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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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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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

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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Peter Rabbit stuffed bunny – Barnes & Noble
Peter Rabbit quilt (hung on wall) – Barnes & Noble
Peter Rabbit ABC Blocks – Barnes & Noble
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!

New In The Shop :: Party Supplies!

We are excited to finally announce a new addition to our online shop.. party supplies! You may be thinking, “Wait, I thought you already sold party supplies,” – you are right, we did! In Kits. Now we have individual products available for purchase for those times you don’t need an entire Kit. Straws, napkins, candy cups, plates, and so many more pretty little goodies. Here’s just a (small!) sampling of what you can find!

Create your own mix and match party!party-supplies-instagram

Or stock up on party essentials like these!

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HAND STAMPED WOODEN UTENSILS
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PAPER STRAWS
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CUPCAKE WRAPPERS
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DESSERT PLATES

Come see all of our new products and start planning your party! Visit us at www.undercoverhostess.com to start browsing!

Style Me Pretty Holiday Feature

Style Me Pretty has released their Holiday Magazine and it is full of fabulously festive DIY’s, recipes, design, and parties. What more could you want? Seriously, there is some pretty great stuff in there. We are so thrilled that our Be Merry Holiday Party was chosen to be featured in the magazine this year! Check us out as well as all the other gorgeous content. You can view the issue now here.
style me pretty holidayFor the full feature on our party, see the SMP Living Blog here.  Enjoy!

 

How to Host a Gingerbread House Decorating Party

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Usually around this time every year when we were younger, our mom would host our annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party.  She would clear out the garage and fully deck it out for the party.  (Oh, side note – we are from Florida, so it was beautiful weather this time of year, so I promise she wasn’t trying to freeze us.) Our mom would invite a bunch of our friends and hers, and set out everything you could possibly need to make a beautiful gingerbread house. Then, we would go to town. I loved seeing all the unique ways everyone would incorporate the candy decorations on their house. After we were done, it also made a festive display piece to add to our home. Typically though, it wouldn’t last very long. A window, a door, some roof shingles, they all would start to go missing after a day or two. Yeah, that’s right, I ate my own artwork (along with everyone else in our house). What do you think is going to happen when you leave out a lovely and tasty treat for everyone to see?

Now is the perfect time to get in the holiday spirit, spend time with family and friends, and start planning your own tradition of hosting a gingerbread house decorating party! We’ve put together some tips and ideas below to help you out.

CREATE A LIST AND SEND OUT INVITATIONS.  Determine the number of people you want to invite, then just send out these adorable free gingerbread house invites we’ve created for you. Fill out the cards and send to friends, family, kids, adults… everyone loves to make gingerbread houses!

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MAKE IT FESTIVE.  Set the tone of the party with holiday music and adorable decorations. Our Be Merry Mini Holiday Kit has you covered. In it, you’ll receive: Santa and reindeer themed paper plates, dessert plates, napkins, Santa paper straws, reindeer cups, balloons, confetti, pinwheel decorations, candy cups, and a “Be Merry” Banner. That’s everything you need! Check out www.undercoverhostess.com for more details. (It’s always free shipping, and right now take 10% off with code HOLIDAY10.)

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BUILD THE HOUSES AHEAD OF TIME.  If you want to make your own gingerbread house and patterns, the Food Network has wonderful gingerbread and Royal Icing recipes. They also provide instructions on how to cut the patterns.  Want an easier method? Check out the many options available for pre-packaged kits, like this one from Wilton. Even IKEA has a gingerbread house kit, and of course it’s super affordable. Celebrations provides a tutorial on how to use graham crackers and hot glue – another easy alternative to traditional gingerbread and frosting. Whichever method you choose, assembling the gingerbread houses the night before will not only save time, but help ensure they are sturdy enough for the decorations the next day.
SUPPLY THE SWEETS. Set out all kinds of candy to use for decoration. Candy canes, marshmallows, licorice, and gumdrops are always main staples. Grin and Bake It has an extensive gingerbread house candy list as well ideas on where to use different pieces. Place the house trimmings in our holiday candy cups, and scatter them around the table so they are easily within reach. To make the party more budget friendly, ask guests to bring some of their own candy decorations.

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SERVE UP DRINKS AND SNACKS. To keep guests from eating all the sweet decorations, provide snacks for them to munch on while they are working. Balance out all the sweets with a few savory snacks like cream cheese and jelly tree shaped sandwiches or cut up veggies. Use these adorable reindeer cups to serve up hot cocoa with fun toppings like whipped cream and candy canes. christmas-reindeer-cupsOur Be Merry Mini Holiday Kit gives you the option of adding on coordinating disposable wooden utensils.  Use the spoons in this Kit to create fun candy coated Hot Chocolate Spoons to stir into cocoa or coffee. Hello Homebody has an excellent tutorial on how to make this delicious treat!  

christmas wooden utensil kitHot Chocolate SpoonsWe love the idea of wrapping the candy coated spoons in cellophane and sending them home as a favor. Don’t these look tasty?? 

And of course, don’t forget to have fun! Happy hosting!

Shop our Be Merry Mini Holiday Kit hereDownload the .pdf for the 5×7 Gingerbread House Party Invite here.

Shabby Chic Pony Party Hostess Kit

A few months ago, Erin put together an incredibly adorable party for her daughter, Emmie. What else would a 3-year-old want besides pony rides? So that’s what it was. Instead of opting for the more traditional cowgirl themed party, Erin styled it with a delicate shabby chic touch, using lovely floral patterns accented with a pink and teal color palette. Everyone had a great time with the ponies and the party turned out just perfect! We designed this party with the intent of making it into one of our own Hostess Kits. The linens, tableware, decor, banners – it’s all available in the Kit so you can create an equally adorable soiree.  We love being able to show you how you can transform your Kit into a party of your own.  Erin added the rope and plywood sign, bales of hay, and cowboy hats for guests, all of which really gave it her own darling look. Pinterest is always our BFF for inspiration.  For more ideas on how to make this Shabby Chic Party unique to you, take a look at our Pinterest page. We pinned all the adorable details and ideas for the cowgirl/pony party there, and are always updating our boards with the newest trends.

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Now some exciting news…our Shabby Chic Pony Party was chosen to be featured on Kara’s Party Blog! You can see many more photos from Emmie’s big day, as well as the actual feature on Kara’s Party Idea’s.  Kara highlights her favorite details from the party, and we can’t disagree with her.  I can’t decide which is my favorite though, there are just too many! Ok this may be a tad biased but besides the decor my favorite thing is seeing my lovely little niece having the time of her life.  But she’s having such a good time because the party is just so irresistibly cute!

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To shop this Shabby Chic Pony Party Hostess Kit, check out our online store at Undercover Hostess. See what’s included in the standard Kit shown below.  We help you to bring out the savvy hostess you truly are! Happy hosting!shabby chic pony party hostess kit contents

Let us know what you like best about this party in the comments below!

Undercover Hostess Shop Launch

Woo hoo! It’s here! We are so excited to share with you our new online shop {www.undercoverhostess.com} and all of our Hostess Kits! We are celebrating this exciting day by offering 20% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER to the first 100 users that sign up for our email list.  Once you sign up on our website you will receive an email with your promo code. 

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It’s been over a year in the making, and now that it’s here, it just doesn’t seem real! Of course it’s exciting, but a little nerve-wracking too.  Are we ready? What if the website has issues?  What if we are overwhelmed with orders, and it’s too much? What if we don’t have any? Opening day jitters! Regardless of any issues there may be, they pale in comparison to the fact that we are thrilled to be able to share our products and ideas with the rest of the world.  I must say, I am very proud of our hard work this past year and where we are now.  Who knew a small idea about renting out a “party in a box” (as our dad calls it), AKA our Hostess Kits, would grow and turn into an actual company? I spent many, many, weeks, (did I say many weeks?) teaching myself design programs and code to develop the website and printables, and Erin has spent countless hours creating adorable themes and gathering inventory.  And that’s just the fun stuff. We learned all the ins and outs of starting a business.  I can definitely say we have loved every minute of it. Even the times we have worked well past the 24 hour mark, we manage to have a great time.  If we are having this much fun creating the Hostess Kits, it is definitely be a lot more fun using them!   We are very excited to share our unique party planning concept with everyone.  The ability to rent and return coordinating party supplies just may change the way we host parties, and we are thrilled to be a part of it!  We hope you truly adore the Hostess Kits as much as we do!

Of course, we need to include a note of thanks.  We wouldn’t be where we are without all the support from everyone who has helped us make it to this point.  All the advice, research, and feedback has been incredibly helpful, and very much appreciated.  We are lucky to have such wonderful friends!

Now head on over to www.undercoverhostess.com, and check out our site!  Happy Hosting! 

A Special Pony Party Creation

Since my niece was born, almost three years ago, I feel like time has flown by and she has grown up so quickly! First there was the “As cute as a button” celebration for her first year, then a Nemo inspired party when she turned two.  Now we’ve been busy planning and creating her third birthday – A Pony Party! When we were younger, my parents had pony rides in my backyard for one of my birthdays – and it was awesome.   My sister wanted to recreate this party for her daughter, but in a much more stylish manner, of course.  We originally started brainstorming with the typical pink and brown vintage color scheme, and even though adorable, wanted to do something a little different.  We wanted to make the focus on Gingham print and lace, giving it more of a shabby chic look with a soft hint of western.   We are using a palette of pinks and blues that have a very pretty feminine and vintage feel.  It has been so much fun bringing all these elements together.  We wanted to share a sneak peek of the invite we’ve been working on.  More pictures will be posted in a few weeks of the entire party, be sure to check back!  pony party invitation pony party invitation