Girl baby shower

One more baby shower from a long time ago.  It was nothing fancy and I just have a few pictures from this one.  I will just post some pictures.  🙂

Invitations  I had to hand cut these… in my pre-Cricut days.
 

This topiary was given to the new mommy for the nursery.  The flowers are paper and they were made from my Cuttlebug die cut machine.

This fruit bowl wasn’t easy to do, but I love how it turned out!

Guess the baby game!
These were another gift to the momma-to-be.  I had everyone put their addresses on envelopes and gave her these thank you cards for easy baby shower thank you notes!

Bling baby shower

I wanted to do a couple catch up blogs from past baby showers. This one is one I co-hosted with a friend in 2011.  I wish I had more pictures, but my camera battery died during that one. It was super cute and fun and sparkly.

 
We added jewels to flowers cut out on my cricut (paper lace cartridge) for the labels and to scatter around the table and we bought a few more sparkly jewels and hanging crystals to scatter around too.

Check out the super fun crystals we hung from the tissue poms!  (the instructions for making the poms are on the martha stewart website)

I made some home-made jewel/gem shaped candies for the party favors.  You can find the molds for the candies HERE.  They take a couple tries to get the color just right and the timing of pouring the super hot sugar!

 

Pretty right?!  I want to do another Bling party!!

Kids calendar craft 2013

Kid Art Calendars

So, I wanted something fun to do with the kids last weekend, so we made calendars to hang in their rooms. We did the whole thing in a day and a half, but I would recommend spreading that out a little!  (Or another great idea one of my friends had was to use artwork they have already made and brought home from school.)  It was super cute how they all have their own twist on each page.  I organized them this way:

Our calendars where 9X12.  I got most of the scrapbook paper at Ben Franklins… they have these large value packs of 12X12 papers with lots of colors and they are only $15 or something.  Great deal.  I just used a 3 ring hold punch and punched them before we did the artwork and binded them together with yarn at the very end.  I maybe should have measured the middle, because I was off on a few of them… but it was just for fun!  Also, we didn’t do a cover since these weren’t for gifts… just for their bedrooms.  As usually, I will just talk about what we did under each picture!  🙂

January

We decored January with markers, pom poms and snowflake sequence.

February

We used stamps with this one, and stickers and each girl got one embroidered heart made by grandma.

March

To make the kites, I just cut some kite shapes out of some new sponges that I had and we used acrylic paint to dip them and stamp them and different kids of string/ribbon for the kite strings.

 April

April we did water color to paint a spring picture… I did use water color paper for this and after it dried/pressed it flat under some books, then pasted it on the colored paper.

May

I had this super cute paper from a baby announcement years ago and it was so cute and springy, so this was just a sticker and jewel decorating month!  Easy peasy!!

June

I think June was my favorite and they turned out so cute!  This one is just paper and they ripped or cut the waves and for most of them I cut the boat shapes and they glued them on, but they had fun picking their boat colors.

July

The flags were using glue/glitter/star confetti and they could choose ribbon or oil pastels for the stripes.

August

August was the collage month.  This was a good project for the choosing and cutting images part, but they didn’t really get the collage part (well, the oldest did).  I used to do so much cutting when I was a kid and put different heads on different bodies, etc… I loved it, but maybe I was older, I dont’ remember.

September

This was cute also… each girl got to choose the “schoolhouse” they liked best (from Bing Image Search).  Then I printed out a picture of each of them and cut the doors of the school’s open and they put their picture in there.  Super cute and my 3 year old giggled about that for quite a while.

October

3 girls did painted pumpkins for October and Elise did a yard pumpkin… just put a circle of glue and spiraled from the center out of yarn.  It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be but still turned out cute.  The faces are paper and I ran them through my new Zyron sticker machine… LOVE that!  They are cheap, you should get one… you can turn any paper into a sticker with just a few turns of a knob!

November

Turkeys!   We made hand prints (right after they were done painting their orange October pumpkins) and then they glued on feathers, googly eyes or jewels.  finished off with some marker details (and it looks like a couple stickers just for good measure. LOL)

December

Christmas trees made out of paper and decorated with stickers and jewels.  Can you tell that I like sparkles?  And I think the girls do also!
At the end, I put them all together, along with a plain sheet for the back cover.  (stack them in reverse order with January at the bottom, so they hang right).  I first used twine to bind them, but the yarn worked a little better and was more sturdy.  Lastly, I had printed off the calendar from here and pasted them on.  For hanging, I use a large “bulldog” clip hooked to a nail on the wall… like THIS one.
Hope you all can have some fun craft times with your kiddos too!  🙂

She-Ra Birthday party!

Princess of Power!!

I am She-Ra!  LOL!  I had fun planning my daughter’s 9th birthday party… took me back a few decades.  I totally remember watching She-Ra and He-man from childhood! (Although, I was more of a Rainbow Brite and Wonder Woman fan.) My daughter started watching She-Ra when I saw it on Instant Netflix and she was an instant fan.  But, when she asked about having a She-Ra party, I was actually a little nervous…. how was I going to do that one and where would I find She-Ra stuff 3 decades after it was popular!  Thanks to some helpful facebook friends, I got some good ideas for crafts and games and finally got my creativity rolling for it. 
As usual, I will just post pictures and explain as we go!  🙂  Thanks for reading!



printed some posters to put in the entryway.  Just found them from Bing and Google Image search on the “wallpaper” or larger options (so they are not pixelated when printing)
Recognize these?



Party confetti and She-Ra images printed out and cut.
As kids arrived, we had them start on the first craft.  I bought these paper swords from Oriental Trading and the girls got to decorate their “She-Ra” swords with jewels and markers and stickers.  A nice easy craft to get the party started.  And the funny thing is when the girls got all into it, there wasn’t a sound out of all 9 girls… I just love girl parties!
After the craft, we went right to snacks and then they watched an episode of She-Ra (I suspected not many of them knew anything about her, so it was good to watch a show first). 
I hot glued jewels to these gold plates and forks… I love how they turned out and will be doing this more often!
Just some fun snacks from Trader Joes.
Stole this idea from Kara’s Party Ideas.  The image was found here.

After watching the episode of She-Ra, we did 4 games lumped together… I called it “superhero training”!  The first part of the “training” was finding the crystals hidden around the living room and returning them to the crystal bowl that goes back into the Crystal Castle. 

Be sure to count your crystals first because they can easily be lost… the girls had to find 20 small ones and 5 larger crystals.  Aren’t they pretty?
 

The next game was to throw the suction balls at Sceletor.  What a scary looking character for a girls party, but it was still fun.

Ok… so nevermind the quality of my pasting together of the papers I printed off.  With the light shining through, I should have lined the back with a thicker paper to hide it better, but I figured a bunch of 8-9 year olds wouldn’t care.
Found these suction balls at the party store… they didn’t stick to the window as well as I’d hoped, but it did help to throw underhanded FYI.

Pin the horn on Swift Wind (She-Ra’s flying unicorn)

My daughter wanted to help with the party and she drew the horse for the pin the horn on the unicorn.  Pretty good job I think!  (oh… and I highly recommend buying white butcher paper in a huge roll from some place like Cash N Carry.  We bought ours maybe 6-7 years ago and STILL have a bunch on the roll!  It lasts forever and we use it a LOT to cover the table for party crafts and other things like this for instance…. not cheap, but when you consider how long it is lasting, it is a great investment!)

And I don’t have any pictures of the last game of the super hero training, and it was sorta added last minute.  We had unicorn flying lessons.  My girls got stick horses for Christmas, so we had 4 of them.  The party attenders took turns on their horses “pretending they were flying unicorns” following a quick little obsticle course I made up of pillows and around couches, etc.  It was pretty cheesy, but they seemed to like it.  🙂

Cake time!

After cake and presents we did the last craft.  I had originally planned on making She-Ra headbands, but got to thinking… these girls will never get to wear these again because She-Ra’s headband is a little… um… out there (literally).  Anyway, so I found these great headbands on oriental trading and you can use wire to bead around them.  Perfect.  I wish I would have taken pictures of each girl’s creation, but the parents started coming and it got a little hectic.  They were all so different and creative. 

headband making supplies.  The beads are all just a collection of stuff I had, and a few I picked up. 
 I got the headbands here.  (Warning, they not the most comfortable since they are metal)  And I printed out the samples they had on their website to help with ideas for the girls.
I started the wire on all the headbands beforehand to make it easier for the kids, but they really didn’t need much help after they got going.
bead and wrap.

This one was created by the birthday girl

And this one by my 5 year old… I was impressed and she did it on her own too!
Party favors (below is what was inside) minus the swords and headbands they made
I was lucky to find these adorable magnetic boards at Michaels on clearance… score!
Happy birthday to my creative, beautiful daughter!  (oh and the She-Ra shirt was bought off ebay… loved this one!)
 

Angry birds party

Birthday party season is on its way for us again this year, starting off with our 7 year old daughter’s angry birds party!  When I was researching other Angry bird parties online, I noticed how so many of them had a real life angry birds game set up in their yards!  I loved this idea and started saving boxes 2 months before the party.  But, since she has an October birthday, it is typically too rainy here in Washington to have the party outside, so we moved all the furniture to one side of the living room, removed anything breakable and set up an area to have balls, boxes, and pigs flyin!  I did think that the game was going to entertain them longer than it actually did though.  I think they got tired of waiting in line or something.  I think they had fun despite the craziness at times!  Here are the pictures:


I just made these in Photoshop, printed and cut them out.
 
Another print and cut project.  Nora had fun taping them on the wall.

Since we didn’t know a lot of people from Nora’s class yet, I wanted to make sure that I knew if there were any allergies, etc.  So, I made up this little sign in.  Pretty cheesy, but helpful info to know!
Angry balloons!



I found a printout for these faces to stick to the balloons.  I just used full sheet sticker paper to print them onto.  They buckled a little, which I expected, but still a fun and inexpensive decoration.
All these little plush Angry birds I got at Costco and Zulily.



Love this large display I found at birthdayexpress.com
 
This is the craft we did as kids arrived: Backpack clips!.  Mine sorta faded because I put too much glue on the back… whoops.  First, put the front side of the image (I had many different angry birds to choose from) onto the circle epoxy stickers (a much better price than I paid by the way),  then glue the back to the bottle cap and you can punch a hole in the top of the bottle cap with a tiny round puncher, stick in a ring and the fastener thingy.  You can also make them as necklaces, but I was trying to be more gender nuetral. 
 
I covered the boxes with white or brown paper and painted the brown ones to look like wood.  The kids arranged the first set and placed the pigs.

 
sling shot from amazon for balloons, but it worked well to fit these little foam angry birds balls. 



This little game would have worked a little better for a calmer party… fyi.
 
I wish I would have taken pictures of the progress as I made this pinata.  I did paper mache over a balloon and let that dry for a couple days, then I cut a square hole in the bottom because a pull string pinata was requested.  Here is the “how to” I have used for the pinatas I have made.  I thought it would be perfect to use the beat up pig for the pinata, so I just printed and cut those pieces to put on.  🙂 

I love making my own pull string pinatas because they actually work!  (I bet you could convert a store bought regular pinata into a pull string as well.)

candy and stickers flying!
 



Just simple snacks this time… those are Angry birds cheese-its!
 
Just happened to see this cookie pizza at Albertsons a few days before the party and how could I not get it!



just bought a plain chocolate cake and decorated with cookies, kit kats, a quickly made sling shot out of wire and black tape,  and these cute little guys

 



prescooped ice cream… so glad I did this!

party favor bags: including tattoos, a mini plush angry bird, angry bird fruit snacks and their craft and candy from the party.

Happy birthday Nora!!

Dr Seuss baby shower

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!  Well, that happens to be my friend’s favorite children’s book, so it was easy to come up with a plan for what theme to do her baby shower.  Mary and I went to work with the planning.  I was so thankful that Mary decided to take care of all the food and I did the decorations and games because I am not a huge fan of the food part and that’s the part that always feels more stressful to me (due to its more last minute nature).  Man, this was a fun shower to plan, with pretty much free rein of all those bright colors and the whimsical style of Dr. Seuss stuff, and all the ideas I found online.  (I couldn’t do any pinterest pinning this time though, because I wanted the guest of honor to be surprised!, so I had to do thing the “old fashion” way… Bing and Google!)  There was a lot of good ideas out there, so thank you everyone!  It probably was one of my favorite showers to help create!

Here are the pictures!

These were inspired from the book Oh, the Places You’ll Go and I had some extra large cardboard in the garage, so I just cut out the shapes and spray painted them and duct taped them together in the back and a little to the house to keep them from falling down.
Tried to imitate the balloons from the book also.  Colored the striped (after they were blown up)  with permanent markers
The trees also inspired from the book.  I made these by using 5 sheets of tissue paper, accordian folded them and wired them around the center (just like the regular tissue paper puffs), cut both outer edge into a point, Then I used a heavier wire from Home Depot cut it twice the length needed, took a balloon clip weight, put the wire through the hole to the middle of the wire and folded the wire in half.  Then, with the ends of the wire toward the prepared tissue, I wrapped the thin wire around the tissue paper around the heavy wire to attach.  Next, I took black duct tape and wrapped it around the heavy wire to hide it all the way down to the balloon clip.  I did also have to wrap the taped wire around the balloon clip a little bit to make it strong enough to hold the flower up and then clipped it to the buckets (or anything you want).  Last, I fluffed out the tissue paper, mostly just one on side, so the top stays mostly flat to look like the Dr Seuss trees.  And voila!

I also loved the vases (idea I found online) wrapped with a blue boa and hot-glued the ends together.
Momma-to-be in all her glory!
Dr. Seuss phrases and characters for around the house!  (Printed and cut out)

Everyone had fun doing this and there sure were some funny ones!

One of the games (203 was the answer by the way).  Another game not shown was a crossword puzzle.  You can create your own here.  So, I did it fill-in-the-blank style based on the book, Oh The Places You’ll Go.
The 3rd game we played.  Some may recognize from a previous shower I did.  I had a lot of fun with Photoshop and took random baby faces and super-imposed them over celebrities and the guests needed to guess the celebrity.
I remembered I had this teapot my mom bought for my girls, so I just HAD to do the fish in the pot!

Food table
plates from Celebrate Express
Mary made this wonderful diaper silverware holder!

Party favors
Congrats sweetie!  Can’t wait to meet the little one!

Team Umi Zoomi party

Hey Umi friends!!  We hear a lot about Team Umi Zoomi from our now 3 year old, so when I asked if she wanted an Umi Zoomi party, she was so excited and talked about it for a couple months before her party (and even the few weeks after it).  It is a really cute show on Nick that is a math based show.  But also, it is only in its second season, so as of now, they don’t have any licensed party supplies.  They did, however, have a lot of stuff on the Nick, Jr website… printables, crafts, recipes, games, etc.  So, that was super helpful in my planning.  I printed and cut out a couple table centerpieces, posters, game posters with stickers, placemats, made Milli headbands and Geo’s shape belts, I made my first pinata from scratch!, and made Milli cupcakes, and decorated with other items I found online.  (I will describe more under the pictures.) We invited a few of her little friends and well…. see for yourself!  🙂 
The birthday girl in Bot’s Belly Screen on the photo wall.  Printed these from nickjr.com and attached Bot to a cardboard piece that I folded (at the top) and tacked to the wall.  Worked really well.  So, the kids could just sit on the bench and get their picture taken!  (this one was before I wrote Trina’s name on the poster)

The posters are for a couple games we played where everyone took turns putting on the stickers.  (found on Nickjr.com) and the numbers are from Oriental Trading.

Another nickjr activity I had on the wall (but we never really did the activity) … it was mostly for the older sibblings that came to the party.

Flowers were made (reused) from my Cricut and the laterns and tissue fans were from JoAnn Fabric’s dollar section!

Placemats to color as guests arrive and in between activities to keep the fast kids busy!

Was thrilled to see that they had these stuffed animals at Toys R Us!

Another printable (with lots of assembly required) from nickjr.com

paper fans (made similar to this, but to make them large, you need to glue 4 sheets (12X12) together end to end after creating the fan pleats.)  I put a Milli sticker in the center.

Loved these flower balloons from the local party store
Left this up from the last party we did!

colorful containers from the Dollar Tree

Milli Cupcakes

Milli headbands

Because I would want to know:  The display for the Milli headbands is made from taking a piece of fabric and batting and wrapping it around a Quaker Oats container and pinning it in place.  And the characters are more printables from Nickjr

The pinata just after I added the pull string to it.  I forgot to take pictures of the process of making it, but I used this website for instructions.

printed Umi Zoomi stickers to put in the pinata

more pinata stuffers

the finished product… it was actually super easy, just a lot of fringe cutting and gluing it on, but it actually didn’t take as long as I thought it would!! and the pull strings worked way better than the ones I have previously bought from the store.

Party favors, Geo’s shape belt, Milli headbands and favor bags

Inside is a hand clapper, crayons, magnetic numbers, and some shapes, and a coloring book.  I was going to make the outside of the bags like this, but ran out of time.

Owl birthday party!

Well, its April again, so we just celebrated the 1st of 2 birthdays.  My 5 year old was looking through the list of party themes from the Birthday Express catalog, and she loved the owl blossom party supplies, so we went with that theme.  I started by crocheting amigarumi owls for decorating the room (Ravelry has a ton of cute patterns).  After deciding on my upcoming 3 year olds party theme, we got our orders together for birthdayexpress.com and orientaltrading.com.  I just love getting all those fun supplies in the mail! 

Last week, we had 16 little party friends come to have a hoot at our Owl party.  My little birthday girl had a lot of fun and we even got a sunny day!  Here are the pictures: 

Had trouble with this flipping in a bit.  😦  Oh well
Love these wall stickers from birthdayexpress!  And I can now move them to a bedroom for a cutsie wall


When the kids arrived, we started with a craft:  painting owl suncatchers.  I found these great markers from JoAnns to use instead of paints.  Was super easy for a 5 year old to do, but they do like to glob it on, so it did take a while to dry. 
Owl aprons to put on to protect their clothes from paint!

Next up, I printed and glued this own onto some cardboard… cut the mouth hole out and the kids had a beanbag toss into the owls mouth.

My mom helped by making these super cute bean bag mice out of felt, string tail and a pompom nose.

Decorations over the food
food display… saw the idea for the wood displays and platter stands on pinterest!

we had some allergy kids coming to the party, so I tried to make sure we had things they could have!

Gluten free rice krispie cupcakes

Don’t you just love cupcake cakes?

the betty crocker butter chocolate cake mix was SUPER yummy…  I recomend you try!! and I don’t even usually like chocolate cake!)

Was thrilled to see this on orientaltrading (they were for Valentines, so I even got them on clearance!)

Oh … and happened to find these owl label stands in the dollar section at JoAnns!

pinata

presents
party favors
the boys got a wallet and the girls got an owl purse and they got to keep their aprons, suncatchers, and loot from the pinata.
After the party, the kids got to go outside and play to burn off some sugar.  🙂  Again… super thankful for the sunny day!  Happy birthday sweet girl!

Owl baby shower for a girl

I suppose some of you remember when I did an owl baby shower last year for my friend’s baby boy?  Well, recently I hosted another owl shower for a little girl and it looked completely different!!  It was such a fun shower to do because my friend just adopted a baby girl, so the little one was able to come to her own baby shower and it was just such a sweet time celebrating this wonderful act of love and redemption. 

The inspiration for the shower was the crib bedding they chose for the nursery from Pottery Barn Kids here.  I have to thank Renee, Katy, Meghan, and Lisa for helping me with the food, supplies and decorations.  I didn’t even have to do any of the food prep, so I am very thankful for that!

banner thanks to the handy Cricut!  🙂
I love this shot of the guests of honor chatting on the chair!  It is precious.
Renee painted this lovely design on the wood letters and also the bird houses.  The branches, birds and 2 owls are printed on cardstock, cut and taped to pictureshelves (or wall). 

 

So cute, right?


Found this adorable owl at a local gift shop!




The food table


The topiaries were made by painting ceramic pots, inserting a piece of styrofoam in the bottom (covered up with some dried filling stuff), painted wooden dowel, the top is a styrofoam ball (I did paint this a quick covering of pink before I started)covered with paper flowers and leaves (cricut flower shop cartridge) and attached with a pearl stick pin.

The little ceramic birds are from Finland

Love these plates/napkins from Party Pail

Great idea Meghan to put fruit into krumkake shells

These petit fours were amazing!

Thanks Trader Joes

Lisa’s bacon wrapped dates

Chicken yummy on pitas

Lisa made these super cute chocolates for party favors

And the sweet Maya herself!  Such a precious gift from God!!  Welcome sweet little one!

low key pizza and movie party

Well, time to write about another party!  We just had one turn 8 years old at our house!  This year my daughter wanted to do a sleepover party, so with that decision, the deal was that she could only invite 3 kids over (plus her sisters for the movie part) and I wouldn’t be doing a super involved party this time.  But of course I just can’t help myself and did do a little something to make it cute!  🙂

We had pizza and cake, then the girls watched “The Tooth Fairy” and before the movie, they got to pick a mini pillow pet (to keep as the party favor), a boxed candy, and fill their cup with an assortment of popcorn choices.  It was cute and I think the girls enjoyed themselves. 
The “sleep”over was a bit harder… there is always the one girl that wants to sleep, the one that wants to bother/bug and the ones that just want to chat and giggle… can be a hard combo sometimes.  It may be a few years before we do more than 1 friend again!

Anyway, let’s get to the fun part… Here are some pictures from the party:

Got the cute unicorn party supplies from birthdayexpress
Extra large mylar
For the individual popcorn cups: I printed the names on white cardstock and stapled them on the backside to form a cylinder, cut a circle for the bottom about a half inch larger diameter than the cylinder, then pushed and bent it up into the bottom and stapled it around the base. 

For the larger popcorn bowls, I have a set of green mixing bowls that are different sizes and all fit into each other.  I thought, what if I just make “covers” for them and set the bowl inside.  So, I measured each bowl from table to just under the rim and the diameter, printed the striped design and label I made on the computer (had to glue a few sheets together to make the diameter large enough), and just set the bowl into them (unlike the individual cups, there is no paper bottom, they just go around the bowl).  I loved how it turned out and will definitely use that idea for future parties!
cupcakes from whole foods and we just added some sprinkles
Mini pillow pets as party favors (only worked because we had a small enough party for it to be do-able)
We happened to have a stuffed unicorn which came in handy for the centerpiece
pizza time
Happy birthday to you….
the theater is all ready … where did that teapot come from?
Movie time
Happy birthday Elise!  Love you!!!