(If you’re reading this first, don’t. You need to read THIS ONE first! (Love ya! Kisses!)
Okay, so you’re a nut like me.
Well…maybe not totally nutty like me, but sorta nutty to click on that link in the other blog and read this one too.
You’re a brave soul.
And I like you.
So here’s how we did it…
The dessert table!
Okay, that tree really did fall down in our yard ON ITS OWN and after I told Kev I was trying to figure out how to build a tree for the table, he suggested cutting off the top of this one. He is a genius! So he cut it off and wedged it underneath our lighting fixture and then added some greenery bought at Hobby Lobby.
The burlap “table cloth” is just plain burlap bought for $2 a yard at Hobby Lobby. I bought lighter colored burlap and made the bunting on the front by hot gluing the flags to twine I bought from a dollar bin at Michaels.
The blue bunting is “decorative” blue dotted packing tape that I also bought out of the Michaels dollar bins. I just folded pieces of the packing tape over bakers twine and strung it up.
I made deer sugar cookies (Deer Ol’ Tom Cookies); the “acorns” are Hershey’s kisses “glued” with icing onto miniature Sandies cookies (from those 100 calorie packs they sell); Fruit on a stick (I thought the stick helped make it “Woodland” and plus it was easier to handle); and Goldfish crackers (Fish Gathered From The Stream) were in those red cupcake wrappers.
This cupcake stand was crazy easy to make. I bought the wood planks at Michaels. When Kev cut the tree for the table, I asked him to cut two more pieces from it and I hot glued them to the planks to make the stand. Which was great, because the cupcake stand I have is super girly. This worked better.
My sister made those cupcake toppers (Owls, Birds, Tress and Mushrooms) from felt. She’s awesome.
The fondant icing animals on top of the cupcakes are from Etsy. (LCcakes and she was great.)
I made the tiny bunting on top of the cupcakes the morning of the party (I wanted it to be taller, because I’m weird.) I hot glued the flags to bakers twine. Piece of cake! (Pun intended.)
I made miniature pies in jars for people who don’t like cake, or just love pies. (I didn’t quiz them or anything.) I totally stole this idea and used this tutorial to do it. I already had the tiny heart cookie cutter for a Valentines Day project I probably won’t end up doing. 🙂 )
The Owl-y Lollys were super easy to make and the kids loved them (sorry parents.) I bought the candy mold from LayerCakeShop.com and bought the candy melts from Hobby Lobby. After melting the chocolate, they took about 5 minutes to make. No, really. I’m no Martha Stewart and I would not lie to you.
I liked the idea of s’mores, but didn’t want to deal with an open flame and toddlers. (I’m so boring!) So I dipped marshmallows in chocolate and then rolled them in graham crackers. And then I hot glued little burlap flags to the tops of the sticks. Even I will admit that is insane, but I couldn’t help myself. I love hot glue. (I need a shirt that says that.)
I loved, loved the photo booth pictures! It was hard for me to remember to take pictures of everyone, and even with the help of my sister I didn’t get everyone. If I had known how much I would love the photos, though, I think I would’ve done better. (And by “better” I mean I would’ve assigned someone! 😉
The backdrop was just more burlap, more burlap bunting and I strung it up on our wall.
The animal hat props were bought at Michaels for way cheap after Halloween. At the time, I thought Tom may want to play with them someday, but the kids really loved them for the photos.
The clown nose was borrowed.
I made the mustaches, lips and hearts on sticks by cutting them out of hard felt (I used these free printables as templates for the mustaches and lips) and HOT GLUED them on dowel sticks I already had.
I cut the crowns out of hard felt. This idea came from a party pack being sold online and they were charging $15 a piece for crowns. What? Hard felt was $1. I made two crowns from each piece. I used ribbon I already had and strung it though little slits I made in the backs so kids could adjust them to their heads. My crowns were 50 cents each. Woo!
I made these and then realized I’d made weapons. Rookie Mom Mistake #349! But I don’t think anyone got seriously injured, but that was probably because we had mostly girls attend. (Tom is a MacDaddy.) The sticks are from my backyard and I HOT GLUED ribbon I already had to the tips. “These are not to hit or fight, but only for your pure delight” is what the little sign says — which I made when I realized I was kinda a moron.
Balloon wreath! I used this tutorial. But! I bought a bigger wreath than the one in the tutorial (accidentally!) so I had to double the amount of balloons. I used 288. No, really. I did. I bought an 18-inch straw wreath, I left the plastic wrap on it and then I used greening pins (also called floral pins — they’re sort of U-shaped and can be found in the artificial flower section at craft stores) and just pinned the balloons all over the wreath. That’s it! Tom LOVED this wreath. He still does because I haven’t had the heart to take it down. He actually pulled a balloon off and so we blew it up. He got 1 bazillion gifts, but that balloon is way up there on his favorites list.
Anyway, I hope this helps if you’re planning something or if you wanted to know the depths of my crazy.