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Wednesday
Sep072016

Birthday Party Ideas for a Teen- How to Celebrate a TEEN

Wow! My daughter turned into a teen!  Sometimes it can be tricky to decide what to do to celebrate this milestone.  I wanted to share with you some ideas that may help if you want to mark the occasion but also keep it low-key.  At first, my daughter wanted to have a very large sleepover to celebrate.  I loved it that she wanted to include everyone she knew, but laughed at the thought of trying to corral close to 30 tweens and teens! So, I told her she could have a little, bitty, teeny sleepover and her "real" party could be bubble soccer (which she had been begging to do at this huge sleepover she was planning ).  So, realizing the play on words with a "teeny" party, we went with the TEENY theme and used as many miniature things as we could.  It was such a fun theme and the ideas could go on forever...but this is what we decided on for her teeny, little sleepover. 

I really wanted to send a teeny, little invitation tucked into something teeny.  I found these adorable ice cream cone coin purses and knew they would be perfect.  I contacted my friend Loralee Lewis~ and she knew just what to do to make the invitation fit into the coin purse!  Loralee even added little tags for us to put on the outside that read, "Open Me!".  Teeny details are the best.

Being with your friends is the most important part of a party at this age, and so I didn't focus on activities (they mostly went swimming).  But, they do love to eat... and this group really loves sweets.  Knowing that, I had a great time choosing fun little treats that they could enjoy in teeny versions.  Thank goodness for such talented and creative dessert makers!  To decorate the Teeny Treat Table, I asked my friend Keisha, at Cupcake Wishes and Birthday Dreams, if she could do a version of her cupcake garland in miniature form. Turns out, she surely can!  Look how cute it turned out!

I love this little garland!  Keisha let us choose our own mini cupcake liners so that we could coordinate the colors, and then she went to work on this adorable little creation!  Everything about it was so cute and perfect! Camille especially loved it because she chose each liner for the garland.Let's just look at that again...

I also used a teeny, gold, glitter banner and fantastic confetti garlands to add to the decoration fun! The confetti garlands were handmade by my sweet friend Do of Piggy Bank Parties.  I don't even want to think about how hard it was to string all of those together- but I surely am thankful for Do and her awesome shop that always delivers the best to my door for parties! And, that mini pom pom garland is handmade by Cupcake Wishes and Birthday Dreams! Camille loved the teeny balloons and she added those to the table herself!

And, those teeny, little desserts...

My friend Roni, at Roni's Sugar Creations, took my request for teeny treats and ran with it! Working mostly off of the color scheme and the request for specific miniature desserts, Roni wowed us with her fun and beautiful sweets! These are mini Oreos- I added mini party hats to the display for a little height- aren't they all just adorable?

Roni also made caramel apples for Camille (one of her biggest requests) and added teeny candy doughnuts to them.  These were a fun surprise and so delicious. I love the way Roni added the perfect ribbons to the straws to make it all go together so well!

 

Camille has always loved cake pops and so I asked Roni to make teeny ice cream cones and cakes...


I love the teeny sprinkle details on each one.  These cake pops lasted about two seconds!

 

My friend and favorite buttercream girl, Kathi from My Sweet Things, came through for us with a collection of cakes that we just loved!  I originally wanted to have 13, four-inch cakes but came to my senses and decided on 4 teeny cakes total.  We had the one above for the teeny sleepover and had the other three for the bubble soccer party the following day.

I made the teeny-pom toppers for the cake above.  These were fun to make and an easy way to help tie the theme and the colors all together!

This candy cake, by My Sweet Things, was especially well-received! There is nothing like sugar on sugar when you are a teen! 

I love how it turned out!

And what is a Teen Party without emojis? This teeny cake is very" teeny"!

At each child's bedside, I put a miniature bag with mini "milk and cookie" cookies inviting them to join us for cookies and milk before bed.  My so very kind friend Lisa, from Flourish Sweet Shop, made these as a special order for us to accommodate the teeny size.  They were so darn cute!

You can see the miniature size of the bags in this photo...

The bedtime cookies were gorgeous name cookies by Flourish Sweet Shop- Lisa designed these with teeny letters and teeny polka dots.  I just loved them and so did the girls!

We also had Teeny Snapchat Cookies just for fun- as that is their favorite app these days!

 The candy underneath is from Sweets Indeed.  The wonderful Marie has the best mixes of candy confetti to match your parties!  

Another one of my very favorite details was the teeny, little doughnuts that we served on miniature glass plates with miniature glasses of milk- with teeny straws and a teeny birthday chick on top!  We served these at breakfast the following day. 

For breakfast, we also served strawberries in these teeny and adorable baskets.  I wish I had taken a photo of how cute they were with the berries.  Maybe I can re-create it and share sometime soon, but you get the genreal idea.  I lined the baskets with a paper party napkin before adding the berries. We also served teeny pancakes, bacon (nobody wants that to be teeny), and teeny bowls of cheese grits.

For the drinks, I filled mini glass bottles (that I found at Bake it Pretty) with juice and/or lemonade.  I added a paper straw and the daintiest little edible butterflies.  I love how these looked and can't wait to do it again sometime.  Such a surprise detail for the guests~ and they loved it!

I had teeny milk cartons filled with juice for each girl- they actually used them a lot afterward. Each carton had a different color top and so they liked being able to fill them with their drink of choice and keep up with whose was whose.

I highly recommend a TEENY party if you have a chance to host one! It adds more fun to becoming a teen and inspires endless creative ways to party in a teeny way!

As a side note...Camille had her heart set on giving mini S'well water bottles to her friends as party favors. She picked out each on online and we also discovered that you can use chalk pens to write on the bottles.  It erases easily.  And so, that is what we did for party favors- I must say that the S'well company has amazingly awesome customer service!  I was very impressed!  I am not being paid to say that. :)

I also wanted to recommend these cooking pots for a miniature party- they are great for appetizers, dips, desserts, or (at breakfast) making oatmeal or cheese grits...like we did! The girls LOVED them! I was able to find a different brand with a better price at one of my favorite shops, Plain Jane in Athens. These are awesome!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of the ladies and guys that helped me pull all of these ideas together!  I am so happy to know each of you, even if it is only virtually.  You have great talent and skills and I appreciate you!  

PLEASE REFER TO THE FOLLOWING LIST FOR REFERENCES ON WHERE TO FIND THE ITEMS THAT I USED FOR THESE PARTY IDEAS.  THESE COMPANIES ARE STELLAR!

 PHOTOGRAPHY- ZOOMWORKS PHOTOGRAPHY

INVITATIONS, SIGNS, TAGS- LORALEE LEWIS

CAKES- MY SWEET THINGS

CAKE POPS, APPLES, OREOS- RONI'S SUGAR CREATIONS

CUPCAKE GARLAND AND POM POM GARLAND- CUPCAKE WISHES AND BIRTHDAY DREAMS

CONFETTI GARLANDS- PIGGY BANK PARITES

NAME COOKIES AND "MILK AND COOKIE" COOKIES- FLOURISH SWEET SHOP

SNAPCHAT COOKIES- BLUE LILY TREATS

CANDYFETTI (under Snapchat Cookies) - SWEETS INDEED

MINI DOUGHNUTS- GREEN MOUNTAIN MINI BAKED

ICE CREAM CONE COIN PURSES- MISALA

MARQUEE NUMBER 13 (lights up)- BERNAL BURROW

MINI PARTY HATS- CHIARABELLE

YAY CAKE TOPPER, MINI BALLOONS, MINI MILK CARTONS, CUPS, NAPKINS- SHOP SWEET LULU

MINI POM POM BALLS CAKE TOPPERS- HELLO DOLLIES BY LYDIA

MINI BASKETS- MICHAEL'S CRAFT STORES

EDIBLE BUTTERFLIES- A CAKE TO REMEMBER

PARTY FAVORS- S'WELL WATER BOTTLES

MINI BAKEWARE- (I got mine at PLAIN JANE DESIGNS)

Monday
Jun272016

BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS FOR TEENS AND TWEENS ~ EMOJI PARTY

Everyone loves to express themselves and EMOJIs make it more fun than ever! These birthday party ideas, with Emojis as the theme, appeal to such a wide range of ages.  I know it is often difficult to find a theme for older kids (tweens and teens), and so this party by Lillian Hope Designs is a perfect way to celebrate with something everyone can agree on...who can deny the charm of these little yellow faces with heart eyes and cute smiles? I also love the fact that they translate so well into fun desserts and treats!  These Emoji Cookies are just the best!

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Thursday
Apr072016

Some Bunny's Having a Birthday Party Ideas

This adorable Bunny Party is so perfect for spring! It is, of course, fabulous for Easter...but also for a Bunny Birthday!  I love the theme "Some Bunny's Turning..." or "Some Bunny's Having a Birthday!". These photos from Lillian Hope Designs show you how to create a beautiful spring dessert table using sweet designs and easy-to find treats!  And, the printables are FREE over at Lillian Hope Designs!!

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Tuesday
Mar222016

BRIGHT AND BOLD EASTER PARTY IDEAS- SPRING BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS

If there is one word I would use to describe Tiffany from Fizzy Party, it would be FUN! Tiffany is always full of energy and this Easter party lets her energetic self shine through!  Check out the super-fun, bright, and cheerful colors that Tiffany opted for...no soft pastels here. These ideas and the color scheme can be adapted to spring birthday parties, hoppin' baby showers, and beyond!  Enjoy!

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Monday
Mar212016

CUTE EASTER CHICKS- BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS-EASTER BASKETS-EGG HUNTS

I love these adorable baby chicks!  Some are hatching and some are dressed and ready for spring!  I hand-painted each one with non-toxic paint and sealant.  They fit perfectly inside of plastic Easter eggs and they look so sweet in Easter baskets!  Here is my shop on Etsy if you would like to take some home with you! :) I also think these hatching chicks would be SO CUTE at a Farm Birthday Party and at baby showers!!  Let me know what you think!

Thank you,

Lydia xo