Tsum tsum party decor

I went very low key with J’s birthday party decorations this year as far as “theme” goes. We did streamers, happy birthday banner, and little tsum tsums here and there.

We brought lollipops with tsum tsum cut-out stickers to his classmates:

I decorated some food containers with tsum tsum washi tape and stickers:

And got a few table decorations (my favorites were the little tsum tsum plates):

Little vinyl tsum tsums provide some whimsy to the decor:

And the boys got a tsum tsum for a party favor:

And finally some funfetti cupcakes with sprinkles got an extra dose of cuteness with some friends!

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Secret Pizza Party

I cannot believe J is about to be five! Where did the past five years go? I was trying to come up with a theme idea for his birthday and when he and his cousins were playing the other day it suddenly came to me. The boys love pizza, the boys love playing “spy”, and one of J’s favorite books is “Secret Pizza Party”. I ran the idea by J and he loved it. So now I’m collecting pizza party supplies, with some silly additions like little trash cans, bandit masks, and raccoons. A perfect party for our silly boy! 

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Valentine’s Decor

Christmas is our decorating holiday and this year we invested in new lights, mantel decorations, and a friendly little T-Rex. The rest of the year I keep decorating pretty minimal, but I’m working on developing a set of timeless decorations that I can bring out each year. I always remember very specific decorations that my Mom had for each holiday (the door signs were my favorite), so I think along those lines.

First, I decorate our hutch with a few fun items and prints. The puppy salt and pepper shakers are left overs from J’s birthday, but I love them! They match with the ABC heart print, and the little wood canvas I picked up from Hobby Lobby:

Valentine's DecorThen I set out two plastic heart shaped bowls for the boys to store their Valentine candy in. Thankfully, J has finally reached the stage where we don’t have to hide candy because he throws a fit and wants to eat it all immediately: Valentine's DecorAnd then I have a little line up of heart ramekins and decorations at the top (the plate design I made for J’s first birthday): Valentine DecorAnd this year after reading Momfessionals Valentine’s post I purchased these latte bowls from Anthropologie. I love them already because they are perfect for ice cream and cereal.

Valentine DecorFor the table I picked up a couple of little candles and some sour gummy hearts (the boys love these). I’m in the process of testing out candles to see if I can find one that doesn’t give B a headache.  Valentine DecorI invested in new Valentine plates for the boys (Pottery Barn), and fun robot placemats. I also picked up a little table runner from Target (again, I don’t get to put girly stuff up very often): Valentine DecorI also decorated the boys’ doors (because how many years will I get to do that before they start complaining?):

Valentine DecorAnd I have two different banners:

valentines-day-canvas-painted-heart-garland-o(From Pottery Barn…I waited for it to go on sale and so it hasn’t arrived yet…hence the stock photo)

BannerMy sister and I each made one of these heart banners about five years ago. I love it, but it’s definitely starting to show wear and tear, so I may need to make a new one next year.

And finally I picked up a stack of goodies to put at their table on Sunday morning.

Valentine DecorJ’s stuff is on the left and A’s is on the right. B also picked up A a Harry Potter Pop character that’s not pictured. This probably seems pretty unconventional for Valentine’s items, but I always think of it as little happy items. For example, A is always looking for yarn to make lanyards and signs, so I figured he needed his own. I think the boys will be quite excited!

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Puppy Pawty

J was thrilled to turn 4, and he was especially pumped that he got to have both his school party and his birthday party on the same day! B and I felt a little bit like we had been to a college blow-out the next morning, (except in family friendly form…ha!), but it was great to be able to have his celebration all done on one day.

He ran from his room that morning yelling “I’m four everyone!!”

Puppy PartyThen I met up with him at school to have cookies, juice, and pass out a few puppy themed treats to his classmates… Puppy PartyThen I whipped up funfetti puppy chow for the boys to snack on while we party prepped that afternoon… Puppy Party Puppy partyHere are some of the decorations…

Puppy PartyOnce everyone arrived we started opening presents… Puppy Party Puppy Party Puppy Party Puppy Party Puppy PartyThen after feasting on hot dogs, chili, and chips it was time for cake!

IMG_0333 IMG_0340 Puppy Party Puppy PartyThe day after the party A was reminding everyone that he was “still 4” even though his birthday was past. And in case you are wondering even after all the excitement and no napping he still woke up bright and early at 6:10 a.m. Seriously!

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A puppy party with all the colors

I had great plans to do a “Fourrest” themed birthday party for J’s birthday party. While looking through Pinterest (as we all do now to plan parties of any kind), J was sitting with me and pointed at two different pictures. One with all the colors, and one with puppies. He said “I want that! A puppy party with all the colors!” Not surprising considering his two favorite shows right now are Paw Patrol and Mutt & Stuff. So we traded foxes for puppy dogs, and began our party planning.

Puppy PartyLots of paw prints, lots of bright colors, and several personal touches of what reminds us of J at this age (specifically his love of telling us when he sees a number he knows and what letter everyone’s name starts with). I’m off to start putting all these ideas together!

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All Aboard the Circus Train

Circus Train PartyFrom inspiration board to reality, this was a really fun theme to put together for J. It was enhanced by how much he loved the decorations. Usually I start decorating several days before the party, but I wanted J to get the impact of seeing everything done at once. B and I stayed up late Friday night putting everything together (minus the balloons), and J’s reaction on Saturday morning was priceless. Everyone that came to the party got a tour of the decorations by J, from tent streamers to the little circus animals to the mustache duct tape banner.

Some of my very favorite ideas I got from this party and this party. I’ve also included links after the pictures to where you can find a few of the main decor. Enjoy!

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Vintage Circus Prints: Oopsy Daisy

See the Circus Book: H.A. Rey

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Snacks + Tigers + Vintage

Those three terms are the start of how I began drawing inspiration for J’s third birthday party. I realized that J’s birthday was less than a month away and I knew if I wanted to get any sort of decorations going, I needed to get started. I started brainstorming about what J loves right now, and the ideas that entered my head were eating snacks, his imaginary tiger (yes we have an imaginary tiger…he lives in our closet and sometimes goes to school with J), playing hide and seek, and adventures of any kind. I also kept thinking of the image of my early birthdays where we had these little carnival decorations on our cakes (which I’m hoping my Mom kept, they are apparently worth a fortune now!). They looked similar to this:

carnivalAnd then I was doing some web searching and came upon an old Anthropologie catalog cover:

circus inspiration I loved its mix of all sorts of different circus related ideas: pennants, stars, hoops, blues, yellows, and reds, and also a bright sunny appeal even though being not overly “themey” if you will.

From there I started sorting and collecting ideas and created an inspiration board:

Circus Inspiration BoardFor those who know me well any sort of mention of circus in my realm is laughable (crowds + “trained” animals + clowns is not my cup of tea).  However, it really fits with J’s personality and likes at this age. As usual there are a few things I’m planning to make (such as the felt pom pom garland, and maybe a pennant banner) and many things I’m going to pull from around the house (like wooden crates from the attic, and the Eric Carle train cards). I’m planning to keep the menu very simple with white chocolate covered popcorn, fruit, and most likely chicken nuggets. Because J loves chicken nuggets.

I don’t like spending to much money on decorations we never use again, which is why I like purchasing a few things that will last after the party (like the ceramic farmers market basket and the mini bowls). For little favors for the boys I was smitten by foam animal masks and colorful lollipops. And for additional decor I’m planning to pick up a few circus themed items (like red & white fans and tablecloths) and scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby.

I’m excited to share everything once its all pulled together!

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Simple G.I. Joe Birthday Party

G.I. Joe Party ThemeEarlier in the year A decided he wanted to have a hiking birthday party. Then he changed his mind at least twenty times and when I finally made him decide on a theme he picked G.I. Joe. G.I. Joe party theme items can be difficult to come by, so I had to do a bit of searching. Here is what I came up with and how I planned it all out…

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