Friday, August 24, 2012

{Happy Birthday Etsy Shop!} One Year Later

One year ago today, my sister Mikaelah and I took a big leap and opened our Banana Lala shop on Etsy. 

We have been so blessed to be able to create custom party decorations for those memorable moments in life. Weddings. Birthdays. Baby showers. Anniversaries. It is such an honor to create for these special celebrations.

It's still hard to believe that people want to purchase the items that we are creating. {Really! You want to buy our decorations!?} That was one of the things I kept thinking about when we took the leap a year ago. It was weird to think about how people outside of our close friends and family would want us to create something for them. 

One year and 170 Etsy sales later, we are loving every minute of our Banana Lala work and couldn't be more thankful. This business has allowed my sister and I to use our creativity to help others, and it has allowed me work as a stay-at-home mom to my little girl.

Thank you, everyone, for your support this past year! Being able to do this means the world to us!

Anna and Mikaelah

Monday, August 20, 2012

{Birthday Party} Monster Party for 1-year-old Kyle

Little Kyle recently turned the big O-N-E! We've talked before about just how special a child's first birthday is. That first year flies by incredibly fast. {Faster than most of us would like!}

So we were so happy when Betsy contacted us to create custom decorations for her little guy. He was having a monster party in the colors of royal blue and orange. These little monster decals and and themed card stock complete the party theme.

Here is a look at what we created for Kyle:

Party Door Sign

"ONE" High Chair Banner

"Kyle is One" Birthday Banner

We hope you had a great birthday, Kyle! And thank you, Betsy, for letting us create these items for you!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

{Bridal Banners} Mauve, Silver, Black, White and GLITTER

GLITTER and PINK are two words that describe bride-to-be Lynsey pretty well! She came to us to create a few custom banners and a sign for her upcoming wedding in October. She and her groom Jason are having a color scheme consisting of mauve, silver, white and black. {And since she loves glitter, she got LOTS of glitter!} Here is a look at the custom items we made for Lynsey.

"Thank You" banner, a style that can be found here on our Etsy shop

Custom "Happily Ever After" Banner for the Head Table at the Reception

"Here Comes the Bride" sign for her flower girl to carry down the aisle

We loved making each of these items for Lynsey and Jason's big day! And if you're looking for something similar, we would love to create for you, too!

Thanks for looking! And best wishes to the happy couple =)


Monday, August 13, 2012

{REAL PARTIES} Rainbow Happy Birthdays

There is nothing quite like seeing photos from customers' parties! We recently had two lovely submission photos from two great customers on our Etsy shop. Both hosted Rainbow/Candyland birthday parties, both accented with our handmade banners.

Heather shared this photo of the birthday display she set up using our Rainbow Happy Birthday Banner. 

Loving all the candy she displayed ... check out th
at lollipop! What a fun party! 

Evelia submitted the above photo of her daughter Ellie's first birthday party. I love how she styled it all, especially with the rainbow colored streamers as a backdrop. LOVE it!

You can check out these banners and so much more on our Etsy shop!

Thanks for looking! And thank you, gals, for sharing these great party photos!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

{Bridal Shower} Pink, Black and White Polka Dots for Natalie

We recently created several decorations for Natalie's bridal shower! We have to admit that we LOVED the theme and color combination: Pink, Black and White and polka dots!

Part of the shower theme also included purses. So you can imagine how excited I became when I found this patterned paper that had purses and high heels. {Oh, yes!}

These banners pretty much sum up the shower: Girlie, Fun and PINK. Here is what we created for Natalie:

"Future Mrs." Banner

Here is how her bridesmaids used the banner as decoration at the shower:

Ribbon Topiary Centerpieces 

Party Door Sign: "Natalie's Bridal Shower"

"Bridal Shower" Banner in Pink, Black and White

"She Said Yes!" Banner in Coordinating Polka Dots and Purse Theme

Love how it all came together for a fabulous shower for the bride-to-be!

Thanks for looking!