It's become a tradition of mine to have a few close friends of mine over for Valentine's Day for our own Galentine's party. We sometimes do dinner and a movie. This year I decided to make breakfast foods for dinner and play games.
It was a blast! On the menu was bacon, gluten-free strawberry muffins, gluten-free waffles a friend provided, strawberries, blueberries, smoothies, and juice. Oh and I dipped some strawberries in white chocolate and used a candy mold to make some white chocolate pops. Got to have some chocolate on Valentine's Day ;)
I got creative and wrote the word love with bacon. I attempted to make hearts and that did not work out so well, so I improvised. Every good party planner learns to improvise and use what they have on hand. When the hearts I tried to make turned out looking like an o and a v, I decided to spell out love with bacon. The strawberry muffins recipe I got off of Yummly and were a huge hit!I just substituted regular flour with Pillsbury gluten-free flour blend.
The decor was easy. I grabbed pink plates, small black and white plates, and red napkins from the Dollar Tree. I was also able to find heart shaped balloons at the Dollar Tree and I used my helium tank to fill them up. The confetti filled ones were my favorite! Pink and red hearts table scatter and pink rose petals also from the Dollar Tree along with some heart doilies I had on hand completed the touch. I put all of this on just a white round tablecloth from the Dollar Tree and I used heart ribbon I already had to tie the corners.
After we enjoyed dinner as we listened to oldie love songs, talked and laughed a lot, we moved on to the living room for games. We played three games but one of them I purchased, so I will just mention the other two. I got these ideas off of Pinterest. The first game we played was the Valentine Candy Exchange. You need a die and a bowl of Valentine candy for this game and a paper plate for each player. I used a bowl of conversation hearts. The goal was to be the first person to get 10 pieces of candy. Rolling a 1 meant you grabbed 1 candy from the bowl, rolling a 2 meant you grabbed 2 candies from the bowl, a 3 resulted in your turn being skipped, a 4 meant you had to put a candy back, a 5 enabled you to steal 1 candy from another player and rolling a 6 meant you could steal 2 candies. It was a lot of fun!
The next game we played was my favorite. It definitely got us laughing! This game was called "Blow Me a Kiss" and involved balloons, a table, and candy kisses. I grabbed some red balloons I already had. You set the candy kisses up in the middle of the table (we used 6 of them because it was a small table) and give everyone their own balloon. When it is your turn, you have to blow up your balloon and release air out of it to blow the candy kisses off the table in a minute. Whoever does the most in a minute wins. You can't blow them off sideways and you can't touch them. You are only allowed to use the air from your balloon to move the kisses.
As party favors, each of my guests took home some pink or red nail polish with a tag on it that said "Mani thanks for being a great friend" or "You're a toe-tally great friend".
All in all, the night was a great success and we definitely partied our hearts out! This was just a small gathering, but I could totally do something like this for even more people. I would love to help you plan your next party! I can come up with arts and crafts, games, food, decor, and more. And I do it all in a price range most people can afford. Parties shouldn't break the bank. Contact me today and let A.M. Parties bring the party to you!!
Admist all the interviewing and applying for teaching jobs, along with my normal everyday busy life, I have been gathering ideas and starting to put into motion plans for a bird-themed baby shower and a mermaid birthday party later this month. I am so excited for both of them! Since, I have shared about a bird-themed baby shower in the past, I want to share just a glimpse of what a mermaid party would look like if I was planning it.
So hang on tight and let's dive in to what it would look like to have a mermaid party :)
These are just a few options for decor. The possibilities are endless! I really love the look of balloons hanging behind a net with shells and a banner on it (pictured to the far left above). It's such an easy and inexpensive background! I actually did something very similar for an under the sea baby shower I hosted last year. The number with scales on it for the age of the child (pictured in the middle above) would look so cute hanging on the wall or on the door for people to see as they enter for the party. Also, I am so in love with the netting coming out of jars with "pearl" necklaces and painted shells on the tables, pictured to the far right above. Around here you can easily find shells to paint at the beach, netting tulle doesn't cost much, and you can re purpose the jars after the party. The necklaces could even go home with guests at the end.
I think my favorite part about kids' birthday parties are the games! Here are three great ideas for a mermaid party. The first game pictured also doubles as the treasures for the goody bags. Each guest gets to search through the sand box for buried treasure to take home (this also works out wonderfully well for a pirate/mermaid theme to include the boys). You can have each guest just pick 2-3 items to put in their goody bag.
The next picture is just part of a larger game, a mermaid/pirate obstacle course which would be so fun if you have an outside party. Pictured is what it referred to as the "seaweed" tunnel crawl and can be easily created by cutting a cheap hula-hoop in half, staking it in the ground and attaching green streamers for seaweed.
One other game idea would be to do a ring toss, because what kid doesn't love ring toss? This ring toss version with a dolphin and plastic rings is super cute and sure to be a hit at your party!
There are SO many different things you can do for food, but I am just going to share some cute cake ideas I have fallen in love with.
I am kind of obsessed with cupcake cakes now, after I made a flamingo one last year, that turned out so cute and was a huge hit! This is why I just love the cupcake cake mermaid tail! The colors are so fun, but you could do any colors you like and have 3-4 colors instead of 2. I would also add some of those pearl sprinkle decorations to the top to add some sparkle and shine.
It's hard to see all of the middle cake, but it's a cute pastel cake with a mermaid tail topper and shells, coral, and flowers out of icing on the side. I would actually make the tail out of colored white chocolate and maybe some of the side decorations out of that too. It's not mold-able like fondant, but is more firm and tastes way better!
The last cake pictured isn't the greatest on the outside and I would probably change that. But the real beauty lies on the inside and what a great lesson! True beauty comes from the heart, not the outward appearance of a person. I just love the ombre effect with the inside layers of the cake. You could even do different color schemes like blue or pink.
Here are some ideas for goodies that guests could take home. The fish bags are so cute and are just made with gold-fish and blue jelly beans in some plastic bags. I also adore the starfish bows. I used to make hair bows and these would be great for the girl guests at the party. If you buy ribbon and shells in bulk, you can actually make these without spending a lot of money. The last goody bag pictured is adorable and is easily made with an ice cream cone in a plastic cellophane bag (like an icing bag), some colored candy on top (it could really be any candy of your choice and Party City has tons of choices in all different colors), and tails glued on made out of sparkly paper.
Let's get ready to splish and splash at a Mermaid Birthday Bash! A mermaid party would be so much fun to create for you. If you think this type of party would be perfect for your kid or someone you know, please contact me today. I would love to help you put something like this together. I am already having a blast preparing for the mermaid party I have later this month. I also didn't share all of my ideas, because I want to wait until after the party to share some of them with you :)
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Many of you see the finished product at a party. The decor, food, games, activities. What you don't see is the process to get there. The late nights creating, the shopping, the putting it all together.
So what exactly does party planning look like? Sometimes it's messy, full of glitter, ribbons, papers etc. I have done a couple of parties now through my business and I want to share pictures of the process. The messy, but beautiful process of planning a party. From start to finish.
These photos are from a baby shark party I did last weekend. It doesn't show much of the mess, but you can see the process. The centerpieces, games, photo booth backdrop. I had my car packed with party supplies!
Then this weekend I had a Mario birthday party to get ready for. Which included making a cake,cupcakes, decorating them, blowing up balloons, drawing Mario and more.
I forgot to take pictures of the process of the cake and cupcakes, but you can see the mess on my bed as I assembled the Groomba balloons. I don't even know if that is spelled right. I had to assemble the balloons in my room, because I have a dog who thinks balloons are amazing and wants to play with them. The other dog is terrified of them.
So there you have it! An inside look at what it's like to actually plan a party. I would love to help you plan your next party. Contact me today and let A.M. Parties bring the party to you!
How does this party planning thing work anyway?
One of the questions I get the most is how the process works when planning a party with me. I want to take a few minutes and break it all down for you. I want to make this as stress-free for you as possible. So sit back, relax, and let me take the reins as I go over how this whole party planning thing works.
1. Give me the Event date and a Theme
The most important thing I need to know right away is when you want to have your party. This way I can go over my availability with you and let you know if I am free to host or set up that day. Giving me a theme is also super helpful in the planning process. If you aren't sure of a theme, I can help you come up with one.
2. Pick a Party Package
My Party Packages page lists some package options and additional services I provide with estimated prices (not including sale tax). Browse through this and try to select what you want. This gives me a better idea of what ideas I need to gather and what I need to provide for your event. If you aren't seeing what you want, just send me a message and I can customize a package for you based on what you need.
3. Make your Choices
After you have given me a date, a theme, and told me what services you want, I will start making a document of party plan options for you. During this time, I will keep in contact with you and will finish the plan within 2-5 business days. I will e-mail you the document when I am done and you can peruse it at your convenience and decide which decor, games and activities you want to choose.
4. Meet and sign Contract
After you have made your choices, I will meet with you in person so we can go over the details of your party. I love being able to sit down with people and having a one-on-one conversation. I find that can get lost in this busy technological world we live in. I will go over any concerns you have, take notes of what you want, and answer questions. At this time, I will go over the contract with you and if you decide to use me to plan your party, you can sign the contract. 50% of the total will be due upon signing the contract, or you can choose to pay in full. This amount is non-refundable. If you pay half, the remaining amount will be due within 1 business day before your event. I accept cash, checks, and Paypal at this time.
5. Putting it into Action
Then comes the real fun; getting to put the plans into action. I will start gathering decor items, making games and activities etc. for your party. You can be as involved in this process as you want. I can set up times for you to come shopping with me or I can do it alone. Along the way, I will send you updates of my progress. This way you know for sure your party is being worked on and you get to have a sneak peek :)
6. It's Party Time!
On the date of your party, if I am setting up, I will arrive at least one hour prior to your event at the event location. If I am not setting up for your party, I will get you the materials and directions for setting up 1-3 days before your party (unless other arrangements are made). I will collect some of the materials and games after the party is over either when I clean up if I am doing that, or will gather it a couple of days later. I will provide you a box to keep my items in. I also ask that you allow a small sign to be put out on one of the tables advertising my business, along with some of my business cards. I like to have pictures as well to put on my website (mainly of the decor and I don't have to get kids' faces). I will never put names or addresses on the pictures. A consent form will be signed if you allow me to take pictures at your party.
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There you have it; the steps for a successful party from A.M.'s Party Palooza. If you follow these steps, the process will be smooth sailing. I am here to take the stress of off you, so let A.M. Parties bring the party to you! Contact me today if you need help planning your next event.
It's the first day of April and there's no fooling around here about this next party theme idea I have to share with y'all! When I start thinking of April, the saying "April showers brings May flowers" comes to mind and it would be such a unique birthday party theme. Those born in April could totally pull this off, boys or girls. So get out your umbrellas and join me for an April Showers party theme.
I just love the decor options for this party theme. My absolute favorite is the first option pictured to the left above. It's just so awesome! Get some umbrellas from Dollar General or somewhere similar, fake flowers or make them with tissue paper, blue balloons for raindrops, watering cans, white streamers, and some fishing wire to complete this look. Another option is to have small umbrellas with white beads hanging from them to look like raindrops as centerpieces on the tables (pictured in the middle above). I would include small fake pots of flowers for the name place cards, which you can usually find at the Dollar Tree around this time of year. I also love the option of using the rain boots to hold flowers underneath umbrellas and ribbons (pictured to the right above). I would include the saying "April showers brings May flowers" somewhere on a sign of some sort.
Some game and activity options are popping balloons shaped like an umbrella to reveal prizes (pictured to the left), painting umbrellas that the guests get to take home (pictured in the middle) and making an April showers picture complete with tissue paper flowers (pictured to the right). I would modify these ideas by using different colored balloons for the umbrella to make it look more like Spring (the game pictured was actually for a Mary Poppins party) and I would offer other ways for the guests to decorate their umbrellas. They could do polka dots like pictured, or use paint pens, stencils and paint, etc. I love that decorating an umbrella doubles as their party favor as well.
This theme is just too cool for an April birthday party and would definitely be a party your guests would talk about for weeks to come, because it's just so unique. If you would be interested in having a party like this for your child, please reach out. I would love to make this happen for you. This theme could easily be used for a baby shower as well. I just chose to highlight it as a birthday party. If you need any help planning a party, contact me today. Let A.M. Parties bring the party to you!
Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood, where Christopher Robin plays, your little one can have their own personalized Winnie-the- Pooh picnic! My mom is a huge fan of Winnie-the-Pooh and I grew up watching it and reading the books. So as I started to think of unique party ideas, I had an idea for a teddy bear picnic which then turned into a picnic in the Hundred Acre Woods with Pooh Bear and his friends.
Here are some of my ideas for a "Hundred Acre Wood" picnic party.
You could do this party indoors, but it really calls for the great outdoors. So you need a beautiful day or a tent to host this party. A party near a wooded area would be great, with a picnic table set up and a wooden sign somewhere with the name of the kid that the party is for and then 100 acre woods (like in the middle photo above). Using stuffed animals is an easy way to add decor to the table or a picnic blanket area. The middle photo above is actually for a 1 year old cake smash, but the decor concept could be used for any child's age.
I love the picture on the left above, with a quote from a Winnie-the-Pooh book, a picture and balloons. You can make the pictures with foam poster board from the Dollar Tree and markers and paints. Another cute decor idea is having the character print outs hung from paper lanterns or helium balloons that are hung from trees or tied to chairs (the picture on the far right above). You could even have one for each guest and they could take it home.
The Food Ideas:
I love the jars with banana pudding, strawberries and vanilla wafers to make the Pooh Bear Pudding on the left above. So cute!! Another awesome food idea is to have little flower pots of honeycomb cereal (picture in the middle above) for Pooh's little pots of honey. You can also feature a food for each character, like shown in the picture on the right above. Pigs in a blanket for Piglet, vegetables or carrot cake for Rabbit, Cheetos for Tigger (Tigger tails) and more.
No party is complete without games. Here are a few game/activity ideas. Pin-the-tail on Eeyore is simple and fun(picture on the left above). You can use a foam poster board, markers/paints, and felt for the tails along with some double-sided tape. Another cool game (pictured in the middle above) is a honeybee bean bag toss. You just draw a picture of a bee hive on a big cardboard box, cut a hole and make little bumblebee beanbags for them to toss in the hive. The beanbags can be made with yellow balloons, filled with flour, sand, or cornstarch, and then the stripes can be drawn on with a sharpie. Cute! You can also make Pooh Bear's honeybee slime at your party (pictured to the right above). You can provide jars or containers for your guest to take some of it home as a party favor as well.
Some party favor ideas to send your guests home with are little flower pots full of gummy bears with tags on them that say "For the rumbly in your tummy" or "Time for something sweet" (picture to the left above). I personally really love the little jars of honey with the honey stir sticks pictured to the right above. It just may not be the best party favor to have with young children. Maybe more for the parents. You could do a jar with honey teddy grahams or something for the kids.
This would be such a fun party to plan. I chose to highlight this party as a children's birthday party, but it could also be used for a baby shower. If you think this party theme would be perfect for your child, contact me today. I would love to help make the magic happen! If you need any type of party planned, don't hesitate to reach out. I give amazing parties that your guests will talk about for days to come with affordable prices. Let A.M. Parties bring the party to you!
Ahh, flowers bloom. The days start getting longer. Spring is here. When I think of spring, I think of growth and new life. And so quite naturally my mind goes to...babies! And what better way to throw a Spring baby shower than to have a bird-themed event? That is just "tweeting" Spring all over :)
So sit tight and let's go for a little ride of what it would look like for me to host a "Bless your Nest" baby shower!
The cool part about this baby shower theme is that even the snacks and treats can be part of the decor. Cute little nest cucpcakes with peeps or cookies for the birds along with Robin's egg candies not only act as snacks, but doubles as decor. The picture in the middle of the bird house diaper cake is a very practical gift for the mom-to-be, but is also adorable and and would be great for decor. To finish it off, having a vase with branches to make a "wishing tree" for the guests to write sweet words of encouragement and/or advice to the mom on bird shaped paper is just way too awesome! You could even have a clever slogan on the near-by sign like "Tweet all about it"- write a word of advice or encouragement for the mom.
If you didn't want to have nests for the cupcakes, you could use one of these alternatives. The pretzel haystack nests are easy to make and could also be given as a treat for the guests to take home, along with you a thank you note saying something like "Thanks so much for blessing my nest!" Another snack version of the bird nest is made with rice krispies and the robin's egg candies. Yum!
I couldn't find good pictures, but I have a couple of game ideas.
The first game idea is one many use for Thanksgiving time and it's where the player has an empty kleenix box filled with feathers tied around their waist and in one minute they have to see how many feathers they can get out of the box by only shaking their hips. Hilarious and super easy! To put a baby spin on this, there could be two players to a team and one player has to shake the feathers out along with baby items like a pacifier, baby wipe, washcloth, etc. in about 2 minutes and the other player has to grab the baby items and put them on themselves somehow (no baby items touching floor). I just came up with that off the top of my head. Sounds fun!
Another game would be to have the guests take a thick piece of paper (like cardstock) and a marker or crayon, and while the paper is on their forehead or on the top of their head they have to draw their best version of a baby bird. The mom-t0-be gets to judge which one is the best. That game is so inexpensive, but fun!
To wrap it up:
As the guests leave, these cute little bird seed ornaments could be sent home with them along with a tag attached including the coming baby's name and estimated arrival. The back of the tag could say "Thanks for being so 'tweet' " or "Bird may be the word, but thanks is mine".
This would be such a fun party to host. If you or someone you know needs help hosting a baby shower and think this theme would be just perfect, please reach out to me. I would love to help you throw a "Bless your nest" baby shower!
Until next time, please comment below and give suggestions for new blog posts in the future. If there is a certain theme or party you would love to see me write about just let me know! And as always, please feel free to contact me with any questions at all. I am here to take the stress off of you! Hit me up if you need help planning your next party. Let A.M. Parties bring the party to you! :)
Vroom! What little boy (or even some girls for that matter) doesn't love Hot Wheels? They are classics and there are so many great idea for a Hot Wheels themed birthday party. So fasten your seat belt and let's go for a ride of what it would be like for me to plan a Hot Wheels Party!
I love the simple decor idea of using a yellow plastic tablecloth, black paper for a road, and small orange traffic cones. You could even get smaller cones and have names on each one for place markers. Provide some cars at their seats and the kids can even have fun playing with their car on the table while waiting for food or an activity.
These Hot Wheels cupcakes are super cute and easy. Just ice the cupcakes whatever color you want (red and blue would be the best choices for Hot Wheels) and put Hot Wheels cars on top of them. The kids can wash off the cars and take them home with them (this also doubles as a party favor. Win-win!).
The last picture is a game that can be played at the party. You create the race track using a pool noodle cut in half (the big kind, not the small ones from the Dollar Tree) and some Duct Tape. Place the noodles on an incline, perhaps even landing in a small pool of water, give the kids cars and let them race. You could even hand out little trophies for the winners. What an easy and fun game!
Some other ideas are pictured above. The balloon stop lights are so cute, would be relatively inexpensive, and are awesome decor. They could also be used for a photo booth opportunity and you could make a car outline using cardboard and have chairs behind it for people to sit in and pretend to drive the car.
Some other game ideas are "Pin the Car on the Race Track" which takes a classic and puts a Hot Wheels spin on it, and Balloon Bumper Cars. Balloon Bumper Cars is where the guests have a untied balloon on the back of a Hot Wheels car and they let go of the balloon inside an arena (perhaps made from a cardboard pizza box or something similar) and watch as the cars bump into each other.
The cake idea with the race track in it is just awesome! It could even be part of your child's present (the race track) and you can race the car through the cake. It might be a little difficult to pull off, but it would be so fun and worth it. I would recommended freezing the cake first before cutting it to keep it from falling apart.
Ready, Get Set, Go and let's plan a Hot Wheels Birthday Party! If this is something you think your child would just adore for their next birthday contact me and let's get the wheels rolling ;)
I was contacted about a month ago to help someone out with a "Hamilton" themed sleepover for her soon-to-be 10 year old. The thing was, she was in California. And so the idea was formed that I could offer party plan "spreadsheets" for people who are further away or who just need a push-start for their party. I spent a few days researching and came up with a detailed plan for her including games, food ideas, art activities and more. I included how to create the ideas for the party and around the cost it would take.
The entire time I kept in contact with her, answered questions, made sure I knew exactly what she was looking for and put together an easy-to-follow party plan. Pictured below are some of the ideas I gave her put into action.
They played a game like musical chairs called "Musical Colonies" where they walked around on stars with the names of the 13 colonies on them to Hamilton music and when the music stopped, one of the colonies was called out and those standing on that colony were out.
I sent her food ideas and she used some which are pictured on her menu in the middle. Then, they also did a photo booth which I sent ideas for and that is a cheap and easy way to have fun at a party. Not pictured is the "Escape the room it happened" game, because those were videos but it's like an escape room game where they had to solve clues or questions to open a box full of prizes. That one looked really fun!
If you are not local or just want some help with the party plans and you want to put the plan into action, I can create a custom party plan "spreadsheet" for you. All I ask is that you write a review and let me share about the party on my website (I don't have to use pictures of people's faces). The cost ranges from $30-$50, depending on what you want. Just reach out to me and let me know what you are looking for. Please give me 5 days to put the plan together and send it out to you. I would love to help you plan your next party!
I have always been a lover of Mary Poppins. One year for my mom's birthday we had a small Mary Poppins party for her, because the movie came out the year she was born. It was so much fun to plan! The ideas are endless!! Let's jump into what it would be like to throw a "jolly holiday" birthday party.
Some food options for the party are pictured above. I love the cheese wheel umbrellas with the straws for the handles. I actually created cupcakes like the ones pictured in the middle above. They were so cute and easy. After making and icing the cupcakes, I just had to get small plastic tea spoons, use some ribbon to tie bows and then I had my own "spoonful of sugar" cupcakes. The cupcakes with the kites for the toppers are also another cute idea.
No party is complete without some fun games. Here are a few game ideas. Pin the bow-tie on the penguin would be easy and cute. You can also have a spoonful of sugar race where contestants race to fill up a bowl with sugar first (you could use white sand if you didn't want to use sugar). My personal favorite would be a little more difficult to pull off, but would be totally worth it. Having a carousel horse race would be spectacular! The horses are made with pool noodles, yarn, ribbon, and googly eyes (using a hot glue gun of course) and the goal is for the guests to get through the obstacles and return their horses to the "carousel", which is a small kid pool with colorful play balls in them. Obstacles can be made with cones, more pool noodles and even lines of tape where the kids have to walk on the lines or jump over them.
If you wanted to include some cute party favors you could send your guests home with bags of birdseed feeders and chocolate coins, or you could send them with some chalk so they can create their own bit of magic with chalk at home.
It would be more than just an "element of fun" to plan a Mary Poppins birthday party for you! If you are interested in this party theme, please reach out to me. I would love to customize it for you and bring you your own "jolly holiday"!!