Thursday, May 5, 2016

PARTY :: Emoji Birthday Party

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EMOJI Birthday Party & Sleepover

My daughter is 13. My baby girl. An official teenager! I still can not believe that I am now the proud mother of a THIRTEEN year old. I mean seriously . . . all.the.feels. ;)

As you know, I LOVE planning amazing parties every year for her and it has now turned into a yearly tradition but one that I absolutely LOVE and look forward to every year. When we were discussing the theme for this year, we actually played a little game to see if we could remember ALL of her birthday themes and between the both of us, we actually got them all. We have done some fun themes over the years (which I will share in a later post) as well as finally blog about some (I haven't gotten up yet- yikes!) BUT this year . . . I think may go down as one of my faves. 

WHY? Maybe it was the fact that I allowed her to have TWO parties (a sleepover with all her besties and then another with family). Or maybe it was the fun theme and color scheme we did. Or maybe it was the fact that she realllllllly was involved in the planning and ideas this time around. Honestly, I am sure it was a combo of all of these reasons but this is a great theme to have for kids of ANY age because helloooooo . . . everyone loves EMOJIS! 

Time to get #soemojinal! ;)

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When she first told me she would like an emoji party, my first thought was eeeewwwww . . . that means LOTS of yellow all over and I was completely turned off as yellow may NOT be my fave color in the crayon box. Plus I know emoji parties are exploding everywhere now so I suggested a different color scheme to her: everything black and white with the ONLY items that were yellow would be the emojis. She loved it. I loved it plus this would be easy seeing as my love of everything black and white can be seen all through my home. So yay . . . black and white decor items a plenty for me!

I liked the stripes idea, the girl suggested polka dots so we went with both. I designed TWO different invites and she couldn't make up her mind which she liked best, so we used both - one invite design for the emoji sleepover and the other for the emoji birthday party with the family. Perfect.

I decorated with mostly things I already had and a few new things I picked up at Target, plus I designed a whole EMOJI birthday collection to decorate with. I also ordered some balloons and a few other decor items from some shops too to make this party extra special.

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I went with MORE balloons than I usually do for her parties but I love the ones I ordered. The huge "13" balloon as well as those cute polka dot balloons came from the TomKat Studio shop along with the black and white fringe garland I used to hang as a backdrop (above). I am so loving the giant balloons as they really do add an element of fun. I even took them along on a photo shoot I did with my daughter for a nice photo to include with her thank you cards.

The sewn together felt circles you see in the backdrop are from Target and I hung them, along with the fringe garland, to create this backdrop for this table.

I also went with these emoji balloons from Tutus Bowties Events that were super cute as I used the shades emoji and the laughing emoji in the party collection, so they were a match made in heaven for this party

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the CAKE
This cake. She wanted something with Oreos. I wanted it to match the party, what I made was a multi-layered "small" naked cake. I baked a small 6 inch round chocolate cake with whipped frosting and added crushed Oreos in the layers and also on top. Oh my yum! I have been wanting to try my hand at baking a cake that had the icing just on the top (a.k.a. naked cake) and I thought it turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. ;)

I added the "13" topper myself - made from numbers from the dollar section at Target glued to a couple lollipop sticks. The black and white striped candles and the pearl candies around the base of the cake I ordered from the TomKat Studio shop and I think they complimented so well.

I also had my friend Andrea, from Paper + Pop make Skylar a custom name cake topper as the focal point on the cake and I LOVE how it turned out! It really sparkled and I tried my best to capture it in the photos but to see it in person was the best. I will definitely be ordering more from her again as it was such a fun addition to her cake!

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the FOOD

The birthday girl had a couple requests for food . . . she always likes me to have a cheeseball with crackers and to make my mexican haystacks, which are BOTH her faves and are a must for her birthday parties. We decided on those to munch on plus some deli spirals. We ended up having pizza and pasta salad as well at her party and then an array of delicious treats for afterwards. I like a fairly simple menu that is tasty.

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and yes, we even had a party drink! AND it was yellow (of course). What is it? An 'emoji mocktail' which is simply lemonade and Sprite over ice. If you would like to partake in an adult version of this beverage then simply add some clear liquor (vodka) to it and let the adults in on the fun. ;)

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The treats are always the best part right? Well we had chocolate covered Oreo popcorn, Oreos with the yellow filled icing, Oreo chocolate bark, some candy items and then THESE! 

These amazingly awesome delicious cool EMOJI MACARONS!!!!! I ordered them from U Had Me at Cake and they turned out so well. I was very impressed with them as each came individually wrapped, protected in bubble wrap and were so good. They were definitely a big hit at both parties! I mean how cute are all of those emoji faces? LOVE!!!!! I also kept them as a surprise from Skylar until the day before her party and she was elated to say the least. lol

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AND we also made a couple treats for the party this year:
We made POO EMOJI BROWNIE BITES and they turned out so cute and make me laugh everytime I see them. There were so many giggles when the girls saw them, it was adorable.

We also tried our hand at emoji Oreo pops (which we'll have a how-to post, coming soon) and I think they turned out pretty good. If you gauge a food's success by IF they are the first to go, then they won! ;) 

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What's a party without a photo booth? Um, a little bit of NOT fun, is what I say! lol

Of course I added some emoji photo props to this collection as it is so much fun to take photos with them and then send out in the thank you cards to your guests. At least that's what we like to do. I have a ton of photos of the girls but just posted these of our family since the girls 'may not' want their photos on my blog. I mean teenagers right? ;)

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This is one of those areas that we always seem to luck into finding the perfect things every year for her theme. It all started when I found these emoji keychains in the Easter section at Target, so I snagged a bunch. Then we happened upon these emoji socks there as well, to add and of course she said we had to get matching nail polishes to match. I grabbed enough of these black linen drawstring bags I found in the Target dollar section and of course gave them a makeover by hand lettering their names on them. 
Duh, of course! ;)
I also ordered matching cotton candy pouches from my friend Tonya from Soiree Event Design and they were so good. Some of the best cotton candy I've ever had. Plus she made the cute labels to match my party. On the flip side of them, we attached a thank you tag from the party collection and we were done and ready to go!
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Like I've already mentioned, my daughter wanted a sleepover for her party with her besties as she had been wanting to do that for awhile, so since she was turning thirteen and it being a 'big birthday milestone' I decided was a good time to let them ALL come over. I mean she's had sleepovers but this time I didn't limit it. lol

Just so you know it turned out fine, the whole school didn't show up, just about six so that was a good number to handle. ;)

We had the sleepover on Friday night with the family party happening two days later on Sunday. We basically did the same set up and food with just a few tweaks. I had run out of time on Friday, to do all of the fun ideas I had planned (does that happen to anyone else?), so the decorations for the sleepover were a little different, just because but it worked because then it gave us two different decor looks. Yeah yeah I totalllllly planned it that way! (wink wink)

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the CRAFT!
The one other thing I DO want to share a peek of, with you now, are these amazing EMOJI pillows that the girls did at the sleepover for a fun craft! I promise to bring a full post on how these were made (soon) but they had a blast and they ended up using them in pillow fights later in the night and I'm glad we did them. They each picked out what emoji they wanted to put on their pillows and it was a hoot to see them make these. I know plenty of places are selling emoji pillows now but I'm glad we tackled doing them ourselves as we have those memories now. ;)

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Well that's it! I know, I know . . .  that was a TON of photos but I didn't want to miss telling you anything! ;) Hope you enjoyed the ideas and you found something to try for your next batch of party fun! 

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  1. Okay those emoji poop cupcakes are the bet ever. My 16 years old would freaking love them. What a great party theme.

  2. I'm lloving those pillows! I saw some at Walgreens back at Chridtmas but they were expensive. I may have to try my hand at making them using your ideas! Cute!

  3. This looks like every teenagers dream party! I'm 'crying laughing emoji' over thos brownie bites!! My kids, even my 6 year old, is obsessed with emoji's.

  4. WHOA! She is one very lucky little girl, I am so amazed at all the things you were able to do. Awesomeness!

  5. I think this is a really cute theme! And you made it look awesome with all the black & white. Great job!

  6. The poop brownies are brilliant! This is a party the older set of kids can really enjoy!

  7. Laura you killed it!!! The poop brownies are my fave and I love love the pillow craft! Awesome job girl!!!!

  8. Oh my gosh! I am so impressed with this party. I can't imagine the work that went into this. Awesome!

  9. This looks like an awesome party! *smiley emoji* :) I bet a lot of kids would love this!

  10. Ashley Sparks MullinsMay 5, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    I want this party!! And the poo brownies bites are THE BEST! You nailed everything about this party! She's one lucky girl! 😀

  11. It was so much fun to see all of the little details of the party together! I have loved seeing all the details here and there.

  12. Hahahah this is brilliant. I was just in PetSmart last weekend and they have emoji dog toys, too. Love this idea for a theme.

  13. Those treats do look amazing. I love the emoji theme for a party!

  14. This would be fun for a teenager birthday. What a great idea!

  15. Such a fun party for a teen! Adorable!

  16. This is such a fun party idea!!! Everything from the snacks to the photo booth are adorable! I want a party like this!

  17. So darling, Laura! Amazing details! Thank you for featuring TomKat goodies! xo

  18. That is such a fun party theme. I might use some of your ideas for my boys birthday party this summer.

  19. Perfect for teens! Emojis are everywhere! The cool factor of this is amazing! And its so well done - the detail is amazing, lady! Love it!
    Karen |

  20. This is so cute and creative!! I couldn't imagine finding so many emoji things for a party. What a great idea! Great post

  21. Just noticed how darling the banners are! Also, black and white was the perfect backdrop colors. Love the little things I noticed!

  22. My nephew would love this. He is into emailing and text using mostly emoticons, so this would be perfect for his new found technology adventures.

  23. Oh I am loving this. My son would love those emoji poo cupcakes and him and his friends would think it a riot. :)

  24. this looks AMAZING! So much fun was had, I can tell. Love the emoji's and those cupcakes!!! lol!

  25. I didn't notice the black and white fringe back drop before. It is all sorts of awesome! I love it!

  26. I love this idea and my teen would've flipped over this when she was 13!

  27. Love the black and whites with the emoji yellow. My son loves emojies

  28. Seriously. So cool Laura. You have great talent for the details. Love I speak fluent emoji.

  29. Oh my gosh, this is spectacular. What a fun way to celebrate her becoming a teenager. You went to a lot of work to make her birthday amazing. My son will be 13 in June! I can't wait.

  30. This party theme is adorable and you did such an amazing job with all of the decorating. The poo brownie cupcakes are really awesome :)

  31. Amazing party ideas. Love it. Truly unique and could give more life to the party too!

  32. These are great emoji party ideas. My granddaughter has started helping me collect all the cute pillow so maybe we need to have the themed party as well.

  33. What an awesome party! I love the craft idea! It looks like they had a great time! Very well put together.

  34. These are such fun and creative party ideas. I have a son who is about to turn 13 this summer and I know that teens need exciting ideas when it comes to their party planning.

  35. i love the contrast of the black and white with the colorful emoji yellow!!!

  36. This is so cute!!!! Where did you get the Emoji plates?


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