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Blonde Designs is an inspirational blog focused on invitations, parties, and good design. We are Angie Gubler and Kristin Rees, best friends, graphic designers and moms.
We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
We own Blonde Designs, an invitation and stationery company.

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a movie party

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice holiday break and are getting back into the swing of things (I'm still trying!).

My daughter, Amelia, turned 6 just before Christmas and, considering the busyness of the season, I needed a relatively simple and painless party idea. A movie-themed party was the ticket! (pardon the pun)...


The first step was the invitation which I ordered from Shutterfly. In my opinion, it turned out darling (full disclosure: I designed it for Shutterfly). A popcorn motif quickly followed.


For the "popcorn" cake, I made my favorite classic yellow cake and baked it in a jelly roll pan. Once the cake was completely cool, I wrapped it well in Saran Wrap and placed in the freezer so it would be easier to cut into the shape of a popcorn box.

The night before the party, I removed the cake from the freezer and, using a sharp knife, carefully cut the edges of the cake to resemble a popcorn box. I then made my favorite cream cheese frosting and decorated the cake to resemble the party invitation. For the "popcorn," I made my mom's delicious candy corn and artfully arranged it on the top of the cake. Quite easy and Amelia was thrilled with the results!


The party favors couldn't have been easier. I ordered them here and then made cute labels to affix to the front of each bag.

I felt a wee bit guilty that the party was so easy. However, considering the season, this was the perfect low-stress party and everyone seemed to have a fabulous time. And that is, after all, the most important thing!

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Please wish Amelia a Happy Birthday from Miss Katherine. My heart sunk as I read your post and saw the photos that are evidence that Amelia really is growing up - where has the time gone?

Such a cute idea!!!!!! I love simple. (and your mom's popcorn )

01.5 | Unregistered Commenterdevra

Pretty cool ideas. You girls are just totally unstoppable when it comes to creating so much good stuff. Thank you so much.


Such great idea.I really like this blog.I enjoy it.It look so beautiful.Thanx to share with us this beautiful ideas.

02.3 | Unregistered Commenterscooter

This is a great birthday party idea. It is my first time to hear that movie party theme. I'm sure that it is simple and painless idea.

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