Happy New Year 2012

It has been an amazing, incredible year here at Frog Prince Paperie. The little business I had so I could stay at home didn’t end up so little at the end…and I had a fair share of pinch-me-I-can’t-believe-my-name-is-really-in-there moments with Martha Stewart, Southern Living, Yum Food and Fun for Kids and Project Nursery. There were parties. LOTS of parties–both big and small.

I now have an amazing support staff in Ashley, Renee and Erin, and of course I can’t forget all the support I constantly receive from friends and family. My husband is a saint, trust me. I am grateful for every single press, blog and social media mention, every set of eyeballs that lands on my work, and every single person who reads along with what writing I dole out on occasion. It’s a lucky thing to have such support, and I really know it and am thankful every day I have it!

So here it is, a big giant HUGE THANK YOU to all of you.

And now on to what you really come to my blog to read…a little party inspiration! I put together a quick shoot for a celebration you might do at home with your kids (or just your honey!) to mark the New Years Eve occasion. No printables here this time, just paper, scissors and a little bit of hot glue.

I love glitter–I do not love glittering. It coats every surface of my house for weeks after! If you haven’t seen it yet, they make this really cool paper that comes already glittered–and I was so excited to see that it now also comes in glittery polka dot flavors in addition to solid colors. I cut out cupcake wrappers and the numbers 2012 and made toppers with them. I used a fairly neutral palette that ranged from white to silver to silvery blue to make everything tie together. And that’s my bedside table that I took the pictures on. (Always try to use the things you already have first!)

I made a few party hats by cutting shapes out for the front and adding bands to the back, adjusted to the kids’ heads. Martha Stewart also had a neat article on how to make these party blowers that I gave a try. They worked perfectly with some of the billion striped paper straws I have laying around.

And what party is complete without a little dessert?? I love parfaits because they are easy to make, easy to serve sugar free, and easy to make look really fancy. Presentation is everything here — being able to eat dessert out of a champagne glass is just going to make my kids feel extra extra special this year.

It doesn’t take much to make a memorable time, and even the little ones like to celebrate the passing of another year. Small touches like these are perfect for small celebrations!

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Hope you and yours are having a wonderful holiday season, and that your 2011 was simply spectacular. Thank you again, and I look forward to the year to come with you all!

Comments

  1. You so deserve every mention and pat on the back you get!!! You are an inspiration to all!! I forsee greater things happening for you in 2012!!

  2. The competition for creating unique and memorable events is pretty steep. There are a lot of talented people out there. What you do is amazing and your work deserves the attention. I can’t wait to see what you create in 2012. Happy New Year Paula!

  3. Thanks for the inspiration, Paula! Love the glitter polka dot paper … and the blowouts, too. Thank you, also, for sharing your tremendous team and collective talent with me and my clients. Cheers to an even more eventful 2012!

  4. Thanks for another inspiring year, Paula! All the best in 2012!

  5. Hello from Italy!
    Thanks for this inspiring and gorgeous party ideas. Love it!
    Happy and healthy 2012
    CAta :)

  6. Love love love this! Parfait perfect. :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Fantastic! You can’t go wrong with glitter! Blogged here: http://blog.joyhey.com/2011/12/31/inspiration-glamorous-new-year/ ‎ Thanks for the inspiration! Happy 2012!

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