Archive of ‘Birthdays’ category

{Real} Party Feature: I Want Candy!

This candy themed party came to me via Glory of Glorious Treats. She planned this party for her daughter Grace’s 6th birthday. I love her use of pink and green- a perfect color scheme for a sweet party!

Check out the polka dot fabric runner under the candy buffet- perfect!

Even the tray of pinwheel sandwiches and fruit look like candies!

There’s the cute birthday girl! And lollipops to line the driveway like I did for my girls’ candy party.

Bright paper lanterns mimic the polka dots on the fabric runner.

Cookies and cookie cupcake toppers that replicate large pieces of candy- adorable!

For a ton of more fabulous photos of Grace’s candy themed party, head on over to Glory’s blog and check them out!

Garden Fairy Party

Just in time for Spring! This magical garden party theme was designed by my friend Kim of TomKat Studios for her daughter Kate’s 3rd birthday. If you have a garden fairy of your own, this just might be the perfect party theme for her!

Kim designed these fairy invitations herself- they seems to set the tone of the party perfectly!

Stunning garden cake with the perfect fabric backdrop, right?!

This is just a sneak peek….you’ll have to head on over to the TomKat Studio blog to see the rest of this magical garden fairy party!

{images via Vicki Lynn Photography}

A “Scooper” Cool Birthday

Recently, one of my favorite event designers, Kate Landers, sent me over this great Ice Cream Party she threw for her own boys’ birthdays. I immediately fell in love with the classic feel- like stepping inside of an old fashioned ice cream shoppe. If you need some great DIY ice cream party ideas– check these out. And if you want it to look this fabulous, just call Kate!

The party hats fit the theme perfectly! They are the same party hats I used for my girls’ candy themed party, remember?

The ice cream was set out in plastic buckets with shovels as the scoops. Love it! A buffet of toppings included “super hero strawberries” and “crushed Oreo dirt” perfect for a party of boys. All the buckets were labeled with the flavor of their content, with one bucket being a “family favorite” flavor, so fun!

For games, they played this handmade “Pin The Cherry On The Ice Cream Sundae” game and even made sculptures out of ice cream cones. Sounds like fun right? You can see pics over on Kate’s blog. For favors, adults were sent home with ice cream scoops adorned with thank you tags. The kids got to fill up bags of their favorite toppings to take home.

I just love this party! For all the party details and many more pictures, head on over to Kate’s blog.

If you liked this party, you might also like these Ice Cream Party Ideas or this Sweet Shoppe Party.

Wizard of Oz Birthday Party

Does your little Dorthy love the Wizard of Oz? Why not think about planning a Wizard of Oz birthday party for her? Here are a few ideas I think she would love. With a little planning, she’ll definitely be calling you the Good Witch of the North!

I like this rainbow invitation. Of course, you can also include your actual address- however I still like the idea of including the text: “somewhere over the rainbow” and “just follow the yellow brick road.”

Speaking of the yellow brick road, you can paint a path leading to your door using sidewalk safe paint, or a make a yellow aisle runner using felt fabric from your local fabric shop. If you don’t have a path this would work on, you can plant yellow flowers in oblong flower boxes to line your walkway.

For other decor (or just for some fun) set out this themed game: The Wizard of Oz Yellow Brick Road Game. This can even be set out as entertainment if parents will be in attendance.

Perhaps my favorite idea, is to have each girl remove their shoes at the front door and slip on a pair of adorable ruby red slippers. These can double as party favors, as each girl can wear them home and continue her play once the party has ended.

These wicked witch cupcakes are perfect for a Wizard of Oz party! Serve them with these black and white striped napkins and ruby red paper goods for a complete look.

Need more dessert ideas? How about “somewhere over the rainbow jello?” Or these “wicked witch hat cookies?” For drinks, display a rainbow of Jones Sodas, and let each child choose their favorite.

Hope you have some inspiration for your party, have fun in Oz!

Sweet Shoppe | Candy Themed Party

This candy themed party was created with a classic sweet shoppe feel. Designed exclusively with Kate Landers Events, LLC this party was extra special because it was thrown to celebrate my own two little girls’ birthdays. Born just one day apart- Taylor celebrated her 9th birthday while our youngest London, celebrated turning 3. The party theme was selected because they agreed- they both loved candy. Taylor chose blue as her favorite color and London selected purple —  there you have it, a party theme was born!

Who doesn’t love lollipops?

And what is better than a gumball, really?

Handmade giant lollipops lined the walk where guests where greeted with a chalkboard “OPEN” sign.

A gumdrop wreath adorned the front door {inspired from this candy wreath via Let’s Entertain}.

These classic {and darling} party hats were designed for us by Kate. Each child was given a classic party hat all created within the blue and lavender color scheme. Each paper hat was adorned in a classic pattern that just had such a charm. What I loved most about these hats was the ability to create a mix-n-match assortment. They were all in the party’s colors but we had several unique patterns which lent a playful feel to the party.

In addition to the playful paper hats, each birthday girl had their own personalized Festoon Trimmed Party Hat. I have never seen anything like these hats, darling doesn’t even begin to describe them. Double satin ribbon ties under their chin- oh so fabulous! After the party, these were still in perfect shape–I know they will be worn and cherished for years. Here are all the party hats together:

Fun, right?

Party decor consisted {in part} of:

-A  homemade candy shop awning:  poster board and paint

-Lavender and white flowers

-Wooden lollipop centerpieces

-Hanging pieces of candy. We had three giant candy pieces hanging from a tree outside, blue, white, and purple {shown}. To make them, I used paper lanterns (I get mine here) and simply wrapped them with colored cellophane. Tie the ends with ribbon to make it look like wrapped candy.

tissue pom pom decorations

Tissue pom poms hung above the candy buffet {more pics of that below} and added the perfect touch. Here’s how to make tissue paper pom poms (I just did them the week before the party).

This designer fabric table runner was also create by Kate Landers Events and really pulled the candy table together. The lavender stripes atop the soft cream background felt so elegant and classic- Sweet Shoppe feel for sure!

The main event: The candy buffet table. All candy was chosen for its color; blue, purple, or white. From Rock Candy to Sixlets- Old Fashioned Taffy Wands to lollipops… this candy buffet was so sweet.

Each candy jar was labeled using printable labels that I discovered over at Eat Drink Chic. See them used in this Ice Cream Parlour Sundae Buffet and download them for yourselves.

Candy themed games kept little ones entertained. “Pin the gumball in the machine” was made exclusively for this party {via Kate Landers Events}. Each child’s gumball was hand stitched with a number so they knew who’s-was-who’s. I loved this take on the classic pin the tail on the donkey. Lollipop Toss was played outdoors. We also played musical squares to the song “Lollipop, Lollipop.” In fact, we had “candy themed” music playing the entire time- over an hour of music!

Polka dotted party napkins added a nice color element, a paper-pennant flag banner (my go-to decor item), treat bags filled with scoops of candy, and so much more!

Each guest left with a mini gumball machine in addition to a bag full of candy.

Believe it or not, there were so many more photos of this wonderful candy birthday party. Thank you for taking the time to browse these ideas and I hope they inspire you to host a candy party of your own!

A special thanks to Kate for helping to pull off one sweet party! I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot more about this fabulous company here on Thoughtfully Simple and elsewhere in the near future.

Supplies:

Tissue Pom Poms | Make them here

Mini Gumball Machines | Beau Coup

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