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Sailboat Party Collection and Free Printables! April 13, 2011

As you probably know, I have been working on launching digital party invites and party supplies. I have a few collections available now at my Etsy store and I will be adding more over the next few weeks! I love digital party invites because you can print as many as you need or you can simply attach the file to an e-mail and send it out that way.

The digital party decorations are fantastic too because they are totally customized and personalized. Love the race car collection but need it for a girl? Not a problem since it is digital and I created the artwork, I can change the colors! Perfect!

For my son, Asher’s first birthday, I wanted a theme that embraced the beauty of New England and the gorgeous view we get to enjoy everyday from our home in Jamestown, Rhode Island. I wanted his invite and birthday colors to be soft and muted, like the landscape we have been seeing this winter. There’ll be plenty of other birthdays with bright, vibrant colors. For now, I get to choose his theme and the palate of his party! Here is the color board:

Sailboat collection color board

And here is the invitation!

 

Invitation

And of course, the rest of the party decorations:

Cupcake toppers

Party favor tags

Happy birthday banner: HA

Happy birthday banner: PP

Happy birthday banner: Y

Welcome door sign

Water bottle wrap

In my Etsy shop, I offer all the individual pieces. I also have the full range available– a fantastic deal at only $45. The full collection includes:

  • 5” x 7” invite
  • Happy Birthday banner: 5” x 5” square letter panels
  • 2” party circles: thank you, anchor, age, happy birthday name
  • 4” party circles: make signs and cake toppers
  • 7.5” x 10” welcome party sign
  • 4” x 6” thank you note cards
  • 4.5” x  3.5” set of 4 blank labels
  • Water bottle wraps

To celebrate the launch of the sailboat party collection, here are a couple FREE printables for you!

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Inspirations March 30, 2011

My son’s first birthday is coming up. His party will be at the end of April. Deciding on the theme for his party was harder than I’d expected. For my daughter’s first birthday party, I knew months in advance that I wanted a ladybug theme… but for my son, I’ve had a harder time deciding. And, he’s too young to tell me.

So, I found inspiration from our surrounding. Here are a couple photos of his bedroom and the amazing view he wakes up to every day. We are very fortunate to live right on the water in beautiful Jamestown, Rhode Island. The pretty colors outside have influenced his birthday party theme. We’ll be celebrating his birthday with a sailboat/nautical theme. Over the next couple weeks, I’ll give you sneak peeks of his party decorations and invites but for now… here’s the inspiration:

The colors I’ll be using are: light blue, navy blue, rustic orange, dark red, beige, and brown. Of course, there’ll be some plaid because that is sooooo cute.

 

Pinwheel Wands March 12, 2011

One of the things I offer in my store that I seem to get the most hearts and gets featured a lot in Etsy treasuries are the pinwheel wands and pinwheel cupcake toppers. Pinwheels add a touch of whimsy to any party and are a really trendy party decoration at the moment. I love making pinwheels and my 3 year old loves twirling them. She calls them twirly-whirlies! How cute is that? Look at these cute pinwheel cupcake toppers! These pinwheels are on 4 inch sticks and have an almost 3 inch wingspan. These are an ideal size for cupcake toppers.

Mini Pinwheel Cupcake Toppers

And here are some pinwheel wands that my daughter loves so much. Each pinwheel has a cute black star-flower in the center and the pinheads are all white. The wingspan is about 8 inches wide and the wand is 12 inches long. They actually spin too!

Large Pinwheel Wands

To make pinwheels you have to have double sided paper. This sounds much easier than it truly is simply because it is hard to find beautiful paper that meets your needs. Most scrapbook paper is printed on only one side. When you do manage to find double sided,  you sometimes run into the problem of liking the design on side one of the paper but not caring for side two. For example, you love the pink and yellow stripes on the first side but the reverse has butterflies. Your party theme is lemonade and sunshine. You want yellow and pink. No butterflies. You have to keep looking at more paper. Frustrating.

I think I have found a perfect way to get around this problem. I found the most stunning glitter cardstock. When I saw this, I fell in love. I think these colors are so beautiful and the glitter makes it pop. What do you think?

Glitter Paper Color Selection

I have decided to let customers choose the color combination that they’d like and the star-flower in the center will be black or brown. So, if you are looking for a unique and fun party favor that doubles up as party decorations and photo props, then look no further!

 

 

 

Large Glitter Pinwheel Wands

 

 
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