Archive for January, 2011

{Featured} on Birthday Girl!

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Our Rootin’ Tootin’ Cowboy Birthday Party is featured today on Birthday Girl. We are so honored and pleased.

Please take a moment to visit Becca’s wonderful blog.  She posts fabulously original birthdays and parties!

{Contest} Enter Party Party!

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Kendra at Me and My Insanity is throwing a 3rd Blogiversary Party Party!

In case you did not see this wonderful event last year, parties of all sorts are submitted to be voted on.  Don’t worry if you are not a party planner – the contest is open to everyone!  Last year’s winning party was a Cookies & Milk.
baby shower by Jen&Jamie

This year Kendra has two wonderful ladies,  Kim from The TomKat Studio and Chris from Celebrations at Home as her guest judges.

I am so excited to see all the fabulous parties that everyone links up!

AND ….

Belleza e Luce has donated a fabulous prize package to one of the winners!

Head over to the Party Party post to see all the official rules and details!

New Valentine Mini Card Sets

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Just listed in our Etsy shop are some wonderful mini card set collections, perfect for your child to give to classmates and friends.  From cupcakes to dinosaurs, even superheros and woodland creatures, the card sets are personalized with your custom message.

Upon request, we can create coordinating cupcake toppers, favor tags, and invitations for your special Valentine’s Day party!

{Real Parties} Rootin’ Tootin’ Birthday Roundup

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

It seems like forever ago that I was working on Luca’s vintage cowboy birthday.  Perhaps it is because I have already begun working on his next one (yes, it is true!).

As do so many preschool-aged boys, my son loves Toy Story.  He is especially fond of Woody.  When he asked for a cowboy party, I used the fictitious Woody’s Roundup television show and Disney World’s Frontierland as a source of inspiration.

With his birthday at the end of October, the weather here in New Jersey can be unpredictable and sometimes quite cold.  Despite my wishes and hopes to have weather typical of early October – sunny and warm while in the sun with just a hint of a chill to the air – luck was not on my side.  Because there were a number of older guests and some very tiny ones attending, I moved the party inside for their comfort.

We spent nearly a week designing backdrops of old west buildings: a saloon, jail, bank, and hotel.

Mutli-colored bandanas were strung across the the room on twine.

For weeks leading up to the party, I scoured flea markets looking for decor – large barrels, lanterns, jugs, and milk canisters were just a few of my finds!  It was actually quite fun, and I am looking forward to heading back out to scour more treasures for some upcoming parties.

Hay bales with flannel blankets were used as seating for the guests and burlap covered the tables with delicate yellow flowers in cans, lanterns, and jugs creating the tablescape.

Every child found a cowboy hat, bandana, and sheriff’s badge at their seat upon arrival.  They also received a stick horse which they used in the “Camptown Race” and also to chase the bandit (my children’s uncle) and send him to jail.

Additional activities included panning for gems, pin the pickax on the gold mine, and dancing to the western tunes of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Sons of the Pioneers.

Grub included a typical cowboy’s feast of hot dogs, chilli, fried chicken, baked beans, barbecue ribs, trail mix, and pulled pork served on tin plates (aluminum pie plates).   Guests were able to wet their whistle with choices of sangria, iced tea, and sasparilla.

I created a ‘Wanted’ posted of Luca who was found guilty of the crime of getting older.

For the dessert table, I wanted to create the feel of a general store.  We offered old-fashioned candies and sweets including gold nugget gum, taffy, licorice (aptly named cowboy lassos), root beer barrels, butterscotch sticks, and cow tails.  Additional goodies included individual apple cobblers served in mason jars, cookies and of course cake created by the extremely talented Elyse of By Little Hands.

We finished off the desserts with a S’mores bar which was unquestionably the hit of the party with the adults!

Before the guests saddled up on their horses to head home, they received favors of barbecue sauce and the children, muslin sacks filled with old-fashioned toys.

It was indeed a Roarin’, Rootin’ Tootin’ Down Home Good Time!

Contact Belleza e Luce to plan your next party!

{Inspiration} Valentine’s Day

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

With the holiday season officially over, I thought I would jump right into 2011 with an inspiration board designed for a children’s Valentine’s party.

I tend to keep Valentine parties on the simpler side, focusing on friendship, crafts, and activities, and keep a color palette of red, pink, and white.  I based this inspiration board on our new printable Valentine Hearts invitation, now available in our Etsy shop.

{sources: bonbons, garland, table runner, centerpiece, chairback decor, pistachio wreath, cookies, invitation, tic tac toe, candy sundae, cupcake toppers, legwarmers, friendship bracelet}

Tips for hosting a Children’s Valentine’s Party:

  • Two to 2 1/2 hours is plenty of time for the party.
  • If the party will be held on a weekday, schedule it for immediately following school, so it will be over before dinner-time and not too late that homework cannot be completed.
  • Decorate with felt hearts strung together with baker’s twine.  Create various length strands to hang from ceilings, chandeliers, and drape across windows or mantels.
  • Invest in a good quality white cloth tablecloth.  You can easily change the look for different occasions by adding table runners, chargers, or placemats.
  • If your party will include crafts, place butcher paper over your tablecloth and remove when done so your space is neat and clean for enjoying sweets and treats.
  • Always offer a healthy treat in addition to the fun cupcakes, cakes, and confections.  Fruit with a yogurt dip is a wonderful choice.
  • Rather than sending your little guests home with more sugary treats, a friendship bracelet created by your child will certainly be more meaningful to their friends and appreciated by their parents!

Contact Belleza e Luce today for customized Inspiration Boards for your next event or to schedule a Valentine’s Party for your child!