Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lúthien Luna's 1st Birthday Party - Part Two

As I looked through my past blog posts, I realized I had not yet completed a post for my granddaughter Lúthien Luna's 1st birthday party held in late January. Her party was just 7 weeks after my granddaughter Olive's 1st birthday and we wanted a completely different party theme and color scheme.

When I saw this balloon in October, I loved it and it became my inspiration for the party. I purchased the balloon months ahead of time and took it back for filling the day before the party. It was a "hippie chic" theme with birds, butterflies, owls, and peace signs. We selected the turquoise, green, and brown for our main colors from the balloon.

I made lots of yarn balls in various sizes to hang in the house from my ceiling fans and the twig garland. They are made with yarn, glue, corn startch and balloons were fun to make . . . but messy and time consuming. And, you needed a lot of patience!! The front door decoration included several small yarn balls, ribbon, and birds.
I made a gathered garland from crepe paper cut into different widths and sewn together.
To gather the garland I sewed down the middle with a basting stitch and bunched it up as I went along. It would've been too difficult (and time consuming) to try and gather the traditional way by pulling the threads after basting. Perfection was not an issue because once it is hanging it gives an overall great look and you do not notice any thing that might not be perfect.  Take it from me, a somewhat perfectionist!!
The owls made from empty paper towel rolls cut to different sizes. 

Fun idea I found somewhere online looking for owl crafts. Sometimes I find an idea to begin with and take it from there to make it my own. In this case I added all the layers for wings. If I was doing it again I would cut large paper circles to paste on before adding the eyes.
Paper bird idea was also found on a children's crafting site - paper clip legs were a bit tricky, but it is a fun project. A different bird design (below) with hole-punched eyes and glued onto moss (they have paperclip legs too but they are stuck into the moss.)

I made a hanging peace sign with some of the yarn I used for the orbs. It's a small embroidery hoop with cut coffee stirs glued on and then rapped in yarn.
The lunch theme was "finger food" and everything could be eaten out-of-hand or with a food pick. I made lots of food including little peanut butter on celery with chopped p-nuts on top, a veggie/dip tray, chips and our homemade Fallbrook Guacamole, roasted red peppers with baguette slices, stuffed salad shells, and several tea sandwiches . . . 

                                                          Smoked salmon tea sandwiches and Egg Salad Rounds 


It's easy to make your own "flags" for cupcakes using toothpicks and cut shapes - these were bamboo picks  - a bit more fancy than regular toothpicks.

The Cupcake Bar

The birthday girl helping Granmakin!!!

Even the bathroom was in theme with these little owl vintage Avon jars I found at the Great Park Antique Market.
You can see and read more here including Lulu eating her cake and some other pics of Lulu and Olive's 1st Birthday's. Oh and you can see both babies in their birthday outfits I made for them.

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