Show Your Team Spirit!

I shared with you the sports themed invitations that were designed for my husband’s sports themed (SURPRISE) birthday party last week. Like I mentioned before, the invites really inspired the whole party. Sporty, simple, and FUN.

We worked with several great vendors to pull of this sports party — and we definitely hit this one out of the park!

The sports invitation set the tone with it’s use of sporty fonts and sports references.

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The guest of honor was greeted by two symbols of his favorite sports team. This Buffalo Bills flag was flying high while this “Dodger Fans Only” sign greeted him as he arrived to this surprise event.

This vintage baseball sign hung from the front door directing guests inside to the festivities.

Cheerleader inspired signs acted as fun themed decor throughput the party space. Bonus: super simple and inexpensive way to tie in the sports theme.

Utilizing the entire party space, seating was placed throughout. Guest could also stay entertained by playing horseshoes or ping pong — there was no sitting on the bench at this party! For a little grown-up-only fun, we hit this Dodger pinata. Candy? No way! This pinata was filled with mini (plastic) liquor bottles!

These sporty center pieces simple to put together. A container of wheat grass (produce section of grocery store), wrapped in construction paper, with 2 pennant flags placed in the center. Little tins filled with peanuts offered as edible decor as well and were placed amongst the tables.

More sporty decor.

Here is a sneak peek at our Halftime snack table. See the sign? A simple DIY project adapted from Jennifer of Hostess blog. More details (and pics) coming soon in a separate post!

This DIY concession stand offered guests a choice of three regional hot dogs. All the fixings were set out and the dogs kept cooking on a hot dog roller — this was a perfect solution to having to force someone to man the grill. I highly recommend it! Chips were hung from a rope and secured with clothes pins on each side of the concession stand.

Guests poured drinks in sports team cups and stayed hydrated with an assortment of old-fashioned soda pop, Gatorade (of course!) and other adult beverages (big league punch anyone?).

There is no cake or cupcakes at a ballpark, but there is ice cream! Allie’s Party rentals provided us with this great ice cream cart — LOVED it! Not only did it look the part, it was so convenient. After an initial charge, this cart kept the ice cream cold for 10 hours! Guest could serve themselves throughout the event. It was a huge hit!

Did I mention this was a costume party? Here I am, the hostess referee with the birthday boy.

*Photos that are missing from this post- a fabulous (huge) balloon arch that guests had to walk through upon arriving and entering the party. It was a hit yet somehow we failed to capture any photos.

Thank you to the great vendors who helped pull this event off!

Invitations via Paper & Pigtails

Party rentals via Allie’s Party Rentals

Sports themed decor via Plates & Napkins and Game Day Parties

Free DIY Printables via HWTM

Get Your Hot Dogs!

Hot dogs (3 ways) were served at the recent sport themed party I hosted. Playing off the regional hot dogs found at ballparks across the country, I chose three that I felt guests would enjoy the most.

First, I decided that rather than having someone man the grill the entire party — I would just use a hot dog roller to keep the dogs cooked and warm as guests needed them.

Then, I created the table of condiments.

Along with the world famous Cubby Dog (Chicago style hot dog), there was:

  • a spicy Cowboy Dog: Texas Chili, cheese, onions, and jalapenos
  • a good ole’ fashioned Dodger Dog: Ketchup, Mustard, Relish

Placed on the table were signs (like the one above) that outlined for guests what to pile on each dog.

These DIY signs were adapted from the free printables over at HWTM.

S’more please!

Have you checked the National Food Calendar today? Well, if not you might be pleased to know that today is National S’mores Day. Could there be a more delicious reason to gather a few yummy recipes? In honor of this ooey gooey day, here are a few great s’more recipes for you. Have one of your own? Share your favorite s’more recipe with us in the comments!

Peanut butter and chocolate? OH MY! Try this s’mores sandwich recipe for an over-the-top treat!

Make s’more chocolate truffles. These would be perfect for a dessert table at a party, don’t you think?

S’mores + cupcakes = heaven! Try making these s’more cupcakes with Bakerella’s step-by-step instructions.

Want to drink your dessert? This s’more mocktail would be the perfect sip for today!

So… which would you try first? Have another recipe? Share it with us!

It all starts with the perfect invitation

So, I decide to throw my husband a surprise sports themed birthday party. The only glitch was I had just about 3 weeks to fully plan and execute it. Yes… 3 weeks. Now, more miraculous feats have been accomplished (I am sure of it), but there was one snag — we were going on a 2 week vacation. On top of that, half of our time away we would be completely disconnected from all phone and Internet access. HOW was I going to do this? Well I knew what had to be done first, a killer sports party invitation was needed.

Thankfully I was able to enlist the help of a very talented designer, Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails. I’ll be honest, at first I was worried she might not “get” my vision. I didn’t want a kiddie invite and of course nothing cheesy. I just wanted… well… I wanted… I had NO clue. I was absolutely no help in conveying what I was looking for. So, how did Kori respond? She said “I got this.” And overnight she had sent me a proof of the best invite I could have imagined (had I actually imagined it).

Here is the proof she sent me (front):

I just loved by the use of fonts here! Check out the rest of the details (back):

All the party details were cleverly incorporated and I loved it! Here is an images of the print version:

Thank you to Kori of Papers & Pigtails for your amazing custom work!

More party details coming soon so stay tuned!

An UP! Inspired Wedding

If you are looking for a playful yet wildly romantic wedding theme, this one is for you. I recently came across these photos while browsing one of my go-to wedding sites, The Wedding Chicks. This wedding was inspired by the movie UP! and boy, I got carried away just looking at these photos!

Photographed by Wildflowers Photography, this Up movie themed wedding all began with an Up Inspired Engagement photo session. Be sure to check out the two-part shoot here and here. And also read what Pixar sent this lovely couple as a wedding gift once the these stunning images got their attention!

Take a peek at just a few of the images from Jame’s & Lynette’s Up inspired wedding:

James & Lynette both on and off of the cake.

The groom James, surprised his lovely bride with a balloon-filled room. Each balloon lifted up a photo of the two of them over the years.

More of their playful spirit- love it!

Here is the wedding gift that Pixar sent — a book with a drawing and a special note wishing them a happy adventure together, cool right?!

For more stunning photos of this UP! inspired wedding, please visit Wildflowers Photography. Every photo is simply stunning and should not be missed- check them out!

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 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!

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