we just got back from a lovely and very fun-filled vacation.
we did disneyland.
it was awesome.
I think everyone who lives in this house, is a little homesick for all things disney.
but I now realize that this transition from vacation to real life is a lot harder than I thought. it is also made more difficult when I realize that there are a few things that I neglected to do before we left..
like plug the latest product releases from jessica sprague.
so, let’s rewind, pretend that it is last monday, and instead of getting ready to surprise the kiddos, pack all of their stuff, clean the house and all that junk, I will do what I am supposed to, and show you what I made:
first up I will show off jodie lee’s latest water color paper..
I saw this dreamy stuff and was transported to last fall, when we hiked the “u” near our house. the colors were too perfect.
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I have been dreaming up some hybrid projects to use this stuff on, print it off on linen look paper.. it would be lovely, I am sure.
then there was the big one.
I based ashley’s birthday party around this next one.
splendid fiins “trick or treat” practically yelled my name, winked, and then grinned at me. it knew it fit the bill for our halloween themed birthday party.
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a little lesson learned, that I will share with you for free:
don’t put names (even though it is so fun, personal, not to mention stinking cute) on a first grader’s birthday invites. you are better off to leave those babies blank, that way, your child doesn’t distribute them a child with a different name and thus, have a buttload of confusion on your hands when parents are calling you and asking if their child was really invited because their invite doesn’t have their name on it. oh, an then you get to make more, because a few kiddos don’t get their invites due to the whole, “not give them to the right kid” issue.
we had a great time though..
we put together goodie bags with fun stuff from target’s dollar area, candy was a necessary addition, and I put together these little notebooks using splendid fiin’s “trick or treat” line.
they were pretty darn cute.
I added these little tags for ashley to sign, a little thank you to all her friends.
(splendid fiins again, and I used the font mtf “jotted”.)
In the way of decorations, I used my old felt ghosts..
some balloons (which all the right colors were sold out, should have anticipated that one..), and this banner that I threw together the day of.
(polka-dot paper from splendid fiins, some good old cardstock, ric-rack, and letters I cut out with my cricut + storybook cartridge.)
I employed the old dry ice + rootbeer in the plastic cauldron trick.
played “pin the eyebrow on frank”, ashley’s new boyfriend. we made him out of foamcore, and vinyl. his eyebrow was some black felt with double stick tape on the back.
this game was also a last minute add, but I saw it on a local tv program, and had to do it!
I took three kiddos inside, and wrapped them up with crepe paper, just like a mummy. as I wrapped, I hid three cards with one letter on them, in different places in the wrapping. as their teams unwrapped them, the found the cards, and the first team to spell their spooky word, won!
I used words like bat, boo, and cat.
(I got the idea from this fun mom blogger who has a ton of fun ideas.)
and what’s a party with out cake and ice cream?
I prepared cupcakes and frosting a head of time, portioned out the frosting in little disposable cups with a plastic knife, and put out candies for them to decorate with.
I found a genius idea for ice cream serving at a birthday party on pinterest, and I will be using that one again and again I tell you.
before your party, like an hour, you take your regular old cupcake liners, place them in your muffin tin, and scoop your ice cream into them. pop the tin, with the portions of ice cream in it, back in your freezer and when it’s cake + ice cream time, bring them out, and give one portion to each child. it was a breeze!
ash had a great party, and I must confess, it is the first birthday party I have ever thrown. I will do it again. it was so much fun, but next time, I might just request no gifts be brought. I know, I am so mean, but we are seriously overrun here.