My son loves all things Dumbo, but I wanted to create something that is not your typicall Disney Dumbo Party. My inspiration came from a shopping trip to buy fabric at the fabric store. I fell in love with the super large ric rac ribbon and bright colors. I ended up spending hours in the fabric store buying loads of bright ribbon that was a variety of red, yellow, orange and blue. I also picked different colors and textures. I thought it would look really great on the party table. I purchased a large piece of denim fabric for the main table cloth and then a smaller piece of the yellow and white gingham fabric. I used pinking shears to give some texture to the cut.
The orange measuring tape was thrown in my cart by my boys. It was bright orange measureing tape and I saw it on the pile of ribbon and fabric and thought GENIUS! It looked great with it all.
I started shopping months before the event. I wanted to have peanuts to tie in the DUMBO elephant theme, but it is not the easiest for little kids and I didn't wan peanut shells by the pool. We made it a swim party too. Instead of peanuts I bought Nutter Butter Cookies. The kids loved them! I put the Nutter Butter Cookies in some super cute vintage Peanut Bags from www.HeyYoYo.com. I also bought from www.HeyYoYo.com the popcorn boxes. They were filled with popcorn. The popcorn bags were stuffed into a cute novelty suitcase from www.thelandofnod.com I also made custom bookplates to stick in the inside cover of a Dumbo book. Each familiy that came went home with their own Dumbo book. It will help them remember the special day celebrating Alec's 3rd Birthday. The books were also put in the suitcase. I thought the colors looked great together.
I always wanted to make the cupcakes in a jar. I purchased some fun wooden spoons and stamp set from www.shoptomkat.com I stamped ALEC on each spoon. It added a sweet detail that guest ooohd and awwwd about!
I designed custom invitations, cupcake jar sticker labels, goody bag tags, 8x10 print and return address labels to coordinate with the party collection. Designed by: Where the Green Grass Grows Designs (link to that business is www.wherethegreengrassgrowsdesigns.com) my shop iswww.wherethegreengrassgrowsshop.com
The 8x10 sign was put in a super cute frame by http://www.etsy.com/shop/orangeblossomshopaz?ref=pr_shop_more
I also found a very sweet 5x7 Elephant art print by http://www.etsy.com/shop/trafalgarssquare the image was so close to my image in the Dumbo collection, I had to buy it!
I also had a cake made from a local bakery in Eugene Oregon called Market of Choice. I purchased the smaller cake seperate from the bottom larger cake. I just had them frost the cake in the smooth blue frosting. I knew they would make it taste amazing. It was less expensive to buy them seperate and I stacked them myself at home. Then I wrapped the coordinating ribbon around the cake and pushed a small pushpin in the back to hold the ribbon together. Nutterbutter Cookies were stacked on the top and a few on the middle and bottom. This was my favorite part of the party table and it was a total last minute thought. I'm glad it worked out.
I purchased matching orange and blue cups and a cute bright red drink dispenser from Walmart. I filled the juice dispenser with V8 Fruit Punch and ice. It tasted great! Water bottles were below in a large metal tin bucket. I had Jimmy Johns Sandwiches Catered so I wouldn't have to cook. We had chips, fruit and veggies too.
I used small metal buckets to seperate the cutlery. Napkins and paper plates were also purchased at Walmart and tied into the colors.
I used some fun craft boxes from our local restruant supply store to fill with goodies. I wrapped them with a bright orange thick ribbon and sealed with a coordinating goody bag tag.
The kids went swimming for the party, filled their tummies and we had present opening time. Alec had the best day. I'm so happy with how the decorations came together. It was so much fun!