LOVE the rectangular food boxes pictured above! Available in the Kara’s Party Ideas Shop HERE.
Here’s what Laila said about planning the party- “This year for my daughter’s third birthday party, I decided to celebrate her love for animals and throw her a colorful animal centered party. I started the design process by illustrating silhouettes of her favorite animals and then deciding to go with a bright and very colorful color palette. The invitations featured all the colors and so the party began to take shape. I fell in love with the look of succulents and enlisted Isabel Isaac from Isaac Farms to create the three centerpieces I used for the adult tables. My daughter’s only request was that actual animals showed up to the party (well that and lots of candies and a cake of course) so I searched and found through my talented baker, Safari Edventures here in Miami. I always team up with Brantley from Sweet Brantley’s for anything that has to do with sweets. She translated the invitation and the look of the party so well into our 3 tiered cake!
For the party favors, I found perfect safari themed puzzles at target and wrapped them in kraft paper. I used the patterns I had created to print a large sticker to wrap around the presents and did a circular tag with each child’s name on it to put on top of that. I knew from the very beginning that I wanted crates, the problem was that I wanted a more vintage look than most of the store bought crates have, so I collected hand stamped wine crates that I found had more personality. To give the party a more festive look, I added the crates full of tillandsias and the moss around the crates. I bought plastic animals I used to decorate the tables and to fill the piñata as well.
For the linens, I knew I wanted burlap to offset the colors of the bright decorations I had done, so I did an off white linen and a burlap overlay in all the food tables, I used colorful linens for the rest of the tables. To make it even more colorful, I purchased balloons, I wanted to add a special touch to some of the balloons, so I purchased 1″ confetti (in the colors of the party) and hand filled clear balloons with them. I found they gave the party that extra special touch.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Rectangular Food Boxes Striped Paper Straws Polka Dot Nut / Candy Cups Chevron Paper Bags Balloons Wooden Utensils Cupcake Liners Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks Burlap
Here’s what Jennifer said about planning the party- “With spring coming soon and the strawberry season on the horizon, I’m excited about our new Berry Sweet Strawberry printable birthday collection. All of the beautiful photography work is by Jennifer Schattle Photography. The printable collection features my own Cath Kidston-inspired strawberry background designs, and the collection is offered in blue, pink and green. I wanted something just slightly different than what I’ve seen, so I styled a simple strawberries, lace, and burlap dessert table including strawberry marshmallow pops, strawberry crumble parfaits (a take on the traditional dirt cake!), and strawberry Italian sodas. Also unique to the table are the gorgeous stained glass strawberry cookies by Aymee of The Wacky Cookie Company. The cake was lovingly baked and decorated by my husband. Other contributors to the photo shoot were Emma Lee’s Boutique with her charming hair clips and chunky bead jewelry along with Flutter Berry Studio and her sweet felt strawberries. Many of the party supplies were purchased from Kara’s Party Ideas shop!”
This is what Valerie said about planning the party- “I was asked to style a gender neutral baby shower for a Momma-to-be, with the shower date planned for mid-February. Knowing that this is typically just about the WORST weather month of the year in frigid Chicago, we decided to brighten up with the mood with the fun and always cheerful “You Are My Sunshine” theme. It’s gender neutral, cheerful and modern. So fun. As for colors, well…there’s just something neat about yellow and gray together. It’s such a fun, cheerful, modern combination. That was our starting point. The guests were treated to a lovely catered lunch, lemonade , champagne with fresh berries and a table full of delicious sweet treats. It was a lovely, “SUNNY” celebration!”
This is what Heather said about the party- “I just adore this watermelon theme first birthday party that my sweet customer, Carol, threw for her daughter Claire! From the invitation to the sweets, the decor to the favors, every last touch was watermelon themed in pink and green. Carol made the party extra-special with all of her homemade touches, using Chickabug printables and her Cricut machine!
To make the watermelon paper plate fans:
Carol said, ‘The watermelon paper plate fans were simply made from paper plates I purchased from Walmart. I decorated them with paper cut using my Cricut and ric rac I had laying around in my craft supplies. Then I glued each plate half to a paint stir stick which I painted green and tied with a ribbon. I wish I had a better picture of them. The fans were a hit, especially with an outdoor party in Houston in August!’
To make the party blowers:
Carol said, ‘I purchased the party blowers very cheap at Walmart and discarded the existing cover for them. I then used my Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge to cut the shape for the back. I took a circle punch and cut a hole large enough to slide down the blower both at the top and bottom and glued Chickabug’s adorable party circles to the front with a pink or green scalloped circle (cut from my Cricut).’
To make the personalized bib:
Carol said, ‘Claire’s bib was a last minute thought. I purchased a simple, blank bib from Hobby Lobby and printed off a Chickabug party circle onto iron-on paper. Just before the party, I ironed on the image and sewed on a bow. I think it turned out great for being so last minute!’”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Polka Dot Balloons Decorative Paper Shred Ribbon Clear Cellophane Bags Cupcake Liners Lollipop Sticks Striped Paper Straws Pom Poms Mason Jar Daisy Cut Lids Candles
Here’s what Leanne had to say about planning this party- “This was a lovely party we threw for my daughter Sienna and her best friend Tess at the beginning of the year. The girls had both asked for a pool party but Sienna’s birthday actually falls in August so we made the decision to postpone and have it closer to Tess’ birthday which was right in the middle of summer. Once the pool party idea was set we then wanted to come up with a cool theme to go with it so enter the retro pink flamingo!
Tash (Tess’ mum) is a super genius graphic designer so she came up with the amazing invitation and party stationery that set the tone for the entire day. Both the girls love blue so we incorporated this into the colour theme – perfect also to tie in with the pool!
We set up three different tables – the dessert and candy table, the ice cream bar and the drinks station.
The Dessert and Candy table showcased the gorgeous cake by Jacki from Blissfully Sweet cakes.
I had also wanted to do something different to cake pops on sticks but still love the idea of cake balls. Jacki’s interpretation of the cake ball tower I asked for was just perfect! Again the lovely ombre colour and a striking element to the table. To finish with some more ombre, Jacki made delicious marshmallows that were a hit! Add in the candy and the table was complete and a big favourite on the day.
On the ice cream bar, very cute cupcakes that looked like ice cream sundaes meant we didn’t need to worry about melting ice cream. The jars were filled with ice cream cones and wafers for when we served the ice cream later in the party. The drinks station included a stunning drink dispenser filled with pink lemonade – perfect for the hot day!
We kicked off the party with a very cute photo booth that we created by painting an old door pink and white. The kids had so much fun picking a little prop from the basket to use while they had their photo taken and we got some fabulous shots to send to them as part of their thank you note.
Some other fun activities included a water balloon fight, lucky dips, glittery tattoos, nail painting and of course, loads of fun in the pool.
A little dressing room was created with our Ikea bookcase so that everybody had somewhere to store their bag and clothes while they were in the pool – the perfect way to prevent lost clothes and shoes.
Party favour boxes were made using mini ice-cream tubs which went great with our summer theme. The goodies inside included cute ice cream themed stationery items and lip gloss.
I hope you have enjoyed all the little details that went into our fun pool party! It was fantastic to watch the kids have so much fun.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: White 2-Sided Frame Apothecary Jars Candy Sticks Striped Paper Straws Lollipop Sticks Birthday Candles Balloons Lollipops
Party Styling- Sweet Style
Party favour boxes and bags, glass jars, cake stands, drinks dispenser, candy, ice cream cups and spoons- Sweet Style Store
Photography: Andy Lewis Photography