When I was pregnant with Gabby in 2009, my cousins threw us the cutest pink and brown birdie baby shower. It was the first "crafty" party in our family and the start of many more themed events. It was no easy fete considering we had a guest count of over 100 people!
This time around, my cousins truly outdid themselves with a buttons and bowties theme for our baby boy. Everything from the invitations, food signs, water bottles to the place settings, party favors were all handmade.
It was such a wonderful afternoon surrounded by amazing friends and family. Our little growing family is definitely blessed.
Invitations: The invitation had a blue felt bowtie attached to the top and placed inside a hand-sewn fabric shirt pocket sleeve. It was designed to resemble a man's button down shirt.
DIY PVC Sign Holder
Games & Prize Gift Bags
Signs for Gifts & Reserved Chair for the Mom-to-Be
Prize Gift Bags
Candy Quiz Game Pieces and Prizes
Place Setting: Wrapped Utensils, Personalized Water Bottle, Game Card & Thank You Gift
Thank You Gift: DIY Fabric Bowtie on an Alligator Clip
Table Setting: Chair Covers Convert to Large Drawstring Bags (Another Gift for the Guests)
First of all, I wanted to thank all the readers who have been emailing me about my various blog posts. I love receiving feedback and it's encouraging to know someone out there finds my posts helpful. Even though I haven't updated the blog in awhile, I definitely read all my emails and try to respond to them as soon as I can.
With a very active 3.5 year old girl and a little boy coming in a few days, I'll definitely have my hands full again. What's a post without pictures so here's one from several months ago. Our little guy sure is flexible!
I decided to give hip2save.com a try to see if I could save any money on everyday things I buy anyways. I went to Target today with all my coupons and saved a bunch!
I didn't know this but you can use both the Target coupon (printable from coupons.target.com) AND the manufacturer's coupon (from the Sunday paper) on the same item.
Target is having a deal where you buy 5 Kellogg items, you get a $5 Target gift card. So, I did my purchases in different transaction to get the $5 gift card. I then turned around and used it right away on the next transaction. The cashier was happy that I sorted everything out to make it painless for him. The cashier even asked if I went to school on couponing because I got such good deals.
Here's what I got:
Transaction #1: 2 Boxes of Mini Wheat Minis at $2.75 each 3 Boxes of Frosted Flakes at $2.75 each * $1 off on 2 Boxes of Mini Wheats (Sunday paper coupon) * $1 off on 3 Boxes of any Kellogg Cereal (Sunday paper coupon) * $1 off on 3 Boxes of any Kellogg Cereal (Target coupon) * $5 Gift Card (Buy 5 Kellogg items, you get a $5 gift card) Total after 5% Target Red Card purchase = $5.46 or $1.09/box
Transaction #2: 5 Boxes of Kellogg Nutrigrain Bars at $2.54 each * $1 off of 2 Mfr Coupon * $1 off of 3 Target Coupon * $5 Gift Card (Buy 5 Kellogg items, you get a $5 gift card) Total after 5% Target Red Card purchase = $5.41 or $1.08/box (Could have saved more if I had another mfr and Target coupon, but I forgot to cut it out)
Transaction #3: 5 Boxes of Kellogg Fiber Plus Bars at $2.54 each * $1 off of 2 Target Coupon * $1 off of 2 Target Coupon * $5 Gift Card (Buy 5 Kellogg items, you get a $5 gift card) Total after 5% Target Red Card purchase = $5.41 or $1.08/box (Could have saved more if I had cut out the mfr coupon from June)
Transaction #4 (Rest of my misc items): Mossimo Long and Lean Tank: $5 ($3 off Target Coupon) Papermate 10 pack of pens: Free (on sale plus $1 off Target coupon) Market Pantry Fruit Snacks: $0.69 (on sale plus $1 off Target coupon) Axe Spray: $3 (on sale plus $1 off mfr coupon) Colgate Kids toothpaste: $1.36 (on clearance plus $0.50 off mfr coupon) Carefree Pantyliner: Free (on sale plus $1 off mfr coupon)
Hip2save.com is awesome - she matches up coupons with sales to get you the best deals. It's worth a look if you have free time. There are a bunch of other printable coupons on coupons.target.com so check it out and see if you could use anything.
If you're looking for a birthday, Valentine's Day or Father's Day gift for a guy who has everything, here's a quick and easy gift he'll be sure to love. Since it's summer, it could be even be a fun way to bring drinks over to a friend's house for a backyard bbq.
* 24 Pack of Beer or Soda
* 2 Spools of Ribbon
* Scissors, box cutters or exacto knife * Hot Glue Gun
Here is how I separated the layers:
* Top Tier - 3 cans
* Middle Tier - 7 cans (6 around, 1 in the center)
* Bottom Tier - 14 cans (10 around, 3 to 4 in the center)
First, arrange the cans into the three layers on a table to see how big you would need to make the cardboard circles. To make round circles, you can use various sized plates or bowls to trace the circles. Cut out the circles using an exacto knife, box cutters or a strong pair of scissors. You can use any cardboard you have laying around the house. I just used an old Pampers box for cardboard - nothing fancy.
Next, line the cans on each layer of cardboard so you know where you want everything to go. Then, doing one can at a time, take one can out and quickly hot glue the bottom of the can to the cardboard. You have to be fast or else the glue may dry out especially if you use cold cans.
To put the layers together, glue the tops of the cans and place the layer on top. Don't worry about glue being on top of the cans because the glue peels off easily. Wrap ribbon around each layer tightly and hot glue the ribbon. Put a ribbon on top and voila, you're done. I topped mine off with a small sign glued to a stick.
Overall, it's an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift that he'll get a kick out of. It's fairly fast to make and you may already have all the supplies in your house - just add the beer!
You could say my poor blog has been a little neglected lately. Somewhere between laundry, storytime, park dates, dinner and birthday parties, my blog has fallen through the cracks. I do want to start catching up before fall and winter is here again though. I have posts and projects piling up waiting to be shared. This will be on my summer bucket list.
Anyways, Gabby's at such an interesting age right now. Yes, she's in the midst of her Terrible Twos and heading towards her Thunderous Threes but also so much fun. She's talking a ton and saying the funniest things. It's incredible seeing how her mind works and how she views the world. I need to stop thinking she's still a helpless baby and face the fact that she's two going on thirteen.
I better stop here for today and figure out what to make for dinner. I'll leave you with a few Instagram photos in the meantime.
I received so many nice emails and messages about the my Lego Party post that I wanted to answer some of the common questions I received. Hopefully this will help you too.
* Lego Font- this is a free font. I just googled "Lego Font" and picked a site that was easy to download. I got the one I used here.
* DIY Lego Birthday Banner
I printed the letters in Lego font with a yellow border on cardstock paper. I carefully hand cut out each letter and mounted it on red and black cardstock. I figure I would save on ink this way and the banner ended up nice and sturdy too.
The red cardstock is 5.25 inches square and the black cardstock is 5.5 inches square. I punched out holes in the top corner using a Fiskars rectangle hand punch.
* Lego Kit Kat Box Favor - I don't have a printable up right now but could make one for you. I would have to customize it with a name, birthday and include the Lego Mini-Figure of your choosing. Email me at bigklittleg at gmail dot com. For mine, I listed my brother's name, his birthday in the Lego serial number format (example: February 23rd was "0223") and picked the Lego Surgeon Mini-figure. I may just do a generic one that you could update yourself so please check back later on for that.
If you have any questions about these or anything else, feel free to email or comment. :)