Wednesday, May 30, 2012

{MG Party Impressions} Pink & Brown Butterfly Baby Shower

I had the pleasure of styling a darling pink and brown Butterfly Themed Baby Shower recently for a client!  This was such a fun event to work on and the client and her family were more than gracious towards me and let me have free reign over the design and styling!   What a dream..... ;)

Please head over to MG Party Impressions to read my post and to check out more photos!

Please don't forget to VOTE FOR ME in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Party Planning Moms of 2012 contest.  Voting is simple and easy.  Just click here and scroll down to the Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams Ballot and click the vote button.  You can also click on the Circle of Moms Badge button on the upper right side of the screen.

You can vote once a day until June 7th!  Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

{Pin-tastic Tuesday} Dollar Tree Pinterest Contest

Ya'll know that I dig Dollar Tree for various items to use for parties.  When I got my weekly email from Dollar Tree I was excited to find that they were holding a Pinterest contest where you Pin various products from the site and create a board with those items using a party theme of your choice.  The winner gets a $100 Dollar Tree gift card!

I automatically chose cupcakes for my themes and came up with a lil' sumthin-sumthin' for the board.  Here are a few items I selected.

All Photos via Dollar Tree

You can see more from this board here along with tips on how I would use the items for a party.  You can also check out some of the other items being pinned by other people or create your own to enter the contest!

OOOH - and while I'm on the subject of contests.....I entered the Circle of Moms Top 25 Party Planning Mamas of 2012 contest - would love your help you can either click the Circle of Moms button on my side bar or click here to vote!!!  One vote per day - and wouldn't ya just be the super most coolest person if you did place a vote every day???? ;)  THANKS!!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

{Whatever Wednesday} Yarn Pom-Pom Cameo Appearances

Ya know, I've had the pleasure of having some of my adorable party yarn pom-pom garlands adorn some pretty fun parties in the past few months.  For some reason, I have not really shared them, and I'm not sure why - but the parties were fabulous and that means my little fluffy balls of yarn swagged across a room or popped into a cupcake deserve to have little time in the spotlight.

I created a super long pink and white yarn pom garland for The Petite Soiree in New Jersey for a princess themed party hosted by a local news anchor in NJ - that's pretty cool, eh?

  Photos courtesy of Stefani Nieves

Another project I worked on a few months back was for a little charity you may have heard of......

I worked with Amy Belle from Operation Shower to coordinate a garland and yarn pom pom cupcake toppers for their 'Over the Moon' shower back in November!  Military moms rock and I was all too happy to contribute!

Thanks to Stefani Nieves & Amy Belle for letting me contribute to these fabulous events!!!!

You can find yarn pom-pom garlands in the Etsy shop!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

{Pin-tastic Tuesday} Melon Mango Tango

Inspired by a delicious cocktail I saw on another Pinterest board, I created these soft but vibrant colors to use in an upcoming party set.  They remind me of something very tropical....and now all I can think of is watermelon margaritas, white sand, and gentle breezes!

I created a Pinterest board with these colors in mind.  You can find direct links to the photos under the collage and a link to my board here.

Button Gift Packaging
Melon Rumballa
Orange Cake
Paper Straws
Chervon Paper Sacks

I can't wait to whip up a summertime party set using these colors - I love them!

Monday, May 14, 2012

{Cupcake Monday} Patriotic Cupcakes

I am loving these adorable ideas for Patriotic inspired cupcakes.  I really want to try something different this year and was browsing online for some inspiration for cupcakes to make for Memorial Day.  I could bite into each and every one of them and drift into cupcake heaven.

A. Flag Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream
B. Patriotic Cupcake Cones
C. Old Fashioned Cupcakes
D. Tie Dye Cupcakes
E. Red, White & Blue Cupcakes
F. Memorial Day Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I think the Old Fashioned cupcakes by Miette are my absolute fave - what's yours?!!!


Friday, May 11, 2012

{Fantastic Friday} Teacher Appreciation Gift

I just wanted to share this adorable gift, card and bag my daughter and I put together for her teacher. We love doing crafts together and we found some ideas online that we liked and after narrowing it down we decided to make a Post-It Notes holder using an Ikea Tolsby frame.

To create this project, I pulled out my trusty Cricut and got to cuttin' to make the shaped images for the card and letters for the frame.  I cut out two different 4"x6"sheets of patterned paper to put into the frame and attached the letters spelling out 'notes' on one of the sheets.  The other sheet was that double ruled notebook paper that we used to practice handwriting in grade school. This side can be used as a  mini dry erase board (sorry - I forgot to get a picture of the other side :\ ) We used a pad of sticky notes that we found in a box of party favors from a Valentine's Day Party and stuck the pad to the frame with double-sided tape.

Altered gift bags are one of my most favorite crafts to make. This is a simple one I created with scrapbook paper, paper rosettes, ribbon and a tag! 

I love the cute worm and apple shaped images we used for the card.  The card was made using kraft paper as the base, a square of graph paper and a patterned strip of coordinating of scrapbook paper.  The stamp sentiment and tag is from Close to My Heart and I added a little fringed crepe paper for fun & dimension.

We gave her teacher the gift and card today and she was so grateful and said the card was going onto her magnet board!

To all the teacher's out there, thank you so much for what you do! Happy Teacher Appreciation!!!!!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

{Party Recap - Part 2} Rock Star Party

So, when my husband forced me (kicking & screaming) to plan a double party this year for my kids' birthdays I almost had a coronary. I know their birthdays are just 26 days apart, but the thought of sharing a party was something I never wanted for them. I mean, it does kinda suck to have to share your party with your little brother or big sister, right??? (I don't know these things, I am an only child) Well, as it turns out, they could care less! They both got guitars this past Christmas and quickly decided they would have a Rock Star party and began constantly shooting off suggestions and recommendations for their party.

Being the party planning momma extraordinaire that I am, I pulled all their ideas together and with my super creative knowledge and expertise, came up with a full out rocking plan for the party.....and that is as far as the plans went. Ya see, not everything I planned to do actually got executed. Let's chalk it up to last minute printer issues, high winds, and someone's booty.....I'll explain more later.

On Monday, I shared a few photos from the party, but here is a full party recap!

 As guests came in they were greeted with this fun door sign. I so do love a welcome door sign for my's just a sneak peek at what's in store!

(Ooooh, my son is four....not three...mommy brain strikes again)

They were presented with these hip VIP lanyard badges that I designed and had laminated (thanks, hubby).

 In the invitation, I asked guests to come dressed as a rock star. Knowing that most of the party guests were girls and a few boys I purchased a few feather boas on sale at the fabric store and $1 rock star gloves for them to dress up with to accessories their outfits. Inflatable guitars and microphones were purchased at Party City for about $8! These items also were used in our photo booth. I had the cutest signs and props that I created but because my printer decided to have a Diva moment, I wasn't able to print them up (plan fail #1) I knew I wanted to hang the backdrop against our shed and found a twin size sheet set from Walmart for about $12!!!!!

 While waiting for other guests to arrive, most of the kids played on our swing set and the boys beat each other up with the inflatable guitars (plan fail #2a) - major fun. After a few minutes of free-play, with the help of a crafty friend leading the activity, each of the guests received a rock star headband to bling out. In the house, my teenage cousin was hosting a few good rounds of Rock Band with some of the adults and boys!

 There was an awesome plan for both party tables, but because of high winds (plain fail #2b). I did manage to get a picture of a centerpiece just for show. I'm bummed out about the table, cause I had lots of cute stuff to share, but at the end of the day, the kids just wanted the darn pizza and could care less what the table looked like.

 After the food and activities, all the kids got together and took a few snapshots in the photo booth while me and my awesome helpers set up the sweets table and the birthday cakes. They're so darn cute!

This sweets table was the pièce de résistance (in my head) for the party. My kids looooove having a sweets table for their parties and I looooove setting them up.

 I enlisted the help of my good friend to pull it together while the photos were being taken. I'll share with you later why we set up the table late in the party. After all the photos were taken, the kids gathered rushed in for cake and other goodies......and then it happened!!!! Let me preface the 'it happened' by saying that it dawned on me the night before the party that I'd forgotten all about the cakes. The cupcakes were done, but my kids were very clear in their demand for rock star cakes. So, I whipped up two personal cakes, one chocolate and one vanilla, frosted them, and decorated them with sugar sheets and cake toppers. It took me about six hours to do both cakes and left me with one hour of sleep.......I digress....... 

As the kiddies rushed in to sing Happy Birthday, somehow, someway, someone bumped into someone, who bumped into something, that bumped into the sweets table that sent my son's cake tumbling to the floor (plan fail #3). Poor guy was really bummed out.....luckily his oldest sister had a backup cake in the fridge!

 Here is a little tip; sweets tables are great for parties, however, if you set it up midway through the party it helps to keep the kids from getting too high off of all that sugar! If you're setting up for an adult gathering, having the sweets table set up in advance is perfect.

I created fry box treat boxes for guests to take with them that were filled with candy, bubbles, guitar shaped crayons by Red Elm Designs, party blowers, tattoos, fun paper shades, rubber bracelets.  I placed each box in a cellophane bag and tied a favor bag tag to each for a cool presentation.

All in all - a success, if I hadn't blabbered on and on about everything that didn't happen no one would EVER know. The kids had a great time, my babies celebrated another year of growth and everyone got to rock out!

I want to thank the Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams Party dream team for all their help, assistance & support (Hubby, April, my Mama, Donna & Naleli)

Party Shopping Guide:

Party Styling & Decor: Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams
Cakes & Cupcakes: Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams
Tracey's Tutu: Atutudes
Adam's 'Little Brother' Rock Star Tee: Children's Place
Crayon Party Favor: Red Elm Designs
Inflatable Instruments & Candy: Party City
Fabric Backdrop: Walmart
Feather Boas: Hancock Fabrics 
Rocker Bracelets: Family Dollar

Monday, May 7, 2012

{Party Recap} Rock Star Birthday Party


The par-tay is ovah and this party mama is SPENT!

 My kids and their friends had such a fun time at their Rock Star Birthday Party this weekend. I have loads of pictures to sort through and lots of details to share. In the meantime here are a few snapshots for your viewing pleasure!


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