Cocktails and Karaoke 40th Birthday Party

crackersart cocktails & karaoke

We had an interesting time coming up with a theme for my hubby’s 40th birthday party. And by interesting I mean me making a lot of suggestions that were met by fairly unimpressed shrugs by the birthday boy in question. But when he mentioned ‘cocktails’ and I mentioned ‘karaoke’, we knew we had a match made in heaven. The retro cocktail lounge vibe was exactly what we wanted, with a sprinkling of mid-century aesthetic thrown in. And a few bright colours of course!

We had platters of sandwiches, sushi, and smoked salmon blinis — which we handed around while guests whipped up cocktails and perused the karaoke song list — as well as a buffet table with a mix of sweet and savoury nibbles.

The karaoke was as popular as the cocktail bar, with almost everyone belting out a tune or three by the end of the night (or, rather, the wee hours of the morning). Seriously good fun!

crackersart cocktails & karaoke

crackersart cocktails & karaoke

crackersart cocktails & karaoke
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Professor Hugo’s 8th Birthday party – Science Theme

Crackers Art Science Birthday Party

I’m so pleased to show you all some photos from my son Hugo’s science-themed 8th birthday party that we held at the end of April. It turned out to be one of the most relaxed kids parties we’ve had (after all of the manic party prep, that is!) because we hired an entertainer from Fizzics Education who came out to dazzle the kids with experiments. It’s the first time we’ve ever hired a party entertainer, and I highly recommend it if you’re able to afford one. It really made for a stress-free party!

Crackers Art Science Birthday Party

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Harvey’s Arcade 6th Birthday Party

Crackers Art Arcade Birthday Party

We recently celebrated my son Harvey’s 6th birthday party, and I’m very happy to be able to share some photos of Harvey’s Arcade!

Harvey absolutely loves Pac-Man after Santa brought him an old-school games console for Christmas which you plug into the TV. And when we saw Wreck-it Ralph at the movies, he was delighted to see Pac-Man amongst the characters and became fascinated with the idea of amusement arcades and arcade games. We visited a local (modern) games arcade, and Harvey couldn’t believe some of the machines spat out tickets that he could then redeem for a prize. Bonus! So when I suggested we could create his own games arcade for his birthday in the middle of our lounge room, he just about fell over! 🙂

I started out by designing this invitation, which set the tone for a bit of retro gaming fun…

Crackers Art Arcade Birthday Party

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Vintage Racing Party

Crackers Art Vintage Racing Party

In August last year, I had the pleasure of creating some custom printables for a client to suit a vintage car racing theme. While my customer only needed a few items, I knew the theme would look fabulous across a complete printables range, so I set about creating one.

Both of my boys have already chosen their birthday party themes for this year, so I created this concept party table for the fun of it to show the printables in action.

Hope you like it!

All styling, printables, design, and photography by Crackers Art.

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Hugo’s 6th Birthday Party – Soccer Theme

Hugo's 6th Birthday - Soccer Theme

My big boy Hugo turned six yesterday, and we had a soccer-themed birthday party for him at home on Sunday. Originally we were going to choose a park or play-centre to host the party due to the number of guests and the smallish size of our house, but for sentimental reasons we changed our minds and held it at home instead. This is the last kids party we’ll have in this house before we move and Hugo really wanted something at home, so I put my party-planning hat on again and tried to figure out how to have a soccer party when there’s not actually any room to play soccer.
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Harvey’s 4th Birthday Party – Space Theme

Harvey's 4th Birthday - Space Theme

It was my youngest son’s 4th birthday yesterday, so we celebrated with a space-themed party. It was my first attempt at creating a candy buffet table, and even though I ran out of time to create all the little food signs to decorate the table, I was very happy with how it all turned out. Due to time restraints, I ended up buying pre-printed space invitations with a red, white and blue colour scheme, and then simply carried those colours through everything else at the party. Even the guests came dressed in a combination of red, white and blue — very festive!
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