Monday, October 3, 2011

Want to Be Featured on Bella Mia Soirees?

I've decided to start something new on my blog...Features! Did you plan a cute children's, teen, or an adult birthday party that you want to share? It can be a Birthday party, Christening/Baptism, Sweet 16, Anniversary party, you name it. If you think you did a FAB job, then I'd like to feature you! My only requirement is that it's a real party that you actually put together yourself, and you took a lot of awesome pics. So, if this sounds like you, then email me a link to your {REAL} party's blog post, I'll take a look, and let you know if you'll be featured. So, get to sending!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jacob's Cars Birthday Party!

A couple of weeks ago, on Jacob's actual birthday, we celebrated with a Cars party. A couple months before the party, when Cars 2 came out, I asked him what kind of party he wanted, and he said Cars. Thing is, the week of his party he had become utterly obsessed with Captain Hook and pirates. So, when I asked him again what kind of party he wanted, he said...Pirates! Ugh. But despite being a Cars party, he still loved it!

For his special day, we got Jacob a Cars jumper. He absolutely loves these things. Anytime he sees one he has to go in it and jump to his heart's desire. But, trying to get him out was always a hassle. So, we got one he could jump in all day long. And he did, as soon as the jumper arrived, Jacob jumped right in. It was also a pool party, so the kids had a great time. Well, I think so, at least. Favors were Cars paper lunch bags filled with candy, a water gun, a Cars Pez dispenser, Cars sticker, and Cars bubbles. The kids' eyes were buggin' when they saw the bag was stuffed.

For dinner, we served up Hawaiian food. Chicken Katsu, BBQ beef, macaroni salad, green salad, and white rice. We ordered it from a local place and it was a big hit. The cake was from Sam's Club and was really moist and delicious...and cheap!

We all had a 'rip racing' good time! And I know Jacob had a fun and memorable birthday. He's still talking about it!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Isabella's Sweet Shoppe Soirée

Last weekend, two days after her actual birthday, we celebrated Isabella's birthday with a sweet shoppe. I'd been planning this party since February. Well, I decided on the theme in February, but I didn't really start on it 'til about 2 months before the party. The theme was hard to choose. There are sooo many cute girl themes out there. But I liked the idea of a candy buffet, and so it became her theme. Isabella's Sweet Shoppe in pinks and yellows with turquoise and purple accents.

The day was nice and *HOT* but not too hot, and we not only served up tons of candy but we also had a taco guy. We had 15 different candies displayed, a custom cake, homemade cupcakes (okay, boxed cake, but I iced), and ice cream cones (they were a big hit!). I assembled most of the decor with a lot of help from my niece. I'm super proud and happy with the way everything came out. The day was true perfection.

Without further ado....

Isabella's Sweet Shoppe

The invites I designed. 

Isabella's pink lemonade banner.

The sweet shoppe...

I couldn't forget the toothbrushes!


I loved her cake!

And the matching smash cake!

Highchair banner reads, I am one.

Pin the Cherry on the cupcake.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Birdie Baby Sprinkle/Shower

A little over a year ago my sister and my mom threw me a baby sprinkle/shower. And being the planner and designer that I am, I had to have full control. Finding a theme was a little daunting. Everything out there is baby booties, and pink or blue. It's totally cute but I wanted something a little different. That's when I found the momma bird and her baby bird. And since there wasn't anything out there that I loved...I found an invite that I liked and went off of that! The invitation was from Vistaprint, and normally I would design my own, but I really liked this one. So, it was set, a pink and green sprinkle with brown accents. I made all of the paper decor, and even used it in a couple of games like guess the baby food and guess baby's birthday/weight.

For dinner, my sister served up baked ziti with a garden salad and garlic toast. We also had fruit salad, white chocolate dipped Oreos, circus cookies, and cupcakes. Favors were Lofthouse cookies in pink and white. We played several games including guess the due date, word scramble, baby trivia, baby girl names, guess how many eggs in the jar, don't cross you legs, and guess the baby food. It was perfection!