birthdays

DIY Message Candle Centerpieces

by Michaela Egger

In my work as event designer, almost every dinner table setting is competed with candles. Votives, candlesticks, little lanterns, etc – there’s always the warm glow of candle light in one form or another because every single client loves the intimate, festive atmosphere candles create. So, why not use candles as the only centerpieces? This DIY will let you make a big statement with your table settings – in no time at all. Let your centerpiece “greet” your guests, spell out your table numbers or whatever else comes to your mind! I’ve provided three different printable templates – black & white, shades from yellow to pink and colder hues in blues and greens. Feel free to mix and match!

DIY Message Candle Centerpieces | Oh Happy Day!DIY Message Candle Centerpieces | Oh Happy Day!

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An Animal Party

by Casey Baudoin

When you want a sweet theme for a child’s birthday party, you can’t go wrong with animals!  So many options.  Some of my favorites are little animals with birthday hats, pinatas, homemade animal masks, and classic animal books as party favors.

An Animal Party | Oh Happy Day!

1. cake  2. pinata  3. cups  4. invitations  5. drink stirrers  6. animal masks  7. gift display  8. book

Cupcake Liner Flower Bobèches DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

Don’t you hate it when wax drips all over your birthday cake? Here’s a pretty way to avoid that – flower bobèches made out of paper straws and cupcake liners. Pretty and practical, and perfect for any little girl’s party. (PS – A vellum flower cake!)

Cupcake Liner Flower Bobèches DIY | Oh Happy Day!Cupcake Liner Flower Bobèches DIY | Oh Happy Day!Cupcake Liner Flower Bobèches DIY | Oh Happy Day!Cupcake Liner Flower Bobèches DIY

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Modern Spiderman Party

When it comes to kids parties I want something that looks cute and modern, is easy to put together and that my kids will love. Now that my kids are getting old enough to choose the kind of birthday party they want it usually involves some character or trademarked cartoon. My favorite thing to do is to buy a few carefully chosen store bought pieces and then add a few easy handmade details to make it special. For this Spiderman party, I picked up all the basic supplies (plates, cups, straws, Spiderman costume, balloons) from Target. They have a tons of different themed party stuff!  Then I made a photobooth backdrop by painting a cityscape on white butcher paper. We taped it to the ground and had the kids lie upside down so it looked like they were swinging through the city. I also transformed some red and blue silly string into “spidey spray” with simple hand-painted paper labels. As a fun drink surprise, I froze mini plastic spiders into ice cubes.  Then we built a giant web in our hallway using black yarn. All the kids had to crawl through the web to get into the kitchen for snacks! The whole thing took less then two hours to put together.

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DIY Mini Cotton “Candy” Invitations

by Michaela Egger

I really have a soft spot for all things miniature. Anything that’s awesome in its regular size just gets oh so much more adorable in mini. So, when i was thinking of a fun way to invite friends to a little backyard carnival, the idea for these mini cotton candy invitations popped into my mind. Now, these are really not suitable for little kids – they might try eat the cotton, but older children and grown-ups like me will go crazy over these sweet things with the hidden message inside! You can use them as invitations like I do or you could make them as the carnival alternative to fortune cookies and hide little fortunes inside. And hey, if you want, you can also use real cotton candy instead of cotton. Yum!

DIY Mini Cotton "Candy" Invitations | Oh Happy Day!DIY Mini Cotton "Candy" Invitations | Oh Happy Day!

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