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Posts tagged ‘party favors’

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Pinterest Picks of the Week

Wondering what to do with all those animal figurines sprinkled around the house?

Colorful wall art


Favor boxes


Awesome string letters


Festive photo balloons for a birthday or anniversary

(Wedding Chicks)

Ever photograph your youngster with a mirror?


Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Bug Bash: Happy Bee-day!

This past weekend we celebrated our June bug, who turned eight! As always, the fun began at the address sign and down the driveway…

By the time guests reached the party, they were in the proper frame of mind.

I think this was my favorite part! Remember those fly papers from when you were a kid? I haven’t seen them lately, but I remember them growing up. Party guests didn’t mind running into these, which consisted of fruit roll-ups and gummy flies.

A side note here: prepping for these parties ALWAYS goes down to the wire. After several years of this, my brother and sister-in-law know the routine, and always show up a few minutes early to rescue me and work through any last minute dilemmas, which very often end up being the coolest part of the party. A few years ago for our dinosaur party, they rigged a volcano watering hole (caldera cooler), using a fogger machine, lava rock and a punch bowl. I’ll never forget it. This year, I had wanted to hang the fly papers, but was coming up short on ideas and time. When I told my partners in crime to just throw them on a tray they went above and beyond… just like always. Thanks, guys! I’ve said it before: It takes a village!

Another “happy accident”: There’s nothing like having a softball tournament to go to in the hours before throwing a party. This added more stress to the pre-party hours and when we got home, we had one hour before the party started. Usually, we’re running around the yard tying two dozen balloons here and there. This year, with the clock ticking, my husband opted for keeping the two bundles together and tying them to the lamp post. We ended up loving the impact of seeing them all together!

Above: a “specimen jar” of bugs that grow in water. Below: a few inflatables.

Appetizers included ants on a log…

walking sticks…

bug juice…

and fly tortillas, served on fly swatters.

And for the truly adventurous, REAL and EDIBLE bugs! Crickets, larvets, ants, grasshoppers and water bugs. Looking for something sweeter? How about a worm or scorpion sucker?!

For the main course, we grilled hot dogs and burgers, with waterbugmelon and baked larvae (beans) for sides.

As always, there was no shortage of desserts! Worms in dirt pudding cups…

bug cookies (thanks, Grandma!)…

a honeycomb hex cake from a Williams Sonoma mold…

and a beehive cake, made with a Nordic Ware mold (thanks, Gaga, for another awesome year of cakes!)

We took bug portraits of all the kids in these super cool bug glasses by Insect Lore. There are three styles: mantis, fire ant and hornet.

We also played five games:

And Olivia Trivia, version 8.0.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Farm Birthday Party

The invite:

Veggie chalks!

Mint vodka lemonade for the grown-ups!

There were several four-legged guests as well, courtesy of a traveling petting zoo!

Exercise for both the mind and body: A harvest hunt in the yard…

… and a “food for thought” wordplay game!

Monday, June 18th, 2012

It’s Birthday Party Week!

It’s a big week in our household… the countdown is on for Livi’s annual birthday bash, scheduled for next weekend. This year’s theme? Bug Bash!

Stay tuned for plenty of post party pics next week, but in the meantime, I’ll be posting past years’ themes this week as well as some posts which might come in handy for any summer birthdays you may be celebrating.

Here’s a quick, cool way to celebrate the milestones that happen with each passing year, courtesy of a friend of mine, Jackie Barnes.

And check out this outrageously-detailed, gorgeous cake! (You can read more about it by clicking on the Cute as a Button link below.)

(images courtesy Jackie Barnes)

Let’s party!

Pinterest Picks: birthday party inspiration

Happy Campers birthday party

Sound the Alarm: Fire Engine birthday party

Cute as a Button birthday party

A Birthday that’s Truly off the Beaten Path

Cake Toppers

Happy (Yarn) Trails to You

“Olivia Trivia” party game

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Welcome Home: The New Baby Taco Box

Friends of mine just had a baby this week so the timing couldn’t have been better to come across this cheery and heartwarming box! Check out Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan’s New Baby Taco Box concept. What a fun and festive way to celebrate a birth! Not to mention, the last thing new parents want to think about is making a meal. Hooray for tacos! (Or whatever else that goes into the box and arrives at your door!)

Without a doubt, the contents are delicious and appreciated, but I really love the graphic and colorful presentation. Bottom line? Who says there has to be a new baby to inspire a taco box? And who says it has to be tacos? The opportunities and possibilities are endless. It’s time to add some drama to your next front door delivery!

(image courtesy Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan via Lil Sugar)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Happy Lab

from Jamie

One of the things I think about at the start of the new year is a theme for Livi’s next birthday bash. Lately I’ve been collecting inspiration for a science party, so I of course couldn’t resist falling in love with the packaging and graphics from Happy Lab, a new candy store that opened in Australia last August. Love everything about the store: its name, logo, displays and packaging. And in keeping with the theme, the staff is dressed in lab coats and the products are in test tubes and beakers. What a sweet store to shop! Now I just need a ticket to Australia…

(found via Eat Drink Chic, pics from Happy Lab and Westfield)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Momglish featured in Pregnancy & Newborn Fall 2011 Buyer’s Guide!

We’d like to give a big shout out to the crew at Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine for including our pregnancy “you wish” drink coasters in their Fall 2011 Buyer’s Guide! This fun and funny shower gift sets the perfect stage for a creative couples-friendly bash like the one staged by P&N below.

We’ll drink to that (even if new mamas can’t!)

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Make Dad glad!

from Jamie

In case you’re still on the hunt for a Father’s Day surprise, here’s a simple yet fun idea from Martha Stewart that the kids can help create. First, think about Dad’s favorite snacks and beverages. Now, it’s time to get baking, cooking or shopping! Next, to really have some fun, customize the labels with self-adhesive sticker paper (from your local office supply store) that can be printed with the graphics below (click on the link above to find directions) or better yet, have the kids design their own labels on the computer or by hand.

A sure-fire way to ensure that Dad’s trips into the kitchen are not only satisfying, but rewarding!

p.s. If you’re looking for a good selection of packaging for your food gifts (or any other gifts, for that matter), check out!

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Lil Sugar Blog Feature: National Park Baby Shower

from Jamie

Thanks to Lil Sugar for including Egg2Cake’s passion for parties in their Real-World Baby Shower Pics, Tricks, and Inspiration feature!

Adventure Hits Close to Home with a National Park Baby Shower

What kind of a shower do you throw in November for someone who’d rather be outside than inside and who hiked in Alaska when she was pregnant? None other than a National Park Baby Shower! Guests were advised of the theme well in advance, when they received their passport invites that included a shower itinerary, arrival logistics (comfortable shoes, water and bear bells are recommended, and use caution if packing in edibles), an equipment/survival gear list (a.k.a. registry info) and GPS coordinates.

Upon arrival, trail markers directed the guests down the long driveway to the private setting and lodge-like destination. Once inside, guests were heartily refreshed and a wild time was had by all as we celebrated my brother and sister-in-law’s journey into the unmarked territory known as parenthood! (p.s. No humans or animals were harmed in the celebration of this event and all activities were in keeping with the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Recreation and Procreation.)

“Passport” invites arrived via the mail and included a shower itinerary, GPS coordinates and registry info (i.e. equipment list/survival gear for one bundle of joy)

A smores centerpiece and species identification for all

Guest favors: packing list, journal and eye pillow (purchased from Michaels)

On to the watering hole…

The food chain

Campsite cake (by Jennifer Haubert)

Party game #1: Survival 101

Party game #2: Identify the scat

Warning: You may never eat chocolate again!

The hostess’ gift: A library of wilderness books

The proud mama-to-be

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010


from Jamie

We’re all set for the kindergarten spring party. You know the feeling of buying something without an immediate purpose in mind for it? Well, I’ve had this circular, wicker, decorative “thing” in my house for probably a few years and now it’s found its calling! Livi and I added decorative moss and birds to the packaged favors that included pencils, notepads, chalk eggs and candy.