Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day have you stumped?  Are you like me, one mom, running around trying to conjure up clever gifts for all the other moms in your lives?  I got you covered.  At least for this year.

Check out our family tree prints.  Available in multiple designs, custom colors and personalized with all your sweet family details.  Want to print and frame yourself? Try the printable file version and have it within 24 hours.  They look fabulous in a white-matted frame.  Don’t want to do a thing?  I hear you.  Try the canvas print.  It will be delivered to your doorstop (or mom’s) in 8-10 business days.  And feel free to put your feet up (for you know, approximately 10 whole seconds).

 

 

 

First Communion Decorations are here!

 

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Looking for quick + easy First Communion (or Baptism) decorations to make your event extra memorable? We have you covered with our chic new matching printable party kit made to match the ever popular Navy + Gold watercolor invitations.  Printable Party Packages are a great way to have beautiful event decorations styled to match without the hassle.  Skip running around trying to find matching items… banners, labels, tags… you name it. It’s all included.  And better yet, it’s all personalized for you.  All you have to do is print.  Easy peasy.  (And simple instructions + tips are always available just in case you think you need them.  But you won’t.).

And it’s also available in pink, purple + gold as well!

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The Birthday Battle

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The Birthday Battle in our house has begun!  So we happen to have a house filled with two crazy boys both celebrating birthdays within weeks of each other.  Which means there are a lot of celebrations going on at once.  And when your mom designs birthdays for other kids, you inherit the perk of asking for any kind of custom design imaginable.  My kids take full advantage of that.  However, this year, they both actually agreed on what they wanted… a dart gun party.  Where they could run around and shoot every one (and get presents for it).  So this is the first year we actually shared a birthday party.  OMG… what have I been missing all these years?!  Yes. Share.  It’s a magical word that carries with it half the mom-work.  Really.  Half the work.  Why had I never realized that!?

Dart Gun Birthday Invitations

Dart Gun Birthday Invitations

So a dart gun theme it was.. and boy oh boy, we had LOTS of fun with it.  We started with fabulous invitations and added lots of bulls eyes, polka dots and orange & blue details everywhere.  We rented out a local gym and party room, brought our own dart guns, kids’ eyeglasses, and 1,600 darts.  Yes. You read that correctly.  1,600 darts.  And it was A-MA-ZING!  We stood up firm mats that the gym provided to act as shelters and forts on the field.  We had pizza and adorable cupcakes.  (Check out my cupcake decoration post for all my secrets on how to never bake but still have awesome, easy birthday desserts).  And lots of dart favors.  Those already came pre-packaged (Thanks Amazon!), and all we had to do was print our favor tags on sticky paper and throw stickers on them.  Did I mention that the adults seemed to have more fun than the kids?  Yep, there’s something really rewarding about shooting your own kids with dart guns.  It really does make you feel better. 

Dart Gun Birthday Invitation with Photo + Cupcake Topper

Dart Gun Birthday Invitation with Photo + Cupcake Topper

 

Dart Gun Water Bottle Label + Cupcake Topper

Dart Gun Water Bottle Label + Cupcake Topper

 

Dart Favors with Personalized Sticker

Dart Favors with Personalized Sticker

 

Dart Gun Birthday Invitation + Personalized Favor Stickers

Dart Gun Birthday Invitation + Personalized Favor Stickers

 

Dart Gun Cupcake Topper

Dart Gun Cupcake Topper

All birthday designs by Oodles and Doodles | Dart Gun Party Package
Photo Credit: Bridget Lynn Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A little sneak peek…

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Just a little sneak peek of one of our new birthday party themes. This one is currently being “tested out” by two little boy’s in this house on Saturday at their big Birthday Battle!

I am sooo glad these darts are going home as party favors with all the attendees and not back on my basement floor to be endlessly picked up.  By me.  Because you know I’m the one that ends up with that job!

 

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The BEST Boy’s Birthday Themes (by age)

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Finding an adorable birthday theme for your little guy is sometimes a challenge.  After all, there are SO many to choose from!  And who doesn’t want something super cute?! But also something kinda fun, not too babyish, but not too big-boyish either, right?  (They’re only little for so long). Oh, and some kind of theme that allows for lots of cute, Pinterest-inspired matching items. But not those difficult Pinterest things that require months of hunting down very specific items and days spent burning your fingers with hot glue guns.

So in short… a theme that’s super cute, really easy, and looks like you spent months preparing it all (but didn’t).  Yeah, I hear you.  I’ve been there. And we have you covered.   Here’s a super simple “cheat sheet” of all our favorite (and best selling) boy’s birthday parties by age.  You’re welcome.

  1. The “BIG ONE” and the “WILD ONE”

The WILD ONE … And what little soon-to-be-ONE year old isn’t?  This is the PERFECT theme for that wild little guy constantly on a crazy adventure (one that I’m guessing keeps you up at night). This is one of my favorites, and it includes the cutest design elements stocked full of tepees and arrows and is completely on trend for today.  Plus, the colors are stunning and super easy to match. For even more ideas and matching options, check out the Pinterest board. And if you missed the first birthday, it’s also available in a “TWO Wild” theme as well!

The ever-popular BIG ONE is always a huge hit!  Simple and classic with mixing and matching green and blue patterns.  This theme comes with TONS of different coordinating items, so you’re covered.  And the easy part? It’s super cute paired with blue or lime green polka dots or stripes.  Or maybe both.  Easy peasy.   Plus, it comes in a variety of colors. You have a completely pulled-together instant party without lots of time and energy. And that’s important when you have a one year old.  You can spend those extra few hours (or minutes) trying to grab some additional sleep.

2.  Honk! Honk! Beep! Beep! Coming Through! Look who’s turning TWO!

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I designed this theme a few years back for my oldest when he turned two.  He actually loved ALL things that moved, and so “we” had trouble deciding on just one.  One truck.  Or one airplane.  We couldn’t do it, so I set to work designing a theme that incorporated them ALL.  Of course, they had to be included in a way that made sense and using his name was the perfect fit!  It was also a time when he was learning his name and starting to recognize capital letters, so it was super exciting for him to recognize the letters in his name and the vehicles that went with them.  And that alone made it the most perfect birthday theme.  And it has become one of our most popular birthday boy themes ever (with the cutest matching chalkboard poster – if I do say so myself).

 

3. Cheerio!  Look who’s THREE, and ready to Party!

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Honestly, what could more adorable than these three London guards?!  I LOVE this party theme because it’s so unique.  And my three year old loved it because there were soldiers… lots of soldiers and a cute little bird sitting on one of their hats.  Red and black stripes are very easy to coordinate, and honestly, these adorable guards stand on their own anyway.  Oddly enough, most of my clients that use this theme actually live in London.  (And if you want the how-to scoop on this adorable cupcake, check out this earlier post).

 

4. ROAR!  Look who’s turning FOUR!

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Every little boy needs a dinosaur party at least once in their life, and this is the one!  Navy, turquoise and lime green are by far my favorite boy colors.  Finding matching party items (plates, utensils, balloons, streamers, etc) is a dream, and the colors are bright and bold enough to dress up any house or event room.  Plus, your birthday boy gets to have a DINOSAUR DIG!  What more can you want?  And if you’re like me and have to throw parties in the cold winter months, you can convert your outside digging-for-dinosaur-bones-in-sand activity to searching for dinosaur crayons in plastic eggs inside a giant blow-up pool filled with shredded paper.  I think it might be less messy.  It’s definitely more fun! For lots of photos and all the details, check out this post.

 

5. Foaming Formulas, Bubbling Beakers, Experiments that come ALIVE…. Look who’s turning FIVE!

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A mad scientist / chemistry party is always a big hit! And by this age, kids are old enough to do low-key experiments with minimal assistance.  Plus, add some caution signs, a bit of food coloring, topped off with a heaping spoonful of baking soda, and who doesn’t LOVE a good eruption?!  We used this theme for one of our kid’s 5th birthday, and upcycled cycled a TON of plastic produce containers and water bottles to use for experiments. Stay tuned on a full how-to post shortly!

 

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First Communion Invitations

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It’s almost spring and the First Communion invitation orders are flying in every day!  We’ve gotten a ton of orders for the chic new watercolor designs.  They’re available in a ton of colors (navy + gold, purple + gold, pink + gold, purple + pink, and light blue + gold).  And if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, there’s always a custom invitation option.

Have we mentioned that these watercolor invitations look STUNNING printed on your premium linen card stock?

Happy Spring!

The Art of a Great (and super simple) Cupcake

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So I’m not much of a baker.  Well, not much of a cupcake baker.  And those beautiful frosting swirls?  Yep, can’t do it.  Don’t get me wrong – I have those little tools and the puffy pastry bag, but it just doesn’t happen.  Not for me.  And I’m fine with it because I can buy any generic grocery store cupcake and turn it into a perfect party dessert (in about five minutes).

So today on the blog, I’m sharing my secret.  It’s simple:

  1. Buy those grocery store/bakery cupcakes.  I won’t tell. (And for those of you who can actually bake a delicious cupcake… well.. I’m jealous).  For the rest of us, here’s a tip: pre-order.  Our local grocery store takes preorders, and will always honor my request for two different color frostings and any color sprinkles.  This makes a HUGE difference.  Do it.
  2. Pick up a package of adorable cupcake liners from any craft store, party store, or on Etsy.  I’m partial to polka dots or other bold designs.  Place the cupcakes right into the new liners (as is) a little bit before serving. Don’t do it too early because the pretty cupcake liners tend to spread out and loosen up over time.
  3. And lastly… add a printable cupcake topper!  Of course, I’m a little biased since I design cupcake toppers, but I’m amazed by how many people don’t use them or don’t know how to make them.  It’s super simple:
    1. Print the file on heavy white card stock (100 lb or more) from any color printer.  At Oodles and Doodles, they come formatted with 12 per page.
    2. Purchase short lollipop sticks from any craft store.  Make sure they’re the SHORT 4 inch ones, and not the super long (6 inch) ones.
    3. Grab a 2 inch round punch (really, they’re cheap and worth it) and punch out the circles.  (I design cupcake toppers as a circle inside of a square so you can always cut them out as squares as well.  But, to be very honest, it’s the circle that makes it).  Buy a punch.  They’re inexpensive and you’ll be shocked how many times you use it (favor bag labels, gift labels, etc).
    4. So here’s the easy part.  Once you have the toppers punched out all you have to do is glue or tape them on to the lollipop stick.  Lots of different methods work.  For those perfectionists, you can use a white dot sticker to tape the back so you won’t see any unsightly glue.  For me, I have a love affair with my glue gun and use that.  Quick and totally simple. (You can find these London Guard cupcake toppers and the whole matching party kit available here).
  4. Display them beautifully on a cupcake tower or platter.  I have one from Crate & Barrel that’s held up through many parties.  And for more easy display tips, check out this party decoration tips post.

And that’s it!  It’s an inexpensive party dessert that only takes a few minutes, but feels like it took hours.

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Photo Credit: Bridget Lynn Photography

A little thanks goes a long way!

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If your family is anything like ours, we get a LOT of gifts every holiday.  Those two lucky boys of ours receive more gifts than they know what to do with.  And so after Christmas, I sit down to begin the task of writing a ton of thank you notes to family, friends, neighbors … the list goes on.  You know the drill.

Of course, I am a bit picky with my thank you cards.  (It goes with the territory).   And in the holiday spirit of complete honesty, every one in our household has their own personal stationery.  Well, almost everyone… everyone except my husband. He could care less.  And let’s be honest, I’m writing most of his thank you notes anyway.

This year, though, we tried something a little different.  We went for the personalized family photo stationery.  And I gotta say, I LOVE it!  I might be just a tad bias, but here’s why… 1) it can be used for anyone in the fam.  So the kids don’t have to each write a thank you note separately.  Or at least I don’t feel like they should. 2) It matches our Christmas card this year.  (Yay!  I can’t help it, but matching makes me happy), and I had them printed along with our Christmas cards.  (Another win for being prepared way ahead of time)!  3) I used the exact same photo from our Christmas card.  It pulled double duty. That’s a win-win.  4) And .. finally… come on! Look at those cute little faces!  They make me smile everytime I pull a card out to write a note.  That, my friend, is the ultimate win/win!