This is what Lauren said about planning the party- “When my oldest son began to develop a fondness for Scooby Doo I was thrilled. I have to admit that I’m a pretty big fan myself. Not being the type of planner to shy away from a character themes I was so delighted to hear that he also wanted a ‘Ruby Roo’ birthday party! I was hoping it would go that direction but I always let my little ones chose their themes. I got to work right away and started with the printables. I knew that I wanted very custom illustrations that included all the characters but not I didn’t want them to look too commercial. Who else would I call upon other than the amazing Piggy Bank Parties. They did an exceptional job! The color scheme for the party was based around the colors on the Mystery Machine and given the era in the cartoon these was no way that I could forgo the chevron. All of the details, from the custom Scooby inspired desserts to the décor came to together in such a fun way thanks to the help of all my talented vendors. Danielle captured the party perfectly and I had one very happy mystery loving four year old!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Chevron Paper Straws Scooby Doo Themed Party Supplies Scooby Doo Themed Party Supplies Clear Cellophane Bags Tissue Pom Poms Cupcake Liners Paper Bags Pearl Gumballs Decorative Krinkle Shred
Here’s what Brittany said about planning the party- “When I was brainstorming my big guy’s 5th birthday, I really wanted to play on the word “five.” So, after tossing around several ideas with my sister and her hubs, he suggested Live at Five. Since we are all huge fans of Anchorman, I immediately jumped on this! I wanted to give it a retro spin, and harken back to the classic news anchors of days past. And, since we call him Grey, even though his name is Greyson, the four letters were a perfect fit for the call letters of a news station.
One of the first people I contacted when I was first planning this party was Piggy Bank Parties. I knew that they could absolutely kill it when it came to the printables. And, of course, they did not disappoint. Do sent over this absolutely amazing invitation using the call letters logo! I got so many texts and emails about how cute this invitation was!
If you follow my parties for my boys, you know that I always have to do a big-impact piece for my entryway. This year, I made the call letters of the news station out of a large piece of cardboard and some paint. I printed the letters out from my computer and mod-podged them onto the signs. I spray painted the five with silver paint to make it reflect.
My idea for the food table was for it to be a news desk. So, I ordered a corrugated cardboard from Shindigz and rolled it around the table to make it look solid. Then, I customized an awesome Brooklyn Bridge backdrop from Shindigz with a logo to make it look like a news studio backdrop. That was probably my favorite part of the entire party.
For the food, I wanted some unique serving pieces, so I bought video tapes at Goodwill for $1 a piece and glued them all together to make stands. Then, I printed out our station call letters and taped them to the videos. A simple clear plate on top and you’ve got yourself a stand! Some of the food items were Chic-Fil-A wraps (“That’s a Wrap!”) and Nuggets (“Sound Bites”). I also
came up with microphone meatballs! They were breadsticks with meatballs which I served with marinara sauce. And what’s the news without coffee and doughnuts? I found a coffee cup planter at Lowe’s months ago and used it to display the doughnuts on skewers.
The phenomenal TV cake is from Mad Lily Cakery. I gasped when I saw it! The airbrushed woodgrain on the sides was my favorite part. It was the perfect retro touch! And guests couldn’t believe it was the cake! Plus, it was delicious!
For the favor table, I created a weather forecast for the backdrop. I hand painted it and it took several hours, but it was totally worth it. Several people asked me if this was the actual forecast for the week. And trust me, that weather outlook is pretty typical for Memphis! I knew I wanted Piggy Bank Parties to do their microphone favor box for me, because it is awesome. And I asked them to add a little “box” around it for the call letters. They turned out amazing! And they even did a little tie tag for me too! The detail on the mic is so awesome! I filled them with dum-dums for the kiddos.
Greyson’s birthday shirt is by my extremely talented friend, Mollie at Personally Stitched. She blew my mind this time by replicating the call letters! She is so great!”
This is what Feather said about planning the party- “I am a huge fan of the show Duck Dynasty and wanted to put together a duck themed set up to celebrate the new season of the show. It was extremely exciting to coordinate the details with a few wonderful vendors on this set up. With my primary focus on ducks, I knew I needed lots of mossy oak, grass and camouflage. I designed coordinating printables with camouflage ducks for the set up. Designs by Nicolina worked her magic on the backdrop poster “It’s a Party Jack!”, Treats 4 Ta-Ta’s did a fantastic job on duck themed cookies, Kima’s Konfections created a very detailed cake topper scene of ducks swimming in water, Painting Paris Pink contributed party paper straws for the juice bottles, Cupcake with Character designed camouflage cupcake wraps and Peckled created a festive “Quack” banner. Everything coordinated perfectly and came together nicely with the duck theme. I photographed and captured all the details of the set up and items from these wonderful vendors that also included a couple of items from Kara’s Party Ideas Shop! It was a fun and exciting set up!”
Items used in this party from Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Popcorn Boxes Wooden Forks Push Pop Containers Decorative Paper Shred Striped Paper Straws Camouflage Paper Plates
This is what Elvira said about planning the party- “This year I decided to pick one of my son’s current favorite TV shows for a theme for his 2nd birthday party. The theme I chose was ‘Jake & the Neverland Pirates’. I had one caveat with this theme, which was to pull off a creative Neverland Pirate’s party without using skulls. Personally I am not a fan of skulls, especially for kids, but if you know anything about pirate parties, skulls are everywhere! I definitely had a challenge on my hands, but I saw it as a creative opportunity to make a lot of DIY decor items for the party – fun, fun, fun!
First, I created a Jake & The Neverland Pirates invitation to mail out to close family and friends.
After the invitations were taken care of, I went to work brainstorming ideas for the decor design and details that would embody the theme. Soon after, I began shopping for items at my favorite stores: Dollar Tree & Michael’s! After a month or two of planning and making DIY projects, it all came together beautifully for my son’s 2nd birthday. A huge THANK YOU to Danny Mariscal from The F Stop Design & Photography for taking the awesome pictures that captured all of my hard work!
Boy did the birthday boy and his guests have a blast! The kids, and even some adults, got to enjoy inflatable slides and a foam shooting range for 1.5 hours, plus face-painting, caricature drawings, and pirate favors for all the kids. It brought joy to my heart to see all the smiles on our friends and family’s faces.
Some of the amazing DIY projects and details you will find in this party are: the burlap table runner, burlap bunting and ship sail cake toppers, treasure chest centerpieces with gold doubloons and gems, treasure chest and pirate booty favors, pirate flag and fishing net backdrop, birthday banner, treasure maps made from coloring pages, cake and cupcake stands, goblets, and descriptive tent cards. I am proud to say that every single detail of the party was designed, coordinated and/or created by me, except for the Jake & the Neverland Party stickers, Jake & The Neverland Party shirt, and the gorgeous cupcakes and cake pops that were made by Rebekah from Let Them Eat Cake! There was cutting, painting, burning, designing, tearing, purchasing, planning and many more activities involved in these DIY projects and did you notice that I was able to pull it off without including any skulls?! :)”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Cupcake Liners Burlap Lollipop / Treat Sticks Gold Coins