Category Archives: Party Decorations

Keeping a Surprise Party a Surprise

If there was one piece of advice I would give to anyone considering throwing a surprise party it would be to keep it as uncomplicated as possible. The simpler the plan, the less likely that someone or something will ruin the surprise.

When making reservations or signing contracts I was sure to never use an address or telephone number that could be used to contact me at home, avoiding the chance that someone would inadvertently reach my husband instead. I used our daughters address, cell phone number and email address as contact information even for the invitations and rsvp’s.

Birthday save the date announcement
We mailed Save the Date cards 2 months before the party. Our guests appreciated the extra advance notice and it gave us plenty of time to make adjustments to any incorrect addresses we may have had.  If a Save the Date was returned, we knew we had some research to do.

The hardest task was finding a way to insure that my husband would be at his own party.  How was I going to get him there dressed in his best and on time?  I decided that our having to commit to an event well in advance with an Rsvp might work.  I sent an invitation to our home for a make-believe wedding .  I used the date, time and location of his party and the name of someone that I worked with as the bride. A name he would recognize from conversations about the office but not someone he knew personally.  It was a name I wouldn’t forget if it happened to come up, which was part of the ‘keep it uncomplicated’ plan. It worked.

Photo Birthday Invitation
It was important for us to make the décor as personal to my husband as possible and it was relatively inexpensive to add little touches to the room. Do some research to see what color choices are available at a local discount or party store. The colors we chose were common and they matched the colors of a car my husband had hand-built and painted. We had photos at different ages blown up in various sizes, used low-cost clear plastic frames and placed them throughout the hall. Life-sized photos showed him in one of his first ‘big boy’ suits along with a picture of him in a tuxedo for his first prom. The photo for his invitation was at the age of 1. A picture of his blowing out the candles on his eighth birthday was placed on the cake table, etc.

Party Table Decoration CenterpieceThe party was a combination retirement/60th birthday so there was a birthday cake and a cake in the form of the logo of the company he was retiring from.

The photo centerpieces were a huge success. They were unique and quite the topic of conversation. We found at the end of the evening that several of the photos from the centerpieces had been taken home as momentos.

A no-expense touch that our guests commented on was that we pre-set the tables.  Rather than stack the dishes, napkins and silverware at the buffet table, guests arrived to find their place setting ready to go. They were items we would have purchased anyway, but arranging them on the table in advance made the room look terrific. We found a heavier plastic white dinner plate with silver trim that looked like real china at our local party store.  We then placed a smaller matching appetizer plate on top of that and then placed a clear plastic candy box filled with color coordinated foil-covered candies and tied with a satin ribbon in the center. We placed a matching folded dinner napkin and the silverware look-alike on either side of the plates.  Once the small battery-operated candles that we placed in clear glass votives were lit, the tables were attractive without being expensive.

The last obstacle was the parking lot.  How could we arrange for my husband to not recognize guests’ cars?  Once the majority of the guests arrived, we blocked the entrance with a “Parking lot full” sign which forced him to park in another location a short distance away.

by: Anita G

Noah’s Ark – Double Baptism Party

twins baptism invitation
If you have twins and are having a baptism celebration, you can double the fun with our Noah’s Ark theme invitations and decorations! This adorable bible story theme also works for first cousins sharing a reception.

  1. Start the fun with our popular Noah’s Ark baptism invitaiton. Choose blue, pink or unisex pale sage or lilac to coordinate with the babies being baptized.
  2. Choose table decorations to continue the color scheme. Try a simple vase of fresh flowers on each table, tied with a wide ribbon in your color.
    plush animals

    animals confetti
    Next to or hanging from each vase arrange two matching small plush animals. Zebras on one table, tigers on another. These can double as favors for the children present. Run a strip of the same ribbon down the center of each table and sprinkle some animal confetti around.
    noah's ark cake
  3. If you will have small party favors at each place-setting, tie with the same ribbon color and add a tag with “thank you for coming” to each one. Animal shaped tags would be especially cute. You may be able to find pre-cut ones at a teacher supply store.
  4. Try one of these for your dessert table: a Noah’s Ark cake design, animal cutout cookies, or cupcakes each decorated with a different animals (in pairs of course!)

Enjoy the party!

Quince Años Stickers for Candy Favors

quince anos stickers

Ten ideas for using these Quince Años theme stickers for your party… from favors to table decorations and the gift log:

  1. Add them to the back of your invitation envelopes. They will separate nicely from all the bills and junk mail!
  2. Add them to your favors with a coordinating ribbon.
  3. Put stickers on solid color paper cups for punch.
  4. Add a sticker to the top of menu, itinerary or program.
  5. Add a sticker to your record of gifts that you will save.
  6. Make silverware packets rolled into paper napkins. Use a sticker to seal.
  7. Put one on each vase of flowers.
  8. Scatter on table covers along with color-coordinating confetti.
  9. Add stickers to crêpe paper garland decorations.
  10. Use them on the back of your thank you notes.

Orange Calla Lily Wedding Ideas

orange calla lily bouquet
Sharon Nagassar Designs

Calla lilies come in several warm shades, perfect for a fall wedding or a rich color to use in summer or winter. You can choose from a palette of colors including shades of peach, orange, coral, burnt orange and rust. Pale watercolors of yellow to peach, or deep hues from orange to rust.

Finding items to coordinate with your orange calla lily theme is a bit more challenging. Many generic favors and decorations can be dressed up with mini orange calla lilies or simply pick up the color scheme to tie together your reception. Orange and peach are available in tulle favor kits, which are both easy to assemble. This link offers a (white) calla lily tie on and various colors of tulle. Or, accent your tables with your calla lily color using a richly colored favor box. Adorn it with a color coordinating ribbon.

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Calla Lily Invitation Couture Bridal Designs

Bouquets and centerpieces are dramatically simple with calla lilies alone. Orange calla lilies also work beautifully with other flowers like roses. For dramatic contrast, consider pale green hydrangea or yellow lilies. For a rich fall look, combine with deep reds.

Daisy Wedding Theme: Happy Color!

gerbera daisy invitation
Cheerful daisy invitation in many colors from

Who doesn’t love gerbera daisies? Cheerful and colorful, the essence of summer and youth, they practically smile at you.

If you are choosing to use gerbera daisies as your wedding flower or theme, there are a field of options out there for you to pick. We did some looking around and found the most fabulous items to pair with our popular gerbera daisy wedding invitations.

gerber daisy wedding cake
Edible artistry from Diane’s Cakes and More

Amazing edible flowers will add a splash of color and artistry to your cake. Or, top the cake with a stunning arrangement of fresh or silk gerbera daisies. If you wish to create your own floral arrangements, silk daisies allow you to make beautiful bouquets, arrangements and even decorations for your ceremony well in advance.

To dress up your tables with colorful daisies, consider these incredible daisy centerpiece ideas. The wedding favors you set at each place can work with the centerpieces to make a striking first impression at your wedding reception.

How bold do you want to go? Ribbons in the colors of your flowers running across each place setting are an easy way to add color to white table covers. Gerbera daisy wall decals could make a strong splash behind the head table or near the place card table. Daisies in each pew? Certainly daisy thank you notes!

gerber daisy table centerpiece
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Gerbera pen for your guest book table from
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Beautiful daisy wedding program
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Favors to dress up your table

Irish Baptism Traditions

Your child’s baptism is a time to celebrate your beliefs and family traditions. If your family is of Irish origin, you may want to include some Celtic or Irish baptism traditions in your ceremony or reception.

Irish Christening Gowns
Irish linen christening gown

Traditionally, Irish infants wear baptismal gowns made of Irish linen. These lovely gowns are made of flax linen from Ireland. The cost is prohibitive for some, but the gowns are lovely and passed down generation to generation.

The baptism ceremony is arranged with your church in advance. During the ceremony, the baby is welcomed to the church and the parents and god parents make promises to raise the baby within the faith. Holy water from the font is used during the ceremony. In many places in Ireland, this water was taken directly from many of Ireland’s holy wells before the baptismal font was added within the church.

After the ceremony, most families hold a reception allowing the family and friends who have come together to enjoy some time socializing. These are often held at home, with family members contributing to the meal. They may also be a formal meal at an alternate location.

To add some Irish or Celtic touches to your ceremony consider some of these Irish gifts, momentos, and reception ideas.

Begin with an Irish baptism invitation like those sold by Naptime Productions. Simple, elegant, with a touch of Ireland.

Plan a meal to include some traditional Irish foods, and using an Irish theme to your table decor and favors. This traditional Irish proverb would be lovely added to your decorations; “A New born babe, brings light to the cottage, warmth to the hearth, and joy to the soul, for wealth is family – family is wealth.”

Irish Counting BookIrish theme gifts for the baby may include a book of Irish legends or toys with an Irish theme. An Irish folk tale could even be read to the children attending the reception.

You may also be interested in the origin of some Irish baby names.