Ever notice how planning a party somehow takes on a life of it's own? Now, add to that an endless supply of patterned paper and various other supplies and things can really get crazy!
I know you know what I'm talking about. :)
I had a lot of fun using October Afternoon's newest releases -- Thrift Shop and Fly a Kite, and a little glitter to create the party decorations below. The papers are so colorful and playful, they just seem to scream, "Party!"
So without further ado...
1. Party Crowns. These are just so fun to make. I cut a 12x12 paper in half and cut the zig-zag top lengthwise by hand. Attach the two sides, add a glittery number and a couple of stacked circles and... voila! Of course, this one ran a little too big for Noah. Nothing a little adjusting didn't fix.
2. Cupcake Wrapper. I love these... almost more than the cupcakes themselves! I used my Silhouette to create this one, using a template I downloaded from the Silhouette store, but you could easily make these by hand using the template found over at skiptomylou.org. You can see her blog post here where there's a template you can download for free.
3. Cupcake Toppers. There are just so many ways to make these cute little toppers. Here I made a glitter monogram using two identical large letter A stickers. I placed a toothpick between the two As, stuck them together and covered them with a generous helping of fine glitter.
4. More Toppers. Who says you have to have cupcakes? My kids have a thing for donuts. In fact, despite my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe being so super yummy, donuts are often the party dessert of choice in our house. These were made using my circle cutter, pre-glittered numbers by American Crafts and plain old toothpicks.
Oh, and did you want me to share that vanilla cupcake recipe? No problem. You can download it here. Don't forget to pile this vanilla frosting up nice and high. They look AND taste even better than the one I used for the Starbucks cupcake I used for the photo above.
And because I can't leave without sharing a few more projects, check out the darling banner our birthday party-planner extraordinaire, Aly Dosdall, made to go with those cute High School Musical invitations she shared with us yesterday.
And one more. That Melissa Kaiserman is just so clever. Look at what happens when you're weaving the aisles at Target. Sigh... I really need to shop more!
ETA: Melissa found these at PIER ONE -- not Target. Oops!
Don't forget! Tomorrow is give-away-day, and believe me when I tell you you're going to want to toss your name in the hat for this one! I can't wait for you to see what it is!!!
And then, please come back Friday when we talk all things party-favors, party-gifts and party-packaging! I look forward to seeing you then!