2014 Birthday Guide


From cupcakes to party favors, every detail was carefully thought out for these birthday bashes. Read on and get inspired!










Sweets & Treats: Custom sock monkey cookies, cake pops, chocolate covered pretzels, and a delicious cake from Janes Cakes and Confections in Perrysburg. janesweddingcakes.com

Activities: A sock monkey decorating station where the kiddos could create their own sock monkey and take it home. There was also a puppet stage that Jack’s Dad hand made for the party. As a guest book, each guest left their fingerprint on a tree that was designed to be framed and later hung in Jack’s room. Bethany also had a time capsule where guests wrote down their favorite memory with Jack before burying it.

Decor: Traditional sock monkey colors, brown, red, and blue, were used and incorporated in the linens and backdrop décor all designed by Nikki Wolfe at Elite Events. Each guest received their own mason jar to fill with a monkey punch of their liking adorned with a colorful striped paper straw. To bring in the Monkey feel, they created small centerpieces with branches twining from one center piece to another with a tiny monkey stuffed toy swinging between them. eliteeventstoledo.com

Photographer: Jack’s mom, Beth

any Leisure, from Wellspring

Photography wellspringphoto.com

Party favors:  Decorated Mason jars, desserts, sock monkey puppets

Tables & Chairs: Meredith Party Rentals .meredithpartyrentals.com





Birthday cake: Cake My Day, Marisol Compton, cakemyday.toledo@gmail.com

Food: Chicken fingers, fries, fruit kabobs, chicken salad croissants, and Asian Chicken Salad.

Activities: Princess Laurel handled the entertainment by reading a story focusing on the true meaning of being a princess, believing in themselves, taking responsibility for their actions and being kind to others. The girls made decorated crowns, had a dance party, walked the "red carpet" and had their pictures taken with Princess Laurel.

Decor: Royal dining table with paper plates, chargers and crafted no-spill drink cups from small Mason jars. Carolyn used a small glass container filled with pink M&Ms for place cards, and floated helium filled balloons on the ceiling. The center pieces were created from a few cute containers and silk flowers.

Inspiration: The mother of three daughters said there's no shortage of princess decor around their home. 

Photographer: Kellie Jo Sherie of KJ Photography, Waterville. 419-340-8278

Party favors: Princess, pink canvas bags from Hobby Lobby, ribbons and a decorative patch filled with gloss, and other dollar store princess items. 


l love: “We aren't annual birthday party throwers for our kids. We tend to do a big party for them every few years.  This was probably one of the easiest and most special parties we've had thanks to Princess Laurel. I cannot say enough about the value of her message for young girls.” Laurel’s Princess Parties, laurelsprincessparties.com, 419-349-0850




Activities: A large pond was perfect for the guests to swim and keep cool in the summer heat. The candy station and photo guest book station where guests could take a photo of themselves and write a message to her to place in the photo album were also a hit!

Sweets & Treats: Cupcakes, cookies and pretzels were made by Janes Cakes and the hard candy was from Oriental Trading Company. janesweddingcakes.com, orientaltrading.com

Food: BBQ Chicken, pasta salads, chips, and other BBQ staple items.

Party favors: Candy, lots and lots of candy

Tables & Chairs: Meredith Party Rentals meredithpartyrentals.com

Decor: The color scheme of the party was based on bright colors found in most candies, yellow, pink, green, blue and many more! Nikki created lollipops from colored balloons and colored plates, wrapped with cellophane and tied with ribbon, that she lined the walkway with. She also had colored paper lanterns and gumball machines made from flower pots and a  round bowl. Each place setting featured a colored napkin and custom napkin ring that was accented with a colorful lollipop.

Inspiration: Isabella’s love for sweets

Photographer: Nikki Wolfe 




Birthday Cake: Jane’s Cakes and Confections www.janesweddingcakes.com

Food: Aubrie’s favorite food is breakfast food so the menu was based off of her favorite things including cucumber sandwiches, mini quiches, bacon on skewers, fruit pizzas, and yogurt shooters (Lime and Lemon Meringue flavors), and pancake cupcakes with maple syrup frosting topped with bacon!

Activities: Guests visited with each other and watched Aubrie open and play with her new gifts. There was also a viewing of the movie Frozen- none of the guests had seen it yet so it was streamed on Netflix.

Decor: Laurie, associate coordinator at Elite Events, did all the decor herself including building the “drinks” stand, flower arrangements, a “diaper cake”, and suspending bird cages. A large birdcage was propped against the “drinks” stand. On it were notecards for guests to write a short note for Aubrie. A smaller birdcage hung on the wall by the cake table and it had Aubrie’s newborn and first birthday photos on it. Flower stand and succulent pots, straws, Mason jar lids, and goody bags: Elite Events eliteeventstoledo.com

Photographer: Krystal Gabrielle Pratt, Krystal Pratt Photography facebook.com/krystalprattphoto

Inspiration: “I had a high-risk/complicated pregnancy and Aubrie basically wasn’t growing properly. She was diagnosed with IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction) when I was 17 weeks pregnant. Aubrie was born at 37 weeks 5 days at a whooping 4lbs 1oz. We call her “Peanut” or “Little Bird.” I wanted a feminine bash, so I decided to use her nickname as inspiration for the party by going with a subtle bird theme,” said Laurie. 

Party favors: Mason jar with flower lid/straw. Guests also had a goodie bag that they could take a slice of cake home in.