Monday, March 30, 2009

Fun Easter Vase

I'll admit it...I visit Wal-Mart at least 2 times a week. Mostly because it's on the way home from dropping my kids off at preschool and I know I can get most of my errands done in one place. 
   Anyway, I was browsing through the easter aisle and they had everything organized by color- they had the pink peeps, pink m&m's, pink cotton candy, pink jelly beans, pink cookies, etc. all together. Looking down the aisle, it really was a pretty display. I picked up some blue candy items for my son and some pink stuff for my daughter's easter basket. I'm not a huge fan of the marshmallowey peeps, but they are an easter tradition for as long as I can remember and I knew my kids would love them. They have so many bright colors! 
    Fast forward to checkout...I picked up "All You" Magazine from the checkout aisle because it's only sold at Wal-Mart and it's FULL of grocery coupons. They had a precious jelly bean vase on the front cover but what really caught my eye was the vase they made using peeps. How cute is this? I can see this vase with electric blue peeps, lime green jelly beans, and hot pink gerber daisies! 
 
Directions to make this vase: 

  • Two similarly shaped vases, one 3″ narrower than the other
  • Peeps
  • Jelly beans
  • Flowers

  1.  Place the smaller vase inside the large vase.
  2. Layer jelly beans in the space between the two.
  3. Arrange a row of peeps on top of the jelly beans.
  4. Fill the inner vase with flowers.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Puppy Stuffing

Everything is finally starting to come together for Wryeton's puppy party. I finished the name plaques for the puppy stuffing station. I purchased the wooden plaques at the dollar tree and painted them pink with acrylic craft paint. I took out the old string used to hang the plaque and replaced it with a cute black and white polka dot ribbon. I found some fun glittery chip board letters from Joann's for 40% off to use for the character trait names on the plaques. At first, I was going to name each basket a different attribute like "love", "friendship", and "kindness" for the guests to use to stuff their puppies, but realized I wouldn't have any room on the plaques for words that long. I called my friend and fellow party hostess, Leigh-Ann, for a little brainstorming. She's an English teacher, so that should help...right?! Well, it did because she came up with breaking the word "love" into smaller words since it was such a broad topic. So now we have "hugs", "kisses", and "smiles".

My puppies came in this week and I am so excited- as is the birthday girl. She's been carrying her (unstuffed) puppy around everywhere! I got the pink poodles for the girlies and the lab puppies for the boys.

My to-do list:
  1. Buy more poly-stuffing
  2. Finish the pink topiary - finish twising the flowers, paint the pot black, add white polkadots
  3. Decorate each dog bowl with guests' names.... paint pen or glittery foam letters?
  4. Buy dog collar supplies- stretchy cord, beads, round key tags
  5. Make dog bone cookies for party favors
  6. Buy black and white polka dot scrapbook paper for placemats
  7. Buy pink tablecloth and plates
  8. I'm sure there's lots more but I can't think!!!



Friday, March 13, 2009

A few cakes I will NOT be using at parties anytime soon!

I can sit on the cake wrecks blog for hours laughing to myself. I just had to share some scary, creepy, and hilarious cakes for all!



I think this poor 5 year old will be having nightmares for a while! I wonder what the theme for this party was?!








Is this cake seriously for a 12 year old?....Really?
I have a feeling no easter egg hunts were participated in at this party!















Totally true story...this was supposed to be Curious George!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

More Puppy Party Stuff

I did, indeed, finish the puppy ears and I really like how they turned out. They took a few hours to finish, but with a glue gun, a few pieces of felt, and 3 fashion boas from the dollar tree, they were really quite easy to put together! I'm not sure how to explain what these boas were made out of, but here are two pictures.
They look like shaggy dog hair and were perfect to use for the puppy ears!









Here is a picture of my daughter "posing" with her puppy ears. Once we paint the tips of their noses black and add freckles, they'll look just like puppies!



A couple months ago, I found these black bowls at IKEA for $0.49 a piece... you can't beat that price! I bought 14 of them and I *think* I'm going to use them to hold each guest's dog collar craft supplies (will explain dog collar craft below).



Dog Collar Craft-

The guests will make a dog collar for their new pup using stretchy cord, colored beads, and a metal rimmed key tags (refer to picture if you have no idea what I'm talking about) for the puppy's nametag.




More to come...









Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A little Puppy Inspiration

It's March and I promised a new theme for our Pampered Princess Parties company this month. Well, it's not quite ready because I'm still gathering a little inspiration and lots of supplies for the launch at my daughter's 5th birthday at the end of this month. Wryeton's party will be a little different because she has so many friends who are boys, but I will be using a lot of the same concepts for our new theme....

It's a Pampered Puppy Party!


Here are some of the places I have drawn inspiration from during the planning process of our new theme...

Birthday Express has these super cute ears to dress up the guests like puppies. Of course, I always feel I can do just as well making them myself. I'll let you know how my dog ears turned out (or if I ended up buying these).

As the guests enter the party, they'll visit the grooming station where they'll receive their ears and a puppy makeover, complete with black nose, freckles, lip gloss, and pink nail polish.






Birthday Express also has these dog bone sipping cups...I'll have to think about those if my budget allows.






I went wild in the website Birthday Party Ideas! There are some very creative moms out there!




I found these unstuffed puppies at http://www.bdaybears.com/ and will definitely be using them at our parties!

Each guest will be able to adopt a puppy of their own to stuff with hugs, kisses, and smiles. I purchased 3 laundry type baskets from the dollar tree and will use them to hold the stuffing. On each basket will be a pink plaque with the words "smiles", "hugs", and "kisses". The guests will pick stuffing from each basket to stuff their puppy full of love. They will also have the opportunity to name their puppy and receive an adoption certificate.


I will be updating our puppy party ideas all this month leading up to the launch party!








Sunday, March 1, 2009

Loganville Community Ministry Village

Last summer, Kim Smith of Loganville Community Ministry Village (LCMV) presented an opportunity to help support their foster care support center by donating products and services for an auction fundraiser. I was excited to donate a party to this organization because it is a Christian organization helping people in my community. LCMV is an outreach organization in Loganville and Walton County offering services for foster families, victims of child abuse, and mentoring programs to name a few. They have many volunteer opportunties, so stop by their website!

The gracious auction winners/recipients of the Pampered Princess Party from the auction was the Waters Family from Loganville. Shortly after the auction, I contacted the Waters Family and we set the party for February 2009.

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of hosting the princess party for the Waters Family. Our birthday princess was a precious and vivacious 6 year old. She was joined by 6 of her best friends for her party. The giggling girls had a fashion show, danced at the ball, were read a story, played two games, created a princess wand, and finally sat down to their royal table for lunch. The girls enjoyed peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, turkey & cheese sandwiches, mini muffins, grapes, strawberries, cheese and pink lemonade. It was a magical day!