Posts in the ‘Catch My Party’ Category
We've gotten two beautiful Canada Day parties on the site.
Candace M's Canada Day Party
And Genevieve B's Celebrating Canada Day... Philly Style Party
For those of you who don't know, Canada Day is celebrated on July 1, commemorating the day when Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada were combined into a federation on July 1, 1867.
I've already asked everyone to upload their July 4th parties so I could blog about them. Well to honor our Canadian friends, I also everyone to add their Canada Day parties, too.
I plan to do a big blog post about all these recent festivities.
I can't wait to see what everyone has done!
I'm planning to do a TRENDS post after the July 4th weekend to showcase all the great parties you've thrown to celebrate.
Please add your photos to our site. We're excited to see all the cool creative ideas you've come up with!
Until then... have a safe and Happy 4th!
Pamela is the creative mind behind Party Starters, a site that sells handmade party essentials -- party favor boxes, party banners, cupcake toppers, bottle labels, signs, and invitations. You can see her products in her Etsy shop here but she also loves custom orders.
She has a great blog filled with party ideas, inspirations, and tutorials. She even shares with her readers what it's like to be both a mom and an entrepreneur, a balancing act many of us struggle with.
Her site is turning 1 and she's throwing a party from July 5th - July 9th. A real online party!
She's having guest bloggers all week (of which I will be one, thanks Pamela!) and there will be festivities and prizes galore!
So what should you do?
Knowing Pamela, I think this will be a very good time!
Last night we rolled out our newest feature, our "like" button!
Now on each party page, in the info box at the top, you will find one of these. (In case you're wondering, we're big fans of cupcakes over here.)
So if you like a party, please give it a click, and help us spread some happy cupcake love all over the site.
We get some unbelievable parties on our site and are constantly blown away by the level of creativity. So here are some very unique parties we've seen recently.
(Click on the pictures to see more of these fabulous parties.)
Around the World Birthday Party
The children each got a passport and set off to visit every continent on the planet.
Top Secret Military Mission Birthday Party
Target practice, battle gear, and an actual mission. What could be cooler for a seven-year-old birthday?
Retro Toy Party
Put away the video games. It was time to go "old school" with some Dick and Jane books, Slinkies, spinning tops, and sock monkeys.
Meet the Puppy Party
There were treats for the humans and treats for the dogs, and we couldn't tell which looked more delicious.
Lauren and Simon's Llama Wedding
Yes, they're at a real llama farm and those are real llamas at their wedding.
Tiny Two Birthday Party
Everything was tiny at this party (the invitations, the food, the drinks, the favors) but we couldn't get over the tiny town.
We hope these parties inspire you like they inspire us.
I thought I'd periodically write about party trends on the site, so here are some of the most popular party themes we've seen recently.
(Click on the photos below to see these fabulous parties on the site.)
RAINBOW THEMED PARTIES
I love how bright and cheery these parties are and I'm really digging the rainbow cakes. Plus it's easy to incorporate colorful candy at a sweets table with this theme.
What's great about circus parties is the number of elements you can pull from like clowns, games, circus tents, peanuts, popcorn, and cotton candy.
SPORTS THEMED PARTIES
To keep things interesting, you get to add some (hopefully) friendly competition to a sports themed party, and of course banners, pennants, trophies, and sports drinks work great here.
PRINCESS THEMED PARTIES
Having a three year old daughter myself, anything "princess" hits close to home. I think the key here is playing up the fantasy with costumes, crowns, wands, and of course, loads of pink and purple (great fun for DIY moms).
And if you can have a "real live princes" show up, you're golden!
I love what these parties represent: nesting, hatching, and spring. This is definitely one of my favorite themes for a baby shower right now.
Stay tuned for my next TRENDS post on the most unique themes we've seen recently on the site.
The party went off without a hitch!! Lainey had a great time, we had a great time. It was a lot of work, but well worth it. Here are some pictures to show you what it looked like.
Setting up before the party. Everything was in Lainey's favorite colors -- pink and purple. The day couldn't have been more beautiful and if you look in the distance, you'll see the ocean.
The birthday girl arriving at her party...
Lainey and me before the party started. Notice our party beads. All the kids got pink and purple party beads as a welcome gift when they arrived.
One of the guests brought rocket balloons, which was a great addition to the party. Here's David surrounded by the kids as he works the magic rocket balloon launcher...
Goofy Gil, the entertainment, who really got the party started...
And it wasn't called "Lainey's Dance Party" for nothing. Serious dancing occurred. When I asked Lainey what her favorite part of the party was, she said, "The dancing!" I did my job.
And to any three year old (and most adults), the most important element... the cake! This one was from Susie Cakes in LA. It was well worth the expense. Beautiful and delicious.
At the end of the party, I gave out these gift bags. To seal them, I got stickers made at Kinko's of the picture on the Cocodot invitation. Inside was a pink glow stick, some Silly Putty, and some Wikki Stix.
All in all, it was a really great day! And to make sure Lainey remembers this when she's 20, I've got the pictures to prove it!
So Lainey's 3rd birthday party is this Sunday and I'm excited. Even for this "nothing special" party at a local park for 25 kids and 35 adults, it's amazing the number of lists I have going, and the amount of time I've spent planning instead of blogging.
Now that it's all set, here are the details... For the kids, I've ordered pizzas from Rosti, a tasty local Italian joint up the street, and for the adults, as I mentioned earlier, I ordered the most awesome 24 inch sandwiches from Bay Cities Deli. Delish! To go with the sandwiches, I bought a case of Kettle Chips on Amazon. I'm addicted to Amazon Prime.
I splurged and got the cake from Susie Cakes. It should be pink and purple with lots of hearts. Direct orders from a 3 year old.
For entertainment, it's still Goofy Gil and we're thinking an hour of crazy dancing. Let's burn these kids out. And to make it festive, mardi gras beads in hot pink and purple for everyone (including the parents if they're game).
And as for party favors, I initially wanted to put together a mix CD of Lainey's favorite dance songs, but it got a little complicated, especially with song rights and duplication, so instead I bought pink and purple glow sticks, some Wikki Stix, and some old fashioned Silly Putty. To be honest, I bet these go over better with the discerning toddler crowd.
In this economic climate and because we are starting a business, I've been trying to keeps costs down, but all in, this casual, low-key, (but hopefully still awesome) party wasn't as cheap as I'd planned. This is why we will soon be creating a simple-to-use party budgeting tool to put up on the site. I promised my husband I will be the first to use it.