Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Happy Sweet 16 Ashley & Amber!

On June 16th, my beautiful nieces, Amber & Ashley, turned 16. I cannot believe that they are already that old...

I love these girls with all of my heart and have been blessed by having them in my life. They are more like sisters to me and I am continually blown away by the amazing young women they have become.

My sister Shannon & I had a ton of fun planning their party.

Here are some pics from the night:

The beautiful girls & their ice cream cake:

Our fun candy bar:

I love candy bars. They are so easy to do and are actually pretty inexpensive- especially as a favor for weddings. I always get my candy from Garvey Nut & Candy up in LA. It is a wholesale candy wharehouse that is also open to the general public. It is a ton of fun- I always feel like I'm in Willy Wonka, just in a ghetto LA wharehouse. They have every type of candy you could want. So fun! For a wedding of 400 people, we only spent $350 on the candy and it was more than enough. For the girls party, we ordered white take-out boxes and decorated them with a simple piece of ribbon in the party's colors: purple, blue & green.

We used vases & candy jars of varying sizes to give the display some depth.

For decor, we kept it simple, using white paper lanterns adorned with big A's cut out from coordinating scrapbook paper. We tied them to the patio cover with the same ribbon we used for the take-out boxes.

We also filled the pool (or tried to at least) with balloons. We made simple flower arrangements with blooms in varying shades of blue, green and purple, including hydrangeas, bells of ireland and delphinium.

The main desire of the twins was to have their party catered by Chipotle. Check out our burrito bar- yum!

Chipotle is my husband's all time favorite place to eat & is one of my loves as well. The kids loved it! We also had a yummy chocolate fountain. David, my hubby, DJed his first party & did a great job! :)

We also set up a photobooth of sorts by hanging a zebra print blanket and having the kids pose in front of it. This was used for a poloroid guest book. Here is a sample- this is Ashley & Amber with another one of my incredible nieces, Taylor.

One way we made the event more personalized was to place photos of the girls throughout the party. We also had fun buying personalized touches online. **Big planning tip for kids parties: You can buy customized gum wrappers & candy wrappers, such as push pops, on Ebay. How fun is that! They only cost us about $6 total! We also ordered confetti made out of their photos from photofetti.com and sprinkled it on all of the tables.

Here is a pic of my beautiful sister and her amazing daughters:

All in all, it was a very fun party and was just as much fun to plan. Girls- thanks for letting me be a part of your big party! It was a blast! Oh, and just a sidenote: both of them are dressed from head-to-toe in some of my pre-prego clothes. :)


Anonymous said...

My beautiful aunt courtney,
Thank you for everything you did for my amazing sweet sixteen party. It was the best, even though now it reminds me of bryannn. But yeah my favorite part was the yummy chipotle rice. :]You're the best and i am so blessed to have you in my life. Honestly i dont know what i would do with out you. You are like a sister to me. I love how we are so close in age and can talk about anything. You are the one i look up to the most. I love being with you. Thanks for everythingg. Cant wait to be the (aunty, with the british accent) amber. hahahahah :]
-love your most prettiest and coolest niece,
amber noel<3

Anonymous said...

Aunt courtney,
i cant explain how thankful i am for everything you did for us. This was the best birthday party ever. Im really glad that you were there to see us turn 16. I hope that you and david and baby had fun. I also want to say thank you to david for djing. hahah and my friends gave him a hard time. But in the end, it was a really fun night. I love you so much and we couldnt have had this party without you. Thank you soo much aunt courtney. Well yeahh that's it. Love, your smartest and cutest niece. (: Ashley Nicole.

Shannon said...

Welp, I think they about summed it up! You are such an awesome event planner and I'm just lucky that your my sister and have to help me :} I love you mucho!!!!!!!

Marianne Lozano said...

looks like it was a super fun party! you always have amazing attention to details. the candy bar was unreal!