Friday, September 21, 2012

Sweet Little 1 - Watermelon Birthday Party

 My baby girl just had her 1st Birthday - which completely explains the total lack of posts for the last several months. I decided to do a watermelon theme because a) Alanna is sweet AND juicy, just like a watermelon b) the pink and green combo is super cute and c) I had a watermelon stamp I was just itching to use! And so, without further ado, one more example of my craft crazed self in overdrive:

The Cards:
Here's the invite sent to various family members. Note the watermelon stamp  that got this ball rolling. The watermelon and face are from Peachy Keen stamps - coloured using copic markers. Shapes were cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge from CTMH. Edges inked with bubblegum from CTMH. Sentiment from various CTMH stamp sets. Paper and sparkles from who-even-knows-anymore, aka, my stash.
This is the card I actually made FOR Alanna, with lots of sparkles and the watermelon on a spring, because she's a total girl and I know that king of thing amuses her. Paper, ink, sentiment stamps and spring all from CTMH. Sparkles form Dollarama. Watermelon from Peachy Keen, coloured with copics.
 The Decorations:
Here's a little welcome sign I whipped up using paper from my stash, the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, Wild Card cartridge (the font), the GYPSY (to weld letters, and choose NOT to cut some parts of the shape). The seeds were drawn with black Stickles glitter glue.
Here's a "sweet" little banner using Art Philosophy and Wildcard cartridges.

Over the table. These are very easy to make, although a bit time consuming. There are many video tutorials online so I'll spare you the details. If you want to learn to make these fancy little guys just search for "tissue paper pom pom tutorial" on you tube.
In the corner. 
Entry way

Some very large ones in the living room

The Treat bags:
Watermelon Rice Krispy treats. I followed this recipe

What I included in the treat bags: Watermelon Krispy on a stick (because everything is more fun to eat if it comes on a stick, right? And some Sour Watermelon candies.

All the Treat bags ready to go - so cute!

Bags are from Wilton. Tags cut with my Cricut using Art Philosophy Cartridge.

Stamps and ink from Close To My Heart. Thank you CTMH for making stamps that  can bend so I could fit them in the little circles!
 The Food:
Sorry it's sideways. I don't really feel like uploading it again though. Cupcake liners from Wilton. Stand from Dollarama. Used my Tupperwear decorator for the piping (Thanks Erin!).

I used this recipe for icing made with lime jello.  For the Cupcakes I just piped it on in swirls and topped with a sour watermelon. For the big cake I iced it smooth and then dabbed/painted the stripes on using my silicon pastry brush and green food colouring.

Check out my mad painting skills. lol

I used one DH cherry chip cake mix and added LOTS of food colouring to get it this colour. Half the mix made 12 cupcakes and the other half I baked in a mixing bowl to get this dome shape. It's hard to see in this picture but there are mini chocolate chips throughout the cake for a watermelon seed effect.
The party scene. We had a fruit tray, Watermelon slices (of course!), and slush punch (which in hnidsight should have thawed a bit more before serving). Pink and green plates, napkins and utensils and tablecloths were all from Dollerama. I also wrapped water bottles in the same paper I used to make the invites, with little watermelon stickers in the front.

Here's the birthday girl scarfing down her cake. I'd like to point out that she ate half of at least 3 other peoples cupcakes as well. This was AFTER she'd been eating fruit and things for at least half an hour before everyone arrived!

Here she is opening her gifts. Yes! That is an adorable watermelon romper! Thanks for noticing :)

Happy Birthday sweet little 1!