Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
First Birthday's are always exciting for new parents. Some parents keep it small and some go very big. I thought about my son's birthday party from the moment he was born. I knew I wanted it to be unique and memorable. So I came up with the theme, "My Winter Love". Since my son was born in February and close to Valentines day, I incorporated these elements into the party. The favors were heart shaped cookie cutters that stated, "Please remember the sweetness and love of Bailey's first Birthday". Also, the guest filled mesh bags with red and blue candy from Bulk Foods and Elegant Sweets(the perfect lollipops). For Entertainment, I got a great Caricature Artist and the parents got to take home great pictures of their children. I wanted it to also be comfortable and fun for my son. This is why I followed these tips;
1) Keep it simple
2) If there are lots of babies...limit the entertainment. Clowns can be scary and a 1 year old won't be interested. Bringing some toys that is familiar to your baby is all they need. You may want some balloons or something for the babies to hold/play with, but remember that you have to be careful with balloons.
3) Cake; you can get a beautiful cake for $500 made-to-order or you can bake your own for about $30. A 1 yr old won't care and older kids LOVE to help out, so if you have an older child they could help out getting the cake ready.
4) Go for things like:dancing (dance & freeze game)pinata pass the parcel musical chairs (if there are lots of adults, get them to play too!). Also craft activities can be fun for the group.
5) Time: Plan the party at your child's best time of day. It's important not to put the party before your child's nap time, during or immediately after. This will cause a cranky birthday baby.
6) Food: if you plan a mid-afternoon party then just snacks are needed. chips, veg & dip, fresh fruit, pretzels etc.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Chocolate Fondue Fountains are not just for weddings. Over the pass year we have used them at baby showers and kids birthday parties. The guest love them and they taste good too. Through the search for great colored chocolate fondue we found fantastic fondue at Sir Chocolate. They boast " convenient microwaveable pouches that are simple to use, easy to heat and require no added oil! Colored chocolate fountain fondue is the HOTTEST trend to hit the chocolate industry to date. Their custom colored chocolate comes pre-mixed and ready to serve. NO MORE MESSY DYES!" You have to check out the site.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Every child loves Dr. Seuss books. I did this party complete with a fishing game, stuffed Dr. Seuss animals as prizes to win and Dr. Seuss who read stories to the kids. The cake was classically shaped as a book and the birthday girl came as Cindy Lou Who. What a fun theme!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Little girls love to be princesses. So what better party than a Fairy Princess Party complete with girls dressed in Fairy wings, halo's and wands and boys dressed as knights with swords and shields. Creating this party was fun and magical! One of my favorite sites also has a great Fairy Party for viewing. Check out Hostess with the Mostess Enchanted Fairy Party.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Theme: Mad Hatter Baby Shower
The Mad Hatter theme was complete with Croquet, mad hatter tea sets and all the desserts you can eat. We decorated the ceiling with colorful lanterns, and fabric panels purchased from Ikea. The food table was decorated with grass to give the feel of eating outside just as Alice did.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Last year I completed a great wedding for Iazia and Chris. I made everything from the menus to the program to double as fans. The pictures are posted below.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Kids Parties are my passion. I recently completed another fabulous party for my son's 3rd Birthday(seen above). When the kids first arrived they were STOPPED at the "Passport Check In" station where they received pre-made passports and a Serengeti Agenda.
The kids then moved to the dress up station where they "Became a Jungle Animal". The kids received costumes and then got their face painted into an animal. Even the adults got involved. They loved that they were able to keep the costumes.
Next the kids went to "See the Monkey's". Here they created Monkey visors and Monkey finger puppets.
Then the kids and parents "Enjoyed an African Feast" at the jungle table. The Feast included;
Safari Sandwiches - peanut butter and jelly sandwiches Jungle Sandwiches - turkey and cheese on wheat bread
Animal Spotted Pizza-pepperoni pizza/cheese available for all you non-spotted lovers.
Snake Eggs- seedless grapes
Croc Teeth: apple slices
Dried Ants - plain raisins
Beetle Wings-potato chips Creepy Crawly Bugs - gummy worms
Jungle Juice-fruit juice
I put all kinds of interesting reptiles, from crocodiles to snakes all around the room and the kids went for a hunt to find as many as possible to fill up goody bags.
Check out more pictures of Bailey's Safari Adventure on Flickr.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Come One, Come All to a Circus Birthday Party. For a couple of months we have been developing a Circus party for 2 special children. Here are the invitations that were created with the help of Microsoft Word. The invitations will be mailed in a box mailer from Paper-source.com. It will include a clown nose and a clown lollipop as pictured. The event is scheduled for May. I can't wait to post the pictures.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
For the last 3 years I have been doing candy buffets. I try to do something new every time. I am currently working on a candy buffet for the theme: A Ray of Sunshine. It's for a baby shower. The parents wanted to keep the gender of the baby a surprise. As much as I love this, it makes it that much harder to come up with great themes. But I think this one will be great. Look for the Ray of Sunshine Shower to be posted in June.