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Penelope's Cowgirl and Indians Birthday Party November 28 2012, 0 Comments

My cute-as-a-button baby Penny turned 1 whole year old recently and we celebrated with a Cowgirls and Indians Party!

Penny wore a vintage dress, white tights, gifted moccasins and a beautiful feather headband crafted by her truly talented Nina.  It was made from the softest leather and turkey feathers from her Great Grandpa.  Surprisingly she kept it on for the first half of the party, success!

Isn't she the worlds most beautiful baby!  Just look as that bundle of sweetness!

The cowgirls and indians theme was inspired by Penny's Great Grandma, GG, who is from Colorado and as luck would have it would be in town for the party.  GG was born and raised in Cowgirl country and is part American Indian.  Why not celebrate it!

I printed the invitations on a light pink card stock and mailed them in Light Pink Chevron Stripe Paper Bags from the shop.

I love to repeat design elements in a party.  It gives it a cohesive look and also makes the decorating process simple!  I loved the little feather design on the invitation so I blew it up and printed them larger on pink card stock. I spent one evening in front of the tv cutting them out.  Wanting to involve Olive, she loves to decorate, we decided to glue and glitter them with some light pink glitter I had leftover from another project.  We did this one morning before preschool and she felt really proud.

I used our pink feathers all over the party!  They were made into a garland, hung as a backdrop, and slipped into flower arrangements.  Simple ideas that make big impact are my favorite!

Party favors that can also double as decorations are a big win in my book!  I made these simple and cute favors using jars, pink fabric, jute twine that I already had, and Light Pink Sixlets from the shop.  All I had to buy were pretzels.  I spent another evening watching tv while cutting out the fabric circles, and the next day my family put them all together assembly style in about 15 minutes.

The Cowgirls and Indians theme was planned way in advance so I had time to collect a few toy horses from thrift stores and actually found bags of farm animals at the grocery store for about $2 each!

When I envisioned this party fresh flowers just seemed to belong.  I've actually never really considered using flowers as party decor before, especially a child's birthday.  I sourced a local shop where I could get bunches of individual flowers and make my own arrangements pretty affordably.  I purchased 6 bunches for $24 and was able to make 8 arrangements.  I thought they looked stunning and were a great value.

I draped burlap over the buffet tables and spread a little pink confetti on them.  The tables were set with a variety of white serving dishes I've been collecting and pink paper dinnerware.

I made Penny her own little teepee cake and horse cupcakes for the guests.  There are a handful of memorable crafty moments in my life and making this teepee cake was one of them.  I was a little nervous how it would go, but it turned out to be one of my favorite edible things I've ever made!

Nina made the arrow cutout cookies for the party, aren't they cute!

Me and my sweet baby indian.

Happy 1st birthday Penny June!

Autumn S'more Party October 03 2012, 4 Comments

I had so much fun putting together an autumn s'more party this week! It was filled with sweet autumn flavors, cozy blankets, a warm crackling fire, crisp autumn air, laughter, and good friends. I created chocolates for our s'mores in flavors inspired by autumn. Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel, Orange Spice, Butterscotch Toffee, and Caramel Apple. They all tasted just like autumn, and we each had a different favorite! Yum!

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel = Dark Chocolate Candy Melts + Caramel + Sea Salt
Orange Spice = Orange Candy Melts + Red Candy Melts + Orange Flavoring Oil + Cinnamon Flavoring Oil + Clove Flavoring Oil
Butterscotch Toffee = Butterscotch Candy Melts + Toffee Crunch Topping
Caramel Apple = Light Green Candy Melts + Apple Flavoring Oil + Caramel

It just warms my heart whenever we get to use our cute vintage orange fireplace!

Hooray for autumn s'mores!

To make your own autumn s'more chocolate simply melt your candy melts in the microwave 15 seconds at a time. Do not overheat! Stir in flavoring oil 1-2 drops at a time until you love the flavor. Pour into a disposable decorating bag and secure with a rubber band. Snip the bag tip and pipe square shapes onto parchment paper. Sprinkle with desired toppings. Enjoy!

♥ Supplies
• Disposable Decorating Bag
• Dark Chocolate Candy Melts
• Orange Candy Melts
• Red Candy Melts
• Butterscotch Candy Melts
• Light Green Candy Melts
• Kraft Caramels
• Coarse Sea Salt
• Toffee Crunch Topping
• Orange Flavoring Oil
• Cinnamon Flavoring Oil
• Clove Flavoring Oil
• Apple Flavoring Oil

♥ greta

Pom Pom Fringe Drink Toppers March 20 2012, 19 Comments

Yet another fun way to use cute baking cups.. festive fringy drink toppers!

I love the look of polka dot baking cups for this project, they have a confetti feel to them. To make your own pom pom fringe drink toppers, flatten standard size baking cups and fold into quarters. Cut off the very tip to make your center hole, and cut fringe around the outside edge. Scrunch up the fringe a little, unfold, and slid onto a cute paper straw. I used 4 baking cups per straw.

♥ Supplies
• Baking Cups
• Paper Straws

♥ greta