Friday, November 14, 2014

Turkey feast + {Free} printables!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?! I've been ready since a few days before Halloween.
I even had 2 of our Christmas trees set up, and decorated, by November 1st! 
I'm excited for Thanksgiving this year
 I'm tickled to have all of my nieces over, to sit at our kiddie table! 
{between my siblings & I, I'm the only one that has boys!}
Do you set up a kid's table for your younger guests? 
If so, I've got some free printables that you are more than welcome to download! 
You can see how I've used them below, 
if you haven't already caught the spread in Everyday Party magazine
My set includes toppers, arrows, teepees, tent cards, a banner, and favor tags. 
Hope you love them! 


My cupcake toppers can be found here.
You can also add them to push-up pop containers,
and even attach them to the tented cards!


My arrows, can be downloaded here.
I attached them to twigs, and inserted them inside some tasty donut holes!

These turkey leftover tags are my favorite!
I cut them out from my tented cards, punched a hole in the corner,
and added them to little boxes found in the Target dollar spot! 
You can find my turkey leftover tags, here.

My "give thanks" banner is ready to download here!



My little guys LOVE to play inside this teepee I constructed.
It was very simple to put together.
I used wood slats from Home Depot, twine to tie them together,
burlap from Walmart, and mini banners I made from paint chips.






Here are the remaining turkey feast files, all ready for you to download & enjoy!
Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!






Saturday, November 1, 2014

Day of the dead - party inspiration

I wanted to put something together to celebrate Dia de los muertos.
It's been a tradition for many, many years.

I was surprised to find so many day of the dead items being sold in stores.
But I was happy to purchase a few things for our little celebration.

You can find the festive day of the dead printables over at Printabelle.
She did a beautiful job on the sugar skulls, don't you think? 



















 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pirate party on the beach!

Earlier this year, we celebrated our little man Dylan's 1st birthday!
I've always wanted to create a pirate themed party, and with our vacation
taking place in San Clemente, a pirate party on the beach just made sense!
The party was planned out a good year in advance.
It all started when I was celebrating my own birthday, on the same beach,
with a few of my girlfriends.
We casually came up with the idea, and before you know it,
I had a date set {for the following year} and some fun pirate props already lined up!

I really wanted to go BIG with my little guy's party.
After all, 1st birthday parties are kind of a big deal!
And this would be my last, 1st birthday party, for any of my kiddos.

I created a few simple DIY projects for the party; somthing I really love to do!
My projects included: a pirate teepee, a ship’s mast, a sword shack, and 
painted car wash buckets! They served as seating, for the little party guests. 
One of the challenges of hosting our party on the beach, was finding inexpensive 
seating for all the little party guests. Being out of town, and on the beach, I didn't want to 
have to deal with renting any chairs, but I still wanted everything to coordinate.
I got a crazy idea in my head to use buckets for seating!
I found some car wash buckets at Walmart, but they were blue.
Easy fix! I used black Krylon spray paint for plastic, and sprayed each bucket.
Once they dried, I painted a white dotted map trail, 
made red X's with mini popsicle sticks, and hot glued them to each bucket. 



The pirate swords came from Oriental Trading. They came in a pkg of 12.
They were sturdy, and provided lots of fun for our swashbucklers!





I painted a wooden high chair for the birthday boy, and added the most beautiful, 
personalized, handmade garland, from Lilly Paul Designs. 
It was made from burlap, skull fabric, and pompoms. 
This is something we’ll treasure & use for years to come!

One of my favorite touches for this pirate party were the handmade birthday crowns! 
They were beautifully crafted. No birthday child should go without one. 
My talented friend Shawna, of Shawna Brockmeier Events, creates each one with love.


 And it was just perfect that the birthday boys' big brother got to feel included on this special day, 
He also got his very own birthday crown! 

Other fun elements were the hand painted Mason jars! 
Decorated with stripes, and twine, they held our pirate skull lollipops, perfectly.
The pirate suckers were purchased from Oriental Trading. I was so pleased with the quality!
They were packaged nicely, vibrant in color, and tasted delicious.

I found this black globe at HomeGoods, and gave it a little pirate party makeover.
To match the bucket seats, I painted a white map trail, and added a red X.

I also had the pleasure of displaying a darling letter D {for Dylan}. 
It was decorated so sweetly with a map background, 
and a cute little anchor that was connected with rope. 
I just fell in love with all the handmade decor from so many fabulous vendors. 
They added so much cuteness, and a wonderful personal touch that we treasured!

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting!
The weather at the beach was gorgeous.
I just love how the photographer Maria captured this view.
The San Clemente pier looks amazing in this shot!


We constructed a ship's mast with dowels from Home Depot,
screws, a beach pail, black fabric, and a cool Pirate's flag from Oriental Trading.
The flag was a bit bigger than I expected, and was the perfect addition to our party.
It arrived perfectly frayed, and had the right amount of wear & tear.
 The mast rested perfectly behind an old, weathered trunk.
I found it at a flee market for $20.
I added a few decorative items to sit on top, and completed the look with
an anchor, and ship's wheel - both found at HomeGoods.

 

I constructed this teepee with lumber from Home Depot,
and black burlap found at Walmart.
It was fit for a pirate, don't you think?
I added printables from TomKat studio's set, and strung them on the outside.



The treasure chest was filled with all kinds of good stuff!
Jewels, gold coins, gold chandeliers, and gold necklaces -
all from Oriental Trading. Their chandeliers were really fun!
Easily assembly, and they even came with a little chain & hook to hang.

 For the party table, I added a few fun elements. 
I took little wooden spoons, and stamped them with pirate lingo. 
Little cups of fruit kept hungry tummies happy before it was time to feast.

I embellished plastic milk bottles with twine, pieces of burlap, and pirate printables. 
I then added some cool paper straws that had skulls on them.
I found the pirate themed straw flags from a free download on Oriental Trading's site.

The kids ate on plates that were shaped like pirate ships. 
I created paper crowns for the little pirates, with a free template found on The TomKat Studios site.
I traced the template onto printable paper from mygrafico.com and added some red paper fringe.
I completed the crown with a party circle from the printable set, and ribbon on the sides to tie it.

 The table scape included eye patches, {from Oriental Trading} and pirate hooks, for each guest. 
The eye patches were sturdy for all the tugging that took place by the little pirates. 
I loved that they were included along with the pirate swords that I ordered. Very convenient.

Embellished Ikea lanterns, and a mini pirate ship. 
This was set out on top of a burlap runner.

I took a plain black lantern from IKEA and tied burlap, twine, and chevron ribbon.
I also found some really neat ribbon that had mini gold coins attached.
I bought a couple yards, and finished off each lantern with it.


We served the kids gold coin nuggets, sweet corn on the cob, and mini cups of fruit. 


The adults feasted on chicken & veggie kabobs, kale salad, and beans.
It was truly a delicious feast, fit for hungry pirates & scalawags!

My little guy’s 3-tiered pirate cake was nothing less than spectacular! 
The detail, and love that was put into it, was just amazing. 
Not to mention, delicious! 

I loved the "Happy Birthday" banner from The TomKat studio's printable set.
I attached it with twine, and it brought out all the fun colors of the cake table.



We also had yummy mini oreo cookies that had the most detailed treasure maps, 
swords, and hooks that I’ve ever seen!
Bella's Bakery & Bowtique always creates the most beautiful desserts.


We also served cupcakes and added them to a gold cupcake tower, with hanging jewels! 

The little teeny-weeny paper details that went into these pirate ships is just amazing.
It's always a treat to work with Blanca of Creativities Galore!

I also added printable circles to some of the cupcakes.
The guests couldn't keep their hands off of them!

At the end of the party, the guests got to take home swords, eye patches, 
and chevron goody bags that were filled with bubbles, ring pops, and other “treasures”.  
And to help keep all their pirate’s booty in one spot, 
they carried everything home in their bucket seats!

Happy Birthday, sweet Dylan! We love you so very much!


*Disclosure
The product review you read is based strictly on our opinion. 
LAURA’S little PARTY was provided free products to sample, by Oriental Trading, 
in exchange for our honest opinion. 
No other type of compensation was received for this review.

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VENDOR CREDITS -

Party styling & concept: LAURA’S little PARTY



Party printables, paper baking cups, red ice cream cups, wooden spoons, stamp set, paper crown template, and paper festooning: The Tomkat Studio

Pirate cake: Oh For Cake’s Sake

Mini oreo cups: Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique

Ship cupcake toppers: Creativities Galore

Pirate ship plates: Pottery Barn Kids {purchased on eBay}

Chicken & veggie kabobs: The Cooley Family

High Chair garland: LillyPaul designs

Plastic milk bottles: Kara’s Party ideas

Paper straws: House of creative designs

Birthday crowns, birthday boy’s shirt, skeletons: Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events

Letter D: TancysCreations

Digital paper used for paper crowns: mygrafico.com

Mason jars: Just Add Glitter by Marla

Printable straw flags, pirate swords, eye patches, skull suckers, 
pirate coins, pirate flag: Oriental Trading.