Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Let's Geaux to the Farm

I'm so excited to finally be able to post these pictures, they are way over due! My dear friend Amelia Chandler (Her Royal Heinous) and I have joined forces to open a local children's event planning company called Let's Geaux Party. For those not familiar with the "Louisiana slang" Geaux is pronounced Go. We held our first party back in August 2011 and we've been on a roll ever since.

The party was for a set of twins turning four and their little sister turning two and held at their grandparents farm in Greenwood, Louisiana. Despite the extreme heat everyone had so much fun and enjoyed the petting zoo that came to visit the kids. The mom wanted a hand drawn illustration of the farm animals with a sort of "story book feel". We took the invitation a step farther by having the barn doors open to revel the invitation wording.

We set the very long dining table and lunch up inside the motor coach "barn". The cake and drinks were set up inside the actual barn complete with a stable right inside and behind the cake. It made for some very amused guests who were greeted by horses whenever they went to get a treat. Amelia scoured the local thrift shops for cowboy boots for centerpieces, some she painted and some were left to their vintage feel (inspired by Orange Blossom and Stephanie Lynn). We set up small hay bales and sunflowers on the table with toppers made in the same style as the party invitation. Horse head bookends were also used to add to the western feel.

Lunch was served out of a "chuck wagon" packaged in kraft gable boxes and topped off with a delicious animal cookie from Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design. Aly B's Bakery in Shreveport made the delicious farm cake topped off with fondant farm animals from Two Sugar Babies. We also added a hand maid denim, burlap and gingham cake bunting behind the animals. Cupcakes were purchased from Sam's and topped off with cupcake toppers to match the rest of the party collateral. 

Each child received their own western cowboy hat hung on the fence (inspired by Hickey Pickety) and a chance to shop at the "General Store" for fun treats and toys. All the children got to ride on the donkeys and horses, pet goats, sheep and ducks and ride in a special barrel train owned by the grandparents. I think the kids had almost as much fun as Amelia and I had putting this party together. We had a blast down on the farm!

Party styling, concept, invitations and collateral: Let's Geaux Party
     Amelia Chandler: Her Royal Heinous / Emily Welch: Magnolia Creative Co.
Cake: Aly B's Bakery, Shreveport, LA
Farm Animal Fondant Toppers: Two Sugar Babies
Party Favors in the General Store: Oriental Trading

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Audie Gras 2012 - Pirates and Princesses

I've been so excited to share this post with all of you. I know this post is a little past Mardi Gras but I think you'll all appreciate the creativity of these "floats" in the Kiddie Krewe Parade. My daughter was born during the Mardi Gras season and since we live on the parade route her party always has a Mardi Gras theme, this year's theme was pirates and princesses. 

Her invitations were glittered and wrapped in metallic paper, ribbon and sealed with with a faux wax seal. You just put the faux wax seal in any standard glue gun and stamp away. I purchased my stamp and faux wax from There are tons of colors and they make a very easy embellishment for any royal themed party. A little tip, you must use a metal stamp and keep it in a small bowl of ice when you're working and blot before stamping.

I turned my dining room table into a pirate ship to by painting a roll of craft paper like a ship with cannons and water. I created a mast with a clay flowerpot I turned upside down and embellished with "gold rivets" and rope. I also painted a backdrop to hang behind the table with a castle, pirate ship, a mermaid and octopus.


The food table consisted of a two layer, strawberry cake complete with an edible treasure chest by Aly B's Bakery, tri-color cupcakes, marshmellow wands and chocolate mini donuts.

My mother custom made the Pirate Queen and her "deck hand" purple, green and gold costumes. It was next to impossible to get a picture of them posed together and both wearing their hats. Oh well, I guess there is always next year?

Party favors were pirate dress up sets in burlap bags and tiaras, jewelry and purses for the princesses. An adorable wreath and birthday shield from the Knock Knock Factory adorned the favor table and welcomed guests. The birthday shield is incredible and my favorite! It now hangs in my office. It will come out every year and serve as the official logo of our Kiddie Krewe parade.

Luckily the weather held out in time for the Kiddie Krewe parade. Each year these "floats" get better and better, the parents are amazing with what they create! The parade rolled down the street and the kids through beads to onlookers waiting for the Krewe of Gemini parade later that evening. We gave out prizes for best Pirate float and best Princess float. Some special guests even showed up to join the fun!

Happy birthday to my sweet, funny Pirate Queen, Audrey Corinne! 

Party Styling, Invitations and Printables: Magnolia Creative Co.
Photos courtesy of Her Royal Heinous and Mandi Bruning 
Pirate Birthday Cake: Aly B's Bakery
Favor bags and party favors: Dollar Tree, Gifts International and Halo Heaven
Pirate Wreath and Kiddie Krewe Birthday Shield: Knock Knock Factory
Fleur De Lis cupcake toppers and striped straws:The Bakers Confection