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The Love Boat:  A Valentine’s Voyage

I wanted to do this party for the children on our block because its cold outside and the kids are rarely out playing these days.   So I thought it would be nice to get them all together for a little fun card making party so that they could make valentine day cards for their friends.  It all started with the theme, the Love Boat was one of my favorite shows growing and I thought it would make such a cute theme for the party.  I knew that the main activity would be card making but I wanted the dessert table to be just darling.   

The Décor
I love using props in my children’s parties and this one was no different.  The party guests were greeted with a kid sized wooden sailboat.    We actually reused wood from my daughter “Kung Fu Panda” party to make this boat and an old tablecloth for the sail.   Once again, my brother in law aka “prop master” constructed it.  Since we reused the wood this actually cost NOTHING to make.  The kids were so excited to take a picture with the captain’s hat and the sign.  We also used red and white lanterns with netting throughout the room. 
I set up a table a table for the kids to make cards for their friends.  I place premade cards throughout the table along with supplies so that the kids could replicate them, of course making their own additions.  The mini mailboxes came from Target and I wanted to use them in a different way than what you’ve seen before, so I put the supplies (glue stick, glitter glue, stickers, crayons, etc) for each child in their mailbox and personalized them with their name.  We left lollipops on the tables so that the kids could add a little sweet something to each card.  The kids had a great time.  However, instead placing them on the tables, we probably should have handed them one by one, because that was the first thing that the kids went for. 

The Desserts
The backdrop for the dessert table was made using a few table runners that I found at Target. I attached them together using fishing wire.  The Purple Pug made an absolutely adorable banner that we strung across the backdrop and the Love banner in front of the table.  The treats were just absolutely great.  Sweet-T-Cakes made these beautiful and delicious cookies.  The fondant QUEEN Lynlee Petite Cakes made this gorgeous cupcake toppers in the shape of the boat, life vest and more. They are just so beautiful I couldn’t believe it.  Cakes and Kids supplied these lovely cupcake containers, paper straws and sprinkles (I really do have admiration for all of you who can make perfect round cake balls, it is NOT my gift) but the sprinkle definitely helped camouflage that and tasted great by the way!  I purchased the push-up pop containers from Cupkate Event Designs a while back and finally had an opportunity to use them.  Kids love m&m’s so it worked out perfectly.  I also hooked up some movie popcorn with some blue sugar sprinkles and dropped a handful of valentine day m&m’s on top.  Yum! 

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Planning, Stationery,  Event Design & Photography – Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC.

Banners – The Purple Pug

Fondant Toppers –  Lynlee’s Petite Cakes
Custom Cookies – Sweet-T-Cakes
Marshmallow Pops – The Marshmallow Studio
Paper Straws, Cupcake Containers, Twine & Sprinkles - CakesandKids
Push-Up Pops – Cupkate Event Design
Balloons – Polka Dot Market

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