Air inspired baby shower

I’m excited to share with you the first of 4 shoots put together as a Life’s Little Celebrations collaboration for the latest Confetti Fair Magazine! The shoots were inspired by air, fire, water and earth – and this baby shower was inspired by “air”

It was styled by the talented Meghan of Peppermint Sunday in Melbourne who coordinated many talented Life’s Little Celebration partners to contribute to this gorgeous setting. See all vendor credits at the end of this blog post:

 

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Meghan’s vision for the Baby Shower to relate to an “Air” theme was to include Clouds, Balloons & Kites.  To tie in the baby shower element, she brought in the “About to Pop”

Using various Life’s Little Celebration partners she created a baby shower which was pastel, fun and a bit quirky, with a pop of colour at the same time!

 

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This baby shower cake was so pretty and unique – the colours really work so beautifully and the cake topper is so fun! “About to pop” really is a wonderful idea for a baby shower party theme!:

 

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I just love this unique baby shower invitation with the balloon popping out of the invitation box when opened!:

 

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I just love the mix of kite and cloud cookies in this baby shower backdrop!:

 

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The baby shower favour packaging really is so lovely!:

 

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Vendor Credits: 

 

Peppermint Sunday – Concept, Design, Collaboration Co-ordination, Styling & Florals, confetti balloons, props and straws.

 

Neiyo Photography – Photography

 

Jo Studio – Invitation, welcome sign, on the day assistance, “Pop” straw tags, bag tags, confetti pops & lip gloss favours.

 

Frosted by Nicci – Hanging cloud & kite cookies

 

Treats for Evie – Cake

 

Chocobon – Pastel Pyramid Chocolates

 

Merc & Jones – Cloud Cupcake Toppers, Cloud Straw Tags & “Oh Baby” backdrop sign –

 

Glistening Occasions – Cake Topper

 

Sweet Petite Creations – Macarons & Cupcakes

 

Love the Occasion – Treat Bags, Baking Cups, Honeycomb Balls & Pastel Striped Ice Cream Cups –

 

Petite Portions – Lemon Cake Stand, Pastel Pink Cake Stands & Turquoise Cake Stands

 

My Sweet Event – Drink Dispenser, Milk Bottles, Bright Blue Tall Cake Stand, Low Pale Pink Cake Stand and Teal Table

 

* Other items stylists own, Pink Geo shapes, mini cloud lights & Copper baskets sourced from Kmart, larger Cloud light from Spotlight *

 

Shot on location at Melbourne Arts Club Studio

 

Good Day Rentals – White Trestle Table, Drinks Trolley, Purple & Blue Love Seat

 

I hope this shoot has inspired your baby shower planning or perhaps a pastel themed birthday party!

You can see more in the latest issue of Confetti fair magazine!

 

 

 

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Evolution of a birthday party theme

Children’s party themes are never black and white. As children evolve – ideas for their party theme evolve as well to reflect their personality and interests.

Some of you have older children who themselves are constantly changing their mind about what they want for their birthday party theme.

My eldest Rebekah is only 2.5yrs so although she doesn’t really have an opinion on a theme, I try and match her theme with her interests and personality.

For her 2nd birthday it was an “I’m a little teapot” theme as she loved nursery rhymes and playing with her teaset.

 

I was thinking of a storybook theme or a care bears theme for her 3rd birthday as she was showing interest in both of those. However recently she has become obsessed with being a ballerina and wearing a tutu every.single.day.

So plans have changed to a ballerina party. This is such a popular theme for little girls and I had wanted to do something a little different, but my tutu wearing daughter would love nothing more than this party theme – so a ballerina party it is (which has grown on me now and I’m enjoying planning it!).

However I was trying to think of a slightly different take on it and was going to make it a “tulle and tassels” theme.

However my daughter really has no idea what tassels are (is she really my child?) but is loving bows! Something to do with a bow song by the new Wiggles. So now I’m thinking of a Ballerina and bows party.

Anyways you get the drift. Either way it will be a ballerina party.

In the end I’m trying to follow her lead when it comes to a party theme and what I think she would be excited to see at her party.

I need to decide on a colour scheme and this image of a coral, peach and blush dessert table is inspiring me at the moment:

 

We’ve just finished celebrating Naomi’s 1st birthday and I really was not going to start planning her 2nd birthday for a while now. However this Dreaming Collection from Kikki.K has really inspired me

I am loving rainbows, clouds and balloons right now. They remind me of sunny and carefree days in childhood. Who knows what this theme would be called but I am just loving the idea of planning a party based around whimsical images like these.

 

 

I am loving the colour combination as well of mint, orange and fuschia:

Is it weird to get a party theme inspiration from stationery?

Well I also felt inspired for this theme when I saw this cute “Milky” t-shirt with rainbows and clouds being sold at Little Red Chick in Sydney:

Milky Summer 2013 collection – Little Red Chick Party Boutique

 

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I also saw this invitation the other day which caught my eye from Penny Lane Studio and also got me thinking that something with clouds and balloons would be really cute:

Balloon day party invitation – Penny Lane Studio

 

I will wait and see as Naomi gets a bit older if there is any particular theme based around her interests or personality. In the end she is the ultimate inspiration for her own birthday party theme.

However at 2 yrs old the theme could really be anything and I figure what little child doesn’t like clouds, balloons and rainbows?

It reminds me of this gorgeous “WISH” party by Frog Prince Paperie (click the image below to see more). Whimsical and magical!

“Wish” themed birthday party by Frog Prince Paperie featured on The Hostess with the Mostess

 

So that is where I’m at with Naomi’s 2nd birthday which by the way is 11 months away so I am way ahead of myself here!

Sometimes I find if I start planning things in detail too early I get ‘over’ the theme before the birthday party even arrives. But these are just some of the images which are inspiring me at the moment.

How have your children’s party themes evolved over the year?

How many times do your children change their mind before their birthday? Do you have a cut-off date before the party that the theme can not be changed?

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Kite Theme

Let’s go fly a kite!

This unique and fun theme is starting to become popular and after being inspired by some beautiful real Kite parties I thought it would be lovely to gather some ideas for this theme as we head into the warmer months! It’s a perfect one for all ages and can be styled for a boy or a girl. The best thing about this theme is being able to include some kite making and kite flying as part of your party which the children and parents are sure to enjoy!

You might also want to have a look at my Aeroplane theme post here for some cloud decorations which can work into this theme. You can also incorporate pinwheels into this theme and you can view my Pinwheel theme post here.

Any colour combination can work for this party but I’ve chosen some options in blues and whites to go with the sky/clouds colour. However if you view the amazing “Real Parties” listed at the bottom of this post you will see a lovely range of colours which could work for you!

Contact me regarding my online party planning services if you want a full range of inspiration for this theme: lifeslittlec@gmail.com

Invitations/Printables

The invitations for this theme are so lovely I am not sure how you will be able to choose one!

Kite Invitation - Polkadot Prints

 

Kite invitation - Imprintables

 

Vintage Tricycle and Kite invitation and printables - Style Me Gorgeous

 

Kite Invitation (also available in blue) - Our Little Soiree

 

Archie and His Kite - Party Invitations...

Archie and his Kite invitation - The Little Humbugs

 

The Kite Collection - Mary had a little party

 

Decorations

You could use some simple paper kites for decorations or create a paper banner in the shape of kites as well. Another idea is to create a backdrop or decorations to resemble the tail of a kite – so tying litle bows with ribbon or tissue paper onto long hanging strings.

Here are some other ideas to work in with the colour scheme of blue and white:

Boy oh boy bunting - The Party Studio

Cute cloud garland which would look lovely with some kites in the background:

Cloud Garland - Gen Terro

 

Large polkadot lantern - The Party Studio

 

Jumbo 90cm balloons - Occasion by Design

 Tableware

This soft fabric table runner is light and airy, perfect for this theme:

Blue stripe fabric table runner - The Princes and the Pirate

Combine it with some lovely blue and white tableware:

Blue and white stripe partyware - Sweet Little Birdy

 

Blue and white polkadot plate - Sweet Style

 

Blue and white spot napkins - Details, Details

 

Blue dot paper straws - Little Big Company

 

How cute and classic are these mini swing top bottles? Just had to share them  – the perfect addition for any theme really!

Mini swing top bottles - The Little Big Company

 Sweet Treats

Love the little ribbon tail on this cookie cutter:

Kite cookie cutter - Details, Details

For unique cupcake toppers, these little handmade kite toppers are adorable!

12 Lets Go Fly a Kite Cupcake Toppers.... party, birthday, girl, boy, rainbow, polka dot, monogram, heart, flower

Kite cupcake toppers - Delectable Delights

Also love the idea of cloud cupcake toppers for this theme too:

Felt cloud cupcake toppers - A Continual Feast

Some lovely blue and white options for your wrappers:

Blue and white polka dot cupcake wrapper - The Party Studio

 

Trellis cupcake wrapper - Hard To Find

These items are fantastic to serve other treats in! Perfect for chips, popcorn or even fairy floss:

Scallop box - Sweet Little Birdy

Paper cone - Invite Me

 

Candy box pale blue - Invite Me

Speaking of soft and fluffy fairy floss how about adding some to the table:

Blue fairy floss - Occasion By Design

 

Persian fairy floss in vanilla - Shoppe with Lily

Scallops are such a lovely pattern, especially for a light and airy theme such as a Kite Theme:

Scallop cake stand - Sweet Little Birdy

 

Blue and white candles - Details, Details

 

Special Themed Items

The key ingredient for this theme is of course Kite’s! Whether you want some simple kite making kits, mini kites for favours, or a special kite for the birthday boy/girl or as a decoration, here are some to choose from:

The kids will definitely enjoy being able to make and decorate their own kite using a kit such as this one:

Kite kit to make a kite- Kite Site

These would make great party favours or a quick and easy option for kites on the day:

Pocket kite - Bambini Pronto

A range of lovely designs are available from this site:

Butterfly kite - Toy Empire

Another idea are these kites ready to be coloured in:

Colour Me in Kites - Toy Empire

Why not have your birthday boy/girl create a special kite for the day ahead of time. Or if they are really young you could create a special design for them:

Paint your own kite kit - Young Minds Toys

 

Seedling Design your own box kite - Design Child

Love the vibrant colours on this kite:

Licorice Diamond Kite - Toy Villa

How gorgeous are these 2 kites! These alone are enough to make me want to have a kite party!

Kite custom banner - Party Fetti

 

 

The Vintage Kite

Vintage Kite - Fanciful Kites

A few other special treats which can feature at the party and then to the bedroom after the party:

Quilted wall art kite - Kim's Crafty Apple

 

Belle and Boo Fly a Kite

Belle and Boo print - Belle and Boo

Love the whimsical nature of these wall decals. They are simple enough to work into any Kite printable range you may have chosen and are wonderful for a backdrop to a table or near a Kite making/decorating area at the party:

Boy with kite wall decal - The Alphabet Tree

Girl with kite wall decal - The Alphabet Tree

A sweet Kite mobile as a unique feature to hang over a table:

Kite mobile - Made by Mosey

Love all these themed party games from The Princess and the Pirate! Here is one which is so perfect for this party:

Pin the kite on the string party game - The Princess and the Pirate

For the birthday girl, there are a number of cute Kite designs available for a lovely birthday outfit such as this sweet top:

Girls kite tshirt - Monstar kids

Favours/Take home gift

Pinwheels work in well with a Kite theme and these pinwheels are even more perfect as they have a kite design printed on them:

Twirlable pinwheels with kite design - Pickled Parlour

These cute and simple wood toy favours are perfect for little hands to hold and wave around:

Wood Toy Fly Me party favour - Applenamos

Of course you could send all the little one’s home with a special kite such as these mini kites:

Mini kite - Toy Emporium

Another great idea for a party favour is a lollipop in the colour scheme of your party:

Light blue blueberry swirls - Little Big Company

Package your favours in one of these lovely options:

Chevron Tote box - Sweet Style

 

Polkadot candy box - {P} is for Party

 

Blue polkadot treat box - Sharnel Dollar Designs

How lovely are these Kite gift tags! They provide lovely inspiration for something you may be able to make yourself:

Kite gift tags - Etsy shop Raemj

Real Parties:

There are some truly gorgeous Kite Parties which are filled with so much delightful inspiration and demonstrate how lovely this theme is and how it can be styled for both boys and girls:

This kite party from Blissfully Sweet has to be one of my favourites! Featured on the Amy Atlas blog

Kite flying party on the Imprintables Blog

The lovely party by Style Me Gorgeous on her blog based on their printables with a lovely kite bunting idea!

Gorgeous kite party by Tracey Lau !

A lovely kite party by  Sweet Style – love the flying kite backdrop!

Cute kite party featured on the Little Sooti Blog

Vibrant orange kite party featured on the Tomkat studio blog

Beautiful kite party by Whimsical Petite Styling & Polkadot Prints featured on the Cake Events blog

Love the light yellow and pink colour palette of this Kite party shoot by The Princess and the Pirate featured on the My Little Jedi blog

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I know that this theme isn’t one that automatically comes to mind when thinking of party themes but hopefully this post has shown you that you can really do a lot with a theme like this and you’ll be able to create a day with a fun experience for all the little one’s!

 

Hot Air Balloon Theme

Up, up and away! This theme has become popular recently and I am not surprised! Such an enchanting theme and one that captures the wonder of all little one’s. A sky filled with hot air balloons is certainly an amazing sight and this theme gives you the opportunity to share that amazement with your little one!

This round up of party supplies includes many items from vendors on the Life’s Little Celebration’s children’s party directory – make sure you visit if you are planning a celebration!

This theme can work for a boy or a girl (I have some lovely girl selections to show you in this post!) and looks gorgeous as a vintage style party, or you could make it modern and bright!

Think hot air balloons & clouds as well as travel inspired items such as globes and maps! Use stripes to create a classic hot air balloon look or other patterns for a unique look.

Make sure you also check out our previous Aeroplane Theme post  and the Peppa Pig theme post which has ideas for some cloud and travel related items as well!

 

Invitations/Printables

There is no shortage of amazing designs in this theme. Here are a few I found, some of which are also available in other colour schemes:

 

 

Girls Hot Air Balloon party printables – 2 Love Birds

 

 

 

Hot Air Balloon baby shower invitation – Coco and Ella Designs

 

 

Girls hot air balloon printable invitation and other items – The Paper Lantern (boys set available)

 

 

Hot air Balloon party backdrop – Giggles and Grace Designs

 

 

Decorations

For your hanging decorations you can’t go past hot air balloons themselves!

The talented vendors in the “Handmade Decor” category of the children’s party directory can easily create some Hot Air balloon garlands, toppers and other decorations for you.

Here are a few other options you could use:

I also love these handmade hot air balloon mobiles available in different fabrics:

Hot Air Balloon mobile – Down That Little Lane

 

 

Some other options for hanging decorations are these lanterns:

Hot air balloon lantern – Celebrating

 

This is a fun hot air balloon foil balloon!:

 

Hot Air Balloon foil balloon – Just Party Supplies

 

Some more garlands and mobiles which can then be used in your child’s bedroom after the party:

 

Hot Air Balloon paper garland – Young hearts love

 

Hot air balloon mobile – Trailofivy (ETSY)

 

 

Hot Air Balloon mobile – The Bear and the Whale

These vintage paper fans are great for incorporating maps into this theme. They are so lovely!

 

Vintage map paper fans – Elizabeth St

 

Lovely hot air balloon garland available in various colours:

Printable hot air balloon garland – Prettiest Print Shop (ETSY)

 

Of course you could use balloons to create your hot air balloon themed decorations. Love this idea:

 

Balloon decoration idea – Green Wedding Shoes website

 

 

You could use these berry boxes as the base of your hot air balloon decorations.

 

Berry baskets / boxes – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Gorgeous white pom poms can help create a cloud effect for decorations:

 

White tissue pom pom – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

Wall stickers are another fantastic way to decorate and there is an abundance of fantastic wall stickers available for the hot air balloon theme!  These are often easy to remove which means they can be transferred to the bedroom after the party:

 

Hot Air Balloons – My Munchkin Home

 

 

Bosco bear art Hot Air Balloon – Ekidna Kids

 

 

Hot Air Balloon wall stickers – French Key

 

Table Decor

Some options for your table decor incorporating stripes to match a hot air balloon pattern:

 

 

Pink stripe table runner – The Party Parlour

 

Blue reversible table runner – Just Party Supplies

 

Hot Air Balloon party plates – Just Party Supplies

 

 

 

Powder blue striped plates – Sweet Celebrations

 

Pink striped plates – Just Party Supplies

 

 

 

Hot Air Balloon Dessert Table Items

For your Hot Air Balloon dessert table, you can use some of the above printable packages to create your cupcake toppers and buffet labels etc to help theme your table!

You can use this mould to create your own chocolate coated oreos with a balloon shape:

 

Chocolate coated oreo moulds balloons – Confectionately Yours

 

For some extra special treats, use these moulds for some cute hot air balloon chocolates and cookies!

 

Hot Air Balloon chocolate moulds – Inspired by Chocolate

 

 

If you’re going with a striped look you could use these small favour boxes to fill up with savoury or sweet items:

 

Striped favour box – The Party Parlour

 

This gorgeous hot air balloon fabric (also available in other colours) could be used as a tablerunner, tablecloth or backdrop for your dessert table:

 

Beautiful balloon fabric in various colours – The Elephant Room

 

Use these suitcases (available in different colours) to create extra layers on your dessert table while also tying into a travel theme:

Cardboard suitcases – Bickiboo

 

Some amazing cake and cupcake toppers you could use to decorate and theme your Hot Air Balloon party cake!:

 

Hot Air Balloon cake toppers – Glistening Occasions

 

Remember to visit the Cake and dessert category on the Directory to search for a vendor in your location to create a Hot Air Balloon cake or other items (cookies, macarons, cake pops etc). Some of our vendors also post their items such as cookies Australia wide.

 

 

Hot Air Balloon cookies – Miss Biscuit

 

 

 

 Favours/Take Home Gifts

 

Hot Air Balloon favour box – Just Party Supplies

 

Gorgeous muslin bags for a vintage feel:

 

Hot Air balloon muslin bags – Penny Lane Studio

 

Unique favour boxes:

 

Hot air balloon printable favour boxes – Piggy Bank Parties (ETSY)

 

Hot Air Balloon milk carton favour boxes – My First Paper Love

 

 

Top off your packaging with a tag such as these attached with twine or a cute peg for a vintage look.

 

Hot Air Balloon gift tag – Koko Vanilla Designs

 

Blueberry twine – Sweet Celebrations

 

 

 Real Parties

Here are some amazing Hot Air Balloon themed parties to provide more inspiration for you, some of which are by stylists in the Event Stylist category of the Directory:

A gorgeous Up Up and Away party by Kiss With Style

A fresh and stylish Hot Air Balloon 1st birthday party by Red Wagon Events

A pretty pastel Hot Air Balloon party by Opulenticity Party and Buffet Styling

Amazing Hot Air Balloon party setup by Sweet Bambini Event Styling for Confetti Fair

This party which combines Hot Air Balloons and a fruit theme has some fun styling ideas by It’s a Cake Thing by Jhoanee

Simply stylish hot air balloon dessert table styled by Lou Lou Events

A classic and sweet pastel girly dessert table by Little Sooti, featured on Amy Atlas

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I hope you have enjoyed this inspiration for a Hot Air Balloon theme and your little one enjoys this enchanting theme! Don’t forget to visit the Children’s Party Directory for all the fabulous vendors you will need when planning this party theme!

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