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Lochness Monster Party: Her Party Pants Original

14th August 2017


I geeked out big time on this party with word play and details that doubled for my son’s birthday and the existence of Nessie.  Rarely do I geek out…this was full on geek.  I prefer ganster rap, but every blue moon, I get nerdy….

I loved doing this party, aka the first one I’ve ever done for a son!  I did a little party for my friend’s son (Food Fight Party), but other than that, this is the only other boy shindig I’ve ever done.

I for real believe in the Lochness Monster, but don’t let that run you off.  You have to at least believe in him for 5 seconds with me.  Come on, it’s magical.

For those of you that don’t know, Lochness is a sea dinosaur that has been spotted hundreds of times over decades from Scottish locals around the Lochness Strait, to tourists, to images from Goggle Earth.  It’s basically my favorite mystery.

Check this party out, buddy.

I drew these Lochness guys freehand on scrapbook paper while looking at shilouette images on-line.  I was pretty proud of them, because even though I am somewhat artistic, the more life-like, the harder.  And for an even sweeter detail?  Read the caption on the picture below!


I wasn’t sure if anyone would say anything about me using a gold glitter banner for a boy’s birthday, but since my son can’t talk or have opinions….gold glitter it was!  I had this custom made from Contagious Events on Etsy.  The quality was great and I love the black and white baker’s twine it came with that the letters hung on.  HIgh five team, Contagious Events.

I was super giddy at how the “so happy you exist” idea was perfect for a birthday and for believing in Lochness.  I’m not gonna lie. I stole it from a greeting card.  Good job, whoever you are who thought to put that on a card with a creature like this.  You win today’s favorite person award!

If this cake doesn’t give you all the monster feels, than you must not have feels.  I drew a detailed color diagram of the cake that I wanted for 3 reasons:

1- I am a past cake decorator and I have a specific vision for my cakes.

2- It’s the only way to almost guarantee you get what you want!  I recommend drawing your orders if you can if it is a cake you are creating.  If not, definitely bring a good picture of what you want.

3- I’m a dork about cakes.  Here is one I made for my daughter’s 1st birthday party many moons ago.  But let’s get back to Nessie…

This cake was made by Sweet Temptations, a local bakery in my hometown that I use for all of my cakes when I can’t muster the strength to make one…which is almost always.

The detail on the face was a million times above and beyond what I had hoped for.  I drew the most simple Lochness head of all fondant times.  I ADORED this little guy!

I deserted the “Happy Birthday” for “Love You A LOCH”….get it….wordplay….fun for days.  And don’t miss the tail detail on the side of the cake there.  LOVE!

These Target plates by Cheeky were perfect for my party because not only was the color scheme correct, it looked like waves/Nessie hump.


AND my favorite….


Ha ha, get it…people are always trying to get good pictures of him….

I found some Lochness stamps on Etsy at  The Crafty Carvery .  They were very fast and 3 cheers for them providing something unique!  The Lochness was whimisical enough to add some childlikeness to this 1 year old birthday party.

Using waterproof inking pads, I stamped Nessie and each sentence individually.  It actually doesn’t take that long and after I made my own napkins with stamps for the fiesta baby shower I just threw, it’s become a love of mine!  Whenever you can, go custom!  Keep it original!

In case you missed it above, and I can’t allow you to, “I never look good in photos” is what these high five napkins say.

I found this Lochness figure (Elasmaosaurus) on Amazon and made him appear to float in the chocolate milk for the kids.  It looked like he was right at home in his lake water.

Somebody call the doctor!  I’m going to have a stroke for these little favors I gave to the guests. I bought these little glass candy jars from Amazon and spray painted the lids to be color appropriate. It took less than 5 minutes to get them all coated and finished sooooooo that is pretty super.  I purchased these stickers that I used on the side of the jars from my favorite custom, has anything you want site: Zazzle.  This image is of the famous scam picture taken many moons ago that became famous.  I know that because I’ll give you a hint about me and Lochness and it rhymes with…week.  No, it’s not that I’m on fleek.  But this party might be…

These super sweet jars hold 5 Hershey Kisses and the stickers on the bottoms with my son’s face, hold about all of my dreams! I found them at Silly Wise Kids  on Etsy.  This shop offers several face customizable party products.  I thought it was an unexpected and fun little detail!

I simply cut the huge letters out of gold poster board that i laid vertical for extra height.  If you aren’t too good at free-handing, and trust me, I didn’t want to freehand these, I have a stellar tip. Go with a pencil in hand to Hobby Lobby to purchase your poster board and while you are there, go get some of their huge wall letters and trace them on to your poster before you buy the poster.  I meant to but I left my pencil, because something always goes wrong when I go on kid free errands.  Truth.

The Nessie details I cut out of left over scrapbook paper from the Lochness famiy I made for the backdrop.

The kid’s table was sooooo much fun!  A grass tablecloth underneath a blue flowing water tablecloth, which is just a plastic one I cut a bunch of curves into. This grass cloth here is really a heavy plastic lined printed one from Party City, but I really wanted a textured grass one like this one here on Amazon.  It is technically a rug but thin enough to be on a table.

Last but definitely not least, I bought a Styrofoam cake dummy, cut it in half, and spray painted it to make look like humps coming out of the water.  When this idea hit me, I couldn’t wait to find something to make the humps with and these cake rounds were perfect! I bought my cake dummy from Hobby Lobby, but you can buy one just like it here on Amazon for 9 bucks and some change.

I used plastic tablecloths to turn the adult tables into huge Scottish flags.  Hip hip hooray!


If this balloon garland doesn’t change your life, nothing will.  I don’t want to throw anyone for any curve balls here, but I had the colors customized and ordered it from Twigs and Twirls LLC on Etsy.  In my heart, I hoped it never deflated, but in real life, my kids ripped it apart after the party and had a blast with it.  I love this Etsy shop/site and I will use them again for a party source!

Since Lochness is all about sightings, I used the stamps I used for the napkins and stamped 45 of these critters and cut them out to hide around the room.  Whoever gathered the most sightings, won a Target gift card!

“You’re my favorite Monster” so sweet for a 1st brithday!  This is a tiny bag I stamped and stuffed for the prize for the Lochness sightings game.

Just like for my daughter’s Ketchup and French Fry Party and my oldest’s Diaversary party, I bought a custom party shirt for the person of honor which was this little man this time.  I bought this shirt from Zazzle, one of my 2 favorite custom sites.

This just in:  he’s been caught!  I knew I was right.

Happy birthday my sweet boy!

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Fiesta Baby Shower

24th July 2017


Hey, girl, hayyyyyyy!  Check out this Fiesta Baby Shower for my sis-in-law this weekend!  Fiesta is a theme you have heard of but, not as common for a baby shower.  I love the bright colors and, obviously, the food.  The colorful theme is perfect for anyone who is hosting for someone who is having a rainbow baby (a baby after the loss of a baby).

I love all of these details and I put a source list for you at the end so you can see where I got everything. Ole, y’all!

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Nacho bar, fruit, and churros for dessert!  Small, simple menu that is on point with the theme.  Who doesn’t like Mexican food?!  Monsters, only I’m sure.

Believe it or not, that is 100 churros!  100 delicious foot long crispy, sugary goodness.  No cake for this party, just churros alll the way.  Make it more fabulous with ice cream and chocolate drizzle.  Another bonus is that it only cost 50 bucks for 100 churros!  This was in place of a cake/cupcakes and a decorated cake for 40 would have easily been 65 plus!  It saved money and spiced up the old traditional shower cake theme.

Do you love this M I made?  AHHHHHHH, I have a post just for this guy for tomorrow.  I was thinking for a week about what I could use at the centerpiece and when I thought of making this, I knew it would cute, unique and affordable!  AND this runner underneath, going across the food table?  I could have bought a serape for the table for a range of prices depending on where I bought one from and it would’ve been cute, for sure.  HOWEVER, how PERFECT does this tasseled rag rug under the centerpiece for a runner?!! AND guess what: 5 dollars from Five Below, a dollar store.

The kid’s table was ballin’ hard and out of control.  Too bad kids actually sat there because it was super pretty.

Is there anything more fabulous than these Spanish canned goods as vases? NO.  I used 2 sizes and you can see where to buy them on the source list.  These are real canned goods….not decor jars/vases.

These guys are a given.  You can buy them customized with words of your choice on Etsy.  Add the baby’s name to the banner or get ones that have “baby shower” cut out of some panels with baby theme designs.

If you can’t find a napkin you want….you make it!  I used waterproof ink so when the guests were wiping their faces, they wouldn’t be dragging pink all over the place.

I put these fans in the window above the kid’s table because nothing says cha cha cha quite like these colorful fans.  Maybe.



Colorful fans, Banner, El Pato canned goods, tissue flower kit:  Amazon

El Pato cans can also be found on Etsy in groups

Rag Rug Runner: Five Below

100 Count Churros:  Gordon Food Service special order (GFS)

Fiesta Plates:  Hobby Lobby

Napkins:  Made by me using stamps from Hobby Lobby

Invititations:  Soiree Papery on Etsy

French Fry and Ketchup Birthday Party

9th June 2017


Woo hooooo!  When my now 3 year old asked for a french fry and ketchup party, I’m not sure who was more excited!  Check yourself on this super fun, simple and mainly ALL DOLLAR STORE party.  Below is all of the french fry and ketchup goodness you have ever hoped for!

Let’s start off with this entry way door with scrapbook paper splats I cut and a dollar store ketchup bottle.  The bottles came 2 in a pack for 1 dollar so basically all of my dollars cheered for joy in my pocket.  The BBQ products they had out this time of year sure came in handy!

Also, you can see through the doorway the island with the cute 3 dollar tablecloth from God’s country aka Target One Spot.  I’m not sure that “One Spot” should be capitalized, but it feels like a legitimate place so technically, it’s a noun for me.  The little red food baskets came 3 in a pack for one dollar from Mighty Dollar, which is a party secret weapon favorite.  Never underestimate dollar stores for ANY party….even for the President, guys.

This french fry garland below is cut up pool noodle, glued on to burlap string from Hobby Lobby.  I added ketchup splats to cover up the end pieces and the McDonald’s french fry boxes I literally swiped from some Happy Meals the day before not knowing how I would use them.  Yellow dollar store pool noodle for the win!

Large inflatable french fries from Target One Spot years ago that someone held on to and sold on Amazon.  Score-ville!  In real life it was probably about 9 inches across by 12 inches tall of super fun.

Work it, party people!  I saw ketchup favor tags on Etsy from thepapervioletshoppe.  I had her customize the wording and then I cut out the bottles from the tags, taped toothpicks on the back and smack your granny:  cupcake toppers.  They say, “She’s growing up! KETCHUP Mendel’s 3rd Birthday.”  And in case you didn’t know…Mendel rhymes with Kendall.  It’s Hebrew, y’all.


Hallelujah, I found these french fry food sticks from a fun Etsy shop: Cranky Cakes Shop with lots of vintage and off beat party accessories.  How perfect are these!!????!!!????

Look at these french fry boxes I used for party favor boxes!!!  I bought them 3 years ago from Target One Spot with a dream that they would someday, somehow, fit into my future.  Sooo glad I did!  I put the birthday girl’s favorite candy bar inside with One Spot fast food theme favors:  a 6 color click fast food printed jumbo pens, old school hot dog crayon where you take a color tip–push it through the bottom and the next color pops up, and hot dog and pizza flashlight necklaces.  Secretly, I like playing with all of these things.

Here is my fireplace decorated with hanging ketchup bottles and the burlap and tissue garland I used for Mendel’s 1st birthday:  Growing Like A Weed party.  The oversized french fry carton is a 2 dollar trashcan I spray painted red and filled with cut mini yellow pool noodles.  I attached a number 3 and all of my dreams came true.  Tip:  pool noodles cut super easy with a large serrated bread knife.


Sweet Potato fries (that didn’t quite make it)

Steak fries and ketchup


Sugar cookie fries with Nutella dip

I took 2 rolls of sugar cookie dough, rolled it flat, baked it, and sliced it into fries with a serrated knife.  SOOO cute, theme appropriate and fun!  Who doesn’t like Nutella?  If you don’t, we can’t talk to each other anymore. The baskets, checkered liners, and condiment cups all came from Mighty Dollar.  Mighty Dollar is so stinkin’ mighty.


If you don’t like Nutella, you can at least make it up to me by fully loving and appreciating this shirt.  It’s a kid’s shirt. With a ketchup bottle.  At a ketchup french fry party.  Seriously.

I get shirts like this and this one from my daughter’s Diaversary Party (type 1 diabetes diagnosis anniversary), from Zazzle.  You can find, customize and create anything under the sun on this site.  I’ve used them for shirts, to stickers, to business cards, to your mom.

I had a BLAST doing this party!  I did the whole thing for 30 people for 125 dollars.  It may have been less but I’m erring on the safe side.  Pin, share and enjoy all of the her party pants goodness!  Until next time, players….

Food Fight Birthday Party by Her Party Pants

28th February 2017


Food Fight Birthday Party by Her Party A unique, fun, affordable summer party!

All photo credits to Joel Ham Photography

Before I found out I was even pregnant, much-less with a BOY, I told my good friend and photographer for lots of stuff on my site, that I had the most fun party idea!  Being a mom of 3 girls, I had never really dreamed in boy for parties, but the idea of a food fight party came to me and really got me pumped!  We decided to do it for my friend’s son’s birthday and it was the perfect, affordable summer, boy-approved theme to date.  All you need to achieve this is a water hose, clothes you can ruin, goggles, and some cheap throwing food!

I have a friend who can get perfectly good shirts for free that were considered slightly defective by the manufacturer, so I headed to him to get colorful over-size t-shirts that would be perfect for….destroying.  Goggles are a necessity for a party like this to protect the eyes from flying who knows what.  Each shirt was wrapped in, yes, dollar store goggles.  Perfect to wear for the fight and perfect to toss when it’s done!

Hit up Aldi or any food discount store for cheap food fight weaponry.  Boxed spaghetti, dry cereal, whipped cream, ketchup, mustard, rice, flour, chocolate sauce…the list goes on and on.  A little goes a long way and you can get these things for next to nothing.


Line them up on the hose line, set 2 table food stations on each side for each team, count em’ down and let them go!

You really can’t help but smile when you are launching spaghetti at your friend’s heads….

Birthday boy for the win!!!!!!

They had a blast and they were quite the food tossers.

Have every guest bring a change of clothes, line them up, hose them off, and toss the goggles and shirts.  So simple.  Believe it or not, they got really really clean from the hose off.

The messiest of them all won the 1st Place Mess Bucket full of silly string, slime, water bombs, water balloons, and candy because….kids love it.  Here I used a paper popcorn bowl from the dollar store that I spray painted gold and embellished.  All of the items inside the bucket are from the dollar store as well.  Easy peasy and cheap!

I was going to make a crazy cake for this party but 2 things happened:  I was 37 weeks pregnant with crippling insomina in one of the hottest summers of my life and 2:  I saw this hamburger cake at Meijer for 12 stinkin’ dollars!!!!  What is better than a hamburger cake for a food fight party?  Unique AND cute!  Just stop it already….   If you have a Meijer in your town, this is cake they have that you can order year round, even if it isn’t in the display case or cake book.


Other fun party details were a taco pinata and napkins that looked like pepperoni pizza. The tablecloths and plates were yellows and reds to match the hamburger cake. Let’s break for a cell phone picture from Target. Either pinata is cute, but I used the taco one since the cake was a burger. 15 bucks doesn’t get much cuter!

You can use any hodge-podge of food looking products for a food fight party! I had a few party details that didn’t get done for this one because of the aforementioned about to give birth and not sleeping.  Another party, another time… Lacking from this post are invites and the container idea I had to package the candy from the taco pinata.  Just pretend like you saw it and it was everything you had hoped for.

If you have a little grass, a good hose, a small budget, and an adventurous boy…or girl….  I highly recommend recreating this food fight party!  Please pin, share and enjoy!!

Dia-versary: “Giving It Our Best Shot” 2 Years Of Fighting Type 1 Diabetes Party

22nd May 2016

Any diagnosis is hard so I am happy to add to this category of “You Had A Party For What” a celebration of surviving, being brave, and working the heck out of the hand you’ve been dealt!  This has endless applications and possibilities for any diagnosis and any milestone within that.  This party has all of my heartstrings!

My little girl was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Type 1 diabetes (not to be confused with the much more prevalent and different Type 2 diabetes) a few weeks after she turned 4 and she takes it all in stride!  Here’s a party to show her our support and to commend her tough girl bravery!  I hope this party blesses someone and encourages like parties for those in your life who have been given an unexpected hand to play.


I had my good friend at Red Haven Letters on Etsy create a custom tag for me for “Giving it our best shot”, don’t you love the play on words?!  I pretty much got so excited I peed when I thought of it.  I knew I wanted to do something with syringes because unless you pump, that is the type 1 life! Megan is super talented and did these for me wayyy last minute.  Like, 48 hours before the party last minute!  You can order these cute tags and signs from her there if you like this party.  They aren’t listed in her shop, but you can tell her you saw this party and she will have the file!


What’s more positive than good vibes napkins at a diagnosis anniversary?  Oh, I know…these awesome printed plates to go with the cute good vibes napkins!  I got them both from Target and they are the Cheeky design brand.  They donate meals for every purchase of their paper goods!


Listen, in my past life aka before kids, I decorated cakes for people.  I thought, “Oh, I’ll try sugar cookies decorating for this party for my daughter.” It’s safe to say, I prefer cakes.  I super-tron hated the experience so these were my first and last lazy attempt at making and decorating sugar cookies.  My little girl was pleased and the favors looked how I had hoped as a package deal so we all win…


Okay, so the shot tags are even cuter when paired with the shot cookies and band aids!


These pens were 6 for 3 dollars from the Target Halloween favor aisle.  Yes, I’ve been hoarding them since Halloween….  You can still find them on line in many places, including Amazon.

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I made this shirt for my girl on Zazzle, where you can literally customize anything you want!  The back wasn’t supposed to print out in black or with the word butt so she could wear it to school…or really…it wasn’t supposed to say anything at all but it was funny and she looked cute. If there ever were a shirt I wanted my 6 year old to wear that said butt, it’d be this one!


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My sweet sister-in-law gave my child this sweet necklace that says as you turn it, “Be Brave & Keep Going”.  The perfect thoughtful gift for a night like this!  She has a matching one she wears so it was even sweeter!




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The 2 on this cute little cake comes in to play because it’s her 2nd anniversary of her Type 1 diagnosis.  She’s not the world’s biggest 2 year old.  Didn’t want any of you confused.



If this isn’t the most funny and relate-able Type 1 thing to write on a cake, I don’t know what is!!!



Photography Credit:  Shelly Griffin Photography

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Volcano Theme Gender Reveal Party: Her Party Pants Original Party

29th February 2016


When I came up with this idea, I needed an invite and Megan at Red Haven Letters on Etsy, made this for me!  She’s a friend and she’s talented and rolled this out for me so there was lots of winning involved.  She creates prints, invites and does custom work as well.  Check her out!  She is on a short break after just having a sweet baby but she shall return!

And before we really get rolling, a HUGE thanks to Joel Ham Photography for providing me with these awesome pictures and for providing many of the stock images I have used over the years between my 2 sites!  

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Pink or blue?  Either way we’ll LAVA you!

Don’t you LOVE this tissue paper garland I found on Amazon?!

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Do you recognize these “volcanoes” I made?  These were the mountains I made for my sister’s super simple mountain shower.  I painted them black, cut of the top, stuffed them with tissue paper I trimmed to look like lava and there you have it.  I’ve used these cones/tree things 3 times now!  They are now laid to rest.  You’ve been good to me, guys.  Thanks for the memories.

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Pick a lei!  Solid color for a boy, rainbow colors for a girl.


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Mini lava cake bar with options for hot fudge, caramel sauce, fresh pineapple chunks (from coring the pineapple vase), strawberries, powdered sugar, and cinnamon!  Simple, cute and yummy!




Cupcakes with chocolate Lindor truffles on the inside.  Fill the cups, plop a truffle in and cook to cupcake directions.  I’ll admit, these are lazy man’s lava cakes and they weren’t very “lava”, but they were easy, good and best of all THEME RELATED bam!  A lava cake bar is unique too, y’all, and I love unique!  They were rich cupcakes at the end of the day but the hot fudge helped make them lava like.  Pretty much all lava cakes are from scratch and made and served on the spot.  That is hard/impossible to do at party!  I looked at GFS and they did have frozen individual lava cakes but for 65 dollars for 24 and I needed 35 or more.  PASS! On to lazier, cheaper, less stressful ways…


NOW FOR THE BIG VOLCANO REVEAL!!!! I will post this week how I made the reveal volcano and what in the heck I did to get this effect.  I did not use baking soda and vinegar!  Not big enough effect for me!


Yep, that’s blue!!!! Much bluer in person!  Check out those reactions! That’s how people look when you’ve had three girls in a row and then a surprise boy!





Come on!  This is great!



Our little hula girls were SO excited!!! It’s what they prayed for! (Minus the baby who is in denial.)

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I let all of the kids at the party play in the volcano after it was revealed!

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I ALWAYS do a name reveal.  This time I did name cards and sent them home with family.  All of the cute with none of the opinions, haha.  Frances Jane Crosby, the full name, is neat because my mother-in-law is Jane and her mother was Francis.



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Kid favors: Volcano brand (how perfect) popping candy!  I put 5 in each bag and topped them each with tissue paper “lava” and tied them with baker’s twine.  You can never go wrong with baker’s twine.

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You may also like my Science Gender Reveal from my last baby!  Check it out!


Affordable Easter Themed Birthday Party

26th January 2016



Enjoy my Easter themed children’s double birthday party!  It was for 36 guests and EVERYTHING cost under 150:  snacks/drinks, cakes, cupcakes, printing of goods, invites, favors for 14, decor…you name it!  Read the captions to see my ideas or tips at saving money.  Pin and follow me on Pinterest and here on herpartypants!  Thanks for lookin’, pals!



My invitations and party pack came from the wonderful Dee Dubs Designs on Etsy.  She is fast, talented, creative, and affordable.  I have used her before when she customized my Gender Reveal for me and I will use her again. I loved the vintage bunny and simple design.  My little girls LOVE glasses so it was only fitting to have a bunny in some.  Check out this gal’s Etsy shop to have her create something just for you or browse her other unique party invitations and packages.



 Invites on the party plates from Target that I fell in love with!



I had a neat idea for party favors.  Since it was an Easter theme party, an egg hunt seemed like a natural fun party activity but I decided to tweak it a little in a creative direction.  Instead of packing a million eggs which required a lot of candy and each child to bring a basket, I bought 2 pack Hobby Lobby medium fillable eggs at 50 percent off and hid only one egg per child in the yard.  Beats the same old gift bags.  To do one better, since none of the little kids could read, I used my patterned scallop tags from Dee Dubs Designs and mounted a picture of each child on each egg so they didn’t have to look for their names, just their picture to know which favor was theirs.  I downloaded pictures of the guests from Facebook and punched them out with paper punches and tied them on with string from Hobby Lobby.  Boom: activity and favor all in one without a kid or parent having 50 plastic eggs to keep up with.  Each favor broke down to a little over a dollar each.  Notice I gave each girl attendant sunglasses to match the invite and to implement something my little girls love:  some shades!






 For the big kids, about 8 and up, I made Peep S’mores bags. Again, each favor bag broke down to about a dollar each and they gave the older kids something to take and make at home.  They weren’t too childlike but still kept in the theme.  They loved them and they look precious.  I put them in a chicken wire basket from Target’s one spot that I spray painted.  Cheap, cheap!





Helium balloons are so expensive these days.  Especially mylar ones!  Hang balloons instead of inflating them.  I got two packs of latex balloons from Walmart/Hobby Lobby and draped them into a banner with one dollar gift wrap string from the dollar store.  I scattered some extra balloons on the floor because hey, kids love some balloons!





 The table set up was thrown together the night before and I didn’t know what I was going to do as I was going.  I used one dollar plastic cloths from the dollar store and used a contrasting color as a runner.  I used a pot I already had, bound it with the two toned baker’s twine from Hobby Lobby that I used on the favors and wrapped it around and tied it into a bow.  I used a fake branch I have in my home decor from Z Gallerie and hung painted styrofoam eggs on them that were a dollar a pack at the dollar tree.  Super simple and still a little chic.  Did she say chic dollar tree items?  Oh, I did.

The cups were from the Dollar Tree and plates from Target’s Easter aisle.  I adore the bold and bright geometric plates.  The pinwheel straws were from Target’s Easter aisle as well and they brought a little spring whimsy to the table.










Each of my girls had individual bunny cakes that were made by a local baker for only 8 dollars.  Even though I made cakes for years, with this big ole’ pregnant belly and two toddlers, I’ll just pay someone else!



Instead of having someone scoop ice cream, just like we did at my daughter’s One Direction Birthday Party, we served individual ice cream sandwiches.  It is way easier on everyone and the kids love it!  I got 24 ice cream sandwiches for 5 dollars taking advantage of a deal at Kroger.  Gotta love it!



2 dozen glitter dusted cupcakes for the kids.  I failed to get the cupcake toppers on in time.  You can let your imagination run wild!  They were bunny heads with glasses like the invites =0)  The colors were to bold too leave a picture out, toppers or not!




Due to the time of party, I didn’t have to feed the guests but I did these little snack cups filled with mini-appetizers, if you will.  I was going with a bunny/garden food theme with carrots (and ranch) cups, fruit/berry cups, but then the rascally pretzel cups with cream cheese pineapple dip slipped in too.  The snack cups can be found for 1-2 dollars a pack in all sorts of sizes, colors, and patterns at almost anywhere: dollar stores, Wilton aisles at Target/Walmart, party stores, Hobby Lobby, etc.

Each cup requires little food and each person can have a sampling of everything.  It’s like the cute cheap version of passing h’orderves at a wedding.  It was an unbelievably cheap way to serve food with a fun presentation.  As you can see, I used a cupcake stand for my treat cups. Super.



Outside I used my antique Coca-Cola cart and filled it with bubbles and chalk for the kids to do while they played outside.  Easy, affordable, and putting it in this fun crate gave it some flare, I think.



Sand treasure dig?  Absolutely. The girls were surprised with a sandbox for their party and I filled it up with party favors for each guest to have fun digging up little treasures to keep.  It was an activity plus another little take away for the kids that again only cost me a few dollars.  For an outdoor party, utilize whatever toys/things you have to make it into something new or fun at a party.  Outdoor parties at home have a million affordable play options and you save on a venue or inflatable, etc.




 Every year my kids wear a number shirt on their birthdays from Old Navy.  You can always find them on-line in most young ages and they cost around 8 dollars each when you catch them on sale.  You never have to wonder when you look back in pictures how old they were or which party it was.  Plus, they look really cute in them and get a kick out of wearing them.


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I hope you enjoyed this simple and affordable party!  Share, pin, & enjoy!  Thanks to Shelly Griffin Photography for all of the great pictures.  No party is great without being captured well so thank you , thank you, thank you!

Her Party Pants Original Theme: Growing Like A Weed

9th November 2015



When I came up with this idea, I was as excited as a kid at Christmas who just got some ridiculous toy of the year that they won’t like in 10 days.  But GOOD NEWS, I will like this theme forever!  GROWING LIKE A WEED!!! I thought this was the cutest play on an old saying for a 1st birthday.  Check out my details and enjoy, you rascal.



Holler at my girl DeeDubsDesigns for always making invitations for whatever party I come up with. She did all of this during a near tragedy within her own family so if she would have made a card with Times New Roman print that said only “Party”, I would have been like, “Wow, how did you have time?” The sprouts at the bottom were gradient in color and the sprout design was used throughout the shower.    She made this just for me and the theme font at the top and clean design was great! Check her out on Etsy.  She also did my gender reveal and Easter themed birthday party.


And yes, that is an invite attached to the FRONT of a frame I spray painted 5 minutes before the party.  Desperate outta time measures call for tape and spray paint.


Oh. My. Goodness.  I made three tiers of cupcakes that were weeds (dandelions) blooming in different stages.  Somebody reach out and hug someone.1-1-Phone-pics-JUNE-2015-OCT-FALL-BREAK-2015-040



Glass bottles with garden floral paper straws and burlap ties with felt dandelion leaves attached to them.  Someone play the tambourine two times.


Lemonade was served from this metal watering can marked “fertilizer” cause, that makes things grow crazy, y’all.

I LOVE this label for “big sprouts” aka big kids and adults. of course. You have GOT to make this drink, Brazilian lemonade, at your next party!  Unlike the name, it’s not lemonade at all, but limes and a whole lotta good.  Click here for the recipe.


One of my FAVORITE touches to this party was this dandelion and burlap garland I ordered on Etsy from Giddy4Paisley.  She will definitely go in my favorite sources category specifically for these garlands!  How cool and unique is it?  It’s a definite break from traditional buntings and banners and went perfect with my theme.

The grease from the kettle corn inside of these bags didn’t care about how my party looked.  Grease was being such a jerk that day.  Still, kettle corn is one of my baby’s favorite things to chomp on so I put small servings in mini craft paper bags from Hobby Lobby.  I used these sprout tags for each bag.  I love how clean and simple they are.  Props to deedubdesigns on the sleek, modern sprout images throughout what she made for me.


I made my birthday girl this little 6 inch cake which was a little girl who was in fact herself, growing like a weed in garden.  And the cake stand?  That is a pot turned upside down with a terra cotta plate, the ones that catch water under your pots, as the cake stand top.




A crate of “things that grow” for the kids to snag.  Dollar aisle.  Shazam. There are extra favors in there but the favors are the grand finale so buckle up buttercup.


I put WEEDS in the flower arrangements which I put in these seed containers from Target’s one spot!  They lied though. They cost 3 spots.


Are you ready for this?  Are you ready for the next thing?  On the tables outside by the pool, I bought several sizes of terra cotta pots filled with brown “soil” and fake flowers. The soil was made from bags of that crinkly bag fill for gifts you can buy at Hobby Lobby.  The fake flowers came from the dollar store mainly.  Holler, if you hear me.  BUT BUT BUT, there is more than what meets the eye….





One more thing before you leave, don’t forget to pull a weed anndddddd, when you pull the weed, you pull out a party favor! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Was it all you dreamed it would be??  Now look below at what it was.





And as always, I put my girls in these number shirts from Old Navy.  They are simple, affordable, and you will never need to ask when looking at pictures, “Which birthday was this?  How old were they?”

Boom.  Party.


I borrowed items, went to the dollar store, and made many things myself.  It didn’t take over my life and was yet still all the unique I had hoped.  I hope you loved it, too! These are the kind of parties that I do:  nothing over the top but creative touches to what elements I do use. That’s why my tagline is: affordable, realistic celebrations.

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Photo credit:  Shelly Griffin Photography

Paper goods:  DeeDubDesigns on Etsy


Science Theme Gender Reveal Party

20th October 2013


Originally posted on, but it’s still me, y’all!

Move over balloon boxes and gender reveal cakes!  I came up with the idea for a science themed gender reveal when I wanted something off beat and creative and started to think about what sorts of things change colors. I thought, “Experiments change colors!”,  and from there, my science theme gender reveal was born.  Read the captions for what I did and how I did it.  Please share and pin and, enjoy my unique and affordable scientific reveal!

Thank you to JoelHamPhotography, as always, for making my stuff here on my blog look good since I take all of my own photos with a phone, haha.  Be sure to check them out! These party pictures were awesome. Thanks, you guys!




 I had these children’s science invitations customized into a gender reveal party with a: Come See Our Secret Concoction headline.  The beakers of blue and coral set the color scheme and I adore how it looks like doodles in a school notebook.  You MUST check out the Etsy seller, Dee Dub Desgins who designed my party package.  She has excellent products and she knew I was crunched for time and got it to me all within 24 hours!


Atom cupcake toppers on top of Gigi’s mini cupcakes:  chocolate chip, Reese’s cup, wedding cake, & blackberry cobbler

To feed 25 on a budget, we used good ole’ hot and ready pizzas from Little Ceasars for 5 bucks a pop.


Coordinating notebook-esk water bottle labels I had printed with : Baby Potion Drink With Caution.  They have coral color vials on them as well, not seen in this picture.


Party Favors:  Color change bath fizzers for the kids.  This favor compliments with the reveal experiment later.  I bought a pack of black tags at Hobby Lobby and used foam scrapbook letters to spell experiment phrases (aka the best ways to avoid ugly handwriting).  Elmo fizzes:  1 dollar a bag!  Ribbon:  1 dollar at dollar store  Tags and Letters: with coupons, 4 dollars for both



20131219ParrottRevealParty-120 I saw a board like this on Pinterest for a children’s party where they made words look like they were made up of elements from the periodic table.  The numbers across “Reveal Laboratory”  make up my due date.  I borrowed the beakers from a friend who is science teacher:  Free 99 Dry Ice: 8.50 for 5 pounds


Everything was science themed including the wording to my pre-reveal voting game: 

“Cast Your Hypothesis”

Dee Dubs Design made me a sheet of blank beakers and everyone wrote their name on one and put it in the beaker that had the sex they thought we were having.  Here instead of boy/girl, to go with the theme, we used chromosome gender:  XX girl, XY boy




The prize won by the name we drew from the winning beaker: 

Make Your Own Potion: a 10 dollar gift card to a create your own frozen yogurt shop.  I made this tag with scrapbook paper, scrapbook sticker letters I already had, a plain white extra Hobby Lobby gift tag I had, and by cutting up an extra invite and gluing the beakers on the front.


Name Tags:  We each wore a DNA contributor (#1 and #2) name tag on our lab coats which I thought was a fun themed idea.  We borrowed lab coats from a friend who is a professor at our local college:  Free 99.  Name Tags:  1 dollar for 25 at the dollar store   Our glasses were also from the dollar store for a dollar each with the lens popped out.


Tag:  Big Sister Prototype


Tag:  Big Sister Latest Model


THE BABY BOMB!!!!  This is the “experiment” piece itself.  Most experiments that change color involve toxic chemicals or too much work.  I took three layers of black panty hose from Walmart that come in those little plastic snap containers and wrapped a colored bath bomb fizzer inside.  The panty hose concealed the color and I added a tie and a question mark and fashioned it into a bomb. So fun!  I untied the top, dropped it in a huge vase with bubbling dry ice and stirred and……









Coming home outfit!  I love unique prints.  I bought this with Lance after we had the ultrasound from an electic kid’s boutique in my hometown. 



Name That (baby)  Concoction.  Come on, I had to do a name reveal, too! Everyone gathered round for a good old science version of hangman.  I guess if they filled up the beaker before guessing the name, I could never tell them my child’s name and they would just have to refer to her in pictures and symbols like Prince.  These black foam boards came from Walmart for 2 dollars each and the white opaque pen, from Michael’s for 1.79.


Lance rode the “dorky science guy theme” train hard.





About the Name:

Mendel (men-dull):  Mendel, like my other girl’s names, is Hebrew.  It means “one who comforts”  and “wise”.  Probably one of my greatest strengths is comforting and giving advice to those I love.  I even did it as a career before staying at home with my girls.  Also, my spiritual gift is wisdom/discernment.  In a special way, this is like naming her after me in a different way  than just giving her my name.  It’s unique with a rich personal meaning, all while being old and uncommon. Naming my daughter this is dear to me. Months ago I wrote it on our shower walls with bath crayons to see it everyday and to give Lance subtle messages about names I liked.  It’s true.

Covington:  This name comes from a place in our hometown that is significant to Lance and I’s love story.  For those of you who don’t know, I told my mom I would marry Lance in 6th grade, finally dated him in 9th grade, fell in love, and in true 15 year old fashion, broke up with him 9 months later.  For almost 4 years while I with another guy, Lance loved me, pursued me, and yes, tried to kiss me any chance he could even though I had a boyfriend.  It was on this street, Covington, that after almost four years of being apart, he kissed me again and I knew that I would marry him.  2 years later, we did.  I think it’s neat to pass down a piece of our love story to our children.  One day my grand-kids will ask, “Where does the name Covington come from?”, and they will hear the love story of their grandparents. History with a name is wonderful.

So without further adieu, and definitely last but not least, the final name tag:


Thank you so much for stopping by and looking at my party.  Creativity excites me and so does the occupation of my uterus so it was the perfect storm for me to celebrate our last child.  If you enjoyed this post, pin and share away!  Follow me here on