Sunday, August 29

{real parties} chutes & ladders (by tiffany nelson)

are you ready to be energized?

i've got a fabulous party i want to share with you!
it's centered around a "CHUTES & LADDERS" themed 2nd birthday party...


when tiffany nelson of pedicures to puddles contacted me about a custom invitation design...
i was up for the challenge.
she was planning a 2nd birthday party for her adorable son named cohen.
she wanted the invitation to reflect the NEW design for the chutes & ladders board game.
i have to admit...
attempting to recreate the vibe of the board game proved to be quite a challenge.
if you are a regular follower/fan of my designs...
you know i keep things pretty simple and clean.
but we needed some "action" in this invitation.
we needed some real "energy"...

after some serious collaborating between tiffany & i, we were able to reach a final invite design she was in love with.

she had the brilliant idea of having me create an actual "working" spinner into the invitation...PERFECT!

i was delighted...
to say the least...
when i received an email on friday with the photos from the party!

first of all...check out the PARTY LOCATION!!
i think this is the PERFECT locale & completely "age-appropriate"...
a local park with chutes & ladders centered around lots of water to stay cool in the heat of summer.

check out the dessert table...
the hand-painted backdrop matches the invite perfectly!!!

a close-up of the dessert table details...
sugar chutes? SO creative!
tiffany's sugar chutes were created by stacking chocolate-dipped marshmallows, orange candy slices and a cake ball onto a lollipop stick.

and the amazing chutes & ladders cake...
(what kid wouldn't LOVE this cake)??

another age-appropriate activity...
a "make your own snack mix" bar
the entire snack bar included twizzlers, m&m's, chocolate flakes, gummy bears, popcorn,
cheerios, pretzels, marshmallows & chocolate animal crackers.

there was an endless supply of VIBRANT, coordinating treats & beverages...
who doesn't love a chocolate dipped pretzel covered in mini m&m's??

how perfect are these brightly-colored carafes of hi-C?!

and these cans of izze sparkling juice?

the kids were given packed lunches served up in these adorable gable boxes

each lunch packed with age appropriate foods...
pb&j sandwiches, a fruit cup & goldfish crackers.
tiffany carried the party colors into the lunch box by adding a customized party sticker to the fruit cup, used vibrant-colored tissue paper & plastic utensils along with wrapping the sandwich in a strip of fun coordinating paper...

even personalized matching drinking cups were included for each child...

tiffany created these adorable cutouts to mimic the game board playing pieces...
they provided the PERFECT photo ops, continued the theme throughout the party
and again....were completely age-appropriate.

one of my favorite details is tiffany's birthday tradition of providing a coordinating book
for guests to sign.
not only does this build cohen's library but it provides a keepsake from the BIG day as well...

guests didn't leave empty-handed either...
favors included a chutes & ladders board game for each family...

and personalized bubbles...

CHUTE!!!.... it's safe to say this was one happy little birthday guy!!

tiffany did such a wonderful job with this unique theme!!
she had a vision and completely brought it to life...
go check out her site for ALL of the party details -
she's even got a fb fan page if you'd like to follow along...

celebration circle stickers • pen n' paperflowers studio & design
birthday cake • cakes by auntie m
gable boxes • world market

the "how did she?"
Dessert Table Backdrop & Cut Outs...
in tiffany's own words:
"We printed the invite on transparency paper and used an overhead projector to trace Cohen's name. We used the same process for the cut outs."

i hope you enjoyed the recap of this super FUN party!!
thank you tiffany, for coming back to share all of the details!!
it turned out amazing and this is why i LOVE what i do!!!


Pam August 30, 2010 at 6:29 AM  

OMG! This is the most organized/planed party I have ever seen! High five to this momma! It looks like a BLAST! :)

Kim @ Frost Me! August 30, 2010 at 8:21 AM  

invite turned out fantastic!!! I did a party inspiration board for her and MAN did she rock that party out!

hugs! Kim @
party inspiration

I run for cake! August 30, 2010 at 8:24 AM  

What an amazing party theme. The invitations are adorable and I am so impressed how all the colors, chutes & ladders were played out through every detail of the party! This must be one happy little birthday boy!

Chris @ Celebrations At Home August 30, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

This is so bright and fun! Great job!

JC's Loft August 30, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

My little one is in love with Candy Land so this has totally inspired cute!

Amy @ Blowout Party! August 30, 2010 at 10:20 AM  

I think this is the BEST boy's birthday party I've EVER seen! There are soooo many details that I LOVE LOVE LOVE. Can I start with the cake? It's AMAZING! The cutouts for photos! The lunch packs! The snack mix bar (I am CRAZY about that!) The invitation, the table, the location. Everything is spectacular!

Jessica August 30, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

So cute!!! Love it all, especially the spinner on the invites, the adorable packed lunches and the fun photo cut-outs! Great job all around!

{ L } August 30, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

Wow! This is awesome! The colors are my favorite part...I notice them in every photo. That cake is incredible too. I'm off to see her website. <3

Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe August 30, 2010 at 4:15 PM  

Love how unique this one was and the colors were just perfect! Great job Jess and Tiffany!

Jenn Erickson August 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM  

What an incredible party! So many creative and loving touches! Your invitations were incredible and really set the tone for the magic and whimsy to follow!

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