How to Plan a Safari Adventure Party?

How to Plan a Safari Adventure Party?

Safari Adventure Party

I love attending children’s parties, it’s so fun and exciting to see different kids party themes and how the parents prepared for it. The recent party we attended instantly became one of my favorites, it’s a super cool Safari Adventure Party. I admired thre creativeness of the mom who threw the party. It was visually appealing, the food was great and the kids had lots of fun. [Read more…]

How to Make Awesome DIY Party Invitations

DIY party invitations

DIY party invitations

When planning a party, your first impression starts WAY before the guests arrive at the door. First impressions start with the invite. Invitations communicate much more than just the place and time of the event; they also express the theme and “feel” of the party. That is why DIY party invitations are so wonderful.

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4th of July Party

4th on the 5th

I’ve been knee deep in planning a 4th of July party.  Since many of my friends are watching fireworks or at family get-togethers, I’m starting a new tradition-the 4th on the 5th!  I downloaded some printables from Hostess with the Mostess (Amazing freebies), and scored some decor from my local crafts stores to create a really fun party!

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The weather put a damper on my plans for outdoor set-up and activities, but I made do and set it all up on my porch.  I had originally planned potato sack races, but the weather put a stop to all that.  The kids, however, didn’t seem to mind at all, and played outside through the whole thing!  I just now got around to deep-cleaning my carpet and floors! LOL

4th of July Party

We had hot dogs with all the trimmings, BBQ food, and cupcakes.

4th of July party

Guests got cute goodie bags, and we kept the party rolling with sparklers, poppers, and glow bracelets.

4th of July Party

I made custom matchboxes by gluing the party squares onto the matchbooks.  Took just a few minutes and made a huge splash with the guests.

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4th of July Party

Let me tell you-I made the BEST drink ever for this party-and it was SO simple.  I sliced up strawberries and put them in a container, topped with blueberries, and poured Sprite over the whole thing.  I let it sit for a few hours, and what emerged was a light, fruity, refreshing drink.  My guests loved it and I had tons of requests for the recipe.

4th of July Party

I just HAD to include cotton candy.  The kids loved putting it in their drinks.

4th of July Party

4th of July Party

4th of July Party

The decor was pretty simple to come by.  I purchased most of the goods from either the dollar store or my local Hobby Lobby.

4th of July Party

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What did you do this 4th of July?  Did you have a party?  Feel free to share your 4th of July party details and links in the comments!

Fancy Nancy Birthday Party

Fancy Nancy Birthday Party

Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy Birthday Party

We recently celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday with a Fancy Nancy Party.  If you are not familiar with the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor, the books introduce young readers to an advanced level vocabulary and life lessons for children by using the main character, Nancy, who loves all things fancy.

In Nancy’s world, parties are called soirées and you always end a day with a parfait.  We pulled our ideas from the book Oh La La!  It’s Beauty Day  to theme the party and did so within our budget.

I set up a table for the guests to decorate their own fancy bonnet.  Using ribbon, floral bouquets, feather boas, and butterfly picks that I found at the dollar store, the girls had everything they needed to complete their fancy ensemble.

After the hats were made, we headed over to be pampered.  All of the guests received manicures or pedicures, with the color of their choice.  While they waited for their nails to dry, there was a sweet appetizer made to look like nail polish bottles!

Unwrap tootsie rolls and stick one end of a toothpick in the center of one side.  Then insert the toothpick in the middle of a marshmallow.  Dip the marshmallow into a bowl of melted candy melts or chocolate and place on wax paper until hardened.  I used pink candy melts for our party, which can be found in the baking aisle at any craft store.

We also had a beauty stop for facials and fancy hair.  Beach chairs were set up in the yard for relaxing during this spa treatment!   We used plain yogurt for masks and sliced cucumbers for the eyes.

We also had gel and hair chalk for anyone interested in colored or spiky hair.  All of the guests loved the pampering!

For my daughters cake, I made a two layer cake and added red food color to homemade cream cheese icing.  I pulled a bunch of random items out of my craft collection to make the cake fancy!  I used three roses at the base of the cake, and draped a necklace across the top. I clipped cardstock butterflies to  cake pop dowels ( that are found in the baking section ) to finish off the cake!

After the cake, we had to have parfaits!  Fancy Nancy loves parfaits, as do I!  Here is a photo of the table without the ice cream and chocolate toppings!  I used the waffle cone bowls to make our parfaits, and had an array of toppings.  The kids loved making their own parfaits with sprinkles and marshmallows and cookies!  I definitely want to include this whenever I can for future parties!

To finish off the party, we celebrated with a fancy piñata.  My daughter insisted that we have a piñata and I was on a mission to find inspiration for one.  This is a handmade piñata that I did myself after falling in love with a photo from another blog.  I knew that this piñata would fit our Fancy Nancy theme perfectly.

Using tissue paper and staples, I made individual flowers by rolling strips of tissue around my fingers.  The flowers were then glued to my homemade piñata form.  To “hide” the hole, I added tissue paper strips to hang from the bottom.  I ended up having the piñata half pink and half purple because I underestimated how many purple flowers were needed to cover the surface of the balloon.  We stuffed the piñata with individual goodie bags to illuminate the mad dash to get candy and leaving some kids out.

 

My daughter definitely loved the Fancy Nancy Party!  And I had an amazing time planning for it!

Topic: Fancy Nancy

Introducing…Party Planning

We’ve all seen the beautiful images in magazines as well as on party planning blogs and thought, “How do they do that?”  While I know it sounds insane, the truth is, you can do it too-and I’m here to show you how.

My name is Megan Wilson, and I’m the blogger behind Cattle and Cupcakes.  I’ve learned the hard way how to throw a good party, and my events are now regularly featured on websites like Whimsically Detailed, Spaceships and Laser Beams, Hostess With the Mostess, and many more.  Take a look below at the events that I’ve pulled off by myself.  It takes some forethought, a good pair of scissors, and some creative brainpower, but really, anyone can do this.

Here are just a few links to parties I’ve featured on my blog:

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Party Planning -1

Duck Dynasty Party (Plus Party Planning Details)

Party Planning -2

Wild West Baby Shower (Plus Party Planning Details)

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Elmo 2nd Birthday (Plus Party Planning Details)

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Red and Green 1st Birthday

Now, mind you, I started at the very beginning with that red and green 1st birthday party.  I had no idea how to pull off a party that would grace the pages of some of the most popular party sites on the internet.  I fumbled, I struggled, and I toiled searching site after site for ways to make my parties better.  I’ve finally gotten a few parties-and tricks-under my sleeve, and I’ve seen no real “How to” site out there giving regular people the tips and tricks that it takes to complete one of these soirees; and believe me, they’re worth it.  Each one is unforgettable and so much more impressive than a regular party-and for just about the same price!  So, thanks to Madame Deals, I’m going to be sharing my secrets to success with you-and I can’t wait to see what you wonderful readers come up with, as I will definitely be featuring some of your party planning skills at work right here!

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