Bear Bear's First Birthday

This amazing party was sent to us by Amanda from Lily + Spice Interiors. With the help of The Swank Social, Amanda did a beautiful job putting together this first-birthday party for her son (who she affectionately calls “Bear Bear” – so sweet!). Check out all the stunning black-and-white details – including bowties and mustaches, of course!static1.squarespace-8static1.squarespaceLarge balloon and fancy frill from Confetti & Co
static1.squarespaceDonut cups from TomKat StudioAmanda-3 Amanda-20“B” piñata handmade by The Swank SocialAmanda-25Cotton candy jars from Petite PufAmanda-29Cookies from Shop the Whisk
banner“One” banner from Carousel Paper & Costatic1.squarespace-1Birth story print from Kardz Kouturestatic1.squarespace-2Fan backdrop handmade by The Swank Socialstatic1.squarespace-3Confetti poppers from Confetti & Costatic1.squarespace-4Ombre naked cake from Cake by Annie
Cake topper from Confetti & Sparkle Party Shopstatic1.squarespace-5Popcorn cups from TomKat Studiostatic1.squarespace-6Honeycomb garland from Carousel Paper & Costatic1.squarespace-7Goodie bags from The TomKat Studiostatic1.squarespace-9 static1.squarespace-10Striped straws and silver washi tape from Carousel Paper & Costatic1.squarespace-11Delicious and amazing paninis from Sunday Dinner Sistersstatic1.squarespace-12Custom “Bear Bear” print from Rizzle and Rugeestatic1.squarespace-13Flowers from Floralistastatic1.squarespace-14Bow tie party hat from Carousel Paper & Co
Licorice bib from Snap Bibs
Bow tie from Arrow and Lace Designs

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing this gorgeous event with us! And we hope that “Bear Bear” had a wonderful first year. Here’s to many more!

Photos by E. Fraser Photography

Lily and Spice

Amanda is the founder and freelance stylist of Lily and Spice, where she shares nurseries, kids rooms, DIY projects and more.

Star-Studded Broadway Birthday Party

By Paula Biggs of Frog Prince Paperie


My daughter. I love her to pieces. But she’s definitely inherited a few (ahem) dramatic qualities from her parents. (Ok, really, just from me…my husband is as undramatic as they come.) Lucky for us, we have a fabulous budding acting school around the corner, The Viera Studio, where we can channel all that dramatic energy! When Maddie’s birthday came around this year, there was no question, it was going to be a Broadway Birthday Party, and we were absolutely having it at acting broadway-birthday-party-22 broadway-birthday-party-18Location birthday parties can be harder to pull off than a home party, but if everything is kept fairly streamlined you can get a lot of flair and keep the setup time to a minimum. This party was set up in two hours – and the birthday girl said it was her favorite party was timed it so the kids weren’t going to be there during a meal, so only cake and snacks made it to our Broadway birthday party stage. The food was kept very simple: roasted almonds (like you find in the theater), snack mix, a tray of fresh strawberries, some gluten-free cupcakes, marshmallow pops and that gorgeous cake you saw at the top of the page. It was plenty! The food was decorated with a few printables from the Frog Prince Paperie Etsy broadway-birthday-party-place-settingSince the space the birthday cake portion of the party was in was already so predominantly black, the party colors were based around where we were having the event and we threw in some red and gold as a nod to those Broadway theater curtains. I found gold paper plates in the store, and added simple card stock and gold star placemats underneath. Balloons from the dollar store decorated the tables; the name of the game here was EASY!broadway-birthday-party-2With black tablecloths and red satin tie-backs, the atmosphere was just perfect in the room…and it didn’t take long to put together.Broadway-Birthday-Party-activitiesBefore we even made it to the food part of the afternoon, we had a dozen kids to keep entertained. As everyone filtered in, we sent them to make stars for their dressing rooms. A pile of sparkly sticker letters and a some pre-cut 9 inch gold stars kept the crowd busy until all our guests broadway-birthday-party-27broadway-birthday-party-29The kids were let loose on all the costumes in the studio to dress at they see fit. Even if that meant wearing four costumes at the same time. My daughter’s favorite musical is Annie, so they learned “It’s a Hard Knock Life” complete with choreography and brooms. It was pretty impressive what a skilled teacher and 45 minutes can do!broadway-birthday-party-31And because I think it’s a parent’s duty to truly earn all those therapy sessions their kids will have later in life, I had a little Broadway Birthday Party surprise for Maddie. The parents came out and did their own Broadway number complete with kick-line, off-tune rendition of “Happy Birthday” and giant Maddie heads. She was completely mortified at first (my work here is done!) but then she thought it increasingly funny as the show went on. (Good thing she has a sense of humor!)broadway-birthday-party-17After a little more free play and freeze dancing, the kids were sent home with some specially-made gourmet popcorn in the party’s colors from the Tin Roof Popcorn Company. Popcorn and theater just go together!broadway-birthday-party-33Easy set-up, easy take down, and the birthday girl couldn’t have been happier. It’s what I call a successful event!

Plan a Broadway Birthday Party of your own! Pin this for inspiration later!Broadway-Birthday-Party-Ideas


Printables, Styling, Photography | Paula Biggs of Frog Prince Paperie

Cake  | Something Sweet Bakery

Venue  | The Viera Studio

Popcorn Party Favors  |  Tin Roof Popcorn Company

Brennan's Motorcycle Birthday Party

Post by Paula Biggs of Frog Prince Paperie

motorcycle-low-44-634x951My son’s birthday party is my favorite one that I throw all year. Boy parties are challenging. No pink, no fluff, just down and dirty wholesome boy goodness. That can be fun if you let it! After some gentle steering from his father, our kiddo was quite enthusiastic about paying homage to motorcycles. For weeks before (and after!) the party, all conversations had focused around motorcycles in one way or another. And for good reason…his party even brought little boy smiles to dads in attendance at the event!

There were some pretty amazing vendors who leant talent to this party. Rockets and Rainbows designed this detailed (and beloved) party shirt just for the birthday boy. I have to pry it off him at night he loves it so much.

The checkerboard floor was actually plastic sheeting we taped to the floor; it gave a great motorcycle shop effect!

motorcycle-low-11-634x524For lunch, we set up a “Biker Burger Bar” with lots of different yummy toppings: carmalized onions, sauteed mushrooms, bacon, thick cut pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese.  With a big spinach salad and a side of bbq and hotdogs there was a little something for everyone.

double-2The oil cans were one of my favorite details. Every “oil can” was a can of tomato I wrapped a specially-designed label around. They were stacked and used as dessert stands.

motorcycle-low-70-634x422double-1Flame-licked french macaroons in vanilla. AND they’re organic. I love when we’re able to marry artistry with better-for-you options. And did you see the flames? Righteous. By the talented earthandsugar.

Love and Sugar Kisses provided the wildly fun fondant toppers and chocolate covered oreos.

motorcycle-low-35-634x422double-3motorcycle-low-47-634x951motorcycle-low-89-634x951Party guests had so many goodies to go home with! I had planned for all the kids to gear up with do-rags, sunglasses and really cool “born to be wild” t-shirts in a jar, all in individually personalized “motorcycle parts” containers.

motorcycle-low-53-634x422motorcycle-low-7-634x422double-4By the end of the party, the little guests had all wandered back to sift through their boxes. We sent each family home with a CD of the party playlist — inspired by motorcycles and a need for speed.

All in all, a highly successful party! Brennan had the time of his life and still gets excited to see pictures from his party.


Event Design, Styling & Printables – Frog Prince Paperie – The printables for the party can be found here.

Cupcake Toppers & Chocolate Covered Oreos – Love and Sugar Kisses

Vanilla Flame Macarons – earthandsugar

Cookies – The Hungry Hippopotamus

Embroidered Birthday Shirt – Rockets and Rainbows  

T-Shirts – Stirling Promotions

Lynlee's Colorful Rio Party!

We love sharing the sweet creations from Lynlee, who specializes in fondant and party inspiration tutorials! Being from Brazil, Lynlee was excited to throw a bright and bold Rio-themed party, especially after watching the animated movie “Rio”, which has a sequel, “Rio 2” set to be released this Friday, April 11.

Here are the details of the col­or­ful trop­i­cal party that will make you want to hop on the plane, put on your Car­naval mask and dance the samba on the beaches of Rio!
IMG_8534-logoThe iconic and rec­og­niz­able side­walk pat­tern from Copaca­bana beach was used as a back­drop, which was achieved with a printed shower cur­tain. Since the Brazil­ian flag is pri­mar­ily green and yel­low, Lynlee focused on these hues, but also infused addi­tional bright col­ors, espe­cially found in the country’s gor­geous native birds. The buf­fet labels and signs were designed with clip art from Foto In Scena and Klouise Digi Art.
49The cup­cakes anchored the table, resem­bling the Rio beaches with the sandy {crushed gra­ham cracker} tops and col­or­ful sea of umbrel­las. A cou­ple of the cup­cakes were decorated with fon­dant top­pers inspired by a sou­venir mag­nets. One included a pair of the super pop­u­lar Brazil­ian flip flops, Hava­ianas, while the other depicted a sun­bathing beauty with a flag beach hat!
15Lynlee re-used the lemon­ade stand, which orig­i­nally made an appear­ance at her daughter’s Vin­tage Luau ear­lier this year to dis­play sev­eral trop­i­cal juices and the Brazil­ian soft drink, Guaraná. The table is adorned with fancy and col­or­ful masks decorated with stones and feath­ers as well as beach paddle balls that were just per­fect for the occa­sion!
SideBySideWith all of the radiant colors and festive friends at this party we officially feel ready for summer! Stayed tuned for a fantastic giveaway from Lynlee! Her new book, Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers will be up for grabs on the blog soon!

Pierson's Dinosaur Dig Birthday Party!

Anders Ruff is at it again! This year, Maureen Anders’ son Pierson decided he wanted a Dinosaur themed birthday party! Instead of a cartoon-ish dinosaur party, she created more of a classic museum look – a look that was appropriate for bigger boys (but one that could also work for younger ones). Pierson is curious about fossils and dinosaur skeletons and bones, so they decided to celebrate with a Dinosaur Dig Birthday Party!

12-dinosaur-kids-tables-640x457It’z My Party Cakery in Milwaukee made the most adorable dinosaur cake for the dessert table! Maureen displayed the cake on a glass cake stand that was filled with edible sand to go with the dinosaur dig theme (finely chopped graham cracker crumbs). How clever!?
SideBySideThe greenery topiary balls felt so “dinosaur” but still party-ish and added a natural green element! Various greenery was used throughout the dessert table, along with antique wooden props and boxes for height and texture. They framed a printed poster from the dinosaur dig printable collection for the backdrop, which added that customized element with lots of color and pattern.
Dino-43-640x896The Dinosaur Lunch at each child’s place setting included:
– Dino Tracks Trail Mix consisting of pretzels, candy rocks, sixlets and raisins (topped with a printable topper).
– A mandarin orange (labeled with a “Sweet Herbivore Snack” printable from the Dinosaur Lunch Label Set).
– Carrots (in a cute Nashville Wraps container with a “Crunchy Herbivore Munchies” label).
– A turkey and swiss sandwich (wrapped with butcher paper and labeled with a “Tasty Carnivore Bites” label).
19-dinosaur-tracks-trail-mix-640x427When the kids arrived, they became true “dinosaur excavators” by getting dressed for the occasion. Brenda of Great Stitch made the most ADORABLE embroidered t-shirts and hats for the kids! Each child received the hat, shirt and an ID Badge customized with each kid’s name that they put in a lanyard from Oriental Trading. Check out the the team digging away!
22-dinosaur-kids-activities-640x439 34-dinosaur-party-game-640x457Another hit at the party was the Dinosaur Dig-Tac-Toe … Get it.. Dig? Tac Toe… (Tic-tac-toe)! Maureen designed this game and then spray-painted dinosaurs in orange and green as the playing pieces. The kids played the game and didn’t want to stop! Such an oldie but goodie game!
45-dinosaur-coloring-wall-poster-640x475The Coloring Wall poster spanned 12 feet and was such a huge help at the party in between activities. The kids could have colored all day! Anders Ruff now offers professional printing for large posters and coloring wall posters! They have it all! If you’re looking for an update to a classic boy’s birthday, look no further! There’s no denying that Pierson and all of his friends had a blast!
56-anders-family-640x457Head over to Anders Ruff for full details on this fun party!

– Party Styling, Production & Concept: Anders Ruff
– Dinosaur Invitation & Printable Graphics: Anders Ruff Shop
– Professional Photography: Michelle Kujawski Photography (Facebook page here)

– Wooden Dinosaur Puzzles: Amazon
– Faux Wheatgrass: Amazon

– Custom Embroidered T-Shirts & Hats: Great Stitch
– Custom Embroidered Tent & Pillow Cases: Great Stitch
– Custom Burlap Table Cloth: Candy Crush Events
– Dinosaur Excavation Kits, Mini Dino Skeletons, 3d Dino Puzzles, Mason Jars, Magnifying Glass: Oriental Trading Company
– Cupcake Wrappers: Bella Cupcake Couture
– Burlap Bags, Kraft Eco Boxes, Shred, Jute Twine, Tissue Paper, Clear Food Containers: Nashville Wraps
– Glass Jars and Glass Containers: Specialty Bottle
– Label Material for Printing:
– Printing: Print My
– Dinosaur Crayons: Posh Paper Creations
– Wooden Utensils: Sucre Shop
– Paper Straws & Balloons: Smash Cake Studio

– Custom Cake: It’z My Party Cakery
– Candy Rocks, Candy Pebbles, Orange Sour Balls: Candy Galaxy
– Oatmeal Cream Pie Cookies: Sugar Wood
– Custom Sugar Cookies: Frog Prince Cake & Cookie Design
– Dinosaur Egg Cookies (Chocolate Covered Oreos): Sweeties by Kim

A "World Grand Prix" Birthday Party!


Like many boys {and girls!}, Noah just adores the Dis­ney “Cars” series and chose this theme to cel­e­brate his fifth birth­day! Last year, I helped style his “Under Con­struc­tion” party at an indoor play­ground, which is always a bit tricky due to the time and space con­straints. Although his party this year didn’t take place in the same loca­tion, it was still an indoor space that allowed a mere 10–15 min­utes for set-up!

We focused on the sec­ond movie in the “Cars” movie fran­chise, where the char­ac­ters par­tic­i­pate in the World Grand Prix in sev­eral dif­fer­ent cities around the world to give it a more race car flair! I designed the invi­ta­tion with graph­ics from Jes­sica Weible Illus­tra­tions, invit­ing guests to join Noah’s pit crew!


After con­firm­ing the amount of tables avail­able with the party loca­tion, we decided to include the food and desserts all in one set up for the crew to make their pit stops and fill up their tanks. Sig­nage, includ­ing the inter­na­tional film posters from the movie, were dis­played in col­or­ful frames from Ikea, while food labels ref­er­enced char­ac­ters and movie top­ics. The var­i­ous food items were dis­played in buck­ets, bowls and oil pans and though I uti­lized the same gal­va­nized cup­cake stand as last year, I changed it up by lin­ing the sides with check­ered crepe paper and cut out and glued cars rac­ing around the tiers.

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Since the con­struc­tion set up from last year’s party made such a big impact, we decided we wanted to achieve a sim­i­lar look this year and were for­tu­nate that the party place had sev­eral pic­nic tables avail­able for the kids to sit and eat. We lined the tables with check­ered plas­tic cloths from Hobby Lobby and the seats with rac­ing hel­mets from Birth­day Express. The per­fect plas­tic Cars plates were found at the 99¢ Only stores and were paired with over­sized tire cups from Birth­day Express. The cups are intended for a Mon­ster Truck party and included a cor­re­spond­ing graphic, which we replaced with tags I designed to match the rest of the decor. Toys from Noah’s per­sonal col­lec­tion were sprin­kled about the tables for an added touch! The pit crew had a blast, espe­cially when the race car dri­ver that Noah’s mom hired showed up!

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The favors were dis­played at the Winner’s Cir­cle by the front door for the pit crew to grab on their way out of the race­way, which included Cars books, crayons and tire yo-yo’s inside a re-usable bag ~ all found at the 99¢ Only store and Dol­lar Tree! The tags were paired with adorable char­ac­ter race medals from Party City. We were so thank­ful to be part of Noah’s Crew to help cel­e­brate another win and fan­tas­tic year! Ka-Chow!

17 18What do you think? Will you consider a Grand Prix theme for your little one’s party?


Aloha Hawaiian Luau Birthday Party!

Lynlee-BeckettWhen it came to decid­ing upon this year’s theme for my daughter’s birthday, we were inspired by the amaz­ing and unfor­get­table fam­ily trip we took to Hawaii last month that was gifted to us by my incred­i­bly gen­er­ous in-laws! My lit­tle hula girl had so much fun and fell in love with the islands and has already decided to move there after she grad­u­ates from col­lege! For the luau, I focused on a vin­tage Hawaii feel rem­i­nis­cent of the clas­sic post­cards, which inspired my design for the invi­ta­tions, with dig­i­tal images from Clip Art Cor­ner, as well as the paper prod­ucts through­out the luau.

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Guests were wel­comed to the luau with a bam­boo sign and a cart sim­i­lar to the ones found at the Inter­na­tional Mar­ket Place in Waikiki! We dressed up a lemon­ade stand I had pur­chased from Joann Fab­ric and Crafts a cou­ple years back with some hula skirts, offer­ing some lei neck­laces I made, as well as shell neck­laces and beaded bracelets for all the “Junior Boys” and “Honey Girls”.

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We re-purposed some wooden signs from The Dol­lar Tree by spray-painting them and dec­o­rat­ing them with some of the luau activ­i­ties and trop­i­cal flower stickers.

Because we antic­i­pated a bit of a heat wave here in Vegas over the week­end, we set up a “Sun­screen Sta­tion” and made fans to keep guests cool and protected!

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When search­ing for party inspi­ra­tion on-line, I came upon these adorable grass hut umbrel­las on that we just had to repli­cate and pair with some buck­ets of sand and straw mats for guests of all ages to relax and enjoy!

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The decor on the tables included nat­ural table­cloths and run­ners, trop­i­cal fruits and framed vin­tage Hawai­ian post­cards. The plates and nap­kins included rich, vibrant col­ors and were topped with wooden forks with “ALOHA” stamped on the han­dles. Guests drank Hawai­ian fruit punch, trop­i­cal juice and cold water out of both coconut and palm tree cups. The tables sat under­neath a big gazebo, embell­ished with col­or­ful tis­sue poms and brown paper lanterns, resem­bling coconuts.

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The luau feast was pre­sented on a table lined with a burlap table­cloth and a grass skirt and adorned with trop­i­cal and beach-inspired decor. Vin­tage lug­gage trunks pre­sented a vari­ety of Hawai­ian chips, while red pig-shaped plates car­ried ham sand­wiches to sym­bol­ize the tra­di­tional luau roasted pigs! The menu wouldn’t be com­plete with­out some teriyaki chicken, trop­i­cal fruit salad and ham and pineap­ple kebabs on palm tree picks. The food labels were made to look like lit­tle bam­boo signs, dis­played inside tiny metal buck­ets filled with crushed gra­ham crack­ers and dec­o­rated with wooden surf­boards {bookmarks!}.

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When plan­ning this party, the one thing Anabelle specif­i­cally requested was a vol­cano cake with sparkler can­dles! When I saw a vol­cano cake on Disney’s Spoon­ful, along with a recipe to make can­died lava, I thought it would be per­fect! I uti­lized the Wilton Clas­sic Won­der Mold to bake a red vel­vet cake and added choco­late frost­ing and the erupt­ing lava. But I just couldn’t have a party with­out cup­cakes, which I orga­nized on three lev­els: vol­cano, sand and sea. Just below the vol­cano sat the choco­late cup­cakes with fon­dant plume­ria flow­ers, torches, palm leaves and coconuts. The next layer included vanilla cup­cakes topped with crushed gra­ham cracker sand and embell­ish­ments, such as vin­tage surf­boards, pineap­ples, wood “SURF” signs, ukule­les and flip flops {slip­pers} with drink umbrel­las. The final level rep­re­sented the ocean with light blue water frost­ing, sea tur­tles, trop­i­cal fish and coral, shells and sea life.

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Also on the dessert table were gummy candy fruit kebabs dis­played inside coconuts, Hawai­ian pineap­ple can­dies and caramel pop­corn in the most adorable tiki pop­corn boxes designed by the amaz­ing Piggy Bank Par­ties! The cute boxes brought added dimen­sion to the table and were easy for small guests to carry! If you are not famil­iar with them, you have to check out all the amaz­ing work they do, espe­cially the cre­ative and orig­i­nal favor boxes! The sides of the table were anchored by some tiki torches hold­ing a ban­ner with Anabelle’s name and embell­ished with a grass skirt.

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If you are famil­iar with the par­ties I throw for my daugh­ter, you know how much I love to have added enter­tain­ment for the chil­dren. This year, we were for­tu­nate to have Mayra from Las Vegas Hula come and teach the kids about hula danc­ing and tra­di­tional instru­ments! Because a lot of the chil­dren hap­pen to be boys, we included a Maori War­rior les­son, which also included tribal chin tat­toos and head­bands and was the per­fect addi­tion to keep their interest!

Other beach activ­i­ties to keep the kids busy and hav­ing fun included bub­ble guns {you can never go wrong with bub­bles!}, hula hoops, pad­dle balls and blow-up dol­phins. And no luau is com­plete with­out a limbo contest!

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It was so, so nice to see guests, young and old, relax­ing, eat­ing and play­ing under the umbrel­las and the gazebo and enjoy­ing a day at the “beach”! And since I come from a fash­ion back­ground, it was espe­cially fun that every­one came dressed up in their luau garb!

We just had to have some Hawai­ian Host choco­lates with macadamia nuts! And to com­bat the high tem­per­a­tures, freezer pops were essen­tial ~ our ver­sion of Hawai­ian ice!

Anabelle’s vol­cano erupted with her requested sparklers as we sang “Happy Birthday”!

My sweet and incred­i­bly tal­ented friend, Jenny of Craft That Party makes the most adorable peg dolls and she sur­prised us with this pre­cious lit­tle hula girl that just made Anabelle’s day! It was truly such a gen­er­ous and thought­ful gift and an on-going memento of this cel­e­bra­tion that will be added to her cur­rent col­lec­tion of peg dolls from Jenny! Be sure to visit her Etsy store to see the cute­ness she cre­ates with this lit­tle wooden dolls!

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To say “Mahalo” to her friends for com­ing and com­mem­o­rat­ing her birth­day, Anabelle’s favors included trop­i­cal fish loofahs, after sun gel, hand san­i­tizer, stick­ers and air fresh­en­ers as a reminder of their time on the island! And a spe­cial “Mahalo” to our OHANA {fam­ily and dear friends} for all their incred­i­ble sup­port and help in plan­ning, exe­cut­ing and clean­ing up after such a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion! ALOHA!!! ♥


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Little Chefs Pizza Party by Anders Ruff!

Maureen Anders, of Anders Ruff, here to share my son’s recent Modern Italian “Little Chef” Pizza Party! Our breakfast and family room were transformed into a modern Italian Pizzeria where the children got to be little chefs and make their own pizzas. This party is full of DIY crafts for dramatic decorations that make a big impact. Pizza themed games and activities were perfect to keep the kids busy while their pizzas were baking!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Dramatic DIY Wooden Utensil Chandeliers hanging over the children’s tables
– Personalized Pizza Making Kits with ingredients, graphic muslin bags, dough, chef mustaches & rolling pins
– DIY Paper Chef Hat hanging decor over the dessert table, tables and game areas.
– “Pizza Hole” game (also known as corn hole): toss bean bag pepperonis into the hole of the pizza (printable!)
– 12 ft Little Italy street scene coloring wall Poster (Economical + dramatic decoration + activity all in one!)
– Candy Caprese: Red Chocolate Covered Oreo “Tomatoes”, Marshmallow “Mozzarella” & Green Candy “Basil”



Pierson has been begging for a Pizza Party all year long.  Growing up, I always loved when my friends had pizza parties but they were never that “visually appealing.  I knew I could offer a fresh take on the classic favorite pizza party theme. Once we decided on the pizza theme, I knew I had to create what would seem to be “Pierson’s Pizzeria” (Say that in your most authentic Italian Chef accent).  From classic red and white gingham decor to the pizza chef mustaches (perfect for the mustache trend), this party had every element that a pizza party needed.  The dessert table even included candy and desserts that looked like pizza ingredients and Italian appetizers.  Read on for the details.



The children entered “Pierson’s Pizzeria” they were instructed to get into pizza making mode by getting dressed like a real pizza chef!  Each child received a custom t-shirt from Great Stitch, which was personalized on the front rolling pin graphic from our collection and a backside graphic.  Each child received a custom chef hat and apron from Sookee Designs, which were adorable!  The boys were white with straight pockets and the girls had white with a ruffle at the bottom and a cute curved gathered pocket.



My breakfast room was transformed into a pizzeria.  Because of the large space, I needed lots of fabulous DIY ideas and decorated areas that made big impacts to the look of the room.  Here were the main areas and the DIY ideas for decor.

– Wooden Utensil Chandeliers: I knew I wanted to make my own dramatic and whimsical chandeliers to hang over the main breakfast room pizza making table.  This was SO easy and cheap and looked so professional!



I hot glued wooden utensils from Sucre Shop around wooden embroidery rings.  I then used fishing line to tie them together in tiers.  The center chandelier was 3 tiers and the chandeliers on the other sides were 2 tiers.  I hung them with fishing line that I wrapped around my recessed lights cans on the ceiling.

– Cafe Curtains and Chair Backs: My mom sewed red and white classic gingham cafe curtains and we hung them in each window using small tension rods throughout the kitchen area and family room.  I sewed slip covers for the backs of the folding chairs.  Folding chairs are ugly but at least they coordinate once you add these easy slip covers.

– Paper Hanging Chef Hats: I used construction paper and white tissue to make paper chef hats.  I punched tiny holes in each side and strung fishing line through the hat and hung it with masking tape from the ceiling.  We shared how to easily make these paper chef hats on our weekly Ruff Draft.  These are so cheap, lightweight (great for hanging) and made huge impacts in front of the dessert table, Pin the mustache on the chef game and the treats table.

– Fabric Bunting: We wanted to add a pop of color to the room so we made the easiest gingham fabric knot bunting.  We cut strips of our leftover red and white gingham fabric and tied it in a knots every 5 inches along a piece of natural twine.  We strung this from wall to wall throughout the room to tie in more color from the ceiling.


– Felt Pizza Centerpieces: Adria made felt pizzas that we displayed on cake stands in the center of the table.  The cake stands were sat on top of wooden cutting boards that looked like classic pizza peels that you see at pizzerias!  Perfect for the decor!


I wanted the dessert table to be a focal point and also make you feel like you were in a pizzeria’s kitchen.  Look closely and you will see that the guests were “faked out” by candy that looked like real pizza ingredients!  To tie in the wooden color carried throughout the party, I displayed the desserts on a wooden kitchen cart from Ikea. The shelves of the wooden kitchen cart were filled with glass jars that had candy “Pizza ingredients” and custom labels.  All of the candy was from  Green Olives were actually green M&Ms, Fresh Mozzarella was actually white gumballs, Pepperoni was actually licorice wheels, Mushrooms were candy mushrooms, Sauce was red sprinkles and Green Pepper Rings were actually gummy apple rings!



The cake was displayed on a metal cake stand (to feel like a pizza stand!) and was made by Mandie of Got What It Cakes.  She tied in the gingham from the party and carried in the frame shape from the printables on the front of the cake with his age, 5.

Metal utensil holders were displayed on either side of the cake and tied in the wood, metal, red and green. I also displayed Parmesan containers but instead of real cheese, I put white apple candy sours inside!  Adorable Chef Hat Cake Pops (from Pop-A-Razzi) were stuck out of the Parmesan containers (perfect for holding them!)

I used glass and metal spice containers to display candy red hots on the top of the dessert table.  These had a label that said “Red Pepper Flakes”.


My favorite “fake out” treat was the DIY Candy Italian Caprese.  I made these using red chocolate covered oreos stacked with marshmallows (the giant ones that I sliced with a sharp knife) and topped with a green sour belt (I cut it with kitchen scissors to look like basil leaves).  I topped it with a toothpick and printable party flag from our Pizza Printable Collection in our shop.


We displayed incredible Pizza Cookies (from Firefly Confections) and Pizza Chef cookies she made to look like our graphics.  These were placed in white platters that looked like Italian lasagne dishes and we added red sprinkles to the bottom to help prop up the cookies.


Adorable gingham chocolate covered oreos (Sweeties by Kim) were perfect to display out of the drawer in the wooden kitchen cart.  We also displayed adorable chocolate chef mustache lollipops (Nicole’s Treats) out of the drawer.

Also, we designed printable pizza box labels that we customized and adhered to blank white pizza boxes from our local restaurant store!  The kids used the pizza boxes to fill with cookies and treats to take home.  The perfect “pizza take-out” box, if you ask me!



Planning a pizza party is easy but adding games and activities outside the “pizza making” part can be tough.  I worked hard to think of popular games and activities that were not only fun but kept with the theme and were economical.  Here is the list of games and activities that helped make the party a success!

– Pizza Making:  The children’s place settings included an aluminum pizza pan (from Dollar Tree) and a pizza kit for each of them!  The children had their names at their place settings assigned with a printable label on the wooden rolling pins.  Each child’s Pizza Making Kit was filled with all of the necessary items to make their own pizzas.



The Pizza Kit was a Kraft Market Trays (from Nashville Wraps) personalized with a printable label from our Pizza Printable Collection and included the following:

1) Pizza Dough Bag (Cotton Bag from Nashville Wraps) that we embellished with the Anders Ruff custom printable dough label. (We used Opaque Iron on transfer sheets to adhere our printable to the cotton bag). We filled it with pizza dough from Trader Joes – yum!
2) Pizza Chef Mustaches were included so the kids could really look like a pizza chef.  We topped the bags with our printable Pizza Chef Mustache bag topper.
3) Clear containers (Nashville Wraps) were embelished with a personalized Anders Ruff printable party label and filled with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and pepperoni.
4) Red pizza cutters were also included in the kit. (This party was for 5 year olds, so we made sure they had adult supervision!)
5) Wooden rolling pins (with their name label) were at each place setting as well.
6) Adorable red polka dot wooden utensils (Sucre Shop) tied with twine (The Twinery)

The place settings also included a glass drink bottles (Shop Sweet Lulu) that was embellished with a printable drink wrap and red polka dot paper straw (Hey Yo Yo).  They also had a little stacked Italian salad with a printable logo on top. (Yes, they actually ate the salads!)



– “Pizza Hole” (also known as Corn Hole):  If you are a fan of corn hole, this game is perfect for a pizza party.  I transformed it into the pizza theme by designing a 20×30 printable Pizza Hole game that the kids went crazy over!  I sewed up round bean bags (red and green like most pizza toppings) for the kids to toss through the pepperoni hole in the pizza.

This game was easy to construct.  I printed the Anders Ruff 20×30 Pizza Hole Game Poster Printable and mounted it with paper glue onto a 1/2″ thick foam core board.  I then cut the top off a box and cut the sides on an angle so that the pizza hole board woudl rest on it at a good angle.  Then I adhered the board to the box with duct tape.  So simple!

– Pizza Toppings Matching Game: The kids got to play the pizza toppings matching game against a partner.  We created a printable that was so easy to print and cut and was a perfect activity to keep the kids busy while we waited for the pizzas to bake.


– Pin the Mustache on the Pizza Chef Game: I designed a 20×30 Pin the Mustache game and had it printed at Costco for $8.99.  I nailed it to our backdrop board that was covered with a white/red polka dot fabric.  Printable mustache silhouettes were printed on label paper for each child to use for the game.  We blindfolded the kids and they had a blast trying to pin their mustache on the poster!

– “Little Italy” Coloring Wall Poster: Under my kitchen bar counter top there is a big wall that divides the breakfast room and family room and I wanted to decorate it and transform it into the pizzeria theme.  To make a big impact, I designed a Printable 12 foot Little Italy Coloring Wall Poster that looked like a street scene straight out of Little Italy.  The facades of storefronts were named things to fit the party theme like “Pierson’s Pizzeria”, “Pizza Take-Out”, and more.  It was personalized with his age and name in several places.  I had this printed at our local printer for around $12 on architectural sized paper.


This is such a fun activity and the kids always flock to the coloring wall posters at our parties.  The original idea came from our Super Hero party featured here 2 years ago!  It is great because a lot of kids can color at once and it keeps them busy during transition times.

I designed a printable crayon box that I filled with crayons for all of the kids to use at the party and take home later.

– Coloring Activity Sheet: I had a low table from ikea with 4 stools (embellished with our printable pizza box label to spruce up the boring white seat!) that was set up with activity sheets for the kids.  The printable pizza party activity sheet had a pizza chef to color, tic tac toe, word search and a maze.  The kids loved doing this!


– “Hot Pizza”: Adria made the cutest felt pizzas that we placed on the centers of the tables on a cake stand.  These were so adorable and the kids loved them!  To incorporate them into the activities, we played “Hot Pizza” (Get it? Hot potato but with the pizza).  What a classic fun game turned pizza party game!


We had a few areas that included favors for the kids to take home goodies.

– Pizza Take-Out: I love letting the guests take some fun treats home from our parties, so we set up a “Pizza Take-Out” station.  The printable poster was hung over a metal kitchen cart rack from Ikea.  Each shelf had goodies galore.

We designed custom printable pizza favor boxes that we filled with adorable pizza cookies from Firefly Confections.  These were a huge hit and such a great take home favor.We printed our customized “Thank You” labels and ironed them onto more of the smaller Nashville Wraps cotton bags.  The kids used metal scoops to add candies from the containers.  The containers included candies from to look like pizza toppings.  For example, “Olives” were actually green M&Ms.  “Mozzarella” were actually white gumballs.

I always think of red and white after dinner mints when I think of the Italian restaurants we visit.  I thought it would be cute to include those in the decor and favors.  Clear gumball tubes (from SmashCake Studio) were filled with Cherry Sassy Spheres from We added a printable party flag that says “After Pizza Cherry Mints”.  (Not all kids like peppermint, so these are actually cherry flavored but look like traditional italian mints!)


– “Lets’a Make’a Pizza” Cupcake Table: We had so many treats and ideas that we also decorated a black buffet table for more treats.  I designed a Chef Poster to hang on the red/white fabric backdrop.  We hung paper chef hats above and decorated the front with a pizza party printable banner (included in our Pizza Party Printable Collection).  We hung one of the adorable girls’ aprons (by Sookee Designs) from the corner to tie in the fabric items.  Treats included more of the cherry sours “after pizza mints”, Chocolate Mustache lollipops, Chocolate covered oreos, as well as drink bottles and cupcakes that were embellished with our printable party logos.  More cotton bags were included as well as cute paper sacks (from Hey Yo Yo) for the kids to fill with treats.


All of the Pizza Party printables and invitation are available in the Anders Ruff Shop here.

Vendor Credits & Resources

– Complete Event Styling and Concept:  Anders Ruff
– Photography: Becca Bond Photography
– Party Printables and Activity Printables: Anders Ruff 
– Custom Pizza Party T-Shirts: Great Stitch
– Custom Girls and Boys Hats & Aprons: Sookee Designs
– Candy:
– Cake: Got What It Cakes
– Custom Cake Pops: Pop-A-Razzi
– Custom Cookies: Firefly Confections
– Gingham Chocolate Covered Oreos & Chocolate Lollipops: Sweeties by Kim
– Chocolate Mustache Lollipops: Nicole’s Treats
– Glass Drink Bottles: Shop Sweet Lulu
– Gumball Tubes, Paper Plates: Smash Cake Studio
– Polka Dot Paper Straws, Paper Sacks: Hey Yo Yo
– Wooden Utensils: Sucre Shop
– Cotton Bags, Paper Shred, Clear Containers: Nashville Wraps
– Cotton Baker’s Twine: The Twinery
– Opaque Iron On Transfers & Label Material:

Pink Pajamas and Pancakes Party!

Who doesn’t love staying in their pajamas all day and having a delicious breakfast complete with pancakes? No matter your age, pancakes are always yummy and pjs are always comfy. This vibrant birthday party by Paula of Frog Prince Paperie, combined these two elements to create a one of a kind party for a group of lucky little girls, sure to make for the perfect Saturday!

At the highly styled pancake and pajama party from our first issue of Festivities Magazine, coffee was definitely optional with all this eye popping color at breakfast.  Hot pink and orange against a neutral white made color the star of the party and a big impression on our little guests.

The party was all about pancakes and pajamas, and with a bit of an upscale edge, we made a big nod to the birthday girl’s favorite thing: hotel room service. Hot pink melamine serving trays and a room service menu with the pancake selection for the morning were set for each girl along with a specially personalized place card.

Partylycyous supplied the bright orange runners for our table, and Buds, Etc.  created the beautiful pomander flower arrangements and chair sashes for the table and the buffet.

There were lots of breakfast treats presented to the girls on the table and on the buffet. Donuts were served on a jewel-topped sticks, fuzzy little bunny slippers were made from candy-dipped and coconut rolled brownies, and sugar cookies set into pancake stacks to eat. There was also a selection of fresh fruits, cereals served from push up pops, and three different types of pancakes to choose from.

And to make the girls feel even more special, we used real champagne glasses—usually reserved for adults—to raise a breakfast toast.

Each girl received a specially-made pajama shirt with her initial as a party favor. They were all so excited about the new tops, they put them on over their pajamas when they got them!

The printables in this party are now available in my shop


Paperie, Styling and Photography | Frog Prince Paperie

Floral Arrangements | Buds, Etc.

Orange Table Runners | Partylycyous




Emily Maynard and Ricki Celebrate with an Anders Ruff Glamping Party!

Former bachelorette Emily Maynard wanted to throw a birthday party for her adorable daughter, Ricki and who did she ask to help her? None other than one of our very own Creative Contributors, the talented ladies of Anders Ruff!! Maureen and Adria threw a fabulous glam camping aka glamping party for Ricki and some of her closest friends complete with s’mores, cupcakes, teepees, outdoor activities and so much more and of course, all done in serious style.  Check out all the details and photos from the party below! 

If you’ve been following, you know that Adria and I got to work on an inspiring and exciting project recently. We got to style Emily’s Maynard’s daughter’s Birthday Party! Ricki turned 7 and chose to have a Glam Camping themed party. We have been wanting to style a party using our glam camping printable line for a long time and this was the perfect reason!

We had literally 5 days to pull together props, designs, decor, fabric and round up vendors for the party.  With many long hours, we are proud to share the results and beautiful photographs from Becca Bond Photography.  Most of all, what made us happy was to see Ricki’s face when she walked into the room!  That was the icing on the cake.

Emily sent out our glam camping invitation to Ricki’s closest friends.

Ricki was wearing custom precious lounge wear that is available from Polka Dot Market (custom made by Lila & G).  Her hair accessory was from Evelyn’s Whim.  Two Lucky Cats sent precious felted flower cuffs for Ricki to wear on her wrist.

Adria and I knew that there were several elements we wanted to include in the party decor throughout.  Yarn, twine, ric rac, chevron print and ruffles.  Nothing cuter!

We were so inspired by the adorable tents that photographer Wendy Updegraff made for her daughter’s party, and what little girl wouldn’t love a tent for their room?  We had Morgan (Made by Morgan) sew up a custom tents and Adria’s husband built the frame. (Thanks “Matt!”)

We shopped at our local adorable fabric store in Concord, We’re Sew Creative, for the fabulous and gorgeous fabrics used in the tent and pillows.  Morgan also made adorable matching pillows that we gave to Ricki to keep for her bedroom.

Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations happened to have a lime green chevron runner that we also used on the buffet. Everything coordinated perfectly!

Adria and I loved working with the glam camping color scheme – pinks, purples and limes. It was so fresh!  I adore how the dessert table came together.  We wanted to pull in camping and outdoor elements, while keeping it “glam” and girlie.

We painted kerosene lanterns and used white washed logs and 4x4s to add height and dimension to the table.  We mixed in our girlie pink milk glass cake stands and glass domes to soften it up.  Yarn, twine, ripped fabric buntings and ruffles were used throughout.

We used yarn to wrap soup cans to use for vessels for the cookie pops.  So easy and cute!

Printables (from our Glam Camping / Glamping Printable Collection) were shown throughout the entire party.  Bright and gorgeous french macarons (from Cupcrazed) were placed on a whitewashed log slice that was lined with our patterned paper.

Cupcrazed also made the yummy and irresistible s’mores cupcakes. (Remember how Cupcrazed won Cupcake Wars on Food Network?  We know why!)  We are talking chocolate cake, graham cracker crumbs, chocolate ganache and toasted marshmallow icing.  Could you die?  We topped them with ruffle backed printable cupcake toppers (Ruff Draft Tutorial here).  Polka Dot Market provided the adorable liners.

We set up adorable terrariums with marshmallow flowers (tutorial here) and homemade purple meringue mushrooms (remember Kiss Me Kate did these for their Red Riding Hood party? We were so inspired so we made purple mushrooms!)

We made Trail mix and labeled cute jars with our printable “trail mix” label from the printable collection.  Twine (The Twinery) was used to wrap the cute label around the jar.  We slipped in a wooden spoon (with chevron print embellishment) from Sucre Shop.

I made chocolate dipped pretzels with fun zig zag purple chocolate embellishments.  We displayed them on patterned paper and tied a cute printable party flag to each “bundle”.

I also made chocolate zig zag dipped apples.  (Green apples, of course!)  White and purple chocolate helped tie in the desserts with the decor.  Printable bunting flags from the glamping printable collection were added to the stick.

I love the gumball pipettes that Polka Dot Market provided.  We embellished the tops with a printable party flag and tied them together with twine.

The printable cupcake wrapper and party logos (cupcake toppers) all helped tie in the desserts with the decor.

We worked closely with Mandie of Got What It Cakes, who created the most beautifully crafted cake for the table.  (Did we mention it is delicious, too!? We had to leave early so we wouldn’t be tempted to eat more cake!)
We loved doing a non-symmetrical table for this theme and the cake fit perfectly within the setting under the fun printable bunting banner and yarn pom garlands.

The cookies were made by the incredible Firefly Confections.  Incredible detail work!

Mini S’mores cupcakes were made by Cupcrazed and labeled with a small party logo.

We used Ricki’s initial as part of the focal point to the table.  (Printable available in the shop).  We used our matting/twine wrapping technique to make it pop. (See the Ruff Draft here)

I made swirl meringues and added them on top of purple and pink chocolate covered oreos.  A cute little printable flag was added for an extra touch.

We packaged up individual S’mores kits for the girls using containers from Nashville Wraps and twine from Twinery.  The printable tag is available in the shop.

Clarabelle and the Hen made custom canteens for Ricki’s party for all of the guests.  Aren’t they just precious!?

Aren’t the cookies incredible?! Firefly Confections matched our printable glamping graphics perfectly and the cookies were almost too pretty to eat!

The girls all enjoyed the custom tent and were greeted with a gorgeous tote bag from SookEe Designs.  Just wait until you see what was inside each of the totes!  Monica (of SookEe Designs) was so amazing to work with and even added custom rosette pins on the bags so the girls can use it on their shirts or as an accessory elsewhere after the party.  We tied a printable favor tag onto each of the bags.

The “Camp Ricki” pillowcase was made by Polka Dot Market.  Sally was SO wonderful to work with and provided not only the party ware (straws, cupcake liners, balloons and more), she whipped up the gorgeous pillow case at a moments notice.

Ricki was excited to open her custom bag from SookEe Designs, of course!

Each girl received a unique headband from Evelyn’s Whim.  We fell in love with her work!

The girls also received their own set of lounge bottoms and ruffled tanks.  These are available at Polka Dot Market (made by Lila & G).  They also received a “Camp Ricki” custom bottle/canteen fromClarabelle and the Hen.

The girls also received felted flower cuffs from Two Lucky Cats.  I love the cute button closure and how each piece was so unique on the girls’ wrists.

Clarabelle and the Hen also sent Ricki a custom blanket, tote and t-shirt.  I adore it all!

We printed up some personalized thank you cards (in the printable package) for Ricki to send out to her friends later.

Don’t the girls look precious in their lounge wear and accessories?  They enjoyed the treats, drinks and favors so much!

(Isn’t the “Camp Ricki” pillow precious? (Polka Dot Market) and the adorable custom pillows from Made by Morgan)

Emily had an ADORABLE setup out back.  She had precious lanterns for the girls as well as butterfly catchers and some activities.  She set up a tent for the girls to play in as well.  They had so much fun (even though it was 100+ degrees out!)  Becca captured some precious photos.

Emily had adorable wooden bird houses outside for the girls to paint.

After some outdoor fun, the girls came in to sing Ricki “Happy Birthday” and to serve her cake (from Got What It Cakes).

What a beautiful girl and a beautiful day! Thanks Emily and Ricki for welcoming us into your home and for being so grateful!  We loved working with you and spending time with you!

The Glam Camping (Glamping) invitation design and all of the shown coordinating graphic printables are available in our shop!

Visit our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

Party Credits:
Glamping Party Production and Styling: Anders Ruff
Printable Invitation and Graphic Printable Collection: Anders Ruff Shop
Photography: Becca Bond Photography

Vendor Sources:
Cake: Got What It Cakes
Cupcakes and Macarons: Cupcrazed Cakery
Sugar Cookies: Firefly Confections
Chocolate Covered Apples, Pretzels, Meringues, Marshmallows, Chocolate Oreos: Anders Ruff

Supplies, Gifts and Decor:
Balloons, Bags, Baking Cups, Gumballs, Pipettes, Straws and more: Polka Dot Market
Canteen Water Bottles, Tees, Tote by Clarabelle and the Hen
Wooden Chevron Utensils: Sucre Shop
Twine: The Twinery
Clear Smores Kit Boxes: Nashville Wraps
Terrycloth Party Bags: SookEe Designs
Chevron Runner: A to Zebra Celebrations
Custom Tent and Pillows: Made By Morgan
Fabric for Sewn Tent and Pillows: We’re Sew Creative
“Camp Ricki” Pillowcase: Polka Dot Market
Label Paper:

Lounge Pants by Lila & G available at Polka Dot Market
Tanks by Lila & G available at Polka Dot Market
Handcrafted Headbands: Evelyn’s Whim
Felted Flower Cuffs: Two Lucky Cats


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