He's back and I have more plans than ever for him!
Here are a few ideas I have for Elfie this year. Just like my menu plans, it will probably get switched up a bit, but it really helps when it's 11pm and I have forgotten to move him! I don't have to try too terribly hard to get creative!
Here& here is some of the trouble that Elfie found himself in last year. Enjoy your elf time!
A football themed party for my future Heisman winner.
My youngest son B, turned four recently. He also started flag football. And since that day we talk football. All day. All night. Literally. The boy talks in his sleep and two early mornings ago he was screaming "Go Pirates" in his sleep. From his bed. He wasn't having a party unless it was football themed. If I didn't love planning a party so much, I may have taken my chance and run. Far far away from partyville. Thankfully he wanted it at a park, so no cleaning the house. Done!
There was a lot of Etsy and DIY for this party but it was still very super simple.
I worked with Anne of Letter Bee Paperie for the invites. I wish I could have gotten these out in the mail. I wanted it to be more VIP like with lanyards etc. But alas, September snuck up on me.
Since we were at a park, I wanted easy food and nothing that had to be refrigerated (for long). This party was fun and my husband had a good time helping with it! I created the food tags with picmonkey. I covered the tables with astro turf.
Yellow napkins were penalty flags
My collection of food tags: I can send you the jpeg if interested!
There wasn't a need for many games. The creek kept most of the kids busy and certainly entertained. But my husband the boys found a helmet pinata at Target. We filled it with some candy, football shaped erasers, rubber bracelets that said things like win, goal, score etc. I also had some pretty heart and sparkly ones for the girl guest.
The hubs and the boys also made a target tarp. It was really hard for me to not join in and tell them what size and colors and and and..but I didn't and they did a great job. The littlest guest may have had fun running and diving through the lower holes...We didn't assign points for different holes, although some are smaller than others. The tarp was less than $10 at Walmart and we bought a few rolls of different colored duck tape.
A few of my favorite shots:
The pied piper and his toad:
The cake. I bought at a local grocery store. This is the cake I wanted. I bought the figurines at Party City. I was hoping that they could put the lines on the field and a nice blocky B in the middle. For $20, they would have!! Say what? Instead I had to have the terrible white rolly boarder (which I scraped off) I already had to pay $4 for the green icing. Not that anyone cared or noticed? At least the 4 & under set..
The favors...I was trying to keep it easy. Although, I'm sure people are still cursing me for sending home whistles...sorry, but it goes with the theme! I could have sent them home with cookies!!
Meet Miss Vivi. She is the first child of one of my lifelong friends. But before she came...and she came early...her mama needed to be celebrated! Her mom and our friend Jenny is a huge fan of books so Vivi's Auntie Lissa, Aunt Bertha and I pulled together our talents to throw a book themed party. It was a no brainer.
For this party I worked with Candy at Your Monogram. She was fantastic to work with and just happens to live in one of my favorite cities! She took my ideas and created what I wanted and worked on edits!
The Invite: It had to be pink and it had to be "story book"
Inside the invite envelope we included book plates. Instead of cards we thought everyone could fill out a bookplate and put it in a book to build Miss Vivis library.
Then it was party time..Welcome wreath for the door, now on her door at home. A book wreath of course. Book pages make up the wreath and tiny little "books" spell out babies name.
Our guest of honor
Tables & Decorations
This rocking chair belonged to Jennys great aunt, who Vivi got her name from. Her Aunt Bertha recovered the cushions in pink minky!
Spoil Me table...oh no problem!
Food: We created a game and my co host took over! I stuck to making the game cards and covering stacks of books in pink paper!
Name the book that goes with the food.
We also played a music game. All the songs were "baby girl" songs and everyone had to guess the title and artist. No pics. Boo. Bad friend.
Words for the Wee Hours" a table for writing funnies on diapers for midnight changes.
Guess how many jelly beans. I like this game because it's easy! And I really like coconut jelly beans.
The amazing and delicious cake from Edible Art in Raleigh.
Favors. I forgot to print this our pretty so I had to write it. Eeek. Favors where cd's with all the baby girl songs from our game and a monogrammed book mark (no need for Etsy on this one, I made them!)
I was a mom of boys until just 11 days ago! Hence the title The Y Journals. Now I must decide on a new blog name. I think?! Q is 4 and B is 2 and C just joined our family! We have a dog named Porter, also with a y chromosome! Married to my Charming Prince, Chad. I am a stay at home mom that manages to find enough to keep me busy. Three kids will do that for you! I love to travel, be crafty, and cook. My friends don't call me Martha for nothing.
I love my children, my friends and family and I love life! 'Cause life...life is good!