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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Birthday Party ideas for a 2 year old??? on: March 04, 2010 08:55:19 AM
I'm planning a hello kitty birthday party for my daughter who will be two in only 6 days.  She doesn't watch TV either, but she loves cats.  I chose hello kitty for a couple reasons 1) her love of cats, 2) all hello kitty stuff is girly and cute, 3) I dont like princess theme stuff, and 4) Hello kitty stuff is widely available online.   We are having the party on the 20th.  The attendees will be ages 2 - 10, but I've found girls of all ages love hello kitty.

I found tons of free printables on the sanrio.com page.  There are lots of hello kitty fan pages as well. I've printed out free coloring sheets, paper dolls, stationary sets, calendars and images.  I'm making felt goodie bags with hello kitty on the front.  (these are really simple ones with ribbon handles)

So far I'm planning on..
- everything hot pink and apple green
- a cupcake stand with store bought cupcakes with hello kitty picks that I make using scrapbook paper and my computer printer.  I'm making the stand as well out of free stuff. I may splurge and order cupcake rings from Amazon.. they are only $3/doz.
- I'm decorating a large wall in the entry with pictures of her throughout the year so you can see how much she has changed. I've got one for each month. The plan is to mount each picture on foam board.  I'm also going to print out some more hello kitty images and mount those on foam board to stick on the wall to make it a little more festive.
- A banner to go on the picture wall.  I have an awesome color laser printer that does print shop quality... so I've made an 11x17 banner
- Another pendant style banner (for the party area)-- the ones you typically see for sale in party shops.. just going to make my own with craft paper, my printer, cardboard from cereal boxes and satin ribbon
- hot pink and apple green colored crystal lite
- plain hot pink and apple green colored plates, napkins, forks, spoons (not buying expensive pre-printed stuff, it just doesn't match my color theme)
- table centerpieces - I bought some fountain style centerpieces from the dollar tree, which have a hotpink and green base. I'm removing the other colors and printing some coordinating hello kitty things to staple on it.  I may do hot pink and apple green flowers on one of the tables.
- lots of balloons in hot pink/green
- those huge tissue paper pom pom flowers to hang from cieling, might put some on "stems"
- paper lanterns in coordinating colors (you can make your own, just google it)
- lots of hot pink tule to use for decorating -- tie to the backs of chairs, decorate her high chair, etc.. Last year I made a high chair cover to coordinate with her party stuff. If I have time I may do that this year.
- Breakfast buffet... fresh fruit, yogurt, donuts, breakfast tacos, etc.. I'm delegating this task to my husband!  ha!
- white chocolate covered oreos done in cookie mold (thinking about coloring the white chocolate to match my color scheme
- Custom water bottle labels.  Just buy regular water bottles and print your own labels, stick them on with clear packaging tape.
- Juice boxes in hot pink and apple green colors

Birthday girl will also have a coordinating hello kitty outfit with t-shirt, felt kitty bow, hot pink tutu and hot pink ballet flats Smiley

For entertainment, I'm still working on that. I think we may play a game of pin the bow on hello kitty. I'm also thinking about getting a pinata.  We may get one of those blow up jumping things, just need to see how many rsvps we get. 

Goodie bags for kids:
boys - will get sponge bob stuff... my son picked that out.
girls will get..
   Favors found on $1 rack at JoAnn's - pencil boxes, stamps, stacking pencils
   Dollar tree finds - hot pink / apple green plastic jewelry
   Stationary set - I made these in power point and printed them out, I also made a cute folder for them to fit it all in... matching envelopes at hobby lobby.
   Custom printed color book (made by me) They will be standard size paper folded in half.
   Custom blank notebook
   Purse size calendar printed from sanrio.com (I have my own binding machine... I know I'm spoiled Smiley
   Felt hello kitty bag
   Thinking about making hello kitty felt stuffies.. there are patterns online.

Lastly want to mention most of my inspiration is from hostessblog.com and http://www.accenttheparty.com/party-blog?category=1

Hope you have a crafty and fun party!! Smiley
22  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Where the muffin man lives! on: January 07, 2010 09:54:59 AM
You did an amazing job on your little house. Looks like alot of fun. I love how it does not look to sloppy or wonky.  You can tell each piece was carefully considered before placement. It looks fantastic.
23  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Something beautiful came out of the '80s on: January 07, 2010 09:36:13 AM
I love it! Great job on the condo!! Cheesy
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: my gingerbread village and a starry christmas tree on: January 07, 2010 09:24:20 AM
Very cute village of gingerbread! Smiley I love how it is not overdone on the candy, it looks fantastic
25  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Gingy's Mansion on: January 07, 2010 09:16:03 AM
This is so great, I am impressed by the size of it and love the use of *REAL* lights. I never thought of that and will have to incorporate that into ours next year.  Nice!!
26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Ever seen a gingerbread mobile home before? on: January 07, 2010 09:01:38 AM
Very Creative and well executed! I love it. Cheesy
27  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Christmas Cottage on: January 07, 2010 08:55:39 AM
Great job on the house!!  I am even more impressed that you did this in your RV with your kids Smiley
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas card ornaments on: December 14, 2009 09:02:39 PM
So beautiful!  Great job
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas tablecloth on: December 14, 2009 08:45:12 AM
Very pretty Smiley  I love the designs you picked out, they look amazing.

I might suggest a piece of clear vinyl to go over the top before everyone sits down to eat Smiley
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Show me your Christmas tree! on: December 14, 2009 08:20:19 AM
Oh my goodness, those feathers are awesome!!

Well, here's my trees - kind of pic heavy so I put in thumbnails instead.
My husband is a huge Texas Longhorns fan, so I wanted to do a burnt Orange themed tree to celebrate our team's trip to the National Championship bowl game.  It is decorated on all sides.  This is a 12' tree with 2,000 lights, 100 yards ribbon, 500 ornaments (including 400 various shaped balls, ~100 Orange glittery Christmas picks, and collectables), lots of tinsel and a burnt orange tree skirt, that is way too small.  There are two matching table centerpieces and two smaller ones for end tables.  I'll bring in more tables for Christmas dinner.

Right View

Left View


I've also got all my older Christmas stuff which is Red in the other living room.  It has all the collectable ornaments and sentimental ones that my kids have made.  There are two matching table centerpieces and a bunch more red glass elesewhere in the house.  I usually decorate the staircase but found all my bows from last year were crushed. I don't have the engergy to make new ones this year, so that's all I'm doing Smiley

I am hoping to find a matching tree for the right side of the fireplace for next year, and hope to get it on clearance at the end of the season Smiley

I also have a candy cane wreath on the front door which I did not get a picture of.

I hope you enjoyed my trees, and I hope my trees show how much I love Jesus.
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