Throwback: Bright and Girly Pinwheel Party!

This pinwheel party was one of my favorites--and slipped through the cracks here because, well, it was two days before I went into labor with baby boy #3. Whoops! I was so excited to help style this party for Miss Margaret and help her celebrate turning FOUR!

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The backdrop medallions were so fun to make and are still some of my favorite ways to fill up space behind a dessert table. I could not handle how much I loved the fondant and sugar cookie pinwheels. It's really amazing what people can do with delicious desserts!

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Using paper to decorate is always my favorite thing--I loved using the circle garland as a table runner! And we couldn't help but stick pinwheels on anything that we could! Straws, napkin rolls... they were just so easy and darling.

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I am not sure why I ever threw a kids party without a coloring wall--it's always a hit and such a fun and cheap decoration! And obviously, we stuck pinwheels on the corners.

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Almost a year later, I'm still smitten by this party! Probably because I have three boys and will never plan a pink party... Love so much! Check out all the printables here!

VENDOR CREDITS:
– Printables, Costumes, Sugar Cookies and Party Styling: RV Parties
– Photography: Peanut Butter and Jenny Photography
– Fondant Pinwheels: Fondant Fantasy
– Rock Candy: Candy Crush Events
– Pinwheel Hair Clips: Princess Gumdrop
– Scallop Polka Dot Chocolates: Sweeties by Kim
– Sugar Cookies: J&J Bakeshop

And in case you are interested in throwing your own party--we have a set of extra decorations available in the shop for a limited time!

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Free Easter Printable from RV Parties.

 photo Blog_0549_zps1df04cb4.jpg We're just hopping by with a free Easter printable for you! These sweet little tags are perfect for Easter treats for you and all your bunny friends. You can download them here and use them to celebrate. Twelve simple tags with water color backgrounds, and the friendliest bunny we ever saw.
 photo Blog_0547_zps32f9b1cb.jpg We loved that the pastel colors in the Easter M&Ms matched the tags so perfectly. The cookies are giant M&M chocolate chip gems we found a couple weeks ago and couldn't wait to try for ourselves. (They are so good and definitely worth making giant!) photo Blog_0548_zps0d4b0e16.jpg The download is free for you to use. We just ask that you follow us on Instagram or like us on Facebook. If you're already doing those kind things, consider these tags our thank you. Happy Easter!

PS. All of our tags we punch with this 2" EK Success punch from Amazon. Literally thousands of punches, and ours are both going strong still! We have the "old package" style, but that new style sure looks nifty too!

Throwback Thursday: Mustache Bash!

The year was 2012. My second baby was turning one, which made him officially... a little man. It was the height of mustache party popularity, and it was so fun to plan this party. Mustaches continue to be an adorable theme, and its even easier to find matching goodies to go with them. This continues to be one our best sellers, and its easy to see why!

Highlights include:

  • many many mustaches and bow ties cut out on the silhouette machine
  • one of my favorite color schemes--navy, chartruese and aqua
  • adorable bowties printed with the pattern from the decor
  • my favorite Anthropologie inspired backdrop (tutorial here!)
  • lots and lots of mustaches!


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These family pictures make me smile! The boys were so little.

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It wouldn't be a party without Victoria's famous sugar cookies--these still go down in history as some of my favorites!

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Basically, I slapped a mustache on everything. It was too fun not to!

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For a more in depth look at the decorations, go here!

And for more on the food, go here!

And to buy the decor, go here!

Tutorial: How to Line an Envelope

Most of our party packs come with coordinating patterned paper--and there are tons of uses for it! We love using it to line trays, wrap around napkins and most recently--to line envelopes!

Tutorial: How to Line an Envelope rvparties.blogspot.com/2014/04/tutorial-how-to-line-envelope.html

I'm not sure what took me so long to hop on the envelope lining bandwagon--but I'm so glad I did! I'm obsessed with how these turned out. It's a quick and easy way to brighten the inside of your invitations and make them feel even more custom. And you probably have everything you need in your house! We love Paper Source envelopes and use them whenever we can!

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Here's what you'll need!

Supplies...
--envelopes
--patterned paper
--pencil
--scissors
--glue (or another adhesive)

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1. Flip your paper over and trace your envelope. You'll want to make it about a quarter inch narrower than the envelope so it will slide easily in.

2. Cut out your liner. Chop off an inch or so of the bottom--you won't see that part, and that way you can slide it down so it won't cover up the lick-y part of the envelope. (Does that part have a name?) I was able to cut out a stack of four at the same time without making a disaster.

3. Cover the back of the liner in glue (or double sided tape). I preferred glue because I thought it would hold up best after someone sliced it open--you want your hard work to be appreciated upon arrival!

4. Slide the liner into the envelope! This part might be kind of messy and tricky--I found that it worked best to bend the liner towards me so it wouldn't touch the envelope until I had slid it down.

You can seal your envelopes the lick-y way--or use washi tape or a sticker to seal them, that way they'll open easier and the liner stands a better chance of not getting mangled. Here's to envelopes that are too pretty to throw away!

Throwback Thursday: Bumble Bee Baby Shower

 photo Blog_0533670_zpsbbd830d0.jpg Some of our favorite parties have been featured on our own blogs (or elsewhere on the internet!), but we wanted to feature some Thursday "throwbacks" as well over here!
 photo Blog_0536670_zps31c905d5.jpgHere are the party details!
  • The party was for a dear friend and sorority sister. The first baby in our Kansas City group of friends.
  • But it could also be for a first bee-day. We've had several people order it for the "bride to bee" as well! Occasionally it is used for gender reveal parties with a "what will it bee?" theme.
  • We loved the soft gray and yellow, the simple bee graphic and the use of the font Nelly. Lots of swirls everywhere.
  • Our favorite little detail was totally the honey stick favor. These are one of the most popular items in our shop, available as an instant download and printed double sided labels.
  • We STILL love this party because it's so perfect for gender neutral showers. The baby bee theme is a clean classic. Available here in the RV Parties shop!

A Double Giveaway!

Hello RV friends!

You may have noticed we spruced up the branding--and we also took the plunge and joined Instagram! We're both big IGers on our personal accounts, so we aren't sure why it took us so long to hop on board for RV!

We've officially decided that Facebook is unreliable about sharing information--and that Instagram is a much easier way to share and interact with our customers. We're still posting on Facebook, but we're definitely catching more people over on Insta-G! We're really excited to be able to share what we're working on--and have an easy way for YOU to share with us when you use our goodies! We just love seeing how it all comes together.

To celebrate and encourage people to follow us... we're hosting a giveaway! (This is not an April Fool's Day Prank...)

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There will be two winners--one for a plate and one for a complete party pack from the shop. You must follow @rvparties to win. You can enter TWICE! One entry for tagging two people in the comments of our giveaway post on instagram and one entry for regramming and tagging us. (We love the Repost app for regramming!)

So head over to Instagram and enter! We'll be picking a winner Friday.

St. Patrick's Day Brunch -- with FREE Decorations!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Even though its a somewhat silly holiday--St. Patrick's Day has always been one of my faves. I had so much fun setting up this Top of the Morning brunch--I felt like it was a fitting theme for St. Patrick's Day!

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I had a blast trying to pick out foods that were green and gold--and also fit the brunch theme. I tried to use ingredients that were naturally green or yellow, because no one wants to eat something with a bottle of food coloring in it! The pancakes were fabulous--colored with spinach and layered with some cream cheese frosting. The recipe is available here. The scrambled eggs cooked up to a lovely golden color. One of my favorite touches were the bell pepper shamrocks--just slice a pepper, pour in some eggs and cook over low! And there were quite a few green and yellow fruits to choose from--kiwi, pineapple and grapes.

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And no party is complete without sweets! Rice Krispies, shamrock macarons, homemade marshmallows and chocolate covered pretzels were a few of the goodies we enjoyed. The pretzels were so fun and easy to make--tutorial available here!

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To decorate the table, I grabbed as many green and gold things I could find around the house and played around with the table until I was happy. The background cost me less than $10 to put together and was fairly quick too! I love the way it filled in the wall and mimicked the stripes in our printables. All of the printables are available for free download below. The cute treat bag toppers are a fun gift for friends and the banner is a fun way to spruce up your mantle!

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All of the decorations are available for download here! To say thanks, we'd love it if you'd like us on Facebook or pin an image to share the love (or luck!) with your friends.