Sunday, January 31, 2010

circus birthday

I swear- the circus parties I come across just keep getting better and better! I'm in love with the styling, the details, the everything from this gem. More from Sandy here and here.

girl bowling party

Mom Megan threw her daughter a bowling party for her birthday. She mailed bright colored knee-high socks with the invitations. All of the guests wore outfits inspired by their crazy-colored socks...too cute! It looks like the girls really got into the spirit of things. Check out more of this party right here.

reader question of the week #2

reader question of the week #2:

"Our little family has 3 birthdays within 1.5 weeks of each other - mine, my husband's and our oldest daughter's. I was thinking of throwing a party to celebrate all of our birthdays - for close friends and their kids. We don't have a lot of space and we don't have a Wii. In the past when we've thrown family parties, we just sent out a bunch of invites thinking only a fraction of the people would show up, but instead almost everyone does. Any ideas on a theme and/or fun activities to keep everyone entertained and the party moving? We live in New England so an outdoor party is not in the cards. Thanks! -Nisa"

reader question of the week #1

Reader question of the week #1:

"I'm throwing my youngest son an alter ego party (instead of the more popular superhero theme). With the premise that we are all heroes and have our own super powers. Thus no capes, masks or the obvious costumes. Instead, come as your alter ego. I have already booked a photographer who will set up booths to take pictures of the kids and render it as meta-humans with the magic of photoshop! any other ideas would be appreciated. Centerpieces? decor? invite ideas? Thanks! -Chip"

Saturday, January 30, 2010


...these cupcake holders from Australia's details, details. If only I could find these in the States! Anyone know of a source?

update: readers saved the day (as usual!) and located these exact cups at Bake it Pretty (see comments section) here in the US. Thanks, everyone!

Friday, January 29, 2010

flying high

I wanted to end the week on a 'high' note with this doozy of a party from Amy Atlas, for her son Joshua. To say I love it would be a huge understatement! Much more of this plane inspired celebration right here.

princess tea party

I love the homemade cardboard tower for this princess tea party! More right here.

les petits presents

Les Petits Presents is a little gem of a blog- with cute, easy DIY ideas from homemade Valentines to teacher presents. You'll want to check it out!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

simple + sweet

I love this simple but sweet celebration for a twin boys' birthday party.

donut snowmen

Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow- yet again. I'm just glad it's not a school day for us (last time it was cancelled)! To get in the spirit I'm lusting after these donut snowmen from Matthew Mead. Or maybe it's just because I'm on my post-baby diet. Either way, I think they're super cute!

treasure hunt birthday party

It is worth reading through Robin's write-up of her daughter's 'treasure hunt' birthday. This lady went to extraordinary lengths to make an extraordinary birthday! Just about everything was made from scratch (a 'failed' attempt at a homemade pinata did not deter her). The guests searched for hand-painted stones in the sand with clues on them, and popped glitter-filled balloons to lead them to the next task. Sounds like a blast! The treats are cute, too- check out the treasure chest birthday cake. I'm just waiting for the day my little ones are old enough to enjoy a party like this.

eye candy

Mexican Clau's eye candy blog is loaded with just that... it is a feast for the eyes! Clau let us know of her recent favorites- a vintage party and a candy buffet. The vintage party looks like it is right out of a periodical or cookbook from the '50's. For more, check it out right here!

broach bouquet update

Sweet Lisa from Studio Del Fiore wanted to make sure the broquet was appropriately credited- the picture from the original post, as well as the one above- is actually a creation of Fantasy Floral Designs in California, though SDF makes broach bouquets as well. Check out FF designs right here, and SDF creations right here. They are both beautiful!

cherry blossom first birthday

Lots of cute details in this asian-inspired 'cherry blossom' first birthday from life frosting. Check out the 'sushi'- all made of candy and sweet things (rice crispy treats, swedish fish, fruit rope, etc). Mom Chelsea went to extraordinary lengths to get all the details just right- including a cherry blossom adorned shirt. Check it out right here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

raggedy ann party!

I'm getting a little post-crazy today, but I couldn't stand not ending the day with this AMAZING Raggedy Ann party! How this got buried in my inbox, I don't know. I'm eating up every little detail. If you want more (and there is more!) check it out right here.

photos by nicole hill gerulat

farm baby shower

I had yet to come across a 'farm-themed' baby shower until I heard of this one from Sweet Iced Tea! Ginger was inspired by this 'mini farm' party posted last year.

100 day celebration

Long ago I had read an article on the Korean tradition of celebrating the 100th day of a babies life. I loved this sweet, small celebration Minhee and Truman Cho threw for their little Tru's 100th. (More on this special tradition right here).

90th birthday

I'm loving Brooke's post on a party her family threw for her grandmother's 90th birthday. You won't want to miss all of the thoughtful details for the celebration right here.

When my grandmother turned 100 several years ago, my mother arranged to have a bagpiper play at the nursing home where she lived. It had been awhile since we'd seen the light in her eyes, but there was a visible sparkle of who she used to be when those bag pipes played. It was awesome to see. I highly recommend any commemoration for the elders in your life!


You won't want to miss this gorgeous nautical-themed birthday party for Charlie's 1st birthday! I can't get enough of that cardboard boat.

arrow box

I'm really digging this Valentine creation from D. Sharp. Much more hand-crafted goodness right here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I'm digging these 'broquets' (bouquets composed of brooches) discovered on Melodie's blog (by way of studiodelfiore)

oscar party

Looking for inspiration for an Oscar's party? Check out Carrie's blog right here. Lots of fab ideas to steal.

Monday, January 25, 2010

i heart folk art

For years I've swooned over 'modern folk art' (think Anna Bond of Rifle). So I immediately fell in love with this folk-art inspired birthday party I spotted at Imprintables. I only wish I knew more details about the party!