Polar Party

NEW to the shop! This Polar Party theme can be used for winter birthdays, ice skating parties, snow play days, ice hockey parties, or like I did… for a hot summer birthday, celebrated at an ice-themed play place!

My son has an August birthday, and here in Arizona, we are absoultely *sick* of the heat by then! So I thought it might be fun to go to a new Polar Play place, that is an ice bar for adults at night, and a chilly kid play zone during the day. The kids played frozen Tic-Tac-Toe, threw fake snowballs, and felt the ice sculptures.

My son and his friend Keenan, posing with some penguin ice sculptures:

The facility loans all guests parkas and mittens, which is good because that is something we don’t have readily available at home, in August!

Here is the invitation, which is available in my shop here:

There are many other versions available, depending on the type of party you are having:

I chose a watercolor look for this collection. The addition of the wolf was my son’s request. He wanted either a husky or wolf in this year’s theme. I included the narwhal because a) they are awesome and b) kids love this super annoying Narwhal song.

The collection can be found in my shop here.

And here is the collection in action, on the party table:

These Hershey’s Kiss stickers are available here (select POLAR PARTY from the drop-down menu). They are great on the party table or in favor bags:

I had the birthday boy and his six-year-old friend apply the stickers. Of course I had to sacrifice a significant number of kisses for that endeavor (one for me, one for the bowl, one for me… LOL), but it was worth it to make them feel involved.

Powdered donut holes as ‘Snowballs’

Water bottle wraps (included in Polar collection, or available individually here):

The cupcake toppers are part of the Polar collection as well:

I made dipped pretzel rods as favors. I dipped them in white Candy Melts chocolate, and sprinkled blue sugar on them while they were still wet. Then I sprayed them with an edible pearl spray.  I put them into cellophane treat bags and tied them with blue raffia. You can get all of these ingredients at craft stores, cake shops, Walmart, and online.

My eight-year-old suggested calling them “North Poles” and I thought that was hilarious! I love it when he chimes in with something fun and creative like that. 🙂

Here they are drying the day before:

I made these polar bear cookies using an idea I found on trusty old Pinterest.

I got this white “8” at Hobby Lobby, and I bought some snowflake decor while I was there, because even in August they have Christmas items out. Yay!

I decided to give out slime as a party favor. Keepin it real here… I have never made it before, so I collected recipes from my slime-making friends, researched my options, bought all the ingredients, and made a test batch. It didn’t come out at all! So I hired a local tween named Jensen who makes and sells slime, and she came through for me on short notice! I put the slime into small mason jars. I included the labels I made for the slime in the polar collection, in case you want to do the same.

I was expecting a few younger kids at the party, and I didn’t want them to have a breakable jar, so I put theirs into plastic containers:

I picked up some small arctic animal figures at a local craft store, and included them in the slime. They sank into it and made for a fun surprise for the kids. (And yes I know there aren’t any penguins in the arctic. But I didn’t name the toys. LOL)

Birthday boy in the party room:

And finally, me with the birthday boy as he makes a wish. Soooo many great memories were made on this day! I am so glad I put the effort in, because it wasn’t that difficult to pull together, and the kids who were there mention it every time I see them, so it seems that it was enjoyed by all. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this Polar Party as much as we did!

Graduation Parties

When I started a Party Printable business in 2011, I never expected that my busiest season would be GRADUATION! My kids are still young (and let’s face it, it’s been a while since my own graduations, LOL) so I totally underestimated (or maybe forgot) how big of a deal graduations are!

Here are some photos from graduation events I’ve created printables for over the years. I hope they give you ideas for your own grad event. 🙂

Here is the party table, including printables I made for the chocolate bars, framed prints, and Hershey’s Kisses.

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These water bottle wrappers are a quick and inexpensive way to jazz up your party. And they make a fun ‘favor’ that guests can take with them. You can find the printable / digital version here (that you can print on regular copy paper and attach with a bit of tape). And the ones that I print on waterproof paper and ship to you here.

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Here they are in a gold color scheme:

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The graduate’s father is handy with chalk drawings, so he got this chalkboard at Hobby Lobby and drew this for his son…

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These lollipops were made with Candy Melts, long lollipop sticks (both are available at craft stores and Walmart). You can find the molds like these on Amazon.

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These adorable diploma snacks are made with Hostess Ho Hos. Just wrap a ribbon around them, using the school colors. So clever!

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I made cupcake toppers in the school colors, and personalized with the grad’s name and class year. They are part of the collection, or can be ordered individually here (select ‘Graduation’ from the drop-down menu).

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These Hershey’s Kiss stickers (found here) are personalized with name, year, and school colors. They can also be used on Rolos or mini Reece’s Cups.

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Here are the kisses in different colors (I can do pretty much any color combination):

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Here is the banner. The hosts printed 2 copies. They hung one on the pergola in the backyard, and taped the other one to the outdoor bar area.  You can order a banner here in your school colors (select ‘Graduation’ from the drop-down menu).

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I made this frameable print for the hosts, and they got the frame at a dollar store. You can order it individually here (select ‘Graduation’ from the drop-down menu).

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Some examples of how to use the 4-inch medallions included in the Graduation Collection:

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These chocolate bar wrappers are easy to print (on regular copy paper) and wrap around a full-sized Hershey’s bar. They make a great favor as well. Available in collection, or individually hereGraduation chocolate bar wrappers by Renee's Soirees

Other fun pics of some of the creative options host Shana made:

You can make cute diplomas using Pirouette cookies (made by Pepperidge Farm):

Grad party diploma pirouettes on Renee's Soirees

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I also made these candy grad caps for a preschool graduation party. They were a huge hit (photo credit TurnerFamilyx4 and instructions are found on Bakerella here):

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I have also done graduation invitations with an emoji theme:

Emoji / Texting Invitation by Renee's Soirees

AND I have also done invitations for preschool and kindergarten graduation parties:

Preschool graduation invitation

Collection (including invitation found here):

Kindergarten graduation printable collection by Renee's Soirees

I hope you found some helpful ideas here for ways to celebrate your own proud graduate!

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Play-Doh Party {Real Parties}

 

This joint boy/girl play clay party was done at the request by my friend, for two little cousins who were both turning three. Play-Doh is such a universally loved item amongst the preschool crowd, so I knew it was the perfect theme.

Here are a few pics:

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The 8×10″ frameable for the little girl:

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And the frameable for the boy!

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The moms decided to make jumbo marshmallows look like Play-Doh tubs, so I made them a printable that they could take to a baker and have printed on edible paper and with edible ink. Then they cut the strips out, and got the marshmallows slightly damp before applying the wrap. They finished off by dipping the top in sprinkles to look like the colored cap of the Play-Doh tub. They said the project was easier than they’d expected. And you can see how cute the results were!

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Here is the banner. The party was held at a mixed martial arts gym, which is owned by one of the dads, who is also a UFC fighter. The gym (called Fight Ready, located in Scottsdale, Arizona) is not usually a party location, but it worked out great because of all the padded mats on the floors. What more could you ask for when you have a group of 3-year-olds? And…. a cage for the naughty ones! (Kidding, but the cage or fight ring was fun for the kids to play in).

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The hosts decided to go with cupcake wrappers instead of toppers, although you can use both at the same time, and both are included in the collection.

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They also had a Play-Doh tub shaped fondant cake for each of the birthday kiddos. So cute!

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The hosts asked for a sign for the favors, so we came up with one that could be used as a regular sign, or could be wrapped around a bucket to make it look like a Play-Doh tub.

 

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And the mini Play-Doh tubs that are often used as favors…

 

 

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(Note that the collection includes 1 inch tags that can be put on the top of these favor-sized Play-Doh tubs.)

Play-Doh party table as seen on Renees-Soirees.com

 

I thought it was such a great idea to have a Play-Doh table available for play time. Even the adults decided to play for a while. 🙂

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This is the full collection, available in my Etsy shop here:

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And here is the matching Play-Doh inspired invitation:

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Thank you Desiree for allowing me to be a part of such a beautiful event! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to two of the cutest little 3 year olds I know!

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First Communion / Confirmation

If you have a loved one going through a First Communion, Confirmation, Christening or Baptism, then I hope you will love this Religious Collection I created. It is an elegant grey and yellow pattern, and it works for boys and girls, and for kids or adults. It is available for Instant Download, or it can be customized and emailed to you.

Here are the components of the collection:

♥ Banner 
♥ Blank Buffet Labels 
♥ 2 1/4″ Party Circles / Cupcake Toppers
♥ Coordinating Paper 
♥ Thank You Notes 
♥ Water Bottle Wraps
♥ 4″ Party Medallions

Communion printable Collection by Renee's Soirees

Here are a few photos from the simple brunch I held after my son’s First Communion / Confirmation ceremony:

This is the table I set up, using the “Congratulations” banner from the Religious Collection, and the banner he made for his Confirmation.

Communion table by Renees Soirees

I included some homemade scones and cinnamon rolls, as well as some fruits and veggies.

As a table centerpiece, I took a photo of my son holding a rosary, and put it in a black wooden frame from Michael’s Crafts. He was given a bookmark by his confirmation teacher as a gift, so I hung it on the frame at the party.

Communion table with Gray & Yellow printable package by Renee's Soirees. Also works for Baptism, Christening, and Confirmation.

Here are the Buffet Labels from the collection in use. I got the plates at Hobby Lobby, by the way. 🙂

Food label - Grey & Yellow printable package by Renee's Soirees

Here are the cupcake toppers in action:

Communion cupcake toppers by Renee's Soirees

I cut them out with a 2 1/4″ scallop puncher that can be found in craft stores, or here on Amazon.

Then I used the decorative paper included in the collection, and covered a wooden cross I purchased from Hobby Lobby:

Decorated First Communion cross by Renee's Soirees (instructions included in post)!

{This DECORATED WOODEN CROSS is surprisingly easy to make… just print the decorative paper out in color on regular weight copy paper. Cut off the margins. Then turn the cross (or initial, or number, whatever you want to cover) face down onto the paper. Trace it with a pencil and cut out the paper. Then use a thin layer of Mod Podge to adhere it to the wood. I use sponge paint brush to apply the Mod Podge. Let that layer dry for a few hours, and then top with a protective layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper. Easy peasy!}

I also included some matching decorated Hershey’s Kisses on the buffet table. These are not part of the collection above because they have to be physically mailed to you. They can be found here for 200, or here for 300 of them.

Decorated Hershey's Kisses for a First Communion, Confirmation, or Baptism event. By Renee's Soirees.  (Don't worry if the listing photo on Etsy is of a different theme. You can choose the theme you want from the drop-down menu).

(Notice that some of these are personalized. You have the option of personalized stickers, or you can choose standard greeting stickers for a lower price).

Here is the matching invitation, which is available here.

Grey and Yellow invitation... can be used for a Confirmation, First Communion, or Baptism.  By Renee's Soirees.

I hope you enjoyed a peek at my First Communion party!

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Batman Party

Superheroes are a popular theme for many little boys (and girls!). The Caped Crusader is a perennial favorite. My friend’s little boy wanted a Batman theme for his 3rd birthday, and so did his cousin (a girl), so they had a joint party.

This is the type of invitation I made:

Batman invitation by Renees Soirees

The invitation is in my shop found here.

The uber-creative moms and grandmother of the birthday kids made Batman capes and masks as favors for all of the guests. So I designed a favor tag to attach to each set:

 

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If you make something similar, don’t wait until the end of the party to hand them out!  They were VERY popular with the kids, who wore them throughout the party. The photos of the groups of tiny superheroes were just adorable!

Here is my little cutie in his mask and cape:

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I also made extra signs to use as decor, such as this one:

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Here are the items included in the collection, which is available for purchase here:

Batman printable collection by Renees Soirees

I also have extra favor items available, such as these stickers, which fit perfectly on the bottom of Hershey’s Kisses, as well as on Rolos, Mini Recee’s Cups, etc. (These are printed by me and shipped to you, because they are stickers):

Batman Kiss Stickers by Renees Soirees

The stickers are available for purchase here (select ‘Batman’ from the drop-down menu).

And this theme is not just for birthdays! Customers have also used it for bridals showers, baby showers, etc.

Here are the Kiss Stickers that a customer used for a bridal shower:

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There are more Superhero party ideas found on my Pinterest board, including ideas for the cape and mask project.

I hope this fun co-ed party inspires you to create something fun for your little Superhero!

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{Freebie} Father’s Day ‘Beer Pops’

I am endless fascinated by the numerous possibilities of the childhood classic: the Push Pop.

I decided to make one into a humorous ‘beer mug’ for Father’s Day.

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I started with 2 dozen empty push pop containers (available here).

I baked a yellow cake mix in a 9×12″ pan, and when it cooled, I used one of the push pop containers as a type of cookie cutter to cut out circles of cake.

push pop container cutting out circles of yellow cake for 'beer pops'

Note above how I’m overlapping or leaving a bit of space where there’s no cake. That is to keep it from being too tight to get the cake out of the ‘cutter’. If you have an actual 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, you will be one happy camper. But I didn’t… so there you go.

Then I took a container of vanilla frosting, and put half of it into a bowl. I died that yellow and used it for the middle layer of frosting between the 2 layers of cake. You will have to make 2 layers of cake, because even if you have a bundt pan or something tall enough to make the leaning tower of cake pisa, it won’t be sturdy enough to go into the push pop container in one piece. Unless you are a much better cake engineer than I am. (Which is highly likely, now that I think about it).

Anyhoo, here is how the insides look after I do 2 layers of cake, a middle layer of yellow frosting, and a dollop of white frosting on top to act as the ‘beer foam’.

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Now, the tricky party is the handle. You may at this point want to go with a pilsner glass so you can skip the handle!  But if you still want to do it, I’ll tell you how.

I took some glue sticks, warmed them with a match at the points where I wanted them to bend. Then I hot glued the ends onto the push pop container. I won’t lie, it was tricky. You may end up enlisting the help of said Father, thereby ruining the beer pop surprise.

Beer Push Pops by Renees Soirees

Then I printed the sheet of Beer Pop Labels above, that I created (click here for this freebie!).  I just did it in color on regular weight copy paper, but you could also use cardstock. Then I cut them out with the various 2″ punches that I have (circular, scalloped, etc). Here are the punches that I use.

Push Pop cupcake made to look like a beer mug by Renee's Soirees

 

I hope you enjoyed my little Father’s Day or mens party craft.

Let me know if you make some, and how they come out!

🙂

 

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Egg Flower by Renee's Soirees

Easter Snacks

I love festive foods. Why bring a regular Deviled Eggs to a Spring lunch, when you could bring some shaped like a flower?

Last Easter I made a basic egg salad recipe, then used the hollowed-out eggs that would normally be filled for deviled eggs, and instead arranged them around a scoop of egg salad on a plate. The flower stem and surrounding ‘grass’ is made of parsley.

Technically this is easier than making deviled eggs, because the guests are filling them themselves (or just scooping them onto their plate).

 

Egg Salad flower on Renees Soirees

I also made some croissants stuffed with chicken salad. I bought the chicken salad from the local Fry’s (part of Kroger) store, because I happen to love their version.

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Here is the how-to for making the ‘Carrot’ Croissants.

Chicken Salad rolls on Renee's Soirees

Easter treats by Renees Soirees

I haven’t decided which Easter treats I’ll be making this year…

If you are looking for inspiration, feel free to peruse my Easter Pinterest board!

Happy Spring!

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{Real Party by Real Customers} Pony Party

This My Little Pony party was thrown by a fellow preschool parent for her daughter’s 3rd birthday. The birthday girl loves Twilight Sparkle pony the most, but her mum incorporated all of her daughter’s Pony toys into the party table, which I thought was a nice personal touch.

 

Emer (pronounced eee-mer… if you’re not Irish like they are, you might not know that) is turning 3 and her mum put a lot of thought into making the event really special.

 

There are 3 different versions of the Ponies Collection: Solid, Chevron, or Polka Dots.
This party used a mixture of all three.

 

Here is the party table, with the banner from the Little Ponies Collection:

My Little Pony party table

Here are the food tents.  A set of pre-filled buffet labels comes with the collection, as well as some blank ones.

She used rainbow-colored Goldfish and other colorful candies alongside the Rainbow Dash label:

Rainbow Dash snacks at My Little Pony party by Renee's Soirees

Pinkie Pie accompanied some pink lollipops from Party City. I think it would also be funny to use actual PIE for her snack. I’ve even seen pies on a stick on Pinterest, for example, these.

The party mom used a water wrap to decorate the vase, which I thought was rather creative. 🙂

Pinkie Pie Pony snack by Renee's Soirees

The Applejack snack was a no-brainer… APPLES. 🙂

Apple Jack snacks at My Little Pony party by Renee's Soirees

 

Twilight Sparkle appeared with popcorn and a snack that looked like Cheesy Poofs 🙂

Cloudsdale snacks at My Little Pony party by Renee's Soirees

 

Being a mom of boys, I had to be schooled on all the different Ponies. This one is called Fluttershy…

Fluttershy snacks at My Little Pony party by Renee's Soirees

Here are the cupcake toppers. They can be cut with a 2″ or 2 1/4″ puncher, or you can leave them square like these:

My Little Pony cupcake toppers by Renee's Soirees

 

Here are the water wraps. They are personalized with the child’s age:

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These are the Favor Tags, in the chevron style. Again they can be cut with a 2″ or 2 1/4″ punch (see a list of the ones I use HERE), or left square like these:
Favor Tags at My Little Pony party by Renee's Soirees

By the way, the goody bags contained a My Little Pony or Superhero cup, a swirly straw, tattoo, sunglasses and a lollipop.

I have invitations for whatever your little gal’s favorite pony is. Here are two examples:

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And here are some of the different backgrounds available for your Pony Party Printables:

Solid Ponies Collection by Renee's Soirees

Chevron Ponies Collection by Renee's Soirees
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into a fun Pony Party!
And thanks to my friend Irish Rose for letting me be a party of it!

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Chain stores?  They generate $12.

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{Thanksgiving} Turkey Moon Pies

I *love* Thanksgiving.

And not for the food. I may be the only person in the country who doesn’t salivate over Thanksgiving food.

I love the fact that it’s a FAMILY-oriented, NON-gift-giving holiday.

I was perusing some past Thanksgiving pics recently, and had to laugh over the memory of what happened when I told my then-kindergartner to make a Turkey Moon Pie, like Mommy’s.

Kid's version of a Turkey Moon Pie

Apparently he went for the DINO TURKEY approach, and gave it two giant ‘teeth’.

And then he made a ‘Rarrrr’ face to go along with it.

Kids are just … the BEST.  🙂

If you want to see more about my son’s Thanksgiving antics, see the original post here.

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