Monday, March 13, 2017

St Patrick's Day Celebration!

Oh lucky day! I am teaming up with 8 other fabulous bloggers to share fun ideas on how you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style! Make sure you visit all the blogs listed at the bottom of this post and then enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win $100 Visa gift card!!! Come join us!


We normally don't do much for St. Patty's Day, but my daughter really wanted to plan a party. She sees me planning parties on a regular basis, she is my mini me, right by my side during all setups. It really was no surprise when she said she wanted to do a party and invite a few friends. It is a busy month in our house, but with St. Patrick's Day coming up it was the perfect excuse to put something together. We went to our favorite party store, Oriental Trading, and started searching. They have so much to choose from, we were searching for hours! She finally settled on rainbows and anything green! 

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle
Once we knew there was a party to plan...an invitation was next! Christina at Sunshine Tulip Design has the sweetest invites and created this beautiful one that fit our theme perfectly. 

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

The backdrop was fun, not so much to hang, but fun to come up with. These round paper circles came assembled and ready to hang. 

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

My daughter loves Lucky Charms, and what a fun way to change up krispie treats and make them festive for the party. They turned out really good, just follow any instructions for rice krispie treats and use whatever cereal you want. I would recommend with larger cereal pieces to make them a bit thinner than I did. These were a bit thick and at times a bit difficult for the kiddos. However, this did not slow them down!

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle
Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle
Anything green was fair game at this table, my daughter picked out her favorite flavors of applesauce packs and combined them with the green rock candy sticks and apple fruit leathers. 

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

This "Lucky" balloon banner was an easy and simple way to complete the backdrop. Self-inflating mylar balloons, you just smash down on the packet inside and it starts to inflate. Super easy, fun and quick! 

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle
The jello was my idea, she had never tried lime jello, there is a first for everything. It was a hit, and the perfect addition to her sweets table. She topped them each jar with a shamrock ring.

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle
Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle
We couldn't stop at just the sweetstable, place settings were necessary! We ordered these darling rainbow plates, black candy buckets and filled with Golden Oreos (now that's an end of the rainbow I would love to find).

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

We used stickers to make drink tags. She cut out the circles and attached the stickers. Mom did the hole punch and we tied them to the bottles. Picking the straws was quite difficult for some reason, she must have tried several colors before settling on the yellow.

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

Of course there was some help from momma on some of these ideas, but I love seeing when she has a cute idea. She set the rings on the buckets and asked if I liked it...how could I not...perfect addition!

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

Swirly pops were a must, once she saw them they were a must! Instead of just eating them, we created a centerpiece out of them. A pop of color on the table and easy for the kids to grab (which may have backfired...but hey what do you expect from a table full of 6 year olds). 

Lucky St Patrick's Day Celebration - AK Party Studio - Seattle

I am definitely a lucky one, this girl of mine is so fun. I love seeing her ideas and helping her create a fun party to be proud of. Normally we don't celebrate much for St. Patrick's Day, but we may need to change that.

Now go check out the other amazing bloggers in the St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop and don't forget to enter below for your chance at $100 Visa gift card! Good luck!! 


Lucky You Party by Elva M Design Studio | Top of the Morning St. Patty's Day Breakfast from Happy Family Blog | Lucky Me I have You! party by The Party Porch | Festive Holiday Breakfast from Giggle Home Furnishings | Shamrock Drink Station + Pinch Me Punch from Legally Crafty Blog | St Patrick's Day Celebration from AK Party Studio | Follow the Rainbow Treasure Hunt + Pot of Gold Pancakes & Parfaits from Jolly and Happy | Lucky Charms Sweet Cart from Pretty Twinkle Party | Green and Gold St. Patrick's Day Tablescape by a la Mo





a Rafflecopter giveaway

Party Styling & Photography: Mini AK and AK Party Studio
Decorations: Oriental Trading
Invitation: Sunshine Tulip Design


Toni

*I was provided free product samples in exchange for my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gone Fishing...35th Birthday!

It isn't everyday your husband gives you permission to not only celebrate his birthday, but to actually have a party! You would have to know my husband, but the center of attention, is not his ideal! He knows I love any excuse to plan a party. I kept this one pretty simple, as to not loose my privilege to do this for him again in the future. 

My husband has many hobbies, but one thing he loves to do in the Spring, is fish. There is something so relaxing about being on the water, in this beautiful state, waiting for the fish to bite. What made this even more fun, was that I had never styled a fishing party before. 

No party, big or small, is complete without the perfect invite! Alyssa with Just a Little Sparkle outdid herself, with this adorable fishing inspired invitation. She also created this matching cake banner that was the perfect accent for the birthday cake. She nailed the look I was going for, and I love how it turned out. 


Decorations were kept simple, with a few fishing accessories from my husbands collection and some yummy desserts.




This darling tissue tassel was made for me by Glam Fete, they have the most adorable party supplies.


One trick I love to use when planning any party is to scout my home first, for any supplies or decorations I could use for my theme. My favorite place to shop for any boy party I am styling, is usually my husbands garage. He has the best little treasures, and I can always count on finding something old and rusty, which is my favorite for any party. I love using real items, because they tell a story and it gives you a chance to showcase them in a new way. 




My husbands favorite cake is German Chocolate. I decided to try a homemade version I found and it was so moist and delicious, I highly recommend it! See the recipe for the cake here and the frosting here




Another favorite of his is anything peanut butter. To keep things easy, because lets be real...life is busy, I frosted store bought peanut butter cookies to look like bobbers.


No fishing party is complete without worms...gummy worms that is! With kids on the guest list, this was a hit.


Happy birthday to my amazing husband, who puts up with my crazy ideas and is my biggest fan! 35 looks good on you...cheers to the happiest of birthdays!



Party Styling & Photography: AK Party Studio
Invitation & Cake Banner: Just a Little Sparkle
Tissue Tassel: Glam Fete


Toni