Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party

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Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

This is my son, Henry. And he loves all things Peter Pan. When I asked what kind of party he wanted for this 3rd birthday, I was not at all surprised that he answered without hesitation, “I want a Peter Pan birthday!” So that’s what Mama delivered.
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

I have to admit, after a quick browse of Pinterest for ideas, I was extremely frustrated. I mean, have you seen the Peter Pan parties out there? They are so amazingly elaborate, a normal human being could never compete. And understandably so…there are so many things you can do with a Peter Pan/Neverland theme. After crying to my husband, he reminded me of my goal when it comes to events: to create beautiful, fun and affordable events. So I dried my eyes and decided to do just that. I DIYed literally everything–invite, printables, treasure maps, signs, goody bags, skull rock & crocodile paintings, the backdrop, banners, garlands, etc.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold MomTheme:

For this Peter Pan Neverland party, we invited our friends to join for us Peter Pancakes in Neverland (aka our local park full of nice big trees and a play structure that could resemble a pirate ship with a little imagination) as their favorite Neverland character. We turned the park into Neverland with stations to represent the various landmarks on the island. Each of these stations also hosted activities for the treasure hunt (see Activities & Favors section).  Some areas were as simple as a chair and sign; others were more elaborate.

The Night Sky leading to Neverland
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Backdrop | Marigold Mom

Indian CampPeter Pan Neverland Birthday Party with teepee and easy DIY camp fire | Marigold Mom

Skull Rock
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Skull Rock - Cubby, Jake and the Neverland Pirates Costume | Marigold Mom

Mermaid Lagoon
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Mermaid DIY bubble gum peal necklaces | Marigold Mom

Pixie Hollow
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pixie Dust | Marigold Mom

Crocodile Creek
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Cannibal Cove
My son particularly likes pirates and Captain Hook, so I decided to make our dessert table pirate themed. It was probably my favorite part of the day! And the kids seemed to really like it as well. I made Captain Hook’s Canon Balls (Oreo truffles); Karen from Karen’s Custom Cakes made our pirate ship cake; the cupcake toppers were my splurge–I ordered them from Pirate Desserts on Etsy. I loved working with Tammie at Pirate Desserts. When the toppers arrived, some of the hooks were broken; she had replacements sent out the next day and they arrived just in time for the party. I highly recommend her and her amazing toppers!

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert Table | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Ship Cake | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Desserts & Captain Hook's Canon Balls | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert & Captain Hook's Canon Balls | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Pirate - Pirate Dessert & Captain Hook's Canon Balls | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert & Captain Hook's Canon Balls  | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Pirate Dessert & Captain Hook's Canon Balls  | Marigold Mom

 

Food:

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food | Marigold MomWe held our party in the morning so we could serve Peter Pancakes. The rest of our menu included items that represented various Neverland characters.  I made sure to plan food that could be made ahead of time as there aren’t many cooking options at the park. The one exception was the pancakes for the grown-ups (I made dollar pancakes ahead of time for the kiddos); my hubby flipped those over a charcoal grill:

  • Peter Pancakes
  • Crocodile (Turkey) Sausage
  • Nana’s Nasty Tonic (Maple Syrup)
  • Mr. Smee’s Whipped Cream
  • Wendy Darling’s Vanilla Yogurt
  • Lost Boy’s Granola
  • Tinker Bell’s Fairy Fruit
  • Mermaid Lagoon Hard Boiled Eggs

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food - Tinker Bell Fairy Fruit | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food - Mermaid Lagoon Pearls | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food - Lost Boys Granola | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food - Mr. Smee's shaving cream & Nana's Nasty Tonic | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food - Peter PanCakes | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Food & Drink | Marigold Mom

 

Activities & Favors

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games & Activities | Marigold Mom

Our activities and favors were combined. At the Indian Camp, the boys could make Red Man headbands to wear and/or take home with them. At Mermaid Lagoon, the girls could make bubble gum pearl necklaces. And the big finale was a treasure hunt that ended at Pirate Cove where the children had to battle a pirate to get their treasure/favors. 

Red Man Headbands

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games & Activities - DIY Native American Headbands | Marigold Mom

The Red Man Headbands station was set up at the Indian Camp. The boys cut out their headband (I used this template), then could color it in, add feathers, and tape it on their head. We let the girls make them too because they were just so fun.

Bubble Gum Pearl Necklaces
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games & Activities - DIY Mermaid Pearl Necklace | Marigold Mom

The Bubble Gum Pearl Necklace station was set up at Mermaid Lagoon. Yes, those are actual gum balls, and yes, I actually drilled holes in every single one so they would thread onto the ribbon. But they were so cute and fun and the girls LOVED them. What girl wouldn’t love them? I think some boys snuck in on this one too (can you blame them?) This was a great party activity!

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games & Activities - DIY Mermaid Pearl Necklace  | Marigold Mom Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Treasure Hunt
Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Treasure Chest | Marigold Mom

I don’t know how the kids felt about the treasure hunt, but it was my favorite part of the party. It was husband’s idea (all my really good ideas are his) and was so much fun to put together! We outfitted the children with a map, a Tinkerbell or Peter Pan goody bag, and “telescope” and sent them to each section of Neverland where they had to complete a task in order to receive their next clue. 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Treasure Hunt | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Party Games, Activities & Favors - Treasure Hunt | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Party Games, Activities & Favors - Treasure Hunt | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Party Games, Activities & Favors - Treasure Hunt | Marigold Mom

 Our treasure hunt started off at the Indian Camp where everyone had to dance around the fire and chant.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Party Games, Activities & Favors | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Teepee and DIY camp fire | Marigold Mom

The campfire was made out of tissue paper, paper towel rolls, and foam blocks spray painted grey.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors | Marigold Mom

From there, we ran to Hangman’s Tree, which is also the hideout of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. And in typical Lost Boy fashion, each guest had use a sling shot to shoot a bouncy ball (which is much safer than a rock).

From there, we ran to Hangman's Tree, which is also

Next we swam to Skull Rock where everyone had to yell, “Hook is a codfish!” into an echophone. It was pretty epic listening to all of them shout into that thing. 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Skull Rock | Marigold Mom

 After establishing the fact that Hook is indeed a codfish, we went to Mermaid Lagoon. Each child had to dive deep into waters (aka ball pit balls) of Mermaid Lagoon and retrieve a “pearl” (aka old golf ball from a box in my garage). They were also free to wade around for a bit if the urge hit.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Mermaid Lagoon diving for pearls | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Mermaid Lagoon diving for pearls | Marigold Mom

Crocodile Creek was the next stop. The task was to toss a bean bag through the croc’s mouth. Or get your picture taken with your head in his mouth. Or throw a bean bag at your brother’s head in the croc’s mouth. Anything can happen with 3-5 year olds. And not to brag, but I DIYed this one. I didn’t think I could draw or paint at all, but apparently there’s a recessive gene buried deep down somewhere. I was just a little pleased with how this one turned out.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Crocodile Bean Bag Toss | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Crocodile Bean Bag Toss | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Crocodile Bean Bag Toss | Marigold Mom

If anyone survived their encounter with the croc, they were to proceed to Pixie Hollow. There they could sprinkle some pixie dust on themselves and fly away on the swings. By the way, don’t ever sprinkle glitter in child’s hair. You will still find it weeks (and possibly months) later. 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Tinker Bell's Pixie Dust | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold MomNext, our guests were to land on the Jolly Roger and walk the plank, because naturally, they would never become pirates and join Captain Hook’s crew. 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Ship Walk the Plank | Marigold Mom

 

The final challenge was the greatest: to defeat the pirate defending the treasure chest (and the dessert). 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold MomAnd finally, a chest full of party favor treasures awaited them.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Treasure Chest | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Treasure Chest | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Treasure Chest | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Games, Activities & Favors - Pirate Treasure Chest | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

 

Photo Booth & Neverland Characters

It was so fun seeing all the children come dressed as their favorite Neverland characters! All the fairies and mermaids and pirates were simply too adorable! We also had a photo booth (which ironically I had absolutely no pictures of and had to email everyone to try and get some photos) with some absolutely darling (no pun intended) props I found Etsy.

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Tinker Bell & Peter Pan Costumes | Marigold Mom

My very own Tink and Pan

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Cubby from Jake and the Neverland Pirates Costume | Marigold Mom

Cubby (from Jake & the Neverland Pirates) 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Darling Children Costumes - Wendy, John & Michael Costumes | Marigold Mom

Wendy, John & Michael

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Wendy Darling & Peter Pan Costumes | Marigold Mom

Wendy & Peter

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Twin Tinks (though I think one lost her skirt)

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Izzy from Jake and the Neverland Pirates Costume | Marigold Mom

Izzy (from Jake and the Neverland Pirates)

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Peter Pan, Cubby, Jake and the Neverland Pirates Costumes | Marigold Mom

Cubby, Peter Pan & Jake

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Rock Star Peter Pan

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Photo Booth Props | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party - Photo Booth Props | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

 

The Birthday Boy

Wishing my big boy a very happy 3rd birthday! Part of me never wants him to grow up. The other part is ready for him to move out so the hubs and I can go on lots of exotic trips and spoil grandkids. 

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party | Marigold Mom

 

Vendor Credits:

 Event Planning & Styling: Marigold Events

Photography: Emily Strawn Photography

Cake: Karen’s Custom Cakes

Cupcake Toppers: Pirate Desserts

Invitation & Printables: Marigold Mom Designs

Photo Booth Props: Upon a Time Designs

 Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party Backdrop | Marigold Mom

 

 

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Gender Reveal: Pink & Blue Moccasins

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Moccasins are all the rage right now, aren’t they? I know I want a pair for my daughter SO BAD! I love them! And apparently so does everyone else, including my friend, Tiffany, from Tiffany Nicole Photography. And for her second child’s gender reveal, she chose what we all love best…moccasins! She and I collaborated to create this adorable Pink & Blue Moccasin Gender Reveal with the big question: He or She? What Color Moccasins Will They Be?

If you’ve been pregnant, you know how exhausting it is to have your body creating a new little life, so we kept everything very simple–pizza, chips, and veggies for dinner with cupcakes for dessert. Decor was simple too: balloons, DIY tassel garland, moccasin banner, prints, and cupcake toppers that I created (available in my Etsy shop), and of course, moccasins. It was simple, inexpensive and simply darling. 

I won’t give the big reveal away…you’ll need to go to the bottom to see what they’re having.  :-)

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold MomDaddy was the keeper of the secret of Baby #2′s gender. And he did a fantastic job keeping his secret. So much so that he had Tiffany convinced she was having a boy. Boy, was she surprised….her face was amazing!

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom Gender Reveal: What Color Moccasins Will They Be? | Marigold Mom

Congrats on another precious little girl, Stephen and Tiffany! Can’t wait to meet her!!

 

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Tiffany Nicole Photography

Printables: Marigold Mom Shop

Moccasins: Hello Moccs

Cucpaks: Lady Di’s Cookies

 

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Craft Beer 30th Birthday: Brats & Beer Brew Bash

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold MomSo I’m finally getting this up on the blog. It’s one of my favorite events, and according to my husband, it is THE best event I’ve done. Probably because it was for his 30th birthday and the theme is one of his favorite things–craft beer. He’s dabbled in home brewing for a few years now, and really enjoys finding well made craft beer. And as his big birthday drew closer, the obvious choice for a party for him was a craft beer brew bash.  At first I was going to try to surprise him, but that would have been way too stressful. Plus, he had so much fun anticipating, taste-testing brats and cupcakes, and helping to plan (don’t tell anyone, but most of my best event ideas actually come from his creative genius), it was totally worth it to bring in him on it.

Decor:

My main goal for this event was to keep it classy. I didn’t want a bunch of drunk people cluttering up my house and back yard and disturbing my neighbors. The point of craft beer isn’t drunkenness, it’s appreciation for the drink, much as it is with wine. So we were intentional in our planning. We wanted to essentially have a gastropub in our back yard and went for an industrial feel–bricks, galvanized steel, chalk boards. My husband’s brewing equipment made for great decor and doubled as ice chests. Our fences were covered in Dogfish Head (one of my husband’s favorite breweries) posters. Tables were covered with butcher paper; centerpieces were a beer bottle with wheat and a bucket filled with peanuts on bricks. I created a “Hoppy Birthday” banner, as well as some chalk board style posters. I also made garland out of bottle caps and a craft beer glass silhouette garland. Finally, I bought a beer and pointing finger garland on Etsy.

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Food & Drink:

We served brats from a fantastic local butcher, as well as chicken sausage for the more health conscious, along with sauerkraut & caramelized onions and variety of mustards. Our friend, Gary, came up with the remaining menu and catered gourmet gastropub food like cheesy bacon chips, fried pickles, and roasted brussel sprouts with garlic aoli. Finally we served a bunch of munchie, snacky items like soft pretzels, kettle chips, Chex Mix, M&Ms and peanuts.

Obviously, for drinks, we served craft beer. We provided a few growlers from a local brewery, Wolf Creek, then asked each guest to bring a bottle of their favorite craft beer to share. We also served fancy sodas (we have a LOT of pregnant friends right now) and bottled water.

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash Menu | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash food | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Warning: Shameless promo ahead!

Dessert was probably my favorite part of the night, being the crazy cake-loving lady that I am. We wanted to serve beer cupcakes, and after scouring the internet for recipes, I found a company in San Diego that makes cupcakes using craft beer and actually sells their cake mixes! It was perfect! Except for one thing–at the time, PubCakes was still working to make their craft beer cake mixes available for purchase online, but was not yet up and running. And with a toddler and newborn, I simply didn’t have the time to drive to the San Diego farmer’s market to buy them. So I emailed the owner, Misty, explaining my situation. She was awesome to work with and mailed the cake mixes to me. Now a quick note of explanation–I love cake but I do NOT like cake mixes. Cake needs to be made from scratch. Except PubCakes cake. Their cake mix was SO. GOOD. There are only four mixes available (vanilla ale, cocoa porter, chocolate stout & belgian spice), but Misty offers a number of different recipes on her website so you can turn your mix into whatever craft beer amazingness you’re currently craving. She also has recipes for frostings and fillings. And trust me, they’re good. I hope to one day soon make it down to San Diego so I can actually meet this cupcake goddess, but for now I’ll have to make myself content with her mixes. For this event, we used three of her mixes and made the following (and yes, I made all these lovely cupcakes along with the help of my friend, Sam, and her mad cupcake frosting skills–we thought ourselves to be just a little amazing when we were finally done with our gourmet cupcakes):

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

We also made a fourth cupcake, a chocolate pretzel stout with a brown ale custard filling from a recipe I found on the Snyders of Hanover website. I was born and raised in PA (quite close to Hanover) on Synders pretzels so I had to make this one excepiont to PubCakes. :-) This cupcake was also amazing. I think I may have eaten my body weight in cupcakes both leading up to the party (you can’t serve an un-tested item) and the night of. And in the days after, finishing up what wasn’t eaten. I didn’t want any of that yummy goodness to go to waste. Anyway, I’ve taken a lot of space–probably too much–writing about cupcakes, so I’ll stop now.

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Invitation, Favors, Water Bottle Labels

For the invitation and favor, I worked with Product80 on Etsy. Grant makes custom coaster invitations which are pretty awesome. I preferred the coaster as a party favor as opposed to an invite, so he created a special coaster for our guests to use based on the invitation design. We also decided to do water bottle labels to round out the look. Grant was great to work with and we loved what he came up with for us!

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

Craft Beer: 30th Birthday Brats & Beer Brew Bash | Marigold Mom

 

And that was my labor of love for my best friend and hubby. It is not a 30th birthday he will soon forget. It really was so much fun–everyone keeps asking us to have another. Maybe we’ll just have to throw a craft beer brew bash every year for his birthday!

 

Vendor Credits:

Event Planning & Styling: Marigold Events

Photography: Blyss Photography (except for the crappy pictures–Alyssa was also our babysitter and had to leave leave to watch the kiddos so the not-pretty pictures are ones I, and other, took)

Food Labels, Mustard Bottle Labels, Craft Beer Chalkboard Posters, Hoppy Birthday banner: Marigold Mom Shop

Catering: Gary Edwards

Brats: Bob’s Country Meats

Cupcake Mixes: PubCakes

Invitation, Coaster Favors, Water Bottle Labels: Product80 

Decorative Posters: Dogfish Head

Beer Varieties Poster: Pop Chart Lab

Beer Glass & Finger Garland: Sunny by Design

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Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Eight years ago, Laura was one of my bridesmaids. And this summer I have the honor of returning the favor.  I was so happy for her when Zach popped the big question, and just as thrilled to agree to stand with her on her wedding day. And so you can imagine that I was also pretty excited to get to throw a bridal shower for her along with the help with the other bridesmaids. 

When I think of Laura, I think of the beach. More specifically, I think a Hawaiian beach. She lives near the coast, and she and her family frequently vacations in Hawaii. Her room was always decorated with tropical items. And I don’t know how many times we’ve been to the beach together.  So it only made sense that we would throw her a bridal shower luau.

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Decor:

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal ShowerMy vision for the look and feel of this shower was more organic and natural. I didn’t want the usual store bought luau party look–I wanted people to feel like they were Hawaii.  So I used a lot of neutral colors, burlap, bamboo, sand, shells, coral, vintage Hawaiian postcards, plants, and fruit to decorate. And it turned out just as I had imagined! I thought it was beautiful, and the bride thought it was stunning. You can’t ask for a better compliment than that!

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Our guests sat in the shade of multi-colored umbrellas at tables with centerpieces of tabletop tiki torches, vintage Hawaiian postcards and hurricanes made by the groom’s family.

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal ShowerI found this gorgeous invitation from Stellar Design Pro on Etsy and had to have it. I designed all the other printables for the luau myself; they can be found on my Etsy site.

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower  Beautiful invitation by Stellar Design Pro

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower Printables Food & Drink:

In keeping with our theme, we served luau food. Our menu consisted of pulled pork with pineapple salsa, sweet hawaiian rolls, pineapple macadamia nut rice, green salad and tropical fruit. Our guests were able to sip on water, tropical iced tea and, of course, Mai Tais. The main dessert was a huge, beautiful and deliciously wonderful cake, served along with coconut macaroons and sand dollar cookies.

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower Tiki Bar

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Favors:

Our favors were tropical lip gloss and hand creme. We also had leis available for everyone to wear, because, let’s be honest, you can’t fully participate in a luau if you’re not wearing a lei.

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

Activities:

We had three different activities at the shower. Guests were given the opportunity to write a little note to the bride–advice, wishes, a favorite memory, etc. All the cards were then put into a book for Laura to read and keep. 
Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

 We also played two different games–a movie love quotes matching game and a “how well do you know the bridal couple” game. 

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower Games

 

Congratulations to my beautiful friend, Laura, and her groom! I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

And thanks to these sweet bridesmaids for all their hard work and input! They were a great team to work with, and I could have never done it without them!

Marigold Mom | Vintage Hawaiian Luau Bridal Shower

 

Vendor Credits:

Event Planning & Styling; Marigold Events

Venue: Private Home 

Cake: Breadbasket Cake

Favors: Loccitane

Invitation: Stellar Design Pro

Vintage Postcards: Island Art Store

Burlap Banners, “Bride” banner, Food Lables, etc.: Marigold Mom Shop

Photography: Marigold Mom

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Baby & Me Baby Shower

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold MomI’ve been using Alyssa, from Blyss Photography, to photograph my events for some time now and absolutely love her. Not only does she capture incredible images (especially of kids–locals, you need to use her!), she really is one of the sweetest people I know. I was thrilled to help her with her cousin’s baby shower. 

Alyssa wanted something super simple and not over-the-top fru-fru baby like. I loved her “Baby & Me” idea and decided to take full advantage of the “and” by incorporating an ampersand. I made a giant ampersand out of foam board, as well as puff balls out of tulle. I also designed some cupcake toppers to go with our theme. A friend of Alyssa’s made the cupcakes and cake pops (we used washi tape to create the cake pop flags). But I think my favorite decoration was the flower arrangements. Again, they were super simple, but oh-so cute! Just mason jars with a chalk board label with an ampersand filled with grapefruit slices and baby’s breath.  They were the perfect touch to this sweet and simple Baby & Me baby shower.

If you like the cupcake toppers, I’ve just opened a rather pathetic looking Etsy shop (I only have two things up so far and am still trying to figure everything out), and they’re available for purchase

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Ampersand Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Baby & Me Baby Shower | Marigold Mom

Vendor Credits:

Event Styling, Puff Balls, & Printables: Marigold Mom (cupcake toppers: Etsy)

Photography: Blyss Photography (Instagram: @blyssphotography)

 

 

 

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