Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hand Print Dance Teacher Gift

Gift giving season is here and the list is long.  Aside from family, friends, coworkers, we are mommies and we have now added teachers to the list.  I made this for my daughter's dance teacher a few years back.  Makes for a great end of year gift as well.  Easy enough to make, thoughtful and perfect to pair up with a gift card.  Found it originally on Pinterst in pink but my little girl's dance studio's colors are teal/black/white so I made ours to match.  

What you need:
  • washable finger paint in color of choice
  • ribbon in color of your choice (optional)
  • white and colored card stock or construction paper (mine is pearly teal),
  • diamond stickers (optional)
  • Frame
How to: Cut out a leotard (see template below) out of the colored card stock (like a one piece bathing suit. Then press the painted hands down as shown in image.  Add ribbon, stickers, or message.  Frame and done.  Easy peasy.  

Diva Diaper Baby Baby Shower Gift.

I complain everyday of my life that I just don't have enough time.  So when I was invited to a baby shower this month I could have taken the easy, ever popular, and always appreciated gift-card-way-out.

My creative senses tingled, my fingers twitched, and my hot glue gun screamed "use me".  I couldn't resist any longer and broke down and made this sassy diaper baby girl for a diva-to-be.  These babies are all over Pinterest and even though I made a little boy diaper baby a few months back, I wanted a girl!

Shopping for the perfect items takes a little time but assembly is relativity easy.  I went on YouTube (which is my savior anytime I want to make anything new) and searched Diaper Baby. This is the video tutorial I used. I also recommend picking the outfit first and use it as your color scheme.  It will be easier to buy the rest of the stuff when you know what colors to choose from.

How to make:

What you need: 

  • Diapers (I use Target because they are my personal favorite and they are more cost effective).  A small bag (size 1) run you about $6-7.  
  • Rubber Bands
  • Baby Outfit.  Best to get a newborn sleeper.
  • Baby Cap or Bow
  • Pacifier
  • Basket (optional)
  • Blanket (optional)
  • Other little baby things (optional)  
It's a girl!  I had to layer the extra diapers in the basket first and then put a blanket over them so they are covered. Then put the baby on the blanket.  I positioned her so she is snuggling like a newborn.  I found cute little add ins at Hobby Lobby.  My favorite find is chalk board that will be perfect for monthly photos of the baby and month organizers for all her tiny clothes.  I threw a matching ribbon around the basket and added a quick card to match.  Done.
Here is my baby girl snuggling on her pink blanket.
I made the card to match.

Front view

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Real Party: Ready to Pop Baby Shower

I had to plan a shower for my brother.  We kept it small so I wanted to add cute little details that made it extra special.  I went with the "Ready to Pop" theme because I could put a modern twist without having to make it so baby.

Welcome sign greeted guest at our front door.
Simple Black and Blue Baggies filled with a "POP" of culture candy and treats from Daddy's culture.


Baby Jude banner.

Every shower needs a diaper cake!

Make a Balloon face of baby Jude.



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Real Party: 7th Birthday Slumber Party

I love planning and putting together my kids birthday parties.  This one was for my 7 year old.  She has been dying for a sleepover with friends for while now. Since we are leaving for Disney two weeks later, I was on a budget and caved.  I figured we could keep it small, cheap, and still have fun!  I had Pinterest's help with ideas along the way.  Hope my real party inspires you too.

Invites: I made these sleeping bag invites with clip art from PrettyGrafik Design .   They opened up to reveal the party details.  You like? I'm going to add it to my etsy shop when I get a chance so you can make or buy your own along with a printable party package.
Favors: With only 6 girls to shop for I hit the dollar store and made make-over kits.  It included eye shadow in fun colors, lip gloss, nail polish, clip on braids (I got on clearance, yay me), nail file, eye make up remover and vitamin e sticks that I , and of course a sweet treat of chocolate cake pop.  I found the totes at Walmart for $1.00/3pk in the crafting section.  

Each girl got a Favor Bag with Mirror

Favors/Make-over kits to be used later that night. 
Tagged each favor with the girls name.

"Sweet Dreams, Good Night, Sleep Tight, Thanks for making my party just right."
Found the poem on Life in General blog.

Decor: I got plenty of inspiration via Pinterest.  Loved the way everything turned out.  I kept cost low by designing and making all my own printables.  I hit up Walmart for $1.00 paper plates/table clothes etc...  For food: I just did Little Ceaser $5.00 pizzas for dinner, cupcakes ($7.00 from Jewel) and cake pops for dessert and cereal and donuts for breakfast. Yep, when I say I am on a budget, I mean it!

Bed Inspiration via Purple Trail

Just a few printables to tie it all together.

My first attempt at a cake banner...not too shabby!

I hate making these but they do make great centerpieces.

Saved on expensive helium balloons by hanging them upside down.  Love!
Don't forget to bring the party to the bedroom!
Party Activities: Aside from a lot of giggling, squealing and singing, these little ladies had a full night of activities planned for them.  I started the night out with a craft.  The girls decorated their own pillowcases. Then they moved on to make-overs, painted their toes, had a pillow fight, karaoke, a glow bracelet hunt (girls got to keep what they found), and finished off by telling funny stories while tucked into bed.   Whew...they finally passed out around 11:30pm and got up at about 7am!  I fed them breakfast (individual boxes of cereal and donuts) and they just played until their parent picked them up. I thought they would sleep in and I wanted to feed them breakfast so I did say 10am pick up time but 8:30am-9 would have worked too. 

Pillow Case decorating with Crayola Fabric Markers.
$1.00 Store Pillow Cases and I pre-drew the girls initials on it in block letters to save time.

Make Over Time!

Made a Spin the Bottle Nail Polish Game that is going around Pinterst (Can't find the original source).  This game went a little slow and the girls just wanted to paint their toes so even though it's a good idea it didn't work out with this group.   

Karaoke Time!

Thanks for checking out my party!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Real Party: Jungle Themed 1st Birthday for my Wild Little Man

I planned this jungle themed 1st birthday for my son a few years ago but haven't had a chance to share it.  I hope you enjoy the pics as much as I enjoyed planning this special day for my little monkey! 
The Invite
Invites were little passports I printed myself on textured card stock paper.  I bought animal foam stickers (which I found on clearance, yay me!) and wrapped them shut with a zebra print bands.  Party details and a "passport photo" were on the inside.  I LOVED the way they turned out. 

The Treats
Everything was jungle themed!  From zebra's trotting through peanut butter chocolate chip cake pops to swamp water refreshments. This colorful array of sweets gave way to plenty of cavities. 


The D├ęcor
What kind of jungle party would it be without all kinds of animals hanging around.  I used cheetah print runners made from dollar store sheets to give the tables a touch of wild without taking away from the colorful pops of orange, green, blue and yellow. 

The Favors and Party Activities
I filled goodie bags with a tube of jungle animals, animal crackers, zebra cakes and topped it with animal masks.  I made tags that I glued to the front of the bags with a quick note thanking my little safari explorers for coming.
I also pre made binoculars out of toilet paper rolls and construction paper.  I bought yellow (I couldn't find inexpensive tan) explorer hats that the kids decorated with stickers and foam letters.  I recruited my cousin an sister to give the kids animal tattoos too!  Lastly I got lucky enough to borrow an animal photo prop from a friend who's talented husband made for their son's circus themed party. 

The Birthday Boy
This post will not be complete without introducing my little man.  Here is my little explorer (and his sister).  Love them!!