This blog is dedicated to sharing the parties I create and style!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mommy To Bee Babyshower

This baby shower was so much fun to style.  A fellow teacher friend is having her first baby and the staff decided to throw her a lil’baby shower in the staff lounge. Let me be honest when I say this lounge lent no help in the cuteness area…I had my work cut out for me to style the space.  

 She's having a baby boy but I decided to stay away from the blue palette. She herself decorates her classroom boards with black paper and yellow boarders so I wanted to incorporate that color scheme. Who showcases these colors the best…why bees do of course! And with that, the theme...  "Mommy to Bee” was born. Beside the lack luster staff lounge my other challenge was the budget…it was literally non-existent. Everything was created from things found in my art closet! Needless to say, the shower was lovely and mommy to bee felt celebrated! I extremely enjoyed this styling process…

Mommy to bee baby shower banner
pom poms hanging with garland
Paper garland and tissue paper pom poms were hung

paper daisy yellow centerpiece with bumblebee
Paper Daisy Centerpieces with flying Bumble Bees
Mommy to Bee Flag

daisy centerpiece with bumble bee
Paper Bumble bee attached to daisy
Bumble Bee Cupcake Toppers

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mad Tea Party 21st Birthday

We threw a huge raving 21st birthday party that went into the wee hours of the night. Over 100 people were invited and we made sure to have great finger food and tons of booze on hand! Once we decided on a Mad Tea party theme we stylized it with a modern twist. 

One long table occupied the space. We hung paper lanterns and lights.
 Decor::: Everything was done in black and white with huge trees that had playing cards hung from them. A full bar was set up with signature drinks for the night.
Tea cups hung on trees as the centerpieces

All finger foods were set up on the table banquet style.
Large trees were attached to the patio posts. Playing cards were hanging from the trees and ceiling.
A photo area was designed with hanging picture frames to snap pictures of the guests in there black and white attire.

Carnival Party

I had so much fun designing this carnival birthday party…especially because it was celebrating my baby boy! I’ve always wanted to do a carnival theme, knowing that there are endlessly possibilities for fun. I decided on this theme for his 1st birthday party the moment I pushed him…I know I’m crazy! Since then I’ve been eye spying, every store I shopped at for carnival or circus themed things! You would be surprised how easy it is to style a party exquisitely when you give yourself enough time…and I’ll admit a lil’ design sense is needed as well.
Carnival Party Invite

Carnival treats
The menu was simple:::Chili dogs, nachos, popcorn, cotton candy, caramel & apples and lemonade. Desserts included cupcakes, chocolate mustaches, cake pops and a candy bar!
Dessert Table
Cupcakes were made by Angelica Acosta and we topped them with clown cupcake toppers.
I made tiny balloons and attached them to animal figurines!
Clown cake pops by Lollie Cakes
Chocolate Mustaches
Photo Booth::: Refrigerator box painted red. And no booth is complete without KJ PHOTOGRAPHY shootin’ and clickin’ away!
I cut out funny dress up props for guests to use in the photo booth.
Carnival games:: ping pong blast, peg a clown, bottle toss, bowling and fish a duck to name a few. Some games were bought but most were home-made.
Clown faces were cut from felt and glued to cardboard. They were attached to red baskets.
Kids won raffle tickets at every game booth. They redeemed their tickets at the prize table.
Candy Bar

Birthday boy decked out in stripes and red suspenders.
The overall party was awesome. Friends and family enjoyed themselves and my baby boy was celebrated carnival style!! 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lady Bug 1st Birthday

Starting in utero I began calling my baby girl my love bug! So it was only fitting to throw a ladybug theme for her first birthday! I had the event in my parent’s backyard which was perfect for the theme and it was able to house the 75 guests we invited! After throwing this party I realized then I have a passion for styling events.

Handmade Ladybug invites

I’ve realized the key to a fabulous party is the invite. A well designed one sets the whole tone of the party! I hand cut out each ladybug on card stock which was tedious but I enjoyed every minute of it…
nothing but the best for my love bug!

Handmade paper vines with die-cut Ladybugs


Decor:::Our colors were red, lime green and white. Table clothes were red with white runners to off set the red bucket centerpieces. I bought real grass and filled the buckets and inserted a single white Gerber daisy. I attached a wooden ladybug to one of the petals. Buckets were tied off with white rick rack trim. I made paper vines out of green butcher paper and hung them from the patio, along with paper die cute ladybugs. I also had white lights hung since the party was going to be during the evening.

Birthday girl's ladybug cake
Ladybug cake with sweet and sour candy vines

Cake::: We bought a huge cake, since we had to feed 75 guest and we made cupcakes and iced them like ladybugs to decorate the top of the cake. We bought sweet and sour green candy strips that we cut and designed into vines and leaves and put them around the edge of the cake. We made a mini cake solely for the birthday girl to devour! 
Ladybug filled goodie bags
Ladybug filled birthday bags

Birthday girl with her guests!

Birthday girl’s outfit::: To make the birthday girl stand out I bought a polka dotted ladybug dress that I found on eBay. I completed her outfit with a love bug antenna head band! Her looked pulled the whole theme together!

Real ladybugs

One last thing…no ladybug party isn’t complete without real ladybugs! I bought them at a garden store and we had the kids release them into the garden!