orange, pink & yellow inspired

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Every birthday party or celebration doesn’t need a theme, but they do all need a defined color palette. With spring in full swing, I’m loving this soft orange, pink & yellow combo.

Drink station- with these lovely dispensers even the smallest guest can get their own lemonade. Plus, I’m a huge fan of multi-colored straws; they add just the right touch to a simple highball glass (image via Martha Stewart)

Invitation – designed so that the candle on top can be customized to the upcoming age, whether it be 8 or 38 (via The Celebration Shoppe)

Cupcake – such a lovely and simple cupcake from Hello Naomi (image via flickr)

Ribbon – this is actually a ribbon ornament and could be lovely in multiples hung above a candy table (via Family Fun)

Marshmallow treats & favor box – how better to send your guest home than with a yummy something to remember you by (treat, box images via Martha Stewart)

Cake plate and candles – polka dots are so classic they’ll never go out of style (via The Celebration Shoppe)

As always, hope you’re inspired!

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blast off birthday

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The fabulous Amy Atlas from Sweet Designs created this beautiful candy table for her son’s birthday party last year. I love that it could be easily replicated, except maybe for the multi-tier cake {wink}. But no fear, there is a very fun and easy space shuttle cake option from Betty Crocker. They even offer a video and a cake cutting/assembly diagram!

The mod polka dot plates and napkins are part of our train and dinosaur collections. Oh, and you must make Amy’s simple shuttle favor cups. I love that she filled them with tiny chocolate planets. Adorable and yummy!

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Amy even posted a complete tutorial on how to make the papier mache planets hanging above her candy table. 

Make sure you pop over and see all the pictures of her son’s party. Her work is truly inspiring!

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beverage services to wow

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Born and raised in the South, transplanted to Ohio in my mid 20s, I need a few things to keep me grounded in my Southern roots. And laugh if you wish, but one of those things is my Southern Living magazine. {wink} The articles, the recipes, the images of the region… ahhhh!

So this weekend when I curled up with a cup of coffee and the latest issue, I saw this perfect shower idea for a beverage bar (right image). The half carafes are simple, inexpensive and a very cute way to offer multiple choices.

After going to the web, I found a few more things, like this chalk board beverage tag idea. The only thing I would do differently is use a whimsy template for a more ornate look. 

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And what about these very clever berry ice cubes (inside the drink) and decorative bottle coolers (around the drink). Love it! And for those of you that know anything about the South, creative ways to keep your beverages cold in the summer is a necessity!

Happy Monday!

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Mother’s Day tea

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How lovely it would be to have a Mother’s Day tea. Beautiful china, silhouette cookies, a very frilly table (that you would never get away with when men were present) and yummy goodies. I’m in heaven just dreaming about it. I’m an only daughter, so it would be a small tea… but with my mother-in-law and two cute little boys who are not yet offended by heart dollies… party makes five. {wink} By the way, all these lovely images came from Martha Stewart Weddings.

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modern sleepover

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When I create an inspiration board, it’s usually one thing that inspires the rest. This time it was these adorable slipper cookies from Family Fun magazine. I just love this simple and yummy (donut hole covered in coconut), yet oh so pretty idea.

From there I thought about my nieces, now teenagers, and what would appeal to them and their friends. My oldest niece recently celebrated her sweet sixteen in hot pink and black bliss, so I’m very confident she will approve of my choices:

The slippers led me down the sleepover path, but these ideas could lend themselves easily to a modern bridal or baby shower too. As always, I hope you’re inspired.

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busy bee birthday

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Not all birthday parties have to be bright primary colors, especially before your little one is old enough to have his/her own opinion about the theme and decor {wink}. So if you have a very busy bee running (or crawling) around your house, consider some of these fabulous ideas:

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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under the big top

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I’m considering a few new birthday party collection themes and one I’ve thought about is a bright and bold circus with roaring lions and games galore. As usual I took to the web to see what I could find. I quickly ran across two very familiar party blogs with super fun inspiration.

The first set of images, above, is from Kara’s Party Ideas and it is an actual party that she hosted for her two little guys this past summer. You have to jump over there to see all the details. I admit it is amazing; she must have spent months planning.

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And these are from mom Michelle Thornton (via the Hostess Blog). I love the color and yet the simplicity. The party was held in a park so the level of detail that Kara went to wasn’t possible (set-up and control would be a nightmare away from your own backyard), but this mom still thought of everything. Make sure and check out the original post for more images, ideas and resources.

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a movie is the ticket

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Tweens and teens are the hardest to plan birthday parties for. They’re too old for themes and they’re too cool for anything organized. That said, everyone loves a good movie night.

If you have a in-home theater, create a buffet of movie treats including popcorn, sodas and assorted chocolate bars and let them be. And if you don’t, no worries. You can host pre-movie treats at your house and then shuttle the kids off to the theater, most even have private event facilities you can rent.

Or, simply invite the girls over for a night in. All you’ll need to do is add a cocktail bar to the movie treats buffett and you can call it a success.

And don’t you just love this cake?! It’s from a 2005 Better Homes and Gardens “kid’s parties” issue and I fell in love with it. My oldest was only one at the time, but I’ve saved it all these years knowing that someday I’ll get to make it.

Oh, and of course the movie night invitation and party supplies are available in the shoppe. {wink} Enjoy!

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din-o-roar party ideas

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Yesterday I shared an inspiration board for our soon-to-be woodland fairy birthday party collection {excited giggle} and today I’m sharing another soon-to-be. Within the next few weeks we’re going to introduce a bright and bold dinosaur birthday party collection. I can tell you my three year old, a true dinosaur enthusiast, is already making plans (literally) for his birthday in June.  

These are a few items from my inspiration board:

Enjoy and I’ll share our new creations soon!

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fairy finds

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I have a million ideas and I often have to remind myself to take one at a time… I mean, who wants 20 half completed projects lying around the craft room. {long sigh}

This is one, the fairy birthday party theme, that has come up in brainstorming sessions probably 15 times and now I’m going to finally bring it to life.

In anticipation of our soon to be “woodland fairy” birthday party collection, I thought I would share a few items from my inspiration board.

I hope you find yourself inspired!

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