Kid’s Party Planning Made Easy & Cute – Just Pretend Kids

Disclosure 1

As you all know, I am a party planner by nature. I love any chance to entertain. My favorite part is thinking through all of the little details. Thinking of the theme, the color scheme, all of the cute plates and napkins, etc. I love to make parties special. I really believe in those little details. However, it is definitely time consuming. It used to be easier when we only had one child. Now we have two, I work a lot more, Lucas is in school, and so on. Time is not always on my side! That’s why I love the new Kids Party Pack from Just Pretend Kids.

The Party Pack includes everything parents need to create a magical and enchanted celebration, complete with an amazing present inside, a costume for the guest of honor! We got the chance to check out the Ladybug Luck Party Pack




Amelia got all gussied up in the Ladybug costume that was included in the Party Pack.




The costume is made with every attention to detail and is very high quality. It comes with tights, leotard, tutu, wings, wand, and headband. It is just gorgeous!




We invited a couple of Amelia’s cousins over to celebrate…


Available in twenty themes, the Just Pretend Kids Party Pack comes with:
  • Invitations
  • 9″ plates
  • 7″ plates
  • 9oz cups
  • Napkins
  • Table cover
  • Cutlery
  • Costume for the child of honor!

Everything coordinates beautifully. It’s all thought out for you. All you have to provide is the food and the guests! Super cute, super easy! For additional information or to order, please visit Just Pretend Kids.

Bowling Birthday Party FREE Invitation & Party Printables

As promised, today I want to share with you all of the printables I designed for Lucas’ bowling birthday party. Just follow the directions to download!

Bowling Birthday Party Invitation

Bowling Birthday Party Invitation

I wanted you to be able to customize the invitation and I’ve had trouble sharing as a editable doc because not everyone has the same software that I used to create. I decided the easiest way was to provide the file as a jpeg image. All you do to personalize and add your specific child’s party information is:

  1. Upload the image to PicMonkey (it’s FREE – you don’t even need an account).
  2. Click on the Text option on the left.
  3. Click Add Text, choose your font (see font information below), and simply type in the party information.
    — Font #1: (Color) 7f7f7f (Type) Quicksand
    — Font #2: (Color) Black (Type) Budmo Jiggler
  4. Save the image in the highest resolution.
  5. Open from your computer and print either 5×7 or 4×6. Easy peasy!

Download the Invitation by right-clicking on the image below and saving to your computer:

Bowling Birthday Party Invitation


Bowling Birthday Party Centerpieces 

To make these centerpieces, print and cut out the templates. Using simple scotch tape, attach a wooden dowel (or skewer) on the back of the cut-out template. I wanted these to have a pretty backside as well so I backed the “Strike” template with red card stock. With the bowling pins (because the shape is symmetrical) I was able to just glue another bowling pin on the back.

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Strike Callout Sign – click HERE to download

Bowling Pin – click HERE to download

Bowling Happy Birthday Party Sign – We enlarged the sign up to 18 x 24 and had it printed on vinyl at Kinko’s for $23, but you can enlarge as needed.

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Click HERE to download

Bowling Birthday Party Thank You Labels 

Goody Bags

Click HERE to download


Bowling Birthday Party Cupcake Toppers  (I actually glued these to red paper cups, but they can also be used as cupcake toppers. Use a 2-inch circular punch to cut out.)

Bowling Birthday Party

Click HERE to download


Lucas’ 6th Birthday! A Bowling Birthday Party

On our way home from Lucas’ 5th birthday party at the farm, it was decided that his 6th birthday would be a bowling birthday party. I was relieved. An indoor party! I wouldn’t have to stress about rain! Well, this past weekend – the big day finally arrived. My baby – my first baby – turned 6 years old and we threw a big bowling birthday bash for him. It was a blast!

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We chose to have the party at our local Stars and Strikes. This is such a great bowling alley for kids. It has a huge arcade, laser tag, and even bumper cars! We reserved a couple of the VIP Lanes, which have couches and big TVs and just has a cool vibe to it. Our colors? Red, black and light blue – kind of retro bowling colors. We set up a table in the corner with a light blue backdrop and a Happy Birthday sign that I designed. This table greeted the kids as they walked in. They grabbed their “bowling bag”, which contained a t-shirt that said, “This is how I roll” and signed Lucas’ bowling pin.

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The bowling bag labels said, “Thanks for rolling with us”. We made the t-shirts using an iron-on transfer that we purchased from Etsy. The design was only a few bucks and the t-shirts were less than $4 at Walmart. Super affordable and it’s a party favor that will actually be used and not tossed in the trash!

Even little Amelia got her own bowling shirt!

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Then, it was time to bowl! The bowling alley was decorated with lots of red and black polk-a-dot balloons and homemade centerpieces.

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While the kids were whisked away to play laser tag and bumper cars, Mike and I set up the party room.

Bowling Birthday Party

Thanks to Shari’s Berries, the dessert table was stocked full of yummy deliciousness!

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Birthday Cake Pops…so cute, right?! And, you can really light the candles!

Birthday Cake Pops

Birthday Chocolate Covered Strawberries…aren’t these pretty?!

Birthday Chocolate Covered Strawberries

and, Cupcakes. Vanilla Bean. Red Velvet. Chocolate. All handmade and divine!

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Seriously, you guys know that I bake. A lot. However, I have been traveling so much recently that I needed all the help I could get. These goodies were a life saver! The best part? They may have been convenient, but they tasted homemade and everyone loved them!

I actually added a homemade fondant bowling pin and ball to each cupcake to keep with our theme. Mike made these!

Bowling Birthday Cupcakes

Then, it was time to sing Happy Birthday and open presents!

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The kids ended the night playing video games at the arcade. They had a great time! Lucas kept telling us that “This was the best birthday party EVER!” All in all, I would say that it was a success!

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Stay tuned for all the bowling party printables that I designed in the coming weeks!

Thanks to Shari’s Berries for sending me complimentary goodies for Lucas’ birthday. However, all opinions are 100% my own. Please see this site’s Terms of Use for additional details. 

Cowboy Birthday Party: FREE Printable Birthday Banner

Cowboy Birthday Banner FINAL


As you know, Lucas’ 5th birthday party was cowboy-themed and I’ve been sharing all of the printables from his party. The final in the series is the Cowboy Happy Birthday Banner. You can print four letters to an 8.5×11 sheet of paper. I used a natural color paper, cut out the letters and backed onto a piece of red cardstock. I then attached each letter onto a long piece of rope (see picture below).


Cowboy Birthday Banner 2


Turned out really cute! Feel free to use this for your own cowboy birthdays. You could even use it for a little girl’s party – maybe use pink paper as the backing and it would be perfect!



Download the Cowboy Happy Birthday Banner. Enjoy!

Free Birthday Printables! Cowboy Cupcake Toppers

As promised (albeit VERY late), today I’m sharing the Cowboy Cupcake Toppers that I created for Lucas’ 5th birthday party.




The file that I’m sharing has three different types – a cowboy, a horseshoe, and a star. I used a 1 3/4 inch punch for the toppers and then I backed them on another piece of coordinating cardstock and used a 2 inch punch for that. Hope you like them!





To download the cupcake toppers, click HERE.

For additional Cowboy Themed inspiration and FREE PRINTABLES, read the posts below:

Free Cowboy Invitation

Cowboy Birthday Ideas




FREE Printable Cowboy Birthday Invitation

As you guys know, Lucas just recently had his 5th birthday and it was cowboy themed! I designed his birthday invitation and wanted to share it with you today. It is in Word format, editable, and FREE to download – just make sure to only use for personal use and not for sale, etc. As you can see, I printed the invitation on a khaki cardstock and then glued the invitation on to red cardstock so it would pop. Hope you like it!



Download the FREE Printable Invitation HERE.

Important Notes:

  • The invitation preview before you download looks odd and jumbled, but the download is working correctly. I’ve checked it several times. 
  • Make sure to choose the DOC download in order to be able to EDIT the invitation.

Lucas Turns 5 Years Old – Kid’s Cowboy Themed Birthday Party!

On August 16th, my baby turned five years old. Five. I honestly cannot believe it. Time just zips on by in a flash. For his 5th birthday, we decided to go with a Cowboy theme and let me tell you – it was such a huge hit! We held the part at Rancho Alegre Farm, which I must recommend to anyone in the Metro Atlanta area – they were amazing!

For decor, we used red and blue balloons and homemade birthday banners…

The kids’ tables were decorated with tan tablecloths, gingham runners, and wildflowers and sunflowers in old milk bottles and tin cans. We used disposable pie tins for the plates, wooden forks and knives, and mason jars for the glasses.

The kids ate hot dogs, chips, and lemonade…

These were the adult food and beverage tables…

We grilled chorizos for the adults and there were also plenty of salads and sides as well… it was delish!

OK, so as the guests arrived they visited the photo booth for their “mug shot”, but first they had to get their gear! All the kids got cowboy hats and sherrif badges.

Plus, we had bandanas and mustaches to use at the photo booth.

The photo booth was a lot of fun!

From there, the kids were able to hit the playground or bounce house…

And then, they each got to go on a pony ride!

Then, it was time to for a hayride around the farm…

and then we headed over to pet the goats and the kids also got to milk a goat…

Whew! After all that activity –  it was time for cake – cupcakes, that is! We made “campfire cupcakes” (s’mores cupcakes), “yankee cakes”  (these were a play on boston cream pie), and “gaucho cakes” (made with dulce de leche frosting).

The birthday boy got to blow out the candles…

and, open presents…

Before the guests went home, everyone got to take home some goodies!

The kids all got a “mugshot” that we’d put together with pictures before the party and they also got gold nugget bubble gum.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing many cowboy goodies from the party – everything from FREE printable invitations, cupcake toppers and birthday banner to photo booth tutorials and where to get many of the items pictured above. Stay tuned, partner!

FREE Printables! Superhero Cupcake Toppers (Superman, Spiderman & Batman)

For Lucas’ Superhero birthday party, I made 75 cupcakes topped with Spiderman, Superman, and Batman toppers that I designed. Lucas literally squealed when he saw them LOL!

I actually printed extra and was able to use them throughout the party for the napkins…

and to decorate the mason jar cups for the kids…

It was an easy way to add an extra little touch and tie all of the decor together. Super cute and very affordable since the only cost is really paper, ink, and the lolli sticks for the cupcake toppers.

Of course, I am sharing these cute cupcake toppers with you guys! You can download them HERE for FREE! I’ll be sharing the cupcake recipes next week so stay tuned for those…

No Sew Superhero Capes (FREE Template)

For Lucas’ superhero birthday party, I made all of the kids their very own superhero capes. There’s no sewing involved in making these capes either so they are extremely easy to make and at about $2 per cape, they are also very affordable.

What You’ll Need:
Hot glue or spray glue
Velcro iron on strips
Download superhero cape template.


Once you have your cape cut out, then you will need to attach Velcro to the neck. I used the iron on Velcro, but if you have time — it is better to attach them with a few stitches by hand. The last thing is to decorate the back! Lucas got a spider for his favorite superhero–Spiderman!

For the rest of the kids, we simply cut out shields and stars from felt and attached them with spray glue. Easy peasy!

Superhero Birthday Party Centerpieces & Photo Opp Signs (FREE Printables)

For Lucas’ superhero party, I designed comic book callout signs with words like KAPOW, THWIP, and BOOM! I printed them, cut them out, and then attached each sign to a wooden skewer using scotch tape. We used these signs throughout the party as centerpieces…

And, also for kids to hold up as a photo opp…

The kids loved them! And, so did Lucas!

Truth is that we had planned or I should say–we set up an entire photo booth with cityscape outside, but then it started to rain so we had to make do with a few of the panels from the outdoor photo booth. I made the cityscape by painting four foam board panels from the $1 store with blue paint. Then, Mike glued on buildings and windows made from construction paper. Easy peasy and affordable!

I’m providing all of the callout signs for you to print for FREE! Download them HERE.