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Artsy Partsy! Get Inspired and Create Your Own!

Do you have a little art lover in the family? Check out this art inspired party idea!

Set the tone for your colorful party, with these fun art party themed invitations! They are a perfect fit for this party theme, right?

Let your little artists decorate their own edible art using food coloring and sugar cookies, Martha gives you the how-to here. Cover table tops with white butcher paper, and then provide a rainbow selection of crayons. The party guests will be able to create multiple masterpieces and your table will stay clean too. Is there a birthday girl? I think this crayon apron would be the perfect party attire!

Keep party guests occupied (and intrigued) by having them help make crayons from broken pieces. You can even ask guests to bring broken crayons to the party. Check out the scoop on safely making your own crayons here. Once they have cooled, wrap crayons in small plastic bags, tie with a bow and send home as party favor! Aren’t they cool looking?

Don’t want to make them at the party? You can buy them premade and still have adorable favors.

Another favor idea is to send guests home with mini sketch kits so they can continue their artistry once home.

Don’t forget the cake! This rainbow cake is the perfect addition to any art themed party. Yes, you can make this! Get all the instructions over at the Omnomicon Blog and get started!

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Lavender Baby Shower Theme

To be honest, I am not a big fan of anything in the purple color family. However, I was creating this inspiration board for a lovely lavender shower and have come to love it. The soft sophisticated color scheme shouts romantic and classy in the same breath. I encourage you to consider lavender as your next party theme- whether it be a baby shower, bridal shower, or even Sunday brunch. Go ahead, try it!

My first thought was this would be a perfect palette for a baby shower. More modern than your traditional pink or blue theme, this lavender color scheme is soft enough for the baby aspect, but classy enough to make the mom-to-be feel really honored.

Above from left:

  • Skip the baby or bridal shower cakes and serve these petite brownie bites from Martha Stewart, iced with a simple purple flower.
  • Simple yet sophisticated table scape featured on The Knot keeps it comfortable and still with a formal feel. Setting a nice table is a great way to honor the mom {or bride} to be.
  • Serve guests champagne with a sprig of lavender for a romantic aroma {Martha Stewart}.
  • A fun treat for party guests, a purple fortune cookie soap favor.
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Party: Create a Chic Hawaiian Feel

If you are hosting a party soon {whether it be a birthday or just a get-together}, why not add some Hawaiian flare? Adding tropical touches can really set the mood of your party. Instead of throwing your typical Luau themed party {you know with those plastic leis} try adding just a few Hawaiian inspired touches. This will make your party feel more classy and authentic.

To serve your drinks or appetizers, set up a unique table/bar in a snap! Use a surfboard instead of a table! You can set it atop a small table (for support) or even use two TV trays to prop it up on.

Some simple party food ideas are shrimp skewers, grilled pineapple, and maybe coconut flavored desserts. If you are serving adult drinks, try this cocktail recipe:

{courtesy of Hostess With The Mostess}

Tidal Wave

1½ ounces Malibu (or other coconut-flavored rum)
1 ounce blue curacao
¾ ounces fresh lime juice
½ ounce amaretto
1 tablespoon coconut cream
1 teaspoon superfine sugar lime slice

As for decor, the key here is to keep it simple. No need for tall paper palm trees. You can pull off a Hawaiian feel without crepe paper fish and plastic leis. For table decor, try gathering a few colorful votive candles. Place them on top of random glass cake stands and place a few stemless orchids to add that paradise feel. You can also use items such as sea shells and sand dollars to make your theme come together.

Add simple touches throughout your event space. I love this idea of using a fresh tropical flower to serve as a napkin ring. You can even tie a single flower around items such as a glass pitcher, basket of silverware, or hand towel in the restroom.

In order to have a successful Hawaiian themed party, simple and thoughtful touches really are key. When I think of Hawaii, I think of a natural and easy going flare. If you plan your party with “natural” and “easy going” in mind– you will have stunning results that don’t require a lot of effort!

Photography Credits: Surfboard Bar Karren Bussen, Decor Images The Knot.
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A Party for Your Little Monkey

Do you have a “little monkey?” Plan their next party in this modern monkey theme and let the Monkey business begin!

First step to your monkey party theme is to dress the part (well for the birthday boy or girl at least)! Mod Monkey Tee for the guest of honor, party hats and monkey masks for all the little monkey guests!

Of course, solid yellow and brown would be fitting, but how cute are these monkey paper goods?!

Have this monkey hanging around for some fun party decor. Or fill as a pinata– with banana flavored candy, yellow M&M’s, Lemon Heads, and yellow suckers! To keep guests occupied, play barrel of monkeys, monkey in the middle, or monkey see monkey do (just like Simon says).

Blend up banana smoothies or serve kids banana flavored milk. Have a tray of bananas, bowl of yellow candies, and dried banana chips out for guests to munch on.

Create this adorable Monkey cake as Martha Stewart did or for multiple monkeys, make these monkey cupcakes!

Send your guests home with some monkey memorabilia! Above: Purchase these monkey favor bags and kill with animal cookies and banana candies. You can also check out this monkey party favor kit available at Martha Stewart Crafts.

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For the Girls! Spa Party Theme

Looking for slumber party ideas? Just putting this fabulous kids’ spa party theme together has got me longing for a day at the spa! A spa party theme would be perfect for any girlie-girl’s birthday party theme ranging from age 7 to well, adult! What little lady (or grown woman for that matter) doesn’t love some good pampering?

slumber party ideas

Choose a group of girls to invite, keeping it to under 10 girls will make the spa treatments run a bit more smoothly. Decide if your spa party will be an overnight slumber party or a simple “day at the spa.”

spa party theme

Here are two darling invites:  ‘Painted Toes’ invite and  ‘Spa Girls’ invite. Or, if you want to make them yourself,  these spa mask invites from Martha Stewart are adorable too

. Ask girls to bring their favorite bath robe for a true “luxury” feel. When they arrive, have them put on their robes and welcome them to the spa.

A great party spa treat would be to get each girl a pair of spa slippers. They’ll love that they all match and the slippers will also serve as a fabulous party favor.

Let the pampering begin with pedicures! Place chairs in a circle and grab some paint trays from you local home store to serve as water basins. Fill with warm water tossing in bath fizzies and a few rose petals for that extra touch. Consider recruiting Grandma, Auntie, or a friend to help you with your spa duties. Let each girl pick their polish color and get to work!

After the pedis, give each girl a facial scrub. I like this home facial scrub recipe which you can premake and store in small canning jars. You can slo try chocolate facial which I am sure the girls will be eager to lick off if it should drip!

Chocolate Facial Mask

1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
2 teaspoons Cottage Cheese
¼ Cup Honey
3 teaspoons Oatmeal
Directions:
Mix all ingredients together using a small blender then smooth onto face. Relax for ten 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Enjoy baby soft skin!

spa party theme - cookies

Wouldn’t these make the cutest dessert? I spotted these face mask shaped cookies and thought they were perfect! You could even personalize them with the spa guests names! For beverages, serve up yummy fruit smoothies and for eats how about small sandwiches?

spa party favors

Make each girl a spa pampering toiletry bag that she can use during her spa visit and also take home as a party favor. Include mini sized items like a nail file, nail polish, lip gloss, and scented lotion.

Now you have your spa party inspiration– add your own details and enjoy a little girl time during a spa party!

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Adorable Lollipop Party Theme!

I love discovering new blogs and was thrilled when I stumbled upon Kim’s wonderful decor and party planning blog The TomKat Studio! I began to get really excited as I scrolled through her adorable party ideas and when I came across this Lollipop Party Theme I fell in love! This colorfully sweet party theme is perfect for almost all ages! Shhh… don’t tell, but I can already tell you one of my little girls will be having on adorable lollipop party this year! Kim was so kind as to let me share her fabulous ideas here on Thoughtfully Simple {I just know you all will love this party too}, so without further ado…

Lollipop Party Theme!

This colorfully sweet party theme is perfect for almost all ages! Shhh… don’t tell, but I can already tell you one of my little girls will be having on adorable lollipop party this year!

Above are Yummy Lollipop invitations, Lollipop cupcake toppers, and matching favor tags that say “thank you for being sweet” tied to mini lollipops!

Here is a close up of these super cute favors! {Really, could they get any cuter??}

Here are adorable personalized lollipop cupcake toppers! Yummy!

This party theme is so yummy I couldn’t even decide which images to share with you because I love them all! You can check out all the “sweet” details of this Lollipop party over at The TomKat Studio. There is so many more adorable party details to see! Oh and Kim, not only dreamt up this fabulous party theme- she made all these cute lollipop party supplies herself! Visit her amazing studio shop and check out the Lollipop party kit, now you can pull of this adorable party theme in a snap! Thanks Kim!

If your sweet tooth still needs satisfying, check out my Sweet Slumber Candy Party ideas and Ice Cream Party ideas!
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