Modern Parties ~ Ninja Birthday Party

The party circuit is over in my house, well at least for my kids this year. My Birthday is tomorrow and it’s a big one. 30! I’ve had several inquiries on where my Ninja post is so I thought I better get this one finished up. I recently hosted a Ninja Party for my little Brayden’s 5th Birthday. He’s obsessed with Ninja’s so this theme was perfect for his party. Invitation: For invitations I used DIY Invitations and ordered the perfect Ninja invite for only $6! I customized it to my needs and printed on photo paper, cut to size and they were ready to go. Food: Sushi, Teriyaki Chicken Skewers, Edamame, Star Sandwiches and Ninjabread Men. The Teriyaki Skewers were a hit, I used this recipe from The Food Network Cupcakes: The fabulous Clementine Cupcakes created Red Velvet to match our theme. Decorations: I ordered 100 Origami Cranes from Made by Jo on Etsy. All the proceeds went to the relief effort in Japan. We strung them on string and let them hang from the ceiling as decoration. I love how they turned out. I also hung japanese lanterns from the ceiling. Water Bottle Labels & Name Tags: Exclusive Modern Hostess design. Visit our Etsy Store The kids were all asked to come in black and each of the kids were given a black ninja warrior mask to wear for the training session. Games: We had the stealthy ‘Snow Ninja Warrior’ come to the party to train the young Ninja’s. He did a great job and showed the kids some great moves. We had a Ninja training session with obstacle courses and a Ninja Star throwing competition. Goodie Bag: Ninja Warrior Stars, Ninja Warrior Men, Ninja Silly Bands & Chop Sticks. All in all the party was a hit! I had one tired little Ninja Warrior at the end of the day. Make sure to check the Modern Hostess Facebook page for exclusive pics of the party.

Modern Parties - Ninja Party

Retro Housewife Bridal Shower Invitation

Retro Housewife Bridal Shower Invitation

A girlfriend and I will be hosting a Retro Bridal Shower for our dear friend, Natalie. Here are the invitations that were sent out. I have been gathering 1950/60’s inspired pieces for the party as well as creating a throwback menu for the luncheon. We want to make sure that Natalie is prepared for her role as “perfect wife”. We all know that part of being that perfect wife is to provide nutritious and tasty meals for the Mister. So I requested each guest bring a favorite recipe to share with the bride. The invitations were ordered from One Love Designs and recipe cards from creative. I will have more party details to share with all of you good housewives next week!

Ninja Party ~ The Invitation

The countdown is on for Brayden’s 5th Birthday. He’s been patiently waiting for his birthday. With his brother’s b-day in February and his sister’s 2 weeks before him he couldn’t wait to hear, “Guess whose Birthday is next?” For the next 2 weeks we are busy planning a Ninja Party. I’m SO slacking on invitations and finally finished them last night. I love how they turned out. I even used my new Adobe Illustrator skills to make my personalized return address labels. For now, here’s a sneak peek of the invites: Stay posted for tomorrow’s Ninja Inspiration board. Cheers! ~Steph~

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Real Parties ~ Monster Truck Birthday Party

This party was done by my super creative friend Arianna. She planned this Monster Truck party for her 2 year old son Gabe. I love all the details, she puts so much thought and work into all her parties. I remember when she was pregnant with her son she and her husband were picking race car bedding for his crib. Gabe has a love for cars and trucks, just like his daddy. Take a look at the awesome job she did….. The party favors were monster trucks tied to a balloon. A great way to pass along all the monster trucks used for the monster truck table and get rid of the balloons. LOVE this idea and so cute! This is the Monster Jam Table built by Ari’s husband. It’s their take on the classic train table. I love all his details. I’m sure it was the hit of the party. Like I said before, Ari is super creative. She made this table runner and centerpiece. The centerpiece is a vase filled with hot wheels cars and some checkered flags she stitched up and put on a stick. Ari also handmade the banner and garland. For the garland, she had tons of circles cut out of coordinating paper using a Cricut machine. She then sewed them into a garland with clear thread and hung from the ceiling over the kid tables. So cute! Other décor includes the wall monster truck wall decals from Birthday Express. Great job Arianna! This party is absolutely adorable.

Modern Parties ~ Retro Bridal Shower

I am breaking from all of the fun Halloween inspiration going on around here to share the Retro Bridal Shower  I co-hosted this weekend with my friend Yukie.  (Invitations here).  It was a lovely Sunday morning with the bride, Natalie, and 8 lovely ladies.  It was a casual luncheon among friends, chatting and showering the bride.  Yukie’s house was the perfect setting for this shower.  We dined out back under the shade of her trees and moved inside for dessert.  I made the table cover and cloth napkins.  The cocktail napkins were actually from vintage pillowcases. Rolling with the Retro Housewife theme we created a menu reminiscent to the 1950’s with a Modern twist. Appetizers Pigs in a blanket Buffalo Chex Mix Deviled Eggs Lunch Meatloaf Sliders Fruit Kabobs Iceberg Salad Green Bean Salad Dessert Madonna Inn Pink Champagne Cake A shower wouldn’t be complete until we gave the bride some solid words of advice on “How to be a Good Housewife”.  I ordered a bridal shower game from From Made by a Princess.  The game is based on the 1955 Good Housewife’s Guide.    Armed with this advice, Natalie is on her way to being a “Good Housewife”.  Here are some highlights from the article: Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time, for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first- remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours. Don’t complain if he comes home late to dinner, or even if he stays out all night.Compare this as minor compared to what he may have gone through that day. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice. Congratulations to our “Good Wife”, Natalie.  I was thrilled to host a shower for such a wonderful friend and to enjoy it with her lovely friends.  Cheers!