The Decorating…and our final giveaway!!

I promise that this is the last you will hear of the Garden Party!  There was so much to show – I thought it would be good to break it up into separate posts…but it seems to have dragged on!  So – I’m sorry!!

But – here are the things I did to set up for the party:

At the entry I had this FABULOUS picture that I bought several years ago from, none other, than our FABULOUS Jodi Pfunder!!  I’ve been harrassing her for a while to have her prints available in an online store for people to buy – maybe if you guys pester her – she will!  This is only ONE of SEVERAL wonderful prints!!  I thought it was just the right feel for the party…

Next – in the entry way I just did a simple photo I took  of the birthday girl and some flowering branches I picked up at Trader Joe’s.  I had these for her Baptism Luncheon – and so I just left them out for the party…cause it worked.

I also had this “candy bar” set up from the baptism luncheon.  I bought all white candy – since she was being baptized – but you could go with anything.  I have these apothocary jars out all year – and I just change out what’s in them with the season.  Most people know not to eat what’s in them, because I reuse the candy every year. LOL  But this time – there was fresh candy for them!

**NOTE: For the sign – I just picked up this awesome frame at home goods and sprayed chalkboard paint on the included glass.  (oh – make sure to prime it first!!)  To make it more secure – I hot glued the glass into the frame. I love it and use it all of the time for different things!

Remember the Giant Paper Flowers I was completely obsessed with?  Well, the flower was super easy to make – in fact – my friends that helped me don’t consider themselves crafty (THEY ARE!) and they wanted you all to know that if THEY can make them, ANYONE can make them!  Silly Girls.  They really were very easy and took about 15 minutes to make all 6 with 3 of us.

I made the stems…but I didn’t use the stems because I hated them.  I think it was because the only green tissue paper was a kelly green color – instead of a mossy green.  I hated it.  It clashed really bad with the flowers.

If you choose to make the stems I do have a tip though!  Instead of making the cement cups that she mentions in the tutorial – just hot glue the chicken wire stem onto a weight.

Since I hated the stems – I tied mine to the back of the chairs – and was happy :0)

To Set the Table:

I found the glasses at Goodwill – so I didn’t worry about letting the 8 year olds use them – and trust me – they felt pretty darn cool using fancy glasses!

The plates I found at Home Goods. They are Peppertree and the pattern is called”Ruffle”   (I did NOT buy them for this party!!  I’ve had them awhile…LOL)

For the Place Card – since Bea loves flowers – I just got a gardener 6 pack and put them in peat containers.  Don’t water them in these containers though!! It will soak through!!

For the name cards I pulled a flourish from this website and added their name in photoshop using this font. And the little stands to hold the card are from this website.

For the Napkins & Rings:

I bought the napkins awhile ago at Pier 1 – and I love them!

The napkin rings were easy to make!  Just use jump rings, or key rings, or any sturdy metal ring, and hot glue the paper butterflies onto them.

For the table flowers:

I used Daffodils and Creamy Yellow Tulips from Trader Joe’s.  And I couldn’t help but stop on the side of the road again for the yellow pom-pom weeds.  I just LOVE them!  No idea what they are though…here is a close up:

Aren’t they fun?!?!?

Last was hanging some fun from the light above the table:

She has a glittered “O” in her room that I pulled out & hung in the center.  (Super easy – just get the chipboard letter – paint on mod podge & glitter it.  I used German Glass Glitter because it tarnishes nicely.  Then just set the glitter with some aerosol hairspray.)

Then I hung curling ribbon, seam binding ribbon, vintage pink tinsel, and crepe paper that – wait for it – I put through the RUFFLER on the sewing machine!!  My friend mentioned it to me the night before – and I couldn’t NOT do it!!  She told me afterward that she had seen it done with 3 layers of paper  – instead of just the one.  It would look fuller and probably not tear as much.  So FABULOUS!

And – that is why – today’s giveaway is: RUFFLER FOOT!I don’t think I’ll stop until I’ve convinced everyone to get one!!  They are really so easy to use!

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MONDAY, – a $25 Walmart Giftcard

TUESDAY, – A Martha Stewart Cake Plate

WEDNESDAY – A $25 Michael’s Gift Card

you can enter until Sunday Night at Midnight PACIFIC TIME!

The whole reason for these giveaways is to get more traffic coming to the blog – so please let others know!  We LOVE to share!! :0)

Thanks for all of the comments and input – this was so much fun!  GOOD LUCK in the drawings!  Winners will be announced on MONDAY May 7th!

Enjoy!

**Erin

Garden Party Activities & Giveaway of the day!

What is a garden party without appropriate attire?  The girls had a lot of fun making these party hats.  The best part??  It was super easy to make and even easier on the budget!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Package of Paper Plates.   I wanted plain white – so I went with the Chinet – but in hindsight – they were a little stiff.  I would suggest getting the super cheap fluted edge ones.

Tulle Ribbon (or whatever kind of ribbon you want to use)

Flowers  (I used the silk flowers – but thought it might be fun to use the tissue paper flowers from last weeks post.  I think the girls would have fun making them!!)

Hot Glue Gun

**Note: Mine has 2 temperature settings – so I set it to the cool setting and let the girls do all of the work ;0)  Otherwise you may want to glue so there are no burned fingers!

To Make:

It really is as simple as

1. Cut a length of ribbon long enough that it can tie underneath their chin.

2. Run a line of glue across the bottom of the plate for the ribbon to attach. Make sure you cut the ribbon long enough that it can tie underneath their chin.

3. Let the girls design their hat, just glue the flowers as they create!

Our next activity – was painting their own garden lanscape.  My daughter loves to paint – she is quite the little artist – so this was definitely perfect for her.

What you’ll Need:

1 table top easel for each child (I’m sure your friends would loan you these…mine did :0)

I bought each girl:

1 package washable paints

1 package paintbrushes

**Note:  I didn’t realize one was included in the paints – so you don’t actually have to buy these!!

1 canvas (these are super cheap at wal-mart or a craft store)

I just tied them up with some ribbon and had them set out for them.  I offered some books that had pictures of flowers if they needed some inspiration…

Give them a pencil to sketch it out first…

And let the creativity flow!  This was definitely the quietest part of the party!!

And of course they got to take their masterpiece home!

Today’s Giveaway: A $25 gift card to Michael’s!!

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And don’t forget – you can enter all of the giveaway’s we are having this week!!

Here are the links:  Monday’s & Tuesday’s

Tomorrow: The Decorations!  & of Course – our BIG FINISH GIVEAWAY!!

Enjoy!

**Erin

Garden Party Day 2…the Luncheon & Giveaway

Day 2 of the party post…and it’s all about the food!  I stacked up some of my cake plates

(I have a few…okay – I have an obsession.  I love them.)

Top Tier: I went really simple and just made cheese and jelly sandwiches – but if you put them on this fabulous cake plate – it makes them so much more desirable!

Middle Tier: With a side of grapes & apple slices (I sprinkled some Ball Fruit Fresh Produce Protector on the apples so they didn’t brown) and some yogurt to dip them in.

Bottom Tier: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.  I used these darling mini strawberries from our garden…because I thought little fingers needed little treats. :0)

The Drink:

My daughters favorite drink is a Shirley Temple…and it just happens to be super cute!

To make:

Put a little crushed ice in your glass

Pour some Grenadine Syrup (in the alcohol section – but not alcoholic!) into the bottom – this is kind of to taste – but I put about the bottom eighth.

Spear a cherry and a lime with a toothpick and drop it in.

Pour in Gingerale until the glass is filled.   **Note: I would buy cans of Gingerale if you have little people making their own.  They couldn’t pour it from the 2 liter **

Put in your cute paper straw and stir!

I had to show you a close-up of this cute thing I found at the flea market last week, I actually found 2 – the straws are in the other!  LOVE  THEM!!

The Cake:

This was super easy!  It’s just a 2 layered 6″ cake frosted with white frosting.                         (I like the betty crocker cream cheese and add a little orange extract…yummy!)

Then I sprinkled on some edible glitter

Then added these super cute paper butterflies.

Done!

Today’s Giveaway:  What else – but this fabulous cake plate and dome!!

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Tomorrow’s Post: The Garden Party Activities

And don’t forget to check out yesterdays post and giveaway!  Winners will be announced on Monday!!

Enjoy!

**Erin

Garden Party…and a week of Giveaways!!

Well…the party was WONDERFUL!  Everything turned out pretty close to how I wanted them to!  But – as I was typing up this post – it was long and eternal – and I felt like all of these fun ideas were going to get lost.  So…I have devised a plan…and I think you might love it…let me know if you do ;0)

I will post a different part of the party everyday this week – food, decorations, activitites, etc  – but to entice you to keep looking – I will have a giveaway EVERYDAY through Thursday!

Starting today…

YAY!!

Here is the tutorial for how to make the “watermelon” ice cream:

**Note: This is one you’ll want to make at least a day ahead

What you’ll need:

1 carton lime sherbet

1 carton raspberry sherbet

1 package mini chocolate chips

A bowl (depending on the number of people you need to serve – choose the correct size)

How to make it:

Soften the lime sherbet and spread around the inside edges of the bowl – leaving a “bowl” inside.

**Note: if you run a large spoon under hot water – you can use the back of it to smooth out the edges.

Place this back in the freezer.

Soften the raspberry sherbet and mix it with the mini chocolate chips.

Spread the raspberry mixture into the lime “bowl”

Use the hot spoon to smooth out the top

Cover with plastic wrap and place in a freezer overnight.

About an hour before you need to serve:

Place your bowl in the sink and fill with hot water right up next to the rim.

Let it sit for about 30 seconds to soften (it may need longer)

Place upside down on a cutting board until it slides out.

Put it back into the freezer until ready to serve – and then slice it like a watermelon!

So – today’s giveaway:

a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart.  That way you can get everything you need to make this yummy & cute treat!

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**Winners will be announced Monday May 7th!**

Tomorrow: A Garden Luncheon (the food)& another great giveaway!!

You’re Invited…

It’s here…the week of the Garden Party for my 8 year old I mentioned in my last post.  I’m hoping to post the tutorials for things as I finish them.

Yesterday was the invitation … you can get the free printable here.

I just used the pre-cut note cards from Hobby Lobby.  You can cut your own if you’d like.  They measure 4″ x 5.5″.  Just stick them in your printer (landscape) and hit print!

To make the tissue paper flower – I used the same tutorial from design sponge that I will be using for the giant flowers – and just shrunk things down a bit.  The following images were taken from their tutorial:

Here are the materials you will need: (again – make them smaller.  My biggest petal was 6 inches)

**Note:  I used hot glue instead of tacky glue.  I’m not the most patient person and wanted a quicker drying time. :0)

Step 1:  Form the smallest petals into a “bouquet”.  Leave enough at the bottom to twist together.

Step 2: Layer the larger petals around the smaller petals until you have a full bouquet.  Play with them and scrunch them until they have the look you are going for…

Step 3:  Scrunch the edges of your center circles.  I used 3 layers of tissue paper – don’t forget to glue the layers together.

Step 4:  Glue a handful of moss into the center.  I got the moss from Lowes in the garden center.  It’s used for hanging baskets…

Glue all of the layers together and Walah…fabulous tissue paper flowers!!

I snipped off the back  where it was twisted so that the flower would lay flat and used hot glue to attach it to the card.

Next Project:  The Ruffled Table Cloth!!

**Erin

It’s my party, and I’ll go overboard if I want to!

At our house – we get a “friends over” birthday party on the 5th, 8th, 12th, 16th and 18th birthdays.  This was decided, because, as I mentioned in my birthday banner post – we have all of our family’s birthdays in a 3 month stretch.  Pretty much every 2 weeks.  It got a little expensive & a lot CHAOTIC!  Thus, the limited birthday parties…

With that said – my daughters 8th birthday is coming up…and she said she would like to have a “garden party”.  So – I wanted to share with you my plans…and if you have any suggestions PLEASE leave a comment!!

Decorations:

Ruffled Table Cloth (tutorial to come later…)

Gigantic Tissue Paper Flowers: brace yourselves – these are SO fabulous!  Are you ready?

Okay…here they are:

You can get the tutorial HERE from designsponge.  I love them, I love them, I love them, I do.  My husband looked at me like I’d lost it completely when I showed them to him.  And then told me to get myself under control a little bit.  But I need them in my life now.  I have tunnel vision.  I see nothing else.

Refreshments:

I want to have several things on my cute cake plates that I can’t seem to stop buying over the years…

Note:  Have you seen the new ones from Martha Stewart at Macy’s?  I could never bring myself to pay that much…but I SO love them!  Especially the little bird on top of the dome. LOVE


But back to the food:  I’ve narrowed it down to:

Macarons – not to be confused with macaroons – my friend made them for our bake group & I’ve been dreaming of them since.  They’ll be perfect for this party.

Here is the link to the blog she got the recipe from.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – in our garden right now we have a TON of strawberries with more on the way!  And they are small little things that are just adorable.  I thought – little mouths should have little chocolate dipped strawberries.  I can’t wait to make them!

Mini Cupcakes (gotta have the cake!)

Watermelon sorbets (I can’t wait to show you these…)

Activity:

We will be making party hats…I will of course share pictures of all of this!

I’m also considering giving each girl a canvas to paint their favorite garden flower on…because my girl is an amazing little artist and LOVES to paint!!

These are my plans so far – if you have any suggestions or want to give me links to things that you think would work well with this party theme – please share!!

**Erin