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Lego Birthday Banner

Today I’d like to show you a Lego birthday banner that I made earlier this year. 

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I used the Silhouette to cut the rectangle shape for the banner flag pieces.   Added small holes at the top of the rectangles before cutting the shape so it would be quick to assemble later.   Then used my circle punch to cut out all the circles for the top of the rectangles.  I raised the circles with pop dots to make the shape as realistic to Legos.   The letters were also made with the Silhouette,  I elected a thick font and added a thin black outline printed before cutting the letters out.

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I love the bright colors that a Lego theme offers.

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Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

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Today I’d like to share the photos from the Minnie Mouse birthday party.  I enjoyed preparing for this pink & blue party and was excited to see how everything came together for the party.   Last year, I did a Mickey Mouse party that is the most popular content on the blog.  When preparing for Gwen’s second birthday party I knew Minnie Mouse would be a great theme and I am curious to see Minnie will be as popular as Mickey.   I’ll let you know!

Throughout the photos, I’ll link to the previous posts with more details if you’d like to see how I made something.     On the front door, I welcomed guests with a birthday bow-tique sign.    I tied a bunch of balloons to her high-chair and hung some pom-poms from the ceiling.

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I served an assortment of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse foods with food tent signs for added decoration.

Food List:  Goofy’s Grapes, Clarabelle’s chips & Dip, Donald’s Dogs, Minnie’s Bow-tie Pasta Salad, Minnie’s Strawberry Le-Monade, Daisy’s Garden Vegetables, Pluto’s Pirate Booty, Mickey’s Sweet Mallows, Pete’s Oreos and Gwennie Mouse’s Cookies.  Also served cheddar cheese cut out with a Mickey cookie cutter.

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Delicious strawberry lemonade served in Minnie mason jars with striped black and pink straws.  The kids had small jars and taller ones for the adults.  The lemonade was very tasty with fresh cut strawberries.   Also for adults a splash of Vodka makes it a great afternoon drink!

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Donald’s dogs are made from turkey hotdogs, cut up into small bites and then wrapped with Pillsbury dough.    They turned out yummy and tasted better than the pre-made kind.

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Pirate booty is always a big hit with the kids.  Personally, Clarabelle’s chips & the cheetos were my favorite!

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Chris dipped marshmallows in pink Wilton candy melts and then rolled in pink sprinkles (also Wilton) on the outside.  The Oreo cookies are prepared the same, dipped in the candy met and then pink sprinkles.  The idea came for these from the yummy Fish Marshmallow Pops we had at Gavin’s birthday.    However, the pink sprinkles on the outside didn’t taste good,in my opinion, but the kids did enjoy them.  At least they look beautiful!  I’d recommend trying smaller sprinkles that taste yummy for these to work.  Including something else to balance it out like graham cracker crust or even Oreo crust would make it taste better .

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We served yummy vanilla and chocolate cupcakes.  To get the bright pink color for the frosting I used Wilton icing seen in the Fish Cupcakes.  It’s awesome how many more color options you get with this product.  On top there’s an edible fondant black Minnie silhouette with a cute pink bow, ordered these from Etsy (ClaudiaCupcakeLady).  Then added round sprinkle balls (also Wilton).    Thank you to my awesome cupcake designer Nicole (seen here decorating: owl cupcakes, fish cupcakes, & train cupcakes) she sure creates beautiful creations and is so great with the frosting!

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Ordered two dozen custom Minnie Mouse sugar cookies from Etsy (SugarySweetCookies).  There were number 2’s and also Minnie heads with Gwen’s name on them.  Of all the sugar cookies we’ve gotten for the last three parties, these were the best tasting.    Her designs are beautiful and I hope to have her cookies again.

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Chris made a mini cake with the rest of the mix for the birthday girl.  It was perfect for the candles but too big for her to eat.  She picked at the frosting and then ended up eating a pink cupcake.

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After baking the cupcakes I put them into pink & blue polka dot cupcake liners.  They look so beautiful & colorful because they aren’t stuck to the cupcake like the liner it’s baked with.   Not to mention the added liner makes them look great for photos!

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The kids loved the Minnie piñata.  There are strings hanging from it, each kid takes one, they all pull at one time and the candy falls to the floor.  It was really exciting to open it up and it looked so pretty hanging from the ceiling.

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The dessert table with lots of sweets!!

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The birthday girl’s blue chevron dress and Minnie Mouse polka dot hair clips.   See this post for more info on the dress & hair clips.

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A table with the paper purse favor bags.    Inside the bags there are the DIY Minnie Mouse water bottles & a plush Minnie or Mickey.

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Made a favor sign for the party favors and also displayed the party invite on the table.  We had two bigger Minnie dolls for Gwen & her best friend.

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Hung colorful pom-poms and swirl decorations.  Tied the balloon bunch to her high chair and a few other bunches were around the house.

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Hung the pink & blue Minnie ribbon wreath in the hallway.

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Hung the scalloped birthday banner above the fireplace.

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Made some extra paper bows after the door sign & cut a big Minnie silhouette out to play pin the bow on Minnie.

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You can create & cut the Minnie with the Silhouette Cameo.  I explain how to make the Minnie/Mickey shape in the water bottle post.    After making the shape for the bottles it was easy to enlarge it to 12 inches.   The kids had fun playing this game.

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Happy Birthday Minnie subway art.  It’s fun to mix fonts & colors to create a cute sign.

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Ordered a big Minnie mylar balloon and took it to the party store to have it filled with the rest of the balloons.   The kids loved playing with the life size Minnie balloon.

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Here’s the front side of the chevron dress, the flower & sash are very cute!

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Borrowed a pink polka dot table cloth for the gift table.  Thank you Alita!  Here’s a link to Alita’s Minnie party.

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Hope you enjoyed seeing the photos from the Minnie party!    We certainly enjoyed the Minnie birthday bow-tique!

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Here’s a list of all the related posts:

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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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  • 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. 


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. 

8 Steps to make your DIY Ribbon Wreath-

  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. 


  • 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

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.

Colorful Drink Flags

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Drink straws are very popular these days and I was excited to use them for Gavin’s fish birthday party.  I added a little more color and detail by adding paper flags to the straws.  This is a quick & easy project. 

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I used the “flag borders” shape found in the Silhouette store.    You can fit a lot of flags onto one 12×12 sheet.  I cut one sheet of orange and one of blue flags to tie in with the rest of the fish party decor.   If you don’t have a Silhouette then you can trace & cut your own flags.  I used some glue to hold the flags together. 

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At the party you can write names on the flags so that drinks don’t get mixed up.  Another thing you could do is pre-print names or add party phrases on the flags.  Next time I am planning to use my printer to add some fun text.  

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Hope you try making flags for your next party!  Your guests will love this personal touch. 

Soccer Birthday Party

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Who likes soccer balls and yummy cake?  If you answered “I do!” then you are going to enjoy  the fun birthday décor that my sister-in-law created for her son’s second birthday party.

The thing that amazed me the most about her creations is that she didn’t use a die-cut machine.  No silhouette or circuit (I think my brother needs to get her one asap!).  She made the banner and food signs by tracing shapes, using stencils to hand cut the letters and a little support from the computer.

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I don’t have the patience or skills to hand make all my stuff, this is why I’ve fallen so hard for my cameo.  It does all the difficult work.  Today I am going to show you that you can still make your own décor even without a personal die cut machine.

The banner was the focal part of the party setting the stage for the active soccer party.   The banner is so cute with the alternating colors, pattern and soccer shapes.  I love the how much the white letters pop on the dark backgrounds.    I can’t even imagine making this banner free handed.  GREAT job girl!

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Here’s the birthday banner I made last year for the lil’ guys first monkey birthday party.

Here’s the custom photo invitation that includes two cute photos of the birthday boy playing soccer.

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Moving on to the food….there was so many sweet treats served.  She made cute food tent signs that tied the menu to the soccer theme.

Here’s the goalie’s popcorn.  These food tent are simple and fun.

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The signs are black cardstock folded with the white printed label on the front.

Referee Pretzels & MVP’s chocolates

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For the three bigger signs seen here in the pastries she used a scalloped circle hand punch to do the outer/inner circle.  I have some circle punches too and use them often.  If you like to make little signs, cupcake toppers, table décor, etc. I recommend having them in a variety of sizes/shapes.  EK Success punches are my favorite (seen here and here ).   I have a few other brands and wish they were all EK Success.

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Here are the Half-time Refreshments, good ol’ fashioned water.  The birthday boy had a sweet bite and is enjoying the little soccer duck toys.

The birthday boy wore a custom monogramed shirt with his name, a big 2 and a soccer ball.  Very cute to have a party shirt made!  There are some beautiful designs on Etsy.

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The Coach’s Cookies – mini and regular size mint Oreos were Gavin’s favorite.  He definitely was eyeing all over those delicious cookies!

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The birthday cake was a great big soccer ball of cupcakes with green soccer turf frosting across the top.  She made cute soccer ball cupcake toppers to place in the cupcake cake.

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Thank you Tags on all the party favors:  Cookies & popcorn for the adults with a very cute handmade thank you tags.

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The white & black thin ribbon used to attach the tags were the perfect colors for this party.

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The kids were given bath time soccer duckies and handmade fabric crayon rolls (from Etsy) in the goodie bags.

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Gwen & Gavin say Happy 2nd Birthday to their cute cousin.    It’s so much fun to see all the kids together, wish we lived in the same city.

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Great job to my sister-in-law!  I can’t wait to see what you make next.  Hope my brother picks up on the gift idea (personal die-cut machine) that you would put to great use!