Bowling Birthday Party

We celebrated a birthday in our house this weekend. My youngest son turned 12, so we decided to take him and his group of friends bowling! The activity was set and the menu was fixed (pizza, hot dogs and french fries), so all I really needed to contribute were the cupcakes and the favors.

As I have with so many other parties, I worked with Sweet Lisa’s in Cos Cob, CT to create bowling motif cupcakes and cookies for the favor bags. I found inspiration on Pinterest and then tweaked it for our party.img_0185img_0179 Favors are just a fun way to wrap up a party. I love them for any type of gathering. For Tyler’s party, I included the bowling pin cookie, pop rocks, glow sticks (it was glow in the dark bowling) and a happy face bouncy ball. Just fun little things.img_0178 img_0208 Putting this party together was definitely a ball for me!

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Party in Purple

IMG_8272Finding a starting place for a party is part of the fun. An anniversary,  a favorite food or region, a holiday or season or in this case…a favorite color. Purple! I love it when someone has a favorite color because it is an easy jumping off point for parties and gifts. Not everyone has a favorite color, I have found. And, I think that’s rather interesting.

Here’s a sneak peek at a little party for a friend who loves purple. From the bar cart to the dinner table to the party favors of potted hyacinths….purple was center stage.IMG_8273 IMG_8275 IMG_8276IMG_8277

Do YOU have a favorite color of theme you’d want a party to center around? I’m always looking for inspiration, so please share!

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Party With a Twist of Lime

Party inspiration can come from almost any place. A favorite color, activity, occasion, food, beverage or season can be your starting point.

Recently, several of us joined forces to host a birthday dinner for a special friend. A conversation months ago, during which she professed her love of key lime pie and preference of limes over lemons was what we drew upon. A theme was born! And, green was our color.

The dinner was held outdoors at one friend’s beautiful and elegant home. Chinese lanterns outlined the area for our cocktail hour and the hydrangeas would serve as a backdrop for photos. Everyone was invited to wear WHITE and the photos of the group are truly stunning. 

A fun touch for any gathering is to personalize napkins. We chose lime green with our honoree’s initials in white to continue the theme of “lime green”.
The tables were set with our host’s heirloom china and silver. Over the years, she and her husband have collected monogrammed, sterling napkin rings, so each guest enjoyed a unique treasure at their place. Another great idea was to have everyone draw a number that corresponded with a place at one of the two tables. This eliminated us choosing who sat next to whom and added an element of surprise for all the guests.
We eschewed flowers in favor of cylinders filled with limes and varying shades of white glassybaby candles, which were gifted to the honoree. Each guest had written a sentiment for their candle, which was included at the end of the night, when we boxed them up. This gave our friend a chance to read all the messages from her friends after the evening was over and really take in all the love.
The menu was healthy and delicious, but as we were too busy having fun, I didn’t manage any photos of the food, except for these miniature, individual birthday cakes. You’re never too old for sprinkles and cake. We also served miniature key lime mouse…as this is the birthday girl’s favorite dessert.

One final thought…this was not a milestone birthday. Just a regular ‘ole birthday. And, sometimes those can be the most fun. While everyone remembers 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70…how many of the ones in between really stand out? 

Every birthday or accomplishment is worth celebrating…so don’t wait for the right number. 

Throw the party this year! And, give it your own special twist!