A Beach Theme Birthday Party

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This guest post today comes from Kristal, my friend over at the fabulous LA mom blog PierToPeer.net, about the darling beach theme birthday party she threw for her daughter’s 4th birthday last summer. I thought she had the cutest ideas on how to throw a super cute beach birthday party. Here is what she wrote…

Last year for my daughter Ella’s 4th birthday we decided to celebrate on the beach. Living in Manhattan Beach and having a summer birthday, it was the perfect setting for her big day.

We set the tone for the shindig by starting with the invitations. They were custom designed by Sahar Robertson of DesignsBySaidi on Etsy. She created a cartoon image of Ella from a photo I took of her. It was so cute and different, a hit with the invitees!

She also created the sandwich toppers and the gift bag tags.  

For a party favor, we put together a special CD for the kids to take home.

Sahar helped design a CD cover for “Ella’s Summer Mix” to match.

We played the CD throughout the party to give it an extra fun vibe – nothing like some fun beach tunes to add to the party atmosphere!

Now onto the decorating ~ there are so many cute things you can do with a beach theme!

We went for a lunch menu of tuna, chicken salad and turkey sandwiches for the adults and mini sea shaped tuna and PB&J tea sandwiches for the kiddies provided by Lisa’s Bon Appétit in Torrance.

I also had pasta and fruit salads (made by yours truly) which were displayed in sand buckets and served with a shovel.

For yummy treats we had chips and salsa, goldfish, saltwater taffy and an assortment of other candies.

I named the food items with a fun sea theme of course on stationery from Michaels. Some examples are “Crunchy Coral” for the veggie platter, “Deep Sea Kelp” for the pesto pasta salad and “Fish & Chips” for the chips and goldfish. And my favorite, the “SAND-wiches!

And in lieu of a traditional birthday cake we went for sea decorated sugar cookies also provided by Lisa’s Bon Appétit. The cookies were a lot more manageable than cutting a cake on the beach.

I had canopies with colorful paper lanterns from Cost Plus World Market up for shade and lots of bubbles, beach balls and they even had a water balloon bonanza!

Planning a birthday party is one of my favorite things I look forward to doing every year. Having a theme in mind definitely makes the project that much easier and also a lot of fun.

I am currently working on her upcoming 5th birthday. A backyard campout, “Camp 5 Rocks!” Stay tuned on Pier to Peer for the upcoming feature.

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Wordless Wednesday: Spectacular Spectacles

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Emma turned six on Monday.

As she was learning to read this year in Kindergarten, a couple times a month we would make a trip to the local bookstore to pick out a new Level 1 I Can Read Fancy Nancy book (her favorite) for her to practice her new reading skills.

Therefore, it was only fitting to do a Fancy Nancy themed birthday soiree last Saturday with some of her girlfriends, and it was splendiferous!

Here she is in her Spectacular Spectacles, which we did as a craft ~ an ode to the book.

Party post to come. Stay tuned. For more Wordless Wednesday pictures, head on over to www.AngryJulieMonday.com

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Kid’s Dance Party Playlist

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All of a sudden my five (almost six) year old has discovered the joy of the dance party. I found my iPad getting stolen more and more often as she went into my Music list to play songs to practice her jazz moves.

Then on one occasion she looked at the song graphic for LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem and said, “that’s weird!” and I grabbed the iPad and thought, OK, time to make her OWN playlist of mom approved songs!

There are the ones we have on her list so far. I would love to add to this list, so please comment with your suggestions as well!

Emma’s Dance Party Playlist: 

What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

Who Let the Dogs Out – Baha Men (me laughing)

Party Rock Anthem – Kidz Bop version!

Shake It Up – Selena Gomez

Walkin’ On Sunshine – Katrina

I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

Evacuate the Dance Floor – Kidz Bop 18

Firework – Katy Perry

Love You Like a Love Song – Selena Gomez

Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus

Get the Party Started – Kids Dance Party version

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Any other ideas?  Got a birthday party for her coming up and want a fun little mix! What songs do your kids LOVE? What’s your family’s party rock anthem??

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Lovely Paper Craft Parties

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I love a great party idea which is why I am so excited to share with you a local OC company called Lovely Paper which offers craft parties at your location in Orange County or LA!

Owned by Patricia Aguilar, an artist and teacher who married her two passions, Lovely Paper is a company that celebrates teaching people to unleash their creativity through whimsical crafts.

Parties by Lovely Paper

Do your children LOVE doing crafts? I know my oldest daughter could spend hours working on art projects, so I can only imagine the fun she would have at a one of these parties!

Parties by Lovely Paper are geared towards ages 7 – 12, but she can do younger if your child is old enough to sit and craft OR even for adults! Think how fun it would be to have a craft party for a baby shower or moms’ night out!

Lovely Paper will come to your event and put on a fun craft party which includes:

* 2 hours of crafting with 5 crafts per participant. Parties are $250 for up to 10 participants, each additional is + $20. Mention Tiny Oranges and book your party before June 1st, 2012 and you will receive 20% OFF – Yippee!!!

* All supplies, drop cloth for the floor, table and tablecloth if needed, and a small treat bag for each of the participants.

You can choose from one of her three most popular themes:

Princess for a Day

This girly-girl sparkly craft party includes bejeweled crowns, fairy wands, castle photo cards, paper jewelry charm bracelets, and a wish box for the party celebrant.

Whimsical Wonderland

This bright colorful craft party includes masks, paper flowers, flower photo frames, paper weave bracelets and a wish box for the party celebrant.

Funky Diva 

This superstar craft party includes an animal print jewelry box, a jewel and animal print paper mirror, an “autographed” photo card, a paper purse with bejeweled ribbon handle and a wish box for the party celebrant.

Or maybe you have your own theme in mind?  Lovely Paper will work with you to create a customized craft party with crafts to fit your theme. Prices will vary due to supplies, call them for a consultation.

And, for extra convenience, for an additional cost Lovely Paper will provide light snacks, appetizers, paper cups, paper plates, and napkins in matching theme colors. Click HERE for more details.

You can also visit www.LovelyPaperParty.com and their online retail shop that includes wonderful products by independent designers and click here to follow Lovely Paper on Facebook.

[Disclosure: Lovely Paper is a Tiny Oranges sponsor. Check out their darling ad in the right column!]

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Birthday Party Bootcamp Event

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Hey party people! If you are a lover of birthday parties and cute ideas  you will not want to miss the Birthday Party Bootcamp Event coming up March 4th at the oc mart MIX!

Saige Nicole’s baby and toddler boutique along with The Pantry wedding party boutique are hosting the first “Birthday Party Bootcamp” with the assistance and creative direction of Lemonade – An Event Company.

This innovative and lively party trio has brought together over 10 of the best OC party vendors to share their secrets, expertise and ideas on how you can create a birthday party kids will love and one that makes the mommies gush!

Attendees will enjoy workshops which include…

* DIY demos
* Yummy pastries and treats
* Info on how to capture the perfect party pics
* Ideas for creative decor
* How to choose a theme that will WOW
* Birthday party fashions
* Paper goods and design…and more!

Sounds like SO much fun – I think I might have to check it out myself!

Event is FREE, kids are welcome, RSVP’s are helpful, but not necessary. You can RSVP on their Facebook event page or here at Saige Nicole’s or here at The Pantry.

Birthday Party Bootcamp

Sunday, March 4th, 2o12
12:30pm – 4:30pm
(workshops every hour starting at 12:30pm)
oc mart MIX in Suite C
3333 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa 92626

Participating Vendors: 

Saige Nicole’s

The Wedding Pantry 

Lemonade – An Event Company 

Darla Marie Designs

Push Cakes 

Dez and Tam Photography 

Sensitive Sweets 

Bubba Sweets 

Dolly’s Sweet Dreams Cotton Candy 

Sweet Lucie’s Ice Cream and Treats 

Connecting Moms.CA 

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