When I was growing up, one birthday party I had we made our own personal pizzas. It was so much fun and I still remember the experience to this day. This week I am highlighting a baking/cooking birthday party for all the little chefs out there! Plus I love that this party theme could be used for a variety of ages and for either boys or girls. It's a win-win :)
The possibilities are endless! You can do a pizza party where the kids make their own pizzas (I love the brown butcher paper, rolling pins, and supplies in the pictures above) and they can even make dessert pizzas. Or you can do a bake shop where kids decorate cookies or cupcakes. The decor for the bake shop theme in the pictures above is so very cute! It can be made with chair legs or dowels and picture frames spray painted for the pedestals for the treats, a tablecloth with some cupcake liners strung on a banner, and a cute awning made. Of course it wouldn't be complete without a foam board sign that could be made with supplies from the Dollar Tree!
The guests can decorate their own aprons and get chef hats to use at the party and they can take them home (no need for additional party favors unless you want to do that). Also, I just love the rolling pin invites that are in the pictures above. They say "Come roll with us" and the invitation is actually rolled around a rolling pin that the guests can keep. They could also be instructed to bring the rolling pin with them to use at the party :)
Some game ideas would be having a present in saran wrap, many layers of it, and having the kids play "hot potato" with it. The catch is the item would be passed around until the music stops and the person who has the item when the music stops has to try to remove a layer of the saran wrap using spatulas or while wearing baking mitts. You could also do your own version of "Cake Boss" or "Top Chef" and judge the children's creations for prizes or certificates for the most creative, most colorful, best tasting, best design etc.
This is a party your guests would not soon forget and many would talk about long after the party is over. If you have a little one who just adores to cook or bake, please let me know if you would like me to put some of these ideas and more into action for you. I would love to plan a Chef-Extraordinaire party for your child!! Reach out to me in the comments or by going to my contact page.
The party theme I am going to highlight this week is one that can be used for a variety of parties. It could be used as a birthday party for kids or adults, a baby shower for those who will be born in winter, and a bridal shower for those getting married in winter. Let's discover what it would mean for me to plan a "Snow" much fun winter wonderland party!
First off, decor ideas. Again, all these pictures come from Pinterest, but it's where I would get my inspiration and I would then make it my own. Put down a tablecloth of any color on a table, put some soft white lights all over the table, and then hang a sheer white tablecloth over it to create a lighted snowflake table. You can put glittery ornaments and snowflakes with some fake snow (or Epsom salt) in small plastic or glass vases for centerpieces or just to put on a table for decor. I saw a cute idea where you can take puzzle pieces, glue them together into the shape of a snowflake, and then spray paint whatever color you want. You could hand these out as party favors or just use them as decor. If your child is having a "Frozen" themed birthday party, you can throw in a castle for Elsa's ice castle in the decor.
Next, come some food ideas. You could do a snowflake cupcake cake like the one pictured above (isn't it adorable?) in any color you want. It could be Frozen themed or just a regular snowflake cake for a winter party. Another option is to make cupcakes with white chocolate snowflake toppers like the ones pictured to the far right above. You could use any color combination you wanted. Another fun food idea is to make white chocolate winter wonderland popcorn. This is super easy and can be offered as party food or given as a party favor with a cute tag that says "Thanks for popping in- hope you had snow much fun!" You make this simply by popping all natural no butter popcorn and then drizzling with melted white chocolate (which you can color with food coloring) and then you can top it with sprinkles. How easy and fun is that?!
Pictured above are some activities your guest could do at your party or just something you could make for decor/ to give out as party favors. The beaded snowflakes are made with sparkly pipe cleaners (which you can usually find at the Dollar Tree) and some different colored faceted beads. The snow globe balloons are also super cute and are made with plastic cups for the stands (you can spray paint these) and white balloons with fake snow inside them. I would probably add some glitter and sequins to it.
Those are just some of the ideas I have for a winter wonderland party. Like I mentioned before, it can be used for a variety of parties and if this is something you are interested in please contact me. It would be "snow" much fun for me to plan you a winter wonderland party!!
Let's get the New Year started with some party theme ideas! For this week I am going to highlight a kids' birthday party that could work for either boys or girls for those with an artistic flair. It would be super cool and unique to host an art party for your child!
I got these pictures from Pinterest, so they are not mine and many came from CatchMyParty on Instagram. However, I will share with you how I would make these ideas my own and how I would modify some of them. So hang on tight and let's explore what it would mean to have a work of heART birthday party :)
First off, decor ideas. The possibilities are endless. This is such a cute table set up where you can display the treats, art supplies for the craft, the cupcakes or cake or more. Take a couple of old paint cans and some plastic tablecloths of any color to create this look. A palette can be made for the wall using cardboard and poster paints with the child's name or a cute slogan on it.
Check out the photos below for some other awesome ideas. Aren't the crayon invitations just the cutest? You can buy 12 packs of an 8 count of crayons for around $10 on Amazon. Print some sticker labels for the invite and stick them on the crayons. How cute and clever!
For cake ideas, why not do cupcakes to make an artist's palette? That would be super easy and there are so many ways you can customize them. You can dye the cupcake batter the colors of the rainbow, fill them with sprinkles of that color for pinata type cupcakes, and include sprinkles and candies for the guests to decorate the cupcakes themselves.
Every party is not complete without games and activities. For an art party you can have the guests complete all sorts of projects. If your party will be held outside you could do a paint slip and slide where each guest wears a white shirt and they slide on a plastic sheet filled with rainbow paint colors. Or you could have balloons filled with paint attached to a small canvas that the guests throw darts at. The guests can create shirts, paintings, sand art, paint rocks (kids love this one) and more.
If you decide to do party favors, you can buy mini canvases on Amazon for about $14 for a 12 pack. However, since the guests will more than likely be completing some sort of project they will get to take home, I would opt for a cheaper option. You can buy watercolor paints at the Dollar Tree and include a cute little tag like the one pictured in the gallery below (the one with the bag with the mini easel in it).
An art party is something I would have loved as a kid. Yes, I would still love it today. I absolutely love to create! This party theme would be so fun. I even saw a game where the guests wear blindfolds and complete a self-portrait. How neat and funny! If this is something you think your child would just absolutely love, I would love to make it happen for you this year. Just reach out to me and I will be more than happy to discuss the details with you.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay tuned for next week's party theme post. Comment with any suggestions or questions. I would LOVE to hear from you! :)
I am sure you are wondering how my party planning service works exactly. Well that all depends on you! I can do as much or as little as you need me to. Many love that I can put together all the plans for the party and they don't have to stress out over it. So here's a brief overview of how it works.
First, check out the party packages page and get an idea for what exactly you want. Please do this at least 2 weeks in advance to your party date. This allows me ample time to discuss, shop, create games and activities etc. I can always custom make a package if you are not finding what you are looking for. Just head on over to my contact page and reach out :) If you send me an e-mail please write A.M. Parties somewhere in the subject box. Once you have decided what kind of party you want and what services you would like me to help out with, I will more than likely meet with you in person if possible. This way we can sit down and go over some of my ideas I have for your party.
Once you have decided on the ideas you like best, I will start putting all the pieces together. You can tag along with me to shop for supplies or I can go by myself. I will probably send you pictures and information during the process so you know what progress is being made on your party planning. If you have me set up the party, I will show up about 1-2 hours before the event so I can decorate and prepare. If you chose to just have me put everything together for you, but you want to set it up and host the event yourself I will bring you the items for the party the day before the event if possible and give you any needed instructions for set-up. I will also leave some business cards to share with your guests.
If you need to reschedule your party for any reason, please contact me at least 24 hours prior if possible. You might have to reschedule for a week or two later, depending on how busy my schedule is. If you cancel your party all together, I require a 24 hour notice for you to receive back 50% of what you paid.
Another question you may have is what exactly are you paying me for? The money goes towards supplies, my time spent planning, my time spent shopping, and then my time spent putting things together. I make or assemble many of the games and activities myself to keep the cost down. Games will be age appropriate and go with whatever theme you decide on. Activities would probably be crafts your guests would make to take home.
I would LOVE to help you plan your next party. Please reach out and contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Keep Calm and Party On!
Also, please stay tuned to my blog page as I will post party theme ideas weekly. Let's Get Ready to Party!!