This creative “TROPHY MOM” MOTHER’S DAY PARTY was submitted by Erin of Strawberry Mommycakes.
Erin said that her favorite things about this Mother’s Day party are:
The Trophies made with tissue flowers
The twice dipped marshmallows
and The gold ribbon drinks!
Here’s what Erin had to say about planning the party- “I created this printable set as a custom order and I loved it so much, I made my own party! I love the colors and the theme…because every mom deserves a trophy! Being a mom can be rough, but it’s also the most rewarding thing that I could be doing. Since this party is for mothers, I wanted it to be pretty and elegant, but still simple enough to not have a giant mess to clean up afterward…because I’m a mom and I get enough of that anyway. Check out the MG Party Blog to see my Mother’s Day party planning tips! You can purchase these printables for $8.50 by visiting my Etsy Shop.”
Party Printables & Styling- Strawberry Mommycakes
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Mason Jar Drinking Glasses Paper Straws Treat / Lollipop Sticks
Erin of Strawberry Mommycakes wanted to give all of my fabulous readers this fantastic FREE PRINTABLE PARTY PLANNER today! How wonderful is she?!
Erin said this- “I’m so excited to offer this FREE printable! I needed a planner that was specific to party planning and instead of wasting a trip to the store, I decided to create my own. My blog post planner was such a hit that I wanted to share these as well…You’re WELCOME!
These are PERFECT for party planning. Plus, it’s in editable PDF, so you can also type up your plans in Adobe (be sure to download the latest version).
Here’s what’s included:
brainstorming page with room for sketches and inspiration!
party food planner where you can list your food ideas
party food shopping list where you can keep track of your budget
party decor planner where you can list your decor ideas and tutorials from the web
party decor shopping list where you can keep track of your budget
A monthly schedule and to do list
A weekly schedule and to do list
A vendor directory that you can organize by category
That’s right…8 pages!
These look really professional and would be great to take to a client interview. If you would like to get these custom made to match your business brand, contact me for a quote!”
I was so excited for the April issue of Parenting Magazine! I had the honor of styling a Harry Potter themed birthday party for both the Early Year and School Year April issues!
Being a part of the editorial advisory board for Parenting has been fabulous! When Sabrina James (Style & Fashion Director) asked me if I would like to work on another fun project for them I just couldn’t resist! I will admit, when she asked if I would do a Harry Potter party my first thoughts weren’t all warm and fuzzy. It was a party theme outside of my comfort zone, and a theme I had never done. But now, it’s one of my most favorite parties to date!
If you haven’t yet, be sure and grab a copy of the April Parenting Magazine to see the full spread along with other fabulous parties styled by The Tomkat Studio & Oh Happy Day!
Photography by Valerie Hart.
The party was set out on Harry Potter inspired items like an old steamer trunk, some vintage suitcases, a british inspired telephone booth shelf and a book themed end table.
Candles were hung from the ceiling with fishing line to create a floating candle effect.
Old books are an easy way to stage a lot of the party food/decor. They go along perfectly with the Harry Potter theme, too.
The printable lightning banner, paper ties, argyle cupcake wrappers, invitation, Hogwarts Express sign and food labels/place cards are all part of the Harry Potter printable collection in the Kara’s Party Ideas Shop.
This Harry Potter fill-in-the-blank invitation is a simple download from Kara’s Party Ideas shop. Roll it up and attach it to a white balloon, acting as the “delivery owl” from Harry Potter. Use a black permanent marker to draw an owl face onto the balloon. I weighed down the invitation with a vintage key.
Since children will be watching Harry Potter at the party, provide a fun popcorn bar! This one included caramel corn, original corn & kettle corn. Parmesan seasoning and salt were set out for added flavor. Find the wooden scoops, signs & popcorn baskets in the Kara’s Party Ideas Shop- www.KarasPartyIdeas.com/shop
Cream Soda acted as “Butter Beer” at the party. To create the foaming effect simply add vanilla ice cream to each drink.
Hogwarts Express Sign
Bring the feel of the Hogwarts Express Train Station into your party with this printable sign available in the KPI shop.
Butter Beer Candy Favors
Small glass salt and pepper shakers perfectly resemble mugs, so they were filled with butterscotch candies and labeled as “Butter Beer Candy Favors”. A vintage key was attached to the top of each jar with twine.
If a few simple steps, make these darling owl glasses for the kids to wear at the party.
- Pop out the center eye pieces of inexpensive glasses or sunglasses (available at the dollar store).
Attach white and brown feathers to each side of the pair of glasses with hot glue.
For the nose, cut a diamond shape piece out of orange card stock and make a crease down the middle. Glue the piece in-between the eyes of the glasses with hot glue.
Hanging Key Activity
These darling chocolate keys were made with a key candy mold from the KPI shop & melted chocolate. The keys were hung from a broom with twine. A child held up the broom as children tried to eat the keys with their hands behind their backs or at their side.
Party Activity- Magic Potion Station
Clear plastic gumball tubes from the KPI shop were filled with lemon lime soda. Three small honey jars, also from the shop, were filled with different flavored Koolaid drink mix. Koolaid is perfect because it’s a very light color, so the children can’t tell what flavor it actually is. The kids spooned the Koolaid into their tube of soda & watched in amazement as their color was revealed!
These darling HP inspired printable ties are available in the KPI shop and are simple to print and cut out. Attach the ties to inexpensive elastic headbands and put the ties on guest as they arrive at the party.
Candy Stick Wands
Rock candy sticks from the KPI shop were placed in an owl vase as “Candy Wizard Wands”.
Make this cake with fondant or gum paste pieces, cut to resemble leaves or feathers, and layer the pieces up the side of the cake. This cake was made by the talented Marcee, owner of Dippidee.
Easily make these cute owl cupcakes with vanilla icing, mini vanilla wafers, chocolate chips, almond slices and cashews. The argyle cupcake wrappers are from the Kara’s Party Ideas Shop here.
Golden Snitch Gumballs
Gold gumballs from the KPI shop were put in a jar and labeled as “Golden Snitch Gumballs”.
Golden Snitch Cookies
These were made with store bought banana cream cookies and yellow card stock. Simply cut the card stock into wing shaped pieces and insert the ends of the “wings” into each side of the cookies.
Simply make these with a frog candy mold from the KPI shop and melted chocolate. The frogs were set a top of an open book for added HP charm.
Party Favor- Truth Serum
Cute miniature glasses with cork lids from the KPI shop here were filled with water, mimicking “truth serum”. What mother wouldn’t love her child to come home from a party with this! The tags are part of the HP printable collection in the KPI shop.
Inexpensive children’s graduation gowns look just like Hogwarts gowns! A gown was given to each child as they arrived at the party. The gowns are available in the Kara’s Party Ideas online shop here.
This fantastic EASTER DESERT BUFFET + PARTY was submitted by Cris McGrath of Crissy’s Crafts!
The printables used in this party are available for FREE here!
Such a cute party with so many adorable ideas! Perfect for Easter or any spring soiree! Some of my favorite elements in this Easter party are:
The Easter egg tree
The favor cones filled with fresh fruits and vegetables
The glass egg cups holding chocolate eggs
Here’s what Cris had to say about planning the party- “I always have a blast styling a party using Amanda’s Parties To Go printables! Amanda has the most adorable and colorful designs.
The dessert table was full of easy and colorful treats that were a feast to our tummies and eyes! To create the pallet backdrop, I glued several pieces of scrapbook paper found at Hobby Lobby to a foam board. I attached the Happy Easter Banner from Amanda’s free Easter collection and added mini wreaths to the backdrop. The sweets included Kisses push up pops, Tulip cake pops, Hershey’s chocolate, chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and sweet popcorn. I kept the sweets simple and focused on the presentation using a lot of Spring items and took advantage of the huge items included in the printable set to really make the party pop. The party activity was to build and paint your own bird house, and of course we had an Easter Egg Hunt as well! It was a fun and happy way to welcome Spring and celebrate Easter!”
Photography and Styling- Crissy’s Crafts
Printables- Amanda’s Parties To Go
Cupcake topper- Edible Details
Party supplies, candy, favors and crafts- Oriental Trading
Adhesive and label paper- Onlinelabels.comItems used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Popcorn Boxes Paper Straws Push Pop Containers Treat / Favor Cones Polka Dot Nut / Candy Cups Striped Paper Bags Cupcake Liners Ribbon Tissue Balls Wooden Utensils