lemonadepitcher

We’ve been having an exciting summer around here with a newborn in the house again. Although Little Bug has been adjusting well, it’s been a daily challenge to give everyone one on one attention. Now that things have settled down a bit (meaning we’re all sleeping a little bit more), I wanted to throw Little Bug a special play date with mommy and her favorite stuffed animals.

I chose lemonade as our theme in honor of summer.  I decorated the party with our new printable lemonade party essentials collection. The best part about this collection is that it has everything you need to throw a small party, play date or other get together – without a huge cost.  Definitely great when trying to stay in a budget. All you need to do is print, cut and assemble to create an amazing and fun party.

In addition to the paper designs, I added some cups and plates from the Dollar Store (it’s amazing what you can find over there!) and used serving pieces from past parties.  I am always sure to keep some mason jars, small baskets and white plates around our butler’s pantry.  Their uses are endless!  Here are some lemonade party ideas to get you started in hosting a lemonade celebration of your own.

lemonadetablescape

I set up the tablescape using our small white play table from my studio.  I added a few desserts and decorations to make it feel summery.  Party circles are an easy decoration that you can use lots of ways.  I attached to the cups for this party!

treatbagtoppers

Little Bug recently tried her first gummi candy and really liked it.  So I filled our treat bags with watermelon sours and added the bag toppers from the collection.  This was a VERY special “big girl” treat for her to enjoy.

friendswaiting

Although the stuffed friends of the moment seem to change daily, Elmo is still Little Bug’s favorite.  That morning it was also Fluffy Duck and her stuffed dog.  They waited patiently to be served.

powdereddonuts

I wanted powdered donuts for one of the desserts. When I went to buy them that morning, I discovered that the powdered version of Munchkins had been discontinued.  Supposedly, they are too messy.  So I bought the sugar version and coated them in powdered sugar right before serving.  To create individual portions, I served the mini donuts in pink polka dot cupcake liners.

lemonadebuntingflags

I created a pennant bunting from the patterned pennants in the printables collection.  To assemble, I punched holes in the edges of each triangle.  Then, I connected the triangles together with narrow grosgrain ribbon.  I love the sweet look of the little bows between the pretty paper designs.

daisies

No matter the size of your party, it isn’t complete without a flower arrangement.  I used daisies from my mom’s garden and placed them in a large mason jar.  A mix of light pink and yellow baker’s twine wrapped around the vase matched our party perfectly.

pinklemonadecakepopsfinal

After Little Bug begged me for weeks to make her cake pops, I created some pink lemonade cake pops as another special surprise.  The mix of pink lemonade cake and frosting turned into quite a refreshing dessert.  I decorated them with pink and yellow sprinkles for an added touch.

playmoney

One fun part of our printables collection is lemonade themed play money.  I made Little Bug a set of dollar bills and coins.  She loved dividing up the money (she’s really into sorting right now!), giving the money to her stuffed animals and putting it in her wallet.  She continues to play with the money even today!

sortingmoney

Little Bug divided up the money into piles so everyone got one.  I loved seeing her share with her buddies.

strawsflagsandsign

Party flags can be used to decorate lots of different party elements.  The classic use is to add them to paper straws.

cakepopflags

You can also add them to treat sticks for a decorative touch.

sippingjuice

One of the best parts about hosting play dates with Little Bug is that it gives us a chance to practice being good hosts.  We were able to serve all of our stuffed animals, share treats, drink juice and celebrate summer together.  It’s so cute when I see her using these skills in her own pretend play.

So here’s the big surprise… our lemonade party printable essentials kit is currently 50% OFF!  Each essentials party kit includes a welcome sign, patterned bunting, play money, straw flags, party circles and treat bag toppers.  It’s perfect for a small party, play date or other fun get together.  What a great way to celebrate summer!  Sale ends on July 14th, so be sure to get your set today.

Also, check out our Facebook page.  We’ll be giving away two lemonade party printable kits at the end of the week!

Happy Celebrating,
Natalie