Pink and Girly Birthday Party

This Pink and Girly Birthday Party was originally hosted by Missy over at Sweet Funky Vintage.
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Missy really went all out with the “girl party” her little daughter requested. You definitely have to check out the elaborate cupcakes that she spent hours on! Super Cute! She used lots of CANDY and TREATS as her decor and they added a sweet splash of color! She has some really easy but really tasty ideas for you!

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

Enjoy Missy’s party…..

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Okay, I am finally sharing the BIG BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! Olivia, our middle child, was turning three, and I was going to be out of town. Feeling just a tiny bit guilty about her Daddy being gone and Mommy leaving town too, on her birthday. I went all out for her birthday party! Not being a huge fan of character themed birthday parties, and her not really putting in much input. I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and she said, “cupcake”. I asked her what kind of party she wanted and she said, “a girl party”. Okaaaaay. So, I went online and gathered some ideas and came up with a pretty neat party, if I do say so myself.
I was lucky enough to find the pink tablecloths and some pink plates on clearance at Target a couple of weeks before the party, and I also found some adorable little dolls on clearance in the toy area to use as party favors. Naturally, my cute little girl themed birthday party grew and grew and I ended up with 18 children, so Liz had to run out to her local Target and ship me some more dolls! Yes, you read it right, 18 children at a three year old’s birthday party. We wanted to invite all of our neighborhood friends and there are alot of them!
In the back of the picture, I made the fabric-covered panels to hold little bags of little pink candies. I used these as prizes for the games we did, and gave them away as party favors.
Most of our decorations were of the edible variety. I set everything up outside and just used a selection of white and clear glass dishes that I had to dress up the table. I used my Michaels coupon ages ago to pick up the cupcake stand and have been waiting for an excuse to use it.

I bought the cookbook, “Hello, Cupcake” and let Olivia flip through the pages and this was the cupcake design that she chose. I spent HOURS making them. If I ever did it again, I wouldn’t use Starburst or Now&Later candies for the blankets, they wear a bear to work with. I would use fondant instead. The blankets were the only part that took sooooo long. If it weren’t for the blankets, I could have finished the cupcakes in about an hour. To make the little flags, I printed them on cardstock and they were glued to lollipop sticks (thank you Jayne!).

These pretzels were a HUGE hit with all the kids! The ate them all up before anything else! They were super easy to make! We melted white chocolate chips in the microwave, used the gel food coloring to color white chocolate pink, dipped pretzel rods, and then sprinkled them with sprinkles. Without realizing it, one of the containers of sprinkles we bought were peppermint flavored, and they added just the right subtle hint of peppermint.

I took alot of my Southern Living at Home containers and dishes and used them for the tablescape. I was lucky enough to find that October is breast cancer awareness month, and as such a lot of the candy makers do pink wrappers and pink candies in honor of that. I layered different pink candies in the jars.

I bought the vanilla marshmallows from Trader Joes, and used more of the lollipop stick flags. Behind you can see some round brownied I found that I made into brownie pops with lollipop sticks, and you can just barely see the square vase full of pixie sticks. The kids LOVED those. They were also gone almost right away!

The party favor bags were the lunch bag style and contained a doll for the girls, and some bubbles and such. The boys bags contained little dinosaurs for the younger boys, and little pinball games for the older boys. Their names were written in marker and each name had one letter that was in a pack of polka dot letters I found in the scrapbooking section.

I printed out water bottle labels that said “Thank you for coming to my birthday party, Love Olivia” and had each child’s name on it.

This birthday banner and some balloons were all I did in the way of traditional party decorations. Sweet Funky Vintage sells this banner! (shamless promotion) It is fabric and can be reused again and again! Sadly, we are currently out of stock, but will have then again in a few weeks.

Here is the birthday girl! I used the iron-on transfers that you can use with an inkjet printer, and used the same graphic I used on the birthday party invitations and other decorations. Then I stitched it to a square of pink polka dot fabric, and then stitched it to a t-shirt.

Here I am with my sister, Kim, who was in town, visiting. I could never have pulled off the party without her help! She did EVERYTHING while I was working on those cupcakes!!
Olivia was a little reserved and seemed a little uncomfortable at being the center of attention. It was interesting to glimpse this little view of her personality. She loved the idea of a birthday party, and loved that all of her friends came over, but was a little embarrassed that they were all looking at her!

Here we were playing pin the nose on the pumpkin.

Olivia had to bring her favorite bear, “gigi” to the party.

I had extra cupcake batter, so I put it in a small round bowl and baked it to be a little cake that Olivia could blow the candles out on and the adults could have a little cake without all the candy on top!

Sophia enjoyed her cupcake!

Olivia, like many of the kids, ate the candy and frosting off of her cupcake, and left the cake part!

Georgia

We played two other games at the party – we did a musical chairs type game, modified so it was a mix of a cake walk and musical chairs. And we also played with a play parachute.
I think the birthday was a success. Every couple of days, Olivia has been asking to have another birthday party!

Pink and Girly Birthday Party

This Pink and Girly Birthday Party was originally hosted by Missy over at Sweet Funky Vintage.
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Missy really went all out with the “girl party” her little daughter requested. You definitely have to check out the elaborate cupcakes that she spent hours on! Super Cute! She used lots of CANDY and TREATS as her decor and they added a sweet splash of color! She has some really easy but really tasty ideas for you!

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

Enjoy Missy’s party…..

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Okay, I am finally sharing the BIG BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! Olivia, our middle child, was turning three, and I was going to be out of town. Feeling just a tiny bit guilty about her Daddy being gone and Mommy leaving town too, on her birthday. I went all out for her birthday party! Not being a huge fan of character themed birthday parties, and her not really putting in much input. I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and she said, “cupcake”. I asked her what kind of party she wanted and she said, “a girl party”. Okaaaaay. So, I went online and gathered some ideas and came up with a pretty neat party, if I do say so myself.
I was lucky enough to find the pink tablecloths and some pink plates on clearance at Target a couple of weeks before the party, and I also found some adorable little dolls on clearance in the toy area to use as party favors. Naturally, my cute little girl themed birthday party grew and grew and I ended up with 18 children, so Liz had to run out to her local Target and ship me some more dolls! Yes, you read it right, 18 children at a three year old’s birthday party. We wanted to invite all of our neighborhood friends and there are alot of them!
In the back of the picture, I made the fabric-covered panels to hold little bags of little pink candies. I used these as prizes for the games we did, and gave them away as party favors.
Most of our decorations were of the edible variety. I set everything up outside and just used a selection of white and clear glass dishes that I had to dress up the table. I used my Michaels coupon ages ago to pick up the cupcake stand and have been waiting for an excuse to use it.

I bought the cookbook, “Hello, Cupcake” and let Olivia flip through the pages and this was the cupcake design that she chose. I spent HOURS making them. If I ever did it again, I wouldn’t use Starburst or Now&Later candies for the blankets, they wear a bear to work with. I would use fondant instead. The blankets were the only part that took sooooo long. If it weren’t for the blankets, I could have finished the cupcakes in about an hour. To make the little flags, I printed them on cardstock and they were glued to lollipop sticks (thank you Jayne!).

These pretzels were a HUGE hit with all the kids! The ate them all up before anything else! They were super easy to make! We melted white chocolate chips in the microwave, used the gel food coloring to color white chocolate pink, dipped pretzel rods, and then sprinkled them with sprinkles. Without realizing it, one of the containers of sprinkles we bought were peppermint flavored, and they added just the right subtle hint of peppermint.

I took alot of my Southern Living at Home containers and dishes and used them for the tablescape. I was lucky enough to find that October is breast cancer awareness month, and as such a lot of the candy makers do pink wrappers and pink candies in honor of that. I layered different pink candies in the jars.

I bought the vanilla marshmallows from Trader Joes, and used more of the lollipop stick flags. Behind you can see some round brownied I found that I made into brownie pops with lollipop sticks, and you can just barely see the square vase full of pixie sticks. The kids LOVED those. They were also gone almost right away!

The party favor bags were the lunch bag style and contained a doll for the girls, and some bubbles and such. The boys bags contained little dinosaurs for the younger boys, and little pinball games for the older boys. Their names were written in marker and each name had one letter that was in a pack of polka dot letters I found in the scrapbooking section.

I printed out water bottle labels that said “Thank you for coming to my birthday party, Love Olivia” and had each child’s name on it.

This birthday banner and some balloons were all I did in the way of traditional party decorations. Sweet Funky Vintage sells this banner! (shamless promotion) It is fabric and can be reused again and again! Sadly, we are currently out of stock, but will have then again in a few weeks.

Here is the birthday girl! I used the iron-on transfers that you can use with an inkjet printer, and used the same graphic I used on the birthday party invitations and other decorations. Then I stitched it to a square of pink polka dot fabric, and then stitched it to a t-shirt.

Here I am with my sister, Kim, who was in town, visiting. I could never have pulled off the party without her help! She did EVERYTHING while I was working on those cupcakes!!
Olivia was a little reserved and seemed a little uncomfortable at being the center of attention. It was interesting to glimpse this little view of her personality. She loved the idea of a birthday party, and loved that all of her friends came over, but was a little embarrassed that they were all looking at her!

Here we were playing pin the nose on the pumpkin.

Olivia had to bring her favorite bear, “gigi” to the party.

I had extra cupcake batter, so I put it in a small round bowl and baked it to be a little cake that Olivia could blow the candles out on and the adults could have a little cake without all the candy on top!

Sophia enjoyed her cupcake!

Olivia, like many of the kids, ate the candy and frosting off of her cupcake, and left the cake part!

Georgia

We played two other games at the party – we did a musical chairs type game, modified so it was a mix of a cake walk and musical chairs. And we also played with a play parachute.
I think the birthday was a success. Every couple of days, Olivia has been asking to have another birthday party!

Cowboy Themed Birthday Party

This Cowboy Themed Boy’s Birthday party was originally hosted by the Minimalist Mommy.
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What would a cowboy themed party be without a horseback ride at the “O.K. Corral”? The Minimalist Mommy most likely made some dreams come true for all the little boys who got to take a ride! I love how she added the O.K. Corral sign just above the party table, and her “wanted” invitation compliments the them perfectly! Her goodie bags couldn’t be cuter! Proof that you can turn a simple brown paper bag into something FANTASTIC!
And the campfire cake…ingenious! I love that one!

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

Enjoy the Minimalist Mommy’s party…..

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We recently celebrated my sons’s third birthday party. Since we live on a horse farm and Landon’s pony is appropriately named Cowboy…we went with the obvious theme

dining rom

Luckily we were not short on decorating ideas and a couple of stinky saddles later we had not only had the authentic look but the authentic smell as well. We hung up some saloon style signs I picked up for $3, real checked tablecloths from my picnic stash, painted horseshoes, metal buckets for chips and an oversized stuffed snake that draped from the light fixture. I also created these cute wanted posters using school pictures I had of the children planning to attend. I personalized each one with an authentic western nickname and a crime suited to the child personality. They loved this touch and were able to bring them home with them.

For food I started several days prior making a dozen pre-baked pizza crusts as well as a large batch of crock pot pizza sauce. I purchased some plain ruffle chips to accompany the pizza and garlic fingers with homemade donair sauce anwantedd washed it down with root beer, of course.

The children entertained themselves by colouring printed cowboy pages I found online while anxiously awaiting the cake. The birthday cake was decorated by my father the mechanic/cake decorator who used this idea and transformed my homemade boring chocolate cake into a replica of an authentic campfire. I was a little nervous of the outcome because it could have turned out one of two ways: 1. there were no disputing the logs burning amongst embers of charred coals made out of powdered doughnut holes while flames shot up madcowboye by cut out orange fruit roll ups. OR 2. it could have looked like mounds of brown stuff you normally step around while on a farm….. Luckily it looked like the former and it was a hit both in looks and taste.

treat bags

After a fun filled afternoon the kids left toting their goodie filled loot bags. Simple brown paper bags were embellished with Cowboy scrapbook paper adorned with thank you tags held on by strands of brown bailer twine. Inside I filled these with Popeye sticks, chocolate cow tales, old fashioned taffy, gummy snakes and twix bars.

All in all the kids and parents had a blast, but what Cowboy theme party would be complete without a real pony ride?. As my son cried his eyes out, the other guests took much anticipated turns around the arena on the world’s best pony. (I am not sure how much Cowboy enjoyed this) but the kids did and that is all that counts.cake2

Total cost of party was $50 including all ingredients for pizza, garlic fingers, chips, pop, cake, decorations and loot bags.

Now I have to start coming up with something for next year.

Fancy Nancy Themed Birthday Party

This Fancy Nancy Girl’s Birthday party was originally hosted by Dawn over at Dawn’s Cakes.
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Ok, I have to admit that I only recently heard of Fancy Nancy. I have a 10 year old daughter, but I guess for some reason she was just never introduced. Looks like she missed out! Dawn’s party is certainly making me think that Fancy Nancy is FANTABULOUS!

My favorite thing was seeing ALL the little girls dressed up like Fancy Little Princesses!
Her table decor and cupcakes are so bright and cheery and just bring a smile to your face! I LOVE that she included the books in the decor to really play out the theme.

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

Enjoy Dawn’s party…..

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Today we celebrated with a “Fancy Nancy” party. 11 little girls all dolled up in their fanciest ensembles (that’s a fancy word for clothes). They looked absolutely smashing!
Because it was a cooking party, each little girl received an apron. Because it was a fancy party, each little girl received a tiara and a wand.

They started by taking thier posh (that’s a fancy word for fancy) colored bread and made PB&J sandwiches, just to their liking. Each meal was completed with an array of tiny fruits, vegetables, cheese and crackers. And of course, dont’ forget about the frilly toothpicks!

She received many spectacular presents (that’s a fancy word for great), which she loves and has been busy playing with all afternoon.The divine dessert was next – giant cupcakes for all. Each little girl made her own parfait (that’s a fancy word for ice cream sundae) to go with her cake.

A fabulous time was had by all, and I’m so very glad I only give friend parties every 2 years! A huge thanks goes out to Jane & Jeff for photography, and Susan for helping me this week to get aprons and party bags done, as well as helping me make the whole thing happen today.

Lollipop Inspired Birthday Party

This Lollipop inspired Girls Birthday was originally hosted by Kim over at TomKat Studios.
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Everything about this party is nothing short of ADORABLE!! It’s also super PERSONALIZED in every way possible! The cupcake toppers, door sign, invitations and the personalized t-shirt…each one is simply fabulous!

Look hard at every detail because there are a lot of them!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Kim’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on! And you may want to visit her Etsy shop….because you can purchase adorable items like you are about to see from Kim herself!

Enjoy Kim’s party…..
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My little cupcake turned two last week, and her lollipop birthday party was this past weekend! I had so much fun designing her invitations and decor! Everything turned out really “sweet”! I think everyone had a great time! Shown above: Yummy Lollipop invitations, more info from my previous post HERE! I also designed cupcake toppers (3 versions: “kate’s sweet shop”, “k”, and “kate”), and favor tags (“thank you for being sweet”) tied to the mini swirl lollipops!


Shown above: Cupcake stand (more on this later!), marshmallow pops inspired by Bakerella, pink snowballs turned lollipops, rainbow jello form stuck with a lolli stick, and I also did fruit on lollipop sticks!

Above: Kate’s Sweet Shop Door Sign, Cotton Candy Buckets (walmart Easter section $1!), and bright necklaces (walmart)! Homemade giant lollipops made of paper plates, paper, wood dowels, cellophane & ribbon!

Above: My little princess all dressed up in her TUTU from Etsy and custom lollipop rhinestone TANK TOP from Pouty Pants, courtesy of my fab sister-in-law, Nicollette! Orange & pink tissue paper pom-poms by Martha Stewart!

Party guests having fun! Love this picture of my best friend’s daughter with googly eyes for the marshmallow lollipop! Kate got some fabulous gifts including the memo board made by my crafty friend, Thuy! For a craft, the kids decorated foam circles, made into lollipops!
Having your own Lollipop Party?! You can now find invitations, favor tags, cupcake toppers & more in my ETSY SHOP!

Favorite Things Party with Friends

This Favorite Things party was originally hosted by Cherilyn over at The Castle Chronicles.
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I LOVE this creative party theme idea from Cherilyn. A Favorite Things Party….what a FABULOUS and FUN thing to do with friends. Who says Oprah gets to be the only one to share her favorite things! I’m super excited to share this party because I think it will be inspirational! Sometimes you just need to host a “just because” party with all your girlfriends! No birthdays, babies, or weddings needed! Cherilyn has lots of great ideas for how to incorporate all your FAVORITE things into the party.

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

Enjoy Cher’s party…..
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Today, I hosted a “My Favorites Party” with 5 of my friends from the complex where we live. We had such a fun time and I’m so glad to have such a fun group of girls to hang out with!

So, here’s how it all went down.

I sent out invitations a few weeks ago so that everyone could prepare their favorite item
to bring for everyone at the party.

While they were thinking about what they’d bring, I was thinking about what prizes I would have at the party..of course, these prizes were selected from a few of my favorite things (all of them favorites that were easy on my budget, however.)

To begin the party, of course…we ate! I made my mom’s homemade chicken nuggets (my all-time favorite) and had fruits and veggies and Raspberry lemonade (with real raspberries…yum!)


After we ate, each girl was given 5 pennies (for reasons only being there could explain). Throughout the party, no one was allowed to say the word “favorite” or someone could call them on it and take away a penny. At the end, whoever collected the most, received a prize. What was so funny about not saying the word was that we resorted to saying “you said the ‘f word’..give me a penny…” this created quite a few jokes and laughs….
In the end, Meagan was the master collector and won:

Bunko Game set—one of my favorite games! …and now that all my friends know about it,
we can get some bunko parties going! :)

We played two different games:
1. Bingo–because, who doesn’t love bingo. easy. fun. prizes. hello?!
I made these bingo cards and we used Reese’s Pieces for marking numbers..

2. What’s yours like? (a super fun game that you’ll have to look up..) All of the categories were based on our favorite things. For example, 2 people had to explain what their “favorite burger topping” was like in deceiving ways while someone else tried to guess what favorite thing they were describing…it’s a real game in a box, I just adapted it for “favorites”…
{This was especially fun because we got to learn a few random things about each other and our favorites in playing the game.}

The first winner of bingo, got to choose their prize from the 5 above in the picture first…the second chose second, etc.

And, all throughout the party, we had each person showcase/give out their favorite item they had brought. (So, everyone got the same 5 items) This turned out fantastic! Everyone brought totally different items…it was like Christmas all over again.

Meagan brough a few of her favorite things (which any girl can appreciate):
Softlips, Caress body wash, Tide To-Go stick

Marissa brought her favorite nailpolish and IKEA clip frames–a fun craft
project waiting to happen!

My gift to the group was fun craft ribbon (one of my “top picks” since I
have drawers full of ribbon–love it!)

Ashlee brought a cute AVON pedicure set with nailpolish for everyone!

Kim brought comfy and cute slipper socks..so now we can all have warm feet!


Laura brought red, white AND blue glow sticks (because she loves 4th of July and
glowsticks in general) I was pretty impressed by 3-colored glowsticks…so fun!

We finished with Cherry Cheesecake before the boys (aka: our husbands) crashed the party and ate the rest of the food…

Thanks girls! You make life so much more fun!

Pink and Green Baby Shower

This creative baby shower was originally hosted by Heidi over at Blue Eyed Blessings.
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WOW! When I saw this baby shower post I just knew I had to feature it! Heidi has some amazing ideas that I have never seen before!

I especially love the water bottle hangers that hold the crystal light packets! SO CUTE and CREATIVE!

And I think my favorite thing was the party favors….those little tins of sprinkles just made me all giddy inside. ADORABLE!

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…..
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On Sunday, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a baby shower for my dear friend, Ambria, who is expecting her 2nd baby girl at the end of March.

We decided for the theme colors to be pink and green (pickles & ice cream if you will). Instead of the typical cake for dessert, we opted for a sundae bar for the sweetness factor.


Here’s just a little something to welcome the guests. (Can you say $.98 on clearance at Target? I’m not cheap, I’m thrifty.) I was a little hesitant with the purple bows (remember the colors? pink and green), but figured no one else but me would notice!


I had to come up with fun little (themed) prizes to give away throughout the shower: whoever had a sticker underneath their plate, whoever’s present was the 7th one to be opened, and whoever had the most toppings on their ice cream. I snapped this picture after two of the prizes had already been given away. There was also a prize for one of the games which included a notepad that said Sweet!, a scoop, and some Ghiradelli chocolates.


Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for these little favors. I hosted this shower with another friend of the mommy-to-be who whipped out these cute little things. However, I did buy the little tins (on 75% off clearance), so does that count? These are the most adorable little things and I was so thankful to be hosting with someone who is just like me. (Thanks, Andrea!)


One of the games we played was Baby Pictionary. The team who won got to take home a set of 4 little note cards. Notice the pink and green polka-dotted ribbon. My mom was helping me put some of these together and she casually mentioned, “Wouldn’t that be cute if you had pink and green ribbon”…and guess what, friends? I had pink and green polka-dotted ribbon. Genius, mom!


Yummy sundae toppings included: Oreo cookies, gummy bears, Heath bits, peanuts, mini M & M’s, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, butterscotch sauce, and pickles if you dare!


We went with pink and green right down to the candies (don’t you love it?), plates, and napkins! I can’t help myself. It’s a sickness.


No punch at this shower mostly because we were already having ice cream. So, we opted for raspberry lemonade with frozen raspberries to keep it cool and extra sweet!


Here is some more crafty awesomeness (is that a word?) from my co-host (who sells Stampin’Up!). She whipped these babies up in a matter of minutes…or so she says. How cute are these?? Wouldn’t this be a great idea to use with your SCALLOPED CRAFT PUNCH?? (Just thought I’d throw that in there to get you motivated for the craft challenge this Thursday!)


You gotta have some confetti to add a little extra to the table. Homemade confetti if you didn’t notice. So easy! Just take a cute punch and go to town.


The completed table of goodies: fruit salad, veggie tray, snack mix, and of course pickles…just in case the guests had a little craving for “pickles and ice cream”.


I think it turned out to be a fun time and I know my friend felt honored and blessed. And, that’s exactly what I was going for. She deserves it!

Mission….. Army Theme Birthday Party

This party was originally hosted by Julie at Through My Eyes
(Julie’s blog is private, so you will not be able to visit her blog unless you are an invited reader.)
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This has to be one of the BEST army themed parties I’ve seen! Julie went all out with this theme. She totally set the tone with her invitation envelopes alone! I’m sure when those little boys got their invites they couldn’t wait for the party!

The “enlistment desk”…..genius! The photo op wall…..brilliant!
The goodie bags…..oh so fun and creative!

Be sure to look this one over ladies! It’s one for the memory books!

Enjoy Julie’s party……
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Otherwise known as Mission 4.120503 (Connor’s 4th Birthday, born on 12/5/03). We celebrated military style on Saturday and had a great time. I had such a great time with this theme! The invites looked like this…

The text read…
Department of Defense
ATTN: Pvt. Grandma and Grandpa

On this day, you are officially recruited to Pvt. Delamarter’s
Mission 4.120503.
If you choose to accept, please
arrive at promptly 1030 hours on
Saturday December 1st, 2007 at the Delamarter Barracks,
Recruits will perform necessary military tactics to complete the above named mission.
Camouflage fatigues would be
appropriate to avoid enemy fire but not required.
Please RSVP to
Base Commander

I sent them in Manila envelopes with Top Secret and Confidential written on it.

Each of the kids got their picture taken in front of our flag and camo material.

The enlistment desk, where they got their mission, helmet, tatoos, and dog tags.

The Mission Completion Bags….I got stickers and pencils from the local army recruiting store.


Their Mission….


The Cupcakes…


The place settings were pie tins with plates on top and I decorated the table with army soldiers. Food in the ‘mess hall’ was hot dogs, chips, baked beans, and veggies.


Some of our recruits…
We played ‘Sergeant Says’ to start…led by our Sergeants, Caleb and Levi. They look a little disappointed in their recruits…Drop and give me 20!


Tug of War. We then did an obstacle course in the garage that included a tunnel, army crawl, and crawling over furniture. I didn’t get any pictures of that.

I gave each of the kids a air-pop rocket and we had ‘Target Practice”…Ryan was the ‘moving target’!

Wounded Soldier…the kids were in two teams and had to wrap up their ‘wounded soldier’ and drag them across a line.

and finally, a pinata…

Peter Pan Birthday Party

This Off to Neverland party was hosted by Emily over at Toad’s Treasures.
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Emily got SUPER CREATIVE with her Neverland theme! She really had some fun stuff for the kids to do. The invitations are fantabulous and I LOVE that she and her husband got in on the dress up action!

Enjoy Emily’s party……
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This year for Ethan’s 4th birthday he wanted to have a Peter Pan birthday party. It worked out great since the girls loved to dress up as Tinker Bell (or any other Disney princess)& the boys could dress up as Peter Pan or Captain Hook if they wanted to.

The invitations…
The only thing I wish I would have done was stick some “Pixie Dust” in the envelope with the invite so they could use it to get to “Neverland”!

We also dressed up for fun & the kids LOVED it (the parents got a chuckle out of it too:). The kids especially loved it when Captain Hook chased them around.
Pictured: Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, & little Schmee
The cake…
Since it was impossible to find a cake pan that looked like the island of Neverland,I made a mold out of tin foil and baked the cake in it.



A few fun details…
Instead of buying stickers of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell I just found some clip art online and printed them out on “sticker paper” & mail address labels! It was great because I used the stickers to decorate the cake (on toothpicks), the party sacks, the invites, and anything else I could think of.

Althougth I don’t have pictures, I also did the following…

-We had the kids make swords (out of card board, tin foil, and electrical tape) and magic wands (out of dowls with plummer’s piping wrapped around them) while we waited for everyone to arrive. They thought it was great.

-At the end of the party we had a “treasure hunt” and at the end they all got their “treasure” which was their party bags filled with stickers, treats, and pens.

-We played pin the “pirate on the map” aka Pin the tail on the donkey, “Peter, Peter, Pan! aka Duck, Duck, Goose, & had a little “cake walk” but we used candy and played music from the movie as they walked.

-I didn’t decorate very much, but I didn’t really need to! I just put up a few green streamers, signs with pictures from different parts of the Neverland Island (mermaid lagoon, skull rock, etc.), & got a tablecloth that looked like a treasure map.

We also made picture frames out of large popsicle sticks that I spray painted green, self sticking foam pieces, and a bit of glitter.

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Visit Emily’s blog to see more pictures from the party!

Bowling Cupcakes

This party idea was originally hosted by me (Shannon) over at EightCrazy.

My friend had a bowling themed birthday party for her son and I offered to do the cupcakes.

So what to do with cupcakes for a bowling theme? Head to the local flooring store of course! No, I’m serious. I went to the local flooring store, told them what I was doing and they gave me a pergo floor sample. Why? Because I needed a “bowling alley” to stage my cupcakes on. Next it was a phone call to my brother and sister in law with the sign company for a little help with sprucing up and personalizing the “bowling alley” I combined a few different pieces of clipart to create a personalized bowling graphic for Luke, they printed it up for me, and we adhered it to the “bowling alley”…..I’ll show you the results in just a minute!

So getting back to the actual cupcakes. I tried making “finger holes” but it looked really stupid. So I moved onto sugar cookie cutouts. But I didn’t have a cookie cutter for that so I had to create one. Here is how I did it. First I found a clipart of a bowling pin. I sized it, printed it out, cut it out and traced it onto a plastic lid from a cottage cheese container. (any plastic lid will do). Then I cut the shape out of the lid and used it as a template for my cookies. ( I got the lid template idea from martha stewart living magazine)


It’s a bit more time consuming than a cookie cutter, but you’ve got to work with what you’ve got sometimes. It worked pretty well actually. So I baked, and I frosted and then baked and frosted some more. And here is the final result…..

And the personalized “bowling alley” I mentioned earlier….


Now, I know not everybody has the luxury of having relatives with a sign company. But I could’ve printed it out on a sheet of sticker paper as will and just adhered it to the wood. With the vinyl it would just last longer!

ARRGG! Boys Pirate Birthday Party

This party was hosted by me (shannon) over at EightCrazy.

Pirate Birthday for 5 year old boy
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Gotta love those pirate teeth. They just do so much for a person! Ok, …..Here are pics from my son’s Birthday party with all his little pirate buddies! We played pin the patch on the pirate (a life size pic of Colt), we had a cannon ball fight (wadded up pieces of black construction paper), and we had a treasure hunt for all of the goodies and favors!

The Cake…made with love by mom.


I used pretzel sticks for the base of the palm trees!

Decor Details:
A treasure chest filled with the “booty bags”

I used my son’s big pirate ship as the decor…it was also his gift! Double duty…can’t beat that!


I took a pic of my son dressed up like a pirate and converted it to a “stamp effect” using ps elements. Then I used my husbands plotter to print it out. We used to to play “pin the patch on the pirate”.


I purchased this cool graphic off of istockphoto and then used it to create custom water bottle covers to go with the theme.

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party

This party was hosted by me (Shannon) over at EightCrazy.

5th Birthday – Strawberry Shortcake


each girl colored thier own cup….


For some added decor I cut circles out and added stickers to them and hung them with thread from the light fixture above the table at different lengths.



I made a cake that looked like Strawberry Shortcakes hat and I made my daughter a hat to wear to match. I just took a hat that I bought at walmart and painted it and then added the ribbon. The invites (not pictured) had little mini straw hats from the craft store that I painted and then glued to the front.

Each girl made a beaded bracelet to take home.

Airplane Birthday Party

This party was hosted by me (Shannon) over at EightCrazy.

This was my son’s 1st Birthday. It was an airplane theme.
I designed the invitations to look like airline tickets. I personalized each ticket with the “passengers” names, City, and even estimated how long it would take them to drive to our house for the departure and arrival time.

Since I had designed sort of a logo for his birthday for the airline ticket, I stuck with that for the rest of the party. I altered a jay jay jet plane pinata

I decorated the cake to match

I used iron on transfers and a t-shirt to make a bib to match

I found an airplane clipart that I liked and drew and painted that to make the birthday banner. For the lettering on the banner I printed out the letter in large size on paper and then cut them out and glued them down (voila…perfect lettering)

I continued with the airplane on the favor bags by just printing up stickers and adhering them to simple brown paper bags

I had a condiment container from a quizno’s restaurant that I altered to match with vinyl lettering with the help of my sister-in-law (who owns a sign company)

It was a fun theme to work with. My daughter even dressed up like a flight attendant with a navy blue skirt, white blouse and a scarf around her neck. It was cute, and you can sort of see it here.

The best part of the party was when my son LITERALLY took his VERY FIRST STEPS on his own right in the middle of the party as we were opening gifts. So we have pics and video of it!

How precious is that?!


Baby Shower BBQ – BaByQ

I hope you are enjoying the new site.  Well, since the party today is a baby shower BBQ what better day to point out that the new site is now featuring FOOD!  The fabulous Kate & Sara from Our Best Bites has graciously agreed to contribute to the Creative Party Place!  You can always stay up to speed on their latest recipes by visiting the new “recipes” page under “special features” in the left sidebar.  Or take a look at the quick view in the bottom right corner of the site.  I hope you enjoy this new addition!  Afterall….it’s just not a party without food!

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This BaByQ or Baby Shower BBQ was originally hosted by the DIY Showoff.

Ok, I’m loving this idea for a baby shower.  BBQs are fun and it just seems like they are easier somehow.  The play on wording in the invitation is really creative.  The BBQ sauce party favors….stinkin’ cute and totally fit with the theme.  There are so many other really great pictures and fun idea over at the original party post.  Click on through to see kids’ party favors and activities as well as the party decor!

Enjoy the DIY Showoff’s Baby Shower BBQ…..
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Invitations

I couldn’t find what I had in mind for BBQ/baby shower invitations. Red/white checkered tablecloths are fun…but not the theme I wanted for a baby shower. So I used Photoshop to create my own simple post card. Vistaprint was running a special for 100 free postcards – how awesome! I paid the extra for faster shipping but 100 invitations cost me about $25 which when pricing them – is an awesome deal. Postcards are also less expensive to mail out.

(The word “beer” encouraged the male species to look forward to attending…tricky, ain’t it?)

Dinnerware

The casual cook-out/picnic atmosphere allowed for kegs of beer (plastic cups), bottled water, cans of pop, plastic bottles of Little Hugs (with straws). We also just used styrofoam plates and plastic silverware. I did wrap the silverware individually in blue napkins secured with homemade stickers (leftover labels from party favors). Easy to grab 1 bundle and festive. :)

Party Favors

Isn’t it nice to include party favors as a way of letting guests know you appreciate them? Coming up with a unisex and usable party favor was easy. I purchased these bbq-sauce and hot sauce bottles from here then added my own labels and tied with ribbon. These also served as double-duty…decorating the tables. (We had a little rain when setting up, so no tablecloths and the centerpieces and favors were the perfect choice because a little rain didn’t ruin anything.)

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