Monday, April 25, 2011

Cami's Elmo Inspired 2nd Birthday Party :)

I can't believe our little girl is TWO! I know everyone says this but really, where has the time gone?! She had an absolute blast at her birthday party - all of her favorite people in one room, what more could a little girl ask for? I had so much fun planning her party this year, it was Elmo themed but I am not big on character themed parties so I tried to make it so it wasn't completely revolved around just Elmo, instead more focused on her party colors and polka dots with some Elmo love mixed in :) I styled a full sweets table that was a big hit thanks to many of the fabulous vendors I will talk more about shortly.
First off...the color scheme. Doesn't it just make you happy looking at these vibrant colors? Instead of the traditional red and orange I wanted to add a few other colors so everything was revolved around red, orange, yellow and pink polka-dots :) I immediately knew as soon as I decided on the color scheme I wanted to incorporate paper lanterns and tissue flowers - they are so fun and inexpensive.

Here is the invite I created that the guests received. It's a *huge* hit already in my etsy shop. I will be selling all of the other paper products I created for the party as well. Just haven't had time to list them yet :) 

The birthday girl's shirt came from none other than the amazing *golden*. Her handmade tees are to die for and I'm a new addict :) Isn't it just perfect? I told her some ideas of what I wanted but when I got it in the mail I could have screamed with excitement :) So darn cute! I got her tie-dyed leggins from We Love Colors. They have every single color tights/leggins you can imagine!

Now on to the dessert table....I just love how this turned out! Thanks to many fabulous vendors for making the most beautiful and yummy sweets imaginable! I stayed local for a few things, the pretty and yummy cake from Sweet & Sassy Desserts and the always popular and delicious cake pops and cupcakes from Lillycakes. I've seen the delicious oreo pops made by Sweeties by Kim on etsy displayed on many other dessert tables so I just had to order some for Miss Cami's party and WOW, are they not only tasty but they are SO SO SO pretty! The little "cami" and #2 oreo pops were just so darn cute! Flourish Sweet Shop's amazingly yummy cookies were a big hit and a HUGE shout out to Lisa for making the #2 cookies at the very last minute! They were PERFECT!
 

When you first walked in, I made a little sign that asked the guests to sign a vintage Elmo book, which just happened to be a "birthday" book as well. I found it in my mom's stash of old books we had from when I was little a few days before the party!! How PERFECT?! :)


Thanks to Target, the kids goodie bags were filled with many Sesame Street items I found in the dollar section! :) Also included were Elmo cake pops made by Lillycakes. I stuck little characters we had from home in between the bags :)






How cute is the "Cami Street" sign? My wonderful hubby made that for me last minute. I just printed out the wording and he adhered it to his fab design. It turned out perfect! I'm going to put it in her room now and set her little sesame street characters around the bottom of it :)

Added note: You can now purchase this street sign in my etsy shop :)

We had such a fun day and most importantly, Cami had a blast! Happy 2nd Birthday to our precious Camryn Jolee. We love you SO much!

P.S. I didn't get any pictures of the kids coloring table. I made cute coloring sheets for each child that said "Happy Birthday Owen", for example. They colored for about 4 minutes, haha :)

Fabulous Vendor Credits
{All Paper Designs & Party Styling} :: I DO invitations by michelle 
{Birthday Girl's Tee} :: *golden*
{Cupcakes & Cake Pops} :: Lillycakes
{Birthday Cake} :: Sweet & Sassy Desserts 
{Chocolate Covered Oreo Pops and Polka Dot Oreos} :: Sweeties by Kim
{Elmo & #2 Cookies} :: Flourish Sweet Shop
{Tulle Poof Wands}:: The Sugared Ribbon 
{DIY Cupcake Tower}:: Created by my hubby and I but inspired by Joy's Hope blog tutorial.
{Gumballs, Small Tissue Daisies & Small Paper Lanterns} :: Polka Dot Market
{Large Tissue Daisies, Polka Dot Cups & Polka Straws} :: Shop Sweet Lulu 
{Polka Dot Balloons} :: The Sugar Diva
{Orange & White Polka Planter} :: Pizzazzerie
{Birthday Girl's Tye-Dye Tights} We Love Colors
{DIY Ribbon Wreath} :: Created by me using pieces of ribbon and pins. Inspired by a photo I saw online :) Ribbon from Hobby Lobby

Most of the Paper Lanterns, Umbrella's, Pail's, Ribbon, Pinwheels, etc. came from my home away from home, Hobby Lobby :) Thanks so much to my sister, Rebecca, for taking these fabulous photos!
*Dessert Table/Party Inspiration came from so many fabulous ladies of various blogs that I gather stunning inspiration from. Just to name a few...Hostess with the Mostess, Pizzazzerie, The TomKat Studio, Amy Atlas, and the list goes on. Thank you for loving parties just as much or even more than I do :)
XOXO, Michelle

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cami's Birthday Month!!

Couldn't be happier that the month of March is over. Between my daughter and I, one of us were sick the entire month and actually we just started another cold/sinus infection. Spring, are you there?! Cannot wait for warmer weather!!

Well, it's my FAVORITE month! For the past two years that is :) Little Miss Cami is going to be TWO on the 20th and her party is on the 23rd! We are so excited! I'm busy working on lots of fun things for her Elmo themed birthday party! I'm putting together a full sweets table with lots of yummy goodies in her party colors (red/orange/yellow/pink). It's a fun, girlie twist on the traditional elmo colors. Since I don't blog nearly as often as I update on facebook here is the invite.....Ta-da! It's a huge hit in my etsy shop so far too! Love it! :)


This past weekend my hubby was busy spray painting in the garage a little project I had wanted to do for what seemed like forever. :) I found the overly creative idea on one of my favorite blogs, Joy's Hope. Be sure to check it out if you haven't already. She even gives a full step-by-step tutorial! I wrote her thanking her for the awesome idea and a picture of our finished product and she wrote me back that "Elmo would be proud!". Love it. It was super easy, fun and cheap! Simply purchase glass candlestick holders and round or oval silver trays from the dollar store and spray paint in your party colors to create a pretty cupcake stand in your party colors! Didn't it turn out perfect? We did another one in alternating colors. Can't wait to use them!! Ryan was even impressed when they were all done :)


LOTS of fun things planned for this party! I know most people would think why do you waste so much time planning a party that she won't remember, spend so much time on one party, etc. (I've heard it all)? Well, b/c I have a passion to be creative and mostly, I just LOVE to see her happy and it's not about what she will remember but the excitement she will have on the actual day with her closest family and friends and of course, her littlest BFF, Ry-Ry. I'm going to be showing lots of sneak peaks over the next few weeks on my FB page so if you're not a fan already, be sure to "Like" my page! (www.facebook.com/idoinvitationsbymichelle)


Tulle Pom Wands courtesy of The Sugared Ribbon on etsy. I just spiced up the vase with some pretty rope ribbon :) I got her custom elmo tee in the mail a couple of weeks ago and about screamed with excitement! It's honestly the cutest little shirt and I can't wait for her to wear it! If you don't know about *golden* yet, you need to check her out! She creates the most amazing tee's for any party theme or holiday! I'm addicted :)

I have sweets coming from all over and cannot wait to see what these fabulous ladies whip together! I will talk more about them in my next blog post :) Gorgeous cookies from Allyson Jane, Cupcakes and Cake Pops from Lillycakes, Cake from Sweet and Sassy Desserts, Oreo Pops from Sweeties and more fabulous cookies from The Cookie Jar.

XOXO,
Michelle