Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Donuts with Christopher for his 4th Birthday

Our son turned four years old this month and one of his all time favorite foods right now is a doughnut! So when we asked him what he wanted to do to celebrate his birthday his answer: "Have a doughnut party!" came as no surprise! We invited some of his close friends and their families over for a 9am Saturday morning party and served lots and lots of donuts!

 
The sign on our front door that greeted out guests.

 I made this sign by cutting out cardboard in a doughnut shape and then covering it with brown craft paper and then again with green wrapping paper as the frosting (the green paper was bought at IKEA). I then cut out the sprinkles from a darker green wrapping paper and letters from white card stock. 

I made a second sign and hung it above the food table that read "Donuts with Christopher". It was made the same way as explained above just reversing the two wrapping paper colors.

I also made a bunch of doughnut banners in our party colors. I purchased the artwork on Etsy from NedtiDesigns at this link. I simply printed and cut them out, added holes and threaded them through green yarn.

One of my favorite elements of the party was this amazing doughnut stand that my husband built. It is such a fun way to display doughnuts plus it is SUPER simple to make! I simply went to Home Depot and bought an unfinished piece of wood and 3 long dowels. It cost about $8 total. Then my husband cut each dowel in half and drilled six, evenly spaced holes into the piece of wood. He then wood glued each dowel into the wood. The donuts stacked beautifully on each dowel and it made for a fun presentation!

 Along with the stacked donuts I served fresh fruit and mini donuts.

I made mini-doughnut kabobs for the kids to enjoy. I bought cake pop sticks and white Styrofoam balls at Walmart. I them put the balls into IKEA white pots and stuck the sticks into the balls. I added a mini doughnut and a doughnut hole to each stick.

For the cake I choose a lemon bunt cake from Walmart since it looked like a doughnut and gave everyone another sweet option to enjoy.

The complete food table.


You cannot have donuts without a good cup of coffee! My husband was an amazing barista at our party. We also served hot chocolate, orange juice and chocolate milk.

Since the party was indoors the kids mainly played with toys in our playroom but I also set up a place where they could make a doughnut seed necklace. They loved the activity!



Another doughnut banner.

I always like to send home favors that are not full of little, cheap trinkets but something that kids will use and enjoy. Since it was a dough - nut party, I sent everyone home with both dough (Play-Doh) and nuts (Peanut M&Ms). I also threw in a few lifesavers as they are doughnut shaped. Using the same artwork I used for the banners I made favor tags with the wording "I donut think I could have celebrated my birthday without you! XO Christopher". 

How I displayed the favors.

The most important thing was that this little guy had an amazing birthday party and got to eat loads of donuts on his special day! Happy 4th Birthday Christopher! XO

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Julia's Cupcake Party

For Julia's 6th birthday she asked to have friends over to decorate cupcakes and so that is what we did! We turned our front dining room into "Julia's Bakery" where her and her friends designed their own chef's hats with stickers and markers, and then decorated cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles galore! It was a fun and very delicious party!

I found this invitation on evite.com and it was perfect for her party!

I decorated the party's focal wall with a pendant banner that I had purchased at Walmart along with a poster board cupcake sign I designed for the party.

For the sign, I wrapped our mirror with craft paper and then taped a white poster board cupcake that I had cut out by hand. On the cupcake cutout I glued cherries and the words "Julia's Bakery" that I had cutout of card stock. Finally I used paper streamers to add the stripes to the cupcake wrapper. I really loved how it turned out!

I found balloons in the party's colors at Party City.

Another super fun decor item were the cupcake wrapper garlands. I made these garlands simply by stringing cupcake wrappers on white string.


Finally, I also cutout and designed another large cupcake for the side wall. 

When the girls arrived the first thing they did was they designed their own chef hat. They LOVED this craft. I had previously hot glued cupcake wrapper flowers to each hat which gave them a little additional flair!

I provided markers and stickers for the girls to use to personalize their hats.

The cupcake wrapper flowers are super simple to make. Simply turn a cupcake wrapper inside out. Then take a second cupcake wrapper and turn it inside out but cut this one into a flower shape. Hot glue the cut out wrapper to the first wrapper and then glue on an additional mini cupcake wrapper. Finally, finish it off with a colorful button. The buttons were purchased at Walmart.

My little birthday princess designing her chef hat.

After the chef hats were finished the girls went outside to play while I set up the table for decorating cupcakes! 


Each guest received four cupcakes to decorate. These were then boxed up and part of their favor. Then each girl picked a fifth cupcake of her choice to decorate and eat at the party!

 I baked four different flavors which included: french vanilla, strawberry, orange marmalade and chocolate. Each guest also received their own cup of candy to use to personalize their cupcakes.

I made vanilla, chocolate and strawberry frosting for the party.

The table was also filled with a variety of colorful sprinkles for the girls to use. Sugar, sugar, sugar!


The birthday girl hard at work.


I used Julia's play kitchen as another decorative piece in our front room where we opened gifts and laid out the favors for the girls. 

On the mirror I taped white cupcake liners in the shape of a 6 and then glued a button inside each liner.

For the party favors I purchased these adorable clear cupcake holders for everyone to take their cupcakes home in. Then each guest was also given a mini whisk. Both the cupcake holders and mini whisks were purchase on Amazon.com


Using an already made printable (fond here: Link), I designed this tag, printed it on card stock and taped it to the top of each cupcake holder. The little cupcakes that I tied with pink ribbon to each whisk were also found at the above link.

The cupcake holders now full of delicious treats to take home!

I bought this extra large cupcake at our local Ralphs as Julia's own personal birthday cake.

I think she liked it! :)

Happy 6th Birthday Julia!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Noah's Bow Tie Brunch

To celebrate Noah's 1st Birthday we invited just a few close family friends over for a birthday brunch. The party was a bow tie theme because baby boys wearing bow ties are just too cute! It was a wonderful, relaxing morning with great food and great friends. 

I drew this sign on our chalkboard to welcome our guests.

Noah's adorable onesie was purchased off Etsy from SewBoyBaby. Look her up here: link !!

How I displayed the favors.

Each child got to wear a bow tie in her hair (for the girls) or around his neck (for the boys) and then go home with a favor bag and lollipop. The girls also were given pearl necklaces to wear. The lollipops and the necklaces were purchased at Party City.

Found these adorable bow ties on Target.com.

The contents of each favor bag. The bags and all the contents I purchased at Party City. The bow ties are made from tissue paper I also purchased at Party City. The buttons are from a pack I purchased at Micheal's.


Above the table I hung a banner featuring month by month pictures of Noah attached to blue and white twine I had purchased at Micheal's. Each picture is attached to the string with a mini silver close-pin I purchased at Target. To add a little extra detail I glued a turquoise button to each close-pin. At the end of the banner are two bow ties I made out of tissue paper. The tissue paper was all purchased from Party City and the buttons came in a pack from Micheal's. The other two triangle banners I made from scrapbook paper purchased from Micheal's. I used the same twine to string up these two banners.

This tissue paper banner I made from tissue paper I purchased at Party City and blue/white twine I purchased at Michael's.

The food: berry pecan granola parfaits; fruit salad; a variety of mini pastries; mini bagels with cream cheese and jam or smoked salmon and herb goat cheese; broccoli cheese quiche; spinach artichoke quiche; and to finish, a white chocolate raspberry bunt cake from Nothing Bunt Cakes.



White chocolate raspberry bunt cake from Nothing Bunt Cakes.


Noah's smash cake. I made the cake and my cousin made the fondant bow tie.

I cut the little bow ties out of scrapbook paper and glued one on every parfait cup.

The drink bar. The banner I made out of scrapbook paper and twine purchased at Micheal's.

Got to have mimosas with brunch!

The rest of the house I chose not to decorate and just blew up a bunch of balloons that matched the colors of the party. The kids loved playing with the balloons!

The birthday boy having fun smashing his cake!

The final thing I made was a banner for Noah's highchair. Again using all the things mentioned above I made this bow tie banner. It is made from scrapbook paper, buttons and twine from Michael's and the large bow ties are made from tissue paper I purchased at Party City.

I think he quite enjoyed himself!

Happy Birthday to my Sweet Noah!