As if she needed an introduction... Kimbo from A Girl and a Glue Gun is kind of a staple around the craft blog circuit. She has amazing felt crafts. She has frugal decorating ideas, like these cute cup pom poms. She has cute favor ideas (can you imagine handing out these Fancy Nancy Pens at a Fancy Nancy Party?? She sews like the dickens (having a beach themed party this summer? How about a cute cover up?) And you can wrap your birthday presents up cute, thanks to her. You know, along with the 50 billion other really cool things you can find over there.
|(The yellow birthday box. The rainbow-colored felt happy birthday banner. The paper happy birthday banner)|
Hani's blog, Craftionary, is full of creative ideas. There are her DIY felt hair clips, cute yarn rosettes, frugal mini jar banks from baby food jars (all of which would make fun favors, by the way...) and a whole lot more!
- Make a list of all important thingsThe most important part is not to forget anything you've planned for the party. With busy everyday life, I believe we should start working small at least 2 months before the party.2 months earlierMake a creative plan about the party, the theme and start listing important points that come into your mind.This helps keep your idea-flooded mind from mixing up old plans with new ones.1 month earlierWhen you get one month closer to the party, you will be glad and tension free. Why?
Because you already have a fore-plan to work on. And have plenty of time to make and create what you want.
Start first by listing the menu, that's the biggest decision, right? Once you are done with it, think about the party decorations and food serving things you need to buy and bring them first. I like to use disposable plates and cutlery, it helps keep the later work (unloaded and cleaning) easier.
Party City is my favorite place to buy all the stuff. But I usually go buy random things from random places that match my theme that I can find for a good price, because I have my theme decided way earlier, right?
- Have a bright photo booth
We all love beautiful pictures. We are so busy arranging the party that we sometimes forget this part. Happens with me all the time, so now I have learned my lesson and have kept this important part as the 2nd most important rank - before decorations.
You can see my baby boy's race car themed first birthday party here and see the mistake of not having a bright photo booth and a few special ideas I had for his party that I was happy to make.
Make sure you make a beautiful background in the most bright area of Your party location. So, you are done with worrying about not getting good pictures after a wonderful party that everyone enjoyed.
- Finally: Start Making Your own Creations
Now all the less time consuming work is done and food can only be prepared at the last moment.
You need to start making and customizing your party your way. I know we can not throw a party without that creative touch of handmade stuff you can't find elsewhere.
- Have fun entertaining. An organized and well-planned party always saves your time and keeps you tension-free. :)