Top 10 Party Tips and Behind the Scenes

 

 

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Behind the Scenes: A Beauty Salon Glam Birthday Party with Mini Doll Salon via lilblueboo.com

 

Here’s the behind the scenes from Boo’s party and some of my tips for preparing a similar party….or any party for that matter!  You can see the full original Party Post with all the pretty photos here.

The decor was actually pretty simple.

I like to set up one main food and treat table that is the backdrop of the party…..hanging different types of poms.  I bought the pink tissue poms this year but the rest of the poms are from past parties. The lanterns are great because they are large and fold flat easily. I just recycle them all and repaint them if necessary. Spray paint is a great way to get all decor to match perfectly!

 

The Decor: A Beauty Salon Glam Birthday Party with Mini Doll Salon via lilblueboo.com

 

 

I have a sun problem on our patio for early parties….so last year I bought 2 bolts of 108″ muslin to cover the entire patio and block out the sun!  We hang it from the roof (a few gallon jugs filled with water are great to keep it in place if you have a flat patio…..other wise a few nails can keep it up)….it folds up easily for storage too. The best part is that I can pin bunting and other party decor to it…..and you can create a great backdrop for photos.

Creating a Backdrop: Lil Blue Boo's Top 10 DIY Party Tips and Behind the Scenes via lilblueboo.com

I always buy generic type items that can be reused year after year. I also look for items that can be packed away easily in a large bin. I just re-spraypaint items to match the new theme.  I have large white bowls and platters that can be used with any theme. I use large paper mache nesting boxes and hat boxes to add height to the tables (just re-spraypaint them!)

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Playing Card Favor Bags (A Tutorial)

Circus playing card muslin party favor bag tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Part of Miss Elle’s Circus Party! I helped Lisa make these cute party favor bags using some old vintage playing cards I found at my Mom’s house this summer.

 

Circus playing card muslin party favor bag via lilblueboo.com

 

Vintage circus playing cards are by Whitman.

 

Vintage Circus Playing Cards via lilblueboo.com

 

Each card has a different circus image on it and I scanned a few into my computer so I could print the images onto transfer paper. I’ve seen some great vintage circus images at Silver Crow Creations if you can’t find playing cards. 30-One on Etsy has some fun sets of playing cards too including the circus ones.

 

Vintage Circus Playing Cards via lilblueboo.com

 

I was able to print 8 card images onto each piece of transfer paper. I used super soft transfer paper from Dharma Trading and Lisa ordered muslin party favor bags from Spice Shoppe.

 

How to make favor bags with any image via lilblueboo.com

 

Transfer paper makes an easy iron on:

 

How to make favor bags with any image tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Cut out the transfer and place face down onto the bag. The trick is NOT to use an ironing board…..you should use a hard surface like a table or the floor and place protective brown paper or an old t-shirt on your surface to protect it. Follow the directions of the specific transfer paper you are using. Then you peel the backing off of the paper and the bags are done:

 

 Favor bag tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

A cute circus themed treat bag for your guests!

 

 Circus theme favor bag tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

More printables and tutorials to come! Click below to see all the posts related to the circus party so far!

 

Circus Party via lilblueboo.com

Circus Party!

Elle celebrated her 4th birthday over the weekend and the kids had a blast and left on a sugar high. Here is a preview of her circus themed party! Elle loves reptiles, and this is as close as she will ever get to owning any! So much more to come: pictures, tutorials, and free printables! We will tell you more about her outfit and show you the cutest, and easiest party favor bags you can make! Stay tuned!

 

Circus Carnival Birthay Party via lilblueboo.com

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"No Sew" Bunting and More Spring Peeks!

 

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Lisa and I planned a quick little photo shoot in the backyard on Tuesday and invited a few friends over. Lisa couldn’t find her fabric banner/bunting she’d stashed away so we had to make a quick version because we wanted it to hang in the background. It turned out so cute and added just the right amount of color:

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I know many of you don’t sew and this is an easy way to make a birthday banner or some pretty bunting for a boy or girls room!

Materials needed:
Spray adhesive (acid free)
Liquid Stitch
Variety of fabric for flags
Pinking shears (or regular scissors if you don’t mind a straight edge)
3 yards of 2″ grosgrain ribbon

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Here is a template you can use……just resize it depending on the size of banner you want.

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com

For each individual flag, spray a layer of adhesive to the wrong sides of 2 pieces of fabric:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Press the two pieces together flat and trace out your triangle:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Use pinking shears or regular scissors to cut out each flag. Pinking shears will give you the zig zag edge:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Iron your the grosgain ribbon it in half along the entire length:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Using Liquid Stitch, attach each triangle to the bottom half of the ribbon…..

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
…..alternating colors:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Lastly, apply liquid stitch to the top of the triangles…

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
…and press the top half of the ribbon closed:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
You can easily personalize or spell out a message using spraypaint too! Just cut out your shapes or letters to make a stencil using contac paper or adhesive shelf paper:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Stick the stencil directly onto your triangle flag and spray a thin layer of paint across the top:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Easy and no sewing involved!

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Here’s a behind the scenes shot of Lisa photographing Boo. We strung the bunting between 2 ladders in the corner of my backyard:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
I was so happy with how both the banner and mini photo shoot turned out! We invited a few friend with older girls over to model some outfits for the spring line.

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
It’s amazing how much easier it is to shoot a willing model than a toddler! These girls were naturals!

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Boo was sulking at first because she didn’t get to wear the purple headband….she informed me that purple is her FAVORITE color:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Once she saw the older girls having fun she changed her mind:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
So cute!

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Even Diesel was thrown into the mix!

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
I’ve had so much fun designing a full spring line! More to come this week! Spring line should be in the store on January 24th!

Speaking of designing…are you working on your next big design?

 

 

Butterfly Birthday Party

Lisa here! Miss Elle turned 3 over the weekend! She requested a butterfly themed party and mommy delivered. It was butterfly overload! This was probably the easiest party to throw together. I’m going to tell you how I did it!

1. Party decor is focused entirely around the table. I rent child size tables and chairs from a local party rental company along with the table linens in a color to coordinate with the theme. I wrap tulle around the chairs for a little something extra.

2. I was inspired by this picture over at Martha Stewart. Instead of cutting out paper butterflies I opted for artificial butterflies, and I hot glued them everywhere ;-) Let me recommend Just Artifacts on eBay for the lanterns. You can search for artificial butterflies on eBay as well. These are going in Elle’s room, they will look so cute!

Butterfly Birthday Party Decor Ideas via lilblueboo.com

 

Butterfly Birthday Party Decor Ideas via lilblueboo.com

3. I can’t take credit for the centerpiece. This was my mother’s idea. We realized about 20 minutes before the party that our moss needed a little something extra, so she cut down a branch off one of the neighbor’s trees and hot glued butterflies on it. It turned out pretty perfect.

Butterfly Birthday Party Decor Ideas via lilblueboo.com

 

Butterfly Birthday Party Decor Ideas via lilblueboo.com

4. Upon entry to the party, our little guests received a pair of wings and a skirt. All purchased at the dollar store. If you don’t shop at the dollar store for party favors you are missing out! Plates and napkins were also purchased at the dollar store!

Butterfly Birthday Party Decor Ideas via lilblueboo.com

5. I hire someone else to entertain my kids, so I can enjoy some time with the other mamas, sit back and take pictures, and enjoy all the yummy food ;-) Is that wrong?

Butterfly Birthday Party Decor Ideas via lilblueboo.com

 

6. I decided to go with cupcakes this year. Wow, that made things so much easier! Last year it was about 100 degrees and cutting a cake while you have 15 kids waiting for a slice was a lot of pressure and I will never do it again!

 

Butterfly Birthday Party Decor Ideas via lilblueboo.com

That’s pretty much it! You too can throw a dreamy butterfly party for your little one. I’m not sure who had more fun, me or Elle ;-)

 

 

A Very First Birthday Outfit! (& Tutorial)

cupcake applique tutorial via lilblueboo.com

My friend Jenn asked me to make her daughter Callie’s outfit for her big first birthday bash in a few days…..complete with cupcakes, ruffles, sprinkle fabric and a single birthday candle!

cupcake applique tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com
The cupcake applique and sleeves of the onesie have matching pink tulle and sprinkle fabric ruffles.

cupcake applique tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com
The skirt is made from Jona’s Evelyn Apron Skirt pattern (without the apron) using Michael Miller’s “Cupcakes on Pink” fabric and some cute sprinkle fabric I found at Joann’s. I modified the size 2 to fit a one-year old.

cupcake applique tutorial 4 via lilblueboo.com
Closeup of the cupcake applique:

cupcake applique tutorial 5 via lilblueboo.com
The contrasting sprinkle trim on the skirt:

cupcake applique tutorial 6 via lilblueboo.com
To make the bottom part of the cupcake I applied Wonder Under to the back of a dark brown fabric and then cut it into 1/4″ strips.

cupcake applique tutorial step 1 via lilblueboo.com
Then I ironed them 1/4″ apart onto white muslin, curving slightly to resemble a baking cup shape…..

cupcake applique tutorial step 2 via lilblueboo.com
…. and trimmed it into the bottom of the cupcake shape. I appliqued the bottom cup, the top of the cupcake, a candle and flame onto a onesie using Wonder Under and stitched each shape around each shape to secure. I used one row of stitching for each brown fabric strip on the baking cup.

cupcake applique tutorial step 3 via lilblueboo.com
For the cupcake icing I cut a few strips of pink mesh tulle…..

cupcake applique tutorial step 4 via lilblueboo.com
……and sewed down the middle of each piece, holding the top spool lightly in place every few inches, to create gathers (a little trick I learned from my friend Vanessa over at V&Co).

cupcake applique tutorial step 5 via lilblueboo.com
I tied the thread ends into knots on each end to secure the gathered pieces and then hand stitched them onto the top of the cupcake.

cupcake applique tutorial step 6 via lilblueboo.com
I repeated these steps for two small strips of the sprinkle fabric for the very top of the cupcake.

cupcake applique tutorial step 7 via lilblueboo.com
I made similar ruffles for the sleeves and hand stitched them around the cuffs.

cupcake applique tutorial step 8 via lilblueboo.com
The finished outfit for an adorable Callie Jane!

cupcake applique tutorial finished via lilblueboo.com

Happy New Year to all of you! We are staying in tonight. I have to come up with my submission for next week’s SYTYC contest by tomorrow!

A baby book 35 years later….my venture into scrapbooking

My husband’s birthday was yesterday. I’ve been working on his present for 6 months! I have this elaborate baby book that my mother made for me when I was younger that I often pull out to compare my baby photos to my daughter as she grows. I wanted him to have one too so I decided I would find everything I could from when he was younger and make him one. Let me just tell you….I had NO IDEA what I was getting into. I wasn’t there when he was growing up, I don’t know the context of the photos…..it was hard.
Brett’s father Barry and stepmother Gale live here in the desert and gave me two big boxes full of stuff that I don’t even think Brett knew existed. It was a ton of stuff to sort through but the boxes were a treasure trove! In the boxes I found baby photos, hair clippings, report cards etc. Kathy, Brett’s mother, recently found a bunch of cards that were given to him from his birth. Going through the other things she has sent over the years, I found his baptism certificate, birth certificate and footprints.
Here is the finished book and photo of just a few of the pages:
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The first page…..
A baby book 35 years later, my venture into scrapbooking 2 via lilblueboo.com
I had Brett’s mother write out some of her memories of his birth: who was at the hospital, bringing him home, his nursery……
A baby book 35 years later, my venture into scrapbooking 3 via lilblueboo.com
Photos of Brett’s first birthday and an envelope I found with a lock of his hair…..
A baby book 35 years later, my venture into scrapbooking 4 via lilblueboo.com
His 1st grade photo and report card! When Sienna, our daughter, smiles REALLY hard, her bottom teeth go in front of her top teeth….Brett’s teeth do that in this photo! It is great to see where she gets some of her characteristics…..
A baby book 35 years later, my venture into scrapbooking 5 via lilblueboo.com
Football photos…..
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An old ad Brett was in for Crisp ‘n Tasty Pizza…..
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It was a great birthday. Very low key. Brett’s dad and stepmother joined us for a dinner of grilled chicken, greek salad, balsamic brussell sprouts, and grilled corn.
Sienna and I spent the afternoon making a huge banner out of construction paper. Sienna also picked out a “Cars” balloon to decorate the table.
A baby book 35 years later, my venture into scrapbooking 8 via lilblueboo.com
Sienna helped blow out the candles on the low fat cherry cheesecake “birthday” cake.
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