Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Wrapping Goes GREEN!

Well, I tossed my fancy paper tradition this year, and did something a little crafty instead. Using plain "paper bag" type paper may not seem exciting, but it's the perfect backdrop for anything crafty, handmade, or fancy you want to add to it. You can really make a gift personal, sweet, funny, anything you want! I used all red ribbon and personalized name tags. Red and green really "pop" on the plain paper and give a sweet old fashioned feel. I also cut out some felt and made the green bows which I thought turned out nice. You could add ornaments, twigs and berries, candy canes, gag gifts, or a little toy on top. Sky is the limit! Have fun and let your inner Santa come out to play! :-)

I got the tag from Society Shirts. It's actually an iron on graphic and their designs are oh so cute! Only $4 each and some of the money goes to charity! FYI - these make super cute gifts!!! I made holiday PJ's for my daughter and a few tee shirt gifts already! Then I printed the same graphic on card stock to use for the gift tags.

 The roll of brown paper (sometimes called butcher paper) can be found at your local Five and Below, dollar store, or craft store. Super cheap and super GREEN, too!

So what are you waiting for? Go get crafty and give out some special, personal gifts this year!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Spa Party with a "Wild" Twist

Who says a spa party has to be all subdued colors and serene music? Not for these gals!  When Mom, Suzanne, asked me if I could do the party in aqua blue and zebra, I knew I was in for a fun day! And it sure was!

Here are some details...
 The spa table was set up in the family's dining room. This is where we did our facials.
 The family room served as the craft and lounge area as well a place for mani's and pedi's.
The girls making bath salts. As you can tell, they enjoyed it!
Manicure and pedicure stations.
The birthday girl's picture was a perfect centerpiece for the mantel!
The dining table was set up in the family's formal living room. 
A few sweet party guests enjoying the day.
The sweets table included zebra cupcakes and aqua and white lolli's. 
 Next up were the facials. Always the highlight of the day. 
Birthday girl chillin' with the cucumbers.
Some of the paper goods I made for the party. (Available at Etsy!)
And I'll end this post with my favorite shot of the day. A really great mom watching her awesome daughter blow out the birthday candle. That's the stuff of life, my friends. That's the stuff.

Party Credits:
Party Styling: Plan Me A Party
Tulle Pom Poms and paper goods: Pretti Mini Party Goods

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Party Planning Tips For An Extra Special Event

As you are planning your next party, here are some helpful tips and ideas to keep in mind!

NUMBER ONE: The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your guests will be. Same with your kid(s). If you are relaxed and having fun at the party, they will feel at ease to do the same. (And if I am planning it for you, sit back & let me do the work! Your job is to enjoy the party and entertain your adult guests. The rest is up to me!)

Plan ahead: The more time you give yourself to plan, the more relaxed you will be the day of the party. Make a checklist and give yourself a reasonable time line for each thing you need to get done. Don't be afraid to delegate. Hire a party planner or give the husband, relatives or kids their own lists. Kids LOVE to be involved. Have them help make the decorations, decorate the room, make cookies, make gift tags, choose the colors or take home gifts, etc. My daughter and I had lots of fun in the dead of winter painting sea shells for her upcoming mermaid party!
Setting the stage: Pillows, throws, picture frames, books, home decor, stuffed animals, toys...these can all be used to help set the stage. Any fun color coordinating items should be pulled out and placed in party areas. Pull them out early for inspiration. Sometimes you already have a lot of great items at home.  Anything you have in the house that goes with the theme can be worked into the decor. For example, your daughter's vanity, dolls, barbies, or princess costumes could be brought out for play at a princess party. Bring out any unique instruments - especially the bongos - for a safari party. Use for either decoration or play! A pretty leopard chair or throw would look great in the room you are using for that safari party!
Reading material: For spa parties I like to set out any girl magazines or catalogs. Girls Life, American Girl, Nat'l Geographic Kids, and Highlights are all great examples. Setting them in a basket or on a table beside the pedicure station is a fun touch...just like the real thing! You could also add any books you think would be fun for them to read. Cars and trucks for a boys party. Jungle or animal related books for a jungle theme. Do a book reading for them or ask them to act out their favorite character in the book.
Music: Background music can really help set the stage, too. For spa parties, I like to start with tranquil music like you’d hear in a spa or salon. Or for a fun twist, have a pop playlist all ready with her favorite songs!  Have fun and be creative with music! Pick up The Little Mermaid soundtrack for a mermaid party, jungle music for a safari party, Old MacDonald for a farm party, etc. You can also find some sweet personalized CD’s (like a Disney princess tea party CD) online or special kiosks at the mall.  I surprised my daughter with one of these at her fairy princess tea party and she was delighted to hear her name being sung by her favorite princesses!

Candy:  Sweets are a big hit, and of course, can look beautiful on a table or buffet. It can even work as a centerpiece! Consider large colorful lollipops in a planter filled with jelly beans. Candy in clear ribbon wrapped vases or jars. M&M's in different party shades in a martini glass or clear jar or container are super cute. Be creative! An idea I got from a super creative mom recently: fill a large glass container with gumballs or candy, then add pom pom sticks, party sticks, or wands. Makes a great centerpiece!
Carry The Theme To Your Table: Color coordinate your juice/punch, fruit, jello, veggies, snacks, colored popcorn, and make special shaped cookies and sandwiches. Any of these things (even in small quantities) can make a big statement and add to the look of your buffet table. I like to use cookie cutters for my sandwiches. A few favorites are flip flops, flowers and butterflies. Great for princess/fairy, spa and tea parties. Animals are great for safari parties & I use my heart and star cutters often, too.
Paper goods: Color coordinated paper goods add a real polish to your party. They carry the theme and add that finishing touch. Consider buffet cards, water bottle labels, party signs, food picks, napkin holders, and/or name cards. There are many great places to find them online. I sell my own creations on Etsy, if you want to take a peek!
Unique party gifts and gift bags: How about a color coordinated lunch bag as both a take home and the gift bag? Or try a beach bucket for a mermaid or under the sea theme. Also cute for spa parties to fill a pail with bath products. A red pail or crafts and toys is super sweet for a fire truck theme! Or how about a pot filled with seeds, and garden goodies for a garden or nature party? The possibilities are endless! I also think filling the bags with a few special items (craft items, small books, home made baked goods, or theme related items) is much nicer than a bag of candy or little plastic toys that soon break or get lost).

Wrap it up! Wrapping your child's gift in a color coordinated paper is also a nice touch. Cow paper for a farm party. All pink for a princess party. Zebra for a safari get the idea. For a mermaid party, pick up a some aqua printed paper and tie with net or embellish with mermaids and sea creatures. I had so much fun doing this for my daughter’s mermaid party.
Sparkle:  Glitter adds a nice effect. I love sprinkling it here and there...on tables and centerpieces. Confetti is fun, too, and is nice for boys parties.

Hand made: Consider a special keepsake for your child's party like a personalized banner or hand made items that make your party stand out from the crowd. Hand made cookies with a thank you label can be a nice alternative to more expensive items.

Hope these tips are helpful to you! If you live in Pa or NJ and need help with your next party, feel free to contact me! 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New Items On Etsy!

Having so much fun lately, designing and making things! Since I opened my Etsy shop doors a few weeks ago, I've had a steady stream of orders... leaving me in a whirlwind trail of glitter and cardstock. I am loving every minute of it. I also have 3 new parties I am working on - 2 of which are next month - and I'm refurbishing and old dresser to go in my closet. Busy and having a ball!

Here are a few of my favorite new creations:

Spa Mask Invites & napkin holders in pink glitter and purple damask

Sweet little flower tags to be used as cup cake toppers, lollipop tags, party favor tags, and on water bottles. I just love how they turned out! So cute and sparkly!

 This one was made for the spa party I did last week. I have to say the spa party is surely in demand right now! Doing another one in a few weeks...all in zebra and aqua! Can't wait!
Napkin holders for the Tutti Frutti Spa Party.

All these items are available on my Etsy Shop!

I don't know about you, but all this spa party stuff is making me crave a day at the spa for me! 

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Tutti Frutti Spa Party!

SO. MUCH. FUN! Such a great time with a really good group of girls...and moms, too! It all started with a towel. The 1st time I saw it I knew I had to make a spa wrap out of it and make this a new party theme. The pink and purple polka dots were irresistible and before you know it, I cleaned out the stock at my local store. Six months later I got to see my Tutti Frutti Spa Party come to life. A super fun birthday party for a very sweet 8 year old and her friends!
As guests arrived, they were welcomed and ushered over to the "Spa Dressing Room". Spa wraps and gift buckets were given out. They changed into their wraps and kicked off their shoes. Next they were invited over to 1 of 3 fun stations:
The Nail Station

 The Pedicure Station


The Craft Station

 The girls had a great time decorating their flip flops.
Pedi's were also a hit!

We had some outrageously CUTE cookies and cupcakes from my favorite local baker, Kelly Anne at Cannon Classic Cakes. 
(Kelly, you really outdid yourself on this one! AMAZING!)
The mom and I actually gasped when we saw these!
 The sweets table. The mom was super creative and had lots of great ideas to add to the party. I love the licorice and pink m&m's in fancy martini glasses! Too cute!
 This one was my creation. Fruit kabobs on home made flower kabob sticks. (Coming to my Etsy shop soon!)
Gorgeous birthday girl poses with her pink cucumber cookie.
Love this shot. And lol, these girls were far too excited to relax!
Lunch time! The dining table was set in the family's gorgeous living room. 
A shot taken the night before the party. Could this room be any more beautiful? The perfect setting for the dining table!
Of course, I HAD to make polka dot place cards! I just LOVE these cute chair place card holders the mom had. ADORABLE! Must get a set of these!
Ella's place card was held in a fancy silver shoe. Too cute!
Sweet guest enjoying a flip flop sandwich
Next up were facials!
Such a beauty! With a sweet personality to match, too!
Love the thumbs up!

Here are a few more misc shots of the day...

Love how the centerpieces turned out! Another great idea from super mom. She asked me to make the mini pom poms on a stick and special ordered pink and purple gumballs. Brilliant! Going to use this idea for many of my parties, now and sell the pom pom sticks on Etsy. Thanks, Grace! (LOL, my daughter calls these my truffula trees - as in the ones on the Lorax. Too cute!)
Yep, that's me...serving up some sweet treats! Such a great day! Did I mention I LOVE what I do? Just look at these great girls:
This was a super family to work with and super mom, Grace, lent so much of her own party planning talent to the party. Big thanks to Grace, Steve, and Ella for letting me be a part of your special day!

Party Credits:

Party Design:  PLAN ME A PARTY!
Paper Straws:  Greenmunch
Custom buffet cards, napkin holders, place cards, food picks, pom poms, 
mini pom pom wands, pom pom topiaries, and spa wraps 
available on my Etsy shop: Pretti Mini Party Goods