Fall Baby Shower

Another baby shower that I helped with last fall was a fall themed shower.  I used my Cricut a lot this time with the Flower Shoppe cartridge (one of my favorites) and made little flowers to set around in our fall-ish color scheme:  plum, bronze, teal, brown, lite pink, and cream.  We just did a few simple printed games for this shower and again I didn’t have to do food (in case you didn’t notice, it is my least favorite part of party planning).
Sarah's shower3RThe invitation.

WP_20130927_002Paper flower wreath for the front door.

WP_20130928_002Banner made with light and dark brown burlap strips and a variety of different ribbons and lace throughout.

DSCN2518Centerpiece (mini hay bales, flowers, acorns and leaf cutouts)

DSCN2517  The food made by my friend was totally amazing and gourmet!  YUM!

DSCN2519 DSCN2520 DSCN2521 DSCN2524 I had 2 party favors for the guest (mostly because I wasn’t sure if my caramel apples would turn out ok, but they ended up pretty yummy afterall.)

DSCN2525    WP_20130928_004The little fall candles were from Bath and Body works and they even wrapped them all up for me and everything!

Punch out game

Hey all!  Birthday season for us is starting again, so time to get blogging!  In this post, I wanted to show how I made a game for Nora’s candyland party.  You can play it that if you answer a trivia question right you get one punch or you can do what we did where everyone just gets one punch.  🙂  I made this game for a Candyland party and the circles are intended to look like button candy.  They kids had a lot of fun punching and discovering what prize they were going to get! 

To make:
Supplies needed:
4 sheets of poster board
2 sheets of foam core posterboard
colored tissue paper
packing tape
18 small paper lunch bags
duct tape
18 paper bowls
18 prizes that easily fit in the paper bags and aren’t too heavy

First I taped 2 foam core pieces together to make it longer
Also, tape 2 of the regular posterboard pieces together (the foam core may be longer than the posterboard, but that’s ok)

Next pencil out 9 even circles on each piece of posterboard 3 X 3 X 3  (18 total)  Mine are about 5 3/8″ in diameter, but if you can make them closer to 5″ then it will be a better fit when we tape on the bowls.
Cut out the circles.

Once you have the circles all cut out… lay the circles overtop of the foam core boards, with the bottom even and as close to centered side to side as you can.  Then mark the center of each circle (on the heavier foam core board) with a small X.

Now working with the heavier board, start duct taping the paperbags to the board centering the bag over the X’s you marked. 

Once you have all the bags taped on, set aside.  Back to the posterboard with the cut circles; cut out squares of colored tissue paper to cover the holes and tape them (with the clear packing tape) over the circles on the back side of the board.  I used pink on top, next orange, then 2 rows of yellow, then green, and lastly blue.

 Next, you need to cut of the bottoms of the bowls.


And tape them onto the top (opening) of the paper bags… I added these bowls when I realized I was having a hard time keeping the paper bags open… worked brilliantly. 


Fill all the paper bags with the prizes.
Now comes the tricky part.  Gently place the tissue paper-covered circles posterboard (taped side down) ontop of the prepared paperbags.  Make sure the bottom is close to aligned, so it can stand upright when we’re done.

Now, get down low on the ground and duct tape the tops of the bowls to the underside of the tissued circles aligning them together and careful not to let the duct tape show through.  Best to start in the middle and work your way out to the edges.

I found that I should have put more tape to help them to stay in place better. The heavier prizes in mine did tend to slip down a bit.
Carefully tip it upright. And lastly, measure and cut strips from the last two pieces of posterboard to tape onto the sides to cover the messy inside taping stuff.  

 Whaalaaah!  Enjoy punching!