Friday, March 4, 2016

Centerpiece Tutorial

I often receive questions from my customers regarding how, exactly, to assemble a certain printable party supply.  Included with each purchase is an Instruction Booklet which contains helpful hints for printing/assembling the digital images included in an order.  Plus, printable parties are SO EASY TO CREATE!


BUT - if you are like me - I like pictures!  Visually seeing how something is put together can often help make things more easily understandable.  So, I am adding a series called "TUTORIALS" which contain a collage of photos featuring STEP-BY-STEP instructions for certain party supplies.  

**  Centerpiece digital images used in photos courtesy of my Rainbow Unicorn Party Package which is available for purchase here.


Before starting any project, I always like to research the internet get ideas and inspiration.  Pinterest is an awesome place to look for party ideas (and it is likely how you found this blog post in the first place).  Ha ha!  

First, I saved a collection of centerpieces that I found online which I liked.  As you can see from the photo below, the theme is not what matters.  I collected from a variety of sources.  But after narrowing down my favorites (noted below), I noticed certain aspects of each which I liked and attempted to incorporate it into my own centerpiece. 


Here is what I gathered from the above:

1)  Obviously, I love bright colors (which may explain my vibrant Rainbow Unicorn themed party package).  
2)  There are lots of centerpieces that are elevated on a rod/stick which adds height.
3)  Straw/filler is a repeating theme in most of my favorites.  

Once the ideas were collected, I had direction on what to buy and how to assemble it.  Off to SHOP!!!

Check out the below EASY-TO-FOLLOW steps for printing and assembling a party CENTERPIECE.  As you may note from the photos noted below, even LITTLE PRINCESS got involved with the decorating.  









Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL FREEBIE

Summer is almost over and it is time to think about the upcoming school year.  My little princess starts her first year of Elementary School this year and this mama is not ready AT ALL to let her baby go!  Everyone loves a good "photo op" and the first day of school is the perfect time to create a lasting memory.  I love seeing all of the photos that friends and family have posted on Social Media of their kids starting school.  So, in honor of the occasion, I have created a FREE printable poster for anyone to use for those school photos.  It is an 8x10" digital image formatted and designed to print on letter-sized card stock.  To download, click on the below photo or click here.



Looking for something more personalized?  I also offer a personalized version available for purchase via my shop here.

Happy BACK-TO-SCHOOL everyone!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bright Truck Printable Party

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some party photos, courtesy of my wonderful customers.  First, is Jan from Willow Rose Events.  Jan is principal wedding and event planner at Willow Rose Events which is based in Toronto, Ontario.  She was kind enough to share the photos from her son's 2nd birthday party which was personalized with my brightly colored Truck printable party supplies and Road Signs.  I think she did a fabulous job, and her son is one lucky little boy!  You may purchase the Truck themed coordinating package and road signs via my Etsy shop here or by clicking on any of the below pictures.  Please also stop by Jan's website and tell her how much you love her styling skills!  Enjoy!

 










Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day Printable Freebie - Popcorn Treat Bag Topper

Well, Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I have been working on the treat bags that Little Princess will pass out to her school friends next week.  We always get TONS of candy connected to this holiday, so I wanted to provide the kids with a healthy snack that most kids (with allergies) can still eat.  Thus ... popcorn!  With a cute little phrase on the bag design, this simple (and inexpensive) snack quickly became Valentine's Day themed.  If you feel extra creative, try some gourmet popcorn options using pink and white melting chocolate.  Click here for a good recipe ... if you dare!

Today ... I am sharing the treat bag printable with you. In addition, I thought I would provide a quick tutorial on how to assemble the treat topper image and ready the treat for gift-giving.

The printable freebie can be downloaded here or by clicking on any of the photos below.








Saturday, January 10, 2015

Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party

My Little Princess' birthday party is starting to take shape.  I thought I would share the invitation design, which was finalized a few days ago!  Let me know what you think!  I love how the dark chalkboard background really makes the bright rainbow colors pop!  Little Princess is so excited!

The invitation is available for purchase.  Just click on the photo below or here for details.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nautical Baby Shower

MAKING A SPLASH ... NAUTICAL BABY SHOWER

Often, it can be challenging to find a baby shower theme that suits both mom-to-be and baby.  How does a hostess plan a shower that is youthful and sweet for a baby, yet stylish in design for the adults attending?  Complete with geometric knot and striped patterns which give any party a modern touch, a nautical theme offers any hostess the opportunity to express their creativity.  With this party theme, any planner can create the most stylish party for minimal cost.  

Here are a few ideas to consider when planning your next Nautical themed party. My wonderful friend, Allison, hosted this shower using my Nautical themed party printables.  It was so exciting to see the theme come to life, and her creativity with the accessories was amazing!  Allison is an A+ party stylist!  First, let's start with the invitation.

Inviting the Guests


The invitation is the first item that guests will receive notifying them of the joyous celebration.  Thus, a thoughtful invitation design will give the first impression that something exciting is happening.  However, with a printable design, you can accomplish a stylish look without breaking the budget.

The color scheme for this nautical shower was yellow and navy.  In addition to adding these colors to the invitation, an anchor image was included at the top with a yellow rope.  The hostess also requested a coordinating 4x6" insert design to include with the invitation.  The insert contained a creative poem asking guests bring a signed book to the shower rather than a card.  What a cute idea!  Children can never have too many books.  The invitation can be purchased here.   Plus, I have included the coordinating 4x6" insert for free with a purchase of the invitation. 

Finally, the hostess re-purposed the invitation and insert at the baby shower with a collection of sea shells to create a lovely nautical display!  

Ahoy!  It's a Boy!  Let the Shower Begin!


Nautical themes offer so many decorating options for the hostess ... knots, rope, seashells, nets.  Anything sea-worthy will make wonderful embellishments at the party.  First, including a set of Nautical themed party printables can easily set the theme and color scheme for the shower.  For this shower, I designed lots of wonderful nautical themed items which coordinated with the original invitation design.  Water bottle labels, a welcome sign, cupcake toppers, and tent cards were just a few of the many printables used at this shower!  Adding images of the anchor, a sailboat, starfish, and lighthouse created a cohesive nautical theme.  

One of my favorite touches was Allison's use of lifesaver candies as decoration throughout the shower.  Above, the hostess created silverware wrappers with a simple lifesaver candy and rope.  So cute!


Nautical themed station signs were heavily used at the shower.  "The Galley" (above left) was used for the treats and eats at the shower.  "Cargo" for gifts and "Catch of the Day" for cake were also used.  Take note of the cute baby basket display which was embellished with a 2" printable party circle and held diapers for the mom-to-be to take home.  Every inch of this shower was thoughtfully prepared.

Next, I created a printable "Message in a Bottle" sign for guests to write advice to the mom-to-be.  The "Message in a Bottle" station fit perfectly with the nautical theme.  Allison found a simple glass jug (similar to this one) where guests could drop their messages.  Printable miniature candy bar wrappers were re-purposed in two ways at this station.  First, they were laid flat, attached to rope, and wrapped around the glass jug.  Second, they were rolled into tubes and placed in a small candy dish.  Guests unwrapped a rolled tube to write the message and then dropped the written note into the glass jar.  Very special and unique!



Allison also placed a "Port of Call" printable station sign framed next to a guest sign in sheet.  Finally, the "All Hands on Deck" station allowed guests to write sweet or silly messages on diapers for a late night change.  Each station sign was designed using coordinating nautical themed elements, creating a cohesive look throughout the shower.  Note, too, the use of more lifesavers and twine on the stations.  Such a simple touch of texture and whimsy brings the entire theme together.


The shower was a great success and our mom-to-be expressed such gratitude for such a lovely party.  It was especially rewarding when a year later, I was able to help our guest of honor design a Whale Themed 1st birthday party package for her little sailor.

Are you looking for a nautical themed baby shower package?  The above printables are for sale in my Etsy shop via Instant Download.  Click here or on the picture below for more details!







Friday, November 21, 2014

Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party ~ the dress

Well, I have started working on the printable party design for my daughter's 5th birthday in February! 

Yes ... I know, I know!  It IS only November, but these things take time to plan.  Little Princess has insisted on a rainbow unicorn party this year, and I am designing the printables from scratch. There are so many cute Rainbow themed decor ideas, particularly with unicorns.  However, everything starts to blur together after a while as the designs all seem very similar.  Most are very modern and clean with lots of white in the design.  Many are lovely and inspiring, but my little princess is very girlie and sweet like candy.  So, the clean, modern look just doesn't suit her personality.  Plus, I already have a great modern Unicorn Party Package and coordinating Invitation in this theme listed in my shop.  





My goal for the Little Princess is to always think "out of the box" when it comes to her party.  Since we had a pony and unicorn party a few years back, I am working on a unique design that I am currently calling "Shabby Chic Rainbow". I can't wait to show it to everyone! Details soon to come ... 

In the meantime, I thought I would share the outfit that I am considering for the party.  I found a darling dress on a quilter's blog, and I love the style.  The swirl pattern looks just like a rainbow when it is flared out, and Little Princess loves to twirl.  This dress suits her style perfectly!  You can view the dress here or look below for a sneak peek!



Now, I just need to add some vintage touches to match the theme.  Thankfully, my mother loves to sew which is extremely helpful when it comes to unique party attire.  After much begging, I have finally convinced her to help me out by sewing this dress for the party.  If you do not have a family member that is so inclined, there is a shop on Etsy who sells a similar dress here.  (I cannot vouch for this shop's services.  However, she was quite responsive when I contacted her regarding my blog post).  Please leave a comment below if you have used this shop before!)

My next idea is to add a Unicorn horn headpiece to tie in the Rainbow Unicorn theme.  There are lots of options out there, but so far, this one on Etsy is my favorite.  Let me know what you think in the comments below!  



This party is starting to slowly take shape!  Stay tuned ...