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.

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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!

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

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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!

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

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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:

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Mermaid Party Ideas

Today’s theme is perfect for summer time and ocean and beaches…. MERMAID birthday party ideas!

From Meaningful Mama, some DIY mermaid party ideas.

Inside her post there is a link to a Mermaid Menu – don’t miss it if you are look for mermaid party food!

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From Catch My Party, an INCREDIBLE display of mermaid goodness - scroll through all the photos!

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A GORGEOUS mermaid party from Amy Atlas blog – love, love the colors in this one!!  Her sources are at the bottom of her post!

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From Enchanted Events and Design, another fab mermaid party theme.  Love the jelly fish ideas!! And they had 3 mermaid games and activities.

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From Oh Happy Day, a Barbie Mermaid party.  The female guests received mermaid costumes, and the boy guests received pirate gear!  SMART!

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And from chickabug, a great DIY tutorial for making an easy barnacle backdrop!!

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Despicable Me Party Ideas

“Despicable Me 2″ is our family’s new FAVORITE movie, so I just had to do a search for party ideas!  Check out what I found – lots of minion love out there!!

From One Lucky Pickle, a super cute idea for making Minions with twinkies and fondant! You could also frost with blue frosting instead of using fondant.

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From Fabulously Smitten, a great party post – love the dollar store cups turned into minions!  (I told you lots of minion love out there!)  Read through the posts for some great ideas!

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From Create, Celebrate, Explore…. a SERIES of posts on Despicable Me Party ideas! (see the links at the end of the post for tutorials).  Check out the first post HERE!

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And from Plucky Momo, a tutorial on making a Minion Bowling game, Pin the Goggles game… and more!!

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If you haven’t seen Despicable Me 2, I highly recommend it.  My kids LOVED it, and I did too – I might have even laughed more than they did!

 

Campfire Party – inside and out!

Summer is going to be here in two blinks of an eye, and it’s time to start thinking about campfires and s’mores!  Now, for the “delicate” among us, not all campfire events have to be OUTSIDE in the wild… some can be inside with A/C and s’mores can be made in more ways than one. (Click HERE to read our s’mores post!)  I’ve got a variety of ideas for you to check out today!

From Juli Jacklin’s Cupcakes, a cute photo of campfire cupcakes – perfect for indoors or out:

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From Frosted Events, a visual post with lots of campfire party ideas:

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From Kara’s Party Ideas, a cute camping party:

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From TSJ photography, check out the AMAZING camping party set-up!

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And because I can’t post about campfires and camping parties without mentioning s’mores (again)… check out the recipe/ideas for two different kind of s’mores from Moore Minutes.  The post if full of other dessert buffet goodness too… AND you need to check out her original post about the entire campfire/camping birthday party HERE.

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When Life Hands You Lemons….

You make Lemonade, right?  I’ve got some SUPER fab lemon and lemon-related ideas for you today… just in time for Summer!

Check out the adorable Lemonade Stand Party, from The Frosted Petticoat:

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Ok, this is really a Pinkalicious party post from vixenMade, but oh my goodness… check out the lemonade stand, based on one of the Pinkalicious books.  From a recent posts – here’s how to make Pink Popcorn.

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An absolutely FAB lemon/lime cake… from a gallery on Catch My Party:

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And a recipe for Strawberry Lemonade popsicals, from Willow Bird Baking… because… yum!

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Ocean, Boat, and Nautical Party Ideas

I live in the desert, and I rarely make it to the coast, but I love, love, love to DREAM about the beach… the ocean… boats and crashing waves.  I recently decided to “surf” the web (ok..groan) for nautical theme party ideas.  Here are some of the great posts I found!

From 6th Street Design School, a fab post full of nautical party ideas!  I especially love her “drink station”.  And she lists all sources as well as several ‘how-to’ links.

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I’ve posted a link to this one before, but you HAVE to check out the Nautical Christening post on the Hostess Blog:

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Here’s a fun link to making life preserver cupcakes.  You could also purchase white frosted donuts and add, with red frosting or piping gel, red stripes!

And another nautical party from the Hostess blog, this one with a more vintage feel.  Octopus (octopi?) are so popular right now…Oh – and check out the Spaceshipslaserbeans shop for very cool printables used in this post.

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And you need to click right on over to Diaper Style Memoirs – she has a FABulous post filled with amazing ideas for simple Nautical Party decor.  LOVE the photo booth with props!

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DIY Graduation Ideas

It’s coming… that magical, wonderful day that all students look forward to each May or June… the last day of school!  My kids have literally 26 more school days left before they are done for the year, and you KNOW they are counting them down.  I don’t actually have any graduates this year, but that hasn’t stopped me from pinning and bookmarking lots of fun graduation party ideas.  Here are a few of them!

From the evite blog, graduation confetti throwers – easy, fun, and festive!

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Check out the very cool “Keys to Success” Graduation party inspiration from Celebrations at Home.  Love the shabby chic, Anthropologie inspired look!

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I’m not sure if all schools allow for decorating of the graduation cap, but check out these fun DIY ideas from the Daily Party Dish!  They could be done for after-parties, at the very least!

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If you have little ones graduating from kindergarten, these Blow Pop Graduation favors from Life in Wonderland would be super fun:

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For most unique, but BEST GIFT EVER, I nominate this idea from Your Homebased Mom She teaches you how to make a Money Lei!

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And not to toot our own horn or anything, but we do have some pretty fabulous Graduation Party Favors in the Diva Entertains shop

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Graduation Fans  ~  Graduation Hat Favors  ~  Graduation Cookie Pops

Theme Thursday – Hollywood!

In case you weren’t aware, February 24th is Oscar night… which means, lights, cameras, glitz, glamor, and divas everywhere!  And really, such a perfect theme for a party!  So, today’s post is all about the Hollywood glam.  Whether you are planning a big Oscar party for next month, or a Sweet 16 Hollywood Theme party… we’ve got some ideas for you!

I found a great “red carpet” theme cake in a photo album over at Catch My Party.  Be sure to click through and check out all the photos in that album – some GREAT ideas for a Hollywood theme.  L!ove the hollywood star signable picture frame and the red velvet cake.

 

A seriously gorgeous post about doing a vintage Hollywood  theme… check out the ideas from The Sweetest Occasion:

 

MissParty has a fun idea for using frames and classic photos of stars to decorate for your Hollywood theme party:

From the Hostess blog, a fabulous Oscar Party planning post… with FREE Hollywood printables. (It’s a post from last year, but there ARE blank printables so you can use them for this year too!)

 

I’m not a huge hot-dog fan, BUT these tuxedo wrapped dogs from Family Fun magazine make for fun Hollywood party food… and I bet your guests would get a kick out of them too.

And finally… do you want to let your guests dance the night away in comfort?  Check out the grippy socks a customer purchased for her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah…Hollywood Theme, of course!


Theme Thursday – Dr. Suess Parties

It’s time for another Theme Thursday, and this week we are getting bright and colorful and fun with Dr. Suess!  There are so many directions one could go with this one, and for a variety of ages too!

From Design Addict Mom, an incredible 1st Dr. Seuss birthday party theme:

Another 1st birthday party, from the Hostess blog a Cat in the Hat Birthday party.  There are some AMAZING photos with this one, so be sure to click through and see all the ideas! She provides sources at the end of her post.  Aren’t the Cat in the Hat Hats adorable!

Check out this cute idea for Dr. Seuss themed photo booth, from Catch my Party:  A red frame and a blue background (if you can’t find cat in the hat fabric or gift wrap) will work just fine!

The Party Wagon has some FAB photos and ideas with her Dr. Seuss party post… I love the yarn-covered bottles as centerpieces.  There are so many fabulous ideas in this post – make sure you scroll down to the end of the post to find sources!

And from Hank & Hunt, check out this SUPER EASY, but fab Lorax Cupcake for a Lorax party… Truffula Trees: