Category Archives: Girls

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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{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:

MLP-waters-by-Renees-Soirees

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:

MLP-Sparkle-Invite-by-ReneesSoirees

My-Litlle-Pony-Fluttershy-Invite

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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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!!

{Real Party} Sunflowers & Burlap

This Sunflower collection was inspired by my amazing mother, because she grew up in Kansas and has an August birthday, so whenever I see sunflowers, I think of her.

We held this party in the Fall, which was perfect timing because sunflowers were everywhere in the stores. But you could also stock up on end of season clearance items and hold the party whenever you’re in a floral mood.  🙂  I had been planning on using burlap for a while, because the natural feel of it just seemed suited for a party evoking nature themes.

This collection can be used for bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries or weddings.   In this case, it was used for my assistant’s sweet daughter Gianna, who was celebrating her 7th birthday.


I used one of the 4″ medallions from my Sunflower collection on the wreath that we hung on the front door.

wreath with sunflowers and HAPPY BIRTHDAY medallion

Several of the Sunflower items in action:

– Party Circles used as cupcake toppers,
– Drink Labels on the water bottles
– 4″ Medallion on the drink dispenser
– Food Labels on the apothecary jars and in front of the cupcakes
– 8×10″ Frameable in the picture frame, with a photo of the birthday girl added

Sunflower printables on cupcakes, water bottles and framed prints

We embellished the banner with some sunflower stickers from Martha Stewart. They matched perfectly!

Sunflower banner on a burlap tablecloth on party table

This is another 4″ Medallion, attached to the silverware dispenser.

4 inch sunflower printable on a silverware dispenser

These Sunflower brownie pops were so fun!

close-up of brownie pop fashioned to look like a sunflower

 

This Caramel Apple Dessert Dip was amazing! And so easy to make!

 

apples and dip in the shape of a sunflower with a food label
This fun cheese and grape plate continued the sunflower theme:
Sunflower cheese and grape plate

A few other fun table shots:
4 inch medallion on a drink dispenser

sunflower Bottle wraps on water bottles

Food labels on apothecary jars

 

The favors were sunflower seeds (some to eat and some to plant) and a sunflower chocolate lollipop.
Martha Stewart sunflower seed packet in tulle

 

I used the cupcake toppers as a favor tag (attached to the tulle) and favor embellishment (stuck to the sunflower chocolate lollipop). They are so versatile!

Doesn’t the birthday girl look adorable? Her mom and I laughed about the fact that we met at Gianna’s 6th birthday party at Peter Piper Pizza last year. Who knew back then that she’d be having her next birthday at my house?!

girl wearing applique sunflower shirt and sunflower tutu

I think the birthday girl was happy with the party, and so was I!

See more Sunflower party ideas on my Pinterest board!

{PARTY PARTNERS}

Handmade cake plates from Bee In Our Bonnet
Sunflower tutu by Tutu Girlz
Sunflower applique shirt by Three Lindys
Burlap wreath by Ginger Bloom Gifts
Sunflower wreath from Today’s Patio (AZ only) but similar items are available on Etsy
Sunflower plate by Sur le Table
Caramel Apple Dip recipe from Fake It Frugal
Sunflower Brownie Pops recipe from Munchkin Munchies
Sunflower chocolate lollipop from Safeway, but are much more affordable here
Sunflower garden seeds by Martha Stewart
Photography by Amanda Saccuci at Rule of Faith Photography
Sunflower party printables by Renees Soirees

 

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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

 

Cake pops shaped lke Bumble Bees

Bumble Bee Baby Shower

I hosted this shower for two moms-to-be, who were expecting different gender babies. I decided to leave the traditional pinks and blues behind, and go for a yellow and black theme. I call it, “Welcome Ba-Bee!” This theme would also work for a birthday party, bridal shower, etc. (Various banners and invitation wording available in my shop).

8x10 bee prints on front door

Buffet table with banner, balloons, bee-themed decorations

Putting together yellow and black foods, and honey-themed items for the buffet was so much fun!

Photo of yellow and black buffet food

Big sis in a coordinating shirt from the Gymboree Bee Chic line.

Girl-wearing-Gymboree-shirt-with-bees

I’m always amazed at how many comments I get about water bottle labels at my parties. It is a detail that I don’t think many people have seen, and guests will invariably pick up a bottle and say, “NO. WAY. This is so cool!”  I’ll let you in on a little secret though… they are the easiest part of the party!  I print them on regular paper, do a few quick cuts on the paper cutter, and attach them with a bit of tape. Voila! Quick party glam.

These bumble bee pops elicited squeals of glee from both children and adults. They were not only adorable, they tasted amazing!

Cake pops shaped lke Bumble Bees

I made these cake shooters with a slight twist… I used brownie bites and cheesecake that I made and then cut into circles (using the push pop container as a ‘cookie cutter’. Then I added a touch of chocolate frosting. YUMMO!

And here is the entire collection, as available in my shop!

bumble bee printables from Renees Soirees

   Soiree Sweeties (Vendors):

Bee Cake Pops by Gourmet Cakes and More (located in the Phoenix metro area)
Bee Party Printables by Renee’s Soirees
Stoneware Flower Utensil Holder (holding push pops) & Bee coffee mug from Pier1
Push Pop containers from Etsy
Bee shirt from Gymboree

Angry Birthday party!

If you love the Angry Birds game /phone app as much as my kids do, you will love this party idea!

This amazing PLAYABLE CAKE (yes!) is made of a little chocolate cake, a lot of fondant, some chocolate covered wafers, and a repurposed kids slingshot toy. See here for a video tutorial if you want to make your own!

Most of the cake was made of colored fondant, like this red bird, ready to catapult towards the pigs.

Slingshot with fondant Angry Birds character

The snack table was called “Bird Feed.” And funnily enough for a 6-year-old’s birthday party, the most popular item was the persian cucumber slices! Not offering chips or cookies was probably the key.

Food table labeled BIRD FEED

 

The party tables…

Party room for Angry Birds party

These fantastic 3D balloon faces were found here.

Balloons decorated with Angry Birds faces

My son was obsessed with the ‘Bomb Bird’ aka the Black Bird.

Cupcakes with edible Angry Birds edible toppers

If you would like to order Angry Birds Party Printables, please see my Etsy shop! (The other items in the photos are not available in my shop, as they were made by the hosts, the family of my son’s BFF).

birthday invitation with Angry red bird

 

Other fun ideas for your Angry Birds party!

A party snack made from Babybel cheese shaped like the red Angry Bird

And if you don’t know what all the fuss is about, you can play Angry Birds on your PC, via Google’s web browser Chrome.

Magic Party

Even though I design my own party printables, sometimes your child requests a certain theme, and when you research it, you realize that you could never improve upon a collection that already exists. And that’s how I found myself using this amazing Magic Collection. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed throwing this party…

Here is the dessert table:

Photo of Magic Party dessert table as styled by Renees Soirees

And the amazing custom Magic Hat cake, complete with wand!

Cake made to look like a magic hat and wand

The cupcake tower, striped “6” (cardboard number purchased at Hobby Lobby and Mod Podged with scrapbook paper).

3-Tiered cupcake stand with cupcakes with magic cupcake toppers

I made some cake shooters, consisting of brownie bites and red frosting. Kids especially go mental for push pop anything!

These Top Hat Pops are my own creation, inspired by similar leprechan hats (with instructions here). They are made of jumbo marshmallows, Nilla Wafers, and dipped in dark chocolate candy melts (tinted even darker with a bit of black food coloring). I used a flat frosting tip and red frosting for the band.

Magic Hats on a stick

I made the pretzel “magic wands” by dipping pretzels into white chocolate candy coating, and sprinkling red decorative sugar on them while they were still wet.

The cutlery holder is a re-purposed container with an opening for a photo in the front. I purchased it at Home Goods and used a favor tag instead. The glass container for the pretzels is also from Home Goods.

Presto Pretzel wands dipped in white chocolate

I filled apothcary jars with red and black candy (M&M’s, licorice, cherry sours, red gumballs, etc).
I made these tags myself, so don’t be cross with Amanda at Shindig if it isn’t included in her collection.  🙂

Small apothecary jar filled with red candy and a tag that says CHERRY SOURS

Because the party was near Easter, there were bunny items galore in the stores, but most of them were the wrong color scheme. But I couldn’t resist picking up these rabbit pops from Sam’s Club. The sign is a 4″ medallion taped to a chop stick (yep!) and the can is a formula can wrapped in scrapbook paper (no kidding)! See, you can make a party as elaborate or as inexpensive as you want!

Rabbit-shaped lollipops in a can with a Happy Birthday tag

Well I can’t feed the children JUST desserts, so I had another table with healthier options.

Photo of a plate of vegetables labeled VOILA VEGGIES

The food was fun, but the REAL highlight of the party was the magician. Christopher the Magician made the kids and the parents laugh, and after the show he gave them a magic lesson and a favor bag with magic supplies. I first met him when he performed for my son’s kindergarten class on a day that I happened to be volunteering. I think I laughed harder than the kids did, so I knew we had to have him!

Here is the birthday boy with his siblings. (He looks like he’s sulking, but I think it’s just the shadows.)
He is wearing a custom shirt that I bought on Etsy from a seller who no longer exists, but there are many other cute options, for instance these shirts with a magic hat and age number or initial.
I bought a magician costume for the birthday boy’s little brother (figured I could use it again at Halloween, right?!).

3 children at magic party

I hope you enjoyed this tour of Colin’s Magic Party!

Room with 2 buffet tables, black and red streamers and balloons

 

All photos (except for the last one) by the amazing Amanda at Rule of Faith Photography.
Magic Hat by the Cake Cafe in Ahwatukee, AZ.
Magician party printables by Shindig Parties To Go

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