A Back to School Party!

Post by Anders Ruff

We love teachers, we love books, we love how this party looked! So, while the rest of us are fighting crowds and scrambling to complete the “Back to School” list for each of our dear sweet children, another Mom is out there throwing together a quick impromptu party to celebrate the last days of summer. Bettina, a Berlin customer of ours, threw such a precious Back to School party for her son and his friends that we couldn’t keep the party photos all to ourselves.

Bettina used our “Back to School” printable collection for her decorations and shared the details of her party:

“It was the last week of our summer-holidays when I found your lovely printables. I thought they were so cute, so I decided that I wanted to make the last day of summer a little special for my son Caspar and his little friends.”

8PUV69fnP7WIdeivC99NsZGBRJ0nlHlbukJTscZxbKo copy WWBp_grMXVnejTGzO2Nmbawag4cZegxxsxJe1p-psMQ“I took a side table and threw a white blanket/table cloth over it. I wanted it to look easy and natural.  I bought little cherry lollipops on sticks and then I filled some colored cups with floral foam. I just turned the cups upside down and pressed them into the foam. It kind of felt like cookie cutting. This way the cups were filled and I just put the lollies into the cups and then glued the Anders Ruff printable cupcake toppers to the cups.”RzeRl5-OTzcnvcCM5Cb80VBfVjH1BBitNmV4fXkOL7U“I put some lovely french mandarin lemonade in little bottles for the kids to have some little drinks. Three glass jars were filled with candy and the big one was closed with a little cupcake topper which I glued to a red ribbon around the jar in the middle.”y7UHOSumHAs6bktz_wVafavSAS5aMc4EtofJ7ybhkFM8zhnpuu56zuAipXAa2kuhTnd8RtjI80OqqmwZHOJpKc-2“I took a side table to decorate some little gifts for the kids: I had sticker paper and decorated little lunch boxes, crayons and little note books as well as plain stickers for the kids to use as name tags for their books.”

dZCFmzb5diq4qWW10MC91lwzjYho8NHyjsCJyBdrkx0collage-3“My favorite item from this little party was my piñata. I love piñatas. I wanted one that matched the design so I decided to make an apple, which I filled with sweets. There are several tutorials for piñatas on the web right now. I hung it in our apple tree and the kids had so much fun.”

9CnMIVnr9UHn8RBxRQTzf4J7EmGw8TEyUYVkncHKYjMRESOURCES:
Back to School Printables from the Anders Ruff Shop
Party Styling by Bettina

Find other fabulous Anders Ruff school printables including the Trendy School Supply Label set, Teacher’s Survival Kit and more!

Brennan’s Motorcycle Birthday Party

Post by Paula Biggs of Frog Prince Paperie

motorcycle-low-44-634x951My son’s birthday party is my favorite one that I throw all year. Boy parties are challenging. No pink, no fluff, just down and dirty wholesome boy goodness. That can be fun if you let it! After some gentle steering from his father, our kiddo was quite enthusiastic about paying homage to motorcycles. For weeks before (and after!) the party, all conversations had focused around motorcycles in one way or another. And for good reason…his party even brought little boy smiles to dads in attendance at the event!

There were some pretty amazing vendors who leant talent to this party. Rockets and Rainbows designed this detailed (and beloved) party shirt just for the birthday boy. I have to pry it off him at night he loves it so much.

The checkerboard floor was actually plastic sheeting we taped to the floor; it gave a great motorcycle shop effect!

motorcycle-low-11-634x524For lunch, we set up a “Biker Burger Bar” with lots of different yummy toppings: carmalized onions, sauteed mushrooms, bacon, thick cut pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese.  With a big spinach salad and a side of bbq and hotdogs there was a little something for everyone.

double-2The oil cans were one of my favorite details. Every “oil can” was a can of tomato I wrapped a specially-designed label around. They were stacked and used as dessert stands.

motorcycle-low-70-634x422double-1Flame-licked french macaroons in vanilla. AND they’re organic. I love when we’re able to marry artistry with better-for-you options. And did you see the flames? Righteous. By the talented earthandsugar.

Love and Sugar Kisses provided the wildly fun fondant toppers and chocolate covered oreos.

motorcycle-low-35-634x422double-3motorcycle-low-47-634x951motorcycle-low-89-634x951Party guests had so many goodies to go home with! I had planned for all the kids to gear up with do-rags, sunglasses and really cool “born to be wild” t-shirts in a jar, all in individually personalized “motorcycle parts” containers.

motorcycle-low-53-634x422motorcycle-low-7-634x422double-4By the end of the party, the little guests had all wandered back to sift through their boxes. We sent each family home with a CD of the party playlist — inspired by motorcycles and a need for speed.

All in all, a highly successful party! Brennan had the time of his life and still gets excited to see pictures from his party.

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Event Design, Styling & Printables – Frog Prince Paperie – The printables for the party can be found here.

Cupcake Toppers & Chocolate Covered Oreos – Love and Sugar Kisses

Vanilla Flame Macarons – earthandsugar

Cookies – The Hungry Hippopotamus

Embroidered Birthday Shirt – Rockets and Rainbows  

T-Shirts – Stirling Promotions

Anders Ruff: Fourth of July Party

Believe it or not, 4th of July is right around the corner! We love this festive holiday not just because it celebrates all things red, white and blue, but also the season of summer! If you are throwing you own backyard barbeque or shindig you may be looking for decorating tips! Look no further than Anders Ruff and their super patriotic All American 4th of July Party Printable Collection! Take a sneak peek here!

4th-of-july-party-ideas-640x873Full of American spirit, this party is full of all of your favorite treats! What’s more American made than S’mores, ice cream cone cupcakes and a rice crispy cake?! Top each party treat off with a different, yet equally adorable printable!
4thofJul_SideBySideice-cream-cone-cupcakes-640x501One of our favorite parts of this party is the kid friendly DIY S’mores kit!
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Gifts for Dad!

Treat the best dad ever to something that he will really appreciate! Find everything from dad-duty accessories to tech gifts in our Gifts for Dad section at Rosenberry Rooms! Here are a few of our favorites!

What does every man dislike? Holding Mom’s purse, or even worse, carrying around the pink, paisley diaper bag! Give him something that he will be proud to carry! Not a diaper mag, but a masculine back pack! We love these two styles by Sons of Trade and Oioi! The Journey Pack in Heather Black and the Chocolate Crushed Waxed Canvas Messenger Diaper Bag combine style with spacious, flexible and completely functional convenience!
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If being in style is not a worry for Dad, how about pulling at his heart strings? He will be proud to display his heart around the house or at his desk! The Daddy and Me Picture Frame, I Love Daddy Picture Frame and the New Daddy Picture Frame will pull on his heart strings and store his favorite memories with his little one!
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Do you have a tech dad in your house? Buy a few fun accessories for all of his gadgets! The Lexicon Laptop Sleeve is stylish and durable and looks great with the Dapper Stripes Personalized Mouse Pad! Find out what makes him tick with the Enterprise Moving Gear Table Alarm Clock, perfect for any dad who walks on the brainy side of life!
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Our last pick is sure to surprise Dad! Dress your little one in a message that he is sure to read loud and clear with the I Love Dad Personalized T-Shirt or the My Dad Rules Personalized T-Shirt!
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Lynlee’s Colorful Rio Party!

We love sharing the sweet creations from Lynlee, who specializes in fondant and party inspiration tutorials! Being from Brazil, Lynlee was excited to throw a bright and bold Rio-themed party, especially after watching the animated movie “Rio”, which has a sequel, “Rio 2″ set to be released this Friday, April 11.

Here are the details of the col­or­ful trop­i­cal party that will make you want to hop on the plane, put on your Car­naval mask and dance the samba on the beaches of Rio!
IMG_8534-logoThe iconic and rec­og­niz­able side­walk pat­tern from Copaca­bana beach was used as a back­drop, which was achieved with a printed shower cur­tain. Since the Brazil­ian flag is pri­mar­ily green and yel­low, Lynlee focused on these hues, but also infused addi­tional bright col­ors, espe­cially found in the country’s gor­geous native birds. The buf­fet labels and signs were designed with clip art from Foto In Scena and Klouise Digi Art.
49The cup­cakes anchored the table, resem­bling the Rio beaches with the sandy {crushed gra­ham cracker} tops and col­or­ful sea of umbrel­las. A cou­ple of the cup­cakes were decorated with fon­dant top­pers inspired by a sou­venir mag­nets. One included a pair of the super pop­u­lar Brazil­ian flip flops, Hava­ianas, while the other depicted a sun­bathing beauty with a flag beach hat!
15Lynlee re-used the lemon­ade stand, which orig­i­nally made an appear­ance at her daughter’s Vin­tage Luau ear­lier this year to dis­play sev­eral trop­i­cal juices and the Brazil­ian soft drink, Guaraná. The table is adorned with fancy and col­or­ful masks decorated with stones and feath­ers as well as beach paddle balls that were just per­fect for the occa­sion!
SideBySideWith all of the radiant colors and festive friends at this party we officially feel ready for summer! Stayed tuned for a fantastic giveaway from Lynlee! Her new book, Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers will be up for grabs on the blog soon!

Pierson’s Dinosaur Dig Birthday Party!

Anders Ruff is at it again! This year, Maureen Anders’ son Pierson decided he wanted a Dinosaur themed birthday party! Instead of a cartoon-ish dinosaur party, she created more of a classic museum look – a look that was appropriate for bigger boys (but one that could also work for younger ones). Pierson is curious about fossils and dinosaur skeletons and bones, so they decided to celebrate with a Dinosaur Dig Birthday Party!

12-dinosaur-kids-tables-640x457It’z My Party Cakery in Milwaukee made the most adorable dinosaur cake for the dessert table! Maureen displayed the cake on a glass cake stand that was filled with edible sand to go with the dinosaur dig theme (finely chopped graham cracker crumbs). How clever!?
SideBySideThe greenery topiary balls felt so “dinosaur” but still party-ish and added a natural green element! Various greenery was used throughout the dessert table, along with antique wooden props and boxes for height and texture. They framed a printed poster from the dinosaur dig printable collection for the backdrop, which added that customized element with lots of color and pattern.
Dino-43-640x896The Dinosaur Lunch at each child’s place setting included:
- Dino Tracks Trail Mix consisting of pretzels, candy rocks, sixlets and raisins (topped with a printable topper).
- A mandarin orange (labeled with a “Sweet Herbivore Snack” printable from the Dinosaur Lunch Label Set).
- Carrots (in a cute Nashville Wraps container with a “Crunchy Herbivore Munchies” label).
- A turkey and swiss sandwich (wrapped with butcher paper and labeled with a “Tasty Carnivore Bites” label).
19-dinosaur-tracks-trail-mix-640x427When the kids arrived, they became true “dinosaur excavators” by getting dressed for the occasion. Brenda of Great Stitch made the most ADORABLE embroidered t-shirts and hats for the kids! Each child received the hat, shirt and an ID Badge customized with each kid’s name that they put in a lanyard from Oriental Trading. Check out the the team digging away!
22-dinosaur-kids-activities-640x439 34-dinosaur-party-game-640x457Another hit at the party was the Dinosaur Dig-Tac-Toe … Get it.. Dig? Tac Toe… (Tic-tac-toe)! Maureen designed this game and then spray-painted dinosaurs in orange and green as the playing pieces. The kids played the game and didn’t want to stop! Such an oldie but goodie game!
45-dinosaur-coloring-wall-poster-640x475The Coloring Wall poster spanned 12 feet and was such a huge help at the party in between activities. The kids could have colored all day! Anders Ruff now offers professional printing for large posters and coloring wall posters! They have it all! If you’re looking for an update to a classic boy’s birthday, look no further! There’s no denying that Pierson and all of his friends had a blast!
56-anders-family-640x457Head over to Anders Ruff for full details on this fun party!

CREDITS & RESOURCES:
– Party Styling, Production & Concept: Anders Ruff
– Dinosaur Invitation & Printable Graphics: Anders Ruff Shop
– Professional Photography: Michelle Kujawski Photography (Facebook page here)

DECOR:
– Wooden Dinosaur Puzzles: Amazon
– Faux Wheatgrass: Amazon

PARTY GOODS:
– Custom Embroidered T-Shirts & Hats: Great Stitch
– Custom Embroidered Tent & Pillow Cases: Great Stitch
– Custom Burlap Table Cloth: Candy Crush Events
– Dinosaur Excavation Kits, Mini Dino Skeletons, 3d Dino Puzzles, Mason Jars, Magnifying Glass: Oriental Trading Company
– Cupcake Wrappers: Bella Cupcake Couture
– Burlap Bags, Kraft Eco Boxes, Shred, Jute Twine, Tissue Paper, Clear Food Containers: Nashville Wraps
– Glass Jars and Glass Containers: Specialty Bottle
– Label Material for Printing: Onlinelabels.com
– Printing: Print My
– Dinosaur Crayons: Posh Paper Creations
– Wooden Utensils: Sucre Shop
– Paper Straws & Balloons: Smash Cake Studio

PARTY TREATS:
– Custom Cake: It’z My Party Cakery
– Candy Rocks, Candy Pebbles, Orange Sour Balls: Candy Galaxy
– Oatmeal Cream Pie Cookies: Sugar Wood
– Custom Sugar Cookies: Frog Prince Cake & Cookie Design
– Dinosaur Egg Cookies (Chocolate Covered Oreos): Sweeties by Kim

Personalize Valentine’s Day with PSA Essentials

Valentine’s Day is made for letting loved one’s know how special they are. It is a day for love, friendship and appreciation. Making cards and passing cards in class is a long-time tradition on Valentine’s Day. Get out your construction paper, glue, scissors, and PSA Essentials stamps! Using a stamp not only gives your cards an old-school feel, but also allows you to effortlessly add a personal touch to every card you make!

PSA Essentials is showing you lots of easy ways you can use these fun and trendy stamps on your Valentine’s Day cards this year!
Valentine's Day CardsThe talented design team at PSA Essentials has made some beautiful, handmade Valentine’s Day cards over the years. Here are some of their favorites using a variety of the Peel & Stick stamps! These cards use the ‘Love Birds’ and ‘Mr. & Mrs.’ Peel & Stick Stamps in a variety of ways and styles.

SideBySide_1Designer Stephanie Jones created treat bags that make great Valentine’s Day party favors or a special treat to send in your kid’s lunch box! Of course, the tags are stamped! Too cute!

SideBySideBesides the Peel & Stick Stamps, PSA Essentials offers a wide variety of Personalized Self-Inking Stamps. These personalized stamps offer a stylish and easy way to add your return addresses or monogram to any invitation, card or craft project!

PersonalizedStampDon’t forget that Valentine’s Day is not the only holiday to use PSA Essentials’ stamps! Anything from baby announcements, wedding invitations and other holidays are the perfect occasion to easily use a PSA Essentials stamp!

Anders Ruff: Sweet Shoppe Valentine’s Day Party

By this time of the new year red and pink pop up everywhere in our daily routines. That can only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day must be near! It’s official, love is in the air and parties are being planned!
anders-ruff-sweet-shoppe-valentines-day1Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and that means love is in the air and parties are being planned! If you need some ideas and tips on how to perfect your love day festivities look no further than the ‘Sweet Shoppe Valentine’s Day Collection’ from Anders Ruff. They describe their party as “confection perfection so get your sweet tooth ready!anders-ruff-sweet-shoppe-valentines-day2To give the table a parlor / boutique feel, they displayed all of their desserts on upside down hat boxes on top of red cake stands.  To make it even more appealing to the eyes, the ladies lined the trim of each of the hat boxes with light pink rik rak to give the illusion of cupcake wrappers.

anders-ruff-sweet-shoppe-valentines-day-71The children’s table was a vintage bistro table with heart backed parlor chairs that we refurbished (spray painted).  The parlor table was embellished with many printable graphics which included: printable coloring page placemats, cootie-catchers, soda pops with label and paper straw, cupcake sundaes with label and wooden spoon, and bowls of various chocolate (M&M’S, Hershey’s KISSES and mini candy bars).  The parlor table had a centerpiece of cupcakes and favors.  Mini cupcakes (Cupcrazed Cakery) were displayed along with the printable heart favor box in the center.anders-ruff-sweet-shoppe-valentines-day-12The children wrote out their valentines using the printables from the collection and colored their placemats.  They had a blast playing with the cootie catcher (a hit from last year’s “I Heart Valentine’s Day” collection).  An ice cream container favor box (Polka Dot Market) was dressed up with a tissue pom (Nashville Wraps), printable label and rik rak scallopy trim.  Again, they kept the major elements consistent throughout the entire party.anders-ruff-sweet-shoppe-valentines-day-41The ladies wanted the desserts to still look like parlor treats while being seasonally appropriate.  What better way than to mock them up using other confections?! The children had a blast and were interested in every little detail of the party. You can find all the printables for this lovely little party here! The collection includes Valentine’s specific graphics as well as more general designs so that they could be used year round.

We want to give a big thanks to Anders Ruff for allowing us to share their Sweet Shoppe Valentine’s Day party! It was almost too sweet for words!
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Credits and Sources:
– Production & Event Styling: Anders Ruff
– Printable Graphic Decor Collection: Anders Ruff
– Photography: Becca Bond Photography
– Handmade Dress, Pants & Tie: Made by Morgan
– Bracelet: Maggie Kate
– Ice Cream Containers: Polka Dot Market
– Glass Beverage Bottles: Shop Sweet Lulu
– Red & White Paper Straws: My Little Love
– Label Material for Printables: OnlineLabels.com
– Tissue Paper and Trims: Nashville Wraps
– Cake, Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops, Cruffles: Got What It Cakes
– Cupcake Sundaes & Mini Cupcakes: Cupcrazed Cakery
– Cupcake Cake Pops: Pop-a-razzi
– Sugar Cookies & Chocolate Heart Lollis: Firefly Confections
– Lollipops: Candy Warehouse

A “World Grand Prix” Birthday Party!

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Like many boys {and girls!}, Noah just adores the Dis­ney “Cars” series and chose this theme to cel­e­brate his fifth birth­day! Last year, I helped style his “Under Con­struc­tion” party at an indoor play­ground, which is always a bit tricky due to the time and space con­straints. Although his party this year didn’t take place in the same loca­tion, it was still an indoor space that allowed a mere 10–15 min­utes for set-up!

We focused on the sec­ond movie in the “Cars” movie fran­chise, where the char­ac­ters par­tic­i­pate in the World Grand Prix in sev­eral dif­fer­ent cities around the world to give it a more race car flair! I designed the invi­ta­tion with graph­ics from Jes­sica Weible Illus­tra­tions, invit­ing guests to join Noah’s pit crew!

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After con­firm­ing the amount of tables avail­able with the party loca­tion, we decided to include the food and desserts all in one set up for the crew to make their pit stops and fill up their tanks. Sig­nage, includ­ing the inter­na­tional film posters from the movie, were dis­played in col­or­ful frames from Ikea, while food labels ref­er­enced char­ac­ters and movie top­ics. The var­i­ous food items were dis­played in buck­ets, bowls and oil pans and though I uti­lized the same gal­va­nized cup­cake stand as last year, I changed it up by lin­ing the sides with check­ered crepe paper and cut out and glued cars rac­ing around the tiers.

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Since the con­struc­tion set up from last year’s party made such a big impact, we decided we wanted to achieve a sim­i­lar look this year and were for­tu­nate that the party place had sev­eral pic­nic tables avail­able for the kids to sit and eat. We lined the tables with check­ered plas­tic cloths from Hobby Lobby and the seats with rac­ing hel­mets from Birth­day Express. The per­fect plas­tic Cars plates were found at the 99¢ Only stores and were paired with over­sized tire cups from Birth­day Express. The cups are intended for a Mon­ster Truck party and included a cor­re­spond­ing graphic, which we replaced with tags I designed to match the rest of the decor. Toys from Noah’s per­sonal col­lec­tion were sprin­kled about the tables for an added touch! The pit crew had a blast, espe­cially when the race car dri­ver that Noah’s mom hired showed up!

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The favors were dis­played at the Winner’s Cir­cle by the front door for the pit crew to grab on their way out of the race­way, which included Cars books, crayons and tire yo-yo’s inside a re-usable bag ~ all found at the 99¢ Only store and Dol­lar Tree! The tags were paired with adorable char­ac­ter race medals from Party City. We were so thank­ful to be part of Noah’s Crew to help cel­e­brate another win and fan­tas­tic year! Ka-Chow!

17 18What do you think? Will you consider a Grand Prix theme for your little one’s party?

 

Aloha Hawaiian Luau Birthday Party!

Lynlee-BeckettWhen it came to decid­ing upon this year’s theme for my daughter’s birthday, we were inspired by the amaz­ing and unfor­get­table fam­ily trip we took to Hawaii last month that was gifted to us by my incred­i­bly gen­er­ous in-laws! My lit­tle hula girl had so much fun and fell in love with the islands and has already decided to move there after she grad­u­ates from col­lege! For the luau, I focused on a vin­tage Hawaii feel rem­i­nis­cent of the clas­sic post­cards, which inspired my design for the invi­ta­tions, with dig­i­tal images from Clip Art Cor­ner, as well as the paper prod­ucts through­out the luau.

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Guests were wel­comed to the luau with a bam­boo sign and a cart sim­i­lar to the ones found at the Inter­na­tional Mar­ket Place in Waikiki! We dressed up a lemon­ade stand I had pur­chased from Joann Fab­ric and Crafts a cou­ple years back with some hula skirts, offer­ing some lei neck­laces I made, as well as shell neck­laces and beaded bracelets for all the “Junior Boys” and “Honey Girls”.

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We re-purposed some wooden signs from The Dol­lar Tree by spray-painting them and dec­o­rat­ing them with some of the luau activ­i­ties and trop­i­cal flower stickers.

Because we antic­i­pated a bit of a heat wave here in Vegas over the week­end, we set up a “Sun­screen Sta­tion” and made fans to keep guests cool and protected!

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When search­ing for party inspi­ra­tion on-line, I came upon these adorable grass hut umbrel­las on Parents.com that we just had to repli­cate and pair with some buck­ets of sand and straw mats for guests of all ages to relax and enjoy!

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The decor on the tables included nat­ural table­cloths and run­ners, trop­i­cal fruits and framed vin­tage Hawai­ian post­cards. The plates and nap­kins included rich, vibrant col­ors and were topped with wooden forks with “ALOHA” stamped on the han­dles. Guests drank Hawai­ian fruit punch, trop­i­cal juice and cold water out of both coconut and palm tree cups. The tables sat under­neath a big gazebo, embell­ished with col­or­ful tis­sue poms and brown paper lanterns, resem­bling coconuts.

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The luau feast was pre­sented on a table lined with a burlap table­cloth and a grass skirt and adorned with trop­i­cal and beach-inspired decor. Vin­tage lug­gage trunks pre­sented a vari­ety of Hawai­ian chips, while red pig-shaped plates car­ried ham sand­wiches to sym­bol­ize the tra­di­tional luau roasted pigs! The menu wouldn’t be com­plete with­out some teriyaki chicken, trop­i­cal fruit salad and ham and pineap­ple kebabs on palm tree picks. The food labels were made to look like lit­tle bam­boo signs, dis­played inside tiny metal buck­ets filled with crushed gra­ham crack­ers and dec­o­rated with wooden surf­boards {bookmarks!}.

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When plan­ning this party, the one thing Anabelle specif­i­cally requested was a vol­cano cake with sparkler can­dles! When I saw a vol­cano cake on Disney’s Spoon­ful, along with a recipe to make can­died lava, I thought it would be per­fect! I uti­lized the Wilton Clas­sic Won­der Mold to bake a red vel­vet cake and added choco­late frost­ing and the erupt­ing lava. But I just couldn’t have a party with­out cup­cakes, which I orga­nized on three lev­els: vol­cano, sand and sea. Just below the vol­cano sat the choco­late cup­cakes with fon­dant plume­ria flow­ers, torches, palm leaves and coconuts. The next layer included vanilla cup­cakes topped with crushed gra­ham cracker sand and embell­ish­ments, such as vin­tage surf­boards, pineap­ples, wood “SURF” signs, ukule­les and flip flops {slip­pers} with drink umbrel­las. The final level rep­re­sented the ocean with light blue water frost­ing, sea tur­tles, trop­i­cal fish and coral, shells and sea life.

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Also on the dessert table were gummy candy fruit kebabs dis­played inside coconuts, Hawai­ian pineap­ple can­dies and caramel pop­corn in the most adorable tiki pop­corn boxes designed by the amaz­ing Piggy Bank Par­ties! The cute boxes brought added dimen­sion to the table and were easy for small guests to carry! If you are not famil­iar with them, you have to check out all the amaz­ing work they do, espe­cially the cre­ative and orig­i­nal favor boxes! The sides of the table were anchored by some tiki torches hold­ing a ban­ner with Anabelle’s name and embell­ished with a grass skirt.

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If you are famil­iar with the par­ties I throw for my daugh­ter, you know how much I love to have added enter­tain­ment for the chil­dren. This year, we were for­tu­nate to have Mayra from Las Vegas Hula come and teach the kids about hula danc­ing and tra­di­tional instru­ments! Because a lot of the chil­dren hap­pen to be boys, we included a Maori War­rior les­son, which also included tribal chin tat­toos and head­bands and was the per­fect addi­tion to keep their interest!

Other beach activ­i­ties to keep the kids busy and hav­ing fun included bub­ble guns {you can never go wrong with bub­bles!}, hula hoops, pad­dle balls and blow-up dol­phins. And no luau is com­plete with­out a limbo contest!

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It was so, so nice to see guests, young and old, relax­ing, eat­ing and play­ing under the umbrel­las and the gazebo and enjoy­ing a day at the “beach”! And since I come from a fash­ion back­ground, it was espe­cially fun that every­one came dressed up in their luau garb!

We just had to have some Hawai­ian Host choco­lates with macadamia nuts! And to com­bat the high tem­per­a­tures, freezer pops were essen­tial ~ our ver­sion of Hawai­ian ice!

Anabelle’s vol­cano erupted with her requested sparklers as we sang “Happy Birthday”!

My sweet and incred­i­bly tal­ented friend, Jenny of Craft That Party makes the most adorable peg dolls and she sur­prised us with this pre­cious lit­tle hula girl that just made Anabelle’s day! It was truly such a gen­er­ous and thought­ful gift and an on-going memento of this cel­e­bra­tion that will be added to her cur­rent col­lec­tion of peg dolls from Jenny! Be sure to visit her Etsy store to see the cute­ness she cre­ates with this lit­tle wooden dolls!

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To say “Mahalo” to her friends for com­ing and com­mem­o­rat­ing her birth­day, Anabelle’s favors included trop­i­cal fish loofahs, after sun gel, hand san­i­tizer, stick­ers and air fresh­en­ers as a reminder of their time on the island! And a spe­cial “Mahalo” to our OHANA {fam­ily and dear friends} for all their incred­i­ble sup­port and help in plan­ning, exe­cut­ing and clean­ing up after such a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion! ALOHA!!! ♥

 

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