Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!  It has been a really bad week here for me in my real job.  Some really bad people are trying to do some really bad things to some really good people.  So, I may not be posting too often for the next few weeks as I don my superhero cape and try to fight the good fight.  On a positive note, if those really bad people get their way, I'll have lots of free time on my hands and maybe I could start planning parties for other people, not just my own kids :)

Despite the awful week, I am determined to still make good memories for my kids and family.  So, today I had a Sweet Valentine's Day Breakfast for them.  It was great fun to see the kids' reactions as they got up and saw the breakfast.  I'll try to share all of the sources, but if I don't have one, feel free to email me.

I am also overjoyed to share that Catch My Party featured the picture of Ethan and Grace below holding the banner as their "party photo of the week."  What an honor!  Check it out here!

Paper fans - Party City
Table Cloth - Sweet Tea and Linen
Printables - Green Apple Paperie as seen on Catch My Party
Cake Bunting - Tom Kat Studios

Striped Buckets - Target Dollar Aisle (I repurposed them as cereal bowls.)
Heart Glass Bowls - Dollar Tree
Cereal Containers - Potter Barn Kids

This red velvet cake was in the bakery at my grocery store! 

Love glasses - Dollar Tree

Frame - $.99 Ikea.
The printable is a candy bar wrapper that I cropped to fit in the frame. 
I added the "bling" to the outside of the frame.

Heart container from Target that I glued with epoxy glue to a candlestick from the Dollar Tree.
Carnations from my local grocery store!

This is the photo featured on Catch My Party!
Grace and Ethan's pajamas - Gymboree

Awww....  They still like each other :)

Plates - Target

Have a great Valentine's everyone.  And make sure you hold those dear to you a little tighter!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Go Pack Go!

We are all set for game day in our house.  T-minus 8 hours for the big game!

Super Bowl Crafts
DIY Cheesheads :)

Go Packers!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Game On!

As I've mentioned, in several (numerous) posts, we are huge Packers fans.  HUGE!!!  So this is a big, BIG, BIG week here!  BIG! 

As excited as we are here in Green Bay, my fellow party gal, Michelle of Maddycakes Muse is equally excited to cheer on her Steelers

So today I approached Michelle with a proposition - a friendly wager on the Super Bowl game.  She was game (excuse the pun)!  Now we just need to figure out what's the loot for the winner.  I jokingly offered that if the Packers win she gets to decorate a cheesehead.  I hope I was clear that was a joke.  To most Packers fans, contrary to common knowledge, we don't all own a cheesehead and most of us would never wear one.  I'm so excited!

In fact, I am so excited that I began decorating for Super Bowl Sunday with my Game Day Printables from Amanda at Shindig Parties To Go .  I started with the fireplace and here's what I put together:

So okay Michelle, show me what ya' got!  And, if anyone has any ideas as to what our wager should be, let us know your suggestions.

Go Packers!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine's Day Roundup

The flu has landed.  It it landed hard.  I thought we were out of the woods with just Ethan getting it, but a few days later Grace had her turn, then Chris.  My strategy was just to ignore it - if I ignored it, I wouldn't get it.  I was pretty proud of myself to be the last (wo)man standing in the house - especially since it seems lately that if anyone gets sick, it is me.  I blame the Swine Flu from last year.  I'm convinced it has permanently compromised my immune system.  But early Saturday morning I could no longer ignore the unwelcomed visitor.  Curses the flu.  It stole an entire weekend and continues to haunt me.

Despite the cold and hot sweats, I managed to get a few Valentine's Day crafty projects done.  For some reason, this year I heart Valentine's Day more than any other year.  So here are a few of my projects that I've been working on.

Be Mine Banner

Heart Felt Wreath
Inspired by eighteen25
I have to admit, I cheated and did not cut all the felt circles.  I purchased them on etsy from The Fairy Felt Mother.  So worth it!!!

 Valentine Day Countdown

Chalkboard Heart - Mothology
I made two versions, wasn't sure if the pink or red would show up better.  Chris and Grace liked the red version the best - after I straightened out "countdown" on the bottom of the heart!  Getting that vinyl straight sure can be tricky!  Good thing it's not permanent!

 Teacher XOXO Treat Jars

Using my Silhouette, I cut out the XOXO and heart.  It's hard to see from the picture, but I filled the jars with pink caramel filled Kisses and tied a pink ribbon around the jar.  They are super cute in person!

Personalized XOXO Valentine's Mailboxes
inspired by How Does She?


 I saw these mailboxes in the Target Dollar Aisle on several trips to Target and pondered what I could do with them.  They were too cute, but I wasn't sold on them until I saw Alison's idea over on How Does She?.  I had to make one for all of us and my adorable nieces and nephew!

 Valentine's Day Treats

Thank You tags courtesy of Green Apple Paperie, downloaded from Catch My Party.

I'm not going to admit where I purchased the gumball dispensers because my union brothers and sisters will de-friend me.  But sometimes, a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do!  The reason I started off this post with over sharing out our bout with the flu is because the flu is what caused me to step into that anti-worker rights store.  My husband was in dire need of Gatorade and that was the only place I could get to at the time.  And low and behold, I found myself in the Valentine's aisle and stumbled across these uber-cute gumball dispensers.  I just couldn't pass them up - even if it meant I was violating worker's rights by spending my money in that place.  I've since gone to confession and we are all good :)

So that's my Valentine's Day round-up.  I've decided that I'm going to surprise the fam with a Valentine's Day breakfast/sweets table next Sunday.  But first things first, time to prepare for the Packer's Super Bowl victory this Sunday.  Stay warm and well!