Category Archives: Party Themes

Halloween Spider Cupcake Tutorial

Halloween is approaching and I wanted to share an easy and super cute spider cupcake tutorial. Last weekend, I was invited to a Halloween party and I thought it would be fun to make some cupcakes with a little Halloween twist. This one is really easy and a fun one to do with the kids.

HollyDays Halloween Spider Cupcake Tutorial

Halloween Spider Cupcakes Tutorial

Here’s what you will need for the cupcakes:

- Boxed cupcake mix + ingredients (I don’t make homemade cupcakes, you can, though!)
- Icing (I did make buttercream – 1 cup butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp almond flavoring + 2 TBSP milk) + food coloring
- Sour Punch Straws (in the candy aisle – I happened to find them at the checkout of Hobby Lobby)
- Candy Eyeballs (you can get these online or at your local craft store or bakery store)
- Sprinkles (of course!)
- Cupcake Wrappers (I think they really finish off the cute look – you can get ours HERE)

Halloween Spider Cupcakes

First, bake your cupcakes (chocolate, yellow, whatever flavor you wish) and make the icing. My recipe is add 2 sticks butter (unsalted real butter, yes) softened. (I always forget to leave out on the counter to soften and yes, even when I did this tutorial, I had to pop them in the microwave for a few seconds.) Then, cream the butter with the vanilla and almond flavoring. Add the powdered sugar a cup at a time so you don’t get a big poof of white stuff in your face (highly recommend not doing that) then add the milk 1 TBSP at a time to reach the desired consistency. When I made mine, I used the full 2 TBSP. Add the food coloring, just a couple drops will do. I wanted to do my spiders blue because I just think they are cuter that way and not nearly as messy as a black spider could be (seriously think about that before you jump at making them look really realistic – your couch and anything else little fingers will touch and stain will thank you).

HollyDays Halloween Spider Cupcake Tutorial

Then, put the cupcakes in the wrappers. I recommend putting the cupcakes in prior to decorating so you will not mess up the icing when you are picking them up to drop in the wrappers. Now, frost those cupcakes! This is the fun part and thank you to a sweet friend who was helping me. She decorated them beautifully. I like to use a 1M tip to decorate cupcakes. It is a large one, so this is how you achieve a nicely decorated cupcake.

Spider Cupcakes Tutorial

Ok, now cut all the Sour Punch Straws in thirds. This will give you 3 legs per straw and ultimately a lot of spider lets. Don’t forget, each spider takes 8 legs!

Spider Cupcakes Tutorial

Then, add the eyes and stick the legs in the icing and a little into the cupcake so they will stay and not fall out… and don’t forget about the sprinkles!

Halloween Spider Cupcake Tutorial

There you have it! Halloween spider cupcakes! Oh, and did you see the adorable Happy Everything Mini Platter and Halloween towels? We have an exciting giveaway coming on Friday!







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Construction Party

Construction Party Table

I have a super cute Construction Party to show you today!
Jen’s little boy turned 3 not long ago and she threw the cutest party for him.

Construction Party Invitation

Construction Party Gear

Construction Party Crew Enter Sign

Construction Party Sand

Construction Party Game

Construction Party Lunch

Construction Party Drinks

Construction Party Drinks

Construction Party Food

Construction Party Cake

Construction Party Cupcakes

Construction Party Favors

Construction Party Debris

Construction Party Cute Birthday Boy

The Details…

Jen’s neighborhood clubhouse was the perfect location for the party with the sand volleyball court for the kiddos to play with their dump trucks. Lunch was served in brown paper bags with cute stickers we made to keep the bags closed. The children ate lunch on the “road” Jen made by taking black plastic tablecloths and adding yellow tape stripes down the center. I also like her “debris” trash bag. Jen doesn’t leave any detail out when planning a party!

My favorites…

- Table made with sawhorses
- Food for adults served in Toy Dump Truck
- Hard hats & aprons for the little guests
-Hard hat chocolates on top of the cupcakes

Where you can find these party supplies:

- Invitations
- Water Bottle Labels
- Cupcake Wrappers
-Lunch Bag Stickers
-Party Favor Stickers
-Hard Hats
-Aprons (Home Depot Kids’ Workshops)
-Hard Hat Cupcake Chocolates
-Party Signs
-Thank you Notes

I just loved this party! So cute and so perfect for a little boy!


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New Simply Summer Collection + Complimentary Shipping

HollyDays Simply Summer Stationery

Yippee! Are you in the full swing of summer – sun, relaxing by the pool, weekend getaways with the family? Our newest collection will bring the summer to life… fresh squeezed designs…

colorful fruit patterns

fruit pattern personalized bag tag

Nautical themed crab & fish bag tags, note cards & extra thick notepads…

crab notepad

Colorful whimsical floral patterns

pattern note cards personalized

The newest daily schedule notepad looks so fresh with our fun fruit pattern:

daily schedule notepad

The anchor design will make you want to set sail…
or at least relax you a little if you’re jotting down a quick to-do list!

anchor notepad

We hope our fresh whimsical designs help you celebrate your summer in style!

Here’s a coupon code for COMPLIMENTARY SHIPPING
on any order on our website… use code SUMMER at checkout
(code valid only through Sunday, June 16)

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DIY Pallet Artwork

Last week, we were driving and I noticed a lonely pallet on the side of the road. You know me, I was too kind to let it go to the dump (ha!), so yesterday we went on a pallet hunt to rescue the pallet. We also picked up a few more we just happened to find in a couple locations during our morning walk. My daughter’s 4th Birthday is coming up in the next week, so I’ve been working on party goodies. I had a vision from the time I saw the pallet to use one as a backdrop that can later be used in our home somewhere.

Here’s a DIY project for those of you fellow pallet-lovers:

 First, I did not want to take off all the planks of wood since this particular pallet’s planks weren’t spaced too far, but I did want to remove the back planks and make it thinner and lighter.

DIY Pallet 2 cut photo

I used a jigsaw to cut the side of the pallet, removing the entire back planks and 1/2 the thickness of the pallet. Here’s proof that I did it myself.

DIY Pallet cutting photo

This is how I really felt about it (weird face=my excited-I’m-using-power-tools-face)

DIY Pallet

Then, after the dirty back was removed, I sprayed and cleaned the boards to remove dirt, bugs, spiderwebs and slugs (yes, one slug fell on my leg when I was pulling this thing into the driveway (gross), but it’s all part of the process, I guess- Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also, while I’m on that topic, please be careful when handling a pallet! There are a lot of rusty nails sticking out, splinters, etc.

DIY Pallet cleanup

Once it is dry and clean, use a pencil to draw out the shape of what you are painting. In my case, a whale. It’s hard to see in the picture below, but there is a pencil sketch.

DIY Pallet ready to paint

Then, paint! I used an affordable craft paint and a foam brush to paint the image.

DIY Pallet painted

That’s it! I still plan on sanding mine a little to remove potential splinters in little fingers and weather the whale image a little. Overall, I love how it turned out and I’m sure it will be a sweet backdrop for LB’s upcoming birthday party.

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Party + Event Planning: Selecting a Theme

Party Planning Series

Last week, I told you about a little series we’ll be doing on the blog. I get a lot of questions from clients and friends on party planning and so I thought I can share a little insight! Now, everyone has their own way of event planning, so just because I do something as step 1, doesn’t mean that you have to go in that order, I just am giving you the way I do it and you can make it work for you. I love planning parties & events, so let’s get to the fun part…

party planning selecting a theme

This is one of my favorite parts of party planning… selecting a theme! I’m a mom of a 3, soon to be 4-year-old, so I started planning the theme of her party just about a week ago. Her birthday is at the end of April and although that may seem like a long time from now, as a busy mom, I want to have a plan so that I am not forced to rush or stressed come March! Just because I started thinking about it last week does not mean that I am always thinking about it, believe me, I don’t have time to think about my child’s birthday party, nor should I for 3 months straight. This will just allow me to get my thoughts on paper and in my head so if happen to be out shopping one day and I see the perfect party favor, etc. I can buy them and not have to think “wait, how many people should we invite, who has siblings”, etc.

Selecting a Theme

Now here’s something I do take a little seriously and I don’t want this to come out the wrong way, but parties are all about the honoree. In other words, if you are doing a party for your child, it is for your child, don’t forget that. It’s a time to celebrate, reminisce and make a new memory. It is not about having the perfect party, the most amazing sweets table or the best party favor. I am all about having a wonderful celebration, but if it is done for the wrong reasons, it becomes about you and not your child. I have seen way too many parties, way over the top done for show. In other words, don’t get discouraged when you look at Pinterest for party ideas, most things you see over and over were done for show anyway. Celebrate your child, celebrate life, celebrate a new day we are so blessed to have.

Ok, so here’s how I do it… what does the person like who you are throwing the party for? What are their hobbies? What are their favorite colors? My daughter’s second birthday party was a Parade theme. I had never heard of that theme before, I just knew she loved parades. We went to Disney World around Christmas (a few months prior to her party) and she fell in love with the parades. We had to play the Christmas parade from YouTube every day for about two months and we would have to march around the house together pretending we were in a parade, so it was clearly evident what she loved! I love parties that bring out personality. We asked the children to bring a riding toy and we provided little noisemakers for them to play and we had a parade in the park. It was such a great memory for me and so fun for her. Last year, we did a dress up/ballet theme. She wore tutus constantly and loved to dance, so I pulled things I already had together to make a theme that fit her girly dress up personality. Think outside of the box… it doesn’t have to be a character theme, it can be almost anything related to their interests.

I have a handy sheet for you to print that once you select a theme, you can jot down some notes and ideas as you come up with them throughout the planning process. At the end of the sheet, I have a “Don’t Forget” section. I always have to have this for the party. All along you will think of things that you need to remember, like buying ice!

party planning printable

Click HERE to download the printable planning notes sheet.

Hope you enjoy! Part 2 is coming next week: The Guest List

Have a great weekend!

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Last Week to Order Halloween Stickers & Tags!

Halloween Stickers

Just a little reminder…

Halloween is only two weeks away!

Order your Halloween Stickers or Tags by the end of this week to make sure
you receive them in time for Halloween Treat Giving and Trick-or-Treating!

Personalized Halloween Tags

We’re delivering some Halloween stickers & tags, treat bags & tiny chevron stickers and balloons today to Fireflies & Fairytales (Birmingham, AL). You can purchase the Halloween goodies starting today at the store and they’ll be available while quantities last until Halloween!

Here’s a special code for you!

FREE Shipping on orders $20+
Use code FREEOCT
(Valid through Oct. 20)

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A “Reel” Fun Birthday Party

My good friend, Donna, hosted her daughter’s 3rd birthday party at her house last weekend. It turned out so cute, but this was no surprise, she is very creative. It was a drive-in movie themed party complete with popcorn, candy and glow sticks.

Sticking with the theme, the party was BYOC, bring your own car. The kids were adorable lined up on their cars and bikes munching on popcorn and watching the movie. Everything was so cute it was hard to choose my favorite things, but here are a few highlights:

Drive-In Movie Party by HollyDays

The sign on the front door directed traffic to the back yard for the feature presentation. The party favors were boxes of movie candy with a custom film strip sticker that read, “Thanks for coming, it’s been REEL fun! Love, Avery”. In keeping with the theme the cupcakes were topped with marshmallows to look like little buckets of popcorn. The polka dot balloons stood in galvanized buckets full of popcorn and added a pop of color on the tables.

I just couldn’t resist posting this picture. I love seeing all the kids lined up munching on popcorn completely enthralled with the movie. You never would have known that five minutes before they were running around the yard pumped full of cupcakes and Capri-Suns. This is my goal for our next birthday party!

Invitations, cupcake wrappers, birthday banner, food labels, custom favor stickers, and polka dot balloons by HollyDays.

Cupcakes by Donna Franklin (Avery’s Mommy)


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Tailgate in Style

It’s so hard for me to believe it is already September! In the South, that means FOOTBALL! Here is some inspiration for your tailgate- orange & blue style…

Tailgate in style personalized tray personalized banner

Cupcake Toppers/Wrappers, Bunting & Platter by HollyDays
Cupcakes by Donna Franklin

Interested in any of the items above?
Just email us at

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Pirate Party Featured on PIzzazzerie

We have been featured on Pizzazzerie! It is a super adorable Pirate party that was the vision of one creative Mommy, Anna Barnes, for her son’s 3rd birthday. I was honored to help her by doing all the invitations, paper goods and signs. You’ve got to see this party!

Pirate Party featured on Pizzazzerie

(As shown on Pizzazzerie)

Pizzazzerie Party

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We were Featured on iVillage

I am so excited our Tutus & Bow Ties party was featured on iVillage! Go HERE to see it and other party inspiration.


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