From the Desk of Dixie

A Jungle Birthday Bash

This spring, Dixie's owner and founder Jennifer Hunt's backyard was transformed into a jungle oasis in order to host 16 adorable six-year-olds gathered to celebrate her son William's sixth birthday. We are convinced this party was what all little boys' dreams are made of.... a plethora of sugary treats as well as surprise visits by various creepy crawling critters such as a boa constrictor and an alligator!

Jennifer used Dixie's Menagerie Collection, with artwork by Inslee Fariss, for the party's invitation, food and drink cards, and gift tags. Party Pickup, a custom party design and styling company, pulled the jungle green color scheme from the invitation's design to style the party's decor which included an impressive balloon garland, a large hand lettered balloon, children's Chiavari chairs and tables, as well as all of the coordinating cutlery, paper plates and cups and adorable guest favor boxes that were filled with jungle themed treats and toys.

Savor Style created colorful florals and the tastiest candy grazing boards that all the children loved! Nestled in with the candy were palm leaf decorated cookies by Hey Kat Bakes and the delicious cake by Dreamcakes was the perfect sweet treat centerpiece!

Enjoy scrolling through the fun images from William's big day! We have included all of the party and decor sources at the end of the post.

Invitation, Gift Tags, and Food and Drink Signs | Dixie Design Collective

Balloon Garlands and "Custom Party in a Box" Party Design and Styling | Party Pickup

Floral Styling and Candy Graze | Savor Style

Custom Decorated Cookies | Hey Kat Bakes

Custom Birthday Cake | Dreamcakes

Vintage Trays, Bamboo Bar Cart, and Serving Pieces | Mary and Wilma

Cake Toppers | POPPYjack Shop

Birthday Cake Stand | Susan Gordon Pottery

Exotic Animal Entertainment | Ed's Pet World

Party Photography | Jessica McNabb Photography

Styled Invitation and Party Favor Photography | Mary Margaret Smith Photography


Cutest Camp Notes

It's summer, which means camp adventures for some excited kids!  It's such an amazing time of fun and personal growth for your kids - let them document it on the cutest camp notes!  They can send to friends in style and home to you for the perfect camp keepsake.  It's so easy too - right click, "Save Image As" and print on regular size paper then fold, pre-address, stamp and pack away for easy access once they get there.  No excuses for writing home!  We have three designs available in two formats each to suit any style or need.  Send those kids away for the best time and the best way to tell you all about it!


A Tropical Dinosaur Birthday Bash!

Our designer, Gina Langford, threw the cutest Tropical Dinosaur themed birthday party for her little boy and we had to share!  Gina tells us a bit about how she decided on the theme and then how it all came together (while also planning a cross-country move!):

My little boy loves dinosaurs and literally goes around the house roaring so we decided to run with that theme! I wanted to keep the party stress free in the midst of moving so we had the party at a splash park. I used the colors of his sweet The Beaufort Bonnet Company swimsuit and matching polo shirt as inspiration. I ended up going with some brighter colors for the decorations because it was hard to find pastels, but I think everything still tied together well! The simple DYI dinosaur party hats and the dinosaur dirt cupcakes were definitely a big hit with all the toddlers!

Order your Tropical Dinosaur invitation and corresponding items here


Dinosaur Birthday Party Ideas

If your little one is anything like the ones we know, he’ll go through a dinosaur phase at some point. Luckily, we’ve got the perfect invites and accessories for a dino-tastic birthday bash. Start the theme off right with these adorable invitations from designer Eden Flora.

Lead the way to the main event by placing these dinosaur footprints on the sidewalk and inside. Dinosaur decor is super fun and can range from these more “natural” looking mini skeletons to scatter around (guests can take them home after), to these brighter, more colorful centerpieces.

Activities for a dinosaur party can vary according to age. Older kids might like the idea of excavating their own dinosaur fossils. Or, for a more group-oriented “dig,” we love the idea of filling a kiddie pool with sand and setting the little ones loose with paintbrushes to unearth the “bones.” Smaller hands might like the idea of a dinosaur egg hunt. Simply speckle Easter eggs with paint to make them look like dinosaur eggs, and fill them with treats of your choice.

The sky’s the limit for creative food ideas. We love these dinosaur egg cake pops. We’ve also seen fruit skewers with grapes and berries for dinosaur egg sticks. For something savory, how about shaping dinosaur bread bones? Cut out sugar cookies are a no-brainer with these cookie cutters. (These also make great party favors when packaged with Play-Doh in cute bags.) Another thing we’d suggest? Cupcakes instead of a larger cake – top them with personalized Eden Flora stickers stuck onto toothpicks and backed with felt for a custom topper that guests can take home.

Whatever you decide to put into goodie bags (we love a mix of these mini-dinos and maybe some Jordan almond dinosaur “eggs”), make sure to slip in a dinosaur calling card so guests will have a reminder of the big day.

The Perfect Princess Party

So often, the invitation sets the tone for the party. So when we saw these adorable princess-themed invitations from Eden Flora, we started dreaming of tiaras and tea sandwiches. From snacks to activities to ideas for perfect, custom goodie bags, we’ve got your princess party plan.

  • Start the event off right with these custom invitations. Take it up a notch by sealing the envelopes with princess-worthy jeweled stickers.
  • Make crowns for the little princesses with hot glue, felt, ribbon, and cardboard. Leave plain and provide an assortment of ribbons, trims, laces, and “jewels” to decorate. 
  • Every princess needs a wand. Start with one of these wands, and let little hands add ribbons, silk flowers, and stickers to personalize them.
  • When it’s time to eat, we love the delicate whimsy of these products. They’re so pretty you’ll forget they are paper.
  • A royal feast should definitely center on sweets. We like the idea of simple tea sandwiches for no-fuss savory treats. As far as dessert goes, the top of the tiara is the limit! Cupcake towers on three-tiered trays are a fun alternative to a birthday cake. If you want to keep it easy, order a cake from your favorite bakery and have them customize it. Here in Birmingham, we love Baking Bandits, so we might try a dessert bar with an assortment of their fantastic cookies, shortbreads, and bars. The only drink festive enough for a princess party is, of course, sparkly pink punch! If you’d like, serve your little princesses in mix-and-match cups and saucers from the thrift store that they can take home as a great reminder of the feast.
  • Decor options are myriad. We love pumpkins painted in pink and topped with glitter to remind us of Cinderella, but there’s all manner of posh, pretty lights, simple, spray painted centerpieces and decor galore for such an occasion.
  • The goodie bag is a great way to leave a lasting impression. No matter what you put in it–sugar cookie lollipops, lip gloss, or pretty barrettes–make sure to personalize them with either a sticker or a card that matches the invitations; a nice way to round out the experience for your guests.