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Budget DIY Gotham City -- for less than $5!

No Batman Party is complete without your very own Gotham City to save!  This was a cheap and easy addition to the party and really helped make the dessert table pop!

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To make your skyline you need...

--black plastic table cloths
--yellow paper

We're Amazon enthusiasts, so it didn't take more than a few weeks to have enough boxes to use for this. This was a CHEAP project--I used two black table cloths and about 5 sheets of yellow paper bringing my total in at under $5!

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Here are the quick steps:

1. Gather your supplies.
2. Cut a rectangle of table cloth and wrap a box--present style.
3. Cut out a variety of yellow rectangles.
4. Tape them on in a random grid fashion.

Voila! Your very own Gotham for your favorite superhero to save!

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Real Party Feature: A Modern Black and White Batman Party

Ready for an adorable Batman party? Good because you are about to get a million pictures of one! My oldest son loves Batman--and even though I probably could have talked him into a few other themes, I couldn't resist throwing him a party I knew he'd LOVE. (I forgot to get a good picture of him until after we dismantled the dessert table. Whoops!)

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Finley and his brother are both April babies--so I reused a ton of decorations from Braden's train party. Like, as much as I possibly could. :) I started hoarding black and white objects months before and tried get creative with foods so I wouldn't have too much prep to do!

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The Gotham City Skyline was so fun and easy to put together--not to mention cheap! The tutorial for how to put it together will be live HERE later this week! I love how nicely it framed the table and naturally tied in to our color scheme.

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We had so many fabulous sweets! I tried my best to find store bought treats or make easy things so that I wouldn't spend too much time baking. I loved the oreo tower under the cupcakes--Trader Joes makes a great cupcake that looks adorable in our cupcake wrappers! Zebra cakes, whoopie pies, chocolate Twizzlers, yellow M&Ms, Lemonheads and popcorn were a few of the treats that I was able to purchase and not make myself!

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I love dipping pretzels in chocolate--kids LOVE them and they are pretty hard to mess up. I don't ever want to attempt another cake ball--I always mess them up. But I'm pretty good at dipping pretzels! I think wrapping mini-chocolates in our wrappers is super fun too! And no party is complete without Victoria's sugar cookies! Could they match any more perfectly or be any cuter? Love.

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I am not sure I can throw a party without paper garland--I'm just too obsessed with how it looks! The bats were cut out on my Silhouette and I chopped up black and white paper to make the striped garland. I can't stop with the paper garlands.

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The kids took home a Batman coloring book, cape and a few Batman trinkets I picked up around town. I loved the way the invites came together--I am not sure I'll be able to send another invite without lining the envelope first! I found some superhero stamps on eBay and loved the way they looked on the black envelopes!

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Coloring walls are always a hit with the preschool crowd--they had a blast coloring in and adding their own superheroes to the skyline! They ended up coloring on the floor since the trim on the walls made it too bumpy. Not only are they fun--they are inexpensive too! My local printer prints them for $.75 per square foot.

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I love making dessert tables--but I also love carrying the theme through to the eating area!  The paper lantern garland bridged the two rooms and helped to tie them together. After settling on black and white as the main colors--I realized I could make more engineer prints for the walls! The big Finnman print was a few dollars and served as a great backdrop to the table.  I bought a few yards of black felt and threw together some capes fairly quickly. They looked cute on the chair backs and the kids loved running around in them!

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I love so much about this table--I love the confetti table runner, the yellow circle placemats and gable boxes. It all came together so nicely! The gable boxes were great for pre-packaging the kids meals--and after the meals were over I filled their boxes with treats from the dessert table--a great way for them to take home sweets for their parents to dole out, rather than being on a huge sugar high!

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So that's the Batman party! It was a fun one--mostly because my five year old LOVED it!

Friday Finds: A Coffee Bar Party.

 photo FridayFindsCoffee_zpsfd486918.jpgSometimes when we are scrolling through Pinterest, we find a broken pin. It doesn't link to the source and a google image search doesn't help us either! For this week's Friday Find, we started with a broken pin and put our own spin on it. We assume that the photo was a staged shot from a fancy home remodel, but we also think it could be the backdrop for a fabulous brunch at home with good friends! Here's what we would need.

1. The ever classic monogram mug from Anthropologie would be perfect for you and your guests, not to mention the sweetest of party favors. (We've also seen them crafted into hostess gifts planted by our pal, Laura. These mugs can do anything!)

2. We love this tutorial on coffee mixing spoons. She made hers with instant coffee mixed into the mix - just add milk! You could also just dip vintage spoons in assorted chocolates, drizzle on top, and line them up on the coffee bar for easy use and pretty accessories. Coffee and chocolate just go together.

3. If you're hosting a coffee bar brunch, then you probably embrace this life motto. You can grab the button from our favorite shop selling custom pencils on Etsy, the Carbon Crusader. Maybe guests need a matching pencil and a coffee to-do lists printable to take home too. They'll probably have tons of good ideas after all that coffee!

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Make sure to download your free printable to-do list here. One sheet will get you through the week (with a little help from the coffee!). Thanks for reading the RV Parties blog!

Friday Finds: Black & White with Sprinkles

 photo TemplateforFridayFinds_zps8c07a92a.jpg A couple of weeks ago, we saw a modern bridal shower over on 100 Layer Cake that we absolutely adored. I sent it to Rachel immediately. It was similar to the Kate Spade party that Rachel threw for our pal Kat, but with an extra dose of black & white class thanks to the stripes. If we were going to throw a party like this one, here are three Friday finds we would absolutely have to have.

1. Classic black and white stripe cupcake wrappers from our favorite supply shop on Etsy, DK DeleKTables. (I feel like I've been ordering straws from them every week this spring!)

2. Homemade oreos for the black & white striped look in a baked good. The sprinkles really take it to the next level. Though in a pinch, I'm pretty sure double stuff oreos would work just as well here! (I insist on double stuff, but my boyfriend thinks that's the surest way to ruin an oreo. Am I alone?!)

3. And with whatever kind of cookies and cupcakes we decide on, I think this black cake plate from Martha Stewart's collection is the perfect addition to the dessert table. It's classic but edgy.

Happy Friday friends! Hope you have a weekend full of sunshine and sprinkles.

Throwback: Strawberry Baby Shower

 photo Blog_0363_zps2f817071.jpg It's safe to say that Rachel and I both squealed when we found out that our strawberry baby shower was featured yesterday on Hostess with the Mostess. When I checked this morning, over 1500 people had liked the facebook post. This is just really like sweet buttercream on the fresh strawberry cupcakes because we were already obsessed with this shower. We're so glad more friends get to see it!  photo Blog_0482_zps8e855b2c.jpg Everything was sweet, pink, red and plenty of splashes of pool/aqua from Paper Source.  photo Blog_0481_zps2a9731ba.jpg It was our pleasure to work with Kami from Orange Peel Photography. She captured all the darling details beautifully! (And there were kind of a lot...) photo Blog_0360_zps028b23fa.jpg
The party was loaded with pretty flowers and strawberry treats — fresh strawberries featured in spinach salad and in all the sweets. We filled jars with strawberry candy, licorice wheels, hard candy and gummy bears from It’s so easy to search for strawberry candy there!

After lunch, guests could choose from many strawberry desserts on the buffet! We customized the table with pinwheels hanging behind it, and a small display box repurposed for desserts. The strawberry lemonade, iced tea and water bottles were all available on our vintage red drink cart. Fresh macarons from a local sweet store, Andre’s, fresh strawberry cupcakes from Boxer Lady Bakery, and homemade sugar cookies rounded out the strawberry options for our guests. The printables from our shop allowed us to personalize the dessert table, drink options, and label all the food with a touch of strawberry and more pink!
 photo Blog_0479_zps30c7d0d0.jpg We work with the BEST vendors. Check out this great group!
– Photography: Orange Peel Photography
– Ruffled Tablecloth: Candy Crush Events
– Hershey Kisses & Nuggets Labels: iCustom Labels
– Berry Basket, Strawberry Cupcake Toppers & Red & White Checked Paper: BonFortune
– Vintage Berry Stamps: Verde Studio
– Cupcakes: Boxer Lady Bakery 
– Red Candy: 
– Macarons: Andre’s Confiserie Suisse, Kansas City