Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ahoy Matey's!

Hello, my name is Tina and I am a birthday party addict. I love everything about them. As a child, I guess I would have to say I didn't have grand birthday parties. A casual sleepover or "dance" in my living room was as elaborate as they got.  Now that I have children of my own (and clients with wee ones) I think I might have the greatest job ever as I get to plan all these fun events! Now if only I was a great photographer so you could see all the fun they had!

Drew's 7th birthday party was an incredible time. Once the guests arrived, I (and my wonderful mom-helpers) directed the kids to the makeup station to transform those adorable faces into pirates complete with beards, mustaches and bushy eyebrows! Most of the girls skipped this station, but a few brave ones looked over-the-top hysterically funny with their new beards. Check out a couple of the girls in this pic. Aren't they cute? I love the "mean face!"

Then we headed into the park for a treasure hunt. Along the way, they found treasure boxes filled with accessories to become a pirate; earrings, eye patches, compass necklaces, headbands and skull rings completed their looks. Then they dived into the treasure chest and found necklaces, ring pops, pirate tattoo's, telescopes and other pirate loot. Afterwards, the kids played "find the gold" relay and "cannon ball pop." At our kid parties, everyone wins! A treasure bag filled with skull lollipops, skull candy and more pirate loot was a huge hit with the munchkins.

Treasure Hunt

Results of the Pirate Loot

Cannon Ball Pop

I think the cake is my favorite part of any party. To me, it's the party centerpiece. Our local bakery made this cake based on a photo I found online. The pirate hook captivated the kids' attention and tasted as scrumptious as it looked!

Captain Andrew's Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday, Drew!

I don't think any party is complete without a dessert station of some sort. Since there was so much loot from the treasure chest and games, I was afraid a full dessert station would be too much. I tried my hand at making chocolate with molds and I have to say they turned out better than I expected. The kids thought the skeleton pretzels were pretty neat and I resisted the urge to say, "eat them slowly-they took hours to make!"   

Homemade Chocolate Goodies

Skeleton Pretzels

Chocolate Ships & Treasure Chests

Skull & Bones Cookies

Chocolate Covered Oreo's with Skulls

It always warms my heart each year when Drew exclaims, "This is the best birthday EVER!" He never seems to fail to appreciate the effort that I put forth and his smiles never disappoint me. I guess that means next year will have to be even better. :)

In lieu of gifts, Drew chose to donate funds to our local zoo. 

 One of my favorite cards Drew received was from a little girl that used part of his invitation to create a personalized card. Who knew a skull could be so precious!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tents, Flashlights and a Campfire..3 things every boy loves

As summer was lazily winding to an end, I was in the mood to throw a party. By this time of the year, I've had my fill of barbecues, swim parties and mosquitos in general. However, I had been promising my six year old son that he could have a camp out with a few friends. As with most parties hosted by our family, a few guests turned into a whole lot of guests.  An evening of water balloons, pizza, smores and flashlight tag entertained 12 little boys until the wee hours of the morning. What began as a way to celebrate the end of summer has turned into a new tradition for the boys and for the dads (well, and me). Maybe next year, they will fall asleep before the sun rises.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hangers-Who Knew They Could Be So Much FUN?

I will never again wonder what to buy a bride or mommy-to-be client. I love these hangers from LilaFrances on Etsy. The perfect personal and unique gift.

Photo by Lila Frances on Etsy

Babies and Baby Birds

I love babies. I also love baby showers! Last week, we posted photos of the wishing tree we made for a client using the "nest theme." We've included a few more pics today of the rest of the shower. Big thanks to Tiny Bites and Invites for coming through with a beautiful cake inspired by the

Friday, September 3, 2010

It Takes a Village...

I am in love with the new trend of "wishing trees." My latest was in baby form for a new mommy-to-be's baby shower. The hanging cards read, "It takes a village to raise a child." Isn't that the truth? We'll post more pics of this "bless their nest" shower tomorrow. For now, here is a preview of our wishing tree. I can't wait for the guest of honor to enjoy reading all the wishes and baby advice from her friends. What a sentimental and sweet gift!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Lollipop, Lollipop, Oh Lolly Lolly Lolly

Cupcake Soap

Can we please talk about the delicious-looking "candy" that is actually made of soap? All of these products-cupcakes, lollipops and even the French macaroons-are really made of soap! I am amazed. I always look for something other than candy to fill favor bags. I stumbled across these at and can't stop drooling over them. Wouldn't these be perfect for any little girls' birthday party? 

Sweeteez Macaron

Soap Lollipopz
Photos from

Friday, August 20, 2010

Going on a Safari-in my bag I will pack...

The cutest favor bags I ever did see! These will be perfect for Drew's birthday party in November.Can't wait to fill them with lots of safari goodies. 

Favor Bags by:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Bless Their Nest

As the hustle of wedding season is slowing down, it's a nice change of pace to be planning an upcoming "bless our nest" baby shower. The cool blues and warm browns compliment a beautiful nest themed lunch that will be sure to delight the mother-to-be. Here's a peek of some of the details from Tiny Bites and Invites (