Royal Princess Party

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Can someone please tell me where has the time gone? I cannot believe summer has come to an end and school has started. And for us, it was a BIG step as my first born started kindergarten (cue the tears). Its hard to believe she is old enough (and I am old enough) to have a full time kindergartner. In reminiscing over the past week, I realized I never shared her last TWO birthday parties (I know, I have been slacking!). So, this will be a two part post – showing pictures and details from her 4th and 5th birthday. Let’s start with the first…

Like many four year old girls who just absolutely love anything princess, my daughter seems to attend a Royal Ball several times a day. I was thrilled when she asked for a Princes Birthday Party because I couldn’t wait style one for her in a unique way. The challenge was to make it fun and appealing for both boys and girls. For the theme, I decided to focus on princess silhouettes to get more of a sophisticated feel. Pink and blue were used as the main colors, which was a great way to include both the little princes and princesses.

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Our royal guests were welcomed at the front door which displayed hanging Cinderella and Prince Charming cut outs. I love having the theme right there immediately when your guests walk up to your door!

 

 

 

 

 

The main dessert table was designed to mimic Cinderella’s dress with linens. It was draped with a soft pale pink and accented with blue bows. The Chocolate Box created a beautiful castle cake, and this was to be the focal point of the dessert table. To highlight the cake, it was placed in the center of the table with framed by soft white ruffle drapes (the drapes were repurposed from my daughter’s bedroom). The three piece silhouette backdrop over the table is one of my favorite decorations! Accented with a candelabra, pink roses, vintage books, and delicious desserts, it definitely created the luxe royal look I was going for! I extended the princess theme into the desserts as well. Various princess cookies, “Frozen” themed donut balls, and Belle’s red cake pop roses were served. The Beauty and the Beast themed cake pops ended up being one of the most talked about desserts. They looked incredible and tasted amazing!

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undercover hostess cinderella down the table2JPEGThe idea was to have all the guests dine at a royal table, so one long table was created to achieve the look. Crisp white linens were used as the base, styled with silver candles and pink roses as a centerpiece.  A pink chandelier hung from the ceiling tied it all together. One of my favorite pieces on the table were actually the custom princess silhouette paper plates, they helped bring the entire theme together.

 

 

 

 

For games, we had a large inflatable princess carriage for a bounce house, a “Seven Dwarfs” mining station where the kids shifted sand to find gemstones, a dress up area which consisted of princess clothes for the girls and swords and crowns for the boys, face painting, and a “Brave” station where the children threw water balloons at a target. I am lucky enough to have a handy husband and he constructed the mining trough, while the dress up station was brought down from her room (nothing like cheap décor!)

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The party turned out beautiful and the kids had a blast playing games and eating delicious desserts. When my daughter walked outside and saw the tables set up for her party, her facial expression made all the planning worth it for just that!

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Time to Party! The Bachelorette Ombre Obsession Kit is here!

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After months of silence (due to the year of the babies – we each had one!) we are finally back and more excited than ever to announce our newest kit – Bachelorette Ombre Obsession. And it’s perfect timing too, as I am sure post V-Day there is some new bling on a few ring fingers! I am OBSESSED with this kit; the glam, the ombre style and the FUN it brings to a bachelorette party.. I kinda want to do mine all over again now!

You can throw this party two ways – (1) With just the hostess kit (adorable plates, napkins, cups, menu cards, etc.) if you already have your decorations, or (2) add on the rental kit, which includes the backdrop boas, the ombre tassels and the glitter picture frame. Everything for the perfect bachelorette party is here, just add food and drinks, let’s not forget those ;) The bride-to-be will adore it!

Being lucky enough to have been a MOH twice, I know how stressful it can be trying to organize decorations and materials for that perfect bachelorette party. It gets even more difficult when friends meet up from out of town for a destination (Vegas Baby!) As much fun as that is, how the heck do you travel without having to bring a ton of bags to pack everything for the exciting night out? That’s where we come in – and this Kit – to make the weekend as fun and stress free as possible! I actually used this Kit for a bachelorette party I hosted in a hotel suite and it was amazing! With a little bit of tape, I was able to hang the boas in front of the window, and with the city lights as part of the backdrop and the cute tableware in front, it was oh so chic and stylish! Best part – I had the box shipped directly to the hotel and when I was done, shipped the linens back so it was once less thing I had to make room for in my carry on (seriously, we need room for dresses in our luggage not linens!)

This Hostess Kit is definitely up there as one of my favorites. It just makes me want to put on some heals, sip champagne, and dance!

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Happy Hosting! – Erin

 

Valentine’s Day Balloon Surprise

 

In today’s busy world, I just can’t realistically be that perfect “Pinterest mom” who crafts every day with her little ones (as much as I would love to!) When a holiday rolls around, I do try and set time aside to create something special for my children – it’s no surprise that I am big on celebrating special events and love creating memories for my kids! Valentine’s Day was a lot of fun this year (especially because it was cheap, easy to do, and of course cute), and it really surprised my daughter. It was perfect!

The holiday is about all things love after all, so I wanted her to wake up and immediately feel it surrounding her! What better surprise than a room full of balloons? Balloons are always fun.. but I added a little twist to make a game out of it. Hanging from each balloon string was a paper heart: on the front side was a letter, and the back side was a number. I scattered the balloons randomly throughout the room. She had to put them in numerical order from 1-20 to decode the secret Valentine’s message “We Love Emmie and Easton!” She loved searching the room for each number and grabbing the balloon. I loved the educational aspect of it. My favorite part was after she woke and saw her ceiling covered in balloons, she ran into my room and said “Mom, it is so pretty!” and gave me the biggest hug. I knew she really appreciated it!
To make this happen, it was really very simple. I used 20 balloons (a mixture of pink and teal, her favorite colors), string (which I grabbed from extra gift wrapping supplies), paper hearts (cut from construction paper), a hole punch, a marker and a helium tank. The helium tank was bought at Walmart for $23. The night before Valentine’s Day, I cut out the hearts, punched the holes, and wrote the message on the hearts. I also pre-threaded the string into each heart (about 5ft-6ft length) so it was once less step I had to do in the morning. I waited to blow up the balloons until the morning, otherwise they would have been on the ground by morning, which doesn’t really have that same wow factor :) I woke up at 5:30 am, blew up the balloons, and tied them to the string. I quietly tiptoed into her room to scatter the balloons around so she would find them by the time she woke up, two hours later. I was done by 6:00 am and was able to hop back into bed. This special surprise cost me about $30 and an hours worth of time. Not bad!
I would absolutely recommend doing a surprise like this for any birthday or holiday in the coming year –  worth it just for the smiles :) Happy Valentine’s Day!

Spook-tacular Halloween Tablescape

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Its that spooky time of year again – Halloween! I absolutely adore this holiday, always have, but now that I have kiddos of my own it makes it that much more spook-tacular!

I LOVE throwing parties – and that is an understatement. But sometimes it is fun just to decorate for my family, and that’s what I did here with this adorable Halloween set up. I plan on using this for our Halloween dinner before we go out and go trick or tricking. I am a firm believer in making the moments extra special for my kids – so what a fun way to add to the magic of Halloween. The best part – it takes little time and can be done on a budget! This entire set up cost less than $75 for 8 people!!! With items from the shop (www.undercoverhostess.com), some DIY from the store and a tiny bit of time you can create the same look – whether or be for a Halloween party or just a scary dinner with your family!

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I am not sure what tableware I love more – the cat and skeleton plates, the polka dot baking cups or the spider cups! They are all so cute it is hard to pick a favorite – but I think the impact the spider cups make put it over the edge! Great for throwing some popcorn in or adding a straw to drink your favorite Halloween beverage, they really add to the fun of Halloween! To pull this entire look together, I bought the banners, napkins, cups, straws, plates and balloons from the shop. To save time and money, I used $0.25 black cardstock paper for the placements, I blew up the balloons myself and scattered them on the floor rather than using helium (which I think the kids preferred anyways as they threw them at each other), and I painted some branches black with spray paint to hang the oh-so adorable ghosts from. By using a clear vase I had from home and printing black polka dots onto white paper from the computer, I was able to create a unique vase without any cost – got to love those ideas!

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Holidays spent with my kids are the best and I am looking forward to all the fun and adventure this Halloween will bring! Stop on by the shop to stock up on some décor to get you and your family in the ghostly mood!

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4th of July Party Kit Giveaway

Untitled-1It’s less than a month away, have you decided how you are going to spend your Fourth of July? If you need a little help, we got you covered. We are giving away a Red, White, and Blue themed Party Kit! One lucky winner will receive this patriotic mini Kit to celebrate the holiday!

One lucky winner will receive:

  • 12 Red Stripe Paper Plates
  • 8 Silver Star Dessert Plates
  • 16 Silver Star Napkins
  • 25 Red Stripe Baking Cups
  • 1 Large 36″ Blue Star Balloon
  • 25 Star Party Picks
  • 25 Paper Straws (Mix of Red Stripe, Silver Stripe, and Multi Colored Stars)
  • 1 Star Garland

Visit www.undercoverhostess.com to enter! 

Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends 6/21.

7 Baby Shower Games That You Will Actually Want to Play!

Let’s be honest. Sometimes the least fun part of a baby shower can be the awkward games. Smelling “dirty” chocolate smeared diapers to guess the melted candy isn’t all that appealing, especially when you know you are going to be dealing with the real thing pretty soon. And there are some baby foods I don’t want to taste, not for fun. No wonder babies make those awful faces, who can blame them?

To help you plan your next baby shower, we’ve put together a few baby shower games your guests will actually want to participate in – and have a ton of fun!

1. Baby Shower Price Is Right.Unique Baby Shower Games, Price is Right Baby Shower Game, PRINTABLE for Boy, Dark and Light Skin, INSTANT DOWNLOADA hilarious game especially for the first time mom-to-be! She has no idea how much these items go for since she’s never had to purchase them (I fall into this category, I’m horrible at this game). Your guests will love it too – prices fluctuate all the time, so maybe what Aunt Suzie thought a box of diapers sold for isn’t the case anymore. Will definitely make for an entertaining comparison of answers. I found these cards for purchase on Etsy.

2. Baby Shower Photo BoothRustic Boho themed baby shower via Kara's Party Ideas KarasPartyIdeas.com Cakes, decor, printables, invitation, cupcakes, desserts, favors, and more! #rusticbabbyshower #bohoparty #bohobabyshower (32)A fun memory to take home for guests, and for you to keep in a scrapbook! Throw in some baby themed props, and this will keep everyone busy for hours! (Source.)

3. Wishes for Baby.Dear Baby Printable Baby Shower Game - Wishes For Baby Game - Baby Shower Game - Instant Download - Gold Confetti - White Gold, Baby ShowerHave your guests write down their sweet wishes for your newest addition! This was done for me at my bridal shower and I still love taking them out and reading them! These lovely gold printable wishes were found on Etsy.

4. Guesstimate the Bump.Twinkle Twinkle Little Star baby shower | 100 Layer CakeletPulling out the measuring tape and taking down numbers of mom’s bump size to see who was the closest doesn’t seem all that cute. But dress it up like these adorable stars tied with gold twine, and that’s a different story. (Source.)

5. Create a Keepsake.Keep guests entertained with a little arts and crafts project. Perfect for a memory book, or even in a frame for the nursery. For purchase on Etsy.

6. Don’t Say Baby.Rules are on the sign. You really have to be on your toes for this one. But I couldn’t resist how cute the decor was in this party. (Source.)

7. Have a DIY Bar.coffee baby shower-59Set up a themed bar where your guests can make their own desserts, ice cream, drinks, cravings – anything. DIY bars keep guests busy and let them have fun! This adorable party from Frog Prince Paperie set up a coffee + cravings bar.. love it!

 

Five for Friday :: My 5 Party Favorites

What makes a party so fabulous? Well, everyone having a great time of course! But from the design point of view, to get a party to look fantastic and put a smile on everyone’s face, these are a few of my favorite things that I feel every party should incorporate!

ONE :: First Impressions

Creating a warm, welcoming, and coordinated entry is key to a well styled party. It is your guest’s first impression of what the theme will be. You want to create a look that is begging them to open that door so they can see more! A bare door does nothing to get your party goer excited to walk in, so I love styling the front door or outside entry! Below are some of my favorite creative entries!

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TWO :: Printables

Printables are so important to providing a cohesive and unique look to your party. From the invitation to the thank you notes and everything in between, they are able to tie all the details together. Adorable printables are a must because not only do they provide personalization for a party – which makes the guest of honor feel oh so special while making the host look like they went the extra mile – but the theme is carried throughout when using them with different items, like food, favors and games.

THREE :: Statement Desserts

Dessert is everyone’s favorite part of a party, so it is important that you make yours stand out! Whether you have a custom cake, unique cake pops, or cupcakes with adorable printables, it is a great idea to tie in your dessert. Everyone has different taste, so I always love the idea of providing two or three desserts for people to choose from. Plus, this gives you lots of room to be creative with cute desserts! Farm 1st Birthday Party   Part 2 {The Dessert Table} 

We love the display of different desserts on this table: they compliment the farm theme and give guests adorable sweet options! (Source)

FOUR :: It is all about the linens

If I have to splurge on one item it’s a nice table linen! Sure, a plastic solid color tablecloth is easy for cleanup and there is no worrying about spills, but a statement linen adds so much more. Lovely tableware and adorable decorations need to be highlighted against a gorgeous setting! One of my favorite tablecloths in our packages in the tutu table linen, because it makes a statement and ties in the decor. Who doesn’t love a frilly, girly, tutu table?
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FIVE :: Personalization for your guests

Personalizing the party for the birthday boy or girl makes them feel so special, as they should, but what about your guests? If possible, when throwing a smaller party, I love the idea of customizing favors. Most kids I know get so excited when they see their name on anything! One of my favorite favor ideas was a Superhero themed party we helped design. The mother made all of the children a personalized superhero cape. Talk about impressive! My daughter was lucky enough to receive one and still wears it! She will always have memory of the party when she puts on that cape.

Emily's mother made each personalized cape for a party favor!
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Mother’s Day Celebration Trend :: Host a Tea Party

Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away. Do you have anything special planned? Start a new tradition with Mother’s Day this year and have a fun and fancy tea party! Here are a few ideas on how to host a Mother’s Day Tea party and help make the celebration entertaining for everyone! Remember..don’t make mom do any of the work, it’s her day! Enjoy!

1. Send Invites. Invite friends and family to celebrate all the special moms in your life with these super cute (and free!) printable invitations from Confetti Sunshine.

Vintage Tea Party Table Setting2. Set the Table: Dress up your table with a pretty pastel palette. If you have access to vintage tea cups and saucers, this is the occasion to use them! It will give an authentic feel to the celebration! This lovely table setting is from A Fabulous Fete.gallery imageIf you don’t want to risk using the good china (especially around little ones) these floral cups and plates are a fun and really adorable alternative! (And less cleanup!) This floral tableware shop is now available for purchase in our shop! (Source photo).

3. Plan the menu: The menu doesn’t have to be complicated. Just put out a selection of assorted finger sandwiches. These go wonderfully with tea. A cheese board and grapes will also compliment the sandwiches and work great as a nice light snack!

Mother'sDayTeaParty6For dessert, serve shortbread cookies, miniature pastries, like éclairs and petite fours. Use tiered trays and platters like this one above from Sugar and Charm as a lovely display for your desserts.

Oh-So-Very-Pretty-Earl-Grey-Cupcakes-29Combine tea in a dessert and what do you get? Early Grey Cupcakes! Oh So Very Pretty has the recipe for these yummy goodies.

And we can’t forget the most important part of the menu.. tea! Black tea is the traditional tea served but nowadays there are so many options! You can also offer green tea and herbal teas for your guests.

Printable-Mothers-Day-Tea-TagsDownload and print these adorable Mother’s Day Tea tags to add something a little special and unique to the party. Click over to Lia Griffith to download the file and see more pretty tea party inspiration.

Besides tea, offer a Champagne punch or mimosas as well as a kid-friendly non-alcoholic punch to add more beverage options.

4. Get Dressed Up: Channel your inner child and have fun with it! Dress for the occasion – big hats and gloves in light and flowery prints, which are perfect for a tea party.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day and happy hosting!

Five for Friday :: New Mom Must Haves

Hello all! I have been so out of touch with the blog since having my baby boy that’s its finally nice to be back! We are starting a new concept with on blog and doing a weekly post called “Five for Fridays”, to share the five current things we are obsessing over so y’all can start obsessing with us too!

Since I am a new mommy again (he’s 2 months old now), my post this week is about my five must haves post-baby! Most of the time after giving birth everything revolves around the baby, and you forget to take care of you.(Sometimes you don’t even have time to shower!) While it is good to dote on your little one, you can’t neglect yourself. When you feel better about yourself you are a happier person, and it is always good to be in a more positive state when dealing with an unpredictable newborn!

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With that in mind, my favorite item at the moment are these elastic waist shorts from J Crew Factory. I was stumbling around the mall one day trying to find shoes for my 3-year-old, when I saw these in the window – and I am so glad I did! If you have ever had a baby you know that you don’t feel good about your body right after, and you fall somewhere in between fitting into your regular clothes and maternity wear. That’s where these come in! I love that they are elastic and fit me now, and will continue to still fit even after I lose a little more weight! To top it off, I love that they AREN’T maternity clothes and that they are extremely comfortable. I am basically living in these shorts right now. They probably weren’t designed with new moms in mind but man did they hit the nail on the head with them!

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Since clothes aren’t my friend right now, I splurged on a new pair of sunglasses for the summer. These Tory Burch navy shades are amazing – durable (which is important with kids), stylish, and I love the touch of color. I will live in these the next few months! It is always nice to be able to treat yourself to an item or two that goes with just about anything.

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Naked 3 Eyeshadow. The light & shimmery colors are gorgeous and it even comes in a durable compact with its own brush. As someone whose life is on the go, I love that I can apply it at home or in the car with ease.

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Behind a sleeping baby is a happy mommy, and that is why I am obsessed with my new CarseatCanopy.com cover. If he falls asleep in the car, I can take him into the stores without any bright lights shining on his face. It also keeps nosy ladies from putting their face in his, which hopefully keeps him away from getting sick anytime soon! The cover costs $49, but I found a coupon online (use code: PJBABY) which gets you the cover for free as it is $50 off!!! (you only pay shipping and handling, and in my case, a very reasonable monogram fee). I would recommend for any new mom! I wish I would have gotten it sooner!

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Back to a sleepy baby again – the Rock N’ Play. This keeps my angel snuggled at night, and at two months I am getting an 8 hour stretch of sleep – which makes a world of a difference from those 2 to 3 mini sleep sessions. Easton had a cold for several weeks, so having him at an angle was a life saver and recommended by my doctor. I love how cozy he is in it, and that he sleeps soundly! I didn’t have this with my first kid (not fair!) and would absolutely recommend for any new mom to be!

While the most current thing I am obsessed with is my new little bundle of joy, these five items are my current favorites for any new mommy! To all you new moms out there – I wish you lots of rest and sleep! Enjoy!

Spring Party Trend :: It’s a Fiesta!

I think most of us are finally getting to experience the gorgeous spring weather! It’s about time, right? This time of year is a fabulous time for any type of celebration – baby showers, bridal showers, and lots of birthday parties! A big trend we’ve been seeing recently that works for any of these parties? A fiesta theme! The explosion of bright colors just makes us so happy! Here are a few of the decor trends with this theme we have seen, and they are super easy to DIY!

how to set up your own taco bar1. A Taco Bar. Well first and foremost, what’s a fiesta without tacos?! Wedding Chicks has the details on how to get this “Make Your Own Taco Bar”, complete with a shopping list and all! Who’s hungry?

2. A Colorful Backdrop. Color, color, and more color! We love it! An easy fringe backdrop is perfect for photos, or hang it behind your dessert table to make a statement. Get the look with the super simple tutorial from Brit + Co.

3. Giant Balloons with Tassels. Large balloons with any kind of tassels are huge (no pun intended) right now. This takes it a step further by using a confetti filled balloon with bright fringe tassels, and really just makes you want to celebrate. (Source.)

DIY Tutorial: Colorful Tissue Fringe Garland4. Tissue Fringe Garland. When you picture a Fiesta, you imagine the gorgeous and sometimes intricate papel picado strung overhead. HWTM offers a DIY on how you can achieve a similar look by using fringe garland as an alternative. We love the look of papel picado but are all for a time and money saver, and this works great!

mexican signs to cut out and make for free5. Printable Food Signs. Tent cards work wonderfully as a menu display or even for place cards. Add a colorful detail to your food table by creating your own or utilizing these free printables from Happy Thought

DIY Fringed Napkin Pocket | Sarah Hearts for Confetti Pop6. Fringed Napkin Pocket. It’s all about the details. Dressing up utensils is a creative and easy way to add those special details to your party. And trust me, people notice! Sarah Hearts gives a DIY tutorial on how to get this adorable Fringed Napkin Pocket look for your next Fiesta!

Bright and Cheerful Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party7. Colorful Tableware. This is a must! Straws, plates, napkins – all with lots of beautiful and bold color! Don’t be afraid to mix and match, that’s what makes the Fiesta so great! Use 3 or 4 main colors and spread them throughout. We love the use of color in this party from HWTM!

These parties look like so much fun, I may just have to find an excuse to throw one!

Thinking of hosting your own? Undercover Hostess has you covered for your next celebration! Shop our online store to find these bold and bright Fiesta worthy party supplies!
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