Wednesday, June 3, 2015

My Parties: POP Justice League 6th Birthday

Only 2 months since Nate's 6th birthday party and I'm now sharing pictures of his party. Pretty good right? I usually take 6 months! Hahaha. Anyways, this party was originally suppose to be The Flash but it true Nate form, he changed things up on me….. a week before. He wanted more of the Justice League characters. I had decided to use his POP Heroes "The Flash" figure as the inspiration and stuck with that when I incorporated the other characters. I struggled with an idea for the backdrop of the dessert table. I wanted the POP characters to be the focus but didn't know how I would do it. Thankfully, my party bestie came up with a great idea for me to photograph the figures and use their images for the backdrop. Now to get it done, was up to me. Yikes! It took a little time but I really love how it turned out. I used a foam board, "brick" vinyl backdrop from Ink & Elm (which I already owned), painted Dollar Tree 8x10 frames and had a POP Heroes photoshoot. I didn't have a ton of vendors and I pretty much dug into my garage for supplies. This is when hoarding comes in handy.
Check out our Justice League 6th birthday party, POP Heroes style.

 The only custom work I outsourced were these amazing cookies by Auntie Bea's Bakery. I asked if she could replicate my sons POP The Flash figure and she blew my mind!!

I made labels for the favor boxes, as well as tiny labels for these bubble wands.

 I also made button pins for the children to choose which super hero they wanted to be. Button pins and bubble wands I purchased at Michaels.

She also made Superman and they are BEYOND super!

Added yellow Batman symbol vinyls to these mini black pails. I've been hoarding them in my garage for about 3 yrs! Ha. 

 Super 6 cupcake toppers made by me :)

I really love my mini favor table(s) set-up.

Trying to tying in the different Justice League character was my goal. When I found these mini plastic jars (in my hoarding mess), I figured a simple red vinyl dot on them would be great to represent Cyborg.

These name plaques are something I've been obsessed with for centerpieces. I made one last year for Nate's Sonic the Hedgehog party. This time I added his POP figures for the plaque. I painted each letter to match each character.

Simple plate setting: star print plates from Target, a green rock candy stick and milk jars that I was hoarding, purchased at Michael's Craft Store. I added a fun superhero print duct tape that I found at Party City. Such an easy was to decorate them!.

I kept the guest table centerpieces simple and just made each one with a different character theme. Can you tell I really love to use my sons name throughout his parties?? LOL. I'm sorry. I got issues. ;)

Of course we had to have Flash make an appearance and the kids loved him! He was so much fun!
I highly recommend entertainers from Creative Parties for Kids, if you're in the L.A. or O.C. area. My big boy had a great time.

Flash and Superman cookies: Auntie Bea's Bakery
Red square favor boxes: Paper Mart
Clear Bubble wands, glass milk jars and clear button pins: Michael's Craft Store
Superhero print Duct Tape: Party City
The Flash entertainer: Creative Parties for Kids

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My Parties: Serina's Sweet 16

I'm aliiiiiive!!!! Barely. We recently celebrated our daughters 16th birthday and I've never worked on an event of this size or kind. My style of work is typically funkier, colorful and definitely NOT glam. So when the theme was chosen, I knew I was going to need help to create the look I wanted for her. My daughter wanted a glam Hollywood (kinda) style, with black, gold and red. I have mad respect for those event planners that put these types of events together.  Most of my parties are here at home and a smaller scale, so this was a traumatizing experience! We had about 100 guest, rented a hall, food service, bartender, candy table, installed rentals and a Photo Booth service. I'm still shocked that I was able to pull it off! Haha!
Once I knew the theme, I knew that I needed my friend Monique of Dolce Bliss Events to create the candy display for me. She is a genius when it comes to these style of tables! I'm so glad she was part of this because it would NOT have been as gorgeous as it was, had I done it myself. She even helped me set-up my tables, when I was going crazy. THANK YOU so much amiga! You are truly amazing!
One thing I did slip on was getting a photographer. DOH! I normally take all my photos but at home, during the day, is a lot easier to handle. So please excuse my photos! This was indoors and at night, with horrible lighting. Not only was I not able to get good photos but when you're the host of a REAL party, it's so hard to get photos of your guest or even yourself. Fortunately, I managed to get a photo of the birthday girl at least.
I got a little techy and made a slideshow of my daughters 16 years, to play at the party. It still makes me cry! I'm attaching it below, if you'd like to take a look and listen. Here are some photos I managed to salvage. Enjoy! :)

 This gorgeous cake was made by my SUPER talented friend, Silvia. Check out her FB page, Silvia's Cake Creations and if you're in the L.A. area, I suggest to contact her for your next party. She made Nate's Robin and Sonic cakes. She'll definitely be doing Nate's next party cake!

 Monique contacted Sugar Studio 31 for these beautiful chocolate apples. I had no idea they were so close to me! You bet I'll be ordering from her again!

 Do you see how gorgeous this table is?!?! 

 Monique also ordered these beautiful chocolate covered oreos from Bella's Bakery & Boutique

Love the chalkboard sign from Whimsy and Wise! Glam number 16 by Creativities Galore.

 My friend Roxanne was kind enough to lend me her tall cylinder vases for my centerpieces. I was stocked to find these glittery gold die cut paper accents by David Tutera, at Joann's. They were PERFECT! All I did was add red roses and floating candles, with pearl and jewels surrounding.

 Candy favors with clear plastic boxes from PaperMart.

 I painted and glittered up some cardboard S's for some of the tables decor.

 How handsome is my little guy in his custom red bow tie from Pink Laundry Shop!?!? Love it!!

 Ceiling lights and red wall lighting.

Because teens don't really get wrapped gifts, I decorated this gift card box to fit the theme.

Here is the slideshow that I made for my daughter and played at the party, on a big projector.

Vendor Credits:
Candy Display by Dolce Bliss Events
Chocolate apples by Sugar Studio 31
Chocolate covered Oreos by Bella's Bakery & Boutique
Glittery Gold Vase Accents by David Tutera at Joann's
Red Boys Bow Tie by Pink Laundry Shop
Clear Favor Boxes from PaperMart
Chalkboard Signs by Whimsy and Wise
Number 16 bottle by Creativities Galore