Giggles Galore 2011 Year in Review: Parties, Parties & more Parties

Wow, I can’t believe that in a few days 2011 will be behind us…where has the time gone?  It has been a busy year full of lots of excitement, features and parties galore.  I hosted more than 15 parties this year from birthday parties and baby showers, to holiday celebrations. To wrap up 2011 I’m sharing a few of my FAVORITE parties from 2011:

It all started with this sweet Strawberry Shortcake party for my daughter’s 4th birthday in January. What I loved about this party: the strawberry cupcakes, the birthday girls outfit (that I made), the adorable printablesfrom Dimpleprints and the cute custom aprons.

Next, I hosted my first Easter Egg Hunt party in the Spring.  This was such a fun party and will definitely be an annual event.  What I loved about this party: the bunny cupcake wrappers, the “bunny hop” sacks, lollipop covers and the cake pops in the grass basket.

I love vintage toy’s and I was thrilled to throw a Sock Monkey baby shower for one of my sister’s dear friends. What I loved about this party :The sock monkey cookies and cake pops, the vintage toys, the fabric banner and the cookie mix party favors.

I started planning this party shortly after my twin’s birthday last year and I LOVE how their Vintage “Dick and Jane” style birthday turned out.  P is for Party and my sweet Parker and Piper!  What I loved about this party: It was featured on Kara’s Party Ideas!  The custom table backdrop, the party favor bags, the cupcake boxes, the invitations and all the paper rosettes.

Who will help me celebrate?  I worked with a dear friend to help create this fun birthday party for Little Red Hen party for her daughter.  What I love about this party: I used old Golden books to make the banner and other decorations, the chicken wire backdrop, the invitation, and the stunning Little Red Hen cake.

I helped my mom with this Monster Bash party she hosted at Halloween for the teachers at her school. This little monster package was adorable and I found lots of great inspiration on Pinterest to pull it all together.  What I loved about this party: The monster cake (my mom made) the monster eye cake balls, the paint chip silverware holders, and the monster box that held goodies.

Whoo Loves to Party?  This adorable owl party was put together in less than 2 weeks and I love the eclectic and fun vibe of this sweet party.  What I loved about this party: The photo booth, the printables from Detailish Designs, the party favor bags, and the custom water bottles.

Birthday parties are always fun, but this party was a high flying good time!  Now Boarding B&L Airlines for a spectacular airline party.  This party was for our sweet twin friends and their excitement was contagious and worth every minute of planning.  What I loved about this party:The cloud backdrop, the treat cones, the suitcases that held party favors and “In flight meals” and the darling birthday boys.  I was also very honored to have this party chosen as the Children’s Party Network Party of the Month!

Last year I hosted a Gingerbread decorating party and it was such a hit we decided to do it again this year.  I loved the red, brown and blue color scheme for this year’s Gingerbread decorating party and once again I used an uber cute printable package from Dimpleprints.  What I loved about this party: The ADORABLE fondant toppers from Edible Details, the AMAZING cookies from Sugarlily, the table backdrop, the gingerbread gable boxes and all of the gingerbread houses made by the kids.

Whew, are you still with me?  What an amazing and VERY busy year!  I was fortunate to have many of my parties featured on some incredible sites like Kara’s Party Ideas, Catch My Party, Party Wagon, Baby Lifestyles, Love the Day, Divine Party Concepts, Dimpleprints, A to Z Celebrations, Children’s Party Network, and many more.  One thing is certain, I love to party and have had one incredible year doing just that!  I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store!

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.


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  1. Love seeing this recap! You are so talented, can't wait to see what you have planned for '12!

  2. Oh my!! You have had an incredibly busy year!!! So many adorable parties!

  3. All of them are adorable, Mariah! LoVe your style!

  4. It would be really tough to have to pick a favorite from all these beautiful parties! They are all adorable!

  5. Wow, you were one busy party gal this year. Looking forward to seeing more in 2012.

  6. What a wonderful year!!! Congrats on all your beautiful parties! It's so hard to pick faves, but I am in love with your Vintage Dick & Jane and your Little Red Hen parties! Can't wait to see more next year! ♥

  7. Giggles galore, as always you are over the top amazing! I do have a favorite but am keeping it to myself! :). Amazing work my dear!

  8. LOVE THESE! New follower :)

  9. OMG!! I'm your newest follower and I want an invite to one of your parties!! Stop over to say hi!!

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