Amanda did an amazing job utilizing the printable circus/carnival party. How fun does this party look? The goodies, the games & prizes!
Amanda, thanks for sharing your party! Carli
note: customer personalized, created & reworked items in the party package to create some of the decor pictured.
Tissue poms are a great way to add fun, color & whimsy to your party (or even a bedroom, nursery or playroom). They are easy & affordable to make. No need to buy them, they are really easy to make & take only a couple of minutes each. I even have had my 6 year old make them! Martha Stewart has a great tutorial here. I have found that pipe cleaners work better than wire, as wire can tend to rip the tissue (maybe because I use dollar store tissue!). I usually buy my tissue at the dollar store! You can make numerous poms out of a $1 pack of tissue. They even work with used/old tissue, just flatten it out a bit. Cutting the ends differently creates different effects. You can even make little ones for garland, napkin rings, whimsical flowers, etc.
A sweet repeat customer of mine contacted me a while back to do a custom design for a baby shower she was hosting. She needed invitations, favor tags, large return/mailing labels, place cards and a banner inspired by a polka dot giraffe onsies & toy (see the diaper cake) in a modern color scheme of gray, orange & yellow. I love how her shower turned out; a great mix of elegant with classic stripes, fun with polka dots and modern in color. The unexpected pairing of gray with the citrus colors turned out great! Alison did a wonderful job with this shower.
Alison--Thanks for being a wonderful customers & sharing your photos and creativity. Carli
Owl parties have been popular for a while now & after a few requests for an owl invite, I came up with a few variations, check them out in my shop. This theme is fun for everything from a first birthday to an older kids night owl sleep over or even a daytime pj party, who doesn't love pjs!
Menu: Night time munchies-popcorn, junk food, chips, etc. (oh how my kids would love this menu, okay me too!!)
Decorations: There are darling owl pillow all over the web (etsy, amazon, etc.). They would be fairly simple to make with some inexpensive felt (you could sew or even hot glue them together). Owl pillows would be a fun craft/favor for older children to make.
How cute are these round felt owls? Here is the tutorial . They call for styrofoam balls which can be surprisingly pricey! I have modified crafts which have called for them before by using shaved down styrofoam squares (cheaper, sometimes you can even find them at the dollar store!), or even a wodded up old shirt or rag (using duct tape to form a ball shape) as well as a cheapo dollar store ball (note you can't use hot glue on these though as they will melt, but you could probably wrap with duct tape a few times to avoid this problem).
COMING SOON: NIGHT OWL/EARLY BIRD PRINTABLE PARTY PACKAGE!
I love the Cute as a Button birthday idea for a little girl's 1st birthday. It is a simple, fun and affordable theme. Check local thrift stores or garage sales & see if you can snag a bag or two of old buttons & you are set!
1. Button Pillow-easy craft to add a personalized touch to the party (courtesy of Charlotte's Fancy)
2. Button Flower pins-Easy to assemble with a little hot glue or gorilla glue (flickr)
3. Cute as a Button Invite by DimplePrints
4. Button Cookies
5. Initial Pillow by Letter Perfect Designs (on Etsy)
6. Button Mums-Very afforable & easy to work with!
7. Button Flowers
8. Button Hair clips-Cute favor idea (courtesy of The Art Zoo)
9. Button Mum arrangement
10. Button Clips (bhg.com)
I love these cute, simple crafts to add to your cuties birthday celebration. Be sure to secure all buttons secrely since they are choking hazards for little ones. Thanks, Carli
Leprechauns visit our house and leave a little green behind (along with a scavenger hunt of goodies). A little creativity & some green food coloring can go along way! Green milk, shamrock peppers, green noodles (just add the colors to the water & boil noodles as normal), green jello, etc. So many ideas. Wish I could do green eggs & ham, love that book, but kids are allergic to eggs (and I don't like them), but a fun idea none the less. Happy St. Patrick's Day
I am not one for over the top plastic shamrock decor. This year I went with natural green themed decor, moss (love the different colors & textures), sticks, etc. (all free thanks to my brothers property!). I would post pics, but our camera is with my husband at work, so no pics of what we did, our camera is awful anyways, new camera coming soon-whoo hooo! (any recommendations?). My kids & I went on a nature hike and gathered moss, sticks & such and built leprechaun house terrariums in large glass jars. I think the leprechaums will be making their appearance in the next few days, kids are hoping to catch one! They even built a ladder out of sticks (okay, i had to build for them it was a bit harder than my overly creative & ambitious 3 & 6 year old could handle!). The leprechaun visits our house, how about yours? It is really fun and considering it is probably the last "believing" year for Abby, I am tring to milk it all I can; 1 more Christmas-please!!!!