pink & navy nautical 1st birthday party {linky feature}

Pink and Navy Nautical Party

Today I’m featuring one of my favorite parties shared in our last link party. (You can link up your parties, cakes, crafts and ideas for this month to be seen on three blogs, and have a chance to be featured!)

Pink and Navy Nautical Party Table

This lovely first birthday nautical party was hosted by Tracy Allen of Sweet Peach Paperie for her little girl. With the backdrop of their neighborhood lake, Tracy and family celebrated the day in a beautiful palette of pink and navy.

Pink and Navy Nautical Party Favors

Every nautical detail is darling, from the straw flags to the favor tags.

Nautical Party

And how cute are these little sail boats! Great job Tracy! Hop over and visit her at Sweet Peach Paperie for more pictures and details, including a list of her vendors!

Don’t miss who the other girls featured! Bird of Bird’s Party featured some amazing Monster Cupcakes and Chris of Celebrations At Home featured a Nautical Shrimp Boil.

Make sure you link up with us for this month’s Party of 3 link party! One link seen on three blogs! {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Nancy Drew mystery birthday party

Nancy Drew Mystery Birthday

I LOVE a good mystery! And Nancy Drew was a favorite, so I couldn’t help but select Jennifer of Double The Fun Parties black and yellow mystery bash as my feature from June’s Linky Party. She did such an amazing job creating and hosting this party! Please hop over to her blog to see more birthday party pictures, read all the details and find all of her resources.

Don’t forget to also visit Celebrations At Home and Bird’s Party to see what parties they featured. It could be yours!!

And make sure you share your creative party, craft and baking ideas in our July linky party. One link shows up on three blogs. Plus, not only do we select one to feature, but we also pin our favorites to a group board with over 30K followers. {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Photography credit: Viridian Images Photography

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rainbow sprinkles slumber party ideas

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Deanna from Mirabelle Creations here, and I’m so excited to share my daughter Mira’s 10th birthday party with you.  For her party, Mira wanted to have a small slumber party with her five closest friends.  Additionally, when we started discussing themes, she didn’t want an over the top, all-out theme.  (Teenage, or in this case, ten-ager, birthday party ideas are hard.) Mira has always loved rainbow sprinkles.  In fact, it’s the only ice cream topping she likes.  Also, she loves having breakfast for dinner, so we decided to host a Sprinkles “Brinner” (brunch for dinner). 

Rainbow Birthday Flowers

Instead of sharing all the little details of the party (you can read more about them on my blog), I wanted to share what made this a special tween party. 

I have always believed in the power of creating meaningful party details to celebrate the guest of honor.  But, for tween girls, it’s crucial to also celebrate and encourage everyone at the party.  Tween years can sometimes be trying.  It’s tough finding your place in the world and a group of friends that celebrate you.  During this time, tweens are trying to figure out their values and beliefs.  Their experiences during these formative years will contribute to the teens and young women they become. 

So, here are a couple of tips to make a tween or teen birthday party special for all the girls:

  1. Create a special space:  During the party, the girls sat at a table specially decorated just for them.  They were so excited to see their special space and all the fun décor we made just for them.  They ate their dinner there, then returned to the same spots for cake, and for breakfast the next morning.
  2. Include one activity to build encouragement:  While the girls were eating Brinner, I encouraged them to each write a positive statement about everyone else sitting at the table on pieces of the circle cardstock that decorated the middle of the table.  OH MY GOODNESS!  I never imagined what a wonderful moment it would be for all of them.  Not only did they write beautiful statements about each other, but they also read aloud all of the affirmations.  That led to them engaging in a lengthy discussion about all the things they loved about each other. 
  3. Give them choices:  Of course, my daughter had many ideas about what she wanted me to incorporate in her party.  But, I also intentionally gave the other girls choices to make during the party.  Allowing girls to make choices empowers them to believe in their own wisdom.  One simple way I incorporated this idea was setting up a Yogurt Bar where they could choose to build their own parfait.  Additionally, one activity they enjoyed was painting their own canvas.  While the girls were painting, I overheard the girls praise each other’s paintings.  These were simple ideas to plan, but were both confidence-building activities. 
  4. Limit technology:  By foregoing a movie and keeping the television off for the evening, the girls were able to role play and just talk with one another.  They developed some elaborate scenario where they were all pretend sisters who also happened to be famous singers.  They spent hours role playing and giggling!

Yogurt Bar

All the gorgeous décor and desserts make for a beautiful party.  I live for and dream about all the little beautiful details for parties.  But, what I truly loved about this party was creating a space where my daughter and her tween friends could be encouraged and empowered to be their own person!

Rainbow Party Favors

You can find me and more details about my sweet girl’s slumber birthday party, including how to create the chalkboard signage on our yogurt table and how to make these sprinkle rings as party favors, on my blog at Mirabelle Creations.  

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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balloon inspired birthday party

In my last post I shared our new balloon birthday party collection (shop invitation and printable party decor) and today I’m sharing the lovely client party we created this printable birthday collection for.

This beautiful family belongs to Francesca of the SITS Girls. I just can’t get over how adorable her kiddos are!

Francesca kept them and their friends busy with face painting,

a magic show, an outdoor viewing of the Disney movie Up!, a s’ mores dessert bar and good old fashion playground time! What kid wouldn’t love this party?!

Here’s a snapshot of the party decor details. For more, hop over to my balloon birthday party printables post. Or head into the shoppe to discover one of our other 76 collections!

A big thank you to Fran for letting us be a small part of her daughter’s big day and to Leslie of Green Vintage Photography for capturing the day! The beautiful smiles say it all! (By the way, Leslie’s in the Sacramento area. If you’re in the market, you simply must see her portfolio! )

Happy Monday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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UP movie balloon birthday party supplies


For my friend, Francesca of the SITS Girls, we designed a bright “UP” balloon birthday party collection for her little girl. I’ll feature pictures from the big day in my next post, but first I want to share all of the fun new birthday party printable designs and supplies making their way to the shoppe this week!

Fran’s little one was turning two so she wanted lots of activities to keep the kiddos busy. She hosted an outdoor movie viewing, and a magic show, plus we made fun coloring sheets. Needless to say that between the activities, all the yummy treats, like the s’ mores dessert bar and balloon cookies (that our partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage baked up), guests went home smiling!

Here’s what you can find in this UP MOVIE balloon birthday party (invitation  and party decor, all items can be customized):

  • Balloon invitation and thank you note
  • Welcome guests with a Large Movie Premier Sign (11×17; TIP: print at Costco for $5.99)
  • Balloon cupcake picks and multi-colored cupcake wrappers
  • Book Adventures favor mat (5×7)
  • Balloon favor tag
  • Adventure awaits balloon bookmarks
  • S’ mores dessert bar mat
  • Balloon dessert tags
  • Balloon beverage wrappers
  • Magic show activity poster
  • Activity balloon coloring page
  • Balloon napkin rings
  • Balloon placemats (11×17)
  • Custom balloon butter cookies (from our partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage)

All items will be in the shoppe later this week! Until then, you can e-mail us at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com if you need something right away or are interested in a custom collection created just for you!

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

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LEGO building birthday party

For my oldest son’s birthday we went to Florida this year. It was fabulous. Five days of white sand and ocean breezes… heaven.

And although we had cake, sang Happy Birthday and played for days, it still wasn’t a party with his friends. So, this past weekend, a month-and-a-half later, we had a small LEGO birthday party at a local Bricks 4 Kids. 

I don’t generally do parties away from our home simply because I like to have complete control of all the details. And we all know that “play place” parties generally rush you in and out of the “cake room” in 15 minutes. But this is really what my little guy wanted so I set all my wishes aside and made it happen! I didn’t design a new collection. I didn’t break out all the bells and whistles, but I did ask my friends at Sweet Tooth Cottage to make some fabulous LEGO shaped cookies and they of course didn’t disappoint. (They’ll be coming to the shoppe in a couple of days!) 


We had a small table for cake, cookies, favors and beverages and tons of space for building LEGOS. And wow were there tons of LEGOS. The walls were lined with them, plus we had a “teacher” to show them how to build dragsters and to lead them in games!

These are just a few shots of all the fun the kids had. They built swords for a balloon relay race, they raced for LEGOS with spoons to build the best airplane and more. It was very loud for a LEGO party. {grin} 

Happy 8th birthday to my sweet boy!

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Vendors

  • Bricks 4 Kids – national LEGO chain, Westerville Ohio location
  • LEGO candles – Target
  • LEGO cookies – The Celebration Shoppe & Sweet Tooth Cottage

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Alice in Wonderland tea party


Good morning everyone! My name is Jen of Passion for Parties and I’m guest posting this morning to share my niece’s Alice In Wonderland Tea Party.

I have to admit, when she told me she wanted her birthday party to be Alice in Wonderland, I wasn’t super excited! I’m more drawn to original, unique themes. So I knew that to pull this off in a way that I’d be happy with, I was going to have to get creative.

I sketched out some ideas, enlisted the help of my party elves (my hubby, mom, and sister), and got to work! In the end, this turned out to be one of my most favorite parties ever! 

Here’s a peek at what we did:

Our invitations featured a simple silhouette of Alice in purple(the birthday girl’s favorite color). A pretty pink blossom border was embellished with glitter to add a touch of “wonder” to our Wonderland invites. Each envelope was secured with baker’s twine, then topped with a handmade, whimsical butterfly for a fun touch.

Our homemade “arbor” took center stage for the party. We used PVC pipe, deck post finials (painted white), and e600 glue to create a gorgeous enclosure for our tea party table.

Streamers created the outline for the frame, while curling ribbon was strung from post to post and was used to hang colorful party lanterns over the table. 

The table, in itself, was one of the most talked-about aspects of the party.

The DIY centerpiece was like something straight out of Wonderland. Bright tissue paper flowers rested on mossy grass, while marshmallow flower cupcakes grew on stem pedestals, surrounded by dancing paper butterflies. 

Each place setting was adorned with colorful paisley plates and topped with homemade tea cups filled with marshmallows. Colorful goblets completed the look.

The food table was filled with tea party goodies. Finger sandwiches, “Queen of Hearts” raspberry tarts, flower veggie bouquets and a teapot watermelon were some of the favorites.

Our cake was simple, yet beautiful, with a pretty flower bouquet as a topper. The cupcakes were adorned with our Alice in Wonderland party toppers that coordinated nicely with our “Merry Birthday” banner that was displayed on the backdrop.

Since the rabbit shouting “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date” is what started Alice’s adventure into Wonderland, we turned that into a game. We secured pictures of the rabbit onto hand-painted root beer bottles, and hand-wrapped embroidery hoops to use as rings. The kiddos had to toss the rings to try to “capture the rabbit” and find out what he was late for.

“Pin the Heart on the Queen” was another game the kids enjoyed.

The biggest hit for the kids was the dress-up station. Our birthday girl was dressed in a beautiful Alice dress, so we wanted the other kiddos to feel like they were in Wonderland, too!

A Mad Hatter hat, rabbit ears and tails, a Cheshire cat mask (I just painted a black cat mask with pink and purple), a cat tail, a bow tie, silly glasses, and a tea party mini hat headband were displayed on a white bedside table, alongside a mirror for the kids to see themselves all dressed up.

They just LOVED this, and wore the dress-up items throughout the entire party!

To showcase these fun dress-up moments, the kids each decorated a picture frame to take home as a party favor. Photos of themselves all dressed up were sent with the thank you notes to be framed in the frames they made.

The kids also got to take home the marshmallow cupcakes from the table centerpiece, that were tucked inside individual cupcake boxes and adorned with our custom favor tags. 

Other favors included DIY Wonderland gumball flowers, and prizes that the kids won during all of the activities that they played.

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

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basketball birthday bash

When Paula from Party Like Paula sent us her son, Jake’s, Basketball Birthday Bash, I knew it was a slam dunk! {wink} She did a fabulous job transforming this classic basketball theme (Jake’s favorite sport, of course!) into a party with some punch.

From the strikingly simple color palette of black and white referee stripes with basketball orange, to the scoreboard backdrop over the dessert table, Paula scores big with the little touches that make a big impact. My absolute favorite item, though, is the DIY basketball dessert stands she crafted using mini basketballs and frisbees!

Other note-worthy party details include a fun DIY door wreath, balloon pillars, basketball centerpiece… all items you’ll want to bounce on over to Party Like Paula to see!

Happy Birthday, Jake!

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little Olympian training party


The Olympics are coming to a close tomorrow and although you can’t catch your favorite summer events on TV for another four years, you can host a little Olympian training party like Lisa of Moore Minutes did for her son’s 10th birthday party! Don’t you love this cake and the orange cotton candy Olympic torches!

One of my favorite details of this party was the RE-energize and RE-hydrate Bar. I love that she balanced the sweets of it being a birthday party with the typical diet of an Olympian in training.  And isn’t the “ring” backdrop just perfect!

Here are just a few of the party details in Lisa’s words:

THEME: This party theme focused on little athletes in training for the Olympics. We even had an “athlete station” with rolls of sweat towels and water bottles for the little athletes to re-charge during “training.” The party’s main attraction was a surprise visit from a fitness coach! He came in, taught the kids about wellness and exercise and did a workout with them. After the workout he awarded them with customized awards on our DIY Olympic podiums (wooden cable reel wrapped with blue crepe paper). We also did an art project of designing awards. And finally we played classic outdoor childhood games like a potato sack race.

DECOR: Along with the little athlete table, I set up three other tables.

The first table was called the RE-energize and RE-hydrate Bar. This table was designed for the Little Athletes to line up for AFTER their training workout. It was health-focused with an area with PROTEIN, one with CARBS, and one with FRUITS & VEGGIES. On the side of the table was a beverage wagon with boxed juice, h2o, and V8 juice.

The dessert table was playful and fun, decorated in Olympic colors. It had orange cotton candy Olympic torches and we had extras for each guest to take one home. We also served Ancient Greece Olympic olive wreath cookies. The cake was a simply stated design in gold.

The last table was our Olympic Ring Pizza main lunch table. It also had a three-layer RED, WHITE, and BLUE USA punch that I made and real Olympic torches on either side with giant balloons at each end, in Olympic colors.

FAVORS: Along with the cotton candy Olympic torches, the party guests got to take home their own sweat towel autographed by the special guest fitness coach. The favor buckets held treats that were athletic centered: a whistle, water bottle, Olympic colored socks, Patriotic salt taffy and gold medals.

VENDORS:
Taffie Wishes, world flag felt banner
The Cookie Jar, custom cookies
Sugar Shack, cotton candy torches
Spoonful of Sugar, cake 
Banners on the Cheap, party banner

For tons more pictures and details of this fabulous party, hop over to Lisa’s blog Moore Minutes. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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