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


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Kid-Friendly New Years Eve {Product Shoot}

New Years Eve is just a few days away, so I thought I would share the product/photo shoot I put together for Everyday Party Magazine's Winter issue. It's kid-friendly, as well as budget friendly. Most of the products were purchased from Dollar Tree or the 99 Cent Store. I created all the printables for this shoot, with gold and navy blue colors. The collection includes a "Happy New Year" banner, mini bottle labels, (2) 4x6 tables, (1) 8x10 sign, favor tags and cupcake topper flags. I'm offering them as a free printable, so if you'd like the collection just email me at I will email you the files within 24 hrs.

 These mini sparkling apple cider bottles can be found at the 99 Cent Store.

 These gorgeous cookies were made by the super talented Arlene of She Wears the Crown. You gotta check her out!!

 The fortune cookies can also be purchase at the 99 Cent Store. I brushed a little syrup on the ends and dipped them in edible glitter. Pretty and yummy!

 I jazzied up these blow pops from the 99 with glitter tag flags.

I used these tiny plastic jars that I had left over from another party and filled them with mini gumballs....yep, you guessed it, the 99 Cent Store. I even found this blue berry licorice there!

 We've all seen these 99 cent frames from Ikea, right? I just sprayed painted mine navy blue and gold to suite my theme.
 I created these favor tags for mini gable boxes that I purchase at Target for $1 .
Fun gold star glasses for each plate setting. You can find these at the Dollar Tree.
 Each plate setting has gold chargers from the 99 Cent Store. I used clear plastic plates and confetti stars to sprinkle underneath them. Inexpensive way to add some sparkle. Found these blue confetti stars at Walmart for .99 cents a pack.

 For obvious reasons, I used plastic champagne glasses (from Dollar Tree) for the kids apple bubbly. I Mod Podged the stems and dusted glitter on them. After they dried a bit, I added another coat of Mod Podge to seal them.

Dollar store activities: Occupying the kids before the clock stikes midnight can be challenging. Making their own ball to drop with styrofoam balls and glitter, is simple for any age. Just need glitter and Mod Podge. Also having them create their own clock striking midnight is fun. You can use glitter pens (for the older ones) or glittery foam sticker numbers (for the little ones).

Friday, September 27, 2013

My Parties: Tahlia's 10th Birthday {Softball Theme}

This past weekend we celebrated my middle childs birthday. Tahlia turned the big ONE O! She's been playing softball for about 2 yrs now, so it was no surprise when she asked for a Softball themed party. I really wanted to do something special for her. She is such a great student and works really hard to maintain Honor Roll status. She can be very sassy but her drive is what makes us so proud of her. That is however, why we went for a more edgy character. It suites her personality and she's not very girly. The girl can't stand pink! Her colors are red and blue, so I went with that and added black.
Long story short.... mama went crazy over the summer, wasn't prepared, had her computer crash, ants invaded the house the week of party and I put it all together in 2 weeks! Phew! We survived and Tahlia loved her party, so I can't complain. It doesn't hurt to hear from Tahlia, that her friends couldn't stop talking about her party the following school day! :) Check out T-Money's (her softball nickname) birthday party!

It all started with an AMAZING, angry softball girl graphic that the even more AMAZING Michele of Intrigue Design created for me. I told her what my vision was and it's like she was in my head! I designed the invitation using her graphic.

 I created this chalkboard like scoreboard (available in my shop)for the backdrop of my dessert table. "Rivas Field"....I love it! I also hung bunting that I made from each side.

 My girl DeAnna at Pink Laundry Events made this adorable softball hair bow to match the birthday girls attire. You can find it on her shop Pink Laundry Shop

 I can't say enough thank you's to my AWESOME friend Claudia of Tini Posh! When my pc crashed, just days before the party, she saved my life and created these super cute flags for my centerpieces! They were perfect! She's truly an amazing friend!

 Ms. Tini Posh, also recreated these button pin images (that I thought I lost in the great PC crash!). I love hers better!! Tahlia's friends loved these little favors btw.
 I set out eye blacks for the kids to wear. These are great because you can write your own little message on your eye black pair!
 Bought these cool mini foam fingers for favors as well.

 The favor boxes! I created the labels with the graphic from Intrigue Design and adorned them with hair bows (very popular in Softball) and washi tape on the corners.

Bought this old helmet from Goodwill and spray painted it red to match my theme. 2 bucks!

 I created my first piece of subway art and I totally LOVE it! Look for it to be available in my shop soon.

 The favor table.

Created this "Sanck Bar" sign for the hot dog stand.
 My oldest volunteered to "work" the snack bar and here she is, hard at work!
 The dessert table:

 Made labels for Gatorade bottles.
 Made this letter "T" with softball paper, Mod Podge and a wood letter.
 Forget David Sunflower Seeds, we got Tahlia Seeds! Hehe!
 These delicious softball theme chocolate apples are from MKR Creations. They were soooo good and so cute!
 I was totally inspired by an image I seen from Soiree Event Design and decided they could be great "bat" candies.
 Used a glove to hold yellow gumballs. Yes, it was clean! ;)

 How amazing is this cake?!?!
 This cake topper by Sugar High just blew my mind!! She took the image I sent her and totally brought it to life! Brenda is amazing!
 My friend Silvia Morales (who made Nate's Robin cake) also made this cake and it was awesome! She is so talented and you must go become of fan of her new FB page Silvia's Cake Creations! The topper and cake came together perfectly!
These custom wood forks by Sugar Coated Studio were PERFECT! I'm definitely a customer for life!

 I still think balloons make a party look super fun and festive!

 I had a custom jersey made for the birthday girl, from a local business. If you're in the Torrance, Ca. area, you gotta check out AMK.

 I set out a "batting cage" for the kids to enjoy. Soft toss balls, bats and a T for the little ones.... it was great!

 The birthday girl with her daddy!

 I finally got some use of all the food baskets I've collected over the past couple of years! Food just looks better in these baskets, do ya think??
Vendor Credits:
Intrigue Design Studio: Softball girl graphic
Tini Posh: Flag centerpiece and button pin printables
Sugar High: Cake topper
MKR Creations: Softball chocolate apples
Sugar Coated Studio: Custom wood forks
AMK: Custom softball jersey
J. At Your Service: Party styling and photography

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