Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Princess Party Decorations How-to


Lets start from the base up.

TABLECLOTH -
We purchased a plastic pink tablecloth from Wal-mart (super cheap) and it came two in a package. We used a plate as a stencil for our scalloped edge. Here are the photo step by step directions:

Items Needed:
- Plastic Tablecloth
- Scissors
- Pencil
- 6" plate (for tracing template)

1: Fold one table cloth in half long ways then fold again matching the short sides together (you are going to be making a scallop on both edges of the long side of the tablecloth).

2: Place your plate on the tablecloth starting at the short side's fold. *Make sure you are tracing the semi-circle on the open edge (not the folded).
3. Start your pencil at the plate's midpoint and trace around the bottom of the plate to the other side's midpoint. (You are only making a semi-circle.) Move the plate over and make your next semi-circle. Continue until you reach the other side of your tablecloth and if your plate doesn't allow for a full scallop on the end just trace as much as will allow. Ours was about half way off (we even tried 3 different sized plates to try and make it fit but alas, no...).


4. Carefully cut out your scallop - note that the tablecloth is very slippery, it is like cutting satin so just take your time and go slowly if you would like a smooth edge.


5. Unfold and place on your table - VOLIA! Beautiful and girly tablecloth for CHEAP! These tablecloths are a little see-through so we used the uncut tablecloth over the top of this one to create a more solid color. Plus our table was extra wide and we needed the extra width.


FLOWERS -
I am not going to take all the credit on these beauties. I found the tutorial for these coffee filter flowers on Pinterest. The original tutorial is from Aunt Peaches. The giant pom pom flowers are a tutorial from Martha Stewart. Follow the links for the tutorials on how to create these yourself.

We attached the giant pom poms to the ceiling with fishing line and thumb tacks. I also wanted the table to feel like a princess sanctuary so I created the draping effect with 6 yards of tulle from Wal-mart. I would have liked it better if I had doubled that amount to get a greater thickness. I attached the tulle to the ceiling by pushing two thumb tacks through the tulle straight into the ceiling (being sure to center over the table). Next take a long length of fishing line and loop it around the tulle and pull up to desired height. I just hooked it onto the curtain rod behind the table but you could also attach it to the ceiling with a thumb tack if needed. Do this on both sides and now you have a royal looking backdrop.


We made the smaller pom poms on the table were made using the same method as the Martha Stewart tutorial we just cut the tissue paper sheets into quarters. They are so tight and fluffly, they were my favorite.



FOOD LABLES -
I created these food labels in Photoshop by using the flower shape that comes standard with the program. There is an outline of the same shape and that is what I used to make the pink border. The image size was 4"x4" and the font I used was Albemarle Swash. (Follow the link for the free font!) They turned out so fabulous! I just taped them onto the vessels or boxes. On the ring pop apothecary jar I used a length of ribbon to wrap around the lid and then cross behind the label and tape in place.


Be sure to check out the full post of the Princess Party and come back tomorrow for the details on the food and party games. If you need more party inspiration you can click on the Party tab at the top of the blog and see all the parties I have created!

Thanks for stopping by!

Madeline

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Princess Party: DIY Invites



I created castle and drawbridge invitations for the Princess Party. I wanted to keep things simple so I drew up a shape of a castle and cut it out of a grey-ish paper.

Next I cut the the tops of the castle out of a purple paper in three triangles. Two small and one large.

After assembling them all together I used a purple/pink glitter to outline the tops of the castle points.

If you want the castle drawbridge to open then you need to cut out a half oval shape without going all the way through the bottom of the paper. It is best to do this with an exact-o knife. I also glittered the edge of the cut out drawbridge and used glue to write a cursive E on the front and glittered it as well.


Then I created the wording and printed it on pink paper with purple ink. I glued it to the back of the castle so when you open the drawbridge it showed the wording. It took some adjusting in my word processing program but it finally worked out perfect.

The wording went like this:

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, 
Princess Ella is turning 3!


Come join us as we celebrate
this princess who is really great! 
The royal celebration will be held
at the Grandparent's Castle. 


1234 N Street Lane on February 25th from 10 a.m. till 12. 


We will have perfectly princess-y treats
and fabulous games - sure to pick up your feet. 
Only your finest royal attire will do. 
We only require a can of food from you. 


We ask no gifts to be given; please
Ella will donate the cans of peas. 


We decided to request that no gifts be brought because Ella has plenty of toys and I know what it is like to try and figure out a cheap gift for your kids friends - not always the most fun thing in the world.

The food donations will still allow the kids to learn the importance of giving and it will also teach Ella how to give, even on her birthday.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Princess Party



My little Ella turned 3 last week and I asked her what kind of party she wanted and she exclaimed with a hint of hysteria in her voice, "A PRINCESS PARTY!"

Of couse, she wants a princess party. But not just a princess party, a Pink Princess Party!

So, that is what she got.



As I always do - I kind of exploded this idea a bit and it turned out magical and I think everyone lived happily ever after - at least during the party.

I couldn't have created this amazing party without the help of my Mom and my Sister. They are such amazing helps and supporters. Of course I can't forget the best Husband around, who lets me go wild with these silly parties and helps me by watching the kids during crunch time.



I will have a how-to post for the invites tomorrow, Wednesday I will post the how-to on the decorations along with the party activities, and on Thursday I will post the how-to for the food items. Hopefully you enjoy all my efforts on creating this princess party.

If you want more princess party ideas and inspiration, come check out my Pinterest board, E's Princess Party.

















Me and my little Princess. Honestly, we don't look anything alike... haha! She looks like her daddy.

Party Planning by: Eyes of Mad Parties and Events
Cake by: Emmy-Sue's Cupcakery
Food by: The Style Sisters and Eyes of Mad Parties and Events
Photography by: Eyes of Mad Parties and Events
Princess Crown supplies from: Wal-mart

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ella Turned 3!



My sweet Ella turned three last week. I can't even believe how old she is. She got ballet lessons from her grandma and grandpa, a strider bike from her "Rere and Papa", and ballerina clothes from Mom and Dad for her birthday.



She had a breakfast in bed of raspberry, pink pancakes (with a DELICIOUS homemade brown sugar/butter syrup - I will post the recipe soon) and whip cream with fairy sprinkles.



She got to paint with watercolors, then we went to sign her up for her ballet classes and afterwards she got to go to her Rere and Papa's house to get her new bike!





Later that day we had a little family get-together and ate homemade raviolis (at her request), salad and crostini. She got to open a few more of her presents and then dance around like a ballerina till bed time. I think it was probably the best day of her life.





I love her so much. I love how she treats and cares for her little brother. I am amazed at her grasp on spiritual things. I love how she LOVES to be Mom's little helper. I love how much she delights in the simple things.

Ella teaches me so much everyday and I am sure she will continue to do that for the rest of her life.



Happy Birthday my sweet girl!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Kitchen Secret Weapons: Ceramic Coated Pans

I was causally flipping through a Bon Appetit magazine one day when I saw what looked like a white dinner plate with a pan handle attached to it. Perplexed by this first glance I read the little blurb about it and was floored!

Some genius out there has developed a ceramic coated sauté pan. Bye-bye Teflon and HELLO CERAMIC. So it's not all that entirely new - Le Cruset has been doing it for years with the fabulous Dutch oven cookware but never have they coated a sauté pan with their goodness.


These pans offer amazing browning skills, a lightweight aluminum core, a SUPER non-stick surface (better than Teflon pans!), and they come in pretty colors! Oh and did I mention that they are CHEAP! Oh yes, we are not talkin Le Cruset prices, no no. I am talkin a 12" sauté pan for $40 (pictured below) and $60 for the deep sauté pan (pictured above).


Not only do they brown better than Teflon pans and provide a plastic free cooking surface, but they are also  free of PFOA, PTFE, Cadmium. The ceramic coating is a water based coating (not plastic or other chemical).

The only downside is that is is not oven save. It also recommends that you only hand wash it (which isn't that much of a downside for me) and with is super non-stick surface it makes that a BREEZE!

Bialetti Aeternum is the manufacturer of this most amazing pan and I must say that the red 12'' saute pan looks fantastic in my black, white, and red kitchen! What an amazing hubby to buy me one for Christmas - on short notice too!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Lorax Party: How-To

Here are the how-to's on the Lorax treats from the Lorax Party I showed you earlier this week.

With the new Lorax movie coming to theaters soon I thought a little treat in honor of the Truffula Tree was in order. This would be an awesome compliment to any Dr. Seuss themed party or even a fun treat to give your kids before (or after) you take them to see the show.



If you look at those giant puff balls on tiny trunks it made me think of cotton candy! I saw their striped trunks and thought of those awesome striped straws - so BAM! A delicious themed treat was born. 


By using these straws you can create the trunk of the tree then squeeze the back of the cotton candy just a bit so it will stick to the top of the straw you can press the straw into your little ball of fluff on the top and voila! Truffula Trees!

Plus, the straws are eco-friendly and bio-degradable so you are doing the Lorax a favor. Because I couldn't order these straws early enough in advance of this party I just used lollipop sticks and colored them with a food safe marker to look like the trunk of the Truffula Tree.






I would suggest finding someone who can spin fresh cotton candy for you. We got ours from the dollar store and it comes as a big lump of marbleized colors. Luckily it isn't overly difficult to separate the colors and pinch them together but I think fresh cotton candy would look amazingly better and cuter.



Here is our pathetic attempt at spinning our own sugar into cotton candy without using a cotton candy maker. Lets just say, molten lava hot sugar and a decapitated whisk plus the direction to "flick".... I will just say it didn't work out for us.



My mom enjoyed eating the splintered mass anyways! If you really want the directions here is the site where you can get them. Just.... beware!



This little Lorax guy I freehanded onto orange poster board then cut out and darkened his edges with black marker and painted his mustache yellow and his eyes white. I wanted to add little hairs on the top of his head and finish outlining his mustache but I was on a limited time schedule - but I still think he is adorable! You can check out my other Dr. Seuss cardboard creations on this post.

I created my mini, edible Lorax dudes by using mini Nilla Wafers, clementines, toothpicks, and white chocolate.

First melt the white chocolate then place it in a pastry bag or a sandwich bag and snip a tiny hole in the corner. Then place two Nilla Wafers side by side (vertically) and "glue" them together using the white chocolate. Next, make the eyes by slowly squeezing little white dots of the white chocolate, making them slightly oblong. Finally, to make the mustache, peel a clementine and pull it apart in to segments. Using two segments place them to form a mustache and secure them together with a toothpick. Then place a little  more white chocolate just above the middle seam and press the orange into the chocolate to adhere. Allow to sit until the chocolate hardens then serve.






My original concept was to just make the mustaches and put them on wooden skewers so they could be held up to your own face as a mustache but they were too floppy on the skewers so I went with plan B (as outlined above).

You could still serve them as shown below and just let the guests hold them up to their faces with their fingers.


I am hoping to have another really fun Dr. Seuss/P.D. Eastman style party for you in April/May-ish so stay tuned! Until then I will keep trying to think up some clever Dr. Seuss party ideas for you to enjoy.

Also, I have a princess who has asked for a Princess Party for her birthday that is coming up, thus I will have a perfectly pink, princess themed party to show you in the coming weeks.

Linking up to Designs by Gollum's Foodie Fridays

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Centerpiece Wednesdays



Have you been over to my mom's blog, The Style Sisters, to check out Centerpiece Wednesdays yet?

You should! She is one talented and creative woman. We have so much fun when we get together and create these centerpieces and then photograph them.


The centerpiece we did last week was such a change of pace in our dreary winter. A beach theme which we dubbed "Under da Sea". I think Ariel herself would be ecstatic to sit at such a fine table!



Enjoy this and then go check out more of her fantastic tablescapes!



Don't you like the King Trident's, Tridents?



My mom has many items she features on her tablescapes for sale on her blog. So you too can create beautiful tablescapes!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Lorax Party

I have been seeing the trailers for the new Lorax movie and it got me excited with all the bright colors and fun animation. I knew a party had to be created!





So here in all its bright and colorful glory is my Lorax party complete with the Lorax, Truffula Trees, Truffula Fruit, Truffula Seeds, Bar-ba-Loots, Marshmallows (the food the bar-ba-loots eat in the movie), Humming Fish, and Gluppity Glup



Here are my Truffula Trees - check back later this week for the how-to.



Bar-ba-Loots and their delicious sweet treats.



Have a bottle of Gluppity Glup or Sloppity Slop!

You can use this party idea for a screening of the movie, a birthday party, a baby shower, Dr. Seuss' Birthday, or even an Earth Day celebration. The options are endless with a theme like this.



Red Grapes represent the Truffula Fruit (as it is shown in the book) and even though in the story the Once-ler only has one Truffula Seed left we happened to stumble across an entire bag and offered those to our guests!



How cute are these mini Lorax guys. I will show how to make these in a post coming up as well!



Of course, I had a little "helper." He loved all the colors and treats too! I am sure that he was thinking, "Mom, why don't you whip out a spread like this for me everyday?!"

The Lorax is all about protecting the trees and our environment so why not get some tree seedlings and use those as party favors or even as part of your parties activity - everyone plant a tree at a local park (with permission) or in your yard. On a smaller scale you could put seedlings in little baggies and give those as favors to be planted later. Something like a Zinnia or a Dahlia seed because they look like the the Truffula Tree.

Because of the book's lesson I tried to include a lot of healthy and environmentally friendly treats. Of course with my limited time and limited budget I wasn't able to get everything organic and eco-friendly but a few other treat ideas are:

Chocolate world globe candies - Available at Whole Foods
Natural Gummy Bears - Available at Whole Foods
Fresh Strawberry Milk or a naturally colored drink





Hopefully you liked this Lorax Party as much as my little guy! I will be posting the recipes and instructions on the Truffula Trees, and the Lorax guy later this week so make sure to check back!



Please come check out my other Dr. Seuss Party! I love using the Dr. Seuss books as inspiration for a party - it is so bright and fun! Also, all the page tabs across the top are linked up and working now so take a look at those too!

This party is linked up to the obSEUSSed Dr. Seuss Link Collection.