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On The Farm: Cow Themed 1st Birthday Party

On the Farm: Cow Themed 1st Birthday Party

The little man recently turned a year old (!!!), so of course, we had to celebrate. Always itching for an opportunity to design and be crafty, I dove in head first and let everything else go while I was in party planning mode. I then remembered that I have a blog and that I should probably blog about it, so I had to remember to take good pictures, too! #bloggerproblems

Since I did actually think ahead this time, almost everything you see in this post is available either for purchase or as a free printable (yay!). You can find a list of products and links to their source at the bottom of this post! On the Farm: Cow BirthdayI chose a farm theme for Vaughn – his Grandpa is a strawberry farmer, and Vaughn seems to have an affinity for one of his cow toys, so I thought it would be a really cute party and super fun to plan for if we held it at Grandma & Grandpa’s house.

On the Farm: Cow Party - First Birthday

It all started with the invites. I started playing with the cow idea and drew up this cutie. The whole theme unfolded from there with the red font and cow splotches all over the place. 🙂

I loved the tag shaped invite option on Zazzle, so I used that as my canvas, and opted for the natural colored paper instead of white. Much more farm-y, don’t you think?

On the Farm: Cow Party Invite

The back side of the invite has all the details for the party.

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When you purchase the invites, they come with plain-jane envelopes. I considered making some cute labels or something, but why go through all that effort when I can design custom envelopes! Right?

On the Farm: Cow Party Envelopes

They even have cow splotches on the inside. Hello Cuteness!

On the Farm: Cow Invite Envelopes

Once I dropped the invites in the mail I started working on all of the fun for the big day. Utilizing Zazzle’s crazy huge selection of customizable goodies, I started adding the party’s mascot to favor boxes, favor tags, paper plates, and a onesie for the birthday boy!

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favor Boxes

How cute are these little guys?

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favor Boxes

I really love the tags, and they come with the twine!

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favor Tags

So my next mission was to figure out what to put in these little boxes for the kiddos that were coming to the party. Amazon to the rescue! Farm themed rubber duckies….

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favors

…cow tales…

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favors

…farm animal STICKERS!

On the Farm: Cow Birthday Favors

I wanted a banner or bunting with Vaughn’s name on it, and decided to just make my own printable bunting, punch some holes in the triangles and string some twine through.

On the Farm: Cow Party BannerWhile I was at it, I made a couple of flags for cake toppers, and some water bottle labels (seriously, I can’t stop once I’m on a roll). All of these are available to print below!

On the Farm: Cow Party Printables

I couldn’t wait for the big day!

On the Farm: Cow Party Display

This display was inside, and Grandma and Grandpa’s house tends to be pretty dark so it was very hard to take decent pictures. The close-ups are better!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Cow CakeGood old Albertsons did an amazing job yet again with the cake! I used bamboo skewers for the cake topper flags (taped them on). I purchased a package of the red bandanas on Amazon to use for decoration and handed them out to the kids as well.

On the Farm: Cow Party - Cow Smash CakeVaughn got his own cake to dive into. And he totally did!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Water BottlesThe printed water bottle labels – they fit on both the mini and regular size Arrowhead water bottles.

On the Farm: Cow Party - Cake PlateseCake Plates!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Milk BottlesI found these milk bottles at Target in the party section, and filled them with jelly bellies (french vanilla and chocolate pudding to be exact).

On the Farm: Cow Party - Favor BoxesMilk BottlesThe favor boxes, all packaged up and ready to go!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Name BannerThe printable name banner with red and white twine. The secondary banner is from Target!

On the Farm: Cow Party - HighChair BannerI found this great chalkboard banner at Target too, along with some chalkboard pens (my new favorite). I wrote the letters and used two types of twine to string through the banner and tape on to the highchair. The highchair is very special – it’s an antique my Mom purchased years ago, and every grandchild has spent ample time in it during their baby days. Vaughn is probably the last one. Certainly from me. LOL

On the Farm: Cow Party Birthday BoyMe and the Birthday Boy! Notice his onesie? 🙂

On the Farm: Cow Party Grandpa’s wagon made a great place to put the presents!

On the Farm: Cow Party Veggies first, then Cake!

On the Farm: Cow Party - Smash CakeYep. I think he likes it.

On the Farm: Cow Party Do you see the remote control in his hand? He wouldn’t put it down… and since it was his birthday, I wasn’t about to take it away from him. Sorry Mom. 🙂

On the Farm: Cow Party - First Birthday

Where to Find All the STUFF:

Free Printables!

@Zazzle:

@Amazon

@Target

 

*The above links are affiliate links. I will be paid an itsy bitsy amount of commission if you click through and make a purchase. 😉 

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Toddler Easter Candy Free

Candy Free Easter Basket, Eggs & A Gift Idea for Teacher!

Toddler Easter Candy Free

Candy Free Thomas the Train Easter Basket

Toddler Easter

This guy LOVES Thomas. It’s all Thomas the Train, all the time. Sadly, I know all of the character names, all of the songs, and every movie in existence right along with him. Such is the life of a toddler mom! So, when it came time to put his Easter basket together, I HAD to put some Thomas goodies in there. The Easter Bunny couldn’t mess that up, right? So using my super-sleuth shopping skills I found a plethora of Thomas goodies at Target to fill his Easter Basket with.

 

 

We live by the beach and spend many days there throughout the year so the trunks, rash guard and sunglasses were a must.  Thomas the Train Easter Basket

I realize the Cars socks from the One Spot don’t exactly fit with the theme, BUT the kid has another, yet slightly less, obsession with McQueen. Thomas the Train Easter BasketSome movies, a book and some containers filled with stickers to finish it up. I just shoved it all in a big yellow bucket with some tissue paper. Easy Peasy. Thomas the Train Easter Basket

Yeah, he totally rocked the Thomas gear. I wonder what he will be into next year?All Thomas All the Time

Candy Free Eggs

Logan’s school has a no-candy policy for their Easter Eggs so I decided on bubbles and stickers. What toddler doesn’t love bubbles and stickers?! I found this cool set of eggs with a handy-dandy giant carrying egg at Target, along with the bubbles and the pad of stickers. Candy Free Easter Eggs

I cut up all the stickers – – make sure you’re comfy, this takes a while.Candy Free Easter Eggs

Stuff those eggs!Candy Free Easter Eggs

And we’re ready to go!Candy Free Easter Eggs

What are some other fun little candy-free things to pack into these eggs? Some of the things Logan got from his friends: Temporary tattoos, shaped crayons, and those parachute men!

Personalized Easter Gift for Teachers

Target always has the greatest things in the One Spot (the dollar bins!). I found these adorable tin baskets and post-it notes and thought they would make really cute gifts for the teachers at Logan’s school. Personalized Easter Gift for TeacherOf course, I added some chocolate and a Starbucks gift card… had to make it worth their while! I wrote their names using a Sharpie paint pen, and added a cute little tag to make it complete. Personalized Easter Gift for Teacher

What are some other good gifts for teachers? Share your ideas! Something like this can really be gifted at any time — like teacher appreciation, valentine’s day, end of school year, christmas, etc.

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I Dig You, Valentine!

My three year old is obsessed (OBSESSED!!!!!) with all things construction lately. We happen to have a lot of road work and building going on ’round these parts too, so every time we get in the car and leave our neighborhood, my son is in his glory – calling out the names of every construction truck he sees. Digger! Excavator! Bulldozer! Crane Truck! Dump Truck! Jackhammer! Forklift! Oh yes, he knows them all. I do too now, thanks to him. 🙂

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share his obsession with his classmates, so I started digging around online (see what I did there?) and found these cute little pull-back diggers on Amazon. Digger Close Up

To make them cute, my good friend Target helped me with some felt hearts and party bags, and I created my own little digger valentine on cardstock (Thank you, Google Images). 🙂

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Sticky dots, always. ALWAYS.

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A little hole punching here…

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A little twine there…

twine

BOOM!

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A super cute and totally rad valentine that won’t give the kiddos a sugar rush or cavities.

 

 

You’re Welcome.

Make Your Own!!! supplies

  • Get the Diggers HERE. (You could instead do construction stickers)
  • Get the Printable HERE (Name is left blank so you can write it in)
  • Twine — Target, your local craft store, or my favorite, The Shipping Guru
  • Baggies — Target in the party aisle or your local craft store
  • Felt Hearts — you can get anywhere, OR you could simply use a heart punch on cardstock, OR forget the heart all together and just hole punch the valentine.

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DIY Nursery Mobile

DIY Paper Nursery Mobile

An affordable and easy project for baby’s room!

What would Baby #2’s room be without some crafty goodness from Mama? Due in early May, I have less than 10 weeks to go, so the pressure is ON! I have to get his room ready for him so it’s nice and cute and Stickelberry-like.

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I made a mobile for Logan’s room the last time I was pregnant following this tutorial here that I found in Parents magazine, and while it did turn out cute, I found the process very awkward and had to re-do it several times to get it to hang right. Even still to this day the center hoop is off center and the whole thing is just slightly imbalanced. That bugs. The strands also fell off several times (thank goodness I didn’t hang it above the crib), so I ultimately re-attached each one using thick sticky dots. Here is a picture of Logan’s mobile – his room theme is Sock Monkeys!

So, I decided to come up with my own plan… for Baby #2’s room, the theme is a little more contemporary and simple, so I wanted a simplified mobile. Fewer stands, fewer circles…

Simplified Mobile

Simplified Mobile

I hit my local Michaels for the supplies and decided that instead of using the embroidery hoops, I would use a squared wooden dowel — well, two dowels, criss-crossed (I cut a long one in half).

Squared Wooden Dowel..err...Stick?

Squared Wooden Dowel..err…Stick?

I picked out the paper I wanted to use in my nursery room’s colors (White, Grey, Navy, Orange), and some jump rings and went home and got to work. Since I do have a decent selection of craft tools and had made one of these mobiles before, I already had some of the other basic supplies: 2″ hole punch, keychain ring, thin wire, exacto knife, thread, mini pliers.

Supplies

Supplies

Of course I had to throw in some bling — I just adore the silver glittered checkerboard card stock I found in the scrapbook paper aisle! The Navy has a nice sheen to it too – it’s quite beautiful.

Paper and Card stock in Baby's Color Scheme

Paper and Card stock in Baby’s Color Scheme

I started typing up a summary of how I made this ting, but it was a little wordy…. so it’s better to explain with pictures! 🙂

I hope baby likes it!

DIY: Paper Mobile Tutorial

Supplies:IMG_6691

  • Scrapbook Paper or Card stock — I used 1 12×12 piece for each color except the orange scrapbook paper and the silver glittery card stock. I used 2 pieces for those because they are not double sided. Depending on the colors/paper you choose, plan accordingly as you’ll need to punch out extra circles and glue them to the backs of the ones that aren’t double sided.IMG_6731
  • Jump Rings — found in the jewelry aisle. Mine are 9mm and came in a package of 85 pieces. I have many leftover but I couldn’t find a smaller package.
  • 1 Key Chain Ring — also in the jewelry aisle. I had a pack of them from other projects.
  • Tape Runner– I used my favorite one, Elmers! You could also use regular glue, sticky dots or your other paper adhesive of choice.
  • 36″ Squared wooden dowel/stick — these come in a variety of sizes. Choose one that suits your style!IMG_6694
  • Thin Wire, Thread, Yarn, Shoelace… whatever you want to use to attached the dowels together, attach the strands to the dowels, and to hang from the center. This isn’t an exact science – be creative and use what works for you!
  • Tools — 2″ hole punch, Exacto knife, pliers, hole punch (mine is 1/8″); again you don’t have to use the EXACT same tools as I do!

I measured the dowel and marked the halfway point (18″), then measured and marked where I wanted to hang the strands (every 3″), marking an ‘x’ where the two dowels would cross each other.

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Measure out where you will cut the dowel, where the two pieces will cross, and where you will hang the strands

I used the exacto knife to cut the dowel (the wood is very thin and pliable).

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Nice, clean cut from the exacto knife

Nice, clean cut from the exacto knife

I then used the exacto knife to notch out the center of the dowels where they would cross so they fit together like a puzzle piece.

IMG_6698IMG_6700I made a groove at each marking for the strands as well so that the wire I used to secure them would sit nicely and not move.

IMG_6696Next, I put the dowels together and used a piece of the wire to secure the two pieces …my piece was about 8″.IMG_6701

Dowel pieces secured using notch and wire.

Dowel pieces secured using notch and wire.

Now on to the fun part — punching circles!

Punch Therapy

Punch Therapy

Woops – be careful not to do this 🙂IMG_6737

*ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: If you use scrapbook paper or single-sided card stock, depending on your color scheme or preference, you may want to punch two circles for each one that isn’t double sided — otherwise it will be white. That may or may not matter to you… it did to me so I used a tape runner (Elmer’s is my favorite) to glue two circles together for the orange and silver circles.

 

Glue two circles together to make them double sided if needed

Glue two circles together to make them double sided if needed

Once you have all your circles punched out, play around with your pattern or sequence for your strands. You can have them all the same (important if you’re doing a rainbow or ombre theme!), but I decided to have one dowel with one pattern, and the other with a different pattern, so it was mixed up a little.

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And now for some more fun… punching holes!

More Punch Therapy

More Punch Therapy

My hole punch is 1/8″ – you can use whatever size you like, but make sure not to go too far in to the circle, otherwise your jump ring won’t have enough room. I went in about 1/8″ from each end of the circle. IMG_6730Have I mentioned I LOVE anything that glitters?

So pretty...

So pretty…

*CRAFT BONUS: Confetti!IMG_6727

Now comes the labor intensive part. Attaching the jump rings. It isn’t difficult, it just takes time. You can use pliers if you need to, but I found it was quicker and easier to just use my fingers – I found the jump rings pretty easy to bend and put that together.

IMG_6735Link up all of your strands – be sure to put one at the very top of each strand, and no need to put one at the bottom!

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All linked up

Now, to attach the strands to the mobile – cut a piece of wire for each strand. I cut mine about 1/2″ in length.

IMG_6739Next, simply loop the wire through the top jump ring, and wrap it around the dowel, nesting it into the groove that you carved for it earlier. Repeat for each strand.

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Loop the wire through the jump ring and wrap it around the dowel

Loop the wire through the jump ring and wrap it around the dowel, nesting it into the groove

Almost finished! This part I forgot to take a picture of (sorry!) but you can see how it is put together in the next picture…

IMG_6780Take the keychain ring and connect it to the crossed wire in the center of the two dowels. Then connect a jump ring to the keychain ring, so you have the dowels hanging from the two rings. Take your string or ribbon or fishing line or shoelace (whatever you’re using) and loop it through the jump ring. This will allow your mobile to spin nicely and keep it from turning lopsided.

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Connect keychain ring to crossed wire, then connect a jump ring to the keychain ring and loop your hanging material of choice through it

I tied my string in a knot and hung it from one of these bad boys..IMG_6764And here it is, hanging in the nursery (to be revealed later!)

Finished!

Finished!

That’s it! Not too bad, right? Definitely worth the effort for a super cute homemade mobile for your little one..

XOXO, D

 

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