Tuesday, February 8, 2011

{Event Recap} Zzzebra 33rd Birthday Slumber Party

Since my husband was scheduled to be out of town for my birthday weekend, I decided I would have a big girly celebration! I know kids' events are all the rave right now, but let's face it, we're all just big kids at heart! I think everyone of us deserves a big extravagant party. So I unleashed the party planner in me and became my own client.

A few months back I found some adorable zebra plates at the dollar store. I loved them and knew I had to get them for some future party. These fabulous plates became the beginning of my theme!

With zebra on the brain, I chose to pair it with a purple and green. I didn't want to throw the traditional hot pink and zebra party. I wanted a different color scheme that would be fun, funky and girly!

Having a color scheme and girly slumber party theme, I set off to design the invitation. Invitation designing is one of my favorite aspects of party planning. It's typically the first glimpse into the party that a guest will get and I think first impressions are so important! For the finishing touch I used a standard white outer envelope but added a zebra envelope liner.

As I started accumulating items for the party, I was having difficulty deciding what to do for the favor, without breaking the bank. I had lots of ideas but nothing affordable. Then, I struck gold! I LOVE the Target bargain bins! I always peruse them whenever I shop because they have so many amazing, little, affordable finds. I found purple and black damask boxes, eyemasks in both purple and a black and white stripe, purple and black damask pedicure sets, lipgloss and nail polishes! I cleaned out 3 Targets to assemble my favors.

Next, I contacted Rebekah over at A Blissful Nest to help me design the rest of my printables. I sent her my invite and she re-sized it all for the rest of the printables and added a cute little black band to the design.

Sandy of Sandy's Baking Memories (soon to be Firefly Confections) agreed to design some cookies for my dessert table. She was amazing to work with. We emailed back and forth to figure out the design, then she let me know as she completed each step of my cookies, including emailing me pictures! They turned out so cute! I love the ribbon she tied to it.

I also relied on a few of my friends to assist me with filling out the food and dessert table. I knew I wouldn't have time to make a cake for myself so I called up my friend, Fenella. She agreed to create the fabulous cupcakes I wanted and they were everything I imagined and more!

I continued to look high and low for items that would create a fun, youthful and yet elegant atmosphere for the party. I lucked out because Target is currently FILLED with zebra prints. I filled out the rest of my decor with items from Ikea and Michaels. My favorite new additions, however, came from the fabulous Layla Grayce. I won a gift card to their fabulous store from a giveaway on Kate Landers Events and got myself some beautiful new serving dishes and definitely put them to good use.

My guests’ ages ranged from early 20’s to early 40’s so I really wanted an event that would be fun and energetic for the younger crowd and nostalgic for the older girls. Keeping that in mind I tried to design each room with a slightly different mood. The first room was the lounge. This room had a dessert table, beauty bar and a big comfy couch with lots of floor pillows in front of a roaring fire.

Brownie Hugs

Cherry Bon Bon Cookies

Grape Rock Candy

Cake Pops
(both had yellow cake but the purple was dark chocolate frosting
and the green was buttercream frosting)

Chocolate Covered Zebra Cookies (tutorial)
with Regular and Chocolate Milk

Candy Jars

Next was the game room. In this room I had "Dance, Dance Revolution" and "Guitar Hero" set up and ready to be played.

I also set up the snack and drink tables and displayed the favors.

Sangria, Apple Vodka in an ice sleeve and Scooby Snacks in ice shot glasses

Grape and Lime Jello Shots

Purple People Eaters and Apple Martinis

The final rooms were a make your own pizza station I set up in the kitchen and the dinning room, which was set with chargers so people could sit and eat as they finished assembling their pizzas.

Of course my favorite part by far was spending the
evening with some AMAZING friends and family!

Enchanted Events & Design: party styling, photography, printables
A Blissful Nest: Collaborated in designing the table printables and door sign
Firefly Confections: Eye mask sugar cookies
Fenella Higgins: Cupcakes


  1. Oh you so had to post a picture of me in my jammies didn't you! Red rules!

  2. ohhh that looks like such a fun party!!! love it all!

  3. LOVE it!!! Those masks cookies are stunning!! :)
    Thank you for sharing with me!

  4. WOW!! LOVE your party!!! So many amazing details :) GREAT JOB! I will feature on my blog. I will let you know when I post it. THANKS!!!

  5. What detail! Such a great idea for a girl's night out! Color palette is divine, too!

  6. Looks like you all had a blast! Love the beauty bar! How fun~ thanks, for sharing!

  7. I loved this party. Would have Alex do it at my house in a second. Looks even better in person than in pcitures.


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