Friday, July 27, 2012

Owl Party Feature

Today's party feature comes from D.I.Y. Louisville! They put together this absolutely ADORABLE Owl Party! They did so many cute things for this party--I love every detail!
Check out this cake!
Head on over there and check out this fabulous Owl party.
They also used some printables from my Owl Birthday Party Pack--they look a little something like this:
 Super cute ladies! What a lucky birthday girl!
The printables for this party can be found HERE in my Etsy shop.
Happy Party Planning!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Rainbow Circus Party

Well I have FINALLY put together some of the pictures of my daughter's birthday party! Seems like this has been on my to-do list for way too long! This was such a fun party to plan that I was actually kind of sad when it was over and I had to put everything away. My daughter had decided that she wanted a bright and fun circus themed party, so we came up with a rainbow color scheme and it took off from there. 

I ordered an adorable rainbow tutu and hair poof from 3littleprincesstutus, and then I made little suspenders from ribbon to add to it. I also bought a pair of rainbow leggings because they were stinkin' cute! Here are a few pictures from her photo shoot:
 This is the picture I decided to print out and frame to display in the center of the dessert table.
I found some perfect rainbow fabric at Joanns on clearance, so I bought a ton of it. I used it for everything! I made a simple table runner, backdrop for the dessert table, backdrop for the photo booth, and I even made a few bean bags for one of our games with it. I also used it to make little fabric ties for each of our guests--they turned out darling!

For the party decorations, I wanted to keep with the bright rainbow theme, so instead of a circus tent, I made a few rainbow balloon arches tied to PVC pipe that I striped with red duck tape. I had never made a balloon arch before, but let me tell ya, I now rock the balloon arch. These came together much easier than I had anticipated, and were really fun to make!
I set up a table under the arches for the girls to eat on. For the centerpieces, I used different colored pails filled with sand. I made paper windmills and added some rainbow ribbon to dress them up a bit.
 When our guests arrived, we had several carnival type games for them, including a ring toss game, water toss game, and a face painting station. I did my best to wow the crowds with my balloon tying talents too! Ok, I watched a YouTube video and learned how to make flowers. Just flowers. 
We borrowed this awesome clown cutout bean bag toss stand, which worked great with bean bags, and as a photo prop!
 We also had a photo booth set up with lots of props to dress up with!

For the food, we had lots of yummy rainbow colored goodies!
I got so busy with the party that I completely forgot about my amazing rainbow colored fruit platter that was sitting in the fridge. I found it after all the guests had left and I was cleaning up! Oops! Trust me, it really was pretty. I also spent many hours making these fabulous rainbow layered jello cups. These took forever. If I ever do this again, I'll use 3 colors, tops.
I am also lucky enough to have a friend that used to own a haunted house, and she still has tons of awesome concession stuff. I borrowed her Popcorn Maker and Churro warmer. You can't have a circus party without popcorn and churros right?!
I bought these carnival boxes from Oriental Trading, and the guests filled them up with tons of goodies!
I had so much fun with this party! I can't wait for the next one!! 
Oh, and with the leftover fabric...
Yep, Heidi and I had matching aprons.  ;)

I just finished this Rainbow Circus printable party set:

It's just 5 bucks for the whole set in my store HERE!
Happy Party Planning!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ice Cream Party Feature

Did you know that tomorrow is National Ice Cream Day??! I totally did not. Good thing I have friends like Heidi from the Gala Gals to keep me in the loop. She threw us girls this adorable and delicious Ice Cream Party:

Go check out all the amazing details here at the Gala Gals! She's got some seriously yummy recipes over there, including one for this homemade Vanilla Ice Cream:
And don't forget the homemade Caramel and Chocolate Sauces---OH. MY. YUM. You know you want some. Go. Get them.
Thanks Heidi for yet another fabulous party. And for keeping me from starving.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Luau Party Feature

I recently got to host a Luau for our awesome RS ladies for our annual Summer Social, and I love how it turned out! We had big plans to turn the backyard into the perfect tropical paradise, but since there have been so many fires around us lately and it was super windy and super smokey outside, we ended up bringing this party indoors at the last minute. We improvised a bit on the decorating, but on the bright side, all my candles stayed lit and there were no bugs in our food! Here's a look at what we've been up to:

 For our Tiki Bar we had 3 drinks to chose from. Citrus Cooler--a mix of orange, lemon and lime. Hawiian Punch, and Pineapple Lemonade--a mix of Sprite, lemonade, and pineapple juice. YUM.

 These Pina Colada Cupcakes were AMAZING!!!

 I found this Caramelized Maui Onion Dip recipe HERE. I don't even like onions and this turned out to be really good. And yes, I realize I spelled it wrong on the food tents--woops!

Turned out to be a great party! Thanks ladies! 
I used some printables from this Luau set in my store HERE: