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Zebra Party

Look for ideas for a wild 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!)

Black & White Paper Straws and Zebra Cupcake Liners – The Sugar Diva

Zebra Printed Treat Bags – fort & field on etsy

Zebra Oreos – Sweeties by Kim

Purple Polka Dot Party Hats – Kate Landers Events

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Cowgirl Party, Saddle Up!

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!

cowgirl party invitation

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.

horse party

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!).

horse party favors

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.

horse party decorations

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).

-Wooden cutlery were placed in mason jars.

-Striped treat bags were filled with carmel corn and placed in an old wooden planter for guests to grab.

cowgirl party decorations

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!

cowgirl cookie favors

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!

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NYE Party: Glitter & Snow

Looking for New Year’s Eve party ideas? This chic and elegant party idea from Bird Crafts is one of my favorite themes this year!

The black and white color scheme adds a sense of elegance while the damask print and sparkle accents bring on the chic.

The “Glitter & Snow” party invitation sets the tone for the event. I also love how the mirrored plates used here lend the element of sparkle to the table.

Love the party theme? Be sure to check our Bird Crafts’ post for all of the styling tips (including the DIY table cloth and shower curtain backdrop). You can also find out all the information for ordering these chic party printables for your New Year’s Eve party!

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Creepy Chic Halloween

Looking for a more chic way to celebrate this Halloween? Christine of Just Loverly has some great sophisticated handmade designs that will set your Halloween decor apart from the rest.

In her own words, Christine says, “Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean your décor has to be unsightly!” I couldn’t agree more! Check out her great designs:

I love the pairing of traditional Halloween colors and unexpected patterns like the black and white damask seen on the Halloween banner. These creepy chic Halloween napkins are actually hand stamped! The napkins have 2 different images: one with a spider hanging from a chandelier and the other with a Victorian chair hosting black crows. Love them! And of course, no spooky sip would be complete without one of these themed straw toppers to tie it all together.

Be sure to check out these Halloween themed cocktails when planning your creepy chic Halloween party.

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You asked! Our Halloween Party

Today I am receiving so many emails, tweets, and messages asking if I had a Halloween party and email inquires like (as one reader put it), “Why are you starving us of your party pictures?” that I decided to throw up a few pictures from our party. Oh, and of course I had a party, did you really doubt me?

I wanted to do a little something to keep the kiddos (and their parents) busy pre trick-or-treating time.

The Halloween invites sent out to the little monsters.

Some of the simple DIY Halloween decor. The Halloween wine glasses were made by rubbing on scrapbook transfers. They come right off with a quick soak in warm water.

Sweets (of course).

These were a big hit, simple DIY Halloween Treats. Spider web cupcakes (inspired by Eddie Ross), doughnut hole eye balls and marshmallow pops made up a haunting Halloween dessert table.

Simple party favors were made using paper lunch sacs, white shipping labels, and a creepy spider web font. Placed atop a table near a “haunted” tree.

It was a fun time for the kids. A little lunch, a few Halloween games, prizes, and a lot of sugar! What more can a kid ask for?

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A Lovely Vintage Picnic

Lisa Pearson sent me over a link humbly asking me to check out a recent post from her blog. Curious, I visited the link and immediately thought, WOW what a fabulous post – I MUST share it. Lisa and her daughter enjoyed a wonderful vintage picnic lunch in true vintage style with a perfect combination of both girly touches and sophisticated elements. If you are looking for inspiration for a vintage party theme, be sure to check out Lisa’s photos. She has great ideas (hello $10 dresser find!).

From Lisa’s friend (who highjacked her blog to post this feature in honor of Lisa):

“She hauled her $10 dresser and bags of food and boxes of dishes across a very busy public park to the perfect picnic spot, laughing and joyful the whole way. She went all out with the beautiful vintage details, right down to the paper and string she used to wrap the sandwiches. What can I say??? She just rocks!”

We agree! Just look at these lovely photos:

Above, the $10 dresser find!

Simple fixings for a vintage picnic.

Lisa with her college-bound daughter. What beautiful women and such a beautiful way to share a moment with one another before they head out into the world.

What a lovely afternoon!

Thank you Lisa for sharing your wonderful vintage picnic with us. What a well-designed and lovely afternoon to spend with your daughter. The stunning photographs were all take by Lisa’s dear friend Kim (see her work at blubelstudio.com).

To see more photos of Lisa’s afternoon vintage picnic, visit her blog. She has several stunning posts, be prepared to get lost in them like I did.

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