Category Archives: Boys

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:

 

Batman favor tag

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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{Real Party} Shark Party!

My toddler Deacon is a SHARK FANATIC, so there was no question what kind of party he would have for his 3rd birthday…

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Guests were greeted with shark ‘warning’ signs that we mounted onto paint sticks. Easy peasy!

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We hung green streamers on the front door, to look like seaweed. And a final shark warning sign…

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In the foyer, a welcome sign…

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The Shark Collection comes in two different patterns… I call the left one ‘ripple’ and the right one ‘swirl’. These are the bubble wrappers, sold here.

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Here is the main table, done with the blue & green Ripple printables.

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And the second table, done with the Swirl pattern.

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The ocean-themed foods were a lot of fun to think up and create. This watermelon shark was definitely the highlight of the table. And it was surprisingly easy to create! My sister Rochelle carved it in around 20 minutes.

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Here are the ‘life preservers’ (made with powdered mini donuts and decorated with a tube of red gel icing).

I typed onto the food labels (included in the collection) in a paint/graphic program, but you could also just write onto them.

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The birthday boy and his cousin loved the life preservers. This is what I got when I asked, “Where did all the donuts go?” 🙂

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These Shark-Infested Jell-O cups were a big hit with the kids. I just filled some clear cups with blue gelatin, and once it had set up, I added Cool Whip and gummy sharks and fishes.

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I also made some of the shark-infested Jell-O in a trifle bowl.

I filled the apothecary jars with blue mint M&Ms, gummy sharks, and Hershey’s Kisses with blue wrappers.

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I was trying include some foods that weren’t sweet. Do you like how I labeled the Chips & Salsa? 🙂

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I took a photo of the birthday boy in his shark Halloween costume, and added it to the table. I liked how the frame resembled ocean waves, or sea foam.

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These ‘Shark Teeth’ were also popular, especially with those who like salty + sweet snacks.

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These are just Bugels snacks, dipped in melted white chocolate / white candy melts. Here is a close-up.

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I thought blue popcorn might be a fun addition. You can make lots of popcorn colors by following these instructions.

shark-blue-popcorn

This beverage container was just water with a few squirts of blueberry lemonade Mio, and some fresh blueberries. The medallion on the front is one of the personalized items included in the collection.

I made the “3” with a cardboard number from Hobby Lobby, and I put Mod Podge over the paper included with the collection.

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Here are the included water wraps:

Shark-water-labels-in-use

And the cupcake toppers, which I punched out with a flourish square puncher.

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Because Deacon has a large collection of shark books already, I put them out for guests to read or look at, as an indoor activity.

shark-party-books

We also set up a place for photo op’s, and let guests take pictures of themselves, or shots with the birthday boy. This is my sister Rochelle with the wee Man of Honor…

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But the MOST fun activity was when Dad put a shark fin on, and the kids got to chase him with water balloons!

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Shark-Dad-Deke

We put the pre-filled water balloons into a shark play pool, and once they were gone, we let the kids splash around in it. Since most of the guests were preschoolers, this was the perfect activity for a hot summer day.

This is the birthday boy dancing in his pool. 🙂

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And here are the favors!

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I love adding custom bubble wrappers to dollar store bubble bottles. A fun and inexpensive favor!

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I think the birthday boy had a great time!
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And so did his big bro. 🙂

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Here is the full collection (this is the Swirl version):

Shark-full-collection

If you want to see just one example of why we chose a shark theme for his party, watch this 45-second video:


And he thought I was taking a still photo, which is why he said ‘cheese’. LOL!
And yes that’s me snorting! Because kids are That. Funny.

 

I hope you enjoyed our Shark Party as much as we did!

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{Party Partners}

Shark Printables ~ Renee’s Soirees
Photography ~ Rule of Faith Photography (Phoenix metro area)
Shark lunch sack / favor bag ~ Walmart $1.99 (in party goods section)
Bubble bottle ~ Dollar Tree, 3 for $1
Bubble Label ~ Renee’s Soirees
Shark Fruit Snacks ~ Kroger grocery store
Watermelon Shark ~ Instructions here
Shark wall hanging ~ Oriental Trading $6.50
Shark party blowers ~ Oriental Trading, $3 /dozen
Shark water gun ~ Oriental Trading  $10/dozen
Shark paper plate craft ~ Dollar Store Crafts
Baroque Frame ~ Hobby Lobby
Shark Fin on Dad ~ SwimFin

 

{Features & Link Ups}

Kara’s Party Ideas
Tip Junkie
Tatertots & Jello
I {heart} Naptime
Under the Table & Dreaming
Craft-O-Matic
The Girl Creative
Making the World Cuter
A Round Tuit
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
C.R.A.F.T.
Mad in Crafts
A Bowl Full of Lemons
Skip to My Lou
Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
All My Bloggy Friends

 

{Real Party} Race Cars!

If you know someone – child or adult – who loves cars, racing, Hot Wheels, Formula One, or NASCAR, then I hope you’ll get a kick out of the RACE CAR PARTY that I threw for my son’s 8th birthday!

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We chose this theme because my son is a long-time Hot Wheels fan. In fact, when Colin was in preschool, he wouldn’t put on a pair of pants unless it had LOTS of pockets, so he could carry tiny cars with him everywhere he went.  So we stocked up on cargo pants  — and toddler belts, because the weight of all those cars made his pants sag!

Recently I took him to a friend’s birthday party, and my son spent most of the time in the other room alone, playing with some Hot Wheels and a big track. That’s when I knew that he STILL loved cars and needed to have a Race Car theme for his next birthday!

Here is a sample invitation:

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Here is the party table:

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I decided to use less of the ubiquitous checkered pattern, and more of the flames.  The flame theme also inspired the color scheme of red and orange.

I selected the flame theme because I showed my son the race car graphics that I’d created, and asked him to pick the one he liked the best for the invitation. After he chose, I asked why he liked that particular one, and he said, “Because it has HUGE FLAMES! So it must be FAST!”

I also liked the flames as a theme because when Colin was a toddler, we read a book about rocket ships, and decided that cars had flames coming out the back of them, too.  He would count the exhaust pipes on each of the cars on the road, and say things like, “That car has four FIRE HOLES! It is so fast!”

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Guests were met with a sign on the door that matched the invitations:

welcome-race-fans-door-sign

Then we asked guests to put their names on a custom hanging tag. I wanted the kids to feel comfortable approaching the adults present, and I wanted to be sure I knew the names of all of my son’s classmates (invitations were given to the whole class, so I didn’t know some of them very well).  An added bonus: the kids felt very special having a personalized badge on!

racing-name-tags

Here are the cupcake toppers. I cut most of them using a 2 1/4″ puncher, and I really like that size (versus the 2″ standard). I think the larger ones make a bigger impact.

Racing-cupcake-toppers

race-car-banner

I made the chocolate race car lollipops using this mold, and a few different colors of Candy Melts. They were actually very quick and easy to make! (Tutorial coming soon!) You can use the same mold to make little soaps, if you want to include those in the favor bag.

chocolate-race-car-lollipop

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Creating car-themed foods was so much fun. These fruit cars were easy to make, especially if you buy a bag of pre-sliced apples that are already treated with lemon juice so they won’t brown quickly.

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I also made some Dipsticks (pretzel rods dipped in black candy melts),  Stoplights (brownies topped with M&Ms), and Spare Tires (chocolate mini donuts).

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I also made another version of Stoplights, out of Rice Krispie bars dipped in black candy melts. I’m glad that my sister volunteered to make some at the last minute, because they were a HUGE hit with kids and adults alike. I was surprised that they were the food that disappeared first.

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The only downside to the Stoplight Rice Krispies? The resulting black tongue!
(Though the chances are good that my 3 year old just licked the top of them, LOL).

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By the way, my mother made the shirts using the race car graphic from my collection, and it matches the invitation. She just printed the graphic onto iron-on fabric. She added the black stitches just to make the image ‘pop’ more… you could also just iron it on and call it a day.

I always fill some apothecary jars with color-coordinated candies. And here’s a tip: instead of buying the expensive single-color M&Ms at party or craft stores, just buy the jumbo bag of standard colors at a warehouse store, and have your kids sort them into zip-top baggies. It’s good for sorting and categorizing practice, and is great fine motor skill work.

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I also threw in some healthy [non-tongue-staining] food, like Cuties, sub sandwiches, etc.

a healthy snack for a race car party by Renees Soirees

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Here are the water wraps:

racing-water-bottles

This race track was made from black plastic tablecloths and tape. It was put in the foyer as a kind of welcome. 🙂

road-in-foyer

We bought a carrying case full of Hot Wheels at Goodwill for my son when he was 3 years old. Five years later [the ones he hasn’t lost] still get a lot of play time.  This jar of Hot Wheels started out full, but little hands kept swiping them for play on the tracks we had set up. 🙂

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This beverage dispenser was filled with lemon-lime Gatorade, and it went FAST. Definitely one of the most popular items with the kids. I bought a gallon, but could have easily gone through two.

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The 4″ medallions, pre-filled with words like “TOOLS” and “ANTI-FREEZE” are included with the Race Car collection.

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I used the Race Car Kiss Stickers on some Hershey’s Kisses and put them on the buffet table as well. My kids loved the job of putting the stickers on the kisses. I’m pretty sure it turned into a game of “one for me, one for the bowl”… 🙂

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I asked a cake pop maker to make me some FLAME cake pops. I loved how they came out!

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The 5×7 printable (personalized and included in the collection):

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The part that gave me the biggest giggle… we used this red car out of Colin’s toybox. One of his classmates told him that she might bring her hamster FooFoo to the party. In his 8-year-old mind, he saw the hamster driving this car around. He made a note to put near the car that made it clear that this was ‘Fufu’s Car’… LOL!!!

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The activities part of the Race Car Party was super easy: a bunch of Hot Wheels out of my son’s room, and a few Hot Wheels tracks (one was Colin’s birthday present from Mom & Dad, the others we borrowed). I was surprised that the girls at the party loved playing with the cars and tracks just as much as the boys did!

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And here is the favor bag! Decorated with the Goody Bag Tags (included in my printable collection).

Racing-party-favor-bag

Favor items: a Hot Wheel, Wheel Yo-Yo, bubble bottle with racing bubble wrapper, Hot Wheels Tongue Tattoos, Disney Cars puzzle book, checkered flag, decorated Hershey’s Kisses with Race Car stickers from my shop, Disney’s Cars fruit snacks, and a race car party blower.

It looked like a huge bounty to the kids, but actually each goody bag only cost me around $5. And you could easily pare it down to the $1/each range by just attaching a favor tag to a Hot Wheel car.

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We found this shirt in Colin’s closet, and thought it worked perfectly. And like the Hot Wheel toys, it was a thrift shop find!

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This is what is included in the Race Car Collection:
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Some of the printable designs used at this party include:
♥ Invitation
♥ 2″ party circles/cupcake toppers
♥ 2″ favor tags
♥ Water Bottle wraps
♥ 4″ medallions (on drink dispenser, flatware dispenser, wall & table)
♥ Bubble wraps
♥ Food Labels
♥ Happy Birthday banner
♥ 5×7″ welcome sign
♥ Hershey’s Kisses stickers (sold separately)

I hope you enjoyed my RACE CAR PARTY!! I know the birthday boy did!

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And so did his little brother!

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{Party Partners}

Race Car Printables ~Renee’s Soirees
Race Car Invitation ~ Renee’s Soirees
Cake Pops ~ Gourmet Cakes and More  (located in the Phoenix metro area)
Race Car shirts ~ Iron-On fabric, red shirt, + an image from my collection
Yellow Cake Stands ~ handmade by Bee In Our Bonnet
Flame table cloth ~ homemade by my super-talented mum, using flame fabric
Frame for 5×7″ printable sign ~ Hobby Lobby
Hot Wheel car favor ~ $1 from grocery or toy store (or 3 generic die-cast cars for $1 at Dollar Tree)
Wheel Yo-Yo ~ $1 from Dollar Tree
Bubble bottle wrappers ~  from my collection (select ‘Race Car’ from drop-down menu)
Bubble bottles ~ 3 for $1 at Dollar Tree,
Hot Wheels Tongue Tattoos ~ clearance rack at local Kroger store
Favor Tags on Favor Bags ~ Available individually here (select Race Car from drop-down menu), or as part of the full collection

Disney Cars puzzle book ~$1.50 from Safeway clearance aisle
Checkered flag ~ $2 for 8 at Hobby Lobby
Decorated Hershey’s Kisses with Race Car stickers from my shop
Cars fruit snacks ~ Kroger grocery store
Race car party blower ~ $3.99 for 8 at Party City

 

Monster Truck Party {Customer Party}

I LOVE to get party pics from my customers, because there is nothing more exciting than seeing my printables in action. My sweet customer Joanne sent me these photos of her son Maverick’s MONSTER TRUCK party using my printable collection.

Here is the banner:

Monster Truck banner at party

the water wraps:

Monster Trucks water labels

and the cupcake toppers:

Monster Truck cupcake toppers at party

And I like how she incorporated the thank-you card into the display:

Monster Truck thank you card with photo

I especially love what she did with the 4 in medallions! I’ve used them on activity tables, on buffet foods, and on beverage dispensers, but I never thought to use them on the cake!

Monster Truck Medallions on birthday cake

Here is the full collection:

Monster Truck printable collection

And the matching invitation:

Monster Truck invitation

 

Thanks Joanne for the fun photos, and I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!

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apothecary jars full of brown, orange and egg-shaped candy

{Real Party} Dinosaur Party

 

dinosaur party food table by Renees Soirees

If you have a dinosaur lover in your life, then they will ROAR over this collection!

This was my son’s 7th birthday party, and his *second* dino party. Normally I don’t repeat themes, but he loves dinosaurs That. Much.

Of the 3 styles available, my son chose the plaid background because he liked the faint dinosaur images in the background (there’s no such thing as too many dinos for him)! We started with the invite, available here… (The invitation is available in a photo version as well).

dinosaur party invitation

I used earth tones to create this collection… mostly brown, green, and orange. Because my son’s favorite color is orange and has been for many years, I highlighted that in the decor and printables (though I have versions of the printables where the brown or the green are more prominent as well).

By the way, ‘Tangerine Tango’ is a version of orange that Pantone declared the 2012 Color of the Year. So stay tuned for future trend previews from Colin! LOL!

Here are the other two backgrounds available, in case you don’t fancy plaid:

Dinosaur invitation with earth-toned stripes
Dinosaur invitation with green chevron and stripes

It might be hard to tell from here, but the lower text looks like it’s spelled out in bones. Because I’m a goofball about details like that! 🙂

Because this party took place just after Easter, it was easy to find a ton of egg-shaped treats for the party table. But Raisinets, jelly beans, and lots of other items available year-round could also be used as ‘dino eggs.’

dino party table food

I also had ‘Dino Scat’ in the apothecary jars. Except I didn’t think first graders would know what scat was, so I went with ‘droppings’ instead. LOL. These are Whoppers… (You may wince at the tag, but let me assure you that 7-year-old boys will laugh hysterically at stuff like this!):

dino party table food

These ‘Dino Bones’ snacks were such a hit!  They weren’t too difficult to make, and all the kids got such a kick out of them.

Pretzel sticks, marshmallows & white chocolate made to look like bones

And in fact my 2-year-old helped make them. We just stuck mini marshmallows on the end of pretzel sticks, then dipped the whole thing in melted white chocolate (we used white Candy Melts, available at craft stores). If you like salty + sweet snacks, you will love these!

Here’s a closer look at the Bones Snack:

snack that looks like bones

I also made the Fossil Cookies. Well, that’s what I call them, anyway. Basically I made a fantastic recipe called Nut-Edged Lemon Cookies; because they’re my sister’s all-time favorite cookie (recipe link in footer).  Then I stamped one of my son’s dinosaur feet into them before baking (of course I scrubbed the T-Rex very well first, because a dino toy is certainly not a food-grade item). You could use a regular shortbread recipe instead, or any cookie that doesn’t change shape TOO much during cooking.

Cookies with an imprint of a dinosaur foot in them

I also ‘made’ some cookies that matched my color scheme. Actually they are just Oreo Cakesters, dipped in colored sugar. These cookies are great for party tables because you can get them in vanilla or chocolate, and roll them in whatever color of sugar or sprinkles you want, to make them match your theme. Super easy!

Oreo Cakesters with orange sprinkles

By the way, the FOOD LABELS that come with the collection are blank, so you aren’t stuck with my kooky concoctions. 🙂

It wasn’t all sweets, though. I made some PB&J sandwiches on bread that I cut out with a dinosaur-shaped cutter  (I got mine at my regular grocery store).

PB&J sandwiches cut in the shape of a dinosaur

And some sub sandwiches, plus crudites with veggie dip…

Basket full of crudites labeled Herbivores

And for drinks, I did a jug of water with some mint leaves. (Note to self: Don’t use this many mint leaves next time, unless you prefer your water to taste like mouthwash!)

Water jug full of mint leaves and labeled Watering Hole

And I set out some Take & Toss cups, hoping to proactively avoid spills. I added some dino flair to them so the big kids wouldn’t feel like they were using ‘sippy cups’.

Sip & Toss cups with a dinosaur tag on the straw

I didn’t want to pay big bucks for another cake stand, so I made my own for around $3:

 Cake stand with orange top, brown ribbon and brown stand.”

I painted a wooden frame (with craft paint, that sells for less than $1 at craft stores) and added a photo of the birthday boy to the table… plus a toy out of his room. 🙂

Brown frame with photo of boy and Lego dinosaur on party table

And of course, the requisite cupcakes in party colors, with custom toppers!

Orange and brown cupcakes with dinosaur toppers

And finally, the FAVORS! I used bags from Dollar Tree (3 for $1), and bought the bottles of bubbles there, too (same price). The bubble bottle labels are included in my Dinosaur Collection, by the way. Inside the egg was a small dinosaur figurine, a bit of candy, and a dino tattoo. Plus some handmade items from some AMAZING Etsy sellers… a reusable dino napkin, some dinosaur-shaped crayons, and a chocolate dino lollipop! The museum also gave us some dino-themed word find puzzles and coloring pages, so we put photocopies of those into the favor bags.

Photos of the items included in the favor bags

A party at the natural history museum also includes access to their exhibits and tours after the party, so it was double the fun for both the kids and their parents. Especially because my 2 1/2 year old kept arguing with the docent about her dinosaur facts. “Actuwee, it’s like this…” LOL!  Told you I have two little dinosaur fanatics!

child, man and docent under a dinosaur display at a museum

I hope you enjoyed our prehistoric party as much as we did!

dinosaur-themed party table with banner, food and balloons

Happy Birthday, sweet Colin! I had SO much fun creating a dinosaur party for you, and I know you’ll remember it for a looong while (because you talk about it all the time)!

child standing next to a dinosaur made of Legos

——————————– {Party Partners} ——————————–
Edible Bones idea from Epicurious
Dino Crayons from Posh Paper Creations
Chocolate dinosaur lollipops from The Sugared Shop
Reusable napkins from Gnome Clothes
Photographer: Chelsey Vehon, Vehon Photography

Dinosaur Collection by Renee’s Soirees
Nut-Edged Lemon Cookies recipe
Party Venue: Museum of Natural History, Mesa, Arizona

Lego 4 inch medallion as decor

LEGO PARTY: Real Parties by Real Customers

Check out the gorgeous LEGO party styled by the very talented Christie at Flaired Affairs (Jacksonville, North Carolina). She used my Building Brick collection and took it to a whole new level!

Lego party photo collage

Lego table by Flaired Affairs

There are more photos on her Flaired Affairs blog.

Follow her on Facebook so you can see more of her amazing events!

Thanks, Christie for the gorgeous party inspiration!

And here is the collection she used to create this colorful event:

Lego full collection by Renee's Soirees

Valentine’s Day Treat Toppers

These treat bag toppers are a unique way to hand out valentines or Valentine’s Day treats, and they are suitable for classmates, coworkers, neighbors, teachers or friends.

various valentines treat toppers filled with candy

 

In my shop you can choose 2 of the topper styles from the following:

Collection of valentines day treat toppers
♥ Nerds saying (2 styles included)
♥ S’more toppers (2 different sayings – see below for an idea of what to put in the bag)
♥ Heart toppers (2 styles – can be used with conversation hearts, or do what I did and make homemade playdough and cut it out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter)
♥ Peeps toppers (4 styles included – you can buy Peeps in red or pink at drug stores, in 2-packs or multiple packs)
♥ Reeces Pieces topper
♥ Mint topper (I used York heart-shaped peppermint patties)
♥ Dum Dum sucker / lollipop topper
♥ A gift card holder for a teacher or anyone else who loves coffee or tea (2 styles to choose from)

S'more themed valentine treat topper

Each page has 2 toppers, so print up as many as you need (eg, 24 students divided by 2 = 12 copies) then cut them and staple them to the top of a zip-top bag. If you don’t have a color printer, put them on a thumb drive or camera card (like an SD card) and take them to a local copy store. It runs around 29c for a color copy, or 39c per color cardstock page at most print shops (UPS for example, but you could also price them at Staples, Office Max, Kinkos, or any local copy shop).

Paper with 2 treat toppers ready to be cut out

Here are downloadable instructions, but they really are very fast and easy to do. Even my first grader had no trouble helping me assemble them, and he filled out the “to/from” info on the back of each topper.

 

instructions on how to assemble a treat topper

 

UPDATE: Sonoran Living viewers, feel free to use the coupon code “ABC15” when you check out in Etsy, to get 15% off your treat toppers! (Good through Feb 14th, 2012, on this listing only).

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

 

Valentine’s Gift Card Holder

2 gift card holders with images of a coffee cup and hearts

I made one version of this gift card holder for teachers, because that’s how I intend to use it, but I also made one without a named recipient, so it can be used for coworkers, bosses, employees, coaches, friends and more!  Because of the hearts, it works great for Valentine’s Day, but it doesn’t specifically mention Valentine’s Day, so it could be used year-round.

Available here!

5x7 print with coffee cups and hearts with room for a gift card

5x7 print with hearts and coffee cups and room for a starbucks card

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

{New Collection} BALLOON PARTY !

This balloon collection was inspired by my toddler, who LOVES balloons and thinks they are called BOW-loons. So I knew that his 2nd birthday just had to be full of BOW-loons and bright, primary colors. I hope you enjoy some photos of Deac0n’s recent Balloon Party!

I printed up the invitations as a regular color copy, in 4×6″ size. Any bigger than that and you will have a hard time finding a balloon long enough to hold it. I rolled the invite tightly, taped it, and had someone hold the mouth of the balloon open a bit while I slid it in. Then I added some confetti and blew up the balloon. I attached a tag that said, “POP ME!” so the kids could get excited about the party.

Balloon with rolled up invitation inside

Guests were greeted by a path lined with balloons increasing in height, so as to build anticipation!

Front door with balloons leading up to it

Then came the colorful balloon wreath, created by my assistant, who was handed several bags of balloons and an 18″ wreath, and given only this instruction: “Make it purdy…” I love the outcome, and I think it really made the 4″ medallion from my collection POP! (No pun intended!)

Balloon-covered wreath on a front door

We decided to give the decorations ‘height’, just because it was a Balloon party. So we utilized the balcony (which my kids call the ‘Rapunzel Room’).

Balcony decorated with a balloon wall and streamers below

This is the ‘dessert table’, which actually had veggies on it too, in my [feeble] attempt to balance cupcakes with crudites. 🙂

Balloon dessert table with banner, streamers, cake pops etc

The cupcake toppers, which also made an appearance in several other places…

Cupcakes with 2 inch cupcake toppers inserted

Who says Cupcake Toppers are just for cupcakes?!

Crudites with cupcake toppers

These adorable balloon-shaped cake pops made the kids positively wide-eyed!

cake pops in primary colors in the shape of balloons

The balloon-shaped Fruit Pizzas were my idea. What do you think? Hit or miss?

3 plates with balloon-shaped cookie dough fruit pizza

And this may have been my favorite part of the whole party… I handed my assistant a bag of Babybel cheeses and asked her to make them look like balloons. ADORABLE! And a great way to get some healthier foods into the mix.

Babybel red cheese rounds made to look like a bouque of balloons

My Aussie mates know that no kids party is complete without FAIRY BREAD! But I decided to pinwheel them to give them a balloon look. For non-Aussie readers, Fairy Bread is very easy to make, and very popular with the Tin Lids (aka KIDS).

a tray with rolled-up Fairy Bread on toothpicks, pinwheel style

And here are the favors… the kids got a box with a water balloon kit, a helium balloon tied to it, and a Rice Krispie balloon pop. I attached the Favor Tags included in this collection to the box with a balloon sticker from Creative Memories.

3 party boxes with a balloon attached and a label that says THANKS FOR POPPING BY

A tag with a balloon photo that says THANKS FOR POPPING BY

 

And these were the cookie favors I gave out:

Sugar cookies made to look like balloons, on a stick. By Renee's Soirees

They were super easy and inexpensive. I got pre-made sugar cookie dough, and rolled it into balls and flattened them a bit. Then after they came out of the over, I stuck a popsicle stick inside (and later lollipop sticks, although they didn’t work as well on a heavy cookie). Then I frosted them in bright colors (I bought cans of white buttercream frosting and tinted them with food coloring).  Then I wrapped them and added the favor tags. Easy!

 

water bottles with Balloon-themed labels on them

I think the birthday boy had a great time! He squealed over every balloon he saw, even the one on his shirt. 🙂Birthday child in applique shirt with a balloon

Here is the invitation, it can be personalized with or without a photo.

Printable Birthday Invitation with balloons

And here are the coordinating items:

I could see this collection being adapted for many different functions: a Welcome Home party, graduation, or pretty much any occasion where balloons would be welcome (and for me, that means ALL occasions. LOL).

See my Balloon Pinterest board for more ideas!

Party Partners!

Balloon Invitation and Printable Accessories by Renees Soirees
Photos by Rule of Faith Photography, Phoenix, Arizona
Birthday Boy applique shirt by Absolutely Handmade
Balloon Cake Pops by Mind Over Batter, Tempe, Arizona
Red basket (for veggies) from Sur la Table – now on clearance for 75% less than I paid!
Red round serving tray from Sur la Table
Balloon favor boxes – Walmart party section

 

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