I’m finally sharing pics from the recent Sweet Sixteen party I planned for my oldest daughter, Taylor. If you’ve been a reader for a while, you may remember her 9th Sweet Shoppe party, her 10th Zebra party, 11th Baking and Craft party–to name a few! Sixteen is BIG and I wanted to make sure the party reflected her personal style. It was desert meets succulent party theme. She picked everything, from the colors (peach and cornflower blue), to the theme (succulents), to the patterns we used throughout. It was a nice experience working with her to make the vision come to life. I also kept thinking, wow, I’m so lucky she has great style (because I LOVED her ideas)! :)
An invitation always sets the stage for a party and I was thrilled how this turned out. I designed them myself and printed them on high-quality paper. The succulents were incorporated on the front and we chose a peach and cornflower blue boho pattern for the back. I also designed coordinating stamps and thank you cards.
The guest list was pretty large since we included both family and her friends. We knew our home wasn’t big enough to host everyone inside, and since it was mid December with temps in the 50’s, we knew outside would be too chilly. We opted for renting a 20×30 tent for our backyard and it worked out better than imagined. It had a heater inside which made it completely toasty (it could get up to 75 degrees!). I loved the clear plastic vs the traditional all-white because it gave the space a nice indoor-outdoor feel. We had market lights strung inside which lit the space at night. It looked amazing! Let’s go inside to look at some of the details, shall we?
There were three hand-painted wooden signs throughout the party: above the dessert table, next to the favors, and at the entrance. I picked up the wood from Lowe’s and gave it a quick stain. Then, I used water based Sharpie paint pens to write on them. (more…)
I love that inspiration from a party can come on a whim. While playing volleyball lakeside recently, by husband mentioned it would be fun to have avolleyball party. Just so happens he has a birthday coming up — so …. why not we thought?
I had to throw in some NEON and make it a NEON volleyball party (you know, for good measure).
Thinking of hosting a neon party? I hope our invites and inspiration board inspire you. Because ….. if it isn’t NEON, it shouldn’t BEON. :)
Nothing fancy here. Kraft paper cardstock and envelopes are a nice neutral contrast to the neon (and they reminded me of the sand at the volleyball court). A simple invite design for the “KCT UN-PRO Tour 2012” and some party details. I used neon washi tape to give the envelops a fun neon pop.
Here is the rest of the items I bought for he party. Since it will mainly be a bunch of adults playing beach volleyball …. there really isn’t much else to decorate. So, we thought we’d have fun with our outfits :).
For links to purchase the items check out my Neon Pinterest board. I’ll post picks after the party, they should be fun ones!
When it came time to choose a theme for my little London’s 5th birthday — I knew I wanted to do a birthday breakfast and decided it would be fun to make it also a pajama party. Since she’s a little young for a traditional sleepover, it was a nice twist and made for a really unique birthday!
My inspiration for the color palette was non-peril sprinkles — they just scream BIRTHDAY!
The party was on her actual birthday (2 days before Christmas!) and it was fun to wake her up with new “birthday pajamas” and a darling pancake necklace (I found it on Etsy here).
The breakfast table was set for 12 little ones and I made it bright & cheery — just like a birthday morning should be!
I designed simple paper placemats for each child to color (FREE printable link at bottom of the post!). This kept their little hands busy while the parents greeted one another and grabbed a cup of coffee.
Coffee, creamer, chocolate spoons, birthday bark and fruit made up a little “rise & shine” station for the moms & dads.
The real sugary fun took place over at the cereal buffet and birthday pancakes station! Loved the colorful birthday banner from A To Z Celebrations (and it matched the table runner she made perfectly)!
All the sugary cereal a kid could dream of — a true birthday treat for our little one! Served in these darling kraft paper bowls. I stamped the wooden spoons with “Happy Birthday” which was an easy way to add something special. The vintage milk carafes were a great thrift-store find.
Mini yogurt parfaits, funfetti pancakes and flavored syrups were all out for grabs. The Mr. whipped up pancakes and bacon to order outside since it was such a gorgeous December morning.
These vintage syrup dispensers were also an Etsy find — and I LOVE having them in my collection now :).
My other favorite element was the breakfast “dessert” table.Donuts and cinnamon rolls that delighted every kid (and several parents)!
It was just so much fun to put together! The donut pops stood up perfectly in these bright containers from Blumbox (they have new inserts which made it super easy).
And these little edible toppers from Edible Details … can you say, PERFECT? I could not get enough of these darling stacks of pancakes — they were so adorable! And the muffin toppers matched our invite perfectly, just so cute!
Activities and Games: We let the kids make cereal necklaces and also played a pancake relay game.
The birthday pancake-cake looked like a stack of giant pancakes, but was really a cake! It was a little tough to convince the birthday girl that we weren’t serving more pancakes (that yes, this was an actual CAKE), but once she tasted it — it was a hit! This is the recipe I used.
For favors, we sent the sugar-overloaded guests home with something that would pick them up after their (inevitable) afternoon crash … Fruity Pebbles rice crispy treats. Oh yes, try them — they are so good!
And the birthday girl, awe so sweet :). A big thanks to all those who helped with her party, attended her special day (bright & early!) and to those reading now — thank you!
** I got so many requests for the placemats I designed that I am sharing FREE downloads and have included ages 1-6. Feel free to print and use at your own Birthday Breakfast party! Download the signs & placemats here.
For a look back at London’s 4th birthday, check out her cowgirl party.
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If you’ve been reading Thoughtfully Simple for the past few years, you’ll remember my oldest daughter Taylor’s past birthday parties. We’ve done a candy party and a zebra party which I shared. Today, I’m sharing her 11th birthday party which was a lot of fun.
She completely helped mold the theme of her party which made it all the more fun (and challenging) to plan. We planned the party decorations and activities and then came up with a theme (which is completely opposite of how I typically operate). But hey, maybe she’s on to something? We could all be reading her party blog a few years from now.
She wanted to have tie-dye cupcakes (she loved these St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes we made last year). She also wanted to decorate them (check and check). She wanted arts & crafts (check), plus she wanted green, purple and blue decor (check). Here’s how we pulled it all together:
Bake. Craft. Create.
I designed the invite (with a little emergency design help from my go-to-gal Kori of Paper and Pigtails).
The decorating stage was set. I premade our colorful cupcakes the night before to make it easier.
When the girls arrived, they began making their paper flowers that would adorn their new aprons. They made all types of darling flowers using cupcake liners, glue, and brads. I loved how unique each looked! Then, they chose an apron and we attached their flower.
I’m calling the aprons “shabby chic” because I made them and I have no clue how to operate a sewing machine. I’ve had one for 8 years and can barely turn it on (so please don’t look closely at this photo, there is a grandmother rolling in her grave somewhere I just know it).
And now they were ready to get their decorating on. And boy did the go for it!
They were each so unique and fun!
Each girl chose their most-favorite cupcake to take home. We put them in little boxes (they fit perfectly) and they took them home for a sweet reminder of the party. The other cupcakes went on our stand and we later sang happy birthday and enjoyed them.
We also enjoyed these adorable chocolate covered Oreos (the birthday girl has been requesting these since her last birthday party). They were so cute and delicious, I could use one right about now.The purple table runner from A to Z Celebrations was a perfect match — it had just a touch of glitter which worked into our theme perfectly.
For all the unconvential planning that went into this, I’d say it turned out great. The girls had a blast and hopfully we’ve shared some simple ideas for your next baking party or craft party!
The rest of the party was a pretty typical pre-teen affair. Pizza, giggles and lots of dancing went down.
Do you remember your 11th birthday? What was the best birthday party you remember as a child?
This garden party was submitted by Stacey of Elle Belle Creative(you might remember Stacey from the “In a Flash! first birthday theme” we featured last year) and was designed for her daughter and friends to celebrate the end of the school year. With the focus on fresh ingredients from their local farm, this party is not only darling but good for you too!
Vintage seed packet garland makes the perfect garden party decor.
Table decor as told by Stacey:
The tables were covered in burlap, with a row of vintage doilies down the center (I bought the doilies from Our Attic on Etsy and realized when I received the package in the mail that they’re local!). I picked up the green and yellow square plates and the watering cans we used as water pitchers at Ikea. I found the glass jars with the metal latch lids for apple sauce at Goodwill, along with the silverware spoons I used at each place setting, and the parfait glasses I filled with whipped cream.
A close up of the darling table.
And centerpieces Stacey made using flowers from her neighborhood.
Beverages and snack station — perfect to compliment a morning garden party!
For more party pics and details, head on over the Elle Belle Creative and check out Stacey’s complete post. She even has a free printable so you can make your own vintage can centerpiece.
Clean and simple party themes always catch my eye and this party submitted by Eileen Liu Photography is just that. If you are looking for butterfly party ideas or just a simple and lovey party theme – this one is gorgeous. All the lovely details were created and styled by Liz and all photography was done by Eileen (you might recognize them from the Bird Themed Baby Shower featured last month). This pair has a style I just adore!
The birthday girl – celebrating 8!
Lovely, natural feeling butterfly decor.
Pink lemonade with green and white striped paper straws adorned with a single butterfly – cuteness!
And little treats…
For the guests to take home.
I love the clean, Spring feel to this party. The white and green (with just a touch of blush pink) worked really well. You can see more photos of the colorful food served and the adorable party favor bags over oat Eileen Liu Photography.