Friday, February 28, 2014

Farm Animal 1st Birthday Party

Howdy, partners! Hang on to yer hats, because I have a full post today! For our son's first birthday, we recently celebrated with a farm animal themed party. I went a little crazy with the crafting (it was just so fun!) so I'd like to walk you through our home to show off the details that made the day so special. 

I was on a budget, so I tried to use things we already had on hand. It was fun going through the house and gathering together all of the items with a rustic or country flair to use in decorating. For the crafts, I tried to use materials I already had as well, or knew would get used again after the party.

Starting in the living room, this is the mantel display. On the left are a framed picture and a photo cube with pictures of our son. On the right is a chalkboard frame I made a over the holidays (I actually made quite a few, as you'll see) that I drew a large number 1 on. The small candle next to the frame is in a mini mason jar. The focal piece is a large frame backed with chicken wire, which I clipped 12 photos of our son to. Each month after he was born we took a photo of him in the same chair so that you could see the progression of his growth over his first year. Hence the 12 photos. :)

Here you can see the chicken wire better, and our happy boy on his first birthday!

Hung from the mantel is a burlap banner that I made and stenciled the word "howdy" on. The burlap and paint I already had, and the stencils were purchased at Michael's with a coupon.

I also decorated with toys and books that went along with the farm theme. I sorted through our son's stuffed animals and collected all of the farm animals (with some liberties) for a "petting farm".

All of his farm board books!

Our dining table was covered in our usual table cloth, but dressed up with a red bandana, some white mums in a galvanized flower bucket, and more candles in mini mason jars.

I turned our rolling kitchen island into the drink station, AKA the Watering Hole! There was both water and raspberry lemonade.

I used pint sized mason jars for drinking glasses, topped with cute little daisy lids. So fun! The blue and white stripe straws I already had on hand from another party.

These French doors are off our dining room. More stenciled banners!

I'll be sharing more details on how I made these banners next week. Stay tuned!

Now on to the food! I realized as I was going through my photos of the party that I apparently only took pictures of the desserts. Oops! This is the smash cake I made for the birthday boy. It is a double layer 6" chocolate cake with butter cream frosting. I didn't trust my cake decorating skills, so I decided not to try and attempt a fancy barn cake or cow print fondant, as cool as those would have been. Instead, since our boy loves his pinwheel mobile so much, I decided to top his cake with paper pinwheels.


The largest pinwheel in the center also had a number 1 on it. Each pinwheel was hot glued to a bamboo skewer and cut to a different height, with the main pinwheel being the tallest.


These cupcakes may have been my favorite part of the party. I made farm animal cupcake toppers! There were horses, pigs, cows, roosters, chickens and ducks.

I used Papertrey Ink's On the Farm dies to die cut farm animals out of black card stock. I then sandwiched a toothpick between two die cuts to create the toppers. Easy and cute! The red gingham liners were a score from the Michael's $1 bin. I initially baked the cupcakes in white liners, and then set them in the red liners after they had cooled. That way the red gingham pattern remained vibrant rather than getting dulled by grease, which usually seems to happen when I use pretty liners to bake with. I used a 1M star tip to frost the cupcakes and did a happy dance that they turned out so well. Thank you Wilton for this step by step tutorial!

And finally, here are the napkins. These are actually leftover from our wedding reception! They are paper, but so thick they are almost like cloth. They measure approximately 16" square, so I folded them into quarters and rolled them like I would have if they were real linen. I used jute twine as napkin rings and set them in a wire basket.

Whew! That was a lot and if you are still with me thank you so much for sticking to the end! I hope something I shared inspired you. It was a very special day for our family, thank you for letting me share some of it with you!

Happy Birthday, Titus!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Farm Animal 1st Birthday Invitation

My sweet boy had his first birthday earlier this month. I can't believe my baby is now a toddler! To celebrate this huge milestone (believe me, my husband and I felt like it was a huge accomplishment to have kept a person alive for a whole year!) we threw him a farm animal themed birthday party. Most of his favorite books center around a farm theme, so it was a perfect fit. I had so much fun planning all the details and especially making the decorations!

Of course I had to make the invitations. So many invitations are sent online these days, which is fine, and I have been known to do, too. But for this one, with a small guest list of close family, I wanted to introduce the theme of the party with some special handmade invitations.

The black text was created in Word on my computer and printed on some lightweight white card stock. I then went in with various stamp sets and dies to add some fun.

The banner across the top was stamped with images from PTI's Banner Builder set.  The row of dots are from A Little Argyle, also PTI.

The red stars are from Banner Builder as well. To create the number 1, I used my By the Numbers dies. I like the scale of it in relation to the rest of the card. It's not every day your young man turns 1, let's make it big! The chicken was die cut with my set of On the Farm dies. I rounded the corners of the white text block, as well as the red mat. The red mat was also impressed with my Chicken Wire impression plate. Inside, I printed all of the pertinent party info, with similar embellishments as the front.

I'll be back later this week with more details from the party!

Stamps: A Little Argyle, Banner Builder (PTI)
Paper: Kraft (PTI), Real Red, Pacific Point, Basic Black (SU!), white
Ink: Real Red, Pacific Point, Summer Sunrise, Basic Black (SU!)
Tools: On the Farm die, By the Numbers die, Chicken Wire impression plate (PTI), corner rounder punch

Monday, February 3, 2014

Welcome Home

Happy 2014! It has been a busy start to the new year around here and I can't believe how fast time has gone by. I truly meant to start blogging again in January; how is it already February? Next week a certain young man will be having his first birthday. What?! How is my baby almost one already? Though by the way he crawls along and walks while holding my hands I know toddlerhood is not far away. Bittersweet. I am currently entrenched in party planning and getting ready for the out of town family that will be coming to stay next week. It can be hard living so far from family, especially with a little one, so we are blessed that all of his grandparents and aunts are making the trip down. Hopefully I'll have some cute birthday party photos to share. Fingers crossed that all goes well! :)

In the meantime I wanted to share this housewarming card. My parents moved into a beautiful new home in December and we were able to stay with them over Christmas. Moving into a new house (and then having house guests come to stay) a few days before Christmas certainly adds some spice to life! Ha! So this card was both a housewarming card and a thank you for hosting us over the holidays.

I used lots of my favorite PTI products on this card. The wreath and sentiment are from Wreath for All Seasons, with the wreath stamped on a Mat Stack 1 die cut. The sentiment is stamped on a Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio die cut. The pattern along the bottom is one of the images from Tin Types. The Kraft layer is impressed with the Woodgrain impression plate and sewn onto a card base of Rustic Cream. The buttons in the upper left I believe are from PTI's Vintage Cream button collection.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Wreath for All Seasons, Tin Types (PTI)
Paper: Kraft, Rustic Cream (PTI)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Lavender Lace, Old Olive, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Embellishments: green satin ribbon
Tools: Ribbon Tag Trio die (Spellbinders), Mat Stack 1 die, Woodgrain impression plate (PTI)