Wild One First Birthday Party

I just got back from Dallas as we celebrated my sweet niece’s first birthday (kitten themed – can’t wait to share the pics!), and it reminded me how I never shared my son’s first birthday party – so here we are!

Nine months ago my son turned one – how do I freeze time?!?! – and I threw him a small and simple birthday party. Those poor second children – Emmie got a huge party with over 30 people and Easton got a small dinner with family :) I think you realize with the second just how little time you have to do these things – and I throw parties for a living! Plus, the last thing we needed was more presents and toys in the house! Still, it was an important celebration so I still wanted to mark the occasion with a cute theme and decor.

Once Easton learned to crawl and move, he has never slowed down! This kid requires constant attention as he is a climber, jumper and has no fear. He is my “wild one”, so the theme seemed perfect! I took some cues from the adorable “Where the wild things are” book and decorated with gold crowns and arrows. For some masculine colors I love the combo of navy and teal, and to add a punch of color I used coral and gold. Balloons, banners, place cards, a cake topper and coordinating straws helped tie the whole look together. For a simple and stylish party, I think we delivered :) He won’t remember it, but I will remember his smiles!

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Frozen Fever Birthday Party!

Disney’s marketing geniuses knew what they were doing when they created a 7 minute clip that would generate a whole new love for Frozen, along with a whole new set of merchandise! And my daughter was one of those little girls who gobbled up all things Frozen Fever, so alas, we had a Frozen Fever birthday party when she turned five. I have to admit, I actually LOVE the way this party turned out – lots of fun, bright colors, cute little snowgies (mini snowmen), flowers upon flowers and flowers, and the best part… it was actually very easy to organize!

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The Breakdown:

Colors: Yellow, White, Teal, Green and Pink

Décor: To set the royal table up, I used one of our yellow and white striped tablecloths, silver candelabras with sunflower balls, and place cards with the guest’s names on them. For placemats, I bought teal scrapbook paper which is an inexpensive and easily solution (just throw away when done!). They also got to use Frozen Fever plates and teal water goblets to drink their fancy lemonade out of. Even though it was a ‘tea’ party, I knew pink lemonade would be a much bigger hit!

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I also had our entryway table wrapped in tulle with a sunflower garland which was a big wow factor. The cake was displayed front and center for everyone to see! My favorite décor item was the sunflower garland that draped our staircase – it made such an impact and helped set the scene for Frozen Fever!

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Food: Tiara shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fruit parfaits in a fancy cup were the highlight of this royal tea party. A must – the replica of the Frozen Fever cake!! Definitely the highlight for my daughter that her cake looked like the one from the movie! A big thanks to The Chocolate Box of Chattanooga for creating that masterpiece.

 Activities:

  1. Tea Cups: Being a tea party, we had a paint your own tea cup section, which was created easily by buying two paint your own pottery sets from the store. I had the girls do this first so we could bake the tea cups while they did the other activities allowing them to be ready for use during the tea party. Tip: Put tea cups straight into cold water once they come out so they cool faster.
  2. Nails: I bought a set of Frozen nail polish and had our babysitter paint the girls fingers J Each princesses got to pick one color to put in her bag and take home.
  3. Make Up: My mom stepped up as makeup artist for the day and put glitter, blush and lip gloss on the girls. I bought mini Frozen body glitter from party city and ordered Frozen lip gloss off Amazon. Again, each girl got to pick one to use and take home with her.
  4. Tiaras: I bought the make your own crown kits from the party store. No set up, super easy and the girls loved it!
  5. Frozen Fever movie: To calm the girls down before lunch, I played the Frozen Fever clip from YouTube. Free entertainment!
  6. Hair clips: I made the Elsa hair clip from the movie using a clear jewel, purple flower and hot glue. These were clipped onto the teal goblets on the table creating a cute accent!

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Party Favors: Each princess got a bag with her name on it to put their swag in from the makeup/nail polish station. We also had sunflower cookies (yum!) and a cute little snowgies! Hopefully whenever they squeeze their snowgie they will remember how much fun they had!

This party turned out to be beautiful, easy on the wallet, even easier to put together and one my daughter will always remember (or at least I hope so!)

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Royal Princess Party

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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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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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} 

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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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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!

Peter Rabbit Themed Easter Party + Inspiration

I have always loved Peter Rabbit. Growing up I read all of the stories, and now that I have children of my own I get to read them the books before they go to bed. So it wasn’t a surprise that as soon as the Peter Rabbit products arrived in our shop, I knew I had the theme for my daughters annual Easter egg hunt! I hate to play favorites, as I do love all of our products, but I think these might be at the top of my list. The soft colors are beautiful and the illustrations on the paper products are so sweet and charming! Just perfect for any baby shower or first birthday – but they also worked quite nicely for our Easter Egg hunt!

This party was a huge success on all accounts: the kids had a great time searching for eggs and munching on desserts; I loved planning, hosting, and had a fabulous time socializing with my friends; and my husband was pleased since the whole party (including décor, food and entertainment) cost me only $250! That was for 24 people including 15 kids!  There is no greater satisfaction than seeing a lovely party come together that is also budget friendly!  So how do you get this look? I’m happy to share how I was able to do this so effortlessly and cost effectively!DSCN2430

Décor

Using tableware from the Undercover Hostess Shop, I bought 24 Peter Rabbit plates, 2 Peter Rabbit serving trays, a set of Peter Rabbit napkins,  a coordinating paper table linen (loved this as it looked high quality and was easy to clean up after), and 24 blue and white polka dot plates for the kids table. Decor Cost: $50.

DSCN2399DSCN2441Coincidentally a few weeks ago, I received several too-cute-for-words Peter Rabbit baby gifts after the birth of my second child. How perfect! I love being able to re-purpose items I already have! I also pulled from some of the Easter décor I had around the house (the ducks, rabbit, wood crate, etc.)

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Blue Peter Rabbit plate – Pottery Barn Kids

Food

For kids, I always look to find something easy to prepare and serve. This time I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in festive Easter shapes using my Easter themed cookie cutters. For sides, I filled three different snacks (cheese cubes, grapes and Annie’s Bunny Crackers) in plastic Easter eggs. The plastic Easter eggs were displayed in egg cartons that were from reused from the deviled eggs. It is really cute for presentation purposes, and it was very easy for the kids to just grab one and add it to their plate. The kids loved opening up the eggs to find out what was inside!DSCN2444DSCN2446DSCN2460For the adults, I wanted simple food that I could keep in the refrigerator and just set out after the egg hunt was over. I tend to have a habit of going overboard cooking, which means I don’t get to enjoy the party and I miss what it is all about. To ensure I was able to see my daughter take part in all the fun with her friends, I made most of the food the day before. I also bought appetizers from my local grocery store or Costco. The menu consisted of: chicken salad sandwiches (Costco), club sandwiches (homemade), salad (homemade), Italian meat rollups (Costco), caprese salad (homemade), deviled eggs (homemade), and fresh fruit (grocery store). Food Cost: $150.

DSCN2442DSCN2443DSCN2395I purchased mini cupcakes from my local grocery store, which were a steal at 36 for $10. DSCN2398DSCN2436 As a special dessert, I whipped up some very easy Rice Krispie treat nests. To make these all you need are Rice Krispie treats, green icing, and jelly beans.

Activities

The main event was the Easter Egg Hunt of course! I hid approximately 160 eggs in my house, which gave each child the opportunity to collect roughly 10 eggs. The plastic eggs were purchased from Wal-Mart ($2 for 48) and stuffed with candy, stickers, pennies, and small toys. The Dollar Store is also an easy and budget friendly option to find treats. Activities Cost: $30DSCN2457

This party was a blast, and am thrilled everyone had such a great time! The Peter Rabbit theme turned out even more adorable than I imagined. Now I am even contemplating using it for my son’s first birthday next year!

Love this party theme for yourself? Right now you can purchase select Peter Rabbit tableware, and even more specialty Peter Rabbit products are arriving in the shop next month! We will also be adding a Peter Rabbit Hostess Kit! Make sure to check back for you next baby shower, birthday party, or even for next Easter!

A Very Merry Sale!

We’re having a great sale on our Be Merry Kits! Take 30% off and get free shipping! We’ve got you covered for any last-minute parties too – after your order is processed you’ll have three day shipping (yup, that’s free too). Get yours in the shop now! be merry holiday kit sale