Posted by rene.bross on 16. October 2014 21:45
Celebrate your little one's love for the farm with an E-I, E-I, O! An Old MacDonald themed birthday is perfect for crisp fall days and lends itself to so many creative party ideas. Decorations can be a snap with red gingham table cloths over burlap, vases of sunflowers and small bales of hay. Bandana triangles can serve as a birthday banner. If a real petting zoo is out of the budget, hand out "mini petting zoo" treat bags with small plastic farm animals. Hobby horses can be used for "pony rides" and don't forget fun themed food including; pigs in a blanket, cow patty cookies (chocolate chips) and moo juice (milk), apples slices for "horse feed" and rice crispy treats for "haystacks". These photos will hopefully get your creative farm ideas started.
Photos upper right clockwise: Bale horse from Spearmint Baby, Table Scape, Petting zoo and pigs in a blanket from Across the Branch, rice krispy "hay stacks" from Cupcakes, Kisses 'n Crumbs, Barn playhouse from It's My Life , Old MacDonald On the Farm Party Invitation from PartyMonkey
Posted by rene.bross on 1. June 2013 20:54
This summer's favorite outdoor party theme celebrates all things Sunflower! Sunflowers make for wonderful, cheerful and inexpensive party decor. A few mason jars filled with sunflowers and tied with burlap or raffia add a wonderful rustic flair. Add some candles surrounded by sunflowers for a softly lit evening theme. Add natural touches such as long twigs, sliced wood plate chargers, burlap, raffia bows. Red gingham ribbon or table cloths can add a tough of color as well. A sunflower theme is perfect for an outdoor bridal shower, anniversary, birthday or even a casual wedding. Our photo inspiration can't help but make you smile!
Photo credits clockwise from top left: Western Sunflower Bridal Invitation from PartyMonkey on Etsy, Sunflower Cake Onada Photography, Jelly Jar favors DaSweetzPot, Sunflower Seed Party Favors and Cheese Plate by Renee's Soirees,
Posted by rene.bross on 8. May 2013 10:37
Do you have a little firecracker celebrating a birthday this 4th of July? Try a combo birthday celebration to honor the birthday boy or girl and our great country. Add some patriotic kaboom with fun red, white and blue party decor including loads of small flags for little hands to wave around, festive party banners, streamers and don't forget the strawberries and blueberries which abound in the summer. Here's some fun Little Firecracker and Fourth of July party inspiration to enjoy!
Photo credits clockwise from upper left: Little Firecracker Fourth of July Birthday Invitation by PartyMonkey on Etsy, Happy Fourth Party Banner from Country Living, Ice Cream Sandwhich Pops from Living Locurto, Firecracker Table Decor from Catch My Party, Fourth of July Tablescape from Bella Grace Party Designs, Mason Jar Mums from Newport Light Photography (link unavailable).
Posted by rene.bross on 14. March 2012 09:52
We are so excited to announce our new sister site on Etsy- Party Monkey. Party Monkey offers beautifully designed boutique style DIY Printable Party Invitations and Printable Party Kits. Now you can get a knock-their-socks-off party invitation at an affordable price. After Party Monkey customizes your invitation with your own party text, a downloadable file is sent to your in box within 24 hours. Take your newly downloaded .JPG file and print it on your own desktop printer, at your local Costco, Shutterfly or other print source. It's quick and easy-- and beautiful! Check out these amazing invitations and announcements...
Posted by rene.bross on 9. March 2012 08:57
We are so excited to share these photos of our Pink Giraffe Baby Shower! Taking inspiration from our Pink Giraffe Invitation, the dessert table is darling in soft pinks, white and a touch of golden yellow. Sweet treats abound with white and pink Jelly Bellies, salt water taffy, strawberry whoppers, delicious vanilla cupcakes, pink rock candy, pink popcorn, pink lemonade with sugared mason jars and the cutest baby giraffe cookies complete with pink spots. To be kind on the wallet, the beautiful glass apothacary jars were assembled with glass items found at the local Good Will store with these DIY instructions. The tissue pom poms were so fun to make with these easy instructions. We also want to share our delicious vanilla buttercream frosting recipe which was originally found here, but we adapted it a bit to have enough to frost cupcakes with a very generous swirl of frosting and so it's not too sticky sweet. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!
Photos by Rene' Bross
Pink Giraffe Party Invitation is also available as a DIY Printable Invitation on our sister site Party Monkey
Party Printables pictured above will be available soon on our sister site: Party Monkey
Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe
yields a generous amount of frosting for 20-24 cupcakes (depending on how generous you are)
1 cup butter - room temperature or softened in microwave for 10 sec at 90% power, then 7 sec on 90% power
1 cup Crisco (regular or butter flavored for extra buttery flavored frosting)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
5-6 cups confectioners’ sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
In a large bowl, cream butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar. Beat well.
This will make a thick frosting perfect for piping those beautiful swirls shown above. If you need a little thinner frosting, add a little mile to make desired consistency.
Posted by rene.bross on 5. March 2012 10:03
Round-up the gang and git on over to the ranch to celebrate your little cowboy's birthday. Your little buck-a-roo will have the time of his life celebrating his big day with his fellow cowboy and cowgirl friends. Gather up some old wagon wheels, bales of hay, railroad lanterns, old planks of wood for the table and plenty of bandanas for quick and easy cowboy decor. If a pony rental is in your budget, make sure to have a camera ready to take photos of all the little riders. The pony photos can even be used for custom thank you notes later! Rootin' Tootin' Root Beer floats or even Sassparilla makes for fun beverages. Straw cowboy hats make great goodie bag holders as well! Here's some fun inspiration ideas for the Wildest Birthday in the Wilderness!
Photo Credits clockwise from upper left: Cowboy party dessert table and Trail Mix Bags Kelly Addison Photography; Cowboy Cookies Oh Sugar! Events; Cowboy Birthday Table and Bandana Pendants Petit a Petit and Family; Wagon Wheels Dulce Design; Yee Haw Cowboy Party Invitation Party Monkey; Cowboy birthday cake Squidoo
Posted by rene.bross on 27. February 2012 11:01
A Heavenly Springtime Affair
Do you know someone special who will soon be baptized or christened? Planning a luncheon to follow the ceremony is the perfect way to celebrate the event. Along with the Christian rite of passage in to the Church, baptisms or christenings symbolize rebirth and renewed life. Try going green with fresh flowers or plants. If you use ones that are potted, they can be replanted by the recipient and be a constant reminder of their commitment to faith, as well as being earth friendly. Punch it up and enjoy a refreshing beverage. Try a new recipe and bring out the punch bowl for this special occasion and turn the ordinary in to extraordinary. Finish the gathering with a prayer and heavenly treat. A little slice of heaven is all you need. Hosting a reception can mark their new life, whether infant or adult, with joy, love and all your blessings.
Photo Credits clockwise from upper left: Christening Invitation: My Good Greetings; Pink Baptism Cake Fanciful Events; Sprinkled Rim Mason Jars Kara's Party Ideas; Eco-Friendly Lamb Favors Perfect Party Favors; Candy Wrappers Etsy; Baby Lamb Stuffed Animal Christening Wardrobe
Posted by rene.bross on 16. February 2012 22:46
Don't be late for this very important date!
Want to add some whimsy to your daughter’s birthday party? Think Alice in Wonderland and see magical results. Set the scene with a “Mad” Tea Party table using common items such as a deck of cards and tea cups. Make labels reading “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” to add charm to nibbles and beverages, but beware if you have low ceilings! Try Pinning the Grin on the Cheshire Cat sitting atop a mushroom using colored board or paper and see who gets a purrfect fit. What about a follow the White Rabbit scavenger to discover what’s hidden in your garden? Let your imagination rule as you create a fanciful dreamland for your “Alice”. Don’t be caught unprepared this year by the Queen of Hearts, otherwise it will be “Off with your head”!
Photo credits clockwise from upper left: Alice in Wonderland Cake from Bobbette & Belle; Stacked teacups centerpiece from Etsy; Flamingos from Feathers & Cupcakes; Little Alice from Squidoo; Eat Me mini cookie jars from Design Dazzle; Alice in Wonderland Party Invitation from My Good Greetings; Flying cards from A Perfect Party; Heart tarts; Drink Me Teapot from Feathers & Cupcakes; Clock Table Decor from United with Love
Posted by rene.bross on 9. February 2012 20:25
Throwing a baby shower in the near future? How about kicking it up a notch from the basic blue and pink themes to a whole jungle of possibilities? Throwing a baby shower can include a bit of monkey business by making a jungle themed cake or cupcakes. Let loose with party decorations that make your guests feel like they’ve stepped over to the wild side. What mother-to-be wouldn’t love to celebrate the birth of her new ‘monkey’ in style? Our jungle and monkey themed baby shower announcements will leave other hosts green with envy with our eco-friendly stationary. Check out our coordinating birth announcements, thank-you cards and address labels to complete the look. Go bananas and love it!
Photo credits- clockwise from upper left: Monkey Love Baby Shower Invitation from My Good Greetings; Monkey Diaper Cake from Etsy; Chocolate Banana Bites Recipe; Monkey Cupcakes from Cakes by Becky; Banana bread recipe from ForTheLoveOfCooking.net; M&M Favor Labels
Posted by rene.bross on 24. January 2012 16:21
Start your Engines for Some Serious Birthday Fun!
Race car birthday themes are so popular right now thanks to the Disney "Cars" movies. This fun birthday party theme lends itself to countless ideas and super fun decorating. Red and black are popular colors, but any of the primary colors will work. A black and white checkered motif matches red, green, blue, orange-- just about anything. Use your toy raching track strips to set up a car racing game. line up tires and orange cones on the grass for a fun obstacle course. Tape a black dropcloth down with duct tape road stripes for a push-car race track. Stack up chocolate "tire" donuts on a dessert table. Matchbox race cars make great inexpensize goodie-bag fillers. If you're looking for a fun and hip Race Car Birthday Invitation click here. Hopefully these photos will help inspire your little racer's next birthday party. Be sure to visit the credit links for more inspiration!
Photo Credits clockwise from top left: Race Car Entrance Mat JollyMom.com, Race car placesetting Juicy Bits... , Drink Fuel Station Juicy Bits..., Cupcake Race Track Display , Race Car Birthday Invitation from My Good Greetings, Race Car tablescape