We only have parties every 3rd birthday in our house as organising parties for 4 kids every year would be a full-time job (plus I’d need a 3rd job to pay for them). So when we do have a party, I like to try to make it ‘next level’. This month my daughter will be having her 9th birthday party with 10 close friends at home. I thought rather than just the usual party bags filled with cheap lollies and plastic noisemakers, I’d try to make it a bit more grown up and special for them. Here is one of the ideas we came up with to include in the party favours. They worked out to $1 each and took about an hour for the 2 of us to put together.
You can purchase these packs studs in an assortment of colours and sizes from most Kmarts for just $2. With only 10 guests we just split a pack in half, but there is no reason you couldn’t break them down further if you were to have more guests.
Image from http://www.kmart.com.au/
The background ‘thank you’ note was created on PicMonkey which is a really fun and easy editing website that even the kids can navigate. I inserted the image into a Word document to make it easier to adjust the size and estimate how big they needed to be on an A4 page.
Once we decided on an appropriate size for our image, we simply printed and cut them out and stuck on the strips of card that came with the earrings, using a glue stick.
Then it was simply a case of transferring the earrings over to the new home pushing them through the pink layer of paper.
If you plan on doing this project buy one more pack than you need as unfortunately some of them did break as we were removing from the cards – but at $2 for 10 pairs it’s hardly worth complaining about nor making another trip to Kmart. 🙂
And there you have it. Thank you cards with a gift, all for $1 each plus a bit of ink and paper. Happy party planning. 🙂
How cute are these? And so simple to make if you can get your hands on a few cheap materials. All Tizzied Up and her girls put these together as little Christmas gift bags.
All you need is some tulle in your choice of colours, a cheap elastic headband and some small calico or reusable bags (available at most $2 shops) and some ribbon or other embellishments if you choose. Oh, and a hot glue gun, of course!
Cut the tulle into lengths long enough to reach the bottom of your bags when folded over. For these bags, that was 30cm. You can buy tulle in 15cm wide rolls, this makes the job a lot easier than cutting the strips from a large piece, it is quite fiddly to work with. Fold the now cut strip of tulle in half and push the folded part through the bottom row of the head band so it is poking through a little, then thread the 2 loose ends through the loop you have just created and pull tight. Repeat this process right around the head band. Stretch over the bag and hold in place with a few spots of hot glue.
For the embellishment on the above bag, several ribbons were secured with hot glue, then piled together and stuck down, finishing off with a fabric embellishment. You could use anything though, buttons, curly ribbons, or just leave it as a plain skirt. Here is another example that All Tizzied Up made for my DD as she is a huge Peppa fan.
More detailed instructions available by running over the photos below.
What you need
Cut into 30cm lengths or as long as you need to cover your bag when folded over
Fold in half,
push the folded end through to create a loop,
Pull loose ends through the loop to secure
Repeat until you have a mini Tutu
Gather then strip and cut off any uneven ends
Flue to your bag (card is to stop glue sticking back together
Glue ribbon loops
Glue on top of each other.
Add embellishment if desired.
Tutu Bag Complete.
As kids get older, it becomes harder and harder to think of party ideas. But my darling niece, a girl after my own heart, decided she wanted a Mexican theme for her 10th birthday party. Now that is my kind of party! I couldn’t wait to help out!
Due to not getting the guests approval to post their photos, I have left out the games. There was however,
- Best dressed senorita
- Pin the moustache on the donkey
- Donut eating competition
- Dance off
And that was plenty of entertainment for 2 hours. The make your own taco bar was a hit, with everyone going back for seconds.
The bold colours associated with the theme made it really easy to decorate. Reds, yellows and green for plates and cutlery, and of course colour coded jelly cups! They always last about 10 seconds. My sister managed to pick up heaps of cool sombrero, cactus, donkey etc, cut outs from $2 shops which finished off the decorating nicely. The ‘jumping bean juice’ are just cheap soft drinks, I created the labels in word, printed and covered with some cheap contact while they were still warm (so the contact actually stuck). Slow cooking the meat over night also meant less prepping before the party in the morning. I can take no credit for the cake though, that was the work of the birthday girls mother, who really needs to update her blog.
Piñata and cake.
Salsa, guacamole, refried beans and a variety of things to dip in them.
Shredded beef, chicken, guac, sour cream, cheese, soft and hard tacos.
Mexican themed decorations.
So, in conclusion, heaps of fun, pretty easy to put together, and appropriate for all ages. Hope my kids want to do the same, mmmmmm, guacamole…