Showing posts with label parties. Show all posts
Showing posts with label parties. Show all posts

#1 Dad Father's Day Gift Idea: HOW TO style a themed gift display!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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Father's Day is coming up soon, so it's time to start thinking of something fun that the Dads in your life will love! Every year I come up with a creative theme to decorate our sun room for Father's Day, and this year it's #1 DAD. It's super fun and EASY to come up with a theme for Father's Day and I'm going to show you how today! 

There are FOUR basic things I do EVERY time when styling my hutch (or any bookshelf or display table) for an occasion:

1) Choose a theme

Whenever my hutch decorations are centered around a holiday or someone's birthday, I usually style the decorations based on the gift that I buy. For Father's Day this year, I found this Armor All Car Care Gift Pack for my husband. It's packed full of Armor All Car Care items, so I thought a #1 Race Car theme would work great for the hutch decorations. The Armor All Car Care Gift Pack is from Walmart, and it's the perfect gift for Father's Day because dads are always driving around and their car needs some TLC. Armor All products help people protect and preserve the appearance of their car, and that's something that Dads love. The Armor All Car Care Gift Pack is a great deal too because separately these items would cost you over $30, plus here's a $2 off coupon for you too, while supplies last. 

The Armor All Care Care Gift Pack contains:
Armor All Orange Bucket with Lid
Armor All Extreme Tire Shine
Armor All Original Pump 10oz
Armor All Ultra Shine Wash & Wax
Armor All Cleaning Wipes
Armor All Glass Wipes
Armor All Quick Silver Wheel & Tire Cleaner
Armor All Towel
Armor All Pro Tips Booklet

I used the Armor All Car Care Gift Pack for the centerpiece in decorating the whole hutch! 

2) Choose or make some printable items to tie everything together.

For this display I just found some FREE race car printables on Pinterest. They're from Creative Little Stars, and she has THE cutest shop full of printables! 

3) Stick with basic colors and buy/make easy desserts matching your colors.

It's easier than you may think to set up a fun theme gift and display for Father's Day (or ANY occasion really!) I am ALWAYS switching out my white hutch decorations for parties and holidays. I rarely spend any money doing it too because I just look around our home for things that work into the decor. I stuck with black, white, and red for my color scheme for this Father's Day set up so I just used white cake plates and platters, red boxes and buckets, and I found simple, delicious, ready to go treats from the bakery at Walmart to finish off the display (mini red hot cookies and mini chocolate donuts). I dipped the strawberries in chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate to carry out the black and white theme. 

4) Add a special, memorable touch!

To personalize the whole display, I pulled out some sweet pictures of my husband with the boys and I. He's such an awesome, loving Dad. The boys and I adore him. He works so hard for our family and comes home every night and helps me with our boys. He is my #1 supporter and he believes in me even when I doubt myself. I'm so grateful for this man. He is definitely our #1 DAD and we wish him and all dads a HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Want to pick up an Armor All Car Care Gift Pack for the #1 DAD in your life? It's on an end cap at Walmart... don't forget your coupon, available while supplies last. 

Want to see other hutch themes I've styled? Here's my hutch for Easter, Big Hero 6 Movie Party, Basketball Party, Breakfast Cereal Party, and a Harry Potter Party!

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Harry Potter Birthday Party!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Our oldest son turned EIGHT last week!  He has a new found love for all things Harry Potter, so we celebrated Hogwarts style!  

 He didn't have a birthday party last year {an unheard of thing around here} because he was having his tonsils out 2 days later and we couldn't risk him getting sick for surgery day.  So this year, he was double excited to have a very small group of friends from school, along with his brothers to celebrate with him.

 {Luke really was awake & having fun... bummed I didn't notice his closed eyes until too late!}

I made the invitations using scrapbook paper and a free downloadable font {Harry P from}.  I inked the edges of the paper to make them look old, and I printed "Owl Post Delivery to... " on the envelopes. 

Sorry, the picture is only a glimpse of the invite that I posted on Instagram.  I have a lot more sneak peeks pictures that I posted there {#samsharrypotterparty}

Guests were greeted by this black burlap wreath {repurposed from here} with a Platform 9 3/4 sign on it.  I got this sign and a couple others from Dirt and Sunshine, an adorable blog that had tons of great ideas and free printables for a Harry Potter party.

And I put together this little display using my Interchangeable Chevron sign with a print from Harris Design Studio on Etsy.  The birdhouse is mine that I use in my Craft Corner, and the boys painted the owl to look like Harry Potter's owl, Hedwig.  The glasses were part of Sam's Harry Potter Halloween costume.

When everyone arrived, they each put on the Sorting Hat {my witch hat from Halloween} and were sorted into their assigned Hogwarts house.  Then they each colored a banner for their house.

Then we had a Feast in the Great Hall with flying keys hanging above the table...

We changed our "Command Central" that was in The Great Hall to look like Hogwart's by covering the boys' chore charts with black card stock paper and colored Hogwart's house emblems.  Our boys vinyl names were covered with the names of Harry and his two best friends, and we hung ties for the houses from our backpack hooks {one more house emblem not pictured here}.

And quotes from Dumbledore covered up this beachy quote decoration I made a couple of years ago from an old fence post...

We decided to come up with creative names for the food we served rather than serving food from the book.  The Hufflepuff Cream Puffs were a big hit! 


Also on the menu was:

Potter's Pizza
Slytherin Salad
Ravenclaw Raspberries
Gryfinndor Grapes
Draco's Doritos
Butter Beer
Elixir of Life {water bottles}

After the feast we went outside for a Quidditch Match.  I loved how our Quidditch set-up turned out, especially considering that it was made with hula hoops we already had and PVC pipes from a soccer banner.  The whole thing only cost me $3.50- the cost of a can of gold spray paint on sale.  Jake's soccer season ended last Saturday- I took apart his banner that same day to spray paint the PVC pipes for Sam's party on Sunday... how's that for re-purposing?!  The Quidditch set-up also made a great place for taking really silly pictures.

And what's Quidditch without a golden snitch?  We had a few to choose from, made from ping pong balls & a styrofoam ball, all which got a coat of gold spray paint and some paper wings.

Then the kids came back inside to decorate their own Hedwig the owl.  I originally planned on having the kids make these cute owls that I saw on Not Just a Mommy, but we ended up with Plan B because I didn't save enough time to prep all of the felt.  Also, Plan 2 was a lot less expensive {I returned $25 worth of styrofoam balls from Plan A to Michael's the other day... Seriously, why are styrofoam balls THAT expensive?!} 

 And for the cake, I made Sam's favorite- yellow cake with homemade vanilla butter cream.  But I wracked my brain trying to think of something fun and different to decorate the cake with.  Finally, the night before the party I ran across this picture of Ron and Harry getting to Year 2 at Hogwart's in the Weasley's flying car.  So, I bought an angel food loaf cake and cut it to look like a car, with Fudge Stripe cookies cut in half with the chocolate side face out for the wheels.  It was super silly, and Sam loved his funny cake!

Sam loved all of the presents he got, including this one that was wrapped to match the Harry Potter theme.  I love it when I find another Mom who does stuff like me! :)

At the end of the party, everyone got to stop at Honeyduke's Sweet Shoppe!

And they filled it up with all kinds of fun candy and sweets: 

Chocolate Frogs
Magic Wands
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
Edible Sorting Hats
Dumbledore's Lemon Candies
Magic Wands
Cockroach Clusters
Sour Slugs
Golden Snitch Gumballs
and Fizzing Whizzbees 

They also took home a "broomstick" bag filled with Honeyduke's Treat Mix {Chex cereal, marshmallows, bite-size pretzels, and candy corn}.  The printable and idea is from this party featured on Hostess with the Mostess.

 It was such a fun day for our sweet Sam.  He is a precious 8 year old boy.  He is sweet and kind-hearted, sensitive, loving, and I've always said since he was tiny that he has an old soul.  He is one of those kids that prefers to have a hand full of genuine, true friends over a bunch of fake friends.  He is the best biggest brother that his three younger brothers could ever have.  His best friend in the whole world is his brother, Jake.  

They share a room and every day at school they give each other big hugs goodbye in the morning, and every afternoon, they run up to each other SO excited and hugging after school.  And anytime they happen to see each other while at school, I hear all about it right after school.  Sam loves Science, Art, Magic, Reading, and making movies.  Currently he loves to make his own versions of Harry Potter movies, of course.  He also loves his new skateboard that he got for his birthday {padded up from head to toe, of course!}  No matter how old he gets, he will always be my precious little Sam Ry!  

 Happy 8th Birthday Sam!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit Gallamore West.  
I'm so happy that you are here. 

I'm sharing Sam's party at some of my favorite party places! xoxo
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Wonderlandia: Hostess with the Mostess Launch Party!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Glam, whimsy, sweet and sophisticated...

A rooftop lounge bar party hosted by The Hostess with the Mostess to celebrate the launch of HWTM's new social site.  I was beyond excited that I got to go and bring my two sweet friends, Jen {Twiddler House} and Erin with me. 

Before we even stepped foot into the hotel, we were treated to paparazzi-style photos, complete with Wonderlandia photo props {taken by a pro photographer... hope to catch a glimpse of those pics soon!} then whisked away into a private elevator to the rooftop lounge.

Drinks, appetizers, gorgeous floral displays, fabulous details at every glance, and sweets flowed freely while we mingled with some of the biggest names in the party planning industry, including Jenn Sbranti, THE Hostess with the Mostess herself!  I brought her freshly baked chocolate chip cookies as a little "hostess gift" and was amazed when I introduced myself and she said, "Oh yeah, I totally know who you are." {pinch me already!}  She was adorable and so sweet.  And yet a total business powerhouse.

There were tables displaying goods from all of the event's sponsors {Columbia Crest Winery, Glue Dots, Tiny Prints, Evite...} along with fabulously decorated tables from some of the finest party stylists {The Special Day, Events by Heather Ham, Paper & Cake, Jesi Haack Design, A Subtle Revelry}

along with the vendor display tables styled by The Hostess with the Mostess.

paper & cake's Kid's Party was my favorite!  It was full of whimsy, sweet details like cake pops that looked like the earth, vintage suitcases flowing with meringue kisses, and of course paper & Cake's adorable printables.  I've used two of paper & Cake's printable party sets- Jake's Sailboat Party and a football party.  I LOVED them!

The dessert bar was amazing!  Full of whimsical eye candy {like this pink flying pig... I loved him} 

along with apothecary jars full of real candy too, ready to be loaded into little favor bags that said "Eat Me."  So of course, I did.  The cupcakes by Hey There, Cupcake! with fondant flowers by Two Sugar Babies were delicious.  I've got to figure out that frosting recipe!  And the cake was gorgeous.  Oh, and the sugar cookies by Bees Knees Creative and Allyson Jane were adorable.  As someone who has done a bit of sugar cookie decorating, I was floored at the gorgeous icing details.

Getting to meet Jenn Sbranti {Hostess with the Mostess} was definitely the highlight of my night, along with meeting some other really fun party girls... Jessica {Modern Moments Designs} and Paige {Paiges of Style}.  

Ohhh, and the swag bag was an adorable re-usable lunch bag packed full of goodies, gift cards, and more.  It truly was a night in Wonderlandia- a night I'll always remember!   

Have you signed up at HWTM new social site?  Hostess with the Mostess is already my to-go source for fabulous party inspiration.  And now, there is even more eye candy and ideas to be found at HWTM's new social site!  Check it out and create your own account at  Go to "My Dashboard" to create your login and then let me know you did.  I'll be sure to "favorite" you!
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