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Mary Billings

Owner of a little paper goods, party supplies and gift shop called Love of Character. My husband and I live in Wichita, Kansas in a house that is almost 100 years old and full of character. We recently welcomed our daughter, Elizabeth Mae, into the world and we are enjoying every moment with her. Look for nursery and party ideas on my profile!

Frozen Princess Party

Frozen has continued to be a popular theme, and at the shop we wanted to put together an event centered around Elsa & Anna without being overly Frozen specific. We worked with one of our favorite party product brands, Daydream Society, and put together a winter wonderland that evoked the Frozen spirit in a fresh way.
On the tables, we used the Frosted collection by Daydream Society. Layering small plates on top of larger plates fills the tables more and adds dimension. Plates were topped off with adorable cupcakes by a local favorite! We always love adding confetti on tables, and this snow confetti was perfect with the theme. Fun white sparkly Christmas picks were added as table centerpieces, and kids took home snowflake tattoos as their favor.
The backdrop needed to be fun and draw attention because we had Elsa and Anna coming from a local princess company (Princess Pros Entertainment). Iridescent foil curtains lined the backdrop and then we framed out the princesses with a sparkly balloon garland. We worked in blush, light blue, silver and snowflake balloons to give a magical feel to the garland. Everyone tends to go more blue with the Frozen theme, so we mixed in a little pink to change it up.
For the crafts, the party guests make snowflake wands and pipe cleaner tiaras – both fairly easy and affordable supply wise. We kept it easy and purchased foam snowflakes in different sizes and colors, and small snowflake stickers to add on top. on the sticks, we had them tie thin ribbons. The tiaras, they got creative and shaped sparkly silver pipe cleaners.
It was such a fun morning, and it is always fun to see the kids’ reactions when princesses walk in. Frozen is a favorite, and such a fun theme for winter! Plan a birthday party, holiday party or just a fun little get together.

Modern ParTEA

Dalmatian spots and pretty pinks, perfect for a girly, but unique tea party setup. The vintage, plastic tea cups were a mix from a family member and found on Etsy to coordinate. They added a mod touch to the tables and went well with the party supplies. Plus, little girls always feel special drinking from an actual tea cup! We added touches of gold with the gold foil accents and forks, but also played in some rose gold with the balloons. The birthday girl requested a floor covered in pink balloons – so fun! Fun pop of color for pictures, plus the birthday girl and her party guests had fun tossing them around. For the backdrop, we decided to recreate the dalmatian print on a larger scale. It is so graphic and fun, plus it looks so girly with all the pink accents. Strands of pearls for party favors, pink roses, and a pink cake. What more could a four year old ask for? The little party guests created bracelets and colored pictures for entertainment.

Let’s Knock Cancer Outta This World

A friend of mine has been working on a fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and I wanted to come up with a fun way to help. This wasn’t technically a birthday party, but all the ideas would work great for one! We decided to work with a space theme since it is a more recently popular theme in the party world, plus it is great for gender neutral. My friend invited the LLS Boy & Girl of the Year to enjoy the celebration with us – so sweet and they both are cancer survivors, so definitely deserved a fun afternoon!
For the decor, we wanted to bring a galaxy to life, plus play with color. Black bulletin board paper covered our backdrop, and we added a giant balloon garland. We double stuffed a giant marble balloon inside a giant coral balloon to create a planet, and then blew up a world balloon – big hit! A large foil rocket topped off the scene. To add a little sparkle, we added glitter, foam star stickers all over – easy and you can use leftovers for the craft table. On the tables, we used lots of our space party supplies that can be found in our shop. Galaxy plates, robots, colorful stars and more brought the space feeling alive. Our galaxy confetti was an easy way to fill the white space on the tables. We used our fun rocket cups to hold the crayons and art supplies – sometimes at kids’ parties, juice boxes are the easy way to go!
We needed to keep a lot of children busy with activities, but didn’t want to make a giant mess (which it seems a lot of fun space crafts do). I stumbled upon these straw rockets and they looked perfect for our group. The blog even has an easy to print template. The kids LOVED them – they would blow through their straws to “launch” their rockets, and they seemed to have the best time shooting them around. For another easy activity, I ordered solar system sticker sheets. Easy and kept the kids entertained while they waited for more people to arrive.
Overall, it was a great event, and a great fundraiser for LLS. If you are looking for a fun theme, we highly recommend getting outta this world with a space theme!

Little Bunny Brunch

We worked with Avery & Grey (local children’s hair accessory brand) to throw a fun Easter crafting event! The children made their own pair of fancy bunny ears, painted Easter egg cookies and enjoyed some delicious brunch snacks. For the table settings, we used Liberty floral & gingham patterned plates and napkins. The backdrop was inspired by a DIY from The House that Lars Built. We added the chick balloons as a fun Easter touch and they were a big hit with the kids – they always love the balloons!
Bunny Ear DIY:
Find plastic bunny ears you like, there are lots of styles out there. We ordered off Amazon.
Paper was the easier option for a kid DIY. We traced the outer ear shape on a fun patterned paper. Make sure you have an edge that you can glue to plastic ear. We put thin amount of tacky glue around the plastic ears and pressed the paper on, pattern showing through the front (reference pictures to see how ours looked). You can then add fun adornments like paper flowers, bows, rhinestones, etc. Let dry before wearing. We found hot glue was best for flowers along the sides.
Happy Easter!

Sweet Floral Nursery

Before we even knew we were having a girl, I knew I wanted to incorporate an artist that my Aunt Mary and I have loved over the past few years, Lulie Wallace. I love the simple elegance of her florals and after ordering some samples, I decided to go with the Lara print (her wallpaper names are as beautiful as the designs!). I loved the pretty blues and greens with the touches of pink. It became the inspiration for the rest of the room. For bedrooms, I like to use more cool, calm colors – makes the space more relaxing, which is nice for the place you sleep. The Venetian blown glass chandelier is probably one of my favorite things in the room, besides the wallpaper. Our house is almost 100 years old, so I wanted a traditional, but unique room for our daughter. The wallpaper, antique chandelier, custom curtain pattern and blue crib definitely gave unique touches. My tip: budget for the items that are important to you and find cheaper options for the rest. I really wanted the wallpaper, pretty curtains and a comfortable glider, so those were my bigger ticket items. The dresser, I bought at a garage sale and painted, the chandelier my friend found for me at an estate sale, some items were gifts and the rest I pulled from other rooms of my house or found for a good price.
You can read more details on my blog here.
Photos by Sally Cavanaugh