Fiesta Friday - Fiesta Inspirations #9

Have I told you lately how much I love sharing parties with unique themes? Check these gems that really stretch the creative muscle...
I've seen chicken love and now it's flamingo love at A Bushel And A Peck...yes, flamingos!

Even graffiti is inspiration at Modern Frills' party.  Trying to please an 8 year old boy is hard but she manages to meet his approval!

I love a good dinosaur party and Wants And Wishes 'Rawr Means Happy Birthday In Dinosaur' looks like so much fun! Plus, the printables are available in her shop.

OK, I'm wowzing over Shelly Blog Blog's refreshment table for the opening night of a production of High School Musical. Yes, that is a basketball court table topper; her head was definitely in the game!

Is your Daddy-O turning 40? How about a 40 Oz Of Funk as a birthday theme! I love this party featured on A Special Occasion personal touches like a mix CD favor of his favorite old school rap songs, cocktail napkins with printed quotes and a “guys” bar made it masculine but sentimental and sweet all rolled into one.

Yes dearies, based on The Fly Guy book series, fly inspiration from The Purple Pug. The swatter accents and those cookies are awesomatic!

Need even more inspiration? Check out Fiesta Inspirations #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8

We Go Wednesday - Cupcakes/Hello, Cupcake/Simply Sweet Cupcakes

I'm on a cupcake roll today, sharing THREE cupcake hot spots! But business before pleasure; the winner of the Cupcakes magazine giveaway...
Comment #5 - Mary Beth 'One of my favorite cupcakes to eat is red velvet. Delicious!'  

Since she didn't leave a contact email, Mary Beth, I hope you are reading, because you have 24 hours to email me or I'll have to pick an alternate winner!

When I ever get back to Vancouver, B.C. (we drove by on our way to Whistler), number #1 on my to-go list (and if you find yourself there)...

Cupcakes. But for us stateside, they are better known as WeTV's The Cupcake Girls. My friend was recently in Vancouver and when she saw this shop, she thought of me and snapped a few pictures, not realizing I knew exactly who they were, because I heart the show. I sure hope it comes back next season, so many unanswered questions!

And speaking of leaving said friend's house and cupcakes, she hipped me to Tacoma's Hello, Cupcake and said I should stop by.  You don't have to tell me twice.

Seriously, is that my child reaching under the glass? I was so busy eyeballing the cupcakes, I didn't even see him do that, and no one else did! I promise, he didn't pull one out.


There was a party in the party room, so I couldn't take pictures, but here is one from their site. I sure wish I lived closer; you can rent the party room for any type of function for $30 for 2 hours and bring in your own treats or for $10 per person, you can get the room and each guests gets 2 cupcakes and all the goodies needed to decorate plus a beverage. How sweet is that?

And lastly, a spot we've been meaning to try forevah, but there is always a line every time we pass by, Snohomish's Simply Sweet Cupcakes. Our chance finally came this Easter weekend.  What is hilarious to me is they are a block away from another cupcakery (coming up in another post) and they are night and day.  This place is tiny, with enough room for the counter, a rack of decor items and a few tables while the other locale is a 2 story, splashy, with a party room. But where is the line at? Exactly!

A cookies & cream, mint chocolate chip and carrot cake to-go please...oh man, with the cream cheese frosting, the carrot cake was to die for. We'll just say I had to have the boys throw the liners away because they were trying to lick the cake off.

Tuesday Tip - Stella & Dot Giveaway!

If you haven't entered yet, today is the last day of my Cupcakes magazine giveaway, you'd better hop to it, it ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. PT.
And speaking of giveaways, I have a fabulous and sparkly one for you! I was recently approached by Ratchelle from Stella & Dot about hosting a giveaway, and of course I said yes! I love their jewelry, and very affordable; 50% of the Stella & Dot line is under $50.

Check out the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, such yummy colors and everything comes in pretty boxes.

And to get you even more excited, check out this gorgeous party inspired by the jewelry from Icing Designs. Don't you love how she draped the jewelry and really showcases it?

Anyways, I'm so digressing, back to the giveaway! Ratchell is giving one of you your own pair of Glint Flower earrings, shown here in InStyle Weddings!

1. "Like" Ratchelle's page on Facebook and leave a comment on her wall saying hello!

2. Leave a comment on this post letting me know you did.

That's it! But, you have to leave a comment in both places or your entry will not count!

3. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook page, making sure to tag Ratchelle's Stella & Dot page.  Leave a comment here that you did.

Giveaway ends next Tuesday, May 3, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Winner will be chosen by, and contacted by email. Winner will have 24 hours to respond otherwise an alternate will be chosen.

April Shower Parties Bring May Flowers

Check out my latest post on Today's Mama! I share a few very inspiring shower (and I mean literal shower) themes that you've probably seen floating around the web lately, and a few you haven't!

Carrot Cupcake Shooters + Easter Berry Basket

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter weekend! Feast your eyes on these cuties I made, carrot cupcake shooters! I took a crop of them for our teachers and front-office people, and they LOVED them! I'm also adding one to each boy's Easter basket. I take zero credit for this, it's all from the Superchick herself! Check out her easy tute if you happen to have cupcake shooters laying around and need some last minute goodies for Easter.

OK, and speaking of which, how could I not share this cute Easter basket from Blue Cupcake made with a berry box?  When I saw this, I knew, this is what I had to do for the boys' goodies.  What? Where do you find these cute boxes? Why Garnish, of course. Put this in your file for next year.

Fiesta Friday - Earth Day 2011

Tonight, the boys and I can't wait to check out DisneyNature's African Cats, opening today, as have the DisneyNature films of the past.  And FYI, during the film's opening week (today through Thursday), a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Africa Wildlife Foundation to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, elephants, and a host of other animals in the African savanna.

In keeping with today's theme (and all year round), feel free to peruse my Green Ideas, lots of tips and ideas on reusing and recycling projects. And in this spirit, today's post is from last year; these parties are so inspiring with their sustainable and reusable ideas.  I love revisiting them, as I'm sure you will too.
Utterly Engaged weddingFirst stop, Bash Events. Owner Paige Appel specializes in modern sensibility and sustainable practices for events and weddings. Check her wedding out in her Utterly Engaged spread; eco-fab details include renting her wedding gown, having an at-home wedding, organic food and natural decor. Her husband even painted the Love Is Sweet theme on their garage door.
Loving this eco-friendly artist party from One Charming Party. Details include invitations made from 100% tree free paper and junk mail, favors are recycled crayons and upcycled notebooks, aprons made from mens’ dress shirts and fabric banners made from stained clothing and old pillowcases.
Giggleberry Creations' book-inspired party includes cupcake toppers and wrappers made from old book pages and a handmade backdrop.
Emerson tablescapeCheck out this eco-chic tablescape from Emerson Made at Ruffled; a kraft paper runner and stunning, reusable handmade fabric flowers are clean and practical. Plus, check out the Emerson Made site, not only will you find lots of fabric flowers but other green goodies.
cactus inspired weddingI heart this cactus-themed wedding board from Fine Stationery; succulents are more affordable than flowers, and of course last longer. Check out the tiny potted plants that work as favors and place cards and the wreaths made from cactus and succulent plants in a variety of colors and sizes.
This summer fiesta at Design*Sponge also utilizes succulents and lots of tissue-paper projects, both affordable and recyclable.
Newspaper wrapped giftThe fabulous Katherine Marie Photography used newspaper-wrapped gifts and mason jar treats for a birthday celebration. I bet she had ribbon lying around, it's a perfect use of leftover ribbon.
Lolliblog eco party ideasThe ladies at Alchemy Events know how to stretch a dollar! Check out their favorite party details from vintage tea cups from a local thrift store, apron chair covers, yarn balls, to mini chalk boards for reusable name tags.
Danny Seo eco party collageIn the Gospel According To Simply Green: Parties Danny Seo, the celebrity eco-stylist often called the "Green Martha Stewart" shares a plethora of eco-chic ideas; a few gems include making invites from recycled makeup compacts, salad-bar radish roses, baby-clothes shower invitations and tea lights from oyster shells.
Pottery Barn farmhouse brunchCheck out this farmhouse brunch from Pottery Barn, so many great elements you can duplicate! A casual tablecloth is layers of brown butcher paper with pencil outlines of place settings, flowers, even personalized messages. The fun place tags at each seat are torn squares fastened to the glasses with rubber bands. They even fashioned an edible napkin holder out of the large outer leaf of a cabbage. Overhead, hang multiples of our mason jar candleholders, with herbs and single flowers tucked into the rim with rubber bands.

Pringle Can Pencil Favor Tutorial

With Teacher Appreciation Week (or a Back To School bash this fall?) coming up, I've a cute project for you! Plus, it's a recycled item, so even more awesome. We went to a birthday party last week where the crafty mom passed out these pencil cans filled with treats as favors.  I know, right? So of course I had to make a tutorial and share. I tweaked it a bit.

8 1/2" X 11" sheets of cardstock in pink, grey, yellow and tan
clean and empty Pringles can
double sided tape or glue stick
hot glue gun

1. Trim the grey cardstock to a strip 1/2" by 10", the yellow cardstock to a strip 8" by 10", the pink cardstock to 2 1/2" by 10" and the tan to a half circle with a 7 1/4" diameter.

2. Adhere the yellow cardstock with a glue stick or double sided tape.

3. Adhere the pink cardstock; it will overlap the yellow and that's fine.

4. Adhere the grey strip over the seam made by the yellow and pink cardstock.

5. Curl the tan half circle into a cone and hot glue onto the can's lid.

6. Color in the 'lead' with a black marker.

Voila! Now you can fill up with whatever goodies your heart desires.

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