Ice Cream Party Circle Birthday Banner

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Here’s a banner that was made for the Ice Cream First Birthday Party.  I used my awesome new Silhouette Cameo to cut the outer scalloped circles (5.25 inches) from pattern digital paper that was printed on white cardstock.    I love how fun the scalloped circle is with the ribbon between each piece.  I think this is my favorite banner so far that I’ve made.   

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These patterns are from Erin Bradley Designs (Etsy) and were the perfect colors for this Ice Cream Party.    For the inner circle with the letters I used the Silhouette software to design a circle with the three borders.  After using Photoshop elements last time this was much easier using this new Silhouette software (I am so relieved!)   It’s the first time I alternated the color of the letters on the banner pieces and I am happy with how it turned out.   

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If I had to make this one again I’d add another circle with the ice cream cone to both sides of the birthday girl’s name. (Why didn’t I think of this while making it!)   I designed the inner circle with three varying circles around the border in the Silhouette software.  I was able to select the exact same color from the background papers and use that for the borders & letters.    I didn’t use the silhouette to cut out the inner circle because it looked fine to freehand cut these circles out.   I did another banner over the weekend where I did the Silhouette cut the inner circles and it produces a very sharp look.   I’ll share that one soon.

The pink ribbon is a 9 yard spool that I picked up when Paper Zone was closing earlier this year. I have to say they really may some lovely ribbon and have such fabulous colors. I am glad this color worked for this project.  The spool was the perfect size for these three banners, I had about 6 inches left at the end. (I never know how much ribbon to get when planning so wanted to jot this down for next time)  The green was some leftover lemongrass 1/8 inch thick from Gavin’s birth announcements, still around from over 4 years ago!

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I really do have fun creating handmade paper items for parties.  It’s not my business or something I’d ever do professionally.   It’s something that I enjoy because of the variety with themes and different styles you can try out.  It’s also a lot of fun to make things for friends who are so appreciative and enjoy seeing what I’ll make.  I do think it’s funny how many party posts I’ve been doing since the spring because it wasn’t what I planned.   This is my last Ice Cream Party post and next I’ll share some from a Mickey Mouse party.   Now that the parties are all over, September’s going to be about scrapbook layouts!  I need to make some progress with my “to-do” list and can’t wait to use up the great paper I’ve collected. 

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Supplies: Digital Paper & Clip Art – Erin Bradley Designs, Scalloped Circle – die cut shape by Lori Whitlock, Ribbon-American Crafts – Orchid

This banner coordinates these items also made for the Ice Cream First Birthday Party. 

  • thank you tags seen in this post
  • first year photo clips in this post.
  • cupcake toppers and water bottle labels seen here.   

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Ice Cream First Year Photo Clips

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Today I wanted to show you how easy it is to make photo clips for your next celebration.  These are great décor items for parties ranging from birthday parties, showcasing travels, to anniversary celebrations for young and old.    How special would it be to make a set of these for a 10 year, 20 year or even 40 year wedding anniversary party?  You’d then be able to showcase a memorable photo from each of the years to decorate the room. 

These are super easy and fun to make.  I hope you’ll want to try some! 


  • pattern paper
  • white cardstock for message & embellishments   
  • clothes pins
  • two different sized circle punches
  • hot glue gun

1.  Paper:  If you are going to make them from digital files like I did, print the background papers.  Or select your scrapbook patterned paper.  I like having three different patterns to vary the backgrounds.  This time I have six because there are stripes and polka dots in the same color schemes.   

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2. Punch out background pieces.    You can use any shape (circle, square, flourish, scalloped circle, rectangle, etc.) to fit the theme.

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3.  Design & print out inside circle

4.  Adhere inner & outside circles together.    Now you are ready to glue the tags to the clothes pins. 

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5.  Hot Glue:  apply to half of the clothes pin starting with the part that opens.  This is where you’ll want the bottom of the tag to rest. 

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6.  Add tag:  Quickly add the tag to the hot glue before it starts to dry.  Put the bottom of the tag just below the wooden end and be sure to have the tag facing so that the handles of the pin are at the top. 

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7.  Complete for the rest of the tags.  It’s important to place the tag so that there’s not too much paper hanging over the bottom of the clip, which would cover up your photos too much.  Your photo clip tags will be ready in no time.

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Here’s the full set all finished.  After the event these tags could also be used on a scrapbook page or in a mini album along with the photos. 

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8.  Placement:  you can clip them to a ribbon that hangs on the wall, tape the clips directly to the mantel, hang from a ribbon on the mantel, tape to the deck if your even is outdoor, etc.  There are many possibilities for placement.  

Here’s how they look in action at the party.  Pam tapped them to the rock mantel and it was a great way to show the growth of her baby girl over the last year.  I had a hard time getting photos of this because of the glare from the sunshine. 

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See the cute photo for month 5?  It’s the same one that Gwen had for her month 6 (See the second to last photo in the post).    See month 10….Isn’t that the sweetest little swimsuit!?

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Pam did a great job selecting photos to use and I love how some of the colors ended up coordinating. She didn’t see these until the day before the party when the photos had already been printed.

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Happy Birthday sweet little one Isabelle! 

What about doing one of these for an 18th Birthday party?  I bet the young adult and family members would really get a kick out of seeing the changes over the 18 years.    Or a 40th wedding anniversary?  Hmmm…

Ice Cream Party Cupcake Toppers

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These are the handmade cupcake toppers for an Ice Cream birthday party.  I created three different versions so I could use the pink, blue & green ice cream cones as the backdrop for each design.  This time made them slightly larger than my last two sets, I used 3 inch scalloped circles for the outside circle and 2 1/2 inch circles for the inner with white cake pop sticks. 

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The papers are all digital patterns from Erin Bradley Designs (Etsy) and were the perfect colors for this Ice Cream Party.     



I printed the outside pattern paper on white cardstock then punched with the scalloped circle. The inside circle with the three lines around the border was designed with the Silhouette software and I printed a dozen on each sheet.   Then I punched them out with my circle punch. 

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Here are the coordinating water bottle labels.   The top & bottom label have the same monogram design that I made for Gwen’s first birthday party water bottle labels.   I just swapped out the background patterns from this ice cream set and changed the colors of the fonts.  The super cute frame in the second one with the ice cream cone was a free download from Clementine Digitals (Julie also made the clipart at the top of my blog). 

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Isn’t this color pink & blue some of the best out there to work with?  They are so bright & colorful.  I love these colors. 

This banner coordinates with the thank you tags seen in this post from last week.

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Next I’ll be sharing the banner & photo clips that were made for this party.  After that I’ll share the items from a Mickey Mouse party that was also this past weekend.  I really enjoyed having the chance to make so many fun things over this last week.  As we move into September my focus is going to be on Scrapbooking because I have a few albums I’d like to finish before the end of the year.  I’ve got to set some goals so that I can get layouts completed!