Archive for October, 2012

cupcake pop

There’s plenty of sweet treats that go with our Cupcake Party theme, but before you get the kids hopped up on sugar we think the Muffin Tin Mom is onto something when it comes to getting kids to consume something that’s good for them in a fun way that actually goes with our week’s theme:

Rumor has it Michael’s is selling these heart shaped muffin pans (don’t forget to bring your 40% off coupon!), but our favorite part about investing in pans for your guests is those stay at your house so you can continue on with the muffin tin fun going forward.  Such a creative way to sneak in some fruits and veggies!!

Now for the real fun, the teeth rotting kind.  Let’s think of all of the ways we can serve up a cupcake..

On a cone:

cake sized:

In the form of a cookie:

On a stick:

In a jar:

the list goes on and on.

For drinks we love, love, LOVE this idea of pairing mason jars with cupcake liner tops to make customized drink carriers:

Have a few different juice flavors to choose from and let your guests pick their own.

Tomorrow we’re going to be chatting about favors and activities for the Cupcake Party and Friday we’re giving away a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop.  It’s not too late to enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on any post this week.

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We were so thrilled to see Michaelann’s Cupcake Party photos in our inbox because what her mom did with all the bright colors is SO. MUCH. FUN!

By the looks of things, Michaelann had a pretty good time as well:

We love seeing our Party Hat on display rather than just waiting until it’s time to wear it.  It’s too cute to hide all day!

Our smash set has never looked more adorable:

What a great idea to place poms on either side of our 12 month banner, cute!

Lastly a close-up of our bunting:

 We hope Michealann had a wonderful day and thanks again to her mom for sharing it with us!  Remember to enter to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop by simply leaving a comment on any post this week.  Tomorrow we’re talking food and drink options (other than just cupcakes) for Cupcake Party Week.  We hope you’ll join us!

cupcakes collage

Once upon a time cupcakes looked a little something like this:

something most often reserved to be smooshed inside one’s lunch box causing inner white filling to splurge out. Splurge being a scientific term here.

So I went on a quick little google hunt to figure out how cupcakes went from this:

to this:

with little shops popping up left and right devoting themselves to this $3-$5 treat.

Well you can thank the dynamic duo of Carrie Bradshaw and Martha Stewart because reportedly it was the one-two punch in the form of a feature on HBO and a book:

that officially kicked off what can be described as nothing less than a cupcake BOOM.  We were happy to jump on board because not only does this sweet treat give us darling party themes:

it’s given us an excuse to make a little something called “cupcake toppers” which we find ourselves making for nearly every custom party package that gets ordered.  And for that we say thank you delicious little cupcake. Thank you.

We’ll be chatting all week about taking a cupcake and making an entire party revolve around it with some really unique favors, activities, food and drink options. In addition you can enter to win a free digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop just by leaving a comment on any post this week.  Best of luck!

Credit Where Credit is Due:
carrie bradshaw image, martha stewart image

 

owl party ideas

Owl Party Week has been a real HOOT!  Who knew a single bird could spur so many party ideas!?

Congrats to Kirsten F. who loved the colors in our customer party featured this week, you win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop!!  We’ll drop you a line shortly to start the process of claiming your prize.

Food: owl cheese and crackersbrown owl cookiescolorful owl cookiescookie image
Drink: Party On Purpose custome water bottle lables
Favorsowl favorsdiy owl mask tutorial
Activitiesowl craftfelt owl tutorialfelt owl image
Decorowl balloons
Attire: dressowl costumeboy owl shirtkids costumegirl owl shirt

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There’s plenty of owl crafts out there, and as we mentioned Monday, it never ceases to amaze us what joy this grumpy little bird brings kids!

We’ve sorted through the mayhem and narrowed things down to a few easy and fun activities/favors that stood out as our faves.

This DIY owl mask tutorial we’d recommend doing before your guests arrive so they can party in style (doubles as a favor) or for a simpler craft this paper template does the trick!  Adorable little felt owls are pint size fun and we couldn’t resist.  You can either pre-cut the pieces or if you have a pack of kids that can handle it, let them do the cutting.

If you’ve got a younger bunch of party goers these simple little hand print owls are TOO CUTE!  Again, plan on pre-cutting the shapes for the younger kiddos and let the older kiddos have at it!

Loving how all these crafts are things your guests can take home which brings me to some additional party favors:

These owl favor bags are so simple but somehow so cute and as for the owl pillow boxes… COME ON… love!  Fill those suckers with a couple sweet treats and you’re good to go.  Lastly, our thank you tags are a great addition whether you go for the more creative carrier or just use a simple party bag.

If you haven’t entered to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop yet, all you have to do is leave a comment on any post this week and you’re in!  Tomorrow we’ll be drawing the winner and posting our Owl Party Week inspiration board, you won’t want to miss it!

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Owl Party Week continues and we’ve got a few owl-centric ways to bring this theme right into your party’s cuisine.  Rather than buffet style the entire event why not sit the kiddos down and serve these carefully crafted owl sandwiches while your adult guests munch on an owl cheese and crackers spread:

Sweet tooth cravings are cured with these brown owl cookiescolorful owl cookiessmores, cupcakes and more!

For drinks we pondered a couple options including an apple cider punch with adorable little cinnamon sticks (very “woodsie” dontcha think?) or chocolate milk to bring out the “brown” in the party decor and then it dawned on us…it’s these very situations where there isn’t really a drink option that fits perfectly that our water bottle wraps sure come in handy:

Made to match our party decor and just a piece of tape away from covering the logo on any bottle, they’re cute, functional, and solve that whole “no drink really goes with this party” problem!

If you haven’t yet entered 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.  Get back here tomorrow where we’ll be talking fun favors and activities for Owl Party Week.

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As mentioned yesterday we have a few boy and girl friendly owl party packages to choose from, but as for customer photos, today we want to focus on our Neeley Owl Package.

We love the deep pinks, oranges and teal contrasting with brown in this party and Berkley’s mom ran with the scheme splendidly!

Our POP door sign welcoming guests.

 Delightful decor complete with our 3 length banner, dangles and poms like these.

The most darling table display, gotta love that fondant owl cake!

Can’t forget about the sweets, including our super sweet cupcake toppers!

 And of course some party coordinated cutlery care of Party on Purpose to finish things off!

Thanks so much to Berkley’s mom for sharing these photos, you sure make us look good!  If you’re interested in this owl party or any owl party package in our shop leave us a convo and we’ll get your custom order going for you in no time.  Stay tuned tomorrow where we’ll be talking food and drink ideas for the Owl Party and be sure to leave a comment on any post in this week in ordered to be entered to win a free digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop!

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A while back our friends over in Portlandia gave us an idea…

Put a bird on it!  Is it just us or is this so spot on?  Take an average tote, throw a bird on it, and you’ve got yourself a delicious carrier pigeon number:
BAM!
We took this theory of putting a bird on it, applied it to party making, and SLAM two of our top sellers were created.  The bird party and this week’s feature, the OWL PARTY:

Who knew this little creature:
Could bring such joy to your children.

Stay tuned all week as we discuss a few of our different owl party themes (both boy and girl friendly) and all the owl-tastic ways you can use this goofy bird to make your little one’s special day fun!  We’re also giving away a free digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop and all you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on any post this week.  Good Luck!

Credit Where Credit is due:
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Pumpkin Party Ideas

What a week!

We talked about keeping things “pumpkin” without going overboard “Halloween” for Pumpkin Party Week.

We launched our new Holiday Banners!!

And we chatted with ya’ll about our awesome September POP Project:

Did we say “What a week!”?  

Congratulations to Jillian, you’re walking away with a free digital “you print” invitation good for any party in our shop!  Next week we’re gonna have a Hoot with Owl Party Week… we hope you’ll join us!

Foodowl cupcakesghost lollipopsmummiespumpkin veggie trayrip cupscheesecakepizza 
Drink:  pumpkin punch recipepumpkin punch bowl image
Decorparty cake pumpkin decal, pumpkin image, door decor, candle holders
Favorsfavorspaper pumpkin bag party favor, waffle cone candy favors
Attire: costume image
Activitypumpkin painting craft, pumpkin paintinggolf, golf image2pin a pumpkin, pine cone owls

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A pumpkin party is a wonderful opportunity to get a second use out of a Halloween costume.  My own son’s birthday is in October and even when his theme isn’t Halloween related he often asks me if he can wear his costume (of course it’s his favorite outfit at that time each year!)…  Encourage your guests to come party in style and wear their costumes!

And what are costumes without a costume contest where everybody wins!  Make awards on the fly that apply to each person’s attire with our awesome free printable:

“Most Spooky”, “Prettiest Princess”, “Scariest”, “Most Silly”, the possibilities are endless and let the birthday boy/girl help you decide which guest is awarded what.

For another activity rather than carve pumpkins, why not paint them?  And rather than paint them like this:

Why not paint them like this:

or pin them like this:

or if you want to ditch the pumpkins all together we found another darling craft that will double as Halloween party decor in your guest’s homes for years to come!

Whether permitting we thought it might be fun to get outside and have some fun as well:

Don’t send your guests home empty handed!  These paper pumpkin favor bags can be filled with goodies and these waffle cone candy favors are just about as cute as it gets!

 Tomorrow we’ll be drawing the winner of a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop so be sure to leave a comment on any post this week to be entered to win!

Credit Where Credit is Due:
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