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 http://www.glorioustreats.blogspot.com) 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!

DIY 4th of July Decor

Embarrassingly enough, I have been so busy that I hadn’t even thought of details for our intimate Fourth of July barbecue (hence the last minute patriotic dessert ideas). So today, I decided to look around the house for some inspiration and boy did I find it — RIBBON! I have about 50 yards of American flag print ribbon lying around and decided to put it to good use today.

This is a simple 4th of July place setting. I just used to clear glass plates and layered strips of coordinating ribbon inbetween them. Paired with a navy blue linen napkin — simple!

I used strips of ribbon to make these DIY ribbon cupcake toppers. These took maybe 5 minutes and I just used ribbon I had on hand. Check out these DIY instructions for more detail on how-to make these.

I even incorporated the ribbon decor outside since that will be where we are cooking and hanging out. About 6 strips of red, white and blue ribbon make up this decoration. I hung it from a tree and it looks really nice blowing in the wind.

I hope I have inspired you to look around your home and revisit supplies you have on hand when thinking of decorating. Remember, your party can look thoughtful … even if you just do a few simple touches.

Flag Cakes & Cupcakes

If you have found yourself searching for cute {but sorta simple} American flag cake or flag cupcake ideas, we’ve got you covered. There is still time to whip up an impressive patriotic dessert that won’t take a lot of time and doesn’t require odd ingredients you will have to hunt for. I’m pretty sure you will have everything on-hand to make at least one of these festive red, white and blue dessert ideas.

1. Creative Hidden Layered Cake Flag {via 17 and Baking}

2. Blueberry topped Wave the Flag Cupcakes {via SheKnows}

3. Angel Food Flag Cake {via Betty Crocker}

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!

{$100} Creative Cupcake Contest!

Are you a baking “queen?” Do you make the cutest cupcakes in town? If so, this contest is for you! Thoughtfully Simple has launched a search for the most creative cupcake! Enter this cupcake contest by uploading your cupcake photos (up to three cupcakes!) on our Facebook page.

Then…. get the VOTES! Ask your friends, family, coworkers, random strangers- who ever you want to vote for your entry. You might want to even bribe them with cupcakes (just sayin’).

Once the voting period ends, the three submission with the most votes will move on. Our three judges will then test all the cupcakes select the winner! Who are our judges? Glad you asked!

Myself, along with Amy Atlas (Amy Atlas Events), Kim Stoegbauer (The TomKat Studio) will judge the final three cupcakes.

When I decided to launch this Creative Cupcake contest I immediately new these were the best ladies to judge such a sweet event. Amy Atlas creates the most amazing dessert tables and Kim designs adorable cupcake toppers— a winning combination!

So what are you waiting for? Submit your Creative Cupcake now. Good luck!

The prize?

The winner will receive $100 Visa gift card. Use it to bake up a storm (or shop for that new apron, your call). Plus: 24 custom designed cupcake toppers courtesy of The TomKat Studio. Design the perfect cupcake toppers to jazz up your dessert table at your next event.

A Nostalgic Graduation Party

This graduation party was special to me for a couple reasons. This grad party was not only for my best friend’s son– but he also graduated from my old high school (which made it super nostalgic to plan). If you are looking for a theme for a graduation party, be inspired by the school itself. School colors, plus old class yearbooks (we were able to gather editions from 20 years back!), then throw in real “school” stuff like chalk boards and lunch sacs. Here are a few pictures:

theme for a graduation party

A chalk board else greeted guests at the door to introduce the “school” theme. My favorite DIY paper pennants decorated the party space– school colors of course (Go Big Red)! I LOVE paper pennant for a simple and inexpensive decoration. If you read this site regularly, you might have seen them here, here, or here.

graduation party decorations

Those old yearbooks came in handy as centerpieces. Placed in stacks of 3 on each table– the yearbooks offered not only nostalgic decor but a fun activity and converstaion starter.. By mid-party, guests just couldn’t resist opening up the old books a reliving old memories and laughing at long gone styles. I even got to read the message I left in my boyfriend of 5 months (now husband’s!) yearbook. TOO FUNNY! Placed on each stack of books was a simple red apple with a congratulatory message placed in it.

theme for a graduation party

Before leaving, each guest was asked to “Sign in.” The grad’s parents made a heartwarming book of photos from his school days. Each guest signed throughout the book just like signing a yearbook. This was my favorite element of the party.

Grad party ideas

Red velvet cupcakes (his favorite) for dessert and mini lunch sac favors offered as favors for the taking.

DIY favor bags

A close up of the favors. For the DIY instructions on these mini lunch sac treats, see this post.

Fonts used in this party:

School Script Dashed and Octin Sports Free

*School Script Dashed font and Octin Sports Free font are free to download from http://www.dafont.com/.

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