Wednesday, May 25, 2011

An Under The Sea Tea Party

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With Max's birth shortly after Kaylee's 5th birthday last year, I never did get around to posting pictures from her "Under the Sea" Tea Party.  Of course, keeping with the running theme of Disney Princesses from the past 2 birthdays, Kaylee chose to honor Princess Ariel this year.

All the 'little mermaids' were sent custom invitations (cute Little Mermaid bottles filled with the invitation scrolled up).  Upon arrival, they received their 'mermaid tails'--adorable sequined skirts with tulle fins designed and sewn by my friend, Jaimee Nelson-- and a handmade shell bracelet. 

Soon after, Ursula (Whitney Egbert) arrived, being sure to snatch up the unsuspecting little mermaids with her tentacles while they danced to the Little Mermaid soundtrack.  They loved her!

The mermaids were then treated to an under the sea smorgasboard on the ocean floor, including, tuna fish 'sand'wiches, seafood pasta salad, hotdogs in the shape of an octopus, goldfish crackers, chips, fruit & blue lagoon punch.  For dessert, they enjoyed cupcakes decorated like fish, crabs and the beach.

One of the favorite activities was making a home in a golfish bowl and choosing a live goldfish to take home as a party favor.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Manicures, Pedicures, Facials...Oh My!

                                                                                                      Ahh, who doesn't love to be pampered?  Being the girly-girl that she is, Kaylee chose a spa-themed party for her 6th birthday party.  As of late, she is all about fingernail polish, pedicures, facials, make-up and fun hairstyles. 

We found adorable graphics from My Grafico and asked my incredibly talented friend, Amy Grendell, to design some fun party printables & an invitation using them.  I love how everything turned out!  We had so much fun coordinating party favors and dessert table elements with the hot pink and green color palette. 

The girls loved their custom pink and white polka dot spa pants that they were presented with upon arrival, sewn by another talented friend, Vivian Kerr. 

They were treated to a foot soaking in lavendar scented water, foot masages, spa socks & toe nail painting, followed by an avocado mud & cucumber eye mask facial.  They were given reading material (princess books) and beverages (pink lemonade served in glass bottles with cute striped straws & party flags). 

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When they were finished, each girl rocked out to Just Dance 2 on the Wii and enjoyed the colorful dessert and snack table.  They took home party favor baskets full of treats & beauty products to replicate their own spa experience at home.

Kaylee had a wonderful time being pampered with her friends for her birthday.

Zoom...Zoom...Landon Sped Past 3

I kid you not, for the e-n-t-i-r-e summer and into the fall & winter months, Landon talked non-stop about his 'car' birthday party. There was no question in his mind at all about whether he was actually having one. His only question was 'when?' Luckily for him, Josh and I had been collecting ideas perfectly fit for our racecar-loving little boy and were ready to see what we had only envisioned in our minds' eye, come to life.

The highlight of the event was the custom built race car track Josh built, inspired by Gwynn Wasson Designs. The guests had so much fun racing Matchbox cars down the track. Equally enjoyed by our pint-size racers was the life-size roadway & Little Tikes cars for cruising.

I loved the bright red & yellow color palette, with splashes of the traditional black & white checkered racing pattern. We used Gwynn to design our party printables and the invitation we used.

We hope you enjoy the pictures!

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