Our little girl is no longer so little. She just celebrated her 5th birthday surrounded by her friends that she's known since our first day at mothers group when she was just a month old, her best friends from daycare and all her new amazing friends from school. Our house was filled with so many kids and it was so wonderful to see her play with all her friends.
This year she asked for a Moana party and I was so excited to make it happen. I also enjoyed that at this age she loved to help, we made the lolly bags together and she helped me hang garland (not the high ones of course) and set up the tables. Whilst she had a Moana dress and I made her little sister a Maui leaf skirt from felt they both wanted to wear their pretty tulle dresses...I can't argue with that, they love dresses.
Party Highlights and DIY:
- I spent most of my time watching a movie at night and cutting out A LOT of leaf shapes and threading through twine and then cutting more out to sew garland for the ceiling. I really do love sewn garland, so easy to make nd so easy to store.
- I found on Pinterest a great idea to make hula hoop wreaths. For this one I cut out the Moana symbol and sprayed it gold, i then attached fishing line across the hoop and used a glue gun to attache date symbol to the fishing line. I attached Leaf and floor cut outs around the edge.
- I found a gorgeous sequin fabric at Spotlight for the dessert table while the main table and drinks table I had decorated with decorative fishing net I had borrowed from friends.
- I put together a letter E covered in tropical flowers. You can find my before and after photo on Instagram (@love.ink.printables) or you can see the step by step for another one I made a few years back here.
- Activities for the kids included Maui's tattoo parlour (that was a big hit with the kids), Pua's colouring tables and Hey Hey bubbles. We also played musical bobs and pin the tail on the unicorn (that was what Miss E really wanted haha)
- The dessert table included meringues from our friends party the day before, Tefiti cookies, Kakamora popcorn, Kakamora coconut oreo balls, cupcakes decorated with Moana sails, Hey Hey (chicken) chips and ocean jelly
- For the drinks we had fruit boxes, "ocean" water and ice tea.
- There wasn't many Mona themed party decorations available near me so I made bunting and found Moana plates, cups and napkins for our local Big W store.
- I found these amazing Moana printable posters over at the Disney Channel
- For the lolly bags we used muslin bags we found at Kmart and filled them with lollies, stickers, small playdough pots and stamps.
Printables by Love.Ink.Printables
Moana Posters by Disney Channel
How gorgeous is this woodland party decorated by mum Jess for her daughters 3rd birthday. Her daughter is a fan of Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom so Jess wanted to create a woodland party with a touch of fairy magic.
- My favourite part has to be the wooden logs used as a cake stand and the little animal figurines as cake toppers.
- Jess used plastic lace table runners for all the tables, which is a fantastic idea when it comes to spills;) and used beautiful colours in pastel pink and blue for decorations.
- Tables were decorated using small trees, bouquets of pink flowers and animal statues.
- Food included savoury and sweet muffins, star wand cookies and mini jelly shots for the kids
- The kids got to take home a bag of jelly beans, with the boys getting Ben's elf horn and elf hat and the girls getting a crown headband and fairy wand.
Miss E is a HUGE Shopkins fan, she lives and breathes Shopkins. I wish I was exaggerating :P I really don't mind so much, except when I'm stepping on them or saving them from the shower drain, but its nice to see her at such a young age with a...hobby. She sets them up in patterns or has them chatting to each other and going on adventures. So for her fourth birthday it was a no brainer we would have to have a Shopkins themed party and it was soooooo much fun to do, just because of all the colours we could use and it helped since we had a few decorations from other birthday parties that we could turn into a Shopkins party. Miss E was thrilled, she pretty much spent the night before sitting at the kids table (with her Shopkins) while I was setting up and even made suggestions of where to put her Shopkin playsets.
Party highlights and DIY:
- I created a Shopkins backdrop for photos and a personalised Shopkins poster, she loved seeing her name up as Shopkins.
- The kids table was decorated with fresh cut flowers my husband picked up the day before (he did very well!!) in wire shopping baskets I had seen at Kmart along with a little mini trolley from Kmart too and some Shopkins players.
- I created laminated placemats for each setting. If you've laminated before you'll know how slow it goes :P
- I found these gorgeous Poppy Corn boxes from Super Craft Dee on etsy. I had bought the 5 inch ones but I think the 3 inch would be better as it would take less popcorn to fill. They were so cute. Miss E even helps me make them.
- I used little pink and purple shopping baskets from from our local $2 shop to display snack sand sweets.
- Food was so much fun and pretty easy to match up to Shopkins as there are so many of them, it included Pa Pizza pizza, Cloeflower soup, Fruit salad, De'Lish Donut shaped cake, Fairy Crumbs fairy bread, Wendy Wafer wafers, Kooky Cookie cookies and Mary Meringue choc dipped meringues.
- For the Cake Miss E asked for pink and yellow so I used A LOT of icing covers it in pink and yellow and let Miss E decorate it with Shopkins....a few had to be saved from being swallowed up by icing though :P
These yummy cookies below were a last min idea, I spent ages icing them, then i forgot them in the fridge...oops.
De'lish Donut cake made an appearance thanks to some extra cake batter.
Thank you bags for the kids included donut notepads for the girls and hamburger notepads for the boys with matching pens and pencils pause some Shopkins cookies.
We had a fantastic time and were so glad to spend it with all our friends :)
Its getting colder now so I thought I'd look back on a nice warm day in December when we got to see this gorgeous shark party dessert table set up Kirsty from My Little Parties. I loved all the nautical touches she added to the party, from the netting table cover to the twine wrapped utensil jars, plus the funky shark fin :)
What a great idea to use sand buckets to hold chips and to tie in with the beach theme.
The yummy food included life savers, shark lollies, cheezles and plenty of fruit.
Party decorations and printables by My Little Parties
Photos by Me :)
We recently celebrated Miss H turning TWO!!!! We can't believe how quickly she is growing up. Miss H loves anything to do with balls, bubbles and balloons so thats what we did for her birthday :) Though with so much happening during the party I forgot to start up the bubble machine, she didn't mind as we now have a giant tub of bubble mixture just for her and Miss E.
I apologise in advance as there are not many photos as we hired a ball pit for the kids and that thing was AMAZING!!! The kids were swimming and diving through the amount of balls that were in it ;)
Party DIY and Highlights
- We hired a ball pit from Tumble Tots Party Hire and kids and adults LOVED it. The pit was full to the brim and the kids had a ball (haha yes I had to say it) diving under the balls and popping up. It kept them entertained for the whole party. If you are having a party and need something for the kids I would highly recommend this company s they were fantastic to deal with and made everything so easy.
- I had a attached few helium balloons along the food table as a backdrop and there were plenty more floating around inside for the kids to play with.
- The polkadot table cover was actually a roll of wrapping favour I found at a craft shop, along with paper plates and cups that matched the colours I had already made the printables with
- I found some tissue paper accordion balls at Kmart to hand above the party area and sewed lots and lots of round garland. I LOVE garland and I actually really enjoy making it too.
- For the cake I made chocolate and vanilla cake with Kit Kats wrapped around the outside and tied with ribbon and then used MnM's to fill up the top. The kids loved this too, straight after the candles went out little hands were already mucking away on the MnM's
- Desserts included Marshmallows dipped in the white chocolate and sprinkles, sprinkle topped cupcakes, chic custard cups with malteaser balls (keeping with the theme) and the yummiest Oreo balls ever.
- The kids got to take home gift bags filled with MnM's snack backs, bouncy balls, bubbles, spoon tops and balloons.
Miss H had a wonderful time and loved blowing out the candles from her cake, she was still talking about it weeks later even singing Happy Birthday to her baby dolls.
Stay tuned I also have a Shark party dessert table to show you and a gorgeous Woodland birthday party coming up on the blog.
Ball Pit: Tumble Tots Party Hire
Party Printables: LoveINKprintables
Wrapping paper for table runner, plates and cups: Lala Design
Woohoo our first blog post for this year. And why not with something bright and cheerful :) We recently celebrated by husbands birthday and of course I said I wouldn't go crazy with decorations but......
Well I held back a bit more then I would a kids party, there were no party bags and I decided against an actual dessert table this time since it was 30+ degrees and everything would have just melted. So I kept it a bit more for the adults with a drinks table and table centrepiece.
- I created the paper products myself and used colours I thought would work well for a summer party, yellow, orange and green. I loved seeing all the pineapple and tropical parties and thought it would be so much fin for a pool party. So added pineapples and a little bit of watermelon to the images.
- The drinks table included a water stations and a cocktail drink for the adults. I made a sign for the cocktail letting guests know how to mix one up.
- I tend to go for plastic cups in case of breakages but I decide to actually use our cocktail glasses and mason jars, otherwise they would just sit in the cupboard and that no fun.
- The main table i tried to keep simple and stylish since it was an adult party. I found table runners at Target that matching the them perfectly and added some jars of Pineapples and a vas elf yellow flowers. The palm cut offs were from our own trees.
- Since it was a pool party I had a suncream and towel station set up for the guests.
Cowabunga!!! This TMNT party created by mum Kirsty from My Little Parties for her sons 5th birthday is just AWESOME!!! The kids got to dress up as their favourite TMNT with one little partygoer even dressed up as April :)
Party Highlights and DIY:
- Jelly cups wrapped in coloured ribbon and googley eyes for each TMNT
- The kids stools had coloured wraps with eyes
- Fruit plasters played out in the form of the TMNT faces
- Dress up station
- TMNT cookies
- Green cake with four layers in blue, red, orange and purple.
- The birthday boy was surprised by a real TMNT rocking up to his party and showing off his moves.
- TMNT fabric table runner sand bunting created by My Little Parties
A friend recently welcomed a gorgeous little baby boy and it wasn't that long ago we sat around a table celebrating and waiting for his arrival. As this was her second child she had a small Baby Sprinkle to celebrate with close friends and family. And the theme for this little guy was "Rock Star" because lets face it, it wouldn't be a celebration if we didn't add a little theme and some decorations.
We were treated to an amazing high tea at Flinderz. The food was amazing and the staff were lovely and very helpful in putting this together for us.
As for the decorations, since we were in a restaurant, we kept things to a minimum with just a few table signs and some black and white stripped straws. We also added two small game cards for "Name our little Rock Star" and a wishes for baby. These are a great keepsake for mummy and daddy to look back on.
I'm looking forward to baby cuddles and I can't wait to head back to Flinderz!!
Decorations: Love Ink Printables...Rock a Bye Baby Printables COMING SOON
A little girl is on her way in just a few more weeks...and her mummy created this gorgeous yellow, teal and grey party to celebrate. Her mummy works in graphic design and created all the paper products, from the name tags to all the game cards. It was a fantastic day and we cannot wait to meet their precious little girl.
Party DIY and Highlights
- The backdrop was the same one used for my daughters tinkerbell party and had tulle in blue, green, yellow and silver with silver and yellow pom poms
- The food was just delicious. Friends pitched in to help and brought sweet dishes including the best lemon tart I have ever had, yummy brownies, fresh baked scones, melting moments, pignolata, lemon slice and vanilla and red velvet cupcakes.
- Savoury dishes included mini quiches, spring rolls, home made puff pastry cheese fingers and home made bruschetta.
- The crafty mummy to be set up game stations around the house for guests to participate in. Games included guess how many lollies, wishes for baby, word find, the price is right and a baby changing station competition. Which I have to a say I won, after 3 years of changing wriggling bums I had a slight advantage :P
- Prizes for the games were mason jars and coffee mugs filled with chocolates.
- The thank you gifts were Hot Chocolate Sticks. For those that don't know what that is, you need to get your hands on one :) they were pop sticks with hard chocolate on the end which you dip and mix into warm milk to make a hot chocolate. These ones also included a marshmallow. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo before Miss Three claimed them.
It was a great day and we were so happy to be part of the celebration. We can't wait to meet their little girl.
We recently celebrated a little friends 5th birthday and her clever mummy Jess created this awesome party for her little Rockstar. Jess is the co-owner of My Little Parties and a very crafty mum who made all the items from the tablecloths and centrepieces to the bunting, and her partner in crime Kirsty created all the awesome signs and paper products.
- Two tables were set up for the kids, one with pink decorations and the other with blue, which was perfect for all the little boys and girls
- Table centrepieces were hand crafted from disco balls with some added sparkle.
- The pink and blue jelly was a hit with all the kids, though Miss 3 loved the cheezels
- I loved how the large black and round placemats were turned into records to decorate the tables.
- Kids had a little tattoo parlour where they could get their rockstar ink.
- Party food included, cupcakes, lemon slice, chocolate multesers fudge, pizza and mini Frankfurt's and pies.
- The playroom was turned into a mini disco with helium balloons and disco light. Miss 1 loved collecting all the helium balloons.
Rockstar Party Hire: My Little Parties