It’s official! We have a tween in the house! Madison has hit double digits! 10! How is she 10? Continue reading
It’s official! We have a tween in the house! Madison has hit double digits! 10! How is she 10? Continue reading
Madison is 9! How in the world did that happen? She wanted a Beach Party for her birthday but since I wasn’t about to fill my backyard with sand, I thought a Backyard Boardwalk Party would be a fun compromise. Continue reading
This was the sign posted on our front door the day of Madison’s 7th Birthday Party. I can’t believe my little girl is seven years old. She’s getting too big, too fast. I love that my children choose a theme for the birthday parties that reflects their personality at that particular time. This year Madison is really into all things ART. We can always find her with a crayon or pair of scissors in her hand. She’s a very creative little girl. This year she chose an Arts and Crafts theme for her 7th birthday party.
I let Madison choose her guest list and she only wanted to have a small number of friends celebrate with her this year. We hand delivered these paint palette invitations to her friends’ homes. The party details were on the inside cover.
We held the party in the late afternoon. The entire morning was filled with excitement as Madison anticipated her friends’ arrival, asking every five minutes, “Is it time yet?” Finally 3:00 arrived and Madison was so excited for her party to start. She greeted all of her guests at the gate, welcomed them to her “Art Studio”, and escorted them into the backyard.
Upon arrival, the girls found their art smock which I personalized with their first initial using glitter iron-on transfer paper. They then colored a caricature of the birthday girl while waiting for everyone to arrive.
Madison chose all the crafts that she and her friends would create. I set up four tables that the girls rotated through during the party. First up, was the paint station. This station included painting the first initial of each girls name. After painting their wooden initial, they got to paint their very own masterpiece on the mini-canvas displayed on miniature easels.
After the masterpieces were completed the girls washed up in some buckets of suds and moved on to the next station…
I put all the beading supplies out on the table and let them bead until their hearts content. They made some beautiful jewelry from bracelets and necklaces to rings and anklets. One creative guest made a tiny bracelet for her doll…so cute!
After beading for a bit, the girls found their place card at the party table and sat down for some refreshments. The place cards were made using two paint swatches stapled together to form a pocket. Inside the pocket was a napkin, fork, and paper straw.
I used scrapbook paper in each color of the rainbow as placemats and each place setting had a white charger, pretty water color paper plate and a personalized water bottle wrapped in rainbow duct tape. I stapled streamers to ribbon and hung them on the backs of the chairs as added color for the tablescape.
Carrie Budke of Angel Cakes made a framed canvas cookie with a blank canvas and I let the girls use edible markers to decorate them. This activity was a huge hit.
After creating the canvas cookies, it was time to sing happy birthday to the birthday girl.
Then the Starving Artists helped themselves to treats. We had “Creative Juice” which was 20 calorie Gatorade in every color of the rainbow, paint brush Rice Krispie treats, a rainbow of candy in clear paint cans. rainbow fruit cups, and cupcakes displayed on an artist’s palette.
After dessert, the girls got their craft on again making Spin Art and Sand Art.
In addition to all of the crafts, smock, and treats, each guest went home with a little paint bucket of art goodies that included a rainbow notepad, shuttle pen, stackable crayon, and rainbow lollipop. They each also got a paint can puzzle.
This was one of the more enjoyable parties I’ve thrown. I loved seeing all the girls so into all the crafts and activities we planned for them. The small number of girls was manageable and allowed each of them to interact with one another. The party was a success and my little girl had a wonderful time crafting with her friends.
I hope you enjoyed your special day my little Picasso! Mommy loves you with all her heart. You’ll always be my first love.
We celebrated Madison’s 6th birthday last weekend. I can’t believe she is 6 and just finished kindergarten. She’s growing up so fast. Madison is really into Barbie and she really wanted a Barbie party for her 6th birthday. Her wish is my command and I made it happen for her and 14 of her little girlfriends.
I started with the Glamour Girl invitation and party printables from The TomKat Studio. It was such a sweet set and the girl silhouette fit the Barbie theme well. I also adored the colors- light pink and black.
I found Madison’s silhouette party shirt from Sweet Threads Clothing on Etsy. It was really cute and was very well made. I especially loved the rosette flower detail on the head of the silhouette. It made it so girly and sweet. We paired it with a pink tulle skirt from Carter’s.
Before the guests arrived I placed a Barbie doll at each place setting. I used doll stands to make them stand up and placed a Barbie dress on each plate. When the girls arrived they sat down to design a Barbie dress using jewel stickers and ribbon trim. They really loved this activity and were so excited when I told them they could dress the Barbie in the new dress and take them home as party favors.
Here are a couple of the creations. We have some future fashion designers on our hands – great job girls!
While the girls waited for everyone to finish designing a dress, they colored some Barbie coloring pages I printed from Google Images. All of the girls finished designing a dress and dressing their Barbie just in time for the main attraction…BARBIE herself!
The look on the girls’ faces was priceless when Barbie walked into the yard. First they were sort of surprised and then all ran to her for hugs. So cute!
Barbie and her helper led the girls in some fun games, including limbo, freeze dance, and two relay races. I particularly loved the relay races. The girls were divided into two teams. The first relay race was called Malibu Beach Barbie dress up. The girls had to put a Hawaiian lei around their neck, a pair of sunglasses on their eyes and a beach bag on their shoulder. They had to run to the other end of the yard and back and then take off the items and dress the next girl in line in the beach gear. It was really cute. In the second relay race, they had to pack and unpack Barbie’s bag. They had several items that Barbie would likely take on a trip in a bag and had to run across the yard, quickly unpack the bag, and run back. The next girl in line had to run across the yard and repack Barbie’s bag and run back. Click the link to see a video of the Malibu Beach Barbie relay in action.
The girls also participated in a Scavenger Hunt. They loaded up on Scavenger Hunt prizes including sunglasses, rings, bead necklaces and other trinkets.
After playing games, Barbie and her helper sat the girls down for makeovers. They each got eyeshadow and a fancy design and jewel on their face.
After the makeovers, it was time to say goodbye to Barbie, but not before we posed for pictures.
The girls were sad to see Barbie go, but had worked up an appetite. Good thing because, once Barbie left, it was time for dinner. The girls enjoyed hamburger and hot dog sliders, veges with ranch and watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon that I cut into heart shapes.
After dinner, it was time for a trip to the dessert buffet. I set a dessert table that consisted of a Barbie Cake I had made from Harrison Bake Shop, homemade cupcakes baked in black and white striped paper baking cups, Birthday Cake Pops from Starbucks, pink Barbie gumballs from Party City, and pink lemonade.
A sweet friend from work, Lisa, made the pink and black tissue paper poms which I used for the back drop to the table. I had some window panes lying around in the shed left from the previous owners of our house. I knew I’d put them to good use one day, and this was the day. I hot glued the tissue paper poms to the window panes and leaned them on our deck. The window panes made a nice, sturdy back drop for the table.
Here are some close-ups of the treats.
To dress up the table even more, I used the same dress form I used for Madison’s Princess Tea Party. This time I dressed it in a black tutu skirt and pearls. I tied a pink ribbon around the skirt and pinned on a brooch from my jewelry box. I also found a remake of the original 1959 Barbie doll wearing the signature black and white bathing suit on Amazon and incorporated her and her black dress into the design of the table. The Barbie Print I found in Google Images was printed and placed in a frame and displayed on a plate stand on the table.
After singing Happy Birthday and blowing out the candles the girls grabbed a plate and chose a few desserts to enjoy before their parents arrived to pick them up.
This was a great party and I was so happy I could make my daughter’s 6th birthday party so special. When it was over, I got so many smiles and thank you’s from my little Barbie Girl. I’m glad I could make your dreams come true. Happy 6th Birthday, Madison Grace.
After this post, I will finally be up to date with posting all of my children’s parties up to this point…Phew! I hope to start blogging more about party planning as I embark on planning the next birthday party which will be Morgan’s 4th birthday in March. The theme yet to be determined, but she talked about wanting a Care Bear party, so we’ll see.
In June, I threw Madison a 5th birthday party. What a milestone…I can’t believe my baby is 5! The theme she chose this year was a Princess Tea Party. I was very excited to find out her preschool teacher had a small Princess Tea Party business. I booked the date with her and the planning began.
First, I had Madison’s silhouette made by Vana at Le Papier Studio. I took a profile shot of Madison and sent it to Vana who came up with a beautiful princess silhouette. I bought the jpeg from her so I could use it throughout all the party decor.
Madison decided she wanted the colors pink and light blue as party colors. I love how it all turned out. Here are the details.
The invitation featured her princess silhouette, very simple and sweet.
I made a sign with balloons in the front yard to welcome the party guests. Here is the birthday girl waiting for her friends to arrive.
A framed welcome sign hung on the front door.
The banner I created hung above the dessert buffet.
I love placing the dessert buffet in the corner of the room. It works well for the birthday girl to stand behind when blowing out the candles.
The dessert buffet included…
strawberry rice krispie treats (I cheated and bought pre-packaged ones)
cupcakes from Crumbs Bakeshop topped with the cupcake toppers I made
silhouette cookies made by my good friend Brenda…I purchased edible paper decals from The Frosting Gallery on Etsy. Brenda placed them on top of the cookies.
Crown cookies from Totally Scrumptious Cookies on Etsy.
strawberry milk placed in these vintage looking milk bottles
(I searched high and low for vintage bottles at thrift stores and Ebay, but was unsuccessful. The week before the party I came across this post on Celebrations at Home blog that suggested using Starbucks Frappucino bottles. It was exactly what I was looking for and I drank 16 of these babies in one week. Crazy, I know!)
In the center of the table was the sweet and simple cake from Cornerstone Caterers with a custom-made cake topper made by Sweetie Pie Cake Topper on Etsy.
I decorated a wire dress-form I found at Homegoods with a my girls’ princess skirt from their dress up box and my pearl necklace.
On the kitchen island I set up adult food for the parents who stuck around.
The menu consisted of tea sandwiches, mini Quiche, scones and macarons to go with the theme.
Favors were in my apothecary jars. I had bracelets with a princess charm made for the girls and they each went home with a crown cookie and wand lollipop.
I hired Madison’s preschool teacher for the entertainment since she has a Princess Tea Party business. She came with all the table decor, real tea cups and plates, food, drinks, games, prizes and princess dresses. She did an amazing job!
Here is Madison choosing her princess dress. She chose Ariel just like the doll she’s holding.
Madison and her friends all dressed up!
After dressing up, the girls had their make-up and nails done.
After getting made up, the girls sat down for the tea party. They had tea sandwiches and “lemonade” tea.
After lunch they participated in a few games…Hot Potato, Freeze Dance and Limbo!
They also made a craft…decorating a mirror.
Just before leaving, we sang Happy Birthday and the kids enjoyed cake and treats from the dessert buffet.
I was so glad to get a picture of the group. It was such a cute party and Madison had a blast!
Happy 5th Birthday, Princess Madison! I hope you enjoyed your princess par-TEA!
Today I’d like to share my daughter Madison’s 4th birthday party. The theme we chose was a Sweet Shoppe theme. I decided on this theme shortly after her 3rd birthday Ice Cream Shoppe party. I had read an article in People Magazine that featured Trista Sutter’s (The Bachelorette) little boy Max’s 1st birthday party. They did a CandyLand theme party and it was absolutely adorable. I loved all of the ideas and just knew I had to incorporate them into Madison’s next party. She loved candy so it didn’t take much convincing. I found the site Hostess with the Mostess who helped plan little Max’s CandyLand party. There was so much eye candy on there, I fell in love with the whole blog and was hooked. Hostess with the Mostess led me from one blog to another and I saw so many beautiful Candy themed parties. I didn’t realize it was such a popular theme! I ended up coming across a blog called The TomKat Studio whose owner Kim had featured a cute little Lollipop Party for her daughter and to top it off, she was selling the items she created for that party on Etsy. I am pretty handy on the computer but was running out of time so I ordered Kim’s Lollipop Party Package and it was so adorable. The package I bought was a printable PDF file that included a banner, cupcake toppers, party circles, signs and the oh so cute invitation. I was able to print everything at home and assemble it myself- the best part because I love crafty projects. The party was a huge hit and the birthday girl had a fabulous time. I’m going to try to give as much detail and credit as I can remember for the ideas I used. The party was last June and I looked at so many blogs by crafty mommy’s who also used this theme and I tried to incorporate lots of those ideas, as well as my own into this party. I had so much fun planning this one…. First up…the invitations. Thanks Kim! These were adorable.
I made this photo booth using a large box that I wrapped in bright pink wrapping paper. I cut a circle for the kids to poke their face through, and made it look like a lollipop. The kids loved it! The back was open so the kids could go inside of it. Something fun and different.
This is the cake table. I made the banner hanging above…my first one ever! I liked that the table was in the corner because we could stand behind it when blowing out the candles without it being in the way during the party. The cake was from a local bakery (Corner Stone Caterers). I made the cupcakes and used Kim’s party circles for toppers. Super cute! I also stuck a Dum Dum in some and used knotted twizzlers on a few. The plates held the yummy cookies from The Fancy Lady Gourmet on Etsy. Draping on the front of the table was colored lanterns that I found at CVS. You could plug them in and they light up, but I didn’t do that. I taped a lollipop stick to each of them to make them look like colorful lollipops. This was a last minute up to 2 AM the night before add- thanks to my cousin Tanya for the idea..turned out super cute!
I had a separate table for the “Sweet Shoppe.”
I set up the “Sweet Shoppe” table in my dining room using my dining room table. The banner was recycled from my middle daughter’s 2nd birthday party which was Abby Cadabby themed. I just changed out the picture of Abby and put on one of Kim’s sweet shoppe party circles in its place. Love that I could use that banner again! The colors were perfect. The idea behind the Sweet Shoppe table was that the kids would get to visit it and fill up a bag with some candy to take home. I tied up each bag with a toothbrush and as I handed it to the kids, I said:
“Thank you for being sweet, but don’t forget to brush you teeth!”
The table also included sweet Granny Smith apples which more than one child chose to put into their treat bag. The parents were thankful I included healthy options on the table. I made the cones from scrapbook paper and attached one of Kim’s party circles to the front. I filled the cones with cotton candy and caramel popcorn. Other goodies on the table included lollipops, rock candy, m&ms, tropical twizzlers and gummy lifesavers. All of the candy were in colors that coordinated with the party colors- bright pink, bright green and turquoise. The letters on the table spelled out SWEETS. They are large foam glittery letters that I found at Michael’s. The candies hanging above the table are actually party lanterns that I covered in cellophane and tied the ends to look like wrapped candy. Got the idea from for those from this fabulous candy party.
As the guests arrived to the party, they walked on the lollipop lined path. Those lollipops were super easy to make. I stuck a long lollipop stick into styrofoam disks (found at Michaels) that I wrapped with colored tissue paper. Then I covered the disks with celophane wrap and gathered and tied with a ribbon around the lollipop stick. I saw these here and thought they were adorable.
The welcome sign on the door greeted the guests as they came in. Another cute idea from Kim!
As each guest arrived I tried to get a picture of them in the photo booth and then I had them guess how many jellybeans were in the jar. I found this site for games and they had free printables for some of the games and signs. I used their sign for this game and for the signs on the photo booth as well.
The majority of the party was held outside, so after the kids guessed how many jelly beans were in the jar they headed out to the backyard to make candy necklaces while waiting for the other guests arrived.
Here is Madison making her candy necklace.
The kids’ tables were set up outside. I made the centerpieces using sandpails and large Whirly Pops. I found these white tablecloths with colorful circles that reminded me of lollies at Target. I used them as a table runner over a turquoise tablecloth. The clear cups in the picture held the candies and elastic for the candy necklaces.
I decorated the fence with Kim’s printable happy birthday banner and more candy lanterns adorned the shrubs.
I didn’t hire entertainment for the party, so I was the one running the show. Besides candy necklaces, the activities I planned were Pin the Stick on the Lollipop, Ring the Lollipop, Candy Shoppe Bingo and a pinata.
I made the Pin the Stick on the Lollipop Game. I glued a lollipop cutout onto a piece of green felt. I attached velcro to the lollipop sticks so they would stick on the felt when the kids tried to stick them on.
For the Ring the Lollipop game, I used the printables from here. I set them up in the back yard.
The birthday girl wore an adorable candy custom set by Etsy seller Smockinglisa708. Super cute!
I hope you had a wonderful 4th birthday my SWEET Madison Grace. Mommy loves you! XOXO!
I love having a blog now so I can post all of the parties I’ve done in the past. Today I am going to post the PINKALICIOUS Valentine’s Party I threw for Valentine’s Day 2010. My girls loved the Pinkalicious books and I thought that V-Day would be a perfect way to incorporate the character and the book. We had a small party in our tiny condo. I let each daughter invite 3 friends. The kids had a blast! Here are some of the details.
A scrapbook paper banner hanging in the window…heart lollipop centerpieces…cupcake apron chair covers…
We served pink lemonade in these pink sugar coated cups with YUM stir sticks courtesy of Style Circle and heart shaped ice cubes.
I served tons of sweets at this party. This was around the time I started seeing “sweets” tables popping up everywhere. While I think they are beautiful, I don’t think the parents of the little ones appreciate the creativity when it comes to their kids and sweets. I did try to incorporate fruit and also served Strawberry Cream Cheese sandwiches…in heart shapes of course. A pink feather boa and pink lanterns hung above the food table.
Strawberry cupcakes with strawberry icing and cute Pinkalicious cupcake toppers was the centerpiece of the dessert table.
I had a last minute menu change and forgot to switch the sign for these. These are Hostess Brand strawberry mini cakes that I put on a lollipop stick and topped with a red m&m….cute for last minute huh? I’m talking 5 min. before guests arrived last minute.
Pink chocolate coated popcorn served in cones that sat on a bed of pink m&m’s. Wish I had more time to dress up the cones a little, but time ran short. They were still a hit!
I made heart shaped rice krispie treats that I tinted pink with red food coloring.
I dipped pretzel rods into white chocolate and pink candy sprinkles. YUM!
Pink marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and pink sugar.
I included an assortment of red fruits for the kiddos along with PB and Raspberry J and Strawberry Cream Cheese Sandwiches.
All of the guests wen home with pink bubble bath along with the aprons and heart lollipops.
Activities for the party included Guess How Many jellybeans in the jar, coloring Pinklicious coloring sheets, a read-aloud of the book, hershey kiss hunt and find, and decorating PINK cupcakes with sprinkles and candies.
This was a fun party to host. I LOVE Valentine’s Day!
This next party that I am posting is actually the first one I did that I went all out on. This was my daugther, Madison’s 3rd Birthday Party held in June 2009. I hadn’t started reading the party blogs yet so my inspiration for this theme came from an article I found in Parent’s Magazine in 2006…the year Madison was born. I saved the article for three years just waiting for the opportunity to throw an ice cream party of my own. Now that I read party blogs and am so much more into party planning than I was back then, I realize how ameteur this party actually is. It is a “real” party though.
I started planning with the colors and decided to go with pink, brown and white (Neapolitan ice cream colors) and mint green.
The invitation was from Tiny Prints.
Madison wore this dressed that I picked up at Gymboree in 2007 in anticipation of throwing an Ice Cream Party someday.
I didn’t do nearly as much decorating as I would have liked. I got as much up and out as I could before the party started. Here is a picture of one of the balloon bouquets. I found the big ice cream cone mylar balloons on ebay. Also a picture of the pavilion before too many people arrived. I have since learned to allow myself at least five hours to set up and drive around picking up balloons, food, cake etc. It was very hectic getting everything ready in time for this party since I only allowed two hours to get the park set up and myself dressed. A HUGE thank you to my wonderful husband who fought with getting the balloons untangled and keeping the cake from melting by running the AC in the car for an hour and also to my best friend Brigitte who helped with the set up.
I had the banner made at Party City. It was hung at the entrance to the pavilion.
The table decorations were made using a clear bucket that I found at Michaels. I cut pastel colored scrapbook paper to fit inside the buckets and stuffed them with tissue paper. I covered a bundle of lollipops with pink napkins to resemble a scoop of ice cream and I glued a red pom pom on top for a cherry. I placed these on top of sugar cones and put several of them inside of the buckets. Guests took them home after the party. I also attached pictures of ice cream cones to white boxes filled with Baskin Robbins ice cream flavored candies and Marshmallow candy sticks.
I also made these rice krispie treats and formed them into a fudgesicle shape and added a popsicle stick. I ran out of time to dip them in chocolate as I had planned. The kids loved them anyway!
I love to scrapbook so I created this picture frame mat out of scrapbook paper and embellished with stickers that fit the theme and a picture of the birthday girl. The mat was displayed on a table for guests to sign. It is now hanging in the kids’ ice cream themed bathroom! Perfect decoration.
At the party I set up an ice cream bar. I bought some fabric in pastel prints and colors from a local fabric store and made a banner by cutting half circles from the fabric and I hot glued them to a piece of ribbon. The banner served as a back drop for the ice cream bar. I also found pink and white striped fabric which I draped over the plastic table cloth to dress it up a little. I had four metal tins to hold the ice cream containers. I put a little ice inside each to keep it cold. On each tin was an image of the ice cream flavor inside. I had a bunch of toppings available including M&Ms, Gummy Bears, Rainbow Sprinkles, Chocolate Chips, Crushed Oreos, Cherries, Chocolate Sauce and Caramel Sauce. Here is a picture of the ice cream bar and a close up of the tins.
I dipped ice cream cones in melted chocolate and put colored sugar on them for the sundaes. Pink, Green, White and Brown bowls and spoons were also available as well.
I found the cups holding the toppings at Kmart. I used the pink and the clear ones.
I found cute spoons at Target that have little ice cream handles. They are adorable! We used them to spoon out the toppings.
And I found a special cup for the Birthday Girl at Kmart as well.
I found paper products that coordinated nicely with the colors and theme from Zurchers.
I had cupcakes made at my local bakery (Cornerstone Caterers). They were a HUGE hit! They are cupcakes baked inside ice cream cones and topped with icing to look like actual ice cream. They did an amazing job on those!
Cornerstone also made her cake. I did my best to explain to them what I wanted and I think they did a fabulous job turning my vision into reality!
After singing happy birthday and enjoying cake we were off to make ice cream sundaes.
I hired a local children’s entertainer, Ellen Watermelon, to entertain the kids for the first 40 min. of the party. She was wonderful and even customized her show to fit our Ice Cream Theme. How sweet!
I found an Ice Cream Cone Pinata at Party City.
I made a Pin the Cherry on the Ice Cream game. I attached fabric to a wooden dowel and made an ice cream cone from felt. I glued it to the fabric. I attached velcro to large red pom poms to use as cherries. The one who came closest to placing the cherry on top of the cone won an ice cream play set.
Since most of the kids were three and under I set up different stations for them to occupy themselves. One of them was a coloring station that included ice cream themed coloring sheets and these super cute crayons I found on Etsy.
I also had an ice cream parlor play set from Melissa and Doug and put that out for the kids to play with.
The party favors were placed in celophane bags and I made the topper for those that said “Thank you for coming to Madison’s Party.” Each bag included an ice cream bowl and spoon from Oriental Trading, an ice cream ball popper, an ice cream cone Krazy Straw, an ice cream cone bubble necklace and ice cream sundae stickers.
All in all it was a great party. This was the first one that I really went all out on. Now that I know a bit more about creating printables and things for parties and of course the infamous sweets tables, I would do things much differently. I may have to reuse this theme in the future so I can go all out.
I hope you enjoyed your third birthday my SWEET Madison. Mommy loves you! XOXO