Paper Dot Garland – How-to

I made a garland for baby girl’s birthday party.  It was easy although a bit time-consuming.  It would’ve been great if I had been able to find circle paper punches instead of having to cut out all of the circles.  Oh well.

I found this site that helped me to get started.  They used paper with a sticky backing.  If you can find that, I’m sure that that makes this project amazingly easy to complete.

  1. Cut out circles.  Lots and lots of circles.  This is why it would be great to have a paper punch to help you out.
  2. Fold the circles in half.
  3. Glue two circles together along one side.

    Two circles glued together.

    Two circles glued together.

  4. Repeat and allow to dry completely.
  5. Apply glue to one of the dry pieces and sandwich ribbon between two of the dry pieces.  (You should now have four circles glued together.)

    Let dry completely.

    Let dry completely.

  6. Repeat until you get the finished design that you are hoping for.
  7. Hang your garland!
    I made some with multiple colors to hang from dining room light.

    I made some with multiple colors to hang from dining room light.

    The garland was draped across the window.

    The garland was draped across the window.

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A Birthday Cake for the Birthday Girl

So, in order to save money, I decided that I would make the cake for baby girl’s birthday party instead of ordering one.  And to make it easier on myself, I decided that the cake would come from a box.  I would make the frosting homemade but the cake would be as easy as possible.

This plan was mostly fine.  The back half of the cake completely caved in and had to be “glued” back into place with frosting.  The garland that I made to go on the cake had to be redone.  But other than those issues, it wasn’t too bad.

The banner started off pretty easy.  Simply cut out a bunch of circles in whatever color(s) you like.

Circles.  Lots of circles.

Circles. Lots of circles.

Then, figure out how you are going to attach your circles.

Originally, I thought it would be easiest if I simply glue to the circles onto the ribbon.  However, the glue made it top heavy and instead of hanging  like a banner, the top part kept falling over.

Originally, I thought it would be easiest if I simply glue to the circles onto the ribbon. However, the glue made it top heavy and instead of hanging like a banner, the top part kept falling over.

After I scrapped the idea of gluing the garland pieces on, I grabbed a needle and some thread and simply strung the circles onto the thread.  I think that this actually worked better than the gluing idea because you can barely see the tape holding the thread onto the white sticks.  I would’ve had to figure out what to do with the ends of the ribbon once I had them attached.  The thread was easily cut and then ends were easily hidden.  (I used sticks that are used in candy making).

Cake!  And you can hardly see where the cake is caving in on the back.

Cake! And you can hardly see where the cake is caving in on the back.

Very Hungry Caterpillar – First Birthday Party

So baby girl’s first birthday was a month ago.  I put in a lot of time planning for the party and thought that I would share some of the ideas and how they turned out.
I knew that Very Hungry Caterpillar would be the theme.  Pinterest is full of planning ideas for this birthday theme.  (Not nearly as original of an idea as I had initially thought.)  The easy thing about making this book into a party theme is that your menu is basically planned already.  Everything that the caterpillar eats…well…that’s what you will eat.

Once I knew what the theme was going to be, I started doing research online and kept my eyes open for ideas.  I looked for anything that could be used for the party.  I found the napkins at Target.  I thought that they had an Eric Carle-esque look to them.

Happy Birthday little peanut!

Happy Birthday little peanut!

I was very excited when I found these little containers in the $1 aisle at Target.  (I love the $1 aisles at Target.)

I love a great deal!

I love a great deal!

I took a lot of inspiration from this party.  You will definitely see some similarities in her cake and in the one that I made.  That little banner across the cake is too cute!  I also used the labels that are posted at the end of her blog post.

Happy Cake!  I'll write more about the cake on a future post.

Happy Cake! I’ll write more about the cake on a future post.

One of the labels. We printed off and glued onto cardstock.

One of the labels. We printed them and glued onto cardstock. “On Saturday he ate one slice of salami.”

Another food label.  These were so perfect for the party.  As soon as they were placed, it was very clear what the theme was.

Another food label. These were so perfect for the party. As soon as they were placed, it was very clear what the theme was.

Some of the foods were pretty straight forward.  Some, however, I put my own little spin on.  Instead of making a pie, I made little tiny pies.  You can find a how-to here.  They are just pie dough and pie filling.  Couldn’t be easier.  Instead of eating cupcakes and ice cream cones, Grammie made the cupcakes in ice cream cones.  They were delicious and adorable.  The tops of the cupcakes were decorated with little candy caterpillars like in this post.

Check out the caterpillars on the ice cream cone cupcakes!  So cute!

Check out the caterpillars on the ice cream cone cupcakes! So cute!

I spent a lot of time cutting out circles to make a garland.  I also used some of the circles as large confetti on the table as to decorate the inside of the door.  Now, I am fully aware that stores sell large hole punches so that you do not have to cut out countless circles.  I checked one particular store’s website to see if they carried them.  Then, I called the store to be sure.  When I got to the store, they didn’t have a single one.  So…..I did a lot of cutting.

Circles and Caterpillar on the door.  It's a fuzzy pic but you can get an idea of how it looked.

Circles and Caterpillar on the door. It’s a fuzzy pic but you can get an idea of how it looked.

I’ll be writing a how-to post for the garland.  I think it turned out pretty cute.

Garland hanging across window.

Garland hanging across window.

It was a great party.  It was a day full of laughter, hugs, food, and family.  And baby girl definitely had a good time.

The table is ready for a party!

The table is ready for a party!

What birthday party themes have you seen for first birthdays?

My triumphant blogging return

So, it’s been over a year since I wrote a post.  That last post was titled “Prepping for Baby” so you can guess what has been taking up all of my time since then.  But, now I’m drafting a blog post detailing the plans from baby girl’s first birthday party!  The year has flown by.  While I was doing the planning for her party, I was doing lots of research on Pinterest.  And while I was doing research on Pinterest, I was thinking, “I should go back to my blog.”  So, here I am.  Hopefully, I will continue blogging about baking, crafting, stupid cat stuff, and your basic mommy stuff.

Fingers crossed.

Buddy is not very concerned by my blogging return.

Buddy is not very concerned by my blogging return.