I've been planning Go-2-baby's first birthday party in my mind probably since the day she was born. I've changed my theme many times only to go back to one of the original themes. One thing that has never changed was my plans to actually make a lot of the stuff for the party. So far, I've made (with the help of my mom) the invitations, some of the favor bags and her birthday tutu. I finally decided to stick with my Abby Cadabby party idea and feature some of the other Sesame Street characters.
For invites, I saw these cute Abby Cadabby star shaped wand invites. I went around looking for perfectly cut stars or a star paper cutter to recreate the invite I found online. In the process of doing that, I came across these cute little butterfly shaped foam pieces used for crafts at the Walmart store in Forest Park. They have some really cool stuff in the craft section at that location. My mom had already made me some perfectly cut circles on the die cut machine at her school. I combined what I had with some craft sticks, purchased at the same Walmart. I opted for handwritten invites to make it a little more personal.
I will be excited to share images and how-to's for the goodie bags, tutu and everything else I end up making after the party takes place. It's less than two weeks away and I'm super excited. If you're interested in making magic wand invites, here's what you will need:
- Foam shapes (I bought a pack of 30 for about $3 at WalMart)
- Tacky craft glue
- Construction paper (cut in perfect circles)
- Round Dowels hardwood (bought a pack of 16 for about $1.50 at Walmart)
- Colorful ink pens (I bought a pack of 4 for $2.47 at Walmart)
It would be best to write out your guest list prior to gathering materials so that you know how much you need to buy. Buy a little more than you need just in case you mess up the first few or decide to change direction. Also be sure that you know exactly what you want the invitations to say. I used the basic who, what, when, where outline to keep things simple. I'm pretty pleased with the way the invitations came out. I used the Abby Cadabby color scheme rather than images of her. I felt that it would be better that way. She's a fairy who carries a wand, so the invites are her magic wands. The Do-it-yourself route seems to be the way to go these days. It makes the experience more personal, usually cheaper and you get exactly what you want out of it. Thanks to the internet, I realize that I can make almost anything. Stores like WalMart and Michaels are great for DIY projects. I can't wait to share the final images of the party in a few weeks. Stay tuned!