Wednesday, January 19, 2011

butterfly decorations

here is martha's butterfly globe:

here is the copy cat:

here are butterflies everywhere:

here is the copy cat version:

{i used the curtains from my daughter's room to make the canopy. i thought it felt springy and was different than garland. i used a needle and thread to attach butterflies to it.}

here is the butterfly template i found to cut out all those butterflies!

Monday, January 17, 2011

butterfly banner

just a reminder. i am unoriginal. most ideas from this butterfly party were copied.

found this idea here:

originally i saved this idea to use in the girls' bedroom. their room is a birdies and butterflies theme and i thought this branch idea with their names would be perfect above their beds {that is, once they start sharing a room}.

in the meantime, i thought it would be a great way to make a birthday banner:

the bird on the branch was super easy to make. here is the pattern i found on a blog: bird pattern.

the branch was taken from my yard {actually, it is a curtain rod in my daughter's room}.

the banner was made from paper doilies and left over scrap book paper. i have learned the fastest, easiest way to write letters on a banner like this is to just freehand paint them on. not perfect, but easy. the banner is held together with tape and jute.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

butterfly cupcakes

ok, not really butterflies but perfect for a spring time themed party.

basic rainbow chip cupcakes decorated with...can you guess?


really, this couldn't have been easier. maybe slightly time consuming, but if i were decorating an actual birthday cake i think the time factor would be about the same. 22 cupcakes in 1 hour 45 minutes.

not bad.

simple technique. i found this video that was very helpful.

Friday, January 7, 2011

a butterfly menu

this was a lot of fun. creating a spring time menu that incorporated as many butterflies as possible.

this is what i am serving tomorrow.

kiddos will enjoy "butterfly" macaroni and cheese {bow tie pasta}, butterfly shaped crackers and cheese, fruit {wrapped in a little baggie and then tied with a black pipe cleaner to look like a butterfly.}

adults will have a different menu, but nothing too butterfly related!

everyone will eat one of these. almond bark covered butterflies! {i say one because they were a lot of work!}

there were a lot of other ideas, but with the average age of the party goer being 18 months, i decided to keep the menu simple. here are other ideas:
- pb & j cut into a butterfly shape with a cookie cutter
- butterfly shaped cookies
- fruit pizza with mandarin oranges and strawberries cut and arranged to look like a butterfly
- arranging a fruit or veggie tray in the shape of a butterfly

i am sure there are many more ideas out there to copy. what a fun food theme for a party!

a quick reminder

as we commence 2011 i ask you: what are your decorating goals for the year?

is it simple like touching up paint {that is my goal}. is it undertaking a big project like a bathroom {that is my dream}. is it decluttering and purging {that is what i need to do}.

whatever your goal ladies, i want you to remember that decorating, party throwing, whatever, needs to be for enjoyment. it is not about keeping up with the joneses. it is not about trying to impress. it is not about finding contentment. if you are not content with what you already have, well, you will probably never be content with what you will get.

it is about creating a home that you love. it is about showing your love to others by throwing them a party. it is about doing what you can with what you have where you are.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

butterfly straws

i found this idea from bh&g i believe.

i took cardstock and traced a butterfly {easier way i have learned is to print the butterfly on card stock - it saves a step}. when you cut the butterfly out, cut out two slits where you can put the straw through. you can use this technique to embellish pencils and pens too.

Monday, January 3, 2011

butterfly invites

usually i skip invites to birthday parties to save on money. email and facebook work just the same. then i realized it is fun to give the kids something tangible to show they are invited to something.

nice and simple. i used rub on butterflies that i bought at hobby lobby. the paper, half price at hobby lobby.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

my house is about to be taken over...

by butterflies.

details of a special two year old's birthday party to come soon.