March 09, 2012

Celebrations


Today I'm working on Emma's slumber party for Saturday night. I'm really enjoying the process instead of stressing like I have done in years past. It's making such a difference.


Designing the decorations and doing the table are always my favorite parts. There are a lot of easy, inexpensive, homemade touches this year.


I made this bunting to decorate the chalkboard in the dining room. I've wanted to make one for ages and now that I have bulked up my fabric stash and discovered a deep love for my sewing machine, it seemed like the perfect time. I think I could shut myself in the studio and make buntings until every last scrap of fabric is gone.


I put together these kits for the girls to make felt flower pins. There are materials to make a pink and an aqua one. I was going to put together another craft but I realized, as usual, that I had gone overboard and this really was enough. I only wish I had come to my senses before I bought all of the materials for the second project.


Emma has requested Red Velvet Cupcakes for the party and I made these little cupcake flags out of toothpicks and Japanese masking tape to decorate them. 


I'm really looking forward to this party as opposed to looking forward to it being over which is how I usually am. Although, with 6 eleven year old girls sleeping in my house Saturday night, I might take those words back. I'm suddenly thinking it was smart to plan the party during the weekend that we spring our clocks ahead an hour.

30 comments:

  1. I have many happy slumber party memories from my childhood and it looks like your daughter is on track to have a great time with her friends! Hope that it goes well and that you get an extra nap on Sunday! :)

    P.S. Everything you've made for the party looks perfect. You're such a nice mom!

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  2. What a wonderful party you will have. I was thinking about you this morning, funnily enough and even googled the real estate in your little Village. I love that you are living out your dream.

    I know what you mean about looking forward to the thing being "over". I used to do that, too, but now I try to enjoy the moment for just what it is and not stress out over it so much. Happy Friday, Jen! xo Diana

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  3. If you do make more banners, I'll buy one. They are hard to find here in the US, but they seem to be every where on UK sites and blogs. I think they are absolutely charming! You really are a great mom, Jen. I love the project the girls will be making at Emma's slumber party. I wanna be 11 again and invited to such a fun party. Enjoy... my two have grown up and now I'm reliving the fun with my 3 year old granddaughter.

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  4. Oh my! Can I come to the slumber party??? This looks like so much fun! Hope she has a fabulous time.

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  5. enjoy!!!! it will be fun.....will be thinking about you Sunday morning.
    all the sweet things kits, details etc. are lovely.
    xo
    kara

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  6. What lovely ideas! I'll admit I've pinned a few of your ideas for my daughter's b-day party at the end of the month!

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  7. You did a lovely and awesome job per usual! Happy Party Day Em!!!

    p.s. Did you mean what you wrote about the bunting? Remember what I said earlier... lol

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  8. Those are the neatest little touches- they are gonna love it! My mom always made sweet little bits for my birthday parties too. I did way more when my boys were younger- lots of homemade detail and crafts and activities, but that ended a few years ago. They just want junk food and video games and movies now- cute details, decorations? Eye-rolling is all I get. Oh for a girl to make parties for!

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  9. Wow, I wish I could be part of this party. Looks great! Hope you all have a wonderful time. Kit

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  10. I just love those craft kits -- I would be so excited to get one of those at a party! Also, those cupcake flags. I love Japanese printed tape, but I never know what to do with it...you have now given me an excuse to start buying it :)

    Kim @ Vintage Pretties

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  11. What a lucky daughter to have such a creative mom! It is nice that you are planning on taking a low key approach and not stressing out. You can enjoy the party, too! Love the bunting and pins and cupcake flags. Very cute! xx

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  12. Hi Jen, Sounds like a wonderful party for your daughter & good for you keeping in within reason...that is the key for you being happy about it too. The flower pins are cute and you can always save the other project for another party! Happy Seweing.

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  13. What wonderful ideas you have come up with. Everything looks perfect and I know your daughter and all the other girls will love it!

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  14. What a GREAT mama you are! where did you get those GREAT straws in the first picture? I must have them! I love the flower pins too, where did you get the supplies. And hey, you never know with a sleep over you might get to the second project :)
    ps- I wanna see the cupcakes and I LOVE the bunting!
    xoxo
    Kristi

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  15. Awww super cute! I loved having slumber parties when I was her age.

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  16. Love your color choices..the bunting is so sweet and I love that green chalk board.
    Bristol

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  17. Everything looks so sweet...I can tell you have been having fun creating these decorations. I'm sure the girls will have a great time at the party...what lucky girls!

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  18. What wonderful ideas for the party! I love all of the details. My oldest just turned 11 and we had a slumber party of 7 girls.....it was a long night! One left at 8:30 PM, one was up at 3 AM and left by 5:30 AM. I'm glad it is behind me! I can't wait to hear about yours!

    ~Shanon

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  19. Terrific ideas Jen. As always, I love the colors you chose and how simple it all is, yet so elegant. I am having trouble gearing up for my daughter's sleepover. She's really excited about it, of course, so I guess I should try harder. Bah humbug!

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  20. what a lucky girl to have such a craft mommy! can;t wait to see more pictures. the flower pins are adorable.

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  21. Hope you'll be posting after pictures!

    She will never forget these little touches that you do to make her life and her celebrations special.

    Dawn

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  22. i wish i could have come to emma's party! how adorable!!

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  23. Did you survive? I hope we see some pictures of the finished flower pins.

    xoxo, Julia

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  24. I hope the party was a great success. My daughter is out of the country right now and I miss her and how much fun we used to have when she was 11. Love the festive glasses, the kits and the doll - even if she's off kilter!
    Karen

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  25. Hope the party was a smashing success! Happy birthday to Emma.

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  26. oh, the details look perfect jen! i can't wait to see the party pics! what a special party this will be!

    love love love your bunting!

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  27. It looks absolutely gorgeous! Wish you could come and style my parties. Love the flower pin kits. Hope your daughter has an amazing time! x

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  28. I love it. I'd take it as a slumber party for myself now, and I'm 27! I love washi tape toothpick or skewer flags... so easy and so cheap.

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  29. What a fun slumber party!!!! The decorations are so cute too :o)
    ~Des

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