Posts in the ‘Decor’ Category
I'm loving the trend of little red wagon 1st birthdays we've seen on our main site. They have such a sweet retro feel. If you're looking for a theme for your 1 year old boy, this could be it...
Katie W's Corbin's Little Red Wagon 1st Birthday
Melody F's Red Wagon First Birthday
Brittanie G's Little Red Wagon 1st Birthday
Gina F's Cooper's 1st Birthday
This week's party photo comes from Frog Prince Paperie's Goldilocks and the Three Bears party. How amazing is this Goldilocks "bed" table! I've never seen anything quite like it.
When I saw these letter garlands Chelsea A made for her Modern Meets Vintage Baby Fete, I nearly flipped. I've seen many garlands before but never anything like this, and how sweet that the letters spell out lullabies.
I asked Chelsea how she made them and here's what she said...
The letter garlands were made using my Quickutz Silhouette. I think the letters turned out to be about 6" each.
I went through about 20-30 pieces of red cardstock to cut out the two different lullabies. I could only fit between 5 and 7 letters per sheet, even with creative arranging. Even with the Silhouette it took about 5 hours to cut everything.
I know it would have taken SO much longer if I did it by hand. Just thinking about tracing everything and THEN cutting it with scissors is making my hand hurt!
But, if someone doesn't have an extra $200-$225 laying around to shell out for a Silhouette, it's definitely doable with good old tracing and cutting.
After they were all cut out, I used a big needle and red and white striped bakers twine (but any old string would work - just don't use a single thread because it would be heartbreaking to have to re-string it or have it break from the weight in the middle of the party) and strung up each letter.
If you'll notice, some of them are backwards. That wasn't on purpose originally, but as usual I was running late for set up and said, "oh well! Now it's going to be on purpose!" and started making some other letters backwards. The charm of handmade, right?
Chelsea, thank you for sharing how you did this. It's truly original!
Yes, it's true. We have another gorgeous set of Easter printables to give away. This "polka dot" set is designed by Karen & Allison from Peace Love Cupcakes. They are so sweet I want to eat them right up!
This collection includes: party circles, tented cards, and a "Happy Easter" banner.
To download the high resolution files for printing:
Thank you Karen & Allison for this playful "polka dot" collection! To see more of Karen & Allison's printable designs, please visit their Etsy shop, Peace Love Cupcakes.
Also, check out all the other FREE Easter printable collections on our site.
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.
Take a look at this FREE "little egg" Easter printables collection designed by Fara at Little Things Creations. Aren't they so cute!!
This collection includes: small party circles, large party circles, invitations, favor tags, tented cards, and a "Happy Easter" banner. So sweet!
Download the high resolution files for printing:
Thank you so much, Fara, for this lovely collection!
Also, check out all the other FREE Easter printable collections on our site.
Well today's your lucky day because now you can throw one yourself!
Anders Ruff is giving one of our readers the entire Vintage Super Hero Party Package which includes party accessories, a printable invitation, and City Skyline (plus text customization with your child’s name).
The package is worth over $90 and all you have to do to enter is first head over to Anders Ruff's Facebook page and "like" them. Then head back to this post and leave a comment saying that you did just it. It's that easy!
Now take a look at all that you'll receive. It's quite amazing...
If you plan to throw one yourself, be sure to read how Maureen and her business partner, Adria, put this party together. They are such a creative duo and their ideas are amazing!
We’ll pick the winner at random on Friday, March 25th at 10:00 (PST). Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry. We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email.
Take a look at our new collection of FREE "baby chick" Easter party printables from Autumn Leah Designs. I love the all the happy colors!
This collection includes: party circles, invitations, food labels, favor tags, water bottle labels, and a "Happy Easter" banner.
Download the high resolution files for printing here:
Thank you so much, Autumn, for this charming collection.
Check out all the FREE Easter printable collections on our site.
If you are planning one, or even if you're not, you will be blown away by the incredibly creative ideas here. (Click on the photos or the party name to see more of each party...)
Tabitha B's Wonderland Birthday
Kelli B's Ariel in Wonderland
Faride T's Maya's Tea Party!!
Rozanna F's Alexis' Unbirthday Tea Party
Rashae T's A Very Merry 1st Un-Birthday Party
Rainbow themed parties are some of my favorites because of all the decor possibilities. When Wendy B threw her daughter this Rainbow Party, she added so many great touches, including this gorgeous rainbow wreath.
Wendy put together this tutorial on her blog, Ramblings From the Sunshine State, on how she made it, and has kindly let me repost it. So take a look at how amazingly easy this is to make...
- $1 wreath form from the Dollar Tree
- Tacky glue
- Baby yarn
- Glue gun
- Baker's twine
Wendy first cut strips out of the batting (which doesn't need to be perfect) and wrapped it all around the wreath.
She wanted to add some rainbow bunting to the wreath so she cut triangles in the felt, glued them together...
How absolutely adorable, Wendy!! Thank you for the tutorial!
Please check out Wendy's other incredible parties on our main site. She definitely know how to throw an amazing party. And to learn more about Wendy, take a look at her blog Ramblings From the Sunshine State.