My good friend Marni enlisted my help for her daughter’s 5th birthday party. As the mom of two boys, it was so much fun to be involved in the planning of a GIRL party! Since her birthday is in the summer we wanted to find something fun to do outdoors, and we landed on doing an outdoor movie night. Her daughter loves movies, especially at movie theaters, so we wanted to bring that experience to their backyard.
We found the perfect invitation, Glowing Affair Photo Trifold Party Invitations, which gave us the flexibility to change colors, fonts and text so we could make it fit our theme. We changed the main text to read, “IT’S SHOWTIME!” For the photo we had a little mini photo session with the perfect prop, popcorn. Pretty sure Gwyneth had a great time, and it really helped set the stage for the party! Turns out the invitations inspired a lot of our outdoor movie party ideas, including the decorations, colors and activities.
Even before choosing the invitation we knew we wanted lanterns and lights hanging around the yard. Pinterest had LOTS of ideas for this, some not so realistic, but we threw some up here and there, and it definitely added a little element of ‘party’ to the backyard.
When discussing my niece’s birthday theme with my sister-in-law, we tossed around a few different ideas and browsed through Pear Tree’s collection for inspiration, but it wasn’t until we brought up cowgirl birthday party ideas that it took Ashlyn all of 2 seconds to say “YES!” and off we went, planning her cowgirl themed 5th birthday party!
Our Yee-haw! Western Birthday Invitations in Pink are one of my favorite cowgirl birthday party invitations. (Yes, we have more than one!) I love the typography, the colors, the wood grain pattern, everything. My sister-in-law snapped the perfect photo to use on the card, too, with Ashlyn in her pink cowgirl hat.
I have to give my sister-in-law lots (maybe all?) of credit on the decor! Guests knew they were at the right party with a pink cowgirl hat hanging on the front door to welcome everyone. Who needs balloons?
This bridal shower for my cousin was one of the simplest, but most colorful parties I’ve ever planned. The theme was decided by our choice of invitations, Pear Tree’s Multi Stripes Bridal Shower Invitations. The fun and bright colors, especially on the back, were so fun to play with, and they became the inspiration for most of our bridal shower ideas. The bride’s favorite colors were lavender and dark purple, so we used those as our primary colors and brought in many other colors from the invitation as accents.
Our original goal was to host this party outside, but weather prevented us from doing so. Still, our garden party in the living room turned out great! (Always good to have a backup plan!)
The plan for the décor was simple: use bright colors everywhere! We utilized lanterns, tissue-paper poms, fresh flowers and vases in many, many colors! We also scattered Pear Tree’s coordinating Multi Stripes Bridal Shower Decorations onto the guest tables and used it to create hanging garland behind our dessert table.
Our dessert table became another bright focal point for the décor. We served cookie dough cake pops and cake, both of which were divine. To dress the table up, we used more Multi Stripes Table Décor right on the table, as well as sewn into a garland hanging behind the table, and we added even more color with some brightly painted bud vases. To dress up our cake we attached purple flowers to the tops of skewers and paper straws—so simple and easy but so adorable! Don’t worry, we did serve food other than dessert.
When it came time to planning bridal shower ideas for my future sister-in-law, Katie, it seemed natural to incorporate her wedding theme into the shower. And so, the planning for a ‘rustic elegance’ bridal shower was born.
For the invite, I chose Pear Tree’s Showers Ahead Bridal Shower Invitations. I loved everything about it, and it was an added bonus that it was a ‘You-Pick-Color’ invite that allowed me to incorporate the wedding colors of coral and gray into the invitation. I dressed up the invite by mailing it in a gray envelope which gave it a little ‘pop’ in the mail. The tri-colored return address label also doubled as a seal for the envelope.
When it came to décor, I determined that having one main focal point would maximize the visual impact. I pushed my dining room table up against one wall, which allowed me to create a backdrop out of burlap, purchased by the yard from Hobby Lobby. (Tip, most fabric stores have coupons that allow you to save up to 50% off of one single piece of fabric.) I purchased one larger piece of burlap and cut into two sheets to create the effect I was going for. To get the burlap to hang like I wanted, I hot glued a hem at the top of the two panels of burlap. I then strung them up with jute and secured them to the wall using 3M strips.
When I first started thinking about my oldest son’s first ‘friend’ birthday party, I knew the best place to have it was at my husband’s shop. He owns an excavation company, so with lots of big equipment and lots of little boys, I didn’t think I could go wrong.
Since construction equipment plays such a big part of our life, both of my boys know the names of every piece of equipment they see and will correct you if you ever call a front-end loader by the wrong name. I had already thrown two construction themed birthday parties for my oldest son. Both his first and second birthday parties were construction themes, and the only reason 3rd and 4th weren’t was my choice, not his. But inviting his friends put a new spin on it, and forced me to expand my construction party ideas to big-kid activities. (I did get to use many of the same supplies and props, which worked out great!)
I had already used Pear Tree’s construction party invitations before, so for this party, I repurposed our Future On The Line Graduation Invitation, and for the photos, I went down to my husband’s shop and photographed some of the equipment. I figured the boys receiving the invitation would enjoy that more than just photos of my son.