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The woman who helped usher the interior design industry into full flower in the United States was prolific in putting out ideas that will help freshen up today's interior design business. Look at our latest Designer Monthly, Interior Design: Look Forward by Looking Back to Dorothy Draper.

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Event Planning: You're Going to Love This Peachy Kids Birthday Party!

Love the simplicity of this peachy 4th birthday party from Michelle Sterling for her daughter, Avery. Click here to see Avery’s 2nd birthday party. And this is perfect timing as a number of you asked for more “realistic” DIY birthday party ideas, in addition to those planned by moms who are event designers. We couldn’t agree more! This one is adorable and do-able. The best kind.

The inspiration for the entire party started with that fuzzy orange cat, affectionately known as “cat ball” around the Sterling house. These guys have been a favorite of Avery’s since her first steps. One actually makes an appearance in her 2nd birthday photos!

How cute is this idea for a party activity? Cheerios and lifesavers on pretty ribbon, inspired by an idea in this book. Easy enough for small hands of all ages.

Thanks so much for sharing again, Michelle! You plan the best little parties for your kiddos. For all the planning details of Avery’s party, click over to Michelle’s blog.




Cat balls: IKEA / Balloon and chevron favor bags: Shop Sweet Lulu / Garland: Land of Nod / Cupcakes: SusieCakes / Donuts: Fill in the Hole Donuts / Party hat paper: Paper Source


Many thanks to 100 Cake-let, the best Family Blog on the planet, for allowing us to share this wonderful post with our readers! Also visit 100 Layer Cake, the best Wedding and Event Blog on the planet.

If you're interested in learning more about event planning and decor, we encourage you to explore the Sheffield School, New York, NY. Sheffield began as an Interior Design school in 1985, and then expanded our course offerings to train people in other design-related fields, including Feng ShuiWedding and Event Planning, and Jewelry Design. With thousands of active students and more than 50,000 graduates, Sheffield has trained more design professionals than any school in the world.

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  • Reader Comments (5)

    images very cute
    April 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermr.khuong
    Very superb and lovely pictures, especial the cat ball.
    April 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
    Birthday is very memorable occasion for every child so never miss this occasion and enjoy this day with full entertainment and proper arrangements of birthday and I think birthday cake is mostly used in all birthday so make a delicious cake on birthday with use of pineapple and chocolate.
    April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBirthday parties
    hi..i see that u have a number of those catballs. is it available for sale?? need to find it for a friend as she has lost hers.
    December 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterccy
    Very superb and lovely pictures, especial the cat ball.
    June 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlain

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