Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A "Cool" Christmas

As the holidays approach, the yearly struggle of trying to keep my older kids interested begins. 
Teens aren't always thrilled in "family time" like they were when they were little. Nor are they in love with all the frilly, traditional decorations, especially for Christmas. My goal in the past couple of years is to come up with more modern and "cool" decor that my girls won't be embarrassed of.

When I seen Tiny Prints "Playful Wishes" Christmas card, I immediately fell in love. Its modern, cool and geometric shapes are all the rage this year. The colors were perfect as well, nothing traditional about them. Not to mention that my girls were really happy that I wasn't going to make them dress up. We were going to keep it casual this year.

I absolutely loved the diagonal striped envelope liners that Tiny Prints has to offer! I really liked the idea of mixing patterns. These wrap around labels also matched great with them.

This card inspired my whole theme for Christmas this year! I decided to create a gift wrapping table for my girls. They loved the idea of wrapping and addressing the Christmas cards, especially the special gifts for Grandma and Grandpa.

Because I live in sunny So Cal, I took the gift wrapping table outside. This centerpiece I made will be coming inside afterward and be the center of my dining table for Christmas. I spray painted paper maché letters to spell out MERRY, in the colors to match.
I found a washi tape with colorful geometric shapes, as well as a black and white print ribbon, that I added to the letters.

I also ordered personalized wrapping paper from Tiny Prints. I used glittery ribbon in the mix of colors. Fortunately for me, I found a roll of wrapping paper in my closet that also went with my theme. I used both and they complimented each other perfectly! These round labels made addressing gifts super easy as well.

Even though its hot and sunny here, doesn't mean we can't have the traditional cookies and milk! And if you get them to match your theme, even BETTER. Auntie Bea's Bakery made these super cute snowflake cookies for me. I made and added vinyl decals to jazz up their milk cups.

You can never go wrong with gifts for Grandma and Grandpa that have their grandchildren's pictures in them.
I ordered a coffee mug for Grandma and acrylic photo block for Grandpa from as well. The kids loved how they came out.

I think I nailed it this year for sure! My girls loved how "cool" everything looked. They may even want to be a part of Christmas this year and NOT just in the gift receiving aspect. Ha! :)


Styling & Photography: J. At Your Service
Snowflake Cookies: Auntie Bea's Bakery
Personalized wrapping paper, Christmas Cards, envelopes w/ liners,
round labels, wrap around labels, picture mug, photo acrylic block: Tiny Prints

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