The past few years we've helped plan parties for a few 1 year old and 2 year old girls (specifically, my nieces). This has meant many trips to the party store and we always found ourselves saying "I want that!" while roaming the kid's isles. From there we had our theme: 30 Going On 13: Why Grow Up?
Equipped with our theme, we were ready to do some shopping. First on the list: decorations and dinnerware. If we were going to customize anything at our party we needed to know the color scheme so we headed to Target.
Of all the fabulous decorations they had there, we chose these plates and napkins:
We instantly feel in love with the bold bright colors and of course, the cupcakes. We got a great matching bunting to put across the top of the window and balloons for touches of color throughout the inside and outside of the house.
Being the Cupcake Crusaders, the one thing we were on top of was making and ordering the cupcakes:
|These beautiful cupcakes were ordered from Weekend Cupcake, a "cupcake hobbyist" who we reviewed recently. These two were some of our favorite flavors: Chocolate Chocolate and Chocolate Toffee.|
Since there were so many cupcakes we decided that a "Cupcakes-To-Go" station would be completely necessary:
|Even though we didn't design invitations, we were able to use our design skills for some of the |
smaller items at the party, like this sign above.
Other than cupcakes, we had lots of chips, candy, and other sweet treats (including frosted AND dipped animal crackers). Jenn saw this on a party planning website and thought it was a cute idea:
|We don't really think that 30 sucks, but it was fun way to incorporate some of the candy into the theme.|
My husband even surprised us with a couple fun things that went perfect with our theme:
|A cupcake pinata filled with mini liquor bottles.|
|Mustache finger tattoos. I got to the pink one first. :)|
To really seal the deal on this being a party that could be totally appropriate for a child (minus the mini liquor bottles) was the make your own goodie bags station. This was so much fun to put together and everyone seemed to have a great time with it:
|Some of the goodies included were cupcake crazy straws, candy flavored lip gloss, temporary tattoos, stickers, mini slinkies, jelly braclets, mechanical pencils, and flower magnets. It was awesome.|
Even though this party came together in just a couple of weeks, I think it turned out incredibly well. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and appreciate all the small touches and best of all we both had a great time!
|Birthday Girl Jenn on the left, and Birthday Girl Stacy (me!) on the right. The matching tank tops were an accident... we do that a lot...|
Something I plan to keep reminding myself is that Fizzy Party is right, your parties don't have to be perfect, but when you can, try to add some special touches that will make it memorable and all your guests will have an amazing time.