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Butterfly Themed Birthday Party: Food & Desserts

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Did you love the butterfly decorations? I did too. They were so much fun to put together. The food and desserts were equally fun and they were delicious! I looked for items that either fit the butterfly theme or the color theme – that way they would all coordinate.

Butterfly Themed Party Food:

I held two different parties – one for the family to come for dessert and another for little friends. So, let’s start with the dessert party:

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For the beverages I purchased Strawberry and Orange Crush for the pink and orange colors and Jarritos pinneaple for the yellow (it is a Mexican soda and can be found on the ethnic food aisle). Then I just added a 2″ printed butterfly taped over the logo of the bottle.

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Oh, the cake. I had such grand visions of a perfect cake. Unfortunately, the vision in my head didn’t come out of the piping bag all by itself. I guess you need to actually have some cake decorating skill in order to get what’s in your head. ūüôā The frosting didn’t blend from one color to the next and the chocolate butterflies that I piped out onto wax paper didn’t stand out as I had hoped, but it tasted good!

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I made three 9″ round cakes in the three party colors. For the pink layer I used a strawberry cake mix (I made the rest into cupcakes for the friend party). The middle and top layer were a yellow cake mix with a bit of food coloring added for the orange layer. I made homemade cream cheese frosting because I don’t like the flavor of shortening based frostings.

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Lemon Bars:

I included lemon bars for an extra sweet treat. They are one of my favorite desserts and they matched the color theme – double score! I love all of the recipes from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe that I have tried and so although I hadn’t had this recipe before, I knew they would be good. They didn’t disappoint – they were perfectly tart, sweet and buttery. Give them a try!

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For those who wanted a less sugary dessert, I also served fruit kabobs. Keeping with the color theme I served pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon that I cut using a Butterfly Shaped Cookie Cutter.

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Guests got to take home Salt Water Taffy in the party colors, chocolate mold butterfly suckers that I made using chocolate candy melt and Butterfly Gummy Candy (purchased at Winco).

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At the party the following day for her little friends I served many of the same items, but added a few to turn it into lunch.

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Butterfly Sandwiches:

I used a butterfly shaped cookie cutter to turn ordinary white sandwich bread into cute little butterfly PB&J’s.

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Butterfly Crackers with Cheese:

Pepperidge Farm Golden Butter Crackers come in the shape of a butterfly! They also have a box called “Cracker Favorites” that contain butterfly shaped crackers. I found them at my regular local grocery store. I simply paired them with some string cheese or cheddar cheese for a simple tray.

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To continue with the color theme I offered plain potato chips as well as cheetos (what toddler doesn’t love cheetos?).

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It was fun to brainstorm ways to incorporate the butterfly or color palette into all of the food details! Stay tuned for the details on all of the activities we did at the party!

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Simple Birthday Party Decorations

Birthday Party Decorations

I recently did these cute, but simple birthday party decorations for my incredible in-laws. I really lucked out and got amazing in-laws. This year both of them turn 60, just a few months apart from each other so, as a family we wanted to do something big to celebrate. My brother & sister in-law (my husbands brother and his wife) just finished building a cabin in the mountains of western Colorado and they offered to host the entire family there for the weekend celebration! We assigned each family meal to provide and each family was asked to bring an activity for the kids to do. Since I was an hour from the nearest anything – I had to keep the birthday party decorations simple enough to transport and set-up. So, I decided created a decorative treatment for the balcony that opens over the kitchen and family room.


Simple Birthday Party Decorations

I wanted a gender neutral color palette, but wanted it to be fun and bright, so I selected Red, Orange and Yellow. I used the orange butcher paper fringe that my sister made for this party for the top layer. Then I used a needle and thread to string together 8 of each color balloon and taped the ends of each string to the balcony for the second layer.


For the third layer I created a banner using patterned paper from Hobby Lobby and cream cardstock for the letters. I used my Silhouette to cut them out and then ran glue along all of the edges to add glitter in coordinating colors.


For the fourth layer I wanted to personalize it by featuring photos of my in-laws from various stages of their lives. They were high school sweethearts so I included photos from them in high school all the way to now. I added glitter to clothespins and tied them to the balcony using embroidery floss in Red, Orange and Yellow.

Photo Birthday Party Decorations


Although the entire weekend was technically celebrating their birthdays – I wanted to still have a “birthday party” one of the nights.  We had pulled pork sandwiches (this recipe – and trust me, it got rave reviews!), coleslaw (this recipe, anything from Our Best Bites is yummy!), watermelon, cornbread and cake (from Schmidts in Salt Lake City, UT). Then we all watched a movie in the theater room while we indulged in some of the favorite types of candy of my in-laws that I had brought.


It really was an incredible weekend, we went on rides all around on the Rangers:


Made Birthday cards for Grandma and Grandpa:


Beaded necklaces

Had a water balloon fight and played with bug catching nets & magnifying glasses

Keeping things simple really helped me focus on the time with family and it was a fantastic weekend for everyone!

Lalaloopsy Themed Birthday Party

I’m excited that my crafty friend Kara – who blogs at Simplistically Sassy shares this Lalaloopsy Themed Birthday party with you today. She is the ultimate DIY-er when it comes to parties and I love all of the personal details and touches she incorporated into this party for her daughter.

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– Button monogram using a variety of pink buttons hot glued onto a blank canvas

– Yarn pom pom garland – tutorial found here

– Button table garland using cardstock and yarn (she used a silhouette machine to cut the button shapes)

– Lalaloopsy dolls, tissue paper and painted terracotta pots

– Starburst topiary – tutorial found here

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– At her daughters request, Kara made homemade baked donuts using a donut pan – like this one. Don’t they look delicious?! I shouldn’t write when I am hungry. The girls got to frost and decorate it with sprinkles. Fun and tasty!

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– Keeping with the button theme – Kara filled a jar with buttons and the girls guessed how many were inside.

РThe children colored Lalaloopsy coloring pages Рfound here for free!

РEach child made a Lalaloopsy necklaces using bottlecaps and pictures that fit them exactly (they can be found here for only $2.50!). She used mod podge to put the pictures on the caps, and then had the string pre-cut, and the beads ready for the girls.

– Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button? And Hot Pom Pom (like Hot Potato) rounded out the afternoon fun.

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– These delicious and adorable chocolate button suckers – yum!


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Barney Themed 3rd Birthday

This party is submitted by Beth Williams, a stay at home mom of 5 kids. She has three daughters who all have a birthday within about 5 weeks of each other – so springtime is birthday planning time for her. I love a lot of things about this party. The reality for most of us is that 1- we don’t want to spend a lot of money, 2- we don’t have time to make a lot of intricate decorations, and 3- the kids attending the party just care about having fun and eating candy. Adding a theme helps tie everything together and makes it a lot of fun to plan (in my opinion), but keeping that within reason – especially for the age of the children – is key.¬†Anyone who has spent more than ten minutes with a group of three year old girls, knows how short their attention span is. That means that she had to plan several short activities to keep them engaged and having fun. She did just that.

The kids were given a Barney coloring page when they arrived. You can print your own here. This helped keep them focused a little as guests were arriving. coloring barney pages

Once they were finished coloring, their pictures were stapled onto a bag that they would later find at the end of their Treasure Hunt filled with goodies!

treasure hunt bags

They danced to music on a Barney and Friends CD while they played the freeze dance game and each took turns choosing when to stop the music. Following the dancing they played the 4 corners game. Each corner of the room had a color poster of a character from Barney and Friends. Beth would hold up a picture of a character and the girls would have to run to that poster.

Freeze Dance Game

A game of duck-duck-goose was turned into Barney-Barney-Baby Bop!

Baby Bop and Barney

Then it was cookie decorating time! Sugar cookies, purple and green frosting and an assortment of sprinkles, candy toppings and purple “Barney” milk was served.

decorating cookies purple milk and cookies the birthday girlThe girls were so excited to go on a treasure hunt that took them all around the house and yard to find clues that ultimately led them to a spot in the backyard where they found their treasure bags filled with candy, drinks and toys! They got to play on the backyard playground and trampoline for the rest of the time.

Treasure hunt clues

Treasure Hunt

Here are the clues:

Clue #1 (hand to the birthday girl) Barney and all his friends think it’s special to get letters in the mail from friends. Look for the next clue in the mailbox. (picture of letter/mail and mailbox).¬†
Clue #2 (in mailbox) Barney loves to sing and dance to music. Find the next clue on the piano. (picture of piano)

Clue #3 (on piano) Baby Bop takes a nap when she get s tired. She took a nap on Sue’s bed. Go there to find the next clue (picture of Baby Bop and bed)

Clue #4 (on Sue’s bed) B.J. loves to play outside with friends. Look for the treasure on the swingset (picture of B.J. and swings)

Beth decorated by adding streamers and balloons to the party rooms in the classic Barney colors of purple, pink and green.

Easy Party decor Balloon chandelier

Here are the party girls! I think one of my favorite things is that the girls had SUCH a great time playing together (I know because I was there with my daughter) and isn’t that what a birthday party should be all about? I get caught up in details and sometimes I forget to just let the little kids be little and have fun! Great job Beth – I remember her telling me that she only spent $25 on the entire party – now that is budget friendly!

Party Girls

Here is a link to FREE Barney themed printables including cute images you can use for cupcake toppers, a Happy Birthday Banner and more!

barney printables

Do you have a party that you want featured on Events To Celebrate?!

Just email your photos and a description of the party¬†(especially details of any DIY portions)¬†along with a list of where you got items used in the party¬†(so we can borrow your ideas)¬†to eventstocelebrateblog@gmail.com. Let’s party!

Despicable Me Birthday Party

This incredible Despicable Me birthday party was submitted by Rochelle Wilde. She is a stay at home mother of 5 (with one more on the way) and lives in Ohio. If you looked in the dictionary under Super-Mom, you’d see her photo. She cooks, bakes, sews and crafts all while she raises completely adorable children. Her creativity and cake decorating skills are ridiculous.

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Here are the minion-ized invites:

Despicable Me Invitations

Okay, there are actually two really big reasons why I love these cupcakes. First, they use Twinkies, which I can down an entire box of. Second, they are so darling!!

Despicable Me cupcakes

She referenced a tutorial found here on how to make the minions. But really, I know if I tried to do that they would end up looking like a lump of rainbow play dough that my 2 year old plays with. Well done! Her son specifically requested that the minions be “eating” the cake. ūüôā

Despicable Me Cake

I love the simple, but well thought decorations.

Despicable Me Decorations

As guests arrived they each got to decorate their own pair of minion glasses.

Despicable Me Party Craft

Then it was on to playing Gru Says.

Despicable Me Game

That was followed by Finding the Moon and the Fluffy Unicorn dart game

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Each child was sent home with their own perfect package of Coconutties (Graham crackers – since her son is named Graham).

Despicable Me Party Favor

If you’re planning the party for a younger crowd you could also have them color a Despicable Me coloring page – find some free printable ones here.

Looking for some really cute Despicable Me cups/plates/napkins for cheap? Click here.

Don’t have time to make a lot of decorations – here are some that are perfect! Click here.

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Just email your photos and a description of the party (especially details of any DIY portions) along with a list of where you got items used in the party (so we can borrow your ideas) to eventstocelebrateblog@gmail.com. Let’s party!

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Captain America Themed Birthday Party

Captain America Food DisplayThis super cute Captain America themed birthday party was styled and hosted by Amy Rasmussen – of Shirley K Designs. Her little guy, Carter is obsessed with Captain America, so picking a theme was easy. She asked him lots of questions and really let him be a part of the planning. He knew he wanted bubble gum and cupcakes (what almost 5 year old doesn’t?). From there, Amy turned to Oriental Trading. Since it was November, they had 4th of July candy marked down super low! She designed the printable cupcake toppers, favor labels and candy labels and they are available to purchase in her etsy shop if you’re throwing your own party.

Captain America Party Food Table

She decided to splurge on the Jones’ soda since the colors matched so perfectly. And she bought Carter a Captain America t-shirt so he would look the part. ūüôā She hosted two parties – one for family and one for friends, so the decorations pulled double duty.

Captain America birthday party Captain America pin the star

Things I LOVE: The balloons hanging over the food table (weighted down by a marble inside each one). The fun colors that don’t just have to be for a patriotic party. The fact that she was able to save so much by purchasing the candy in the off season! Way to go Amy!

Amy and her darling family of boys are hoping to adopt a little girl. If you want more information about their family search for a sister, go here. 

Do you have a party that you want featured on Events To Celebrate?!

Just email your photos and a description of the party (especially details of any DIY portions) along with a list of where you got items used in the party (so we can borrow your ideas) to eventstocelebrateblog@gmail.com. Let’s party!

Baseball Themed Party


Baseball regular season started A few weeks ago and around my house that is a big deal. My husband played in high school and college and still enjoys playing on city league softball teams – not to mention playing MLB The Show on his PS3 and watching baseball as often as he can. We love going to major league games and plan our travels around them most of the time.

I did this for my husbands birthday party a few years ago but whether you are celebrating a birthday, Father’s Day or even just having a party to watch a big game – these ideas will help turn it from a generic party into one that is fun and themed without too much work (that’s the best kind, right?)!

I made a pennant banner and photo banner using black and white photos from his baseball playing days. (Pictured above)


Guests were invited to fill a treat bag with traditional ball field treats: licorice, sunflower seeds, big league chew bubble gum, peanuts and chips.


We served grilled J Dawgs (a local hot dog company Рdid you know you could order them in bulk to-go?), with all the fixings: onions, pickles, banana peppers, jalapenos, sauerkraut  and special J Dawgs sauce all on the delicious buns they provided.


We served root beer, cream soda and Crush.  IMG_4378We had guests sign a new baseball as a keepsake for my husband.

Once everyone had their plates we turned on the game and had a great time celebrating!


**This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. Infertility affects 1 in 6 couples and so chances are, you know someone who is going through challenges in building their family. Reach out to them this week and give them some encouragement and support. Don’t know what’s okay to say or what you should avoid saying? Read this, it is the perfect guide on infertility etiquette to help you be a supportive friend/family member.¬†

Kids Party Craft: Glittered Clothespin Magnets

Glittered Clothespin Magnets

Looking for a fun, easy for all ages and inexpensive craft for an upcoming birthday party? I’ve got the perfect solution! A few Saturday’s ago all the women in my family got together while all the men went off to a meeting and we ate pizza and made these adorable glittered clothespin magnets. It was something I just put together at the very last minute because I had the supplies in my craft stash and it turned out to be A LOT of fun! What surprised me the most was that I think I had as much fun doing them as the teenage girls, the tween girls and the younger girls (all the way down to age 5).

Clothespin CraftSupplies:


Assorted glitter colors

Masking Tape

Elmer’s School Glue

Magnets (ours were self adhesive)

Use the masking tape to mask off any areas you don’t want the glitter, apply the glue in a thin layer, dip it in the glitter and then remove the tape to show the cool design. Then, simply add the magnet to the back and ta-da! you’ve got a craft!¬†¬†Clothespin Craft for kids Glittered Clothespins


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