Monster First Birthday Party

Monster First Birthday Party

Little (well, I guess not so little anymore!) Gavyn had his first birthday party over the weekend, and it was a blast! I had been planning and preparing for his party for months so it was so fun to see everything all come together! We chose a “little monster” theme for his party and it was SO much fun to plan it all. This was the first party I had planned¬†that didn’t involve the color pink in some way, but I loved it!

I wanted to do a quick post with some pictures, but I will be linking up tutorials as I write them for how to do some of the DIY projects I completed for his party, so make sure you check back for those.

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As you can see, the birthday boy loved his cake most of all! ūüôā Happy Birthday, Gavyn!

Sources:

Birthday Onesie: Etsy

Monster Jellos: DIY

Monster Treat Bags: DIY

Monster High Chair Garland: DIY

Adopt-A-Monster Printables: Etsy

Adopt-A-Monster “Monsters: Amazon

Monster Sippy Cups: DIY

Monster Water Bottle Labels: DIY & Etsy

First Birthday Sign: Etsy (printed at Costco)

Happy Birthday Sign & Monster Cut-Outs: Hobby Lobby

Monster Utensil Holders: DIY

Monster Suckers: Amazon

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Minnie Mouse Centerpiece Decorations

Minnie Mouse Centerpiece Decorations

Well, I promise I have a good excuse for the lack of entries lately. Baby Gavyn made his appearance a couple of weeks early at the end of April, and we have been keeping busy adjusting to not only life with a newborn, but life with two little ones! I am happy to report that he is a happy, healthy, well-fed little boy, and his sister Maddy is really enjoying him!

In other news, Madalyn turned TWO (how did that happen?!) a couple of weeks ago and we celebrated her birthday this past weekend. I decided on a Minnie Mouse themed party because Maddy is a big Mickey Mouse Clubhouse fan! I spent a LOT of time planning and making things for Maddy’s first birthday (see her cake, sign, ruffle lanterns, monthly picture posts here), and I knew that I wouldn’t have that time this time around with a newborn¬†by my side. So, I cut back and did just a few little things. The DIY project that I’m going to share here was so fun to do (and easy!).

Minnie Mouse Centerpiece

Items Needed:

1) Styrofoam. I made three centerpieces so I had the supplies for three. I used a 6-inch circle for the head and two 3-inch circles for the ears. I also bought a block of Styrofoam to put into the stand to hold the wooden dowel for the head.

2) Black spray paint and black acrylic paint. I used spray paint for the foam BUT it has to be spray paint that is made for craft foam. Regular spray paint melts Styrofoam. This is the paint that I found (at Michaels) and it worked really well. The acrylic paint is used to paint the wooden dowels black.

3) Wooden Dowels. I used 1/8 inch dowels to attach the ears and 1/4 inch dowels to hold the head up. You can cut down the dowels to be the sizes that you need.

4) Some sort of stand and filler. I used little planters I found on sale at Michaels that were perfect for this project. I then filled the pots with pink paper shred, also purchased at Michaels.

5) Ribbon. I used wire edged ribbon because it was easier to shape a bow.

6) Glue gun.

Directions:

1) Spray paint or paint the Styrofoam circles. I used extra wood from the wooden dowels to hold the ball out so I could spray all around it without having to touch it in the process. Allow to thoroughly dry. I let mine dry for 24 hours.

2) Attach the 1/4 wooden dowel to the larger circle and attach to the foam in the vase/pot you choose to display these in.

3) Attach the 1/8 inch dowels to the smaller circles and attach as ears to the head.

4) Paint the wooden dowels black.

5) Make the bow using the ribbon you have. Rather than recreate all the steps for you, see the tutorial I found here. Her directions are simple and easy to follow. When you have your bow made, use your hot glue gun to attach the bow to the head.

5) Fill your vase with whatever filler you have to hide the Styrofoam base. And you’re done!

These were so fun to make, and added just something a little special to the basic decorations!

Some other fun birthday highlights…

Birthday cake was from WalMart! For the price, I was really pleased and it tasted great!

We ordered these from the mom of a friend who makes these cookies as a hobby. We loved them!

I couldn’t get a clear picture of the birthday girl as she was running around all day! ūüôā But, her shirt is from Etsy and her skirt was from Nordstorm Rack. I love how her shirt turned out!

We had a blast at her party and while I can’t believe our little baby girl is two years old already, we are so, so, so blessed to have Madalyn Joy in our lives!

xo,

Abby

Turning One: DIY Pink Ruffle Lanterns

Turning One: DIY Pink Ruffle Lanterns

I have been saving the best post on Maddy’s 1st Birthday Party for last! This idea was inspired by something¬†I saw on Pinterest (surprise, surprise!). (Click here to see the post my inspiration came from.)

We hung these up at Madalyn’s party, but the¬†best part about creating these¬†ruffle lanterns¬†is that I now have them hanging up in Maddy’s room as a permanent decoration! These lanterns turned out really well, but I will warn you that they are time-consuming. I made three of them and they seemed like they would be the project that would NEVER end…however, look at how cute they are! They were worth the time and, in my humble opinion, look better than the ones you can buy at the store.

Want to give these a try? Here’s what you need to know:

Materials

  • Paper Lanterns (I used 9.5 inch lanterns that I purchased from Party City. You could do the same size, or go bigger or smaller depending on what space you are trying to fill. You could also do a¬†mix of different sizes. The 9.5 inch lanterns came in a three-pack for around $6 or $7.)
  • 3.5 yards of fabric for each lantern (Again,¬†you might need¬†more or less fabric depending on what size lantern you start with.) Choose a fabric that is lightweight. You don’t need¬†expensive fabric¬†for this. The fabric I used was $2.99/yard from JoAnn’s.
  • Scissors (Simple Tip: Use scissors that are comfortable. You are going to spend a LOT of time cutting out circles.)
  • Ribbon (for hanging the lanterns)
  • Glue Gun

Instructions

  • Begin with¬†finding a circle that you can use to trace onto your fabric. I used a cardboard circle that was 4″. I lucked out that¬†our Crate and Barrel coasters were exactly the size I needed, so I was able to trace that onto some cardboard. You can use your computer to find a circle that is the size you need, as well. Using a 4″ circle, I was able to get about 350 circles out of each fabric color. (Told you that there would be a lot of circles to cut!) Simple Tip: If you go with a smaller size lantern, you will want to use a smaller size circle, like 3″ or less.
  • Trace¬†circles onto your fabric. Make sure you alternate your rows of circles in order to get the most of out of your fabric. I used a pencil for tracing which was light on the darkest pink fabric, but worked really well on the lighter fabrics.

  • Cut out all of the circles you traced. This is the most time-consuming part of the project. Find something fun to watch on T.V. and it will help pass the time! When you are done, you will have a nice stack of circles like below:

  • Once you have all your circles cut, you can begin to start gluing the fabric to your lantern. Simple Tip: Before you start gluing, figure out how many sections of your lantern you have. Mine had 8 sections. I put about 43 or so circles in each section of the lantern. You can just wing it and place circles wherever you think you need them, but I am¬†an accountant and liked the logic behind having the same amount in each part of the lantern so that it was evenly full-looking.¬†I divided up all of the circles into 8 piles on the floor in front of me.

  • First, fold the circle in half and put a bit of hot glue in the middle.

  • Second, fold the circle in half to seal the glue you just placed on the fabric. You will have a flower-looking type shape when it’s sealed together.

  • Put more glue on the bottom of the folded circle and attach the circle to your lantern.

  • Continue this process with each circle until your lantern is filled. Make sure you switch the directions you put each circle so that the lantern looks flowery and full and so¬†that no white spots are showing through.

  • Simple Tip: I found it easier to glue the fabric circles closed first and then glue them all to the lantern at once. I am process-oriented and this worked better for me. So I had a big pile of glued circles to put directly onto the lantern:

Look at how full and delicate-looking these turned out!

  • Your final step is to hang them up! We purchased little white¬†hooks to put in the ceiling from Ace Hardware (super cheap!). I used a roll of dark pink ribbon from JoAnn’s (around $2.00) to hang all three of them.

I truly love how these turned out! We hung them in a corner near Maddy’s crib so every time we put her down in her crib she points up at them. I’m glad she is enjoying¬†her whimsical d√©cor¬†too!

Sooooo, this project is done! However, once we hung these up I started thinking Maddy’s room could use a few new touches to it and I can’t wait to share those with you soon ūüôā

xo,

Abby

 

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Turning One: Growing Month-By-Month

Turning One: Growing Month-by-Month

Turning One: Growing Month-by-Month

Everyone tells you that the first year of having a baby goes by quickly. Now having lived through that first year, I can attest to that being more than true! It flew by. Every minute of it! I had the idea to take a picture of¬†Madalyn each month on her “month birthday”¬†so Bryan and I could look back and see how fast she grew, and I am so glad that I did!¬†I also used chalkboard in the pictures¬†that would have the month written on it. This idea had two purposes: (1) It showed how old she was at the time the picture was taken (the obvious reason for using the chalkboard!) and (2) It was an object that didn’t change size, so it was something we could use as a comparison as she grew!

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(LOVE her!)

For¬†Madalyn’s first birthday party I wanted to take the chance to showcase¬†some of these monthly¬†pictures, so I decided that I would frame one from each month of Maddy’s first year. This was SUCH a simple decoration to add to her pink party, and it was fun for everyone to see how much she grew in just one, short year!

I found matching black¬†picture frames at the¬†Dollar Tree¬†and spray painted them pink using Krylon’s “Mambo Pink.” You could easily use mis-matched frames too, which would also be super cute. To display them at the party, we just made sure to choose a wall that would be visible for everyone.

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It’s been so fun to watch our little princess grow from baby to toddler! I can only imagine how much more quickly the next year will go by! ūüôā

(Note: The 12th month picture is a photo from Maddy’s one year photo-shoot. We had not taken her 12 month pictures yet ourselves, as her party was before her actual first birthday. We had her one-year photos done¬†by Lindsay of¬†CARRstudios and LOVED¬†all of them!¬†If you are in the area and looking for a wonderful family photographer, check Lindsay out! www.carrphotostudios.com)

xo,

Abby

 

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Turning One: DIY Tissue Number “1” Sign

Turning One: DIY Tissue Number “1” Sign

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When searching for ideas on how to decorate for Maddy’s pink first birthday party, I found this blog entry on Pinterest that had a tutorial for how to make a tissue number birthday sign. (You can find the blog where I saw this idea¬†here). I thought this would be the perfect, easy-to-do decoration for her party!

This is both a simple, and cost-effective decoration idea, and could be used in any color theme or any age! The options are endless with this one!

What You Need:

  • a blank artist’s canvas
  • fabric
  • tissue paper
  • hot glue
  • scissors

What To Do:

1) Decide on a canvas size to use. I used an 11×14 canvas as I happened to have one sitting in the closet unused.

2) Cover the canvas with fabric. I just hot glued the fabric to the canvas, and it held just fine. It looked neat and tidy, too, without having to do a lot of adjusting. Easy, easy! (As a side note, I purchased¬†fabric from JoAnn’s and it was only $2.99 a yard. I used less than a yard to cover the canvas.)

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3) ¬†To make the tissue paper look “flower-ey”,¬†you will cut¬†individual little flower-liked shapes out of the tissue paper. These are then grouped together to form the number for your sign.¬†To begin,¬†cut approximately 5″ squares out of tissue paper.

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You will end up with a stack of squares. You can cut as through as many squares at a time as your scissors will allow!

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Fold the squares in half, as shown below.

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Continue to fold the squares until they resemble an ice cream cone (see below)!

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Cut through this cone-shape to create the round edges of the petal. (Note: The rounder you make this cut, the more distinct your flower petals will be.)

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Unfold the cut pieces and you should have something that resembles a flower!

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4) Trace, with a pencil, the number you want to make on your canvas. I started with just a single line and then boxed around it to make a fuller number “1”.

5) Take an individual flower from your pile of¬†tissue paper flowers¬†and ‘cinch’ up the bottom so you are able to hot glue it to the canvas.

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6) Begin gluing the flowers to the canvas, in the shape of the number you are creating. The closer you make the flowers, the fuller¬†your number will look. Just make sure that the fabric isn’t showing through the tissue paper.

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That’s it! Just keep gluing down the tissue paper flowers until the number is complete!

I think from start to finish this project took me a little less than an hour! It was inexpensive and easy and I really liked how it turned out — it added the perfect touch to a blank wall!

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Cute!

xo,

Abby

 

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Turning One: Pink Candy Buffet

Turning One: Pink Candy Buffet

Bryan and I had a candy buffet at our wedding and it was a great success! I wanted to have some other sweet treats at Madalyn’s birthday party to go along with her yummy cupcakes and thought that candy would be perfect!¬† I already had the jars from our wedding to use, which made the candy buffet a no-brainer!

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The hardest part of this idea, was coming up with PINK candy. As I began my search, I was beginning to wish that we had chosen red as the theme — there are so many red candy options! But, between Google and checking a bunch of stores, this is what we came up with:

  • Cotton Candy Jelly Bellies: Purchased in bulk at Woodman’s
  • Pomegranate Cosmo Jelly Bellies: Purchased in bulk at Woodman’s
  • Whoppers: Strawberry Milkshake: Purchased at Woodman’s
  • Starburst: Fave Reds (I removed all the red ones and used the three remaining colors!): Purchased at Woodman’s
  • Strawberry Frooties: Purchased at Woodman’s
  • Pink Bubblegum: Purchased at Party City
  • Sixlets: (These were pearlized pink in color!) Purchased at JoAnn’s

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Because some of these candies weren’t the “normal” types you might see, I thought that labels would be a fun idea. That way, there would be no surprises! To make labels, I used scrapbook paper that I already had, cut it into rectangles that would fit the names of the candy, punched a hole in each end, and finally used¬†a ribbon to attach it around the jar. They turned out better than I thought they would as this was one of the last-minute decorations I decided to try!

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Candy buffets are really popular right now, and I can totally see why as they add some fun to the dessert table! I am definitely not disappointed that we have some candy left over ūüôā

xo,

Abby

 

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Turning One: Birthday Cake!

Turning One: Birthday Cake!

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Madalyn Joy is officially ONE year old! It’s truly unbelievable how quickly a year can pass. I love her so, so much and can not imagine our family without her in it!

When I began to plan Madalyn’s birthday party back in January (yes, seriously, I started planning when she was six months old…can’t be too prepared!), I could not figure out what kind of theme to¬†use.¬†Maddy is only one, and while there are certain things she likes, she’s still really pretty flexible still at this age. The fun thing about that, is that the theme could really be anything!

Ever since I found out we were going to have a baby girl, I was ecstatic! Don’t get me wrong, I would have been just as happy had we had a boy, but growing up with only two sisters made me excited that our first baby was going to be a girl! She could play with my Barbies and dolls and best of all, she could love the color pink just like her mama. And that is what I decided to do for a theme…pink! I officially called the theme, “Pretty in Pink.”

I had a LOT of ideas once I picked the theme! I used Pinterest and my own creativity, to come up with decorations and everything else for the party!

I thought the best place to start the blogging about Maddy’s 1st birthday party, would be the highlight of a 1st birthday party…the cake! I wanted Madalyn to have her own smash cake, and decided to do cupcakes for the rest of the guests. I was able to incorporate the pink theme into the cupcakes and cake, which were delicious! We ordered everything from Miss Kari’s Bakery (www.karisbakery.com).

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Look at the excitement in the birthday girl’s eyes!

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Yum, frosting!

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The cake smash was a success! Maddy enjoyed her cake, and everyone else enjoyed their cupcakes!

More posts to come¬†on this little girl’s very first birthday party!

xo,

Abby

 

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