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Personalized Party Decorations

We happen to love the egomaniacal side of birthday parties. As far as we’re concerned, the more places you can print, stamp, stick, or otherwise emblazon your kid’s name, the better. So we kinda flipped when we discovered the adorable custom party decorations from Ciao Bambino. They’ll personalize anything from banners and door signs to cupcake toppers and favor tags, according to any theme you wish.

For more creative ways to incorporate your baby’s name into the party decor, we asked entertaining expert Cathy Riva to share her top five ideas:

1. Use alphabet foam mats to spell out the baby’s name.

2. Put Dinky Designs personalized stickers on everything from gift bags to place settings.

3. Order personalized picture plates from PicPlates.com. They’re over-the-top and always a huge hit.

4. Spell out baby’s name with wooden alphabet blocks placed on the gift or lunch table.  (Try the standard Melissa & Doug Wooden ABC/123 Blocks in primary colors, or the super cute line of Uncle Goose Blocks, which come in party-friendly colors like pink, purple, and turquoise.)

5. For the DIYers: create personalized placemats using felt from Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michaels. (Letter patterns can be found at http://www.alphabetpatterns.com.)

    -Cathy Riva, http://www.rivaevents.com