Carnival and Circus Party DIY

One of the MOST popular party themes for kids lately is the Carnival or Circus party theme!  Now, Carnivals and Circuses are a little different…BUT, most any idea from one theme can be used for the other.  I’ve found some great DIY ideas and inspiration if you are planning one of these fun, action packed parties.

For a gorgeous vintage carnival party, check out the McClure Family blog post.  She has some FAB photos, and links to tutorials and help with your DIY planning.



For some SERIOUS carnival planning, check out this series of posts from Striking Keys.  This is a HUGE production (large-scale carnival), but there are some super ideas that could be incorporated into any carnival or circus theme event.  Carnival Post ONE…. Carnival Post TWO…. and Carnival Post THREE.  Make sure you read through all the posts – so much *great* information!

3 Carnival Activity Popcorn in Cupcake Cases



From East Coast Mommy, check out a post full of fun carnival party games, from her son’s 6th birthday party:



From Landee See, Landee Do… a great post full of fun carnival ideas.  I especially love that it’s a summer-outdoor party WITH a carnival theme!


And, we designed and uploaded a FREE Circus printable here on the blog awhile back.  Get the free Circus Printables HERE


Diaper Cake DIY and Inspiration

Diaper cakes are a very popular way to decorate for a baby shower AND gift the new mother to be with a lot of diapers at the same time!  I’ve found some great inspiration and DIY tutorials to share today!  They aren’t as hard to put together as you might think!

First, a little inspiration… my sister is a crafting queen, and she made this lovely diaper cake for one of her best friends.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  I like the total DIVA-ness of this, and how it reflects the personality of the mom-to-be with flowers and bling… there are no baby rattles or stuffed animals attached, yet still… it’s for the baby too!




Here is beautiful, photo step-by-step Diaper Cake tutorial, from Sweetaprils.  I love, love the fondant idea and look!



From momaroo, another fab DIY post about making a diaper cake.  Very simple and elegant – and lots of variations can be made with ribbon choices!



Another cute idea is to make MINI Diaper cakes, as centerpieces for multiple tables.  Check out this DIY mini diaper cake tutorial from BCheniful:

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And I can’t write about Diaper Cakes without including a link to these amazing creations, also from Sweetaprils…Motorcycle Diaper Cakes!  Yep – she’s going to walk you step-by-step, using pictures, on how to make this!


Pink Lemonade Cake

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I am excited to share this scrumptious Pink Lemonade Cake recipe from Cooks Country magazine.  That’s their picture above.  And here’s mine:

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I was worried that the cake would be overly sweet, however, I was so pleasantly surprised!  And it’s easy to make those darling decorative lemon slices.


FREE Printable Peacock Party Favor Tag

Following yesterday’s Peacock Wedding theme post, I just had to make a generic FREE printable peacock party favor tag for you!  Here it is:


This peacock printable tag is designed at 2.5 inch round, and I set them up to come 12 to a sheet.  The download is in a PDF format file.  Just download, print, and then cut.  (We recommend a circle punch, like THIS ONE, but scissors work too!  Punches are lost cost and once you have one you’ll find zillions of reasons to use it)

You can punch a hole and add tags to your party favors with string or ribbon… or use the design as a cupcake topper.  If you decide to print them on STICKER paper, these will make great seals for favor bags or boxes.

Get the Peacock Favor Tag HERE.

And if you’d like  CUSTOM party favor tags, you can click HERE to order tags personalized and customized for your event!  We’ll customize, print, and ship them right to you!



Gorgeous Peacock Theme Wedding!

I have a special post today..thank you SO MUCH to Crystal and Joseph for sharing their fabulous pictures from their peacock theme wedding!

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Look at the GORGEOUS tutu dresses and headbands on these girls!

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Love her bouquet!


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This is a great DIY sign for a beach wedding.  It could be done in any theme, really:


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Peacock Cupcake Wrappers from Diva Entertains shop


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Ok, this photo did me in… how cute is this!!

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Thank you again, to Crystal and Joseph!

DIY Luau Party Ideas!

I haven’t ever been to Hawaii, but it’s on the top five of my “I want to visit there” places list!  So when I happened across a fun Luau party post, and, well… this post happened!  Here are some great DIY and recipe ideas for Luau parties!

The post that inspired me to think LUAU… from Glorious Treats.  You can check out her tutorial for the cookies HERE.



Super cute “crab” sandwiches, made from croissants – from Catch My Party:  She has 58 pictures to scroll through including lots of great luau party food ideas!



Check out this fabulous post from Nikkiikkin.  The backdrop is amazing, and I don’t think it would be TOO hard for a DIY’er to pull off!  She even shows a step-by-step photo tutorial showing how to make the pineapple cake pop centerpiece!


From Key Ingredient, a VERY simple, but colorful way to add pizzazz to your Luau punch bowl. Food coloring, lemons, freezer… EASY!



And finally, get some AMAZING Luau Tiki party and inspiration from Bird’s Party.  I don’t think the free printables are still available, but it’s worth clicking over for the cute hibiscus flower tutorial:




Rock Star Birthday Parties!

We’ve got some GREAT ideas for you today… with a ROCK star theme!  Lights, glitter, glamour… COLOR, loud noises…and more glitter!  Check out the inspiration for your next guitar rock star party!

First, check out the great video on how to make a rock star cake!

A super cute Rock Star DIVA birthday party photo album, from Dreamers to Doers (Martha Stewart):




Check out the Girly Themed Rock Star post from the Hostess blog – love how girly AND rock it is at the same time!  Scroll to the end of the post for tips and ideas on recreating some of what you see.


A FAB DIY on how to make a centerpiece bowl (or candy bowl?) using old records – from Cut Out and Keep:


AND, from our own Diva Entertains shop, some fun favors for the Rock Star birthday or event!


Grippy Socks ~ Guitar Cookies ~  Guitar Hero Chocolate ~  Rock Star Candy Wrappers

Loaded S’Mores

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We had a lot of company last week that included lots of kids so we decided to have some fun and try out this loaded S’Mores that I can across in the June/July 2013 issue of Taste of Home.  Everyone loved them! I’m sure you will too.  I’ve adapted the recipe slightly.


Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby Shower

Today’s theme is FULL of color and fun!  I’ve found a ton of inspiration for baby showers based on the very popular book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

From Make Life Lovely, an incredible post full of FAB “hungry caterpillar shower” ideas!  Love the wood rustic stands for fruit and more!


School teachers designed a Very Hungry Caterpillar shower for their co-worker, from Talented Terrace Girls.  What a great idea for poms!


And speaking of great ideas, check out THIS caterpillar design, from That’s So Cute.  There are some great photos in the album, so be sure to click over!  Great Very Hungry Caterpillar party ideas!


And from Catch My Party, another great photo album full of caterpillar goodness! There are 50 fabulous photos to look through – filled with inspiration!


Paris Themed Bridal Shower

Paris, and all things Parisian, is a VERY HOT theme for baby showers, bridal showers, and birthday parties!  I’ve got some great bridal shower ideas for you Paris fans today!

From Every Last Detail, check out my inspiration for this post… FAB, FAB Paris themed shower!


A simple, but fun way to bring a Parisian feel to a bridal shower… a chalkboard menu!  This one from Sips, etc.


From Moms and Munchkins, some amazing inspiration for favors, decor and more – PARIS themed!


And from, a fun DIY Paris Themed Bridal Shower favor box!


And Diva Entertains also has a beautiful line of Paris Favors – please take a look!

Paris Themed Bridal Shower