When I start planning a party for myself or a client, the first thing I do is sit down and gather images that inspire me for the theme. It helps me pull together ideas, narrow my focus, prioritize and formulate a plan in my head. I currently have about 16 parties to plan in progress!
One of my favorite upcoming parties uses a Sweet Shoppe theme. With dessert tables still holding strong as a party trend, why not create a whole theme around them? This invitation from Tiny Prints not only sets the theme for the party, but also dictates a very approachable and festive color palette: hot pink and turquoise, with pops of yellow and green.
Inserting a few key patterns into a party’s decor is always important to me. I found a darling paisley curtain panel at Layla Grace that could be used as a dessert table backdrop and then re-used in your daughter’s room after the party—gotta love that! Simple paper fans or daisies can be placed on a sticks and used around the party to look like large lollipops. Floral pomander balls in bright colors sitting atop cake stands would make a perfect centerpiece (the balls kind of look like gumballs, don’t they?). Have you ever made one of these before? Heavenly Blooms did a tutorial for me a while back that I always find helpful.
The great thing about a sweet shoppe dessert table is that your party favors are taken care of for you! You can provide cellophane bags or small boxes for people to fill. Talk about bang for your buck! It’s a decoration, activity and party favor all rolled into one!
Images: sweet shoppe party invitation (tinyprints.com), paisley curtain panel (laylagrayce.com), lollipop decorations (hwtm.com), daisy pomander ball centerpiece (countryliving.com), gumball party favors (Little Beans Boutique)