Monday, August 17, 2009

Kyler's "man" party

No matter how many times I would ask my soon to be 3 year old what type of party he wanted, he would say "I want a 'man' party!" Um, okay... what is that? So I realized he started liking all the different superheroes like Spider"man" and Bat"man" and Super"man". Now that makes sense! However, I couldn't bring myself to throwing a specific character party, so I settled for a Superhero party... a Kylerman party!


Our party was at Imaginations at Play in Buford and it was an extremely colorful place. I used primary colors- mainly blue, yellow, and red. I created Kyler's super hero logo in Corel Paint Pro and used it on the invitation and the cupcake toothpicks.


I found the cutest scrapbook papers at Hobby Lobby and used them for the placemats and also to create the guests' personalized cups that they took home for their party favor. The cups were the clear "create your own" cup also from Hobby Lobby. You just stick the paper in between the two cup layers and voila!

I worked too long on the super hero capes. I used a scarf-like material so that the capes would flow behind the kids as they ran. I went the easy route and used sewing glue to affix the felt stars and initials to the capes and peel and stick velcro for the cape closure. I think they turned out cute! I used sparkly felt for the masks and attached elastic to them.





Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Interruption...

I'm sorry to interrupt the frugal kids party tips but today is a very important day!
9 years ago today I married my high school sweetheart! Today he surprised me with breakfast in bed- eggs, bacon, biscuits, and hashbrowns! He has blessed me with 2 beautiful kids and everything I could ask for. I love you, Michael!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Frugal Kids Party Tips- Part 2

Decorations:
Say you are having a Dora or Bob the Builder party, buying all the theme plates, cups, and napkins can really add up. Instead, just buy the napkins and use coordinating solid colors for the plates and cups. Balloons go a long way when decorating! Buy a pack of latex balloons at the dollar store and then take the balloons to the supermarket to have them fill them- considerably cheaper. Also consider renting a helium tank.

Skip the party store for partyware unless there is something “specifc” you are looking for. Party stores can be expensive!! Instead, try the Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart. Their packs of solid plates, cutlery, cups, and even plastic tablecloths are $1.

For her daughter’s circus party, my friend Leigh-Ann and I crafted a fabulous circus tent in her living room by using long rolls of primary colored plastic tablecloths. Each color was tied to a hoop that had been suspended from the ceiling in the middle of the room. The rolls of color were then pulled and tacked to the walls to make a “circus tent” effect. I wish I had a picture, but I don't :(

Use resources you find at home. We had a Barnyard Bash for my son’s 1st birthday. My neighbors had just gotten a new washer and dryer so I asked if I could use the boxes. I painted them with red latex paint red and duct-taped them together to make a barn that the kids could play in. I then brought our rocking horse to the yard and threw out some hay to make a barnyard.

Send them home with a bang: Memorable Favors
Consider a thoughtful favor gift instead of 10 tiny “cheap” toys that the parents will throw away.
Examples: Swim party- $1.99 towels from Target and sew on a cute ribbon or put their names on it – use resources you have!
Music or Gymboree party- $1.50 plastic tambourines from the party store with each child’s name with paint pens. The children can use the tambourines during the party to dance and sing, and then take them home after the party.
Make and take favors are great! Pick an activity such as decorating a foam picture frame or canvas bag for the kids to craft then they can take home and use. At our parties we bring a photo printer and take a quick picture of all the kids together and then print them off so the kids can take them home in their frame. Oriental trading has lots of themed crafts that cost as low as 34 cents a piece to make. The craft doubles as their party favor! There are always sales for free shipping on orientaltrading.com.

Grocery stores like Kroger will put their candy bars on sale 3 for $1. Get candy bar with a top wrapper that comes off (Hershey’s, Mr. Goodbar) and re-do the wrapper with the child’s party information and a “thank you for coming” note. You can find some fabulous wrappers that won't break your budget from Etsy seller, Delightful Invites.
Instead of filling goodie bags, stuff a small prize into balloons and blow them up. Tie off with colorful curly ribbon and hand out the balloons as the children leave. This can double as a decoration!

Next: Food and Activities

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Frugal Kids Party Tips- Part 1

Last fall, my MOPS group asked me to speak about tips to throwing a budget birthday. Here is a compiled list of ideas I have received from friends along with my personal tips. If you have any tried and true money saving tips to plan a party, send them my way! Happy planning!

My first tip is to plan ahead!
The only reason I say this is so that you aren’t overwhelmed and you are able to start buying supplies slowly and when they are on sale. If you wait until the last few days, you risk having to pay full price and don’t have time to look around for alternatives at different stores. I love to hit the sales after a holiday. When I was building my costume supply for my princess and disco diva parties for the company, I hit Target right after Halloween. They marked all the costumes and supplies to 80% off! Suprisingly, I shopped at the right time because they still had good costumes left. I bought $20 costumes for $4 each. Last year, I hit a little late, but the costumes were marked 90% off, so I got one costume for $2.50!
I also just bought little crayon packs from Wal-Mart for $1 for 20 pieces and Hannah Montana candy bracelets for 75 cents a bag. You can get candy and toy fillers for a Pinata in the Halloween or Easter clearance that will save you up to 50-75%!
I love to hit the dollar spot at Target or the Dollar tree and put it away for later. Don’t expect it to be there when you need it because it won’t be there! If you are having a princess or fairy party, buy a tiara or a set of fairy wings for each party guest from the dollar store. They can use it at the party for a costume and then take it home as a wonderful party favor. Robyn Bomar from Mix, Mingle, and Glow shows us ideas on how to use items from Target's dollar spot for a party!


Location, Location, Location!

Use your house, pick a park, or use someone’s backyard so you don’t have to pay extra for the venue. Many parks have pavilions that are free to use- contact your local park system. Also, many people have clubhouses that are free to use as a homeowner. This is great because you don’t have 10 birthday kids and their parents messing up your house.



First Impressions: The Invitations

Make you own or have the birthday child help decorate them. Photo invitations are also an option. 4x6 pictures are only 15-19cents to print! At Snapfish, the 5x7 prints are only $1 each when you ship them to your nearest Walgreens- you can pick them up after only one hour! However, if you give yourself a couple of days, Wal-Mart will do free in store shipping for their 5x7 prints and they only cost 58 cents a piece!!
Consider Evite.com. This is totally free and you also might get a better RSVP response.
Coming soon.... frugal tips on decorations, favors, food, and party activities.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I won something!!

I've been on vacation this week and haven't had internet connection until just now (It's been killing me!) When I opened up my email, I had a message from Brandie at www.dreamcustomartwork.blogspot.com stating that I won a $40 custom artwork from Tip Junkie's birthday party!!! I'm so excited to pick out my artwork! Thanks Brandie and Thanks Tip Junkie!!


Also, if you get a chance... go vote for #A12 on Luana's blog, because if I win, you could win! Really, though, I need more votes!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

I'm on Twitter!

...don't know what I'm doing, but I'm on there now! My profile is @pamperedparties. Come follow me!






Thursday, June 18, 2009

Vote for my Slogan and win a $25 gift Certificate!!


Luana from My Simple Indulgence is hosting a contest for the best slogan and I need your votes!! You could win a $25 certificate to her online boutique if I win! She has some really cute stuff to choose from!

Here's what you do:
1. Click on View Designs to open a new browser that will display all the entries.2. Select 1 design to submit as your vote. There will be only 1 winner over all not from each category. My designs are all the ones in PINK. However, let's focus on #A12 so all the votes will be going to one. So everyone pick #A12!
3. Then return to her voting page and click Add Comment to vote. Leave your first name and last initial and #A12.
Please only vote 1 time.
4. Come back to this post and leave a comment to let me know you voted for me! If I win, I will pick one voter to receive a $25 gift certificate to her boutique! If you don't have a blog, make sure you leave me your email address so I can contact you when it's done!

Tell EVERYONE you know to come and vote for my design!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tip Junkie is having a Birthday Bash

Tip Junkie is a blog I visit regularly on my "to-read" list everyday. I have to visit the site to find all the cool ideas and tips for entertaining, homemaking, creating, and just having fun! Tip Junkie is celebrating turning 2 by moving from blogspot.com to a dot com. So go visit her Dot com birthday bash because she is giving away 10 fabulous prizes every day this week! Can you tell I'm excited??!!!



Saturday, June 13, 2009

Design a Slogan Contest

My blogger friend, Luana, from My Simple Indulgence is holding a contest over at her blog for 2 more days. Luana makes the most stunning rhinestone t-shirts! In fact, she created a t-shirt for me to wear to parties I host by turning my logo into fabulous rhinestone bling!


Luana is holding a contest to come up with a cutest and most creative slogan. All you have to do is email her the slogan you've come up with! How easy is that?!

If you win, you'll receive:
  • 50 in cash

  • $25 My Simple Indulgence Gift Certificate

  • 2 - 25% off My Simple Indulgence coupons for you and a friend

  • 1 Rhinestone t-shirt of your winning slogan in the size of your choice

  • A write up on My Simple Indulgence webite, Facebook and blog along with your picture

  • Automatically Entered into our Rhinestone Slogan of the Quarter contest

  • Free reign to gloat about winning!!

So run over to her blog for all the details because the contest end on June 15th!

Monday, June 8, 2009

All-Star Baseball Party

My nephew, Cale, recently celebrated his first birthday with a baseball themed party. I was honored to help my sister-in-law with the party details. It was so much fun! We went with the whole "All-Star" theme using red, white, and blue along with stars and baseballs all over the place. Here are the photo invitations I created for the party. I created a "Chicago Cubs" logo using Cale's name as seen on the invites.


I made popcorn and peanut party cones using star scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. The cones were placed in fun baskets from the Dollar Tree.


My first birthday banner- Yay! I used coordinating papers from Hobby Lobby.


The tablescape- I used green indoor/outdoor carpet and cut it into small squares. I turned in to make a baseball diamond placemat. I used paper baseball plates from our local party store. You can't see the plasticware wrapped in napkins very well, but I made a napkin holder out of the same scrapbook paper from the birthday banner and used little felt baseball stickers to keep it in place. I also wrapped scrapbook paper strips around the cups and added a fun red circle for guests to identify their cups. The centerpieces were a last minute detail. The large baseball in the centerpiece was actually a wooden doorhanger that I turned upside down in the pot. I used a fourth of july pre-made centerpiece found from Hobby Lobby to also place in the pot for a little pizazz.

We ordered this fun baseball blow up cooler from Oriental Trading.


These are the baseball cookies each guest took home. Again, I used the Cale logo for the tag. I didn't get a picture, but the other side of the scalloped circle said "Thanks for coming...we had a ball!"



Here is the birthday boy with his custom bib from Rachel's Golden Shop on Etsy.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Watermelon Picnic

I have 2 confessions....
#1 I am a sucker for anything pink and green... possibly because they were my sorority's colors in college.
#2 Even though I think the decorative and party elements of a watermelon are so much fun, I'm really not a fan of the taste of watermelons!

I decided to put together some party inspiration after walking through the mall on Sunday and seeing Gymboree's new clothing line for little girls "Watermelon Picnic". It's so stinkin' cute!


Cupcakes from The Cupcake Review
Cupcake Toppers from TheBirthdayHouse on Etsy
Watermelon Kabobs from Watermelon.org
Cookies by Taste of Home
Invitations from Tiny Prints
Watermelon Keg from Intimate Weddings Blog
Napkin Rings from Plum Party
Jell-o Watermelons from Chocolate On My Cranium
Melamine Plate from Kate's Plates



Monday, May 25, 2009

Truly Amazing Cakes!

I had to share some of these cakes I found today browsing blogs. I can't remember which blog had a link to her because I started clicking away when I saw the cakes and I lost the blog. Anyway, these outrageous cakes are by a talented stay at home mom named Jen who decorates cakes. I haven't found that she actually has a website, but here's a link to her flickr pictures. Go and check out all the fabulous cakes because they are truly amazing!



My favorite!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Beverage Dispensers

I want one of these.

I need one of these.

I must have one of these!

Boscovs




Monday, May 18, 2009

Fishing Party

I was recently contacted by a mother who needed a "girly" fishing invitation. Her daughter had attended one of our princess parties and they loved the photo invitations we sent out. She wanted pink and brown and maybe a princess fishing. Here is the finished product: 


The princess was from Kay Miller Designs. You'll see more of her work that I have used on my invitations. She offers an Angel Use License that I use for my invitations. I LOVE her digital kits!! 
Anyway, I wasn't able to see how her party turned out but I thought it was a cute theme. They actually visited a trout ranch and the kids got to fish. I have a couple of cute ideas for the whole fishing theme. Enjoy!

One of Rachael Ray's viewers sent in this clever tip to turn a batch of Jell-O into an edible aquarium! All you'll need are fish-shaped cookie cutters, melon and blue Jell-O for the project your kids will love to help you make and eat! 
 



This may look just like the bag that you carry home from the pet store, but don’t be fooled…this plastic goldfish is not swimming in water, it’s embedded in clear, glycerin soap shaped like "water in a bag". By The Spoon Sisters. 





Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bring on the buffet

I am a self-professed buffet lover.  Scary germs don't scare me!! Lately, I’ve been trying to avoid them because too many choices mean extra trips to the buffet and over-eating. Some of my favorite buffets are your friendly neighborhood Happy Super #1 Chinese buffet, the Golden Corral, any southern home cooking buffet, and my alma mater’s cafeteria lovingly known as the “Caf”.

Buffets are also great at parties because they are self-serve and give your guests fun options. My little sis in my sorority, Allison, had a mashed potato bar (a posh word for buffet) at her wedding complete with toppings like cheese, bacon, scallions, sour cream, etc. It was quite yummy! 

I LOVE the idea of candy buffets bars and plan on using one soon at one of my parties. Here are some aesthetically pleasing candy buffets along with some other dessert buffets using novel food items! 

Credits:

Ice Cream/Float bar @ http://www.bridefly.com

Popcorn bar @ http://theknot.com

Candy bar@ http://amyatlas.com

Smores bar @ http://www.weddingbycolor.com

Cupcake bar @ http://www.jittersevents.com

Cookie bar @ http://marthastewart.com

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Our Puppy Party was featured!!

Our puppy party was featured on Creative Parties and Showers! Go check out the other fabulous parties over there! Thanks Shannon!!! 




Friday, April 17, 2009

New and Improved Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Being a former teacher, I feel that I can be a spokesperson for all teachers and say, "Please! No sweaters, notepads, pencils, or necklaces with apples!" Now that I've got that off my chest I want to say that it really doesn't take much to make your teacher smile. A nice note or letter letting her know what a good job she's doing means so much. Teacher Appreciation Day is May 5th so I wanted to share some novel and tried and true gifts and ways to show your child's teacher you care...

Bring her breakfast from Chick-fil-A...
Visa Gift Cards would be great!  Remember to tell her she can't buy anything for the classroom...it has to be spent on herself! 




Personalized Gifts are my all time favorite!!! Here are some really cute items! 


Rhinestone Koozie from My Simple Indulgence.
 

What teacher doesn't need a personalized clip board? This one is so whimsical from Etsy seller jnall3


Feeling Crafty? Homemade gifts are affordable and teachers love them! 
Here are some cute ideas...


I loved fun magnets to stick on my whiteboard at school. Skip to my Lou made some using glass craft gems. 

Most teachers are addicted to hand sanitizer... I wonder why?? Little Birdie Secrets has embelleshed the boring hand sanitizer bottle. 

3 Scrapbooking Ladies made some "thank you" candygrams.