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Butterfly Themed Birthday Party: Decorations

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My daughter Lucy had her second birthday a few weeks ago. You only turn two once, so I decided to have two parties – one for family and one for her little neighborhood friends. I went with a butterfly theme and had so much fun incorporating it into all aspects of the party. There are so many fun details that I want to share with you, so I am splitting it up into three posts: decorations, food and activities. So, be sure to come back to get the scoop on all of it!

I started by selecting a color palette and contacting the amazing Amy at Shirley K Designs to create the invitation and party printables. Then I went to town making the decorations!

Butterfly Themed Party Decorations

Tulle Ceiling Treatment:

I purchased 6 yards each of yellow, orange and pink tulle from Hobby Lobby. It was only $.77 per yard and went a LONG WAY!

For the ceiling treatment I simply tied knots at the end of the length of tulle around a hula hoop (from Dollar Tree) and let it drape down to the sides of the table. I secured the hula hoop to the ceiling by tying fishing line around it in a few places and used thumb tacks and glue dots to stick it into the ceiling. We don’t mind a few pin size holes in the ceiling.

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 Table Skirt:

I purchased two yards of 45″ wide muslin backing from Walmart at $2.50 per yard and used that as the base to add my three tulle ruffles. I started by pinning the corners of the muslin and sewing in the corners so it would stay on the table (it overlapped about 12″ on the top and sides). Then I pinned the tulle down and sewed. Don’t look too close – I’m a beginner at sewing. I started with the bottom row to get floor length correct, then added the top row and then the middle row so I could be sure it was centered correctly.

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Tulle Skirt:

I measured a 1″ thick width of elastic to my daughters waist and sewed the seam. Then I cut lengths of yellow, orange and pink tulle and tied it in knots all around the elastic. I think it turned out cute – it won’t win any awards or last for years to come, but it was perfect for the party and she loves wearing it!

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I also added tulle around the candy jars, wheat grass containers and on each of the chair backs to continue the theme throughout to all areas of the party. I love tulle because it added the soft, butterfly net feeling – without spending a lot of money.

Butterfly Balloons:

I got this idea when I was at my sisters house one afternoon and my niece was making balloon animals. I thought, “those would be the perfect center for a butterfly balloon!” I took 4 balloons and used a needle and thread to string them together and tied the string into a circle with knots. Then, I just looped the long balloon through the center and twisted the ends. I added a piece of tape in between each set of balloons just to keep them together a little better. Then I hung them from the ceiling with fish line and thumb tacks. I really love the way they turned out!

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Wheat Grass:

I looked around online for tutorials on how to grow it and found some that seemed super complicated so I actually thought about just buying it even though it was expensive. Then I got the bright idea to check with my sister-in-law Amy who writes Super Healthy Kids and she directed me to a post on her site on how to grow it. It was BY FAR the easiest method I had seen so I decided to try it. It was perfect, so easy and it grew right before my eyes! This is what it looked like exactly one week after starting the process – awesome, right?!

These were grown in the tinfoil loaf pans that are 3 for $1 at WalMart, then I wrapped streamers around the base and tulle around the rim to cover the tin.

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These cute berry containers are also from WalMart and were 2 for $1. I lined the bottom in parchment paper so they wouldn’t leak all over when I sprayed them with water. I didn’t have sand, so I used small gravel (which I did have in the yard) on the bottom and then added a layer of dirt on top of that.

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Butterfly Party Printables:

I knew that I wanted the three colors in a gradual fade from light to dark – to mimic an ombre effect. So, I worked with Amy at Shirley K Designs and she came up with the cutest printables!

– Banner:

I had her create 8.5 x 11 paper that faded from light to dark in each of the colors. Then I used my Silhouette machine to cut the banner shapes and the butterflies from the remaining space on the paper. Then I cut out the letters on some white cardstock and added them to the banner. It was the easiest thing to do – it took me about 20 minutes total.

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– Butterfly #2 Wall Treatment:

I thought of this idea late one night while I was trying to fall asleep. Sometimes that is when I get my best ideas. I love how this turned out. It really made a statement in the party space and was really simple to do. I took the gradual color paper that Amy made for me and used my Silhouette to cut out the butterflies on the paper. I made sure that all the butterflies were facing the same way each time I cut them out. Then I just laid them out on my kitchen table in the shape I wanted them. I bent up the wings on each side and used tacky tape (that play dough like stuff that is reusable) to stick it to the wall. The tacky tape was perfect because I could reposition them really easily until I got the shape just right.

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– Printable Party Circles

I used the 2″ circle butterfly printables on the soda bottles and the wheat grass containers. During the party, the little girls loved to peel them off and stick them on their shirt. They were all so happy to get a “sticker” as well as a soda! 🙂

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– Invitations:

I LOVED the invitations she designed. I sent her the wording and a basic description of how I wanted them to look and it was like she could see exactly the picture I had in my mind! They are adorable, aren’t they?! I had her do them 4 to a page so that when I had them printed on glossy cardstock, they were only $.20 per invitation – can’t beat that price!

Butterfly birthday invitation

– Printable Favor Labels

I love the font she used on the printable favor labels. They were the perfect touch of something to add to the popcorn boxes I found at Zurchers. At the end of the party we filled them with candy and sent the girls home happy!

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Guest Table Garland:

I wanted to add a touch of decoration to the table where guests would sit without taking up too much space or obstructing their view of everything else. When I found these butterfly garlands at Hobby Lobby – in the colors of the party – I knew it was a sign from heaven! 🙂 Just kidding. Kind of. They came on a ribbon with cute beads and a loop at one end to go right on my kitchen chandelier and were the perfect little touch!

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Archway Streamers:

The ceiling in between our family room and kitchen/dining space is arched. I just added simple streamers taped up on it, but it added a nice punch of color. Everything in the room was so soft and a little bit muted – that it was nice to have these in the full, bold hue of each color.

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Come back for details on the food and desserts as well as the fun activities we did at the birthday party. If you have any questions about any of the decorations (where I bought items, how I made them, etc.) feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll answer them!!

And if you like what you see, share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest!

Here are links for the posts I wrote on the other aspects of the party:

Food & Desserts

Party Activities

Patriotic Party Decor

For Memorial Day we hosted a barbecue with my husbands family and I wanted to add some patriotic party decor. I was out of town the entire week leading up to the holiday and when I got home I didn’t have much time to put into anything intricate. So, I challenged myself. I wanted to spend one hour to create and only use supplies I could find online or already had in my craft box. I was pretty surprised how well it came together!

Outdoor Entertaining

I quickly found some really cute FREE Patriotic Printables online (that I showcased on Wednesday) and printed them out to use for a banner and food picks.

 

 

4th of July DIY banner

 

I glittered some clothespins and used them to secure the red and blue striped pennants to a length of ribbon. Then I tied that to the sides of my umbrella with balloons (I always keep the Dollar store assorted color balloons in my party box).

4th of July DIY Banner FREE Printables and glittered clothespins

For the table, I used my ornament hangers (also shown at this party) to hold balloons and a Patriotic Pinwheel Printable (found here). I also had pieces of plastic table covers left over from this party and used that over my white cloths for a pop of color.

 

 

4th of July FREE printable pinwheels

I wrapped some of the paper cups with the printable food labels, others I wrapped with the top of popcorn bags I had in the pantry (we have a popcorn maker so I keep bags on hand).

 

 

4th of July DIY Decorations drink wrappers

For the utincil holders I took an old baby formula can (cleaned it out) and wrapped it in a red napkin and more printables/pop corn bag tops and added a printable Patriotic Pinwheel printable. (It was really windy so some of our landscape rocks also made it into the decor to hold things down! :)) I had red plates and red and white napkins in my paper goods stash.

 

4th of July DIY Decorations

To dress up the fruit I added cupcake toppers to toothpicks. The kids loved taking them and using them to eat the fruit with.

 

Outdoor Entertaining Fresh Fruit - FREE printable patriotic circles

Yum, does it get any better than a grilled hamburger on a fresh bakery bun? I think not! Enjoy your holiday weekend and even if you don’t have a lot of time or any money to spend on decorations – you can do some really fun things that are simple, quick and will help your party feel patriotic!

4th of July Grilling

Captain America Themed Birthday Party

Captain America Food DisplayThis super cute Captain America themed birthday party was styled and hosted by Amy Rasmussen – of Shirley K Designs. Her little guy, Carter is obsessed with Captain America, so picking a theme was easy. She asked him lots of questions and really let him be a part of the planning. He knew he wanted bubble gum and cupcakes (what almost 5 year old doesn’t?). From there, Amy turned to Oriental Trading. Since it was November, they had 4th of July candy marked down super low! She designed the printable cupcake toppers, favor labels and candy labels and they are available to purchase in her etsy shop if you’re throwing your own party.

Captain America Party Food Table

She decided to splurge on the Jones’ soda since the colors matched so perfectly. And she bought Carter a Captain America t-shirt so he would look the part. 🙂 She hosted two parties – one for family and one for friends, so the decorations pulled double duty.

Captain America birthday party Captain America pin the star

Things I LOVE: The balloons hanging over the food table (weighted down by a marble inside each one). The fun colors that don’t just have to be for a patriotic party. The fact that she was able to save so much by purchasing the candy in the off season! Way to go Amy!

Amy and her darling family of boys are hoping to adopt a little girl. If you want more information about their family search for a sister, go here. 

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Just email your photos and a description of the party (especially details of any DIY portions) along with a list of where you got items used in the party (so we can borrow your ideas) to eventstocelebrateblog@gmail.com. Let’s party!

Mother’s Day Gifts: Paper Flowers and FREE Printable Tag

Tissue Paper Flower - Mother's Day Gift

By now, everyone knows how to make a tissue paper pom pom (thank you Martha Stewart), we just adapted the idea into a beautiful flower for Mother’s Day! Lucy is going to give these to her Grandma’s. I thought these would be really fun, affordable and doable for children in a Sunday school class, school class or your children could make them for their teachers, aunts or grandmas. They sell really great packets of multi-color tissue paper at the Dollar Tree and you can make several flowers from one packet.

Here’s a quick tutorial on the modifications we did to make this tissue paper flower:

I used 3 sheets (but you could get away with 2) of yellow 8″ wide tissue paper and 2 sheets of 6″ wide pink tissue paper. I fringe cut the ends of the pink.

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Then, as you would with any pom pom, I accordion folded it, rounded off the ends of the yellow tissue paper and tied a string around the center.

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Then instead of pulling the layers away from the center to create a round pom pom, I just pulled them all to the same side so there is a flat back.

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I rolled a bamboo skewer in some green tissue paper and cut out some leafs from the extra to glue onto the stem. Then I used hot glue to secure the skewer to the flower.

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Lastly, I took a yellow paper cup and use the pointed end of the bamboo skewer to pierce through the bottom of it to create the “flower pot” and I added the adorable tag with a length of embroidery floss. The saying, “flowers remind me of you” are words from the popular childrens primary song, “I Often Go Walking”.

Mother's Day Flowers Gift Tag

The pdf below was designed just for you as a gift from Amy at Shirley K Designs. She is so talented and is also available to do custom orders! Check out her etsy shop and like her on facebook! FREE PRINTABLE FLOWERS PDFmothersdaytag

Day 1 Paper Goods

Mother’s Day Gifts: Paper Goods with FREE Printable

For the next few posts I’m partnering with the very creative and talented Amy at Shirley K Designs to bring you affordable, simple and meaningful gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Best of all, each gift idea comes with a FREE printable gift tag from Amy – her gift to you! Since 99% of the people who read this blog are women (the 1% of men is my husband), that means that you most likely aren’t making gifts for yourself. The ideas we have come up with are great to do for neighbors, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, teachers or with your children to use as gifts from them to any of those listed.

So, let’s get started!

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First up, we have this fun idea to do for any mother. Paper goods always come in handy, but are especially useful on a day like Mother’s Day – when you certainly don’t want to do the dishes! I stopped at my favorite store (the Dollar Tree) and picked up some plates, napkins and cups, wrapped them in cellophane and added the adorable tag that Amy created. IMG_9150

Don’t you love the little poem? I’m going to give these to some of my friends in our neighborhood. So, be sure to come back for the next week to get more ideas and more free printable gift tags as we celebrate mothers!

Print your own paper goods gift tags here (link opens a pdf): mothersdaytag1

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