Friday, April 20, 2012

Party Decor Blog Hop

Welcome to our Party Decor Blog Hop. We have a fantastic group of ladies who love to make party decorations and we are excited to share our projects with you today! If you just happened to find my blog, thank-you so much. However, so you don't miss awesome projects or the chance to win blog candy, you will want to start at the beginning at Laurie's Blog.

Last month was my son's 9th birthday.  His favorite "theme" right now?? ANGRY BIRDS!  Local party supply stores only had plates and napkins - no invites, banners, etc.  So, I had to go on a hunt for Angry Birds images so I could make my own decor.  Here is the invitation I found:

I just found this online via Google Images and saved it as a picture, then inserted it into a Word doc (3.5"x5" so I could get 4 to a page).  Then, I used text boxes to insert my who/what/when/where information, printed on plain white cardstock and, VOILA! Quickie (and cute!) invites.  Easy peasy!

Next, he chose to have cupcakes instead of "regular" cake.  Know what that means, right???  CUPCAKE TOPPERS!!!!  Yikes!! I had NO idea what to do for this, so I wandered Hobby Lobby for ideas.  Cupcake toppers there were nothing more than a cute image pasted on a toothpick/skewer. I could do that! So, I went on a hunt for images with which to make these toppers.  I found some in a girl's etsy shop for $5 that my son and I adored.  Unfortunately, I cannot find the link again. :(  But......later, I found some more that were, get this, FREE!!! Yes, you read that right.  Dealwise Mommy has all sorts of FREE Angry Birds stuff, including the FREE Party Kit by Shery K Designs.  This kit has it all - invites, cupcake wrappers, cupcake toppers, gift is just beyond awesome! 

Anyhoo....once I downloaded  - and printed - both sets of toppers, it was time to cut them out.  If you have the time, no punches, and/or just want fancier toppers, you can use your Cricut and the Centerpoint feature to cut out each one of the little toppers.  This way, you can use Elegant Edges or other fancy circle shape, find the center of each topper, set your fancy circle to 2", hit Centerpoint and then cut.  Be warned - time will be consumed by having to do this for each one of the toppers.  Being that we had 108 cupcakes and myself being the procrastinator that I am, though, I had to go the not-so-quick-but-quickER-route of using a 2" circle and a 2" scallop circle punch.  After cutting them all out, I just used my ATG to stick 2 of the circles together over the top of a piece of a skewer. (Cheapo that I am, I bought 100 big skewers for $2.99 and used wire cutters to cut them into 3 topper sticks each. 300 for the price of 100!)

The ones pictured on the desk in the top picture are the ones from Shery K Designs. I used the scallop circle on them.  The others, if you look closely in the picture on the bottom, are the ones I bought from etsy and used the plain circle on.  Here they are, on the cupcakes and PARTY READY:

Then, I began to wonder.....What am I going to put in the CENTER of the table???  I have 2 cupcake stands, so cupcakes were going to go at either end of the table, but what about the MIDDLE???  I had to come up with a centerpiece idea.  Being that I was out of time, I decided that my best option was to modify the cupcake toppers a bit and turn them into a centerpiece.  I punched the circles and scallops out as usual, then I just cut some skewers to different lengths, put the modified toppers in a vase of pebbles and, TA DA!! Instant centerpiece!  Here is a look at how that turned out:

And, as if this post weren't long enough already, I wanted to also share with you guys the card I made for my son for his party/big day:

For directions on how to make the grass, bird, pig and cloudy sky, see my other post HERE as I re-made that card, minus the "Good Luck" sentiment on the inside and adding the slingshot and blocks.  The slingshot itself is just a modified Capital Y cut from Car Decals on brown cardstock that I ran through the Cuttlebug in a woodgrain embossing folder.  The "rubber band" of the slingshot is free-handed from cream cardstock.  The blocks I trimmed out of the leftover brown cardstock and ran through the woodgrain embossing folder as well.  The sentiment on the outside is printed using a free Angry Birds font I downloaded from the internet and just trimmed into a rectangle with the corners rounded and then mounted on a slightly larger rectangle-with-rounded-corners made from black cardstock.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects; I know my son sure did! He had a blast at his Angry Birds party, and REALLY enjoyed telling his friends that his Ta Ta (my mom) made his cupcakes and his Mom made the decorations! :)  (I think he was proud of us!)

Now, on to the good stuff:

BLOG CANDY is a $20 gift card to Michaels.

To win, all you have to do is comment on each of the designer's blogs. Following everyone's blog isn't required but we sure do appreciate it when someone new follows our blogs. The winner will be announced on Laurie's Blog on April 27th.

Up Next is Sheila!  

Here is the entire Line-up in case you need it:

Sandy S.
Jenny R


Laurie said...

Oh Autumn, I was laughing the entire time I was reading your post...Love it and your decorations are perfect. Thank you so much for participating in my hop!


Pat said...

You are so funny. I can totally relate to the last minute rush! It turned out great! Happy birthday to your little one!

Creative Diva said...

I love Angry Birds. Great toppers and card. Im a new follower.

creativediva98 at gmail dot com

Connie said...

Awesome Party decor!! I bet he loves it!! New follower..come follow me too!

midge said...

Really great ideas! Glad you shared!
Midge :)

HeatherLynn said...

sooo cute and fun!!

new follower :)

Anonymous said...

tooo cute love the cupcake toppers and card.

Gloria said...

love angry birds!!! my kids would love these!! great projects! The best is when your kids are proud of your projects!!
thanks for sharing

ScrapMyWay said...

Love the play by play description...too funny and I could feel the frustration but LOOK at the results!! FABulous! I don't even like the angry bird stuff but you made them lovable. TFS
By the way, like the idea of the different colors for the line up..easy to spot!
Creative Wishes,
Claire S.

magicwanda said...

What a great idea! Great job..

angel4ever said...

I totally ♥ Angry Birds!!! This is too cute!

I'm a new follower!

Tiffany ♥

Cyndie said...

This is so AWESOME! My 3 yr old LOVES Angry Birds. He even knows how to play it on his Aunt's Kindle Fire (not that he gets high scores but he knows what to do!). I also LOVE Shery K Designs. I have a lot of her files (free & bought). You did a great job Mom! Oh how we LOVE to make our kiddos happy! It's my turn next month! LOL! TFS

Liz said...

Great decorations, not over the top, just perfect! Love angry birds

Marji said...

So much fun! Who doesn't love those birds? I just saw a pistachio commercial last night with them! :)
Thanks for the smiles

Tammy said...

I really have no idea who/what Angry birds are but love the party decorations. I have seen others use this as a theme too. TFS

Mary said...

Oh Autumn these are so cute and the colored frosting on the cupcakes only enhanced your cupcake toppers! I'm sure your son certainly was proud of his mom! TFS, Mary M

CREATIVE M said...

Super Cute Creations!My Fav is the Cupcake it!TFS

Expressions By Elaine said...

Love your Angry Birds birthday decorations, you did a fabulous job on all of it!
Your son sure is lucky to have a crafty mom!
I am already a follower:)

KAT said...

i might've known you'd use something with 'angry bird' for your party favors. lol. i'm on my way to check out some more of them free downloads. thanks, and if you see any more, please let me know. thanks sweets. love your projects....all of them.

Melissa said...

Super cute decor! New follower here! :-)

The Crafty Dream said...

aww so cute idea!! Love it!!

I am your new follower
Thank u
Gaby Beard

Sandy S. said...

Ahhhh.... LOVE IT. As a person addicted to playing Angry Birds I must say these are awesome! lol Following your blog now and look forward to seeing more of your creations!


Maria Matter said...

oh how fun is this!!! love your angry birds!!!

Lucy Kelleher said...

Love, love, love everything -- everything turned out so stinkin' cute!! You realize though -- there's always next year! How in the world will you top this ?? LOL



Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

I love Angry Birds! Your cupcake toppers turned out great. I love the card too! Great job on all the decorations. Thanks for sharing the links too.


lisacustomscrapbooking said...

Very cute. Love the ideas and tips. Thanks so much for sharing.


Jenny R said...

Awesome Angry Bird decorations. Love those cake toppers!

Patricia Hurlburt said...

Great party theme! Thanks for sharing.

cema1cema said...

Autumn what a wonderful party idea!! You are so creative!! Christina

Anonymous said...

Your projects are absolutely amazing! So many fun ideas I can use in my classroom, and with my boys at home. Thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiration. Thank you also for a super blog hop!

Thank you,

Ashley Nicole said...

Angry birds are such a popular thing right now. Great theme and the toppers look awesome. Nice being in the hop with you.

The EmBellished Card - Belinda said...

Very creative. TFS!
RecipeScrapper at sbcglobal dot net

Homespun Elegance said...

These are SO Awesome!! Thank you for the inspiration and sharing the link!! ALready bookmarked!! Fantastic Projects!!


Jessi @

Wandeezy said...


ClaireR said...

The hunt for angry birds was worth it because your project came out perfect. Great job! Love the toppers .
ps: new follower too

Jessica said...

My kids LOVE angry birds...I will have to share this with them. Great job on all the party items!
Happy to be hopping and I became a new follower, too!
Jessica S
Jessica's Craft Shaque

Michele from MS said...

What fun little cupcake toppers! Something to use as an embellishment in the scrapbook too! TFS

Tracey said...

Awesome birthday projects. Your son has every right to be proud. Glad he enjoyed his party.

Wandy said...

Angry Birds is a hot thing right now and you did an awesome job! Those toppers are perfect! ad ofcourse super duper cute!
Your newest follower, Wandy

Sue D said...

FAbulous Angry Bird party decor!!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Andrea Washington said...

LOL< you had me laughing, but your work came out beautiful< THEM ANGEY BIRDS ARE GETTING ALOT OF ATTENTION.... you rock

bigindianwedding said...

Awesome Party decor!sooo cute and fun!!

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