Sunday, April 25, 2010

Birthday Party Ideas- It’s all about the Details

My son just turned 1 and we had a little party to celebrate.  I didn’t have a lot of time to plan or money to spend so I tried to focus on the details to make an impression.
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Invitations were super easy and affordable!  I designed them on photoshop then saved it as a .jpeg and uploaded it to shutterfly as a photo.  They come super fast on photo paper and are very affordable- just like printing a 5x7 photo!  Then, I mounted each of them on blue cardstock (so imagine the black line above is blue). 
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I found these letters at a store in McKinney but I’ve seen them other places.  They come in a box full of the whole alphabet and I tied them one a piece of matching ribbon.
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Food!  For the food, I made cake balls and placed them on the end of skewers.  I filled the vases with sugar and candy to place the cake balls.  I used cardstock to wrap around the vases and used a monkey stamp to decorate the front.  It was super fast and easy but helped tie the theme together.  Let me re-phrase.  The vases were super fast and easy, the cake balls were not.  They need their own post… but not on a design blog… maybe a cooking blog.  Until I get that started head over to Bakerella and see the ones she makes.  Then you may never visit here again. 
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This was super easy.  I created a label on photoshop and printed it on to sticky paper and wrapped each bottle.  It really didn’t take long but was a nice detail. 
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More cardstock and monkey stamps.  I used the vases to hold the snack food and a scoop to get the food out.
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This was one of my favorite parts.  I designed flags on photoshop, printed them on sticky paper, then folded them around toothpicks.  I cut them out as rectangles then cut the angles off the ends after they had been wrapped around the toothpicks.  It actually didn’t take as long as I thought it would!
Oh, I saved time by forcing delegating cupcake making to my sister.  I recommend you try that for every party.  You have to use your own sister though.
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Photos are an easy (cheap) decoration but can have a big impact.  These photos are displayed on a photo holder by Umbra.  I like it because it holds a ton of photos (and because its a great centerpiece at home too!).
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Since the food was nice but not amazing- I thought I would jazz it up with some fun drinks.  Then, around every drink I put a tag that is similar in design to everything else.  I mean- fancy drinks = fancy party.  Right? 
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Chocolate dipped pretzels are another easy party snack with a big visual impact.  These were supported by candy and when the pretzels were gone the candy didn’t last long either. 
I hope I inspired you with a few ideas and if you have any questions about specifics just leave them in the comments or send me an email!

This week I’m linking up with:
Show and Share Day
Show Us What Your Working With Wednesday
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Show And Tell at Blue Cricket Design
Works For Me Wedndesday
Make It Yours Day
Get Your Craft On
DIY Project Parade
A Soft Place to Land
Made By You Mondays
It's So Very Creative
Motivate Me Monday
Made It Monday
Something I Whipped Up Monday
Craft School Sunday
Stop by and check out all the crafty things everyone else is doing!

12 comments: said...

What an adorable birthday party for a one year old!!! I love it! Come by and see my idea for making custom birthday plates!

So nice to meet you and find your blog.
Rachymommy -

Cap Creations said...

Looks like a great party! Love the details!

Alyssa Barnett said...

Wow! I love ALL of your creative and you really put some amazing thought into this party.
What a lucky little one!

Great job!


Kaysi said...

Wow you did a great job!!! Looks like a lot of fun!

honeysuckle said...

You did a great job! Everything is so cute and coordinated. It looks like it was a great party too!

Allison Shops said...

What a cute party. Love the monkey tags. Dropping by from BNOTP, #7. Allison

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

cute as can be! just perfect! I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same!

Petie said...

Adorable decorations! They look like they were FUN to make too. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to exploring your blog some more.

Jamee said...

WOW!! looks like quite a bash and everything looks great- i better get on the ball and start planning my kids bday party.
Please visit me sometime at said...

Wow, what a party! thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday! So nice to "meet" a new face and hope you'll come again!

Connie said...

Yes it was a great party! You did awesome and Jules especially loved the skittles after the pretzels were gone!

Wanda said...

Love all the creative ideas you shared.

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