My daughter Coletti's first birthday party is definitely one of my favorite themes.  Coletti is the type of kid that always had (and still has) food all over her face.  She has a definite LOVE of food that she inherited from her foodie parents (sorry, honey, you may weigh 400 lbs. someday.)  It is only fitting as an Italian girl, that one of her first solids was pasta and she inhaled it.  So we started calling her Coletti Spaghetti and it stuck.  In fact, so much so, that now at almost three, if you say her middle name she corrects you and tells you its Spaghetti.  So when it came time for her first birthday, we knew we had to have a Spaghetti party.  

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If there is one thing I've learned from joining an Italian American family it is that food is very important and is the center of any gathering.  So it was fitting that our Italian Princess' party was completely centered around food - LOTS of food.   Starting with appetizers - antipasti, bruschetta, and caprese salad and finishing the main meal with spaghetti, of course. 

Guests washed down all that food with their favorite "bevande" - Italian beer, Italian soda, Italian water and of course wine.    We set up our living room like a little Italian restaurant for the kids to eat at.  

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After dinner, we enjoyed a gelato bar, cannolis from Sugar Sisters, and "Spaghetti" cupcakes, (recipe from Hello Cupcake Cookbook) paired with espresso.  My husband has inherited quite the collection of espresso sets, so it was fun to get to use these! 

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Although eating was the focus, we did enjoy some Italian games like Bocce and our favorite card game, Briscola.  

For decor, I wanted to use the green and red from the Italian flag, but didn't want too much of that and definitely didn't want a lot of the red checkers. So I tried to use lots of wood accents, wine crates for displays, and pictures of our baby girl.   My good friend, Mollie Wetta, arranged some beautiful flowers to tie it all together.   I also created a Coletti Spaghetti sign out of chipboard letters and beige yarn to mimic the invite. 

The focal point, though, was the Colitti family crest.  My mother-in-law had it framed for us, and it was fun for all of our friends to see the history behind Coletti's name!  

It was a fun party to throw, and Coletti Spaghetti enjoyed all the spaghetti!

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AuthorGretchen Postiglione

I couldn't think of a more perfect favor for a Fairy Tale Party than a fairy tale book.  However, I didn't have a lot of luck finding cute and cheap fairytale books at the bookstore.  So I turned to my favorite place: Etsy.  There I found these amazing vintage fairytale books.  I made bookmarks that matched the invites and adorned them with fairy tale themed charms I also found on Etsy.   The books are from the etsy shop: 1SweetDreamVintage and the charms were from LePriss.

Bookmark and Vintage Book party favors. photo by Katie Gordon

Bookmark and Vintage Book party favors. photo by Katie Gordon

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AuthorGretchen Postiglione

Location, Location, Location.  Changing the location of a party isn't a new idea but still is a great way to add a lot to a party.  Many local museums and some shops even have spaces specifically set up for parties. If your child loves art, think about having the party at an art studio or museum.  Many have spaces they use for classes that you can rent out.  Or if they don't, take a tour and end outside with a picnic lunch on the lawn.   Rental fees can be an added cost, but you can cut down on decorations because the venue fits the party theme.

In the Enchanted Party. photo by Katie Gordon

In the Enchanted Party. photo by Katie Gordon

For the Fairy Tale Party we wanted "An Enchanted Forest" and our backyard isn't super enchanting so we had the party at my aunt's farm.  We found a neat area on her property among the trees and after some clearing out we had a great party space.    

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AuthorGretchen Postiglione
CategoriesKid's Birthday

This last year my four-year-old REALLY wanted a Rapunzel party.  I really tried to convince her she didn't, but reasoning with a four year old about why mommy doesn't like character parties did not go over great.  So I managed to convince her that a Fairy Tale Party in the "Enchanted Forest" with Tangled things like cake and games would be way more fun.  She of course got to dress as her favorite "character" Rapunzel and I got away from a total character party.    

Fairy Tale Party. photo by Katie Gordon

Fairy Tale Party. photo by Katie Gordon

Kids dressed up and joined up in the Enchanted Forest.   I used "iconic" items from fairy tales like red roses, pumpkins and apples for decor. I used branches and moss accents to add to the woodland feel and hung white tulle from the trees to give the space an enchanted feel.

Hansel and Gretel Candy Bar, Eat Me Cookies, Crown PB&J, Wand Cookies and Jack in the Beanstalk Jelly Beans. photo by Katie Gordon

Hansel and Gretel Candy Bar, Eat Me Cookies, Crown PB&J, Wand Cookies and Jack in the Beanstalk Jelly Beans. photo by Katie Gordon

My sister made some amazing cookies  - Eat Me cookies from Alice in Wonderland and magic wand cookies.   

Cinderella Pumpkin Pudding. photo by Katie Gordon

Cinderella Pumpkin Pudding. photo by Katie Gordon

For the cakes I made Rapunzel Tower Cupcakes that I found the idea for here.  I kept the rest of the food simple - peanut butter and jelly Royal Crown sandwiches, Cinderella Pumpkin pudding, Pixie Dust popcorn,  and a Hansel and Gretel Candy Bar.  Tune in next Monday for Part 2 of the party - Fairy Tale Activities.

Rupunzel Cupcake Towers. photo by Katie Gordon

Rupunzel Cupcake Towers. photo by Katie Gordon

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AuthorGretchen Postiglione
CategoriesKid's Birthday

The most important part of a party, in my opinion, is the food.  Cakes and cupcakes are the staples, but I'm a fan of themes carrying over to all food items and a creative name can make almost any food appropriate for the theme.  Fridays I will be sharing cute ideas for themed party food, cakes and cupcakes!  Here are a couple cupcake ideas that are inspired by The Hungry Caterpillar and Peter Rabbit.  These would be perfect for a Book Themed Baby Shower or Birthday Party!  

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The caterpillar cupcakes have simple marbled green fondant toppers and the Peter Rabbit Garden cupcakes feature fondant veggies on top of oreo "dirt."

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AuthorGretchen Postiglione

A blog is something I've wanted to start for a really long time. I am excited to start sharing all the great party ideas out there and help you incorporate them into your parties and events!  I hate writing so it will most likely be just simple practical ideas and great pictures!  Here is one of my favorites from a shower I styled a couple years back to start!  This would be perfect for a LOVE is SWEET Bridal Shower!

Photo courtesy of  Heartland Photography

Photo courtesy of Heartland Photography

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AuthorGretchen Postiglione