Monday, July 21, 2014

Fiesta Party

Cindy, one of my blog contributors came to me with the Fiesta party idea to have for her husband & his best friends' birthdays.  She wanted chalkboard look with the bright colors of Mexico and of course a lil Margaritas. She did a fabulous job. Ole'  

This blog post is told by Cindy.

My husband and his best friend share the same birthday, and it’s tradition for them to celebrate together. My first challenge in planning this party was to come up with a festive theme suitable for these guys. I’ve been secretly waiting for an opportunity to indulge in the adorable mustache decorations that have been so popular lately, but sadly they seemed more fitting for a babyshower or baby boy’s first birthday. But then one night during some preliminary Pinterest searching, I came across a couple of parties that incorporated mustaches among the typical fiesta decor. Combine that with my husband’s love of Mexican food, the crowd pleasing nature of Margaritas, and voila!

I worked with Just a Little Sparkle to create these adorable custom invitations that were sure to set the tone for our event.

For seating, I decided to create a “Cantina” feel by using pub tables and barstools from my go-to rental source, Apex Tent & Party . The centerpieces were mini pinatas from Hobby Lobby and recycled Corona bottles for vases. I managed to squeeze in the mustaches as a finishing touch. I also scored and found some adorable mustache straws at Michael’s in the dollar bins… so I made sure I found a fun way to display those as well. 

I love having a photo booth station at our events, and this time I challenged myself to make a backdrop on a budget. I repurposed some plastic tablecloths to create a pinata fringe type look. 

The adorable printable by Just a little Sparkle really dressed up our photo booth prop table. 

I decided to try a tip from some local fellow party planners and ordered my sweets from our neighborhood Vons bakery. For under $40 I had two mini cakes and three dozen cupcakes. The outcome wasn’t too shabby. I dressed up the cakes and cupcakes with picks from Hobby Lobby.  And to finish off the cake table, I added a salsa bar – not necessarily “sweet” but it was definitely cute. Quite possibly my favorite party element was an alcohol-free take on a margarita bar which I created using mini margarita glasses, candy, melting chocolate and colored sugar. The signs were designed by Just a little Sparkle and I displayed them using some very inexpensive IKEA frames. 

You can find all the fiesta printables HERE

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Construction Party

I had so much fun designing this Construction theme.  I design so many girl themes, that it was refreshing to do this modern feel to the construction theme.

This party was set up by Susan, from The Royal Cook.  When I asked her about her set up, this is what she had to say...

My little guy loves anything and everything with wheels, as well as going to work with Daddy (he's a general contractor/developer), so a construction party was the perfect theme for him. 

My little guy and his buddies had lunch of Uncrustables, juice boxes, goldfish crackers and squeeze applesauce. Then colored construction truck pictures, built with blocks and played with play dough.  

Favor boxes and Crayons covered with printables from Just a little Sparkle

The Dessert table

My little man loved everything and kept telling me how handsome his party was as I was setting it up. :) 

All Printables: Just a little Sparkle
Styling + Desserts: The Royal Cook

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Snow Cone Shoot

With Summer here I wanted to do a little shoot that showed off some Summer Fun!  Thinking of something new and fresh, I thought how much fun are Snow Cones and wallah, came the Snow Cone shoot!

Nicole with Leighton Belle Photography photographed the shoot. She did such a amazing job with the kids and all the details. I love working with her, she has a great eye for capturing the moments.

We didn't have just Snow Cones, we had lots of play on Snow Cone desserts.
This dessert table was filled with some Super Scrumptious goodies

Check out this adorable cake made by Mas Cakes and the matching Snow Cone Garland by The Purple Pug.

Cravings by Wendy made these yummy Beach Ball and Snow Cone krispies. They were super moist and the kids loved them.

Faux Cones!! 
Piece of Mine made the Faux Cones and the Candy Cones. 
These were coconut macaroons and underneath was M&M's.  How cute, right!?!?!

These were chocolate covered marshmallows with nerds and a dot candy to fill the cone.  Michele with Piece of Mine was so creative with her desserts.

Jodi with Sew La Ti Dough made these Snow Cone cookies. Jodi makes the best sugar cookies, she's seriously awesome and I love working with her on my shoots. She's so creative and as sweet as pie.  

Next to the Snow Cookies are the Snow Cone favor boxes that Wendy's Printable Party has created just for this shoot. She also designed these fun printable beach chairs.  
I've worked with Wendy on many shoots and if you ask, she can design it!

Snow Cones, Snow Cones, get your Snow Cones!! Loved these Snow Cone Cake Pops by Bella's Bakery & Bowtique.  She made these coordinating Chocolate covered Oreos for me too, which were amazing!

Another Super fun and unique idea are these Lollipop Snow Cones by Connie's Creations.

Details of the kids table

Of course we had to have a Snow Cone stand.  This was made out of the crates from a local craft store and some wood posts.  I painted them and used a chalkboard paint on the top piece.  Paper rosettes added a playful touch.

I had to add the mini Snow Cones to these frames with coordinating printable sign. I found these great frames at Michaels for 2.00.  I've seen primary colored ones at Ikea for 1.00, but not the bright colored like I show here.

All the models wore these fun and very versatile head wraps by The Purple Chameleon. You can wear these around your head, wrist or as a belt.  All the girls LOVED theirs.

What's a Summer party without a jump in the pool, right?! All the girls had lots of fun, enjoyed their sweets and water balloon toss.. I say toss, lightly! tee hee 

A big Thank you to all my models and of course of the AH-Maz-Ing vendors, you're all fab!

You can find the all printables HERE

Snow Cone Printables + Styling: Just a little Sparkle
Beach Ball & Snow Cone Krispies: Cravings by Wendy
Snow Cone Cookies: Sew La ti Dough
Snow Cone Cake Pops & Oreos:  Bella’s Bakery and Bowtique 
Lollipop Snow Cones: Connie's Creations
Cake: Mas Cakes
Faux Cones & Snow Cone Macaroons: Piece of Mine 
Snow Cone Favor box & Beach chair: Wendy's Printable Party
Head Bands: The Purple Chameleon
Cake Snow Cone Garland: The Purple Pug