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It’s not all that often that we get to see our products photographed professionally and this is a process that never gets old ;) .  If we were feeling pretty proud of how this decor turned out post crafting mania, just imagine how we felt seeing it live in action thanks to the awesome talents of Miss Dan’Yelle McNeely Photography… get ready for some gushing:

Check out Dan’Yell’s Facebook page to see more examples of her work and if you’re interested in our new Kitchen Bridal Shower “Recipe for Love” party decor, you can find it in our Etsy Shop!

Enter to win a digital “you print” invite this week good for this Bridal Shower or any party in our shop!!  All you have to do is leave a comment on any post this week and you’re in.  More bridal shower and bachelorette party ideas are on the way this week, come back each day to see all the new themes popping up in our shop.

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We discussed last week our intentions to get the word out about some of the adult parties we’ve done in the past starting with our graduation party decor.  This week the adult train rolls along with bridal and bachelorette parties galore!  Here’s your sneak peak:

Are your interests piqued?  They should be!  Stick with us all week as we break each of these parties down and be sure to leave a comment on any post this week in order to be entered to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop.  Tomorrow, the “Bride to Bee” gets some love so come on back here for that!

graduation inspiration board

Grad Party week has been a fun one for us!  It’s nice to take a break from the “norm” (being kid parties) and chat about celebrating with fellow adults from time to time.  How fitting that the grad party is a great excuse to celebrate your kids turning into adults!

Congrats to Heather, you’re the winner of a digital “you print”  invite good for any party in our shop!  We’ll be in touch shortly to start the process of claiming your prize.  Coming up next week our adult party train rolls along with party themes for brides!!  Stay tuned!

Where to Find it:
Food: cookiescupcakesreeses capsclass number cake, apples, cake popsSchool letter fruit kabobs, dipped marshmallows
Drink: school colors coordinating punch, custom water bottle labels
Favors: personalized M&Ms
Activity: photo boothphoto booth propswishes for the grad or memories with the gradmoney tree
Decor: stacks of books, old yearbooks, collage, k-12 banner, Child’s initials, school colors, glitter glasses, chalkboards

photo booth props

Since the grad party isn’t exactly for children we don’t know how crucial an activity is, but one activity we thought was too darling not to mention was to set up a photo booth and have a chalk board where guests can jot down which year they graduated:

Most craft stores sell chalkboards or of course you can always find them on good ole Etsy!

Grandma might write “Class of 1940″, Aunt Pam might say “Class of 1975″ and Uncle Buddy might just say “Class of wouldn’t you like to know!” – Let guests have fun with it and what a fun memory for you to put into a photo album to enjoy for years to come!

Include photo booth props, to make the booth all that more interesting:

Another idea we thought was, well… thoughtful is this sweet little memory/hope jar:

Get a large mason jar and some note cards and let people write wishes for the grad or memories with the grad to stick inside.  If you’re graduate is headed off to college this can be something they read that first night in the dorms.

Thank your guests for coming by giving them your smiling grad’s photo slapped on a pack of  m&m’s:

We find these so funny!  But hey, they totally serve their purpose right?  Put them inside these handy little grad hat gift boxes paired with our favor tags and WAH LAH!  Check your graduation party favors off your list of things to think about!

Today is the last day to enter to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop by leaving a comment on any post this week!  Get back here tomorrow to see our graduation party inspiration board as we announce the winner.

 

diploma sandwiches

The nice thing about a Grad Party is it doesn’t have to be too “theme-y”… you can play with the school colors for cohesiveness, but other than that, here’s a couple cute food and drink ideas we thought were fun:

school letter fruit kabobs

diploma sandwiches

Apples can be used as centerpieces, decor or as part of your menu!

Functional decor for anyone that wants to grab an apple and eat it!  And of course we had to include some sweet treats:

Drinks are easy enough, just make a classic punch in your grad’s school colors and you’re good to go!  Adorn with our cups and straws and you take your drink table from zero to hero!

We just love the  ”Independence Punch” above and think it would be awesome to borrow the tutorial substituting red/white/blue for your grad’s school colors.

More fun is on the way for Graduation Party Week so stick around and in case you haven’t already, leave a comment on any post this week and you’ll be entered to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop!!

Where to Find it:
red punch , yellow punchcookiescupcakesreeses capsclass number cake,  cake pops, dipped marshmallows, caramel applesgreen caramel applesmini caramel dipped applesapple centerpieceapple candlesapple tree, basket of apples

grad photo banner

We want to be as clear as possible that our new line of Grad Party Decor can be customized to match your graduate’s specific school colors.  THERE ARE NO LIMITATIONS!  Here’s a couple examples of our invites in a variety of color combos:

Cute right!?  From there we can coordinate a party’s worth of decorations, but today we’re featuring a party for a graduate we did last year who happened to have green/black/yellow school colors (just use your imagination if these don’t happen to be your grad’s school colors):

This photo banner has to be, hands down, the funnest photo banner we’ve done yet and it was 18 years in the making!

Whether you’re one of those moms that saved the school photo each year or just have a favorite photos from certain monuments in your child’s life, you’re going to be so pleased to see this banner in action.

From there, decor like centerpiece sticks for inside jars of coordinating candy and floral arrangements:

cupcake toppers:

a door sign:

and thank you tag/favor stickers:

complete the look!  As a whole you’re looking at quite the party especially when paired with our new POP Party Supplies:

Additional decor we thought helps set the scene includes yearbooks (any of the graduates and maybe any others you have laying around?) stacks of books, chalkboards and apples:

In this party’s case we thought green apples were all too fitting!  Enter to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop (including our grad announcements) customized for your next event!  All you have to do is leave a comment on any post this week and you’re in!

Where to find it:
book centerpiece images, chalkboard 1, chalkboard 2, party decor

grad toppers

We customize thousands of kid parties every year and we’ve got a little motto kind of lingering in the back of our minds we like to call “There’s a party for that!”  which basically is our way of saying if you can think it, our amazing design team can create a party around it.  This results in some tweaks to current designs:

Some of the most random parties:

as well as adorable themes we’re dying to get in shop:

Some times we think we get so buried in the kid parties that many of you might not even think of us for other events and we’re going to spend the next couple weeks trying to change your mind… starting with the Graduation Party.

The Grad Party we now have listed in shop is just an example of what we can do.  Whatever your grad’s school colors may be or say you’d like to include their school mascot??  There’s a party for that!  Stay tuned all week as we unravel graduation party ideas, reveal some of our new decor and encourage you to think of us for your next grad party!

We’ll also be giving away a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop which includes our gorgeous new Graduation Announcements:

All you have to do is leave a comment on any blog this week and you’re in!

Mermaid Inspiration Board

It’s been refreshing diving into Mermaid Party week and discovering all things sea life you can use for your next underwater bash:

If you’re planning any kind of beachy theme this summer, a lot of these ideas can work for you so even if your kiddo isn’t fond of mermaids, there’s something here for everyone!  Congrats to Cassie, you just won yourself a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop.  Thanks for your kind comment!  We’ll be in touch shortly as we start the process of claiming your prize.

Where to Find it:
Foodoctopus veggiesoctopus dipstarfish cookiesseahorse lollipopssand dollar cookiesmermaid tail cupcakepurple cake popsstarfruit imagerice krispie sushimermaid cookiesfish and seahorse rice krispiesblue ombre cakemadelinesstar sandwiches
Drinksea water water bottle labels, octopus punchblue and purple straws
Activityseahorse pinata
Favorsbracelet charmssand pails
Decorstarfishdoor sign, cupcake toppers, favor tags, snack cups, poms
Attire: mermaid tail towel

mermaid favors copy

Any little lady that’s seen The Little Mermaid likely dreams of sportin’ fins in the sea the same way The Little Mermaid dreams of walking on land.  Help make these dreams a reality with this mermaid tail towel tutorial:

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we love a good double whammy and we’re especially loving this mermaid tail because it’s more like a triple favor-activity-attire whammy!  Your guests will have a blast dreaming up mermaid story lines in their very own mermaid tail towel.  We also love the idea of using towels rather than fabric making this little gift pretty darn functional… does that make it a quadruple whammy?  If you’re not the DIY type we mentioned these options on Monday that work well too:

Once your mermaids are dressed the part, crown them King and Queen of the sea:

Either head to your nearest burger kind and pick up some crowns you can turn inside out to decorate (free!) or purchase this pack of DIY crowns.  Then get an array of glitter glue, jewels, and markers and let your guests have at it!

Once their outfits are complete you have a couple options for party activities.  From a seahorse pinata:

to going on a “gadgets and gizmos of plenty” treasure hunt:

Get a pack of DIY treasure hunt maps and let the mermen and mermaids run around hunting for various gadgets (like Ariel would have loved).  Give the items they’re hunting for silly names like “dinglehopper”, “snarflblatt”, “thingamabob”, whose its” and “whats its” – just like in the movie!  Once each child has nabbed themselves one, let them exchange them for their party favor prizes: 

Sand buckets can house everything from flip flops to treats and we think our favor tags look pretty darn sweet tied to the handle (in our most humble opinion of course).

We also spotted these adorable customize-able bracelets with a coordinating mermaid charm… too darn perfect and at $4 a pop, a great price!:

Today’s your last chance to enter to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop by commenting on any blog post this week, so get to it!  We’ll announce the winner tomorrow along with our Mermaid Party Week Inspiration Board.  You won’t want to miss it!

Where to Find it:
seahorse lollipopsmadelinesfork image, books image, curling iron image, starfish favors

sushi

Your next mermaid party should be easy enough to host if you keep your food and drink spread centered around all things under the sea.  We’re talking starfish, octopus, seahorses and more:

Loving the idea found here for turning a pepper into the head of an octopus overlooking the veggies and dip!  Too clever! Sushi is another festive food, but in case your little ones aren’t exactly raw fish fans we spotted this option and thought it was too adorable not to mention:

Rice krispie sushi!

As for sweets you can stick with all things blue via a fun ombre cake (it’s ombre on the inside too!) and purple cake pops, or keep things more literal in the form of mermaid tails and starfish cookies:

We chatted about this octopus punch and coordinating straws last week during “Pirate Party Week” and thought it was worth mentioning again, especially if you’re doing a boy/girl Pirate/Mermaid party!  This punch is a perfect fit!

Our water bottles labels with “salt water” or “sea water” on them would be a cute easy addition to your drink table as well!

Tomorrow we’re featuring a bunch of Mermaid Party Activity and Favor ideas and don’t forget you can enter to win a digital “you print” invite good for any party in our shop by leaving a comment on any blog post this week!

Where to Find it:
seahorse lollipopssand dollar cookies,   starfruit imagemermaid cookiesmadelinesstar sandwichesfish and seahorse rice krispies,  octopus punchblue and purple straws