You’ve Got To Be Kitten Me! { First Birthday }

Well, somehow it happened. She turned one. That little baby girl we were bringing home from the hospital just a year ago celebrated her first birthday recently!

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It feels like it was only last month we were constantly changing diapers, feeding every two hours, checking on her every five seconds while she slept, and were up at all hours of the night. Oh wait, I take that back. As far as the sleeping goes that was last month. What was life like before an uninterrupted 4 hours of sleep? I can’t quite remember, but I will totally take the life I have now with this independent, full of energy, super happy, and often quite stubborn one year old. She’s amazing and fully worth it!

We wanted to give her a birthday party she would be able to enjoy, or as much as they really can at this age. So coming up with the theme was easy. Cats. Olivia loves cats. I’m not surprised. I love cats. We have three cats. It’s in her genes.

I wanted it to be bright, colorful, and girly. The colors we chose were pink and teal. I have to admit I did a lot of the designs last-minute, but there was a ton of inspiration on Pinterest to help me out.

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There were a few details I really loved. I found a paw print hole punch at Michael’s, and used this on her birthday banner to run the baker’s twine through. I also used it to tie the ribbon onto the favor bags. The small details that may not be totally noticeable immediately are always a fun touch.

Chalk paw prints were drawn on the sidewalk leading to the front door, and I made a cat face wreath to hang on the door.

I found a picture of a cat balloon online, and recreated it. I think this was Olivia’s favorite thing from the whole party. For three days afterwards, every time she saw it, she pointed and laughed. I kinda now want to make a cat balloon on a weekly basis. She loved it that much (who am I kidding – I loved it that much too)!

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Her cat themed desserts also turned out adorable, and delicious!

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The smash cake was another story. Super happy before the cake, but tears, lots of tears, after. She wouldn’t touch it. But that’s ok, because there were plenty of kids around that wanted to do the smashing and eating for her! We even tried the next day when it was just my husband and I at home. Same result. How is this my child? I love sweets!

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Regardless, she still had a great time with all her friends and family and we were so happy everyone could celebrate such a special day with us. I loved how the party turned out, not just because it was adorable, but seeing Olivia take it all in – pointing, smiling, and laughing at all the cats everywhere made my heart melt. It was a day we will definitely never forget! Happy 1st birthday sweet girl!

Cat Cake by A Piece of Cake
Cookies by Kylie’s Cookies
Smash Cake by Tom Thumb Bakery

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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!

 

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!

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!
Fiesta Tableware Inspiration | Undercover Hostess

DIY :: Metallic Easter Egg Designs

Easter is on its way, so I thought I would share this fun silver metallic egg DIY with you guys. Decorating eggs is always fun, and I love how everyone can make them their own. There is so much inspiration on Pinterest for unique ways to color and display eggs – so here is just one of the many! 

easter-egg-materialsFor the materials, I used:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Egg dye tablets (you can also paint the eggs, or just leave them white for a clean, simple look)
  • Egg dipper – if using dye
  • Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding in Silver
  • Pencil with unused eraser
  • Paint brush

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First I dyed the eggs and let them dry. I wanted more of a pastel color to them so I didn’t let the eggs sit in the dye for very long. Once they were dry, I used the metallic silver gilding to make patterns. For easy polka dots, dip a clean eraser into the metallic paint and then apply that gently onto the egg. easter-egg-step1You can keep adding polka dots by repeating this step in any pattern you like. Wait for one side to dry before rotating around so the paint doesn’t smear.easter-egg-groupOnce I had my polka dots I wanted to mix it up so all the eggs didn’t look the same. I used a paintbrush to paint the lower portion of the egg with the silver liquid gilding. easter-egg-candy-cup2Ta-da! Cute metallic Easter eggs ready for display! metallic easter eggsThese fun eggs will make any Easter shine! Enjoy!

DIY: St. Patrick’s Day Printable Shamrock Straw Toppers

There were probably more than a few St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this past weekend, but with the holiday officially on Tuesday, I know there will be plenty more! Children will be trying to catch leprechauns that visit their houses, and adults will be enjoying the green colored specialty drinks of the famous holiday. We are always up for a simple and festive craft, so to add even more green to your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we created these fun shamrock decorations that you can add to your straws!

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Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Printables
  • Paper straws

Instructions:

Untitled-11. Download our Shamrock printables and cut out the individual shamrocks.

Untitled-32. Cut out each of the shamrocks. Cut two slits about a half inch apart. Make the slits wide enough so the straw can slide into the shamrock easily.Untitled-23. All done! Sip and enjoy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A great green themed beverage I found perfect for these adorable straw toppers are these kid-friendly mint milkshakes! Get the recipe over on Food Network.FN_St-Patricks-Day-Mint-Shakes_s4x3.jpg.rend.snigalleryslide.jpeg

11 Creative Ideas for Diaper Cakes

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Baby showers are so much fun to style and decorate! Many times, the hosts put together a sweet diaper cake for the mom-to-be. Diaper cakes are great because they make a beautiful decorative piece but are also a wonderful gift for the guest of honor to take home. Just plain ol’ diaper cakes in themselves are just adorable. But they also come in so many elaborate and creative styles. Erin had a baby shower right before her son was born a few weeks ago. Her friends made the sweetest diaper cake for her; a big plush bear riding a motorcycle that was made out of diapers. She absolutely loved it. I had never seen a diaper cake like that before, and it made me wonder.. what other unique and cute styles are out there? I’ve rounded up several of our favorites below!

1. Chalkboard + Burlap Diaper Cake. This is actually one we designed for a baby shower using our Charming Chalkboard Baby Shower Hostess Kit. Yeah, I may be partial and a {little} biased, but the simplicity of the burlap ribbons on this cake makes it one of my favorites.

Hot Air Balloon Diaper Cake Tutorial + Free Printables!2. Hot Air Balloon Diaper Cake. This diaper cake is something guests will be sure to tell their friends about. It is so unique and fun, and Hostess With The Mostess even gives you the tutorial and printables to create this look yourself!

Nautical Theme Ship Wheel Diaper Cake Instructions3. Nautical Ship Wheel Diaper Cake. We love that this is so different from the typical cake style, plus it can double as a front door decoration! Find the downloadable instructions on Etsy for $8.50.

Dandelion Baby Shower via Kara's Party Ideas #dandelion #BabyShower #PartyPlanning #idea #PartyDecorations (15)4. Dandelion Diaper Cake. A gorgeous cake in vibrant yellow topped with beautiful flowers. Looks almost like a cake you could eat! Kara’s Party Ideas.

Diaper Babies 5. Diaper Babies. Another fun alternative to the standard diaper cake. No diapers are actually used, but instead it’s made out of wash cloths and socks. I think we can agree, it’s just as cute! Frugal Fanatic gives a tutorial on how to make this very sweet gift yourself.

Chic {French Inspired} Pink Baby Shower6. French Inspired Diaper Cake. This diaper cake is similar to the first burlap one, but with a little more pizzazz. Pink ribbons and flowers give it a softer look, and we love the detail of the baby name in wood letters! Not  to mention the little rabbit on top! See more pictures of this diaper cake over at Hostess with the Mostess.

Princess Castle7. Princess Castle Diaper Cake. Welcome the little princess in style with this pretty incredible castle cake! It actually looks more involved to make it than it really is when you examine how it’s done. So cute! (Found on Etsy.)

Storybook Themed Baby Shower and diaper cake - your homebased mom8. Storybook Diaper Cake. We love how this diaper cake also is decorated with little gifts to go with the theme! Here’s the step-by-step from Your Home Based Mom for how to make this diaper cake.

9. Green Stork Bundle. If actually creating a diaper cake seems daunting, this unique spin on the traditional cake is a great solution (from Diaper Cakes Mall).

Panda on a Chopper10. Motorcycle Diaper Cake. This cake is just too adorable for words, and includes extra goodies other than diapers, which help make up the motorcycle. A wonderful gift and centerpiece!  Check out Pop Sugar Moms for a tutorial on how to make the motorcycle.

11. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Diaper Cake. The pink, gold, glitter, stars, and initial set at the top.. we love it all. A lovely way to welcome a little star into the world! You can see more pictures of this cake over at Hostess with the Mostess.

A Look Back: Designing a 30th Birthday Party

I was cleaning out my Google Drive when I came across these photos from about a little over a year ago. Before our company had formally launched, we started out by coordinating and planning parties for friends, family, and by word of mouth. Really, this was Erin’s forte. So when she was contacted by one of her good friend’s husbands to help throw a surprise 30th birthday for his wife, she was all in. It is always fun to come up with party themes and ideas, but to do it for someone you know makes it that much more exciting!

I thought it would be fun to share this celebration, to show a little bit of our beginnings and of course all of the lovely details!

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The birthday girl’s husband rented out an event space and planned a special surprise 30th birthday dinner, inviting her closest friends. Erin’s job was to transform the space into something unique and modern, with a color palette of pink, gold, and black, all while highlighting the special event that it was – a 30th birthday! Now… for the details!

Untitled-19Since it was the big 3-0, that had to be on display in a super cute way. The sign itself was a canvas board. Painters tape and black paint was used to achieve the bold striped look. The gold “30” numbers were made out of fabric that were sewed then scrunched together. A hot glue gun was used to hold the numbers to the canvas board.AUntitled-20A photo backdrop was a must! The same gold fabric used in the numbers above was again scrunched and hung alongside various colors of ribbon. I think it turned out great!Untitled-4Untitled-17To accent the cake and desserts, a wrapped cake stand was made, using the colors of gold, black, and pink. These were just boxes wrapped with tissue paper, and accented with ribbon.Untitled-18Above the cake table was a glitter circle backdrop. A circle punch and glitter card stock were used to create the circles. These were then hot glued to black ribbon. Since the ribbon spun while it hung, these were made to be double-sided.Untitled-3Untitled-2Untitled-6Tables were set with pink and white ribbon as a runner, and used gold chargers as an accent. And can we please mention these napkin bows?! (A while back we posted a tutorial on how to make these yourself – check it out here.)Untitled-16Untitled-14Untitled-15One of my favorite details is the hanging photograph centerpiece. This was a bit more involved for a DIY, but totally worth it. Erin’s husband is extremely handy and made the structure out of steel pipe. She then spray painted it black and it was then suspended from black ribbon. Candles, pictures, and flowers were hung from the piping with clear fishing wire. Two of these were made so both tables had a centerpiece. Although it sounds labor intensive, the cost was low! Only about $25 to make each one.niti-cakeAll worth it and so much fun to put together a wonderful evening with friends and toasting a happy 30th to this beautiful lady!

Lemon Pound Cake Parfait in Mason Jars

AMP_8483Last year we designed a Shabby Chic Pony Party that we’ve received an incredible amount of feedback about. We are so ecstatic that everyone loved it as much as we did! One of the photos featured a delicious dessert in mason jars. We wanted to give you the recipe for the Lemon Pound Cake Parfait and show how you can re-create this for your next spring time soiree!The Italian Dish has the yummy recipe we used with step by step instructions on how to make the parfait specifically for the mason jars. In order to top with a fabric lid, fill the jars only 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full. The mason jars are big enough that was still plenty of dessert!

There’s a recipe for lemon pound cake as well. Since we are all about saving time, the store-bought pound cakes work perfectly, too! AMP_8469Once you’ve assembled the individual desserts, let’s make them pretty! We found fabric that matched our theme, and cut into squares large enough to cover the mouths of the jars. Use specialty serrated scissors when cutting the fabric to give a clean, yet lovely detailed look. Wrap the fabric to secure as a lid with coordinating bakers twine. Attach a few stamped wooden forks, and voila! Cute little desserts made for each guest. AMP_8487AMP_8472