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 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
This adorable LEMONADE STAND BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Jessica Roberts of Quilted Polka Dot. Oh my goodness, I just want to jump into these pictures and join all the fun! What a darling party!!
Jessica said- “I wanted to make a lemonade stand for my little girl this summer and decided she needed a whole party created around it! I wanted this party to be girly – pink of course – but also include some of my favorite summery things like strawberry red, oceanside teal blue, and sunflower yellow.
It would be a perfect party at any age for birthdays, baby and wedding showers, or any get-together!
I love using old things and giving new things that old feel. I also like to throw in the unexpected – like using a kitchen scale with lemons instead of a traditional cake (that no one eats), an over-sized magnet board as part of my backdrop, my daughter’s play plates instead of throw away ones, and double stacked cake stands for height and visual interest.”
Vendors and Credits:
All products originally created and designed by Quilted Polka Dot
Photography- Kristina Curtis
Magnet board- Calendars and Chores
Children’s hair pieces- London Raquel
All other products available for purchase at Quilted Polka Dot
• Oilcloth Strawberry and Polka Dot Banner
• Pink Lantern and Flower Banner
• Yellow Stripey Straws with Pink Polka Dot Pennants
• “Lemonade” Banner Cake Topper
• Lemon Cupcake Picks
• Upholstered Stools
• Thank You Party Favor Bags with Toppers
Items in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Striped Paper Straws Fabric Paper Lanterns Tissue Pom Poms Clear Cellophane Bags Cupcake Liners Baker’s Twine
This adorable CONEY ISLAND VINTAGE CARNIVAL + CIRCUS BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Danielle Arcese of Cutie Putti Paperie! WHAT a party! Danielle did an incredible job at planning this amazing celebration….a soiree FULL of ideas & inspiration!
Danielle said- “Summer is winding down, but the fun isn’t over! I jumped at the opportunity to design a Vintage Carnival theme. Some of my favorite memories as a kid were days spent at the carnival, wandering in wide-eyed amusement at all of the spectacles; a belly full of funnel cakes and popcorn, and my sticky cotton candy fingers handing over a ticket in hopes of winning that JUMBO teddy bear….”Step Right Up, and try your luck”
Carnival games are one of the most favored part of the experience, therefore I really wanted to make that a prominent element of my dessert table. I came up with fun dessert interpretations of some of the most popular game attractions including:
Find the lucky duck push pops (mini vanilla cupcakes topped with a ducky topper) Ballon dart cupcakes (vanilla cupcakes with vintage balloon cluster topper); Win a fish Jello bowls (blue raspberry jello with a swedish fish inside; bowls from Michael’s craft store); and Ring Toss Lemonade (lemonade bottles with cute multi colored rings around their neck, displayed in a vintage crate)
Little carnies got to “take a prize” of vintage game capsules filled with candy, and labeled with a favor tag stating “You’re a Winner! Thank you for coming!”
Also, included on the table were treats representing some nostalgic ride attractions including:
Tilt A Whirly Pops (Whirly Pops); Funhouse Macarons (buttercream macarons decorated with multicolor sprinkles); & the Ball Pit (jumbo gumballs). And who could forget the classics! Good ole’ fashioned popcorn in vintage popcorn boxes, cotton candy, salt water taffy, and candy dots!
The super sweet Mika Beverly of PartyCreative on Etsy, made me the most amazing tissue paper and mylar garland. I was so impressed with it, as soon as I took it out of the box I knew that the garland and the birthday banner were the only two things I needed to make my backdrop POP, and boy did it work!
The vintage details and vivid colors of the printable party goods added the perfect touch of nostalgia that brings you back to the fun and excitement of Vintage Coney Island! Of “days gone by” filled with thrilling roller coaster rides, delicious carnival treats, sun drenched boardwalks, and carefree summer days!”
Re-create this party:
Styling, Party Printables and Photography- Cutie Putti Paperie Tissue Paper and Mylar Garland- Mika Beverly from Party Creative
Vintage Balloon Toppers- PistachioPaperie
Duck toppers- NY Cake Supply
Glitter Paper, mini fish bowls- Michael’s Crafts
Items used in this party that are available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Push Pop Containers Paper Straws Whirly Pops Popcorn Containers Rock Candy Salt Water Taffy Polka Dot Nut/Cupcake/Candy Cups Candy Scoops Lollipop Sticks Ribbon Apothecary Jars Gumballs