Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Easter Inspiration - Egg Hunt 2010!!

Last year we threw our first egg hunt party (because it was the first year that all the kids were old enough to "get it" even a little bit) and we had SO MUCH FUN that we decide to make it a tradition!! So, recently while I was pulling together decorations for this year's party, I went back to reference the pictures from last year and thought that they might be fun to share. If you are having an egg hunt party this year, here's a little inspiration...

I decorated the yard with tons of lanterns of various sizes hung in our tree branches...

I lined the garden with pinwheels that I found at Cost Plus World Market...

Instead of a dessert table, I did a "build your own basket" with an assortment of toys from Oriental Trading Company. (Being not quite 2 the kids were a little young for a ton of candy)

Since we had an early morning egg hunt, I put out a brunch spread so everyone could recharge after an energetic hunt!

We "hid" tons of eggs filled with Cheerios, Teddy Grahams and Animal Crackers...

And the kids had a blast finding them!

I got a bunch of bunny ears at the Target dollar bin and they were a big hit!

I'm REALLY looking forward to this year's egg hunt!! (Especially since the kids can actually hunt for eggs now!!)

Monday, March 28, 2011

{New In The Shop} Peter Rabbit Inspired Easter Egg Hunt Invitation!

Happy Monday!!! I have SOOOO many fun things in the works. I recently added an Easter Egg Hunt Invitation from a new collection which will be in the shop soon and which was inspired by Peter Rabbit! (You've got to love Peter, right?!)

Buuuuut.... even more exciting then this is something I can't talk about yet. (and it's KILLING me!!) So, stay tuned for something VERY exciting next week!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

{Client Parties} Boston's Race Car Birthday Party

Shannon of Sassy Soirees contacted us last month for printables for her son Boston's Race Car Themed 1st birthday party. And when these ADORABLE photos of the event showed up, I just knew I had to share!!!

Shannon really out did herself! She mixed our printable Race Car Collection with some fabulous items that she created on her Silhouette and the result Vroom! Vroom!! Fantastic!! 

I LOVE that the birthday boy enjoyed his smash cake in VICTORY LANE!!

And the T-shirts that Shannon had made for Boston's brother and herself are just TOO CUTE!!

The favors are ADORABLE!!
Love those cookies!!!

FABULOUS job Shannon!!! And for more pictures be sure to hop on over to Shannon's blog.

Both our RED and BLACK Race Car Collection and our RED and YELLOW Race Car Collection are available for sale in the shop.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

{GWD Parties} Sophia's Vintage Barbie Inspired Party

I have been so excited to share with you a party I styled recently. Remember when I hinted at it with this photo?

Well, now you can see the whole party!!

When I was first asked to style a vintage Barbie inspired boutique birthday party for a beautiful little girl named Sophia and a few of her special friends, I tried to think about what makes Barbie so special to little girls and I realized that it is that wonderful element of make believe. You can pretend that you really are Barbie and be transported to a world full of fun adventures and fabulous fashion! I wanted the dessert table to help capture the children's imagination just a Barbie does. So, I tried to design it as though it was actually a place in Barbie's house. 

For the background I found the perfect black and white striped fabric which called back to Barbie's original bathing suit. I chose a dressing table to display the sweets and used it as inspiration for many of the other elements. 

First I found the most beautiful corset cookies in an Etsy shop called Lori's Place. And, inspired, I contacted Lori to see if she could use the same detailed icing work but create little dresses for me instead of corsets! Knowing, that if she pulled it off, each dress would look like a beautiful little doll dress and I didn't just want to just line them up on tray. So when they showed up and were just as lovely as I had imagined, I chose to stand them up like a wardrobe of gorgeous Barbie dresses and displayed them in and around a jewelry box. 

I created a silhouette, inspired by the classic vintage Barbie silhouette, and used it as one of the icons for the party as I designed the paper goods. 

It was used on everything from the invitation to the framed picture above the dessert table, all the way to the thank you tags.

 Trying to find even more ways to pull the silhouette into the decor, I contacted Angela at Queen of Tarts Cakes and asked her if she could make cookies which looked like little portraits. On the day of the party I displayed them on picture easels as if they were real pictures. 

Renee at Bees Knees Creative made the most beautiful monogram cake pops which looked just gorgeous popping out of a makeup bag. 

Just like a yummy, sparkly lipgloss! And I was lucky enough to find the perfect marshmallow roller pops to create a "floral" centerpiece for the dressing table. 

Then I rounded out the table with miniature candy jars arranged as if they held beautiful perfumes or bath salts.

For the favor table, we found the perfect accessories in the Target dollars bins... pearl necklaces, bracelets, flower headbands, gloves and even little purses to hold all the goodies! 

Everything was displayed on beautiful fashion themed hat boxes which I was lucky enough to find at Michaels. 

The birthday girl and her mother were thrilled with the way everything turned out. And, it was wonderful to watch the guests ooh and aah as they allowed themselves to be transported into a small corner of Barbie's house, and Barbie's glamorous, fabulous world for a few sweet (and yummy!) moments.

The Sweet Sophia - Vintage Barbie Inspired Collection in now available in the shop!!