Backyard Beach Bash


It is officially hot here in Arizona.  Many people get out of town for the summer but the rest of us mere mortals stay here and suffer through the Valley of the Sun (may be the Surface of the Sun!)  And now that school is out, I am much more lenient about bedtimes, meal time, screen time, basically…time.  I also host lots of get togethers both on the weekends with multiple families and during the week with smaller groups.  I love to entertain!  So, here are some of my finds for our upcoming Backyard Beach Bash.  No reason for the party, just a party!

I don’t want to have to run to the front door each time the doorbell rings so here is a simple way to let guests know that they can come on in!

Welcome Ring Wreath

I am pretty flexible about guests being inside and out and usually keep food inside (especially in this heat) but I like these cute sand buckets with kid snacks (staying with the theme you could serve SunChips and Goldfish).

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Fun Food Service

And of course hot dogs, burgers, corn on the cob, salad but how about these cute Nutter Butter Flip Flops, Beach Ball Fruit tart, or S’mores Station for dessert.  Stray from the norm of popsicles!

beach ball fruit tart
Beach Ball Fruit Tart

I adore this beach ball arch.  For the handy and crafty host, this arch would be simple with some PVC pipe and hot glue or sturdy tape!

Beach Ball Balloon Entrance

I enjoy the pool and like to relax so I always hire a life guard (let me know if you are local and need some names)!  But if you are hosting and don’t have a pool or don’t want that stress, here are some backyard beach party activities.

Non-pool activities








Lastly, the dollar store can be your best friend for decor and favors.  Each of these favors would run no more than $5 a piece and could be used over and over again throughout the summer.  What can be better that a re-usable favor??  Well…maybe add some yummy Lifesavers or sweet Swedish Fish for an extra big smile when the tired kiddos head home!

Have a Great Summer Backyard Beach Bash!




A Wild Time at a Wild Kratts Party

This weekend I threw my children their first theme party.  It seems crazy to me that they are 6 and 3!  How is it possible that my kids have gotten so big!! BUT they have.  They are awesome little boys who have spunky personalities and they LOVE animals!  Slithery, furry, feathery, you name it – they will run to it and tell you all sorts of facts about that animal.

Being that they love animals it isn’t a surprise that they love The Wild Kratts on PBS too!  So, I set out to throw them a Wild Kratts theme party complete with a new story from LIVE Wild Kratts performers!SONY DSC

Storybook Entertainment provides live stage shows as a package for parties and this is our newest one!  Chris and Martin head to the Amazon to save anacondas from becoming Donita’s latest victims.  She plots to capture the snakes and make them into handbags for her fashion empire!


All our shows are interactive.  During this show, each child is given a snake toy and when they hear the word “Anaconda” they have to slither their snake back and forth!


After the show, Jungle Jill’s Animal Encounters came to show some awesome LIVE animals to the kids!  If you are ever looking for animal show in AZ, talk to Jill!  She is a pleasure to work with and is wildly entertaining!

Jungle Jill and her Macaw
Legless Lizard
Milk Snake (with hot pink nail polish)
Milk Snake (with hot pink nail polish)
Kids Watch Jungle Jill enthralled!
Kids Watch Jungle Jill enthralled!

I also had a lot of fun with simple but themed decorations.  From Happy Birthday bunting to a simple food table, decorations were bright and fun!



No party would be complete without cake and a final picture with the Wild Kratts cast (and some snakes too!).  Happy Birthday D and A!

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What is typical for a First Birthday Party?

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Scottsdale Party Place, maintained and edited by Storybook Entertainment, Scottsdale Arizona’s Premiere Character Theme Company for Boys and Girls.  This post is our first ever party post so I thought about what would be the best way to start.  Well, let’s start at the very beginning; a very good place to start (I am a musical theater person so please excuse all musical theater puns and references.)  🙂

A few weeks ago a mom asked on a Facebook forum “What is typical for a first birthday party?”  She received many comments back ranging from a family BBQ in the backyard to renting the a cabana at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess.  I believe that the best party is the one where you, as the host, will have a good time!  If you are relaxed, enjoying the guests, and spending time with your little one, then they are bound to enjoy the party too.

As a party company owner, we have seen it all.  From extravagent parties with decorators and professional photographers to the family dinner with delivered pizza.  Anyway to celebrate a big moment is the perfect way to celebrate a big moment.

Looking for a great place to host your 1 year old’s birthday party?  Of course you are!  Your neighborhood park, your backyard, or a location such as Playtime Oasis or DayDreams Drop In.  Both are perfect places for your child and his/her small friends with lots of toys, room to set up food/cake, and plenty of room for your adult guests too!

Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy our Scottsdale Party Blog!

Sara, Owner Storybook Entertainment

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