whew! aaaaaand it's over!

we have been so busy at casa de pierce!  i've been running - trying to earn a spot in the nike women's marathon since i didn't get a spot in the random drawing.  and, last tuesday was the girl's 11th birthday.  i spent all week long preparing for the party.  she told me she wanted a hotel theme.  so, i tried to make it as "hotel-y" as a house can be!  she just wanted her two bff's; so, at least i didn't have to plan for a huge group of girls.  we sent invitations to the a "sweet vip event at the chez claire hotel."  since i haven't been scrapping, i thought i would share some pics of the party decor....  (the pic above is the mountain of tissue paper flowers i made for the party.)
these are from our "front desk."  the card is one claire received from her nana & papa.

walking in the front door to the "girls only lounge"  (aka the front room.  but they danced their hearts out in here! and... the boys came in anyway!)  i put pics of the 3 girls up in the 11x14 frames.  

more tissue paper flowers going in to the living room/ kitchen.
the candy bar/ buffet

 the popcorn boxes they used to 
      take candy to their"hotel room"
chocolate covered pretzel's & see's strawberry truffles.  yum!
claire's jones sodas
i was super pleased with the way the cupcakes turned out.  so easy to
make and so pretty at the same time!

their place settings at the "hotel restaurant"

the "hotel room" (aka mom & dad's room)
the hotel room basket with toiletries & such
the "swag bags."  because every good event should have a swag bag, right?
the bag included more candy (pink & red, of course - in keeping with the theme), a notebook & pen, a key chain with the hotel "logo", jelly bracelets, "fancy" rings, a cd with music from the dance lounge, nerds chap stick & canister to take candy home with them.

i am leaving you with "carl."  he is a peanut buddy belonging to one of claire's friends.  he goes all kinds of places with our little gang... so, the party was no exception.  that little nut snuck off & raided the candy bar while the girls were dancing!  what a sneaky little dude!  


  1. I really need to stop reading posts like this. It totally makes me feel like a failure as a mother. I NEVER did anything nearly as cool as this! Looks FABULOUS!

  2. WOW Mandie - you did an amazing job decorating. Awesome flowers!
    Can I book you for my next party?! xxx

  3. UN-freaking-believable!!!
    I am speechless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    how did you make the watermark that is your blog signature and stuff? tell me, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease.
    then you can stop by my blog and watch my ridiculous video.
    I can't believe how well you decorated, I mean, seriously, MOVE ASIDE MARTHA S!!!!

  4. What a great idea and so beautifully put together! Your decorations are gorgeous - your daughter and her friends must have loved it - I'm sure they will never forget it!

  5. What an incredible party!!! I love everything about it! I bet the girls had just the BEST time! WoW!~!

  6. what a fun party! where was that when i was 11?! heck, i would take that today (hee!) move over martha, indeed. what a great gift for your daughter.

  7. OMG this was AWESOME! Such a great job! You are the best mom!

  8. How fun! Can I have a hotel party, too now? Hee hee....

  9. WOW Mandie! You did an amazing job. I'm sure Claire will always this as her most magical birthday!

  10. oh my goodness!!! mandie that is awesome! You are hired for my daughter's party :)!!

  11. look at those "guest baskets" - what a cute idea - and they even have their pics on the bottles! And the cupcakes - gorgeous! You have a career as a party planner.

  12. Looks amazing, what a lucky girl!!

  13. wow, you did an awesome job! those cupcakes look simply divine and all the pretty butterflies and other embellishments were too much! also love the jones soda! looks like y'all had a super time, thanks for sharing!

  14. You are an amazing mommy. I'm mean a-MAAAAY-zing. :) All of the loving, hard work you put in to every special little detail! And thanks for explaining the cupcakes...they may be "easy" in your opinion, but I'm still over-the-moon impressed. :)


  15. I think I am late to the party! :) WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so remembering this when my dd is old enough. Love the candy bar and the cupcakes are incredible!


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