We had so much fun celebrating my middle daughter’s birthday this past weekend! I did a few fun DIY projects with a unicorn theme, and I thought I’d share them with you today. These unicorn treat bags, unicorn birthday cake and unicorn headband were all simple DIYs that everyone – especially the birthday girl – loved!Continue reading
This past Saturday we celebrated Baby B’s first birthday. I’m still shaking my head as I type this and I’m wondering where this past year has gone. Wasn’t it just last week that I was bundling her up in a piece of ruffled fabric and taking her newborn photos? No, wait… that was LAST YEAR. It’s crazy. As I was feeling rather sentimental over the weekend, I found the strip of ruffled fabric that I wrapped my little newborn in and I transformed it into a ruffled petti romper for Baby B to wear for her first birthday photos. Then, I took some photos of her in front of the same quilt that I laid her on for her new baby photos. It was so sweet and so meaningful!Continue reading
There’s something about a beautifully iced cupcake that’s so elegant and fun. I LOVE making fancy iced cupcakes for many occasions – swirly iced cupcakes are great for parties or special occasions like Valentine’s Day.Continue reading
This past weekend, we threw a birthday party for Little A. She’s turning three, and we had been planning a Frozen themed party for quite some time. Like our Halloween costumes this year, I suggested other ideas, but Little A wanted what she wanted and I gave in. I was happy to hear that she wanted an “Anna” themed party as opposed to the more popular “Elsa” theme, so we had a lot of fun making decorations, favours, and foods that were the colours and feel of Anna’s costume.
We kept the party simple and sweet so that it was budget friendly and kid-focused.Continue reading
My 5 year old is a very particular girl. She specified several months ago that she wanted a “ballerina birthday party” this year. Then, a month or so ago, she clarified that she wanted a “winter ballerina bithday party with lots of light pink”.Continue reading
We had the most fun Strawberry Shortcake birthday party a little over a week ago that I made a simple scrap fabric banner for. It was so very easy to make, and I constructed it with an idea in mind. I wanted to re-use it as a fun dress-up tutu for my daughter!
This is a really simple, quick DIY project that requires no sewing and little material. You could use the banner as party decor, and then upcycle it into a scrappy fabric tutu when the party’s over. It will be Little C’s Valentine’s tutu!
scrap fabric – enough to make about 30 strips that are about 2″ wide and 30″ long
scraps of ribbon or lace (optional)
60″ length of 1/4 elastic
rotary cutter or scissors
Cut about 30 strips of fabric that measure 15″ – 30″ long. I liked the look of different lengths of strips, but you could also make them all the same length. You can also cut some lengths of ribbon or lace to add some texture to the banner / tutu. Cut a piece of 1/4″ elastic that’s about 60″ long.
Starting about 2″ from one end, tie the strips to the elastic piece as shown above. Fold them in half with wrong sides together, and then turn the folded end over the elastic. Pull the other end through the loop created.
Continue tying strips onto the elastic in this manner, leaving about 2″ between each strip as shown. Tie bits of lace or ribbon between the fabric strips if desired.
Your scrap fabric party banner is done and ready to hang! This would also make a fun decorative banner for a baby or child’s room.
To “upcycle” the banner into a tutu, push all of the strips together as much as needed to match the circumference of your child’s waist (my daughter’s measurement was 20″).
Cut the elastic to size. If you have a sewing machine, you can sew the ends together. If not, tie the elastic tightly together.
Now you have an adorable scrap fabric tutu that’s perfect to twirl in!
My oldest “baby” turned four on January 1st, and we had her birthday party this last Saturday. I’ve been throwing her birthday party a couple of weeks after her actual birthday because of the busy Christmas / New Year’s season, and she hasn’t minded (yet!).
This year, she wanted a Strawberry Shortcake themed party. She picked the theme back in June (yes, June!) and explained to me in great detail her vision for the event:
“I would like to look like Strawberry Shortcake, Mama, with red sparkly hair and a strawberry on my shirt.”
(I made this costume back in October – here’s the tutorial – and it did come with a “sparkly” red wig!)
“Can I please have cupcakes with roses and pink sparkles on them?”
(The cupcakes were made with cake mix and iced with buttercream frosting. We made strawberries with homemade marshmallow fondant – they were basically just blobs of red with smaller blobs of green attached and we poked strawberry-ish holes in them with a toothpick. We completed these with edible pink sparkly sprinkles, of course!)
“For a cake, I want Strawberry Shortcake on top with her big skirt on the bottom. OK, Mom?”
(As you can see, I used my Mom Powers to usurp the cake plan a little. I couldn’t bring myself to make one of those cake-bottomed doll cakes, so we came up with this polka-dotted fondant one instead. I put some of her Strawberry Shortcake toys on top which made her happy!)
Side Note:Last year I swore I’d never try making marshmallow fondant ever, ever again. After looking at the price of pre-made stuff this year, I decided to hand make it AGAIN. It makes me so mad to work with! All goes well until I attempt to roll it onto the cake, and then it tears apart (this cake has a patch job). Any fondant tips from experienced cake makers out there would be so appreciated!
I made this fun fabric scrap banner simply by tying fabric strips around a piece of 1/4″ wide elastic (I have plans for it’s use after the party – I’ll share that with you this week), and I made custom labels and treat bag toppers that matched our berry theme.
If you happen to throw a Strawberry-themed party, feel free to download these free printables for your personal use (make sure to print these PDF’s at full size):