pink lemonade birthday

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I saw this sweet birthday party and just had to ask the talented mom, Pam Burrus of the Burrus Family Blog, if she minded me sharing her little one’s big day. I love that this theme is unique and lends itself to such fun photography.

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And by the way, Pam made the toddler sized lemonade stand herself! You must hop over to Pam’s blog and see all the details including ton’s more pictures! Happy Friday everyone!

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real parties: end of summer fun

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When I was browsing the web to find just the right images to pull together yesterday’s back to school party post, I stumbled across Brooke at Cheeky Kitchen and Jaimee at Sophistimom, two talented women who are also moms and friends. I was instantly inspired by their posts about an end of summer picnic they had with their children last year. The photography is beautiful, the recipes are yummy and their writing style is engaging. If you’ve not met them yet, you must meet them now!

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I’m absolutely in love with Brooke’s unique lunch pail (the kind of buckets you get when you go to your local orchard) idea. They’re simple and yet make such a statement in her beautiful photography. In Jaimee’s words “Within each basket was nestled a sandwich to satisfy the most ravenous sweet tooth, a vintage book, confetti corn, and a root beer.

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Don’t you just wish you had been invited along on this adventure?!

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And the food looks amazing! (There are many more photos that you must hop over and see on both blogs.)

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As you likely are, I’m inspired to plan a end of summer/back to school picnic for my boys. I hope we have as much fun as it appears these two families had! Happy Wednesday everyone!

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customer: perfectly pink

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I was admiring this beautiful party over at P is for Party, especially the height of this room with the pom poms… so lovely… when I realized this very talented mom, Christine, purchased some of her table decor from my princess castle collection!  Her little one, Sadie, is shown in the bottom right image, tuckered out after what was obviously an exquisite and fun filled party.

For all the details, many more pictures (courtesy of Leslie Gaworecki of Goodlight Photography) and all the fabulous resources used to pull this perfectly pink party together, hop over and see Christi’s original post.

Happy Monday everyone!

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real parties: safari adventure

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Loralee of No Fuss Fabulous (love that name by the way) just celebrated her youngest son’s first birthday, with lions, giraffes and monkey, oh my! She did such a beautiful job and gives some very smart planning tips along the way. Like pre-bagging the little ones’ lunches in advance so that parents don’t have to fret with balancing a little one and a plate. Or creating your own cake stand out of apples and a piece of Plexiglas.

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But my favorite design element of this party was the life size silhouette animals her friend and business partner, Annie, made for the event. (They remind me of our safari collection.) I love that they’re not only creative, but modern. The hardest part of this craft would have been the facial details and I really like how they skipped it and the outcome was that much more wonderful for it.

Make sure you hop over and see Loralee’s full post including the invitation she designed and her lovely little boy. Happy Friday everyone!

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real parties: bookworm birthday

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I met Amy from Giggleberry Creations some months ago when she tried making my DIY no-sew pirate flag, and with her talents I’m positive it turned out beautifully. So when I saw this unique and very detailed bookworm birthday party that she threw for her sister I just had to share. You see, I’m a bookworm myself… or a want to be bookworm. I love to read, but with two little ones, a business and a house to run it always falls to the back of the line. I keep a list of books I’ll read when my boys are grown and I’m retired… it’s getting long.

Anyway, back to this lovely party. I love the way she used, in her words, “two very old and boring books” to make the cupcake wrappers and pinwheels. Smart idea and so perfect for the occasion. (I’ll admit I made a craft from an old book, something that I nor anyone else would probably ever read, over the winter. My oldest son, who is also a book lover, got very very VERY upset with me… needless to say I won’t be doing that again… at least not in his presence.)

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And here, to the left is her inspiration board for this lovely party, and to the right are the gifts she gave her sister in addition to a bookmark from each guest. How fun!

Now, you must hop over to Amy’s to see the library backdrop that she drew and painted herself. It is huge and it looks just like a library wall. Very talented. Must go see!

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real parties: dino-ROAR!

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Well, it is official. My youngest son is four… FOUR. And of course we celebrated in true dino-ROAR style, his absolute favorite, with our new dinosaur printable party supplies. I shopped for just the right fabric, props, gifts, favors and activities for months and here are a few of the things I came up with. Let’s start at the candy table, the kids’ favorite… and maybe a few parents’ favorite too.

I found this beautiful fabric in the early planning stages and it made me think of the undergrowth of an overgrown forest. Use your imagination a little and you’ll be able to see it. Let’s face it, my T-Rex is blue so why can’t my forest be elegant with a splash of whimsy. {wink}

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So starting with the cake tier, the centerpiece for my candy table, I made a T-Rex and a Stegosaurus topper, both inspired by a fabulous tutorial at A Baked Creation.

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The table was teaming with treats, like: 

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salt water taffy,

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licorice,

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lollipops,

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fruit chews (a.k.a. Skittles),

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rice krispies treats embellished with the number four and his name (on the bottom tier of the cake display),

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vanilla Oreo cookies in cupcake papers (found on Etsy at Hey Yo Yo) topped with our dinosaur cupcake circle pick and displayed on a piece of scrapbook paper that looked more like reptile scales than paper, and so much more.

Some of you might recall that my youngest son has severe food allergies, so as you can imagine I had a bit of a time pulling together a candy table that was both milk (at least “cow milk” as my son distinguishes) and nut free, but I’m a mom that is here to tell that it can be done and it can still be yummy! This is one of the primary reasons that I filled the containers with marshmallows instead of candies. Plus, it’s a cheap way to fill up your jars, so two wins in one!

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As you can see here, my little guy liked the marshmallows as much as the lollipops!

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As for the decorations on/above/around the candy table, there were many, but everyone’s favorite was probably the Pterodactyls flying overhead. 

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There were also large foam dinosaurs on the table that later became toys for my little boy. Those along with the Pterodactyls now grace his playroom. (I picked up the foam dinosaurs a few years ago from Step2 online, but I’ve not seen them around in a while.)

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In addition to the candy labels, we also created a dinosaur banner,

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and signs/mats for each food station. In addition to the well known Herbivore and Carnivore, the latest Paleontologist find is the Sweetivore, the candy eating dino. And if you have doubts, I have two descendants, minus the scales and tails, living in my house! {enthusiastic giggles}

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Here are the Carnivore,

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and Herbivore mats too. All three are now in the shoppe along with the banner and candy table tags.

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And once all the yummy food was gone we had a few activities planned for the kids. My favorite was the photo booth. At first I was going to hang a solid backdrop so that all the images would be uniform, but then decided to have them stand in front of my favorite out of control vines (that my late grandmother gave me) to the right of my pergola. They worked out perfectly. The kids looked like they were standing in the jungle… okay, again… a little imagination please.

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They had about 12 dinosaur masks to select from and the only instruction was to ROAR! I just wish I would have had a video recorder with me too. They were hilarious!

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This is one was just too cute not to share. My Cole and his little friend Nicole checking out each other’s masks. 

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I also had a little scavenger hunt set up with dinosaur skeletons hid around the yard, more like a hunt than a dig, but you get the picture. And, I had coloring mats for them. Something to do while they waited on lunch to be served.

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I want to end this post with this picture of my little one blowing out his candle the day after the party. We served the cupcakes the day of and saved the cake for him. He really wanted the T-Rex on top! {I love you my little Coley Bear!}

And if you want to recreate this party for your little dinosaur lover, stop by the shoppe and see all the details. And then send us your pictures at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com; we would love to see them!

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

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real parties: bridal shower

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Mandy at Everyday Obsession sent me these beautiful pictures of a green and white bridal she hosted for a girlfriend back in May. And as many of us are, she was inspired by the talented Amy Atlas.

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Aren’t these vanilla pudding shot glasses adorable,

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And these cake balls yummy?! Make sure you hop over to Mandy’s blog to see all the details!

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real parties: pink perfection

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I just came across a new blogger, Jenna at Eat Drink Pretty. Well she’s new for me. I know… what took me so long, right? Well she just celebrated her blogiversary in style with this darling dessert table. She has tons of photos so make sure you hop over and see all the beautiful details!

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real parties: woodland fun

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I ran across this adorable woodland themed first birthday party over at my sweet and saucy this weekend. I just love owls, as is likely evident by my campout, Hoot and owl couple collections, and this party was full of them from the chocolate owl pops to the owl cookies to the plush owls used as decor. You must hop over and check out all the details. This mom did a great job!

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real parties: monster trucks

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I was roaming around facebook this morning when I saw a link from the super sweet Courtney over at Pizzazzerie to this “all boy” monster truck birthday party created by Posh Tot Events. (I know that’s long winded, but I believe in giving credit to the find.)

Anyway, as a mom of two boys I was immediately intrigued at how you make a monster truck birthday “posh,” and I was pleased to find that Post Tots Events did a great job.

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You know what that is on the right? It’s a monster tire made of balloons! And how clever is wrapping the lollipops with tissue paper so that they still match the table. Love it!

Hope over to Posh Tot Events to see even more details and as always, hope you’re inspired for your next celebration!

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