real parties: sweet shop

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A month or so ago Glory from Glorious Treats shared her daughters Sweets Shop birthday party with me. She did such a fabulous job with the color palette and all the goodies. Just check these out!

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I’m really in love with these candy cookies. I’m going to have to give them a whirl sometime! {wink}

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 And these cupcake cookies are equally adorable. Can you tell that the sweets themselves blew me away?!

But this party wasn’t just about these beautiful treats, you must jump over to her blog and see the party in its entirety: games, decorations, favor bags and more.

Enjoy!

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real parties: science experiment

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I mentioned in my “rock star” collection post on Wednesday that my oldest was leaning heavily toward having a science experiment birthday party this year. Jennifer Cronk, a super creative mom, sent me pictures of the party she hosted for her six year old son Conner last fall. Loving this cake!

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She greeted all of her guests with goggles and lab coats and set them on a journey of scientific exploration with a multitude of stations set up for all types of cool bubbling and messy experiments!

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These are just a few: Rocket Launch, Slime, Bottle of Foam. What a blast, pun intended, these kids must have had. {wink}

Thanks so much Jennifer for sharing. You’ve inspired me! Have a great weekend everyone!

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real parties: nesting sip & see

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I just love the idea of a Sip & See (this one from Swank  Sweets). As a first time mom I was way too nervous for such a thing (germs and all… you ladies remember the terror inflicted on us by our OBs), even with my closest girlfriends, but I would have been all for it with my second child (after three weeks or so).

And this idea is truly adorable. I love that she used twig balls, instead of tissue paper pom poms, moss and burlap, all natural elements that a mommy bird would use to build her nest. Very smart and quite lovely! Make sure you hope over to the Swank Sweets blog to see all the beautiful details!

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real parties: under construction

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I was blog surfing this weekend and came across this “can you dig it?” birthday party over at the Team Smith blog. I was instantly in love with all the details. This mom went to great lengths to create the perfect birthday party for her little one and you can tell from his beautiful smiling face on her blog that he loved it!

She greeted her little workers with tool belts and personalized construction hats and gave them plenty to do with tons of activities: the ”digging” sand pile (shown here), a cardboard house to paint, bricks to lay, equipment to ride. You simply must hop over to see all the creative details.

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And once the work was done, she, in true mom style, fed her crew. I just love the hounds-tooth paper; a very clever spin for a construction party. Look closely and you’ll see tape measures instead of ribbon on the serving pails. Oh, and the blueprint tablecloth, crayons and construction cone cups! L-O-V-E it!   

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Last but not least, the perfect construction cake: trucks, chocolate rocks and rich fudge icing! It’s actually funny because I just saw these chocolate rocks at our local candy store on Friday when I was picking up red sour balls for our new Rock Star collection. Point? Make sure you check your specialty candy stores when trying to get creative; you might find just the inspiration you need.

Truly great job Caryn!

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real parties: pink & orange

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This adorable party was hosted by A Blissful Nest and I’m loving the details, especially the tissue paper wreaths she used on the entry doors. She even offers a tutorial!

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Plus, she created so many beautiful little touches, like this “the months of Parker” picture sequence, to make the parents and their guests smile. Hop over to her blog to see many many more pictures and read all the details.

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real parties: parisian pink

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Amy over at Five Lucky Charms hosted this beautiful Parisian birthday party for her first grader. I can’t go on enough about what a fabulous job she did. And if you read her original post, you’ll learn that she pulled this all off on a budget too. 

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I’m especially fond of the purse favors. She didn’t say, but this may be the work of the Cricut die cutting machine. It’s amazing what you can do with scrapbook paper, a little creativity and a great color palette. Nice job Amy!

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real parties: pretty in pink

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This party is courtesy of a very talented mom and party designer, Lindsey of Bella Grace Party Designs. She commented on Tuesday’s pink graduation post and when I saw her little one’s party I just had to share! 

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Isn’t the treat table just yummy!

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And what about these adorable favors?! I love the gumball dispensers. I’ve seen them used many times before, but never pink ones. Too cute! Make sure you hop on over to Bella Grace Party Designs to see more pics and read all the details!

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real parties: graduate pink

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I was out looking for ideas for a pink graduation inspiration board to go with our graduation girl collection, when I came across this adorable “real party” hosted by Teresa McFayden at My MiNuTia.

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Love these pink and black monogrammed houndstooth cookies!

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Don’t you just love the little brothers expression! Read all the details and see more pictures in Teresa’s original post.

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As for our graduation girl collection, here’s a look at the invitation and thank you paired with the decor from our divine birthday party collection. By the way, there is a graduation guy collection too. {wink}

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real parties: indoor campout

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The lovely Shannon over at Creative Party Placehas asked that I be a guest hostess this Friday and next Friday. Yippee! So while browsing her blog this afternoon I ran across this indoor campout party submitted by b.a.s.h.ful events. I love the simplicity. A little cocoa, a few s’mores, some “kid-friendly” ghost stories and a faux fire pit… what more do you need, right?! I would say not much, but this mom went above and beyond with campfire songs, pet rock crafts and much more. Check out all the details in her original blog post.

And if you’re interested in hosting your own campout or sleepover, hop into the shoppe and check out our campout collection and great outdoors collection. Oh, and you can’t miss our campout cupcakes! I created them for my boys last summer and they were a huge hit. I mean, who can resist a Hershey chocolate bar tent? {wink}

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real parties: book club buzz

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Wow! It was a really long, but wonderful week. I’ve been part of a fabulous group of ladies, known as the Book Club Bettys for about seven years now (Sandy – I know you’ll tell me if I’m off… I just know it started pre-children. The rest is a little fuzzy!) and I hosted the gathering this month.

You can see a few of my wonderful friends, and oh yeah me, here (left to right: Amy, Sandy, me, me again, Jackie, me again, Amy again, and Raquel). There were several more in attendance, but a little camera shy.  

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So as you can tell, the theme of the evening was black and yellow (and no, amazingly enough I didn’t ask everyone to wear black; it just worked out that way). And just for the event we developed a few more printable collection items to add to our so very popular Buzz collection: beverage markers (also great as straw slips), cello bag toppers and placecards. All three additions will be in the shoppe later this week.

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There are two designs in the cello bag template: “Thank You” and our bumble bee. Perfect for shower or birthday party favors.

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Do you love the tissue paper pom poms? I of course couldn’t find black and yellow so I made these from the Martha Stewart tutorial. It was amazingly easy and they only cost me $2 for the set. Can’t beat that! And by the way, they are hung from clear fishing line, invisible and very strong.

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In the flurry I didn’t get the greatest shot of the entire table, so I thought you could appreciate a few close ups of the yummies. The yellow Peeps were perfect for my Spring theme. And for a little extra color I trimmed a piece of black and white polka dot scrapbook paper to the size of my cake plate inset. I also embellished my glass candy dishes with black and white polka dot ribbon and used Lemonhead candies as my fillers. The marshmallows and pretzel rods were dipped in yellow chocolate (you can find every color at your local craft store in the baking section) and then of course came the sprinkles. And as for the chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing in the background, the black and white filigree wrapper is part of the Buzz collection.

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And here are some more shots of my girlfriends (from left to right: Lauren, me yet again… I’m usually behind the camera but I think I must have jumped in front of it that night, Sandy, Raquel and Amy; Christine, Kandace, Julie, Karen, Kristen - next year I expect to be able to share you too!)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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