cooking party invitation

January 26, 2011

Isn’t this invitation for a cooking party fantastic? It was sent in by Anna – she put together a cooking party for her son.  The invitations were delivered by hand at school

We love how Anna used an everyday, affordable object to dress up her invitation.  Super cute + easy!   See more photos of the party here.

[photo by Anna Green]


real party: real party: airplanes + travel

January 25, 2011

We’re excited to share this fantastic first birthday party sent in by Laura of little frills and ruffle.  The theme was ✈ airplanes and travel…and Saint Louis (since that’s where Laura and her family lives!) .

Here’s the passport invitation Laura designed and sent.  Isn’t it adorable?

Laura created all sorts of great signage and also a passport for each guest.  Once the guests participated in an activity (like eating cake or ice cream!) they got a stamp in the passport.  We LOVE that!

The tables were lined with brown kraft paper and sprinkled with giant confetti.  Laura and her husband bought balsa wood airplanes that were placed all around to add to the decor.

The kids also played ‘pin the propeller’ on the nose of the airplane. Soo fun (and cute!).

Before departure, all the little party guests went to the baggage claim to get their suitcase favor…filled with homemade sugar cookies, pretzels, a notepad for ideas, small toy and plastic airline wings!

Thanks, Laura, for sharing this party.  We love it and its sure to provide a lot of inspiration to other party planners!

Editor’s note (6/2/11):  Laura has now opened a shop where a lot of the goodies above are available for purchase!

[invitation photo by Nick Becker]


bike party

January 24, 2011

A reader asked us if we had any fun ideas for a bike party — and you bet we do!  Here are a few fun things we thought of for a neighborhood party.

1.  Set up a route and make (or buy – image above is from Etsy) signage indicating the route

2. Make or buy bike flags to decorate each child’s bike

3 + 4.  Ask the guests to bring their bikes and helmets

5. Make a fun map of the bike trail/course [image from here]

6. Bike cupcakes!

7. Make or buy streamers to decorate each child’s bike (if you make, this would be a fun party activity and this DIY tutorial seems easy enough!)

8. Bike horns as favors

9.  A t-shirt for the birthday boy/girl (we also love the bike stickers from Little Lark)


hooray, hooray!

January 22, 2011

We’re so excited to be named among the top up and coming blogs at the Altitude Design Summit this week!  Thank you, Liz, for the shout-out and welcome if you’re visiting for the first time!

The full list can be found here.

[image found here]


artist palette cookies

January 20, 2011

Aren’t these the most adorable cookies? They would be picture perfect for an art party!

See more photos and instructions here.


sponsor post: shop sweet lulu

January 19, 2011

We absolutely adore Shop Sweet Lulu – its a must stop shop for us when party planning.  So many goodies, all very affordable.  And a perfect way to add a little festivity and color to a party.  Check out just a few of their offerings here:

And the shop has recently been stocked with Valentine’s goods and new products like the super big, round balloons.

[last image by Luis Monteiro, remaining images from Shop Sweet Lulu]


real party: french cafe party

January 18, 2011

Get ready for this week’s beyond cute party — its a French Cafe themed party by Darcie of Pink Peach Cakes.  The party was for Darcie’s son’s first birthday.

We adore all of the sweet, handmade touches that Darcie made to make this party special.  She made the invitations and the yellow stripe awning out of butcher paper.  Darcie also asked guests to dress in stripes and berets – we love that!

Darcie also asked guests to dress in stripes and berets – we love that!

She also covered a wall in butcher paper and drew frames on it with a sign the read “The Louvre” for the kids to draw on.  For the favors Darcie made Eiffel Tower chocolate pops out of a chocolate mold.

Aren’t the cakes adorable?  See more of Darcie’s work here. So many fun but easy-to-do details.  Thanks, Darcie, for sharing!

(photography by Heather Mildenstein)


favor boxes

January 14, 2011

Aren’t these pillow boxes sweet?  They would be perfect to package little party favors.

Happy Friday, everyone!  We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

[via Grey Likes Weddings]


parties from the bookshelf: olivia!

January 13, 2011

Who doesn’t love the spunky little pig with a big imagination in Ian Falconer’s Olivia books?

A party based on her wardrobe of red, white and black with some polka dots and stripes thrown in would feel just right.

[sources: cupcake liners, lollipop centerpiece, red bow clip, carnation ball, paper decoration, Olivia straws, packaged sweets]


love mae

January 12, 2011

We pretty much love everything by Love Mae.  Their reusable fabric stickers are cuter in person and make a great gift, party favor or a party activity.

And their wrapping paper is a great new addition to their shop!

They’re located in Australia — so, allow extra time for shipping if you order something!