Sunday, October 31, 2010

Aiden's All-Star Sports Party

I love my sister's in-laws. They are just an awesome, super-nice group of people that have become friends of ours over the years. We go up to their lake cottage for an extended weekend every August, and have come to know not only my sister's mother and father-in-law, but also all the others in family, including brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

So I was very excited to plan my sister's nephew Aiden's 3rd birthday party for some of his neighborhood friends. A true boy's boy, Aiden likes anything to do with sports, especially basketball. We decided to give him an "All-Star Sports" theme to incorporate all the different sports that he likes to watch and play.

Because the weather in Michigan is tricky, especially in October, it was an indoor event. As each child arrived, we had them get a sports-themed temporary tattoo. A crafts table was set up for the children to decorate a felt pennant with markers and basketball, baseball and football felt stickers. It was a quick and mess-free craft for the kids to do while waiting for the party to start. For activities, we had a Baseball beanbag toss game set up. Instead of the usual red and blue bean bags, I bought soft squishy baseballs for the kids to use. There was also a game that had the children throwing colored ping pong balls into red buckets lined up at various distances (ever played the Bozo bucket game at Chuck E. Cheese?)

The favorite game was the obstacle course. I set up cones to weave through, pillows to jump over, a tunnel to crawl through and a kids basketball hoop to make a basket. The kids did it again and again, asking to be timed to see who went through the fastest.

We decided to do a candy buffet and simple snacks for the children. The buffet had chocolate sports balls, gumballs, Big League Chew and baseball and football suckers. Drinks were adorable baseball and basketball shaped bottles filled with red and blue sports drinks - a great grocery store find.

I created the Big League Chew basket and Pinball Game/gumball tube platform using different shaped boxes. I stuffed plastic bags inside the platform so that the tubes would not fall down into the box. After measuring and cutting out circles with a box cutter, I wrapped it in artificial grass carpeting found at any home improvement store and secured a ribbon and tag around it.

For the table, I used fake grass placemats to simulate "turf." I found coordinating paper goods with different sports balls. Each child found their seat by looking at the trophy placecard holders. Each plate held a soccer ball whistle and decorated straw.

Thank you to Stephanie Wagenborg for taking the photos. I will link up Steph's website once I make sure of the correct web address.

The best part of hosting this party for me was setting up and having Aiden get so excited every time I pulled something new out. His gasps and squeals of excitement were so precious. I think he had a good time.

To see all the photos from this party, go to my Facebook page - Search: Princess Prettys or go directly to this link: Aiden's Sports Party . What do you think?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Why Have Princess Prettys and Parties Throw Your Next Event?

10. No rush to set up the party and no mess to clean up
9. Incredible themes that are built around your vision
8. Custom invitations and thank you notes
7. An experienced host to run activities and crafts, as well as keep the party flowing smoothly and on-schedule
6. Unique favors for party guests
5. Professional photographer taking photos
4. Upscale party decor and tableware
3. Avoiding the stress of the details, saving time and energy
2. Creating a one-of-a-kind experience for your child
1. Getting to experience the special moments as they happen

Saturday, October 9, 2010

More Photos from the Woodland Fairy Party

Here are more photos from the Woodland Fairy Party. The food was very simple - pretzels, craisins and Granny Smith apples. Double chocolate muffins with toadstool cupcake toppers were for dessert. The little fairies drank pink lemonade - "Fairy Berry Punch." I am working on the photos of our storytelling circle - complete with mushroom and rock stools. This is such a fun theme for toddlers to pre-tweens.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Announcing My New Business Venture!

I am so pleased to announce that Princess Prettys is now hosting mobile parties!

I *love* throwing parties for my children - crazy, over-the-top parties. I love taking a theme, and then really running with it. My first party theme, Woodland Fairy, is sure to be a hit with girls from 3-8. Inspired by Tinkerbell and her band of fairy friends, this party theme uses elements of nature to create an enchanted setting for your princess and her friends. Here are some photos from a "Woodland Fairy" party: The first three photos show a side view of the table setting. Fern-covered place mats, white porcelain dinner ware, cloth napkins with butterfly napkin rings create a beautiful place setting for each little fairy. The centerpiece is a twig cage that is circled with greenery and flowers. Inside the cage are two woodland fairies. Topiary place holders let each fairy know where to sit.
Each party guest was transformed into a fairy - complete with tutu, wings and wand. Their place settings continued the fairy theme, with a small bottle of "Fairy Dust" at each seat. On the plastic bottle with cork topper, a label reads "Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels, but their magic is present in nature."

More photos of the food table and fairies in play will come soon.

Interested in having Princess Prettys host a "Woodland Fairy" party for your princess?
The Standard Party Package ($200) includes:
  • Invitations and Thank You cards for client to send
  • Upscale, Unique and Detailed Party Decor suited to your child's theme choice
  • Complete Set up/Tear down
  • Experienced Party Host
  • 2 hour party time frame for up to 8 guests ($10 for each additional guest, up to 10)
  • Use of Fairy Tutus and Wings during party (New costumes available for sale)
  • Fairy Dust and Favor bag for guests to take home
  • Choice of 1 craft activity (Client chooses from a list of available crafts)
  • Choice of 2 games/activities (Client chooses from a list of games/activities)
More Basic Packages for the DIY'er or Deluxe packages that handle every detail, including food, are available. Call Corey at 616-901-1625 or email her at: with questions.