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Show Your Team Spirit!

I shared with you the sports themed invitations that were designed for my husband’s sports themed (SURPRISE) birthday party last week. Like I mentioned before, the invites really inspired the whole party. Sporty, simple, and FUN.

We worked with several great vendors to pull of this sports party — and we definitely hit this one out of the park!

The sports invitation set the tone with it’s use of sporty fonts and sports references.

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The guest of honor was greeted by two symbols of his favorite sports team. This Buffalo Bills flag was flying high while this “Dodger Fans Only” sign greeted him as he arrived to this surprise event.

This vintage baseball sign hung from the front door directing guests inside to the festivities.

Cheerleader inspired signs acted as fun themed decor throughput the party space. Bonus: super simple and inexpensive way to tie in the sports theme.

Utilizing the entire party space, seating was placed throughout. Guest could also stay entertained by playing horseshoes or ping pong — there was no sitting on the bench at this party! For a little grown-up-only fun, we hit this Dodger pinata. Candy? No way! This pinata was filled with mini (plastic) liquor bottles!

These sporty center pieces simple to put together. A container of wheat grass (produce section of grocery store), wrapped in construction paper, with 2 pennant flags placed in the center. Little tins filled with peanuts offered as edible decor as well and were placed amongst the tables.

More sporty decor.

Here is a sneak peek at our Halftime snack table. See the sign? A simple DIY project adapted from Jennifer of Hostess blog. More details (and pics) coming soon in a separate post!

This DIY concession stand offered guests a choice of three regional hot dogs. All the fixings were set out and the dogs kept cooking on a hot dog roller — this was a perfect solution to having to force someone to man the grill. I highly recommend it! Chips were hung from a rope and secured with clothes pins on each side of the concession stand.

Guests poured drinks in sports team cups and stayed hydrated with an assortment of old-fashioned soda pop, Gatorade (of course!) and other adult beverages (big league punch anyone?).

There is no cake or cupcakes at a ballpark, but there is ice cream! Allie’s Party rentals provided us with this great ice cream cart — LOVED it! Not only did it look the part, it was so convenient. After an initial charge, this cart kept the ice cream cold for 10 hours! Guest could serve themselves throughout the event. It was a huge hit!

Did I mention this was a costume party? Here I am, the hostess referee with the birthday boy.

*Photos that are missing from this post- a fabulous (huge) balloon arch that guests had to walk through upon arriving and entering the party. It was a hit yet somehow we failed to capture any photos.

Thank you to the great vendors who helped pull this event off!

Invitations via Paper & Pigtails

Party rentals via Allie’s Party Rentals

Sports themed decor via Plates & Napkins and Game Day Parties

Free DIY Printables via HWTM

It all starts with the perfect invitation

So, I decide to throw my husband a surprise sports themed birthday party. The only glitch was I had just about 3 weeks to fully plan and execute it. Yes… 3 weeks. Now, more miraculous feats have been accomplished (I am sure of it), but there was one snag — we were going on a 2 week vacation. On top of that, half of our time away we would be completely disconnected from all phone and Internet access. HOW was I going to do this? Well I knew what had to be done first, a killer sports party invitation was needed.

Thankfully I was able to enlist the help of a very talented designer, Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails. I’ll be honest, at first I was worried she might not “get” my vision. I didn’t want a kiddie invite and of course nothing cheesy. I just wanted… well… I wanted… I had NO clue. I was absolutely no help in conveying what I was looking for. So, how did Kori respond? She said “I got this.” And overnight she had sent me a proof of the best invite I could have imagined (had I actually imagined it).

Here is the proof she sent me (front):

I just loved by the use of fonts here! Check out the rest of the details (back):

All the party details were cleverly incorporated and I loved it! Here is an images of the print version:

Thank you to Kori of Papers & Pigtails for your amazing custom work!

More party details coming soon so stay tuned!

Party Themes: Rainbows and Race Cars

Creating party themes for a combined childrens’ birthday party can be a challenge. If both children are the same gender it can be a bit easier to plan a party theme (like the Candy Party theme I threw for my two daughters). However, this party planning task can prove to be more difficult if you have are trying to plan a combined party for a boy and a girl.

When Glory Albin (from sent this party over to me — I knew I must share it. She so seeminglessly designed a birthday party for a boy and a girl (ages 1 and 3). The combo? A Rainbows Party and a Race Car Party.

The palette of bright cheery colors is perfect for both boys and girls of all ages!

I love how the stripes on the paper napkin rings so perfectly mirrors the stripes on the iced sugar cookies.

Who could resist these bright sweets? Glory is also sharing her sugar cookie recipe and her DIY icing decorating tips. Thanks Glory!

Rainbow cupcake toppers for her, race car toppers for him… too cute! I am also loving the favors. Rainbow ribbon hair bows for the girls (DIY instructions HERE) and Hot Wheels race cars for the boys.

Thanks for sharing these darling details Glory!

A Vibrant Bollywood Inspired Party

This party was submitted by Bird Crafts and was designed in honor of a wedding anniversary. I immediately was struck by the vibrant colors ans Indian flair. This Bollywood party theme is very unique and also very bright!

A small “wishing tree” allowed guests to leave sweet thoughts for the couple. From the hostess,

“The ‘wishes’ were small round cards in the same design of the party theme with a picture of myself and the hubs. Our guests were then encouraged to leave well wishes or ‘word of wisdom’ hehe and hang them on the tree.”

Also, favor boxes (with the perfect coordinating design) were set out so guests could scoop up some sweet treats for later.

Aren’t you loving the bright Indian party decorations? Check out the banner above- love it!

“And more party favors (bangles, paper maché elephant and watercolours for the children, Indian tea personalised with the celebration date, scented candles and soap for the adults) were displayed in clear bags and small kitsch boxes I found at the oriental store for just $1 each! The boxes looked as though they were made for this occasion, in the party colours and even had a blue elephant on them!”___

Thank you to Bird Crafts for sharing this bright and bold party with us — and Happy Anniversary!

Garden Party Inspiration: Booze & Berries

While browsing one of my favorite blogs, The Sweetest Occasion– I stumbled upon a fabulously styled wedding shoot. The theme was “Al Fresco California Bohemian Wedding” though I instantly felt that this would make perfect inspiration for a garden party. Now that my garden is really beginning to blossom and produce yummy treats– I can’t stop thinking about hosting a garden party at my home.

This shoot gave me great inspiration. Take a look- you’ll see why!

I can see this table set up in our back yard right outside of the garden gate.

Fresh cut blooms from the yard would make simple and fragrant centerpieces.

Booze & Berries, LOVE this as the theme! I could see darling invites sent out to all my girl friends… perfect!

Here is a decanter of blood orange punch, I am thinking sangria would be a great option as well. You could do lemonade or any other citrus you have in your garden.

I love the use of votive to illuminate the table at night. The glow totally transforms the garden party feel. I can imaging sitting out in the evening in good company, on a warm summer’s night.

For more amazing photos of this shoot- stop by The Sweetest Occasion and check out this Bohemian Wedding.

Credits: Courtney Cole of White Flower Boutique, Jenna Kageyama of flutter glass Photography, Emilia Keene-Kendrick of Sweet Emilia Jane and Erin Lepperd of Erin Ever After.

Happy BEE Birthday!

Throw a Happy “Bee” Birthday! This bumble bee party was submitted by Nancy from A to Zebra Celebrations. She designed this black and yellow party for her little honey bee and shared it with us. Thrilled she did, it is darling!

Bumble Bee invitations from TomKat Studios.

The bee antenna are such a great touch!

Nancy did a such a great job on this party. From the black and yellow “sweets” table to all the other buzz worthy details- I love it! Oh- and those adorable banners? She makes those! Be sure to check out her Etsy shop. Thanks for sharing Nancy!

For more photos of this bumble bee party, head on over to Nancy’s blog.

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