Friday, December 23, 2011

2011: A Year in Review

2011 where have you gone? 
I never realize how busy I have been until I do these end-of-year wrap-ups. You can see last year's here.
I've already got a few parties in the pipeline for 2012, including one in two weeks! So, it looks like I will be just as busy next year!

So, without further ado, here are all my 2011 parties... 

My first party of 2011 was Brett's Safari Party.  This sweet little party for a one year old little guy was the cutest! Ever since I debuted it, it has been the party that receives the highest amount of traffic on my site. I love that because this party was just adorable, and had a budget that most anyone could afford. And, I hope that my readers see that there are great parties to be had with any budget. You don't have to spend thousands to have an adorable party for your kids!

February also brought another Casino party for me! This time it was a Hot Pink Glamorous Casino!
I (obviously) love doing Casino parties and this one was extra fun because it put a spin on the tradition colors and fabrics associated with that theme. 

In March, my Grey turned 3 years old and we celebrated with a Hamburger Party! 
This is probably my favorite party of all time, just because of the theme. Everyone loves hamburgers and we had so many of our friends and family here to celebrate. 

Also in March, I styled a printable collection for Easter for Kristi's Printable Panache.  
I love how this shoot turned out. You would never know that was my guest bedroom, would you? ;)

In May, I designed a Bun in the Oven baby shower for a friend. It was totally retro inspired and totally fun. I love how this party turned out. It's so happy and kitschy and fun!

In May, we had a small gathering for our friends on Memorial Day. We did a Low Country Shrimp Boil, and you know I couldn't resist decorating a small appetizer and dessert display. 

Also, in May I styled a Ole Miss themed dessert station for a graduation party. Hotty Toddy!

I took a little hiatus in the summer, because THIS happened!

And in September, we baptized little Lachlan and had a Little Pumpkin party to celebrate!

In October, I was lucky enough to be asked to chair the local walkathon for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.  Team Greyson raised almost $5000 and our walkathon total was over $50,000!

In November, I unveiled my new blog design by the super talented Michele at Intrigue Design Studio! Michele also designed our TEAM GREYSON logo!

Also in November, I was lucky enough to co-host the Children's Party Network Memphis Girl's Night Out!
Three words: SO. MUCH. FUN. 

And finally, in November, I designed a football themed party for Tate's Tailg8!
This party was adorable. If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check it out here!

So, Happy New Year to all my readers and thank you for following me along on this journey!
And major thank yous to all my clients this year, who have been AMAZING. 
Also, to all the vendors I have worked with and the party blogs that have featured me, you guys are the best! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

{My Parties} Tate's Tailg8 Football Party

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I've been dying to share this party with you!
Last month, my one of my favorite clients threw her son an 8th birthday party.  This year she decided on a football theme because Tate loves football. When I realized that he was turning 8 this year, I thought a "Tailg8" party was the PERFECT THEME!
My inspiration for the party was classic, vintage football, with a varsity feel. I didn't want to focus on a particular team or league. I thought it was way more kid-friendly to go retro and classic. 
We started off with the invitations. Doodlez Designs on Etsy customized these lanyard invitations for us. What a cute, fun detail to send kids a lanyard to wear, so that they feel like they are getting invited to something really special!
Here is our cute-as-a-button birthday boy. 

The dessert table was inspired by chenille letter jacket letters. I was obsessed with spelling out his name in chenille letters. Who didn't love their letter jacket? Confession: I wanted one of the fancy script names to go on mine.) 
I found a fabulous vendor who custom made them for me! These are also something he can keep forever in his room. 
 Wendy always uses her pristine garage for Tate's parties. So, we made several stations. One for dessert, one for favors, one for food, and one for beverages. 
 The backdrop for the dessert table was simply a large piece of astroturf taped onto some foamboard. Of course everyone has seen this look on the actual table, but I wanted to take it up to the backdrop. The fun chenille letters are definitely the focal point. My friend Melissa cut out the numbers for me on her Cricut. 
The adorable cake was made by Mad Lily Cakery, who is a new vendor for me. It turned out absolutely precious and was just perfect! So, if you are local in Memphis, check her out!

I got that "football" sign at Hobby Lobby. It was black, but that was nothing a little spray paint can't fix. I liked the idea of using those crates for a cake stand because they reminded me of old school bleachers. The vintage trophy cup is from an antique mall.  
The dessert station included the cake, Penalty Flag Pie Pops, Coin Toss Chocolates, Coach's Cake Pops, and Sideline Sugar Cookies. 

The huge cookies!
 These football and pennant pie pops were absolutely delicious! 
 We also used one of my favorite vendors, Mom's Killer Cakes. Sarah knocked it out of the park (or scored a touchdown, I should say) with these helmet and football cake pops. They were absolutely perfect!
 Everything was displayed on the cake table in grass mats. I covered styrofoam in grass printed scrapbook paper and then used my grass mats from Easter to provide some texture on top. The papers for these cones and the printables are from the wonderful Gwynn Wassons Designs, who did all the fabulous printables for me! Gywnn is a DREAM to work with and she bent over backwards to make my vision of a vintage tailgate party come true. 

 The pom pom garland is from PomFlair. I actually WON this as a prize on a Children's Party Network chat! So, ladies, next time we have a chat, you might get some good prizes!
Carmen, I love this garland, it was the perfect addition!

 For the savory food, I once again had help from the wonderful Karen at Simple Done Catering. We focused on "football" food with a build-your-own Noseguard Nacho Bar, "Pigskins"-in-blanket, "Tate-r" Chips, Timeout Twice Baked Potatoes, Wide Receiver Wings, Shotgun Sausage and Cheese, Off Sides Sliders, Hail Mary Hot Bacon Dip, Quarterback Sack Sausage Dip, Chicken Con-Tenders, and a Field Goal Fruit Tray. 

 The adorable goal post was made by the Hip Hostesses, my Memphis girls! I wrapped it with yellow duct tape to complete the look. That banner is from Shindigz. 
 I reused the same letters from Tate's Mario party last year and painted them the colors to match this scheme. 

For the favors, I wanted to do a "favor bar." I have seen this done at several parties and I think that is perfect for this theme. The kids could take home their own mix of football themed goodies like koozies, football Mardi Gras beads, pencils, suckers, hacky sacks, and noisemakers. 
 I handmade the backdrop using butcher paper. The letters are from the teacher department at Hobby Lobby. They are reusable and super convenient. For the numbers, I had to hand cut and measure out everything. It was time consuming, but totally worth it. 

 Most all the little favors are from Oriental Trading or Shindigz. 

 I had these little muslin bags hand-stamped by Jennifer's Cookies and Gwynn designed these adorable favor tags for me to use. I love the feel of the vintage football player that she used!

 In the driveway, I set up the guest tables with runners of astroturf, cones, and penalty flags. 

 I punched a hole in the top of these cones from Target and stuck a dowel rod down into them to display these large printable party circles from Gwynn. 

 And since this was a real party for really cute little guys, here is a precious picture of Tate getting serenaded by his buddies!

Outside, Wendy rented some great games and activities for the kids.

 There was even an ice cream truck!

Aren't they the cutest family? 

Happy 8 Tate!

Big thank yous to all my vendors! I loved working with all of you!


Cake Pops: Mom's Killer Cakes
Sugar Cookies: All Things Exquisite
Chenille Letters: Susie's Letter Jackets
Small Favor Bags: Jennifer's Cookies
Larger Favor Bags and Helmets: Mini Me Crafts
Banner and Large Football Helmet: Shindigz
Pom Garland: Pom Flair
Vinyl Numbers for Field Backdrop: Rich Creations
Football Goalpost: The Hip Hostess
Invitation: Doodlez Designs
All styling and custom work: GreyGrey Designs - What Are You Celebrating

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