An Evening in Paris | 1st Birthday Party


You might say that this magnificent 1st Birthday party, from the summer of 2016, took a village to make happen…

For real: a Crepes Stand, a fresh frites station, an Eiffel Tower photo booth, a Mini-Monets Art Tent, a trackless train, a bounce house, a face painter and balloon twister made this party the most magical Paper and Pastiche party yet!

Enjoy the photos taken by Christina Marie Photography and Au Revoir!

Invitations, program, decor and signage were designed by Patty Fanella of PAPERandPASTICHE

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The Mini-Monets Art Tent was managed by Bottle and Bottega of La Grange, Illinois. 

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The Crepes Tent was managed by Gotta B Crepes of Evanston, Illinois. They were fantastic! The Frites Station was managed by PAPERandPASTICHE staff. The rest of the catering was provided by a combination of the Willowbrook Whole Foods and the Wheaton Mariano’s. 

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Face Painter, Margi, and Balloon Twister, Michelle, made a great team! They are both very difficult to book so I recommend contacting them as early as possible. 

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Eiffel Tower Family Photo Booth. Props were designed by PAPERandPASTICHE.

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Baseball Baby Shower


Styled for new mom and dad-to-be, Brynn and Justin – their party host, Amber, requested a fun, unique, vintage baseball theme. Since the Baby Shower took place in late October, we were inspired by a Fall color scheme and a ballpark-themed menu.

Peruse the gallery to view our retro concessions stand, Cracker Jacks Cupcakes, Sporty Pennant Flag Toppers, Baseball Cards and Ticket Stubs Centerpieces, Balloon Thumbprints Guest Book and Baseball Sugar Cookie Favors!

Anything you see here, including the invitation, can be customized for your baby shower or birthday party – just request a custom order through PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com.

Vintage Fall Baseball Baby Shower by Pastiche Events - Concessions Stand

Vintage Fall Baseball Baby Shower by Pastiche Events | Floral Centerpieces

Vintage Fall Baseball Baby Shower by Pastiche Events | Chicago Style Dogs
Vintage Fall Baseball Baby Shower by Pastiche Events | Floral Centerpieces

Vintage Fall Baseball Baby Shower by Pastiche Events | Cracker Jacks Cupcakes
Vintage Fall Baseball Baby Shower by Pastiche Events | Basbeball Invitations

Gummy Shark Valentine’s Day Treats


This free printable banner is for personal use only. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Shark Valentine's Day Bag Toppers by Pastiche Events

Forest Friends Baby Shower


Photo by Rita Norkiewicz

Twins Baby Shower at The Red Oak Room of Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois.

Parents-to-be: Holly and Pierre | Babies-to-be: Jacques and Julien

Free Printables for the Cupcake Circles are at the end of the post. Just click to open the 8.5 x 11 image and save/print as PDF.

To order an instant download of the Forest Friends Thumbprint Tree, please visit my shop, PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com. Each download is for personal use only and costs $8.00.

Forest Friends Thumb Print Tree for Baby Girl Shower - PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com

Forest Friends Thumb Print Tree by PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com

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Forest Friends Sweets Table Jars by Pastiche Events

Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Carrot Cupcakes | Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Book Crate | Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Book Crate | Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.
The prizes for the games were all items that Holly either loves, misses or craves – Yankee Candle Summer Scents, Mint Scarves, Mint Soap, Coconut Coffee, Red Wine and mini cans of Sofia Champagne.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Event Styling, Graphic Design and Sweets Table Confections provided by Pastiche Events.

Fox Cake and Mason Jar Floral Arrangements provided by Holly’s Mom and Aunt Linda.

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Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF
Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF
Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF

Adventures in Crafting | Ornaments


Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

Pinterest Crafting Party - Christmas DIY Bell Jar or Cupcake Ornaments

We had so much fun making wreaths at Denise’s house in November, that we gathered at again at Donna’s house in December to craft our own ornaments. Carla, Denise, Donna, Holly and I all made the bell jar ornaments that have been all over Pinterest. Plastic wine glasses, twine, cardstock, paper punches, doll house miniatures and glitter were everywhere…including multiple extension cords for all of our glue guns. Rita went rogue by making a dozen cupcake ornaments to give as a gift to one of her girlfriends. I’m adding them to my list for next Christmas – they’re really cute and they looked like they were fun to make.

Donna’s house is REALLY beautiful…and so was the food she prepared. Caprese skewers and hot Grzaniec (Hot Mulled Polish Wine) were the stand-outs. I wish I had taken more pictures! Also, I am in love with her dogs…especially her handsome pit, Special Agent Dale Cooper, who slept by my feet for most of the party.

Vintage Pooh Bear Party


Winnie the Pooh Pull Apart Cupcakes and Tigger Tails Party Favors for Parker’s 1st Birthday

Adventures in Crafting | Wreaths


My wreath from the crafting party - a mix of some of my mom's vintage ornaments and cheapos from Target! I've sold almost a dozen since attending this party!
My wreath from the crafting party – a mix of some of my mom’s vintage ornaments and cheapos from Target! I’ve sold almost a dozen since attending this party!

Having recently bonded over our premature holiday cheer and an unhealthy affinity for Mod Podge and glitter, a few of us got together on a Saturday afternoon to eat, drink and craft. Denise initiated the gathering and hosted it at her cozy Logan Square apartment and it…was…awesome.

While old-timey Christmas music played, we drank her homemade Hot Spiced Cider, snacked on veggies and hummus and got to work. A few hours later we had all created wreaths that were completely different from one another. I’m already looking forward to the next project – which we have decided to keep vague, like the wreaths. Leaves room for inspiration…

Keep reading to see the very different wreaths we all made and, more importantly, to see photographs of food and a smushy-faced cat named Moses. He’s adorable…and fabulous from all of that glitter shrapnel.

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Just the essentials…
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Moses, the crafty kitty.
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Panettone Trifle (the recipe)…and see? There’s the wine!

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Denise’s Spiced Cider with Cranberries
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They were all business.
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Here is Holly carving out oodles of poodles. They’re kind of her favorite thing.
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The Glue Gun Station and Holly’s cute babies belly (twins!).
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Denise’s Wreath – Mod Podged ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Stars and Glitter Glass Ornaments (she made those!).
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Rita’s Wreath – The Martha of the group hand-painted and glittered each green berry on the twine wrapped around the branches of the wreath.
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Donna’s Wreath – Many, many layers of giant blue and silver snowflakes…Donna likes to keep it classy.
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Holly’s Wreath – She really, really, REALLY loves poodles. Her own, Buffy and Bowie, pictured at the top of the wreath…combined with rustic stars and a big, gold French Poodle. It’s so cute and totally her own.

Favorite Things Cupcakes


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Holly's Favorite Things Cupcakes

This box of cupcakes was inspired by my friend, Holly – vanilla cake flavored with almond, topped with a light, fluffy homemade buttercream frosting and white nonpareil candies.

Each cupcake was placed in a polka-dot cup and was topped with a picture of one of her favorite things. I decorated the bakery box with a poodle-loving pinup girl that reminded me of her. The favorite things:

Buffy Summers

Black poodles

Wes Anderson

Coca Cola

Red Ray Bans

John Hughes

Battlestar Galactica

The National

Records

Tiffany’s

Polka-dots (and she wore them before they were cool)

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Fingerprint Snowmen Craft


Listing Photo - Christmas of 2015.jpgThis class craft and poem have been around for years and in 2012, my child finally got to make his own. These ornaments make an adorable memory for the kids to take home from the class holiday party and they have fun making them for their parents.

This craft is the perfect keepsake for your child’s holiday class party or just to give to the grandparents. Don’t forget to add a matching ribbon and have your child sign the back of the tag!

Please visit my paper shop on Etsy to instantly download the pdf for only $2.00.

Supplies:

  • Unbreakable ornaments, 1 for each child
  • White craft paint
  • Tray or a paper plate for the paint
  • Ribbon
  • Fine-point Sharpies (black looks best)
  • Poem cards to hang on each ornament
  • Cello bags and Solo Cups to keep them safe for take-home
  • DON’T FORGET TO WRITE THEIR NAMES ON THE BACK OF THE ORNAMENT with a white paint pen. It would be sad if the wrong little set of prints went to the wrong home!
  • Tip: Ask the teacher if you and a helper can come in a week before to make the fingerprints. They can decorate them the day-of the party…it will leave time for more class activities.

Backyard Poetry Party


DIY Giant Magnetic Poetry Board

A casual, backyard party to celebrate a Masters Degree in Poetry. Fun details included a catered dinner by Moe’s Southwest Grill, Mexican Hot Chocolate and Tres Leches cupcakes, a giant magnetic poetry board and a poetry reading at dusk.

Poetry Party | Giant Magnetic Poetry Board

Cupcake bookmarks included lines from Jan's Thesis, which were selected by her proud husband.
Cupcake bookmarks included lines from Jan’s Thesis, which were selected by her proud husband.
Friends and Family Poetry Reading
Friends and Family Poetry Reading

Poetry Party by Pastiche Events | Chicago

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