Archive for September, 2012

tools party ideas

Tools Party Week has come and gone and because this party isn’t listed in our shop yet we have to say we’re especially sad to see it and all its teal/orange/grey goodness go!!  It’s been so refreshing to stare at it all week long on the blog (yes even we get tired of making the same party over and over…).  So if your little man is dying for an excuse to have a tool belt like daddy, THIS IS YOUR PARTY!  Just drop us a convo on Etsy and we can get it started for you.

Also be sure to check out our Tools Party Ideas pinterest board with all the goodies we talked about this week and more!  Another huge thank you to our customer party this week which spurred a bulk of the ideas we had for favors and activities.  TOO CUTE!  And congrats to Sarah, you’ve just won yourself a free digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop!  CONGRATS!!  Next week we’ll be kicking off Pumpkin week with gobs of surprises in store and we can’t wait to share.  Get your spooky buns back here come Monday, we promise you won’t want to miss it!

Food: tool cookiescookie cuttertool lolli-popsspud bar
Drink: milk boxes meet build-able silly straws
Favors: personalized party hattool belt diy
Activity: homemade playdoughplaydoughwork bench diy
Decor: giant toolsorange cones, balloonscutlery
Attire: mr. fix it shirt


Yesterday we talked about decorating your own tool shaped cookies and making your own silly straws for activities you can eat, drink and take home with you:

Today we’re going to talk about these adorable personalized party hats, tool belts and tool box party favors that will outfit each of your party go-ers as they walk out the door:

Featured in our post on Tuesday we just love how this customer personalized everything (so thoughtful), but some of her ideas were seriously easy enough for even the layMom to tackle.

For instance, these tool belts are actually nail aprons similar to this found at Home Depot for about $.75 each.  From there all you need is some felt and hot glue to customize.  The stickers on the hat were made by yours truly and again add such a thoughtful finishing touch.  You can also order our custom gable boxes (aka tool boxes) to finalize your tool man attire!

For your activity you can stick with making straws and decorating cookies or get messy and lay down some parchment paper so the kids can dig into some homemade play dough.  Setting out some kid friendly tools for them to use to cut, roll, hammer, etc. will keep the play dough fun coming!

The blue prints taped to the tables were such a sweet idea and the kids can color right on top of them.  Staples prints engineering prints this size for really cheap and you can find example prints online like these by simply searching for “blue print plans”.

Send your guests on their merry way with tool box in tow and your mommy guests will thank you for leaving their child with an evening worth of fun to be had playing Tim the Toolman Taylor.

Tomorrow we’ll be drawing the winner of our free custom printable invitation good for any party in our shop, so be sure to leave a comment on any post this week for your chance to win!!

cookie collage

For Dump Truck Party Week we discussed food you can “load up” on and for today’s main course we’re feeling that same flow… ala baked potato.  We loved this spud bar idea discussed on “The Fun Cheap or Free Queen” blog and did she just say fun, cheap or free?  Count us in!  Of course we want to take this adult friendly idea and expand on it in a kid friendly way.  Instead of bleu cheese think cheeze whiz and let the kiddos do the loading, some bacon bits on the floor never hurt nobody.

From there you can go on a full potato bonanza and include tater tots, potato skins, french fries.  With all sorts of kid friendly dips to choose from.  Load up!

For the sweet tooth we spotted these tool cookies on Etsy that are too cute to pass on, or if you’re feeling ambitious enough to give baking a whirl these cookie cutters will send you in a similar direction.  Add a little food coloring to the cookie dough and let the kids decorate their own cookies as part of the activity like our customer party from yesterday.  I smell a food meets activity combination!!  The dirt cups and cupcakes featured in yesterday’s post are great sweet treats as well.

Get creative with your drinks and have your little toolmen and women build their own straws!  Plunk em into a box of milk and just watch how nicely milk goes down when you make it silly.

Decorating cookies and making your own silly straw will keep your guests busy and satisfied and may be plenty for a small party looking for just a couple easy activities (the kids could take home their custom made straw as their party favor).  However, if you want even more favor and activity ideas get back here tomorrow where we’ll be talking homemade playdough and toolman party favors fit for any future Bob the Builder.  Lastly, if you haven’t already, please enter to win our giveaway for a free digital “you print” invitation good for any party in our shop by leaving a comment on any post this week.

Credit Where Credit is Due:
milk image , tots, ranch image, ketchup image, honey mustard image

tool boxs

We are so thankful Noah’s mom shared these Tools Party photos with us because we haven’t had a chance to list this party in our shop yet so now at least you can see it firsthand.   What she did with our decor is too darn adorable not to pass along to the rest of you.

Kicking things off with an AWESOME invitation, our design team has outdone themselves again.  We just love the layers of textures and color combinations.  How I love thee wood grain background… let me count the ways.

A wide shot of the main serving table featuring a custom Party On Purpose banner, food tents, cake topper and cupcake toppers:

and a couple close ups:

Tool man/tool woman party favors which we’ll definitely be talking about on Thursday accented with Party On Purpose tags, signs, banner, gable boxes and stickers:

 And a couple activity shots:

We have to give another huge “thank you” to Noah’s mom for sending us her photos.  What an adorable event and we fully intend on elaborating on some of these awesome ideas later this week!  If you’re interested in ordering this party, as we mentioned it’s not listed in our shop, but just contact us on Etsy and we can go from there.

Lastly, if you haven’t entered our giveaway for a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop please by all means leave a comment on any post this week and you’re in.  Tomorrow we’re talking food and drink ideas for the Tools Party… stay tuned.


We’ve mentioned here and here that we’ve been best friends since the 7th grade.  While that mostly makes for an extremely fun work week, even we get burned out from time to time.  Burned out from parties?  Yes.  Burned out from one another?  Not so much.

We’re those crazy weirdos that actually hang out outside of work as well and this weekend marked our first annual “Friend-a-versary” celebration.  The three of us along with one of our other best, most dearest friends (mentioned here) gathered in Leavenworth, Washington for relaxation, laughter, and a little bit of this:

Not only are we rejuvenated and re-inspired to get back to party making, but I think it’s pretty safe to say if we’d forgotten about the things we loved most about each other outside of work, we remember now.

So that’s what we’ve been up to… how about ya’ll?

In other news we’re kicking off Tools Party Week today and if you have a child that’s enthralled with tools you know and understand how quickly this obsession takes over and how hard it is to shake.  It’s our hope that by encouraging this obsession you’re creating your own little Ty Pennington:

because someday it’s gonna be your house he’ll be extreme home making over!  So if it’s tools they want, give the kids tools!  For the little Mr. Fix Its or Mrs. Fix Its in your life, welcome to Tools Party Week.  We hope you’ll stick around all week for all sorts of cool party tips and tricks.  In addition, be sure to leave a comment on any post this week in order to be entered to win a free digital invite good for any party in our shop.  Tomorrow we’ve got such an adorable customer party to share, we hope you’ll come back and check it out!

Oh, and if you haven’t called your girlfriends recently or gathered over a glass of wine to gab.  Do it.  What a difference a little girl time makes.

caterpillar party ideas

One of our favorite things about the caterpillar party is how just a little thinking outside the box can lead to an entire little world of party decor.  From lining your food up like caterpillars to a game of twister, we’ve wriggled our way through caterpillar week like a caterpillar wriggling out of a cocoon… in the words of Mariah Carey “spread your wings and prepare to fly…”

Why that wasn’t a chart topper, I’ll never know.  Dry your eyes and check out our Caterpillar Party Inspiration Board:

Next week we’ll be talking tools for the little handy-man in your life.  We hope you stop by.  Also, we want to say CONGRATULATIONS to this week’s digital invite winner Ms. Rachel!  We appreciate your tip on party favors and will contact you shortly with details about claiming your prize.  Have a great weekend… next week… it’s tool time.

Where To Find It:

Food: caterpillar cupcake cake,  pancakes
Drink: punch
Decor: decorstrawspoms
Activity: caterpillar craft or Caterpillar Twister
Favors: bubbles with our favor tags
Attire: dress


Caterpillar party week is inching along and our activity ideas are as fun and buggy as our decor.

To start, a craft table with a couple caterpillar crafts to choose from will keep half the kids busy:

bookmarksegg crate caterpillarhuman caterpillar craft

While the other half hit the Twister mat:

Remember if you’re doing the pink caterpillar party you can always DIY a twister mat in corresponding colors by taping circles to the floor or drawing circles in sidewalk chalk/spray paint outside.  We like the idea of adding little antennae to the end of each color row to add to that buggy feel.

Throw the kids in one of these adorable diy’d antenna headbands so they can actually BE caterpillars playing caterpillar Twister!

Even better these puppies double as party favors…

Speaking of favors, alas, someday those darling little caterpillars are bound to turn into beautiful butterflies so why not touch on that with these butterfly net party favors?  Put a couple treats inside and give them to your guests on their way out.

So colorful and fun you may even forget that your child wants to revolve their entire party around a bug!

Be sure to leave a comment on any post this week and you’re entered to win a free digital “you print” invitation good for any party in our shop and get back here tomorrow for our weekly round-up of what was discussed this week, the Caterpillar Party Inspiration Board and of course to find out if you won the giveaway!!

Credit Where Credit is due:
twister image, outdoor twister image

caterpillar food new

If caterpillars are the name of the game that leaves us with two very obvious food choices:

Food in the shape of caterpillars:

caterpillar cupcake cake,  pancakes,  sandwichesfruit caterpillar, cheesecake caterpillars, caterpillar appetizer

Food with holes in it as though a caterpillar just ate through it:

bagels, donuts, these adorable cookies, and macaroni salad will do the trick!

for drinks a yummy pink or red punch is always a great addition to any party and a frozen fruit ice ring keeps with our theme seemlessly:

This ice ring how-to is awesome and shows just how simple it is to make.

Doesn’t this theme seem so much more simple once you see everything together?!  Get creative!  What else could we layer like a caterpillar??  Tomorrow we’ll talk about some awesome activities and favors for the Caterpillar Party so get back here for that.  Also, please be sure to leave a comment on this post or any post this week to be automatically entered to win a free digital “you print” invitation good for any party in our shop!

Credit Where Credit is Due:
bagel image, donut image


It pleases us so to see our product reach its full potential when moms across the world take our ideas to the absolute next level… Little Gia’s mom did just that, have a look.

The most enviable birthday party entryway:

A massive food spread covered by an even more massive pink tent and adorned with an adorable chinese lantern chandelier… oh and our banner gleamining in the background.  Wow.

We love how Gia’s mom used our centerpice sets on  jars and vases in various shapes and sizes, such a delightful finishing touch to this color coordinated spread:

And this cake is SO simple yet somehow one of the most adorable cakes we’ve seen!  Fondant circles (similar to these) paired with a “1″ and a “bug” and you’re done!

Our super sweet smash topper looked so innocent, but it was only a matter of time till…

Little Gia Bug dug in!

 Thank you again and again to Gia’s mom for sharing these photos, they’re truly to die for.  And for anyone interested in attempting to create a similarly magical day, check out our Caterpillar Party in our shop and drop us a line with any questions you might have.  This same party comes in primary colors (example image posted on Monday) so just convo us on Etsy if you’d prefer those bold colors.  We’ll be giving away a free digital “you print” invitation good for any party in our shop on Friday so be sure to leave a comment sometime this week in order to be entered to win!

primary caterp

If you’ve done any research into the party world it’s pretty clear that the Very Hungry Caterpillar book has spawned many a party theme.  For copyright purposes we can’t go creating party decor that steals from this popular children’s book, so we went ahead and created something custom that’s similar and pretty darn cute all on it’s own.  Maybe your child wants a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, that’s just fine and it works with our decor too!  Maybe your kiddo digs caterpillars all on its own… even better.  We’ve got a couple looks to choose from:

Bold and Beautiful

Pretty and Pink

Either or we think we can help you create the perfect Caterpillar Party for your little leaf lover.  We’ll munch our way through food and drink ideas, favor and activity ideas and highlight a killer customer party all this week.  Also, get your entries in to win a free digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop.  All you have to do is leave a comment on any post this week and you’re in it to win it!