Valentine’s Day Kids Party-Breakfast-“Cereal-ously Sweet”

Hello Friends! Are you planning a special Valentine’s Day party for your kiddos? I am so EXCITED to share a very special party that I styled for Twinkle Twinkle Little Party Magazine. The theme for this party is called, “Cereal-ously Sweet Valentine’s Day Breakfast”. It is an alternative that young and old will enjoy!

Let’s get started….and yes, there is a lot of photos! What can I say, we had so much fun!

I started with a “Cereal Bar” that is full of kid friendly favorites, such as an assortment of cereals in Valentine colors, fresh fruit, and yogurt parfaits.

I included a few “sweets” as well! What would Valentine’s Day be without beautifully decorated cookies!

I had so much fun setting up the breakfast table! I started with a printable placemat and added these adorable red crates that I purchased at www.michaels.com So cute, right? I added mini, chocolate & strawberry jam croissants and fruit cups. For a special touch, wrap the croissants in tissue paper tied with baker’s twine.

Using these adorable plastic bottles filled with strawberry milk is a great option for a Valentine’s Day breakfast. A printable flag attached to a heart paper straw is another fun detail that kids will love!

A donut tower is an easy centerpiece to put together for the table! Donuts for breakfast? Absolutely!

I love to use cupcake toppers but didn’t want frosted cupcakes for the breakfast. I baked chocolate muffins and using a mini cookie cutter, I dusted powdered sugar on the muffins creating a sweet, heart shape.

Printable water bottle labels are a must for any celebration!

The “XOXO” ceramic dishes from hooplaevents.net are perfect for this breakfast party!

Having craft tables is another must for parties and I incorporated two separate stations. These printable Valentine’s Day cards were placed in the heart envelopes!

Using inexpensive fabric, white bags, and embellishments,  guests can make their own personal envelopes! Simply untie them from the chairs and the children can bring these home. We placed all of their party favors in the bags so nothing would be left behind!

One of my favorite ideas from this party, was the little burlap bags with mini cereal boxes! So cute with the tags that read, “Cereal-ously, You’re My Valentine”.

Here’s a few more inspiration photos…

Thank you so much for letting me share this oh so sweet, “Cereal-ously” fun breakfast party with you! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Styling and Printables: Marbella Printables

Photography: Christy D. Swanberg

Cookies: www.eatcake.ca

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Strawberry Birthday Party-Berry Sweet Theme

Good morning friends, is it August already? Today I am so happy to share this post with you and maybe we can hold onto summer a little longer! Strawberry birthday parties are one of my absolute favorite parties for girls! You can style this theme is so many different ways. I am thrilled to share with you this unique version with a few added surprises! Are you ready?

I designed a complete printable package using reds, pinks, and with “doilie” & sweet strawberry graphics. The twist on this theme… I added touches of gold throughout the tables making this a very modern, popular look. Gold continues to be a very popular accent color for so many weddings, showers, and birthday celebrations. A little sparkle is always fantastic!

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A “berry” sweet dessert table was styled with cupcakes, cookies, and mini  shortcakes. Simple summer flowers were placed in a “lace” rimmed container and also mixed with fresh strawberries on white plates for a very attractive look.

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One of the highlights were these absolutely, beautiful, coordinating sugar cookies from Christy at Dolce Custom Cookies. I have been following her amazing talents for for quite some time and was thrilled to be able to work with her on this project. She matched the cookies perfectly with my printable designs. AND… not only are these cookies a true form of art, they are so delicious! The vanilla bean makes these hard to resist…especially when you are styling and photographing! (I can’t wait to work with Christy again!)

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Another highlight, are these doilie fondant circles that I MADE! Yes, I did!

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I purchased Wilton White Fondant  and cut small circles with a scalloped cookie cutter. Using a small circle Wilton tip I carefully punched holes in the fondant to make the doilie! So easy! The sweet fondant strawberries, leaves, and flowers were all made made by Tanya. Do you see the tiny gold peril placed in the centre of the flower? Little touches are what make celebrations so special!

Tanya also made these gorgeous, fondant floral cupcakes! Also adding tiny gold perils! LOVE!

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Ruffled vanilla cupcakes with fondant strawberries and printable cupcake toppers are a must for this party!

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For added sweetness and extra touches of gold, I added strawberry macarons from Yann Haute Patisserie So much yumminess!

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Adding a gold tassel to the decor is right on trend, too!

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A refreshment station with strawberry lemonade served in glass bottles dipped in gold sprinkles will impress guests! Paper straws, personalized water bottle labels, and LOTS of printable decorations add so much fun to birthday parties!

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I made the very large tissue fan for the backdrop! It makes a perfect focal point for the dessert and refreshment tables! This tissue flowers are very inexpensive to make and can be done in so many different sizes. Let me know if you would like me to post a tutorial!

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I also added gold beading in the centre of the tissue flower to tie the gold in with the gold perils in the fondant cupcakes!

Make party hats even more special by adding small tissue flowers and gold beads (same ones that were used in the large flowers!)

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Thank party guests with printable tags tied to white paper bags. I used a scrapbook punch along the edges to match the doilie pattern in the printables and sweet desserts!

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Place invitations in gold striped paper treat bags when delivering these to your friends and guests. So cute, right?!?!

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I had so much fun with this theme! Thank you for joining in on the fun & wishing you a “BERRY SWEET” day!

Printables available here: Berry Sweet Printable Package

>>>Styling, photography by Marbella Printables

 

 

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Soccer Theme Birthday Party-Last Minute Party Comes Together

Hello Friends! Today’s post is all about last minute party planning. I know I am not the only one that has faced this situation, but this is the first time I was the one frantically organizing a birthday party and it happened to be Christian’s 9th birthday party! March is always a busy month for us, but this year we were hit HARD with the flu bug. I was out for 2 weeks and it happened during the week of Christian’s party. Ugh! All of the countless ideas that I had planned to do or make were thrown out since I knew I would not be able to put everything together. To be honest, I was not going to post this party, but the more I thought about it, I realized this does happen, so let’s share a few tips + tricks when faced with this situation.

Oh, did I mention, another challenge was this party was not held at our house. It took place at our community soccer centre,  so I only had 30 minutes to set up a simple, dessert table in a room with yellow tinted walls and poor lighting. Cringe! Fortunately, the large printable poster added color and was a perfect backdrop for the dessert table.

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I used the most popular printables that we sell as these really are the decorations that make the most impact on a table. When pressed for time, use cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, a banner, and few other printables for cake toppers and gumball containers. Voila! You have a dessert table in minutes!

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Several weeks before the party, I had ordered chocolate covered oreos, fondant toppers, and delicious sugar cookies from Alison at Whippt  so these were easy to incorporate on the table. I also included a cello wrapped cookie in each of the favor bags.

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Tanya from the Cake Bake Shoppe was able to decorate a simple, fun cake that worked well with the table. It was delicious, too! Yummy! I topped it off with printable flags and a 4 inch circle from the collection.

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One of my absolute favorite items on the table were these Marquee Leters from Michaels We have since added these to Christian’s room. These are a fun addition for boys’ bedroom decor!

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Candy jars filled with green, black, and white gum balls were topped off with printable flags.

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I did not have time or the right space to hang the soccer paper lanterns, so I lined them down the center of the table. Takes seconds to do!

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What’s a sports themed party without popcorn? Our family LOVES popcorn (I think I have said that many times before!) These coordinating black striped bags are super easy to serve popcorn in. I love how the star matches the star on some of the printables! It’s the little details that make a party! Even when you have very little time.

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For the favor bags, I filled crisp, white bags with soccer theme goodies topped off with coordinating printables. I love the Black striped ribbon from Michaels

Christian handed out soccer balls (purchased at Wal Mart) and the favor bags at the end of the party.

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Happy Birthday to our sweet boy and thank you for being the BEST kid ever!

Love you, xoxo

Also, a BIG thank you to all the moms/friends that helped me pull off this party at the last minute. I couldn’t have done it without you!

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Here are a few of the details that I was able to put together for this soccer theme party:

  • Large poster and a selection of personalized printables
  • Delicious sweets including a small cake, cupcakes, cookies, and chocolate covered oreos
  • Marquee letters are a must! They come in various sizes and colors. Bonus: they can be used for parties and room decor. Buy them on sale or with your weekly Michaels coupon!
  • Easy treat bags filled with candy, cookies, soccer temporary tattoos, and a gift card to a local juice bar (A little nutrition makes all moms feel better, doesn’t it?). Include inexpensive soccer balls. P.S. Forget the dollar store toys that fall apart within minutes. These may seem like a good, cost-savings idea, but they really aren’t.
  • Finally…if possible, don’t be afraid to ask for help! No one is super woman and it is okay to lean on friends. Before you know it, everything will be set up and you will have had a few giggles along the way.

Thank you for letting me be honest and feel free to share your best tips!

Happy Planning,

Antonia

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Christmas Tea Party {FREE PRINTABLES}

The holiday season is here and I am very happy to share with you today the photos and FREE printables from a shoot that I styled earlier this year for Twinkle Twinkle Little Party Magazine. It was a thrill to work once again with Andressa, editor and creative genius of TTLP Magazine . If you haven’t had a chance, you must see this magazine! Grab a cup of your favorite tea and enjoy the talents of so many amazing stylists.

The theme this year was “Christmas in the Spring” and I decided to style a tea party play date for girls to enjoy and to start thinking about their Christmas wish list. Since it was summer, I wanted to use bright, jewel tones, rather than the traditional Christmas colors of red and green. I also kept the designs simple without a lot of Christmas graphics, so the printables can be used all year!

I began by styling a small dessert table filled with delicious treats and a few touches of Christmas details!

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

And…lots of pink!

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

A silver tray filled with more Christmas cookies and a favorite tea set are a must for a tea party!

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

All of the scrumptious cookies and fondant shapes were designed by the ever so talented Alison of  http://whippt.ca  Just beautiful!

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

One of my absolute favorite highlights was this pink gingerbread tea house. This is a perfect activity to do during a Christmas play date. Love the bow and mini tea cups!

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

More sweets….mini cupcakes and meringues. Delicious!

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

Pink lemonade with coordinating printables are a must!

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

Adding a few mini ornaments to a tea pot floral arrangement is easy to do.

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

Special touches with a printable flag/cupcake topper, pink bow, and more mini ornaments.

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

Don’t forget to write to Santa!

Marbella Printables Valentine's Day Birthday Brunch

Enjoy the holidays with a Christmas Tea Party!

Download available here:Christmas Tea Party Free Printables-1

Printables and Styling: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Marbella1Printables

Sugar Cookies and Fondant Shapes: http://whippt.ca

Photography: http://christydswanbergphotography.com

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Halloween Printable “BOO” Banner {Freebie}

Today is October 1st and so begins the countdown to a SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN! Throughout the month, we will be sharing many “fa-BOO-lous”ideas including FREE printables!

Let’s start with this easy DIY printable banner!

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This banner is designed with classic Halloween colors and fun patterns. I have used this graphic in other Halloween designs and I couldn’t resist including my favorite ghost in this banner, too! Download available here:Halloween Boo Banner 2015-1

I designed coordinating tags that are perfect for Spooky GHOSTLY treats. Remember these + the recipe?  http://www.marbellaprintables.com/?s=halloween

Enjoy!

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