Monday, January 31, 2011

Frog Princess Party

I found this colorful and sassy party over at Pluff Mudd Studio blog. Christina is very talented and also has an Etsy Shop full of  cute items. 
The party was inspired by this adorable Shrimp and Grits Kids Smocked Bubble!! The bright pinks and greens were the color scheme for the party and the frog princess made quite the debut throughout all the little details.

Cate's invites kicked off the party with the sweet frog princess graphic and bright pinks and greens. I love polka dots, so I added a pink border with green polka dots. I like to jazz up the envelopes too, so her invites were sent in a green envelope with a cute coordinating address label. (The printable invites are coming soon to the Pluff Mudd Studio Etsy shop!)
I sneaked in a little polka dot here and there in the party decoration too. :)

The custom crown was made by Amy from the amazing Esty shop, True Love Found. I sent her the digital file of Cate's invite and she made this precious coordinating crown. She even included some polka dot ribbon the bottom.
Love it!!

I love to design a wreath that welcomes the guest and includes the theme. I made a tissue paper wreath (tutorial coming soon) for Cate's party. It turned out much better than I expected. I accented it with a green polka dot ribbon with a frog 3 inch party circle in the middle. It was perfect for her party.
The tables looked beautiful set-up along the marsh front! I was lucky to find a couple sets of pink polka dot and green polka dot plates on sale. The pink and green cups were part of that same set. The party circles made lots of appearances in the party decor!! (The printable party circles are coming soon to the Pluff Mudd Studio Etsy shop!)

The grass centerpiece, accented with pinwheels and 3 inch party circles, complimented the outdoor landscape. Val, from Crafty Go Lucky, sent me the cute frog and pink paper precut into pinwheels. I just spray painted skewers pink and attached them. I backed the 3 inch party circles with coordinating scrapbook paper, attached them to the pink painted skewers, and added some ribbon....Voila...... a centerpiece.
The napkin rings are small versions of the tissue pom-poms hanging above the dessert table (tutorial coming soon). Each child had their own cup personalized with a 2 inch party circle. This was key since all the cups were either pink or green. The party circles were perfect drink tags for the adults too. It was easy to identify your drink by the different tags, frog Cate, happy birthday, #1, etc.

The dessert table was filled with yummy cupcakes, oreo pops, cheerios, animal crackers, custom frog cookies, etc. Of course the party circles made an appearance again as we labeled all the treats. I added in the polka dots using the fun fabric and polka dot ribbon. The adorable frog painting was made by one of my friends, Thanks Noelle!

These precious cookies were custom made by Lisa from The Cookie Jar. I sent her the graphic and she matched it perfectly! The kids loved these sweet treats.

Isn't this cake precious?? The gals at Ashley Bakery surpassed all my expectations with the cake and cupcakes!! I thought the frog cake would be her smash cake, but the bakery sent a smash cake much easier for Cate to eat. I guess all that fondant would have been hard for her to manage. I made the yummy Oreo Pops and sprinkled them with pink and green to coordinate with the dessert table- visit the Pluff Mudd Oreo Pop tutorial.

The frog pond cupcakes were my favorite!!! Even the pink cupcakes were accented with a little fly. It was fun to watch everyone ooh and aah over them!

Every party for one year olds needs the staple of Cheerios and animal crackers!
Here is Cate's smash cake! She was so dainty!! Mommy had to get in there and help her get started.
Once she got going, there was no stopping her. She really enjoyed it.
The party circles made yet another appearance in her high chair banner.
Of course you can't have a party without favors!!! Each child had a box of goodies from Cate- "Thank you for hopping over to my pad!"

These amazing photos were taken by Lynn, from Town and Country Photography. She captured all the details and really made the party look stunning. Most importantly, all the wonderful memories are preserved for us to share with Cate and remember her very special birthday!!

Our pug, Sophie Lulu - Cate's best buddy, even got in the spirit with her pink boa collar!

(photo and content credit: Pluff Mudd Studio)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

TuTu's, CuppyCakes & Horsies

This past weekend we had the absolute joy of celebrating Princess Raegan's 3rd Birthday Party. This was an event that I had in the works for some time. I combined 3 of Raegan's favorites to create her Birthday #3...TuTus, Cuppycakes & Horsies!
Party guests were emailed a link to a website-party-invitation I designed using a free web design/hosting service, WIX.COM.  I had never "designed" a website before the this was not as hard as I thought it would be. I kept her website-party invitation simple and fun.
I shopped, I crafted, I baked, I sewed, I shopped some more...
As the big day approached I cleared the furniture out of a couple of rooms in our home and transformed them into Party Central.
The party tables were wrapped with Bubblegum Pink and Lime Green plastic linens purchased at a discount store. I sewed cupcake shaped placemats with cotton fabrics I found at one of the few remaining Walmarts that carry a fabric department. Tissue paper was used to create whimsical poms that I hung from the ceilings and used as napkin decor.  I also made the place cards using lime green cardstock, ribbon and a stamp kit.
I purchased the cute stick-horses at The Dollar Tree to use as party favors. I also sewed each party guest a Ribbon TuTu to wear home. They ended up being a cute decor for the metal folding chairs we rented from the Langley Air Force Base Outdoor Rec Program.
I baked a 3 dimensional, large cupcake from a Wilton Giant CupCake Pan. I opted for this cake pan because when I used a 50% JoAnns store coupon it was a better bargain than the Big Top Cupcake Pan I originally intended to purchase. (still love that commercial!) I sewed a skirt for the pedastal cake plate to match the party theme colors. I also baked some regular sized cupcakes to be used as a cupcake decorating party activity.
And it's not a party without a CANDY BUFFET! I call this one THE CANDY CORRAL! Toy horses, cowboy hats and mason jars full of candy and confections were a delight to the young party goers.
Finally, with a little help from a friend, we put out some quick decorations on the front porch to welcome the party guests.
The highlight of the party was a surprise visit from The Teeny Tiny Farm. The wonderful and friendly owner of the Farm, Deb,  brought a pony for the children to ride. She also brought a miniature horse and another pony for the children to enjoy. I was excited  for another opportunity for Princess Raegan to wear her Halloween Costume and the Princess was in Horsie Heaven!
Waiting to ride the pony!
Pony Kiss!
Did you notice the pony has Pink hooves?!

After the ponies left the party guests played some games to kill a few minutes while lunch was in the final stages of preparations.

Simon Says......
I recycled the bags that our new king size pillows were packaged in for use as sacks in a round of Sack Races!

After a YUMMY lunch it was TIME FOR CAKE!


Next everyone decorated their very own Cuppycakes! We soon discovered that the canned frosting I purchased was too difficult for little fingers to use effectively. So the parents jumped in and helped the kiddos prepare their cupcakes. The girls had several toppings to select from to create their very own unique cupcake.
The sweet treats continued with a trip to the CANDY CORRAL, then outside to enjoy some more sunshine! The weather was so fantastic that we even made SNO-CONES! YEP! SNO-CONES in November!
The party was truly a SMASH! We greatly appreciate all our guests and the genereous gifts Princess Raegan received!  And a SUPER SPECIAL THANK YOU to The Teeny Tiny Farm!


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