As the mom of twin boys, with their 2 year old birthday approaching, the party planning bug has firmly planted itself in my mind and find myself unsure of what theme to go with this year (last year was Elmo, since "Eh-mo!" was one of their first words and they recognized him everywhere!).
As a cake decorator, parties usually come onto my radar well into the planning phase after the theme has been chosen and all I have to do is help my client find a cake design idea that goes along with their vision of the party they are throwing...it's SO MUCH FUN to do this - I love it!
In my online searches to find great pictures of cakes to help my clients find their cake vision and combine them into their own designs, I have found some AMAZING party planning websites and blogs out there and I want to share these sites with you! There are some amazing people out there who have the most fabulous ideas and style and plan their parties down to the tiniest detail - truly inspirational!
I hope these links help you with your next party and if you need a cake (wink, wink!) and you're in the NY metro area, I hope you'll keep Heavenly Bites Cakes in mind!
Pizzazzerie (find on Facebook, Twitter)
Nashville-based Courtney Dial is editor of this amazing blog that highlights party ideas for all ages (one of my favorite kid's party showcases is the Sweet Shoppe Party!), gift guides, recipes and a Wedding Wednesday showcase of gorgeous weddings from all over the country. Most recently, she interviewed Tori Spelling about her party planning expertise! Billed as "a showroom of inspiration to help you add a touch of pizzazz to your inner hostess!" it delivers 110%!
Hostess with the Mostess (find on Facebook, Twitter)
I can't get over the fabulous party ideas on this site - so amazing! This site also provides categories for party types as well as articles on entertaining 101, recipes and great finds in entertaining products as well! Some insanely creative party ideas on here are a "Mad Men" themed birthday party, a Dino-ROAR birthday party and a Woodland Fairy Party. The pictures provided for each party are so amazing and detailed that you:
1) feel like you were there...and
2) could seriously plan your own party creating a list of all the things you see in the pictures!
Kara's Party Ideas (find on Facebook, Twitter)
Kara's blog features her own party creations AND features submissions from people around the country who plan amazing parties - it's amazing to see the creativity out there! Some creative ideas I love are the Alphabet Party where they served alphabet tater tots (how genius!), the Big Top Circus Party complete with popcorn stand and circus booth games like the goldfish soap toss, or the Red & Blue Argyle Party where they didn't miss a detail - argyle even appeared on the chinese food takeout boxes used for take home party favors! This site proves that party theme inspiration can come out of anywhere!
All of these blogs provide links to most of the products seen in the pictures provided and/or how to's for a DIY...so easy!!! Um, except for the part where you have to CHOOSE which theme to go with!!!
Hope you'll all find this helpful as you plan your parties!!
Tara @ Heavenly Bites Cakes