When I get the chance, I prefer wrapping gifts in boxes instead of putting them in gift bags. And I've started taping the birthday card face up on the box, why hide it in the envelope when it's so darn cute ?! If I know the theme of the party, I usually try to find cards and wrap in the theme--but I'm short on time with 3 kids under foot, so I go with what I can find and what I got so it's not always matchy match, but hopefully I'll collect enough paper to find a match eventually...
And I prefer tying a bow using ribbon, but I've got to get rid of all these pre-made bows from the time I bought one bag, filled with a bazillion...And some are not so bad, with muted colors and patterns.
When I found out one of the party birthday girls was having a Hannah Montana theme, I was glad to find this Hannah Montana hat box, which we filled with girly gifts!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
For their 4th and 5th birthdays, we held a butterfly garden party. The pictures speak for themselves in terms of the details (some well-thought-out, others just last minute). I did not get to take pictures of everything though. We had pink favor bags with printed butterflies, inside were a butterfly shaped frame, framed butterfly picture, candy necklaces, wooden shaped butterflies that the girls painted upon which I wrote the guests names. There were also some decorations I forgot to take pictures of such as purple felt butterflies that my daughters decorated with paint and adhesive felt insect shapes and cute cut outs of butterflies on the back windows and wall. There were also a few wind socks with phrases such as "Welcome to my Garden," and "Welcome Friends." And of course, a sun-shaped pinata to shine a light on it all. I also bought petal headbands for all the girls to wear, but none of them wanted one! So as you see in the picture, I wore one for myself...
For their 3.5 and 2.5 birthdays, my daughters dressed up like Lola does in the book, "This is Actually my Party," by Lauren Child. I bought a party package from birthdayexpress.com, and added details from the Charlie and Lola series such as serving pink milk with curly straws. I also bought and added "little tiny dancers," for the cupcakes like Lola does in the TV episode. I also made a cake to look like the one in the book, using colored copied print outs from the book to illustrate the party details.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
My second child's 1st birthday bash. Dora the Explorer as the main theme with some other (mis-matched) sweet baby details. There was a table with framed pictures of my daughter and her 1st year scrapbook. There was a kid zone with toys for the children.
My FIRST child's FIRST birthday party. It was a generic-buy-the-party-package theme, but I tried to have us all dressed in some sort of purple to match my daughter's darling lavender outfit. The centerpieces were original (and cheap!): baby bottles filled with candy and decorated with ribbon and a small balloon. The favors were also decorated baby bottles filled with candy. I was pregnant with our second child at the time, so we included a "God Bless Our Baby" cake. I decorated a plastic tube with purple tissue, silver ribbon, and a Welcome Baby sign. The party was in a huge hall so we had a small kid zone with toys and play mat.