Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Birthdays

How time flies. 

It can be a good feeling or quite the wake-up call of, wait another has flown by! 

But another year has flown by and once again both Seren and Carys have celebrated another birthday.

Carys turned 7 and Seren turned 9. And later this year, I have a birthday and nope, not going to lie, but there will be no elaborate decorations for me or me saying what age I'll be LOL

Anyways, back to my darling girls' parties. Carys wanted everything Unicorn, Seren everything Panda. As always when the girls want a themed party, I begin the planning process in January. Yes, you read that right - January. From ordering tulle from Giftsinternational who have such amazing prices, this is the only place now I buy my tulle etc. from. The dollar store is the place I buy all my white, party gift bags from, of which I then make the design match the theme.

I made all the banners for both girls' parties. Cardstock, tulle and printed panda pictures for Seren's party. Heart for Carys' which I used a craft punch for.

The cakes, I made using box mixes, tweaked to taste more like they came from a bakery, and I make my own frosting with cream cheese, marshmallow whip, a little powdered sugar, and heavy cream.

For both girls' we did Adopt a Unicorn and Panda. Each child got to choose a stuffed Unicorn (which I got from Amazon - HERE) or Panda, (I got from Ikea - HERE) use the name finder and make a unique name for their animal, make the name tag and get an adoption certificate. 

Anyway, here are the pictures from both girls' parties :)


                                         CARYS'S PARTY




                           Carys and her friends made Unicorn masks.


They Played Pin the Horn on the Unicorn
(Which I painted)








We had Pizza, Jello, cupcakes, cake, Gumballs, carrots, veggie straws, rainbow marshmallows



The Birthday Girl - Carys :)







SEREN'S PARTY


I drew the Panda, and had my 18 yr daughter Ashton, paint it :)


For girls aged 9 - I though do fabric painting more fun for them then, making panda masks.

I got the Gildan T-shirts from Jo-Anns and Micheals when they were on sale or using 50%/40% coupons :)

We used fabric pens and black fabric paint that I got from Walmart - of which was like $3 for pk of two - one thick and one thin.







We had Pizza, tortilla chips, fortune cookies, Hello Panda cookies, jello, cupcakes to look like pandas, Choc rolls, choc strawberries, Gumballs, and marshmallows.





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Monday, June 11, 2018

Seren's Baptism


As a person of our church, when we turn 8 or join our church after the age of 8, you get Baptized just like Jesus and become a member of 'The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints'.



 SEREN WITH HER DADDY
ME, JASON, SEREN & CARYS

So, when our darling daughter, Seren turned 8 in March we knew she'd be getting baptized. A decision she made also :) 
WE ARE SO PROUD OF HER AND LOVE HER TO BITS :)

Given all that, I began the process of figuring out what THEME to use for her and the family and friends who would come for refreshments afterward.

Which led me to Pinterest and the theme of RAINBOWS


THE WONDERFUL WOODEN CIRCLE WITH SEREN'S FULL NAME AND TEMPLE WAS MADE MY BY ELDEST DAUGHTER JODI WHEN WE WERE IN WALES FOR A VISIT IN MARCH.
JODI HAS A WONDERFUL LITTLE SITE:


 I MADE SIMPLE TISSUE GARLANDS
AND THOSE CIRCLE GARLANDS DANGLING ABOVE THE #8








I ALSO MADE THE TRIANGLE BANNER, WHICH I USED FOR BOTH OF OUR GIRLS' BIRTHDAYS THIS YEAR.
I PURCHASED THE RAINBOW WITH RAINDROPS BANNER FROM ORIENTAL TRADING


THE MORNING OF SEREN'S BAPTISM



 AS TREATS I USED 'TASTE THE RAINBOW' AND SKITTLES. 
I HAVE TO ADD - SORTING EACH COLOR BY HAND WAS TIME-CONSUMING. 
I made cupcakes and used Xtreme sour candy belts as a topper as well as making the cupcake wrappers in the rainbow colors to match the triangle banner and rainbow circle decorations. 



I MADE THE WOODEN HALF RAINBOW CIRCLE FOR THE SUCKERS.
I used templates from HERE AND HERE





How the table looked before everyone tucked into the food and candy and towers of individual rainbow jello.
YOU CAN SEE HOW I MADE THE RAINBOW TABLE SKIRT - HERE
 left to right:
Mark, Me, Jason, Daniel, Jarom
Seren and Michael 
 Breanna, Brad, Jade, Me, Jason, Jarom, Daniel
Autumn, Paisley, Seren and Michael
Seren's big brother, Bradley
and big sister, Jade





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Rainbow Tablecloth


Red and Yellow and Pink and Green
Purple and Orange and Blue
I can sing a Rainbow,
Sing a Rainbow, 
Sing a Rainbow too.


Who doesn't sing that rhyme whenever there's a Rainbow?

I always do :) I can't help it. 

So, when I was perusing Pinterest for ideas for my daughter's baptism theme - HELLO RAINBOW:)

Plus, it goes along with a song that the LDS primary children sing to go along with their Baptism - 'Whenever I am Baptized'.


Here's what I did.

Visited the Dollar Tree and picked up a bunch of plastic tablecloths, minus orange (which Walmart had)

Then came the laborious task of literally being on my knees for two hours for one Rainbow table skirt. I made two! So, four hours! BUT I think it was well worth it. What do you think?


I bought white as my BASE cloth. This is what you'll stick your strips of colored plastic cloths onto.


An easy way to cut the tablecloths is when you pull them out of the cellophane wrapper, keep them as they are. Then all you do is cut them in half LENGTH WAYS!
You will use TWO lengths of each color for one whole cloth. Which is one whole colored tablecloth


Then you begin the long knee hurting, the back-breaking task of sticking each color on. 


I marked my middle first and then joined both strips of cloth. Then taking one of those strips, I measured where the middle of that was and stuck it down. THAT way its easier to GATHER in sections and not be left with either too much or not enough. AND you'll get an EVEN gather
You have to GATHER as you go and stick.



I found it easier to use a yardstick to hold my gathers then taking a clear tape to stick it down



JUST KEEP GOING :)


AND GOING
UNTIL YOU'VE GOT YOURSELF A RAINBOW TABLE SKIRT!







I MADE TWO OF THESE ONES FOR THE FRONT AND ONE FOR THE BACK. I JOINED THEM ON THE SIDES OF THE TABLE

I used some extra tablecloths I bought on top of the table to hide the tape I used to hold the table skirt up.





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