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Away We Go Transportation Party Printables + Coloring Pages from Chieu Urban

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How wonderful are these "Away we Go" transportation party printables designed by Chieu Anh Urban, based on her baby-preschool book, Away We Go! A Shape and Seek Book. These printables would be perfect at styling your boy 1st birthday or boy baby shower.

The collection includes: cupcake flags, banner (with pennants for birthday or baby shower), thank you cards, tented display cards, welcome signs, shape signs, and 17 coloring pages (to keep your little guests busy)!

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE:

Here are the individual files...

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These party printables coordinate perfectly with the Away We Go! A Shape and Seek Book by Chiêu Anh Urban, published with Scholastic, Cartwheel.  It's a fun board book about shapes and things-that-go for baby-preschool age (and a perfect favor gift for your party).
To see more Away We Go! treats and craft activities please visit Chiêu's blog.

My Daughter's 4th Mermaid Birthday

Finally, finally. Now that my daughter and I have both recovered from being sick and I've returned from Bloggy Boot Camp, I'm finally able to post photos of my daughter's 4th mermaid birthday.

Here is my daughter with her fairy princess hat. She debated wearing a mermaid costume, but ultimately fell in love with this dress. The face paint was of her own design. Every Friday, the children at my daughter's preschool are able to paint their own faces, hence the face painting you'll see on the other little guests.

The beautiful printables are from Lindi of Love the Day. The birthday banner was a great decoration for the fence. I printed out Lindi's cupcake topper designs, strung them together, and used them as a border along the pizza table. Plus I decorated a coral centerpiece with hanging tags.

The awesome photo booth props are courtesy of Kelli from The Paper Dolls Shoppe and my homemade "photo booth" sign I printed out and put in a frame.

Here's the bucket of photo booth props. I decided to step out of our mermaid theme a bit and put together a collection  of fun hats, masks, tiaras, leis, sunglasses, boas, and colored hair. The kids had a blast with them and wore them throughout the party.

These are the insanely lovely fondant cupcake toppers from Charynn at Two Sugar Babies and were a nice surprise for the guests. And here's a pictures of the special mermaid cupcake topper (with a bite taken out of it) that Charynn made especially for my daughter's cupcake.

Here is what the table looked like before the pizzas arrived.

The bucket of favors: they were mermaid and pirate Shrinky Dinks with cute printable "thank you" favor tags from Lindi. I got a lot of good feedback from the parents on the favors. Nice take-home activity.

Here are the unbelievable balloon bouquets from Balloon Celebrations. Since the party was at a park and there was a lot of open space, we needed something "big" to make an impact and the balloons did just that!

The entertainment -- Goofy Gil and his friend Momo -- kept everyone laughing.

Some of the photo booth pics...

And finally... my delicious girl and me!!

So here are my lessons learned:

  • Serving just pizza and cupcakes worked better than expected. No one seemed to miss the healthy fruit or the decadent dessert table.
  • My photographer, Samantha Zachrich, was well worth it, and I loved working with her. Next time I will put together a shot list because of course after it was over, I realized I missed certain shots, like a group photo of all the guests, the pizza table, the cupcakes in their trays, etc.
  • Having someone there to help man the photo booth with the photographer was essential because 4-year-olds definitely need some wrangling. Also, I wish I'd gotten a bigger piece of fabric to hang up as the backdrop.
  • Keeping the party short to one and half hours was ideal. For most of the kids and parents it was just enough time, and for others we left them wanting more. Love that!
  • I still need to work on "flowing with it." This is definitely my hardest lesson. When the pizzas were almost late I got stressed. When the kids raided the photo booth props to wear during the party, I had to remind myself to breathe. And when my daughter became obsessed with the presents during the party (having never gotten so many from her friends before) I had to remember to laugh about it.
After it was all over, my daughter hugged me and said this was "the best party ever!" That is what made the whole day (and months of planning) worth it!!

Planning My Daughter's 4th Birthday - How I'm Making it Special

My whole philosophy about throwing a great party is that you only need a few unexpected details to make it special. Well, for this party, which is today, I'm living my own advice.

So what are my unexpected details?

Well, first my gorgeous mermaid printables from Love the Day. This is the first time I'm using party printables and so far I'm loving the whole experience.  If I want more decorations, I just press "print." How cool is that?

My second detail is my cupcake toppers from Two Sugar Babies. I've never seen or tasted fondant cupcake toppers before and I bet most of my guests haven't either, so I can't wait to see their reaction. Plus Charynn designed a special 3-D mermaid topper for my daughter's cupcake. I promise you, she's going to go nuts!

My third detail is my photo booth with props.  Kelli from The Paper Dolls Shoppe designed these adorable photo booth printable lips and mustaches that we're giving away for FREE. Again, I bet most of my guests have never seen this before, so I'm curious to see how it goes over. Four-year-olds can be pretty unpredictable, therefore this might be an exercise in letting go. :)

And finally, the party favors, which are a very important detail to my daughter.  She wanted to give her friends something special, and I didn't want to give them sweets because of the possible wrath of the other mothers. :)  So I found these cute mermaid and pirate Shrinky Dinks for half off...

...and wrapped them up pretty with what else... my printables!! What do you think?

My last detail is my two balloon bouquets from  Balloon Celebrations. Cyndy is definitely helping me out here. I don't think I could afford them otherwise, so a big thank you to you, Cyndy!

There you have it. Budgets are hard, but most of us have to deal with them. And at the end of the day, I really only have to please one person - my daughter. (Okay two people, my husband when the Visa bill comes.)

If you have similar stories, or tips on how you saved money throwing a party, or  special details you added to make your party memorable, I'd love to hear them.

And as I've said before, wish me luck today... and of course I'll be sharing how it all went down.

FREE Photo Booth Prop Printables from The Paper Dolls Shoppe

If you read my blog, you know I'm doing a photo booth at my daughter's 4th birthday that I'm really excited about.

Well, I'm even more excited now that the super sweet Kelli, from The Paper Dolls Shoppe designed these FREE photo booth prop printable lips and mustaches for my daughter's party and for us to give away! How friggin' cute are these?!

And how about these patterned mustaches, too!

Plus, Kelli designed mermaid photo booth props just for Adelaine's party. But if you're throwing a mermaid party yourself, feel free to use them. My daughter is going to flip when she sees these!!

Download the high resolution files here:

Photo booth props - Lips & Mustaches

Photo booth props - Patterned Mustaches

Photo booth props - Mermaid sunglasses, lips, & necklace

Thank you, Kelli! These are awesome!

To learn more about Kelli and see more of her printables, visit The Paper Dolls Shoppe. Also, take a look at the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas printables she generously designed for us.

If you use these photo booth props at your next party,  please send photos to jillian@catchmyparty.com!! I'd love to show them off!

Planning My Daughter's 4th Birthday - Budgeting

(Last day to enter our $50 CSN giveaway by telling us what you love about spring!)

As I've mentioned before, I'm on a strict budget for Adelaine's party and the rule at my daughter's preschool is you have to invite the whole class. That means I'm throwing a party for 60+ people. Yikes.

So how am I dealing? Well, I'm prioritizing and trying to save where I can.

The ways I'm saving:

  • I'm hosting the party at a "pocket park" right next to her preschool instead of renting a space, and I'm spreading out picnic blankets instead of renting tables and chairs.
  • I'm serving only pizza, cupcakes, water, and juice. That's right, no elaborate dessert table for me. It would never fly with the other mothers at Adelaine's preschool, and I'm actually relieved about the cost savings.
  • And finally, I'm borrowing everything I can from my sweet friend, Liezel Munez Gunn! Liezel is a freelance style editor who used to work at both Martha Stewart and O, The Oprah Magazine. From her, I'm borrowing fabric for the tables, cupcake trays, galvanized tubs, sea shells, and picnic blankets. It's nice to have generous friends with taste. :)
My two biggest expenses are the entertainer and the photographer:
  • Our entertainer is named Goofy Gil. He's an actor and theater teacher in LA whom my daughter just adores. He has that magic touch and can keep kids  laughing, dancing, and entertained for hours. However, I've only booked him for one, so sorry kids. :)
  • I've never hired a photographer before, but because I wanted to capture the party for posterity and for my blog (so you can all see how it turns out), I decided to bite the bullet this year. I've hired Samantha Zachrich, an LA based photographer who specializes in fashion (so if I look especially good in the photos, you know why).
Okay, given my financial constraints, how am I making this party special -- I'm a party blogger for God's sake, I must!

So stay tuned for my next "Planning My Daughter's 4th Birthday" post to find out...

(To catch up, here are my earlier party planning posts.)

Planning My Daughter's 4th Birthday - Cupcake Toppers From Two Sugar Babies

I'm a big fan of edible cupcakes toppers. I've never even tasted fondant but I think fondant toppers add such a special touch to a party.

So for my daughter's birthday, I've vetoed cake. The logistics are just too hard. Trying to cut it and serve it to 60 hungry people in under five minutes... impossible. So cupcakes it is!

I approached Charynn from Two Sugar Babies about designing toppers for me. I've been a fan of Two Sugar Babies for sometime as I've ogled their stuff on Etsy.

I sent Charynn the custom mermaid designs Lindi from Love the Day created, and given my limited budget, here's what Charynn came up with. How sweet are these sea shell and starfish toppers? I couldn't be more delighted!

No one in our preschool has done fondant cupcake toppers before, so I'm excited to see the reaction! I'll keep you posted...

And thank you Charynn for creating such loveliness for Adelaine!

Planning My Daughter's 4th Birthday - Balloon Celebrations

(Decorating a dessert table? Today is the last day to enter our $25 giveaway from Superior Nut Store. It’s so easy!)

A balloon shop opened up down the street from me in Santa Monica called Balloon Celebrations. Mind you, this isn't just any balloon shop. It's the balloon shop that does all the celebrity parties and movie premieres in LA. Therefore everything they do is BIG.

In fact, this is what the outside of the store looked like on Valentine's Day.

Cyndy, the owner, is an absolute doll. When I told her my budget for my daughter's birthday (which remember, is teeny tiny), she said she couldn't do anything great for that, but wanted to help me out and make the party fabulous, so she agreed to design two gorgeous balloon bouquets and have them delivered. How amazing is that?

Here are some examples of the unbelievable designs she's done. To see everything, check out the galleries on her site Balloon Celebrations. You'll be so impressed.

Here's a sample balloon bouquet.

I can't wait to see what Cyndy does for Adelaine's party. There will of course be tons of photos.

So if you live in LA or nearby and need balloons for any occasion big or small, Balloon Celebrations is where it's at!

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Planning My Daughter's 4th Mermaid Dance Party -- The Invitation

I have mermaids on the brain!

My daughter's 4th birthday is coming up in March. She's obsessed with both mermaids and dancing, so we're combining them and having a "mermaid dance party" (even though I'm not quite sure how mermaids dance). There is much to do and I've only just begun, so I thought I'd blog as I go through the process.

First, this gorgeous invitation...  Lindi from Love the Day, who designed many of our holiday printables, designed this invitation and a host of other printables (cupcake toppers, "Happy Birthday" banner, favor tags, water bottle labels, etc.) for me.

All I did was tell Lindi the theme and send her a color pallet and she went to town, simple. I couldn't be happier with the result (and Lindi is so lovely to work with), but more importantly, my daughter LOVES everything! Score one for Mommy! Here are the adorable cupcake topper...

I sent the invitation out yesterday using Cocodot, the online invitation site.

I love paper invitations, but since I have such limited time, I knew this would be much easier. I uploaded the invitation, typed in all my party info, added the guests' email addresses, and boom!  Of the 40 invitations sent, more than half have already responded.

I used Cocodot for my daughter's last party and liked them so much I wanted to use them again, plus I think they're classier than many of the other online invitation sites. Has anyone else used them and liked them?

I hope you stay with me as I continue on this party planning journey, and please keep in mind I'm not a party professional and I'm on a strict budget. So let's see how I pull it off. Wish me luck, or better yet, say a prayer.

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