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Once Upon a Party (Review & Giveaway)

Part of Balian's 2nd Birthday Bash

One upon a time, I wished for my son to have a very special 2nd birthday party. Sometimes, I feel like it takes a village to make these types of wishes come true. I'm a lucky momma, because I have had the opportunity to work with some truly amazing folks who craft each and every one of their products by hand. Having some handmade, personalized decor items to help us decorate for Balian's birthday, made it all the more special and memorable.

I was honored to be able to connect with Allison Dorethy. Allison is a true 'mompreneur', who makes custom party supplies. Allison is married to a soldier, and says that her son is the one who inspired her business. Allison and her family reside in Alaska, and decided to share her business with the world through opening an Etsy Shop called Once Upon a Party, back in December 2010.

I loved looking through Allison's cute designs, and I knew that she would be able to craft something very special for Balian's party. When we started talking, I was thinking about having Allison make a personalized birthday banner, but she surprised me, by offering my an entire party pack, to include a banner, a birthday boy hat, cupcake toppers, and two centerpieces!

Allison spent a weekend working on my items, and then shipped them off to me the following week. Everything was nicely packaged, and arrived safely. I couldn't wait to dig into the box to see what Allison had made for us!

All of our party supplies from Once Upon a Party were in this box. Look at the cuteness!

Of course, I pulled everything out of the box, because I wanted to take some pictures. I started with the birthday banner, which is actually a three piece banner! 'Happy Birthday Balian' was spelled out, each word its own smaller banner, so they could all be layered for the display. I thought that was a great idea- otherwise, the banner would have been way too long for a spot on the wall or the mantle.

I love these coordinating Cat in the Hat colors. Allison really nailed the party theme, here.

The paper banner features die-cut scalloped circles, with smaller circles in the middle, and paper letters. The circles are connected by ribbon.

Here's what the banner pieces looked like, laid out on my table...

Allison also sent us some matching Centerpieces, which are larger paper circles, adhered to long wooden rods. We had a hard time deciding where to use to them at the party, because the food tables ended up so jammed with goodies. If I'd been a true party planning diva, I would have filled two apothecary jars with red and blue candies, and then stuck one of these in each of those jars. Instead, we displayed these on the mantle, above the area where Balian opened his presents. It worked just as well, and everyone loved the centerpieces!

Aren't these fun? They look like giant lollipops!
 I love the cute patterned paper that Allison used for these!

I was so excited that Allison decided to make us some custom cupcake toppers for the party, too! Again, they are smaller paper scalloped circles, with a cute patterned paper and a 'B' for Balian, or the number two displayed on each one. Allison made twelve cupcake toppers- six of each. They were so easy to just plunge into a cupcake for an instant decoration! This makes it much easier on busy parents!

Adorable set of twelve cupcake toppers from Once Upon a Party...

And last, but not least, Allison made Balian a special paper Birthday Boy hat! I loved it! It was a red hat with white dots and a pom pom, and a thin elastic chin strap. I was afraid that he wouldn't want to wear it, but Balian actually kept the hat on longer than I expected him to.

Super duper cute Cat in the Hat themed Birthday Boy Hat, featuring paper cute outs, pom poms, ribbon, etc- all in coordinating party theme colors!

We had a great time putting up the birthday party decorations from Once Upon a Party for our guests to enjoy! I loved the banner, and it really tied everything together in the family room, where we all gathered to eat and watch Balian open up his many gifts! All of our guests were very impressed by all of the handmade decorations, and agreed that they certainly added that extra something special to the party!

Look at how we used the decorations from Once Upon a Party...

Cat in the Hat themed Centerpieces, displayed on the mantle in the family room...

Cupcake Toppers joining the red and blue fish on the birthday cupcakes!

Our adorable birthday boy, showing off his birthday boy hat!

Happy Birthday Banner hanging above the couch in the family room...

You won't be able to find these adorable designs, handmade by Allison at Once Upon a Party, anywhere else! Allison loves helping folks go 'all out' for their party themes, and wants to help you make sure that you have the party of your dreams, whatever the occasion!

Check out some of these other designs available from Once Upon a Party...

foretee/thirtee banner
Thir'tee' or Fore'tee' birthday banner...

10 monster good bag toppers
Monster Goody Bag Toppers...

Butterfly party sign
Butterfly Party Sign...

Rock princess bundle
Rock Princess Party Bundle...

Whether you're looking for just one or two decorations, or an entire party pack, Once Upon a Party will help you create the party atmosphere of your dreams! Looking for a custom design? Just convo Allison through Etsy. She is so talented, and would love to work on something special, just for you!

Want It? Buy It!

Head on over to Once Upon a Party on Etsy and browse through all of Allisons cute party designs! Her pieces will make your birthday party, baby shower, etc, soar above the rest! Please note that Allison needs orders about two weeks in advance, to allow time for the items to be crafted by hand. You can also get connected with Once Upon a Party on Facebook! It's a great place to ask questions, see photos of happy customers, new items, and more! Pop by Allison's page and give it a 'like'!

minnie birthday banner

Want It? Win It!

One lucky MBP reader will win a special party banner of choice, with matching door sign, from Once Upon a Party! Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter for your chance to win!

Special thanks to Allison of Once Upon a Party for helping to make Balian's 2nd birthday bash so very special, with these custom Cat in the Hat themed decorations, and for offering this wonderful giveaway to our readers!

Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent the above mentioned product free of charge for review purposes, directly from the sponsor. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own. Your experience may differ. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way. MBP is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment or delivery.


  1. I would choose this one

  2. would be nice to have some great decor for my daughter's birthday, a christmas banner would be neat too


    I would choose the Girly Monster Birthday Banner :) Thanks for the giveaway!



    My granddaughter is turning 3 years old in January and it would be nice to have some custom decor to celebrate with.


  5. my sons 4th birthday in January

  6. Barbie/High heel birthday banner

  7. I'd use it for my daughter's birthday party who is 8

  8. I like the Minnie Mouse banner for my daughter's birthday. http://www.etsy.com/listing/75176134/pink-polka-minnie-banner


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