Party Planning…again!

What is your favourite part of planning your kids parties?

Is it deciding a theme? Is it scouring pinterest for ideas or perhaps purchasing all the party supplies?

We recently celebrated Naomi’s 3rd birthday (I’ll be sharing the pics soon – my comp decided to crash the night of the party so it’s delayed me in editing the pics!) and I’ve started thinking ahead to my eldest daughter’s 5th birthday (November) and son’s 1st birthday (January)

My favourite part of party planning would have to be the initial stages – deciding a theme, colour scheme and overall look of the party!

Now the “theme” aspect is not as much in my control anymore now my girls are getting older and have more specific ideas of the party they want. As much as I have ideas of themes I would LOVE to plan for…it is their party after all.

My eldest wants a Doc McStuffin’s party – if you don’t know, Doc McStuffin’s is a show on Disney Junior about a little girl who pretends to be a doctor to all her toys. It’s a cute show and to be honest although I would love to plan a non-character based party I don’t mind this theme so much – I’m just grateful we aren’t doing yet another Princess party!

As you can see, it can look quite cute and there are lots of fun ideas you can incorporate with this theme:

 

Doc McStuffin’s inspired party – Kara’s Party Ideas

 

The main colours are pink and purple but I’ll be adding in some aqua blue which is featured on the Doc Mcstuffin’s logo and I’ve seen incorporated into Doc McStuffins parties – I think it will work well to break up the pink and purple! Love this inspiration for a pink/purple/aqua combo:

 

Pink, purple and aqua colour palette – Chickabug

 

I’m also thinking of mixing it with an Icecream theme as it’s a summer party and I think an icecream buffet with toppings will be lots of fun for the kids. You can also have a lot of fun setting up a spread of toppings. How lovely is this setup?:

 

Ice cream party by Red Wagon Events – The Hostess with the Mostess blog

 

I love how this Doc McStuffin’s party was mixed in with a cupcake theme so I think I can somehow make the icecream theme fit in!:

 

Doc McStuffin’s cupcake party – The Hostess with the Mostess

 

Now for my son’s 1st birthday in January – deciding a theme is a little trickier given that really all he is into right now is milk…Sophie the Giraffe…and rolling everywhere and of course he has no care about his party theme or his party whatsoever – he just wants to be fed and burped!

However I’ve always thought if I had a boy I would LOVE to do a cute vintage tricycle party as I’ve always been inspired by this gorgeous one:

 

Vintage Tricycle and Kite first birthday by Style Me Gorgeous – featured on Chic Cheap Nursery

 

What do you think? Lovely right?!

I am thinking I could make it work perhaps with even a mint green/brown or mint green/grey/yellow colour scheme as I love the idea of some mint green rather than blue for a boy – but I also think the blue/brown look so classic together.

This cute theme really reminds me of the innocence of childhood!

The other theme I have always loved is a Milk and Cookies party ! The idea of a little milk station with flavoured milk and a cookie bar is such a quaint idea. Just look at this sweet setup:

 

Milk and Cookies birthday – Anders Ruff

 

However as it is his 1st birthday and will be slightly larger than our normal parties (and won’t be at home) the logistics of having to setup a milk and cookies bar for a larger group and with a limited setup time at a venue is putting me off…perhaps I may use this for his 2nd birthday.

The other theme I was contemplating was a cute Under the Sea party theme. I love this theme as there is so much you can do with decorating and desserts and it’s perfect for summer.

I was finding it hard to find any Under the Sea parties for boys that I liked. Everything I found used more brighter colours and I was aiming for more pastel or lighter colours to inspire me but I finally came along this small but sweet setup:

 

Under the Sea party – Lola and Lace

 

I love the colour scheme chosen and everything is so fresh looking and cute – perfect for a 1st birthday:

 

Under the Sea birthday party – Lola and Lace

 

Under the sea party – Lola and Lace

Such a sweet theme and perfect for a January party.

So that is where I’m at with my party planning.

I find now I’ve got 3 kids I plan and organise my kids parties a lot quicker than I use to – but I always start brainstorming early but end up leaving the real party preparation a bit last minute.

As always I’ll be drawing on the vendors on the Life’s Little Celebration’s kids party directory for all the items I need for my kids parties. As a busy mum I really believe we need easy ways to plan our kids parties (amongst other things) online and that’s what the kids party ddirectory is all about – helping you connect with some wonderful small businesses quickly and easily when planning your kids parties!

However as I said – I LOVE the brainstorming / dreaming up ideas part of the process!

I’ll keep you posted and hopefully soon I’ll get my daughter’s Snow White party pics ready to share!

 

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Ladybug Party Supplies

I’m counting down the days until Spring and a ladybird / ladybug theme is perfect for a cute Spring party theme! It’s easily decorated in red and black – and you can incorporate pinks or greens for a garden feel or I also love the idea of a pink ladybug party.

Here is my round up of ladybug party supplies – nearly all of which are from businesses listed in the Life’s Little Celebration’s children’s party directory which has so many fantastic vendors for all your kids parties – so make sure you go have a browse!

Hope you enjoy the round up. Remember to simply CLICK onto any of the below images to be taken directly to the relevant business page.

 

Ladybug Party Invitations and Stationery:

This cute ladybug invitation can be ordered with an equally adorable matching cake (cake only available if you’re in Sydney). Click on the image to be taken to the site of vendor Deliciously Yours for more details:

 

Ladybug Invitation and Cake - Deliciously Yours

Ladybug Invitation and Cake – Deliciously Yours

 

Some more cute Ladybug party stationery:

 

Ladybug Invitation - Giggles and Grace Designs

Ladybug Invitation – Giggles and Grace Designs

 

 

Ladybug party printed backdrop and stationery - Jo's Signs by Design

Ladybug party printed backdrop and stationery – Jo’s Signs by Design

 

 

Ladybird party printables - Fairydust Stylish Stationery

Ladybird party printables – Fairydust Stylish Stationery

 

Lady bug party printables - Dream a Little Dream

Lady bug party printables – Dream a Little Dream

 

Ladybug Invitation - I Will Invitations

Ladybug Invitation – I Will Invitations

 

 

Ladybug Party Decorations:

 

Ladybug foil balloon - Party Splendour

Ladybug foil balloon – Party Splendour

 

Tiny red garland honeycomb ball kit - Love The Occasion

Tiny red garland honeycomb ball kit – Love The Occasion

 

Black and red pom pom garland - Pom Pom Princess

Black and red pom pom garland – Pom Pom Princess

 

Red paper daisy decoration - Love the Occasion

Red paper daisy decoration – Love the Occasion

 

 

Polka dot red and black balloons - Party & Co

Polka dot red and black balloons – Party & Co

 

 

Ladybug Party Tableware:

 

 

Red polka dot plates - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Red polka dot plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Ladybug plates - Party Splendour

Ladybug plates – Party Splendour

 

 

Black and white dotted plates - Paper Face

Black and white dotted plates – Paper Face

 

 

Red and black party kit -The Kit Source

Red and black party kit -The Kit Source

 

 

Ladybug napkins - Party & Co

Ladybug napkins – Party & Co

 

 

black dot straws

Polka dot straws – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

These cute ladybug party labels are perfect to help theme your food table to match the ladybug party theme:

 

Ladybug tent cards - Matchie Matchee

Ladybug tent cards – Matchie Matchee

 

 

Ladybug Party Cake, Desserts and accessories:

 

 

Red spot baking cup - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Red spot baking cup – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Love these cute red/white cake pop boxes to dress up your cake pops and match them to a ladybug theme!:

 

Red white spot cake pop boxes - PS Made With Love

Red white spot cake pop boxes – PS Made With Love

 

Ladybug lollopops - The Little Big Company

Ladybug lollopops – The Little Big Company

 

Make your own ladybug chocolate covered oreo biscuits!:

 

Ladybug chocolate oreo mould - Confectionately Yours

Ladybug chocolate oreo mould – Confectionately Yours

 

If you want to make your own ladybug birthday cake for your child this DIY kit is an easy way to do it:

 

Ladybug DIY Cake kit - Mumma Cakes

Ladybug DIY Cake kit – Mumma Cakes

 

Remember to visit the Cake and Desserts category in the “Directory” part of this site to find someone in your location to create some a Ladybug party cake or desserts (cookies, cake pops etc) for your child’s party!:

 

Ladybug cake - Deliciously Yours (Sydney(

Ladybug cake – Deliciously Yours (Sydney)

 

Ladybug cookies - Miss Biscuit (Melb)

Ladybug cookies – Miss Biscuit (Melb)

 

 

Lady bug oreo pops - The Sweet Cart (WA)

Lady bug oreo pops – The Sweet Cart (WA)

 

 

Ladybug cookies - Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes (Melbourne)

Ladybug cookies – Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes (Melbourne)

 

Ladybug Party wear:

 

An adorable party hat for the birthday girl:

 

Ladybug party hat - Little Miss Charlie's Treasures

Ladybug party hat – Little Miss Charlie’s Treasures

 

Gorgeous ladybug wings perfect for the party and for general dress up:

 

Ladybug dress up wings -  Special Celebration events

Ladybug dress up wings – Special Celebration events

 

Ladybug Party styling and hire:

Sharing some Ladybug dessert tables as well as items for hire from vendors in the directory:

 

Ladybug party setup - Lovely Occasions and Styled Events (Queensland)

Ladybug party setup – Lovely Occasions and Styled Events (Queensland)

 

 

Ladybug party setup and desserts - The Sweet Cart (WA)

Ladybug party setup and desserts – The Sweet Cart (WA)

 

Style your ladybug dessert table on something different by hiring a unique setting from one of the vendors on the Directory:

 

Black trestle table for hire - Sweet Heavenly Events Hire

Black trestle table for hire – Sweet Heavenly Events Hire

 

Cart  for hire - Sweet Creations by Sharms (Melbourne)

Cart for hire – Sweet Creations by Sharms (Melbourne)

 

Create a cute ladybug table setting for the kids! Visit the directory to find a vendor in your location to hire kids party table and chairs from:

 

Kids table and chairs - Tiny Tables and chairs (Melb)

Kids table and chairs – Tiny Tables and chairs (Melb)

 

You could also hire some props such as this hedge for a ladybug party garden feel:

 

Hedge for hire - Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

Hedge for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

 

Ladybug Party favours

 

Here are a few cute novelty items to suit a ladybug favour bag and some ladybug favour bag options:

 

Ladybug toy party favour - Party & Co

Ladybug toy party favour – Party & Co

 

Pink Poppy ladybird wand - Party & Co

Pink Poppy ladybird wand – Party & Co

 

Ladybug castanets - Cheeky Chops

Ladybug castanets – Cheeky Chops

 

This cute ladybug bag could double as both a gift for the kids to take home plus you could fill it with some special treats:

 

Ladybug bag - Special Celebration Events

Ladybug bag – Special Celebration Events

 

 

Red polka dot favour bag - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Red polka dot favour bag – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Ladybug favour box - Favor Lane

Ladybug favour box – Favor Lane

 

Ladybug lolly bags - Matchie Matchee

Ladybug lolly bags – Matchie Matchee

 

As a final cute embellishment:

Ladybug pegs - The Paper Lantern

Ladybug pegs – The Paper Lantern

 

Ladybug Real Parties:

Visit these cute parties for more inspiration:

Sweet Ladybug party by Sweet Creations by Sharms

Gorgeous ladybug party by The Sweet Cart

Such a cute Ladybug party featured on Pizzazzerie

A unique pink/white/black ladybug party from Vens Paperie

I hope you enjoyed the ladybug party finds and you have lots of fun planning a ladybug party for your little one!

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Watermelon Party Supplies mini board

I’m obviously really missing Summer after recently doing a pineapple party supplies mini board and now a watermelon party supplies board. Honestly Spring and Summer could not come quicker enough right now and this fruity theme is perfect for the warmer months.

Here is my round up of some fab watermelon party supplies – all sourced from the vendors in the Life’s Little Celebration’s directory! Source links below:

 

watermelon party supplies

 

Watermelon Party Supplies source list: 

Tutti Frutti printables

Watermelon garland

Watermelon paper plates

Watermelon giant balloon

Watermelon lollipops

Watermelon cake and cookies

Watermelon chocolate coated strawberries

Handpainted Watermelon pops/toppers

Watermelon straw tags

Watermelon coloured tassel garland

Watermelon pinata

Watermelon cake topper

Watermelon party bags

Watermelon acrylic cake topper

 

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Boy’s 1st birthday party themes

A first birthday party is always so special to plan! Your little boy generally doesn’t have strong specific likes/dislikes and of course has NO preference when it comes to a party theme which means you have free reign to choose any party theme you feel will suit your child. I’m brainstorming ideas for my own son’s 1st birthday next year and am currently thinking of an ice-cream theme or perhaps a vintage tricycle theme.

To inspire you today I’m sharing some fantastic boy’s 1st birthday themes/setups by Event stylist vendors on the Life’s Little Celebration’s children’s party directory . I will soon do another post for little girl’s 1st birthday themes. Hopefully this post will give you some new ideas or party planning inspiration for your son’s 1st birthday!

Now of course for a first birthday party you could also go with ‘no theme’ and base it more around a colour scheme such as this amazing setup!:

 

Boys First birthday party- Sweet Bits and Pieces (Sydney)

 

Love these cute bow-tie themed parties. Perfect for a little man!:

 

Bow tie first birthday – Memories Are Sweet (Qld)

 

Mustache and bow tie first birthday – Memories Are Sweet (Qld)

 

How bright and fresh does this 1st birthday dessert table look?:

 

Cheeky Monkey first birthday party – Sweet Soirees (Sydney)

 

You could base the party around a favourite story book you enjoy reading to your child. The very hungry caterpillar is a very popular first birthday theme and a lot of fun to plan!:

 

Very Hungry caterpillar first birthday – Easy Breezy Parties

 

A few more first birthday party themes to inspire you:

 

Soccer world cup 1st birthday – Parties and Prints

 

Soccer world cup first birthday party – Parties and Prints (WA)

 

A hot air balloon theme is always fantastic for a first birthday:

 

Hot air balloon first birthday party – Red Wagon Events (Melb)

 

Hot Air Balloon first birthday – Sweet Soirees (Sydney)

 

 

Rainbow first birthday party – The Sweet Cart (WA)

 

 

Under the sea first birthday party – Ever so sweet lolly buffets

 

 

Geometric lamb 1st birthday party – Sugar Coated Candy and Dessert Buffet’s (VIC)

 

A nautical theme is definitely a popular 1st birthday theme for boy’s. Here are a few setups to inspire you:

 

Nautical first birthday party – Opulenticity Party and Buffet Styling (WA)

 

 

Nautical first birthday party – Easy Breezy Parties (Melb)

 

 

Nautical first birthday party – Memories are Sweet (Qld)

 

The circus is always reminiscent of childhood which makes it another popular first birthday theme for boy’s:

 

Circus first birthday party – Events by Nat (Sydney)

 

 

Circus 1st birthday – Sara Jade Wedding and Events

 

Vintage circus first birthday party – I Heart Table Art (WA)

 

Little kids love animals so a jungle, safari or farm theme party is another great choice for a first birthday party!:

 

Jungle Safari first birthday party – Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling

 

 

Farm first birthday party – Sweet Soirees (Sydney)

 

Farm first birthday party – Sweet Soirees (Sydney)

 

If you like the rustic looks then a cowboy theme is another great first birthday party idea:

 

Vintage cowboy 1st birthday party – I Heart Table Art (WA)

 

Cowboys and Indians 1st birthday party – Events By Nat (Sydeny)

 

Another cute idea is to base the first birthday theme around popular children’s characters, shows or movies for a fun birthday setting. Here are some ideas:

 

Toy Story first birthday party – El Evento (Sydney)

 

Pinnochio first birthday party – Lettuce & Co

 

Sesame St first birthday – Dream a Little Dream Parties (WA)

 

Sesame St First birthday party – Isabel’s Confetti (NSW)

 

Tigger first birthday party – Easy Breezy Parties (Melb)

 

Mickey Mouse inspired first birthday party – Sugar Coated Candy and Dessert Buffet’s (Melb)

 

Giggle and Hoot first birthday party – Sweet Heavenly Events and Party Hire (Sydney)

 

Ending off is this fun ‘Royal’ theme which you could have a lot of fun with toy soldiers etc like in this setup:

 

Royal first birthday party – Parties and Prints (WA)

 

I hope you enjoyed the inspiration and if you are planning your son’s 1st birthday (like me) I’d love to hear what theme’s you are thinking of!

 

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Expert Q & A sessions for small business vendors

Something I am passionate about is assisting (even in a small way) the vendors in the Life’s Little Celebration’s directory in the running and promoting of their business so more people can discover their fantastic talents and products!

I am no business expert however so I’ve been organising some online Q & A sessions with people who ARE experts in their field. These chats have been run within the private group on Facebook I’ve set up for vendors, so any LLC Directory vendors regardless of their location can join in.

Recently we heard from the lovely ladies at The Digital Picnic – Cat and Cherie:

 

They are social media and digital management experts who run some fantastic courses for small business owners.

During the chat the vendors asked questions which were relevant to many in small business. Questions relating to Facebook reach, Instagram, sharing images, useful APP’s to help them create images to share and more.

The Digital Picnic ladies were so generous in offering useful advice to all the vendor and we all gained a lot of insight and tips in how to do things smarter and better in the area of digital marketing.

They run courses all around the country so if you are looking to better your knowledge of digital marketing make sure you keep an eye out on their website for all the details!

This week we are having a Q & A chat on photography – specifically photography tips for vendors when taking photos of their dessert tables or products. This is key in such a visual industry such as the party industry as well as important for creating great photos to share on social media or blogs.

 

Art party – Styled and photographed by Sweet Style

 

Leanne from Sweet Style who is both an amazing stylist as well as photographer will be sharing her tips to our vendors whether using their iphone or an SLR. Leanne also runs workshops in Sydney for small business owners covering these topics and you can sign up on her website to be updated as to when her next workshop will be running.

 

Product photos by Sweet Style

 

I am also really excited that Sarah O’Bryan who has written the book “Business and baby at home” will be running a Q & A session with the vendors in August!

 

Business & Baby at home

 

Sarah has appeared on the TODAY show and written in numerous magazines – sharing advice for mum’s running a business from home which she covers in her book. As a busy mum of 3 with a successful business in Graphic Design which she runs from home, Sarah will be answering many relevant questions and this will be a fantastic and practical Q & A session!

I’m really excited to be bringing these Q & A sessions to my vendors and am looking forward to organising a few more for this year covering various topics.

Nic from Merc + Jones (one of the vendors on the Directory) recently wrote to me saying:

“I’m so incredibly happy to be a part of LLC – your service and offerings are above and beyond what I was expecting (in fact I wasn’t sure what to expect!) so I am constantly amazed at the benefits of being an LLC vendor/member! “

 

It literally made me smile to read that as I do truly believe being a part of the Directory is much MORE than only a listing on a Directory website! If you are interested in finding out more about joining the Directory and seeing if your business aligns with Life’s Little Celebrations, please email me at lifeslittlec@gmail.com

 

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