Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Real Life Inspiration: The Happiest Party On Earth!

With four kids under eight and a fondness for Disney, Sheila Rasmussen had no trouble deciding on a theme for daughter Kady’s 7th birthday party. She turned to the mouse for A Magic Kingdom Birthday–and it certainly was a magical celebration!
Sheila made the invitations by cutting black notecards into the familiar shape of Mickey’s head, keeping the fold intact at the top of the ears. She then printed the fun wording onto white cardstock, which she cut into a circle and glued inside the card. Colorful ribbons of red, yellow and black were tied to the mouse’s left ear and added a touch of femininity to the invitation.

On the big day, the birthday girl and her family donned Disney-wear to incite the magic and guests were also encouraged to come dressed in their Disney finest. Sheila had adorable themed birthday jeans designed especially for Kady by 4getmeknot, an designer who makes extraordinary hand-embellished denim jeans for girls.

There was no mistaking the location of the celebration. A huge Disney banner (an ebay find) hung over the front door and greeted guests. A large cut-out Pluto, handmade by Kady’s grandfather, adorned the front lawn and was a great spot for photos. Sheila made a playlist of all the Disney classics which was piped throughout the park (aka her backyard).
Upon arrival, Kady’s friends each received a lanyard with their very own park ticket and nametag. Sheila thoughtfully created activity stations throughout the park and the children received a Disney trading pin once they completed each activity.

At Mad Hatter’s Hat Shoppe guests were invited to decorate derby hats (adorned with Mickey ears Sheila cut and glued on herself) with peel and stick craft foam. Playing Minnie’s Musical Chairs was a blast for everyone, including the kids who couldn’t find a seat. Princesses and pirates alike bounced around inside the Disney Princess Castle and kids defeated the emperor Zurg at Buzz Lightyear’s Battle Buckets. In the hospitality tent, guests traded pins and enjoyed popcorn, hand turned cotton candy, and lemonade.

In the Bibbity Bobbity Boo-tique, party-goers had their faces painted and received tattoos with Disney designs. This party was even equipped with a rollercoaster courtesy of a Step 2 Extreme Coaster and a sloping lawn.
The party was forced in doors when it started to rain midway through the celebration. Sheila used the opportunity to sing Happy Birthday to Kady, serve cake and open gifts. Ever the consummate planner, Sheila had Disney Dance Dance Revolution for Wii on stand-by to keep guests entertained during the rainshower. While a parade down Main Street was planned for the big finale, the weather didn’t cooperate.
Her friends were reluctant to leave the “happiest party on earth’, but as they departed each guest received a darling goody bag filled with fun Disney favors, including handmade Mickey crayons, a copy of the playlist on CD, Mickey-shaped rice krispie treats and more. Kady’s 7th birthday party was a magical success that created a lifetime of memories for everyone!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Real Life Inspiration: Matryoshka Doll Birthday Party

Also known as Russian Nesting Dolls, these lovely little works of art make a sweet and unique birthday party theme. Blogger Stephmodo planned just such a birthday celebration for her neice last fall. Check out her blog for more pictures, inspiration and resources!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I Want Candy!

But really, who doesn't? And we all know how children feel about the sweet stuff. That's why 'Candyland' is such a fun party theme to plan and even more fun to attend. Easy to execute, a Candyland Party appeals to every guest (young and old!).

Set the big day apart from the start with adorable lollipop invitations from the tomkat studio on This designer also offers matching cupcake toppers, favor tags and more! They look pretty easy to make by hand if you're the Martha Stewart type.

Combine every vibrant color of the Candyland rainbow with classic treats for fun party decor. Our friends at Bama Balloons recently created these giant lollipops made entirely of balloons for a Candyland birthday. They look sweet enough to eat!

There are many more Candyland decor ideas featured at popular event planning blog Hostess with the Mostess.

And speaking of something sweet, this adorable theme cake was designed by Dena's Cakes in Beaumonth, Texas.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter from Merry B Events!

Whether or not you like eating Peeps, this fun Easter rainbow from Jan Herbert Photography looks delicious!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Make Your Own Peeps

Cute as they are, sometimes pre-packaged Peeps just don't mesh with the Easter celebration. If that's the case, try making your own! We found the recipe at

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sweet Easter Chicks

The bunny rabbit may be the icon of the Easter holiday, but spring chickens are also a perennial favorite. recently featured these adorable cupcake creations that are so easy to make we couldn’t help but pass the link along! Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Brooks' 7th Birthday Party - Jedi Knights

The force was strong on Saturday when Padawans from lands far, far away converged at docking station 3873 Village Center Drive for Jedi Training with Master Jedi RaySalv.

After earning their very own light sabers, the Jedi-in-training learned defense manuevers and techniques for battling the Empire from the Master and became certified Jedi Knights. A Storm Trooper cake was ceremoniously defeated to celebrate the rebel victory. See more pictures from the MerryB Events Jedi Knight Party!