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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Red Ray Bans
Polka-dots (and she wore them before they were cool)
This 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!
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.