A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine hosted her baby daughter’s first birthday. This is a big one and she threw the cutest party for her using a ton of bright solid color paper decorations. I wanted to share pictures and ideas from Lucy’s birthday party because 1.) it was adorable and 2.) it was simple — by simple I don’t mean it was easy to plan because we all know how much work goes into these events, I mean that the decor ideas were not super elaborate, yet they came together for an elaborate look! Nice save, right? Continue reading
Ladybug themed birthday parties are very popular this season. We’ve put together an adorable inspiration board filled with ideas to throw the most adorable themed party:
Marvel Comics are undeniably huge among kids, and that obscure, now trendy population of adult nerds. When I was growing up, my younger sister was too young to engage in any games, so I played with my brother. This meant a lot of Superhero themed games and anything that didn’t involve pink dolls or dress-up in mom’s heels. It was a bummer at first, but I learned to love it and we to this day, we still bond over huge comic book movies.
The best part of throwing old-school themed birthday parties for adults is the nostalgic effects they can have. There’s nothing like vintage. Trust me, I found a vintage inspired Ghost Busters sweater a couple years ago and I’ve gotten several compliments–all people remembering the good ole 90s.
Millions of women can relate to fond memories of playing with Barbie dolls in their childhood, collecting them in their teens, or loving fashion designer Patricia Field’s limited edition Barbie purse and wallet collection. The frenzy is international and her silhouette is recognizable everywhere. Young girls love birthday parties decked out in bright colors and bold designs. For older women, however, a vintage Barbie silhouette theme in shades of Magenta and black for a birthday party or celebratory occasion would be so classic and chic. Also, the fact that the design is so simple makes it relatively easy to make a lot of the decorations and accents yourself, which would allow you to save on themed tableware.
Birthdays were always kind of a big deal when I was growing up in my family. I have a pretty large family, so it was kind of each person’s special day. I remember staying up until midnight to wish my younger sisters’ a happy birthday, even if it meant being super tired the next day. Continue reading
Pet birthday parties. I never really understood them. I mean, I have two cocker spaniels, but I think my younger sister is the only person that ever remembers their special day. To each their own, I suppose. My coworker loves her puppies and she ordered them a doggie birthday cake from a specialty bakery last year. I have to admit the whole birthday party, with doggy guests and everything, was adorable.
I found the most adorable recipe for “pupcakes” in Everyday with Rachael Ray:
Prep 10 min Bake 25 min
2-1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups mashed very ripe banana (2 or 3 bananas)
1/4 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 18 standard-size muffin cups with baking liners. In a
medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate
bowl, mix the banana, yogurt and vanilla extract with a fork until combined (the mixture
will be slightly lumpy).
2. Using an electric mixer, beat the granulated sugar and butter at high speed until light
and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined,
scraping down the sides of the bowl between additions. On low speed, beat in half the dry
ingredients, then all of the banana mixture. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix
until just combined; do not overmix.
3. Spoon the batter into the liners, about three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted
in the center comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack and
then dust with confectioners’ sugar, using a dog-bone stencil.
Don’t forget to sing Happy Birthday to your furry children, and serve up on Puppy Party Supplies!
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS!
LETS GET READY TO CELEBRATE BIG!
I can still remember my first time at the Circus. Sure, it was a while back, but the one thing about the Circus is that the concept stays pretty much the same no matter how old you get. The smell of the animal cages, popcorn and the giant puffs of cotton candy everywhere are unforgettable.
The memories of being entranced by 10 clowns making their out of one tiny car or the trapeze artist walking across the tight rope are vivid. So, taking into consideration how much the Circus is, how great would it be to throw a Circus themed birthday party for the children? The possibilities are endless!
The Big Top, or the Circus tent can be a DIY project or a pre-assembled design may make life easier. Snacks are easy. Hot dogs in trays, popcorn and cotton candy are classics and the wonderful part? They’re simple and easy to clean up.
Craft stations, games and contests are definitely a must. Children can gather at one place to make and decorate clown hats, play ring toss games or have face painting contests. Don’t forget the prizes! Clowns are optional guests, but I’m just going to throw that one out there.
March 2nd is the birth date of the one and only, Dr. Seuss. This man made huge contributions to children’s literature and his work will most definitely live on for generations to come.
At the elementary schools, the school teachers typically organize schoolwide reading events. At the most recent one, the teachers made invitations and sent them home with the students. The event was to consist of a makeshift slumber party where the students come with one of their parents, dress in their pajamas, bring blankets and a favorite Dr. Seuss story book. Families can be asked to donate snacks and drinks in order to create a large feast spread.
Contact your child’s school PTA to help organize an event in Dr. Seuss’ honor. Use our solid colored tableware to create a colorful table display for your young guests. Small coloring book favors are perfect activities and take home souvenirs of the event. Children’s literature is a vital part of a child’s development. Don’t downplay the efforts of such a great artist.
Spring is just around the corner. If you live in a part of the country where it snows, I’m sure you’re more than ready to see those flowers poke through those snow patches. Spring is just the time of year for rebirth in nature and the season always has a fresh feel to it.Before you know it, we’ll be smack dab in the middle of Spring and if anyone has a birthday coming up, now’s the time to start brainstorming theme ideas. I came across a picture that definitely makes a Butterfly themed birthday party extremely appealing. Little girls love pink, butterflies, wings, glitter and magical concepts.Create a fantasy world for a little girl to commemorate her special day. Make her the queen of the land and use decorations and accessories to create an unreal set up:
- Check out our Butterfly Birthday Party Supplies for all party item options
- Wrap plastic cutlery with Solid Colored Napkins and one birthday themed napkin as the “band”
- Set up party trays with appetizers and snacks – use additional guest napkins to create a display around each tray and/or centerpiece
- Favors: use pink party pails as base & decorate with tulle ribbon and plastic flowers or tiny butterflies
- Use tiny plastic crowns for the guests and a jeweled plastic crown to distinguish the guest of honor
- Use butterfly wing accessories to decorate random chairs at the table
- Tip: You can never have too many balloons
I have quite a few friends and family members who happen to have birthdays on either Christmas eve or the day after Christmas. People with birthdays during any other season (ahem, mine is in the summer) don’t understand what birthday wrapping paper on their birthday really means to them. It must be terrible to get a “birthday gift” wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper–probably not as terrible as getting the ole that’s-your-Christmas-AND-birthday-gift line. Wouldn’t the rest of us be slightly upset if our friends got us birthday gifts and decided to count them as Christmas gifts too? I mean, really, it’s like eliminating one whole special day for this “blessed” group of individuals.
I was just creating a Christmas gift budget and I got to thinking that it was starting to get pricey because some friends and family needed double gifts and I almost fell into that evil trap. This year, don’t let the frugal bug bite you when it comes to Christmas birthdays! You can throw a perfectly fabulous early birthday party and an amazing Christmas party. Put it this way, it gives your friends and family the perfect excuse to spend quality time with each other.
I can already smell Christmas.