Rocket Birthday Party

3... 2... 1... Blast Off to Finley & Grayson's Birthday Party! Oh man, was this a FUN party to plan! My sweet Finley Jack is turning 5 on Sunday and his cousin turned 2 last week, so we joined their party together, for the second year in a row, to celebrate these out-of-this-world little guys! {Be warned... this post is photo overload!}

I started dreaming up this party theme when I saw these sweet jet packs on Pinterest! {I can admit when I copy am inspired!} I showed them to Finley and the rest was history! I asked my go-to DIYer and avid Diet-Coke-drinking mama to "whip up" 10 jet packs as party favors and away she went! She took her job very seriously and held fittings on Finley with different prototypes. Her final version had a walkie-talkie attached and everything! These were legit, people.

Lime green polka dots and Blue stripes/chevron were the back drop for the party designs and decorations. I thought they were the perfect colors for a boy themed party! A simple sketch of outer space on a chalkboard contrasted the busy pattern nicely.

A sugary green kool-aid and tasty blue lemonade looked matchy-matchy and fun on display at the drinks station, uh, I mean, Rocket Fueling station!

I worked with a friend to create this amazing cake and cupcakes. So yummy! The cupcakes were spruced up with printable toppers and wraps.

Rocket ships and stars cookies, in green and blue, were also on display on the sweets table... I made these with Finley, and I think I should stick to the computer designs, as I'm not as gifted in the kitchen! :)

I created a fun centerpiece at our dining room table using hanging inflatable planets, a globe and yummy space-themed-treats!

Jet packs, a rocket pinata, astronaut helmets and outer-space-character suckers all tied this rocket theme party together perfectly!

It was fun and easy to make space-themed food to go with the party. A bag of cheese puffs makes for great "asteroids", home-made puppy chow is perfect as "moon rocks" and fruit kabobs shaped like rockets were fun and healthy {why were those not gobbled up as quickly as the other treats?}!

I called the dining room "mission control"...

Simple items at the party were tied into the party by adding a matching printable tag, label or sign...

My friend creates these fantastic material banners, so I had to have one for each window in our main party room! You can order you own, in any color combo, to match your party too!

I found these fun planet party blowers at a local party store and the kids went right to town on choosing their planet and making some noise!

How cute is that sweet almost-5-year-old of mine! I found his astronaut suit online. He wore it for a solid 3 days before the party and was truly upset when I told him he couldn't wear it to school. I wasn't going to go "all out" for this party, but it is because of this boys precious innocence and wonder that makes it still fun for me to spoil him in this way! He told me he wants to be a party planner when he grows up.

Milky way candy bars were, by far, the simplest theme-matching treat, dressed up in a large mason jar and printable tag ...

This was our first year having a pinata at our party. I think it might have to be a new tradition. What a blast to watch these kids try to bust this thing open! It took one of the "big cousins' {uh hum, in his 20's} to finally smash it open!

I used large 8x10 signs in matching colors, with fun expressions on them, to decorate throughout...

My sis-in-law, who teaches kindergarten, borrowed us {lended us? I know all my grammar readers gasp at my horrible writing skills} this rocket ship tent, from her classroom, for the party! Perfection.

We had such a BLAST celebrating Finley & Grayson's birthdays. All of the little cousins sure got their sugar fix at this party!

When hosting a family party, you never know what cooks might show up! ...

It was such a gorgeous fall day, we couldn't pass up a photo-op moment on the green green grass with a pumpkin prop! And, whew, if you made it this far in the post, good for you! I'm sorry for photo overload, but this was too fun of a party and too special of a day, not to gush about!
Create your own out-of-this-world Rocket Party, using my printable invitations and decorations, from my etsy shop ...

Lady Bug Party

I had the great pleasure of working with my friend, and fellow business partner {!} Susan, on her daughter's 4th birthday party invitations and decorations! She had been dreaming up a Lady Bug theme since before her daughter, Lanie, turned 3, so off I went with some cute red, black and pool, polka dot designs! Take a peek at the gorgeous party ...
Isn't little Lanie adorable! I love the sweet treats table, above, with a back drop of red and black streamers, a hand made banner, polka dots galore and an amazing assortment of tasty lady bug sweets!
To set the tone for the party, Susan created these FANTASTIC, interactive party invitations! She painted small, round, paper mache containers with red and black polka dots. Then, put green "grass" {or shredded paper} inside and added some wooden ladybugs. Then, she put a Printable 2.5" Round Party Invitation inside the container and secured it closed with natural twine. To top it all off, mini magnifying glasses were tied to the top for an interactive invitation! Each guest could use the magnifying glass to read the fine print of the invite and search for lady bugs inside! So fun!
I just LOVE how this green grass runner looks on the red striped table cloth! Susan used a printable 8x10 sign as a centerpiece against a pretty flower arrangement.

The sweets table's focal point was the adorable two-tiered red and black polka dot cake. Simple and stunning. How cute are the green "grass" cake pops with a fondant flower and lady bug atop of each? Each cake pop was completed with a matching printable "mini flag".
 The drink station was spruced up with water bottle and juice box wraps. I love the red punch in the glass drink dispenser. Everything matches so perfectly!
Like I said before, this was an awesome sweets table! Aren't these lady bug oreo pops perfection? And that little lady bug prop with lollipops sticking out! So cute.

Each "little lady" received a custom made lady bug hair clip and each "little bug" got their very own set of lady bug antenna!

 Susan thought of everything, down to lady bug themed games. There was a Lady Bug Toss, a Lady Bug Bean Search, a tattoo station and plenty of lady bug beach balls to play with!
 Fun and festive printable pennant banners were displayed at the entrance and gift table.

Each little guest received a small, and adorable, carton filled with lady bug themed goodies!

This party was a little kids dream! So much to do and so many goodies to eat!

I hope you were inspired by this lovely event! My family had the pleasure of attending this party and we left feeling very spoiled!

 Check out my shop to create your own Lady Bug Themed Birthday Party! 

 Aside from the printable designs that help to spruce up this party, Susan mentioned, on her blog, that she just began to stockpile anything red, black or lady bug themed when she'd see them in the clearance sections at stores! The kids LOVED getting their own red bug net!
 How fun to jump around the trampoline with little lady bug beach balls at your feet! I know Navy couldn't get enough of it!

 Even the older "kids" joined in the fun of wearing their lady bug antenna!

 Many of the appetizers had a lady bug theme as well. Aren't these lady bug look-alike crackers with tomatoes and olives adorable!

 Great job, Susan, on creating a fantastic Lady Bug Party for your adorable little Lanie-Bug!

Shop my Printable Lady Bug Party Decorations and Invitation to create your own adorable party...


Pallet Sign Craft Day Fun!

As I wrote about last week, I've started a fun new adventure with my friend Susan at her new farm house called "Fridays at the Farm".  We are offering crafting sessions every other Friday {althougth this might change after having our first night, haha! We.Are.Exhausted!} at her home. Our first session was yesterday, and it went great! Read a little more about it in depth, on Susan's blog, but here are a few highlights...
It's always S'more fun at the farm...

Each table setting had a glass bottle filled with their own paint brushes and other tools, on top of a "Fridays at the Farm" branded place mat! The "It's Friday" pennant banner hung in the main crafting room and welcomed guests at the front door...
After a mini lesson from Susan an me, everyone got to work!
The creativity from each and every lady was so fun to watch!
Susan will be opening an Etsy Shop soon, where she will be selling these adorable banners and other crafts {and maybe painted pallet signs?!} ...
Such a fun day! I had a great time meeting new and wonderful people. I look forward to the upcoming weeks at Fridays at the Farm!