Pink Poodle Birthday Party

This Pink Poodle Party was originally hosted over at Simply Creative Insanity.
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This party is ALL GIRL and ALL GLAMOR! Every little pink, black and white detail is totally chic. The chair covers are one of my favorite things. Things like that add soooo much to a table setting. This gal did a great job finding all this pink and glamorous and she has included a list of where you can find them as well. I bet by the end of the party each girl felt like a movie star! What little girl doesn’t want that?!

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

Enjoy the party…..

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Well, the pink poodle party is in the books! I had so much fun planning and decorating. It was really easy to find all kinds of wonderful table decorations and coordinating items! So, come take a glamour tour with me!

Hope you found some inspirations! Resources are below!

Eifle Tower Cups

Miniature poodles

Hershey Lables

Chair Covers

Jewlery boxes
Hobby Lobby

Jewelry
Party City

Plates and Napkins

Mirrors
Hobby Lobby

Boas
Joanns and Hobby Lobby

Can you tell I visit Hobby Lobby often?

Bright and Fun Slumber Party

This Slumber Party was originally hosted by Donna over at Party Wishes.
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I don’t know about you but after seeing this party…I wanna be 13 again! This slumber party is everything any girl would dream a slumber party could be! Everything is so colorful and cheery. My favorite thing is how she set the table up to look like a bed! I love the use of candy and how it adds to the decor. With all that sugar…I’m not sure any sleeping happened…but I’m willing to bet this was a slumber party those girls won’t soon forget!

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

Enjoy Donna’s party…..
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Wanna come to a slumber party? I had so much fun putting together my newest party theme. I was inspired by so many blogs that I just wanted to share.

First, the table is made up like a bed. I got the idea from Hostess with the Mostess from one of her baby showers. I got the duvet cover, sheet and pillowcase from IKEA all for $15. The solid green is a plastic tablecloth to protect the table from spills.

I bought TALL glass cylinders and filled them with gumballs and added some festive flowers.

Another inspiration from Stem Parties.

Robyn over at Mix Mingle Glow showed some fabulous St. Patrick’s Day tables on a budget.
She featured these great swirl bowls from Michael’s that are $1 each.
I thought they would be perfect for popcorn or morning cereal.
I found the drink tub at WalMart for $6 and bought Gatorade in the coordinating colors.

If I had time (LOL), I would have gone to Cost Plus to buy Jones Soda in coordinating colors. :)

One of the activities for the slumber party is to stuff Teddy Bears to sleep with. Of course, the guests will be able to choose from an array of different pajamas for their bear.

I put candy bracelets around the stem of the glasses.

A great tip from Risa at the ParTea Planner.

I found these giant candy pillows at Party America for $10 each.
I made the other pillow slipcovers with fabric from Wal Mart.

Pillow fight anyone?

Of course, no slumber party is complete without a game of Twister!

I will also be offering popcorn and cookie dough to make fresh, hot cookies. There will be a nail kit to give each other manicures and a candy bean bag toss game. I will also have an option for breakfast of pancake mix or ready-made muffins and orange juice.

Thanks for coming to my slumber party!

Weekend Etsy – Clineffs Confections

I found a great Etsy site for all you party throwers out there! Cupcakes are all the rage right now and this Etsy site will help you turn your next batch of cupcakes into the hit of the party and the centerpiece of your table.

Clineffs Confections makes the most adorable edible cupcake toppers. They are made of fondant and handpainted.





Along with cupcake toppers Clineffs Confections also sells some baking supplies to spruce things up as well. Head on over and see what Clineffs Confections has going on!

Car Themed Birthday

This Car Themed Birthday party was originally hosted by Kara over at Kara’s Party Ideas.
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Ok people…this is one stinkin’ cute car party! Just look at those little outfits! Too cute! I love the traffic light invitations but I think my favorite thing is how Kara turned the table into a roadway! So simple…and so GENIUS! All of the traffic signs she put around the yard are yet another demonstration of her genius. Tons of car details to check out…so make sure to drive slowly through this post!

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

Enjoy Kara’s party…..
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start your engines! this was my son’s 2nd birthday. we all had a blast.
here’s a pic of the invite. i made them out of colored card stock. they were stop lights if you can’t tell. each color opened to a road sign with the party details. the red light opened to an interstate sign (clip art that i found online)..i wrote, “kaden’s turning 2 years old, and is happy as can be because he’s having a …vroom…CAR PARTY and he wants you there you see!”.
the yellow light opened to a stop sign and said, “take a detour on saturday, june 28th and stop @ details details. yield for family & friends!”.
the green light opened to a yellow railroad crossing sign and said, “rsvp to..details details. get ready to have a racin‘ fun time!”…my son actually has a car bedroom…so i took a bunch of stuff from his room to decorate for the party. like this stoplight that we hung in front of the house to show where the party was at :)…
this is the birthday boy in his racing suit (his little bro had one too) on his new little atvwe had hot dogs, chips, and salad etc. i found these fold out cardboard cars and cut a hole in the top of them to put the ketchup & relish etc in. they turned out really cute…i decorated all the tables to look like roads (black table cloth with pieces of white paper taped on). i also got about 100 ft of racing flags that i strung up all over the back yard…here’s the b-day boy and his cousin eating their road sign suckers…
my friend julie borrowed all my car stuff a few months later to have a car party for her little boy too. she came up with the great idea to use a streamer up the table (again, to make it look like a road). she also used cars and my son’s street light lamp to add that special touch… i placed road sign’s all over the back yard & bought blow up car’s that i hung from all the tree’s…i had a car race for one of the activities. i got boxes and spray painted them blue and silver. i then downloaded racing car logo’s off the inet and stuck ‘em all over the boxes along with paper numbers and paper circles. i cut out the bottom of the boxes and small handles near the top so the kids could actually get inside of the cars :)…i set up plastic cones that they had to run through..i decided to make cupcakes instead of a cake. i made the frosting really runny so it would look like tar, used orange licorice as stripes, and got marshmallow cars and road sign suckers for the toppers…
i got a rubber car track and made ‘gum cars’ out of gum, minni candybars, and mini reeses peanut butter cups…sparklers added a fun zing to the party… he opened presents on a car sign blanket that is now on his bed :)…we had fun with little racing cars that were powered by balloons. us mom’s blew them up again & again for the little ones :). everyone loved them…this is my friend julie’s cake. i loved her idea of using black licorice to make the cake look like tires! she set the cake on top of my son’s tire toy bin. so cute julie!!…i hung up car patio lights around the back door… here’s another pic of some of the signs in the back yard…i threw road sign pillows out for the kids to play with too. it was a gReAt party. we all had a blast…especially the birthday boy!~and here’s the thank you card’s we sent out after the party…

Flower Themed Birthday Party

This Flower Birthday was originally hosted by Jane over at See Jane Blog.
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This is one flower power packed birthday! Jane did an amazing job with decorating this outdoor party! I bet all the eyes of those little girls lit up when they walked into the beautiful “flower garden” that Jane created in her backyard. The cake is absolutely gorgeous and perfectly compliments the flowery theme.

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

Enjoy Jane’s party…..
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We celebrated Ava and Adalie’s 2nd birthday with all things flower.

Cake by Dawn

Cousins: Sofia, Bella, Julia, Jolie, Ava, Reed, James, Addie Jo, and Leah.


Face Painting

Fruit Boquet by my sis Katie
Boys are outnumbered around here

Favors- If cousins were flowers, we would pick you! marker sets.

Yum Yum

Spring Themed Baby Sprinkle

This Spring Baby Sprinkle was originally hosted by Chris over at Celebrations at Home.
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I have to admit that I LOVE sit down shower. I’m a sucker for a fabulous table setting. Chris does not disappoint! I don’t think there was a single detail she missed. She adorned everything from the tabletop to the glasses and even the vases. Absolutely EVERYTHING had added flower details! Look carefully….you don’t want to miss a thing!!

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

Enjoy Chris’ party…..
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This past weekend I hosted a “Sprinkle” for our friend who is having her second baby. We decided on a champagne brunch with a Spring theme.
Who doesn’t love a Champagne Bar?! We had OJ for Mimosas, Peach nectar for Bellinis, and a Sweetheart that consists of 1 Tbsp Strawberry flavored Syrup, 1 Tbsp Amaretto liquer, and top it off with Champagne. It was Yummmmy!


This was a family event so we had a fun kid’s table set up.

I set up the food buffet with just as many Spring touches as the dining tables.


The “sprinke” gifts, and take-home favors. These were the cutest Spring Themed cookies I found at Walmart and dressed them in a plain cellophane bag and flower sticker.
Please check out our facebook page for close-ups of any of the photos.

Pyjama Party – 4th Birthday

This Pyjama Party was originally hosted by Mrika over at Mommy Loves Patterns
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I love the clean simple modern style that Mrika gave to her son’s 4th birthday. I have to say that her idea for the goodie bags is pretty fantastic. A goodie bag filled with things for bedtime…what a perfect compliment to a pyjama party! Super CREATIVE! Don’t forget to take notice of the photo banner she put together…another clever idea!

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

Enjoy Mrika’s party…..
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we hosted a PYJAMA PARTY to celebrate Big Z’s 4th birthday

the birthday banner
designed for kids (and their parents) to use for bedtime;

labels read “4 your bedtime … thank you + goodnight from Zarif, the Daddy + the Mummy”
party packs; an extension on the party’s invitation design theme
inside, were packed a toothbrush, a container of bedtime lotion, snacks and an activity book

blues for the boys, reds for the girls

individually-packed bedtime lotion for the kiddies

packets of chocolate cookies packed for guests; labels read “chocolate: indulge now, worry later”

photos of Big Z in his many sleeping positions from baby to age 3-plus strung together with selected book titles; books Big Z usually picks out as bedtime reads

plain butter mini cupcakes

adorned with party theme’s number 4 mini flags
the birthday cake – specially made by Big Z’s aunt, Mummy Z’s sister

CowBOY Baby Shower

This Cowboy Baby Shower was originally hosted by Un-Organized Mom.

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I love the down home feel of this baby shower. The Un-Orgainzed mom really used some practical items to add to her shower’s decor. Who would think to actually use a stick horse in the cake? SHE DID! She even made a quilt to go along with the theme! I also think it’s great that she took the theme inspiration from the nusery decor. You know the mommy to be loved that!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to the Un-Organized Mom to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy the Un-Organized Mom’s party…..

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My sisters baby shower that we hosted last year. She was having a boy and had decorated his nursery in a cowboy theme, so we carried that through to the shower.

The cake had red and blue bandanna’s with metal star and horse shoe accents (she later incorporated those into his nursery decor). The cake topper was a little stuffed stick horse!

The drink table was covered in a kid cowboy print fabric. The large ceramic jar with the blue spout held the punch, which was served in small mason jars. The small pitcher held ice tea. The galvanized tub held glass bottles of root beer, orange crush, strawberry crush, and cream soda. The small galvanized buckets held peanut M&M’s and peanuts.

The food table had a pair of thrift store boots (in the upper left corner) that had been painted red and then used as pots for the sunflowers. We served what the mom to be requested so it was an assortment of finger sandwiches, dips, chips and salsa. This table was covered with blue fabric and then a small piece of burlap.

I made this quilt to match the theme. It was a soft denim on the back.

I can’t find a picture of the invitations, but they were handmade and adorable!! I will try and find one to scan. They had cowboy scrapbooking paper with a vellum overlay, then jute was tied at the top to connect them, along with star brads. I love planning parties! Right now I’m working on invitations to my oldest sons Paintball b-day party.

Weekend Etsy…Cards By Emily

I thought it would be fun to feature an Etsy store on the weekend that was party/special event related.

This weekend I’m featuring Cards By Emily

She makes fabulous handmade cards as well as some really cute handmade gifts. So when you have that special event to go to….a gift or Cards by Emily is the perfect thing!



Marie Antoinette 40th Birthday Party

This Marie Antoinette party was originally hosted by Laura over at Decor To Adore.
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What a fun and creative theme Laura had for her 40th birthday! It is perfectly pretty and oh so vintage inspired! You won’t want to miss seeing all her girlfriends dressed up for this party! Everything she did shows her attention to detail….right down to the candles, flower petals, “ladies in waiting” and the music playing in the background.

Enjoy Laura’s party……
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Today I am 40.

I had written this post a few days ago before learning of my dad’s passing.
A big celebration had been in the works by my children that I truly considered cancelling. My sister in law Melody, who lives here in town, said, “Laura, don’t cancel. Norm LOVED a party and I REALLY need a drink.” (Who can argue with that?)
As my husband is currently overseas and will not return for awhile, it is actually comforting to me that dear, dear friends will surround me this evening.
You are among the dearest. I have to say that I have been absolutely overwhelmed with the love and support shown to me by my friends in the blogging community. So please join in the celebration of another year of life. It is so very precious.

For this Marie Antoinette themed birthday the invitation features a favorite image of the queen painted by one of my favorite artists, Elisabeth Vigee LeBrun. It aptly states: “Let them eat cake.”


The inside reads: The Duchess of Decor
summons you to court for an evening of enchantment and merrymaking
to mark the occasion of her ladyships 40th birthday.
Wednesday, the twentieth of August, two thousand and eight.
Dinner shall commence at half after six.
The royal procession shall then journey to The Shout! House where the ladies shall attempt to lose their heads.
Lace, pearls and other frippery are highly encouraged.

On the back of the card are directions to Chateau Gunn (which I would rather not disclose on the internet) and provides instruction that “Men, small children, beasts and those bearing gifts are most unwelcome. Those making their presence known shall be locked in the stocks.”

So, select your gown and perhaps a pair of slippers.

Is red your color? This frock is quite fetching.


Perhaps a pink or aqua gown would suit you?


Don’t you just adore these slippers from Fete et fleur?

I am turning 40~ let us celebrate with a Marie Antoinette themed party.


The table is dressed with a matelasse cloth covered in roses, candy, confetti and images of the queen. Crystal candlesticks are dripping with jewels. At each setting is a collection of antique silver and china topped with a vintage handkerchief to be used as a napkin. In the center of the napkin is a ring fit for such regal guests.

A favor was placed to the left of each place setting and includes a string of pearls, candy, and confetti.


Bathroom tissue rolls have never looked so fine!


I have also made some blue and pink nut cups inspired by Andrea.



You can’t have a party without cupcakes. These are from Sprinkles. I made the toppers from images of the queen printed on card stock. A toothpick was glued between two back to back circles.

Our ladies in waiting are Alyssa and Hannah. They shall be serving a dinner of french onion soup, salad with french dressing, cordon bleu, green bean almondine and scalloped potatoes.


Although the invitation instructed that “Men, children and beasts are most unwelcome…” perhaps we can make an exception for my darling court jester, Rudi.

Touches of the queen can be found in every room in the house.

Even the ladies in waiting have a special table just for them in the kitchen.

Of course Marie Antoinette is playing on the big screen tv. The movie is muted though while music from various French artists is piped through the surround sound for total ambiance.

My daughter, a fashion design student has created my look. She says it is Modern Day Marie.


I’ve set up an area where each guest will have her portrait made.


I hope that you had a good time! Don’t forget your parting favor.


It is a rose scented candle with an image of Marie Antoinette. The round fleur de lis tag reads “Merci” on the back.


The back of the candle includes the famous quote: “Let them eat cake!”


Au Revoir!


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!
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