Whooooo's Birthday?

An owl-themed printable party with lots of bold florals.

Sip incognito!

Which character straw do you think your guests will choose... Luigi or Mario?

Custom Invitations

Your guests will know you've planned a great event when you send Whirligigs Invitations.

Baby Shower Gift Bingo Game!

For a baby girl, baby boy, or baby neutral! Designed for a small or large crowd!

All Aboard!

Our railroad crossing straws are lots of fun for the train-themed birthday party.

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Birthday Construction Party!

This 3rd birthday construction themed party was such a thrill for me to help plan and the kids... especially the "BOB" lovers were thrilled as well!


The venue was a gymnasium. I totally love gymnasiums for parties with kids, especially when outside is not an option. There was TONS of space for the kiddos to run around and visit each activity station.  Plus, easy clean up if something spills, and this was one "dirty" party! :) We used a church gym, so double bonus... it was free!  However if you can't access a free one, most community centers will rent out gymnasiums for parties. Finding one with a kitchen attached, and available tables to borrow will save you lots of hassle in the end.




Our construction zone treat table featured (cleaned, of course) toy trucks and upside down builder hats for serving food. Check out our very dumpy chocolate "dirt" cake centerpiece, complete with worms! 


Fun to design, were the 3D wheel cupcake toppers.  And the mud juice labels were a special request from the birthday mom. They were quite a hit wrapped around boxes of chocolate milk.




The birthday mom came up with lots of great activities tailored for toddlers... An under the bed plastic storage bin filled with rice, toy trucks and shovels made the perfect indoor dig pit. And it was a great sensory activity for little kids!

There was a coloring station with some simple coloring sheets made with the builder graphics used in the party decorations. The colored sheets made fun party souvenirs for the kids to take home.

There was a rock bean bag toss, an awesome Bob The Builder photo prop, and a pin the tools on Bob game.  



But the bulldozer made from a large appliance box entertained the kids the most! They loved playing inside and popping their heads out the top. And placing the bean bag "rocks" in the big scooper as they pushed the truck around the gym floor. So much fun!!!

My props to the Birthday Mom for crafting such amazing party activities, all d.i.y. and on a budget too!!! She did awesome, don't you think??
Bravo!


The juvenile color palette of our "Little Digger" collection is bright and easy to match with. The numbers you see on the crane and in the pattern pieces are customizable to your child's age & also customizable is the skin color of the little builder. 

Let us help "build" you a memorable construction themed birthday party HERE!

♥ Sara

Monday, June 10, 2013

DIY 4th of July Party Decorations

Flags will be waving,
Sparks will fly!
It's time to make plans
for the 4th of July!!!


For my friends in the USA, July 4th is an explosively fun holiday, filled with traditions for celebration!

Even the most casual of holiday bbq's on the 4th of July are not complete without a bit of
red, white and blue decor!!

Our DIY party decorations can turn your 4th of July event into a festive, patriotic celebration!
VIEW FOURTH OF JULY SELECTION

Happy 4th of July from Whirligigs Party Co.! 
And don't forget to check out our holiday tutorial HERE

Monday, March 4, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Drink Printables


Create cute themed party drinks for your
St. Patty's Day party in no time with OUR
FREE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PRINTABLES! 


You will need.... 

a printer
scissors
paper trimmer (optional)
1/4" paper hole punch
straws
drink containers - glass bottles, plastic bottles, or jelly jars



It's Easy!
 
1.OPEN these files:
St. Patricks Day Drink Wrappers
St. Patricks Day Shamrocks
Shamrock Pattern Paper

If you can't open the files you may need to download the free software, ADOBE READER here.

2.SAVE (optional) them to your computer so you can print as many as you wish, whenever you wish! *for personal use only*

3.PRINT on your color printer or at a copy or office supply shop. ( TIP= Print the pattern sheet on the back of the shamrocks sheet for double-sided shamrocks!!)

4.CUT out the drink wrappers using scissors or paper trimmer. Cut out the shamrock shapes with scissors. Punch a hole in the shamrock centers with your hole punch.

5.ASSEMBLE DRINK WRAPS by wrapping around your drink containers and secure with a bit of scotch tape. If you don't want tape showing, apply a bit of glue stick on the excess overhang before wrapping around your container.

6.ASSEMBLE SHAMROCK DRINK SLIDES by simply sliding the shamrock shape onto your straws!

Now you've added a wee bit o' fun to 'yer
St. Patty's Day Party table!
Good Luck!


 
How simple! You can also create fun
ST. PATRICK'S DAY GARLAND
using the shamrock shapes.

Thread the shamrocks with a string to hang. ( TIP = You can also chain stitch using a sewing machine, if your machine allows sewing on paper.)

ALL Whirligigs Party Co. printables are *FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY Do not sell, share or sell items made from these printables. ©2013 Whirligigs Party Co. All rights reserved.


Friday, February 1, 2013

A Train Party to Remember

Choo! Choo!
Look who's two?!
My sweet little Lincoln loves "choo-choos" (trains), so I wanted to give him an exciting train party for his 2nd birthday. I looked into different venues,  including the zoo, that had trains but settled on a Portland original, Oaks Park. It turned out perfect. The guests have a fee-free entry and there was easy access to a train ride for the kids.

As it turned out the train ran along the open seating picnic area so it was chugging by every 20 minutes - which thrilled the boys at the party!

This wooden train centerpiece was purchase from Aero1 Toys and was the perfect size to hold the train-shaped fruit gummy snacks. It was actually very easy to paint. I used a 1-1/2" sponge brush to quickly coat the big areas. I taped around the wheels with masking tape and then using a tiny paintbrush, I finished painting the cars. I left the wheels natural wood, but dotted the middle of the wheel to tie it all together.

For the invitations we featured an old time locomotive running along the tracks with the entire family - and even the dog - on board!


It was clearly a birthday celebration flocked with our "birthday crossing" signs posted on 3/8" dowels.

My mom, Connie, and I created a food-safe train centerpiece using recycled milk cartons! We filled it with toddler friendly goodies: a fruit car (grapes), coal (black olives), railroad ties (pretzel sticks), and steam puffs (popcorn).



My sister, Katie of  Katie's Cake Creations , made some delicious railroad crossing sign cake pops! And she knows what she's talking about when she says keep them out of the heat! Not that we minded gobbling them up as soon as we noticed them start melting down their sticks! Yum :)


Lots of fun was the blackberry lemonade. We are lucky to have wild blackberry bushes growing at the park next to our home and we've been over there a couple times this summer picking away! Right before his birthday, with Grandma in tow, Lincoln enjoyed picking the berries we served to our guests.

Enjoy them with our Railroad Crossing Straws.


~~♥~~ blackberry lemonade ~~♥~~
mash 3-4 blackberries at the bottom of jelly jar
pour over lemonade to fill cup

we found our jar lids from Mindy Mae's Etsy store

Our kids had the most exciting time! The fun thing about toddlers is you know when you've helped them create some memories because they talk about the experience for months after the event. Lincoln shared his " choo choo " story often.
 

 Take a peak at all of our

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Classy 50th Wedding Anniversary

For my husbands grandparents 50th Wedding Anniversary I wanted to design something elegant and timeless. Inspired by the vintage lace tablecloth in their wedding pictures, I created a beautiful damask print for the party collection that reminds me of the era 50 years ago.




The collection is available in gold and in black. This party set is unique with it's custom guest book and directional event signage. Each page of the matching guest book features an Anniversary Love Quote. Which are also on printable tent cards. 




The cupcake toppers simply say "50". And as always with our 2" party circles, the cupcake toppers can be printed on Avery 22807 labels for beautiful 2" circle stickers.
 
ORDER HERE



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Summer Sorbet - Deluxe Ice Cream Party

What could be better on a sweltering summer afternoon than the sweet creamy chill of an ice cream cone, complete with crunchy waffle cone and pretty pastel sprinkles? …The answer, of course, is sharing that perfectly sweet afternoon treat with all your friends!  For my young daughter those two ingredients, friends and treats, are the perfect recipe for a fabulous party!
We started at the ice skating rink, with about 10 little girls all decked out in matching polka dot mittens and scarves.  They were giggling, twirling and racing their way around the ice for an hour, full of charm and enthusiasm.   When everyone was ready, we returned our skates and headed outside to an adjacent park.

Our original plan had been to decorate with snowflakes and ice skates, but, since it was summer, and we were doing ice cream outside after ice skating, a change in theme seemed appropriate. (However, we are looking forward to releasing a wintry party package… something to look forward to when the season arrives.)  The final product: "Summer Sorbet"!
This beautiful ice cream party combines soft, but vibrant summer colors with plaids, stripes and polka dots to create a memorable Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor feeling.  From the enchanting font to the soft swirls of pink ribbon, it is the perfect combination of vintage and newly fresh.  The banner was pieced together with white tulle and a lovely entwining satin ribbon.  The table was delightfully sweet.  Personalized plates coordinated with custom napkin bundles, and the barbershop stripes on the straws matched the tent cards and jars of candy.  
We had, of course, done our best to transform our ice cream cones into stunning works of tasty art.  The cones were dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles.  After adding their choice of ice cream, each girl decorated her treat, choosing from our assortment of coordinating sprinkles. Each sprinkle variety filled a small crystal teacup and had a little silver spoon. (In my opinion, one of the most adorable things I added to the party!) Refreshing Berry Watermelon Lemonade was the perfect pink beverage and Chocolate ├ęclairs with cupcake toppers were the birthday girl’s choice, in place of cake.




Party favor bags were cut in a scalloped edge on top, with pink striped bakers twine looped through as a handle.  They were each labeled with a personalized name sticker, and I used the coordinating paper to make cones; filled with nail polish, stickers, and file, then topped with cotton balls and tied up in a pastry bag with bakers twine and a thank you tag… So cute!


At the birthday party, the weather was sunny and beautiful, with a cooling breeze. The park was green and shady, ringing with the joyful sounds of children playing.   The pleasant colors and complimentary patterns of the Summer Sorbet Party were exactly what we needed to celebrate a glorious afternoon escape, sweet treats and a young girl’s happy birthday!

To experience your own perfectly sweet ice cream party, ORDER SUMMER SORBET HERE

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a giveaway winner!

Thanks to all who participated in our giveaway!
We compiled all your names into a spreedsheet and used a random.org to generate the winning number.... 
number 6:  TAMMY SHEFFER!
Tammy please contact us to collect your gift certificate!

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