Thursday, April 14, 2011

just sayin'

We're still here....

There IS more to come, promise.  Alright, I'll do it...{pulling the twin card}.  Between the two of us, two sets of 3 year olds, potty training, preschool, 2 full time jobs, 2 husbands, 2 houses, 2 lives, half marathon/5K training....yadda yadda yadda.  

I know, I don't even have sympathy for myself ;)  Just trying to drum up some motivation.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cowboy Birthday Party

I have been DYING to have a cowboy birthday party, as it was *almost* our theme for year 1.  At year 3, I got it, even though the theme did not coordinate with the location.  THIS BLOG is what sent me over the edge. So simple, so not unique, so un-toddler like.   I knew immediately that I was going to steal  be inspired by these ideas.

I scraplifted some invitations from etsy. Notice the vinyl
 "brands".  That's all me :)

Here's the jpg of the invite:

I downloaded a ton of western fonts from dafont and used Photoshop Elements to create this invitation.  

I made a banner.

Paper was bandanna print and denim with kraft paper circles.  All materials were purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I used my cricut to cut the letters, stars, and bronc rider.  To make the pennants, I simply used my paper trimmer with the paper held at an angle.  Each pennant was 6" wide by 9" tall.  The circles were cut with a creative memories set that I purchased off Craig's list a few years ago.  I will definitely be using that tool again.

I made the horsey cupcakes & cupcake toppers.

do you like how the icing is melting off the cupcake?  Funny what you don't notice when you're worried about a room of 3 year olds. 

Ready for the close up:

I made treat bags with trail mix.

Treat Bag Topper up close:

Cowboy(girl) hats were necessary (Purchased at Hobby Lobby).

I also bought plastic sheriff stars, which I failed to remember to pass out to all the buckaroos.  Then I thought about incorporating the sheriff stars as part of our thank you notes, which still have not be done.  (psst....if you're reading this and you came to our party, thank you)

If you'd like to read about the fun, visit my personal blog HERE.  

I'm no graphic artist, but I know what I like when I see it.  And I like customizations, which is why I am so pleased about this party.  I didn't go crazy, but felt like I did enough.  I'm happy to share any of my files and don't mind one bit to update with your info.  Email me and I'll get back to you!!!

Giddy Up!! Yippee Kai Yay!!