I LOVE, and I mean LOVE planning parties and crafting for them. I actually purchased a Cricut after last year's party because I wanted to do it all myself this year and I'm so glad I did! I started working on it at the end of April and really went into overdrive about 3 weeks before the party. I knew exactly what I wanted and after browsing Pinterest and Etsy, I came up with the fine details.
We had 2 "adult" food tables and 2 "kid" tables. Here are the larger centerpieces for the adult tables. The children's tables were just a little smaller, but the same thing. I used a red bucket from Hobby Lobby, black crinkle paper, dowel rods and three styrofoam balls to make the body. I hot glued the dowels to a styrofoam block at the bottom of the buckets. The only advice I have is to make sure you use craft spray paint because I didn't realize that the paint would eat the styrofoam. OOPS!
We had a bubble station under a tent and it was a huge hit!!! I found the Bubble Maker here.
here. This was truly a labor of love that took me about 4 hours total. I made 30 of them and they were not perfect, but turned out pretty cute regardless.
I made the toppers myself using my Cricut and cardstock. I was super happy with the way they turned out! I made Mickey heads, pants, and hands.
these cups for the kids from Amazon. They were a big hit!
As always, we had a coke/sprite bucket and a beer bucket. When I made my "We've Got Ears...Say Cheers" sign Michael joked I should make one that says "We've Got Beer...Say Cheers". I thought it was cute, so I made one for the beer bucket too. Haha! So inappropriate, but funny. Everyone thought it was cute and laughed about it.
I would like to give a huge shout out to Michael and my mom for all of their help! I never could have pulled this off without all of their help! Hope you enjoyed this little tour of the party details. It was so fun and I loved planning it all. I would LOVE to be able to party plan as a full time job, but unfortunately, we need benefits and a steady income, so that isn't possible. I guess for now I'll just have to blow it out once a year for Nicholas' parties! :-)
And yes, I am already in planning/brainstorming mode for next year. I am going to do a pirate party next year, complete with a treasure chest full of loot (for favors instead of doing bags). If you follow me on pinterest, watch out, lots of pirate pins coming your way! :-)