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A Birthday Party Hollywood Style

Awhile ago my nieces made a parody music video which was apparently really funny.  They had been wanting to make another video with some of their friends and decided their 11th birthday party would be the perfect opportunity.

My sister came up with a Hollywood Movie theme with a casting call audition and she employed me to come up with some invitations for her.

Hollywood Invitation I wanted to make a movie clapper as the envelope, my sister wanted a casting call flyer as the invitation.

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I changed her mind.  I really wanted to make the invitation look like old 35 mm film.  I wanted to print the information on velum with a picture of the girls.

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While the film was the length of the clapper, it wasn’t wide enough.  I didn’t want it to get lost in the envelope pocket so I added the film reel.

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I used Photoshop to make the clapper image look like a chalkboard.  I then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut all the components out.

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I used Silhouette’s print n’ cut feature for the front of the clapper, the back is black card stock.  I cut out the main part with the bottom strip as one piece, the triangle on the left and the top strip board were separate pieces.  I used brads to connect the three pieces and allow for movement of the top part.

 

These invitations are pretty big, and would have been more expensive to mail, but since they were just being handed out at school, we didn’t have to worry about that.

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Luckily Party City had a ton of Hollywood Movie decorations that my sister was able to find.

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I know, typically I would have made all these, but time just flew by and before we knew it, it was time for the party and I had no decorations made.

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The family room was set up as a karaoke station.  I don’t know how many times we heard “Let it Go” that night.

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Since it was a slumber party my sister limited the number of guest and we were able to set the table for pizza.

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I have never had a party where we could do a table setting and it was fun!

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My nieces insisted on the plastic wine & champagne glasses.

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They also had a photo booth set up, and we used a black plastic table-cloth for the back drop.

Photo Booth Props

She had a basket full of photo props.

Guest Gifts

Each guest received a popcorn box full of other goodies, like scarves my mom made and little top hat head bands.

The girls decorated the cupcakes

 

Since my nieces love playing with fondant, my sister decided to let the kids decorate the cupcakes.  It keeps them occupied and saves on the work for her.

The girls had a great time and got the new video made.  Since I am just the aunt I got to leave after they consumed all the sugar and got all giggly.

 

Thanks for visiting and remember to Shine On
Dawn Marie

 

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Be a Celebrity This Summer! {Guest Post}

Although we are approaching the end of summer Arianna from Arianna Knows Best would like to share with you some ideas on how to have a some celebrity style fun.

It’s amazing that summer is one of the most anticipated seasons of the year, yet it can be a pretty hectic time of year. Throw in a few family trips, and summer is almost as busy as the school year!   My girlfriends and I were daydreaming about escaping to someplace luxurious and serene, where we could work on our tans while sipping on one of those fruity drinks with an umbrella in it.  We thought that with a little creativity we could create lavish getaways right in our own backyards.  We came up with some great celebrity-inspired party ideas that are sure to make us feel like real Hollywood A-listers!

    • Celebrity summer: Album Release Party

If you were Kanye West or Britney Spears, you’d be spending the summer promoting your new album by traveling the world via chartered private jet to exotic locales and attending glamorous, star-studded events.  If you’re actually invited to one of these shindigs, don’t forget your dancing shoes, because you’ll be dancing with the stars all night long!

Image ~ Priority1Jets

    • Reality summer: Dance-Off!

Get your talented kids and friends together and create your own dance crew using your backyard as a stage! Split up into teams, pick some music, design costumes and practice.  After the performances, have attendees cast ballots to pick winners in different categories, and award music-themed prizes like iTunes gift cards or headphones!

iTunes gift card from Apple

This annual ceremony hails trend-setting, fashion-forward designers.  Chic, modern fashion stars vie for awards in categories like “Next Future Icon” and “Contemporary Brand of the Year.”  Bloggers, journalists and industry insiders agree that the stars must dress to impress on the red carpet for this event.  Anyone who’s anyone in the fashion industry is sure to make a memorable appearance, donning a hip and stylish frock and dripping in stunning jewels!

Celebrities like Katy Perry and Vanessa Minnillo celebrate their last nights of single lady status in Sin City’s hippest clubs!  But try not to feel too left out, because what happens in Vegas usually ends up in the tabloids, and you’ll get to read all about how these famous party goers celebrated their last nights of freedom!

    • Reality Bachelorette Party: Night on the Town

If the nightlife in your hometown doesn’t have much to offer, you don’t have to travel all the way to Vegas for an exciting bachelorette party!  Just going one or two town’s over gives you enough of a change of scenery to create a memorable event for the bride-to-be.  Dine in an exclusive restaurant for dinner, see her favorite performer in concert, or hit the dance floor at a hot club!  Give her a night that will make her smile every time she thinks about it – at least the parts she can remember!

    • Reality summer: Clothing/Accessory Swap Party

Spruce up your wardrobe and party with your girlfriends.  Have everyone bring gently used or clothing or unworn impulse buys, and have a swap party!  Does your sister have gorgeous taste in shoes?  Trade her a pair for that silk blouse she’s always complimenting.  Sort items into categories like “dresses” and “handbags” for easy browsing!

Image ~ TLC

 

 

 

 

Arianna has written and submitted this article, the opinions expressed are all her own and may not be that of the owner of this blog.   

Arianna is a full-time mom and a fashion-lover, world traveler, animal lover, and family woman extraordinaire. She loves to cook and bake, travel to new places, share great fashion finds, and spend time doing crafts and projects at home with her kids. She’s got a crazy busy life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Follow her blog at Arianna Knows Best!

 

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