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Cowboy Party

Cowboy Party

August 14, 2011

Little boys love cowboys, but this twist on the party makes it perfect for a first birthday bash - because the guest of honor is on a rocking horse! 1. The Invitation The invitation is shows a cowboy on a rocking horse - perfect for a first birthday!  You can find the invitation on our website or at our etsy shop.  We also have a version available with a cowboy on a horse for an older child's birthday. 2.  The Bib I found the perfect bib at Elizabeth Horton on...

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Bubblegum or Candy Party

Bubblegum or Candy Party

August 01, 2011

A bubblegum birthday party is a fun, bright way to celebrate your little girl's special day. We've pulled together inspiration, shopping resources, two DIY tutorials, and a simply swanky recipe for bubblegum ice cream. 1. The Invitation The invitation is bright yellow chevron stripes, showcasing a gumball machine filled with bright gum.  You can find the invitation on our website or at our etsy shop. 2.  The Tutu I fell IN LOVE with this bubblegum tutu by Atutudes.  I adore the simple elegance of it - the white...

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Woodland Gnome Party

July 25, 2011

I love garden gnomes.  Every time I see one, it makes me smile.  Gnomes are a fun, whimsical theme for so many types of parties:  birthdays (boy or girl), bridal shower, or baby shower.  There are endless ways to tweak this theme to work for so many party occasions. 1.  The Invitation The featured invitation is for a gnome birthday, but would work just as well with a boy and girl gnome holding hands for a bridal or couples shower.  You can find the invitation on our website...

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Giraffe Feeding Birthday Party

July 23, 2011

To kick off our Real Parties theme, I thought I'd feature one of my personal parties.  My older daughter turned 10 this year, and in celebration, we hosted a private giraffe feeding at the zoo.  The party had all the expected goodies, but most importantly, each child got hands-on time feeding a giraffe. 1.  The Invitation The invitation was custom (of course...it was for my daughter!), but Swanky Press does custom invitations all the time, and at no extra charge.  I based this design on our Gumball Party...

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DIY Tutorial | Superhero Mask

DIY Tutorial | Superhero Mask

July 21, 2011

After posting earlier this week about a Super Hero Party, I decided to include a DIY tutorial showing how to make an easy, inexpensive superhero mask. I was able to make 3 masks for $1.50 in about 30 minutes.  They may not be as elaborate as some that you can buy, but they are affordable, easy, and can be made in any color scheme to match your party. You will need:  felt, elastic, scissors, and a sewing machine or fabric glue.  That's it.  You're done.  Now give that...

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Superhero Party

Superhero Party

July 18, 2011

It's a bird...it's a plane...It's ....Super Hero Party Inspiration!  A superhero party doesn't have to be hard to pull off - but done right, it can make you look a little like Super Mom.  Read on for party activities, shopping resources,  TWO sets of free printables, and a DIY tutorial for making a simple superhero mask. I had so much fun pulling these ideas together, I think I'll be using it for my daughter's 5th birthday next month (everything done in hot pink, of course)! 1.  The Invitation The...

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Pink and Gray Elephant Birthday

Pink and Gray Elephant Birthday

June 22, 2011

We had a wonderful response to our Real Party:  Pink and Gray Elephant Birthday, so I am expanding the idea today with a full style board. This theme works great for a birthday or baby shower.  They same ideas apply for a boy, just switch the pink to blue! 1.  The invitation We started with our pink and gray elephant invitation, which can be made for birthdays OR baby showers. 2.  The Fabric Bunting Aneta over at Stitchin'Netka custom designed this fabric banner just to coordinate with this...

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Pink and Gray Elephant Birthday - Real Party

Pink and Gray Elephant Birthday - Real Party

June 20, 2011

I got some fabulous pictures last week from a client, Monica, who had thrown an elephant-themed party for her daughter's first birthday.  She took a simple pink and grey elephant invite from Swanky Press, and designed a beautiful party around it.  Since we featured a boy elephant theme last week, I thought we should turn this week over to a girl elephant themed party and showcase Monica's fabulous party! I've also pulled together a style board with shopping resources and inspiration. 1.  The Cake Monica is a cake baker...

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Giveaway | We Have a Winner

June 17, 2011

We are happy to announce that the winner of the bracelet from The Lucky Elephant AND 2 dozen cakepops from Cake Pop Fusion is Becky W!  Becky, I will have Jutta from The Lucky Elephant and Pia from Cake Pop Fusion contact you directly so you can claim your prize.  Our selection was made by random.org. I’d like to give a big thank you to our sponsors for offering such awesome prizes!

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Elephant and Little Peanut

Elephant and Little Peanut

June 13, 2011

When I was pregnant with my first child, I referred to him as my lil' peanut. I used this idea as inspiration to create an elephant and peanut themed baby shower. I've done the leg-work and shopping for you, so it should make it easy to throw together a swanky shower. GIVEAWAY:  We are giving away two of the items featured in this week's inspiration board - a gorgeous good-luck bracelet from the Lucky Elephant AND 2 dozen cake pops from Cake Pop Fusion.  Use the link at...

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Giveaway | The Lucky Elephant & Cake Pop Fusion

June 12, 2011

This week we have a double giveaway!  To go along with our elephant and peanut theme, you can win a Lucky Elephant Bracelet and 2 dozen cakepops from Cake Pop Fusion!  Thank you so much to Jutta of the Lucky Elephant and Pia of Cake Pop Fusion for offering these great giveaways. Jutta of the Lucky Elephant has such a wonderful concept for her bracelets.  Elephants with an upraised trunk are a symbol of good luck and fortune, and she has developed an amazing line of bracelets around...

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DIY Tutorial | Drink Umbrellas

DIY Tutorial | Drink Umbrellas

June 01, 2011

As you know, it's the little touches that really make your party stand out from the rest.  This simple tutorial will show you how to make drink umbrellas to coordinate with your party.  I designed the patterns to coordinate with our Blue Baby Shower, but you can apply the same steps using any patterned paper. You will need:  toothpicks, patterned paper OR a printer to print out our template, glue, scissors, and a cold drink. Simply Swanky Suggestions: 1.  If you are using your own patterned paper, you...

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