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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

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Children's Art Gallery

Children’s Art Gallery

Children's Art GalleryYour child brings home an amazing work of art, so of course you need to hang it up — put it on display for everyone to ooooh and ahhhh at, and to show everyone how proud you are of your little Picasso (and it gives your little ones all the feels). So on the fridge it goes…. but really, your little artiste deserves so much more! So why not create a gallery just for the kiddos?

This is a super simple project for even the not-so-handy, and of course you can personalize or change it up however you want — I’m just giving you the basic idea to get started if you want to make your own.

I chose a wall in the kids’ playroom to do this, where I had the space and where the pieces of art would fit right in with the “decor.”

I found a banner that was double sided, with some funky colors and patterns on one side, and a chalkboard surface on the other.ย It came with some great twine, but you can always find your own in any color. Children's Art Gallery

You could also make your own bunting using scrapbook paper, use or not use the chalk feature, purchase or print letters on your own, etc. The sky is the limit on this one. Children's Art GalleryI wrote “A”, “R”, and “T” out on the three of the pennants, and strung the twine through the holes. (If you’re using scrapbook paper, you’ll need a hole punch).Children's Art Gallery

To hang up the banner I just used push pins. ๐Ÿ™‚pushpins

For the artwork hangers, I found a bag of these cool chalkboard clothespins and decided to take the extra pennants from the banner I wasn’t using and cut out a shape to stick them to. clothespins3

I used my good old standby, the sticky dots. Children's Art Gallery

On the back of that stack I used a mounting square and stuck it to the wall. They come off easily, and leave no marks. ๐Ÿ˜‰ wallmounts3

Cute, right?Children's Art Gallery

My son’s Montessori school does the most beautiful art projects and he is always SO excited to bring a new one home and hang it up in the gallery. When it’s time to retire one, I take a picture of it with my phone and upload it to artkive — this great app that lets you create hardcover books of your kid’s artwork!

The Stickel Art Gallery… featuring the works of Logan G. Stickel.

Children's Art Gallery

Do you have an art gallery or wall for your kiddo’s masterpieces? I would love for you to share them with me!

Until next time!

xoxo, D

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Last Minute Irish Mantle

St. Patrick’s Day in the Stickelberry House

Framed and ready for display!

Framed and ready for display!

 

As I mentioned before, St. Patrick’s Day has never been a big “To Do” in my house, but I wanted to at least do a little something for my little man. I shared with you a Free Printable that I created – I’ve framed that and found a few other items to put up on the mantle to make it festive.

Everything came from Michaels – gotta love that store! And right now, all of the St. Patrick’s Day decor is 50% off, so if you’re looking for some last minute items, go there first! This frame was 40% off and I had a coupon for an additional 25% off of all frames. Love my Michaels app with instant coupons!

 

 

I made a simple mini-bunting using scrapbook paper – you know I love my sparkles! I found this great gold piece and a muted polka dotted green piece.. I cut out a few triangles by hand (nothing fancy!).

Pretty Papers... Pretty Ribbon...

Pretty Papers… Pretty Ribbon…

I punched some holes and strung them on a bright glittery green ribbon that I found in the $1 ribbon bin near the door (score!).IMG_7098

I’m often working right next to or even ON my laptop.

Workspace.. or lack thereof

Workspace.. or lack thereof

I found this awesome little chalkboard in the dollar bin too (double score!).

Lucky to Find This Guy for $1

Lucky to Find This Guy for $1

The greenery in the vase is from the St. Patrick’s Day decor section – they are clovers on stems, and they sparkle too!mantle1

…and that’s it. Nothing major, but it gives the house a little bit of cuteness and makes it festive for Monday’s Corned Beef & Cabbage meal. :o)

Our Irish Mantle

Our Irish Mantle

Looking for that Free Printable? Look no further!

St Patricks Day Printable

 

 

 

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Crayola Birthday Party

A World of Color

Crayola Party for Logan’s Birthday: An Easy and Fun Birthday Theme Idea

It didn’t take me long to come up with a theme for my little guy’s birthday this year. I’ve always wanted to do a rainbow party, but I needed an idea that was more Logan appropriate… after all it’s his party, not mine. He LOVES to color (aka scribble) and has an expansive collection of crayons to choose from when creating his masterpieces. We color with him, and if he doesn’t like the color we are using, he will promptly place a new color in our hands. He knows what he wants!

I thought an invitation that looked like a box of crayons would be cool. I looked around online and couldn’t find what I was looking for. Last year, for his Carnival themed birthday party, I procrastinated and waited until the last minute so I had to scramble to get it together. I found a great designer through Etsy (Check her out! Frosting & Ink ) who customized the invites and other printables.

I thought maybe this year I would try to do them myself. We were also only inviting family, so even if they didn’t come out all that great, I would only be slightly embarrassed. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Crayola Party Invite Front

Crayola Party Invite Front

Crayola Party Invite Back

Crayola Party Invite Back

I found an image of a crayon box online (Thanks, Google Images!) and played with it – a little tweak here and there, and voila! Logan had his own personalized crayon box. For the back, I used the same image but removed all of the content in the center so I could add in the invite details.

I made some wrap around address labels for the envelopes to match, and printed them on sticker paper.

Wrap Around Address Labels

Wrap Around Address Labels

Once those were all printed and mailed, I got to work on a few other things for the party. I needed some basic decor – not too much since the party was going to be at a restaurant – and I needed to make treat bags for the little ones. I also needed something for the kids to do at the party (only 2 hours), and since it was going to be a Crayola party, I thought maybe it would make sense to have them color? With crayons?

For decor, I decided on a bunch of colorful balloons (every color of the rainbow!), some rainbow streamers, and a rainbow table cloth. I also got some colorful party hats and a fun cake hat for Logan (which he did NOT want to wear, btw). We put several tables together in the center of the room to make the coloring station, and the table cloth wasn’t long enough so I put a red one on one end and a blue one on the other, and put the rainbow table cloth on top. All were disposable!

IMG_6489I provided an assortment of coloring tools: crayons, markers, colored pencils, plain white paper, and some of those velvet coloring posters. The posters were a hit with both the girls and boys! For fun I added some jars of Play Dough, and in the center of the table, a tub of wet wipes to clean up messy little hands!

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The posters were a hit!

 

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Coloring station with crayons, markers, colored pencils, paper and posters. Play Dough for fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to make a bunting or banner that said “Happy Birthday Logan” so I used the same theme as the address labels to make individual triangles (1 per letter) and printed them out.

Happy Birthday Bunting

Happy Birthday Bunting

I used simple red curling ribbon to string all of the letters together. We didn’t have a great place to hang it up, but we ended up settling on an open window that was inside the restaurant.

Hanging Happy Birthday Bunting

Hanging Happy Birthday Bunting

The treat bags are always fun to put together for a party. I ended up getting almost everything online, except the bags which I scored at Target for really cheap (I think the pack of 10 bags was less than $4).

In the bags: Crayon bubbles, a giant inflatable crayon, a tub of play dough, a rainbow lollipop, and a red crayon in the shape of the first letter of the child’s name. Everything but the letter crayons was purchased from Amazon!

Treat Bags

Treat Bag Contents

Aren’t the letter crayons great?! I have to give a shout out to Posh Paper Creations on Etsy for whipping these out (10 of them) super fast and shipping them to me in time for the party. They are adorable and come individually wrapped, ready to drop in the bag!

Crayons

Personalized letter shaped crayons for the party guests

I wanted to make some matching tags for the outside of the bags with the guests names on them, so I used the same theme as the address labels and bunting.

Gift Bag Tags

Treat Bag Tags

Here are the bags!

Treat Bags for the Party Guests

Treat Bags for the Party Guests

Last but certainly not least was the cake. Now, I like to bake – I REALLY like to bake – but I will admit when my skills will fail me, and that is decorating a cake that I want to look like a box of crayons. I found a great cake idea on Pinterest and took it to my local Albertsons (they have a fabulous team in the bakery!), and they were able to make it exactly how I wanted it. Very affordable as well, I might add.

Crayon Box Birthday Cake

Crayon Box Birthday Cake

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The party went very well – it was nice and short (just 2 hours), everyone got to eat great food since we were at a local burger eatery, the kids all had something fun to keep them occupied, and Logan had a really fun day. Since I designed and printed a lot of the materials myself, the investment (other than time) wasn’t as hefty as it could have been. In total, it was less than we would have spent going to a bounce warehouse or other indoor party venue, where the kids run around like maniacs, the adults are pulling their hair trying to keep them safe, and everyone eats less than appetizing pizza for lunch.

Here’s my happy guy enjoying his very special day!

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

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October Happiness – My Mantle and an Easy to Make Bunting

Soooo… I know it has been a while since my last post. You know how it is, life just gets in the way of creativity sometimes. But I believe I am making a comeback, and it all starts with my favorite month of all months: October! I love the fall, even though we don’t have much of one here in Southern Ca, and I just love Halloween. It’s the whole fantasy thing – the chance to use your imagination, to dress up in a fun costume, pretend to be whatever you want to be – whether it’s your favorite character or something you’ve created all on your own. It’s so creative! The kids dressing up, getting all excited about candy and the sugar high that follows eating it all..and.. the Halloween decorations — pumpkins and witches and bats and skeletons.. and vampires – I love me some vampires!

My first order of Halloween business is always my mantle. It goes through several iterations each year because I am slightly obsessive about it, but the picture above is my first iteration for this year. My mom has already commented that she doesn’t approve of my son’s baby picture next to the black sparkly skull, but alas – you can’t please everyone!

The bunting was actually made last year and it was so easy to do, I thought I would share the method with you. Even the least craftiest person can pull this one off! I don’t have detailed pictures, but I don’t think you’ll need them! I was going for a shabby chic look, but you can use any paper & any colors you want to match your decor.

Easy Boo Bunting

Easy Boo Bunting

Supplies:

  • Scrapbook Paper of various designs — I used 3 different designs and a sheet of Burlap that was in the scrapbook aisle. Get the large 12×12 sheets.
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Martha Stewart’s Crow Cutouts (I got mine at Michaels)
  • Glitter or Flat cardboard letters — you can buy them in a packet at the craft store, or if you’re crafty and you have a Cricut or Silhouette, you can make them!
  • Sticky dots or glue if the letters are not sticky-back

Directions:

1. Cut out triangles from the scrapbook paper — make them as large or small as you want, there is no rule to how big they need to be. I made mine fairly large, but was able to cut two out of each sheet of scrapbook paper.

2. Use your hole punch to punch holes in each corner of the base of each triangle (the top if it is hanging down). If you decided to go with the burlap, don’t use the hole punch, just use a pen or exacto knife to whittle a hole through each corner without cutting the burlap. It frays and you could lose your hole otherwise…

3. If you use the crows, they come with sticky dots that you can use to adhere them to the paper or burlap; I used a few extra just to make sure they wouldn’t come off.

4. Depending on the letters you use, if they have sticky backs, great! If not just use some sticky dots or glue to stick them on there.

5. Cut your length of ribbon to your mantle, hanging as low as you want to go, and thread it through the flags in the order you want them displayed. If you look at mine closely, I started threading on the underside of each flag so that there is a section of ribbon at the top of each triangle. You can do it the opposite way as well, so that less ribbon shows — it’s up to you.

6. Hang it up!

I Would love to see your pictures if any of you decide to make one of your own — and now that you have the easy method to make a bunting, you can make one for every holiday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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