Showing posts with label cupcakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cupcakes. Show all posts

Sunday, January 8, 2012

{My Parties} Emma Kate's Ocean 1st Birthday

This weekend, I had the pleasure of doing an old friend's sweet little girl's very 1st birthday party. I was so excited to get to do a little girl's party! It seems like I always do boy parties, which I love, but it's a nice change of pace to do a pretty girl's party!
Party Mommy Kristin wanted an Ocean themed party for little Emma Kate. I loved this idea, especially since it is the middle of January! How fun to escape from gloomy January to the warm ocean!
I worked with the supercalifragilisticexpialodocious Piggy Bank Parties to create the printables for this party, starting off with the gorgeous invitation. 
Do and J really "got" my vision for the party and created the most ethereal and stunningly beautiful graphics for this line (which will be available in their shop!).

 I wanted to focus on a general ocean feel without mermaids or anything like that. Just the simple beauty of the ocean, the fish, and the coral. So, it was only natural that the color scheme was sand, aqua, and coral.
My inspiration for the table was for the backdrop to be the ocean, and for the table to be the beach, like in the foreground of a picture. 
I achieved the look of the background by pinning yards of crepe fabric (not like crepe paper) onto points. Then, on the lower level, I used a blue glittered mesh that would typically be used for formal dresses. This gave it a nice glittery, girly feeling. 
The seashell letters are made from wooden letters at Michael's with real shells glued onto them. I used Gorilla Glue to make sure that really adhered.
The "Bubbles" are clearance Christnas ornaments. I took the silver tops off them and left the wire toggle inside and threaded them with clear craft lacing to give them the illusion of floating. 
Kristin wanted to do cupcakes for the guests, but of course Emma Kate had to have a smash cake. Kristin actually made this cake and the cupcakes! She's pretty great with a pastry bag! I love this touch because it shows the love that she put into the party. 
The fabulous fondant topper for the cake and the cupcakes were by the brilliant Lynlee's Petite Cakes. I have wanted to work with Lynlee forever and she really knocked it out of the park for me. I told her that I wanted some kind of "plaque" sticking out of the top of the smash cake and she came up with this adorable design! How much do you love that she used starfish as the A??
Look at how gorgeous these toppers are!! 
I cannot get over it. They were my very favorite part of the party! 
I cannot say enough nice words about Lynlee. She is amazing in more ways than one!
For display, I used hat boxes from Hobby Lobby. I spray painted the aqua color to match the theme and the bottoms of the smaller ones are covered with "sand" scrapbook paper. I used seashell necklaces to embellish them a little more. 

And, you know you want to see more of those cupcake toppers. 

Another sweet that we did was the white chocolate lollipops. I called them "Lowtide Lollipops." These were done for me by Suckers by Steph. You can find her on Etsy. I love these and they would make great favors as well!

Don't you love those printables with that beautiful goldfish? 
One of my all-time favorite vendors to use is Whimsy Cookie Co. Laurie is here in Memphis and she always makes me the most beautiful, perfect cookies! And, they taste great!
The lollis and the sugar cookies are both held up with styrofoam covered in "sand" scrapbook paper. Then, I covered that with some edible sand using brown and white sugar mixed together!

For the savory food, we did a few dips and small bites. This was the "Crabby Dip"...
...we also had "Clamwiches."
...and "Seaweed Spinach Dip."
...and Conch Shell Pizza Cups
I always like to try to give the flatware a little zhuzhing, so I wrapped the napkins around the forks and secured them with some glittery pipe cleaners for fun. 
I used 9 yards of muslin for my tablecloth. It has just the right color for sand and it's really inexpensive! I scattered shells around the table, along with some sea cucumbers to make it looked like these things washed up on the beach. 
Emma Kate's high chair was so fun to make into a seashell! I cut this form out of foam and them folded and pinned this coral fabric to it. Then, I covered the rest of the chair in some leftover cream fabric that I had. The beautiful banner by Piggy Bank Parties made a great backdrop for pictures. 
I had to show you some close-ups of this banner. The detail is so gorgeous. The most stunning part was that the ocean floor was continuous on it.  Every piece had a different seascape. So, if you put all the pieces in a big row, it looked like one continuous ocean seascape. Beautiful!
The pictures do not do it justice. 

EK didn't really like her birthday hat, but I wanted to show you a picture of it. I made this with some felt, some sticky foam, and some pompoms. These are so easy, anyone can make them!
The birthday girl! So is so precious!

For the beverage and favor area, I did a garland of pictures of EK from each month. In between each picture is one of the small party printables from the collection. 
The favors were bubbles! I wanted to "ocean" up this frame, so I painted it aqua and them glued seashells all over it. 
The bubble containers were small jars from Michael's that I glued shells onto. Each one was wrapped in ribbon and had a homemade wand with it. I got this idea from the fabulous Gwynn Wasson, you can see her version here. 

So thanks for joining me on our Ocean Fanta-sea!
Happy very 1st birthday Emma Kate!
Huge Thank yous to Kristin and Tyler for letting me help with this party, and also for the fabulous pictures!
And major, major thanks to my sweet vendors!


Cupcake Toppers and Cake Topper: Lynlee's Petite Cakes
Printables: Piggy Bank Parties
Lollipops: Suckers By Steph
Cupcakes and Cake: Birthday Girl's Mommy
All Styling and concept, birthday hat : GreyGrey Designs

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Inspiration Board: Pink and Yellow Cupcake 1st Birthday

A few weeks ago, a friend Brooke, emailed me about doing a party for her daughter's 1st birthday. Little Reagan will be one just about the time that I am expected to have my baby, so unfortunately, I couldn't physically help her with her party. Bummer. 
But, I told Brooke that I would be thrilled to help her with some ideas for the party!
She knew that she wanted a pink and yellow cupcake party, so once I had that information, I was ready to roll on a custom Party Plan for her! (More information coming soon on those!)

I love this color combination because it is SO sweet for a precious little baby girl's 1st birthday. 
It always conjures up pink lemonade in my head, so I went with that for inspiration. And, I happened to find some pink lemonade cupcakes! And also found out that two local bakeries offer pink lemonade cupcakes!

If you'd like to see more inspiration for my Pink and Yellow Cupcake Party, you can visit my Pinterest Board here. 

Thanks so much Brooke! I really loved doing this for you!
Brooke has already started on the party decor and she's sent me some adorable pictures of the cupcake liner garland that she's working on! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Taffy and Whirly Pops: Candy Warehouse
Cupcake Toppers: Etsy Seller, LetsPartyOn
Baking Cups: Bake It Pretty
Polka Dot Straws: HeyYoYo
Outdoor Party with White Chest: Bird's Party
Pink and Yellow Monkey party: HWTM
Pink and Yellow Striped Party: A Blissful Nest
Pink and Yellow Cupcake Suckers: Etsy Seller, SuckersbySteph
Cupcake Pops:  Bakerella
Strawberry lemonade Cupcakes: A Little Loveliness

Crepe Paper Backdrop: Polka Dot Birthday
Yellow Lantern Backdrop: Katie Grace Designs
Invitation (top): Chickabug
Invitation (left): The Paper Cupcake
Marshmallows: Etsy Seller: MiaMallows
Cupcake Fabric: Etsy Seller: LuckyKaeruFabric
Cupcake Liner Garland: Fresh Chick Design Studio

Monday, March 14, 2011

{My Parties} Greyson's Hamburger Themed 3rd Birthday Party

Well, my little one is really 3. I am still struggling with that fact!
He starts preschool next week and I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be "THAT MOM" who is bawling in the parking lot after I drop him off. Being 6 months pregnant doesn't help matters.

Greyson is not really into any characters or themes yet, so I still had the luxury of determining the party theme this year. I expect that will end next year!
So, I wanted to do a party theme that I had never seen before--a hamburger party!
I wanted it to be very retro-feeling, with lots of restaurant touches and red and white checks. Like a 50s diner, but updated and modern!

So, the inspiration was Bakerella's Hamburger Cupcakes. From there, I knew that my color palette was hamburger condiment colors--red, green, and yellow.

Hope you enjoy the Hamburger Party pictures!

Welcome to my party!
Grey's adorable shirt was made by a friend, Mollie, who has made him something for every birthday party, so far. I need a close-up picture of it, because every layer of the burger was a different fabric. The burger was minky! It was SO precious. I want him to wear it every single day.

All vendor information will be at the bottom of this post.
The invitation that started it all!

I hand-painted this sign and chipboard letter for the front door and modge-podged red and white checkered paper onto the edges for a finished look.
I always like to have a big-impact piece for the guests when they come into a party. Last year, it was a huge rocket. This year, a giant, 9-feet hand-painted hamburger!  I made it out of science fair backdrops that I cut into strips and painted. The "lettuce" is green bag shred.
I threw together a last minute hanging decoration from some lanterns and oversized ric-rac that I had in my stash!
On the bottom, Purple Pug threw in a little "extra" for me, so I hung it off the lanterns.
This cute banner was all of $16 from Shindigz. Score!

The adorable table-drop is by lovely, lovely Cari from Social Circles. She knocked it OUT.
The backdrop was a soda shop backdrop that I ordered from Shindigz. But, we modified it to fit out 6ft backdrop. It was originally 5x11, but we cut it down and glued some pieces back on it.
I wanted to have a buffet that WASN'T candy this year. It was important to me that guests (mostly adults) enjoyed getting to eat some real food, so we planned it around lunch and we grilled out sliders and had french fries. My husband had the brilliant idea to deep fry the fries in our turkey fryer and it worked out perfectly!
I got this great, antique Coca-Cola crate at Sheffield's Antique Mall for $15. It was the perfect display for the burger-cupcakes with the adorable, hand-glittered toppers by The Purple Pug.
Kristy at The Purple Pug is my GIRL, and as usual, she killed it with these precious toppers. I am biased, but I think these are possibly the cutest thing she's ever done.
A closer look at the table drop.
All the printables for this party were by the amazing Piggy Bank Parties. Do was amazing to work with. I was planning on doing my own graphic design, but when she offered to help, I was thrilled! She did three different designs for me and they were all brilliant. Mine would have looked ridiculous in comparison to how fabulous hers were!
Do did the menu cards, the stickers that I used everywhere, and the favor sign.
I loved how they turned out!
I had to have these squirt bottles. I mean, YES.
And this vintage inspired straw container was the perfect touch for the striped straws from HeyYoYo.
All the utensils were arranged in these actual restaurant supply utensil holders. They are perfect to thread cute ribbon through!
Instead of plates, I used red burger baskets, lined with checkered basket liner. It made for super easy clean-up too!
In each basket, I put the stickers in the bottom.
That great three tier stand it from Kohl's from the Food Network line.
My husband did a great job as head burger chef that day! Don't they look delicious?
I also HAD to have root beer floats. Grey loves root beer, so this was a must. Those small cups are from Lit Restaurant Supply, along with all the other authentic restaurant equipment. We did Diet floats too!
For the favors, I did two different skewers for the guests to take home.
The Purple Pug made me these adorable centerpiece flags and I used them in the top of the two jars of sweets that I had out. I sent my husband to Kroger to get the candy and I gave him instructions to get red and yellow candy. He did good right? I picked out all the grape jelly beans, because I am a spazz like that.
Piggy Bank Partes made me that favor sign which said..."Thanks for coming to Ketchup!" The Purple Pug's favor tags also had that same saying on the back.
The lovely Elizabeth with Stix N Pops made these OUTRAGEOUS marshmallow favors for me. I literally gasped when I opened the box. I wish I could get over to you how REAL the burgers looked. I had so many comments about HOW in the world she made those. Elizabeth--I need to know!
Look at the loveliness!
It is hard to tell, but I made that bucket into a "grill" with "coals" underneath it.
These cute gummy skewers were from WalMart in the Valentine's Day section. My friend Kari texted me one night and said.."GET to Walmart and get these!" So, you know I did. They were originally Spongebob SquarePants, but I took off those wrappers and put them in plain, clear ones.
For beverages, we kept the retro theme and went with old school bottles. We did Coke, Diet Coke, Root Beer, and Dr. Pepper. Those coke crates are from Hobby Lobby. I realized yesterday morning that I never put out the juice boxes for the kids! Woops! Sorry about that friends, I hopped your kids up on Coke for the afternoon!
This is the first year that Grey actually enjoyed his birthday and I think understood it a little more. I adore this picture!
This would have been a GREAT one, but three-year olds are SO unpredictable!
And, to boot, my sister is a creative genius and made him this I Burger NY shirt (she lives there!). That cape was a gift from our friends, and made by another friend, Erin.
Thanks for coming to my birthday party!!!
A huge, enormous, heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful party girls that helped me with this party! I literally could not have done it without you!!!


Table Drop: Social Circles
Printables: Piggy Bank Parties
Cupcake Toppers, Favor Tags, and Centerpiece Flags: The Purple Pug
Fabrics: Joann
Marshmallow Favors: Stix N Pops
Personalized Banner and Soda Shop Backdrop: Shindigz
Invitation: Invitation Box
Restaurant Supplies: Lit Restaurant Supply
Striped Straws: HeyYoYo
Giant Hamburger, Hand-painted Door Sign, and all edibles: Handmade

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