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

Set the Table : Runners

Nothing makes a statement like a well dressed table.  We wanted to show you our favorite chic and creative table runners that will make your table setting the main focal point.  Use these ideas for your next luncheon, dinner party, or any other intimate affair.  We show you how to achieve a pretty table setting that doesn’t cost a lot of money.chalkboard table runner1.  Use a chalkboard table runner to label dishes and add a bit of whimsy to your party.  We found this at Anthropologie, but Apartment thereapy has a DIY for creating your own chalkboard runner.

mwd104504_spr09_table3_hd2.  Use ribbons to create your own runner, and pattern.  So easy to create and easy to match to any color scheme (Martha Stewart Weddings).kate-spade-inspired-craft-shoot-33.  Mix colors and patterns – using bold stripes against a bright pink table cloth really makes this table pop (100 Layer Cake).

geometric-paper-kraft runner4.  We love the idea of using Kraft Paper to personalize a runner, and love this DIY from Oh Happy Day!

rusticstorybook_55$!400x5.  If you are hosting a themed dinner party, here’s an excuse for a storybook theme -just so you can create this adorable runner!

diy-vintage-photo-tablerunner6.  Using vintage photos seems like the perfect runner for a party or anniversary.  Definitely a conversation starter!

paper pinwheel table runner7. Paper pinwheels are a fun and an inexpensive way to decorate your table.  Green Wedding Shoes has the easy DIY tutorial on how to get this look.

table-setting wood runner8.  Incorporate a rustic feel by using a piece of wood for the runner (Feathers and Cupcakes).

Have you (or if you do) use any of these runners, we would love to know how they look!

Free 4th of July Printables

Summer is almost here and before you know it, the 4th of July is upon us!  Do you have any ideas on how you will be celebrating yet? Whatever you do, there is always one given: the delicious food! Scrumptious BBQ, cold drinks, and oh-so-sweet cupcakes are always staples.  Am I making you hungry yet? To help get you ready for the 4th, we are offering FREE Fourth of July Printables! Make your desserts even sweeter with our cupcake toppers and use the food tent cards as menus for your guests.

4th of July food tent cards and cupcake toppers free printables
4th of July food tent cards and cupcake toppers

Please click the link for the high-resolution files for our Fourth of July Printables.

If you are new to DIY crafting and need help  on how to make cupcake toppers, here is a really easy to follow photo tutorial courtesy of Cake Journal.

We have also gathered a few other festive ideas from around the web that you should check out!

How cute are these straw flags from The Sweetest Occasion? They even have printable wrappers to dress up a Hershey’s bar for your S’mores!

Printable Straw flag 4th of July

One Charming Life shows how to make this preppy and cute tag – you can use it for a hostess or favor tag, or just decor for that matter!

Preppy 4th of July Tag

We love these printable sparkler labels from The Idea Room.  A great idea to give to guests!

Sparkler label 4th of July Printable

Of course Martha Stewart has you covered.  Follow her tutorial on how to make tissue fireworks with printable medallions.

tissue paper fireworks 4th of July

This free printable from I Heart Naptime is a great way to add patriotic decor around your house or on your dessert table – and they are available in both blue and red.

4th of July free printable

We hope you enjoy them! We would love to hear how your party turns out – let us know in the comments!  Have a happy Fourth!

First Look

After a short blogging hiatus, we are back! It has been a bit of a whirlwind but we have been working around the clock to get our online store up and running so that you can enjoy our adorable parties :) It’s almost there, but we want to make it absolutely perfect for you, so a little more fine tuning is required.  Soon! We promise! So what exactly have we been doing?  Gathering inventory, perfecting printables, and a product photo shoot!  It was an amazing feeling to see all of our packages finally come together, so of course we had to sneak in a few of our own pictures from the shoot for our blog.  We couldn’t wait to share!

Finally being able to see all our products on display keeps our creative juices flowing! It’s a lesson in self-restraint, can we host a party every day please?

Building Our Undercover Inventory!
Building Our Undercover Inventory!

We have put together various girl, boy and bridal shower party packages that we {to put it lightly} adore.  One of these – inspired by our love for all things Lilly {Pulitzer, of course} is a charming pink and green bridal shower.   Thank your guests with these preppy pink and green favor bags and tags.

Preppy Pink and Green Party Favor Bag
Preppy Pink and Green Party Favor Bag

And how well would this appropriately themed Lilly koozie fit right into that bag?? Take a look at this pretty in pink Lilly Drink Hugger.

Like I mentioned before, we also have created several birthday parties specifically for girls.  One of our favorites was created around a tutu theme.  Because what little girl can resist playing dress up and running around wearing a tutu?  Centered around a very girly and frilly pink, purple and gray color scheme, this package consists of a hand sewn tulle tablecloth that resembles, what else, but a tutu!

A "Tutu" Cute Dessert Party Table
A “Tutu” Cute Dessert Party Table
A "Tutu" Cute Dessert Party Table
A “Tutu” Cute Dessert Party Table

During a photo break I caught the founder of Undercover Hostess, Erin touching up the Twinkle Twinkle first birthday table.  Oh and yes, that Twinkle Twinkle sign behind her comes included as a backdrop piece in your package!

Erin of Undercover Hostess with Twinkle Twinkle Dessert Table
Erin of Undercover Hostess with Twinkle Twinkle Dessert Table

And of course, after many, many hours of work, those cake pops weren’t going to waste.  We had to celebrate and toast with some well deserved champagne and oh so delicious cake pops – seriously, I think I ate 5 myself.  We found these at The Chocolate Box, and I think they are one of the best desserts I’ve had.

Cheers!
Cheers!

That’s all we can show you for now.. we can’t give away all our secrets :) More to follow soon, and in the meantime, we are still creating so if you have a custom party feel free to contact us!