Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nate's 5th Birthday: Sonic the Hedgehog

A couple of weekends ago was my sons 5th birthday party. The boy is OBSESSED with video games, Sonic the Hedgehog is his fave at the moment. When we asked him what he wanted his theme to be, it was no surprise that he said Sonic. As some of you know, the character parties are not my favorite but I've had to let that go since having Nate because boys WILL be boys and they love them some characters! My son has thrown some curve balls at me with wanting character parties that aren't the most popular (remember Robin, the Boy Wonder from last year?) or they don't make much supplies in the stores. I don't mind though, I get to create my own versions of these themes and I love that! I wanted to make sure this was something that Nate would love and true to him. I'm not a gamer like my son is and he actually helped me throughout this whole planning process. He told me about all the characters and all the elements in the game and cartoons. Besides the little "old school" elements that I included, this was all Nate's doing. He saw every piece I made and ordered, pretty much he was the BOSS! LOL. Check out boss mans, Sonic the Hedgehog 5th birthday party!

 I made the centerpieces using a few of the characters from the game. I was lucky enough to find color plastic ice cubes at Target and they made perfect "Chaos Emeralds".

We rented a game truck for all the lil' gamers at the party. Let me tell ya, this was a HUGE hit! My son was NOT too happy when our time was up, that's for sure. He LOVED it! I highly recommend Game Truck, they have many locations throughout the country.

The boys scoping out the truck when it first arrived. 

 The dessert table
Got a little old school with some crepe paper streamers for the backdrop. Also made the birthday sign with a Sega font. 

 Added some O.G. Sega Sonic game cartridges to these boxes, holding #5 lollipops from Candied Cakes on Etsy. They were delish!!

 I ordered cotton candy tubs for the first time from Dolly's Cotton Candy, located in Orange County. I've seen them cater to celeb parties, so I figured they had to be good and they did not disappoint!

 Sonic "gold rings" in donut form.

These "chaos emerald" cookies on a stick from She Wears the Crown were BEYOND perfect!! She created exactly what I envisioned for the dessert table.

 Birthday banner, Sega style.

I threw in some candy gems to the base of my cookie box. 

Another "old school" element,  a television from the early 90's that I painted red and added an image of the Sonic game to it. I found an old Sega Genesis from 1990 as well and paired them up for some fun decor. 

I made the labels for the cotton candy tubs.

This cake by Silvia's Cake Creations is AMAZING!! She never disappoints either!

The favor table was dedicated to the villain of the Sonic the Hedgehog games, Dr. Robotnik…. aka Egg Man! So of course I had to make a huge cutout of him, along with his famous last words…. "I hate that hedgehog!".

 I remember these toys from when I was a kid, so I had to get some for Nate's party!

No one else could make the "Egg Quarters" banner this awesome but The Purple Pug. I wish I could capture how glittery and fab it looked in person.

I made these vinyl Dr. Robotnik silhouettes to snazzy-up the favor capsules.

 I LOVE how the centerpiece for Nate's table came out!

 Sugar Coated Studios is so awesome at the custom wood utensils!

 I also made these Sonic vinyls for the drinking cups.

 We hunted down the ice cream mans supplier and scored Sonic ice creams!!

 How cool is this piñata by Angela's Piñata's?!?

 Now that's some determination!! LOL!! Take that candle!

Vendor Credits:
Silvia's Cake Creations- cake
The Purple Pug- Egg Quarters banner
She Wears the Crown- Chaos Emerald cookies
Sugar Coated Studios- Custom wood forks
Dolly's Cotton Candy- cotton candy tubs
Candied Cakes- #5 lollipops
A Pocket Full of Sweets- candy gems
Bourge Bride- polka dot table runner
Angela's Piñata's- custom Sonic piñata
Game Truck

Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013: My Year in Review

This might just be the shortest "Year in Review" ever! As I looked back at my review from the previous year, I laughed at how I claimed is was a slow year for parties. This year DEFINITELY takes the cake! Seriously the slowest year for parties that I've had in years. I found it funny but I'm not too bummed about it. My shop sales tripled this year and I was SUPER busy working my lil tail off. So I definitely feel it was a successful year. When I started this business, I never imagined that I would be doing it this long and this much. It's an awesome feeling (even though I go a little crazy sometimes!).
I can't say that I'll be doing more parties in 2014, especially if things keep up the way they are. I do however, want to put out a few new items. Creating is what I love, so not having the time to create more is the only thing I regret. Also, the ever popular, "getting organized" was left unscratched off of the To-Do list, so I will give it another try this coming year. One thing that I'm REALLY looking forward too is my son's 5th birthday party!! Just 3(ish) short months away, so I need to get started.
Enough blabbing.... check out my (SHORT) party year, starting with my son's 4th birthday party!

Nate, the Boy Wonder 4th Birthday

 80th Birthday- Simple Fiesta

 Softball 10th Birthday