Superhero Party Part 5

3-D letters spelled Gavin’s name as part of the table decor

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For party favors, we made superhero capes and masks that came in “TOP SECRET MISSION” boxes.  Each cape was personalized with initials on them.  Each box also came with a superhero badge for added fun! We found the ID badge printable here and just put them in plastic badge holders.

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The kids got to be SUPERHEROES for a day (or two…according to their moms, some even wore them to Target the next day!)  It made it so worth the late nights sewing these together.  Thank you, Mdm. Zapata, my high school home economics teacher, for those lessons on how to hand-stitch pajamas!  Who knew they would come in handy one day!

Comic-book Style Superhero Party Part 2

One of the things you can’t do at Chuck E. Cheese’s (probably for a lot of venues) is hang decor from the ceiling or on the wall.  So I was ALMOST not going to use the comic book banner I made out of actual comic book paper.  Then I came up with a solution!  I floated 2 giant 36″ balloons (in blue and red with big white polka dots) on each end of the table and tied the ends of the banner to them to hang it across the table.  Because the paper was light enough, the balloons were able to dazzle quite nicely over the kids’ table.

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Backyard Anniversary

I came across some gorgeous gold-toned party supplies the other day and thought to myself, this would be the perfect decor for anniversary parties!  (I also thought, gold for anniversaries… hmm… nothing ground-breaking, but nonetheless, still super gorgeous!)  I was so convinced that if I were to plan someone’s anniversary party, I would definitely use these!  So, I gathered some great photos and other supplies that “matched” my gold-toned party finds to incorporate into my party planning and share with you all on here … and then I came across this:  A beautiful and sentimental backyard anniversary party by Nikki of Tikkido.  She threw the most amazing anniversary party for her parents, recreating details from their wedding which was 40 years ago.  I, being a hopeless romantic, was truly moved as I scrolled through the photos and read about all the details.  But how could you not be moved?  It was thoughtful, meaningful, personal… every definition of how and what an anniversary celebration should be.  And although my original party finds would still be great anniversary party decor, I had to put that on hold for now and share this backyard soiree with you so you, too, can marvel with me! Here are some of the photos and details that just blew me away.

The first thing that really caught my attention were the photos from her parent’s wedding.  Everywhere you turned, there was a visible reminder of their love and how it’s remained through the years.

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Nikki said she went with a ton of daisies and baby’s breath (the same flowers used at her parents wedding) and “modernized” it a bit with other flowers in the same yellow and white color family.  Love how she incorporated lemons in the mix!

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But the loveliest of all details, to me, was how she re-created the same cake from their wedding using the same design and recipe (Almond Apricot Cake) and even using the original cake support used at the wedding.  Even more astounding was that she baked it herself!!!  I’d give anything to be able to plan my own parties AND bake everything at the same time!  AMAZING.

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  Obviously, I wasn’t there and don’t even know this beautiful couple, but because of how Nikki personalized every aspect of this party, I feel as though I know them and can’t help but wish them many more wonderful years of marriage to come!  There are many more exciting details from this party to swoon over!  So, to read the full story and view the entire photo album, click here.

Best Craft Supply I Bought This Week

I know this product has been around for a while (it has to have been) because, come to think of it, chalkboard is not something you find growing naturally in your backyard (or anywhere for that matter.) I’m talking about Chalkboard spray paint! I remember going to school and always sitting in the front of the class (yes, I was THAT student), copying everything down from the board onto my Lisa Frank notebooks (remember those) and inhaling all that chalk dust. I, especially, loved writing on the board. Often times, my teachers would call me up there to write notes and lessons for the class to copy and I would happily oblige. There was something about that little white piece of chalk in my hand and a huge blank blackboard. Maybe it was just the inner nerd in me, but it felt like an open invitation to unleash my artistic side and create something beautiful to look at!

So, the other day, while at the hardware store, I saw it. A shiny can of Krylon chalkboard paint perched up on the shelf like a king on his throne (I swear, I saw the heavenly glow around it and heard triamphant music in the background.) Alright, I’m exaggerating… but that is just how excited I am about this stuff! I, immediately, went back to my workshop to complete a project I had been working on for months, my wooden treat bag holders. These wooden treat bag holders are stands where you can put your goodie bags to display them and make them easily accessible to your party guests. It decorates your dessert table or candy buffet table and not only makes it look pretty, but keeps all the bags in order. I had made them available for purchase a few weeks ago but always thought something was missing. (You may have noticed them in previous blog posts.) I wanted to find a way to have my customers personalize these for their parties. I thought that being able to let your guests know that they can fill their goodie bags with treats to take “For the Road…” or “Treat Bags Here,” or even “Love is SWEET” was a great way to personalize it. And with my chalkboard spray paint, I was able to do just that.

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These lovely (and functional) stands are available in pink, yellow, white, and gold at Ceferina Sweet. Other great uses: wedding program holders and birthday card holders.

More fun uses and ideas for Chalkboard Paint/Spray Paint:

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Getting organized like The Picky Apple and HGTV.

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Give your guests directions to your party (as seen on Babble) or put up announcements at the front door like Life Love Larson.

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Celebrations At Home shared a wonderful idea on using chalkboard paint as a dessert table backdrop and labeled each indicidual treats that way. They also did it for their drink station and bar. How fun is this idea!

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I can’t post something (especially an arts and crafty thing) without mentioning the brilliant Martha Stewart. Not necessarily using the mighty chalkboard spray paint, but you get the same effect for your dining/party tables by covering them in black paper and using chalk to write your guests names. Thought this was eye-catching.

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Easter Eggsplosion!

I know Easter is tomorrow and some may think it’s too late to start planning for an Easter party… but I say, it’s never too late!  These fun and easy ideas will make it look like you’ve been planning this seemingly Eggstravagant event for weeks!

To start off this Easter blogpost,  I’ve gathered some ideas that were perfect for egg decorating.  They seem simple enough, using materials we all probably have laying around the house somewhere and others you can find at your local convenience store.

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Sharpie eggs by Alisa Burke.  Whip out those Sharpies and doodle away!  Another simple egg decorating idea is taking a correction pen (Whiteout) to brown eggs as seen below in See Jane Blog.  Whiteout can even be used on the plastic eggs to draw on your decorations.

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Graffiti Art Eggs by Paper N Stitch (below).

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Lace Eggs by Martha Stewart (above).

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A fun one for kids By Wilma using decorative paper napkins.  What I love from her DIY tutorial is that she used napkins she found at Walmart!

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More decoupage eggs by Martha Stewart.

Get those Sharpies out, some cute paper napkins, scissors, mod podge, and paint brushes and start preparing for an awesome Easter!