It’s time to open our PIGGY BANK
for another DEPOSIT from Alexandra of
I first “met” Alexandra when she featured one of our parties on her blog. It was exciting for us since we were new to the blogosphere and hadn’t been featured much. I am so excited to return the favor and share this fun party with our blog followers. Here’s what Alexandra had to say about her party…
I decided to throw myself a slumber party for my 33rd birthday and, of course, the crazy party planner took over! I found some cool zebra print dishes and decided to use them for the party. I paired the zebra print with purple and green and loved it. I looked high and low for items that would create a fun and youthful yet elegant atmosphere for the party.
My guests’ ages ranged from early 20’s to early 40’s so I really wanted an event that would be fun and energetic for the young crowd and nostalgic for the older girls. Keeping that in mind I tried to design each room with a slightly different mood.
The main room was the girly lounge. This area featured the dessert table: vanilla meringues, black and white sixlets, purple and green chocolate covered sunflower seeds, sour apple candy sticks, dark chocolate caramels, lemon sugar eye mask cookies, cherry bon bon cookies (green ones), brownie hugs, chocolate slumber party girl cupcakes, grape rock candy, cake pops, chocolate dipped cookies with regular and chocolate milk.
The main room also had a beauty bar with makeup, nail polish, manicure tools, lotions and hair tools. Finally, I created a lounge area by the couch with floor pillows and a padded floor rug in front of a roaring fire with gossip magazines to read.
The second area was the kitchen and dining areas. I created a make your own pizza table and set the dining table for everyone to sit and enjoy their food and snacks.
The last area was the game room. I had this area set up with “Dance Dance Revolution” and “Guitar Hero” for the guests to play with or against each other. This room also had a roaring fire and either side of the fire was the food table and bar. Above the fire was where I set up the favors for all of the girls.
I also decided to have all purple and green drinks featuring grape and lime Jello shots, purple people eaters, apple martinis, sangria, Scooby snacks (in shot glasses made of ice) and water with custom labels.
I was speechless when I saw the photos from Alexandra’s party. Her attention to detail is amazing! I love that she carried the zebra, purple and green color scheme throughout the entire party including the food. Creating this type of environment allows guests to flow from room to room effortlessly. Bravo!
I wanted to get to know Alexandra a bit better. Here’s my lil’ interview with her…
Do you do this as a full- or part-time job or is it just for fun? I started this business as a hobby. I then took time off from my full-time job (video game programmer) to stay home with my daughters. Now that I’m done having kids, I’m trying to transition this as my full-time job so I can work from home.
If a business, how long have you been in business? I’ve been doing weddings since 2004.
How did you get started? I loved planning my own wedding and started working on other people’s so I wouldn’t have to stop.
What penny pinching ideas/tips went into your event? A number of items were purchased from the 99 Cent Store including zebra plates and platters, beauty bar supplies and boas/scarves hanging over the pizza station. The favors and frames were from Target and most of the food was homemade. Zebra table runners and the dining tablecloth were on sale or I used coupons at the fabric store. The purple velvet fabric on the dessert table and beauty bar were leftover from my wedding.
I hope your INSPIRED by Alexandra’s party!
I’m inspired to finally use the “Girl’s Night Out”
napkins I bought 4 years ago!
A chocolate dipped zebra cookie and milk sound yummy right now!
Stay tuned to Oink!
for more inspiration…
Cupcakes :: Fenella Higgins