The Little Sprout computer and printer are still taking a much-needed break until we're settled in our new California home, but that's no reason for us to skip out on Halloween-time. I'm so excited to introduce this sweet (and not-too-spooky) halloween party suite that you can purchase online, and print and prepare at home with just a few simple materials and tools.
The printable suite includes customized invitations (options below), customized food cards, customized favor tags, cupcake/treat picks and a banner. After ordering, you'll be contacted for party information for customizing your...
My daughter Rory Kate is really, really fun. She loves being outside, crawling really fast, and eating snacks. I decided to throw her a campout birthday party for her friends, and since it'll be our last time hanging out with these folks for a while (we're moving to california next week) we decided to go all out for one last playtime together.
As guests arrived, they were directed to head to the backyard with sweet pink wood signs. My 2.5 year old Leah helped make these signs, and it was such a blast. She did a lot of the painting (we squirted on some pink paint, and she spread...
A month before Rory Kate's due date, I took Leah out for a very special day (filled with donuts and ice cream and build-a-bears) to celebrate her last month before sisterhood. We called it "sisters' day" and decided that we'd celebrate it each year, at some point in August. We found out this year that there actually is a sisters' day, and it's even at the beginning of August. How absolutely perfect.
This year, we invited all of Leah's fellow big sisters (and their little sisters and brothers - and even one big-sister-to-be!) over for an ice cream sundae party. Leah chose the colors (pink,...
Kate is turning 3. Grace is turning 2.
Their moms decided to throw 1 awesome pirate party... And I was so excited when Grace's mom, Candace, asked me to design it.
Candace and Jen (Kate's mom) really liked the idea of red and black, and asked if I could design something that while fun and pirate-y, was still girly. Their party suite features a sweet pirate girl, red stripes, and the pirate essentials - anchors, a pirate ship helm, fishing nets, and of course, a little bit of skull and crossbones.
A rope-tied banner with red striping and pirate fun welcomes the pirate mateys to the Grace...
I've always said that my heart was born in the south, even though it was actually born in the 'burbs of Chicago. When Emily asked me to design a baby "sprinkle" party suite for her friend Carolyn in Marietta, Georgia, I knew this was my chance to pretend I'm a southern belle myself. :)
Carolyn's sprinkle suite features a flowered umbrella design, colored with all the shades of a sweet georgia peach (and a bit of aqua for her sweet baby boy on the way.)
Carolyn's guests were greeted with a coordinating banner, announcing her soon-arriving new addition.
And my favorite part, the food....
We put together a pool party design suite for Sophie's 4th birthday, and not just any typical pool party. Sophie told her mom that she wanted a princess pool party, and since Sophie's mom is super-awesome, she obliged.
Sophie's invitations were a flip flop shape, with a tiara monogram. Sophie's mom put together all of the creative wording - super cute! We carried the flip-flop theme across to Sophie's thank you notes, perfect for thanking all of her friends for celebrating with her.
Sophie's mom decorated the pool area, and asked for a sweet banner to tie the theme together.
The Hillstead family had a ton to celebrate last weekend - a second birthday, a 27th birthday, and an upcoming move to Arizona! They asked us to put together a fiesta that could provide some bright summer-y fun, even in a rainy seattle spring.
Our inspiration for this fiesta party suite was a cute toddler outfit (Circo) from Target. Bright colors, fun ruffles. It also served as 2nd birthday party wear!
We helped the Hillsteads decorate their backyard (no rain!) with some sweet tissue fringe & potted tissue fiesta poufs.
Blake and Ali set up a taco salad bar, served fruit skewers...
A few months ago, Kristy contacted me about doing a nautical-themed wedding shower brunch for her sister Melissa. We knew that a classy navy shade was essential, and after talking with the bride-to-be, Kristy decided on... lime! After finishing up Sara & Nathan's wedding, I was thrilled to work with this color palette again, and excited to put together a chic, nautical shower for Melissa & Ben.
The "tying the knot" invitations feature nautical navy stripes, with lime script and nautical details. The invitation cards are wrapped in gorgeous textured navy cardstock, tied with a simple...
Our second birthday celebration this weekend was Hunter's 2nd birthday - construction zone style!
Truck invitations featured a dump-truck with a swinging "dumper?" to reveal party details below.
We designed a shirt and special construction hat for Hunter to wear during his celebration.
A banner with Hunter's name and coordinating truck pulled the party theme together.
Truck thank you cards (with Hunter up in the front seat!) let guests know how much they were appreciated.
Happy 2nd birthday, Hunter!
Annika celebrated her 2nd birthday this weekend, and her mom, Melissa, knew that baby farm animals and bright colors were essential for their outdoor BBQ party.
Invitations were bright red farmhouses (with sweet Annika peeking out of the top window) with pop-open doors to reveal party details inside.
Melissa found a great checkered tablecloth, and we helped to tie the theme together with some colorful accents, including a name banner with colorful gingham print.
Mason jars with red gingham ribbon were perfect for storing silverware (brilliantly cute idea from Simply Suz)
We topped off some...
Need an easy, yummy, impressive-looking party treat or at-home snack? Rainbow popcorn is where it's at. Super simple recipe from Kraft, reviewed by us. You'll notice this isn't a "Creating with your Little Sprout" feature... Unfortunately, there isn't much in this project that is safe for kids to help with (other than eating popcorn while you work!), but I think your kids will be thrilled to stand-by while you make this for them - and it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish!
- 8 cups popped popcorn, either with an air-popper or traditional pot-popped with oil.
- 1/4 cup (1/2...
Tonight I had the pleasure of providing invitations and goodie bags (with raspberry rainbow popcorn!) for some great teen moms, headed out on a YoungLives girls' night movie night. YoungLives is a part of YoungLife, a Christian outreach ministry for high schoolers, and YoungLives focuses on teen moms and their children. I've been personally involved with YoungLife since 2001, as a leader in Champaign, IL and State College, PA, and I currently serve where I can here in our local YoungLife area. It's an incredible ministry, and YoungLives is no exception. Mentor moms volunteer their time to build...
After creating Isabella's Princess Party, we were so excited to to design with our client Kristy again - this time for her youngest daughter Charlotte, who turns 2 this week. We decided on an "afternoon pajama party" theme, perfect for snuggly-fun toddlers.
We designed up a unique fold-down bed card, with party details underneath a "comforter" front flap.
We continued the dot theme throughout Charlotte's thank you notes, birthday girl shirt, popcorn boxes, and food cards. On the menu? Pajama party snacks! A hot chocolate bar (complete with chocolate dipped marshmallows), popcorn, waffles,...
Today in Indiana, my husband's grandparents are celebrating 60 years (10x more than us!) of marriage! We designed up some springtime green invitations for them, with help from the rest of Bill and Jean's family. They'll be celebrating tomorrow with friends and family at a reception at their church. We're sad to be missing the party, but are hoping to sneak in a phone call to the happy couple :)
Yesterday, my daughters (22 months and 5 months) and I hosted a valentine’s day party for their playgroup pals. I asked Leah what kind of a valentine’s day party she wanted, and she remembered a book that we’ve read called “Dinosaur Valentine.” That, combined with her current incredible love of dinosaurs, led us to plan a unique and really fun dinosaur valentine’s day party.
We decided to make dinosaur crayons for her friends to take home as valentines, a nice alternative to sugary candy and sweets. We hit a few speedbumps in the crayon-making process, so hopefully we can help...
Today a sweet girl celebrated her 4th birthday like a princess. We designed up a birthday suite for Isabella with invitations, thank you cards, a birthday shirt and princess skirt for the birthday girl, some fun ribbon crowns for her guests, crown cupcake holders, a banner, and favor tags. Our favorite part? Her mom, Kristy, decided to go with a "giving favor" and donated a fruit tree through Samaritan's Purse for each guest at the party. Love it. Check out more "giving favor" ideas here.
Happy birthday Princess Isabella!
This afternoon, I hosted the second (and hopefully forever annual) holiday party for our PEPS playgroup. Last year, we had barely-crawling babies, and this year we had walking, talking toddlers.
Much to the dismay of our husbands, we decided to forego the cookie swap tradition in place of a “favorite things” party. Each mom brought 3 (of the same) of their favorite thing (under $10) to exchange, so that at the end, everyone would go home with 3 different gifts. Each toddler brought one $10 gift to exchange. Favorite mom gifts included travel mugs with hot cocoa mix, homemade applesauce...
This month, I had the pleasure of throwing baby showers for two wonderful women, expecting their second babies in late December and early January. This morning, our PEPS group celebrated Liz and her arriving-any-moment-now baby with a sweet mid-morning brunch.
One mom set up a yogurt parfait station, complete with homemade granola and sweet berries. Another brought freshly baked pastries from The French Bakery, in Kirkland. I baked up some individual raspberry dutch baby “babies” - super quick, super easy, and super yummy. (recipe below.)
A week ago, Liz sent me an email with...
This month, I have the pleasure of throwing baby showers for two wonderful women, expecting their second babies in late December and early January.
This afternoon, we celebrated the upcoming arrival of Ali’s little girl with a warm and cozy fireside lunch: bruschetta paninis, personal mac ‘n’ cheese, candy apple punch, hot cocoa with cherry vanilla marshmallows (pink, of course!), and chocolate candy cane cupcakes from Trophy Cupcakes.
Instead of routine baby shower games (don’t we moms end up eating enough mashed peas as it is?), we made salt dough ornaments for Ali’s baby’s...
Over the weekend, a sweet lady turned 60, and her kids decided to throw her an amazing surprise party. They asked us to create a summery party favor for their 25 guests, and we put together some super cute lemonade mix packets, tucked inside plastic tumblers, perfect for outside sipping. We made the lemonade mix pouches with yellow gingham fabric, with 4 single serving bags of lemonade mix tucked inside. To sweeten it even more, we added a custom label, tulle, and matching ribbon.
Happy Birthday, Theresia!
A lot of little ladies are going to be big sisters this fall and winter, and their mommies have asked for big-sister-to-be shirts to announce the news to their families and friends.
Congratulations to all of the big sisters (and mommies) to be!
We had a great time putting together a 1st birthday party for the Redmond/Kirkland PEPS group. The stars and starlets entered the party pavillion by way of a red carpet, through pillars with their hollywood stars displayed. The kids made their own handprint impressions to take home, along with personalized gold birthday trophies.
It’s 1st birthday season in Seattle! This week we had a blast working on Hunter’s puppy-themed 1st birthday party, complete with a t-shirt, banner, hats, printed napkins, and dog-bone-shaped sugar cookies. YUM.
Hope you have a great birthday, Hunter!
Lilah’s mom asked us to put together a DVD of the videos from Lilah’s first year. They had tons of great videos and photos, and we put together a photo slideshow and a video clip reel for them, as well as formatted and organized all of their full-length videos to enjoy throughout the coming years. And of course, what DVD is complete without a custom case?
Happy 1st Birthday, Lilah!