Friday, January 20, 2012

Some Inspiration

I have been working on a few Inspiration Boards for some friends, this week, and thought I would share them with you!

First up is some inspiration for a sweet girls' Reptile Party! I was told she would have approximately 20 guests, and the would hold the party in a local park, where a "Critter Guy" would come with all of his scaly, slimy critters to show the kids. How fun! So, I found a few elements to go with the theme.

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1. The adorable table set-up is from One Charming Party
2. At just $2.99 for the set, these make the sweetest favours! From Birthday Express
3. Creepy Crawly cupcakes are from Cake Central
4. Bug lollipops (For only the bravest guests!) Candy Memories
5. Chocolate rocks...need I say more? Found at Exel Pak
6. All kinds of little critter food, from Little Dance Invitations
7. These invitations are to die for, with their modern snake skin lined envelope. La Rue Louise Designs
8. This amazing reptile cake is from French's Cupcake Bakery, located in California.
9. These vines are the perfect decor, and the DIY tutorial can be found at One Charming Party
10. Super sweet printables, to coordinate everything, from Suenios Encantados Printable Stationery, on Etsy.
11. A different type of "rock" candy...equally delicious. This idea also from One Charming Party
12. These little reptile footprints are a great idea, and would be easy to make. Find them at Little Dance Invitations
13. Why not hire a face painter? This sweet little guy belongs to The Frugal Girl

Next, a sweet Pyjama and Pancake Party  for my adorable little cousin. Her mama specified "Pyjamas, pancakes, and purple", and let me go to town on the rest! Here's what I came up with.

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1. You can purchase this purple bunting at Folksy.com
2. No pancake party would be complete without a pancake birthday cake! From How Sweet It Is
3. Tiny Oranges came up with these clever favours - A mini box of cereal, a bottle of milk, and 2 mini donuts. Perfect!
4. These pyjama cookies couldn't be any sweeter. These ones are from A Dozen Egg's Bake Shoppe.
5. These Tissue Poms from Martha Stewart are extremely easy. Find the tutorial here.
6. A pyjama photo booth?! How fun! Cakes Like a Party really "takes the cake" for this one...pun intended!
7. Squintskids hosted a fabulous pancake party, and even personalized the pancake stacks. Such a charming, yet simple little detail.
8. Wrap beaded bracelets around a small vase or baby food jar for a glitzy finish. From Country Living
9. These stunning pansies in purple jars were found on Pinterest, and I haven't been able to track down the original source.
10. These adorable custom PJ's were featured on This Mommy Loves. You can check out her entire PJ/Pancake party on her blog.
11. Order a cute, custom banner from Get The Party Started, on Etsy

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So, there you have it. Your inspiration for the day! If you're interested in a custom Party Inspiration board, please contact me directly.

Happy Friday, Friends!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Welcome!

If you're joining me from my family blog, Joyful Wonders, Welcome! And, thanks for joining me.

For years now, I have received countless emails and phone calls, from friends and family, asking for help or advice with their party planning adventures. Actually, I even worked as a Professional Wedding Planner for 2 years! I loved it, but the hours were long, and once we started our little family, I knew I could not continue with it. Being home with my kids was (and still is!) far more important than any career.
I do, however, still LOVE planning parties, and am always eager to lend a helping hand. And so, Striking Soiree was born. I hope to share tons of great parties with you, from around the web, and many other great things, like DIY party decor, fun party favours, and the hottest up and coming trends in the hostess world.

For now, I'll keep this short and sweet, but thank you again for joining me, and I will be back very soon to get this party started!!