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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Throw an Aqua & Orange Summer Birthday Party!

Hi, my name is Mae from Mae Armstrong & Co., I  was inspired by all the handmade parties I’ve seen online and wanted to give myself a similar challenge. 
 I’d love to share my Aqua and Orange Birthday Party.
Planning for this party began five months in advance. I wanted it to be super special for my twin boys and husband. All three of them share the same birthday. How amazing is that?!

The trick of course was finding the time to finish all the different elements I wanted. Between all of my normal mommy duties, household chores, errands and freelance gigs, I was able to sneak some time to research, learn a few DIY birthday projects, design and create my very own handmade birthday party.
The aqua and blue circus theme was inspired by a paper carousel from Meri Meri given to my boys. I loved the elephant especially, so that became the centerpiece of my design.
After creating the party invitation, everything began to fall into place. I sewed a simple elephant themed fabric pennant and a crochet banner.
I repurposed my old baby food jars into these pretty little containers for Jelly Beans.

I whipped up some homemade caramel popcorn as another party favor, we added a jar full of animal crackers and goldfish to our dessert table.

I made birthday shirts, pj’s and bibs for the boys.

I also created three giant smash cakes. The party hats were handmade too!

As an added touch – my husband hired his co-worker to play ‘Happy Birthday’ and some other songs on his bagpipes.

It was an ode to the boys half-Scottish heritage and filled the neighborhood with some pretty cool tunes.

Happy 1st Birthday to the sweetest little boys in the whole world and my loving husband. Thank you for putting up with me when I am in my crazy creative moods. I love you and am looking forward for many more years of celebration.
Huge Thanks to the following vendors.
Sweet Zugar Cakes for providing the main birthday cake
email: sweetzugarcakes@hotmail.com
Katie Cakes for helping me frost and decorate their giant smash cupcakes
Thanks for sharing your special Aqua and Orange birthday party, Mae.
You put so much time and details into this celebration!
Be sure to check out Mae’s blog for more amazing ideas!!
Be sure to tune in to Mae’s site for fantastic parties and creative ideas!!
Have a Great Day!
PSIt’s Friday — my favorite day of the week!! Why?? It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party. Come show of your ideas!! The party starts tonight at 6 pm MST. 
I can’t wait to see what you have been working on.




  1. i love this theme! i would love to make my babys first birthday party theme similar to this. how exactly did you do it? is there a tutorial?

  2. Kasas_Aka says:
  3. absolutely awesome party! I love a good theme carried through and you did that. Great job!!!!

  4. I impressed with your work of sew a simple elephant themed fabric pennant and a crochet banner. It is best for welcoming really great work you shared with us.
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  5. What a lovely party! Great job on your color combo love it.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Your boys are gorgeous! Love how they're looking in opposite directions in the family photo :)

  7. BluBabesCreate says:

    That was wonderful. Come over and see what to repurpose old baby food plastic wares for. Loved how you repurposed the baby food jars.

  8. I love all the details – so inspiring! (and I love the elephants) And HOW COOL to have bagpipes playing – it looks like it was a fantastic party!

  9. Q @ JAQS says:

    Oh I LOOOOVE orange. ANd those are fabulous ideas for an orange party. THanks for sharing!

    BTW, I'm hosting a fabric giveaway for 12 FAT quarters. Swing by when you get a chance :)


  10. Lovingmama says:

    I love the colors – simply beautiful. You made the re-purposed baby food jars into something so elegent! I bet the kids loved it!
    Amanda at http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/

  11. buglvr2010 says:

    Fabulous party!

  12. Samantha @ Moody Mama says:

    Love this post! Thanks for sharing especially since these are the exact colors I'm doing for my Punkin's birthday next month with an elephant theme!!!

  13. Christina says:

    Love the party….it really turned out amazing.

    After reading your post, I decided to go buy 2 of those clear cookie jars and fill them with cheez its and vanilla wafers. those are the only 2 things my daughter eats. {she is special needs w/ sensory issues}.

    Im not going too crazy….but that will be sweet, since it's her favorites. Thanks for the ideas too. I like to take some ideas from different areas and pull them together for my own party.

    Woot woot. Here's the FUN BIRTHDAY PARTIES that our children never forget!