Madagascar 3: Circus Themed Kid’s Party

{It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog. As we all know at times life can be hectic and pull us in other directions, however I’ve never stopped loving event decor nor have I stopped planning events or parties – I just haven’t had the opportunity to share with you in awhile. Keep an eye out over the next couple months as I’ve got a few events I’d like to share with you on the blog!} XOXO ~ Elvira 

Madagascar 3: Circus Themed Birthday Party

Those that have been following me for some time know that I go all out every year for my son’s birthday party. His 1st birthday was a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme, his 2nd birthday was a Jake & the Neverland Pirates theme, and for his 3rd birthday last year I went all out with a Madagascar 3 Circus themed birthday party! This year’s party was over-the-top, full of DIY projects, fun, wild, colorful, and full of sugary, sweet delectable goodies = guaranteed success.

As usual I made sure that I didn’t miss a planning detail or decor element and Natalie from Natalie Isabel Photography did an amazing job capturing all of the creative party details that you will see below.  After I decided on this year’s theme for my son’s birthday party, I went to work on creating the invitation.

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FOOD

When it came to food, I decided to stick with the theme to start the guests were able to help themselves to salted shelled peanuts or buttery popcorn. When it came to lunch I  stayed simple and went with a hot dog and hot link bar with all the fix in’s, chips, and veggie tray.

 

 

DESSERT TABLE

The dessert table was my pride and joy, I’m just surprised I was able to keep all the guests at bay until it was time to enjoy the delicious goodies. The dessert table consisted of the following tasty goodies: Cracker Jacks, cotton candy, animal crackers, bundtinis (lemon, red velvet, chocolate, and white raspberry flavors), cake from Albertson’s. I created a Circus backdrop with pinwheels for the table, a birthday banner, tassel garland, a painted decorative tub, colorful circle cutouts, decorative tags for all the items, and a yellow fringe swag to go across the cake. The favors were adorable large lollipops I got from the 99 cent store adorned with creative stickers I made on Moo to fit the circus theme! (Click on the photos below to view a larger detailed picture.)

 

DECOR & DIY

Other decor and DIY projects besides the dessert table were the centerpieces (birthday hats, balloons, mini gum ball machines, Madagascar cutout, colorful circle cutouts, Madagascar confetti), hanging window and door fringes, Madagascar 3 birthday sign, flag bunting, food place cards, photo booth backdrop, photo props and sign, framed signs for the balloon artist and makeup artist, framed Madagascar, & wood welcome sign! Also, there is one more important detail that really turned the party space into a circus theme and that was the colorful and affordable beautiful linens from Linen Tablecloth! From the pumpkin round table cloths for the guests table, to the vibrant red, to the gorgeous ivory linen tablecloths – it really brought my party to life! (The really do offer quality linens at very affordable prices, I encourage you to consider using them for your next event.)

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Since January weather is always unpredictable in southern CA, I decided to book an inside venue.  However, my challenge was how do I entertain 25 kids indoors without going crazy and running around like a crazy lady! So, I made the best decision ever and decided to hire entertainers for the birthday party. I hired a local children’s entertainment company called Creative Parties for an hour. Lisa, the owner, was great to work with – flexible, personable, creative, experienced, and caring. She was really great at listening to my needs and wants for the party and deciding upon great entertainers and entertainment that were a perfect match for our circus themed party. We had 3 party entertainers show up – a clown, lion, and helper with a top hat. These entertainers were awesome and the kid’s loved them from the beginning! They sang songs, played games, did activities, and kept all the kids and even some adults entertained for an hour, ending with pictures and a birthday song for the birthday boy. I am really glad I chose Creative Parties – they definitely made the party a success.

My other great entertainment choice was hiring an amazingly talented balloon artist and face painter duo. Don from Don’s Twisted Balloons came by referral and I’ve got to admit that he is one of the most talented balloon artists I have ever seen. He does the most creative and difficult balloons and the kid’s loved them! What I also love about Don is that he comes with a big board of balloon options, which makes it easy for the kid’s to pick and choose there favorite. I am happy to report that all kids got at least one balloon and it was a complete hit at the party. Don’s partner, Erin from is an excellent face painter and also did some fabulous artwork on the kid’s and a couple of adults that jumped in line. The kid’s loved the entertainers, mommy got a break for a while, and everyone was happy – I couldn’t of asked for more. I am so happy with my decision to hire the entertainment and would hire these folks again in a heartbeat!

 

After reviewing all these fabulous photos and party details, I’m sure you could confidently guess that we had a BLAST at this Madagascar themed birthday party!! As always, I enjoyed putting every beautiful detail together and LOVED seeing it all come together beautifully in the end! Here are a couple of pictures of the hubby and I with the birthday boy – it’s all worth the smile on his face!

 

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It was one “Circus” of a party if you ask me! If you would like some help in transforming your party (birthday, bridal, bachelorette, baby shower, anniversary party, etc.) into a FABULOUS event riddled with amazing decor and a creative theme, don’t hesitate to contact me as my talent is definitely for hire!

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1920’s Great Gatsby Birthday Party

Great Gatsby 30th Birthday Party 

My brother, his wife, and their close friend had the fun idea of throwing themselves a birthday party to say goodbye to their 20’s and hello to their “Dirty 30’s”! With the rage of the roaring 20’s following the release of the Great Gatsby last year, they decided no better way to celebrate in style and class than with a 1920’s Great Gatsby themed party.

PART’Y DETAILS

They booked the perfect venue for their event – Diamond’s Billiards in Brea, CA – not only did they have the perfect space to accommodate this creative party theme, but they were super flexible and easy to work with in planning the logistics, food and drinks, and music selection. Next, the party planning begin – guest list, invitation, 1920’s wardrobe, menu planning, details, and all of the other wonderful details that went into pulling off this elegant adults affair. Take a look at the end result – you’ll just love the FABULOUS details!

 

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I wish I could take the credit for the beautiful and creative party decor, but the credit rightfully goes to the talented decorating sister duo – Nena & Lydia Banuelos.  Inspired by the creative invitation above designed by Computer Art Nerd (Etsy shop), the elegant 1920’s Great Gatsby styled black and gold decor and a stunning dessert table and creative backdrop greeted dressed-up partygoers. These two ladies ran with the birthday couple’s vision and ideas, infusing creative elements (such as my brother’s unique vintage drink menu), and transforming the intimate space into a scene right out of the roaring 20’s.

 

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 I was blown away by the fact that every single person was uniquely dressed to fit the theme – I really felt like I went back in time and was in attendance at a Great Gatsby party or at a 1920’s popular nightclub. Besides the awesome decor – the music, food, and drinks were great! Not to mention the fabulous photo booth that was big hit and awesome addition to the party. Apparently some of us were addicted to the photo booth! Check out our photo obsession! We had such a blast, who would have thought a photo booth could be so much fun?!

{Vendors:} Venue: Diamonds Billards | Photography: Natalie Isabel Photography | Photo booth: Red Curtain Photo Studio | Decor & Dessert Table: Nena Chavez from In the Now Weddings & Events | Dessert: Bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes | 1920’s inspired Invitation: Computer Nerd Art Etsy Shop

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10 DIY Christmas Decorations + Giveaway

 

10 Gorgeous DIY Christmas Decorations + Giveaway

Its the most wonderful time of the year – yep my FAVORITE time – Christmas!! Last year I put together some awesome DIY ideas in a 2 part post for delicious food and libations (DIY Holiday Dinner Party – Food & Drinks) AND amazing DIY decor ideas (DIY Holiday Dinner Party – Decor). This year I’m going to share some awesome DIY Christmas decorations that I have found across the web and Pinterest, PLUS I’ve got an amazing holiday giveaway for you as well!

{DIY Christmas Decorations} Here are a few of my favorite DIY Christmas Decorations I found. You’ll be sure to save some money this year by creating these beauties – no need for costly store decorations! For more inspiration, follow my DIY Christmas Decorations board on Pinterest.

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DIY Glitter Pear Ornament by A Pumpkin & A Princess | DIY Christmas Trees by Little Inspiration

 

DIY mantle decoration

DIY Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland featured on Sweetest Occasion | DIY Merry & Bright Mantle Decoration by The Lovely Cupboard

 

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DIY Lamp Christmas Decoration by Blissfully Ever After | DIY Waterless Snow Globes by Tidy Mom

 

DIY tissue pom pom and wool wreath

DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms by Tara Dennis | DIY Wool Wreath by It’s Overflowing

 

DIY twine garland

DIY Bakers Twine Garland by Lolly Jane | DIY Twine Lanterns by Anthology Destination

 

{GIVEAWAY}

I have the pleasure of hosting a giveaway for a beautiful Christmas collection from the talented Marsinah from Blushing Pearl! You will fall in love with her lovely collection we are giving away. One lucky winner will win the following: 6 Folk Christmas Letterpress cards, 8 Cozy Knits Letterpress Printed Gift Tags, & 4 Gingerbread Dear Santa Letterpress Printed Flat NotesThis is a perfect collection for the upcoming holiday season!

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{How to Enter}

1. Share this giveaway on Facebook with the following message:

@3dmemoirs and @Blushing Pearl design + letterpress are teaming up for this amazing holiday giveaway. For a chance to win check out www.3d-memoirs.com for more details!

Then come back and comment below letting us know you shared this on Facebook.

 

{For additional entries}

1. Tweet this post using the SHARE buttons at the bottom of the post with the following message:

@3dmemoirs & @blushingpearl have an amazing holiday #giveaway! Details on 3d-memoirs.com!

Then come back and comment below letting us know you shared this on Twitter.

  2. Follow 3D-Memoirs & Blushing Pearl on Facebook (3D-Memoirs & Blushing Pearl design + letterpress), Twitter (@3dmemoirs & @blushingpearl), & Pinterest (3D-Memoirs & Blushing Pearl) and then come back and leave a comment for each social media stating that you are now following us. (Each social media follow for both of us is 1 additional entry. A total of 3 additional entries.)

Our winner will be chosen and announced on December 10, 2013 on 3D-Memoir’s Facebook page! One exciting last detail, Marsinah is offering all 3D-Memoirs readers a special discount code for 15% off your entire purchase in her shop until 12/18/13: CHEERS13. Rush on over and take a peek, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with something!

{DIY Christmas Inspiration}

This year I wanted to do a DIY Christmas decoration inspiration shoot, but I just couldn’t make it happen due to time constraints. So as a final takeaway, I wanted to share with you my DIY Christmas Floral Centerpiece that I made for less than $10. I bought the silk flowers, vase, ribbon, and gold Christmas trees from the Dollar Tree and I used pieces from old pinecones as the vase filler and the remaining pine cones as decorative pieces. I hope you like my creation!

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Vintage Carnival Theme Inspiration Board

Vintage Carnival Theme: Perfect for a Baby Shower or Birthday Party

(Did you guys miss me? Thanks so much for being patient as I spent last week moving – things were way too hectic for me, but I’m back!)

As a kid an even as an adult, I just LOVE the carnival! I think it is an adorably creative idea to do a vintage carnival theme for either a baby shower or birthday party! You could really go all out with the decor, games, and menu for this theme – adding all your childhood carnival favorites to the celebration! Pinwheels, prize ribbons, popcorn, cotton candy, bean bag toss, apple bobbing, big tops, elephants, balloons, tickets, and so much more would just make this party F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! You can choose a pastel color palette or the traditional red and white stripes with kraft brown colored elements. In addition, if the party is for a girl you can do different pink hues or for a boy you can use different blue hues – sky’s the limit in pulling off this adorable vintage carnival theme.

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{Photo Credits: Vintage Carnival Dessert Table featured on Romeo & Mae | Vintage Carnival Menu featured on Style Me Pretty | Vintage Carnival Table Setting by Loralee Lewis | Vintage Carnival Centerpiece featured on 100 Layer Cake  | Vintage Ticket Invitation featured on Anders Ruff | Vintage Carnival Favor Bags featured on Hola Mama | Vintage Carnival Popcorn featured on Love the Day}

 

I actually did a DIY vintage carnival party for my nieces birthday party a couple years ago – check out the inspirational photos! (See more photos in my FB album.) Everyone had a blast and it was so much fun orchestrating the party and seeing it come together! Here is some more vintage carnival inspiration that I think you’ll love!

 

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DIY Friday: Spring Dinner Party

DIY Spring Soiree – Dinner Party

Want to have a Spring soiree with a few of your close friends perhaps in the comfort of your home or undeneath the beautiful stars? Today I am sharing a few DIY projects and tips for an intimate springtime evening dinner party! For this post I am going for grown and sexy, simple yet elegant!

1. Dinner Guestlist

Decide on your guest count and put together your invitee list.

2.DIY Invitations

Decide on the dinner party details – location, date, time, and theme, if any. Then find a creative way to share the deets about your event – here are a few examples:

Be “old-fashioned” and personally handwrite invitations to each of your guests on lovely paper like this from the Paper Source:

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Or you can use some creative fonts that fit your theme and simply print your invitation on lovely paper!

Another inexpesive option that I am a HUGE fan of is buy a lovely personalized printable DIY invitation (jpg) from an Etsy vendor like this one from Trinity St. Studio:

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3. DIY Decor

Decide on the ambiance and your decor for your dinner party. (In the DIY examples below I am going for a romantic spring-like ambiance.) Take a look at these inexpensive DIY projects for decor:

Save your wine or beer bottles and buy candlesticks from the Dollar Tree. DIY instructions from Happy Mundane here:

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DIY Flowers & Candlelights Centerpiece : DIY Instructions from My New Place here:

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If you wanted to add a little bit of color, then try something like this wear you either buy color vases or paint your own and add flowers and succulents as shared on Little Miss Momma:

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For decor you can buy elegant premium plastic dinner ware products from Party City or from the Dollar Tree:

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Buy affordable beautiful table covers from Party City or elegant linens from Linen Tablecloth! Buy or make your own table runners to add some pizzaz or use your favorite scrapbooking paper as a place mat for each dinner set.

 

4. Personalized Favors

Do something simple or even something grand, this isnt required but a special touch. You can offer something edible or useable that you make. Here is a lovely creative idea I found on HGTV – infused sugars (you can find these containers at Michaels and choose to personalize them with your guests name):

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Or how about a beautiful personalized “green” gift like this one featured on Design Sponge:

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5. DIY Food and Drinks

Food – go for a food bar like taco bar, sandwhich bar, burger bar, baked potato bar, chili bar, grilled cheese bar, etc. You just want to pick something that is cost effective for the quantity of guests but is also fulfilling and offers a lot variety – this is the fun part for your guests, to actually pick their toppings! Here is an example of a baked potato bar shared on Lucy Dylan Weddings:

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Dessert – since you are going with the food bar, you can also add a dessert bar with a myriad of desserts or focused on one particular item – cheesecake bar, ice cream bar, fruit bar, fondue bar, cookies bar, cupcake bar, etc. If you want to keep the dessert simple – make your favorite dessert – cake, cookies, pie, brownies, etc or if you aren’t a great chef opt for some awesome bakery or store bought desserts and put them on lovely plates for your guests to choose!

Drinks – if you are in the mood for libations, share your favorite wine, beer, or make a creative signature drink for your guests! Or you can go bar crazy and go with a drink bar – i.e. a Margarita, Mimosa, or Mojito bar.  If you and your guests do not drink, make a yummy and refreshing drink to share, such as this Pomegranate Spritzer shared on White on Rice Couple:

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*For more food and drink ideas and recipes, you will definitely want to check out my Food & Libation Pinterest board of over 500 delectable pins!*

I hope you found amazing inspiration and ideas in today’s dinner party Spring soiree post, enjoying this week’s DIY Friday! As always, if you LOVE this post – please LIKE IT, TWEET IT, PIN IT, and SHARE IT! If you have any ideas for a future post, I’d love to hear from you!

*Please note: Due to my current hectic schedule, I will be doing DIY Friday posts every other Friday until things settle down a bit for me. For now you can still expect Inspiration Board Tuesdays & Etsy Thursdays every week!*

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DIY Event & Party Planning Resources

DIY Fridays: Event & Party Planning Resources

Grab some paper and a pen and get ready because for this week’s DIY Friday I will be sharing some of my favorite DIY planning go-to retailers for planning your next event! Welcome to my Little Black Book of retailers and make sure you make through the entire post because I have some awesome planning tips for those of you that may not know where to start!

 

DIY Vendors & Stores for Party Supplies, Favors, & Decor

Michaels: one of the largest, not to mention my favorite, online and brick and mortar crafts retailer that sells arts and craft supplies, scrapbooking materials, framing, baking materials, baskets, party supplies, decor elements, framing, and a lot more! They also offer a variety of wonderful classes – check out their website for details. They always have coupons, so make sure you grab one before you go shopping and be prepared to spend a few hours in the store!

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Dollar Tree: LOVE the Dollar Tree! You wouldn’t believe how many amazing decor and party planning supplies that I have snagged from this retailer from vases, candles, decor items, candlesticks & plate for a DIY cake stand, silk flowers, foam, children books, and so much more! This is definitely one of my go to retailers and each store may have slightly different inventory so you may have to hit up a few. Hint: If you need to buy in bulk you can purchase from them online, usually in cases of 24, and have it shipped to a nearby store for FREE for you to conveniently pick up!

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Etsy: online retailer that offers a ridiculous amount of amazing handmade goodies from talented people around the world. Any and everything handmade that you can think of is available through Etsy  – invitations, banners, signs, clothing, jewelry, etc. (For an example check out my Etsy Thursday posts – every Thursday I pick a unique and creative wedding theme and then search Etsy for the best handmade finds to fit the theme.)

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Amazon: this retailer is known for the awesome shopping experience it provides to its buyers and sellers, with great accountability, ease of purchasing, and wide variety of products. For unique party decor items I can’t find in store, I always search Amazon for the product and have had nothing but wonderful purchasing experiences!

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Save-on-Crafts: online crafts retailer with a amazing variety of craft and decor items that at times it is just overwhelming to look at all of their decor goodies. You will find a lot of wonderful items at great prices – so have fun and be prepared to spend a few hours looking!

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Party City: online and brick and mortar retailer of party supplies like paper goods (plates, cups, silverware, tablecloths), serving dishes, themed party supplies, balloons, and more!

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Joann: online and brick and mortar retailer that sells an amazing variety of fabrics plus some decor elements! If you can sew or work with fabric, this is the place to shop. I recently bought burlap and fabric for a pirate flag from Joann’s for my son’s 2nd birthday party that I did.

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Linen Tablecloth: offers a variety of quality linen for purchase at amazing low prices (less than rental rates)! Why rent linen when you can buy it for your next event?

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Beau-coup: one of the largest online favor and party supply retailers with creative items for a variety of events – weddings, baby shower, bridal shower, birthday parties, etc.

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Hobby Lobby : online and brick and mortar retailer selling arts and crafts supplies, party supplies, silk flowers, and more! (Make sure to keep an eye out for coupon codes and see if they have one available on their site.)

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Oriental Trading Company: the largest online US direct merchant of  party supplies, arts and crafts, toys and novelties – all at great low prices!

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Event Planning Advice

Once you know the event you are planning, whether birthday party, bridal shower, intimate dinner, baby shower, etc., you will want to decide on the following:

  • Budget – Decide how much you can afford and are willing to spend for the event. If you are on a tight budget try to solicit the help of a friend or family member to help and contribute in order to maximize your budget without uncomfortably stretching your pockets.
  • Theme & Decorations – Use online resources like Google, Pinterest, & Kara’s Party Ideas to find inspiration and come up with a creative concept. It is ok to take a popular theme and add your own twist, unique color palette, or creative addition to make it your own! Or try to come up with something different that hasnt been done over and over again that is outside the box and most importantly relates to the person(s) you are celebrating! Once you have your theme start searching in local stores and online for decorations – if you are as detailed as I am you will make a few trips to a variety of stores and then search online (using the retailers I mentioned above + Google) for the items you can’t find in stores, compare item and shipping prices, and then purchase. It is ok to do a little comparable shopping before purchasing and feel free to search the web and vendor’s website for coupon codes, coupons, and deals! If you are crafty, then incorporate DIY projects into your decorations, thinking of creative elements to add to the decor.
  • Number of guests you plan on inviting
  • Invitations – Depending upon the event, theme, and person you are celebrating, you will want to decide whether to use an online invitation site like Evite or go the traditional route and mail invitations. Try to make a creative invitation that fits your theme or search online (i.e. Etsy) for a unique invitation to share the details of the event. Nowadays you can buy invitations, paying someone to personalize, make, and print them for you or on Etsy you will find alot of stores will sell you a customized pdf invitation that you can print on your own. If you purchase an invitation that you have to print on your own, buy some colorful or textured paper to print on at home or if you want to save your ink, just order it from an online print shop like VistaPrint or Overnight Prints. Recently, I used UPrinting and had a wonderful experience – they had the best pricing & shipping options, timeline for print and delivery, and I found their process really easy to use.
  • Timeline for the event – It is important to have a basic outline of the activities for the day, sequence of events, and a rough time schedule for each activity. You definitely want to plan in advance so that you don’t run out of time to do all the activities you worked so hard putting together.
  • Location – You will want to decide if it will take place in a private home or if you will rent a space.
  • Date & Time
  • Menu (food and drinks) – Keep in mind your budget, theme, type of event, time of the year, and your guests when developing a menu. It is always a lovely touch when it compliments the event. (For example: for a Super Bowl party you will probably want to serve delicious finger foods, bbq, chips & dip, and mini desserts.)
  • Games/Activities – Search the internet for creative games and activities that relate to your specific event and theme.
  • Favors/Gifts/Keepsakes – Although this is optional, it is always fun to give your guest a parting keepsake. Try to find something that represents the person you are celebrating and/or fits your theme.
  • Entertainment & Photography – Based upon the event and theme you will need to decide if you will have entertainment at the event – clown, balloon artist, caricature artist, character, vocalist, DJ, etc.  Also, you may want to hire a photographer to capture the decor and special moments or if you are lucky enough maybe you can enlist the help of a friend or family member that is a photographer or takes great photos with a quality camera to help you out.

Here are some party planning resources that I found on Pinterest and think you might find of interest! (Click on the link below, which will take you to the Pinterest pin and then you can click on the pin to get to the original resource and information.)

The Perfect Party Planner from Studio 5

The Chickabug Guide to How Much to Serve at a Party

Party Planning Guideline shared on Kara’s Party Ideas

 

Now are you ready to party? I am! Just waiting for the next event I can plan! If you are not the party planning type, don’t have the time to do it, or just don’t have a creative or DIY thumb, then call/email me! I am available to help plan your next event and/or develop the creative decor that will give your event the WOW factor and keep your guests talking for months! (Check out my most recent event that was featured on one of the largest party inspiration blogs – Kara’s Party Ideas!)

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Bumble Bee Baby Shower Inspiration Board

Bumble Bee Baby Shower Inspiration Boards

 
Today’s post provides inspiration for throwing a bumble bee baby shower for the Mother to Bee and the soon arrival of the new bundle of joy that is as Sweet as can Bee! Typically most people will utilize a black and yellow color palette for this popular bumble bee theme, however I wanted to show you a couple inspiration boards for different color palettes: yellow and gray & yellow and brown!  You can even get fancy and use a variety of shades for each color i.e. charcoal gray and mustard yellow or dark brown and light yellow; add accent colors such as ivory, white, tan, gold, and silver; and/or add patterns and shapes such as chevron, circles, stripes, and floral. (Please bee kind and leave me a comment below letting me know which one is your favorite.)

 

Bumble Bee Baby Shower Inspiration Board – Yellow & Gray

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Bumble Bee Baby Shower
(Gray & Yellow Color Palette)

Photo Collage Credits: Bumble Bee Baby Shower Invitation by Its A Fine Time | Tissue Poms by Sweet and Savvy Designs | Yellow Chevron Favor Bags from The Tomcat Studio | Circle Paper Garland from Randi Elise | Sweet As Can Bee Honey Pot Favors from Beau-Coup | Bumble Bee Cupcake Toppers from Dream Party Paperie | Lovely Tablescape with Chevron Aisle Runner (Featured by The Every Last Detail & Photographed by Brandi Welles Photographer)

 

 Bumble Bee Baby Shower Inspiration Board – Yellow & Brown 

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Bumble Bee Baby Shower (Brown and Yellow Color Palette)

Photo Collage Credits: Bumble Bee Baby Shower Invitation by Inviting Design Studio | Beehive DIY shared by True Love Ideas Blog | Bumble Bee Cupcakes by For The Love of Sugar | Bumble Bee Banner by Parkers Prints | Sweet As Can Bee Honey Favors from Beau-Coup  | DIY Spice Bee Cookies by Martha Stewart | Yellow Tablescape (Featured by On To Baby & Photographed by Amanda Bevington Modern Photography)

 

SHARE WITH ME: What did you think of these 2 inspiration boards for a Bumble Bee Baby Shower? Which one is your favorite? Any other color palettes you can think of for this theme that would be fun and doable?

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE BLOG: You may have realized by now how much I LOVE weddings, but that is not the only decor that I am in love with. This year I have decided that as a reflection of all my event decor love that the blog will feature more than wedding decor and will include creative event decor from special occasions such as baby showers, bridal showers, dinner parties, birthday parties, etc – after all this blog is about sharing lovely inspiration for event decor & design, weddings, & DIY projects. So this year my promise and commitment to you is to share more resources, tools/tips, DIY projects, and inspiration for a variety of events because I truly believe that “beauty is in the details” and LOVE it all! In return I have one little request to ask of my readers – let me hear from YOU! I want to hear more from you in comments, ideas, feedback, submissions, emails/notes, social media – whichever format you prefer, I want to hear from YOU. Hearing from my readers not only keeps me motivated to share amazing eye-candy with you, but it also inspires me to continue come up with creative content to share and let’s me know if I am providing you with what you are looking for when you come to my site. Deal?

My goal is to share creative themed event decor inspiration boards such as this with you every Inspiration Board Tuesday, continue with amazing Etsy wedding finds every Etsy Thursday, and share DIY projects/tutorials, tips & resources every DIY Friday. Of course, you can expect to find additional wedding inspiration from my guest blogger (Gail) twice a month and if anything else amazing comes up you can expect for me to write about it and share with you!  With this being a new year and my goals set on growing the blog and offering even more amazing content, I want to start with committing to these 3 posts a week and hope that you come back 3 times a week to check out these posts and share with your family and friends. Can you guys do that for me?

NEW SUBMISSIONSI am looking for new submissions! If you have a DIY project/tutorial, creative ideas, or decor for an event you did, I’d LOVE to hear from you! It’s easy – find the details here! Remember, sharing is caring! :)

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Birthday Party

Jake & The Neverland Pirates Birthday Party: Bryson DeCuir’s 2nd Birthday Party

 

I hope by now that you guys have realized what a huge arts & crafts/DIY fan I am – I LOVE working with my hands and creating things, plus it’s very therapeutic and I love to see my work come together. For those of you that missed it, last year I went DIY crazy for my son’s 1st Birthday party – a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme. Well this year, I also decided to pick one of his current favorite shows and decided on putting together a Jake & The Neverland Pirates themed birthday party for his 2nd birthday. I had one caveat though with this theme, which was to pull off a creative Neverland pirate’s theme with no skulls – personally I am not a fan of skulls, especially for kids – so if you know anything about pirate parties, skulls are everywhere. I definitely had a challenge on my hands, but I saw it as a creative challenge to create more DIY decor items for the party – fun, fun, fun!

First, I created a Jake & The Neverland Pirates invitation to mail out to close family and friends. Here is the invitation:

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After the invitations were taken care of I went to work on brainstorming and soon after began shopping for items at my favorite stores: Dollar Tree & Michaels! After a month or two of planning and DIY projects, it all came together beautifully for his 2nd birthday. I am super excited and couldn’t wait to share the amazing pictures with you – a huge THANK YOU to Danny Mariscal from The F Stop Design & Photography for taking these awesome pictures that captured all of my hard work!

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DIY Projects: Food Tent Card Labels & Water Bottle Labels

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates inspired DIY food tent card labels

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates inspired DIY Birthday Banner, Pirate’s Flag and Dessert Table Decor

 

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Homemade Birthday Cake, DIY Burlap Bunting & Pirate Ship Sail Banner Cake Toppers

 

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Birthday Cake on DIY Cake Stand

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Dessert Table
DIY Projects: Cake & Cupcake Stands, Treasure Maps, Goblets, Tent Cards, Treasure Chest & booty for guests.

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Dessert Table

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Cupcakes by Rebekah Zavala from Let Them Eat Cake

 

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Pirate Cake Pops by Rebekah Zavala from Let Them Eat Cake! DIY Treasure Chest filled with gold & gems!

 

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Pirate Cake Pops by Rebekah Zavala from Let Them Eat Cake! DIY Treasure Chest filled with gold & jewels + tent card label.

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Cupcakes by Rebekah Zavala from Let Them Eat Cake. DIY projects: goblet filled with gold & jewels & pirate map.

 

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Gold Doubloons, DIY tent card, and burlap table runner

 

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DIY Treasure Maps & Tent Card

 

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DIY Treasure Maps made out of Jake & The Neverland Pirates Coloring Pages

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Dessert Table

 

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DIY Pirate Booty Favors for the guests!

 

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Jake & The Neverland Pirates Party DIY Treasure Chest Centerpiece!

 

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DIY Treasure Chest Centerpiece

 

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The Birthday Boy – Captain Bryson!

 

My Family - me, the hubby, and the birthday boy!

My Family – me, the hubby, and the birthday boy!

 

My months of planning paid off and boy did the birthday boy and his guests have a blast! The kids, and even some adults, got to enjoy inflatable slides and a foam shooting range for 1.5 hours, plus face-painting, caricature drawings, and pirate favors for all the kids. It brought joy to my heart to see all the smiles on our friends and family’s faces. I really can’t tell you how happy I am that all my DIY details came together beautifully and were perfectly captured by Danny’s photography! I am proud to say that every single detail that you see in these pictures were designed, coordinated and/or created by me, except for the Jake & the Neverland Party stickers, Jake & The Neverland Party shirt, and the gorgeous cupcakes and cake pops that were made by Rebekah from Let Them Eat Cake! (Please find the vendor credits below.) There was cutting, painting, burning, designing, tearing, purchasing, planning and many more activities involved in these DIY projects and did you notice that I was able to pull it off without any skulls?! :)

SHARE WITH ME: I want to hear from you – what do you think of this Jake & The Neverland Pirate themed party? What do you think of the details and DIY projects?

HIRE ME: Want to have a creative and unique party for your child? Baby shower? Bridal Shower? Wedding? Any other event? As you can see I take pride in my work and make sure that I plan for every detail. No matter what the event or occasion, I will make sure that your event has the WOW factor and will leave your guests talking about it for months. Let me help you create memories and celebrate your special day! Contact me today for a FREE consultation – I can’t wait to plan your next event! (See more of my decor projects here.)

 

{Vendors}| Event Decor, Details, & Styling: DeCuir Details & Designs | Photography: The F Spot Design & Photography  | Cupcakes & Cake Pops: Let Them Eat Cake | Custom Jake & The Neverland Pirates Stickers:  Lily Pads Invitations | Jake & The Neverland Pirates T-Shirt: Fun Fashions, Etc

 

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Valentines Day

 

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. I Corinthians 13: 4-8

Valentines Day is a widely celebrated day filled with LOVE, hearts, candy, flowers, and gifts exchanged between loved ones. Curious on how Valentines Day started? Read about it here. How are you celebrating today?

My husband and I have been married for 4.5 years and tend to not celebrate on actual holidays in order to avoid the crowds. I was pleasantly surprised by my wonderful husband – he surprised me with a planned Valentines Day evening out. Unbeknownst to me, he asked my sister to watch the baby and then he took me to Color Me Mine! Oh, I LOVED it! I am such an artsy person and I’ve done   a previous painting project there before, but it has been a long time since then and I was thankful to have this bonding time with my love! The cool part is he actually participated and enjoyed it – if you knew my husband you would know that this totally is not his thing, so I really appreciate the kind thought, planning, and participation.  After we finished painting our projects – a tea cup for me and a tile coaster for him – he took me to a romantic dinner at the Summit House! This restaurant has an old English Inn feel to it and the food was delicious, the wine was great, and the live pianist, fireplace, and amazing views overlooking the city really created the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner. The evening ended with a beautiful heart-filled card and 3 new lovely pashminas to add to my collection – I LOVE pashminas! I really felt loved yesterday and was overwhelmed by my husbands thoughtfulness – he is not the planning type of guy so this was a big deal :).

My son just started school 3 weeks ago and I signed up to bring in goodies for his class – I am definitely going to be that kind of mom and I LOVE it! So, I made little goodie bags for his classmates and gifts for his teachers. I thought I would share these super easy DIY projects with you. Also, I bought almost everything for these projects from the Dollar Tree – so it goes to show you don’t have to spend alot to put together a thoughtful gift.

DIY Tutorial Steps:

Materials: coffee mugs, candy, tissue paper, medium and large heart doilies, heart sticks, and gift wrapping ribbon

1. Insert the medium heart doily into the coffee mug, with the colored side facing up. Adjust it so that the heart shape is visible.

2. Fill the coffee mug with candy.

3. Write a note on the large doily and take two heart sticks and stick it through the bottom of the doily and into the mug until it reaches the bottom.

4. Layer 2 sheets of tissue paper and wrap it upwards, gathering it right above the base of the coffee mug. Use ribbon to tie a knot and secure the gather. Feel free to tie a bow and/or curl the ribbon.

 

Here is the goodie bags that I put together for my son’s class:

(Buy the items for your goodie bags and make sure they are age appropriate. Fill goodie bags and tie them with a pipe cleaner. Make a heart from the ends of the pipe cleaner, joining the ends in the middle and twisting them to make a heart shape.)

The teachers and kids LOVED their gifts! It only took an hours of my time to put together but the satisfaction of smiles on the kid’s faces and thankfulness from the teachers was priceless. All in all this Valentines Day has been a blessing and I wish a very heart-filled and loving day. Try to bless someone else today and remember we should celebrate love year round – not just on Valentines Day!

I decided to do something different and special today, so no Etsy Thursday this week – but please stop by next week for some more Etsy Wedding inspiration! In the meantime, feel free to LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Pinterest for more lovely wedding, DIY, and event decor inspiration!

3D-Memoirs wishes you all a Happy Valentines Day!!

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Holiday Inspiration Collection

I’ve shared some amazing eye-candy over the past month and I thought I would do a recap of these amazing posts for those that loved them and for those that may have missed them. Bon appetite!

 

New Year’s Eve Wedding Inspiration

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Holiday Dinner Party – Menu Options for Food & Drink

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DIY Ideas for a Holiday Dinner Party – DIY Decor 

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Christmas-Inspired Wedding – Etsy Thursday post

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Winter Wedding – Etsy Thursday post

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Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy New Years! There are so many things that I am thankful for in 2012 and I am so excited to see what is in store for 2013! 

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