parties + party ideas

Hidden Prize Birthday Cake

by Kathleen Ballos

A little while ago I was looking through a 1950s craft book and read about the Christmas tradition of a Jack Horner pie. Traditionally, the book says you wrap small presents, tie each one to a string, and put all the presents in a box/basket with the string tails hanging out of the box – then your party guests each take a string and pull it to see which prize they get.

This tissue paper birthday cake was inspired by that idea – instead of loot bags, have party guests each grab a string, pull, and see what they get! Alternatively, this would also be a fun way to distribute prizes for game-winners throughout the party. (P.S. Fan of paper cakes? Make these candle and cake hats for your guests!!)

Hidden Prize Birthday Cake | Oh Happy Day!Hidden Prize Birthday Cake | Oh Happy Day!Hidden Prize Birthday Cake | Oh Happy Day!Hidden Prize Birthday Cake | Oh Happy Day!

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8 Summer Party Appetizers

I’ve been drooling over these yummy summer appetizer ideas. They give me one more reason to throw a big bash before the season ends!

8 Summer Party Appetizers

1. Caprese Tea Sandwiches | 2. Caramelized Peaches + Cream with Toasted Crumble | 3. Fruit Kabobs | 4. Baby Greek Salads | 5. Kale & White Bean Crostini  | 6. Tomato Toasts | 7. Little Lobster Rolls | 8. Watermelon Mint Lollipops

Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging

by Ashley Page Norton 

I love looking at images of flower torans, which are festive garlands hung in Indian households as celebratory decorations, and decided to figure out a crepe paper version. Torans are so fun - the patterns and colors are super cheerful. There are a million ways to use this technique – you can make a wall hanging, garlands, bunting, leis, etc., and you can scale them to suit whatever space you’re decorating. They would look great as a backdrop at a party or wedding!

Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging | Oh Happy Day! Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging | Oh Happy Day! Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging | Oh Happy Day!

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Spinning Carousel Centerpiece

by Kathleen Ballos

Lately I’ve been super inspired by circuses and carnivals, so when I saw these mini horse figurines I couldn’t help but make a mini carousel to match. This carousel is not only a decorative centrepiece – it actually spins too! If you’re hosting a circus party, there are no shortage of fun projects for you to do: try these cotton candy invitationscircus party hats, & carnival cake toppers!

Spinning Carousel Centerpiece | Oh Happy Day!Spinning Carousel Centerpiece | Oh Happy Day!Spinning Carousel Centerpiece | Oh Happy Day!Spinning Carousel Centerpiece | Oh Happy Day!

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Printable Geometric Gift Bags

by Alix Sorrell

Fun & fresh geometric patterns never get old! These little gift bags are great for edible treats, small gifts, or any summer occasion. Use one pattern or all three and have a fun give-away for any gathering (hint: geometric party)!

Printable Geometric Gift Bags | Oh Happy Day! Printable Geometric Gift Bags | Oh Happy Day! Printable Geometric Gift Bags | Oh Happy Day!

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