Race Car Birthday

This Race Car party was originally hosted by Abigail over at Piece of Cake.
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I love how Abigail encourages you to keep it simple and go homemade! I also love that she just did a traditional race car theme and made it her own. The cake is super cute and looks like it is something that anyone could tackle with success! She has provided detailed directions! Give it a try!!

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

Enjoy Abigail’s party…..

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At one time or another, every little boy wants a race car birthday party. Now granted, my son was just turning one and couldn’t utter an intelligible word, so I chose for him. But still, he might have been dreaming about it, right?

After a party theme is chosen (whether by me or my child) I immediately go to the internet and search for cakes to see if someone else has “invented the wheel”. For this race car cake, I combined the ideas of 3 different cakes that I found to make my son’s all important first year birthday cake.

Invitation

As I searched and searched for a “racing” themed scrapbooking paper, I realized that what I wanted could be recreated on my computer in a matter of seconds. I quickly and cheaply made a black and white checkered pattern and printed it on plain white paper. For the invitation information I used a bright “safety orange” paper and included a little illustration of a traffic cone as decoration. Again, as in the polka dot party, I used cellophane party favor bags as envelopes.

Decorations

I have a very close friend whose son has an immense collection of toy cars. I’ve never counted them but I’m thinking he has hundreds of cars. I was able to borrow a small percentage of non Hot Wheels (because he didn’t like these as much and wouldn’t miss them). I used enough cars to fill 3 glass fish bowl type vases and added checkered flags to stick up out of them. To round out the theme, I also decorated with checkered pennant banners and orange safety cones, everywhere.

Side note: when the party was over, I did have lots of cones and checkered flags left over. I decided to donate these to my children’s preschool. They were able to use the items on “Bike Day” to cordon off an area of the campus designated for the little kids to ride bikes, and to make the special day more festive.

Activity

For the little kids, I provided crayons and markers to use on big pieces of butcher paper. Before anyone got to the party I drew a “road” and placed some toy cars on the paper because I knew that a couple of the boys would be very interested in creating more roads for the cars on paper.


For the older kids I purchased some super easy foam craft kits to make your own “race car” themed picture frame. I used a short kid height table and sturdy chairs along with some predetermined parent helpers to give assistance to any child that needed it.

Cake

I usually make the cake the night before the party, mostly to give myself the uninterrupted time to work on it but also just in case I totally mess it up there is still time to go out and buy one. Here is how I did this cake:

  • 4 baked 9” round white cakes (so that each side is two layers)
  • 2 cans white icing
  • 1 can chocolate icing
  • green sugar sprinkles
  • honey maid graham cracker sticks
  • clean toy cars
  • checkered flag toothpicks
  • trophy shaped candle
  1. Cut a semicircular notch from one cake and carefully set aside. Trim the “dome” tops of the cakes so they are level and frost with white only in between to make your layers.
  2. Push your layer cakes together and frost with white around the sides.
  3. Take the “notch” piece and cut it flat on the bottom. Use white frosting on the bottom to “stick” it to the tope center of the cake – it should look like a bridge on the track.
  4. Use white frosting in the centers of the round cakes and carefully use green sprinkles in just those areas as grass.
  5. Carefully apply the chocolate frosting on the tops of the cakes as the track and to the sides of the “notch” piece.
  6. Use a pastry bag to pipe a white icing border around the edge of the track, to make dotted lines in the center of the road and to write your birthday message.
  7. Push the graham cracker sticks into the sides of the cake and spread more green sprinkles onto your cake board as grass.
  8. Decorate with checkered flags and toy cars.



What a memorable first birthday party. A race car theme is simple to accessorize and easy to plan. Use some creative thinking to make it your own, spend as little as possible and make it look homemade – even if it isn’t!

Dinosaur Birthday Party

This Dinosaur Party was originally hosted by Dana over at Desert Parties.
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Two words…BOUNCE HOUSE! What kid doesn’t have the time of their little life at a party with a dinosaur bounce house!! But the bounce house wasn’t the first thing to set the mood. It started with the invittions and then greeted them at the walkway with the “dinosaur footprints” leading up to the front door. Can’t you just see their eyes lighting up the minute they saw those footprints! You must check out the cake…it’s EXPLOSIVELY fabulous!

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

Enjoy Dana’s party…..

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3rd Birthday Dinosaur Party collage

This past January we hosted a dinosaur themed party for my son’s 3rd birthday party. Everyone had a blast and he’s already planning his next birthday party – he’s already been talking about a monster shaped cake.

I made the invitations using Photoshop and a dinosaur digital scrapbooking kit (by Michelle Swadling, Gotta Pixel). The invitations were 4 x 6 inches and I had them printed as photos at Costco.

Dinosaur 3rd birthday invite for blog

My son has many dinosaurs that we used to decorate our house for the party. We found the large T-rex at Toys R Us - my son’s room is also decorated in a dinosaur theme so many of the decorations we were able to use in his room once the party was over. I cut out dinosaur footprints from green cardstock and taped them to the sidewalk and entrance to our house. On our front door I posted a dinosaur crossing sign that I made in Photoshop using the digital scrapbook kit that I also used for his invitations – his favorite dinosaur is triceratops I tried to use this species as much as possible. I also picked up a dinosaur Happy Birthday banner from Dollar Tree.

dinosaur tracks

Because the guests ranged from ages 2 to 6 we didn’t have many planned activities and mostly let them run around and play in the backyard and in our large sand box. We rented a dinosaur jump house from Mr B’s Moonwalk (excellent customer service from this company – I highly reccomend them!) – this was a huge hit and the kids spent much of their time jumping away – I’m sure all the kids napped well that day! We also had a Triceratops pinata (Target) which I filled with candy, play-do (that I picked up during the after Halloween sales), and stickers. I bought blue colored lunch bags from Target (much cheaper than the party bags from the party store), wrote the kids names on the bags ahead of time and added some stickers from Dollar Tree. Helpful hint – have a bowl with extras for the kids who didn’t get much in their goody bags once the pinata broke.

dinosaur bounce house

triceratops pinata

pinata time

We served pizza for lunch – one of my son’s favorite foods. And what’s a party without cake? Simply Sweets, of course. I made a volcano cake because my son has always been interested in volcanos. The volcano part of the cake is double chocolate sourcream with chocolate buttercream icing. The base of the cake is white sourcream, strawberry mousse filling and American buttercream icing. The dinosaurs are plastic figurines. I found dinosaur napkins from the Dollar Tree and I bought plain blue and green plates. The noise makers were also from the Dollar Tree - they didn’t work too well but that was fine as we didn’t need all the kids making a lot of noise. I rented the kids chairs from Party People and used our adjustable folding table (love that table – it adjusts to 3 different heights).

candles lit

blowing out candles

All of the kids got dinosaur tattoos which I picked up at Oriental Trading Company and Party City. The explorer hats were also from Oriental Trading Company. We also gave out plastic eggs filled with small dinosaurs that I gots from Oriental Trading Company and Michaels, dinosaur rings were from ABC Cake Decorating, and Simply Sweets chocolate dinosaur suckers.

Dr. Seuss Inspired Party

This Dr. Seuss inspired party was originally hosted by Heather over at Creative Bug.
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How could I resist when I opened up Heather’s submission and saw the shout out for CP&S! I love that she searched her blog looking for just the right party to share with ya’ll! Everything from the invitations right down to the thank you cards are super cute and super creative. Oh my…those thank you cards with the cat’s bow tie….LOVIN’ those! I just love how bright and fun everything is and how it’s all so cohesive. Heather…all your hard work really paid off!

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

Enjoy Heather’s party…..

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I have recently stumbled across this blog creativepartiesandshowers and would simply LOVE to be featured on it…so, I figure I should start with something that I worked really hard on and did what I consider a bang up job! I went digging around my blog for the photos of everything I did for the Seuss Birthday back in the winter and discovered that I didn’t share everything with you, my beloved readers. So bear with me…we’re going to step back in time a bit!

Remember these invitations?

And the great little rhyme?Now here are the decorations I shipped out…
And the menu…now these were inspired by the ones we did at Hallowe’en (this is worth checking out if you haven’t seen it…) and here is more of our costumes.I love that I am not the only one that still sends out Thank You Cards…and these sure were fun to make!So, thanks for stopping by! And well, I hope that this is a good place to start to get featured on the Creative Party Blog!

Enjoy
Heather

Superhero Birthday

This Superhero Birthday Party was originally hosted by Amy over at Living Locurto.
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Not only does Amy throw a fabulous party…she’s got downloads to boot! So be sure to grab them!! After looking this party over I think you would agree that every kid that left probably felt like they really were a superhero! Armed with their very own capes and masks….they sure looked like one!

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

Enjoy Amy’s party…..

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This weekend is my son’s birthday party. I can’t wait to show you his mad scientist party! For now, I want to focus on what we did two years in a row. A Super Hero party! Always a hit with little boys.

This is my son’s party invitation last year. He was a obsessed with Batman!

Of course I had to make him the ultimate Batman cake! We used his toys to make a mini Gotham City with an Oreo road and a custom billboard. I thought the blue side was plain, so I put clear stickers around it.

I put his action figures all over the house and displayed the big ones on the mantel with balloons. Everyone came in costumes. They had a blast!


Check out this awesome Super Hero Party by my friend Jenn, this week’s Guest Mom Blogger.
Jenn was featured on Cookiemag.com for this fun idea. Scroll down for FREE downloads she made just for Living Locurto readers!

For an activity, they had a cape-decorating workshop. Each child was given a package that included a cape, mask, and a stencil of their initial to trace onto felt.

What a cutie!

FREEBIES to make your Super Hero party complete!

Basic shape for capes

Download Superhero Mask Template

Download ‘Bif’ ‘Zap’ and ‘Pow’ Bursts

I added my own download after getting Jenn’s cute “Bursts”.

The following invitation idea came from my creative friend Amy K… Print this Super Hero Training invite and place in a file folder marked “TOP SECRET”. How fun & easy is that?

I hope you were inspired to do something great for your kid’s next birthday party.

Weekend Etsy Feature – Joy!Paperie

With all the parties you’ve been throwing you want to be sure to find a special way to preserve the memories you have created. She also has school themed books as well as baby girl and baby boy themes to choose from. You have to visit her Etsy Store to see more!

JoyPaperie has so many fun memory books to choose from.



Be sure to head on over to JoyPaperie to find a book for your party memories and more!

Jungle Safari Birthday Party

This Jungle Safari Birthday Party was originally hosted by Gretchen.
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Gretchen really went all out with the FUN FACTOR at this party! Her activities and crafts are really inspiring! Looks like the kids had lots of fun and got into it! The Jungle Safari theme she chose is super cute and was just so fun and vibrant. To top it off there was a magic show which is perfect because I’m guessing all the kids felt like it was a magical day!

Have a look and leave a comment and then hop on over to her Picasa Web Album to see more!

Enjoy Gretchen’s party…..

Follow this link to view Gretchen’s Picasa Web Album with ALL the photos from the party!

Details: I made tons of the accents to the party like the:
-invitations
-party hats
-name tags
-party favor tags
-cupcakes

There were 3 stations set up:

STATION ONE | GAMES
-”feeding the animals” (a bean bag toss game)
-catching duckies
(kiddie pool with duckies)

STATION TWO: FACE-PAINTING
-2 of my dear friends painted animals on the kiddies cheeks

STATION THREE: DECORATE YOUR GOODIE BOX
- a craft leader helped kids stamp, draw, color, trace, sticker all over their goodies boxes. they were later filled animal themed treats and toys.


We also had a magician perform and my daughterw as the star of the show. At the end, he did balloon animals for each of the kids.

It was a ROARING FUN time! My duaghter wants to do it again! You know what? So, do I! :)

Tea Party with Friends

This Tea Party with Friends was originally hosted by Heidi over at Blue Eyed Blessings.
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I think the first thing that caught my eye were the abso-stinkin’-lutely cute purse invitations! Not to mention the matching skirts for all the girls! What a fabulous and fun idea. So cute during the party and what better take home gift could you give a little girl? Hmmm…maybe an adorable monogrammed hanging paper cone filled with marshmallow pops!

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

Enjoy Heidi’s party…..

For Talk About Tuesday, I thought I would talk all about Mikayla’s 3rd birthday party last Friday with friends. We invited 3 of her little girlfriends over ranging in age from 2 1/2 years to 3 1/2 years to join in on the celebration and have a little dress up/tea time party. This was so much fun to plan and I couldn’t wait for Mikayla to enjoy some time with her little girlfriends in honor of her birthday!

The party invites – cute little purses…

…with the party details inside!
The Party Room
Bring on the food!
An up close view…

I made each of the girls their own little cone filled with marshmallow pops. They ended up looking like roses because I tied them with green ribbon. It was a fun addition to the decor.
The place settings

Up close of the name plates

My mom made each of the girls these cute little skirts. She claimed that they were super easy and so she whipped them out in one evening! It was her gift to Mikayla’s little friends.

Little goody bags – it was fun to spoil the girls since there were only 4 of them! I also sent the girls home with a boa, necklace, and bracelet.
Waiting for the guests to arrive!
Mikayla waited by the door ready to give each of
her friends some dress up accessories
The girls decorated foam frames with foam letters and flowers

I plan on sending them one of these
pictures to put inside the frame…
We played “Pass the Puppy”…kind of like hot potato
It was a bit tough with 3-year olds to get them to actually pass the puppy!
It’s tea time! The girls loved drinking their “tea” (apple juice) and asked for more quite often. The menu consisted of flower-shaped PB & J sandwiches, grapes and strawberries, carrots and cucumbers, mini banana muffins, and crackers.

The girls got a kick out of the tea cups turning a dark pink when the tea was poured inside.
Present time!


Instead of cake or cupakes, I decided to make cookies.
Austin enjoying a little dress up of his own
Mikayla waving goodbye to her friends!


Thanks for visiting and putting up with all the party talk over the last week! I can officially say I am done with all that I had to share.

Check out some of my previous birthday posts if you haven’t been by in awhile or if you’re new to my blog!

And if you want to hear what others are talking about, head on over to The Lazy Organizer for more!

Pink Piggy First Birthday

This Pink Piggy First Birthday was originally hosted by Sarah over at Middleton Family.
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There is plenty of eye candy to view in this Pink Piggy Birthday. I think I may need to give Sarah the nickname of “banner queen”!! She has sooo many adorable banners just at this one party. It really adds to the decor throughout the house. She has so many cute ideas like the picture collage to have people sign, the gumball guessing jar, and the adorable piggy cupcake toppers.

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Sarah’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on! She has several other party posts that you won’t want to miss!

Enjoy Sarah’s party…..

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cute cupcakes with the piggie toppers

my banner that has the number one in different languages

i made this one too
i made both these banners

the birthday collage i created for everyone to sign
also gave away colorful swirly straws
party bubbles

some of the fun treat bags

kelsies party hat

before you enter the front door

Well i must say a year definitly flys by,now my baby is a year old,well actually on friday she will officially be ONE. I decided to throw her a First Birthday Party and i must say i had a real fun time planning and making alot of the decor, i did buy some handmade stuff like the piggie toppers for the cupcakes the banner that says Kelsie and the little treat bags that i filled with gumballs,but i got really crafty with the other banners and made them all myself, also the jars i decorated and filled with the gumballs and Jason who loves to cook Made all the cupcakes the mini bday cake and the cupcake frosting from scratch ! (and it was yummy).He also made the oh so delicious chocolate covered pretzel sticks ( thanks Jessica for letting me steal that special treat idea),and then of course we bbq hamburgers and hotdogs.Usually the next day we would be munching on great leftovers but nope not one cupcake or pretzel or even a hotdog left,we do have some pasta salad because jason made a huge pot full ( and that was homemade and yummy too). I think it turned out great!

All-American Cheerleading Party

This All-American Cheerleading party was originally hosted by Colleen and Patricia over at Fig & Ruby.
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These girls “had me at hello” when I saw the word CHEERLEADING! Yes…I am a former cheerleader and cheerleading coach. So a cheerleading party just makes me smile! I love how these canadians showed off their love for the stars and stripes. This party had to be so much fun for all the girls! Just look at the pics of them learning their cheers, chants and jumps! I love all the personalized details like the waterbottles and ribbons.

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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Living in Canada, two of my favorite things are virtually obsolete; cheer leading and the Stars and Stripes. When my daughter asked for a cheer party for her 7th birthday, I was thrilled and the color scheme for me was easy. I called a few of my American friends and they willingly sent me their old uniforms. I was thrilled to receive enough red white and blue ones to put all the party guests in the theme colors! Here are some of my favorite details…

The overall “feel” was all out red white and blue. With an October birthday, it was no problem to collect 4th of July items at clear out prices. Planning in advance can often save quite a bit.

Tiny American flags: A perfectly patriotic way to welcome the guests.

Patriotic jelly bellies for the kids to “guess how many”

Gotta love the little details! Personalized water bottles.

I removed all the furniture from the living room in order to lead the kids in a little cheer clinic.

The girls were fully engaged when learning cheers. Seven is the perfect age to get creative and actually DO something with the kids!!

Perfecting their jumps.

The girls loved having pom poms, they were a major hit!

The cake with the hand drawn cheerleaders! For more photos of the cake, CLICK HERE!!

Learning a mount.

My sweet birthday girl (top of the pyramid) got a black eye on the trampoline a few weeks before her party.

With the help of my lovely sister in law Terri, we gave all of the girls cheer make overs complete with high ponytails, star stickers on their faces, and the cheer outfits. I also made a hair bow for each girl with her name on it.


At the end of the party, The girls showcased what they learned by performing for the birthday girl’s family.

Even the treats were patriotic! The girls got to build their own mini trifles.

I really enjoyed this party theme, it is up there as one of my favorite parties to date. The kids had a great time and most importantly, the theme suited my little birthday girl perfectly.

Pink Ladybug Birthday Party

This Pink Ladybug Birthday Party was originally hosted by the Party Bugs.
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I think my favorite thing about this party are the ladybugs “crawling” on the walls. I just think that was such a cute decorating idea. You have to notice them when you look at the pictures. The cake is also majorly stinkin’ adorable!! LOVE IT! The ladybug theme was carried so well throughout the party. The gift boxes, the t-shirt, the decor and the invitation all contribute to making this the PERFECT Pink Ladybug Birthday!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to the Party Bugs to see what else she’s got going on! There is a TON to see!

Enjoy the Party Bug’s party…..

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For Sienna’s First Birthday, what other theme but Ladybug was I going to do! I had so much fun planning and decorating! I went with different shades of pinks and added a bit of red and of course black!
The invite was made by Jana @http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Little-Prints-Wall-Art-And-More. We went with this picture of Sienna because of how incredible her eyes look.
I made her sign using scrapbook paper and glued it to the back of a shelf!

Then thanks to Amy over at Stem Parties I used Chinese lanterns throughout for decorations.


Sienna recently became a baby model for Tannen’s Talent located White Plains, NY.
For the kids they made there own ladybugs using apples for the body. The spots I used Junior Mints and frosting for them to stick, and licorice twizzlers for there antennas! Very yummy. The lovely Benay made directions cards for this as well as Sienna’s Coloring Book.


At one table I had different ladybug books for parents to sit and read to there child. I also had some fun Ladybug Facts.

The cake and Sienna’s cupcake was incredible and delicious. I ordered it from Riviera Bake House Ardsley, NY http://www.rivierabakehouse.com

I made a Candy Buffet using Pink and Red Candy. I had Jana make a label and I used Chinese containers. This was a big hit!


I found this incredible dress and it couldn’t have been more perfect! It was pink with black polkadots and on the front it had a ladybug with rhinestones for spots.
This Party rocked and now ladybug is sleeping.

Pink Ladybug Birthday Party

This Pink Ladybug Birthday Party was originally hosted by the Party Bugs.

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I think my favorite thing about this party are the ladybugs “crawling” on the walls. I just think that was such a cute decorating idea. You have to notice them when you look at the pictures. The cake is also majorly stinkin’ adorable!! LOVE IT! The ladybug theme was carried so well throughout the party. The gift boxes, the t-shirt, the decor and the invitation all contribute to making this the PERFECT Pink Ladybug Birthday!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to the Party Bugs to see what else she’s got going on! There is a TON to see!

Enjoy the Party Bug’s party…..

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For Sienna’s First Birthday, what other theme but Ladybug was I going to do! I had so much fun planning and decorating! I went with different shades of pinks and added a bit of red and of course black!
The invite was made by Jana @http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Little-Prints-Wall-Art-And-More. We went with this picture of Sienna because of how incredible her eyes look.
I made her sign using scrapbook paper and glued it to the back of a shelf!

Then thanks to Amy over at Stem Parties I used Chinese lanterns throughout for decorations.


Sienna recently became a baby model for Tannen’s Talent located White Plains, NY.
For the kids they made there own ladybugs using apples for the body. The spots I used Junior Mints and frosting for them to stick, and licorice twizzlers for there antennas! Very yummy. The lovely Benay made directions cards for this as well as Sienna’s Coloring Book.


At one table I had different ladybug books for parents to sit and read to there child. I also had some fun Ladybug Facts.

The cake and Sienna’s cupcake was incredible and delicious. I ordered it from Riviera Bake House Ardsley, NY http://www.rivierabakehouse.com

I made a Candy Buffet using Pink and Red Candy. I had Jana make a label and I used Chinese containers. This was a big hit!


I found this incredible dress and it couldn’t have been more perfect! It was pink with black polkadots and on the front it had a ladybug with rhinestones for spots.
This Party rocked and now ladybug is sleeping.

Weekend Features and Shout Outs!

Today I’m featuring a few different sights and products that you will want to be sure to check out for your next party!

Looking for some fun, fabulous and unique invitations? Check out Mara*Mi and all the options they have to offer!

Want to throw a chocolate party with Yummy Dove chocolates? Did you know that you can host one at your home? Thanks to Qte for the yummy party info!

You’ll want to be sure to hop on over to Baby Card Expressions and check out the Party Invitations, Save the Date cards and Birth Announcements that they are creating. There are tons of super cute options!

Have fun shopping ladies!!

Tiny Two Party has BIG ideas!

This Tiny Two Birthday Party was originally hosted by Michelle over at The Creativity Room.

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Let’s face it…Tiny things are just CUTE! Tiny invitations, tiny hamburgers, tiny hotdogs…..this party was tiny…but it was CUTE in a BIG WAY! The tiny cupcakes and the tiny waterbottles just added to the cuteness! I’m totally lovin’ this idea! It’s making the wheels spin in my head for the baby shower I’m throwing in July!

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

Enjoy Michelle’s party…..

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Here are the details of Elle’s Tiny Two party including a free PDF download of some of the elements of the party (at the end of the post). This theme worked great for a 2-year-old birthday party, but could be used for so many other occasions.

[invitations]

I wanted “tiny” invitations so I designed the basic size and then created a coordinating envelope template. I cut the envelopes using my Silhouette (Silhouette Users: download the envelope template and mini party hat template from the Silhouette download site soon). I also embellished the invites with glossy accents to give them some texture and dimension – everything looks better with glossy accents or diamond glaze!
[decor]

I hung chinese lanterns with fishing wire above the dessert area. I couldn’t find the exact color of teal blue I wanted so I purchased a white lantern and painted it with the food coloring I used for the frosting. It worked great and was simple…just add food coloring to some water in a bowl and paint with a foam brush.

I also printed out several sheets of the patterned paper I designed for the invitation envelopes in both a teal and pink color to use on a variety of decor elements including:

- wrapping around the mini water bottles (I wanted to add a white circle label printed with 2, but ran out of time)
- wrapping around the condiment bottles
- creating food place cards
- embellishing Elle’s wrapped presents
[food]
I think the food was a key element in making the party feel truly tiny. We had tiny hamburgers, tiny hot dogs and tiny veggies along with tiny cupcakes and ice cream scoops. Elle also had a tiny-sized cake. My friend Heather baked all of the tiny rolls for the hamburgers and hot dogs (thanks Heather!). She also found the tiny hot dogs at a local Albertsons (Oscar Meyer brand), and I made small 2″ hamburger patties. For the veggies, I used the small baby carrots (some are bigger than others – get the small snack size packs), cut up tiny celery sticks, and cut up small peppers from Costco and lucked out with mini cucumbers from Costco.
I also made the cupcakes with 2″ paper souffle cups and placed the scoop of ice cream in a 3.25 oz. paper souffle cup with the wooden spoon inserted into the center. For Elle’s cake and the cupcakes I embellished them with royal icing shapes and letters….just pipe the royal icing shapes onto a piece of parchment and let harden over night. I loved the small 2 that adorned the top of each cupcake.
[games and favors]
We had about 40 people at the party – 20 adults and 20 kids so I was a little nervous about keeping the kids entertained (ranging in age from 2 to 14). Luckily the weather was nice so the kids could go outside but I also had a variety of tiny games set out including a small kids table covered in freezer paper with crayons, markers and small animal toys to play with and mini games I found at the party store (mini bowling sets, mini uno cards, mini pool).
For the favors, I made tiny notepads of games for two – hangman, tic-tac-toe and the dot game. I put the notepads in a clear bag with a tiny marker and filled with fun-size candy.
Overall, I think the party was a success. Here is a PDF filled with some of the elements I used to make it happen including:
- tiny envelope template
- tiny party hat template
- patterned paper in teal and pink
- tiny game sheets you can cut out and turn into notepads
Enjoy!

Lollipop Sweetness Birthday Party

This Lollipop Sweetness Birthday Party was originally hosted by Heidi from Blue Eyed Blessings.

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I’m so excited to feature this party because Heidi said she was inspired by parties from THIS BLOG for this party! HOORAY!!! It’s working!! YOU are all inspiring other people with YOUR parties. Keep it up and keep those submissions coming!

Heidi’s lollipop party is filled with several sweet ideas that don’t just satisfy the sweet tooth. I LOVE how she used paper plates as lollipop tops. Clever and inexpensive ideas are right up my alley. Heidi proves that with a little cellophane a dash of creativity and some sweet treats you can turn your next party into a lollipop lovers delight.

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

Enjoy Heidi’s party…..

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For Works for me Wednesday, I want to share something that definitely works for me…themed parties! I love themes! Birthday parties, baby showers, you name it and most likely I’ll create a theme for it. I even enjoy giving themed presents for birthdays and baby gifts. It gives me a chance to get my creative juices flowing and I have so much fun in the process. One very important thing to know, however, is that I often put more TIME than money into creating themes. I like simple, but with some extra special touches. My sister would say I’m an overachiever! I just call it crazy.

TODAY is my daughter’s 3rd birthday and last Sunday we had family over for a fun celebration! So, what was the theme you might ask?

~ Lollipop Sweetness ~

The invitation (pictured below) was shaped in the form of a lollipop. I also made a birthday collage of pictures of Mikayla from this past year and I sent one to each of the family members with their invitations. At the party, each of the cousins received their own lollipop with their initial on it.


At the end of the party, I took out the “lollipops” and had little baggies for the guests to put some of the candy in and take home with them. It was great to use this not only as decoration, but also for a little treat for the guests at the party!


At every birthday party, instead of cake, I make cupcakes (see here for more). This time I wanted to do something simple and bright, so I used lots of sprinkles and made some fun cake toppers with Mikayla’s initial on them. So easy, so cute!




I’ve seen this idea floating around in many different places, so I just had to try it! These are strawberry marshmallows dipped in chocolate and covered with sprinkles. I then put a lollipop stick in them…they were a hit with the kids!


You know you can’t get enough sweetness and I thought it might be fun to throw in some fruit roll ups just for fun and to add even more color to the table.


This idea was originally done by my friend Andrea when we co-hosted a baby shower together, and I just had to recreate it for Mikayla’s party. Of course the matching paper is on purpose!


The completed table. If you look closely I have candy necklaces hanging from the light fixture. The rest of that idea was to have pictures hanging from the necklaces, but I ran out of time! For lunch we had a sandwich bar, chips, veggies, and fruit salad.

For some simple decoration, I found these bubble wands at The Dollar Tree and turned them into lollipops with some cellophane and ribbon. I loved how they turned out and it gave just the right amount of decor that was needed.


Near the end of the party, I took them all down and I had Mikayla give them to her cousins as party favors. Again, I loved being able to use these for two things…decorations and favors.

We then broke out the bubbles and the kids played with their wands in the backyard. It was a hit! Cheap entertainment works for me!

At one point during the party we also had a lollipop hunt. I had purchased some small lollipops and stuck them all over the yard and the kids ran around looking for them. It was so fun to watch them find them and put them in their bags. This was pretty much the only “organized activity”. The rest of the time was spent eating and playing outside in the sun. Ryan had found some oversized blow up sports equipment on clearance last fall, so we got those out and the kids enjoyed having something to play with.


Not surprisingly if you know me, there are still lots of pictures to share of the party, especially of opening presents, blowing out candles and such. But, I’ll save that for another post! On Friday, we’re having 3 of Mikayla’s girlfriends over for a tea party/dress up party, so I’ll be sharing some more fun pictures if you want to come back to see!

And…if you want to see some of my other “themed obsession”, check out the following:

Monkey Birthday Party
Flowers & Favorites Birthday Party
Pink & Green Icecream Sundae Baby Shower (aka Pickles & Icecream)
Themed Baby Shower Gifts

Elmo & Abby Birthday Party

This Elmo & Abby Twins Birthday Party was originally hosted over at Divine Party Concepts

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Elmo & Abby…what an adorable and FUN idea for a twins birthday party. The cake is so fun and vibrant and the TWO smash cakes are just too cute! You gotta love how she dressed up the red hanging lantern to look like elmo. Just another example that you can add a little something to anything to compliment your theme!

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

Enjoy Divine Party Concept’s party…..

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Last weekend we had my twin girls 2nd birthday. They are obsessed with Elmo and Abby so even though I had many other theme ideas for twins I did something that I knew they would be excited about!

Here is the set up of the table with the cake on it.

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I am so lucky to have some of the best cakes made for my girls! This cake was two layers with Elmo and Abby coming out of the top layer. They also each had an individual cake so they could blow out their own candles and enjoy some cake on their own.

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I used paper lanterns to decorate above the table. I added a face to the center one to look like Elmo.

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The party was in the afternoon so I just had snack foods set out. Since pizza is Elmo’s favorite food, I served mini pizzas that I made with crackers. Elmo also loves bananas and fruit so I served banana and strawberry kabobs drizzled with chocolate. Elmo has a pet fish, Dorthy, so of course there were gold fish in a bowl.

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I made banners with their names on them to hang on the mantel with the presents.

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Here is a close up of the shirts that I made for them to wear at the party.

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We had an Elmo pinata for all of the kids to enjoy. Obviously, the pinata was bigger than the girls.

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For party favors, I made Elmo and Abby bags and filled them with cookies, gold fish, crayons and elmo and abby bracelets.

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The party was a lot of fun but the best part was seeing the girls faces when they first saw all of the decorations when they woke up from their nap. They were so excited and that is PRICELESS!

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