dancing safari

Every July we celebrate many important birthdays and anniversaries in our family…3 of them being my kids birthdays. Yes, I have three children with July birthdays. It’s a challenge every year to come up with a theme applicable to all three {especially that’s budget-friendly}, but with a boy obsessed with animals and all 3 that love to dance, a DANCING SAFARI made for the perfect theme this year.

With Kraft paper, animal print accessories and fabric, duct tape, a disco ball and creativity, this year’s party was a hit. Here’s the details…

APPETIZER TABLE
Fabric {from Hobby Lobby} cut into strips and then stapled over already existing curtain rod for a backdrop.

I revamped existing lamps and lampshades into Safari Hats by adding rope and a strip of Kraft paper around the lampshade. Just simple clear packing tape was used to keep the rope and Kraft paper in place.

We served Hippo’s Favorite, Avocado Salad, a Lion’s Share of beef and chicken sliders {toothpick with duct tape pressed together and cut into the shape of a flag}, Animal Artichoke Dip, a Cheetah Cheese Plate, Elephant Broccoli Salad and African Fruit Salad.

DINING TABLE
I used a strip of cheetah print fabric for the runner, and then placed an antique piece of wood on top of it. I lined the wood with candles, giraffe bowl and figurines {from a dear friend, Sandy, who carried them with TLC all the way back from Africa} and a bark vase filled with local mountain wild grass.

Place settings inside were made from Kraft paper and on each of them, I used animal stencils to paint giraffe, zebra, lion and hippo silhouettes, and used my alphabet stamp set to add an animal fact to each one.

DANCING DETAILS
I made the dance floor using cardboard and animal print duct tape. I bought cardboard boxes for .60 cents at Wal-Mart, and cut out each square side. I placed duct tape in rows to cover the cardboard, and once all the squares were complete, I laid out each square on the floor, and used black duct tape to ‘tape’ it all together. And, no dance party would be complete without a Disco Ball. I found the Disco Ball for $15 from Party City and used a hook to hang it from our outdoor patio roof.

OTHER DETAILS
The lemonade table is an antique wine barrel {$30 from Wal-Mart}, just turned upside down. The large Mason jar drink dispenser for the lemonade is from Pottery Barn.

For more DIY details, I taped a cardboard box together to make a box, and then wrapped it with Kraft paper. I added the words, “BEWARE” and “DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS” with black acrylic paint. And, I saved a large branch from my yard that I spray painted black to add a more ‘outdoor’ touch.

I covered the back of an antique window pane with Kraft paper and added photos of my children on the front, in each window pane opening. With bright animal print paper, I cut triangles to create a banner to add to the window pane, and a larger banner to hang from the curtain rod in the dining room.

My husband is a builder, so it often comes in handy when I need pieces of wood {conveniently and sometimes inconveniently located on my garage floor}. I used Acrylic paint to write my kids names on antique pieces of wood, and next to each name, my hubby nailed a wood number {from Hobby Lobby} for their age. This matched the look of the invite too!

Guests were greeted with a custom hand-painted wood arrow sign that read, “dancing safari” and an easel with a hand painted photo of an African scene.

FAVORS
Each Safari Adventurer  received a burlap bag with a water bottle and an African animal {hippo, giraffe, zebra, lion and rhino} and each family went home with a CD of all my kids favorite songs {think popular POP artists} to keep the dance party going at home.


VENDOR LOVE
Invites: Custom made by Jenna at Fleur de Lis, a paperie
Cupcakes: Mountain Cupcakes

unique gifts we love

We have an exciting announcement – Jenna at Fleur de Lis, a paperie, is rolling out an online store. Now everyone can get a taste of the fabulousness of her store, no matter where you live! More products will be added overtime, but there are some really fun gifts for sale now. Shop the boutique here.

Today, we have fabulous gift ideas for the bride, her bridesmaids and even the girl that just can’t find Mr. Right {we’ve all been there}. And, they are available online and at Fleur de Lis, a paperie.

FOR THE BRIDE
Minimergency Kit for Her
Luck favors the prepared and we certainly hope the bride is prepared for her wedding day…and of course lucky too. These minimergency kits are a lovely gift for the bride {or for any friend} who likes to be prepared. Includes 17 mini beauty and person care essentials. Breath freshener, clear nail polish, lip balm, clear elastics, hair spray, and earring backs, dental floss, mending kit, double-sided tape, safety pin, deodorant towelette, nail polish remover pad, stain remover, tampon, emery board.

FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS {AND THE BRIDE…AND LET’S BE HONEST, ANY AND ALL WINE LOVERS}
Vino2Go
I took one look at this new gift Jenna started to carry in her store {not available online yet, but call the store at 303.996.6885 to buy one today}, and I was totally in love.


FOR THE GIRL WHO JUST CAN’T FIND MR. RIGHT
Dammit Doll
Ever have those days where nothing goes right, Mr. Wrong just isn’t that into you, someone pushed your buttons or you just can’t catch a break? I know my hand was raised…was yours?

Well, when things don’t go your way, just grasp a DAMMIT DOLL firmly by the legs and find a place to slam it…and as you whack the doll, yell “DAMMIT! DAMMIT! DAMMIT!” I promise, you’ll feel so much better, and no one will get hurt in the process.

{images via Tutto Bella}

happy birthday dr. seuss

Friday, March 1 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. So, in honor of Dr. Seuss, the importance of reading, and believing in children’s dreams and individuality, we made an 8×10 inspirational quote print…and you can have it for FREE through March 3.

To receive the free printable, follow us on Pinterest using the Rafflecopter link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

After, March 3, the printable can be found and bought in our Etsy store here.

{images via Tutto Bella}

heads up, 7-up

This party not only made us think about our childhood days when we were allowed to drink the soda 7-up, but it made us so happy. This “7-up Lemon Lime” party for Safronia’s 7th birthday is so original, so cheerful and beautifully done. We love the bright yellow and green colors, antique furniture and accessories, unique games, photobooth and all the little DIY details {including the DIY lemonade stand by her dad}. It’s just too cute for words. It looks like a party to remember for Safronia.

VENDOR LOVE
Photographer:  Heather Lynn Photographie
Event Designer:  Mariah Rainier Style
Cake Designer:  jenny cookies
{images via Heather Lynn Photographie submitted via Two Bright Lights}

tutu cute

Tulle. Tutu. Sparkles. Poms. Pink.

Sounds like a party fit for a beautiful ballerina…happy birthday, ballerina Carson!

Thanks to Karey at Orange Blossom Photography for sharing all the pretty in pink details with us.

Everything from the decor to the treats was done by Elle & Em Party Design (Carson’s mom is the Elle part of the business)! Tulle tutu’s were made for all the little ballerina’s in attendance, and they danced around under colorful poms that were strung throughout the yard.

VENDOR LOVE
Photography: Orange Blossom Photography
Planner: Elle and Em Party Design