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!

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!!! ♥

 

To see more incredible events by Lynlee, visit Lynlees.com!

I Hope You Dance Party by Lynlee’s Petite Cakes!

The song “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack inspired this beautiful party by Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes. I’m sure most of you know the song and would agree that it’s hard not to get emotional when you hear it and think of your children and the hopes you have for their lives. It’s inspiring, uplifting and the perfect theme for a little girl’s celebration before she starts her first day of school.

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Since the moment my daughter, Anabelle, was born, the song “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack has held a special place in my heart. The lyrics encompass my dreams for her life as she grows up and my hopes that she will live life to the fullest, regardless of the hardships or road blocks she may encounter. I want her to take chances and strive for happiness, as I am with my current venture, and I could and would not be doing so without the encouragement of my loving parents and family. My mother is an endless fountain of support and while crafting is not a gene I got from her, she will always be at my side, cutting and gluing her heart away. My father got me my first Wilton decorating tips and has always encouraged me to “have fun” throughout my life, whether I was heading out to take a test, going to a party or leaving for college, and I will never forget that. I recall a conversation we had where, as he reminisced over the good old days, he mentioned one of his few regrets was not having danced more.

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As Anabelle prepared to start kindergarten this Fall, I wanted to commemorate the first of many milestones with a celebration that would not only excite her for the embarkation of her new adventure, but also inspire her with the confidence that her own parents will always support her with the constant hope that I pray she will never forget: to dance.

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The party debuted in the Fall 2012 issue of Bird’s Party Magazine and it was Bird’s Party herself that created the stunning graphics and printables and brought my vision to life so beautifully. I wanted a soft, romantic feel, with an infusion of natural and musical aspects, along with a touch of sparkle! The beach setting was chosen to play upon the lyric “I hope you still feel small beside the ocean”, symbolizing the humility and gratitude I hope she maintains, as she follows her dreams.

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The desserts were simple and represented the overall theme or specific lyrics in the song.

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A small notebook was set aside in which hopes and wishes for Anabelle could be written and glittered cones with edible favors were set aside to be taken home.

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As my baby girl headed off to kindergarten, I had conflicting feelings with which I am sure many parents could relate: excitement, fear, happiness, sadness… and though there will be countless events to come that will cause the same and even deeper emotions, my wish will always be the same…

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“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder, You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger, May you never take one single breath for granted, GOD forbid love ever leave you empty handed, I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean, Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens, Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance, And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

I hope you dance… I hope you dance.

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, Never settle for the path of least resistance Livin’ might mean takin’ chances but they’re worth takin’, Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth makin’, Don’t let some hell bent heart leave you bitter, When you come close to sellin’ out reconsider, Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance, And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance. I hope you dance… I hope you dance.”

~performed by Lee Ann Womack and written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers

Vendor Credits:

Styling and Photography ~ Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Printables ~ Bird’s Party

Owl Cupcake Topper Tutorial!

Owls have become increasingly popular characters for nursery themes, kids room inspiration, baby shower themes, kid’s parties and so much more! They work great as the basis for any child’s room design or party because they are gender neutral, whimsical and fun. Our fabulous Creative Contributor, Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes, is sharing a tutorial for how to make her adorable Owl Cupcake Toppers so that you too can use them at your next party where they are sure to be a hit (or should I say hoot)! She’s calling these her “Thank Whooo Cupcakes”. So, if you’d like to learn how to make these adorable fondant owls, keep reading!

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Owl Cupcake Toppers - Ingredients

Supplies Needed

*yellow fondant

*rolling pin

*oval, teardrop and flower cutters

*round tip (in this case, Wilton tip 12)

*modeling stick

*food safe brush and water

*gold shimmer food color spray (in this case, Wilton Color Mist)

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Roll some yellow fondant into a ball and shape tips of owl ears with fingers.

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Roll out more yellow fondant flat with the rolling pin and use the cutters to cut out necessary shapes (2x flower shape for eyes and teardrop shape for wings).

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Shape the small circle into a ball and then use your fingers to make a tip for the owl nose.

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Utilize the modeling stick to make holes in the eyes . With the round tip angled at a 45* angle, make indentations in the large oval for a feather pattern.

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With the food safe brush dipped in water, glue all the fondant pieces to the three-dimensional owl figure.

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Cover your working surface and spray the fondant owl with the shimmer food color spray. This can be any color depending on the palette of your party! Top on your favorite cupcake and voila!

To see more owl-themed goodies for kid’s rooms, visit RosenberryRooms.com or click here!

Pumpkin Party for Fall Birthdays!

Having a fall birthday is a perfect reason to celebrate pumpkin style! The fall has it’s own spectrum of wonderful decorations that make a seasonal “Little Pumpkin” party so much more fun. Ellen of Ellen Bessette Events styled this fabulous homage to the pumpkin patch for our little Maddy using Frog Prince Paperie Printables. There were lots of treats, cider, s’mores, apple bobbing, and of course pumpkins.

I have to say, it’s a hard thing to turn a Florida back yard in August to a beautiful fall scene, but Ellen did it with flair. Straw bales, autumn leaves, mums and scarecrows dotted the yard with a punches of color. I especially love the wreath she hand crafted to hang over the dessert table. The pretty arbor the table was set in was swathed in leaf garlands and the table covered in another handmade creation, a pom-pom trimmed tablecloth.

Sweet treats from Lynlee’s Petite Cakes (fondant toppers) and The Cookie Jar (sugar cookies) starred on the table along with cinnamon flavored popcorn, lollipops and rock candy treats.

The kid-sized table used a pumpkin filled with flowers as the centerpiece. Ellen made the party hats from scrapbook paper, maribou and ribbon for the little ones to wear. To decorate the backs of the chairs, she used oversized felt pumpkins and tulle to create a chair swag that really popped!

A sweet little smash cakes with a pumpkin top from Something Sweet Cake Studio sat on top of the straw bales that lined the party area along with some cinnamon sticks and cider to wash it all down!

Our little Maddy made an appearance to eat some birthday cake in a little pumpkin tutu and matching hairband by Titi’s Tutus.

Ellen’s fun and colorful fall party stylings were truly enjoyed by the children as they ate, drank and played games!

Styling | Ellen Bessette Events | https://www.facebook.com/EllenBessetteEvents

Paperie and Photography | Frog Prince Paperie | http://frogprincepaperie.etsy.com

Photo Editing | Jill Leucht Photography | http://www.etsy.com/shop/LuechtPhotoandDesign

Fondant Toppers | Lynlee’s Petite Cakes | https://www.facebook.com/LynleesPetiteCakes

Sugar Cookies | The Cookie Jar | http://www.etsy.com/shop/batches

Smash Cake | Something Sweet Cake Studio | https://www.facebook.com/pages/Something-Sweet-Cake-Studio/86076272161

Tutu and Headband | Titi’s Tutus | http://titistutus.blogspot.com/

No Toy Gets Left Behind – Toy Story Party!

For all the Toy Story fans out there, you don’t want to miss this adorable “No Toy Gets Left Behind” birthday party from our Creative Contributor, Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes! A great theme for both boys and girls, this party idea is a hit for any child’s next birthday. From incredibly detailed cupcake toppers shaped like all of your favorite Toy Story characters, to a “toy donation” table for all the party gifts, no detail was left behind at this creative event so let’s celebrate and enjoy!

As my daughter, Anabelle’s fifth birthday was approaching, we were throwing around ideas of the theme of this year’s party. We traditionally try to find a theme that is gender neutral. Anabelle adores the Disney “Toy Story” series and when the idea came up, she was dead set on having a Toy Story-themed party to ring in the big FIVE! The challenge on my end would be to execute the theme, while avoiding making it overly commercial. With the three different movies and storylines, the possibilities were endless, but also a bit overwhelming! So, in talking with Anabelle, we decided to focus on the latest movie where the toys’ owner, Andy, is packing up and leaving for college and his toys are mistakenly donated to Sunnyside Daycare. I wanted to play up the use of cardboard boxes to represent the toys being boxed up, as well as throughout the decor. I also thought the use of color was really important to capture the vibe of a school, while also corresponding to the rainbow logo of Sunnyside.

The invitations set the mood for the party and when I envisioned them coming out of cardboard boxes, I knew I had to enlist the help of the incredibly talented Do from Piggy Bank Parties, who designs the most fabulous and creative printables and especially favor boxes! She made my dreams come true when she created these amazing box envelopes (with editable text!) for both the invites, as well as labels throughout the party! I found the most adorable illustration of a little girl dressed up as her favorite Toy Story character, Jessie, by the artist Carolyne Tillery in her Etsy shop oh hello dear, which I utilized in the design of the invitation, along with additional graphics from Kika Esteves.

The guests were greeted with giant “magnet” letters reading “NEW TOYS”, as the characters heard when they arrived at Sunnyside Daycare. I wanted the kids to feel like they were toys themselves and the oversized letters and alphabet blocks made from cardboard boxes were perfect! The backdrop for the dessert table was also built out of cardboard boxes and filled with the Toy Story toys popping out of them, while the banner was strung with alphabet block letters. The main attraction on the table was the cupcake display made out of smaller boxes. I made fondant toppers of the main characters and placed them on cupcakes in individual boxes. Also included on the table were different types of candy displayed inside clear paint cans in perfect arm’s reach for the kiddos.

Instead of a tablecloth, the kids’ table was lined with drawing paper from a tabletop paper holder and all the kids had their own Sunnyside lunch box. I wanted the kids’ food to be exactly what a toddler would find in a packed lunch with a sandwich, apple slices, rainbow goldfish crackers, fruit snacks and juice. The adult food was displayed separately in the “Parent Cafeteria” section.

We set up an art area with easels, coloring pages and Sunnyside art boxes for the kids. Drawings from Andy’s room were pinned across a string, while a blow-up bookworm welcomed the toys/kids. Fun and colorful art boxes with Sunnyside labels were affixed with Mod Podge and inside, the kids found a box of Toy Story crayons, character erasers and crayon bubbles and they had a fun time with the coloring pages.

Some of the activities we had in store were kept in these numeric mesh containers and labeled with the box cards. The colorful paratroopers were a huge success and the kids also had fun with the trash bag races and saving characters that I cut out of cardstock with a grabber to mimic the claw! We hired Ms. Louisa from Soulfire Studios to read the Toy Story 3 book to the children, dress them in costumes that she brought and lead them through activities to re-enact the storyline through imaginative play and music! They did a western dance to “You’ve Got a Friend In Me”, Ken’s fashion show while walking down the runway to “Freak Out” and rocked the maracas and sombreros to “Ay Un Amigo En Mi”! We also had Balloons With a Twist do face painting for the kids, at the birthday girl’s request.

We laid out empty boxes with an oversized post-it note for guests to “donate” their gifts to Anabelle, while the favors were hiding in these “TOYS TO DONATE” boxes. The kids went home with a set of Toy Story characters and the note quoting Andy in the movie, who just donated his toys to a deserving little girl as he departs for college:

“Now you gotta promise to take good care of these guys. They mean a lot to me.”

So long, partner.

♥ Anabelle

Credits

Party styling, desserts and photography: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes (www.lynleespetitecakes.com)

Rootin’ Tootin’ Cowgirl illustration: oh hello dear (www.etsy.com/people/ohhellodear)

Cardboard box envelopes: Piggy Bank Parties (www.piggybankparties.com)

Graphics: Kika Esteves (www.etsy.com/shop/kikaesteves) and Kelly Medina Studios (www.etsy.com/shop/Kellymedinastudios)

Disney printables: Disney Family and Pixar Planet Forums

Entertainment: Soulfire Studios (www.soulfirestudios.com) and Balloons with a Twist

 

 

Ahoy! Nautical Baby Shower

Summer is here and that means lots of time by the beach or lake, fun outdoor entertaining, and all things seaside and nautical (my favorite theme!). That being said, I’m so excited to share this adorable “Ahoy Baby!” baby shower from Lynlee’s Petite Cakes! The combination of sea blues and sunshine yellow mixed with darling rope and anchor details make this shower so perfect for summer! 

For expectant mothers due in the Summer months, there’s no better way to welcome their new first mate than with a nautical-themed baby shower! I adore the Mod Nautical Anchor collection by the WH Hostess, pairing several shades of blue with a bright and refreshing pop of yellow, which I utilized to style this bright and cheery luncheon for the Summer 2012 issue of The Party Dress. I decided to focus on a mature feel to honor the mother-to-be, with the infusion of playful and sweet details. The beautiful invitation set the mood, inviting guests to join the celebration seaside.

The dessert table was set-up along the waterfront, providing a gorgeous view and anchoring the party. To avoid obstructing the scenery, I created a backdrop inspired by a window at Anthropologie that not only resembled a sail from afar, but at closer look, also simulated coral from the ocean. With the use of chicken wire, I constructed the shape and then inserted white folded coffee filters to develop coral designs. As a juxtaposition, I propped up a basketweave anchor that, with the burlap tablecloth, added a natural, sandy feel to the crisp and vivid colors.

The desserts centered around the nautical theme and coordinating colors. Due to the Summer season and outdoor location, I thought it would be refreshing to utilize several lemon and fruit treats, along with some traditional sweets. I hollowed out lemons, added lemon custard topped with blueberries and  displayed them in a seaside lantern. I also inserted the collection’s cupcake toppers to add height and decor to the oversized container. Small mason jars were filled with milk and lifesaver donuts sat perched on the rims with the help of fish drink stirrers.

Chocolate-dipped Oreo pops were decorated with fondant to look like portholes, while marshmallows resembled numbered buoys. Lemon cupcakes were embellished with fondant sailor onesies, bibs and baby bottles, nestled in sugar sand, along with chocolate sea shells in a nautical steering wheel tray. I made layered jello lighthouse push pops, as well as mini fruit tarts to complete the table. Buffet cards were displayed with the correlating desserts and centerpiece sticks adorned glass jars filled with sugar sand. Sea urchin meringue cookies were scattered throughout and an “AHOY” pennant banner hung in front of the table.

The luncheon table was set with a burlap covering and a striped blue runner. A lantern served as the centerpiece and inside, a coral decoration sculpted with chicken wire, white coffee filters and yellow cupcake liners. Small vases with floral decor were enhanced with natural string and cupcake toppers throughout the table. Each setting consisted of blue fish plates and coordinating small plates to carry lemons for the seafood meal. Additional lemons were served in small, plastic containers resembling boat houses. You can dress up the silverware by simply tying a colorful ribbon around and placing it directly on the napkins. The water bottle labels can also be used to adorn simple glasses and were filled with cool and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Lastly, urge your guests  to leave a “Message in a Baby Bottle” for the parents-to-be on a framed notecard from the collection. These super sweet notecards are so versatile and can also be used for thank you cards, as well as designating activities during a party or shower. And as a final send off, wish your guests a bon voyage with lifesaver candies packaged in cello bags with toppers and wrapped with string for an added touch!

Vendor Credits:

WH Hostess ~ Paper Goods (whhostess.com)

Styling, desserts and photography ~ Lynlee’s Petite Cakes (www.lynleespetitecakes.com)

CupKate’s Event Design ~ Push pop containers (www.cupkateseventdesign.com)

Celebrate Father’s Day with a Hiking Party!

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to share this adorable Hiking Party for Dad from Lynlee’s Petite Cakes! After all, Dad’s deserve parties too, right? Complete with Rock Candy Sticks, Trail Mix and Compass Cookies, this “dude-ly” party is full of clever details perfect for celebrating dear ol Dad! Take a look!

For Dads who love the great outdoors, a hiking party would be a perfect theme for a Father’s Day celebration! So why not enjoy the arrival of Summer, while spending time with the family out a nature walk? To make sure Dad is well-fed and hydrated, I styled this hiking-themed picnic to provide ample sustenance in preparation for any adventure.

For the invitation design, I utilized clip art from Jessica Weible‘s Boy Camp Trip collection, paired with digital scrapbook paper from dxpi Design‘s Fall Plaids set to invite the family to “Take a Hike” at Red Rock Canyon in Nevada. At the location, I found the most amazing lookout spot, which provided the perfect backdrop for the table. When setting up parties on location, I love to utilize the environment as much as possible and this particular view needed no enhancements! I set the table with a rustic, outdoorsy feel to display the “GRUB”, inclusive of both lunch and dessert items. The neutral colors with pops of green and red, along with the wood, pine cones and horn decor captured a more masculine, natural feel and worked perfectly with the setting. I personalized the table with wooden letters enhanced with rope and a banner with the word “DAD” across the front of the table.

One side of the table displayed chocolate cupcakes, embellished with hiking-themed fondant toppers. I printed out faux wood cupcake wrappers so generously offered by Bird’s Party that worked perfectly! Cupcake wrappers are such an easy way to dress up cupcakes according to your theme. Other items included jumbo s’mores on a stick, rocky granola bars, hiking trail rice treats and rock candy sticks. Several of these items were snacks that needed very little preparation, but matched the motif, but were also enhanced with cute and creative names.

In the center, I created a Trail Mix Bar and provided little woodland cello bags for guests to create their own blend of ingredients to take on their hike! There are so many possibilities for the ingredients for the mix and allows for an added activity for guests.

The other side of the table included a few more dessert items, with chocolate wafer hiking sticks and compass oatmeal cookies. Also offered were roast beef sandwiches, complemented with potato chip leaves and pebble salad.

Make sure to stay hydrated with drinks poured into adorable small metal drink canisters and offerings, such as water, iced tea and root beer.

The party favors included large metal drink bottles filled with old-fashion root beer hard candies, along with other supplies useful for hiking and a tag wishing guests “Happy Trails”!

The day and the view could not have been more beautiful and was perfect hiking weather! Celebrate Dad, incorporate this theme for birthday celebrations for both adults and kids or just plan a special outing while taking advantage of your surroundings and adventures the warm weather has to offer!

 

Under Construction Kid’s Birthday Party!

Does your little man have a birthday coming up? Need a great idea for a theme? Well our Creative Contributor, Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes has the perfect party theme for you – Under Construction! This fun kid’s party with adorable details like chocolate construction hats, orange cone drinks and truck shaped cupcake toppers is a unique choice and sure to be a hit. Check out the details and photos below!

There are major advantages of throwing a party an indoor play place, but sometimes parents want to personalize it a bit more and are not sure how and with so little time to set up! Here is an example of a construction-themed party held at an indoor playground called Peekaboo Playland in Southern California with extra cost-effective touches to individualize the celebration to the birthday boy.

I designed the invitation with graphics from Little Fairy Land and prints from Woofy World, which set the tone for the party. The food and desserts were placed all on one table, which was anchored by large paper mache letters spelling out the birthday boy’s name and tied together with ropes as if it were still being built, along with a tiered tray of cupcakes!

I made construction-themed fondant toppers to adorn the cupcakes, but because the guest list was fairly large, we decided to decorate them with both fondant and paper toppers. The latter were also designed utilizing the coordinating graphics. This is a great way to not only provide diversity in the cupcake presentation, but also to keep down costs. Though I made sure to make enough fondant decorations for all the kids to avoid any arguments!

To achieve a more industrial look, I purchased some textured foam tiles for the table from Big Lots. Along with the galvanized trays and buckets, I also used some trucks and toys to present the food, which consisted of “break time sandwiches”, “excavating empanadas”, “wrecking potato balls” and “nuts and bolts fruit salad”. I had found a circular saw made out of wood at Hobby Lobby and decided to paint it silver and glue it to a candlestick, which turned out to be a cute little stand! We cut out some parchment paper to put on it and decorated it “spare tire donuts” and “chocolate construction hats”. The “stuck-o & cement pizza” was served directly to the kids at their tables.

I inserted decor all along the table and the counter behind it relating back to the theme, inclusive of mini hard hats, cones and flashlights. Additional use of tool boxes aided in holding napkins and extra utensils and drinks were found at the “fueling station”.

I couldn’t be happier with the table setting for the kiddos… I mean, construction workers! The location had two picnic tables with benches and we mimicked the food table with the foam tiles and added plates and orange cone cups from Celebrate Express. The fabulous ladies working there laid out the construction hats on the benches and were ready for the crew to put on and get to work! And by the way, we really appreciated their help in setting up, as we only had 15 minutes to do so! I picked up some yellow tool belt attachments, which we used to hold the plasticware and provided some extra fun details.

The favors were probably my favorite aspect of the party! I was originally planning on utilizing little metal buckets to store the gifts, but when browsing the aisles of the 99c Only Store for ideas, I found the perfect plastic tool boxes for, well, 99 cents! I designed the thank you tag to fit into a plastic i.d. badge holder and attached it to a matching striped lanyard. Inside the toolbox, the guests workers found tools, a couple of construction vehicles and adorable bubbles in the shape of a construction guy ~ all found at The Dollar Tree!

It was super fun to help construct this party for the birthday boy and I was honored to be part of his crew!

Merci beaucoup!

 

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