Flashback Birthday: Parties Then and Now

Flashback Birthday: Parties Then and Now 0

I'm doing some Spring cleaning and trying to make room for baby number 2, and I came across some pictures from one of my birthday parties when I was a kid; I'm guessing I was turning 11, or so. I can't help but laugh considering I create themed parties for a living now, and there was no discernable theme, other than crimped hair and big bows on me and my guests! I remember that at this slumber party we made biscuit dough pizzas, we played pass the potato using only our chins, and that my dad came out of his room in his tighty whities at 3:00am to tell us to quiet down, but no party theme to speak of. I'm guessing we just giggled and talked about boys until passed out. Don't get me wrong, I don't judge my mom; she had four of us and access to custom party decorations was slim to none in my tiny hometown. She did make a hell of a cake, though!

What I love about a themed party, besides it being super cute, is that it serves as sort of a bookmark for what my son loved at each age. At 1, he loved his pirate bath toys, so we threw a pirate themed party and it was so cute! We have some awesome pirate themed decorations for your little matey, too: banners, cupcake toppers, pirate hats & eye patches, and anything else you might need! For birthday number 2, he cared only about trains, so a train party it was. You have a choo choo lover? We have you covered! How cute is this train station banner and these centerpieces?! For the big number 3, it had to be big trucks! My favorite of all the truck decorations were the cupcake toppers that looked like they were scooping up the chocolate frosting. Who knows what he'll love when he turns 4, or what his baby sister will love when she arrives? But, whatever it is, they will each have a themed party to remember, and I'll have the pictures of what they loved to treasure forever. Afterall, my memory isn't getting better as I get older!

We have the decor covered, but you'll still need plates, forks, cups, table cloths, and napkins. Go big on the decorations, and leave the rest simple!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream! 0

Summer is fast approaching and, here in Austin, the summer weather will be here before we know it and that has me thinking cream! My favorite snow cone stand just opened for the season, my son and I are enjoying popsicles in the yard, and while you don't really need a special occasion to have an ice cream cone, a birthday party sure is a fun time to indulge. That's why I'm sharing our colorful and fun ice cream party decorations, so those of you with kiddos who have summer birthdays can start planning a deliciously darling party with our custom party supplies!

When I was a kid, my favorite thing to play was "restaurant". I'd make tons of treats out of Play Doh and "sell" them to my family. That's why our hanging ice cream cone decoration is my favorite item out of the set, because it doubles as a playtime toy when the party is over. Use them as part of a photo booth backdrop or prop, or hang them from a light fixture over the food or gift table, and then let your kiddos "sell" them from their ice cream shop after the guests go home. Another product that serves a double scoop of fun as a party decoration and a playroom decoration after the party is our colorful popsicle garland

If you're planning an ice cream themed 1st birthday party, we offer a great way to show off your sweet baby's journey to their big day with our "Sweeter by the Month" photo banner. This is perfect for display at the party, and as part of a smash cake or first birthday photo shoot. Each square on the banner perfectly frames a photo of your baby at each month from birth to the big 1.

Looking for festive ways to serve up sundaes and other delicious ice cream treats at the party? These cute cups match our decor perfectly and look like they're covered in sprinkles! Keep the ice cream drips off your table with this adorable ice cream cone table cloth. Delight the little sugar monsters at your party by making ice cream cone shaped popsicles for the whole crew with these molds.

Serve up a big scoop of fun at your next  party and let us help you make it easy and sweet with all of our ice cream and popsicle themed party decorations!

Goin' to the chapel...

Goin' to the chapel... 0

With the summer wedding season fast approaching, we are seeing tons of orders come in for spring time wedding shower and bachelorette party decorations. We have personalized banners to honor the Miss who's becoming a Mrs, cute confetti with the soon-to-be-newlywed's names, and a "Bride to Be" chair banner to give the queen a proper place to sit at her bridal shower, and much more. You didn't think we would forget the cupcakes, did you? While we don't offer a way to serve your party food and cupcakes, you can find elegant disposable plates, forks, and champagne flutes and have them shipped right to your door. They're perfect for your shower, or for the big day.

Since we had all the pre-wedding party decorations covered, we wondered if there was anything else we could do to make wedding planning easier for the bride. We use a paper cutter for almost all of our party decor, and discovered we could use it as a calligraphy tool as well, and offer beautifully scripted custom addressing for wedding invitations. Specifically, we can offer a unique looking style of metallic ink on dark envelopes; something that is difficult to do at home. Check out a behind the scenes look at how we do it here.

We would love to help you with your bridal and bachelorette parties, and even help you get those wedding invitations out the door in a beautiful and timely fashion, so please let us know how we can help! The bride should be able to relax and just enjoy her time in the spotlight, and we can help that happen!

Envelope Addressing - New Service Announced!

Envelope Addressing - New Service Announced! 0

envelope addressing on dark envelopeLast week we announced a new service for you, our lovely customers, and it is envelope addressing! We specialize in metallic ink on dark envelopes, and are so excited to be helping you out with yet another custom party planning service. We have a small suspicion that we'll mostly be working with brides and wedding planners on wedding invitation addressing, but are excited to talk to other individuals, non-profits, corporations, and party planners to help with all your invitation and greeting card addressing needs. 

Each envelope is run through our die cutting machine, but instead of having a small blade loaded in the machine to cut paper, we load in a pen which writes on the envelope with a metallic pen. The machine creates very precise writing, while still providing the personal touch of real ink, which is always nice when receiving an invitation in the mail!

You can actually see how it is done in this video.

We'd love to help you out with any envelope addressing needs. We have a few designs currently available, but we can work with you to create a custom design, or we can also work with your custom invitation designer to tie the invitation and address design together!

You can see our current designs here, or contact us for more details on a custom design.

Construction Truck Birthday Party

Construction Truck Birthday Party 0

"Biiiiiiig truck!" My son started saying this at 17 months old, and at 3 years old, he's still obsessed. And I do mean obsessed. Whenever we hear the garbage truck coming down the street, we have to run out to watch it. If there is construction happening on the side of the road, we have to make at least a couple of passes so he can get a good look at the bulldozers and "hextavators" (excavators). If he hears a siren in the distance, I swear he can identify what type of emergency vehicle it's coming from. His fascination with Elmo and Thomas the Train came and went, but the truck love has not faded in the slightest. So, when it was time to plan the theme for his third birthday, we went all trucks; specifically, construction trucks as those make his little heart race the most.

Construction Birthday Party DecorationsI think I was most excited about the cupcake toppers. I loved the idea of having little bulldozers scooping up chocolate frosting on top of his birthday cupcakes, and he was equally thrilled when he saw them. We hung onto the truck centerpieces long after the part was over and he "drove" them around until they were too worn out to use anymore. The yellow and black colors of the banners and signs really popped and made our kitchen look like a real construction site. We used this gray table cloth to mimic the look of a paved road.

In keeping with the bright yellow color of the trucks, we used these yellow plastic cups and these knives, forks and spoons for the cake and snacks. The bright yellow cutlery looked great against these black napkins. The tiny truck confetti thrilled all the kiddos who picked it up and re-scattered it around the table over and over.

If you have a truck loving kiddo like I do, this Construction Truck themed party will be one they will remember for years to come. We want to make it easy for you throw the perfect party, so you can just enjoy the birthday boy or girl's big day.

Handmade for the Holidays 2016 0

We are so SO excited to announce that the Handmade for the Holidays digital catalog is now available for viewing HERE!


We'd LOVE for you to join us at Imagine Austin Art Space on December 3rd 2016 from 10-2 pm. There will be free bloody marys and coffee, tons of vendors to shop (so you can check a few more names of your holiday list!), mini photo sessions, and a free kids' craft. How awesome does that sound? You can find all the details here.

Bring your whole family and have a fun Saturday with all these wonderful maker mamas! 

  • Shanti Grossman