Carnival Birthday Party


My cousin Erin had her daughter Willow’s fifth birthday party over the weekend. She threw Willow a Carnival Party and I thought I would share the adorable party with you! It is a good theme for boys or girls and can be done extravagant or very frugal. It was great for outdoors but could be staged inside too.
It all started with an invitation that held the fabulous old school tickets for the carnival! My son loved holding the tickets and being so excited to use them for the birthday carnival games!

The party had carnival games like ring toss, football throw, races, and putt putt golf!
The carnival food was yummy kiddo favorites like mac&cheese;, grilled hotdogs, punch, and sweet treats like candy that looked like mini burgers! So cute! (vanilla wafers, peppermint patties- who knew?)

There was a face painting booth, cupcake decorating booth, photo backdrop area, pinatas, Barbie cakes, treasure chest to turn tickets in for prizes, and perhaps the most extravagant and perfect part…A giant helium tank and giant bag of balloons!
Is there anything sweeter than little kids and balloons?
Seriously, the balloons made everyone smile!

Happy Birthday Willow!

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Sweet Ideas!





OK. I love Sweet Paul. Do you? If you don’t read his blog- get thee over there now.
He always has swoon worthy photos and ideas form his life as a fabulous food and interior stylist.
I love the recent holiday party he styled for a magazine. He said he wanted to do something fun and kiddy!
I love this. So simple and so perfect. The photos are by Colin Cooke.
This sweet partyscape could be for a birthday or a holiday party! Do you just love it?

I would have a party like this and have the invites come from this studio!
(if we are talking about perfect things!!!)
I just love her too!

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Halloween Party for the Big Kids!


Halloween is this week and I found these amazing photographs over at
Country Living that were shot by Ryan Benyi – a photographer that I have had the honor of meeting as he is BFF with a good friend of mine. His photographs make me swoon! I love the way this party is set up and would be really easy to recreate in a wooded area or a backyard. I like the idea of having a Halloween party for the adults too! A great idea is to have a kiddo party in the house first and then invite the adults back later for a backyard fete like this. Halloween parties for adults can be thrilling as it brings back the whimsy and fun with dressing up! I love to dress up for Halloween and feel like it is one of the best days of the year for adults too!



Simple Halloween Party Menu:
Cornish hens
butternut squash soup in a gourd or pumpkin
green salads
large batards of French bread

and Vampire Wine!

And what adult would not love trays of candy apples for dessert?

Here is a simple recipe for butternut squash soup.
Simple and delicious.

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amy sharp.

I’m really excited about this week because

#1: I’m in a hotel in Huntington Beach, California with my family for a little R&R;, which means I’m spending lots of time at the ocean with my babies, which means I’m all sorts of happy right now.

#2: When we head back home we’re driving through Vegas and we get to take the kids to F.A.O. Shwarz for the first time, and I can’t wait to see their faces as we walk through the store.

And

#3: Amy Sharp is guest blogging this week. Hooray!


Amy Sharp is a mama to two sweet boys and wife to a handsome guy named Joe. She lives in the great state of Ohio {go Buckeyes!}is a blogger at doobleh-vay, has an {adorable!} Etsy shop called Little Alouette, {which she blogs about here} and is an editor for Kirtsy and Blognosh in addition to writing a novel. Whew!

I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us this week, so stay tuned.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

paper shouts giveaway winner!

Audrey wins! She said:

I love them all, but if I have to choose..I guess I would go with Holiday Swirls.

Congratulations Audrey on winning the Paper Shouts Giveaway. That extra entry you got from blogging about it helped you win a $50 gift card! Email me your info A.S.A.P. so you can get started on your holiday cards.


A big thank you to Paper Shouts for hosting the giveaway! And thanks to everyone who entered. Don’t worry if you didn’t win, I have another great giveaway coming up this week!

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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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Cleaning tips you want, eh?

Well, cleaning tips I’ve got. Clean is a concept near and dear to my heart. I really love for my environment to be neat and fresh and clean. My home may not always be immaculate and pristine (I have a toddler, and a husband after all) but heaven forbid it ever be considered, ahem, dirty. Most of the time, anyway. I thought I knew a thing or two about cleaning until my husband presented this book to me as a gift. Because he’s cool like that and knew I would be utterly titillated with such a gift. Honest. 

Anyway, turns out I did know a thing or two about cleaning and not much more than that. I now consider Real Simple: Cleaning my simplified bible of household chores. Why I love it: it specifies the proper tool, medium, frequency and method for cleaning everything. What to use to clean your hardwood floor or your butcher block or your chrome fixtures? It’s in there. How to get your bathroom sparkling? It’s in there. I used to manually clean my shower curtain liner but now I know I can toss it in the washing machine with an old towel or two.
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...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

book pick: the creative family.

I’ve had my eye on this book for a while and was delighted when I found it on the shelf {miracle of miracles!} at the library last week. Amanda Blake Soule, crafty mama and blogger {Soule Mama} wrote the book, The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections, to help the rest of us {and our families} figure out how to get in touch with our crafty selves.

{via Amazon.com}

I’ve always been crafty, but I have to copy patterns and projects that other people have done, {*ahem* Martha} as my brain just doesn’t come up with this stuff on its own. Amanda has got to be one of the craftiest, most original mamas out there, and she’s raising a trio of extremely creative kiddos as a result.

I adore the book. The patterns are simple {we’ll see, I haven’t actually attempted anything yet} and her ideas for everyday artistry are simple, beautiful, and practical. Way to go Amanda, I love it!

{photo via the fantastic blog Sew Liberated}.

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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

felt project

There is something about working with felt that is very tempting to me. Maybe that’s why this post caught my eye. 

This looks like a very cute, very clever project. Perhaps a tad more complicated than my craft-skill-level, but I’m tempted to give it a shot. A lovely tree with different foliage (or not) and surroundings that can be changed according to seasons. Found via OhDeeDo, who discovered it via The Toby Show

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...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

paper shouts giveaway.

I’m headed off to the funeral today, and since I love all of you my dear readers, I thought I’d spread some sunshine around with a giveaway. Maybe it will cheer up all of us.

I’ve got a $50 gift card giveaway to Paper Shouts for one reader. Paper Shouts is a lovely company with a huge selection of paperie, including a darling array of Holiday Cards. Right now is a perfect time to get your cards done so you can have one less thing to stress about during the holidays. See giveaway details below.


Holiday Doves.
$1.99 each
9.25″ x 4″
Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. To enter the Paper Shouts giveaway, head over to Paper Shouts and browse the Holiday Shouts cards. Come back to Petit Elefant & leave a comment telling me which of the Holiday Shouts card is your favorite.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. One winner will be chosen and announced October 27th on Petit Elefant.
  5. If I don’t hear from you within 7 days to claim your giveaway another winner will be chosen.
  6. Good luck!


If you blog about this giveaway, you will receive one extra entry. Please send me
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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!