preparing for a party

Gavin’s 4th birthday party is coming up in three months and am so excited to find some GREAT products to help me set the theme & make the decorations.

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Gavin & I were shopping at paper zone two weeks ago because they are going out of business (so sad, no idea where I’ll be able to get reams of paper & envelopes) and I found these cute packs of Basic Grey birthday paper.

The paper pack has two sheets of every pattern in the line and an embellishment sheet.   However a few months ago, I had already purchased a 4 pieces of this paper to do a birthday layout.  At first though I didn’t need anymore of the paper……BUT  it was on sale for 70% off!   We all know that is a super-good deal for scrapbooking paper & supplies so I grabbed the two remaining packs and bought them not knowing how I’d use them.

Thinking about it a little more over the next day I realized this paper would be PERFECT to make the elements for Gavin’s party!  It has bright primary-based colors (red, blue, yellow, orange, green, pink) that are great for boys & girls.

The line is called Life of the Party.

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After having a hard time trying to find the right paper for Matthew’s birthday banner, it made me realize it’s important to get supplies when you find them.  Because when I go out searching purposely I never find what I am looking for but I also have to balance this with not wanting to get things unless I know I have purpose/place to use them.  I ended up going to the Basic Grey website and ordering more elements from the line so that I can use it across all the paper products.  It was even on sale because this is an older line!

Here’s what I am planning to make:

  • “happy birthday” pennant banner (attempted this at his 1st bd and never finished it, thankfully I know how to make one)
  • party hats
  • pinwheels (the double sided paper will lend well to make them beautiful)
  • cupcake toppers (I’ve stocked up on some great circle/scallop punches to be able to do them myself)
  • invitations
  • thank you cards

I know that a bunch of four year olds aren’t going to pay much attention to all of these details and they’ll probably rip the pinwheels right up.  It’ doesn’t matter, I am going to have so much fun making it all and seeing it all come together!

Here’s some inspiration that I’ve gotten from the products in this line—

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Hats with fabric rick rack around the base (good idea from mom and she gave me all her extra rick rack leftover from making so many baby blankets)

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Patterned banner paper with lots of colors & ribbons.  I’ll use a variety of prints for the pennants but I’d like to use this shape seen above for all pieces.

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Another good idea for shapes & colors to use in the banner

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Stamps to make the invites & thank you notes

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These stamps are to make background patterns for cards of scrapbook pages.  I haven’t used this style before and I am excited to try them.

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Colorful double sided pattern paper to make paper pinwheels.  Found a great pinwheel template at Martha Stewart.

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Buttons/brads on the invites, thank you cards, or hats?

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Tali wants to help with all the craft projects I have going on in my office!  Oh we are going to have so much FUN staying up way to late making things for this party.

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Stay tuned for some shots of the creations over the next few months.


Bye bye Paper Zone!  I’ll miss your store so much.  Finding this great pack & idea for Gavin’s party though makes it a sweet memory to have as my last experience at the store.


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