This unique “SMASH” SCRAPBOOKING THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Heldy of To the Moon and Back.
I love the creativity of this scrapbooking “smash” party so much that I’m thinking of planning one with my friends! What a great idea for a group of any age and for any occasion from girl’s nights to birthdays to bridal and baby showers!
Some of my favorite things about this party are:
The mustache pick cupcake toppers
The whole concept of the scrapbooking “smash” book
Here’s what Heldy had to say about planning the party- “This year when planning my daughter’s 11th Birthday Party, she was very involved. Her two requisites, it had to be unique and it had to include her favorite color, PURPLE. I have been a scrapbooker since she was born, and one day rushing through a local craft store I spotted these lovely Smash Books. So I brought home one to show her, a pretty one with a purple spine and an embossed peace sign on the cover. She was sold! The idea of ‘Smashing’ was new to both of us, but it was basically like taking that shoebox full of memorabilia and ‘gluing it down, and smashing it into’ the pages of this pretty book.
I started working on the invitations with Amy from Sassaby. I gave her some ideas I had and some specific items and colors my daughter wanted and Amy did an amazing job creating the invites, cupcake toppers, door signs, and cards for the take home gifts.
We focused on the Smashing and the items the girls would be using. We put together a table for them to sit at and covered that with some Kraft paper. Each girl received a Smash book that had a little card with the definition of Smash that we had printed and tied with twine, as well as a paper bag that we ran through the printer, with their name printed on it. This bag held her “Smash items” and also served as a place marker. Each bag contained an array of little Smashing items like journaling cards, Smash band, paper clips, washi tape, colored cardstock, feathers, stickers, adhesive gems, etc. I set out colored markers and pencils. I also set up an additional table with scrapbooking tools. Since my daughter wanted this to be a surprise for her friends (they had no idea what a Smash Party was when they got here), I had contacted each mom and sworn them to secrecy. They each sent a sealed envelope with photos and memorabilia for each girl to work with on their Smash Books. They were so excited to open their envelopes and search through their ‘stuff’. I also printed a special ‘Conversation with’ sheet personalized for each girl with their name, month/year and their age (inspired by Ali Edwards) as a fun keepsake to look back on.
We took the girls outside for a fun photo shoot with some fun props from PhotoBoothgirls. My daughter thought it would be a fun idea to include some photos with the thank you cards so her friends can add them to their Smash Books.
As a take home gift we gave the girls these cute purple plastic totes to store their Smash items in. Lauri from Fresh Cuts by Lauri Beth created the vinyls we used on the front of the totes. She also made several die-cuts that we used in the décor and cupcake topper mustaches.
Since the party took place after lunch time, we basically had cupcakes and snacks. My daughter requested Red Velvet Cupcakes, so that’s what I made for her, as well as Rice Krispie treats dipped in chocolate, fruit kabobs, popcorn, pretzels and cheese. We had a “purple” punch for the girls to drink out of their daisy lidded mason jars with pretty striped paper straws.
I have to admit, they all had a great time, some didn’t want to leave until they finished their books! I’ve had lovely messages from mom’s thanking me for introducing their daughter’s to Smashing.
As for the Birthday Girl, she couldn’t be happier…..she’s on her second Smash Book and still going strong. There’s already talk about “Smashing” play dates;).”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Lollipop / Treat Sticks Cupcake Liners Candles Baker’s Twine Striped Paper Straws Daisy Cut Mason Jar Lids Washi Tape Mustache Cupcake Toppers / Party Picks Brown Paper Bags Photobooth Props
Here’s what Erin said about planning this party- “Sometimes when I’m feeling run down…I just need a night with the girls. My husband was out of town for the weekend, so this was the perfect time to throw a Chick Flick Movie Night! It was seriously so fun!!!
I designed a printable set based on some movie Starlets from the 50′s and 60′s. I chose Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day and Audrey Hepburn. The set includes invitations, games, cupcake wrappers, tent cards, straw flags, pillow boxes, and much more! You’ll have everything you need to pull off the perfect movie night party.
I wanted to create a movie theater feel, without the stinky movie theater carpet (seriously, why is there carpet in movie theaters…so gross?!) We had movie candy (dots, red vines, junior mints, etc), buttered popcorn, sodas, and the added bonus of cupcakes!! Instead of using paper plates, which I think are annoying to eat off of because everything slides off, I made box trays…just like what you’d use in a theater. They were super handy and way cuter than paper plates. Everything fit perfectly in these little trays (which are included in my printable set).
Doris Day is my favorite actress…her movies are ADORABLE and hilarious, so we watched Pillow Talk. I was surprised that most people I invited hadn’t seen it, but everyone LOVED it…definitely a MUST SEE. During the movie, we played “Chick Flick Bingo.” It has things on it like first kiss, dancing, singing…you know…all the chick flick criteria.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Striped Paper Straws French Square Plastic Milk Bottles Popcorn Boxes Cupcake Wraps Apothecary Jars Gumballs Pillow Boxes Clear Cellophane Bags
This fun GLAMPOUT GIRL CAMPING BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Mariah Rainier Miller of Mariah Rainier Style. The way I see it, if you’re going to camp, you might as well do it in style! So many cute ideas here!
Here’s what I love about this girly camping party:
The chevron + pennant banner cake topped with a silver RV camper
The gummy worms and chocolate pudding served in push pop containers
The deer head adorned with ribbon, hanging on the wall
The teepee pennant banner
Mariah said this about planning the party- “Camping… yes! Roughing It? Not Quite. When your birthday is in the midst of winter what better way to create an indoor slumber party when it’s just too cold to camp outdoors, than with GLAMping? To get the ultimate glamping experience we set-up a pretty tent in a cozy space for the perfect foundation for any glampsite.”
My amazing & talented assistant, Amber Pugmire recently threw her daughter a NEON GLOW IN THE DARK THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY and I’m just dying to share it with you today! All I can say is- WOW, this party is so COOL!! There are so many darling details and ideas that you won’t want to miss!
Party details, DIY tips and full vendor list at the bottom of post…
Amber said this about planning the party- “I had so much fun planning this party for my daughter’s 11th birthday. Nearly a year ago, she found an idea for a Neon ‘Color Blast Party’ in an issue of the American Girl Doll Magazine and was immediately inspired. She also loves dancing, so when I suggested we make it a neon glow-in-the-dark girls’ dance party, she was sold.
Before the party started, we created a “club” atmosphere with black lights, a large rotating disco ball, and, of course, lots of loud music.
When the guests arrived, they were greeted with a selection of neon accessories to put on: socks, headbands, plastic bracelets, flashing rings, disco ball necklaces, and glow stick bracelets. There were also some extra white and neon clothes hanging up for anyone who needed them.
Once the guests were completely glowing, each girl had her picture taken (to be printed out during the party and then made into color pop art).
After that, the girls sat down for dinner. To eat, there was rainbow pizza and neon orange Cheetos. To drink, there was orange crush and lemon water (with lemons that were soaked in neon food coloring). For dessert, there were color blast cupcakes, luminescent cotton candy, multicolor brownie bites, neon sugar cookies, fluorescent push pops, energizing smoothie shots, and of course, neon birthday cake.
After eating, the girls danced, had their faces painted, colored and cut own their own color pop art photos, and had their hair wrapped with colored thread.
As the girls left, they filled goody bags with candy, including rainbow lollipops, candy dots, gummy frogs, gumball filled gumball tubes, colorful candy canes, hot pink wrapped buttermint creams, and sour gummy dots. There were also some shimmery silver pencils.
All of the girls had a blast. It was definitely a birthday party to remember!”
Photography- Kara Allen of Kara’s Party Ideas
Face Painting- Jamie Moffit
Neon Washi Tape- In the Clear
Printable Invitation- Eccentric Designs
Cake, Cupcakes- Dippidee
Disco Ball Necklaces, Light up Rings, Disco Ball / Spot Light- Amazon