Invitation: Elephant Sip & See

Yesterday I shared the inspiration board I was working from when designing this get-together to honor my friend Shannon and her new baby. 
Here’s the invitations I made: 
Come back tomorrow for all the details of this little party…

Real Party: Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday

I have a very cute birthday party to share with you! 
The party was based on the adorable chidren’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  The birthday girl’s crafty mom, my friend Joanne,  did a great job tying in the brightly colored book with all the decor.  
The sweet invitations set the stage for the party.
Welcome sign at the entrance to the party. 
Joanne had cute tented cards throughout the food table with lines from the book on them. 
The cake was made by a local bakery: Cake Creations.  Adorable & yummy.  
Joanne had a little activity to keep guests occupied.  There was a caterpillar banner with a picture of Kyla from each month of her life.  
Guests were asked to put the pictures in order of her age.  It was surprisingly tough! 
There were also coloring sheets on the tables for little ones. 
Each child at the party took home the most creative party favor…They each got their own caterpillar!  The caterpillars were ordered from here.  They came with instructions and everything needed for the parent and child to see their little critters all the way through to becoming a butterfly. Isn’t that fun? 

The best part of this party? The sweetest little birthday girl ever, in her strawberry dress!

Happy Birthday Kyla! 

And thanks for the fun party Brian and Joanne!

Real Party: Fiesta Owl Baby Shower

I helped a few of my friends throw a co-ed baby shower last weekend. It turned out really well, and we really lucked out on the weather that day!
Let me explain this wacky theme…The parents-to-be decorated the nursery with an owl theme.We decided to get a morjority of the food catered by one of the couple’s favorite Mexican restaurants.  Putting these two things together and we had our Fiesta Owl Baby Shower.  Woodland touches, bright colors, and a few sombreros set the scene for this bash.  

Lindsay found these cute invitations on Etsy.  The invite helped us define our color scheme: aqua, lime, brown, and orange. 

Guests went straight to the backyard to enjoy the rare warm January weather. We had simple appetizers (veggies, tortilla chips, tater tots, and lots of dipping sauces) and drinks (margaritas, lemonade, assorted sodas, and beers) set up on the patio. 
Burrito fixin’s and salad comprised the meal. 
You may recognize the centerpiece from my New Year’s Eve party.  With the addition of some aqua and orange ties, it was transformed for this party. 
We used stump risers for the main dishes. And if you look closely you can see a few little yarn owls in the tree.  
My friend Lindsay made these little cuties following this tutorial, and then added felt features. 
Dessert was owl cupcakes, inspired by this.  We used cashews for the beaks, chocolate chips for the eye, and oreo cookies for the ears & eyes.  People went crazy for these!  If I made them again, I would put them together the day of the party rather than the night before to keep the cookies more crisp.  
Yarn owls wearing sombreros, perched by the cupcakes.  I loved the way the embroidery hoops and lanterns hung above the desserts looked. 
Since we had such a diverse crowd of invitees we decided to skip the traditional shower games, and have a few activities to keep people occupied. 
First, we tried to capture each guest in the photo booth and have them write some wishes and advice for the parents-to-be.  These things will be put together into a book as a keepsake for the parents-to-be to remember the day. 
First, the photo booth: 
We strung a sheet and one of my owl bunting banners in the backyard.  We had a few sombreros on hand for guests to pose with.
We had a little station set up near the photo booth for people to write their notes to the parents-to-be. 
The sign says “Be a Wise Old Owl and Share Some Advice with Bernadette & Kelley”.  And of course, the wise old yarn owl was wearing glasses.  We found a cute little photo album at Michael’s and cut papers to fit inside.  Later we’ll add photo booth pictures. 
The other activity was a S’more station.
We had all the fixin’s and guests roasted their s’mores over the fire pit. 
The sign reads: “Bernadette & Kelley are adding S’more to their family” 
After dark we served Mexican hot chocolate, a perfect end to the evening. 
Congratulations Bernadette & Kelley!

Invitation: Housewarming Party

This may be one of the cutest invites I’ve ever received!
My friend Lindsay is having a housewarming party…and these mailbox invitations are to-die-for-cute!
Here’s what’s inside when I pulled out the mini envelope inside…
I believe she’s planning to use them as change of address notices to out of town friends who won’t be able to attend the party also.  
Adorable, don’t you agree? Can’t wait for the party! 

Invitations: Black Lace Bachelorette Party

My friend Lindsay (my best crafting partner) & I spent our Sunday making some invitations for an upcoming Bachelorette Party. 
We are so happy with the finished product! 
 Drea is using purple as one of her wedding colors, so we started with deep purple paper. 
We folded it into three panels, and added a little black lace.

We punched holes down the sides and wove shiny black ribbon through.  

The final touch were the little purple rhinestone stickers– a little bling to tie in the purple color.  
The insert slides out and contains all the details of the evening.  
We hope they’ll get all of Drea’s friends excited for the party!  
Thanks to Lindsay for taking pictures for me! :)