Thursday, September 1, 2016

Party Planning Series 01 - A Scooby Doo Birthday Party

I thought I would start the Party Planning Party series off easy with my son Lucas' Scooby Doo themed third birthday party.  Typically I go all out for these kinds of parties, but for this one I kept it simple.

Scooby Doo has always been a favorite of his.  The classic cartoon episodes, the characters, the Halloween costumes... we've done it all.  This party has three main elements to share: the balloons, the cake and the invitation.

The Balloons

Balloons are easy but expensive.  I try to use them when I don't a lot of time to prepare my own decor.  I also used a pre-bought banner for this party too (eek! I never do that!).  I typically go to Party City for the balloon bouquets when I have a specific theme.  The Dollar Tree has great options when going a little more generic.

The Cake

I absolutely loved this cake.  My sweet sister, Emily, makes Lucas' birthday cake every year.  I love to see what she comes up with.  For this Scooby Doo cake, she used a vintage Wilton cake pan from my grandmother's collection. You can easily find an affordable one on eBay.  The cake turned out great.

The Invitation

By far, my favorite part of planning any birthday party is the invitation.  Here is the recipe to make this awesome Scooby Doo invitation:
  • Customize this template in Microsoft Word or similar program with the details for your specific event and print.  You will need to also have installed the Scooby Doo font and Mongolian Baiti font.
  • Cut a coordinating pattern sheet of cardstock to 6" x 4 3/4"
  • Use a Cricut or similar cutting machine to cut a sold-colored layering scalloped square to 5 3/4" x 4 1/4"
  • Cut your invitation to 5 1/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Corner round the pattern piece and invitation
  • Use double-sided tape to adhere all pieces together (or glue)

Thanks for checking out my first Party Planning series post. 
 Look for more party inspiration coming soon!

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