Archive of ‘Birthday Party Themes’ category

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.

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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!

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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 greated 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 desinged for us by Kate of Kate Landers Events. Each child was given a classic party hat all created within the blue and lavendar 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 is 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 lanters (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 poms hung above the candy buffet {more pics of that below} and added the perfect touch.

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 {idea via Create My Event’s Lollipop Grove}. 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!

Personalized dotted party napkins, Pennant flag (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 Landers Events, LLC 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.

Where I shopped:

Tissue Pom Poms | Luna Bazzar

Mini Gumball Machines | Beau Coup

Paper Lanters (for hanging candy) | Luna Bazzar

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Car Birthday Party Theme

Vroom! Vroom! Check out this fun car birthday party theme- your little one will love it!

Here are a few different car party invitations to set the party mood:

Your guests will want to race to your party after receiving these car themed invitations. HONK! toy car print, vroom vroom parked cars or the speed racer numbered car are all great choices.

You cannot go wrong with this car party decor from jack & izzy! I love their simple designs that carry your theme through from start to finish in a modern yet effortless sort of way. They have really taken this car theme and mastered it!

Remember last week when I raved about party theme sandwiches? How perfect are these car shaped ones? Sarah {owner of jack & izzy} served these to her party guests during her son’s car themed birthday party.

The car shaped straws are such a great touch. The key to pulling off a fabulous themed party is to carry the details all the way through and Sarah sure did it here! I hope you now have some ideas for your own car party!

Be sure to visit jack & izzy for more party theme inspiration, we just love them!

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Step Right Up! It’s a Circus Party Theme

I have been so eager to share this circus party theme with everyone! I am going to share all the creative {and simple} circus party ideas with you….are you ready? There is a lot to look at!

This circus party was held for a very special one year old’s birthday. When his mom decided circus was the theme she wanted, I got to work on creating a circus themed invite.

This is the front of the invite I created using my computer. I got the idea from Caroline Armelle from Armelle the Blog. I printed them onto red cardstock and they looked just like hers {thanks for the inspiration!}. The back of the tickets had more pertinent party info for the guests to read.

Two design elements that were carried through the entire party were 1. The red tickets and 2. The circus font {I downloaded for free and used on everything}.

This party had many DIY elements that cost virtually nothing. And since birthday parties can become very costly, this was a must- spend less without loosing the “awe” factor! Greeting guests was a welcome sign that was made out of old cardboard and some craft paint….simple right?

At the entrance was a table filled with party bags for each child. The labels read “Step Right Up” and were each personalized using that fun circus font I mentioned. Inside the bags were bundles of red tickets that each guest would use during the party. The bags were large enough {and easy for the little ones to carry around} that they fit all the goodies and prizes that were to come.

Throughout the party space was this handmade paper pennant. This is my favorite party decoration because it is simple so versatile {plus inexpensive}. Made with cardstock and ribbon, paper pennants are my go-to party decor item.

More signs made out of cardboard and paint to decorated the party space. Not only where they a fun decoration, but they let little ones know how many tickets they were required to forfeit for each activity. I was so surprised that the tickets themselves seemed to be the biggest hit of the circus party. The kids just loved counting out and handing over their tickets!

Oh and this is the birthday boy…rocking his “1″ tee from Bug & Goose matching the circus party theme of course! I love their personalized tee’s- a perfect party accessory. Order in your party colors and with with the age of the birthday child or their initial. Of course the birthday boy needed a wardrobe change {boys get dirty after all}. He went from his “1″ tee to a “Ring Leader” tee {you can see it below}.

Many games, activities and fun…. all “big top” themed (like circus bean bag toss).

The “concession” stand was a brilliant addition by the fabulous caterer, Laura. She whipped this mock concession stand up using tables, milk crates, zip ties and table clothes. Brilliant… and a huge hit! She served pizza and homemade corn dogs (which were to die for). Of course, payment for the concession stand snacks were made by little red tickets.

As simple as centerpieces get.

My new favorite cupcake stand decorated with mini paper pennant flags. {Thanks to Kim from Tom Kat Studio for the cupcake stand info. Read about “the stand” here}

Before the birthday boy’s highchair become covered in big top birthday cake.

There was a circus tattoo station. A popcorn machine, popping fresh kernels all afternoon that was scoped into cute popcorn sacs. A fun circus pinata {of course} and many other circus”y” details.

And my favorite part of this circus theme…the photo booth!

Just a couple more photos, I promise!

Just place a coat rack or basket near your booth with fun props. We made this booth out of a refrigerator box, fabric and paint. So simple!

And for a party favor, what else but circus cookies? Tied to each was ribbon and a red ticket with “Thank You” written on it.

Believe it or not, there were many other details…I could have gone on and on :). Thank you for reading and I hope I inspired your next circus themed party in some small way.

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