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Party Planning Flashback

I am deep in the mix of planning Miss Mini’s 2nd Birthday Party.  Or shall I say, Juliana’s Bowtique Birthday Bash.  I have cricut cut so many Minnie Mouse heads I am going to explode!  This party is going to be such a hit.  Once I get started, the ideas keep coming…I have officially lost my mousey mind.

So while this party will still be kept under wraps for another few weeks, I thought I’d share some of the pictures from Mini’s 1st Birthday party.

Starting with the invitations.  I really wanted to do something different.  So I decided that I would take all the video I recorded of Mini’s first year and make it into a little mini movie.  I made a zillion copies.  (I lie.  My best friend and technical whiz made all the movies.  Thanks again Dev).  Then I placed the movie into a DVD case.  The cover was the actual invitation.  With a picture of Elmo (Totally Sesame themed) and the details right on the cover.  Check out Mini’s first year.  Still brings me to tears.

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I also went a big cricut crazy and basically turned everything I wanted to do into a DIY project.

These are the elmo’s that were on the actual invitation.

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Below are the cupcake toppers.  I cranked out 40+ little elmo heads.  Super easy project.  Just adhere them to a lollipop stick with a little tape.

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Below is a 6 INCH Elmo head cake topper.  Complete with rhinestones because I am insane.  I taped 2 lollipop sticks to the back and placed it right on the cake!

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I rolled the silverware in napkins with colored paper strips to match the party.  Just take a 8.5×11 piece of scrapbook paper and cut into even strips.  I rolled the silverware in the napkins, and rolled a strip of paper around each one and secured it with a piece of double stick tape.

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For the Elmo water labels, I took the same paper as I used for the silverware roll ups.  I stuck an elmo head on each one and wrapped it around the water bottle using clear packing tape.

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For Mini’s birthday banner I used my cricut to cut out the letters I wanted.  I wanted it to look colorful and whimsical, so I used a mix of colored papers and printed papers.  I laid it all out on the floor to line it up, punched holes in the top for the ribbon to go through, threaded the ribbon and VIOLA.  Easy peasy and super cute!

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I made this cupcake stand to hold all of the Elmo cupcakes.  I placed Mini’s smash cake on the top.  For this project I used a Mayo container and other round shaped containers from the recycle bin, foam board, cardstock, ribbon and hot glue.  It’s pretty self explanatory but if you want full directions, just let me know!  🙂  This looked adorable on the dessert table as the centerpiece.

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And now that you saw all the little DIY projects that went into this party…here are some party pics!

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Her party was a total success!  I cannot wait to celebrate her 2nd birthday in just a few short weeks!  I will most likely be spending all the days leading up to this party with my hot glue gun in hand.  Wish me luck….

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Sulay
    June 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Great blog! You are a natural born blogger! Just to think that about 1yr ago we met & I feel like we hit it right off once we talked about party planning during work hours….. Lol. It’s the little details that make a party unique and memorable! Ppl will always remember Juliana’s pArties! Can’t wait!!!!!!!

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      Minismama
      June 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      I agree! It’s all in the details!! 🙂

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    Devon
    June 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    The red and white sangria that mini provided for her “adult” friends was the best! Loved how they were in Elmo sippy jars! I hope that’s what all of those Minnie heads you are cutting out are for!!

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      Minismama
      June 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      You crack me up. There will definitely be adult beverages. I won’t let you down!

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    Nancy Gambino
    June 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    J can’t believe she’s going to be two already! She is growing into to a beautiful little girl. Love her so much…..

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      Minismama
      June 2, 2013 at 9:41 am

      I know! Here we come terrible twos. 🙂

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