Category Archives: Co-ed

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:

 

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.

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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:

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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.

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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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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):

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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

 

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

A Beehive shaped jar with a ribbon a tag and lotion tubes inside

{Freebie} Teacher Appreciation

I made this bee-themed gift for my son’s First Grade teacher.

Partly I was inspired to use bees because his teacher has a running BUMBLE BEE theme in her classroom (for example, each child has a bee with their name on it on the wall, and if they misbehave they ‘lose a stinger’ or are ‘out of the hive’).

And partly I wanted to go with bees because I found this cute beehived-shaped tealight holder at Target. It was in the Dollar Spot area, so they may not have it regularly.  If you can’t find one, a yellow or black gift bag with a bee tag on it would do just fine (and hold more, as well).

supplies to make a bee themed gift

In keeping with the bee theme, I filled it with Burt’s Bees products. I purchased the ‘Head to Toe’ kit at Target for $13. I tied a ribbon around the tealight holder and put as many of the items as I could into the jar. You could add a gift card or any other small item to the jar if you prefer.

Bumble Bee themed gift for teacher appreciation

I gave it to her with the bee letter that you can DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HERE.

bee anagram letter

I had my son write his teacher’s name at the top, and sign his name at the bottom. I also added the date in small print.

Click HERE to download the Teacher Tags.
(Then right-click and save the file).

Child and teacher with teacher appreciation gift

I think his teacher liked it, and I hope you do, too!

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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!!

Valentine Pocket tutorial

{Tutorial} Valentine’s Day Heart Pockets

My mother, a retired teacher, used to make these with her students every year. She hung them on the bulletin board for February decor, plus during the Valentine’s party, classmates could add valentine cards to the pockets.

Here are some examples of the finished product. My mother, the most creative person I know, made all but one of these (you will note that I am missing part of that creativity gene). She challenged her students to incorporate hearts into everyday items (notice the butterfly and ship below).

2 decorated paper heart valentines day pockets

It’s going to be painfully obvious here, which one was made by me…

2 paper hearts used as pockets for valentines day at school

You can see better on the red heart above, how these open and act as a pocket.

Mom made hers more than 40 years ago, and after about 20 years she decided to extend their durability by  laminating them (then you need to use a craft  knife to cut the pocket open again).  Mom hangs these on the mantel every February even now, and they have held up just fine.

I have also done them with younger kids, too (first grade).  I just help them with the stapling, so they won’t staple in such a way that it prevents it from being used as a pocket.  And for any age group, you can use a salad plate or manila folder template to help them draw the half-circle that becomes the top of the hearts.  Use a toddler plate or something that is approximately the same distance across as the folded paper, otherwise your heart will look cut off.

Use reusable adhesive aka mounting putty to attach it to your walls, mantel, desks or chairs (Scotch and Elmer’s make the putty in the US, and it’s called Blu-Tack in Australia).  You could use tape in a pinch, but in a classroom setting, these pockets can get a little heavy for that.

Here is the tutorial. Click the photo to save or print a PDF version to use as a reference (but trust me, these are NOT hard to make).

Instructions on how to make a heart pocket

I think it’s the coolest thing ever, that I hang (on my bannister, with a heart garland) the very same pocket that my mom used to put my Valentine’s Day card in when I was a kid. And I intend to pass along the ones I made for my kids as well.

Hope you liked this Valentine’s Day craft, and I’d love to see your finished products! (Obviously I need serious help on the decorating portion.)

 

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{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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