camp Cole birthday party part II

So yesterday I shared part I of my little boy’s camp birthday party, including all the games and festivities, and today I’m sharing more party decorations including a few treats from the CAMP COLE Snack Shack. {All camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

I just loved my little tent and campfire napkin wrappers!

Our tree house was adorned with a Welcome To Camp Cole sign,

and all guests received a monogrammed “I survived CAMP COLE” t-shirt upon arrival. {Personalized t-shirts are available from Sew Jewell on Etsy!}

We had so much fun that day… even though it was close to 98 degrees! Ugh! Make sure you hop over and see all the games and activities in the part I post and you can find all the printable camp party supplies in the shoppe, all of which can be personalized for your little camper! {camp party invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy Friday!

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camp Cole birthday party part I

My little boy just turned six. SIX! Oh my, it gives me heart palpitations just thinking about how much he’s grown. And this year for his birthday he wanted a camp party {All camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}. My fabulous hubby built the boys a tree house last summer and we thought it was high time it got lots of use!

So you may remember that last year my oldest son’s Robot birthday party was in the middle of a monsoon… yes, it was that bad! Well, this year we had the worst storm of the season with 80 mile-an-hour straight line winds the night of our camp party. I know what you’re thinking… it doesn’t look bad in this picture?! Well, that is because this year I took my own advice and had a “rain date” on the invite. So we celebrated a day later than we planned… no biggie… at least we were dry. It was 98 degrees so we were a bit sweaty and couldn’t bring ourselves to light the fire for the s’ mores, but we were dry.

Moral of this story… be flexible moms and just have fun! {grin}

So there were games, lots of games. One legged races, Twister,

archery (NERF of course… and with his brother teasing him behind the balloon targets…), shooting gallery (NERF again), bean bag toss, and more.

And if you have party games, you must have awards. We had awards for every field game event, plus for being a good team player, best smile, awesome camper and on and on. No one was left out and the moms tell me they were a big hit!

Here’s my tutorial for making the crepe paper award medals and you can find the rounds, along with the game signs and all camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the camp party decorations and more camp party ideas including the CAMP COLE Snack Shack! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

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tree house picnic party

Our customer, Sarah, hosted a Tree House party for her son with our printable tree house party supplies and shared a few pictures with us!

Her centerpiece was this incredible tree house cake she created. Don’t you want to just climb up and see what’s going in in there?! {wink} And of course you can’t have a party in the tree house without an easy picnic lunch, so Sarah served classic PB&J sandwiches and fruit kabobs for the on-the-go kiddos.

This is the birthday boy. Isn’t he gorgeous with that hair?! Happy birthday to your little boy Sarah!

And for party favors, Sarah combined s’mores kits and roasting sticks for each child in our printable Tree House cello toppers! They turned out great! 

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

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black and white tasting party

Last week, we received an email from Flavia Bonfadini, from fete a fete, with this fabulous black & white themed tasting party. She shared that her inspiration for the black & white decor was the newsprint food-safe fry basket liners she used and she continued this striking theme throughout.

Her presentation prowess is obvious with the clever way she displays the appetizer dishes — lots of colorfully tempting foods against the black and white themed decor. Flavia takes simple bar food to a whole new level!

I love how she used the chalkboard craft concept throughout the party; including black adhesive paper to label beverage tubs; mini chalkboards to mark the foods’ names on the snack food buffet table and she even hung a chalkboard on the wall as a scoreboard!  You can pick this paper up at your local craft store and Flavia used her craft punches to get the fun and perfect shapes. Brilliant! 

{Thanks Flavia for sharing your tasting party with our readers!} Hop over to fete a fete to see more of Flavia’s wonderful details and for the soft pretzel recipe!

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Emma’s rock princess birthday!

Emma just turned seven and she rocked it out with our new Girls Rock printable party collection in Tiffany blue, hot pink and red!

Emma’s mom, Bridget, set up the perfect scene. All the girls entered into a “green room” setting where they could get ready for the red carpet. They dolled up like rock princesses with fun makeup (i.e., glitter lip gloss), feather boas, sunglasses and girls rock tattoos!

Once they were all glammed up, they walked the red carpet where four moms let the flash bulbs fly just like the real paparazzi! The girls loved it! What girl wouldn’t?!

At the end of the carpet, each girl got on stage and had the chance to perform a solo to Just Dance Kids and Disney Sing It!

For favors, each girl received her own glitter microphone and more sweet treats than she could carry in her goody bag! Needless to say, this party was a HIT!

Happy Birthday, Emma!

You can find the entire collection, including invitations and thank you notes in the shoppe. And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

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baby shower applique activity

Flavia of Fete a Fete is having a little one! She’s already the proud momma of one little boy and now a little brother is on the way. Not wanting to go traditional blue, Flavia chose a sophisticated black, yellow and white color palette for her family celebration.

The day was full of detail, but my very favorite is the activity she set up for her guests — a “laundry-like” area where her friends could customize a shirt or bodysuit with iron-on fabric appliqués! Isn’t it adorable?!

Flavia dressed the table with H&M organic white baby shirts in several sizes, appliqués from Etsy (three resources below), an iron, a small ironing board which she “dressed” with a cute cover found at Barefoot Lake on Etsy, a galvanized bucket, and clothespins she painted yellow with white dots.

She also hosted a lovely brunch! She prepared most of the food herself, even these mini jars of homemade granola (Flavia provides the recipes on her blog).

I love that she used her sonogram image as inspiration and to wrap drink bottles. So sweet.

Hop over to Fete a Fete to see more of Flavia’s party details. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

Vendors for iron-on appliqués: The Ladybug LadiesThe Applique Finery and Kinder Cuts

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airplane birthday party

Prepare for take-off! Hi everyone, it’s Bridget today. We love to receive notes about the parties you throw! Last week, Lisa from Sweet Pop Studio shared a fabulous Flight Academy birthday party she hosted for her little man’s special day. Since he’s obsessed with airplanes, she chose a flight school theme to celebrate; complete with training badges, logbooks, and every little aviators dream, lots of sweet treats.

This party “soars” with adorable touches from the cupcake runway to the cloud favor boxes for each academy graduate to carry his loot. She even made a “license” with each child’s picture as part of the thank you note!

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

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Dr. Seuss teacher appreciation week

I stumbled across this fabulous Teacher Appreciation celebration idea, actually a whole week of celebration ideas, from Maegan at Confessions of a Scrapaholic.

Maegan and other parents put a ton of work into celebrating their teachers in such a fun and creative way, Dr. Seuss style. With DIY ideas and Maegan’s printables, you still have time to pull together some fun for Teacher Appreciation Week, which starts Monday!

The main “slogan” she used was “Hats Off To Our Teachers!” and a few weeks before the event, she asked her photographer friend and fellow parent, John Wolfe, to take Dr. Seuss Photo Booth style pictures of all the teachers and staff. Maegan then used the images for decorations around the school, for student activities and to decorate the daily snacks they planned.

You simply must hop over to Maegan’s blog, Confessions of a Scapaholic, for all the details, but here’s a quick look at the daily menu! 

Monday: Gourmet “Hop On Popcorn” Bar - they served eight different flavors of gourmet popcorn!

Tuesday: Biffer Baum Boxed Lunches - parents made “boxed” lunches for every staff member at the school. Maegan put together a questionnaire about preferences for the teachers and then forwarded them to the parent in charge of that specific teacher. They did a fabulous job!

Wednesday: Pink Yink Ink Drink Breakfast - now this is amazing, Maegan ordered 40 coffees from two local Starbucks and had volunteer parents pick them up. You wonder how they didn’t get all those drinks confused, Maegan made custom labels in her theme! Plus, she pink-a-fied the staff lounge by tying tulle to the tops of all the chairs, and on the cupcake stands. She provides ton of ideas and details on her blog, so please pay her a visit!

Thursday: Whoo-Feast – Maegan shares that, “The most difficult part of this luncheon was coming up with Seuss-y names for the food.” so she has provided an entire list of ideas!

Friday: Whoo-Treat Dessert Bar – Maegan again shares that the names was the toughest part and shares even more names!

And I just couldn’t end without sharing these incredible DIY The Lorax Truffula Trees that a parent created and lined the hallway with! You can find the full DIY tutorial on her blog at Mrs. Lodge’s Library.

Please visit Maegan at Confessions of a Scapaholic for all the details! {Thanks for allowing us to share Maegan! Lovely job by you and all your school parents!}

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

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space birthday party photo booth

My customer, Kathleen, sent me these wonderful pictures of her handsome little Owen turning 3. Don’t you just love those curls?!

This is Owen and a few of his little friends posing in front of a DIY space inspired photo booth Kathleen created from a large sheet of black paper, paper stars and a rocket ship balloon. Even the simplest backdrops make for sweet birthday pictures to share with guests.

Kathleen also shared all the activities she created for Owen’s party. In her own words: “Activities at the party were a moon walk, using inflatable air mattresses we borrowed from friends, we painted rockets and decorated them with stickers and stars, etc. We made the rockets from 2-liter pop bottles and added cardboard fins, plus used a doll cone for the top of the rocket and then spray painted them red and white. We also searched for moon rocks, which were just plastic Easter eggs wrapped in aluminum foil. The kids loved looking for them! They liked it so much we hid them all again while they worked on another activity. We also had some rocket themed puzzles that they could paint with water colors and take home. Finally, we had a space themed back drop which we made, and we took photos of each child wearing the space helmet we had gotten our son for his present.”

And I just had to show you the favors Kathleen set up for her little guests. I love that not only did they get favor boxes full of fun food favors, but they also received books! I love the educational component. {Great job Kathleen and thank you for allowing us to share your little one’s big day!}

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winter wonderland birthday party

The fact that Spring has come early all across the United States didn’t stop this fabulous mom, Kristen, from hosting a Winter Wonderland Birthday Party for her baby girl Brooklyn.  

From snowflake cookies to candy cane icicles to a tutu decorated high chair, this party was beyond lovely. Here are Kristen’s resources:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! And a big thank you to Kristen for sharing Brooklyn’s big day with us!

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