10th Birthday Spa Party

For Abby’s 10th birthday, she decided she wanted a spa/slumber party.  We really didn’t know where to go with the party as far as activities, favors, etc., but good ol’ Dollar Tree saved us!  We stopped in to find some spa items for favors, and ended up with soooo much more.  We were initially going with a soft spa blue color, but when we got to Dollar Tree, they had a LOT of turquoise items in stock.  What is Abby’s favorite color?  Can you guess?  Yep!  Turquoise! So, that’s how we got our color.  We started shopping in the beauty products aisle, and we found the poofs in turquoise and green, as well as the eye masks.  Abby loved the eye masks!  LOVED them!  Of course, they only had a few, and we ended up going to 3 stores to get enough.  We also included a turquoise towel, and little nail kit, and a cup with lid and straw (which I later embellished with some vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo).  Then, you won’t believe it (because I didn’t) but in going to one of the other stores to get the eye masks, I found a stack of turquoise shirts.  They had just enough in the sizes I needed.  (What a stroke of luck!!!)  Now, for those of you who don’t have a Dollar Tree, I should mention that this isn’t like some of the “dollar” stores (like Dollar General).  I don’t have anything against Dollar General, but my point is that this was a true $1 store.  Yeparooni.  I got those t-shirt for $1 each. Then I embellished those with my… can you guess?  Yep, my Silhouette Cameo.  (I love that thing!!)

Now, I know what you’re thinking…  you gave a poof, an eye mask, a nail kit, a t-shirt and a cup as a favor?   Well… the thing is, this was going to be her last big party, and I briefly considered multiple venues that were very pricey (like Sweet and Sassy, for instance).  But, being at home, making our own cake, making our own spa treatments and having a slumber party was really, really inexpensive.  So, I decided to splurge and let the girls have their own spa in a box.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the boxes.  Everything went in a clear shoe box.  Now, the intention was to use the box to soak their feet and then they were going to give each other mani/pedis and paint their nails, make some spa scrubs, then use the eye masks before bed.  But, in actuality, once all the girls arrived, they really just wanted to play!  Since that was the birthday girls wish, that’s what they did.  We also had intentions of making lots of different spa treatments that I found on Pinterest, and I even bought all the ingredients.  But, then we found out that one of the girls had a nut allergy, and every recipe we had called for some kind of nut oil.  So, in the end, we only made one spa treatment that used olive oil, lemon and sugar.  It wasn’t the best recipe, but the girls did have fun making it, and that’s what counts!  Oh, and you’ll notice the white floor.  That was just a white tablecloth that I put down to protect my floor from all the oil and sugar.  {wink}

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www.ourinspiredhome.com * 10th birthday spa party

 

 

Here’s a pic of the girls being silly when they were supposed to be getting ready for bed.  (Yeah, yeah, who was I kidding?)

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www.ourinspiredhome.com * 10th birthday spa party

 

 

One more quick note…

I love Pinterest, and I use it daily.  I’ve found thousands of great ideas, projects, recipes, etc. on there.  But, sometimes, let’s get real.  Things just don’t work out.  So, I thought I’d share my experience with one of the birthday ideas I found there.   The idea on Pinterest had balloons filled with helium, and inserted in each balloon was a dollar bill.  Now, I don’t know if it was a $1 bill or a $5 bill or what.  The idea seemed like fun!   The kids get to pop the balloons and out falls some money!  How fun is that?  (I mean, if anyone wants to give me a present, this sounds like one I would enjoy as well!!!  LOL)  But, here’s where I went wrong.  I didn’t want a gazillion balloons.  I wanted ten.  Yes, exactly ten, because it was my daughter’s 10th birthday.  But I thought that it would be more fun to have lots of $1 bills raining down that a few larger denominations.  So, off to the bank I went, and there I got my stack of $1 bills, which I promptly took to our grocery store where I was getting the balloons.  When I arrived, the lady behind the counter was all the sudden swamped with a bunch of people needing floral arrangements.  So, after a very brief discussion, I started rolling all the dollar bills for stuffing.  Finally they were ready to stuff, but alas, the balloons I brought (in turquoise) were not big enough.  Yep, that’s tip #1.  Make sure the size of the balloons is large enough to hold enough helium to keep the balloons and dollar bills up.  They didn’t have turquoise, so I decided on a silver color, and started stuffing, while the kind lady was still helping other customers.  Well, after I stuffed all the $1 bills into the balloons, and she came over to help me, she put helium in the first balloon, and it wouldn’t fly.  Turns out that you can’t put multiple dollar bills in each balloon.  So, that’s tip #2.  Only put 1 bill (of any denomination) into each balloon.  I then had to unstuff all the balloons and take all the $1 bills that I had just gotten from the bank, and exchange them with customer service for larger denominations.  Each balloon had a different amount in it, and they had 2-3 bills in each, and once filled, they flew.  But, I stand by the 1 bill in each balloon, because an hour after getting them home, they were all droopy, and by the time I was ready to put them out, they were a foot or two off the floor.  So, I ended up having to tape them and let them hang.  Quite honestly, that worked just as well if not better than having them fly.  So, tip #3 is just skip the helium altogether and blow them up with your own hot air!  hee hee    Then you can use whatever kind of bills you want.

Having been through all that, would I do it again?  ABSOLUTELY!  She had so much fun getting to pop each balloon and having all the money fall down, and then scooping it up and counting it.  The only thing I’ll do differently is that I’ll skip the helium part next time and just hang them.  ;)

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www.ourinspiredhome.com * birthday balloons full of money

 

Almost 10! (Party Prep)

My “baby” girl is about to turn double digits! I absolutely can’t believe she is 10. Ten! (How can *I* have a ten year old???) Anyway, this year she decided that she wanted to help make her own cake and she specifically wanted a round cake (because it’s more grown up ;). Here she is preparing her cake with frosting and sprinkles, and getting ready for her spa party and writing on our chalkboard yard arrow. I’ll show you the results of the party soon!

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www.ourinspiredhome.com * spa party prep

Construction Baby Shower

My lovely little sister was pregnant with her 3rd baby, and she didn’t find out what she was having.  I’m a planner, so I think she did it just to annoy me.  (You know how sisters can be.  ha ha)

She and her hubby already had 2 beautiful daughters, and when I say beautiful, I mean BEAUTIFUL, not to mention smart and fun.  So, having another daughter would have been wonderful.  But, they kinda wanted a boy, and SURPRISE!  That’s what they got!  :)

My brother-in-law is a diesel mechanic and they decided that they liked that name… Diesel!  I *love* it!  It’s unique and so masculine.  I don’t think it would work with every occupation.  For instance, my husband is a chemical engineer, and I don’t think that would fly.  Nor would photographer or blogger.  Oooooh… unless I named a little boy Canon.  Now that’s kinda cool.  But, I’m not pregnant, nor do I plan to be, so I digress.

We planned to go up to see the new addition after my daughter got out of school for the summer, which luckily was right after he was scheduled to arrive.  Not knowing at the time whether he was a boy, we decided to go with our gut and we started planning a shower.  (If little baby Diesel would have been a girl, they didn’t want a shower because it was their 3rd and they already had everything girly that they would need).  We decided on a caterpillar theme, but not like a cute little green caterpillar.  We went with a CATERPILLAR shower, as in CAT tractors and big trucks, etc.  I know black and bright yellow aren’t the typical baby shower colors, but it worked for this theme, and turned out pretty cute!

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www.ourinspiredhome.com * construction baby shower

I used my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo to make the “Diesel” banner and the “re-fuel here” signs.  I also used it to make some vinyl trucks to decorate the walls.  But, my favorite part was the onesie decorating station.  I bought a bunch of white onesies in various sizes, and then I cut out various designs on heat transfer vinyl.  Each design was cut out and put at the onesie decorating station with an iron.  Each attendee got to choose their favorite design and iron it on to the front and/or the back of the onesie.  (I made special “CAUTION” ones for the butt.  ha ha!)

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www.ourinspiredhome.com * baby shower iron-on onesie station using Silhouette Cameo

 

 

Happy 1st Birthday to my Zanergator!

I can’t believe my little Zanergator is ONE!

If you remember from when I was expecting, my daughter was addicted to the magic 8 ball app on my phone, and she asked it if the baby was a girl. It said “My sources say no”. Then she asked if the baby was a boy, and the magic 8 ball said “My reply is no”. So, out of the blue, she said “Is the baby an alligator?” and magic 8 ball said “It is decidedly so.” LOL

So, we went with it, and that’s how we got our nursery idea and now our 1st birthday theme! :)

This party took a lot of planning, but it was so fun to put together! I know he won’t remember it, but WE will! It turned out to be a great party, and a unique theme!

Alligator / Crocodile Party

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Another Successful Waterslide Party

My daughter decided to have a waterslide party for the third year in a row!  It’s a fun way to keep the little ones cool on a hot September day, so it works well.

Her dad even got in on the action, as shown here.

More pics of the party to come!

 

waterslide party

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Baby Shower

Don’t you just love babies?  I know I do.  That’s why I was so excited when I found out a friend of mine was having a sweet baby boy, just 6 months after the arrival of my bundle of joy.  Now, this particular friend and her husband and my husband and I (along with one other couple) have season tickets to the Texans.  (Since we’re big fans, just don’t mention to me if you’re thinking to yourself “what are the Texans?”)

{Okay, okay.  If you’re not a fan, I guess I should tell you that they are Houston’s NFL football team.}

We’ve known this particular couple for years. (No need to know exactly how many… but suffice it to say that we’ve known them since before my daughter was born and she’s 8.)  No, that can’t be right. Crap.  It is right.  Man am I getting old.  Anyhoo… we all get together early on Sunday mornings in the fall for worship at a little place called the Reliant Center.  Yes, we are truly big fans.  My friend even decided to do her baby boy’s room in a Texans theme.  (It is super cute, btw!)  So, the shower theme came to us pretty easily.  HA!

Unfortunately, while there is a lot of NFL merchandise out there, there really isn’t a line of baby shower products.  (Hey NFL peeps… I think you’re missing out in this area, because I’ve talked to numerous other ladies who have also done showers with an NFL theme.)  You can find paper plates and party supplies, but while they are great for a superbowl party, we were trying to keep the shower from getting too cheesy, and keeping it tasteful for us girly girls.

So, we chose the team colors (red, blue and white) for the color scheme.  But, to simplify it a bit, I chose to go mostly navy and white with hints of red.  (I considered going red and white with hints of navy, but I had recently done my own baby’s room and happened to have some navy and white polka dot fabric left over.  So, that made that decision easy.  Showers can really add up, so any time you can use what you have, go for it!

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I had made a trip to Goodwill to donate some household items, and then stopped into the store. I was excited to find a good selection of glass punch bowls and cups. I found one set that had just the cups and no bowl, but it had 16 (yes, sixteen!) cups. Score! (Ha ha… had to say that since we’ve been talking football.) Anyway, I have a punch server that I had gotten at a Southern Living / Willow House party years ago, so all I needed was the cups. I was excited because I felt like the glass cups added a little class to a shower that could have easily gone cheesy in a heartbeat.

I created the “poofs” hung above the table after seeing inspiration on pinterest.  (Gosh I ♥ pinterest!!!)

I ordered customized M&M’s with the Houston Texans logo and in the team colors.  They can be a bit expensive, especially with shipping, so I just used them in small containers to try to stretch them.  But they were super cute!  Who knew they had M&Ms for sports teams?

I found the arrow chalkboard yard sign at a little boutique and I love it.  I use it all the time… for holidays in the pot up by our front door, or any time we have a get-together so people know where the party’s at.  Don’t look too closely at my “artwork” on there.  Hey… I tried.  hee hee

I created my own invitations, address labels and shower games using various digital scrapbooking supplies I found online or created myself.  I’ll try to do some tutorials for you soon, for those of you new to photoshop.  ;-)