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We love working with Parenting Magazine, so when style editor, Sabrina James approached us a few months ago about styling a party for an upcoming issue, we jumped at the opportunity! The party feature is published in the current issue (April 2013) so run out and grab a copy so you can check it out! The premise of the article, titled “Birthday Remix” is to show how to take classic children’s party themes and give the them a modern, fresh twist. When Sabrina suggested we work on the Princess Party theme, I was thrilled. (you know me and my love for pink and princesses….) Be sure to also check awesome parties by Oh Happy Day (inspired by Cars) and Kara’s Party Ideas (Harry Potter). We created a Modern Princess Party in a fresh color palette of neon pink + gray. We couldn’t leave out the girly, dainty touches, so be sure to check out all of the pretty details including lace crowns, felt wands and tulle poms! We hope you love it as much as we do!

parenting magazine april 2013

modern princess invitation

We started with a simple invitation design featuring a custom lace crown illustration that I had my friend, Kori create. The printable invitation is available in our shop, along with the neon pink tags, neon pink heart stickers, gray striped bags and felt star wands!


I had so much fun finding wardrobe for this shoot! Kate’s neon pink lace dress from GapKids (above) was really the starting inspiration for this neon pink/gray theme. Our friends at Cici & Ryann sent over the gray chevron dress (above), which our model looked adorable in! Our friend, Faith sent one of her adorable retro-inspired dresses in gray with a white ruffle (below). Additional clothing came from H&M and GapKids.



The Inspirador, here in Chandler was the perfect location for this shoot with its white walls, gray tile flooring and modern fireplace. Tulle poms (instructions in the magazine) and decorative pillows framed the space for our party table.


For easy placemats, we used neon pink scrapbook paper underneath a simple square white plate. We topped the plates with glittered wooden utensils and a mini favor bag filled with a cookie and topped with a neon heart sticker and simple name tag.



For drinks, our french square plastic bottles rimmed with pink sugar were perfect, along with gray striped straws to color coordinate.


Lace crowns and felt star wands are perfect party favors and also add to a festive touch to the chairs. It’s always a great favor idea to give the little guests something to wear.



Vanilla cupcakes are dressed up with gray polka dot cupcake wrappers and simple toppers made using toothpicks and our neon pink heart stickers!



A few of our sweet models wore our beaded necklaces, which we now offer in neon pink, white and gray after having them designed for this party!


We enlisted the help of Bonnie from Inspired Occasions to create the perfect cake and other desserts. Rapunzel was the perfect doll to use for the cake and we added black and white striped ribbon to complete her “skirt” as well as a tiny crown and mini star wand.



To tie in the colors, we used our favorite 2.25″ circle punch to make large confetti dots for the tables. We also used it to punch out the simple dessert labels. So easy!





Lunches were packed in our white gable boxes, wrapped with ribbon and topped with name tags attached with a neon pink heart sticker.



Our lovely friend, Becki was on hand to do mini makeovers on the girls, including a pink glittered heart on their cheeks!









A big thank you to Parenting Magazine for giving us such a great opportunity to create a fabulous new party theme!

:: sources ::

party styling/design :: the tomkat studio
photography :: ten22 studio
location :: inspirador chandler
hair/makeup :: whippy cake
desserts :: inspired occasions
clothing :: faithworks, cici & ryann, gapkidsh&m

April 17, 2013

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  1. Tina Dahl says:

    ADORABLE!!!!! Just love this party and all the girls just look so cute!!!!!!!!!!!! Just love the glittered utensils. Fabulous styling Kim, as always!!! 🙂

  2. This is GORGEOUS! Love the pink + gray colors and the girls look like they had a lot of fun! 🙂

  3. Ohh this is just too adorable!! You did a beautiful job as always Kim!!! Every detail is stunning!! Love it! All the girls are so super cute! Congrats on your feature!! 🙂 xoxo!

  4. Terri says:

    This looks great, very fresh and modern. Everything was well put together. Even the little girls were just a perfecta march- adorable:)

  5. Terri says:

    Perfect match- sorry

  6. Meg says:

    Amazing, but of course it is! You always hit all the details, it is adorable and stunning! Excited to add glitter to the wooden spoons..a great add!! Did you make the lace crowns or where can I purchase them? Mahalo!!!

  7. Totally inspired, and I love the fresh approach! I love the large confetti dots as table scatter, I recently did something similar and I feel like such a nerd, that I think I am in step with 2013 party trends after seeing this lol! 🙂 great job guys!

  8. Mindy says:

    Kate is beautiful! Love the heart toppers, outfits and that little one in pigtails!

    How do you maintain your punches so they last a long time through tons of use?

  9. this is beautiful! love the grey & pink together, and those glitter utensils!

  10. Oh Kim! I absolutely adore the fresh take on a classic theme. I also adore that tulle poms are becoming so popular. Here’s my shop info if you don’t feel like making those next time 😉 http://www.titistutus.etsy.com

  11. This party is simply DARLING! Such a great idea to put a modern spin on what must be the MOST requested little girl’s party theme. I love it!

  12. Denise says:

    Love the theme, colors and of course the CiCi and Ryan Chevron Dress. 🙂

  13. Juliet Raffray says:

    This is adorable! It looks like it would be fairly inexpensive to do with such simple ideas but perfectly coordinated!

  14. Sarah says:

    Love Love Love everything about this adorable party!! CUTEST ever! and darling girls! they all look so beautiful:)

  15. Sandra says:

    OMG sooooo cute! Love all the details? Do you mind sharing where are the pillows from? Thanks!

  16. Deb says:

    Doily banners…love them. I’m a little obsessed w/ doilies at the moment (them and mason jars). Where did you find the gray doilies? I must have them!

    Beautiful shoot as always. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Brenda says:

    I love this theme so much…!!! Do you also make the round labels? I loved the Font you used<3

  18. Oceanpoppy says:

    Can’t wait to pick up my copy of parenting magazine;) I just love the color scheme ~ inspirational ~ I will be including color palette to my floral beauties ~ Oceanpoppy.blogspot.com ~ Thank you for sharing your exquisite creativity!!

  19. Michele P says:

    really loved the party theme, the girls looked so cute! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. Izabel says:

    Adorable! Wow, every single detail is spot on. As usual. 🙂 Do you mind telling me where is the table (used for displaying cakes) from? Is the one used for rainbow party same or bigger?

  21. michelle says:

    So cute! what is the crown made of?

  22. maria says:

    are you still doing the princess party invitations with the lace crown in printables…. loveeeee them for my 5 year old! thank you for responding

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