Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Create: Button Topiary Tree

Here's the first of a couple of posts detailing some of the makes from my daughter's recent Lalaloopsy party. 

I love to make topiary trees as centrepieces at my kids parties. I have been able to reuse them over and over, simply by repainting the pots and adding different things to the foam ball.

These latest topiaries started off like this, from my youngest's winter 'one'derland party last year...

I then removed the 'snowballs', ribbon loops and beaded garland and repainted the pots and dowels...

I then covered the foam ball in yellow ribbon...

...and added tissue paper and pom poms to the pot to cover the florists foam, and a fun ribbon and button bow to the dowel.

Then it was time to get busy with the buttons...

...hot glueing them in a random pattern, filling in the gaps with smaller buttons...

I kept going until the ball was completely covered...

To finish off the pink pot I added my daughter's name and age in stickers...

A fun, colourful way to celebrate this happy theme!

Back soon with details on the party bags.


Monday, 27 October 2014

Celebrate ~ Lalaloopsy Makeover Party

I'm a bit behind with posts apologies. My daughter's 6th Birthday was held in August and was a very sweet party. Just a few friends and cousins at the local makeover boutique. We went for a lalaloopsy theme as it is one of my daughter's favourite things to play with and it has such a fun, colourful look! The colours I picked were Yellow, Pink and Orange with a touch of black.

For those who are not familiar with the theme, these little dolls are made from scraps of fabric, with cute button eyes and all the accessories are sewing themed - think cotton reels, stitching, fabric scraps, buttons etc.

I re-used the wooden 'C' from previous parties, which I wrapped in yellow lace and pink organza ribbon. A few colourful buttons finished it off.

I filled a pretty pink frame with yellow card and hot-glued buttons in the shape of a '6' to the front and finished off with a yellow organza bow.

I bought a fun orange pettiskirt, pink polka dot braces and a lalaloopsy iron on transfer which I attached to a plain white tee. I embellished it with orange polka dot ribbon on the sleeves, some mini pom poms on the neck and felt letter stickers. To finish off the look my daughter wore black and white long stripy socks, with hot pink canvas shoes adorned with orange laces and a few buttons.

The venue has a sweet area to set up the food, complete with picket fences, flowers and butterflies - perfect for this theme! 

My daughter's lalaloopsy doll received a cute new dress made out of a fabric scrap, ribbon and pom poms. A yellow flower sat in her hair.

I re-used the topiary tree from previous parties. I simply repainted the pot and stem, removed the ribbon loops and hot-glued on ribbon and buttons.

Paper plates with stickers on were made to resemble oversize buttons.

Juice bottles were covered in pink leopard print duct tape and finished off with a button sticker.

Fun napkins and stripy straws were displayed in yellow holders.

Along with sandwiches and healthy snacks, sweet treats were available.

I covered the tables in yellow tablecloths and added fun paper and fabric bunting adorned with buttons.

For the cake I bought a brightly coloured angel cake which I topped with homemade candy buttons, 2 cotton reels wrapped in yellow thread, nestled between bright candles.The cake was surrounded by cupcakes topped with more candy buttons. Each girl got to take a cupcake home and the cake was taken home for family.

I spent a weekend making 10 fabric bags, which I adorned with each girls name and stuffed full of fun things to take home. I covered a shoe box with pink wrapping paper and finished off with more felt stickers that read 'Thanks Sew Much' a few buttons finished off the look.

There were no games as such as each girl received a mini hair and nail makeover complete with a fairy dust glitter flower on their cheek and glitter tattoo. They all had a little dance while they were waiting their turn. They also got to write fairy notes and posted them through the fairy door. So much fun for little girls!

For the invite I used a fun printable here, (not sure what the original source is - if yours let me know and I will add link), which I found via Pinterest (the link to my 'Sew cute as a button' board is there if you are looking for more ideas on this theme.) My good bloggy friend Mel also passed on a few lalaloopsy-esque images which I used for our family party at home. (Thanks Mel - one image sits in her birthday message book as a reminder of this fun theme!)

I have a few posts planned on the favour bags and button topiary so hope you will pop back for those!

Thanks for reading and back soon.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Celebrate: Eight ~ A Minecraft Party

Apologies for the lack of posts, it has been a bit quiet on the party front! We have decided to forgo 'big' parties this year, but even so I still got creative with my eldest boy's celebration a little while back. He turned 8 and like every other young, (or old), boy on the planet he is obsessed with Minecraft!

I thought a few friends round for Pizza and cake on his birthday would be a good idea. Hmmm, it is amazing how much noise seven 8 year old boys can make!
I kept it simple with the decor, guests entered via a purple nether portal made by cutting strips into a plastic tablecloth and hanging from the doorway. For the photo / game area I hung another purple tablecloth nether portal, with a ghastly ghast hanging from the ceiling. This was very simply made by covering a box in white paper, adding a ghast face printout then attaching white streamers to dangle at the bottom...

Creeper balloons were dotted about, made from lime green balloons and strips of black tape...

An oversize creeper face graced the wall behind the food table, with a happy birthday banner downloaded from Catch My Party. I made the face from a piece of lime green wrapping paper and square black paper plates...

There was 'Creeper Juice' and 'Liquid TNT' to drink and the kids ate their pizza off green square plates...


For the activities, I set out paper and stickers of various Minecraft blocks and characters for the boys to create pictures, whilst we waited for everyone to arrive.

We then played 'Creeper Toss' where I had created a giant creeper out of cardboard and a green plastic tablecloth. I cut out the eyes and mouth and the boys had to try and toss plastic balls through the holes. Points were awarded and the winner got an extra Minecraft wristband (each boy received one)...

The boys had fun with the 'Steve' mask...
And after they had eaten their fill of pizza, the TNT cake was lit...
The sparkler candle was a big hit! I just bought a basic birthday cake which was mostly covered in red icing, I removed any other unnecessary bits and covered in more red icing. I then added a green border and my boy's name in icing. I placed the cake on a cardboard box covered in red cardboard with a few TNT printouts.

An '8' candle and a sparkler candle finished it off. Very simple, but fitted the theme perfectly.

To finish off the boys all took turns in playing the Minecraft game on the xbox. I made Minecraft torches out of paper and tissue paper to grace the wall on either side of the TV...


...and when it was time to go home, each boy left with a personalised creeper face party bag...
...again using black tape to create the face.
Very noisy, but a lot of fun party! It was great to be able to create a party on a theme my son loves and will be sure to remember for a long time!

Font used from: DaFont
Banner from: Catch My Party
TNT Image : DeviontArt
Ghast Face: DeviontArt
Steve Face: Heels in the Rain
Torches from: Little Blue Egg
Minecraft Stickers (not shown): Frugal Family Times

My Minecraft Pinterest board can be found HERE for more ideas. Thanks for reading and any questions just leave a comment.



Monday, 25 November 2013

Celebrate: Winter 'One'derland First Birthday Party

Hello party-lovers, apologies for the lack of posts - I have been busy behind the scenes creating a very special party. My youngest turned one recently and I wanted to create a Winter 'One'derland for him, using a colour palette of icy blue, frosty white, sparkling silver and a pop of festive red. Snowflakes, soft floaty fabrics and natural elements were all brought together under an abundance of twinkly fairy lights in various hues and styles.

Instead of a full layout of food, I decided to create a dessert table and hot chocolate bar, perfect for a small family gathering. The backdrop was created using a piece of snowy fabric, then topped with ribbons of blue organza fabric and handmade silver circle garlands. I then finished it off with a large paper snowflake and a few iridescent hanging baubles.

I created a lovely icy word-smudged canvas by attaching letters in various fonts, then dabbing over with blue and silver paint before removing the stickers. I then gave the corners and edges of the canvas a spray with faux-snow, to create a snowdrift effect. I love how it gives the effect of a child finger writing on a frost covered window.

I reused the pink/gold ribbon topiary from my daughter's last party and resprayed the pot silver, painted the dowel blue and then replaced the ribbon loops with mini white pom poms and blue and silver ribbon loops. Love this one so much, the other topiary was covered in beaded garland and placed at the hot chocolate bar.

Nibbles included cupcakes, shortbread fingers, cookies, frosty fancies and 'icicles', (breadsticks dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with blue sugar crystals), along with snowman marshmallow pops.

I had my heart set on creating a snow globe cake and I am so pleased with how this turned out. I purchased 2 plain white iced sponge cakes and covered the top layer with blue icing and mini white sugar snowflakes. The bottom layer was covered in blue icing snowflakes and crispy chocolate snowballs were piled around the base. The snow globe was made from a small upturned plastic jar, set upon a small plastic plate. I attached a piece of silver beaded garland around the lip of the jar. Inside I placed a penguin tree decoration, with the hanging part removed. Best cake yet, I think!

The Hot Chocolate Bar was set up with marshmallows, candy canes for stirring, squirty cream, chocolate sprinkles and chocolate wafer sticks. The guests used blue spotty paper straws and wooden spoons in red gingham cups or mini kraft cups.

The backdrop was simply made by using blue snowflake wrapping paper, and a handmade sign hung in a red frame.

A happy 'Thank You for Making My Party Snow Much Fun' Sign was displayed in a red heart shaped Ikea frame.

I made a sign post from an old jewellery stand, with 'Candy Cane Lane' and 'Sweet Street' being displayed.

Tin cans covered in ribbon, lace and beaded garland made creative holders.

I covered the condiment's containers in co-ordinating paper to keep the look cohesive.

Whilst a large penguin stood guard. (He was actually a gift bag that I had picked up along with a few other penguin party items in a previous January sale.)

And no party of mine is complete without a photo booth, this time it had to be an igloo...

...Complete with ice blocks, snow balls, winter animals and icy lights as props. I used our wooden chest as the base covered in more snowy fabric. Large pieces of cardboard box made the sides and roof, which I covered with old pieces of white packing paper. I then draped another piece of snowy fabric, this time a dripping snow type. I purchased both fabrics from the local discount store. I used old wrapping paper tubes to prop up the roof, attaching them to the side panels. I draped fairy lights inside to give a magical effect. 

It looked stunning set up the night before, with just the lights glowing. The birthday boy loved it.

Other decorations included a ribbon-wrapped willow wreath with a silver '1'

and a Party Sign, made from a staircase spindle painted silver and stuck into a foil covered plantpot. A bracket was attached to the spindle so a party arrow and lantern could point the way...

Games included 'Penguin Slide' - 2 beanie-toy penguins raced across the floor, 'Pass the Polar Bear' - whoever had the polar bear when the music stopped was out, and 'Musical Statues' - Everyone had to 'Freeze' when the music stopped. My eldest niece read 'Henry's Holiday' - a Penguin story and then everyone made snowflakes out of silver paper doilies.

And when everyone was full and happy the guests went home with a piece of snow globe cake, a cup filled with a sachet of hot chocolate, a candy cane, chocolate coins, a chocolate smartie filled penguin, and a snowflake tattoo. The girls also had face glitter and a snowflake wand. The boys had ice gliders (paper planes).

It really was 'Snow Onederful'. Hope you enjoyed that visit to my boy's magical onederland and it has given you a few winter-themed party ideas. Any questions please just leave a comment, I am happy to get back to you.

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