The colors of the party were so fun and fresh with the orange, light green, pale blue and chocolate brown.
Thanks to my sister who had a luau themed party for my neice two years ago the amount of decorations I had to purchase was limited. I also raided my party supplies for anything that I thought I could use.
All in all I only spent less then $50 and that included all the baking supplies for the dessert table!
Susan and I had helpers for the rest of the food and drinks as well. It really helps to have several people to help spread out the costs!
Now get ready for photo overload!
The awesome and adorable printables came from The TomKat Studio. Kim is simply amazing at what she does! Instead of using the welcome sign as a regular door hanger I took some ribbon and streamers from my stash and wound it around a straw wreath (also from my stash and soon to become the wreath for our next party!). I had made some tissue paper rosettes to hang but didn't end up using them so I stuck one on the wreath with Scotch tape!
The paper for the bunting I purchased at Michael's and it coordinated perfectly! The striped orange bags came from Shop Sweet Lulu. I ordered a bunch of supplies from there for our next party that I can't wait to use! Inside the bags we just put cookies from Paradise Bakery as party favors.
The little green suitcases are from Land of Nod. They will be appearing in littlest guys Vintage Transportation room soon!
I've been using tissue paper poms for awhile now. To me they are just timeless. I love the tissue paper pom chandaliers popping up on party websites so i used some along with leftover lanterns to disguise our light fixtures.
Thanks to Pinterest we got some great ideas for food! Paulina (2nd time mommy-to-be) has had a slight obsession with the chicken tacos at Chipotle her entire pregnancy. So what else was there to do but have a taco bar! We ordered chicken from Chipotle and then purchased the remainder of the items at Costco.
I came across the idea of using a watermelon to make a shark and I just knew we had to do it! Who knew that you could only find the bambino watermelons in the middle of January. We made it work and he was so cute!
Individual 7-layer dip was a must have at this party! It was a huge hit and no need to worry about double-dippers!
With the exception of the brownie bites that we got from Costco I made everything on the dessert table! I'm not too sure I'll ever do that again because it was a lot of work but something to be proud of!
Naturally we had cake pops (strawberry vanilla and devils food) plus Pina Colada cupcakes. Everyone LOVED these cupcakes-they were so delicious! I'll post the receipe in a day or two.
My first time ever making lemon bars and they were so yummy! The receipe came out of one of my kids cookbooks!
The surfboard sugar cookies were not my best work but it was the first time I tried to "flood" a cookie. I clearly don't have a steady hand but they looked cute and tasted so good! I covered the serving tray in brown sugar to look like sand.
Not pictured were also Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries and Mini Fruit Pizzas.
Since I worked so hard on the dessert table background I should mention it. I wanted something breezy for the background. My party supply stash had a lot of lime green and turquoise streamers so one night I started taping them to the ceiling and the wall down behind the table. I love the look that it gave the table! It added some color and interest! It did take me a few hours ;) With a little more work I probably could have completely blocked out the wall behind it but I really wasn't striving for perfection in this case!
And finally my co-hostess Susan, the mommy-to-be Paulina and I! (I'm not too sure what's going on with my hair in this photo!)
We had such a wonderful time celebrating our gorgeous friend and we can't wait to meet her baby boy sometime in March!
Thank you to all of our party helpers!
We couldn't have do it without you!
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