Monday, April 2, 2012

Balloon Party For Elle Belle

So after last year's somewhat involved birthday parties, I had declared that this year we would be doing simple parties for the girls. Parties involving kitty cat plates and such from Wal-mart. Then Elle requested a balloon party. Great! Easy peasy. I would buy a bunch of helium balloons and call it good. My mistake was casually typing "balloon party" into the search bar on Pinterest. : )

So many CUTE ideas. I was hooked and with Elle helping me design the event, here is what we ended up with:

Cannot say enough good things about the woman who designed these invitations! For less than it would cost me to buy generic ones at Target, she worked with me, making changes several times. She even included the envelopes. Her FB site is here:

The striped party hats and cute party banner on the front of the table are from Target.

The rainbow jello instructions are on Pinterest. Very, very cute, but VERY time consuming. If you don't mind spending hours keeping track of 20 minute increments of time to pour the next layer, then go for it. : ) I personally won't be making it again. Ever.

The hot air balloon was on Pinterest, but no instructions were given. Just the cute little picture. How hard could it be, right? Hmmm. Let's just say those three little balloons took me more time than any other project for the party. Other than the jello. : ) If you're going to make them, be sure you have a bigger helium balloon and that it is fresh (is that the right description?). The more deflated the balloon gets, the less it is able to hold up even the skinny little strings I used. As for using cute ribbon, no way. The balloon couldn't handle the weight.

The recipe for flavored water is on Pinterest. As are plenty of rainbow colored food ideas.

The cupcakes were simple. Boxed cake mix, lightly frosted with canned frosting. Then, dipped in sprinkles. It took 3 bottles of sprinkles for 36 cupcakes. The plastic balloons were ordered online. My girls loved those plastic balloons. Just don't make the mistake I did and think you're ordering 12 of them, but instead receive 12 BAGS of them with 9 bunches in each bag. We will be decorating all of our food with plastic balloons for the next year.

My wonderful hubby made the giant balloon swag. It really was a show stopper. Here are the instructions:  But don't let the blog instructions fool you. This is another time consuming project. Awesome when it's finished, but I firmly believe that when you start a project, you should know what it will take to finish it. It took Jason 2 hours to make it. He did use an air mattress pump to blow up the balloons, which helped. But, you still have to tie all those balloons and when it came to the sewing part, if the needle so much as grazed a balloon by accident, Pop! So, make sure you have more of each color than you think you need.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentines Tree

I love mixing patterns and textures! I wanted to do some more Valentine's decorating using things I already had around the house. I had some cute red and white polka dot tissue paper to start with. And I decided to use some newspaper to mix with it. I traced small hearts on each kind of paper and cut them out. I poked a hole towards the top with a pencil and my daughter Emma hung them on tree branches for me. I kind of wish I had cut more newspaper hearts, but I'm not about to "correct" Emma's work. I love how it turned out!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Valentine's Day Wreath

I wanted to make a quick, cheap Valentine's wreath for the front door. I already had coffee filters and had been wanting to make a filter wreath, so I combined that with another Pinterest idea and was pretty happy with the result!

I used this tutorial:

Unfortunately, I didn't have enough coffee filters and my wreath wasn't nearly as full as I had intended it to be.

From the street, it looks fine though! Also if you cross your eyes when looking at it up close, it looks much more full. ; )

The best part was, I didn't even have to glitter my heart. Hobby Lobby had them for $1!

I was forced to glue polka dot tissue paper around the sides since I ran out of coffee filters, but I thought it turned out pretty cute.

The polka dot flower was just rolled up scrapbook paper. There are tutorials for those flowers everywhere.

I hope this gives you some inspiration for your own Valentine's wreath!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Bathroom Situation

Another thing you never think about when you are young and clueless is the bathroom situation. On any given day, one or more of your bathrooms may look and smell like a truck stop. And YOU have to clean them. And you aren't even making minimum wage. Think it's easier to clean that crud just because you love them? Think again. And just because you have girls doesn't make you exempt when the oldest is deathly afraid of the loud flushing sound (so she doesn't flush) and the younger one isn't always "ahem" careful about her aim & etc. (I'll let your imagination fill in the blanks) I always enter the bathrooms in my house with fear and trembling.