Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ellie's 3rd birthday celebra[tion]

Like most 3-year-olds, my niece Ellie loves princesses! So for her birthday, she had a Princess Party. I can't remember if my sister asked if I would make the invitations or if I offered (thereby guilting her into letting me), but either way I made them. I emailed Allison the first draft, and she was sold on it, so it really wasn't much effort! She's easy to please I guess!

And I was quite happy with the results, especially since I was able to buy 5x7 scalloped edge cards at Staples, to fancy them up a bit! Along with coordinating pink envelopes.

Then after my step-niece Abby's party favors were such a hit, I decided to make similar ones for Ellie's birthday, of course with the Princess theme! You may recall that I ordered the Sweet Treat cups and oversized hole punch from Stampin' Up, and then bought M&M's in coordinating colors to use as the treat. I started by deciding on a theme, and the first thing 'round' that came to mind when thinking of a princess was the carriage. From there, I set to finding clip art type images online, and then pieced it altogether, adding the simple background in photoshop. It's really just a matter of getting whatever image you are going for to the right size for the hole punch, which in this case is 1-3/4".

As for the M&M's, since it was not long after Valentine's Day, I was able to find pink & red M&M's, however when I needed a second bag they were all sold out, so Easter pastels had to do! I didn't take as many photos this time, but you may remember that the Sweet Treat cups have a sticky rim around the edge, so that once you fill them, you just stick them to your cardstock, and fold to align with the hole (I typically score my cut, to get a cleaner edge). The photo below is from Abby's birthday (hence the bright colors), but you can see the cups before the sticky edge was revealed.

For Ellie, I again separated them out by color, since it just seems to give the feeling of a solid colored carriage. Totally worth it. Here they are displayed at the party...

One last thing that I did for the party, which I was quite excited about was the wrapping for Ellie's gifts. I had 2 good sized boxes of princess presents, and wanted to do something special, so I decided to create a castle! I couldn't find any solid colored wrapping paper, so I actually bought two plastic table cloths from Dollar General for $1 a piece (ended up only needing one, but because I couldn't decide on color, I bought pink & yellow)! I ended up wrapping the box lids with yellow plastic, and then used toilet paper & paper towel rolls for the "towers" wrapped in white cardstock, the pitched roofs were just cut-down paper rolls as well, with pink plastic wrapping. I then took toothpicks and made three little flags with her birthday greeting. It was simple, but unique!

A fun time was had by all! Here are a few other things from the party that reiterated the theme...

The princess cake (which was quite entertaining when she emerged from the cake before the cutting), and also delicious strawberry cupcakes that my mom made.

Wands which were also party favors for all the princesses...

Balloons - pink, purple, and princess...

And last, but certainly not least,  duh, duh, dunnn.... the JUMP CASTLE! Which had to be moved into the garage due to wind & rain. Although I don't think the kids cared much, since they all seemed to LOVE it.

And I'll leave you with a few more photos from the party...

One king showed up, among all the princesses!
Snow White Ellie with her Baby Snow White that I gave her
Now I just need to design the thank you notes for all those gifts!



  1. You are awesome! Thank you for all that you did. Love you. Allison

  2. Soooo cute!! You are so creative and taking some seriously good pictures with that new camera! Love it!