Minnie Mouse Food Signs

DIY Minnie Mouse Birthday - Food Tent Cards

This is the last post showing the decorations I made for the Minnie Mouse Birthday Party.  Today I’ll show the the quick & easy food signs.  Adding food cards to your party food is a great touch to tie everything together with the party theme.  Not to mention, food cards look wonderful sitting in front of the food. 

DIY Minnie Mouse Birthday - Food Tent Cards

I printed the digital paper onto 12×12 white cardstock.  The paper used for the cards was left over pieces from the other paper decorations (such as the Minnie banner).  The white squares were made with the Silhouette software, added a simple pink border to the rectangle shape.  The white piece of cardstock is then mounted on black cardstock.  I punched the Minnie head from the pattern paper with a circle punch. 

Here’s a sneak peek at Gwen’s party dress.  As I’ve shown in the wreath & banner, I didn’t want to have too much pink so I was thrilled to find a sweet blue dress.  Found this cute handmade blue chevron dress with a sweet pink & white polka dot sash on Etsy (SweetBClothing).  There’s even a pretty white flower with a button center that pins onto the sash.   For her hair, I found these cute polka dot clips also on Etsy (dylivingston).     Picked up enough for her girlfriends at the party so everyone can wear Minnie clips!

Blue Chevron Dress with Pink Polka Dot SashMinnie Mouse Hair Clips - Pink & White Polka Dot

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Food label cards are very simple, quick to make and they are my favorite paper piece from this party.

DIY Minnie Mouse Birthday - Food Tent Cards

Last year I made Mickey Mouse food cards that were similar to these.   I used a lot of the same food name ideas for the Minnie food cards.  The biggest difference with the Mickey cards is that I printed the circle box onto the paper while printing the pattern.  The entire piece is just one piece of paper.   

 Mickey Mouse Party Food Signs

Supplies:

  • Cardstock – white Bazzil used to print all patterns and colored backgrounds
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)
  • Font – Luckiest Guy

Chevron Elephant Baby Shower

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Over the last month I’ve shared all of the handmade items for the chevron elephant baby shower and today I’d like to share the photos from the beautiful day.  I’m excited to finally find a moment to get this post out because I’ve wanted to write it for the last month.  We had the shower in early April and then there have been two birthdays (mine and my son’s fish birthday party) in my family since.  We still have one more coming up (Minnie Mouse party) in just another month so I am a busy as a little (crafter) bee these days to get ready for the next party.  Baby Hope will be arriving very soon and so it’s time to share these photos with the exited mommy, daddy & big brother.

Here’s the shower invitation in a frame sitting on the desert table.  Having the invitation on display is a new thing for me and it adds a nice touch to the décor to have it on display.  We hung the circle garland banner above the dessert table & also along the large windows that overlook the water.  We made them in three different heights to fit the various spaces.

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We served coffee & tea in the reusable Starbucks cups with the handmade felt sleeves.  Guests took their cup & felt sleeve home to use again.

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Here’s the table of sweet delights.  I am really happy with how it turned out, I’ve never had such a fancy table arrangement and had fun taking all the photos.  I used a plastic table cloth from the party store, love how easy it was to make the table look polished and also very inexpensive.  Picked up the wooden stamps (spelling out HOPE) at Michael’s Craft store and thought they’d be perfect to put on display at the shower to announce the baby’s name.  I made the blue stand that the elephant is sitting on by gluing a vase & plate together and then spray painting it.  I’ll share some photos from that project later.  Having one serving piece that’s not white on the table makes the table look much more interesting.

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The mother requested that we serve her favorite sweet delights.  The doughnuts are from old fashioned with pink frosting & sprinkles, from Top Pot.  They are the best ever old fashioned.  The cupcakes are raspberry macaroon & vanilla as I gave a sneak peek of the treats in the cupcake topper post.  You can see the food tent signs, cupcake toppers and water bottle labels that I shared earlier.  I am happy with how the toppers look in the cupcakes, my favorite part was making the blue chevron pattern as the third one in the set.

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We hung the pennant flag welcome baby hope banner in front of the large windows along with the circle garland banner.

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We planned a few light & fun games and so these three chevron plush elephants were perfect for the prizes!    I love how the two-toned red one matches the chevron pattern exactly from the invite.    I found these on Etsy from Kelsey Bang.  They are good sized plush (at 7×5) and perfect to sit on a bookshelf or bed.  I am thinking about getting for my little girl too.

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Here are the recipients of the cute elephants.    The third one is the momma-to-be who can give the pink & white chevron elephant to baby Hope.  This is a great way for her to always remember this special shower.

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Here are the two shower games we played.  The Animal one was from Bump Smitten and the other was a cute one with moments from Tara’s childhood.

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Here are Michelle’s sweet handmade felt elephants.  I hung them from some branches with little wooden clothes pins.  Got this idea from Shawna who hung Owls from trees at my baby shower.

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Guests left notes with tips, wishes & advice for the expectant mother.  These notes can be put into a book with all the photos from the shower or even in the baby book.   I got the Wishing Tree idea from Elizabeth’s elephant shower that was featured on Hostess with the Mostess Blog.   Her yellow mod elephant shower was so cute and I loved all the details.   The baby game was also from this shower, she offers all of the paper pieces from her shower as a printable so you can recreate very easily.    I planned to hang the wishes from the tree too but it didn’t work because the branches on the tree weren’t as spread out as they would have needed to be.  Since the elephants were hanging from the tree it didn’t matter though.

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It was a beautiful baby shower to welcome the new baby girl.  I had such a great time making all the preparations & hosting with Michelle.

Cute little baby bump!

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All the extra cupcakes went home with guests in to-go cupcake boxes.   Yummy!!

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If you’d like to see how I made the things seen at the shower you can see the rest of the posts here.    Welcome Baby Hope!!

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.

Soccer Party Invitation

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!