Oct 3, 2011

Apple Of My Eye Baby Shower

I have been wanting to do an apple themed baby shower for over a year now. I was so excited that I got to use this theme for a friend of mine just a few weeks ago!Before I decided to go with the apple theme, I asked my friend for just some general ideas of things she liked. She told me she liked flowers...and then I started thinking. So after mulling it over and talking to a few of my close confidants, I came up with pink apple blossoms and green apples!This is the poem I wrote for the invitation:

With September coming and fall in the air,
There's some baby excitement we'd like you to share!
Marisa and Chad long to hold their baby girl,
Before the leaves change and fall with a twirl.
The season is ripe with anticipation!
The joy, the love, and the fascination
With all things tiny, pink, and sweet.
When she arrives they'll be swept off their feet
By the sight of her beautiful, soft baby flesh,
No doubt in their family she will perfectly mesh.
A tiny blossom who'll bloom by and by,
And Marisa will say, "She's the apple of my eye."

This was my first time ever doing a background for the food table. I have to say, I love how it draws everything in and makes the food table look more inviting!I also made these yarn balloons! Like I said, I was so excited for this shower and I think I may have worked harder and longer on it than any other shower/party I've done before!Our mini Apple Blossom trees!How gorgeous are those bows?? I have a friend who is amazingly talented at making bows...but I don't think I needed to state the obvious!Close-ups on a few of them. After the shower, they were given to the mother-to-be as part of her gift!I made these letter blocks that doubled as decoration and part of one of our games! The game was a multiple choice question game. I split the guests up into four groups. For each question that I read, I would draw four different names. Those four people then came up and I asked a question that the teams had to answer using their blocks. For example, some questions were:

Whose birthday is closest to the due date?

Who comes from the largest family?

Who was the biggest baby when she was born?

Each of the four women who had come up were holding a card that said A, B, C, or D and then the teams had to discuss who they thought would be the correct answer to the question. When they decided they had to hold their blocks up with the corresponding letter!

Another ongoing activity was making an alphabet book as a gift for the new baby! I had all the pages and crayons set out so that everyone could color a page at any point during the shower. Next step will be to make a cover and put a binding on it.I found these apple chalkboards for 75% off just before the shower! They originally had red trim (easy to fix) and I think they added so much!And, since I'm obsessed with making these caramel apples, they made an appearance at the shower! It's kind of hard to tell in the picture, but there's pink and light green white chocolate drizzled on all of them.I had tons of help with all the food. I only did the apples, salad, and cake pops. Everything else was made by my awesome friends. Seriously, look at that cheeseball! Take a second look at those apple parfaits. Now one more. They were that good. And that amazing apple cheesecake was our dessert. Honestly, these people are incredible. I have no words.

Lastly, my very first attempt at cake pops! They were fairly simple as far as cake pops go, but I'm not sure how to perfect the smoothness...as you can see. BUT, they were little balls of cake and frosting that stayed on the stick so I'm going to count it as a success!

Sep 28, 2011

Angry Birds Birthday Party

Hey, I'm back!! I have several parties to post about, but I'm going to start with the one I did last weekend. My son's 6th birthday party!Why is it that the shot of the party table never looks as impressive as you think it's going to? After all the work that goes into it, it should look pretty spectacular!I'm quite proud of this banner. I think it turned out great! Originally, I was going to try to cut everything out on my Cricut and piece it all together...then I got the brilliant idea to just print them off the computer on cardstock! SOO much easier. I seem to like doing everything the hard way first.Paper Angry Birds! I found them online and thought they were so cute so I had to make them. They didn't really serve much of a purpose...but they still look good, right??Angry Birds cheeseball! This was a last minute decision and I'm so glad it actually turned out!An army of cupcakes.I love love love all these bright colors! That's one of the reasons why I was excited to do this party.Life-size Angry Birds game! Since we had the party at a park I didn't do any other games. The kids didn't mind at all and had a pretty good time with this...until the game slowly morphed into Angry Birds football with the golden egg being the football!I wish I could claim these birds, but I can't. I have a friend who can do just about anything (literally) and she made all these birds for me. They turned out great and now all of them (including the pigs) are residing in my son's bedroom!The little blue one is my favorite!Last but not least, the t-shirts I made for us to wear! The blue one was for the birthday boy, Triple Threat was for my 2 year old, and (surprise!) the red one was for me!

I'll post the links for everything I did this time, too. I had a lot of online help with this party!
Balloon Printables
Angry Birds Cupcakes
Paper Birds
Stuffed Animal Bird Tutorials

And two things I did use but wanted to:
Angry Bird Pompoms
Angry Bird Cake Pops

May 5, 2011

Easter Caramel Apples

I had some leftover caramel from the Eclipse Girls Night, so I made a few more caramel apples for Easter! Yum yum!

Apr 30, 2011

Purr-fect Birthday Party Banner

Here's the banner I used for the kitty birthday party.

Apr 29, 2011

Purr-fect Birthday Party

For my daughter's 2nd birthday party I planned a kitty party. She just loves cats!For food, I got Chex Mix (Meow Mix)......and Swedish fish. I also had just a veggie and fruit platter. I'm just kicking myself because I had such a hard time coming up with good food ideas...until the day before the party! While I was at the store I started thinking of all the things I could have done but didn't have time for anymore. Making individual fruit pizzas with a cat face cookie cutter, creating a cat out of cut up veggies, popcorn ball cat faces! I could have done so much!The first thing we did when the kids arrived was make collars out of Fruit Loops. The "kitties" had to put a name tag on their collar and decide what they wanted their cat name to be. After we made those, I gathered the kids in a circle and we took turns practicing our meowing. I asked them all what a happy, sad, mad, tired cat would sound like and they had to meow the way a cat would if it were feeling those emotions.After all that meowing I figured our kitties throats would be sore and they might need a drink!We played Thirsty Cat and had a race to see who could drink all the water out of their bowl the fastest!Then we played Yarn Toss! We sat in a circle again and passed around a ball of yarn while some music was playing. Whoever was holding the yarn when the music stopped won a prize!These were our prizes! I used a stiff felt to make them so I think they were a little more difficult to make than if I had just used a regular felt but I think they kept their shape much better.Here's the template that I found. I have to say, the yarn game didn't work that well with younger kids. They had too much fun unravelling the yarn instead of passing it to the next person!After everyone won a prize, I discovered a mouse in the kitchen! Then, we all looked outside and what did we see?? The whole backyard was overrun with mice! Our kitties rallied together to form a mouse hunting party and ran outside. They searched high and low and found every single one!I made the mice with Easter eggs, yarn for the tails, stiff felt for the ears, 7mm googly eyes, and 1/4" black pompoms. I just hot-glued everything on. I think they turned out really cute!After the mouse hunt, we went back inside for cupcakes and presents. I made these fondant cutouts for half of the cupcakes......and just used sprinkles to decorate the other half.I made a mini cake for my daughter with a larger cutout to put on top of it. I'm still learning how to work with my Cricut Cake and fondant. It's a work in progress!I don't think she minded though. She didn't care what it looked like, just what it tasted like!

Apr 24, 2011

Mini Banner

I just love making banners! (I don't know if that was apparent...)Here's a mini banner I made for my husband. That's my 5 year old's hand in the picture.