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Handmade Birthday Parties for Kids: Pirates, Tea and Vintage

Jun 15, 2010

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Irene_bio.jpgIrene Hoofs, a.k.a. Bloesem, is the author of the design blogs Bloesem and Bkids. Irene was born and raised in Amsterdam. After roaming the globe she and her family settled down in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From her home office, which overlooks a bamboo garden, she aspires to bring out-of-the-box daily finds to her readers…with an admitted preference for Dutch design.

Can there be anything more stressful for a mom than organizing a birthday party for a 4-year-old? Of course, I can think of many things more serious to worry about, but I have to admit that I lost some sleep trying to create an unforgettable day for my eldest son just last weekend. Celebrating his “I am a big boy now” birthday with his friends and my co-moms was great fun, and as you might have expected, most of what I had carefully planned turned out quite differently. No matter. Because I got one thing right: the birthday theme that successfully contributed to the fun (and chaos?) of playing, running and sometimes fighting 4-year-olds.

Naturally I used Etsy for finding inspiration and getting pirate themed items to spruce up the decor.

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According to my husband it was a no-brainer. Obviously, boys want to be pirates and fight over treasure and chase after princesses. So, pirates it was then! Using lovely edible fondant sugar cake toppers like these by EnticingIcing bring more color to an often strictly black, red and white pirate color palette. I found these black ‘Flying Dutchman’ cake decoration ships from TheBirthdayHouse which go very well with red candles, and the ships become instant trophies for the boys (even more sought after than princesses).

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Photo from Irene’s son’s pirate birthday party

Wearing a skull sign, having one eye or a wooden leg (or both if you want to be “the leader” according to my son) are the basic requirements for any pirate. These items will get you a long way to satisfy even the most demanding of 4-year-old pirates. Plumzestypaper‘s skulls, black eye covers and red handkerchief hats are all made out of user-friendly paper molds (and are easy to reproduce as a DIY project). Wooden coins with treasure map symbols double as a beautifully handmade memory game made by lovemonkey — surely you’ll find these coins hidden in the couch and beds for years to come.

A great idea for decoration is this Pirate wall decal by FreckledHound that you can attach anywhere you like, at the entrance, in the party room or on a window. No pirate party is complete without proper attire. These iron-on patch printable PDFs by HomemadeHappinessNL can easily turn your little guests’ T-shirts into costumes.

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As a mom of only boys I had to ask my friends what kind of themes their girls loved best…princesses was the unanimous answer. Why not give this theme a little twist, keeping it girly but not overdoing it? Searching for an English High Tea motif here on Etsy brought me to the most wonderful party decorations imaginable.

Edible mini teapots by KidsCakes are wonderfully delicate, designed with an eye for detail, and remind me of Alice in Wonderland. Crayons shaped as crowns and castles can be used during the party for coloring, by TheMoongladeGarden. Giving the girls fairytale-inspired handmade hats by CosaBello will bring instant imagination to the party. I’ve always loved pinwheels, but these by CupcakeSocial are especially cute and match perfectly for the High Tea theme. I would use the “cute little faces” cupcake toppers by EgoVertoPaper for a garland. A tea-themed party without a two-tier cake plate is unthinkable, so why don’t you get yourself one of these cute dotted displays from teaspoonvintageshop? And to finish in style use uniquely decorated cupcake wrappers, such as these little marching children by thecupcakewrapperco or brightly colored options by CupcakeSocial.

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An absolute favorite theme of mine would be a vintage inspired birthday, where games from the old days bring joy to a new generation and simultaneously fill the parents with a sense of nostalgia. I am somewhat of a gatherer and have a modest collection of old games with fading handmade illustrations. But this donkey game from LittleMe123 and bingo from vintagebutterfly94 are still missing on my list and would come in very handy when organizing a vintage themed party. It wasn’t hard finding intact old streamers that you can also use as a tablerunner, from TinselandTrinkets. 30one‘s Vintage playing cards are perfect to use for garlands or wall decoration. Perhaps the Mickey Mouse Birthday Book can give you more ideas on how to throw the perfect vintage party, from recyclarama. I am not a big fan of kids running around with lollipops in their mouths, but would love to make an exception for these colorful and tasty-looking “originals” on paperbased sticks by VintageConfections

I hope you found some inspiration and the right shops for you to throw a unique and fun birthday party for your little one!

Thanks to Irene for sharing her son’s successful pirate-themed birthday and her inspiration for other delightful ideas. Have you thrown a child’s birthday party lately? What was your theme?

Handmade Kids | Party Inspiration | Browse Items Tagged “Birthday Party”

Crown Flexible Mold/Mould (19mm) For Miniature Food, Sweet, Dessert, Craft, and Jewelery (Resin, Paper, Scupley III, Fimo and Premo Clay)(M78)
Crown Flexible Mold/Mould (19mm) For Miniature Food, Sweet, Dessert, Craft, and Jewelery (Resin, Paper, Scupley III, Fimo and Premo Clay)(M78)
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Pirate Skull Die Cuts - Set of 36 to make 12 Pirates
Pirate Skull Die Cuts - Set of 36 to make 12 Pirates
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24 EDIBLE FONDANT SUGAR PIRATE PARTY SET CAKE TOPPERS
24 EDIBLE FONDANT SUGAR PIRATE PARTY SET CAKE TOPPERS
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wooden disc memory matching game - pirate monkeys
wooden disc memory matching game - pirate monkeys
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Pirate Life - Yo Ho Yo Ho vinyl wall decal sticker wall art graphic
Pirate Life - Yo Ho Yo Ho vinyl wall decal sticker wall art graphic
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Pirates Sailing the Seven Seas (iron on patch) Printable PDF
Pirates Sailing the Seven Seas (iron on patch) Printable PDF
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Fondant Cupcake Toppers - Teapots - 3D
Fondant Cupcake Toppers - Teapots - 3D
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Dotty 2-tier Cake Plate - Baby Pink
Dotty 2-tier Cake Plate - Baby Pink
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Shabby Chic Pinwheel Cupcake Toppers (12)
Shabby Chic Pinwheel Cupcake Toppers (12)
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Cupcake Toppers Cute Little Faces SET OF 12
Cupcake Toppers Cute Little Faces SET OF 12
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JUMBO Assorted Swirl Cupcake Liners  (60)
JUMBO Assorted Swirl Cupcake Liners (60)
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Vintage Bingo Game by Whitman Publishing
Vintage Bingo Game by Whitman Publishing
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Vintage Birthday Party Wrapping Paper
Vintage Birthday Party Wrapping Paper
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Vintage Whitman Playing Cards, Crazy Eights, set of 11
Vintage Whitman Playing Cards, Crazy Eights, set of 11
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Children's Book - Mickey Mouse Birthday Book party fun
Children's Book - Mickey Mouse Birthday Book party fun
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I never promised you a rose garden - 12 pc. lollipop - floral assortment
I never promised you a rose garden - 12 pc. lollipop - floral assortment
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119 comments

  • bejeweledbynikki

    bejeweledbynikki said 6 years ago

    These ARRRR awesome!!! xo

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 6 years ago

    I love this so much I want a party please x

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Ahoy Mate! Cute, cute stuff! What fun for little ones!

  • sajataeford2bd

    sajataeford2bd said 6 years ago

    OK I have a B-Day Party I am working on and this is giving me great Ideas.

  • sajataeford2bd

    sajataeford2bd said 6 years ago

    Great Ideas. Love it.

  • cherryshop

    cherryshop said 6 years ago

    Such cute stuff!!!

  • paulofnavarone

    paulofnavarone said 6 years ago

    i wish i was a pirate

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 6 years ago

    I want a pirate party!!!

  • Chupchik

    Chupchik said 6 years ago

    Great stuff! I also invite you to look at my shop to see my "Treasure map - mix and mach rubber stamps set" Hope you like it Thanks!

  • LoveandKnit

    LoveandKnit said 6 years ago

    Fun!!!

  • VintageGlintage

    VintageGlintage said 6 years ago

    such a cute selection!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    *gasp* Can I just have my own un-birthday party please? Like.. right now?

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 6 years ago

    Nice party.

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    ho so much work! but sooo worth it! great inspirations!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Shiver me timbers... I actually went to a pirate party a couple of weeks ago, I don't think any of us "kids" were under 30 but we all had a great time! :-D

  • PoppySprouts

    PoppySprouts said 6 years ago

    this is so awesome:) We are planning a huge Carnival for my little guys birthday!

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 6 years ago

    I want these all to be for one party :) I think I deserve a pirate/tea party mashup extravaganza for my birthday this year!

  • ItsBella

    ItsBella said 6 years ago

    what an inspiring post! I love the candy one with vintage cards, so so cute!!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    lovely pictures! great article!

  • ebrukSupplies

    ebrukSupplies said 6 years ago

    So cute items !

  • akcopperraven

    akcopperraven said 6 years ago

    my boy just loves pirates...great party accesories for boys...oh and girls tea party too !!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 6 years ago

    I WANT A PIRATE PARTY FOR MY 28TH BIRTHDAY!!! <3 Andrea

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 6 years ago

    Look at this ACTIVITY PIRATE BOOK for children!!!! http://www.etsy.com/listing/48198755/pirates

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 6 years ago

    Lovely ideas!

  • graphicspaces

    graphicspaces said 6 years ago

    Super cute stuff!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    pirates are soooo cooool!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 6 years ago

    OMG! What great party stuff!!

  • faraharia

    faraharia said 6 years ago

    How fun!! Can I be five again!!

  • Leocardia

    Leocardia said 6 years ago

    I have to organize a birthday party for my daughter in a few days...Nice and inspiring selection!

  • JustBakin

    JustBakin said 6 years ago

    Great story.....planning and decorating and baking for my kids parties is like the bestest :)

  • merrydaledolls

    merrydaledolls said 6 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 6 years ago

    It's my DD's birthday in December but we are planning already:-) Many of here peers have their party at a 'venue' with enterainment etc, but I really like to have our parties at home. I adore the tea parties items displayed here which would make a great choice for a girl's party!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 6 years ago

    I love the vintage games.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    So fun...makes me wanna throw one for my own birthday...pirates & princesses welcome

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Very cute items!

  • indiepixie

    indiepixie said 6 years ago

    This is the bees knees!

  • unemployeddesigner

    unemployeddesigner said 6 years ago

    Love the vintage themed party - it would be great to give out "old school" candy, like candy dots, pixie sticks, bit-o-honey and sugar daddies to the kids!

  • GreenRoomStudios

    GreenRoomStudios said 6 years ago

    I can't wait to start having kids just so I can throw awesome themed birthday parties like these!! (well maybe I can't wait to have kids for a few other reasons too... but still!) Such cute finds and themes thanks for sharing!

  • Ewcia11029

    Ewcia11029 said 6 years ago

    such great party ideas!!!!!!! would love a pirate theme birthday myself :)

  • yoshibearstudio

    yoshibearstudio said 6 years ago

    Arrrghhh!! This Halloween is sure to be pirate-themed with my husband, puppy and myself! Every theme mentioned above is so CUTE (or 'kawaii' in Japanese)!! If anyone's interested in handmade kawaii charms to add some personality to anything you put them on, I have plenty of cute items on my site: www.yoshibearstudio.etsy.com See you soon!

  • MISMA

    MISMA said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • davisdesignsau

    davisdesignsau said 6 years ago

    What fantastic things for a child's party... wish mine were still small enough so that i could use some of these things! Maybe will just go into my second childhood :-)

  • adalinevintage

    adalinevintage said 6 years ago

    Great ideas! Very creative on the memory game!

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 6 years ago

    Cute and Creative! My daughter wants a FOX motorcycle party this year! Yikes!!

  • MamaKs

    MamaKs said 6 years ago

    don't forget the aromatic play clay! mamaks.etsy.com

  • jkldesign

    jkldesign said 6 years ago

    Such a wonderful idea, I will definitely put into action for here Birthday next year..

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

    cute.. What ideas for the little guys parties. We have a Kid Day Parade in our town next month. Always cute to see the kids dressed up and so pleased with themselves.

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 6 years ago

    wonderful party finds!

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    MomsantiquesNthings said 6 years ago

    great feature! I have some awesome zoo animal/jungle themed birthday party invitations for boys or girls in my shop and they can be personalized!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 6 years ago

    So cute! Just had a pirate party for my son, wish we had some of these.

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness said 6 years ago

    Aww.. so cute! i'd love for my daughter to have a tea party themed b-day party this year! so girly and frou-frou! These would also be perfect for tea parties, they also serve as favors! http://www.etsy.com/listing/49326723/macaroon-place-card-holders-set-of-6

  • JessMadeThis

    JessMadeThis said 6 years ago

    Great stuff! Very cute.

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 6 years ago

    Great article!! My daughter won't be 4 until fall, but this will make sure I am well prepared...Thanks so much!

  • rowenamurillo

    rowenamurillo said 6 years ago

    My 5 year old wants a pirate penny carnival for his birthday. He says his sister can be a princess. What happens when you throw all these ideas together?

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 6 years ago

    I call first ...for the pin the tail on the donkey game! so cute!

  • elizabethwrenvintage

    elizabethwrenvintage said 6 years ago

    the cake plate and pinwheels are so wonderful! oh i love it all : )

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 6 years ago

    adorable ideas! Love the vintage themed...so cute!

  • sweetbellacards

    sweetbellacards said 6 years ago

    So cute... I love the pirate themes! I have the perfect invite for all those pirate parties! :)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    what a fun collection of party items. the pirate party looks like so much fun, so does the tea party, and the vintage is right up my alley.

  • sweetbellacards

    sweetbellacards said 6 years ago

    So cute! I love pirate themes. Just made a fun pirate invite for my shop :)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    pirate themes are the best for parties!

  • xoxsmiley

    xoxsmiley said 6 years ago

    Fabulous ideas!

  • daniellesdesign10

    daniellesdesign10 said 6 years ago

    I Love pirate stuff...I'm working on some pirate jewelry now. I'll have them posted soon.

  • crybabycrafts

    crybabycrafts said 6 years ago

    Cute ideas :)

  • RozPetalzStudio

    RozPetalzStudio said 6 years ago

    Fabulous ideas! Everyone loves to save $$$ & time while keepong the kids happy! I have some $$ savers for birthdays too - 3 in 1 cupcake toppers, craft kit and party favor! http://www.etsy.com/listing/49037430/3-in-1-cupcake-topper-craft-activity-and

  • chelebert12

    chelebert12 said 6 years ago

    Bloesem (and the kids version) are daily blog inspiration for me! Loved everything about this. I want to have a vintage party right this second!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Great ideas and items for those fun parties!

  • Tarapparel

    Tarapparel said 6 years ago

    love the ideas! "A Birthday Tea" is my favourite!

  • faeriecupcake

    faeriecupcake said 6 years ago

    Makes me wish I had a kid...LOVE the pirates! someday (sigh)

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 6 years ago

    I love going all out for kid parties! Fun finds!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 6 years ago

    what great suggestions for kids parties- i need as many as i can get with 3 and a half year old twins......and i adore Vintage confections!

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera said 6 years ago

    Brings back memories of when my children were young. Great ideas!

  • VintagePaperParade

    VintagePaperParade said 6 years ago

    Fun picks! I always enjoy Irene's finds on her lovely blog.

  • willowbaus

    willowbaus said 6 years ago

    I love love love throwing parties! Thanks for the great ideas!

  • ameliejo

    ameliejo said 6 years ago

    I have the most perfect organic, pirate tee here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/36531342/amelie-jo-wyatt-vintage-inspired-organic

  • baruchslullaby

    baruchslullaby said 6 years ago

    Sweet themes! Thanks for the fun ideas!

  • jrlowephotography

    jrlowephotography said 6 years ago

    There are some great ideas! I love to plan parties maybe vintage will be next on the list.

  • TheMerchantMariner

    TheMerchantMariner said 6 years ago

    So cute!

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 6 years ago

    Wow this looks like so much fun. I'm in the middle of planning a spy/ detective party for my 9 year old daughter myself. There'll be a lot of DIYs. Anyways, hope you're enjoying living in Kuala Lumpur!

  • fawa

    fawa said 6 years ago

    I like everything here!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    love the pirate party stuff, I'm 24 and I'd love to have a pirate party! Some people just never grow up eh...

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 6 years ago

    Such fun and festive party items! Wow!

  • JemmDee

    JemmDee said 6 years ago

    Fun, fun, fun! I want a birthday party!

  • anemonecomms

    anemonecomms said 6 years ago

    yarrrrrr! great finds.

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!!Love everything!

  • 22heures22

    22heures22 said 6 years ago

    and just as I made a post about parties! I'll ad this with. www.2clics.blospot.com

  • EnticingIcing

    EnticingIcing said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for include my Pirate toppers, I had SO much fun making this collection!

  • thetrendytot

    thetrendytot said 6 years ago

    I love that you did this post! I just did a 3rd Birthday Party for my daughter and almost everything I got was from etsy. It's such a great place to shop for parties!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 6 years ago

    This makes me want to have kids just so I can play with them at their pirate party! Yay! I love these ideas. :)

  • AtlasSigns

    AtlasSigns said 6 years ago

    This is a great theme and one my sons loved! It also was the inspiration to a No Girls Allowed (except Mom) Sign we custom made for a little pirate to hang over his galley (bedroom) door. Love the ideas and will use them. Thanks

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 6 years ago

    Great combo of vintage games...smiles.

  • FA2u

    FA2u said 6 years ago

    So Great !!!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    lovely pictures! I love the theme of this article!

  • Pearlk2

    Pearlk2 said 6 years ago

    very nice picks I love the idea handmade party!

  • KitschDesigns

    KitschDesigns said 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh, the vintage party is such a cute idea! I never thought of that before. I will be tucking this one away for when my little guy gets older. Thanks for sharing!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 6 years ago

    These are fabulous and a completely inspiring article ... thank you for sharing! I am definitely checking out Irene's blogs. :) What fun!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 6 years ago

    i never get tired of pirates! i'm not kidding. i could say aaarrgghh! all day long! just ask my husband...he's kinda' sick of the whole thing but i will be dressed in full pirate regalia for the big 5-0 later this year!

  • Lipeony

    Lipeony said 6 years ago

    great party themes =D I do love a pirate tea party theme =D

  • blackcrowsoaps

    blackcrowsoaps said 6 years ago

    I have never even thought of a vintage party for a child's birthday but what a great idea :)!

  • MollythePirate

    MollythePirate said 6 years ago

    Everything here is so fun and cute! I'd have it at MY party anytime. And no I won't tell you how old I am. ;)

  • TheBirthdayHouse

    TheBirthdayHouse said 6 years ago

    What a great article - there are so many wonderful etsy vendors with great party supplies. Thanks so much for including my Pirate Ship cupcake toppers! They were fun to make and a great way to 'top' a party.

  • ClassicWhimsyDesigns

    ClassicWhimsyDesigns said 6 years ago

    What amazing and beautiful ideas!

  • KingdomKards

    KingdomKards said 6 years ago

    Tea Party for me please with those little teapots on top of my cupcakes! Awesome!

  • sparklingtwi

    sparklingtwi said 6 years ago

    so sweet :) Just had a Birthday party for my 10 year old cousin, had a blast putting it together for her :)

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 6 years ago

    Children's parties sure have gotten more theme oriented. My neice and nephew have had princess and pirate parties, and they were a blast!

  • BazingaCrafts

    BazingaCrafts said 6 years ago

    So Cute!

  • pawpaintings

    pawpaintings said 6 years ago

    My baby's 1st birthday is coming up... OK its like still 4 mo. away but that hasn't stopped my from starting to plan the decor. What can I say I'm an artist and can't wait to get my craft on!

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 6 years ago

    Great party ideas!

  • Gabsie

    Gabsie said 6 years ago

    fun fun fun!!!

  • alipink

    alipink said 6 years ago

    Fab selection! Lots of inspiration for the next birthday party.

  • rubypaperco

    rubypaperco said 6 years ago

    Fun! Am I too old to have the vintage party?!?

  • JoesToyBox

    JoesToyBox said 6 years ago

    My son loves pirates and these are great ideas!

  • PorsbyDesign

    PorsbyDesign said 6 years ago

    arhhh I want to be a kid again

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 6 years ago

    Pirate are so much fun, So many toys I remember at those kids bday parties, Yet I loved the cupcakes, and confetti the most

  • BobbieArt

    BobbieArt said 6 years ago

    yeah, right

  • SsanchezV

    SsanchezV said 5 years ago

    I love the vintage birthday party! Brings back memories. Sandra @ www.birthday-party-ideas-for-kids.com

  • john555

    john smith said 5 years ago

    I love your creativity, i found many new & wonderful ideas. Which i would probably implement on my coming birthdays. So keep it up & share more ideas...!!! http://www.mybirthdaysupplies.com/birthday-candles-supplies.php

  • CedarwoodCreations

    Jeanne from CedarwoodCreations said 3 years ago

    In keeping with the vintage kid party theme, I offer these very cool make it yourself kid party favors: https://www.etsy.com/listing/174142449/kids-party-favor-candyland-personalized?ref=shop_home_active

  • assifkhan

    Assif Khan said 337 days ago

    Great article. I am from a Singapore events company, Electric Dreamz. We specialize in event services, which includes, party planning, event planning, management, event crew, audiovisual rental services, lighting rental services and event logistics. We are at http://www.electricdreamz.com/

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