Archive for June, 2010

Lego Racer Party

June 25, 2010

Automobile racing….  Their passion

Speed…….. their creed

Dixie and Prixie  their names

Ladies and gentleman, Boys and Girls please give a warm welcome to the Racey Racers….

These two characters are Car Racers and they host a fun game show that involves Team Effort! Team Effort means that you have to work together with your friends in order to achieve a common goal! I just love the faces of our happy kids when we explain to them what Team Effort means and when asked about their goals in life…For many six year olds their goal in life is to win the Racey Racers game show that day. Good to live in the moment, the racers explain about challenges and how it is good to have goals at school and in life too!

Decoration, Backdrop and setup can be included. For this party, table cloths were solid red, blue and yellow and with a black and white checkers small cover on top.

Plates were in solid colors like the table cloths. Centerpieces were red tin pales with balloons, tissue paper and candy canes. The goodie boxes were stackable and had lego toy stickers and assorted candy.

The kids are divided into two teams:  Red Team and Blue Team. Some of the challenges involved obstacle racing, Lego Tower building, line dancing,  funky car races with our specially designed cars, “ballooney kids”,  Huge costumes that are filled by balloons, and, of course,  a Nascar Style celebration with foam and bubbles!

Roll paper mommies!  READY, STEADY, GO….GO, GO, GO!!!!

Assisting the kids at a Lego tower building activity!

A short video of one of the line dances they performed at a party…

To book a party with the Prixie and Dixie, the Racey Racers…

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Mad Scientist Party

June 24, 2010

We are working hard on developing our Mad Scientinst Birthday Party

Science projects are always fun. On the video, my children learning about eruptions and volcano’s and the oldest is assisting to a Science Camp which has been tons of fun so I thought to myself… What if we have a nice Dr. / teacher help us at our parties, a funny assistant can join us too! And so Dr. Funzo was created.

Super cute cupcakes. This creative mom shares some ideas on how to create these cupcakes which can substitute cake. You can check more pictures at livinglocurto.com

Another option is an erupting volcano cake. Check this one out:

Here is a preview of the Fun Activities we can do at this party:

All your comments are highly appreciated!

Dr. funzo sure knows how to make science fun.

Have her at your next party or event. These are some of the activities you can choose from:

1.  Volcano explosion. Kids will watch at awe while Dr. Funzo explains how eruptions occur and then watch one really explosive one right there before their own eyes.

2.  Color changing energy Beads. The kids will each create a bracelet using color changing beads. The experiment teaches kids about ultraviolet radiation and the care that needs to be taken to prevent the damage it may cause. Ultraviolet (UV) light is the invisible radiation that will give you a sunburn and injure your eyes if you’re not careful. It really convinces them that sunglasses and sunscreens are a must!

3.  ALIEN WORMS. Let them explore the science of building polymers by cross-linking long chains of molecules. The process of making Instant Worms is faster and easier than the classic Slime recipe and it happens the very second the two liquids mix. Truly amazing!

4.  SUPER GEYSER CABIN.  We have a specially designed cabin which can fit up to six kids inside who will experience a super geyser explosion. Using the same volcano principle, kids go inside this gigantic cabin, wear safety goggles and a cape. This is tons of fun!!

5.   OOOBLECK. Who is Dr. Seuss? Could he have been ahead of his time when he spoke about Oobleck? You will make your own oobleck today.

6.  LAVA LAMP. How do they work. Make your own with Dr. Funzo.

To book a mad science parties and more fun…

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Academy Award Style Ceremony

June 24, 2010

Another style for an Academy Award  ceremony…

This time, the color pallette is black, silver and gold…Check out this pictures taken by Pako Castillo.

Centerpieces are made of metal …

On the ceiling, gold and black fabric. Choose between organza, our gossamer.

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Here comes the Circus!

June 24, 2010

A circus!! How adorable, check out these beautiful ideas from moms all over that have decided on this theme for their birthday boy or girl!

Fill your atmosphere with lots and lots of color to recreate your Circus atmosphere. You can use an array of airtubes or go with lots of balloons. This is a party for the senses, color for the visual, and for smell and taste, a pop-corn machine and cotton candy, for hear, carnival and circus music all the way, those distinctive tunes you hear at the circus will enchant kids but also adults, and for touch, how about renting lots of carnival games and decorations  from www.hippojoy.com like custom made entrance ticket area, centerpieces, tent decoration, airtube decor, candyland table, 3d cakes and more….

Check out this fun ideas created by Kara, a fun mom who loves parties! Check her blog at Karaspartyideas.blogspot.com She is very creative and fun.

Here, airtube decoration. Ask for color availability. You can do so many creative things using these tubes!

And if you want to go with balloons, why not create a fun circus character at the entrance with balloons like this cute clown?

For a character host you can choose between clowns, Circus girl, fortune teller, jugglers, or Ring Master. He/She can help you directing all the games at the party.

Some fun games idea for this party are: Coin Toss, pinch the balloons for prizes, toss balls, dunking well, fishing and water gun competition.

For fun crafts, make your own clown face, face painting, make your own stilts (these are fun to do and to try on later, no worries, they are very safe too!), circus picture frames with picture opportunity.

For invitations, you can send in an admission ticket, create your very own Circus Tent invite or dress up your kid as a clown or Ring Master and send an e-invite!

For more Circus Party Ideas…

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Turning One! most popular party themes…

June 23, 2010

Some say a first birthday party is really for parents and their guests and that your baby won’t even remember this party, and may even be overwhelmed by it. I agree with this but only partially because he/she will get to see the pictures later on in his or her life and even at one year old he and his guests can have fun. Nevertheless, there are some considerations you must have whether you’re planning an intimate gathering of friends and family or an all-out bash.

  • Your 1-year-old may be fearful of strangers, and strange or new places. Despite liking other babies, she won’t understand how to play with them yet. She will enjoy individual attention most of the time.
  • To avoid an overstimulated child, take small intimate breaks with him or her. It is definitely ok if the baby wants to be asleep for his/her party most of the time.
  • Entertain other young guests by having a set of activities age appropriate and that go with the theme of your party.  Character Hosts are wonderful for this because they make fun games for a large crowd of well-wishers who can overstimulate your child and you need your hands and time free for your 1-year-old.
  • Set a time, preferably when your child feels fresh to take pictures with the cake and guests. Do not push picture opportunity or singing happy birthday on a schedule, You can definitely alter the order at a 1-year-old party.

  • Let the character/host entertain the guests so you can give your child plently of time. Remember he/she is used to your undiluted attention and he might never have seen sooooo many people together at once.
  • Time the event around the baby’s naptime or when he or she is more alert.
  • If your baby is a social butterfly, then a big bash could be a great way to celebrate. For baby’s who cling to mom, dad, and caregivers, limit the guest list to the baby’s favorites or those with whom he or she is most familiar.

  • Consider where your baby typically has the best time. Most parents opt for a home party if space allows for it.
  • Take lots of pictures! Practice with the camera, if necessary, to make sure that you are comfortable with exposures, lighting for the time of your party, technical details, or fun angles that will take your video and photographs to a pro level.

Here are some of our most popular First Year Party Themes:

BARNYARD

OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM….

RUBBER DUCKIE

LIL PRINCESS

LIL FAIRY

CHO  CHOO TRAIN

TEDDY BEAR

BUG CATEPILLAR

BUG LADYBUG

BUG BUTTERFLY

BUG BUMBLE BEE

CIRCUS

JUNGLE

LITTLE CHICK

DINOSAUR

DALMATIAN

EVERYTHING LITTLE

BALLERINA

CHARACTER BIRTHDAYS

Winnie Pooh

Mickey Mouse

Minnie Mouse

Barney

Backyardigans

Little Einsteins

Elmo

Sesame Street Friends

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Curious George

Disney Princesses

To book a first year old party, decoration, rental items and character hosts….

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Fancy Nancy Best Party Ideas

June 23, 2010

If your little one loves to dress up, wear your heals and walks the walk, a Fancy Nancy Party is the right choice for her.

Written by Jane O’Connor, the Fancy Nancy book is a classic.

I have posted some of the best ideas I have found on the web hoping to receive a call soon for this party. We  have an array of boas, ornated hats, pearls, earrings, glasses and a super fancy diva waiting to come and join you at  this amazing and fun party. Little girls will laugh their hearts out, striking poses and trying on dresses….More pictures in http://www.chscreativeproductions.com/

This beautiful setting created by CHS in California includes Eiffel tower and of course, lots of bling, bling! The pallette colors purple, pink and white following the book colors.

Nevertheless, be creative in the use of colors, it depends on where you will host the party and your own preference. I just fell in love with these loving mother choices, check them out:

I just loved this beautiful candy bar created by Shawna, a caring mom who decided for a Fancy Nancy Birthday Soiree. The color pallette is a soft pink and lime green, a beautiful play tent in pink and white stripes set the mood in the garden, check it our:

For this Soiree, manner lessons would be a great activity together with make-up sessions, walk with a book on top of your head (they are specially designed so that they will not fall)  and a Runway show at the end, red carpet and all!

Another fun craft is “create your own hat”  that girls could wear during tea time. We are also planning on having beautiful picture opportunities with the party girl and friends, they could even be in sepia like the one shown bellow, true pieces of art that could be favors with the picture frame craft the girls had done at the party or thank you notes/keepers to be sent after the party.

Check this beautiful lFAncy Nancy Cake done by Cake Central, the colors and the attention to detail is fantastic:

Other options for cake could be one in a form of a purse or sunglasses, Eiffel tower, or even zebra style black and white stripes. Decorate the table with pink boas and string of pearls.

For help planning a Fancy Nancy Party…

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Balloon decorations

June 22, 2010

I wanted to share with you these videos I found on the web with balloon decorations…

The above shown video has no sound and is not so well taken but I liked the color pallette and the welcoming rabbits.

Balloon twisting is fun to do!

We do it mostly for creating funky carnival hats like the ones shown at the picture above, but I have found on the web some really interesting pieces of art and creativity that I want to share with you. None of the decorations bellow were done by hippojoy, although some decorations we create ourselves, this is not our area of expertise. As party planners, we are always on the look for new and fun ways to decorate and find the best prices and alternatives for our clients.  I have posted credits when available.  Enjoy!

The video shown above is from Inflaarte. I loved their style and creativity.

Angel and balloon arch by Globarte, Saavedra, Spain

Flowers in BAsket by buena idea, El Salvador

Funky Mask by Buena idea, El Salvador

To book a party with Event Planners and for a free consultation, contact us…

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Cowboy and Cowgirl Party for kids!

June 22, 2010

Pony rides or a Pet Farm for a Party?

OHHHH YEAH!!!  How cool is that?

Pony rides, pet farms and petting zoos have enchanted children forever. If you are planning a day at the farm at home, why not bring a petting farm and give your guests a hands on experience. Our petting zoo experience include animals geared for all ages: chickens, ducks, donkey…We can also include pony rides if requested.

If you plan to do it at a local park, remember some parks have restrictions on bringing in animals, give us a call first so we can recommend you different options.

Phone call: “Cowgirl Sue, we’ve gotta party with a pet farm and horses!”

Cowgirl Sue: “YEEEEEHAH, I’m on  my way, will catch the next flight to Orlando  and will be there in no time!”

Cowgirl Sue having fun with Cowgirls Andrea and Alexandra…..

Cowgirl Sue is from Texas, she lives in a ranch called “Double Arrow Ranch”  in West Texas. Her favorite activity is to ride horses and transport cattle from one side of the river to the ranch but she also loves square line dancing!

She loves all horses but her favorite and best friend is Dynamite, she has a mini-replica of Dynamite. A legendary Indian Chief named Sitting Bull gave her a magical potion and it is said that Dynamite’s spirit will pass on to the replica so he never leaves Cowgirl Sue’s side.

Back on Double Arrow Ranch, also lives “Diablo”,  Back in the ranch no-one will ride Diablo because he is too wild!

Some fun games with Cowgirl Sue include: Pass Diablo the Horse, Tug-o-war games, Sack Races, Round Up the Herd, Rope the Calf, and of course line dances. It is not necessary for you to have a pet farm or pony rides to have tons of fun at a Cowgirl/cowboy party. We can also work with a themed cowboy party like Woody from toy story.

Cowgirl Sue will do Face Painting at your party also!

There was really not much to decorate for this party other than our nice centerpieces, because the place had a children farm, but if you are having your party at home, do not worry, we will decorate it with hale bales, horse picture opportunity, inflatable cactus, barn doors, every detail so kids will feel in a barn house or at the wild, wild West!!

This is me striking a pose before guests arrive.  Check out this life-size picture opportunity horse!

I will post our beautiful birthday gift bag ideas for this party, sacks, and prizes… Until then, yeeehah  to all of you!

To book a Wild West, Pet Farm visit, Pony Rides and Cowboy/Cowgirl fun…

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Quinceañera photography Tips

June 21, 2010

I had to interview Pako and his wife, Janeth who have been taking beautiful wedding and quinceañera pictures and Video for many years, for this article, following are must read tips to consider for your sweet Sixteen or Quinceañera pictures.

I always tell parents, don’t cut out on the professional photographer please, and if necessary I do go “pleeeeeeeeaaaase!” It is really important to have great memories for this day.

We even had a Quinceañera party once that the theme went around the photograph session of her and her friends. We made them feel like divas with a whole Spa treatment!

Please read through our Best Tips:

  • Make sure you hire a professional photographer, and that you have empathy with him. This means you like their ideas and you get along with him or her. Your attitude toward the photographer will show up in the photos. Don’t automatically go for the cheapest photographer. Pick the photographer whose photos most impress you and who you can afford.
  • Discuss beforehand the type of pictures you want, Pako for example specializes in making a story book. From the moment you go to the salon up to the highlights of your party…

  • Before you commit to a photographer, look at his/her work. Is he creative enough? Do you like the final product?

  • Get your hair and makeup done by a professional.
  • Make a list of all the people you want photographed: family, friends, etc., and designate a family member to point these people out to the photographer.
  • Work out a timeline, from when you plan to arrive at the church to when you plan to end the reception, so that the quince runs on a schedule. If the ceremony gets off to a late start, pictures will often get skipped, and opportunities for good shots will be missed.

  • ENJOY!  Remember these images are the ones you most want to preserve during your quinceañera and show off to friends and family. Grasp every moment, this is a time to be relaxed and not stressed, be playful, strike a posse and have lots of fun!

For an event planner or photograph consultation…

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A mermaid party!

June 21, 2010

There are so many wonderful and creative ideas for this party. A bubble machine is great to set the mood.

You can choose to have a more formal setting like the one above, with organza table cloths with silver sparkles or go with a more traditional fabric or even blue plastic table cloths with a fish net on top like the one shown on the picture below…

These colorful fish centerpieces (shown below), are only $10 each and would be ideal for a mermaid party…

Above, another version $7.50 each.

Little girls love dress up. And for this party, a wide assortment of costumes and accessories is a must!

Girls will all be treated to mermaid makeovers (fish tails, pearls, wig for the birthday girl and flowers or crowns for her guests), mini manicures with colorful and glittery nail polish, and shimmer body sprays!

For activities you can choose from  making your own pearl necklace, picture frame or marine bracelet.

For an outdoor or pool party, treasure hunt and lots of swimming and games, in this setting our mermaids and mermans took a swimming at a lake… If your choice is for an outdoor pool party, make sure you hire a life guard, certified character host or mermaid!

Ask about our new scene recreation and theater parties. Girls get the opportunity to reenact a scene from their favorite movie, we tape all the action and at the end they enjoy scenes from the movie and from their very own performance. This is fun to watch for both children and parents!

Actresses must be relaxed and enjoying every step of their performance…. Check out this beautiful setting to make-believe theatre for our mermaids and mermans….

This is for sure an under the sea scene…..

You can choose a mermaid cake or nice personalized birthday cupcakes!

For more mermaid fun….

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