A few months back I had someone contact me about the vintage Curious George birthday party that I had thrown for my daughter wanting to know if the invitations I had used were for sale in my Etsy shop.
I told her that unfortunately they were not, because the Curious George images I used for the invite and decor were scanned from books and therefore, licensed. There is quite a lot of licensed material being sold on Etsy for birthday party invites and decor and I wish I could throw the stuff I have done for my own personal events into the mix, but I don’t feel right about selling it since I’m not supposed to be.
I have since created Curious George-themed invites that don’t include any licensed images, but are awfully cute (if I do say so myself) and available in both pink and the traditional red:
What a week it’s been! I can’t believe it’s Thursday morning and I am just managing to put up my first post for the week. Turns out that packing up your family of 4 for a move to another state is actually really time consuming. Who knew?
Anyway, this past weekend we had a shindig to celebrate my dad’s recent retirement, and I was in charge of decorations. I was happy to do it, but as soon as I started trying to come up with ideas I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I mean, ask me to throw a Curious George party for a 3 year old and I’m all over it, but retirement? Uh oh.
Are you ready for party picture overload? Cause it’s about to happen.
For Lincoln’s 1st birthday, I decided on a slightly unconventional theme. I’m not sure where I got it, I think I saw something on Pinterest a while back that sparked the idea and then I just ran with it.
As soon as I had my daughter I was introduced to the wonderful world of children’s birthday parties. What happened to the days of an ice-cream cake, a couple balloons, and a friendly game of pin the tale on the donkey? It’s no longer an acceptable party unless you’ve got a theme, the proper décor, a spread of food that looks just as good as it tastes, and endless activities for the kids.
Ok, I’m not entirely immune. My daughter’s first birthday and second birthday were carefully planned and executed. I enjoyed creating a thematic party and crafting up a storm, but I also found that it can get so expensive! I “Martha Stewart” my way through most parties in order to save on décor, but then there’s the paper goods, the food, the favors… So how’s a modern mom supposed to stay afloat with today’s birthday party trends and do it on a dime?
On Saturday, we threw a rousing vintage circus party for my little girl, who turned 2. As usual, I went overboard on the décor and spent several hours on Friday setting it up. About half way through, I thought to myself, “why do I always this?” But once it was all up, and now that I look back at the pictures, I am so happy with how it turned out and I am glad that I put in all the effort (and so, so happy that it’s over…).
I can hardly believe it, but my baby girl is turning 2 in a matter of two weeks. Because of the holidays, I haven’t had time to do any party planning, so I finally got my butt in gear this weekend and made the invitations and did a little planning.
I decided on a vintage circus theme, and found tons of inspiration online. Here are some of the ideas I came up with: