April 4th, 2015
My Ollie turned 4 this year. 4!!! I seriously can’t even believe it. He wanted a lumberjack themed party to match his lumberjack bedroom and that seemed like a great idea to me! I made this birthday flag for the front door using my Cricut Explore to cut some buffalo check flannel (backed with heat n’ bond) and then ironing it onto a piece of burlap runner that I cut to size and sewed a pocket at the top for a dowel to go through. This was super quick and easy but one of my favorite projects for the party. It’s now hanging on Ollie’s bedroom door.
For the party we decided to host a pancake breakfast.
Mr. Project cooked up a flap-jack storm, sausages & bacon. I served up some pastries, fruit, syrups, juice and milk. As usual, we made way too much food. But it was all yummy and I love the red lunch trays that I borrowed from a friend.
Apparently I only make iced cookies for parties. I was thinking about ordering some off of etsy, but I waited too long. I had my hearts set on having them, so I stayed up late the night before the party and made these super cute cookies including a buffalo check buffalo!
I’m all about taking a regular bakery cake and making it feel like a themed cake (see my monster cake). For this cake I ordered a 3-layer 8″ cake with chocolate frosting and no decorations. To make the wood grain look, I used the wrong end of a paint brush and dragged it through the icing. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes and cost $15. I topped it with these extra-tall red candles.
To keep the kids entertained, we had a few crafty activities. The kids built log cabins from lincoln logs.
They also sawed logs (cut swiss cake rolls)…
And made beards with craft foam that I cut on my Cricut Explore.
We sent everyone home with mini mason jar mugs filled with red cinnamon bears. The stickers on top say “We’re so PLAID you could come” with a buffalo check background.
I took all these photos before the party started so I could just enjoy everyone’s company. I did manage to get just a few of Ollie as he ran about so excited about his celebration starting.
He’s so big and handsome and capable, I just can’t believe how quickly he is growing up. Happy Birthday Ollie!
October 28th, 2014
This weekend we celebrated my Leo turning 2. I can’t believe he’s 2 already! It seems like yesterday he was just turning 1.
Leo’s birthday is right before halloween, so this year I decided to make his birthday a halloween/monster theme. Since he’s only 2, I wanted it to be cute, bright, and fun, not scary and gross like a lot of halloween parties.
I ordered the decorations and invitations from Minted.com. They had such cute halloween and monster party invites like this one and this one it was hard to choose. But I finally settled on this cute little monster eating cake. They also have lots of cute party decorations perfect for halloween parties, pirate parties, monster parties etc. I chose this halloween one because I love the colors for a boy-themed party.
I’ve been so crazy busy the past few weeks working on design deadlines and planning a blogger party for My Mind’s Eye, that I just didn’t have tons of time to devote to creating a party from scratch. So I was thrilled to just be able to order everything from Minted and then throw in some of my own finishing touches. Instead of spending weeks prepping for this party, I really only spent the day before and the morning of to prep, and most of that was food.
I love the trick or treat stickers that I just stuck on some cute treat bags filled (from Michaels) with candy. You can also see the adorable confetti that ties all the elements on the table together. For the juice, I used milk jars (find them at Amazon or Michaels), tied straws to them with ribbons, and then decorated the straws with straw stickers and wine glass tags(which fit perfectly around extra wide paper straws).
I ordered the Personalized Bunting Banner to say “Happy Birthday Leo”, it arrived and was HUGE – each circle is 8″ round. The whole thing together was close to 15 feet long! I had to string it across our whole breakfast nook! But I loved how dramatic it was, and the first thing people saw when they came into the room.
Leo was dressed as a mummy and got a little bright face paint to match! The adorable little banner was made from the small pieces of confetti and the small circle garland. I printed some instagram photos and pinned everything onto string. I love personalizing party decor with photos of the birthday boy from the past year.
The food was quick and fun and Pinterest inspired. I made mummy dipped pretzel sticks, mummy hot dogs, and monster cookies with candy eyes.
I created the cake by ordering a basic bakery cake (8″ – 3 tier) with simple frosting matching some chocolate melts that I found at Michaels. The cake was only $12.99! Don’t be afraid to ask for simple custom stuff from your local grocery bakery, it can definitely pay off! I picked up some 2″ styrofoam balls, tall lollypop sticks, green candy melts, white candy melts, and black frosting for the eyeballs. I dipped the balls (with the stick inserted) and let them harden. I took 5 white round chocolate melts and applied a big dot of black frosting (smoothed out with a tapered icing spatula), and then used a little melted green chocolate to adhere the white circles to the green eyeballs. It was pretty quick and easy, and turned out pretty great for a fast and budget-friendly cake! I melted a few of the white chocolate melts and shaped them into teeth, let them set and then pressed them onto the cake.
All in all it was the perfect little birthday party with lots of cute friends and maybe a scary skeleton too…
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Some of the product shown was provided by Minted in exchange for creating this party and blogging about it.
September 18th, 2014
*This post contains affiliate links and is part of the Design Space Star contest by Cricut. All projects and opinions are 100% mine.
Pin this project to your halloween board!
It’s Cricut Design Space Star time again! This round my team decided on Halloween Party as our theme. We all created fun party projects that are linked at the bottom of this post. I created a party display with a Spooky Cake Topper & Stand, Halloween Cupcakes, Ghost Banner, and a BOO pendant.
I created all these great projects using my awesome Cricut Explore! Check out my full tutorial post for the Cake Stand, Cupcakes, and Ghost Banner.
Pin this Cake Topper & Cake stand to your Halloween board.
Pin these cupcake picks and wraps to your halloween board:
Pin this Mini Ghost Banner to your Halloween Board.
Check out my full Crepe Paper Boo Pennant Banner Tutorial Post.
Pin the Crepe Paper Pennant to your halloween board!
My super creative teammates also created some gorgeous Halloween party projects using their Cricut Explore. Be sure to check out and pin all these projects so you can get your halloween decor and celebrations on this year (links below image)!
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