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Real Life Party: Kids Flamingo Birthday Party

I am so excited to share this party with you guys!  As I posted on Instagram, I’m going to toot my own horn a little bit with this flamingo birthday party.  Mostly because I feel like this party has a lot of Pinterest wins, haha!  Have you ever seen those Pinterest fails?  So funny.

My daughter is pretty obsessed with flamingos, mostly I think because they are pink.  You can see her flamingo themed room here.  But the love of flamingos carried over to her birthday party this year too, and I kind of took it to a ridiculous level.  Keep scrolling to see all of the details and a ton of pictures!

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Flamingo Birthday Party Decor

It was pretty easy to come up with a color scheme for this party as everything started with pink.  But in order to not have pink overload I mixed in a tropical twist with pineapples, palms, and a little green and blue.

I was able to find a mix of things over time since we had the theme picked out months ago.  So as I went to places like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Target, I’d pick one or two things up.  It was nice to do it over a period of time.  However, I did kind of forget what I had as it got closer to the party and ended up not using a couple of things.

flamingo birthday ideas, flamingo cake, flamingo birthday activities, tropical flamingo partyI love using a piece of black posterboard for a “fake” chalkboard.  A little searching on Pinterest and you can be totally inspired to create your own masterpiece.

flamingo birthday ideas, flamingo cake, flamingo birthday activities, tropical flamingo partyflamingo birthday ideas, flamingo cake, flamingo birthday activities, tropical flamingo partyI used my tried and true balloon garland technique to make this installation above our outdoor couch.  See how to do it for yourself here.  And all you need to buy is one $8 piece of plastic to make it happen.

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Flamingo Birthday Party Tablescapes

We set up two different tables for this party.  A kids table on the patio where all 13 toddlers could sit to eat snacks and cake.  Plus another one inside where all of the food was.  These were a great focal point and allowed me to showcase the theme in a big way.

I used some short Ikea tables combined with my coffee table to create a table low enough for all the kids.  It’s super tropical and the place settings were a colorful combo.

Another Pinterest win was painting the leaves of the pineapples.  I’ve seen it several times on Pinterest, but didn’t do it until this party and they turned out great!  I’m now accepting recipe suggestions with all the pineapple at my house though, haha!

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As far as the food table goes, I wanted it inside to cut down on the bugs.  The party was hosted between meals so we just served some kid friendly snacks.

After digging through some of my party decor I found some fabric for the tablecloth and cups to put the popcorn in.  I really need to organize all of my party supplies so I know what I have before buying more.

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Flamingo Birthday Party Dessert Table

The dessert table area is what I’m really proud of, specifically the birthday cake.  I made the backdrop using some palm print wrapping paper and a flamingo party set I found at Michael’s.  Too bad I didn’t realize the words were all jumbled up before taking pictures.  Or that the green letters wouldn’t really pop in front of the backdrop.

flamingo birthday ideas, flamingo cake, flamingo birthday activities, tropical flamingo partyAs far as the actual dessert goes, there wasn’t anything too crazy.  I made the cake, got some cupcakes from the grocery store and plopped some flamingo toppers in them.  Then I put out the leftover cookies from the lemonade stand that didn’t sell.

flamingo birthday ideas, flamingo cake, flamingo birthday activities, tropical flamingo partyflamingo birthday ideas, flamingo cake, flamingo birthday activities, tropical flamingo partyNow, let’s talk about this cake for a minute.  I gave my daughter a few options of what she wanted her birthday cake to look like.  Several options were very elaborate, where I would have to hire someone to make them, and there was one simple one.  She chose the one simple one, surprisingly.  It was so simple that I figured I could make it myself.

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I used two vanilla boxed cakes and made each box into it’s own layer using an extra deep cake pan.  I then used this recipe to make my own buttercream icing and colored it pink.  For the feathers, I bought pink chocolate melts and melted them on parchment paper until they were soft enough for me to use the back of a spoon to squish them out into a feather shape.

The best way I found to melt the chocolate circles was to heat a sheet pan in the oven, then put parchment paper on it, and drop the circles on top.  After a couple minutes the hot pan melted the candy melts enough that I could smash them.  I think it turned out so cute!  It’s simple, but makes a big statement.

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Flamingo Birthday Party Activities

To keep all of those toddlers and kids entertained, I had set up a few activity stations in our backyard.  One was a flamingo ring toss, another a hand painting station, and the third a water gun cup race.

For the flamingo ring toss, I got lucky and found yard flamingos at the dollar store, so it didn’t cost much to get a bunch and put them in the yard for the kids to try and lasso with some rings.

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We also blew up some large flamingo pool floats and put ball pit balls inside.  I didn’t get any pictures of it, but it was pretty fun to see those big flamingos in my backyard.  I’ll probably do another post on how we made the handprint flamingos too, because I was too busy to take pictures.

That wraps up this fun, colorful, and tropical party.  Overall I think everything turned out really well, but most importantly I think my daughter had a good time with a bunch of friends.

Tell me your favorite part of this party in the comments below!

 

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How to Celebrate a “Birthday Month”

Happy November! I know we’re already a couple days in, but we needed a day or so to recover from Halloween.  We had a blast celebrating all day long with school parties, parades, and lots of trick or treating with friends.

I highly recommend inviting some friends over for chili and hot apple cider before trick or treating in your neighborhood.  That’s what we did and it was so much fun.  Now onto November!

I love November!  Thanksgiving, a time for gratefulness, the start of the holidays and it’s my birthday month!  Are you one of those people that celebrates your birthday all month long, just on your birthday, or not at all?  I typically just celebrate on my birthday, but my husband loves his birthday and loves to celebrate all month long.

So let’s talk about ways to celebrate all month long and do it in a way that’s not annoying to everyone around you.

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An Event Every Week Of The Month

Carry your birthday festivities throughout the entire month by doing something birthday related every week.  Now, I won’t judge if you want to throw a party every week 😉 but try some of these other options.

  • Do a charitable act, this is a great way to give back and not make your birthday all about you
  • Do an active activity like a 5K or color run
  • Send yourself or others bouquets of your birthday month flower, here’s a link to a great list of flowers for each month.
  • Host a trivia night, scavenger hunt, or board game night
  • Put together a roast in your honor, invite friends to tell a funny story or memory of you

Celebrate With Your Work Friends

Don’t leave the celebrating just to your personal group of friends, celebrate your birthday month with your work friends too.  You can do so by spoiling them!  Bring cupcakes, bagels, or donuts to work and you’ll have a great work day.

Try spreading the cheer out all month long by buying coffee for a different person each day.  Decorate the coffee cup sleeve for each person to personalize it even more.

Do a Birthday Month Photoshoot

What better way to celebrate yourself than with a photo shoot just for you?  A lot of times we get caught up getting family pictures or holiday card photos, and don’t take time to do pictures of just ourselves.  Need some inspiration to jump in front of the camera solo?  Try one of these ideas.

  • Recreate a photo from your childhood
  • A glitter or confetti photo shoot
  • Grown up cake smash
  • Boudoir photos
  • New headshots

What’s your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?  Would you try any of these ideas?

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10 Kids Birthday Party Entertainment Ideas

Kids birthday activities, kids birthday entertainment, kids birthday ideas, how to entertain kids, birthday party ideasThis is a quick post today, but it’s full of ideas and inspiration! I’ve realized more and more as my daughter has gotten older and we’ve had and attended more and more kids parties, that kids, especially young kids, need something to entertain them at a party.  To help I’ve put together a list of 10 kids birthday party entertainment ideas.

I’ve broken the list down by age range to make the activities geared towards what they would be interested in.  If you’re planning a kids birthday party anytime soon I hope this list gives you some inspiration or ideas for entertainment.

10 Kids Birthday Entertainment Ideas

Age 4 and under

  • Sand/Water table, dumping, digging, and splashing
  • Indoor obstacle course, think jumping pads, crawling under things, and slides

Age 5-8

  • Art station with easels and paints set up
  • Minute to win it games

Age 10-12

  • Neighborhood scavenger hunt
  • Field day games

Age 13-15

  • Video game tournament
  • Start a band at home with school instruments

Age 16-18

  • Car wash for charity
  • Make-up party and photo booth

Kids birthday activities, kids birthday entertainment, kids birthday ideas, how to entertain kids, birthday party ideasDo you think your kids would like any of these ideas to keep them busy and having fun at their next birthday party? What kinds of entertainment and activities have you done in the past that were a big hit?

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Real Life Party: Bourbon and BBQ Birthday Party

This past weekend I had the privilege of celebrating the birth of my favorite person, my husband!  He’s kind of funny when it comes to birthdays.  He’s not like typical guys because he absolutely loves his birthday.

This year was kind of a milestone birthday (I’ll keep his actual age to myself ;)) so I wanted to celebrate in a bigger way.  We had a fun guy’s only bourbon and bar-b-q themed birthday.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barI took a lot of inspiration from this party that Pizzazzerie hosted.   Pizzazzerie’s Father’s Day party also gave me a lot of charcuterie inspiration.  My husband enjoys a good bourbon based old fashioned and more times than not he will order BBQ no matter what restaurant we’re at.  So this theme was perfect for him.

I had planned on catering the food so all I had to do was set up the bar, make a charcuterie, and bake a pie, but then my husband decided he wanted to smoke a brisket and ribs for the party.  You can see how he does that here.  It required a bit more work, but he enjoys the process of doing it and it always turns out super tasty.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barI started the party with this bourbon themed charcuterie board.  After a quick google and Pinterest search I found several items that would pair well with bourbon.  Things like walnuts, dark chocolate, parmesan, and dried fruit were best suited for bourbon.  This is probably one of my favorite charcuterie boards I’ve ever put together. Surprisingly, the guy’s pretty much tore it up. I’ll take that as a sign that it was good.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barBourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon barUnfortunately, the weather wasn’t super cooperative and we had to move the food buffet indoors.  In the long run, I think it turned out for the best.  As I said earlier, my husband smoked brisket, ribs, and beans.  I rounded out the menu with a family favorite side dish of corn casserole and a couple cole slaws purchased from the deli department at my grocery store.

I also made my husband’s favorite, pecan pie.  He’d eat that over cake any day.  This is probably one of our biggest areas where we don’t agree, but if that’s it, then I’ll take it.

Adding in a few rustic elements like wood slices and an old whiskey crate made the set up more masculine for this guy’s only party.  Using a couple leafy plants instead of flowers was a way to add some life to the tablescape without being overly girly.

I even found the exact fabric for the table as was in my inspiration party.  The classic red, white, and blue plaid will come in handy for a lot of different events throughout the year.

Bourbon Bar

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If you’re looking for a great theme for a guy’s party this will surely be a hit.  You can even mix it up a bit based on what type of drink the man in your life prefers.  I know my husband enjoyed having a guys only party where he got to eat and drink something manly.  And I enjoyed setting up the party and bringing my inspiration to life.

Another great birthday in the books!  What was your favorite part of the party?  Don’t forget to download your own Old Fashioned drink recipe.  Just click the picture of the recipe above.

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Real Life Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party

Happy Friday friends!  I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July and have since recovered.  Today I’m giving you all the details on my daughter’s third birthday.  We hosted a picnic themed birthday party and it was so fun!  You’ll get to see lots of picnic ideas, picnic food, and fun!

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We hosted the party at the park in our neighborhood.  It had been super hot all week and then randomly we had a really cool, windy day.  It was kind of a blessing because I didn’t have to worry about keeping cupcakes and food cold on a hot summer day.

The kids all played at the playground for awhile and worked up an appetite.  It helped to bring some outdoor toys to the park.  Things like buckets, shovels, and balls kept them entertained.

Picnic Food

To keep all the food together and individually packaged for the moms and kids, I picked up some great cardboard lunch boxes from Hobby Lobby.  I also got some chalkboard labels from my local party supply store to label all the boxes.  This is a great way to keep special dietary restrictions separate, and no fighting over who gets what.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyFor the kiddos lunch, I tried to keep the menu pretty kid friendly with Chick-fil-A nuggets, baby carrots, chips, and a picnic staple watermelon.  I was able to prepare all of the food the night before and kept in the refrigerator. The morning of the party was pretty relaxed since all I  had to do was load up the lunch boxes and get everything to the park.

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For the moms, I tried to keep the menu similar, but felt like we needed something a little more grown up than chicken nuggets.  Although, Chick-fil-A nuggets are pretty delicious.  I made a large baguette sandwich and was able to slice it up into equal portions for all the adults.  It’s a great way to make one big meal to feed everyone.  All you have to do is make one big sandwich on any loaf of bread you enjoy, then cut up into however many portions you need.

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It seemed like everyone enjoyed their picnic lunch and were full enough to carry them through until dinner.

For dessert and to celebrate the birthday girl, I ordered cupcakes from my local Safeway store.  If you live near a Safeway, I highly recommend getting cupcakes from their bakery.  The icing is delicious, the cake is always moist, and a dozen cupcakes are only $6.99.  You can’t beat the price for what you get.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyTo dress up the cupcakes, I found these small rubber ants at a local farm store for about .50 cents a piece.  It was the perfect little decoration to add to the picnic themed birthday party.  It was also nice that it didn’t take a whole lot to just plop these onto the tops of the cupcakes.

Note to self though, never order red icing on a cupcake again!  The kids were a mess after eating these, haha!

Picnic Birthday Party Set Up

As far as setting up the picnic, it was a pretty easy way to throw a party.  All you really need to do is throw down a bunch of blankets.  Thankfully, everyone that came also brought a blanket so we had plenty.  I also had a small pop up tent because I was expecting blazing sun.  It ended up serving as a semi-private potty station for all of our potty training toddlers.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyI used some more red gingham pinwheels and banner party supplies from Hobby Lobby to denote our picnic area.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyHosting a picnic themed birthday was pretty easy.  I highly recommend it if you are in need of an easy party on a small budget, or for a last minute party.  Other picnic ideas could be to have a theme, like a sandwich themed picnic party where everyone brings their favorite sandwich to share.  A wine themed picnic party with wine and cheeses sounds amazing! A picnic themed party is a great way to make the normal pot luck a little more interesting too.

I was pleased with how our picnic themed birthday party turned out. Most importantly, I think my three year old enjoyed it.  She likes to throw blankets down on the floor at home all the time to have a picnic.  This seemed was the perfect way to do a quick and easy party for her.  I had planned on not doing much for her birthday this year, but am glad I put in a little effort and did something special!

I hope you all have a great weekend and maybe get outside to enjoy a picnic!

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Celebrating everyday!