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Tea Party Surprise

Everyone thought they were attending my 30th birthday party. But I had a lovely surprise for my guest. This was a fun way to announce the new addition to our little family. So towards the end my husband was in charge of the recording so ignore his excitement. The game was a circular scratch-its underneath each tea cup. Each tea cup had one letter with a matching color so when guest got together with the same color they could make up the word/phrase (“we” “are” “having” “a” “baby”).
Thank you family and friends!
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Happy 1st Birthday Carter

I have seen this little girl grow up so fast…She has a big hearted family that loves her so much and we only want what is best for her. Her Aunt Michele with her kids put together Carter’s first birthday party. And invited us to her home. They had the whole house decorated with pink and purple streamers, butterflies all around, and had a lovely table/high chair decorated.

I wanted to make sure I had a “Turning One” picture so I had Max, Carter’s Uncle & my husband, to help me set up a photoshoot. I made paper banners, and cutout butterflies for the backdrop. And since I wasn’t sure what she would be wearing I quickly made a tutu with butterflies gems and cutout a paper crown for her to wear.

It definitely took everyone to get her to sit-still and look pretty. Thank you for sharing this moment with us. Take a look at at Flickr for more process pictures.

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Happy 30th Birthday Ben

img_0501This Friday we threw Ben a birthday party before he headed off to Disney World with his girlfriend. I was so busy that I forgot to take pictures of the process.

AND I had couple of bumps along the way… As you can see (picture on the left) the cake was made for a 3rd and not 30th bday party. Things happen and you just have to make it work. Happy 30th Birthday, Ben. I hope you had fun and thank you, everyone who attended.
How Party Decorations were made (pictures below of decorations):
–> I made couple of banners with recycled calendars. Cut the calendar in a triangle shape and punch two whole on the top edges to hang.
–> Added ears on the black paper plates. Two black circles and hot glue on each side. 
–> Made “30” paper cutouts to hang around the gazebo with my cutter.
–> Made a cake topper for Ben with my cutter.
–> Made decorative jars. I used a jar, black paper cutout to go inside, and glow stick.

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Birthday Overload of Cutenss

img_7925I am so happy to be able to be part of the customers’ special day. I do enjoy making these mini pinatas (and other party supplies) and love to hear their stories. When I don’t know the story I like to imagine what they are for… and what kind of party or type of person. I had someone order two pink whales and my mind thought “oooh twin’s party or baby shower.”  Love Love it!

I remember making these with my mom when I was younger. I remember putting my tiny hands in her home-made glue in this cooking pot and slapping it on the balloon. I never thought of the process until now. I can see why she did the things she did. Home-made glue is lot easier than Elmer glue (which is what I use). I cherish these making pinata memories and happy to be able to share one of my families traditions.

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MegaMan Party

DSC_0009My nephew turn 10 this year and he requested a Megaman party. I still remember this little boy had a pig party, couple years back, and now we are doing video game characters. AND the next thing you know he wont want a birthday party- he’ll out grow that too. But for now we continue the birthday party at home and included his stuff-animals as part of the party.

PARTY SUPPLIES
1) I created Megaman & Megaman Zero helmets as party hats (available to print: RED, BLUE), by photoshop-ing out the characters faces.  Then creating two holes for on each side of the hat. Push the ribbon through each hole and tie a knot to hold it.

2) Baggie Suffers: cutout megaman coloring pages by outlining Megaman silhouette (don’t forget to add crayons), healthy snacks, toys, and bubbles. I stuff the items into a small lunch bag for the kids.

3) Custom cake/cupcake toppers: I used the Megaman character’s logo to create the cake topper. I added more wording to make it more personal. Then I cutout little red and blue helmets for the cupcakes. And with the extra paper material I created star confetti to decorate the table.

I added little details of the Megaman character around the birthday party. More pictures below:

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Pet Home Magazine.com

ContextpagePet Lovers! Jax’s Paw-ty was featured on Pet Home Magazine. The magazine has lots of great information and lots of fun stuff for pet owners. Remember during the holidays >>  keep our pets safe. Lots of our human treats are harmful for our furry friends. To read more about Jax’s Pawty article, the safety tips, the authors, designer of the magazine, and more– go to: Pet Home Magazine Issuu.com

 

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A Dog Pawty (Jax’s 1st Bday)

DSC_0424It starts with a great idea and a loving mother who has lots of time to throw her little princess her 1st (Puppy Jax’s, JackRusell & Westie) birthday pawty.

HOW TO ORGANIZE A PAWTY:
1) Pick a theme. We (Jax and I) decided we would share all of her favorite things. Balls, and stuff animals, toys, plus her favorite color, red.
2) Pick a date. Sunday would work best for all of our furry and human friends. And a small brunch in the backyard would be perfect (at our house) with all of her friends.
Design Invitations: I designed Jax’s invitations and mailed them out as soon as possible to family and friends. I used Jax as my model for her invitation. I also layered her face in the invitation for color and 3d effect. For the envelop I used a rubber stamp from Rubber Hedgehog (Westie dog) and paw print from Judith Stamps. We personalized each invitation with our furry friends name and made sure to invite their human parents too.

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3) Decorations. Buying decoration can be expensive so I made everything myself. I start off with making a list for myself to keep me on track.
-Making a “ONE” Pinata: Click on the link to learn how to make a pinata. I used a pull down effect (like the baby shower) so Jax could pull on the string and have the treats fall down. She was so adorable that Kia (her Boxer Furry Friend) tried to help her out.
-Jax’s Paper Banner: I wanted to create something different so I cutout her letters J-A-X and cut out bone-shapes instead of triangles.
-Doggy Party Hats: I made different sizes of party hats for different sizes of doggies. Small hats for small dogs. And big hats for big dogs. *Gather cardstock paper, stapler, scissors, and string. I used Judith paw stamp and white paint to make the party hats look like dots. Make a big circle in your cardstock paper and form a cone shape by overlapping the two corners then staple.*
-Balloons. I used three white balloons, made a face using a sharpie pen, and tape the side of the balloon with cutout paper doggy ears.

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4) Plan what to eat.
To make this easy on me, I picked up groceries for her human friends and furry friends.  I had to get two cakes. I called couple of Portland dog stores and not many places had gluten free cakes. I finally got frustrated and decided to bake the cake myself until Christina, a family friend, offered to make the cake for Jax. Printed out a receipt and off we went to order a human cake (Jax’s loved her Gluten-Free bacon birthday cake).

We also had these great Cake Toppers from Brittany Hampton Design, also a great family friend. The adorable custom cake topper definitely represented Jax’s special day. It’s an excellent idea to express the creativity of the event. I’m not sure how many dogs can blow out a candle, but Jax’s doesn’t know that trick yet (hehe…which daddy helped), but a cake topper is a great way to decorate your cake.


-Table Decorations: I start with laying the table clothes to add color. Price $3.00.
Doggy lollipops: Cover the lollipop with tissue paper and make paper ears to hot glue on the side. Make them look like doggies. Price $3.00 for 5 lollipops.
-Make paper hearts and paper paws cutout to label the human and dog food. Hearts for humans and paw prints for doggies. Home Supplies.
-Plants: Got 2 red mugs (from the Dollar Store) and planted grass from my backyard. Price $2.00.
Put Doggy Treats in containers with paw prints that I got from the Dollar Store. Price $2.00 plus treats.
-Use Jars to put bones and nutrition bars. Cookie Jars that I already had.
(As you can see I got most of my supplies from the Dollar Store and just added my artsy touch. Most of the cost comes from the food, but other than that this is very do-able).

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5) Party Favors to say Goodbye. I reused the small brown paper bags from the grocery store and used a stencil of a paw print that I made. Painted it red and stamped Philadelphia foam stamps from Making Memories. This is what went in the baggies:
-Ordered Balls
-Bought Doggy treats
-Doggy poop bags
-Stuff-animals for “Adopt a Pet 4 Your Pet” basket.
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6) Party Dress. I made Jax’s birthday outfit. We wanted to make sure she looked her best. A simple tutu with a white sweater. I’m not sure why I decide on white when it rains in Oregon, but I wanted her to pop from the red decorations.  *I cut the tulle fabric into strips and hot glue the strips inside the elastic band. For Jax, I cut the inside strips shorter so she can move.*  We got up early to bathe and do her hair with some old-school rollers. 

We are lucky to have amazing human friends that came early to help decorate and make food. Jax got many wonderful gifts that will keep her busy for days. Thank you family and friends!

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Comes from the HEART Party

IMG_8033Recently, we had a small surprise party for a friend, Shulie, in our backyard. We decided on Wednesday night to throw a kosher BBQ party on Monday, due to religious rules.

Theme:  “One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel alright,” is the motto we should all follow. Plus, Shulie really likes Bobby.

Made decorations: We cleaned up the backyard, put up a tent, make/paint a table, and put some of my vintage furniture outside (take a look at Jazzy’s Vintage for more), hung a window on the Maple tree. Then I reused and painted bottles to us as props, flower vases, or aesthetic purposes. I made a stage with cardboard musicians as the backdrop and painted Red Hot Chili Peppers logo all over the stage and ground (her favorite band). I also found time to make paper hamsa (3 different designs) to use as a banner and flower decorations. Oh yeah, and I made 2 heart pinatas to go with the theme.

Pictures:

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More pictures of the party: flickr

 

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Birthday Fun Ideas

IMG_5980For Melina’s birthday I created fun items:
1. Starting off with an “M” Pinata, which turnout out to look like the Monster Inc. logo and colors.

2. Reuse tin cans for plants,

3. Cardboard bubble message, and Paperbag vase holder, for those times when you need an extra hand to carry all your gifts. I made a cup sleeve with handles for her flower vase. Original or not, I thought it was a brilliant idea.

 

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Marine Layout

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Check out my new layout. I created this layout for Max’s surprise birthday party.  Max is a marine engineer, whatever that means, I just know that he’s always busy. He designs, builds, and maintains the tugboats.  He has lots of funny stories that he loves to share about the crew.  But honestly all I can do is picture in my mind what he does since I can’t go with him. I’m sure it’s a beautiful sight.

Print, Cut, Fold, and glue. Take a look at my pictures below.

You can download the layouts for free under crafts: http://www.jazzyscreation.com/