Thursday, June 30, 2011

Red, White and TWO Birthday Party

I am in LOVE with this "Red, White and TWO" Birthday Party!
Jessica, of Little Pumpkin Grace blog, shared Hudson's party photos with us and we were thrilled with the timing - right in time for the 4th of July!

Jessica knew that the perfect theme was something that was All American and Classic "Boy".
I just love her styling and the different shades of red, white and blue.

She used designs from our printable "4th of July Pinwheels" collection to embellish party items...
How precious are the party hats and the dessert table patterns!?

I love the antique window used as an interest point for the backdrop, along with the classic monogram "H".
Everything classic... everything fabulous!
Love the mix of the printable pennant banner and the fans and hanging decor....

Precious children!
Cute blueberries in red cupcake liners displayed in the cupcake stand.... classic American all around!

What a beautiful trifle.... look how she served them in mini bundt cake pans!
Precious Italian Cream cake with a bunting she made of our printable collection....
PRECIOUS Party hat. (Check out Jessica's store here)

Loving the partyware!
What a beautiful family you have, Jessica. Congrats on a beautiful and patriotic party that Hudson will always cherish!
We LOVE how Jessica used our printable holiday collection for a birthday party! She got creative with the designs and adapted them for the perfectly patriotic Red, White and Two party!

Thanks for sharing!

Hudson's Jon Jon: Prissy Peacock
Grace's Dress: TaDa! Creations
Party Hats: Lulu & Co.
Printables: Anders Ruff
Paper Fan Decorations & Blue Polka Dot Napkins: Party City
Paper Lanterns: Dollar Tree
Polka Dot Melamine Plates, Flower Buckets, & Striped Paper Plates: Target
Striped Nautical Mini Trivets: Michaels


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Party Like A Rockstar - William Turns Two

Our client, Adonica, an event planner herself (check out her blog here), recently styled a family friend's son's 2nd birthday. Their son, William, LOVES drums and guitars so Adonica took that theme and "rocked" it!

Adonica sent in this write-up about the big bash:

"What do you do for the birthday of a little boy who loves drums and guitars? Well, you have a musical birthday party of course! For adorable William's 2nd birthday party, we created a musical themed party for him that was full of fun and bright colors; a huge hit with the guests. The main table included color coordinated cupcakes, a mini candy station, little blue juice jugs with personalized paper straws, and golden trophy party favors for all the kids to take home. For centerpieces, I wrapped empty boxes to look like presents and cut and glued on guitars, drum sets, his initial, and the number "2". For a fun craft, there was a "design your own guitar" table. I purchased paper guitars, put out markers and all kinds of stickers and let the kids have a blast. It was a great activity that they seemed to really enjoy. There was also a photo booth with inflatable musical instruments to use as props. The inflatable guitars served a dual purpose as photo props and dueling swords! I also had a custom birthday shirt created for him that coordinated with the party. It was a fun, bright, adorable party for a very fun little boy!"

Center stage

This cutie knows how to play the guitar

America's Got Talent

We love these table centerpieces

Seven children occupied at one time...

And the award goes to...

Cymbals were featured the cupcake toppers

Thank you for sharing with us pictures of William's party, Adonica. You rock!

Party Credits:

Styling and Design: A2D Event Themes & Decor (

Cupcake Toppers and Banner: Anders Ruff Custom Designs (

Custom T-shirt: SweetnSassy Creations (

Paper straws and flags: Isakay Boutique (

Paper guitars, trophy favors, inflatable instruments: Oriental Trading Company


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Vintage Tractorcade

We have a really adorable party to share today!
Audrey of Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats has done it again! (Remember her fabulous Vintage School party?)

Her son's party theme was a Tractorcade - a totally adorable and fresh theme that has so many fabulous details.
We will share the photos and then you can read below for all the details from Audrey...

Now for all the detailed party facts from Audrey...

To celebrate my son’s 3rd Birthday we planned a Tractorcade! For those of you who might not be hip to the farmstyle lingo, a Tractorcade is basically a parade of tractors…fun right?!?!

Dane’s Great Grandpa Mickey has a collection of fully-restored, vintage farm tractors. Needless to say, our little guy is a bit OBSESSED with them! When I asked him if he would like to have a Tractor Party he literally flipped his lid and said, ‘Mom…that’s a GREAT idea!’ I just love it when someone (even an easily excitable toddler) gets as pumped as I do about a super cool party theme!

The biggest tractor in Grandpa Mickey’s collection is a classic red International, he also has some smaller gray ones too….so that is where the party inspiration really started…I had my color palette! I also wanted to accent with navy and white. A very classic color scheme, perfect for this time of year and for a boy whose birthday falls on Memorial Day Weekend or the 4th of July!

Invitations & Printables:
I immediately contacted
Anders Ruff Custom Designs and got going on the invitations and coordinating printables. They did such an amazing job designing for my daughter’s Vintage Schoolhouse Party! I knew they had just the right aesthetic! I found an invite in their shop that was very similar to what I wanted and asked if they could rework it a bit to go with the tractor theme. Adria added the PERFECT tractor graphic and changed the colors to match our party…LOVE! She also created small party logos and Thank-you tags that coordinated…it is all just TOO cute!

Adria also suggested that I try printing the invites on Watercolor paper to go along with the vintage feel…seriously….BEST SUGGESTION EVER! I absolutely adore how they turned out!!!

The TRACTORS definitely stole the show and were the main focal point of our party decor! Grandpa Mickey brought all of them up and parked them throughout our yard. Dane went ballistic when they all started arriving….it was seriously the cutest thing ever! When the last one pulled up he said, ‘MOM! It’s ALL the tractors of the world!’ There were 4…but to him…close enough!

Since I’m a DIY kind-of girl, I had some projects I wanted to tackle for Dane’s party. Even though the colors were essentially Red, White, Blue and Grey…I didn’t want the party to be too 4th of July….does that make sense? LOL! I found some remnant upholstery fabric that went with the color scheme perfectly!

I used the navy colored fabric to cut a few runners for the various tables….I ALWAYS use Pinking Shears…mostly because I’m lazy and don’t want to hem anything…I also am not at all skilled with a sewing machine, so I’m always looking for ways to avoid using one. I layered the runners with landscaping burlap for the table coverings throughout the house…super cheap and super easy!

I really love the look of flag banners and wanted to create another version of them (I made some for Harper’s party too!) I found some really fun patterned burlap that I cut into strips for the tops of some of the banners, for the others I used gossgrain ribbon. After I cut all the fabric into flags (which was a little tedious since I also don’t really like measuring either- LOL), I tried attaching them to the burlap with fabric-glue-tape….it didn’t work at all…so I turned to my other best friend when I’m working with fabric…my HOT GLUE GUN! That’s right…I just glued all the pieces to the top ribbon and….viola….my no-sew banners were done!

Of course, as soon as we had the theme decided, I started rounding up vintage tractor toys at local Antique Shops to use throughout the party. They were the perfect investment because now Dane has his own little collection of toy tractors! BIG hit…HUGE…let me tell ya!

The Dessert Buffet
The Desserts were displayed on an antique store bin piece I acquired a month or so ago from Barb at
Cross Creek Antiques. My plan is to use this to hold the kids’ ever-growing mound of toys…but for now it’s still empty…so it was the perfect buffet-spot! I also used two of the Barb’s AMAZING Rustic Farm Dessert Stands! These things are seriously cool and went with our vibe perfectly!

For treats, first I made some fun Cupcake Shooters! I’ve had the containers since APRIL, and have been dying to use them! Don’t you just love a fun new dessert craze. =)

We also served homemade Strawberry Shortcake, buffet style. I arranged the shortcakes in these ADORABLE Cupcake Wrappers from Bella Cupcake Couture! They were SO stinkin’ cute…and super fun because you can use them SO many ways!

Then, I HAD to make some Cake Pops…you know…cause that’s what I do! I was up making treats the night before the party and had the brilliant idea to use the sweet mini-pinwheels from Twirlie Whirlies as the sticks for the Cake Pops! Awesome RIGHT?!? I know! They turned out SO super cute!

For Dane’s cake, I had grand ideas…but in the end I went with a simple Dirt Cake! I made one for his Birthday last year and he thought it was the COOLEST thing since sliced bread….and since the party was for him I wanted to make something that he would LOVE! We served his cake in a toy tractor replica of one of Grandpa Mickey’s tractors. I also made single servings for all the guests in half-pint jars! This was PERFECT because last year we had GOBS of leftover Dirt Cake….not this year! The extras were already packaged and guests could easily take some home!

The Favors
I was totally inspired by a party I saw over at
The Purple Pug to have a Favor Table for the kids! I LOVED this idea…I think it’s SO much more fun and interactive for the kiddos to actually see what they’re getting and pick it out themselves…plus, you know…it’s WAY cuter!

The favors included bubbles that I wrapped with scrapbooking paper, twine and topped with the coordinating party printables from Anders Ruff. We had jump ropes, Tootsie Pops, assorted candy, Bandanas, Paper Fans and Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies (Dane called these his ‘Tractor Tire Cookies‘!)

I didn’t want to leave the grown-ups out, so we had a Raffle Drawing for some SUPER COOL giftbags from Eco Glow Candles! These candles are AMAZING! Totally natural, green…and they smell SO-SO good! Each bag had a candle, solid perfume and tin lip-gloss. I have to confess though…I got so caught-up in the party that I FORGOT to draw names until after half the guests were already gone! Terrible I know…but LUCKY for the remaining guests because they had their pick of the bags and got to get them all out and huff away!

The Fun
After cake, the kiddos all raced outside for
TRACTOR RIDES! We attempted this at our Halloween Party last Fall, but got rained out halfway through the first ride. Thankfully the weather was GORGEOUS for Dane’s party so everyone got to take a lap on the Tractor Trailer….again…BIG HIT! Dane has since expressed his wish that we ride that way ALL the time…he mentions it several times a day in fact….so it might be time to trade-in the SUV. =)

Next up were the Sack Races! I found some nylon sacks in patriotic colors that worked perfect with our color scheme! We broke the kiddos into two groups…Big Kids and Little Kids! It was SO cute to watch the little ones try to figure out the hopping thing! Dane WON the Little Kid round…I’m sure it didn’t have anything to do with us letting him practice in the livingroom for two weeks before the party – LOL!

The Birthday Boy
Dane is STILL talking about his Tractor Party….he said it was the ‘BEST TRACTOR PARTY EVER!’ I love that we were able to create such a special day for our ‘BIG’ Boy! The Birthday Boy was wearing a custom made shirt from Kathleen Rose Designs…TOO cute! She also created a matching pin for his sister’s dress and a clip for her hair…which she, of course, adamantly refused to wear…little stinker!

The Photography
Kara of
KV Photography took ALL of the party pictures! AMAZING as always! It’s so fun for me to see my parties through her eyes! I should also mention that she attended the party the day after her Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party….so do I even need to explain HOW MUCH we appreciate her….what a TROOPER!”

Great job, Audrey! Thank you so much for sharing... I always look forward to seeing your beautiful desserts and parties!

– Treats & Sweets:
Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats
– Photography:
KV Photography
– Custom Party Printables:
Anders Ruff Custom Designs
–Custom Party Pinwheels:
Twirlie Whirlies
–Couture Cupcake Wrappers:
Bella Cupcake Couture
–Adult Favor Bag Goodies:
Eco Glow Candles
–Rustic Farm Cakestans, Vintage Red Toolbox, Blue Enamelware Pieces:
Cross Creek Antiques
–Red & Grey Paper Straws, Fringed Tissue Garland, & Bamboo Sporks:
Shop Sweet Lulu
– Kathleen Rose Designs – Custom Birthday Shirt


Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Client Super Hero Party!

One of the best parts of doing what I do is receiving emails from our loyal clients with photos from their parties. We absolutely LOVE to see what our clients do with the printable graphic designs.

This one is actually really near and dear to my heart because it is a Super Hero party. That was my first party for my son of 2011 (Super P's party back in February)

I love to see how clients interpret our designs along with our party ideas and make it their own!

The very creative, Jenny, of Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line blog sent us these photos and we are happy to share.
We have had several Super Hero Party submissions so we will be sharing more this week and next...

Jenny sent out our Vintage Pop Art Super Hero invitations to her guests...

I love the centerpiece decor! Also, so glad to see the reuse of boxes to make buildings for the dessert table backdrop! They make such a big impact!
Precious shirts that Jenny gave to all the guests. She used our printable party emblems and ironed them onto t-shirts that she found for a deal!
Super cute cupcakes.... Love the wrappers!
Printable POP flag toppers on some cute and delish looking cake pops....
AHH Loving the framed party signs above her DIY phonebooth....
(Notice the curtains she hung - LOVE the coordination!)
Precious place settings!

I love when clients transform their homes for parties... she did a great job making her buffet into a display piece...
Fabulous fondant toppers from our fav - Two Sugar Babies!
Hero sandwich building station..
Adorable pinata and Super hero!
Love to see kiddies enjoying the printable coloring wall poster!
Love these shots with the super hero's posing!
Great job, Jenny! Thanks for sharing your SUPER party!
Looks like everyone had an absolute blast!

Printable Vintage Super Hero Graphic Designs - Anders Ruff
Cupcake Wrappers and Marshmallow Pops - Sassy Soirees Wedding and Event Planning
Super J Fondant Cupcake Toppers - Two Sugar Babies
Super Hero Masks and capes - Created
Super J Paper Stars - Origami Delights



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