Archive for July, 2012

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Our designer Michelle has a serious obsession with rainbows and I think that obsession translated into perfection when it comes to our Art Party.  Besides the bright fantastic-ness of it all we love the fact that the art party is an activity all on its own and Avery’s mom literally took this to the NEXT LEVEL… strap on your rain-bow boots people… this party is a masterpiece.

Our banner’s a fabulous backdrop to this amazing display of rainbow lollipopsarray of poms in all the colors of the rainbow, and most deliciously a rainbow cake:

Did we mention rainbow cake!?

I mean COME ON!?? Look at those little splashes of paint all over the outer frosting!  So darling and no detail was overlooked.   Our decor doesn’t look too shabby either ;) … Now back to that “next level” I was talking about:

Spin art, tie dye shirts and personalized aprons OH MY!  These lucky kiddos had to have had a blast enjoying all the activities and (as always our favorite) – getting to take their hard work home for party favors!

There’s no way Avery didn’t feel entirely celebrated and we can’t think of a better way to have done so for this walking work of art:

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s feature on food and drink for Art Party Week (you better believe we’re talking about that rainbow cake) and be sure to enter to win a free digital “you print” invitation to any party in our shop.  We’re drawing the winner on Friday and all you have to do is leave a comment on any post or every post this week and you’re in!

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We all know that summer is pretty synonymous with sunshine.

(This chick totally knows it… she totally knows it and is totally smirking on her bicycle just thinking about it.)

Something about sunshine makes us think about rainbows.

And something about rainbows have us feeling like p-Art-ying at our Art Party.

Which leads us to Art Party Week!

There are a couple reasons why this party is super  radical:

  1. A million colors to work with give you roughly one million different decor and food options
  2. Getting artsy is fun for the kids and the activity ideas are basically endless
  3. Our coordinating party decor is so stinking cute,  your mom wishes she was a kid again just so she could have this as her birthday theme.
We’ll be featuring awesome tips all week, along with a Real Party tomorrow that is probably gonna make you cry with delight… you and your mom… so stay tuned.  In addition we’re giving away a free digital “you print” invite for ANY party in our shop and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this here blog.  Hang on to your Crayolas… it’s gonna be a crazy, colorful week and we can’t wait!
truck birthday collage v2

We’ve had so much fun talking trucks this week and planning the perfect little picnic party to accompany our theme.  Have a look at our inspiration board and let us know what else you might include in this charming party.

We’ll be drawing the winner of our giveaway this afternoon We’ve drawn the winner of our giveaway and want to send out a fat congrats to Melissa Foster!!  We’ll drop you a line soon to discuss claiming your prize of a free digital “you print” invitation to any party in our shop!  Have a looksie at our shop to pick your poison.


Food: Parfaitscones, and cupcakes are complimented nicely with an array of berries, fried chicken and corn on the cob.  Also pictured: stop light cookies, red licorice, red candies 
Drink: old fashioned coke bottles, pitchers of lemonade and mason jar cups all lend to the vintage feel of this truck party.  Thanks to Cachic Design for some of the amazing images we used in our collage.
Activity: Toy Car Race – easy enough DIY drag cars race and kids can have fun painting their cars before the big race for another activity.
FavorsFavor Tins are a darling way to house your traditional car/truck party favors and treats and a super cute container that adds to the parties appeal.  If you prefer blue/red/green tins check these out!
Decor: Our Party On Purpose Cupcake Toppers, Hats, and more for this adorable truck party can be found in our etsy shop.  In addition we think these red polkadot balloons, and red stripe straws add such a delightful finishing touch to the decor.
Storage: We found this awesome DIY that takes a plain old wooden crate and scuffs it up a bit for some rustic/vintage appeal.  Would be so darling to house coke bottles, milk bottles, cupcakes etc.


Me thinks ya’ll are gonna sense a theme on this here blog because we just plain cant help ourselves…

dual purpose favor, decor, drinks and activities

These are  a few of our favorite things.  We’re nailing this 1-2-punch with these adorable little wooden trucks that would look darling lined up on an activity table (decor) the kiddos can paint (activity) and then take home with them (favor) BOOOO YAAAAA!

Throw a little favor bag of goodies in the back end before sending your guests on their merry little way.  Man do we love a good tag team…

I thought you knew…

Favor Tins are another darling way to house your traditional car/truck party favors and treats and the container adds to the party’s appeal.  If you prefer blue/red/green tins check these out.  As for what to put inside, obviously toy trucks would be so very fitting, but we also enjoy these coke bottle candies or you could get really creative and make some coke bottle cookies.


We mentioned edible and drinkable decor in our post yesterday and while these red polkadot balloons are purely for your guests viewing pleasure, these darling red stripe straws will plunk nicely into those coke bottles we were chatting about!

Wooden crates double as cake stands and storage, just flip them upside down or right side up for whichever purpose you need!

We found this awesome DIY that takes a plain old wooden crate and scuffs it up a for some rustic/vintage appeal.

Of course our Party On Purpose Cupcake Toppers, Hats, and more for this adorable truck party can be found in our etsy shop.  Add some finishing touches include checkered picnic tablecloths, berry baskets (filled with berries or whatever else you want to set out) and we love the idea of finding vintage trucks that could house things like condiments and napkins in their beds.

Our truck party fun comes to a close tomorrow when we share our inspiration board and announce the winner of our giveaway. Just leave a comment and you’re entered to win a digital “you print” invitation to ANY party in our shop.  Good luck!

Credit where credit is due:
picnic table image
coke bottle cookies




It’s Truck Party Week and we’re keeping an outdoor picnic in mind (being summer and all).  There are obviously soooo many things you can do for a picnic, heck even laying out a couple blankets and enjoying a nice PB and J platter would work:

But we’re going to go slightly more sophisticated without losing the simplicity or the deliciousness… is it just me or does that sandwich look friggin amazing right now though!?

We talked last week about activities that double as favors and this week we’re on a food/drink that double as decor kick.  On the food front we like baskets of berries paired with butter & jam and biscuits for a little “scone bar”.  SO CHARMING!

Thank you Martha for the delightful recipe ;) and for the wonderful time we had on the Christmas sweater episode of your show!

Additional meal options could include corn on the cob, mac ‘n cheese, and fried chicken.  Down home cooking for a down home kinda picnic.  After dinner pile the kids in the back of the truck and go for a hay ride why dontcha!?

 Picnic-ly Perfect.

Old fashioned coke bottles pair with the theme sweetly, but if they’re a bit too pricey for your budget you can always set out a few as part of your decor and instead (or in addition) make pitchers of lemonade to fill up mason jars piled high in a galvanized bucket or two.  Again more adorable edible/drinkable decor!

Tomorrow we’ll talk more decor and party favors and of course don’t forget our digital “you print” invite giveaway at the end of the week.  All you gotta do to enter to win is leave a comment!

Credit Where Credit is Due:
Mac ‘n cheeseFried ChickenLemonade , Coke Bottles (unfortunately we can’t seem to find where we grabbed this image. If  you recognize it please let us know and we’ll link it up!)


We were thrilled to find these images in our inbox after Jackson’s birthday party went down.  Such a charming party deserves to be shown to the world!


Jackson’s mom kept things super simple, clean and sophisticated and we have to give her some kudos, the clean-up had to be a snap, but she didn’t sacrifice all of the little details that we’re certain made Jackson feel like a million bucks!

How much do you love this giant cupcake atop a tower of cupcakes and adorned with our smash topper?:

Target happens to have a similar jumbo cupcake tin if you want to copy this idea.  It’s the perfect size cake, giving your grubby little one free reign to smash away!

Last but not least we appreciate how Jackson’s mom put our (excuse our bragging) DARLING happy birthday hat to good use by including it as part of the decor until it was time for her rugrat to actually wear it.  It really helped tie the theme throughout her table display and I’m sorry, but that darn hat is too cute to be hidden away until “birthday song time”!

Another big thanks to Jackson’s mom for sharing photos with us.  We really appreciate you!  And don’t forget that this week we are giving away a digital “you print” invite to ANY PARTY IN OUR SHOP to one lucky winner.  Have a look at some of our party themes or just stick with the truck theme if you like.  All you have to do is leave a comment on any (or all) blog posts this week and you’re entered.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s food and drink ideas that go along with our Truck Party Week.  We’ll be getting all picnic-y up  in here!


The 4th of July may have come and gone but the red, white and blue lives on here at Party On Purpose for Truck Party Week.  We can’t help but picture a couple of picnic tables with a berry truck parked in some hay field…

But just in case you, for whatever reason, haven’t grown the world’s largest strawberry, we’re here to help ya out this week (you’re welcome) and bring this perfect little picnic to life.  We’ll be going over all of the goodies that go into a budget friendly picnic that will be both stylish (for mom) and fun (for kid).  We have some serious mad love for this party, how great did our design team do on this!??:

Even better we’re going to be giving away a FREE digital “you print” invitation to this very party (or any party in our shop) to one lucky winner.  All you have to do to be included is comment on this blog post or any post this week and we’ll draw the winner Friday.

And be sure to check out our Truck Party Pinterest page as we’ll be populating it all week with all of our awesome ideas!

BEEP BEEP!  (that’s us tooting our own horn… get it??)


Believe it or not the sun has actually been shining in rainy old Seattle for about 2 weeks now and it’s been so much fun investigating all the little add ons that go into making the Flip Flop Pool Party come to life at a time when having said party would actually be an option in our normally dreary city!  Be sure to check out our Flip Flop Pool Party Pin Board for links to absolutely everything and more that we discussed this week.

And as for the giveaway winner of a dozen pool party cupcake toppers, we’ll be drawing the lucky name today at 5pm pst so it’s not too late to get one last entry.  All you have to do is leave a comment!  the winner is Tonya Rush!  Tonya we’ll drop you a line and grab your mailing address details in order to get those toppers sent your way.  CONGRATS!

Where To Find It:

  • Food: Use a sand bucket and shovel as a serving dish!  We love fishy crackers for this beachy theme.  Or how about these charming watermelon slice popsicles?
  • Drink:  Loving these scuba sprites or iced buckets filled with water bottles wrapped in our custom wrappers.
  • Activity: Sand Art in mason jars or a personalized beach towel will keep the kiddos busy busy.
  • Sweets: How cute are the tiny Nutter Butter Flip Flops?
  • Cake: What better way to blow out your candles than to plunk em into a flip flop cake?
  • Favors: We are loving how D and G Stories glammed up her girly flip flops with bows and buttons – DARLING!
  • Decor: Of course invites, bunting, party hats, cupcake toppers and more can be found over at the Party On Purpose Etsy shop, we hope you’ll check it out!
Pink Lemonade

As we mentioned earlier this week, our “Real Party” example had the awesome idea of using sand buckets and shovels for their food display.  We love this idea mostly because kids will be more likely to use those shovels rather than stick their sopping wet paws into bowls full of goldfish.

Click on each image below for some additional food and drink options that work with the Flip Flop Pool Party including a variety of fingerfoods (again for those soggy paws):

These charming watermelon popsicles:

Flip Flop Nutter Butter cookies:

(Melissa over at “A Little Lovliness” says “To make flip-flops, pipe a V of icing onto bare Nutter Butters and finish them with sprinkles if desired.”)

and colorful twizzlers that double as pool noodles:

For the drinks, consider converting your kiddie pool into your cooler!  Just fill this puppy with ice and all the juice, soda, or anything else you need to keep cool:

Again we love the dual purpose of the pool – maybe it starts out as a cooler and you end the day soaking in a nice ice bath?  The possibilities are endless.

Lastly, Pink Lemonade is a perfect match for this pink infested party.  Delicious, easy, refreshing and matches the theme seamlessly.  Achieve this vintage look via washed out frappucino bottles and paper straws.

EAT DRINK AND BE MERRY FOLKS!  Check back in with us tomorrow for some favor and activity tips for the Flip Flop Pool Party and don’t forget each comment you leave (1 per day) is an additional entry into our giveaway for 12 cupcake toppers this Friday.  Cheers!



flipflop party activity

Continuing on with our Flip Flop Pool Party Week we wanted to talk about pool party activities, favors and activities that turn into favors!

As featured yesterday, Caroline’s party put sand buckets to good use for food serving dishes and party favors paired with our custom stickers:

But what to put inside?  We got to thinking and we just love activities or even decor that turn right around and become your party favor.  And since the bucket acts as a nice carrying case we thought the pool party would be a great use of this.

Fabric Paint and ocean themed foam stamps collide for these creative and colorful personalized towels.  While an array of fun jars can be filled with colored Crayola play sand (available in most walmart stores  but check the website to make sure you can find it locally).

 In addition, this super simple tutorial for ribbon flip flops is quick and easy to follow and will ensure everyone attending the party have properly adorned toesies.  Or for an older crowd these fabric embellished flip flops are both easy and cute (im kinda wanting a pair myself!)  And why not let your decor join in the favor fun?  This flip flop banner we found on flikr is too sweet, but how killer would it be if those were actual flip flops strung on the banner?!  Old Navy has flip fops for $2.50 each when you buy more than 2 pairs at a time.

Our favorite bonus to this whole activities doubling as your party favors is you’re hitting two birds with one stone and with so many other things to worry about (food, drink, gifts, etc.) anything that saves us a bit of a time is a big win.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where we’ll discuss food and drink ideas for the perfect Flip Flop Pool Party and if you haven’t yet registered for our giveaway just leave a comment and you’re in!  One lucky winner is taking home a 12 pack of cupcake toppers from our Flip Flop Pool Party decor.  Please feel free to enter once each day, winners drawn on Friday at 5pm pst.