When our sweet princess turned 3 last week, we had to celebrate the only way we knew how in the summer – with ice cream! The heat spun off the inspiration with this ice cream birthday party theme.
When I showed her her birthday shirt she said, “Heidi Swapp shirt!” NOW that’s MY GIRL!
After so many birthdays under my belt with my daughter and son, I decided to do some time saving preparation which made for a smooth and memorable birthday! I thought I would share what I learned with you!
There is nothing like stressing out over the invitations. This year, I decided why not just type them out out and print them with my laser printer. I printed several on a page and printed it on scrapbook paper with my laser printer. Foiling them with the Minc Ombre Reactive Foil looks like I worked harder than I did. (Don’t tell the family! lol) Then I just stapled it to a Heidi Swapp Becky Higgins Project Life 4×6 card. It doesn’t get easier than that! I slipped them in the envelopes right away, added addresses, and they were all done within half and hour.
I love having a Marquee Love word that could be changed out for many occasions. This could make a great “Sweet” baby shower, wedding, or party decor. For Bre’s birthday party, I just switched out scrapbook paper and Swiss Dot Cardstock in each letter. All I had to do is trace the template that comes in the box and cut them out.
I did this while watching an episode of Fixer Upper…. so easy and dramatic!
It was also easy to pre-cut these ice cream cone wrappers with my Silhouette! (See cut file information below in the supply list). I love the way these looked at the party and all the little fingers stayed sticky free! To hold them in place I turned a wire paper tray upside down, which was so convenient!
I also pre-made these Melted Ice Cream Cone Party Hats! All I had to do was cut with my Silhouette and glue together. The paper is what made these a hit! The Bazzill Basics Kraft and Foil Paper really looked like cones.
Creating these a week before the party gave me some breathing room the night before.
I am only partially joking with number 3! It is so much easier for me to have the party outside of my home. What I do is get up early on party day and head over to my mother-in-law’s house. I set up the decorations after grabbing a latte at my local coffee shop. My husband is sleeping in with the kids. By the time I get home, I have already decorated and the kids aren’t even dressed for the day. My in-laws however have been up since 6:30am. It works out for everyone!
To hang the marquee I used foam core for the backdrop and just pushed screws inside it to hang the letters on.
I purchased the ice cream, cones, and toppings the day before the party. This way I don’t eat all the ice cream before the party! Ha!
For the Ice Cream Party theme I made sure to provide toppings and ice cream that everyone could enjoy. We made sure to have vegan ice cream and chocolate chips for those that couldn’t have dairy (or choose not to).
I used a punch to quickly punch these phrases out of Pink Paislee’s Fancy Free collection.
The phrases seemed to fit perfectly!
To keep things easy I hit up my local bakery, Sweetly Baked, to get the cupcakes. I do recommend that if you decide to get several different flavors for fun, to photograph what they are while at the bakery so that you can tell others at the party. I purchased about 5 different kinds and it was a surprise when anyone took a bite. Ha!
I dressed the kids, set up a couple of vintage suit cases and had them sit down for a few minutes. That is all it took! I made sure to do this right after getting dressed and in my back yard. No need to wait until the party started with all the guest there! All I wanted was one photo where they were both smiling and happy. I took about 50 photos in about 5 minutes and I got a few keepers. Not all of them are going to be the best, but all I needed was 1 and that was enough for me! Now that the special photo was captured the pressure was off to get them at the party.
You and your family deserve it! Now that everything is done, it is just time to have fun! Hey, the kids even got their pictures finished so it doesn’t even matter if they get dirty now! In fact, my in-laws have a garden and we let the kids help us pick produce with the family during the party! It’s all about spending time together.
Most of all, Bre had a blast with her friends and family there.
The ice cream bar was so casual and fun! We just scooped the ice cream and they got to decorate it just how they wanted it! As guests started to leave, I helped clean up so my mother-in-law didn’t have too much to do. With all the decorations going home with me and no mess treats, it was easy! Make sure that your flowers for your table stay with mom. She deserves it!
I hope this inspires your next party to be stress free and lots of fun!
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Marquee Love 8″ Letters, Heidi Swapp Lightbox, Heidi Swapp Paper Lanterns, Heidi Swapp Muslin Banners (available in her Gallery Wall collection at Michaels), Pink Paislee Fancy Free Paper Collection, Bazzill Basics Paper (Swiss Dots, Foiled Kraft, and textured cardstock), Silhouette Cameo, Amy Robison Ice Cream Party (party hats and cone wrappers), Heidi Swapp Shine Girls Tee for Littlefield Lane