Saturday, February 19, 2011

Charlotte’s 3rd Birthday Party Prep, Part II

Thought I would share some of the last minute projects I worked on for Charlotte’s Birthday Party.  I was going to a semi vintage Hansel & Gretel candy extravaganza!

Since the entertainment for Charlotte’s party was a marionette show, I decided to design tickets as part of the invitation.  I think they turned out really cute!

I added the ruffled streamers (which I made earlier) and coordinating tags to the plain traditional birthday hats.  I think they look a little more vintage, festive and personalized now!  

Here are some of the drink labels that I made for the lemonades. I also did water bottle labels but forgot to take a picture while they were in process.  I do need to thank Wayne because he patiently helped me assemble three dozen water bottles and they are time consuming…adorable but time consuming! 

Here is a crafting photo of Charlotte’s birthday banner, check back for a picture of the final product!

With inspiration and help from my Mom (and Wayne) we used felt to make these cute treat bags for the kids.  My sister-in-law, Gwen, helped me make sweet gingerbread tags and when you put it all together you have adorable bags for the favor buffet.

Here are the early stages of the Clothespin cake topper.  This was really where the vintage part of the party plan took root.  This was created on quite a schedule because of the dry time involved with wood glue, paint, glitter/glue and hot glue but I think the end product will be worth it…stay tuned for pictures!  (I have a dozen or more of these “in process” for Charlotte to play with after the festivities too!)


Here are the mini gingerbread cottages.  My friend Marcie and I took deeply discounted (Hello, after Christmas sales) gingerbread villages and split them apart, substituted yellow and pink decorations, included one tiny gingerbread man, added homemade labels and there you have it!  I do have one regret with this cute project and wish I’d been able to find small tubes of decorating frosting to add to the kits.  :(

This is not my project but I wanted to share a picture of Grandma (my Mom) with Charlotte trying on the dress Grandma made for her.  One of the many cool things about my Mom is that you can say “I’d like to have Charlotte wear a dress for her party that is a cross between Pippi Longstocking’s dress (Charlotte’s current FAVORITE character) and a Mathilda Jane dress but like $100 cheaper!  My Mom found dress patterns to mix and match to get the look I was going for and let’s face it she basically designed the dress from scratch.  Add a (hectic, I mean it’s hard to find colors and patterns that don’t quite "match" but go together) trip to the fabric store… and she creates this amazing, adorable dress that Charlotte LOVES!  Thanks Mom!

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