As I peruse the internet for birthday party ideas for my little loves and showers for my fantabulous friends, I am simply amazed at the amount of talent that is "out there" in the world! I noticed that most of the blogs were from large cities here and there. I sort of felt like I needed to represent the small{ish} towns out there, like mine. Mostly because I am surrounded by a mega-talented group of friends! This blog is dedicated to all of them and to all of you. For the love of a sweet soiree!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Choo Choo! Tristan's Train Depot!

This Train party was for my son's 3rd birthday! It was the first birthday he was really able to give me input about what he wanted so it was super fun to plan and anticipate! {invites by Creative Blank}
Here is my little man excited to claim himself "3"!

I made a train out of some square storage boxes I had and put snack food in the "cars"! Muffin tins and construction paper made the wheels and the steam can be cotton!

I found the little wooden trains at a craft store. It was a fun way to spruce up the little things and add some detail!
I made all of the cupcake toppers myself! I found a wonderful tiny train embosser by Martha Stewart! It was the jackpot!!!!
I ordered all of the candy from Oh Nuts! They were super quick and had all the candy I wanted! I tried to keep with the blue, green and red scheme which made it easy.

I set out little chinese take-out boxes at the candy buffet and people filled them up as they left as the party favors {I am not big on little toys as favors}.

I also ordered these train conductor hats as favors and put them on the kid's seat! I got them from Oriental Trading Company for a really good price!

We even had a little barrel train pull the kids around the yard! It was freeeezing, but they had fun!

And there you have it! I had SUCH a wonderful time planning this party! I think my little guy had fun too!!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cookies and Milk!

When I was thinking about ideas for my little girl's first birthday, I wanted something different from the pink, pink, pink cupcake party. It just didn't seem to fit her personality. So, I decided to do a Cookies and Milk party! I LOVED this party! To be honest, I thought I was totally original, but as it turns out, it has been done before, and in fabulous fashion! I thought I would give you a look at 3 different spins of the theme! {This is my lil' cookie!} I got all different flavors of organic milk and put it all on ice in these galvanized buckets I found at a fabric store.

I also wanted to use brown and yellow as opposed to pink. I did add a few pink accents in there though! A girls gotta have her pink!!

I made all the cookies and labels so I felt like they were made with love. To add a little extra color, I did yellow and brown candy in jars. I thought it turned out cutie pie!

Party favors were bags of the cookies from the party with a sticker of Reese with chocolate all over her face! It said, "Thanks for celebrating with me!" I had them made at shutterfly.
I also did little cutouts from her invitation and put them on the kids tables! I put rose buds in a salt shaker...soooo easy! This was such a fun party for me to give my daughter! I think she loved it too!
The next party was given my a friend of mine from college, Jessica. She has some super cute parties that I cannot wait to show you! I love her party because it is catered towards tots who are a little older, so they could have activities!

Love these bags!!! Anytime you can should!

Again, here is the cookie decorating theme...LOVE it! Keeps the tots active and makes for yummy take home treats! Thanks, Jessica!!!!
Last, but most definitely NOT least...this was a finalist in the "Adorable Party" contest on the Creative Hostess blog and as you can was a BEAUTIFUL party!! Wow! Love all the crazy details! Who doesn't love a COOKIE????

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Touch Down! Adorable 1st Birthday!

In honor of the last official day of football season, I HAD to post this amazing party done by my friend, Sharee , in honor of her son's first birthday! There is a lot of stuff out there you can buy for a sports theme. However, I like that Sharee put a lot of thought into it and made it unique, fun {for all the boys and dads} and still cutesie {for all the moms}!

Love this simple idea of a month-to-month display! Such a must at all of my parties too!
On a major side note...LOVE that they are Michigan State fans! Love me some Tom Izzo {even though this is a football party}!

Tristan had a smash cake and all the guests ate the "dirt" dessert! Daddy grilled outside for everyone while the kiddos played!

LOOK at the table!
Ok, and these...take the cake! She made "helmets" out of milk cartons!!! She made them all unique to all the little guests!

And a little "game day" face!

Thanks Sharee for sharing this party that I am sure is going to be a hit for everyone!!!!!