Saturday, April 5, 2014

Backyard Drive in Movie

Remember the joy of a warm Spring evening at the Drive in? We were able to relive those memories in our very own backyard, and add some fun crafting while we were at it!

With some paper plates from the dollar store and a TON of markers and crayons (and some pillows and blankets, too), we transformed simple cardboard boxes into cars for our very own Backyard Drive-in Movie!

We even had a concession stand - and fresh popcorn!

Surprisingly, the kids stayed in their cars for most of the movie! Success!

I really wish I had taken more pictures; but, we were just having way too much fun!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Talulah in the News!

A good friend just called to tell me that my picture is in the Arizona Daily Star for the Purim Festival last weekend at Congregation Ansei Israel. This is so exciting!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Tangled/Rapunzel Party on a Budget

My niece, "Blondie", requested a Tangled/Rapunzel Party for her 7th Birthday and we made it our mission to stay under $200. Which we accomplished by a lot of DIY and Dollar Store finds!

The cupcakes were all baked and frosted at home and we used Wilton ready made candy flowers (using 40% off coupons at Michaels). For a little extra fun, we braided yarn into 4 foot lengths and hot glued on little ribbon roses.

I just had to show off the Birthday Girl's special cupcake :)
I didn't take any good close ups of the fabulous Rapunzel halos! So bummed! These were the easiest project, EVER! Using star wired garland for the headband I just estimated the average munchkin's head size and wound the edges together at the back. Then, I cut LONG lengths of curling ribbons in three shades of yellow and looped them over the back like a topsy tail. The final step was to cut some cheap daisies off of their bunches (on sale at Michaels) and hot glued them to finish the ponytail. The girls LOVED them. I must admit that I wore one all day, as well :)

These adorable frying pans were used as cake plates and were a HUGE hit! We simply hot glued plastic forks to the underside of the small cake plates (all from the dollar store) and VOILA! Instant frying pans!

For Pin the Pan on Flynn Rider, there was a little printing, and a LOT of cutting! This is why we have teenagers, right?!

For the final game, we used crepe paper (another dollar store find) and had a race to see which team could get the most tangled in 2 minutes! This game was so much fun, the kids kept playing long after the game was over!

Overall, it was a huge success and the kids had the BEST.DAY.EVER!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Grandma Jan's 75th Birthday

My Grandmother never asks for anything; so, when she told us that she wanted a party for her 75th birthday we jumped at the chance to make it a party/family reunion to remember!

We had a fabulous time and can't wait to do it again!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Star's Princess Party - with a UNICORN!

Princess Parties are one of the most popular requests for birthday parties today; this birthday girl also loved Unicorns and we were overjoyed to find a local company that would work with us to make her dreams come true!

And I must admit that I was pretty smitten myself!

They even brought a second pony that the kids were able to paint!

Our amazing baker, Lisa Nelson, from Inspired Desserts made a beautiful cake and matching cupakes to coordinate with our theme.

Aren't they gorgeous?! And as a bonus, they were delicous, too!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Emma's Purple Monkey Party

When you ask a kid what they want for their birthday party theme, the answer is often suprising. In this case, my client's daughter, Emma's response was "A Purple Monkey Party"! And a Purple Monkey Party is exactly what she got!

The invitations were one of my favorite parts of this party. I made them all by hand and LOVE how they turned out (although the photo is really crummy)...

We decided on a Banana Split Bar, instead of the traditional cake and ice cream and the kids LOVED IT!
I fancied up the whipped cream and chocolate syrup containers to match the decor.

Then, I put all of the toppings in pretty glass jars...

And a little iced tea & lemonade in my favorite decanters finished off the refreshments...

We played a fun round of Pin the Tail on the Monkey (I drew the silly monkey myself)

and each kid left with a Funky Monkey Cup (with sweet little lavender bows) as a party favor.

We had a great time "monkeying around"!