Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lil B's Big 1st Birthday Carnival

Better late than never! It's been 2 years since Braden's 1st birthday and now that he's turning 3 I couldn't help but look back at his carnival party and share it. 
My husband and I knew we didn't want something typical or generic like an ABC theme for our first born's first birthday. We wanted to go all out! After booking a park hall in Placentia, which had both an indoor and outdoor space, we instantly knew a CARNIVAL theme would be it!

What's a CARNIVAL without tickets? Each birthday invitation had a custom ticket I designed along with a welcoming picture of the RINGMASTER himself!
 This custom banner greeted the guests as they came in. I designed it on photoshop with the same picture I used for his invitations. 

One of the projects I took on was the cake. I knew I wanted cupcakes which were easy to decorate with stars and circle cut outs from fondant and I added custom cupcake toppers I designed to match the theme. For the top I wanted a circus tent design, which was harder than I thought, especially since it was my first time working with fondant. Oh well, close enough! For the balloon arch, I just rented a helium tank from my local party rental supplier and put my brother (who was in ASB in high school) to work!

For favors I found these awesome mini gumball machines at Big Lots for about $1 and just added favor tags. So cute and perfect match for a CARNIVAL theme and everyone loved them!
The centerpieces were popcorn containers topped with lollipops, carnival themed ducks and a windmill. 

 Remember how I mentioned the hall had an outdoor space? I bought different color fabric and hung them up against the fence and had CARNIVAL game stations! We had the duck in the pond game, tic-tac-toe, go fish, ball toss and more. With each game guests/players were given tickets for winning the game, yellow, green and red. Each color ticket could be exchanged for a small, medium, or large prize. You can also upgrade to medium prize with 5 small tickets and so forth. 

My husband actually made this himself using PVC pipes and encased in plywood frame. Then he used spray paint and painted some red and blue. Blue ones were big prizes and red for medium.

The prizes table! Thanks to Dollar Tree I was able to give our guests more than enough choices of CARNIVAL prizes from small to large! 

A 1st Birthday CARNIVAL can't be complete without face painting, cotton candy, and balloon artists!
And don't forget the Photobooth! 
I bought some silly props for guest to use to take pictures with, even Grandma had fun with it!

We hung up a red fabric with polka dots as the backdrop and printed pictures instantly on my mini HP Photosmart printer where you can plug in your camera or insert memory cards. I had pre-printed on these cute bracket frame 3M sticker labels and stuck them on the picture and mounted them on cardstock with corner stickers for guest to take home as souvenirs. 

 Happy 1st Birthday Braden! 
I know my son will never remember this day, but he'll always have these pictures to enjoy!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Premier Bridal Show

Invited by Tricia's first ever Bridal Show was a success! After months of debating, we finally decided to take our small, home based business to the next level and advertise at the Premier Bridal show, which was held at the Sheraton hotel in Cerritos. It was great to see so many brides along with their grooms, mothers, bridal party and friends. We were able to truly showcase Invited by Tricia Events & Design as a One-Stop-Shop! Floral arrangements, candy bar, linen, invitations, and more! Being that this was our  first Bridal Show, I'd have to admit, we did not know what to expect and especially scared of the reaction from customers. But just a few minutes into the show, the booth was packed! We were overwhelmed and excited at the same time! In fact, I'm embarrassed to say, we ran out of flyers and brochures within the first 2 hours! It was absolutely a fun experience and we can't wait to do it again. A special Thank You to my mom & Vince (Invincible DJs) for talking to our guests, Premier Bridal Show staff and of course, to my new clients from the show!

Our Welcome Table

Isn't this ivory taffeta table cloth with a leaf-like design to die for? It looks absolutely great as a focal point, like for your cake table! It's available to rent! Contact us for details!. 

Our Booth

Backdrop and lighting are also a part of services!

Candy Bar / Buffet

A small sample of our Candy Bar / Buffet available for rent, with custom tags and bags and framed sign options

Floral arrangements at our Bridal Show

Our theme for our Bridal Show floral arrangements was ECO Wedding. Long lasting succulents, with green and burlap accents. So modern and chic!


 Our Invitation samples! Thanks to all our past clients who has helped in contributing to this collection!