Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Let's Celebrate!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
So, I've been meaning to do this post for a couple of days, but every time I log on, I get distracted by the posts on my dashboard (other people's posts!) and run out of time. Hmmm...sounds like I need to get some discipline. ;)
Anyway.
I hit 100 followers this past weekend! Yay! (thanks Jenna for being #100) And to celebrate I thought a give away would be in order.
If you are the fancy schmancy super mom who creates themed birthday parties with dessert tables and amazing favors for each child's birthday/ each year, you can probably just move on- or skip to the give away part! j/k- even if you're supermom, I still love you!
Here at our house, we don't do parties every year. My kids get 4 birthday parties with friends and themes and stuff. They get their 1st birthday, 8, 12 and 16th birthday parties. (we haven't gotten to the 12 or 16 yet- we'll be on our 2nd 8th party this year!)
But I still wanted to make the kids feel special and important on their big day, so in comes the Happy Birthday Banner!


I love how it instantly makes it look like a party! It's so colorful, and since it's made of felt, it will last forever!



I store mine in a shoebox with other party supplies. Things like balloons, this table runner and candles. I also try to have cupcake liners (generic birthday or colorful ones) and streamers if they're on sale.
I also made some cupcake stands using wood candlesticks and rounds (both purchased at Hobby Lobby)



For my daughter's birthday I didn't have many balloons, so I made paper accordion medallions and glued Happy birthday sentiments to the center.





Then, for each child's birthday, I take some of my jars and fill them with that child's favorite treats. My 2-year old just had her birthday, so we used fruit snacks, goldfish crackers, marshmallows and pretzels. The treats in the picture are kit kats and vanilla tootsie rolls. They add color to the decorations and make the kids so happy!



Each of our children feel like the decorations are just for them, but I don't have to re-invent the wheel every time! I love it! (and my budget loves it too!)
So, as a thank you to everyone who reads this blog- I'm giving away one felt Happy Birthday banner! (It will probably come with a few other goodies too!)
All you have to do is leave a comment! (you don't even have to be a follower)
All I ask is that there is some way for me to contact you in the comment (either linked through your account, or written in). If I can't contact you, I will draw another winner.
*the banner won't be the exact one you see in the pictures, but the coloring and over-all appearance will be the same*
Good Luck!
(the contest will be open until January 18th- that's one week from now!)
A close up of the cupcake embellishment- it's my favorite part.
xoxo,
Amy

Linked up to Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts!



32 comments:

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

Oooooh! LOVE! I have been wanting to make one, but there are always 1000 other projects to do first;)

I also love your cupcake stands! So cute and fun and I am going to make some.
Thanks Amy!

Jonie Marie said...

I would love to win this (or anything, really) from you! I love that you made it with felt. I think you should just be known from here on out as the "felt queen".

Great ideas!
Jonie
easyascutandpaste.blogspot.com

Becky T said...

Oh my goodness, I absolutely love that banner and have been wanting one for so long! So, of course, I'd be thrilled to win it!!!

I just found your blog today and have already added it to my google reader, I love it! Such talent!

The Belliston's said...

I love the Birthday Banner and all of your cute Budget saving ideas!! I would love to make one, but even better WIN one!

Thanks for Sharing!
Brooke Belliston

breynerbelliston.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

I love the cupcake! :) Josh has already been trying to plan his next birthday.....that is is May. I think I might be in some trouble!!! Congrats on 100 followers!

Amanda
amandaandandy@yahoo.com

Kaleena said...

Fun! I have wanted to make one of these - but I don't have a sewing machine and moved away from my family who does. SO I would be super excited if I was drawn

Swensgirl said...

Congrats Amy!! I would love to win!!

S said...

So cute!!! The cupcake is my favorite part too! Super creative...great job!!!
stacybowler@yahoo.com

Kristina said...

I just love your work! So fabulous. I'm always workin' with clothes, so it's pretty great to see such amazing work for pillows.
Kristina J.

Brande J. said...

I so, so, so SOOOO want one of these. You are so creative and I need something festive for my kids birthdays, I need a little help in that department :) You know where I live :)

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Congrats on 100, Amy! Love the banner, especially the little cupcake. And I love the way you string it all together. Very cool.

The Crump Family said...

Hey I really like your blog. Love this banner too! I would love to win, but you should do a tutorial on it or something. I was wondering how you cut out the letters. They look perfect. Are the letters felt? Keep up the great blogging! You are fabulous! Thanks, ~Andi

Becky said...

I love your Birthday Banner! What a good idea to keep everything special and still simple enough that it's not to stressful! LOve It!
P.S. I stole your personal progress pouch idea for our YW's, made 30 of them, and we are going to give them out for the girls birthdays! Thanks
hobbymommybecky@gmail.com

Dan and Jen said...

What a cute way to celebrate birthdays, even when you aren't having a big party! I came over from Less Cake {more frosting}. Cute blog!

jenzog2@yahoo.com

Mandy said...

Just found your blog. Love this banner!

mandyjcasey @ gmail . com

Jenn said...

I love.Love.LOVE this banner! How beautiful! :)

Jaimee said...

I LOVE this banner! I'm so glad to have found your blog this morning!

Jaimee

jetyson747@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

This is my first time to your blog and I am so glad that I found it! We had a birthday banner growing up and I would love to continue that tradition!

Komis Klan said...

A very pretty banner. Would love it for my daughter's upcoming bday!
crystaljh@att.net

Christina said...

Such a cute banner! sydneyv at yahoo dot com

Guatmama said...

Of course this mama could use that! We just celebrated our son's 5th birthday and this would have been the finishing touch!

Birdie said...

This banner is adorable! I've seen you featured on several other blogs and I love your creations!

slarosa72 at gmail dot com

Heather Lee said...

Super cute banner!! I love would really love to win this giveaway.

heatherlee3504@gmail.com

Brooke Anna said...

I would love to win this banner, and I would use it for EVERY party for my little ones!
Thanks for the chance, but I'm gonna follow anyway- doung you through a linky!
brookeannaroberts(aT)yahoo(dot)com
I'm at mommydoes.blogspot.com if you wanna check me out :)

. said...

How wonderfully adorable!! I would love to have this as...I...don't...sew. No patience whatsoever so I truly admire people who do!

My e-mail is: halfdozenhome@comcast.net

Yes, we have four children so this banner would be used alot :)

Thank you!
Krista

Jessica Hilliker said...

congrats on 100 followers--you have the BEST ideas + tutorials!! Great banner, I'd love to win it (if not, I just might have to try my hand at making it :)

Jana said...

Am I allowed to enter even if I live down the street? Love ya!!

Dean said...

So cute and a great way to decorate for a special day! Thanks for sharing! And of course I would love to win it!!!

Brandy said...

Yay these are so cute!!!

brandywilson@hotmail.com

JJ said...

What a great idea to stagger friend birthday parties. I am going to do that with my daughter. I would love the banner - so flippin cute!
stormibays (at) hotmail (dot) com

Chantelle Penrod Photography said...

YES, YES, YES Please with a cherry on top. You, miss talented Amy. I am not a 'lucky' gal but I will try to win anything you make. Thank you for a chance! You are the greatest!

xoxo, Chan

Angela @ A Mama's Two Cents Worth... said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
Angela
nscrofan at rogers dot com

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