Friday, April 16, 2010

Princess and the Frog Birthday Party

My oldest girl just turned 3. She is quite a beautiful and fun little girl and is quite girly. I couldn't figure out just what to do for her birthday party because we needed to invite a couple boys until I found a frog cake pan in my basement. (My mom had given it to me years earlier and I had completely forgotten about it.) "THAT'S IT," I thought. A Princess and the Frog birthday party will be perfect because boys like frogs too.

This is the cake which inspired the theme.

Mint Ice Cream Frogs. (Cut a large green gum drop in half and put a drop of black icing for the eyes. The mouth is a little candy lime slice.)

As the kids came to the party, they each got a frog hat to color. (I got the hats from oriental trading, here, last year for a carnival. I added the eyes at the top and used a black marker to draw on a frog.)

After the kids got done coloring their hats, we played "Stick the Kiss on the Frog," like pin the tail on the donkey. (I made the frog and lips in Photoshop. I got the frog from Little Dreamer Designs, Hello Sugar by Michelle Coleman. I added the crown and made the lips. I blew up the frog and printed it on 4 white card stock pages and took it to a print shop to get it laminated.)

Next we went outside and played "Mamma Odie May I." (find the pattern here.)

We also played Musical Lily Pads, like musical chairs. (I cut lily pads out of green 12 x 12 paper and played music from my ipod.)
We gave these to our guests as party favors. (I found the bags at Target, but they could easily be made at home.)
Some fun things for the party favors:
  • frog bubbles
  • frog pencil toppers
  • plastic frogs
  • frog and/or princess stickers
  • green playdoh
  • green gummy frogs

Happy Birthday Banner

I made this birthday banner from scraps of fun fabric that I already had. I finished it the day before my 3 year old's birthday. When she woke up in the morning and saw it, she got really excited and wanted to start opening her presents right then.

Some of the letters are harder to read than others. I plan on top stitching around each letter to make them stand out a little better, but I ran out of time for that before this birthday party. I'll get to it later. We'll have this banner for years.

The tutorial comes from the Moda Bake Shop: HERE.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Easter Skirts

I finished the girls' skirts and head bands for Easter. I love how they turned out and can't wait til they get to wear them to church tomorrow. (We didn't go to church on Easter Sunday because it was General Conference and we were able to watch it from our own home.)

The original pattern for the larger skirt is the Pleated Girly Skirt from One-Yard Wonders. I made it my own by adding the pleated edge at the bottom, the ribbon, and the flower. I had to modify the pattern for the little girl's skirt (since there were no dimensions for a 9-12 month old).

Monday, April 5, 2010

March Challenge - Green

The challenge for this month has been "Green" and that is exactly what I have been doing. Making things to sell and make a little "green."

Here are a few sneak peeks at what I plan on selling at a boutique this coming fall.
7 balls, 4 hats, and one onesie down... much more work to do.