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Not sure what I was searching for on Etsy, but I stumbled across a first birthday placemat. It just had a 1 in the center and the birthday girl/boy’s name on the corner. It gave me inspiration to make my own custom paper placemats for Tabi’s birthday with some fun facts about her.

Thanks to Digital Scrapbooking, I was able to create a placemat pretty easily. It also served as decoration on the tables, so I justified that by printing it out in color. $.98 a copy versus $.20 (black and white). Sigh…doesn’t seem like a big difference, but I had to print out many many copies. It made me cringe a little to be spending that kind of money on paper and ink. I was hemming and hawing about printing it in color for days. My husband got sick of me asking him what looked better, so he said to just print it in color and stop bothering him. I got the hint!

I got the vintage cutlery placemat download (FREE PDF) from The Pretty Blog. I’m horrible with Photoshop, so I used Creative Memories’ Storybook Creator Program, which is a Digital Scrapbooking program to add the wording, banner, etc. I had a friend enlarge and space out the cutlery so that it would fit nicely on a 11×14 placemat versus 8.5×11 which is what the PDF file is set to. I went to Staples and had them print out the file on 11×17 and paid a $1.90 flat fee to cut all of them down to 11×14. I started corner punching each paper and stopped at like the third sheet. Seriously? Not sure what I was thinking because I prob had over 65 to do.

Anyhow, just thought I would share this. I thought it brightened up the tables since the decor is so dark and rich at the restaurant. Plus, it gave the guests something to read while waiting for their meal.

~lil sis

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I can’t believe it’s all over. It happened so quickly, and I REALLY HOPE that I don’t have that stressed look on my face in all the pictures. Some things went awry, but at the end, I was just super grateful my baby had fun and she didn’t have a complete meltdown. I gotta say, that was my WORST FEAR! It wasn’t that one of my vendors wasn’t going to show or that I would forget something really important, but it was that she would enjoy herself and not get spooked with all the people and the craziness of the event.  The hubs literally woke her up 20 minutes prior to the birthday to get her dressed and ready to be taken to her party, so I think her 1.5 hr afternoon nap saved the day…not to mention the bubble show and the red velvet cupcake I let her nibble on right before she started arching her back.  (After the back arch, comes the tears!)

Big sis was able to take a few shots, but I’ll be sure to post more pics once I get them from my photog.

The head table.  See the banner!  Big sis and I saved up a ton of 40% coupons months before so I could buy fake hydrangeas to make the monogram.  It only took about 5 large stems, but those things are not cheap.  I detached all the petals and used my hot glue gun to secure them on the white fabric (cotton broadcloth), which only cost me about $5 for two yards. 

Favor bags. 

  • White paper bags:  FREE!  Big sis’ mother in law happened to have like a hundred of these bags, so she didn’t mind me taking a handful!
  • Green “grass”: $1.60/green wrapping paper roll at Michaels (with coupons).  I used two rolls to make 18.  Got the idea from here.  Gotta love Martha!
  • Ladybug wooden clips: $8 on ebay.  The shipping alone was almost the same price as the clips! 
  • Contents inside:  mini play doh (Target after Halloween sale), fruit jelly/fruit snacks (Costco), ladybug bubbles, insect finger puppets, and mini insect erasers.  The rest of the items came from Oriental Trading Company.

Big sis bought Lila the cutest stamp that looks exactly like her!  It’s personalized with her name too.  I’m def going to be using that for future parties!  Click on above photo to enlarge to see what my lil girl looks like!  🙂

The cupcakes.  JustJenn, thank you!  In lieu of birthday cake, I had birthday cupcakes.  Red velvet cupcakes to be exact!  Yum, yum!  Jenn did an awesome job making 120 cupcakes – some with fondant ladybugs, some with sparkly frosting with fondant polka dots, and some with pink sanding sugar frosting.  Closeups/more pics can be found here.

Sis and hubs helped me with the cupcake toppers.  Making 60 wasn’t so bad, esp since we had an assembly line going while watching tv.

That’s all the pictures for now.  🙂  I’ll post more as I get them.  Looking forward to spending more time with the in-laws and to sewing.  I thought I could relax a bit, but I forgot there is only a few weeks left till Unique.  Yay, Baby Eggi and Misha Lulu will be there!!!! 

P.S.  Thank you to allllll of my family and friends for helping out!!!!  ❤ you!

-lil sis

Two weeks left till Lila’s 1st Birthday.

One month left till Unique LA.

What do I work on first?  The answer should be the birthday party, but I find myself flip flopping between the two.   That’s my style…start something new everyday and just hope that at the end of it all, I’ll have finish what I started.

My craft area has slowly taken over the guest bedroom.  Everything is laid out on the bed, and I swear I stare at this area every night wondering when I’ll be able to complete everything.

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Here are some of the lil sis dolls I have stuffed, and you can see they’re laying on the birthday banner. I still have a pile of doll bodies next to my sewing machine waiting to be armed & legged.  The banner is yet to be completed.  I’m 95% done…just one last hem needs to be sewn.  Why do I do this to myself?  I could just sew the darn thing and then move it aside, but…BUT nothing.  It’s just the way I work.  I’ll do it tomorrow 🙂

-lil sis

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