Posts in the ‘Kids Birthday’ Category
I love surprises at parties. They don't have to be big surprises, but little unique details really impress me. So when I noticed some people serving vintage and unusual sodas, I had to post about it.
Here are a couple photos of these sodas from parties on our site:
Alejandra V's How Sweet it Is - Ava Turns One
How great does the Americana Black Cherry soda fit in with this "cherry" themed party.
Carey B's Sesame Street Party
It's a kids party, but Frostie Orange Soda and Dad's Root Beer are nice option for the adults.
Anneliese S's Fiesta Forty
Anneliese threw a fiesta themed party and served authentic Mexican soda to her guests. Love it!
Trader Joe's has started selling 3 varieties of vintage soda -- cola, root beer, and orange cream soda. But if you want the real thing, check out Galco's Soda Pop Stop. They are based in LA but ship everywhere. And here's a sweet interview with John Nese, the owner of Galco's! Talk about someone who loves what he does!
(Just a quick note, we're giving away some beautiful Le Creuset cookware. Click here if you want more info.)
We have so many wonderful dessert tables for girls on our site, I've had to break this post down into two parts.
So here is Part 1 of these gorgeous, inspiring tables...
THE VIBRANT TABLE Kim S's Kate's Fairy Garden Party
Here's what's on Kate's table:
- Cake - Decadent Delights
- Cupcakes & mini cheesecakes
- Oreo pops & Chocolate covered Oreos - Sweeties by Kim
- Printed cookies - Sweetopia
- Cake Pops
- Paper Products designed by The TomKat Studio
Here's what's on Lindsey's table:
- Little Debbi heart cakes
- Pink M&M
- Pink Hersey's Kisses
- Strawberry candy canes
- Strawberry Tootsie Pops
- Grapefruit sours
- Strawberry mousse
- Pink chocolate covered strawberries
- Strawberry cupcakes
- Pink swirl pops
- Pink rock candy
- Strawberry wafer cookies
- Watermelon licorice
- Pink marshmallows
- Pink cotton candy
- Pink M&M chocolate chip cookies
- Pink frosted animal crackers
Here's what's on Pamela's table:
- Chocolate covered marshmallow pops
- Sugar cookies
- Good N Plenty candy
- Starbursts candy
- Chocolate cupcakes with pink vanilla bean frosting
- Carrot cupcakes with pink and green cream cheese frosting
- Candy filled wafer cookies
- Pink chocolate cupcake balls
- Fairy marshmallow pops courtesy of Stix N Pops
- White cheddar popcorn
- Fairy favor boxes filled with bottles of "Fairy Dust" (glitter) for the girls to take home and sprinkle in their gardens
Here's what's on Kristina's table:
- Cotton candy flavored popcorn
- Pink & yellow marshmallow swirls
- Pink M&Ms
- Yellow M&Ms
- Pink jellybeans
- Yellow jellybeans
- Cake pops
- Pink and yellow chocolate dipped Oreos
- Assorted pink and yellow sugar cookies from a local bakery
- Rainbow rice crispy treats
- Pink and yellow chocolate dipped pretzels
- Cake & cupcakes
Here's what's on Anneliese's table:
- Orange twirly pops
- Blue and pink gum balls
- Vanilla taffy
- Blue old fashioned candy sticks
- Pink crystal candy suckers
- Red velvet cake
- Chocolate buttermilk cake
- Lemon bundt cake
- Jars of "orange preserves" (orange jelly candies)
Here's what's on Terri's table:
- Chocolate covered Oreos
- Chocolate covered marshmallows
- Cake balls
- Green candy fruit slices
- Strawberry chocolate covered pretzels
- Pink and green Hershey's kisses
Here's what's on Eileen's table:
- Chocolate ponies by A Chocolate Creation
- Pony decorated sugar cookies
- Lollipop topiaries
- Pastel M & M's
- Dark chocolate Kisses
- Caramel chocolate Kisses
- Large Pixie Sticks
- Bubble gum
- Assorted Wonka small lunch boxes filled with Nerds, Sweet Tarts, etc.
- Large lollipops
This week's photo comes from
The most amazing thing about this cake is that Kate made it herself for her daughter's first birthday. Incredible!
Kate should definitely get herself on Food Network Challenge.
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!
I love parties at the park. I love that they're outdoors, casual, and free.
In this TRENDS post I thought I'd highlight some of our favorite kids' and adult parties at the park, to show off what our users have done to make these parties special.
And to keep things simple Amy asked her guests to bring their own picnic lunches, then provided the fun party foods -- cookies, cupcakes, and cake.
What I love about this Snakes, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails Triple 1st Birthday is how the hosts added their own creative and personal touches -- banners, balloons, matching tee shirts, and photo collages -- while keeping the whole thing casual, by serving an easy picnic lunch in brown paper bags with kid friendly foods (sandwiches, tangerines, chips, grapes, goldfish, and donuts).
The personal details are beautiful, and yet again, it was a casual potluck lunch where Amy provided the cookies and cupcakes.
And another nice details -- for gifts, Amy asked everyone to bring along bookmarks for the birthday girl.
She created a logo that she used throughout the party which tied the whole thing together in a simple but elegant way.
The menu included sandwiches wrapped in parchment paper, juice, chips and home baked chocolate chip cookies that doubled as the favors. She even made dog cookie favor bags for the four-legged friends. And the rest of the menu she left to her friends to fill in.
I love how with these parties in the park, the hosts kept their budgets low by serving simple picnic foods and/or making them a potluck, took advantage of what the park had to offer (play structures, carousels, etc.), and by adding lots of personal and creative details, made them special in their own unique ways.
My daughter finishes school this week so I definitely have summer on the brain.
I saw this sprinkler-themed party idea on Martha Stewart and had to blog about it.
For anyone with kids but no pool, what a fun way to have an outdoor party in the heat. The key is to have a lot of sprinklers so the party starts to feel like a water park. You can even add a Slip N Slide for more fun.
And it's easy to tie in a water/fish theme with invitations, food, and favors.
I like the idea Martha Stewart has of DIY fish towel favors. Cute and functional.
Another trend we're seeing a lot of is woodland and fairy themed parties. What's so great about them is they're versatile. They can be for a boy, girl, or even an adult, and there's something earthy, yet magical about them. Here are some great examples:
(Click on the pictures to see more of these fabulous parties.)
An Enchanted Fairy Tale Party
This party for two cousins (ages 3 & 5), was based on the Hans Christian Anderson's tale "Thumbelina," and had actual frogs in the centerpieces.
Ella's Enchanted Wood Fairy Party
Lots of handmade items at this magical party including Ella and her sister's fairy costumes.
Magical Forest Dinner Party
With some branches from the tree outside, $20 thrift store decorations, and a great menu, this was the perfect adult birthday dinner party.
Through the Woods to a Party we Go!
For a family that lives in the woods, what better way to celebrate their son's 1st birthday. (We love the family tree filled with everyone's baby photos.)
Stay tuned, more themes to come...
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.