Friday, July 16, 2010
Hey, it’s Kathy…and I’m all about BIRTHDAYS today! It is my baby’s FIRST birthday today, and we are off to deliver the first round of the 189 quilts that have been made and donated for my Quilting for Babes project. But first I’m back to show you the hybrid projects that I put together for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party a couple of weeks ago!
When Nalley became obsessed with Strawberry Shortcake earlier this year, I knew that I had to step back into my childhood and live vicariously through her. I too, loved Strawberry Shortcake and still have my figurines…and they still smell!!! These PRECIOUS strawberry boxes from SP’s XOXO Confection Collection were absolutely perfect for the party. I had thought originally that I would use them as the party favors, but there were 20+ kids at her party, and that’s a lot of work. So, I turned them into the party invitations and filled them with strawberry and creme jellybeans in a cello bag.
I printed the party details on some cardstock, punched a scalloped circle from leftover red and white damask paper (from the Sweetie Pie Collection), punched a smaller green cardstock circle and topped it with a cute strawberry image. I attached it with some green wraphia and tied the box closed with some white grosgrain ribbon. I did enlarge the box slightly from the original and I also cut it all out on my Cricut…LOVE the Cricut! I hand delivered all of the invitations, as they wouldn’t fair well in the mail!
I wanted Nalley to have a special birthday outfit to go along with the Strawberry Shortcake theme and that would tie in to the invitations. I bought a plain white shirt at Walmart for $4 and used the same papers from the invitation to clip into the strawberry shape. I printed the image onto some iron on transfer paper and cut out the shape, leaving a small white border all around. I have used a couple of different transfer papers, and my favorite by far is the “blue back” Super Soft Iron On Transfer Paper from Dharma Trading. It prints beautifully and it goes on like a dream. When it is washed, it is so soft and not “plastic-y” feeling.
I made a very simple ruffled twirl skirt and headband to match in a red and white polka dot fabric that I had bought to make her birthday dress last year…but that never happened, LOL! The morning of the party, I put her outfit on and the shirt was too long and covered up a good portion of her skirt. The wheels started turning and I thought about when I was younger and we woud tie up our t-shirts with a knot in the front (anybody else grow up in the 80′s and do that?). Instead of just knotting her shirt, I made a QUICK button covered pony tail holder out of the red and white polka dot fabric and a white pony tail elastic. It worked like a dream and took me all of about 3 minutes, tops! If you look closely in the photo below, you can see it in the back.
We did really simple party favors, a coloring book and crayons, some strawberry candies and a party blower…
Nalley’s favorite part of her whole party was the cake (and the chocolate covered strawberries). But the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…the cake is my favorite part of ANY party!
The morning of the party, I realized that the table needed a little something else…it was kinda boring. I punched out some 3″ scalloped circles from the leftover green polka dot paper from the invitations and adhered some “3′s” in red and pink cardstock. I attached a skewer and plopped them into a champagne glass filled with extra jelly beans. I tied some grograin and chiffon ribbons on them and there you go. You can only see one of the in the pic above, but there was one on either side of the veggie tray.
The little details always make a party so special. So go take a look around the Shabby Shoppe and see how you can mix in a little Digi detail into your next party! Until next time…Cheers!