Jake and the neverland pirates birthday party

Funny as it is, my kids absolutely LOVE going to see plays, musicals, and anything else live theater. They’ve collected more ticket stubs in their short lives than I did in 30 years. When Brennan caught wind that Disney was going to do a live show of his favorite TV show, Jake and the Neverland Pirates he HAD to go. Lucky for me, it landed right on his birthday, so I was able to convince him to skip a big party this year and take his friends to the theater! We followed it up with cake and ice cream at home. And you know what? Those kids had a fabulous time, probably just as much as our previous Goldilocks, Dragon and Motorcycle parties, and the at-home party part was put together in a few hours.

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In addition to some super yummy cupcake shop cupcakes (with some gluten free ones for mom and the birthday boy!) we served up ice cream in bowls and told the kids to go crazy with the topping bar we set out. Admittedly, I did go a the extra mile with the ice cream — all of it was home made. Totally worth it. Amazing chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, and I even made an adult flavored GUINNESS milk chocolate ice cream. Plus there were leftovers, and that was really exciting!

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Every kid got a pirate hat or princess tiara at their place settings. Surprisingly, the adults were more delighted to wear these than the children. I did give into Brennan’s request for a piñata–which was great fun bashing to bits for the kids! And the adults watching. While the theme was Jake and the Neverland Pirates, we did our best to give the party a Jake feeling without stepping on any trademark and copyright toes while keeping things simple.

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I did something a little different with the cupcake tops this time. I made pirate flags instead of circles, and I just loved how they turned out! Every cupcake also got a piece of pirate gold (chocolate coins.)

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They kids all sat in rapt attention for the Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Princesses play and got into the mood by dressing up like pirates! Brennan was asked if he loved his party, and he said “Arrrrgh!”

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When the weather gets warm thoughts turn to cool drinks, sunshine and all things undeniably summer. In celebration of brighter days, Dina from Deliciously Darling Events gave the classic lemonade stand a modern ombre update that is sure to make it the most popular watering hole in the neighborhood. Thanks to  Lauren Nicole Studios  for the wonderful photography  seen here.   Lemonade stands { Read More! }

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Before school let out, I happened by my son’s preschool while they were on the playground. I still smile thinking about what I saw this group of little ones doing–vibrantly using their imaginations with simple props. Holding the handles of long streamers that trailed behind them, they chased each other through the playground as “rainbow birds,” arms out, giggling and little legs pumping as quickly { Read More! }

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We were so excited to have Elissa of One Stone Events contribute to the summer issue of Festivities Magazine. Her fairy tale mash-up party is definitely a new favorite of mine! I worked with her to develop some new, unique printables for her event, and Nicole of Tikkido.com helped with darling Peter Pan inspired bunting and Pan hats. Of course, there was a whole cast of talented vendors that { Read More! }

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Star Wars is NOT just for boys. I would venture to say I know about as many little girls in love with these movies as little boys. And what I adore about little girls who love Star Wars is that they totally take a very masculine movie and twist into something very much their own. Like Amanda...who wanted a Star Wars Spa Party. Jedi training, nail painting and Princess Leia all in one fun package. { Read More! }

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My son's birthday party is my favorite one that I throw all year. Boy parties are challenging. No pink, no fluff, just down and dirty wholesome boy goodness. That can be fun if you let it! After some gentle steering from his father, our kiddo was quite enthusiastic about paying homage to motorcycles. For weeks before (and after!) the party all conversations focused around motorcycles in one way or { Read More! }

superhero birthday party

Superhero parties are always so fun to flip through. They're colorful, highly graphic and the kids always look so darn cute running around in their masks and superhero capes. So when my dear client Cecelia wanted a superhero party for her son, I was pretty excited to help her out! (She is so super creative, no pun intended.) Thank you to Jacinta Young Photography for the beautiful photos. As { Read More! }

motorcycle birthday party custom invitation

Things are very busy here putting together the Summer issue of Festivities Magazine, and after laying out the motorcycle party we threw for Brennan's 4th birthday, I thought everyone might appreciate a sneak peak. For this party, we were able to borrow a motorcycle from the nice people over at Space Coast Harley Davidson for a photoshoot. We had such a ball--and I got more than one lucky shot--so { Read More! }

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I'm going to make a small admission here.  I didn't properly prepare for the Operation Shower event I volunteered to create a design for. It was a few busy weeks of travel and back-to-back shoots in November. Which meant a last minute scramble and very simple, but elegant effort (at 2am after a long flight.) Individual place settings are always a creative stress for me -- but with some gold { Read More! }