Tuesday, July 28, 2015


This Party ended up looking SO Fabulous -- I just had to share!!  I am so so in love with the main table... I just love it!  I hand painted a watercolor table runner for this one and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  I am not actually much of a watercolor artist -- so I was pleased that it turned out as I imagined it (believe me -- that is not always the case with my creative projects!!) I am all about a show stopping centerpiece at the COOP - and I think this is one of my favorites ever.  I had made this ribbon garland for the Magicland party last year and have always LOVED the bold bright colors -- so I decided to repurpose it into a rainbow.  Always flying by the seat of my pants -- I initially thought I'd use dowels to hold it up -- but the top was too heavy and it wouldn't hold an arch... so I decided I'd attach it to a hula hoop.  When I was at the 99 cent store to get the hula hoop -- my eye landed on a POOL NOODLE and I KNEW that was the best option.  I zip tied that gorgeous ribbon garland up an down the pool noodle and then stuck dowels into the end holes and "planted" the dowels in white vases.  I can't believe how much I love how it looked!!  I am also super crazy about the rainbow unicorn vases -- in front of the beautiful cupcakes by Blue Cupcake.  I found these cheap sort of ugly putty colored horse head vases and spray painted them glossy white.  I made unicorn horns out of a beautiful gold paper and glued them to the horse heads, added a beautiful array of colorful flowers for the mane and voila!!  2 Rainbow Unicorns were born!!  I used pillow fill for the clouds, made a variety of rainbow unicorn images for each place setting (and the front of the goodie bags as well)  and the table was done!  So so beautiful.  I used the ribbon backdrop I made for magicl
and party as well on the back wall... and then simply glittered the small wooden letters gold for a simple pretty birthday banner.  This was a magical magical party and I hope you enjoy the photos!!!

Monday, April 6, 2015


Hey OCTONAUTS Fans!!  Check out this super spectacular party we did recently for a client who loves Captain Barnacles and the crew!  As is always the case with the COOP -- we tried to keep it bold and chic!  We skipped the branded plates -- an instead did dotted napkins with a bright square plate topped with beautiful felt Octonauts themed mask on top.  Way more chic then a store bought themed cupcake plate!!  We kept the color scheme bright and happy -- bright blue and green and silver -- with some punches of orange in there for good COOP measure!!  For the main table centerpiece we did rectangular vases filled with some bright aquarium bubbles that we place a couple of characters in doing their underwater exploring.  This is such a simple centerpiece -- but it is creative and fun and looked so great!  We love how it turned out!  Glittered HAPPY BIRTHDAY letters marching down the table added some sparkle and shine -- and is always a festive way to celebrate the big day.  We also dipped our party balloon bring in glitter for extra sparkle...  and used our favorite glitter paper placemats as well.  To celebrate in true OCTONAUTS style -- we had a touch tank brought in do the kids could actually interact with and learn some facts about some cool sea creatures.  The gorgeous cake was from the Cake Divas and the photos are all curtesy of Bebe Jacobs Photography!It was such a beautiful fun celebration... we hope you enjoy the pics!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015


We were so excited to have one of our favorite COOP at home clients request a California Wildlife Party. This was a very new theme for us and with only 4 days to prep we got busy creating something truly special.
What an inspired theme but how to style it? My brilliant business partner Juliet had found these really cool and graphic plates by Oh Joy at Target and I knew as soon as I saw them that they would be the perfect inspiration for this unusual theme. The colors chosen which were inspired by the plates were gold, pink and teal with lots of fun and fabulous glitter elements. I really wanted it to have a cool almost desert feel but also wanted to show case the California animals.

On the day the chairs I had rented didn't look the best when they arrived so I quickly improvised by attaching the left over colored ribbon to the backs of all the little chairs and the effect was dazzling. We loved it so much that we have added this detail to all our COOP at home parties.
We chose a white fur runner and just loved the effect - modern and simple and yet a little wild like our California wildlife. I hand painted cool California animal stencils that I found on Etsy on the goodie bags and Julie of Blue Cupcakes highlighted all the elements with her cake and sumptuous cupcakes in wild neon pinks and blues.
On each place seating we added different hand glittered animal figure along with glittered mason jars that we used to house the napkins and the glittered wooden cutlery. We also added some very California succulents in clay pots and then jazzed them up with gold glitter rims.
Our little birthday girl Vivi dressed so beautifully in her Mulholland Girls dress was thrilled especially when all the very real California animals paid a visit.
I made one of my favorite banners to date of foam hearts glittered in gold with the pink and teal ribbon on the ends. It was perfect for this party that was so full of love and glitter.


It was SO much fun putting together this GOLD and SILVER ROCKSTAR party for one of our sweet COOP kids. The mom showed me the sweetest picture of her little guy rockin out to his favorite tunes and it helped to inspire all the little details of the party. We had the always AMAZING Julie of Blue Cupcake create the Rockstar cake with non other than a replica of the birthday boy as a topper.
I was a little stuck on how to have the star symbol and the guitar symbol blend together as a standard star just seemed to perfect...That very day I arrived at the COOP to see stars that Juliet had dreamt up for her upcoming COOP at Home party and I knew that, that hand drawn star was perfect! (Thanks Jules). I then set to glittering guitars and adding the star elements. I found 2 giant guitar photo frames at Michaels and glittered them black for my main center pieces. I hand made the silver and gold banner that seemed to scream ROCKSTAR to me and I decided that a one hit single record with a touch of glitter would be perfect for the plate decor although non of the kiddies had any clue what a record was.
All our little Rockers went home with a cool inflatable guitar, a tinsel wig, a boa and some very cool Rockstar sunglasses. It really was a rockin good time!

Monday, December 15, 2014


This was a really special one.  This party was for three of the loveliest kiddos that the COOP chicks have ever known.  An incredibly kind, gorgeous family that has supported us since the get go -- and they wanted to help them host a BIG BLOW OUT for all three kiddos in their new magical backyard.  The kids and their friends range in age from 7 - 12 ... and are equal amounts boys and girls.  So we just wanted to create something MAGICAL.  Nothing too boy or girl themed.  Just fun an magic and colorful and gorgeous.  We started with glitter and feathers and pom poms and just went from there.         The "usual" way to approach a garden party would be greens and wood elements -- but we thought we wanted to do something more bright and fun for this crowd!  We settled on a vibrant color scheme and started creating ribbon backdrops for the food table, the chairs, the swing  and the treehouse, as well as the amazing backdrop for the treat table.  That is kind of my favorite thing ever... my son Grant and I made it in our driveway.  We rolled a 20 foot piece of watercolor paper down our sloped driveway -- and then, just like a couple of Kindergartners... we covered the paper with pieces of colored tissue paper that we wet in order to get the color to bleed all over the paper.  The result is this amazing watercolor effect in these beautiful bright hues... that I just LOVED!!!!  I also spent what seemed like weeks glittering and assembling these amazing feather headdresses for all the kids.  I was SOOOO Happy when the birthday boys put theirs on the second they saw them (over their baseball hats!  So cute!!)  I also made a bunch of paper pinwheels in all the bright colors to decorate the yard.  There is a TON of yard -- and we had quite a few fun areas going on.  The golden pinata tree with 4 golden fringed pinatas.... the treehouse  area where the kids got burlap bags filled with slingshots and colorful pouf ammo (we even hand painted some bullseye's for them that we placed near the Teepee we brought in for the fun!) , a magical dress up area -- where we also hosted a magic show and of course the driveway was taken over by the extraordinarily looooong party table covered in feathers and glitter and poufs and flowers and fun of all kinds!!    A couple of weeks before the party, mom sent us the  invite she sent out for the party ... it was a beautiful handwritten note about how her kids were all growing so fast and how she wished so many things for them.  Then she listed her 27 wishes (27 is all three of their ages added together) for her kids on their birthday this year.  I thought it was such a beautiful sentiment that I really wanted to incorporate it somewhere.    I decided to use clear plastic plates and spray glue a square of white glitter paper with a wish at each place setting.  It was such a lovely and  personal touch at the party table.  Mom gathered up all the plates at the end so she keep them as a special memento.  It makes us so happy when people appreciate the time and effort we put into making their parties special and unique... and to see them want to hold on to that magic really makes us proud.  Julie from blue cupcake did the gorgeous bright fun cakes -- dipped in rock candy - which were  SOOOOO CUTE!!!  OK -- I could go on an don about this party but I won't -- I'll end it with some pics and this excerpt from the thank you e mail mom sent us onMonday...

"Honestly, that was a dreamy dreamy day… I received so many nice notes from people who echoed what I felt - that we were just reliving the whole party all Monday. You are a magic maker!!  I really can’t thank you enough, Juliet.  Jack, Calvin and Cecilia were in 7th heaven - they said it was their most favorite party ever.  A big hug is the closest thing to give you to represent the warmth and love you brought, but really it doesn’t do it all justice!

sigh, my words are inadequate. but hopefully you get the picture :)