Sadie had a little lamb party

My sweet friend Carrie of The Cake Blog hosted an amazing first birthday party for your lovely little girl, Sadie. Carrie is a cake artist by trade, hence the beautiful cake, but she is also a wonderful mommy and crafter.

I hope you’ll hop over to her blog to see more lovely images, as well as craft details, recipes and resourses from her daughter’s big day! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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real parties: 30th birthday

My birthday is just a week away… let’s just say 29 plus a few years {wink}. So when Amy of This HeArt of Mine sent her and her husband’s dual DIY 30th birthday party over, I just had to share. She did such a fabulous job!

Starting with the DIY invitations (see all the how-to and resources), Amy used glassine bags and confetti. I love a bright invitation to get guests excited. How could someone decline this invite?!

Next she made some lovely decorations, like this $2 cupcake stand. Very versatile and did you catch… only $2!

Plus a smart branch and glass globe centerpiece (get the how-to).

Now on to all the yummy food Amy prepared!

Pretty Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes & Ganache and Vanilla Cupcakes & Vanilla Frosting with chocolate transfer hearts.

 A bright Cranberry-Limeade party drink.

Fabulous appetizers including  Pastry Wrapped Creamy Chicken SquaresParty Crock Pot Cheese Dip, and Mustard Vegetable Dip. It all looks so yummy!

And what is a party without favors?! Amy sent all her guests home with fudge packaged in clear cups wrapped in clear cellophane and tied with pretty little personalized tags she made herself in Word.

{Amy – you did such a lovely job on the entire affair! Thanks so much for sharing!}

By the way, if you’ve hosted something fabulous, send us a note to with the subject line “Get Featured” and we might share your creativity! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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real parties: Alex turns 7!

This post is a really long time coming. {smirk} And in a few minutes you’ll know why it took me so long to write.

My oldest turned 7 with a robot themed birthday party in September (and my youngest turned 5 in June and I still need to share his wonderful day too!). I had it all planned. He was so excited. I was excited. I even had everything crafted early and all the details were taken care of. It was going to be wonderful. But then… there was a slight chance of rain reported on the morning news… and we had invited 19 kids for an outdoor party! I know… I said I would never do that and now I promise I’ll never do it again.

Long story short, the backyard was all decorated. The sky was blue and everything was lovely. The dessert table centerpiece was a fabulous DIY cake I made just for him, complete with robots around the edges and adorning the top… and then it hit. I walked inside to grab my camera and the wind picked up. It toppled the background for the dessert table and my pretty cake tumbled to the deck. I got there just in time to see it fall. As you can imagine, I was slightly stunned. I just stood there staring at it. I think my husband thought I was going to faint… or scream. I thought about it, but the first guests had just arrived and I had to pull it together so we scooped up the cake and replaced it with cupcakes. Thank goodness I made cupcakes!

But that wasn’t the end of it… the slight chance of rain started and the kids were running around the yard giggling. Then giggles turned into screams. See, my youngest slipped on the wet grass and fell into his brother with such force that there was an actual “crack!” sound. He had a raised goose egg an inch off his forehead while my oldest, the birthday boy, had a black eye. (If my girlfriend who happens to be a nurse wasn’t present I would have politely asked everyone to leave while I ran him to the emergency room. It looked that bad.)

Then… oh yes, there is more… the drizzle turned into a monsoon. My lovely guests grabbed all that they could and we took it indoors. My house isn’t tiny, but it certainly isn’t large enough for 19 children and 12 or so parents. Needless to say, it was crowded. The kids didn’t seem to mind, but it was very loud.

In the end, the wounds healed, I have very few pictures (and none of his cake that took a nosedive off the table… it still makes me sad), and my son and his friends had a blast. One child even told his mom it was the best party ever. I’m confident that was because the kids outnumbered the adults and I do believe they took over for a few minutes just before the cupcakes were served. {wink}

All this said, there were still some wonderful party features I want to share with you! As the kiddos entered the party they all geared up with their lab badges (which could also be great as placecards) with their names and the robot profession Alex picked out for each of them (he was so cute; he actually thought about each of their personalities and made up a few titles).

For decor, I raided my hubby’s workshop stash of nuts, bolts, washers, wire, etc. I used the items I found in various ways. One super simple idea was to use large nuts as placecard and dessert tag holders on the dessert table.

And Alex was thrilled because he loves to build and take electronic things apart. We sat on the floor for an entire afternoon making tin can robots to adorn his dessert table. The big one in the back is actually a small trash can I found at Home Goods for $5. I originally wanted the kids to be able to make these as their crafts, but I couldn’t find a way for them to adhere the metal pieces that wasn’t a bit dangerous (I used hot glue) so we settled for them being decoration.

The dessert table was full of fun treats all with robot related names

or embellished with robot designs.

And we still had fun activities for the kiddos using candies. Needless to say I didn’t get any complaints. {wink}

We made these fun “Build Your Own Robot” mats and provided the kiddos with goodies and Rice Krispie rectangles on lollipop sticks. I outlined all the candy and how to details in my robot Rice Krispies activity post.

And there were favors including these personalized cello toppers (available in the shoppe along with all the other decor),

and bags filled with candies, cookies and these awesome hand tatoos from Perpetual Kid.

And then of course there were the photo props. The gear glasses were my favorite.

Although I didn’t get great pics of all of his friends, we did get a few of my boys in their robot shirts before the party started. (Both shirts monogrammed by Sew Jewell and available in her shoppe.)

And a few of him and his friends (the storm left it dark in my house on top of everything else) playing BeyBlades, the hottest gift of the day.

It was by no means the perfect party, but sometimes perfect isn’t always important. Happy kiddos running amuck and my son hugging me to say thank you more than made up for all the missed photographs and little feet all over the house. {smile}

My robot collection (including more items than what’s seen here) is now available in the shoppe. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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robot party favor ideas

I’m editing pictures from my son Alex’s robot birthday party today. I’m hoping to have them all ready to share tomorrow. Until then, here are a few favors we shared with his little friends.

Cello bags of red cherry chews {love those things!}, and

favor bags filled with candies, cookies embellished with gear rounds (cupcake picks) and the coolest robot hand tattoos ever from Perpetual Kid. They were a huge hit!  And all embellished with our “Thanks A Bot!” robot favor tags!

I’m hoping to share much more tomorrow and to have the entire printable collection in the shoppe by the end of the week. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween

Last year my family and I attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom in Florida. It was fabulous. And a few days ago, Crissy of Crissy’s Crafts sent over a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party she hosted at home. She did such a great job and it made me a little sad that we didn’t go to the party this year, so I simply had to share her fabulous ideas for celebrating this fun theme at home!

Are those cupcake wrappers?! Love cute and clever.

And you’ve gotta love these Mickey Mouse ghost cookies! Hop over to Crissy’s to see more of her Not So Scary Halloween party inspired by Mickey himself.

{Thanks for sharing with our readers Crissy!} And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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real parties: girly camp party

Today’s real party feature is the perfect example of why small birthday parties don’t necessarily mean less exciting. Wendy Updegraff of Wendy Updegraff Photography hosted a small and very special “Camp Bella” birthday party for her little girl and her two besties.

The dessert table is just beautiful and I love that ruffle cake with the feather headpiece inspired by Wendy’s favorite Designer/Artist Lori Marie.

 From favors to

activities, Wendy planned a fabulous evening at Camp Bella.

Wendy posted many more images and details of this lovely party. Including a close up of that fabulous DIY paper campfire (love that!). Hop over to her blog and see! {Thanks again for letting us share Wendy!}

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black & yellow engagement party

Hi everyone, it’s Bridget again. In the midst of all The Shoppe has going on, we still love to see what amazing parties you’ve been throwing. So keep sending them in! We recently received a submission from Little Miss Party and I fell in love with this fabulous engagement soiree.

Using the classic palette of black and white, and adding gorgeous pops of yellow to make it fun and festive, gave the party the perfect balance of Hamptons beachy and bridal shower sophistication. LMP started with the damask tablecloth and worked the party design around it.  I asbolutely love the food table — so inviting!


Here are some of my other favorite touches of yellow from throughout the party. I love the simplicity of the bright yellow flowers as contrast to the striking damask pattern. And what engagement party would be complete without the adorable affianced couple to celebrate?! {wink}

And if you’re not in the Hamptons for LMP to plan a beautiful black and yellow soiree for you, have a peek at our Buzz collection. You’ll find tons of touches to pull one of these beautiful events together on your own!

As always, we hope you are inspired!

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berrylicious baby shower

I was browsing the web a few weeks ago and stumbled across this beautiful baby shower hosted by Abby Welker of A Feathered Nest. I got in touch with her immediately to see if I could share this adorable strawberry-themed baby shower she created for her sister-in-law. From the super sweet invitations to the delectable dessert table, this fabulous party is just bursting with berries!

I absolutely love the little touches!  The tiered stand of lovely dipped strawberries and the cheery flower arrangement are sweet and simple, yet make such an impact.

But my personal favorite are the flower arrangements Abby used to welcome her guest along the walkway; using a simple tree branch, mason jars and raffia. The result is adorable! Plus, Abby shares a “how to” on her Pinterest-inspired idea!

You must pop on over to A Feathered Nest and see more of Abby’s berrylicious baby shower!

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happy birthday Jenna!

I mentioned on twitter and facebook last Friday that my boys were hosting a mini-luau playdate for their friends. That’s right!  They worked on the decorations, “cleaned” the windows and put the cushions out on the deck. (They’re only six and four so it was really sweet to see them care so much about the appearance of things before their little friends arrived.) I think everyone had a ton of fun. I know my two did! 

But what I didn’t mention was that it was also their friend’s birthday. My boys picked out the gift, a Disney’s Rapunzel baby doll, and wrapped it all by themselves. She loved it! 

Now I’m off for a new collection photo shoot with Angie Arthur Photography. Have a wonderful Tuesday and as always, I hope you’re inspired to do something fun today!

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customer: Hayden is mad for science

I actually planned to show you more of our recent art party photo shoot today, until I received this fabulous mad scientist party from our customer, Cindy. She and the birthday boy, Hayden, planned this party together for almost a year. In her words, “Hayden loves science and wanted his friends to enjoy some fun science experiments.”

As those who stop in often know, my son Alex was my inspiration for our science collection (my many posts showing his party last fall) and it just thrills me to see Hayden and his friends having so much fun.

The kids received goggles and lab coats at the “Scientist Check-in Station,” then went on to go through a retinal scan performed by Hayden using a large glow stick and finally received a mini makeover (aka mad scientist hair) before entering the laboratory (aka the backyard). Hayden’s dad, Steve, was the head “Mad Scientist” and led all the experiments with his very own lab coat and name tag, Dr. so and so. {Love that!}

The kids got to perform several experiements. Isn’t the slime fabulous! Like me, Cindy picked up a ton of supplies from Steve Spangler Science.

And this one is a carbon dioxide bubbles experiment. In Cindy’s words “Carbon dioxide bubbles were made using a ‘special’ jar purchased from Steve Spangler Science. Steve had to use dry ice to make this experiment work. It was a big hit! The kids loved wearing the glove that made the carbon dioxide bubble not burst. The kids also did an experiment to identify the different density of liquids. They just loved seeing the magic of the colors separating!”

Here’s a shot of Hayden and his fellow scientists. Happy Birthday Hayden! And thank you Cindy for allowing us to share Hayden’s big day. You did a terrific job!

If you’d like to read more about Hayden’s birthday and see more pictures, hop over to Cindy’s family blog, Party of Five. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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