bubbles were given to the kids with mini invites as the gift tag, a sea of balloons lined the deck, handmade signs adorned the patio and a whale birthday hat for our son.

Oscars love cake

whale cake


Elmo Birthday Party

This Elmo birthday party was originally hosted by Toni.


This party was thrown with love for one of the cutest little girls I’ve seen!  In Toni’s original post she talks about her daughter’s fun personality, and this party is a definite match!

Enjoy Toni’s Elmo Party and don’t forget to hop on over to the original party post to see more pictures and party details.

For her birthday this year we decided to have a little Elmo party and our friends came over to join us! I had so much fun doing all this, sometimes I think I enjoy it more than the kids :)

We had fun Elmo cupcakes and little treat bags for the kids.

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Mr. Linky Monday

Here are the theme requests that came in this week!!
* Winter Birthday Party (boy)
* Tween Spa Party
* Candyland
* Carnival
* Whinnie the Pooh
* “She’s Gonna Pop” Baby Shower (popcorn / lollipops)
* Sports themed baby shower
* Little Mermaid Birthday
* Ipod themed party
* Hunting
* Bubble Gum
* Birthday for Twin Boys
* Science/Chemestry birthdy (boys)
* Butterflies
* Pink Poodle



Swanky Chicks


The Swanky Chicks have plenty of amazingly cute supplies for your next event. Whether it’s a baby shower, bridal shower, birthday, new baby in the family…..they have lots of fun items for you to choose from. I’ve displayed just a few items from their site here. So you will want to be sure to visit their store to check out all their fantabulous treasures!




modern baby girl candy bar wrappers




What are you waiting for? Hop on over to their store and go shopping!!

Blue and Chocolate Brown Baby shower

This Blue and Brown Baby Shower was originally hosted by Swanky Chicks.


This is a cute one ladies…the little buggies totally won me over!  I love them!  The invites are super cute and those Swanky Chicks did a fabulous job putting the table setting together.

Enjoy the Swanky Chicks baby Shower and make sure to head on over to their blog to see what else they’ve got going on. Their blog has lots of inspiration!
Our inspiration for this Swanky blue and chocolate brown baby shower theme all started with Swanky Chicks very own Chocolate and Blue Mommy to Be baby shower invitation. Color is often all the inspiration you need to put together a wonderful shower theme.

We designed our table with blue, brown and baby boy in mind! We hung the tissue paper Pom-Pom’s that were featured in an August DIY Wednesday over the table to add color and interest. Our centerpiece consisted of a very simple yet elegant arrangment of cream colored candles and glass vases.
I had the hardest time finding placemats and napkins in the right shades of blue and brown so I improvised. The placemats were laminated scrapbook paper, and I found paper napkins that were the right color. We dressed them just as we would cloth napkins, wrapped in a piece of ribbon and secured with a diaper pin.
All of the guests were favored with these adorable personalized lip balm baby shower favors. They were arranged in simple silver mint julip cups that added an extra touch of sophistication. We loved that we could choose our mommy-to-be’s hair and skin color, as well as the label color to coordinate perfectly with our blue and chocolate brown theme.
The adorable personalized lip balms weren’t the only favor guests took home. These wonderful little baby carriage shaped favor boxes created a great display and were filled with candies for everyone to take home. I love a favor that can pull double duty.
We added one more personalized little touch to bring it all together. The Chocolate and Brown Mommy-to-Be invitations have coordinating water bottle wrappers! We put out a couple dozen mini bottled waters on our food table for guests to grab either as a refreshment at the shower or a great little take home. Get creative, and have fun. We created a very traditional table setting and centerpiece but threw unexpected little baby decorations, to create a sophisticated and swanky baby shower.

Fun Polkadot Birthday Party

This Bright Fun Polkadot Birthday party was originally hosted by Angie.


I really love all the bright colors Angie used for the party.  It was so fun to read her blog and see how she was inspired by this blog.  Oh my wait until you see the cake!  FABULOUS!  The party hats and banner are super cute and you definitely need to check out her blog to see all the other fun details!

Enjoy Angie’s Polkadot Birthday Party……………


howie is now 3! i can’t believe it. it’s so great to have a big boy to enjoy life with. he makes everything more fun! i was really excited throw him a birthday party thanks to The Creative Party Place blog.

here is the invitation we gave to howie’s friends:

for a theme i just did polka dots/the matching cute paper to go with them:) okay, so not really a theme but hey, he’s 3 so he thought it was great. why do a tacky theme when they are too young to fight for it yet?
we ate fruit and mini pizza’s (as per howie’s request) i made chicken bbq for the adults and pepperoni for the kids.

here is the cake. after making taylor’s cake last week, howie had high expectations. it didn’t turn out exactly how i wanted but i guess that’s what happens when you don’t plan out what you’re doing until you are literally putting it together.

i made the hats by simply wrapping cute paper over top of store bought party hats and gluing it down.

To see more party details and what Angie did for activities and take home goodies be sure to visit the original party post on her blog.

Ladybug Birthday Party

This ladybug birthday party was originally hosted by Jennifer.


This ladybug birthday party is filled with plenty of sweet treats, fun decor, and family.  You can see how much love Jennifer put into this party for her little girl.  Please be sure to head on over to her blog to view the original party post for all the ladybug party details and plenty more pictures.

Djnoy Jennifer’s Ladybug party…..


I threw a ladybug birthday party for my daugther’s 2nd birthday.  The colors were red and black.  I made a Happy Birthday Little Lady banner and we made ladybug antenaes for the guests.  We had ladybug cupcakes that were a huge hit with the kids.

My wonderful friend, Joy, made these adorable ladybug cupcakes. They were pretty tasty also.

Cookies and thank you notes.

Party banner and table setting

Strawberry Birthday

This strawberry birthday party was originally hosted Lisalyn at Personally You Parties.
This party just looks YUMMY! Personally as a kid I had a strawberry birthday so this theme just makes me smile. Lisalyn has sum really fun ideas for sweet treats and I would encourage you to jump on over to her blog to view the original party post for more pictures and details.

Enjoy Lisalyn’s Strawberry party…..
This party was for my 5 year old niece and was everything Strawberry.  For games and activities we played

1~ stick the gem on Strawberry Shortcakes Crown
2~ A Strawberry Hunt
3~ Frosted Strawberry Cutout Cookies
4~ Painted Strawberry Suncatchers
5~ A Strawberry Pinata…that I made.

for Sweets we had

1~ Chocolate covered Strawberries
2~ Strawberry Squares
3~ Coconut Strawberries
4 ~ Strawberry Lollipops
5~ Strawberry Marshmallows dipped in chocolate and topped with a strawberry whopper
6~ Dipped Pretzels
7 ~ Strawberry Birthday Cake
It was a great party with lots of sugar and fun! )

The tablescape ~

Strawberry Marshmallows dipped in chocolate and topped with a strawberry whopper~

Coconut Strawberries, my favorite ~
(Notice the cup/cakestand is taped to the table….it was that windy!)

Pink Butterfly Baby Shower

This Pink Butterfly Baby Shower was originally hosted by Onida over at Opulent Memoirs.
You will definitely want to click on over to Opulent Memoirs to see all the party pics and details that Onida put into this butterfly baby shower. There is tons of pink, tons of FUN, and fabulous food!

Enjoy Onida’s party …..
I hosted a baby shower for one of my Besties. She asked from a pink-butterfly themed event and that is just what she got. I kept the food menu simple, but played up the desserts. I had an assortment of dessert shooters and cookie treats for guests to eat.

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