country chic "pink cowgirl" birthday party

July 10, 2013

The talented Amanda Auer of In the Now Weddings & Events  took the Pink Cowgirl  theme and ran with it, creating a decidely girly affair that mixes practical DIY techniques with creative store-bought options from Birthday Express. Busy parents will be thrilled to see just how easy this country-chic look is to pull off. We're showcasing a new theme every week, so be sure to come back for more inspiration, y'hear?

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This Pink Cowgirl Evite invitation fits the occasion perfectly and helps busy parents stay in the loop.

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Click here to see the entire Pink Cowgirl party!

4th of July American Flag Fruit Skewers

July 03, 2013

Fruit is essential at a summertime soiree: Not only does it balance out all those salty snacks, but it's a healthy dessert option, too. Every barbecue, picnic, or outdoor party would benefit from including a fruit salad, but the 4th of July calls for something special. These bright and delicious fruit skewers were inspired by the American flag and are super easy to make. Try the simple recipe below to make a patriotic treat perfect for Independence Day. 

American Flag Skewers
Time: 20 mins.

Materials:

  • 12 wood skewers
  • 1 lb. strawberries
  • 6 oz. blueberries
  • 3 bananas
  • Serving tray

Directions: Rinse and dry berries. Chop the stems off strawberries, then cut into halves from stem to point. Cut the point off strawberries and set aside. Slices bananas and set aside. Starting with the blueberries, skewer about six on top and alternate between two banana slices and one strawberry slice until you reach the end. Place on a platter and keep refrigerated until serving.

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Check out our Festive 4th of July Décor post for more ideas and browse our collection of 4th of July Evite invitations. Share your favorite 4th of July recipe with us in the comment section below.

 

Kids Get to Work at a Construction-Themed Birthday Party

July 02, 2013

Evite and Birthday Express teamed up for this construction-themed birthday party that has fun "work zone" elements and fantastic actitvities, favors, and more. Our stylists used Birthday Express products such as kid-sized hard hats, a variety of traffic signs, and mini tool belts to create a festive atmosphere, plus DIY projects that add creativity and flair. The result is an easy-to-achieve look that'll satisfy both birthday boy and host!  

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Opt for a Construction Zone Evite invitation to get guests ready for lots of hammering.

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Click here to see the entire Construction Pals party.

Have a great idea for a kids' birthday party theme? Share it with us in the comment section below!

evite eats: white-striped strawberry jell-o

June 27, 2013

Light, refreshing, and perfect for 4th of July, this not-too-sweet treat comes from Evite's Editorial Director, Marilyn Oliveira.

"It's a family recipe on my mom's side," she says of the atypical gelatin dessert, which is packed full of fruit and features absolutely no jiggling. "My sister reeled it off to me -- over instant message, no less -- without even having to look it up." 

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The addition of ripe blueberries makes this red-and-white confection perfectly patriotic. And don't be put off by the secret of the stripe: Sour cream cuts the sweetness and adds a smooth, creamy element to the texture of the dessert. 

"The recipe sounds iffy, I'm the first to admit; but once you taste the finished product, it's hard to stop eating it!" Marilyn adds.

Get the full skinny in the recipe below, and be sure to check back for the next Evite Eats!4th of july jell-o

White-Striped Strawberry Jell-O:

  • 1 package (6oz.) strawberry Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 basket (pint) strawberries, sliced
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1 can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 pint (16oz.) sour cream

Dissolve the powdered Jell-O in the boiling water (you should only use 1 cup boiling water for this recipe, contrary to package directions). Add the sliced strawberries, mashed bananas, and crushed pineapple; mix. Cover and set aside half of the Jell-O mixture; pour the remaining half into a 13 x 9" glass baking dish, and place in the refrigerator until set. Once firm, cover the set layer of Jell-O with sour cream and top with the remaining mixture. Refrigerate until firm, and serve with fresh blueberries for a patriotic touch. 

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Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section, and check out our other party-friendly recipes from the Evite Eats series in the related articles below!

birthday party themes: enchanted woodland gnome

June 26, 2013

The next in our series spotlighting amazing kids' birthday parties is a magical Woodland Gnome theme (no forest required). This enchanting, gender-neutral birthday party was styled by the amazing Gianna San Filippo, owner of Chic Celebrations, a Southern California-based event planning and design company. Using  Birthday Express products, some basic rentals, and her own creative DIY touches, Gianna designed a birthday party that looks amazing but is realistic for any parent to pull off sans a huge investment of time and money. 

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Click here to see the entire Woodland Gnome party!

DIY 4th of July Confetti Poppers

June 25, 2013

Looking for a safe alternative to fireworks this 4th of July? Our DIY confetti poppers are a great way to keep kids entertained without the risk of danger. Plus, they're super easy to recreate and double as party favors. Here, we show you how to make your own kid-friendly 4th of July poppers.

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Materials:

  • Push-up pop containers
  • Star-shaped confetti
  • Confetti popper labels
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape

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Step 1: Fill push-up pop containers with confetti.

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Step 2: Download and print our free Confetti Popper Labels.

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Step 3: Cut out labels and affix to poppers using double-sided tape.

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Step 4: Display poppers on a festive platter or arrange in personalized party pails like the ones found here, which were made using red tin buckets and chalkboard tags.

The 4th of July is a great time to experiment with DIY crafts. With kids out of school, they'll be more than happy to take on a fun project like this. Pair your poppers with a 4th of July Evite invitation to prepare guests for the occassion.

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Festive 4th of July Décor Ideas

The holiday is fast approaching, so we put together some simple yet creative 4th of July décor ideas to help make your celebration spark. From patriotic bottled drinks to unique sparkler holders, we used red, white, and blue in unexpected ways and classic American tunes to get guests in the 4th of July spirit. 

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A traditional 4th of July color scheme makes the tablescape more festive, and a mixture of disposable tableware and pieces from home more inviting. Blue-rimmed paper plates make cleanup easier and personalized party pails (look at those chalkboard tags!) keep them from blowing away. Woven placemats add a rustic flair to the red and white striped tablecloth. Picnic flatware is a nice alternative to plastic and serves as a weight for star-spangled napkins. When entertaining outdoors, flyaways are inevitable!

Apple Pie
There's nothing more American than apple pie. We updated the classic dessert with a Sweet Land of Liberty topper inspired by "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" song lyrics. Just tape the print-out onto two lollipop sticks and insert into pie for a more festive look.  

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Wondering what to do with all those sparklers? We created a holder for them by adding sand to the base of a glass jar and labeling it with more patriotic song lyrics. The result? A sparkler centerpiece that doubles as an extinguisher when lit. Our personalized red tin party pails include DIY "Star-Spangled Confetti Poppers” and pinwheels to keep kids entertained. Click here for the party popper DIY!

Let freedom ring
Display plastic light-up rings on a star-shaped platter for favors that double as décor. Our clever “Let Freedom Ring” accessories are the perfect 4th of July statement piece once the sun goes down!

Whether it's a block party or picnic, these 4th of July decorating tips will help you create a more memorable American soiree. Don't forget to try our Red, White, and Blue Berry Water recipe, which is a perfect refresher for the occasion. Get the planning started by browsing our collection of 4th of July Evite invitations.

4th of july: red, white, & blue berry water

June 20, 2013

Summer officially starts on June 21st, which means the 4th of July is right around the corner. To prepare for the warmer weather ahead and add some spirit to your 4th of July drink options, we upgraded a plain pitcher of refreshing spring water with an array of fruits in patriotic colors. Sweet and delicious strawberries, apples, and blueberries helped create a low-sugar, low-calorie spa water that's perfect for 4th of July revelry. Check out the recipe below to learn how to whip up your own festive batch, and be sure to come back and post us a note letting us know how your drink turned out! 

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Time: 10 mins.

Materials:

  • 3 red apples
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Sharp knife
  • Star cookie cutter
  • Glass pitcher

Step 1: Rinse and dry berries, cut strawberries into quarters, and pour blueberries and strawberries into pitcher.

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Step 2: Cut off ends of apples (each apple will make two stars). 

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Step 3: Lay apple slices skin side up, position cookie cutter, and press down firmly.

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Step 4: If the party's indoors, pour filtered water into pitcher and let chill in refrigerator for a few hours before serving. If your 4th of July bash is at a park, transport chilled water bottles separately and pour into pitcher right before serving.

This fruit-flavored water not only tastes great, but adds a fun and festive touch to your 4th of July décor. Send out a coordinating Evite invitation like the one below by clicking here.

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Have a special beverage of your own you plan to serve at your 4th of July affair? Give us the skinny in the notes below for a chance to have your recipe featured on the Evite blog! 

A Down-Home John Deere Birthday Party

June 18, 2013

Farm life takes center stage at this colorful John Deere birthday party styled by Evite using Birthday Express products. Evite's stylists came up with quick and easy ways for you to create a countrified, backyard picnic that creatively reflects the John Deere theme and offers visual impact without making a huge impact on your finances. Affordable decor, easy menus, festive party favors, and fun party games are just some of the categories we cover. We'll be showcasing a themed birthday party every week on the blog, so be sure to come back for more inspiration!

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Send a John Deere Evite invitation to give guests a peek of the birthday party fun to come!

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Click here to view the entire John Deere birthday party!

top 5 cupcake themes for father's day

June 13, 2013

We all know that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so it's practically a given that sweets will be involved when celebrating Father's Day. Dad-themed cupcake designs abound this season, but we narrowed it down to our top 5 favorite flower-free themes. Check out our list of Father's Day-cupcake favorites below, with examples courtesy of Loriann Serna of Ah, How Sweet!.

1. TOOL TIMETool Cupcake
Since dad so often serves as the family handyman or amateur auto mechanic (whether it's a good idea or not), tool-themed cupcakes seem wildly appropriate. Whether you chose a fondant saw or a wrench made of marzipan, a tool-themed cupcake topper is sure to hit home with pops.

2. SPORTS FAN
Baseball Cupcakes
So many baller references, so little time! From team names and logos to mascots and athletic equipment, there are a plethora of decorating options for sports-themed cupcakes. We particularly love the idea of pairing tickets to a game or match that matches the cupcake design (in our case, baseball cupcakes with tix to a Dodgers game). 

3. DRESSED TO IMPRESS Business Man Cupcake
Ties, shirts with ties, sports coats with shirts and ties -- all are fair game for Father's Day cupcakes, along with hats, shoes, and even socks composed of icing. This crisp, white button-down of fondant -- complete with collar, pocket, and stripey tie -- is about as "Dad" as you can get, but T-shirts, overalls, and bowling shirts are also awesome picks.

4. SUPER STACHE  Mustache Cupcake
No, your dad needn't be sporting facial hair on Father's Day to warrant a mustachioed cupcake -- the stache trend is still going strong all on its own. Whether piped on with decorators icing or designed from fondant or sugarpaste, a mustache on a cupcake communicates "man cake" immediately.

5. HEART TO HEARTI Heart Dad
Just because he's a guy doesn't mean your dad is opposed to a sweet heart or two. Sometimes it's the simplest statements that are the strongest, and you can never go wrong with giving your pop a little love. 

Looking for more great ideas for Father's Day? Check out the related posts below!