Beanie Baby Party Ideas with Printables

by Dinah Wulf

Beanie Baby Birthday Party

One of my childhood friends messaged me on Facebook not long ago looking for Beanie Baby party ideas for her son’s birthday coming up. She had mentioned that she had searched the internet and couldn’t find anything. I was delighted by the challenge of creating something she could use. My first thought was to do printables; that way she could just download them and make as many as she needed for the party. So, with the help of my brother, this is what we came up with.

Beanie Baby Party Hat

These cute little hats come in four different color combinations.  You can print and cut them out and use them as decorations for the party.  Another option is to just print a few out and (depending on the age of the kids) let the kids cut them out, tape them together, and use them for their own Beanie babies.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Printable Party Hats

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Hat Printables

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Hats

Beanie Baby Cupcake Toppers

These were designed to look like the iconic Ty tag that comes with each Beanie Baby. The front says, “Beanie Cakies” and the back says “Cupcake sweet, yummy, beanie-cakey, goodness!” The back represents the inside of the Ty tags that come with an original Beanie baby’s name and description.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Printables

Simply print and cut them out, tape them to a toothpick, and insert them into the cupcakes.  I added some colorful baker’s twine to each tag.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Ideas

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Cupcake Topper Printables

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Cupcake Toppers

Beanie Baby Party Favors

Lastly, my brother designed a “thank you” tag that says “Beanie Beans” on them. You can make the tag any size you wish. I filled small party bags with colorful chocolate candies.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Favors

You can download your Beanie baby party printables here:

FREE Beanie Baby Party Printables

My brother has helped me with some pretty cool printables in the past. In case you missed them, here they are:

 

Rapunzel Birthday Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Monogram with Flowers

I have been a busy girl helping one of my best friends with her daughter’s 4th birthday party. I had the honor of attending the party last weekend and we had so much fun! I wanted to share some photos and put together an ultimate guide of Rapunzel birthday party ideas.

Invitations

Of course we have to start with the invitations!  I made these per the request of the birthday girl. Here is my step by step tutorial for handmade Rapunzel invitations along with helpful measurements.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Handmade

Tangled Party Decorations

I made a “T” for Taylor or Tangled out of yarn to look like a Rapunzel Hair Monogram.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Braided Hair

My best friend, Jenny from Simply Creative Ways made this amazing repurposed Rapunzel Tower out of two bird houses and an orange juice container! Isn’t it beautiful???

Rapunzel Birthday Party Repurposed Tower

Rapunzel Birthday Party Tower Centerpiece

I also made some Flynn Rider Wanted Posters that you can download and print for free.  We hung them on several trees.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Wanted Poster

Rapunzel Birthday Party Poster

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable

For the food table, I cut up a plastic table cloth from the 99 cent store in three pieces, and zigged-zagged it to look like Rapunzel’s hair.  I also put purple ribbon and flowers in it.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Hair Decoration

I made these purples felt sun banners as well. You can download a free sun printable as well.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Bunting Printable  (3)

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Bunting Printable  (2)

Rapunzel Flag Iron-On Sun Printable  (1)

Rapunzel Party Food

I made a little menu from the Snuggly Duckling Pub. On the menu we had:

  • Paint Pallet Pizza
  • Mother Gothel Guacamole
  • Tangled Tortilla Chips
  • Pascal Pretzels
  • Frying Pan Fruit

Rapunzel Birthday Party Food Menu

We even put the Frying Pan Fruit in iron clad frying pans!

Rapunzel Birthday Party Frying Pan Food

This was the food table that was filled with goodies!

Rapunzel Birthday Party Food Table

Rapunzel Party Favors

I made each girl a Rapunzel Braid party favor.  They ended up putting them on right away and wearing them throughout the party, It was adorable. At the beginning of the party we used them as part of the decorations.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Favors

Rapunzel Birthday Party Decorating Ideas

Rapunzel Birthday Party Decor

What Tangled party would be complete without Rapunzel herself!! If I didn’t know any better I would have thought it was really her.  She was amazing and in character the entire time.  She played “Hide Pascal” with the girls, put makeup on all of them, opened presents with the birthday girl, and stayed to sing Happy Birthday.

Rapunzel Birthday Party

It was a fabulous party!

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Rapunzel Braid with Flowers

My best friend asked me to make Rapunzel braid party favors for her daughter’s birthday party.  I gladly accepted and was excited to get started. Here is how you make them.

Materials

  • Yellow Yarn
  • Craft Flowers
  • Small Rubber Bands
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Hair Clips
  • Purple Ribbon
  • Scissors

I had to make 14 braids, and wasn’t sure how much yarn I needed.  I ended up using one and a half one pound yarn skeins. I started off by putting two dining room chairs together and began wrapping the yarn around.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors How To

Once I was happy with the thickness, I pulled off the yarn, cut the loops on one end, and tied the top with a rubber band.  We ended up using loom rubber bands which worked really well.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors Tutorial

I braided each one and then tied the ends with another small rubber band.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors

Using a hot glue gun, I glued on the flowers, five on each braid. For the clip, I simply used metal ones and attached it to the yarn through the clip (no glue).  This worked well, putting them on and taking them off the girl’s hair.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Hair Clip

The braids were a hit t the party! We even used them as part of the decorations.

How to Make DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors

Easy DIY Rapunzel Braid

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors and Decor

Easy DIY Yarn Rapunzel Braid

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Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Monogram Sign How To

I first saw this Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram on Honeybee Vintage and thought it was an absolutely adorable idea to do for my best friend’s daughter’s fourth birthday party coming up.  I had already made her Rapunzel invitations, Flynn Rider Wanted posters, and sun bunting, but thought this would be a great addition. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Canvas
  • Purple Craft Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Yellow Yarn
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun

I started out by painting my canvas lavender.

Rapunzel Monogram Sign

While it was drying, I made two large braids with yarn. The braid for the top of the “T” is longer than the bottom of the “T”. Your length will depend on the size canvas you choose. I tied each end with ribbon. I played around with the positioning of the braid and each flower before I broke out my glue gun. I changed my mind SO many times.

Rapunzel Monogram Braided Hair

By the way, I purchased the flowers from the dollar store. They were hair accessories that I took the clip off of and the best deal I could find. The small flowers came in sets of two with extra bobby pins. Once I finally decided on where the braid and each flower and leaf went, I hot glued it all together.

Rapunzel Monogram with Flowers

Here are some photos. I hope Taylor likes it! She can even hang it in her room after the party.

Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram

Rapunzel DIY Party Decorations

Thank you to Honeybee Vintage for the original inspiration! Be sure to stop by and see all of her other amazing creations!

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Iron-On Rapunzel Sun Bunting with Printables

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Bunting Printable  (1)

Rapunzel Flag Iron-On Sun Printable  (1)

There is probably an easier way to do this, but when I decided to make these 1) I had a particular style of sun in mind and 2) I wanted to be inexpensive to make. I was originally going to try my Silhouette Cameo however I read that it may or may not cut felt, SO this is what I ended up doing instead. Here is how to make a Rapunzel sun bunting for a birthday party decoration.

Materials:

I decided to make two different flags; a flag bunting and hanging flags. First, print out the desired printables on iron-on transfer paper. For the 2.5” suns, I just trimmed the sheet and iron on the whole thing and for the 5” suns I trimmed close to the edges.

Lay a freshly ironed pillow case on a hard service, not an ironing board.  I used my granite counter tops in the kitchen. Next, lay the white felt on top and then the printables faced down. Set the iron to the cotton setting and be sure to turn off the steam.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Printable (4)

Apply pressure with the iron and iron for approximately 20 seconds pressing firmly.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Printable (5)

Allow the suns to cool and then peel off the paper. Cut out each sun close to the edges. I left a white boarder.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Free Printable  (3)

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Printable

I cut one 12”X18” piece of purple felt into 8 equal pieces and then trimmed them as shown to make the bunting.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Free Printable  (2)

Glue the suns on with fabric glue.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Free Printable  (1)

For the larger flags, I scored and found these pre-made purple flags on sale for $1.99 each from $7.99. I glued the 5” suns on them.

Rapunzel Flag Iron-On Sun Printable  (2)

For the bunting, I hot glued twine on the back top. Here are some after photos.

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Bunting Printable  (2)

Rapunzel Flag Iron-On Sun Printable  (3)

Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Bunting Printable  (3)

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Rapunzel Iron On Free Printable (323x650)

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Breakfast at Tiffanys DIY Invitations

I have been on a roll with invitations lately! I have to say, I really enjoy paper crafts like this. Recently, I made a clam shell for a Little Mermaid Party and a Rapunzel Tower invite with yarn hair for a Tangled themed party. This time, I am helping my best friend with her oldest daughters Breakfast at Tiffany’s birthday party (her name is Tiffany too!). Here is how I made Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations.

Materials:

  • Blue Card Stock
  • Black and White Patterned Card Stock
  • White Card Stock
  • Glue Stick
  • White Ribbon
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive Gems
  • Envelopes

To prepare my little assembly line, I cut 5” X 7” pieces for the main backing and 3” X 5” pieces of black and white paper and 6” white ribbon. I designed the invitation, printed them on white card stock and cut them out at 4.25” X 6.25” (approximate).

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations

I used a glue stick to assemble them.

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (1)

I also tied the ribbons in knots and put a little gem on each side.

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (2)

My friend looked online for Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations for inspiration and she loved the wording on this one.

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations (3)

So, on her invitation I wrote:

Darling…

You are cordially invited to a birthday party honoring the fabulous…

Tiffany Hostetler

Date

Time

Place

In the true spirit of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Will you please wear your best

Little Black dress?

Don’t forget your Fabulous pearls,

Divine sparkles, and

Gorgeous costume jewelry!

RSVP

I loved the end result.

Breakfast at Tiffanys DIY Invitations

I was so inspired that I also made…

… a drink menu including, Wonderful Water, Magnificent Milk, and Sparkling Apple Cider…

Breakfast at Tiffany's Drink Menu

 … some food labels including Picture Perfect Pancakes, Wonderful Waffles, Divine Donuts, Delish Bacon, Marvelous Mini Muffins, Fabulous Mini Bagels, and Yummy Yogurt and…

Breakfast at Tiffany's Food Labels

… some special gift wrapping for the birthday girl too!

Breakfast at Tiffanys gift wrapping

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable

Recently, I made the Rapunzel birthday party invitations for my best friend’s daughter’s birthday coming up this month. I’m also, slowly working on some decorations for the party as well.  I’ve been trying to brainstorm some budget-friendly ideas and thought that printing wanted posters would be an easy way to spruce up the overall party décor. I ended up making a Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable to share with all of you.

I first did a search for what the poster in the movie looked like.  There were even some printables out there. BUT I ended up making my own because, a) I wanted to make one that uses less printer ink, and b) I changed up the fonts a little.

I designed the printable so that the background was white.  This way, you can print on textured decorative paper instead of using so much ink. I chose some scrapbook paper I already had and used a paper cutter to cut it to the 8.5”X11” size.

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster

I printed out the Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable.

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster- Rapunzel Party

There you have it! I’m no graphic designer by any means. It’s a little different than the ones out there. It just has a little DIY Inspired twist.

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Free Printable

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The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

I had the honor of working with my best friend Jenny from Simply Creative Ways on this Little Mermaid themed party for her daughter’s fourth birthday this year.  You may remember Jenny from her ultimate parties in the past like her Alice in Wonderland Party, Circus Party, and Candyland Party. This party was smaller in size, however she did not leave out any detail! It was a gorgeous, and not to mention fun party. This post is filled with a ton of The Little Mermaid party ideas from decorations to cake. Here we go!

Under The Sea Decorations

Jenny made these adorable jellyfish lanterns and fish lanterns out of some old party lanterns she had saved. We hung them on finishing line under some blue and green plastic table cloths we draped under the patio. When the wind blew, the table clothes moved like the waves of the ocean.

Lantern Fish DIY

Jellyfish Lantern DIY

Jellyfish Lanterns

Ariel’s Treasure Trove

This was my favorite part! I brought over some glittery under the sea decorations that I had bought a long time ago for a Little Mermaid party I wanted to throw my daughter that never happened. Doh! I lent them to Jenny and we transformed the food table into Ariel’s Treasure Trove.

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations

Jenny brought out her good silverware (AKA Dinglehoppers) and we placed them inside containers and candlesticks. We also used seashells, netting, and other treasures Jenny found around the house.

Ariel Treasure Trove Party Decorations

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations Ideas

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations Dinglehopper Ideas

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations Dinglehopper (2)

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations Dinglehopper (1)

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations (3)

Under the Sea Party

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations (2)

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations (1)

The Little Mermaid Food & Drink Ideas

For the food and drink, I designed labels on my computer and Jenny and her older daughter made food signs for the table. Jenny served goldfish (crackers), whales (crackers), Sebastian sandwiches (meat sandwiches and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches), clam cookies (lemon cookies with icing and a chocolate pearl), shellfish pasta (macaroni pasta), and fish food (fruit skewers).

Little Mermaid Party Food Goldfish

Little Mermaid Party Food Sandwiches

Little Mermaid Party Food Sebastian Crab Sandwiches

Little Mermaid Party Food

For drinks she served Mermaid Punch (blue juice) and Seawater (water).

Little Mermaid Juice

The Little Mermaid Kid’s Table

Jenny decorated the kids table with blue linens, artificial flowers, and sea glass. She made little place settings with scrapbook paper and also made seashell and burlap bottles for their drinks.

Little Mermaid Table

Little Mermaid Table Centerpiece Ideas

Little Mermaid Bottles

The Little Mermaid Party Favors

The party favors for the guests were so cute! Jenny made each girl a personalized Under the Sea Mermaid headband with real shells. Here are some of my favorites.

Little Mermaid Headbands DIY

Little Mermaid DIY Headbands Idea

Little Mermaid DIY Headbands (1) Little Mermaid DIY Headbands Party Favors

Little Mermaid DIY Headbands Party Favor

The Little Mermaid Cake

Grandma Hoss, a former baker, made a beautiful Ariel chocolate layer cake for Becca.  It was not only gorgeous, but moist and so yummy! The details were amazing!

Little Mermaid Cake Idea

Little Mermaid Cake Homemade

Little Mermaid Cake With Ariel

Little Mermaid Layered Cake

Little Mermaid Cake

Little Mermaid Cake Details

Little Mermaid Cake Chocolate Shells

The party was fabulous! The adults had fun too. I brought over some homemade sangria and some recycled wine cork charms I made. Stay tuned for a Rapunzel party that Jenny and I are doing together!

Recycled Cork Wine Charms

Rapunzel Invitation DIY with Yarn Hair

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Handmade

One of my best friend’s daughters is turning four! So many soon-to-be four year olds love Disney Princesses. Recently I made a Little Mermaid clam shell birthday card for our other bestie and this time, I volunteered to make a Rapunzel invitation for a Tangled themed party. I perused Pinterest for some ideas and inspiration and I found some great ones, but ended up making a version of my own. Here is how I made them.

Materials:

  • Purple cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Stone printed scrapbook paper
  • Purple ribbon
  • Craft roses
  • Paper cutter
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Instructions:

Rapunzel Invitation DIY

Prepare your pieces as shown. These are the measurements amounts per one Rapunzel invitation. Keep in mind that my friends did not need envelopes because she was hand delivering each invite, so measurements will differ in order to fit inside envelopes.

  • 2 – 8” Long Purple Ribbon
  • 9 – 8” Long Yellow Yarn
  • 1 – 2.5” X 6” Stone Tower
  • 1 – 3” X 4.25” Yellow Background
  • 1 – 3” X 2.5” Purple Rectangle
  • 1 – 3” X 4.25” Purple Rectangle
  • 1 – 2” X 1.75” Black Rectangle

Next, cut the purple rectangles into triangles, and the black rectangles into windows, using a pencil and ruler to measure.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY (1)

I designed printed out my message on 2.5” X 4.25” paper. It says, “Come let your hair down. We are celebrating Taylor’s birthday!”

I assembled the invitation as shown with a glue stick, using the small purple triangle.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Castle

Next, I bunched 9 pieces of yarn and 1 purple ribbon and taped it to the larger triangle.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Tower

I braided the hair and then hot glued the black window on top.

Rapunzel Braided Hair Invitation DIY

I hot glued three ribbon craft flowers onto the hair.

Rapunzel Yarn Hair Invitation DIY

Lastly, I hot glued the hair falling out of the window onto the invitation. Here it is!

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Tutorial

I also made a little castle out of left overs to make some unique gift wrapping for her gift. We can’t wait to give it to her!

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Gift Wrapping

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DIY Little Mermaid Card or Invitation

by Dinah Wulf

Handmade Little Mermaid Clam Shell Birthday Card

My daughter’s best friend is having a Little Mermaid themed birthday party and I wanted to make her a card. I don’t typically buy cards because I actually like to make my own.  I’m always spontaneous about it.  I stare at the things I have in my craft room, and just start creating. Here is how I ended up making a handmade DIY Little Mermaid card or invitation.

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Flower craft punches, 2 sizes
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue
  • Plastic pearl beads

I was really winging this one. I thought a clam shell would be the easiest to make. I grabbed a pale blue piece of cardstock, folded it in half, and started drawing.  I messed up a few times, erased and started over. Once I was happy, I cut it out.

How to make an easy Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card

I had a couple small flower punches that reminded me of the colorful flowers in the “Under the Sea” part of the movie, so I punched several out in two sizes from paper scraps. I arranged them how I liked and used a glue stick to glue them on.

Handmade Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card

I also cut out a smaller clam (one side only) in blue, and glued it inside the card to add a little dimension.  This is where we wrote our birthday message.

DIY Little Mermaid Card or Invitation

I stared at it for a while and thought it needed a pearl inside.  It didn’t quite look right so I ended up gluing plastic pearl beads in the centers of the larger flowers on the outside of the card.

Handmade Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card for a birthday

Here is the card. I thought it turned out pretty cute! It could also be used as a birthday party invitation.

DIY Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Frozen DIY Birthday Party Favors (1)

It was around 1984. I was in the third grade at recess wearing a shirt that said “Dinah” in pastel patchwork letters with a little brown haired girl with a ponytail on the front. Looking down probably shuffling my feet I hear a voice say hello.  I look up and meet Rhiannon for the first time. Three thousand miles away and thirty years later, we are still friends. Last weekend she shared some photos of her daughter’s sixth birthday party and I asked her if I could share it.  Here are some unique and clever Frozen birthday party ideas that Rhiannon Morgret, my friend, came up with.

Frozen DIY Party Favors

I LOVE these! Rhiannon made little Anna and Elsa themed make your own necklace kits.  For Anna she put pink cord, and pink, navy blue, and gold beads in a clear treat bag tied with pink and gold ribbon.  For Elsa, she put a blue necklace cord with blue, white, silver, and purple beads inside. She tied a navy blue and light blue ribbon on the bag.

Frozen DIY Birthday Party Favors (3)

Frozen DIY Birthday Party Favors (2)

Frozen DIY Birthday Party Favors (4)

She also made homemade white play dough and labeled the treat bags “Snowball Playdough” with a snowflake sticker and blue twine.

Frozen Birthday Party Favors

Frozen Birthday Party Food

Rhiannon was very clever coming up with themed food for the party.  She had food labels and signs for each item.  Here are some of her ideas:

  • Snowflakes – Snowflake sugar cookies with blue and white icing
  • Frozen Fractals – Blue Jello
  • Frozen Hearts – White chocolate covered strawberries
  • “We Finish Each Others” Sandwiches – Sandwich bar with all the condiments and fixings
  • White chocolate dipped pretzel rods with blue sprinkles

Frozen Birthday Party Food (2)

Frozen Birthday Party Food (1)

Pin the Nose on Olaf

Rhiannon made a large pin the nose on Olaf board for the kids to play.

Frozen Birthday Party Olaf (2)

Frozen DIY Party Decorations

Rhiannon and her family printed enlarged characters and mounted them on plywood to make almost life sized characters for the guests to pose with. Here is Elsa and Olaf.

Frozen Birthday Party Elsa

Frozen Birthday Party Olaf (3)

She also made signs with quotes from the movie and some other decorations.

Frozen Birthday Party Olaf (1)

Frozen Birthday Party Olaf (5)

Frozen Birthday Party Olaf (6)

Frozen Birthday Party Olaf (4)

Frozen Birthday Cake and Cupcakes

Rhiannon is a master of baking! She made these adorable Olaf Cupcakes and embellished them with cocktail umbrellas representing Olaf’s love for summer. She made Olaf out of icing and used mini pretzel rods as arms.

Frozen Birthday Party Cake

Frozen Birthday Party Cupcakes

I hope you enjoyed Rhiannon’s party! I wish I could have been there to see it in person! Thank you, Rhiannon for allowing me to share your amazing ideas!

Felt Photo Booth Props

by Dinah Wulf

Felt Reunion Photo Booth Props

I totally cheated… on this craft, that is! My intentions were to walk into the craft store and buy some felt to make fun photo booth props for my high school reunion coming up in a couple of weeks.  But as I was walking through the aisles of Michael’s Craft Store I found these pre-cut felt pennants and letters on sale for 70% off! I couldn’t resist.  How much time does this save me?? So I bought them, which made making these felt photo booth props much easier than I was anticipating.

I had already made some easy dollar bin photo booth props and I even made some Mod Podge photo booth props too.

This is Mia and I messing around in the craft room with both!

Easy-Dollar-Store-Photo-Booth-Props

I chose AHS for Allegany high School, my alma mater, and ALCO for Allegany County.  I recall chanting “Go ALCO!” at every football and basketball game.

Felt Photo Booth Props

I hot glued the letters on. They even had little footballs and basketballs too. I strung each one with ribbon.

Felt  HS Reunion Props  (2)

So the banners would be easy to hold, I tied them onto chopsticks. I put a spot of hot glue on the knot of the ribbon to prevent sliding on the sticks.

Felt Photo Booth Props (1)

Here is what they look like!

Felt Photo Booth Props (2)

Felt  HS Reunion Props  (1)

Be sure to check out the other things I made for this reunion. I can’t believe it’s been twenty years. I’m really looking forward to spending time with my friends and reconnecting with others.

High School Class Reunion Video

Carnival Carousel or Circus Cake Topper Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

Circus Cupcake Topper DIY

I made a DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper the other day for my daughter’s birthday cake.  The little pompoms on top of the straws I used reminded me of a carousel. Plus, I was not only serving cake for her birthday, but cupcakes as well.  It gave me the idea of making a Carnival Carousel with those little plastic animals you get at party supply stores. I went on a hunt, and came up with this Carnival Carousel or Circus Cake Topper tutorial.

Materials:

  • Plastic circus animals
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper party straws
  • Pompoms
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper

I found a bag of plastic animals at a local party supply store for $2.99 for a dozen.

Circus Cupcake and Cake Topper Tutorial

I laid down some paper on my craft table and Mia and I painted each one a solid color.

Circus Cupcake Topper How To

We chose colors that reminded us of a carnival or circus. Some of the lighter colors needed two coats of paint, but they dried very quickly.

Circus Cake Topper

While the animals were drying I cut the party straws. Once in half, and then the half I cut in two, with one side slightly longer than the other.

Circus Cake Topper DIY

I hot glued the animals onto the straws and also glued a fuzzy yellow pompom on top.

Circus Cupcake Topper Decoration

I used some as cupcake toppers.

Carnival Cupcake Topper

Circus or carnival Carousel Cupcake Topper

I also used three of them as circus cake toppers and placed them in a circle to look like a carousel.

Circus Carousel Cupcake Topper

It turned out so cute!

Circus or Carnival Cupcake Topper

Be sure to check out some of my other circus themed posts!

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper

As you may already know, we took my daughter to the circus for her birthday.  I am loving this circus theme and had such a fun time making these cute circus party favors that were a hit with the kids.  I also wanted to share simple paper craft and easy DIY circus theme cake topper I made for her cake. You only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Two paper straws
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Colorful paper
  • Two pompoms
  • Glue

I cut a one inch strip of red and white striped scrapbook paper that I had left over from the party favors I made. I cut them into little 1”X1” pendants. The red and white stripes made it easy to just eyeball and cut a 45 degree angle.

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper (1)

Fringe makes everything better!! I used some left over blue paper to make these little fringed squares.

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper (3)

Next, I cut two slits on each of the tops of the straws and inserted the twine as shown. It slides right in perfectly.

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper (4)

I glued the pendants to the twine and added a little yellow fuzzy pompom I had left over from some caterpillar clothespins Mia and I made a while ago. You can use any glue.  I chose to use hot glue.

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper (5)

There you have it! Instant circus theme cake topper! It’s very quick and easy and costs next to nothing to make.

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If you need more carnival or circus inspiration, check out these posts!

Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors

My daughter is turning four next week and instead of having an elaborate birthday party we are taking her and her two best friends to the circus. Since we are saving money on food, decorations, a bounce house, shaved ice booth (we have this every year), and everything else that goes along with a party, I thought I’d spend a few extra dollars to make three special Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors for my three favorite little ladies.

I found these adorable plastic bottles at a craft supply store. I wrapped some red and white paper around it and filled them with blue candies.

Circus Themed Party Favors

I also found these candy shaped plastic containers and filled them with red and gold candies.

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Cute, right?

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I filled some candy pretzel bags with animal crackers and iced animal crackers and tied them with red and blue ribbon.

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I also bought a bag of candy peanuts and divided into three. I put them in small plastic sandwich bags, stuffed the bottom of these cute popcorn treat boxes, and placed the peanuts on top.

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I designed a little Happy Birthday sign on my computer for the front of the treat box.

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I stuffed the box with all the goodies I made including a blue felt flower hair clip and a little stuffed elephant. I also decorated it with some carnival tickets I bought at the craft store.

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Carnival Themed Party Favors DIY

They turned out so cute and I only spent about $15 per girl. I thought it was well worth it for my daughter and her best friends.  I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when we take them to the actual circus!

Carnival Themed Party Favors

If you need more carnival or circus inspiration, check out these posts!

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket

by Dinah Wulf

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket

OK. I PROMISE this will be the last Mad Hatter post I will do for a while but I just HAD to post the Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket that the guest of honor made for all the attendees of the baby shower I have been posting about! It was just absolutely adorable.  Better yet, she raided KFC for buckets and upcycled them into these adorable DIY gifts.

Materials:

  • Cardboard buckets
  • Paint brush
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Glue
  • Tulle
  • Circle cutter
  • Black cardstock
  • Cutting mat
  • Pencil
  • Labels and butterfly punches (optional)
  • Tissue paper
  • Goodies

Maily got mini KFC buckets from the restaurant, which was the perfect size. She cut out 12” black circles and then traced the large side of the bucket onto the hat to create a ring that she glued on.  She painted the bucket with black chalkboard paint and let them dry.

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Maily’s all about the details! She tied colorful tulle around each hat.

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She also glued different patterned butterflies that she cut out with a craft punch.

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She also made a personalized ‘thank you” label that looked like a clock with each guests name.

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Inside, Maily filled the top hat gift basket with goodies.

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Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket

All of them fit the mad Hatter theme. She put a “drink me” label on some tea and “eat me” on the gourmet popcorn.

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She also was generous enough to give each couple a pair movie passes in box labeled, “I’m late for a very important date!”

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Isn’t it so cute? I love it!

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Maily is also the mastermind behind this awesome Hello Kitty Party. Check it out!

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Tea Party Ideas by the Sea

by Dinah Wulf

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We did it!!! Finally, after all the preparation, the baby shower for my friends was last weekend. I have been sharing all my tea party ideas, but today I just wanted to share the venue and the actual decorations as they ended up. It ended up being a beautiful tea party by the sea at Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa, Beach California with a perfect ocean breeze and gorgeous weather.

There was a little hoopla with my double booking of events but we got it all figured out. The guests of honor’s friends were amazing and helped me set up the decorations before I was able to arrive.  They spread them out, because we ended up getting two areas of the restaurant instead of one.

This was the first area on the second floor of the restaurant. They hung the wooden frames I painted and spread out the centerpieces among the five tables.

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They also set up the candy favor bar station for me as well.

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We had the rooftop just right up the stairs as well. This is where we opened presents and played games.

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The restaurant was fabulous with amazing appetizers passed around and endless champagne mimosas.  Geesh! It seems like there is so much preparation for an event and then all of a sudden it’s over just like that!  If you missed any of the tutorials, or centerpieces, and my thought process through this whole thing, be sure to check out these Mad Hatter Tea Party and Alice in Wonderland inspired posts!!

Budget Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces (2)

So yesterday I shared the Tea Party Themed Candy Station for this vintage Mad Hatter tea party I have been working on. In that post, I shared my problem and fiasco with mixing up important dates. Well, my problem didn’t stop there.  I am far from a procrastinator. I do things WAY in advance.  I’ve always been that way.  Well, when I first found out that I was going to decorate this baby shower, I had these tea party centerpieces in mind. Well, once I saw the venue (thank goodness I went early to see), the tables were much smaller than I envisioned in my head. So, I had to rework the existing centerpieces so that the guests could actually see each other over these giant centerpieces I had.

So, I thought I’d share some tips and budget saving ideas for how I made these Mad Hatter party decorations come to life and made them as thrifty as possible. Let me start by showing you the five centerpieces for the five tables. All the items shown I made, thrifted, borrowed, or already had.

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I loved how they turned out much better than my first centerpieces. Now, let’s take a closer look. I bought these keys in the dollar bins at Michael’s and attached them to some curtain rings that I had.

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At Michael’s I also bought some little bottles and made “drink me” signs.

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I also made these little Mad Hatter Hats {tutorial} and little Tea Party Chairs {tutorial} out of some wood cut-outs that I purchased for less than a dollar a piece.

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I raided the Goodwill and other thrift stores for all the teacups and teapots.  Here are some of the teapots.  I spray painted some gold. It was much cheaper to buy an inexpensive ugly thrift store teapot and spray paint it, than buy a nice one.

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I also bought all the teacups at the thrift store and put them in the upcycled dessert stands that I made.

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Lastly, I found these little white rabbit tea lights on sale for a dollar and bought scrapbook sized clocks and hid them within some moss in each centerpiece.

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Phew! So, read why I did this so early for a party that’s not until this weekend! In case you missed my other Alice in Wonderland Tea Party posts and how-tos, here they are!

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