I absolutely adore baby showers ~ the sweet decor, the food and drinks, all those cute gifts, and of course the beautiful mama-to-be! I've been to a few lately and they've put me in a baby state of mind. Below, in no particular order, are 10 of my top picks for Baby Shower Themes!
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Now that I have kids of my own, Halloween has become so much more fun! I'm really looking forward to decorating this year and for all of you that want to start October off with an awesome party, here are 31 spooktacular photos with links! For 150+ more ideas check out my Halloween Pinterest Board!
Deck out your front yard!
Continue the scare inside with a few (or all!) of these awesome ideas!
I LOVE these ideas for setting the tone of your table!
Awesome food ideas to fit your spooky decor!
For 150+ more ideas check out my Halloween Pinterest Board! Happy Planning!
Planning a party can be stressful but a checklist of what needs to be done can help keep things organized. This timeline will keep you on top of things cause, after all, this is supposed to be fun! Party Plan Printable available via Childhood 101.
6-8 Weeks Before
Set your party date and time :: The earlier you decide the easier it is on both you and your pocket book! Your start time is important because it will help you in planning your menu, do you want to provide a full lunch with a noon start time, or would you prefer just hors d’oeuvres and dessert with a 3p start? See more ideas for planning a party on a budget here.
Complete your guest list :: Whether you’re throwing a party for just family or inviting the whole neighborhood, nailing down your guest list is important. Once you know how many people you’re inviting, planning the menu, seating, activities, etc. becomes much easier!
Brainstorm party themes and/or color schemes :: I’m a huge fan of Pinterest for this! When a party is approaching I set up a board and start adding ideas. Once I decide on the final theme, I start a board with the party name (i.e. Brooklyn’s 2nd Birthday) and start narrowing my search to more specific ideas. See lots of great party themes here.
Start a list of what items you already own that can be used for your party (décor, platters, etc.) :: This helps a lot once you start buying things. If you already know that you can put the fruit salad in the yellow bowl in the cabinet then you won’t accidentally purchase something else!
Start a list of what you need to purchase :: Don’t have the perfect platter to put your chicken kabobs on? Add that to a list of what to buy so you keep your eyes open. The earlier you know what you need, the easier it is to look for good deals and get something you’ll use again, rather than scrambling at the last hour.
Book any outside entertainment :: Face painters, clowns, princess appearances, etc. You want to make sure you book these early to make sure they're available!
Begin DIY décor :: I love crafting my own invitations, party signs and other themed décor! The earlier I start; the less stress I feel later. I also find that I’m much more creative and successful in my attempts if I start my projects with tons of time to spare! See DIY party invitation ideas here.
4 Weeks Before
Send out your invitations :: This gives guests plenty of time to make your party the priority on their calendars! I like my invitations to match my theme; this gives your guests an idea of how fun your celebration is going to be! Make sure to include an RSVP date no later than 1 week before so you know how many people to expect.
Finalize your menu :: Make final decisions on what hors d’oeuvres to serve, if you’re having a main dish, drinks and dessert. Once I know my menu, I start pairing them up with the platter/bowl I plan to use. If I see any gaps, I add it to my Purchase List.
Gather ideas on fun party activities :: Throwing a 1st birthday? Try a ball pit made out of a kiddie pool! There are so many amazing ideas for any age and having activities will ensure no one leaves bored! See more party activity ideas here.
Decide on your party favors and how you would like to present them :: I really enjoy party favors because this is your way of thanking your guests and giving them a piece of your theme to take home. If you’re throwing a pool party you could send them home with a deflated beach ball tied with a cute ribbon and a gift tag that says “I hope you had a BALL!”
Place your order with the rental company for any tables, chairs, etc. :: Remember to make a list of the additional tables you need aside from seating (i.e. gift table, drink table, etc.)
2 Weeks Before
Create a master grocery list :: You can add and delete from the list as you get nearer.
Prepare any food that can be frozen :: I’m having an ice cream bar at Brooklyn’s party so I’ll be pre-scooping the ice cream into balls and putting them back in the freezer for easy serving!
Power up your printer :: Print out any décor signs, menu cards, or anything else you may have.
1 Week Before
Clean the house and beautify the backyard :: This will take a lot of stress away as you draw nearer and have less time for cleaning.
Follow-up with RSVP’s :: Call those guests that haven’t confirmed so you can try and get the most accurate count possible.
Finish your DIY projects :: It’s a good idea to have your DIY done at least a week before so you can focus on everything else those last few days. If you’re wrapping your plastic utensils in cute napkins and tying them with ribbon, this is a good time to put on a favorite show and get to it!
2-3 days before
Get to the store :: Purchase any last minute items on your list and finish your grocery shopping.
Wash all party platters and serving dishes :: Get out your cake tier and wine glasses and start cleaning!
Prepare food :: Cut up any vegetables, fruit, etc. and store in the fridge. Mix dips, bake cookies, anything that can be done prior to party day!
Light Cleaning :: Do a quick touch-up of the house and yard.
Put up party décor :: Start decorating anything that can hold overnight.
Set up tables and chairs :: Set up your tables for gifts, drinks, food, seating, etc.
Pick up balloons and any other last minute details :: Get your party balloons filled with helium, pick up your cake, and take care of any other items you realized last night you forgot.
Finish setting up :: Put tablecloths on the tables, set out centerpieces, put platters and dishes out (minus the food).
1 Hour Before
Put already chilled drinks in ice buckets.
Put food out and cover with wrap until your first guest arrives.
Start your party music and relax before the fun starts!
When Lizeth was deciding on a location for her daughter Serena's 3rd birthday, she knew she wanted it to fit in with her Cowgirl theme. The perfect place? A petting zoo set right on a real farm! Zoomars Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano, CA was the perfect backdrop, complete with pony rides, a real train, a large variety of animals to feed, and tons of hay barrels!
A watering hole is a must for any cowgirl party! You can re-create this by printing a simple sign from your computer using a font like The Dead Saloon from dafont.com. Lizeth had custom labels printed for the mini water bottles, like these from KatzzmcdDesigns on Etsy, $7.50 for the design of your choice and then you print and glue them yourself at home! I definitely suggest going with the mini water bottles for a child's birthday party, so often you see half drunk bottles sitting around. For the adults, Lizeth also had Starbucks Frappuccino's displayed in a galvanized beverage tub, like this one from amazon.com, $28. She used cute chalkboard labels for the drink dispenser and the food cards. You can buy these adhesive labels from Koyal Wholesale, only $2.50 for a 12-Pack! The cow print cups can be found on BirthdayExpress.com, 8 for $3.00.
All of Lizeth's food displays were adorable! The S'Mores Pops were stuck in a small hay barrel, similar to this one from Walmart.
The kids were all given cute cards with complimentary food trays for the animals and train and pony rides. Hayden loved giving the goats lettuce straight through the fence!
For party favors, Lizeth gave each of the kids cowboy hats, bandana's, small sheriff badges, bags of gold from Serena's Bank, AND the most adorable handmade stick horses! You can find a huge assortment of choices on Etsy.com, like these from Yeehaw Horsies, 12 for $150.
Lizeth threw a very special party for her adorable daughter and we were lucky enough to be part of the celebration! I hope these gave you some ideas for your next event, Happy Planning!
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This sweet and simple Fiesta invitation is from Nomad Luxuries. Start by typing your invitation in Microsoft Word, or any software of your choice, and print them out on simple white card stock (make sure you leave enough room at the bottom for the fringe!) For the fringe, use different colored streamers and cut them to the length you need. Cut up each streamer about halfway so it creates several small ruffles. Once your invitations are printed and cut to size, attach the streamers with glue or double sided tape, starting from the bottom and overlapping each piece. So easy!
I'm in LOVE with these invitations! I'm in the middle of making them for Brooklyn's 2nd birthday as I write this! I found this amazing idea from i felt fuzzy. The full tutorial is on their website so I won't go into it in too much detail, but you definitely have to check it out! Once I have all of my invitations folded I'm going to glue the wording that I created in Microsoft Word in the 4x4 window in the middle. Instead of putting these into envelopes, I'm going to attach the stamp right to the front and mail them as-is!
These lollipop invites just make you smile! I found these on One Simple Bliss. For these you'll need lollipop sticks (you can find these at any craft store), colored and plain white card stock, and ribbon. Again using my favorite Microsoft Word, create a circle shape in the size you want, add a text box, and customize the wording and colors to match your theme. I love how she did a variety of colors, but to save on the amount of ribbon and card stock you need to buy, you could just pick one or two. Next print the circles on white card stock and cut them out. Then cut out circles an inch or so larger from the colored card stock. Attach the white circle to one of the colored with glue or double sided tape. Take one of your lollipop sticks and tape it to the back of the invite, add a small piece of ribbon and you're ready to give people a sneak peek of how cute your party will be!
These castle invites are adorable with a draw bridge that opens to reveal your party information! The free template is available from Make Your Own Invitations. Check out their website for detailed instructions as well as other free template ideas!
I love these for a Spa Party or any kind of girly event! These will take a little extra work but the final product will be worth it! There were no instructions for these so this is just how I would do it. Type up your invitation wording in your preferred software program, keeping in mind you'll be cutting them rather small. Hand draw your mask on card stock (it may take a few tries before its perfect!) and cut it out for your template. Print out your invites on white card stock and use your template to cut each one into a mask. Using two sided scrapbook paper, cut your outer layer slightly bigger so it shows behind your mask. I love the colors she used, but there are so many choices out there! Take two pieces of ribbon and attach them to the back of your white card stock on the outer edges with tape or a dot of glue. Now take your colored scrapbook paper and use double sided tape or glue to attach it to your white card stock. Almost done! Tie the two ends of your ribbon together at the back, to have it lay flat you can add a drop of glue or a glue dot to the back of the bow and secure it to the paper. Next, buy a set of pretty envelopes, tuck them inside and mail!
Now I know we're a ways out, but how cute are these Halloween party invites! Pin them now and use them in October! I found these on Housing A Forest and they are absolutely adorable and so easy to make! She has the full tutorial on her website so I'll just list the short version. She created a stamp for the mummy gauze by attaching a strip of burlap to a thick piece of styrofoam, you could use any raised object that can be cut to the correct size. She attached a piece of black paper to a simple white card and stamped the burlap using white paint. Make sure you leave a small v of black paper showing and attach two googly eyes!
I hope these invites gave you some good ideas for your next event! Happy Planning!
This Mermaid 1st Birthday was thrown by Tara for her adorable daughter, Chloe. With the party starting at 3p, Tara didn't have to provide a full lunch. Instead, she had a variety of amazing desserts, drinks, and an onsite Taco Man serving up three types of tacos, beans and rice.
The decor was sweet and simple in colors of soft pink, purple and teal. Tara had two dozen balloons blown up and let them float up to the ceiling. She served pink lemonade in mason jars with purple chevron paper straws, similar to these from Painting Paris Pink on Etsy ($3.95 for 25).
The dessert table was amazing! Full of sweets so pretty you almost didn't want to eat them! The cupcakes continued the color scheme in pink, purple and teal frosting, and were all topped with different edible sea creatures. You can buy fondant toppers like these on Etsy. ($18.95 for 1 dozen).
Tara baked brownies and delicious rice krispie treats and used a cookie cutter in the shape of a star. The Mermaid cookies were another "too pretty to eat" treat that I just had to try! You can buy cookies similar to these on Etsy, like these from Cookie Coterie. ($31 for 1 dozen).
A must when throwing a child friendly party? Activities! Tara didn't forget her littlest guests when she set up an area on the lawn for them to play. My girls, Brooklyn and Hayden, enjoyed this area! She rented a few toddler chairs and tables, like these from America's Party Rental, and set up a variety of art supplies for them to create a masterpiece. She also had a sand and water discovery table that the kids got REALLY messy in! A big thanks to her for allowing me show everyone her adorable Mermaid party and I hope it gave you some inspiration for your next event!
For my sister-in-law's bridal shower her maid of honor asked me to decorate a wood letter "C" for Chelsea and "U" for her soon-to-be last name. She wanted the C to be sparkly and the "U" to be more manly. Her colors are ivory and wine so I went to my favorite craft shop Michael's and filled my basket. The letters were just a few dollars each. They were painted white so before I could paint them, I had to sand them down slightly so the paint would stick correctly. I bought a small bottle of Americana acrylic paint in ivory and cranberry wine and two 1" Art Minds foam brushes. I put down a piece of wax paper before I started painting so the letter wouldn't stick on the back. The paint dried very quickly so I didn't have to wait long to do my second coat. The slightly streaked look of the "U" was what I was going for so I didn't add another coat.
The "U" was done and now onto the "C"! I bought 8 packages of Darice self-stick rhinestones in clear. I used two sizes, the 5mm and the 7mm. I started at the top and just eyeballed where I wanted them, making sure to change it up between the two sizes.
If you need to remove one of the rhinestones to re-position it just make sure you do it right away so it's easier to pull off.
Done! Chelsea's maid of honor did a beautiful job with her bridal shower! Here are a few pics of the finished product. Happy designing! I also sell these in my shop on Etsy if you like the look but don't want to go the DIY route.
When I began planning Hayden's Minnie Mouse party, I started looking at invitation ideas. I found a few really cute ones on Etsy but I didn't want to spend a lot of money. After getting my inspiration from a few of them, I decided to try my hand at making them myself. They turned out to be really easy!
For my Minnie stencil I went with a light colored card stock so it would be easy to see against the black paper. I drew a large circle for the face and then eyeballed where to put the first ear. In order to have the second ear match up, I set the edge of the stencil against the bottom of the smaller circle and made a pencil mark on the opposite side. It took me a try or two before I had it perfect.
After my Minnie looked the way I wanted, I cut it out and had my stencil. I placed it on black card stock and cut out A LOT of them!
Now my Minnie's were ready for bows! I bought red ribbon with white polka dots, made my bows and hot glued them to the top of the cut out.
For the wording, I went to DaFont.com and downloaded the Disney font for free, it's called Waltograph. In Microsoft Word I created circles that would fit within my Minnie face and added a text box, typed what I wanted in my invitations and voila! I cut them out and glued them onto the center of the black cut-out. They were so easy and turned out just as cute as if I'd paid a lot of money. I hope these gave you some inspiration for your next DIY invitation attempt!