Posts in the ‘Kids Birthday’ Category
As summer winds down, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of our most memorable beach and pool parties of the year. Enjoy!
Lindsey M's Girly Gecko Birthday Party
Lisa R's Carnival Party
Sarah Y's Popsicle Party
Katie I's Flip Flop Fabulous Party
Christina C's Splish Splash Party
Maureen A's Blue and Green Pool Party
Jen C's Brinley's 2nd Birthday
Lisa R's Hannah's Flip-Flopped Party
Claudia S's Surf's Up Party
Tonya B's Splish Splash Soiree
Pretty things make me happy, so when I saw these party hats from The Polka Dot Pinwheel I had to post about them. Twelve party hats for $29.95. I think they're worth it. See for yourself...
No one throws children's parties like Kate Landers, owner of Kate Landers Events, LLC.
So when I recently spoke to her, I asked her what makes for a great children's party. And I really liked her answer.
According to Kate, it's all about creating an "experience" where the children feel transported to another world.
So, for example, she likes to provide costumes for her guests, like these custom caplets and hairbows for her Madeline in Paris Inspired Birthday Party.
She serves foods that feel authentic to the theme, like this "make your own trail mix station" at her Enchanted Woodland Fairy Party.
She transforms the physical space, like placing the table for her Woodland Party outside, and providing the children with gorgeous toadstools to sit on.
And she designs theme-related activities, like this "design your own floral masterpiece" at her Madeline in Paris Party, that the children find exciting and engaging.
Now I know we all wish we could have Kate Landers design us a party, but for those of us who can't, I asked Kate how someone can add those special touches on their own, without a huge budget.
And here were her recommendations:
- Instead of using regular paper plates, invest in a set of nice white melamine or ceramic plates and some colorful fabric bunting to use over and over at all your parties.
- Repurpose what you have. For example, pull out your silver candlesticks and use them to dress up your table. Hang an an old chandelier above your buffet.
- Keep food to a minimum. Schedule your party from 2pm -4pm and serve easy foods (fruit, veggies, mini sandwiches, and cake). Forget making an elaborate dessert table.
- Be careful with making things yourself. A lot of times it can be a lot of work, and it might not save you as much as you think.
And if you have any interest in learning how to throw a party like Kate, she will be starting The Kate Landers Events, LLC, School of Children's Party Design, where she will offer webinars on everything you'll need to know to throw unforgettable parties for children.
So when Kristy said she'd be happy to do a quick tutorial on how she made them, I jumped at the chance.
Here's how she did it...
- Unfinished wood candlesticks (any craft store)
- For toppers: unfinished wood circles, small saucers, paper plates, melamine plates or anything else
- Non toxic paint
- Mod Podge or another sealer
Unfinished candlesticks have a metal cup in them. So gently pry out the cup with a butter knife and discard. This will allow your topper to be attached to a flat surface.
Paint the candlesticks and toppers as desired -- neutrals, wild colors, or mix and match. I found two coats worked best. As an alternative to wood candlesticks, you could certainly use a crystal candlestick and omit the painting.
You can seal any of the wood pieces with a sealant or Mod Podge at this point.
Place your desired top plate upside down on your work surface.
Line the top of the candlestick circle with glue and then attach to the middle of your top plate. Let dry upside down.
You may want to use temporary glue dots for the paper plate idea, so you can easily remove the plate when finished.
Also, keep in mind that ceramic plates will make your piece more top heavy, so take into consideration what you are putting on it and how careful your guests will be.
Here are some different toppers, desserts, and ideas. You can put a small doily on top, a piece of patterned scrapbook paper, card stock, flowers, or fabric. You can embellish with ribbon, rhinestones, fabric ties, pom poms, or anything you find around the house.
These pedestals are perfect for cupcakes, donuts, Ring Dings, mini pies, mini bowls of ice cream, one piece of fruit would be adorable -- anything you can dream up!
That’s it! These individual dessert pedestals are a beautiful and simple way to add a charming element to your dessert displays.
Thank you, Kristy!
To see all of Kristy's adorable homemade party goods and get more great party ideas, take a look at her blog, The Purple Pug. And while you're at it, take a look at the insanely creative parties she's added to Catch My Party.
I thought I'd post a few of the amazing cakes we've seen on our site. Take a look at these...
From Kristy L's Alexa Cate's 2nd Birthday Party
From Anne P's Milk & Cookies Party
From Laura L's Chanel Inspired Bridal ShowerWelcome Lainey Jayne Baby Shower Bailey's Farm Party
And more to come...
What a great party trend... chalkboards! They're simple, yet they bring personality to your party. They're a casual, playful, and relatively inexpensive design element. So take a look at how people use chalkboards in a variety of ways to add that special touch to their parties.
Emily W's Oh-So-Girly First Birthday
Creating special memories is what parties are all about. And a chalkboard as part of a birthday party photo booth -- what a creative idea. This way people get to put their own personal, handwritten messages into their photographs.
Katie M's Morgan + KT's Picnic Engagement Party
For this engagement party, a chalkboard sign adds a touch of whimsy, especially when it's directing the guests to a game of homemade Twister. And you don't even need a chalkboard to have fun with chalk. I love how as part of the activities, the hosts put out buckets of sidewalk chalk and had their guests go to town on the driveway.
Gina F's Cooper's First Birthday
Here's a simple but fun way to add some decoration to a kid's birthday. Doesn't this take you back to elementary school?
Chris N's French Inspired Cocktail Party
These chalkboards fit in seamlessly with the vintage French feel of this cocktail party. What a lovely touch to write "Au Revoir" on an old chalkboard next to a basket of party favors, and a small chalkboard menu looks great on a buffet table.
Maureen's Paris in the Springtime Birthday Party
This large chalkboard makes you feel like you're stepping into a fancy French bistro. It's a perfect way to add ambiance and set the mood for what's to come.
My advice with chalkboards is to not worry about your messages looking perfect. Embrace the "handwritten-ness" of them and they will automatically bring warmth to your party.
If you're looking to buy some chalkboards, check out these at Save on Crafts. You get (6) 7x10 inch chalkboards for $19. Not bad.
My Little Day is a French kids' party site selling party supplies, bunting banners, garlands, invitations, party masks, and favors. But the best thing about My Little Day is how beautiful the photographs are. So lovely!
It always makes me happy and inspired to see such pretty things.
Brandi Barnes sewed this gorgeous pennant banner for her son Stewart's Willy Wonka Golden Birthday Party.
She also put together a tutorial on her blog, There Goes My Life... on how she did it.
So here's the summary...
What you will need for your pennant banner:
- Four fabrics (1/2 yard each)
- One package of extra wide double fold bias tape
Then she folded her fabric in half, pinned the pattern on, and cut out her triangle shapes.
Next she pinned the pennants together and sewed the long sides of each pennant, leaving the tops open.
Next she clipped around the point of the pennants before turning them right side out. She said you can use a pencil to help get the points turned.
Once all her pennants were done, she opened the biased tape and pinned the open edge of her pennant inside it. She started about 7 inches from the end of the tape and put about an inch of space between each pennant. After all the pennants were pinned, she sewed from one end to the other... and that was it! Easy!
Here's another pennant banner she made from gold, purple, and chocolate fabrics to match the decorations on Stewart's cake table.
Thank you, Brandi, for your great tutorial. We look forward to seeing more of your beautiful pennant banners at your future parties.
Also, to check out Brandi's beautiful photographs, head over to her professional photography blog here.
Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you'd like to share in a "Tips from a Catch My Party Member" post? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to feature it!