Garden Craft Party!

Garden Craft Party!!

      My daughter Bella LOVES Crafts...so what could be more fitting than a craft party!  And any chance I get to throw a party in the garden I jump on it!  So it was decided...a Garden Craft Party would be perfect!
     I had a blast designing and executing this most fabulous celebration.  Like always I started by designing the invitation and party printables.  I designed a lovely floral back round which I used throughout the printables.  I added flowers, buttons and ribbon elements to create a crafty whimsical feel.
     The decor was simple but fabulous!  I hung several paper lanterns and tissue poms from the pergola and strung brightly colored finger-knitted yarn (which my daughter made) to add a bit of whimsy.

     For the table I laid a simple burlap runner down the middle and used grass mats underneath  the super cute scalloped edged floral plates.  I served pink lemonade in sugar rimmed mason jars. and for the centerpiece... nothing less than the most gorgeously crafty cake!  The paper and burlap flowers that adorned the cake were an awesome find at Michaels.  I attached them using cute jewel topped floral pins to add a bit of sparkle.

     When all the girls arrived we served them a delicious lunch consisting of mini croissant sandwiches, cherry tomato and mini mozzarella balls, and mini fruit cups! 
Then it was time to let the crafting begin!

     We had so much fun with the crafts we chose.  First the girls decorated flip flops with jewels, ribbon and flowers.  Then they decorated the most amazing cardboard purses!  I found this idea on Pinterest.  I assembled the cardboard forms ahead of time so they would be ready for decorating.  The girls covered them with beautiful scrapbook papers, paper flowers, jewels, and buttons.  And each girl made a custom handle with beautiful beads of all shapes and sizes.
They all turned out AMAZING!!

     All the girls had a wonderful time and along with their awesome purses and flip flops they each took home a gorgeous (mom-made) flower hair accessory adorned with a sparkly gem for a party favor!

































     I hope you found a little inspiration to use for your next party!

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 PICASSO ART PARTY!!

Max's Awesome PICASSO ART PARTY!



      Two birthdays in a month...oh my!! 
My son Max and my daughter Mia have their birthdays just 2 days apart.  This makes for a very busy month with 2 birthday parties to pull together, but it's all worth it in the end when I see how exited they are after the decorations are complete and the party begins!
     Max LOVES everything and anything to do with ART, so I knew exactly what we would do for his birthday theme...Max's Awesome Picasso Art Party!  I decided to add the Picasso twist because what's more fun than abstract art!  The party was a blast to design and execute...and Max and his friends had so much fun creating fabulous art.
     I definitely wanted the theme to have a boyish feel so I incorporated a black chalkboard throughout the design with a rainbow of awesome colors.  I started off by designing the invitation and the party printables like cupcake toppers, favor tags and straw flags.  (I hope to have these printables and many others for sale on my ETSY shop real soon.)

      The dessert table was an explosion of color.  I hung about 15 colorful tissue balls and paper lanterns in all different sizes.  For the backdrop I used a simple black tablecloth and designed a super fun poster that I simply hung in the middle.  I kept the dessert table fairly simple with some fabulous cupcakes, chocolate dipped giant marshmallows, rice krispy treat pops and awesome party favors. The finishing touch for the table was the fun and colorful tissue tassel and pendant banner that hung across the front of the table.

Upon arriving, each child received a personalized apron.  I found these great aprons at Hobby Lobby and used iron on printer paper to print my design onto.  Then I simply cut out the oval shape and ironed it on!  I had a whole line-up of awesome activities for the kids to do....
First we created Picasso Pizza.  This was a super fun activity!


 Next, we used Sculpty clay to create Picasso faces.  When the kids were done with their faces, I put them on a glass baking dish and baked them in the oven at 225' for 20 minutes.  (It's a great clay to use to make ornaments during the holidays.)
Next, we made Picasso Pops!  These were so much fun to make.  I got Jolly Rancher candies and broke them up into little pieces. On top of wax paper, the kids created their masterpieces by making a design with the candy pieces.  I then placed them in the oven for 6 minutes at 350'.  Immediately after removal you need to add the lollypop stick and let them cool.  Finally, we ended with Picasso Portraits!  The kids all used chalk pastels and black construction paper and drew themselves in a fun and abstract way.
    






















 All the kids had an absolute blast! 
I hope you found a little inspiration for your next party!