Jaye’s First Birthday: Thank You Cards

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To put the finishing touch on Jaye's First Mississippi River Birthday Party, I created some stamped steamboat thank you cards. I was inspired by Rachel's post on making foam stamps here. I had most of the ingredients. I printed out a steamboat picture from the internet. I ignored the details because I knew the wouldn't stamp well. So when I cut it out, I just focused on the basic recognizable steamboat shape. After cutting the boat out of craft foam, I stuck it to a small cardboard box and … [Read more...]

Jaye’s First Birthday Party: Favors

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For favors, I made chocolate cattails. I used a pretzel mold (snagged from JoAnn's with a coupon) to mold pretzels in chocolate. Then I bagged them up two at a time and had them in a basket by the door. For the kids, I wanted some activities that might entertain them during the party as well. I googled for coloring pages related to the Mississippi River or steamboats and found some really cool ones I rolled the coloring pages up, added some crayons, stickers, chalk and bubbles. I stuck it … [Read more...]

Jaye’s First Birthday: Monthly Banner and More

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I love the idea of making a banner out of all the monthly photos I've taken of Jaye. It's fun to see them all together and fun for party guests to see how much Jaye has grown and celebrate that! To fit in with the Mississippi River theme, I used burlap. I just hot glued each picture onto a square of burlap along with a paper with the month printed onto it. Then a few loose stitches through the top to put them all on a string. We hung the banner across the living room wall behind the t.v. and … [Read more...]

Jaye’s First Birthday: Steamboat Centerpiece

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Sticking with the theme of the food table (see the Jute Wrapped Cake Stand here), the centerpiece is an important (you could even say central) part of a party food table. From the beginning, I'd really had this vision of an awesome steamboat ┬ácenterpiece. When I first created the party mood board, I had no clue how I'd accomplish this. Phil and Laura admitted later, that they couldn't see my vision and were impressed by how awesome it turned out! So prepare to be impressed. I started with … [Read more...]

Jaye’s First Birthday: Burlap Banner Wreath

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When I last talked about Jaye's first birthday party, I'd created a Mississippi River party mood board, and designed and mailed some awesome river steamboat invitations. Now, as I write this, the party is over! It happened last weekend, and it was a raging success. Full details and pictures forthcoming, but first you have to endure the rest of my crafting and preparations for the party. The first thing the guests saw as they arrived was the easy burlap banner wreath I made for the … [Read more...]