DIY Minnie Subway Art

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For Gwen’s second Minnie birthday party I created a subway art print to celebrate.  I came across a cute Minnie mouse subway print on Etsy and craft-lifted the design to create this subway art piece (thanks for the awesome idea!).  For those of you that don’t want to DIY your print you can always buy one!   After the party you can hang it in a frame in your daughters room so you can enjoy for time to come.

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I have a huge stash of fonts (over 1,000) on my computer and love a project where I can mix & match fonts.  I spent a lot of time selecting the fonts.  Try one and then if it doesn’t work you can select another.  It’s a lot of fun!  I worked on it, took a break and then came back a few times to see it with fresh eyes.  I used the same digital paper you’ve seen in the banner and other pieces.  I used Photoshop essentials to create this print.    If you are looking to download some new fonts, here’s a link to my favorite fonts on Pinterest.

I layered two of the pattern pieces for the background (striped & dots).  When complete I added a piece of blue & black cardstock but the rest of the piece is just one piece of 12×12 white paper.  I incorporated the “bow-tique” theme into the subway art that was first used on the invite.   For the Minnie mouse silhouettes I took the shape from the cupcake topper, removed the words and added the letters on top.  Using the Minnie heads worked well because Gwen’s name has just four letters.

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My favorite font is used is “Cheri” with the cute hearts for the I’s and hearts inside of the O’s.

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This is a super fun project with so many possibilities.   Here’s a link to all the rest of the Minnie Mouse Birthday decorations.   Next up I’ll share more Minnie decorations!

Supplies:

  • Fonts – various
  • Minnie silhouette used for Gwen’s name– digital cupcake toppers from Lane + May Studio (Etsy)
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)

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Minnie Mason Jar Drinks

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These are the mason jar drinks that I made for the Minnie Mouse Birthday Party.   They are very easy to make and were a big hit with all the kids & adults.  We served strawberry lemonade in these jars.  The kids had 8 ounce jars and the adults had the larger 12 ounce jars.    The circle emblems are digital cupcake toppers that I got from the same shop as the pattern papers used in the banner.   I have something else planned for top of the birthday cupcakes so these cute circles are perfect to use on the front of the mason jar drinks. 

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I printed the pink & black chevron patterns on 12×12 paper then cut out circles with the silhouette.  I used a hole punch to in the metal lid to add an opening for the straw. I alternated the colors of the chevrons, straws and ribbons to have a mix of the pink/white with the black/white. 

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Here’s how they turned out when all assembled. 

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I made food signs for all the dishes served at the party  I’ll share the full set of food signs in a future post but here’s a sneak peek.  Used the same digital paper seen the banner as the background and cut out the small Minnie shape in the upper right corner with my super small circle punch. 

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Minnie is so cute doing her little dance.   This was a fun (and easy) project to make because I hadn’t done anything like this before.  Hope you get the chance to try making these DIY mason jar drinks for your next event!  The best part is they are reusable, I am planning to use them again next time! 

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Supplies:

  • Quilted Mason Jars – 12 oz. & 8 oz.
  • Paper Drinking Straws (Stylish Stix) – Queen & Co
  • Circle Shape – cut via the Silhouette
  • Font – Luckiest Guy (cut via the Silhouette), size 305pt – search via Bing to find it for download
  • Ribbon – Various pink & black from craft store
  • Hole Punch
  • Circles on front of glasses – digital cupcake toppers from Lane + May Studio (Etsy), Amy customized the colors adding blue to match the digital paper set.   Cut circles with 2 inch circle punch.  Used small glue Dots to adhere cupcake topper to glass.
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy), printed pink and black chevron patterns onto bazzil cardstock

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Minnie Mouse Banner

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Here’s the Minnie Mouse banner from Gwen’s second birthday party.  I used my Silhouette to cut all of the shapes and the background paper is digital paper printed on my printer.    For the Minnie Mouse birthday party I choose to use pink & blue colors so it was very important to find coordinating paper in these colors.   I was thrilled to find a great set of papers in the perfect pink and blue colors from Lane + May Studio on Etsy.

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I wanted to use pattern papers and cut out big thick letters to put on top of the patterns.  This set of papers has 24 different designs and I used just about all of them (except the two animal prints).

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Here’s how I made this DIY banner:

  • Printed the digital paper pack onto white 12×12 cardstock.  Amy from Lane + May Studio helped adjust the colors so that when I printed the digital papers the pink came out the perfect shade.  I really appreciated her willingness to help make it perfect so that it would match the rest of the colors, like the pink in the ribbon wreath.  Printers can be difficult because they all interpret colors differently.
  • Made black heart paper (from the blue heart paper) because I needed another black print.

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  • Cut scalloped circle shape on the Silhouette – 5 Scalloped circles (by Lori Whitlock)
  • Size – outside circle is 5.5 inches, inside is 5.0 inches
  • The outside of the blue & pink papers are mounted on black cardstock.  The black didn’t look right for the black/white patterns and some of the Minnie patterns so I made some solid pink and solid blue backgrounds to mount these pieces.

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  • Used two pieces of organza ribbon in between the scalloped circles

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  • Popped up the letters with three pop dots on the back of the letters

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  • The raised dots help make the letters show up nice on the paper.  Here’s a detail view showing how much it lifts the letters up off the paper.

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Here are some of my favorite banner pieces.  I just love how the patterns all look together.  The hearts, polka dots, chevrons, stripes

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Here’s a photo the Mickey Mouse banner I made last year with digital paper & a triangle banner shape.   This was the first banner I made with the Silhouette and I used Mickey Mouse used digital paper for the banner flags.   See full post here.

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Supplies:

  • Scalloped Circle Shape – 5 Scalloped circles (by Lori Whitlock) Design ID #20452
  • Cardstock – White Bazzil used to print all patterns and colored backgrounds, black bazzil used for letters
  • Font – Luckiest Guy (cut via the Silhouette), size 305pt – search via Bing to find it for download
  • Pink Ribbon – American Crafts
  • Organza Ribbon – white, black and blue
  • Adhesive – Pop Dots, Glue Dots
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)

 

Minnie Mouse Ribbon Wreath

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Today I’d like to share the ribbon wreath that I made for the Minnie Mouse party.  This is my first time making a wreath so I was nervous and excited.  While making this I learned a lot of things that will help me next time I make a wreath and I’ll share those tips with you below. 

I got the idea for a Minnie Mouse wreath from this adorable Mickey Mouse wreath (below) I came across when searching for party ideas.  This wreath is from Running Backwards in High Heels, made by Rachel, and is absolutely fabulous!  I love the mix of colors (white, black with both red & yellow) and the mix of patterns.  I don’t usually put photos of other peoples projects in my posts but it inspired me so much while getting ready for this party that I have to share it with you. 

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After seeing this wreath, I immediately knew I had to try a pink & blue version for Gwen’s party.  Rachel didn’t go into much detail about how she made it and I was definitely curious for tips so I found a few blogs and studied up before I got started. 

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  1. Wreath Size:  The first thing you have to determine is the size wreath you’d like to make.  I choose a 16 inch circle and have realized this is quite large, it takes a lot of ribbon to cover the surface.    Next time I am going to go for a smaller size, probably 12 inches, it will go faster and will take less supplies.  I picked up everything I needed at Michael’s Craft Store.  I’ve listed the complete supplies at the very bottom of the post.  

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2.  Select Decorations:   There’s a lot of ribbon in this wreath so I knew that I’d need to have something to balance it out.  Adding a wooden 2, got the idea from Jen’s cute Halloween wreath at Tatertos & Jello, and a plush Minnie would give it the power of three. 

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3.  Paint:  My favorite part is that Gwen could paint the two herself.  She was thrilled to do some painting.  After she painted the two I finished it up, added glue when it was dry and then sprinkled the glitter on.  The glue works great to secure all the glitter so that it won’t fall off.

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4.  Cover foam ring:  I covered the foam ring with ribbon so that it would be more secure to hold the pins.  This ribbon is leftover from our wedding gifts from man8 years ago.  I’ve had a huge supply of ribbon that I couldn’t throw away and this was a great way to recycle the ivory ribbon that was on our wedding gifts.   I used the pins to secure the ribbon to the foam.

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5.  Cut decorative ribbon:  I cut the ribbon into 4 1/2 inch pieces.   I started with a small amount and then kept cutting more as I saw how much I’d need to cover the circle.  I used at least 20 spools of ribbon, there are 27 in the photo above at the beginning and I have 7 of them left.  I also threw in all of my random pieces of ribbon from my stash that coordinated with the colors & patterns.  I did use a portion of the ones that are remaining but there’s still some left.  Choosing such a big circle required so much ribbon.  You could probably cut this down by almost half if you do a 12 inch circle. 

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6.  Start pinning:   There’s no right way to arrange or put the ribbon wreath together.  This is why I like this project, it doesn’t have to be perfect, is very forgiving and can be done however you choose.  I figured out the way I liked to pin the folded piece of ribbon to the foam and then worked my way around.  If there’s an empty spot you can go back and add ribbon to fill.   I didn’t sew my ribbons at the bottom.  I just put the two open ends into an overlapping circle and then pinned them down.  They’ve stayed put nicely in the foam.

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7.  Adjust ear size:  Initially I tried to use 4 inch circles for the ears but they were too small.  The proportions were off and so when I finished the wreath I realized this needed to be changed.   Chris helped me with the official sizing of the ears in proportion to the head.  We had to make them larger.  I believe we decided the ears needed to be 8 or 9 inches to be sized correctly with the 16 inch head.  I picked up a 7 7/8 inch circle and then knew the ribbon could fill in the extra height.    I traced the ear shape below and cut off the edge so that it could be added on flat.  This is also part of the official Mickey Mouse head, the ears are not full circles sitting on top of the head.  They are ellipses with the bottom taken off so it’s welded together.  

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Here’s what it looks like when the ear is added to the head with all the ribbons added. 

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8.  Add decorations and done!   What a relief to be done with this project.  I spent at least three weekends working on it but was happy to do so because I wanted to try new things for Gwen’s party.  Thank you to Wendy for coming over and helping me one night with getting it started!  I love my crafting buddies. 

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Here’s a close up of the ribbon detail.  Don’t you love the hot pinks in combo with the teal blue and then the polka dots & stripped ribbons?!  As you can see, I’ve not gone with the traditional pink & white Minnie colors for this party.  All pink would be too much for me so I’ve mixed it up by adding teal blue with the pinks.

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If you don’t want to make one there’s a great assortment of Minnie Mouse wreath’s available for purchase on Etsy.  This balloon wreath with pink, red, white & black balloons made by PicturePerfectParty is quite adorable and caught my eye.  It would be a great way to decorate a door with the cute personalized sign.  Next time I might try making a balloon wreath for a birthday party. 

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Here’s a link to the wreath board on Pinterest I started to keep track of wreaths that I adore.    I’d love to see your favorite wreaths, please share links below!

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Here’s a link to my other Minnie Mouse Birthday party creations.   Next up I’ll share another DIY craft from birthday party. 

Supplies:

  • foam circle (choose size to suit your space)
  • pins (bridal & lace pins)
  • foam circles for the ears
  • ribbon for wreath
  • ribbon to cover the foam
  • wooden letter or number
  • paint, glue & glitter to decorate wooden number
  • plush Minnie Mouse bean bag 9 1/4

Minnie Mouse Birthday Invite

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Today I’d like to show the invitation that I selected for Gwen’s second birthday party.  After seeing how cute Cooper’s Mickey Mouse birthday party was last year I knew I had to do Minnie for Gwen’s second.   I’ve been amazed with how popular the Mickey Mouse party posts are on the blog, I had no idea!  It was really fun to plan a Minnie Mouse party and I even tried a few new things I’ve never made before for this party.  I can’t wait to share it all with you.   A month before Gwen’s birthday I let her start watching a few of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse shows so that she’d get to see Minnie and get to know the characters.  It’s been a big hit and she adores Minnie Mouse.  She loved having a Minnie party and I can’t wait to share with you all the fun things that I created.

I found this photo invite on Etsy (ThinkBeautiful Megan Peeler’s shop) and personalized the colors & phrases for our party.  Gwen has started to love watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and after there are the cute Minnie Mouse Bow-Tique mini-episodes.  Gwen wears a lot of bows in her long hair and I thought it would be cute to have this party be Gwen’s “Birthday Bow-Tique.”

I wanted to do a double sided invite with a pattern & photos on the back.  Think Tiny Prints but this time I did it old school scrapbook style with 3 real (hard copy) photos added to the back side.  The invite is more substantial when mounted on the white cardstock and I wanted to share a few more of the photos so the back was a perfect opportunity.     I sat Gwen on a refinished hot pink bench a coworker gave me to take some photos for the invite.  I had taken a lot of photos but she wasn’t smiling in most of them.  Then her big brother came outside and she flashed the smile I was hoping to see.   I love the main photo.

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These were fairly easy to make and I am pleased with the finished invite.  Here’s how I put it all together.

It’s a 5×7 photo and then I mounted it on a 5.25×7.25 white piece of cardstock that has blue/white stripes printed on the back.  The stripes in this digital paper set were much thicker so I reduced the size so that they’d work on the back of the card.

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I took the Minnie silhouette from the cupcake toppers I purchased from the Etsy shop.  Then cut it out and made a full sheet of just the circle portion removing the blue heart background.  I made the circle 1.25 inches so that I could use my circle puncher to cut them out.

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We sometimes call Gwen “Gwennie” so I thought it would be cute to use “Gwennie Mouse” for the party.

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Supplies:

Photo Invite – Etsy shop ThinkBeautiful

Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Files – I’ll be using these to make many more things for this party (banner, drink signs, food signs, subway art and more!)

  • blue & white digital paper (Etsy – laneandmay)
  • Minnie Mouse silhouette taken from Cupcake Toppers (Etsy – laneandmay)

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  • EK Success Circle Punch 1.25

Fish Birthday Party

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Today I’d like to share all the photos from the fish birthday party.   This time I didn’t have the desire or time to make all the paper decorations I have in the past for Gavin’s last party.   Instead I decided to create some sweets that were easy to make the day of the party and could be done by my husband.   Below you’ll see all the photos from the party and If you’d like more info about how we made things I’ve linked to the individual posts throughout.

The invitation set the theme of fish that I ended up weaving into everything else.

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Made a large fish welcome sign (12×12) to hang on the front door.  I didn’t have time to add words so I just kept it simple with the big orange fish.  We had bunches of turquoise and orange polka dot balloons.

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I hung orange, turquoise and white paper lanterns from the archways.  I hoped to add eyes and tails to them so that they would be cute fish but ran out of time.  The lanterns still looked great on their own.

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Served Orange Passion Mango Soda (World Market) with the colorful orange & blue drink flags.

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The table was full of sweets from the fish M&M cupcakes, goldfish marshmallow pops, gummy fish skewers (sent home as favors).   Also we had blueberries, carrots, goldfish and then pizza for the kids & adults.

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Thin crust flatbread pizza (from Safeway).  It’s so tasty and easy to eat.  Everyone loved it.

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Goldfish pizzas for the kids made from flatbread with sauce, cheese and an olive for the eye.  Pepperidge Farms makes goldfish sandwich bread but unfortunately it’s not available on the west coast.  Thank you to my girlfriend Pam who has a big goldfish shaped cracker box that doubled as a cutout to make the goldfish shape.  I couldn’t have made these without her help-thank you Pam!   I was so thrilled with how cute these pizzas turned out and they were very yummy!

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M&M fish cupcakes were my inspiration for the entire party.  I love how vibrant the frosting colors are and the bright matching M&Ms.  These cupcakes were really yummy.  The vanilla cake goes really well with chocolate M&M’s in each bite.

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Mini goldfish & bubble sugar cookies from Auntie Bea’s Bakery.   I ordered these adorable sugar cookies from Bea’s Etsy shop.  They were beautiful cookies and were delicious.  I love finding cookies for my parties from Etsy that can add to everything else at the party.  The owl cookies from Gwen’s first birthday were so cute that I’d like to continue this tradition.

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I really enjoyed watching all the kids make their fish hand art.  Each canvas turned out unique.

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Gavin & Gwen in their cute chevron goldfish shirts.  Ordered these from Sweet Threads Clothing (Etsy) and customized the shirts so they’d each have different colors.  I really love these shirts because the material is thick (not too thick), a bit stretchy and soft at the same time.  The chevron circle applique is stitched around the edges and it gets a little worn/frayed around the edge each time it’s washed.  It’s a great look and the kids have been asking to wear them all summer.

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These are the handmade fish favor bags for the kids.  The fish hand art and gummy fish skewer were sent home in the bags.

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Happy Birthday Gavin!!

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Gwen was so excited about the “happy birthday party” cupcakes and couldn’t wait to try one.  I love Gwen’s expression and how Gavin’s even noticed her eye on the cupcakes.

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Here’s a link to all of the fish party posts here if you’d like to see more detail about how I’ve made things.

Goldfish Marshmallow Pops

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I came across these cute goldfish marshmallow on Etsy when searching for ideas for Gavin’s Fish Birthday Party.   I showed them to my husband and he was thrilled to have the opportunity to make them.  He has a super sweet tooth and loves to cook.   I am so glad that that he loves to cook and make all the delicious treats for parties.

The great news is that these are easy treats to make if you are up for a little DIY project.  The best part is that they are so very tasty!  Everyone LOVED eating these pops at the party, they are a great combination of sweet with a little salty.  There’s something that works really well with the combination of the candy melt, marshmallow and graham crackers.

We didn’t use the traditional goldfish flavored crackers because my husband didn’t think cheese flavored crackers would taste good with marshmallows.  He found some vanilla cupcake goldfish crackers that were the perfect flavor.

Here are some tips and photos from the process:

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We experimented with using jumbo marshmallows but they didn’t work.  They are too big to cover with candy and then too large to eat.  Regular size marshmallows are the perfect bite or two size.

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When heating up the candy if it’s not the right consistency add some vegetable shortening (Crisco) so that you can dip the marshmallows to get the desired effect.  It shouldn’t be clumpy.   The shortening will make it smooth and will give you the desired appearance.

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These graham crackers are sweet and yummy!

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Supplies:

  • Wilton Blue Candy Melts
  • Graham cracker crust – Honey Maid makes a great box
  • Goldfish-vanilla cupcake grahams flavor
  • Candy Sticks – white
  • Marshmallow – regular size

Didn’t these turn out cute!?  Great job Chris.

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I hope you’ll be inspired to try them too!  If you don’t want to make them yourself you can find them on Etsy.  Thank you Ashley for the great idea, I love all of your sweet creations!

I hope you’ve enjoyed all the posts showing the crafty items I made for the fish party.  I am really happy with how everything came together on the big day.  In my next post I’ll show you the photos from the party!