Saturday, February 17, 2018

Two-can Dance Party


Photos via Erin Kata Photography
When we had the opportunity to partner with Kara from Jazzercise for an event, we literally jumped at the chance! Offering the event in February gave us the perfect opportunity to create a “date night” for parents and their sons & daughters and it was a blast.


Dinner was first on the agenda!  We provided Ziggy’s Pizza, fresh fruit, veggies and Connie’s Cookies for dessert. The glittery pink and red heart cookies were the only traditional Valentine colors in the room! 


On the tables, we used the newest WILD party supplies from Meri Meri: the Toucan Napkins, Leaf napkins, Tiger Plates, Palm Leaf Plates and Crocodile Platters. The leaf centerpieces and safari-theme favors tied the look together.




We wanted the backdrop to be festive and fun so we mixed palm and monstera leaves with a green balloon garland. The sparkly 3D Disco Ball balloons and Disco Ball String Lights add the ultimate touch of shimmer and shine! 



After dinner, guests got to work creating corsages and boutonnieres! For the corsages, we used pull-flowers that easily knotted around the elastic band or velvet ribbon and hot glue to add fresh blooms, greenery and baby’s breath. On the boutonnieres, we wrapped fresh sprigs of greenery and flowers with floral tape before tying it with a decorative ribbon.  It was adorable to see the children wearing their floral “bracelets” and boutonnieres.





After everyone adorned themselves in flowers, it was time for the main event! Kara brought the party with her animal theme playlist to include Hakuna Matata, The Lion Sleeps Tonight and The Hamster Dance. She taught party-goers how to Waltz like a warthog, do the Rhino Rock n Roll, Lion Tango, Chimp Cha-Cha, and the ever-popular, freestyle! She brought the crowd to their feet and we loved seeing the smiles! A huge thanks to Erin Kata Photography for capturing all the fun!






If you like to move and groove, you can find Kara at Jazzercise for some epic upcoming activities!  For kiddos, she’s offering the “Spring Fling for Kids” during spring break; the day includes themed dances, snacks and crafts!  For the adults, she offers Friday Night Unwind with Yoga and Wine or Booties, Bikes and Brews!  Check out her website for full details and class schedule!


Lots of Love,
Rachel - LOC Event Coordinator

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Queen of Hearts Ballet Event


Photos by Alison Moore
Earlier this month, we worked with Ballet Wichita to put on another whimsical party. To incorporate Valentine's Day, we went with a Queen of Hearts theme, and it was so fun! We loved the idea of hearts, roses and crowns. Plus, it gave the dancers a concept to work with. The party was full of whimsy, charm, and lots of happy littles dancing around.






Photos by Erin Kata Photography
Ballet Wichita put on a gorgeous performance! Katie, a dancer and board member, put together choreography based off of the scene in Alice in Wonderland where the Queen of Hearts comes to check on her roses, which have been painted red. The dancers were wonderful and performed with so much enthusiasm. It is always so fun to see the children watching them perform.

For the backdrop, we wanted to incorporate the theme. We ordered giant and super jumbo playing cards to make the heart. For the balloon garland, we worked with Qualatex balloons. It added the perfect pop of color.





Photos by Erin Kata Photography



Photos by Alison Moore Photography
For the first activity, we had the children "paint the roses red" cookie edition. I reached out to Wendi, owner of Sweet Sugarlicious, and she made these gorgeous rose PYO (paint your own) cookies. Such a fun activity for little ones that isn't too messy. We thought it would be so fun to have the party guests paint roses red, but needed a way that wouldn't be a total disaster. PYO cookies were the perfect solution, plus they serve as a snack when they are done!

We set the table with gold heart and red polka dot plates and napkins. Underneath, we laid out giant playing cards - so easy, fun and quick to clean! We then put white and red roses in the middle of the tables. It is actually a pretty easy theme to work with, and ever thing comes together well.


Photos by Alison Moore Photography



Photos by Erin Kata Photography
Crown decorating was the second activity for the event. We figured everyone needed a crown at a Queen of Hearts party! We kept it pretty simple with foil and foam crowns they could easily add stickers to. They were all so cute running around with their creations on.

Photo by Erin Kata Photography

Photos by Alison Moore Photography
In addition to the cookies, we served a new neighborhood favorite, Miri's Minis. I had them add gold glitter and they were the perfect bite sized snack.




Photos by Alison Moore Photography



Photos by Erin Kata Photography
One of the best parts about the events with Ballet Wichita, is seeing the little party guests interact with the dancers. They are always so smitten and many like to dance around with them. The BW dancers are always so kind and sweet to the children. They are like real life princes and princesses!

Photo by Erin Kata Photography
Thank you Ballet Wichita for putting on such a beautiful performance for our party guests! Also, special thank yous to Erin Kata Photography and Alison Moore Photography, for capturing all these wonderful moments!

Make sure to watch for the Ballet in the Park series coming this summer!

Lots of Love,