Vintage Racecar Birthday Party

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ok. This post is long over due. Like five months overdue. And I, for one, am happy to finally have it up so I can officially scratch it off my 'Things That Are Currently Making Me Feel Guilty 'Cause I Haven't Done Yet' list.
The list is much too long for my liking.

Pierce turned five last November and I always try to incorporate some theme that my kiddos are interested in for their birthday parties. Genius, I know. 
I have to laugh at this right now, because five months ago, he was ALL about racecars. Right now he is ALL about Angry Birds. We'll see if that sticks around in time for his next birthday. He's already set his sights on an Angry Birds pinata and he can't be swayed from it as of yet.

So, anyway, this past year it was racecars, and we went with a vintage feel of sorts. I wanted his invitation to kind of mimic an old racing poster format. So, I started playing around with it just to gather up my ideas on what might look nice. I just kept going at it and by the time I really decided on a look, hours days had passed and fonts were painstakingly picked out. I figured I had already come this far, so I just saw it out to the end. It kind of became one of those "I wonder if I can do it" things. 
Having them professionally printed on linen paper made me just plain happy. I was never so excited to see something come in the mail!

While there are a few things I might go back and change if I could, overall I'm still pleased with how they turned out, which is something that rarely happens. Five months after doing anything, I generally loathe everything about whatever it is I created. This time, not so much. Yay! 


I saw this idea somewhere of the photo addition to the envelopes and loved it, so I encorporated it for Pierce's invitation as well.  

My husband did a great job building a racetrack for the kids. Wish I had more detailed shots of it to share. It had all the bells and whistles a little boy's racetrack ought to have. I think my boys and husband had the most fun building it the weeks before the party than actually playing with it on the day of the party. I guess much of the fun is in the "getting there". 

Coordinating party signs, food labels. I had a great time creating all the signage.

Notice the old school balloon decorating. Kind of reminds me of the big dance scene on Footloose.

Here's what I learned:
LOTS of balloons = cheap and super cute party decorations
What's that? You already knew this? I'm late to the party once again.

I highly recommend putting together a balloon banner and making your own balloon columns using round white cakeboards as the base. Don't snicker. The 80's were on to something and it's time to bring it back.

It really was super easy and makes a big statement. Just don't do it too early. I made these two days before the party, but the night before would have been optimal.
Another tip....wind is not a balloon column's friend. Enemies they are.

The kids took part in a little obstacle course.
Tire and potato sack racing.
We kept it simple.

My son loves that bubble gum tape that comes in the roll. Oriental trading had some that came in a car tire little case, but they got really awful taste reviews. So I found some bubblegum tape of a blue variety and created some labels for them. They kind of look like tires, right? Close enough.

The candy cart that my husband built for this party had to make a reappearance. I just changed out the awning for a racing flag print and added the sign to turn it into Pierce's Pit Stop....a one stop shop for all of the things that he loves most in this world...the sweet stuff!
It worked out ok, and I just wasn't ready to let that cute cart go yet from Reeves' party.
Consequently, my precious cart is now 3 hours away being used as a flower holder. Not sure she'll ever make it back on the party scene again.

Although it was more than five months ago now, the kids seemed to have a fun time at the party from what I can remember. I think all the adults were just happy that it wasn't 100 degrees like it was for the last one.

Pierce still occasionally talks of his racecar party with a big smile on his face.
And in the end, that's what it's all about.

A keepsake for you, a keepsake for you, a keepsake....

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The past couple of weeks I've been work at hard. I've been stealing away minutes here, hours there, working on a fun order for a recent new customer of mine. She contacted me last month to do a couple of keepsakes for an upcoming baptism in the family. Fortunately for me, she loved how they turned out, so she contacted me once again to create 85 cupcake topper keepsakes to hand out to the guests on the big day as well!

Together we came up with a really sweet keepsake that I hope everyone will enjoy receiving. The colors of the invitation were gold and royal blue. So we added teeny royal blue satin bows and gold printed crosses and crowns to each keepsake. So sweet. Perfect for the precious new little prince!

I was happy with the finished product, especially seeing them all boxed up in adorable teeny boxes with their ribbons! I'm a sucker for pretty packaging. Always have been.

 Here are some quick photos of some of the works in progress.

Thank you so much to my new customer! I really enjoyed working with you to get the perfect look for your keepsakes! I know it will be a very special day for your family.  

Checking in...

Monday, April 2, 2012

Just a quick check-in here! I am, indeed, alive and well. 
Here is a little sprinkling of last week's happenings...a little "week in review" if you will.
Nothing too over-the-moon exciting, but it was still a fairly hoppin' week.

The boys had their "Jesus Is Alive" Easter program this past week.
Cute. Cute.
They did all their little hand movements to the songs. I don't know who started that whole thing, but it caught on like wildfire and I, for one, am really happy about it. It means that instead of watching your child just stand there in a massive group of other kids shouting lyrics to songs, you get to see them awkwardly try to do choreographed hand motions AND sing. It's just so darn cute. Definitely adds that much needed little "umpf" to the performance, in my opinion. 

Unfortunately, Reeves wasn't "feelin' it" on this particular morning.
I picked out the one photo of him smiling and it's only 'cause it's the first time he spotted his momma in the audience. Yep.
After this one, the photos were all of the sour-face-and-wrinkly-mad-forehead variety.
What can I say? The kid loves his momma and isn't a fan of being kept away against his own will.
I get it.

Here's my smiley man last week too. I realized the other day that I don't take nearly as many quick snapshots of him as I'd like. Gotta fix that.
Here's a start. 

 My little adorable man has also recently taken to night wakings again. Like, up-all-night, play-footsy-in-the-bed-with-you-at-2am kind of night wakings.

Hence the adorable daytime sleeping shot below. I walked in the living room and caught him curled up in "daddy's chair" snoozin' away.
awww...precious, right? Yeah.
Not so fast. 

This tired mom is jealous.
He best be counting his lucky stars he's this cute when he sleeps is all I can say.
 That much cuteness at two years old is no coincidence and for no purpose at all. It's a gift from God, Himself. Purely put there for survival reasons. Straight up. Period. End of story.
Moving on.

Our church also had their annual Easter Eggstravaganza yesterday.
See the play on words there? ok, just checkin'.

So because I seek out ANY opportunity to bake, I signed on the dotted line to bring something of the dessert variety.
My list of "have-to-try" recipes is out of control, you must know. I started perusing them the other day and couldn't decide. Too many choices. Luckily, just about that time I was pining over the big decision, this recipe came through my inbox, courtesy of  Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, herself.

I decided right then and there that all of those other recipes still waiting for their turn would be waiting a little while longer. 
Turns out I made fantastic decision.
These Double Doozies are amazing!
So amazing, I felt compelled to give them a little shine time of their own in the form of a mini photo shoot. 

Here they are all bagged up at the Eggstravaganza.
 {Knew I could work that one in there one more time.}

The boys had a blast at the event! A couple of shots here. Wish they told the story more.
 Once again, indoor lighting was an issue. 

My husband helping my oldest play a little pool and then doing a little egg hunting inside the sanctuary.
Our weekly "family fun day" was, indeed, just that.

This past week I also was finally able to photograph and list the coordinating cupcake toppers to the zebra print and lavender keepsake that I put up a few weeks ago.

Still have a few other new things to list. I've been working on a few special orders with some customers this week, so I haven't had a chance to add them to the shop just yet. Soon. Very soon. 

Happy Easter to you all! I hope you enjoy spending time with your families this weekend and reflecting on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

"He is risen; he is not here."
-- Mark 16:6

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