The First Giveaway – Favor Affair


Favor Affair
has TONS of different favors and gifts to choose from to make your next special event EXTRA SPECIAL! And with this giveaway you just might be handing out some of these goodies at your next celebration! Favor Affair is giving away a $25 e-certificate to their online store. They have favors for EVERYTHING! Baby Shower, Bridal Showers, Graduation Parties, Birthday Parties, Girls Night Out….ETC!!!

Here are the rules for entering:
1. Head on over to Favor Affair and pick out the product that you like best.
2. Come back here to this post and leave a comment telling me which product you chose and why you like it.
3. Complete this task no later that Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (pacific coast time)
4. Giveaway ends at 12:00 a.m. Monday morning.
5. Winner will be chosen using random.org
6. Winner will be posted on Monday 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 CP&S.
Then come back here and leave ANOTHER comment letting me know about your shout out!

GOOD LUCK!


Ice Cream Birthday Party

This Ice Cream Birthday Party was originally hosted by Colleen and Patricia over at Fig & Ruby.
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Personally ice cream is one of my favorite sweet treats, so this ice cream themed birthday party is right up my alley! I think one of my favorite things are the matching t-shirts that the siblings got to wear. They matched the birthday girl’s bib. How cute is that?! Another super cute item…the ice cream cookie favors.

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

Enjoy Colleen and Patricia’s party…..

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This one year old girl’s “Ice Cream Social” party began with these adorable invites….

Did you know that Fig & Ruby can create photo cards?
(check out the details when yu click the link above!)
These photo cards are handy for birth announcements, party invitations and holiday cards.
At the ice cream social the children each got
an ice cream shaped package of bubbles with their name on it.

Kids do not need a bag full of candy and junky toys. It’s fun to hunt for the perfect fun, functional and totally personalized favors!

These shirts were for the birthday girl’s two sisters.

Embellished tops – what better way to distinguish which kids belong with the birthday baby!
We can jazz up a shirt for your guest of honor as well…the possibilities are endless!

Embellished bib for the birthday baby- a must have for your child’s first birthday!

Lanterns set the scene!

The guests enjoyed ice cream with all the fixings along with this lovely cake. See a close up of the cake HERE! ice cream social is such a cute theme for a warm August outdoor event!


Adorable ice cream cone banner!! Each cone had a tiny bow on top. Too deliciously sweet!

Cookie favors.
Check out the sweet side of Fig & Ruby for more great pictures of the fun goodies that we created to compliment this event!

Birthday Girl

Ok, so this isn’t a party post…..
I think most of you may know that I, Shannon, the hostess of this blog…am also a blog designer. I’ve been having fun trying out some illustrating…and I just had to share her with you all!! She’s my sweet little birthday girl!

Under the Sea Birthday Party

This ONEder the Sea birthday party was originally hosted by Jennifer over as Gesch Who’s Got a Blog!
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What Jennifer did with this Ocean Theme Birthday Party is just too cute! From her amazing creativity with terra cotta pots to her super cute homemade cupcake stand. The picture banner she made is really a fun and creative way of displaying some pics of her little guy. There’s really too much to mention…so I will just let you get to scrollin’ so you can see all the goodies!

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

Enjoy the Jennifer’s party…..

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So bittersweet. My baby is ONE! It is my last first birthday party. And yes, I say “my” birthday because isn’t the first birthday really all about mom anyway? Such a major accomplishment to conceive and bear a child and sustain him or her for a whole year and manage to remain relatively sane. Besides, by their second birthday, they start having their own ideas, likes and dislikes.

I had so much fun planning the party. The planning started back in January when I saw the most adorable jumbo whale cupcake on a flyer for a cake decorating class at Michaels. I started planning the entire party around this cake!

I decided upon an Ocean “One”derland theme. I had seen this play on words on one of my new favorite blogs, Everyday Celebrating, and loved it. Michelle had planned an adorable Winter ONEderland party for her son’s 1st birthday, so I adapted it to fit my theme.
Shortly after, I found these adorable paper plates, bowls and cello bags in the dollar bins at Target, as well as these plastic plates and placemats which made wonderful party favors. They were perfect because of their juvenille look…most of what I found on-line was too realistic looking for a one-year old’s party.

I designed the invitations to look like the whale cake.

Decorating was really fun, too! I borrowed yet another idea from Michelle from Everyday Celebrating. The popcorn cones were really easy to make following Michelle’s tutorial. Each “whale cone” held Crunch ‘n Munch that guests could carry around and snack on.

I made this pod of whales using terra cotta pots, chennille sticks, wiggly eyes, foam and a hot glue gun!

One of my favorite decorations from the party was the time line that I made using ribbon, scrapbook paper and glitter sea creature shapes that I found at JoAnn Fabric back in January. The time line showcases pictures from birth, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 8 months, 10 months and 1 year.

No party is complete without balloons!

The Birthday Boy!

The guests had a fun time decorating foam sunglasses with foam sea creature stickers, all purchased from Michaels.

I made this cupcake stand using this tutorial I saw on cakejournal.com. I had to modify it a bit, as I could not get my hands on cake dummies so I used an oatmeal container. I used rick rack and wrapping paper instead of satin ribbon.

The Jumbo Whale Cupcake!

Colin did a great job digging into his cake!

Opening his gifts!

In keeping with the Ocean “One”derland theme, I used beach pails and shovels for the favors. Each bucket contained a plate, a matching placemat, a package of sea creature capsules that grown in water, and three sea creature lollipops made with Wilton cnady melts! The two baby guests recieved smaller buckets containing a Pepridge Farm goldfish shaped goldfish holder and a packet of goldfish. Each bucket had a tag that said, “I hope that you had a Whale of a Time!”

The “Baby Buckets”
Starfish, seahorse, sea turtle, tropical fish, and shark lollipops! YUM!

The best part was that Daddy was there for the special day. He flew home for a quick weekend visit!

Airplane Birthday Takes Flight

This Airplane Birthday party was originally hosted by Michelle over at Everyday Celebrating.

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This Airplane Birthday Party definitely soared to new heights. So many fun airplane details and Mindy was great about sharing all the Etsy stores that helped her make this party so GREAT! The invitations are simply fabulous! The “runway” for the tablecloth…GENIUS! I’m telling you…there are so many details…make sure you look through and read through everything so you don’t miss a thing!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Everyday Celebrating to see what else she’s got going on!
Enjoy Michelle’s Party…..

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This past weekend was the big birthday party! My son is now TWO! TWO!
I can’t believe it! He’s hugely into planes and trains and a little thing called “rocket”
off of the cartoon Little Einsteins. :)

I’ve got quite a few photos so I may break this up into two posts. Plus, I don’t want to leave anything out for those that are looking for inspiration. Also, feel free to post questions in the comments section.

First, invitations. I had a post totally devoted to them with a few pictures.
But here’s a shot of them just to tie everything together.
You’ll notice the event had it’s own logo. “Special K Air”. You’ll see this spread out through various details of the event. I used clip art found online and made the logo myself. I’m happy to share it in psd format. Also, this invitation was designed in Publisher and I’m happy to share that as well.
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One word of warning about these invitations. Some of my guests, while they thought they were cute and unusual, didn’t realize they were party invitations at first. *shrug*

The food table was to be an airport runway. I built one airplane out of a diaper box.
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I used green broadcloth fabric as the “grass” and used airplane runways that are typically used by hobbyists (bought off ebay). Holes were poked through the green fabric to lay down white Christmas lights to create a lighted runway.

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I made cupcakes for the guests and one of the large cupcakes using the famous large Wilton Cupcake Pan. Both the base and the swirls on top were made using the pastry bag and 1M tip.

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Silverware was wrapped in napkins with paper napkin rings carrying the airplane logo theme.

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Pretzels were hand dipped in dark and white chocolate with nonpareils. Individually wrapped in pretzel bags you can find at Michaels and included the logo on the outside.

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I found this 40 INCH balloon on ebay! It was gorgeous and HUGE and my son loved it!

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I had a separate table set up for children’s activities. One of the activities included decorating their own foam glider. Foam gliders found at Oriental Trading.

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Also, there was a photo op board. I got this idea from the blog
Muchkins and Mayhem. The kids loved it! And it was super easy to create.

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One of the favors the children took home were these super cute wooden pieces with markers.
You find them at Michaels and they are $1.99 each. They come with a stand too. I made the labels that went on the top. In the next post, I’ll talk about other items I gave out as well.

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Finally, I made a large airplane for my son to sit in to eat his cake. This fit right over the booster seat and chair. Made from one XL UHaul box.

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My sweet “Special K” eating his cupcake!

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Up next, I want to spotlight a few ETSY sellers who provided amazing products for the party!
Such great talent and their products really added special creative touches!

A few Etsy sellers provided some amazing product for my party and they really added some beautiful and fun touches! I wanted to make sure I noted them here so everyone could check out their stores and make note of them when you are hosting your next get together.

REMEMBER: Click on any picture to see more detail.

1. Handmade airplane suckers from Custom Candy Creations
Summer from Custom Candy Creations sent me the most adorable airplane shaped suckers! She made them in red to match the color scheme and they were too cute! Cherry flavored, of course! I have to say that they were HUGE and made a great impact! And she packed them so well, there wasn’t a wing or a tip broken! Go visit her store. She sells other candy as well, but you have to see the suckers. She does Blues Clues, Tool sets, stockings, etc.

Here they are on top of the other favors. I tied star garland to the sticks to add a contrasting color.
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2. Cupcake wrappers from Yummy Cuppy Crafts
Kim at Yummy Cuppy Crafts designed the great cupcake “cuppies” or holders that adorned some of my cupcakes at the party. She was so great to work with and even offered to include the logo in the cuppy. These come flat and and you wrap them around and close them with a sticker she provides.
You have to go see her store and see all the cute themes and animals she can do (the giraffe is particularly adorable!)

Here’s a side shot so you can see the back as well:
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3. Mini Banner from Mary Had a Little Party
Kristen at Mary Had a Little Party made this super cute mini banner for the children’s table.
These are a smaller take on the huge banners you see a lot now. She makes those too, but when you need something smaller, these are just the trick! The letters are about 2 inches wide and she’ll even customize the font to match other details of your party, like the airplane logo.

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4. Cupcake toppers from Simple Sensations
Stephanie at Simple Sensations took the time to custom design these airplane toppers especially for this party. You can now find them at her store and I can’t brag enough about the detail these had.
It took quite a bit of time and steady hands to put these together. And the children loved them! Not to mention how she made sure to match them to the color scheme. Visit her store to see gift cards and tags and the cutests gingerman cupcake toppers for the holiday season!

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5. Airplane gift tags by Lori Long Designs
Lori had these great gift tags that I used for the children’s favors. They were the perfect size. Not HUGE and not too small. I love to use a custom gift tag whenever possible, especially at events like these where you want each person to know they favor/gift was especially for them. Children especially love to have their name on things, ya know? Her shop if filled with cards and adorable holiday tags all at amazing prices!

The tags are attached to these coloring books.

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6. Photography Art by Sue Bees.
Sue takes these amazing photographs! She had provided me with two fabulous photos that I had intended to use as large backdrops for the runway table. In the end, I my vision was larger than my working space so I didn’t get to use them, but they are fabulous and I wanted to make sure she was mentioned here. Her etsy store is filled with all types of photography. Think outside the box of what other ways you can use photography besides hanging it on the wall.

One of the photos she provided. Isn’t it dreamy? Wouldn’t it have made a fabulous backdrop?

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Keep these etsy sellers in mind when planning your next event! I’ve never worked with more generous and accommodating vendors!

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Pumkin Petunia – A mini feature

These Super Cute Parties were originally hosted by Pumpkin Petunia.

Pumkin Petunia definitely knows how to throw a party! She submitted several super cute parties. I’ve included three of them below, but you will definitely want to stop by her blog to see more of her fun and creative party ideas and inspiration.

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Pumpkin Petunia’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on! And don’t forget to stop by the Pumpkin Petunia Shoppe to buy all sorts of goodies for your next party!

Enjoy Pumpkin Petunia’s Parties…..

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Her Doggie Party is fun, bright and super cute….


Check out her Wii inspired Birthday Party….






She threw a very pretty party for her daughter’s first communion.




Posh Tots – Weekend Etsy Feature

Posh Tot Creations has some really fun invitations and party decor. Here are just a couple of them…



Be sure to hop on over to the Posh Tot Creations’ Etsy store to see more! And you can also visit the Posh Tots Events blog for more party inspiration!

Family Tea Party

This Tea Party was originally hosted by Katie over at Katie’s Nesting Spot.
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I think Katie did such a wonderful job of taking this Tea Party to a very personal level. She put together a sentimental table with fabulous food and she created some activities that are sure to be a reminder of the special event. I think her idea to make hats for each guest is just too cute and they they all turned out just adorable! What a fun day for the family!

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

Enjoy Katie’s Tea party…..

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Today was the big day, that we’ve been so busy getting ready for, our Mother’s Day Tea Party! It was so much fun! Everything looked beautiful; the food was delicious and everyone had fun doing the activities. Aren’t our fancy tea hats pretty?

It was wonderful giving my mom and mother-in-law a special day to show them how much they mean to our family and how much we love and appreciate them! Spending time with our mother’s is really what this day is all about, I love how this event gave my daughter a chance to bond and spend quality time with her Grandmas, creating wonderful memories and helping reinforce to her how much both Grandmas love her.

We’re also spending Sunday with them, so we’ll get lots of quality family time in! Originally, my husband told me that since we were having the tea, maybe I’d like to not drive across town to see his and my mother and celebrate mother’s day with my daughter and family. We could do whatever I wanted. Then I thought about it, and realized that what I wanted to do was spend it with them☺

I have been holding on to these tissue paper pom poms since last summer, when I got a great deal on a kit by Martha Stewart. I originally planned on using them for ER’s 2nd birthday party outside under our gazebo but it rained and was so humid on the day of her party that we couldn’t use them. I’m glad I had the perfect opportunity to hang them up.We used the three painted polka dot pots for our centerpiece, I added a name tag to each one and decorated it with a silk flower. You can find out how we made the pots here. It was so easy, albeit time consuming since it was spread out over a few days but even a very young child can help make them. The purple pansies looked great in them, and coordinated so well with our color scheme.My mom brought her pretty china tea cups for us to use. The Grandma’s each had a place of honor with their handprint heart photo frame “cards”. Mom also brought her Grandmother’s silver flatware, tea pot, cream, and sugar. It was so special using things once owned by my Great Grandmother, how appropriate for a Mother’s Day celebration!
Our first activity was to make fancy tea party hats. I got this great idea from my Family Fun magazine, that’s been such a good subscription! It has fantastic ideas and it’s worth every penny!
All you do it cut two pieces of 30×30 pieces of wrapping paper. Lay them together wrong sides together. Have one person hold it on their head, while another wraps colored tape around the widest part of the head. Trim off the excess paper in a circular shape, leaving about five inches border. Flip up the sides and the front “brim” of the hat. Decorate with tissue paper flowers.
To make the flowers cut large and small circles out of several layers of tissue paper. Cut a circle out of cardstock that is smaller than the smaller circles of tissue paper. Layer from largest to smallest. Put a brad through the center and attach to hat.
For once I managed to time everything really well. While the Grandmas worked on making the hats, I made the tea sandwiches. We had a nice variety and I am pleased with how everything turned out. We had four different kinds of sandwiches, cranberry orange scones, heart shaped brownies, fruit kabobs, chocolate covered strawberries, pound cake petite fours, and a fruit tart.
Family Fun Magazine also helped me out with some of the sandwich ideas. We nibbled on mini pitas filled with hummus, cucumber, and tomato. I made mini croissants with cherry almond chicken salad I purchased at the deli. For something sweet we had baguette spread with Nutella and banana slices and whole wheat triangles filled with honey walnut cream cheese with pear slices. Everything was really good!
I made the chocolate dipped strawberries and pound cake petite fours. The petite fours are the only thing I didn’t love but my mom liked them. We think that Brad and I didn’t care for the almond extract added to the frosting. I’d try them again, but only add vanilla extract. They did look pretty, even if they were slightly neon colors instead of the pastels I wanted. When they say only add a drop at a time of food coloring to the frosting, they mean it! I wish I could take credit for the fruit tart, it was so yummy but that delish treat came from Whole Foods Market and so did the great two bite mini scones.
Look a man at our Mother’s Day Tea! It’s Brad, he came home for lunch to enjoy a tasty lunch and see his mom aka Grandma Norma! For some reason he didn’t want to wear my hat for the picture ☺

Here is me and my mom aka Grammy.

The other little activity I planned was decorating frames. ER painted these when she painted the pots. The Grandmas helped her add some cute flower and butterfly foam stickers to hers. Later on, I will give each Grandma picture from today’s tea to put in it. ER would not look up at the camera because, “I’m working!”
It was a lovely day, and such a special treat to have all the ladies together! I’ve added this to I Blame My Mother’s Kid Friendly Friday.
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Construction Birthday Party

This Construction party was originally hosted by Gallamore West.
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This is such a fun theme. I love the “dirt dessert” in the dump truck! How fun is that! I love all the black and yellow as well. The water bottles, the hats, the take home goodies. Everything is so personalized which always adds so much to a party to make it extra special. Scroll on down and “dig in” to this party!

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

Enjoy Gallamore West’s party…..

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I got hired to help throw a party last week!!! It’s my dream job… coming true! Here are a few pictures from the FUN party!
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Check out this other fun Farm Themed party she submitted….

Farmer Jake just turned TWO!!! We threw a backyard barnyard party for him and all of his little two-year old buddies. I had soooo much fun with Jake’s party. The weather was gorgeous, everyone had a great time… and most importantly, Jake himself had a blast! I can’t possibly choose my favorite pictures, so sit back and enjoy a little slideshow :)

Go Diego Birthday Adventure

This Go Diego Birthday Adventure was originally hosted by Shelly over at My Own Little (sometimes creative) World.
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There’s no doubt about it…the kids at this party definitely got to go on an adventure with Diego! I love how she brought the outdoors is…just look at the jungle garland on the stair bannister. Super cute! From the moment the guests arrived they were greeted with little surprises…like following the tracks to the back yard. Her craft/activity ideas are fantabulous and her attention to detail is spot on! So be sure to look over all the details of this party!

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

Enjoy Shelly’s party…..

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We had the big Go Diego Go party for my youngest son’s fourth birthday on Saturday. The only thing that didn’t cooperate was the wind! We had to majorly tape some decorations down, modify others and watch some blow away! But at least it wasn’t raining, and it turned out wonderful anyway! Here are some pics . . .


We set up a “Follow the Tracks” activity for the kids to find the party in our backyard. There were four guessing stations where the kids saw tracks on brown paper like this . . .
The tracks led to a sign taped to the house. . .
. . . which they could open to find the answer.
Once the kids “found the party,” they came to a little table where they could make a video watch. They chose which animal they wanted, glued it on, then I put it on their wrist. They also got a Field Journal (laptop), that had the animals they had to find in a scavenger hunt. They put a sticker beside each animal as they found it. Once they found all 4 animals, they showed it to me and received a reward (beach ball globe that shows animals in their native countries–it’s in a picture later).


Here are some pictures of decorations–outside and inside.

See the wind blowing the table trees?
The wind eventually blew the balloon tree tops away!





My handmade vines. I didn’t put many outside because of the wind. So, the steps ended up with most of them!



The food was a big hit at the party. We had a kids’ table with PB&J and chips, and for the adults, we had a Mexican spread. A taco & nacho bar, cilantro-lime rice, pasta con queso and my in-laws’ famous homemade salsa! We also had fruit kabobs, jungle leaf sugar cookies and chocolate covered pretzels.









And don’t forget the cake, made by a fabulous local bakery!

Our pinata was a palm tree that I found for $8 at Walmart the week before the party. I converted it into a pull-string pinata.

Bags to put goodies from the pinata in.

We had a rainstick making station on top of our deckbox (which kept the kids away from all the lawn toys inside!) We used paper towel rolls, which I covered with scrapbook paper. I had one end sealed already. The kids added aluminum foil coils, then poured beads in (which I had premeasured in cups labeled with each child’s name.) Then they taped on the other end and added a pre-printed name label.

And last, but not least, the treat bags!



Everyone had a great time, especially the birthday boy and his big brother! I am glad, relieved and sad that it is over! A little like the day after Christmas!

Totally Glam Teen Birthday

This Totally Glam Birthday party was originally hosted by Lisalyn over at Personally You Parties.
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Lisalyn must be the coolest Aunt EVER! This party she threw for her niece is totally GLAM and totally FABULOUS! She was so attentive to every detail and really carried the theme throughout the entire party. I love all the stations, decor and activities. This is a party that any teen girl would be bragging about to all of their friends!

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

Enjoy Lisalyn’s party…..

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LONG POST~ my daughter and niece took about 260 pictures and I am only posting a few. :)

Guest of Honor ~ My Niece Jae
Theme ~ Rock Star Glam 13th Birthday
Colors ~ Black, Hot Pink, Aqua Blue & Zebra Print

Tablescape…
Covered with faux animal print with an aqua colored sequined runner, silver chargers, black plates, pink martini glasses and zebra printed napkins.
I had wanted to order a fancy glamorous light but decided not to spend the extra money so I just decorated a plain white paper lantern with gems and hung silver sequins on fishing line from the base of it. I think it was just fine…and I saved alot of money. :)
Favor boxes filled with Pink Pop Rocks, nail polish, lip gloss, zebra print ring and barrettes.

Food ~

build your own pizza
chips and cheese
chocolate fondue with strawberries, oreos and large marshmallows
ice cream bar with LOTS of toppings
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sweet sushi cakes
All the food went over well…I think they really liked drinking out of the pink martini glasses!

There were 4 different “stations” the girls could go to.
1 – nails {I used a coffee table for this station. The black fabric was just hung to make a fun little area. They sat on the floor to get their nails done.}
2 – hair & make-up {This stations was done using a Large piece of cardboard that I painted black and adhered 12 mirrors to and hung lights and garland on top. The marble table was perfect to dress up the area too.}
3 – decorate a notebook (Very creative girls!}
4 – photo shoot {they loved this part too and I could show LOTS of goofy pictures of them…they were crazy!!}
And here is me and the birthday girl. :)

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4th of July Party Inspiration

I asked and I received! I have some 4th of July Party inspiration for all of you! There are plenty of ideas and tons of eye candy! Be sure to hop on over to each blog to view more details from each party.

The first pictures are from Chris over at Celebrations at Home. She did this party for Memorial Day weekend but of course it totally translates to 4th of July! Red White and Blue are everywhere at this party!! Be sure you take a moment and head over to her blog to view the whole party!

This next group of pictures are courtesy of Jessica from Party Love. I love all the sprinkles and goodies! Please be sure to head on over to her blog to view more of the party!

it all began with these 2 sprinkle bottles…




Our next set of inspiring pictures comes from Pumkin Petunia. What a creative idea to have a bike parade. That invitation is just too cute. Make sure to visit her blog to see more!




Our final submission for 4th of July comes from Colleen at Banman Land. They had lots of fun dressing up for the occasion and the goodies they made…YUM! You really need to click over and have a look-see!


Thanks for all the great submissions ladies! It’s not too late….I will take more submissions for 4th of July and post them in the next week or so!

Weekend Feature – Gaggles-n-Giggles

Gaggles-n-Giggles has plenty of party eye candy to look at. They are professional party throwers…not doubt about it! Gaggles-n-Giggles sells party packages and they sell supplies for throwing your own party! Hop on over there and take a look at all the goodies they have to offer!






Kindergarten Graduation Party

This graduation party was originally hosted by Hope over at Craft Party.
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Oh my goodness this just totally made my heart melt when I saw it. That wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that my son only has two weeks of kindergarten left or anything! The ideas that Hope came up with are just so cute. I love the the hats. The cupcakes with school photo toppers….fantabulous! The goodie “bags”…you just have to look!

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

Enjoy Hope’s party…..

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My daughter graduated from Kindergarten this year. After the ceremony I planned a little party for my daughter and her classmates. We set the tables with red tablecloths and put a 12X12 piece of white cardstock down so the plates I created would show up on the tablecloths.

The graduation hat plates were created by placing a square red plate on an upside down red bowl. I glued them together and placed a soup can on the top so it would stick. Once the plates and bowls were glued together I punched a hole in the corner of one the plates using a hand held hole punch and then I created a tassle with white embroidery floss and gold ribbon to tie through the hole in the plate.

I went to the party store and found smiley face pics with graduation hats to use for the cupcakes. I scanned in the yearbook pics and cut the children’s faces in circles to use on the pics(NOTE: place these on the cupcakes right before the party so the icing doesn’t get on the pics) The kids really enjoyed looking at themselves on the cupcakes.

I also created a centerpiece for the punch table titled “SMARTIES”. I took wooden skewers, glue dots, smarties, and ribbon and made smartie pics. On each smartie pic I placed the childrens pics. I also bought a couple of the larger smartie packages for the teachers pics. It turned out really cute. I used a wallpaper tray painted in school colors and floral foam as the base of my Smartie centerpiece.

For the goodie ‘bags’ I bought to-go containers from Sam’s warehouse to hold all the goodies. The goody containers each had a small chalkboard with the child’s name written in chalk on the top. They include a small box of chalk, a diploma made out of fruit rollups, white paper, and ribbon, goldfish crackers(adapted this idea from ReneeDezember on 2peas), a button that I made out of paper and ribbon that said I graduated from Kindergarten Today, and a single kool-aid pack that said “Have a Kool Summer”.

I also had to make some adorable graduation pops from Bakerella.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and I hope that you can use some for your next graduation party!

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