Printing Services Now Available

Printing Services now available, Oodles and Doodles, OandD, printable invitations and party printables

After years of receiving printing requests on a nearly weekly basis, I’m finally adding professional printing services for all my invitation designs to the OandD etsy shop and at Oodles-and-Doodles.com.  With lots of beautiful, ultra premium card stock options (shimmer, recycled, linen, glossy, etc.), it’ll be super convenient for those looking for a non-DIY option with almost limitless paper options.  And, best of all, any quantity is available.  So no more having to purchase 30 cards, when you only need 18. Genius.

Oh how time FLIES when you’re turning ONE!

It’s birthday season around here, and we kicked it off with the biggest one of all!  Our little guy just turned One and celebrated in style with an airplane-themed party designed just for him. Now, as you can probably imagine, birthday parties are a super big deal in our house.  Months of preparation,  lots of obsessing over little details, and lots of shopping go into it.  (And maybe, just maybe, lots of eye-rolling from my husband). So after all that thought, planning and hard work, I thought I would share some photos of the party … and more importantly some of my favorite party styling tips. But first, some photos of our little guy’s big day!  I can’t believe how fast the first year FLEW by!

And now on to all those creative Party Styling Tips:

1. Party Printables (and why I love them)

Of course, I love them!  After all, I spend a good amount of time designing them.  But, honestly, they’re the best.  Super easy, inexpensive, really versatile, you can print as many copies as you need…  Pretty much the only way to have a completely custom, pulled together, DIY party. For this particular party, I designed an airplane theme centered around how fast the first year flies by (because it does)!  And so my starting point was creating a sweet invitation with a photo collage on the back highlighting all of his milestones this past year.  Because, honestly, you never really tire of looking at baby photos of your own kids, do you?

2. Wrapping Paper as a Table Runner

Wrapping paper is one of my best kept secrets. Actually, come to think of it, I think it was my mother’s brilliant idea.  So here’s the great part about wrapping paper… it makes an awesome table runner.  It looks adorable, is super inexpensive, can be thrown out when the party is over (especially with all those little chocolate-covered fingers running around near the cake table), and can be used long after the party.. you know.. as wrapping paper.  Oh, and you can always wrap your child’s gifts in it and will get bonus points for being uber-coordinated.  Plus, I use wrapping paper all the time to line the inside of glass vases to make centerpieces, too. This is literally a tip that I use for every party I’ve ever thrown whether it’s in a house or a restaurant.  It’s so simple.  So here’s a photo of our son’s party with the wrapping paper (red and white polka dots) over a cheap blue plastic table-cloth.  And the best place to buy it?  Hobby Lobby at Christmas time.  They have the best, thickest paper.  (And most of my party kit designs include polka dots, so you can pretty much always find something to match).  The Container Store is a good bet too!

3. Pipe Cleaners to Decorate … pretty much everything!

Ok, so I’m slightly obsessed with pipe cleaners.  Remember in school, when you used to “curl” them around a pencil?  Yep.  That’s me.  Still doing that.  But now with my 4 year old.  He loves it too.  So I use pipe cleaners to decorate pretty much everything…  in centerpieces, on cake cutters, to tie favor bags, as extra decorations, you name it.

DSC_5366e with watermark DSC_5344e with wtrmrk First Birthday Boy's Airplane Party by Oodles and Doodles, OandD

4. Creative {adorable} Favors

I firmly believe you can’t have a great party without sending your guests home with a sweet little favor.  And so, this is usually one of those details that I obsess about for a long time trying to come up with the perfect, most creative idea.  And for this party, I hit the jackpot!  The most adorable printable suitcase favor box by Claudine Hellmuth.  I’m totally in love with these.  They are, of course, stuffed with hershey kisses in homage to our Chicago airport’s “kiss ‘n fly.”   Super adorable, simple, and inexpensive.  Each suitcase favor box is packaged in a clear bag, tied with a pipe cleaner and personalized favor tags from my Airplane Party Kit (along with a little extra flag in there too).  You can never have too many tags.  And, of course, there’s the perfect “Baggage Claim” sign from the kit to go with it all.

Boy's First Birthday Airplane Party

5. Not Just Water Bottle Labels 

Yup, those.  Now I have a ton of clients that never bother to use them.  Totally a mistake.  They can be used for lots of things!  First, of course, as actual water bottle wraps.  And here’s the tip for those: 1) don’t actually place on ice (they may run) and 2) print on Avery full sheet labels.  The entire page is sticky, so you can use it for any shape or size that you want and don’t have to worry about margins.  Genius.  Or, honestly, you can totally print them on white typing paper and glue the ends together.  It’s not exactly rocket science. But.. I use them all the time as wraps around vases.  Or, in this case, as wraps around some bar glasses to hold all my plastic utensils.  Of course you have to decorate those too!

Boy's Airplane Birthday Party by Oodles and Doodles, OandD DSC_5325e with wtrmrk

6. Digital (Scrapbook) Paper for Centerpiece Vases

This is another one of my favorite secrets.  Nearly every party kit that I design includes digital patterned paper.  And I don’t think most people know what to do with it.  It is the BEST!  First, it’s included in kits so it matches everything perfectly.  Next, you can print it just like normal and cut out any shape/size, etc. that you want (think: envelope liners, drink flags, cake bunting, back liners, etc).  But, my two favorite uses: 1) stringing multiple sheets together with cute ribbon and making a table runner out of it, and 2) lining centerpiece vases.  I think I pretty much use that trick at every party.  All you need is some cheap dollar store glass vases and a bit of creativity.  So here’s the centerpieces from this year…. matching digital paper printed and placed inside a glass vase, some shredded paper over a bit of styrofoam at the bottom of the vase, wooden dowel rods, cupcake toppers, an airplane graphic & ribbon.  You can find the super simple tutorial here.  Oh, and those Airplane party hats.  Those don’t really ever stay on little heads for very long, so why not use them as table decorations?

Boy's Airplane Birthday Party in Blue and Red by Oodles and Doodles, OandD

7. No Helium Required

You have to have balloons at a kid’s party.  That goes without saying.  BUT… I really despise having to go pick up helium balloons on the day of the party when I already have twenty million other things to do.  So this year I decided that I was going to skip the helium (but in no way sacrifice the decor).  And so I discovered balloon topiaries and balloon sticks.  Now, I always thought that balloon topiaries were beyond me.  I mean, I’m crafty but I have my limits… and I kinda assumed that was my limit.  Totally wrong on that!  So EASY! I mean so EASY!  You can find tons of tutorials online, but basically you just tie two balloons together, make a bunch of those, and then twist them all together into a ball.  (I know.. right… that should be way more complicated… ).  Apparently each topiary takes 12 balloons, but I was short, so the one in the photo is made of only 10.  Then I shoved a balloon stick in the bottom (found those at Hobby Lobby), and tada!  I’m making these for every party from now on.  I’ve finally found a decoration for those big urns outside our front door.  And, those balloon sticks completely fascinated all the kiddos since the outside balloons were finally at their height. And not one ounce of helium. Genius.

Kid's party decorations, balloon topiary for birthday, outdoor birthday decorations Birthday Party outdoor balloon decorations

Vendors:

Airplane Party Printables:  OandD Etsy Shop

Printable Suitcase Favor Box: Claudine Hellmuth

Smash Cake Photography: Carrianne Photography

Embroidered Birthday Hat: Dainty Couture

Our Little Noah’s Special Day….

Our sweet little boy, Noah, had his big Baptism day a few weeks ago.  But it all started many, many months earlier when I was pregnant with him.  Knowing that I would want a really special way to celebrate his christening, I got to work designing a Noah’s Ark Baptism theme all based on the most beautiful Noah’s Ark Music box that his big brother received on his Baptism day.  Little did I know at the time that I would end up having a little boy … and naming him Noah.  I guess some things are just meant to be.  The Baptism turned out beautifully, and the theme ended up being a perfect fit for our little one. I made up sweet and simple favors with a little turquoise grass on the bottom and lots of animal crackers.  How can you have a Noah’s Ark party without animal crackers?!

For centerpieces, I used one of my favorite tricks … dollar store clear glass vases and some coordinating scrapbook paper.  It’s a super simple solution for a centerpiece that coordinates perfectly.  Not only is it an inexpensive option, but you can use the same vases over and over for different events so you don’t have to store tons of vases in lots of different colors.   So here’s how it works:

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1. Purchase medium sized cylindrical clear glass vases. (I usually get them from the Dollar Store, but you can find them at craft stores and in floral departments).

2. Print out (or purchase) your coordinating scrapbook paper.  (This is one reason why I usually include digital paper in my printable party kits).  Measure the vases and trim the excess paper  off.

3. Roll the paper into a circle and place inside the vase … I like to tape the ends on the inside just to keep everything nice and tight in the vase.

4. Find a smaller glass or cup (I like juice glasses) that will fit in the vase.  You’ll want to use this to actually hold the water for the vases so that the paper doesn’t get wet.  Arrange your flowers and put them into your juice glass. (Hint: Purchase flowers from floral departments at grocery stores. We have a lovely store by us that will special order the flowers that I want.  Much less expensive than a florist and a much better option for someone like me who knows nothing about flowers or arranging them).

5. Place the juice glass inside the vase… and that’s it!  I like to decorate the vase either with a nice bow (and maybe a cupcake topper hanging from the bow) or in this case, I used some coordinating paper wraps printed on Avery full sheet sticky labels. I also designed some sweet little placemats with fitting biblical quotes for the event, and mixed and mingled the patterns for some extra visual interest.

 

I wish I was able to grab some more photos of Noah’s day.  It’s so hard to grab your camera when you’re taking care of a little one and chasing a toddler around and keeping everyone happy, but overall, it was a fabulous day!  And I’m so glad that my little one got to celebrate with something made just for him.

For a Special Baby Boy on His Way…

Inspired by a very special little boy scheduled to make his arrival in the upcoming weeks, this baby shower party kit is perfect for any baby on his way!  The printable shower kit is full of every little detail to make your shower the perfect party.  A customized invitation, thank you notes, fill-in-the-blank “Dear Baby” cards, envelope seals, favor tags and tons more all adorned with sweet baby blue and soft gray and tan polka dots along with an adorable airplane.  What more does a little boy need?  You can check-out all the digital goodies that just arrived  and are ready to deck out your next baby shower in the Etsy shop.  Happy showering!

Wishing You a *Sparkly* Valentine’s Day!

Girl's Valentines Style Board

For those of us who maybe just didn’t have the time to squeeze in Christmas cards this year (me! me!), no worries… you get a do-over!  There’s always upcoming Valentine’s Day to send your child’s love to family and friends this year.  And with three new Valentine’s Day Photo Cards, you have plenty of options…. a construction-themed boy’s card, a very sparkly (and chic) girl’s photo card, and a (just a tad) glittery boy’s card.  There are lots of other new Valentine’s Day items added to the collection including party invitations, chevron {love} note cards, cupcakes toppers, favor tags and more!  Check out the full collection here.

Ring in the New Year with a Bold Chalkboard-themed Party!

Who doesn’t love a bold & festive New Year’s Party?  And what better way to ring in the New Year than with this chalkboard-themed party kit!  The party package includes an invitation customized with all your party details, 2014 bunting with extra flags to create more banners, cupcake toppers that can also double as favor tags, bold water bottle labels and tent cards each adorned with bunting and “2014” text.  Cards are perfectly sized for food labels and place cards.  The only thing missing is a glass of champaign!  Check out all the digital goodies here.

Look Whooo’s the Birthday Girl!

Bold Polka Dots in lime green & pink accented with a sweetly stitched owl create the perfect details to celebrate any little girl’s special day! This printable party package can be customized for any age and includes loads of personalized details to help make your daughter’s birthday memorable. This package even includes personal stationary and coordinating birthday hats in three designs. And lots of digital paper for you to create tons of coordinating items (envelope liners, mini-cake bunting, etc)… and bunting! Oh, the bunting! You’ll receive bunting flags for every letter in A through Z along with an owl flag so that you can create any wording your little heart desires…. not to mention multiple banners.  Check out the full printable party package in my etsy shop and lots more party styling tips on my Pinterest board.

Bold & Bright Birthday Photo Invitations & Coordinating Thank You Photo Cards

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Who doesn’t love a cheery, bright invitation adorned with their child’s big smile?  Introducing the new line of striped photo birthday invitations and thank you cards… colors can be matched exactly to your photos and wording can be personalized.  Now what’s not to love about that? Stop by the Etsy shop to check out  the Birthday Girl’s Vintage Pink & Gray striped invitation, the bold Blue & Green Boy’s Birthday invitation as well as the coordinating thank you photo card.

The Little Londoner

The Little Londoner

In anxious anticipation for the little princess or prince on the way in London (any day now), I’ve put together a little party package I like to call “The Little Londoner.”  Created for a special little prince’s 3rd birthday (but … Continue reading

Sweet Sophistication: Pink & Green Noah’s Ark Baptism

Girl Noah's Ark Style Board

Baptisms can be so hard to style.  Personally, I’m not a fan of the overly religious themes.  I think it’s the soft, subtle details that create the air of sophistication.  And what’s better than soft pinks, taupes and modern green for a baby girl?  Add in a little bunting, adorable animals in an ark, accented with uplifting polka dots and sweet scallops… and a you have one fabulous celebration!  Check out all the sweet and sophisticated party styling tips including OandD’s Noah’s Ark printable designs. Lots of personalized touches are available in this party package from a matching diy bunting to coordinating personal stationary.  And for even more sweetly sophisticated ideas, visit this Pinterest board completely dedicated to a Noah’s Ark themed baptism for baby girls and boys.  Happy planning!

Photo Credits:
Baptism InvitationMint Green CakeFavor BoxNoah’s Ark Paper GoodsMacaroonsPink & Green TablescapeNoah’s Ark Personal Stationary