Sunday, June 24, 2012

Picnic Party

Amelie's First Birthday Party!

For decorations I used hanging paper fans in the party colors (pink and turquoise), fabric flags, and 17 in round balloons

I made the flags by ripping squares of fabric and ironing them to a string of twine with Stitch Witchery.
Most of m fabric was vintage sheets I found at thrift stores.

My favorite decoration was the balloons. I bought them from Balloon Warehouse online and had them inflated at Party City. Ami didn't really like them, but they were so charming!

Ok - let's talk food.

We had a "pack your own picnic" buffet

Turkey and Muenster Sandwiches
White Cheddar Pasta Salad
Strawberry Almond Salad
Veggie Chips
Strawberry Rice Crispie Treats

For favors we had sugar cookies for the adults and marshmallow cupcakes for the kids.
I bought the marshmallow cupcakes after Easter for 75% off!

The tags for the food I made by downloading a blank printable and adding the words in Photoshop.I found this one on Free Pretty Things For You.

We had water and lemonade for drinks. 

The cake!

The cake was store bought at the last minute (we're moving and had in-laws in town, I ran out of time!) but I added crushed turquoise rock candy on top, and my super awesome husband made a rose out of flavored tootsie rolls!

She approved!

For everyone else, we had cupcakes. 

The spoons were tied on with ribbon and clipped in the lid of the cup. I bought the cups and lids at GFS. The cupcakes were topped with homemade frosting, sprinkles, and a heart shaped marshmallow. We had ice cream to put on them too!

I bought Amelie's outfit on Etsy from Miss Priss. 

I made the lace crown by soaking lace in fabric stiffner and then cliping it in a circle. (I actually wrapped it around a lamp to dry) After it was dry I painted it with gold sparkles. I added the white flower clips to hold it together.

I bought a frame at a thrift store, took the picture and glass out and used the frame for pictures.

Daddy's girl :)

We had an amazing time, thanks to everyone that came!

Happy Birthday Ami!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Carnival Birthday Party

It's finally here! The big party Gavin has been dying for!

We had a little carnival!

Including games - and of course a candy buffet!

Delicious yellow cupcakes with white chocolate toppers, all made my me!

cookie lollipops - which I heard were yummy, they were eaten before I got one! Next time I make these, I'll use a harder cookie dough, because I had a hard time keeping them on the stick. Also, they probably would've stayed up better if they were smaller. 

Mini "caramel" apples - really made with peanut butter! More kid friendly, healthier, and oh so good! I probably ate half of these... 

I used a stamp of a lion with a party hat throughout the party, it helped tie everything together!

Including the cups

and napkins!

We gave out tickets, which the kids totally disregarded and played the games forever!

We had four games:
Pick a Dizzy duck
Crazy Kiddie Can Crash
Birthday Boy Ball Toss
Trigger Happy Toddler Target

The last one was Gavin's absolute favorite. He demanded to play it over and over!

There were balloons galore!

Party hats! (made by me!)

Jared was perfectly content to just play on the swing set!

and collect prizes!

It was a perfect sunny day, thank goodness because the actual party date was the day before and it poured all day!

The food was wonderful!
We had:
hotdogs and brats
french fries
potato salad
all kinds of fruit
veggie tray
deviled eggs

People kept asking "where'd you get all the circus stuff?"
Honestly, I had a lot of it, and the rest I either got at goodwill or the dollar store!

I made a photo clothesline of pictures of the boys, labeled with their ages. This was probably my favorite decoration, and everyone commented on it. Plus, my boys are just the cutest little things ever - who doesn't want more pictures of them???

And boy, were there a lot of presents - I've never seen so many! It pays to have good friends I guess... There's a lot of thank you notes in my future... 

I hung pictures of the two of them together outside

Gavin was so excited (So was Jared, but he's a little more subtle.)

Oh! And the cake!

It took me forever to make, but it was beautiful! (and yummy!)

The cookies around the sides had "G" and "J" on them, the bottom candies are pretzel mnms, and the top is a big gumball!

Jared loved it, but Gavin didn't even take one bite! If only he knew how long that cake took to make... 

Fake mustaches!

Isn't this the cutest thing ever?!?

We all had the best time!!