I was brainstorming 30th birthday party ideas last month when I began planning a very special party for by best friend, Sarah. Nothing was jumping out to me so I decided to start with her favorite color (purple) and pair it with a bright yellow. Yellow just screams Spring and well, I am ready for warm weather and bright sunshine! Hope you like!
A simple invitation. I designed the invitations, printed at home and then finished off by rounding the corners.
A spring wreath welcomed guests (it only cost $5 to make and really adds a nice touch!). White candle holders (a HomeGoods find) were topped with mini yellow plant pots and tucked inside were purple candles. An eclectic group of purple and yellow flowers were put together for centerpieces. Bright yellows and shades of purple worked well together.
I ended up tucking a few faux flowers (disclaimer: I sort of despise faux flowers) into the fresh arrangements. It ended up being an inexpensive way to get that deep-purple color I was looking for. Plus, the centerpieces still smelt good because of the fresh blooms!
Purple damask (paper) placemats and yellow linen napkins added the vibrant color to the table. I created these placemats with scrapbook paper (remember when I showed you how to make placemats?). I also tied several shades of purple ribbons to the back of the birthday girl’s chair. Even 30 year old birthday girls want to feel special, right?
To complement our Italian dinner, we had some great wine (of course!). Here is a fun sign I created (more to come on that soon!).
So what do you think? Are you a fan of the purple & yellow color combo? What other color combos are you loving for Spring?
Look for ideas for awild party theme? This party was for my daughter (she turned 10!) who requested a zebra party. She chose purple (her favorite color) to compliment the black & white zebra theme but any color would have worked well. The party was small with about 8 girls — but it was fun!
Zebra party decor proved to be a little trickier than I thought, but we managed! Zebra table runners tied it all in well. Purple plates and zebra napkins from our local party store and black and white paper straws matched perfectly!
We didn’t need too many sweets (just 8 girls) so we chose her favorites. Cupcakes, (purple) chocolate covered pretzels and white chocolate covered Oreos.
As the main activity, we decided on a DIY photo booth. Here we are goofing around before the guests arrived. We made mustaches and lips on sticks (SUPER simple), had a ton of big glasses, hats, scarves, you name it! The girls had so much fun posing with one another.
Here is little sister getting all the pics she can before the “big” girls arrive.
While the girls were eating lunch, I snuck away to print out the photos they had taken. Each girl was given a fuzzy zebra picture frame that had their silly photo inside – they were a hit!
Zebra Table Runner – CV Linens (less than $5 each!)
Whether you are throwing a horse party or cowgirl party, I hope you find inspiration in the party pictures below. This party was extra special to plan (it was for my little girl!) and the theme and color was entirely chosen by her! “Purple Cowgirl” were the instructions I received and here’s what I came up with. Hope you like it!
The invitations I made using Adobe Photoshop and printed on a home computer onto linen cardstock. Below the invite is an image of little girls’ boots. I had them slip them off to grab this photo.
On the porch by the front door, I placed a hay bale with the cowgirl sign, an old horseshoe, and a pair of boots she had outgrown. Even though our color was purple – I pulled these items from her bedroom to use as decor (sometimes you have to bend the rules!).
What would a Cowgirl Party be without the horses? I got the idea to give stick ponies as favors from the fabulous party Erin Volante threw for her adorable daughter (thanks Erin!). The ponies were in their “Pony Corral” and each child was able to take one home after the party so they could continue the fun at their own ranch. I got them from the nearby dollar store.
I just loved the purple unicorn!
And here is a close up of our little Cowgirl.
I also got this idea to make a Wanted poster from Erin — and I LOVE how it turned out.
For dessert, our cowgirl requested cupcakes and sherbet ice cream. The purple gingham cupcake liners are from The Cupcake Social. And the sunflower toppers are made out of scrapbook stickers and wooden party picks.
Hostess Tip: The night before the party, pre-scoop ice cream and place in paper cups. Fill a couple of trays and place in the freezer. Then when it comes cake and ice cream, you can easily pass them out and ditch manning the ice cream scoop.
Other elements used:
-Paper pennant flags hung outside on the garden gate (we also placed horseshoes along the dirt path).
–Striped treat bags were filled with carmel corn and placed in an old wooden planter for guests to grab.
The childrens’ table was lined with bales of straw that doubled as benches.
Each guest got their own cowgirl/boy hat and sheriff’s badge.
Activities included pin-the-tail on the pony, coloring paper horses and putting on horse tattoos.
And then there was D.J. the horse. He was the biggest hit of the party, especially with the birthday girl!
Our little cowgirl is 4!
For food – we served up lunch… ranch-style! The menu included Mustang Mac-n-Cheese, Wild West Chicken Strips, Tumbleweed Salad, Bootstrap Biscuits, Smoky Bacon Potato Salad and Applesauce. Of course all was washed down with some ice cold lemonade! Thank you to Amy from Blowout Party for the menu inspiration – it was a hit!
As the afternoon came to an end, the little ones left with their stick ponies, hats and badges and the parents were sent off with these infamous Cowgirl Cookie Jars (recipe and DIY instructions from Bakerella!).
It was a perfect cowgirl party … thoughtful and simple. Hope you like it!
When mom Stacey realized it was time to plan her little Liv’s first birthday, she realized how fast her first year flew by. All parents realize it at one time or another– they grow up “in a flash.” Stacey says, “The bittersweet thoughts about our last baby’s first birthday & the desire to capture this fun time in my little one’s life inspired the theme for Liv’s party: One Year Old in a Flash.”
If you are looking for a first birthday theme, we think this one is so unique. It would work for both boys and girls! Here are some details as told by Stacey:
Invitations are one of the best parts of party planning! They set the tone & get people excited about being a part of the celebration. I’ve worked with Ginger, of Beyond Design, on at least 5 parties in the past, & she always delivers way beyond my expectations! I told her the party would be centered around photos, asked her to make the invites casual & fun, and gave her the color scheme and party details. I couldn’t be happier with the invitation & two inserts she designed! She made some really fun graphics we ended up using for other aspects of the party too, incorporated photos of Liv on the “film strip” band that went around the invite, and even put a little frame on the envelope for the photo stamps that I ordered.
The décor for the party was pretty simple. The Cottage Market made 12 glittery clothes pins for me, in the colors of the party of course, & included some twine which I strung between two 3M hooks (3M hooks are my secret party weapon!) along the stairway. A picture from each month made for a sweet banner & a really neat way to see how much Liv had grown over the year!
*Can you believe this is the first dessert table Stacey has ever done? Great work Stacey! For all the little details, check out this post where she explains this pink dessert table in full detail.
More darling photos from this photography infused birthday. Check out the lips and mustaches that guests used to as props for pictures!
What a simple idea! Paint an inexpensive frame for a fun DIY photo shoot!
Stacey, already planning Liv’s next party ;).
Thank you Stacey for sharing this darling party with us. *For more great details and party pics (via Elemental Image) check out Elle Belle blog.
This Lilly Pulitzer inspired turtle party theme is so darling I am almost not sure where to begin. Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails created this custom party for her own daughter who was turning 3. All the elements are perfect. From the pink and green party colors to the preppy turtle details Kori didn’t leave one detail undone. My favorite element of the party is that it was completely toddler proof! No glass vases to break, nothing to worry about except having fun at this pool party!
The kids’ table was set up poolside. This Lily Pulitzer table wear was the inspiration behind this preppy turtle theme. At the table, each child ate their personalized boxed lunch (love this idea- so simple!).
This pink and green themed dessert buffet was a perfect fit. You’ll notice that all the items on the table are plastic and won’t break. Because this party was poolside, it was important that Kori design it to be toddler-friendly.
These donuts are perhaps the cutest thing…. great idea for little fingers to grab.
Kori’s favorite elements? The taffy wands (shown on the dessert table) and these darling fondant turtles that perched atop the cupcakes. Her daughter loved the pinwheels and would often be found mesmerized — blowing them and watching them twirl.
Cool poolside sips.
Cookie favors carried this turtle party theme all the way through and gave guests a little something sweet to take home for later.
*All of the custom preppy turtle printables Kori created are available here.
Thank you Kori for sharing the darling details with us. Head on over to Kori’s blog to check out the rest of the amazing party photos and to browse a list of all the vendors who helped her create this darling party.
Who says big girls can’t have pretty parties too? This darling (yet sophisticated) dessert table was submitted by Glory of Glorious Treats. This would be perfect for a Paris or French themed party, bridal shower, or baby shower. Check out all the details below.
Love the black and pink color scheme- perfect for Paris!
I love hoe she incorporated different shades of pink roses for this Paris themed dessert table – lovely!
Glory also used ribbon throught as decor which I love!
What do you think? Would you enjoy an invitation to a grown-up tea party like this? I know I would!
For all the little details of this French inspired tea party visit Glory over at Glorious Treats.