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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Throw an Aqua & Orange Summer Birthday Party!

22 Jul
Hi, my name is Mae from Mae Armstrong & Co., I 
was inspired by all the handmade parties I’ve seen online and wanted to
give myself a similar challenge. 
 I’d love to share my Aqua and Orange Birthday Party. 
Planning for this party began five
months in advance. I wanted it to be super special for my twin boys and
husband. All three of them share the same birthday. How amazing is that?!

The
trick of course was finding the time to finish all the different
elements I wanted.
Between all of my normal mommy duties, household
chores, errands and freelance gigs, I was able to sneak some time to
research, learn a few DIY birthday projects, design and create my very
own handmade birthday party.

The aqua and blue circus theme was
inspired by a paper carousel from Meri Meri given to my boys
. I loved
the elephant especially, so that became the centerpiece of my design.
After
creating the party invitation, everything began to fall into place.
I
sewed a simple elephant themed fabric pennant and a crochet banner.
 
I
repurposed my old baby food jars into these pretty little containers for
Jelly Beans
.

I whipped up some homemade caramel popcorn as another
party favor, we added a jar full of animal crackers and goldfish to our
dessert table.

I made birthday shirts, pj’s and bibs for the boys.

I
also created three giant smash cakes. The party hats were handmade too!

As
an added touch – my husband hired his co-worker to play ‘Happy
Birthday’ and some other songs on his bagpipes.

It was an ode to the
boys half-Scottish heritage and filled the neighborhood with some pretty
cool tunes.


Happy 1st Birthday to the sweetest little boys in
the whole world and my loving husband.
Thank you for putting up with me
when I am in my crazy creative moods. I love you and am looking forward
for many more years of celebration.

Huge Thanks to the following vendors.
Sweet Zugar Cakes for providing the main birthday cake
email: sweetzugarcakes@hotmail.com
Katie Cakes for helping me frost and decorate their giant smash cupcakes
Thanks for sharing your special Aqua and Orange birthday party, Mae.
You put so much time and details into this celebration!
Be sure to check out Mae’s blog for more amazing ideas!!
Be sure to tune in to Mae’s site for fantastic parties and creative ideas!! 
Have a Great Day!

xoxo

PSIt’s Friday — my favorite day of the week!! Why?? It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party. Come show of your ideas!! The party starts tonight at 6 pm MST. 
I can’t wait to see what you have been working on.

  

Great Ideas — Parties {1}!!

17 Jul
 Make a Birthday Ruffle Wreath @ Fireside Studio
 Start a new tradition with a Birthday Hat @ Kiki Creates
And what little girl wouldn’t want a Vintage Barbie Party? So cute. @ The Matthews Family Happenings
Bake up some Party Cupcakes and DIY Flags @ Ellementary Home

Turn wood blocks into a Happy Birthday centerpiece @ The Happy Scraps
Throw an Ice Cream Social Party @ It’s Always a Party at the Parkers
Or a Patriotic Pool Party @ Hi Sugarplum!
 Host a Cupcake Tasting Event @ Landee See, Ladee Do
 Throw an Ice Cream Party @ The Creative Momma
Celebrate with a Pirate Party @ Everyday is a Celebration
Or a Pirate Cake @ East Coast Mommy
Make a Cowboy Boot Centerpiece @ La Dee Da Creations
Organize a Monopoly Party @ The Heartfelt Home
Throw a Beachy-Theme Bridal Shower @ Leslie’s Life
How sweet is this Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday Cake? @ Momma D and Da Boyz
 Throw your explorer a Safari Birthday Party @ Creative Juice
And this adorable Safari Party @ Sweet Rose Studio
Throw a Lemonade Party @ The Layered House
Your kids will love a Magic Party @ The Gunny Sack
Upcycle some tin cans into handy Silverware Containers @ Crissy’s Crafts
 Check out these Little Hoot Owl {free before Monday} Printables @ Kiki Creates
 Print out this Free Birthday Party Printable @ No Biggie

There were so many FUN party ideas linked up this week — I just had to do a feature! 

 Come check out even more party ideas, PLUS decorating, recipes, DIY, refashions, sewing projects and so much more!!!
 
 and —
 

Link up YOUR ideas and you can win SIX clothing patterns from

 
Lily Bird Studios — specializing in adorable children’s sewing patterns {sizes 0-8T}!!



 Have a Wonderful Day!!! 
xoxo

Great Ideas — Parties {1}!!

17 Jul
 Make a Birthday Ruffle Wreath @ Fireside Studio
 Start a new tradition with a Birthday Hat @ Kiki Creates
And what little girl wouldn’t want a Vintage Barbie Party? So cute. @ The Matthews Family Happenings
Bake up some Party Cupcakes and DIY Flags @ Ellementary Home

Turn wood blocks into a Happy Birthday centerpiece @ The Happy Scraps
Throw an Ice Cream Social Party @ It’s Always a Party at the Parkers
Or a Patriotic Pool Party @ Hi Sugarplum!
 Host a Cupcake Tasting Event @ Landee See, Ladee Do
 Throw an Ice Cream Party @ The Creative Momma
Celebrate with a Pirate Party @ Everyday is a Celebration
Or a Pirate Cake @ East Coast Mommy
Make a Cowboy Boot Centerpiece @ La Dee Da Creations
Organize a Monopoly Party @ The Heartfelt Home
Throw a Beachy-Theme Bridal Shower @ Leslie’s Life
How sweet is this Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday Cake? @ Momma D and Da Boyz
 Throw your explorer a Safari Birthday Party @ Creative Juice
And this adorable Safari Party @ Sweet Rose Studio
Throw a Lemonade Party @ The Layered House
Your kids will love a Magic Party @ The Gunny Sack
Upcycle some tin cans into handy Silverware Containers @ Crissy’s Crafts
 Check out these Little Hoot Owl {free before Monday} Printables @ Kiki Creates
 Print out this Free Birthday Party Printable @ No Biggie

There were so many FUN party ideas linked up this week — I just had to do a feature! 

 Come check out even more party ideas, PLUS decorating, recipes, DIY, refashions, sewing projects and so much more!!!
 
 and —
 

Link up YOUR ideas and you can win SIX clothing patterns from

 
Lily Bird Studios — specializing in adorable children’s sewing patterns {sizes 0-8T}!!



 Have a Wonderful Day!!! 
xoxo

The Candy Party: Part 2 — Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Goodie Bags

10 May
 To decorate the front of the house and each side of the Candy Buffet, 
we made these Giant Lollipops. 
I saw the idea on Tip Junkie
They are super easy to create and make such a statement!!
 Another decoration we created was Embellished Lanterns. I bought some plain lanterns at Pier 1 a couple weeks ago with the idea of embellishing them for my backyard for evening BBQ’s. Then I realized they would be so fun to hang from my ceiling as a birthday decoration too!
This is also a fast decorating idea. 

All I did was get different kinds of ribbon, lace and fabric flowers. Then I hot glued them on the lanterns. I added some sparkly jewels to the flowers too.
I also made a couple of Pennant Lanterns for fun.
I had seen a fabulous pennant lantern on Pinterest and wanted to see if I could do something similar. I used some Washi Tape on the large lantern to attach the fabric pennants. 
And on the smaller lantern, I used ribbon and made the pennants out of the Washi Tape. All I did was cut out little triangles with the tape and then hot glued the ribbon on and then stuck the tape pennants right under the ribbon. Kind of fun! 
Hannah is a very creative girl and she wanted to make something with her friends as a party activity.
We decided to make some Personalized Necklaces.
I found some metal round jewelry disks on clearance at my craft store for 90% off. I bought those and some brightly colored beads.
Then the girls cut out some scrapbook paper to fit in the metal round disks and I mod podged those onto the disks, covering the front of the paper too. While we let those dry, the girls strung up their beads and gorged on candy from the Candy Buffet.
After the mod podge had dried, they picked out their initial from some scrapbook letters, we attached them to the disks and then filled in the surface with Plaid’s Dimensional Magic. This is a great product to use instead of epoxy or resin which can take a long time to dry and is tricky to mix. Plus, the Dimesional Magic dries much quicker.
We let those dry. And Embellished some little mini lunch boxes that I also found on clearance. I matched the beads to the colors in the lunch boxes so each girl’s beads would match their lunch box. When the party was over we let the girls take the candy home from the Candy Buffet in their lunch boxes.
It was so fun to see her huge smile!! 

xoxo

The Candy Party: Part 2 — Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Goodie Bags

10 May
 To decorate the front of the house and each side of the Candy Buffet, 
we made these Giant Lollipops. 
I saw the idea on Tip Junkie
They are super easy to create and make such a statement!!
 Another decoration we created was Embellished Lanterns. I bought some plain lanterns at Pier 1 a couple weeks ago with the idea of embellishing them for my backyard for evening BBQ’s. Then I realized they would be so fun to hang from my ceiling as a birthday decoration too!
This is also a fast decorating idea. 

All I did was get different kinds of ribbon, lace and fabric flowers. Then I hot glued them on the lanterns. I added some sparkly jewels to the flowers too.
I also made a couple of Pennant Lanterns for fun.
I had seen a fabulous pennant lantern on Pinterest and wanted to see if I could do something similar. I used some Washi Tape on the large lantern to attach the fabric pennants. 
And on the smaller lantern, I used ribbon and made the pennants out of the Washi Tape. All I did was cut out little triangles with the tape and then hot glued the ribbon on and then stuck the tape pennants right under the ribbon. Kind of fun! 
Hannah is a very creative girl and she wanted to make something with her friends as a party activity.
We decided to make some Personalized Necklaces.
I found some metal round jewelry disks on clearance at my craft store for 90% off. I bought those and some brightly colored beads.
Then the girls cut out some scrapbook paper to fit in the metal round disks and I mod podged those onto the disks, covering the front of the paper too. While we let those dry, the girls strung up their beads and gorged on candy from the Candy Buffet.
After the mod podge had dried, they picked out their initial from some scrapbook letters, we attached them to the disks and then filled in the surface with Plaid’s Dimensional Magic. This is a great product to use instead of epoxy or resin which can take a long time to dry and is tricky to mix. Plus, the Dimesional Magic dries much quicker.
We let those dry. And Embellished some little mini lunch boxes that I also found on clearance. I matched the beads to the colors in the lunch boxes so each girl’s beads would match their lunch box. When the party was over we let the girls take the candy home from the Candy Buffet in their lunch boxes.
It was so fun to see her huge smile!! 

xoxo

Candy Party: Part 1 — The Cupcake Tower, Candy Bar and Invitations

10 May
It was Hannah’s 12th birthday last week and she really wanted to have a “Candy Party” with a couple of her good friends.
Her favorite color is yellow, so we decided to go with a yellow and turquoise color scheme. 
So bright and happy!!
And what better way to anchor a “Sweet Candy Bar” than a pretty cupcake tower??
There are so many different ways to make a cupcake tower. But Canvas Corp makes a really fun Cupcake Tree cardboard kit that comes all ready to assemble. All you need to do is decorate the tower with whatever embellishments you want!
We used different scrapbook papers and fabrics to decorate ours. And I thought it would be fun to make a little mini-pennant that went around the bottom layer and matched a pennant that I would make to go over the top of the candy bar.

I cut out the pennant shapes with a banner die cut from LifeStyle Crafts.
It was the perfect size! And then I made the banner that went over the top of the candy bar with the same die cut set, only using the largest size die.
Basically, I took the round cardboard tops and traced their shapes on some pretty paper.
 The bottom later is bigger than a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper, so I traced the shape on fabric and cut that out for the bottom layer.
I also used fabric to wrap around the cardboard supports in between each layer. I found that fabric was much easy to maneuver into those spaces. I attached the paper and fabric to the cardboard with my handy dandy glue gun.
To cover up the edges of the exposed cardboard I used ribbon to attach the pennants with my glue gun. Then the first and second tier I used different Washi Tapes and they worked great covering up those exposed edges. I also lined the bottom of the supports with Washi Tape to cover up the seams.

{my favorite place to buy Washi Tape is etsy, I have bought a bunch through this seller. }

We made party invitations with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress, using the Splendor Printing Plates. And then we poked a lollipop through the middle of the invitation. {we printed off a sheet with information about the party on the back of the invitation and taped it to the back, covering up the lollipop stick}.
And then we made Candy Bar labels using the Letterpress and the Bubbly Printing Plates.
The Candy Bar was a success with this bunch of candy-crazed 12 year olds!
Coming up next — Candy Party: Part 2 —  Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Party Favors.
xoxo

 
PS — Check out the SNAP Conference giveaway. Win a pass to something that is going to be absolutely amazing!!

Candy Party: Part 1 — The Cupcake Tower, Candy Bar and Invitations

10 May
It was Hannah’s 12th birthday last week and she really wanted to have a “Candy Party” with a couple of her good friends.
Her favorite color is yellow, so we decided to go with a yellow and turquoise color scheme. 
So bright and happy!!
And what better way to anchor a “Sweet Candy Bar” than a pretty cupcake tower??
There are so many different ways to make a cupcake tower. But Canvas Corp makes a really fun Cupcake Tree cardboard kit that comes all ready to assemble. All you need to do is decorate the tower with whatever embellishments you want!
We used different scrapbook papers and fabrics to decorate ours. And I thought it would be fun to make a little mini-pennant that went around the bottom layer and matched a pennant that I would make to go over the top of the candy bar.

I cut out the pennant shapes with a banner die cut from LifeStyle Crafts.
It was the perfect size! And then I made the banner that went over the top of the candy bar with the same die cut set, only using the largest size die.
Basically, I took the round cardboard tops and traced their shapes on some pretty paper.
 The bottom later is bigger than a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper, so I traced the shape on fabric and cut that out for the bottom layer.
I also used fabric to wrap around the cardboard supports in between each layer. I found that fabric was much easy to maneuver into those spaces. I attached the paper and fabric to the cardboard with my handy dandy glue gun.
To cover up the edges of the exposed cardboard I used ribbon to attach the pennants with my glue gun. Then the first and second tier I used different Washi Tapes and they worked great covering up those exposed edges. I also lined the bottom of the supports with Washi Tape to cover up the seams.

{my favorite place to buy Washi Tape is etsy, I have bought a bunch through this seller. }

We made party invitations with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress, using the Splendor Printing Plates. And then we poked a lollipop through the middle of the invitation. {we printed off a sheet with information about the party on the back of the invitation and taped it to the back, covering up the lollipop stick}.
And then we made Candy Bar labels using the Letterpress and the Bubbly Printing Plates.
The Candy Bar was a success with this bunch of candy-crazed 12 year olds!
Coming up next — Candy Party: Part 2 —  Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Party Favors.
xoxo

 
PS — Check out the SNAP Conference giveaway. Win a pass to something that is going to be absolutely amazing!!