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Butterfly Themed Birthday Party: Decorations

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My daughter Lucy had her second birthday a few weeks ago. You only turn two once, so I decided to have two parties – one for family and one for her little neighborhood friends. We had a butterfly party and had so much fun incorporating it into all aspects of the party. These butterfly party decorations will really wow your guests! There are so many fun details that I want to share with you, so I am splitting it up into three posts: decorations, food and activities

I started by selecting a color palette and contacting my friend to create the invitation and party printables. Then I went to town making the decorations!

Butterfly Party Decorations

Tulle Ceiling Treatment:

I purchased 6 yards each of yellow, orange and pink tulle from Hobby Lobby. It was only $.77 per yard and went a LONG WAY!

For the ceiling treatment I simply tied knots at the end of the length of tulle around a hula hoop (from Dollar Tree) and let it drape down to the sides of the table. I secured the hula hoop to the ceiling by tying fishing line around it in a few places and used thumb tacks and glue dots to stick it into the ceiling. We don’t mind a few pin size holes in the ceiling.

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 Table Skirt:

I purchased two yards of 45″ wide muslin backing from Walmart at $2.50 per yard and used that as the base to add my three tulle ruffles. I started by pinning the corners of the muslin and sewing in the corners so it would stay on the table (it overlapped about 12″ on the top and sides). Then I pinned the tulle down and sewed. Don’t look too close – I’m a beginner at sewing. I started with the bottom row to get floor length correct, then added the top row and then the middle row so I could be sure it was centered correctly.


Tulle Skirt:

I measured a 1″ thick width of elastic to my daughters waist and sewed the seam. Then I cut lengths of yellow, orange and pink tulle and tied it in knots all around the elastic. I think it turned out cute – it won’t win any awards or last for years to come, but it was perfect for the party and she loves wearing it!


Additionally, I added tulle around the candy jars, wheat grass containers and on each of the chair backs to continue the theme throughout to all areas of the party. Tulle is great because it added the soft, butterfly net feeling – without spending a lot of money.

Butterfly Balloons:

The idea to make butterfly balloons came when I was at my sisters house one afternoon and my niece was making balloon animals. I thought, “those would be the perfect center for a butterfly balloon!” I took 4 balloons and used a needle and thread to string them together and tied the string into a circle with knots. Then, I just looped the long balloon through the center and twisted the ends. I added a piece of tape in between each set of balloons just to keep them together a little better. Then I hung them from the ceiling with fish line and thumb tacks. I really love the way they turned out!

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Wheat Grass:

I looked around online for tutorials on how to grow it and found some that seemed super complicated so I actually thought about just buying it even though it was expensive. Then I got the bright idea to check with my sister-in-law Amy who writes Super Healthy Kids and she directed me to a post on her site on how to grow it. It was BY FAR the easiest method I had seen so I decided to try it. It was perfect, so easy and it grew right before my eyes! This is what it looked like exactly one week after starting the process – awesome, right?! If you’re not up for growing it, you can just purchase artificial wheat grass

These were grown in the tinfoil loaf pans that are 3 for $1 at WalMart, then I wrapped streamers around the base and tulle around the rim to cover the tin.

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These cute berry containers are also from WalMart and were 2 for $1. I lined the bottom in parchment paper so they wouldn’t leak all over when I sprayed them with water. I didn’t have sand, so I used small gravel (which I did have in the yard) on the bottom and then added a layer of dirt on top of that.

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Butterfly Party Printables

I knew that I wanted the three colors in a gradual fade from light to dark – to mimic an ombre effect. So, I worked with Amy at Shirley K Designs and she came up with the cutest printables!

– Banner:

I had her create 8.5 x 11 paper that faded from light to dark in each of the colors. Then I used my Silhouette machine to cut the banner shapes and the butterflies from the remaining space on the paper. Then I cut out the letters on some white cardstock and added them to the banner. It was the easiest thing to do – it took me about 20 minutes total.

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– Butterfly #2 Wall Treatment:

I thought of this idea late one night while I was trying to fall asleep. Sometimes that is when I get my best ideas. I love how this turned out. It really made a statement in the party space and was really simple to do. I took the gradual color paper that Amy made for me and used my Silhouette to cut out the butterflies on the paper. I made sure that all the butterflies were facing the same way each time I cut them out. Then I just laid them out on my kitchen table in the shape I wanted them. I bent up the wings on each side and used tacky tape (that play dough like stuff that is reusable) to stick it to the wall. The tacky tape was perfect because I could reposition them really easily until I got the shape just right.

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– Printable Party Circles

I used the 2″ circle butterfly printables on the soda bottles and the wheat grass containers. During the party, the little girls loved to peel them off and stick them on their shirt. They were all so happy to get a “sticker” as well as a soda! 🙂

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– Invitations:

I LOVED the invitations she designed. I sent her the wording and a basic description of how I wanted them to look and it was like she could see exactly the picture I had in my mind! They are adorable, aren’t they?! I had her do them 4 to a page so that when I had them printed on glossy cardstock, they were only $.20 per invitation – can’t beat that price!

Butterfly birthday invitation

– Printable Favor Labels

I love the font she used on the printable favor labels. They were the perfect touch of something to add to the popcorn boxes I found at Zurchers. At the end of the party we filled them with candy and sent the girls home happy!


Guest Table Garland:

I wanted to add decoration to the table where guests would sit without taking up too much space or obstructing their view. When I found these butterfly garlands at Hobby Lobby – in the colors of the party – I knew it was a sign from heaven! 🙂 Just kidding. Kind of. They came on a ribbon with cute beads and a loop at one end to go right on my kitchen chandelier and were the perfect little touch!

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Archway Streamers:

The ceiling in between our family room and kitchen/dining space is arched. I just added simple streamers taped up on it, but it added a nice punch of color. Everything in the room was so soft and a little bit muted. The contrast was nice to have these in the full, bold hue of each color.

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Come back for the food and desserts as well as the fun activities we did at the birthday party. If you have any questions about any of the decorations feel free to leave me a comment!!

And if you like what you see, share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest!

Here are links for the posts I wrote on the other aspects of the party:

Food & Desserts

Party Activities

Patriotic Party Decor

For Memorial Day we hosted a barbecue with my husbands family and I wanted to add some patriotic party decor. I was out of town the entire week leading up to the holiday and when I got home I didn’t have much time to put into anything intricate. So, I challenged myself. I wanted to spend one hour to create and only use supplies I could find online or already had in my craft box. I was pretty surprised how well it came together!

Outdoor Entertaining

I quickly found some really cute FREE Patriotic Printables online (that I showcased on Wednesday) and printed them out to use for a banner and food picks.



4th of July DIY banner


I glittered some clothespins and used them to secure the red and blue striped pennants to a length of ribbon. Then I tied that to the sides of my umbrella with balloons (I always keep the Dollar store assorted color balloons in my party box).

4th of July DIY Banner FREE Printables and glittered clothespins

For the table, I used my ornament hangers (also shown at this party) to hold balloons and a Patriotic Pinwheel Printable (found here). I also had pieces of plastic table covers left over from this party and used that over my white cloths for a pop of color.



4th of July FREE printable pinwheels

I wrapped some of the paper cups with the printable food labels, others I wrapped with the top of popcorn bags I had in the pantry (we have a popcorn maker so I keep bags on hand).



4th of July DIY Decorations drink wrappers

For the utincil holders I took an old baby formula can (cleaned it out) and wrapped it in a red napkin and more printables/pop corn bag tops and added a printable Patriotic Pinwheel printable. (It was really windy so some of our landscape rocks also made it into the decor to hold things down! :)) I had red plates and red and white napkins in my paper goods stash.


4th of July DIY Decorations

To dress up the fruit I added cupcake toppers to toothpicks. The kids loved taking them and using them to eat the fruit with.


Outdoor Entertaining Fresh Fruit - FREE printable patriotic circles

Yum, does it get any better than a grilled hamburger on a fresh bakery bun? I think not! Enjoy your holiday weekend and even if you don’t have a lot of time or any money to spend on decorations – you can do some really fun things that are simple, quick and will help your party feel patriotic!

4th of July Grilling

FREE Patriotic Printables

The 4th of July is just one week away! If you’re hosting a barbecue or fireworks show (we call ours the SIDEWALK OF FIRE!) at your house, you’ll want to read on! I’m always on the lookout for budget friendly decorations to add to my celebrations. It doesn’t get much friendlier on the old bottom line than FREE! So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite free patriotic printables that you can either print right at home or have printed at a local print shop. They’ll take your 4th of July celebration from generic to themed in a minute!

Free Patriotic Printable 2

Download these at Seaside Creative

Free patriotic printable 3

Get this banner on the At Second Street blog

Free patriotic printable 4

This collection includes the ENTIRE alphabet so you can spell anything you choose! Download it for FREE at Piggy Bank Parties!

Free patriotic printable 5

This fun fireworks set is provided by Catch My Party.


Courtesy of The Celebration Shoppe these include a pennant banner, cupcake circles and food labels (that are able to be edited before you print!)

So, go on and print out a few for your celebrations and come back on Friday when I’ll share photos of what I did with a few FREE Patriotic Printables for our holiday barbecue!

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!

Ninja Birthday Party

My friend Amy has done it once again. The birthday parties she does for her three boys are always so creative and full of great DIY details! This ninja birthday party is no exception. Her son takes Karate lessons and so coming up with the theme for his party was a cinch.

Ninja Birthday Party Ideas

She hired a friend who has a black belt in karate to come and teach the boys the basic discipline of karate and a few entry level moves. The boys LOVED it and had such a fun time.

Ninja birthday party

Ninja party lesson

A cruise through the clearance section at JoAnn’s scored Amy the perfect fabric for a backdrop. She added a printed sign to finish the look.

Ninja Party backdrop

Her son doesn’t like cake so she went simple and just added some nijago characters to the top of a store bought cake and a fun sign that she created along with the other party printables. 

Ninja party cake

Her son loves root beer and since the dark bottles fit perfectly with the color scheme, she simply wrapped a custom printed bottle wrap around each one to theme it to the party.

Ninja party drink labels

By adding fun little toys and wrapped candy bars to a take-out box – each boy had a fun party favor to take home.

Ninja Party Favors

Amy created the custom head wraps by taking 3″ wide silk ribbon and added Chinese characters to them with white puff paint.

Ninja party headbands

Happy Birthday Dawson! Hi-Ya!

Ninja party


Father’s Day Cake and Gift Ideas

Father's Day Cake and Gift Ideas

For Father’s Day I wanted to make my husband his favorite cake, but I wanted to add a fun twist. I decided to cut the cake into the shape of a #1 – for #1 Dad. 🙂 Cute, huh? Luckily, we both have the same favorite cake – chocolate cake with caramel topping, whipped cream and toffee bits on top (sometimes referred to as “better than $=# cake”, but we don’t call it that).

I baked a regular Chocolate box cake mix and then turned it onto a serving platter to cool. I used cake release in the pan to make sure the cake would come out without any missing pieces.

 Father's Day Cake

Once it had cooled a little bit I cut the shape I wanted. I used the cut out pieces to put together the # symbol. It looks a little bit ghetto, but once it is covered in whipped cream, you can’t tell. Then I made a few slits in the cake with a knife and drizzled on the caramel topping. I left it in the fridge overnight so it could soak into the cake (the traditional recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk to be poured over the cake as well – but I think that dilutes the caramel flavor and makes the cake too soggy).

 Number One Cake with Caramel & Whipped Cream

I used a piping bag to add the whipped topping because it was kind of a tricky shape and I wanted to be able to control how it went on. Lastly, I added the toffee bit sprinkles and I’m all set!

 Number One Dad Father's Day Cake Idea

Don’t worry, the leftover pieces didn’t go to waste. That was my late night t.v. watching indulgence.

Chocolate Cake with Caramel and Whipped Topping

Take a look at this adorable card I made. I stamped the words and then rolled my daughters hand in the ink pad and added her cute little hand print. My husband and the grandpa’s get one. Aren’t they precious?!!

Fathers Day handprint card

Then one last idea. My Dad is a huge rootbeer float fan, so I put together this kit for him. It has A&W Rootbeer, A&W Cream Soda, Ice Cream, an Ice Cream Scoop & 4 “beer” Mugs. It was really easy to put together and I KNOW he is going to love it!


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.

– The children colored Lalaloopsy coloring pages – found here for free!

– Each 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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Fairy Princess Themed Party


This enchanting Fairy Princess themed birthday party was thrown by my sister Beth for her daughter Mary.  When asked on her birthday what she wanted, she told her brother that she wanted a real live fairy to come to her house. She is such a cute little lady who really believes in fairies – and I won’t tell her they don’t exist – no way. Mary’s mom, did so many fun activities for this party that I want to share with you.

When the girls arrived there were 4 stations set up with a helper at each station. It was explained to the girls that in order to become a fairy, and earn their fairy wings they had to complete all four stations and then they would get to have a fairy dance and tea party. So, off the 12 little ones went!

Face painting: My sister and I worked at this station, be kind, I’m no artist! I watched this tutorial on You Tube the night before and tried to remember it as I worked on those tiny little faces.

Fairy Party Facepainted

Fairy Party face painting

 Coloring a Fairy Picture: The children each colored a fairy picture and had it attached to a paper bag that they would later use to collect candy from the pinata!

Fairy Party Coloring pages


Beth had her daughters color a number of fairy pictures ahead of time and hung them from the ceiling as decoration. I love when the kids get to be involved, it makes it so much more personal to them. As I arrived they excitedly pointed out the ones that they had colored. It was so cute!

Fairy Party Decor

Cupcake decorating: Beth made these beautiful chocolate butterfly wings following this tutorial. Each child got to frost and decorate a cupcake for themselves!

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Fairy Wand: No Fairy Princess is complete without a wand! Using bamboo skewers, cardstock butterflies and lots of embellishments including stickers, markers, curling ribbon and fuzzy pom poms – each child made their very own wand.


Once all the children had completed the four stations they were given their Fairy Princess wings and danced around in the backyard to “fairy princess” music (courtesy of Enya).

IMG_9269 IMG_9266 IMG_9262Then it was time for the tea party. Beth created a Fairy Princess oasis by cutting plastic table covers into fringe and securing them all around her trampoline – pretty creative if you as me! Each child was given a plate with their decorated cupcake and some snacks and ate inside the oasis.

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Lastly, they broke into a piniata and shared the candy. Below is my niece who got to wear big glittery fairy princess wings (found at TJMaxx).

Fairy Party Piniata

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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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