Thursday, March 31, 2011

Party Banner Ideas

Seems like this blog has taken on a "party" theme lately. Can you tell I'm gearing up for a birthday? Well, my daughter will be 4 in a couple of months (holy smokes....). I have waited my whole life for the girly birthday parties that I will throw for my daughter. I am so excited about the process and I'm loving all of the amazing and talented ideas I am finding all over the web.

Here are some amazing inspirations for Birthday Banner's that I have seen lately!

Beautiful Banner design by lovetheday on Etsy.
Large Sunshine Party Yard Stake Signs (PRINTABLE)

How cute is this?! Little Monkeys and Bananas for a 1st birthday! Too cute!
First Birthday Banner from merrimentdesign

Happy 1st Birthday Banner Free Printable Hanging Sign by Kathy Beymer at Merriment Design

Of course I love every bit of party design by TomKatStudio! She has customizable banners for whatever design you are looking for!

TomKatStudio


CUSTOM Happy Birthday Banner - Your Choice of COLORS FONTS TEXT - The TomKat Studio
CUSTOM Happy Birthday Banner - Your Choice of COLORS FONTS TEXT - The TomKat Studio

Here is a great banner how to from Paper Source:

Happy Birthday Banner
















Here is a FREE printable Birthday Banner from Anders Ruff:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sweet Craft Cakes: {Sweet Tutorial} DIY Tutu Table Skirt

This is perfect for a girly party table! I'm thinking about this for Phia's Princess party.



Sweet Craft Cakes: {Sweet Tutorial} DIY Tutu Table Skirt: "Supplies you will need: 10 yards of TulleTableclothRibbonPins First lay down your tablecloth onto your table. Next fold your tulle in..."

Friday, March 18, 2011

We finally made it to orientation! Woohoo!:-)



Well, I'm not sure that either of us have any Irish blood, but somehow the luck of St. Patties Day rubbed off and we made it to our foster adopt orientation last night (I kid, I know that God has his hand on this). It almost didn't happen AGAIN. The traffic was horrible and Tony made it almost half an hour late but we managed to attend and we both left excited. I was a bit afraid that Tony would be scared off by the honesty of the director, Freddie.

She was honest. She was very honest about the types of children that are in this system. I really liked Freddie and look forward to working with her during the process.

The next step is signing up for our MAPS classes and training. It looks like the next cycle that we can do is starting in June. I'm really excited to be moving towards this. My biggest concern is preparing our children. How do you do that when you have no time line? Mighty had very little notice when Phia came into our lives and I want him to be better prepared this time around.

Stay tuned as I will be blogging about this experience in hopes that others will want to walk this path.

On another adoption note, a friend of mine Erica Shubin is right now meeting her daughter in Ethiopia!!! I am so excited for her and her beautiful daughter. Please be praying for their court process, the attachment of her, her husband and sweet Zahra. What a beautiful thing...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sophia's Party-Ideas

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Fairy Wand Lollypops


Pastel Chocolate Bark

Chocolate Mint Oreo Cookie Balls
mint oreo cookie balls

French Macaroons

French Macaroons
Food Ideas:

  • Lunch boxes for the kids-PB&J or Ham and Cheese with bags of chips and fruit and water bottle. Maybe Princess & knight stickers on pink and blue take-out boxes or bags
  • Big salad for adults
  • Cubans for adults
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Blue punch
  • Vanilla Cupcakes with pink and blue frosting
  • little cups with carrots and celery with ranch at the bottom
  • mini fruit skewers
  • popcorn balls
  • cake pops
  • maybe Chick-Fil-A mini skewers with like 4 nuggets on each? Sauce?
  • Cones for fries or chips or popcorn

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

An Adoption Shower -Polka Dots and Elephants

I had the honor of helping a bit with a shower for a friend of mine who recently adopted. I had a great deal of fun looking at shower ideas and chatting with the girls about the whole event.
Here was our inspiration board:



We had a craft area for designing onsies, bibs and burp cloths for the Jax. There were iron on designs and puffy paints as well as some hand-made appliques that were designed to be modern and chic.

The favors were candy bar treats. We created a candy bar with the couples favorite candies and had little "Jax" stickers to seal the bags.

The food and cakes were catered and the tables were covered with fresh flowers.

For the game we had a trivia slide show on the flat screen about adopted celebrities. It was a lot of fun and a way to get guests talking and laughing. It was also very informative:-).


The Onsie Crafting Table:




Paper Lanterns as Polka Dots:


Candy Bar:








Cakes & Cookie table.

Travel Theme Adoption Shower Idea

Travel Inspired Party-This theme was designed to be used as a wedding shower I believe but the idea would be great for a family who had to travel to get their adoptive child.

'Love You To The Moon' Adoption Shower

I just love the idea of this shower for an adoptive family! We did Mighty's nursery in moon and stars theme so this is bringing back bitty baby memories for me! I love the saying "I love you to the moon and back" and it's so appropriate for any new adoptive mom! You could also do this shower in pink and yellow, pink and purple, green and cream, green and yellow, navy and yellow...the possibilities are endless!
To get the scoop and see more pictures check out Sweet Designs.

Asian Inspired Party & Adoption Shower Ideas

Asian Themed Shower:

Foe-Sushi!
Kids-sushi


This party would be wonderful for an adoption shower, Gotcha Day party or birthday party. I love this one! I am not a fan of fondant, which is used a lot here, but you could always find a way to use substitutions like chocolate coating and candies for the roe instead of fondant balls. Super Cute! You can see more pictures and read the details here: Sweet Designs

Monday, March 14, 2011

Adoption Showers & Parties

I have been wanting to feature parties, birthday parties and specifically Adoption Parties, Showers and Gotcha Day events. If you know someone who has hosted, or you have hosted such an even please contact me if you would like to feature your party with how to's and ideas on throwing a successful Adoption party!

Here are some ideas I got searching the web, I hope they inspire you to throw someone you love an adoption shower!

Stork Themed Shower, Blue and Orange
stork baby shower invite


Asian Themed Shower:


Foe-Sushi!

Kids-sushi



Russian Doll Shower:

cute food photos - Epicute: Russian Doll Baby Shower

Russian Doll Boy Theme:
Matryoshka Doll Baby Shower
Barn Style BBQ Chic. Could be adorable for an Adoption party or Gotcha Day celebration. Perfect for a large crowd.






This would be beautiful for any daughter's adoption party or shower! Love the use of bright colors! Frosted Events

pink and yellow butterfly girl theme party ideas kids birthday party http://www.frostedevents.com DC MD VA

Safari Party- Africa? This blog has tons of up close pics of this adorable Safari themed party. This was actually a one year old birthday party but this would be so cute for any adoption shower, boy or girl using some girly colors in there!



Pandaemonium Baby Shower- So cute! Perfect for Asian adoption!
Pandamonium Baby Shower

Pandamonium Baby Shower






Pink and Grey Safari Shower ( could be done in yellow and green, blue and grey...ect)

Adoption Party Ideas {The Sweetest Occasion}

candy buffet ideas  birthday parties baby showers bridal showers http://www.frostedevents.com

Ethiopian Shower


Lady Bug Adoption Shower- China

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