Well, my little Laine turned nine (NINE?) on Wednesday and then had seven (SEVEN!?) girls over for a sleepover this past Saturday. I think I needed a few days to recover from that one myself.. maybe that is why it has taken me so long to post these pics! hee!
I think my love for nature inspired 'stuff' has worn off on Laine.. so, when she came up with the idea to use 'nature' as her theme.. I was sooooooo on board! A reason to go buy pretty butterflies and cute forest figurines! Of course!!!!
Here is the cake (inspired by this cake from a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine)..
She chose an angel food cake.. easy peasy! I iced it with whipped icing (from Michael's.. comes in a box, it is theeeeeee best.. yum), and finished it off with some simple pretty butterflies (which of course we can re use as decor around the house! hee!)..
I think I could take pictures of cakes and food all day (if only I cooked and baked more ha ha)..
The banner was super easy to make as well.. I printed the letters in super light grey on the back side of the paper (cut down to 5x7 and fed into the printer).. printed in reverse of course, so when the letters where cut out, the right side was showing. Then, I just stapled the letters to white ribbon.
I also could have used the silhouette machine I am sure.. but I haven't used it in ages (bad bad bad) and I wasn't up for figuring something new out that late at night! ha Of course it was like midnight when I was making it. It had to be up for her when she woke up on her birthday after all! ;)
The forest friends..
They are still on the dining room table by the way.. I grew kind of fond of them. So have the kids.. they get up there and play with them. Bought these at Michael's.. as well as the trees, Christmas stuff is out.. perfect timing!! ..and there sits the birthday party budget. ha ha ha! Worth it though right? ;) ..of course I had to get the pine cones too. heee!
Mr. Moose is my favourite. :)
We came up with the idea to decorate flower pots and plant mini plants in them as a craft/activity.. then the girls took them home in brown paper lunch bags as party favours.
They had so much fun with this! Faux fur.. feathers, pom poms and sequins.. oh, and glitter glue! The pots turned out adorable (missed getting a shot of them all lined up).. but my gosh.. it looked like a few furry/feathery critters exploded all over the table by the time they were finished! ha! It was quite a sight! Here is Laine's..
I found the cuuuutest little yellow rose plants for them.. saved over $40 on them too, they were priced to sell (I actually jumped up and down a little when I found them).. wish I had more pictures of these!
We also spent a few hours searching for woodland type colouring pictures on the internet last week.. printed off a bunch for the girls...
THE perfect activity to allow for some quiet time!! hee! I think I may have enjoyed this one more than the girls. Ahhhhh quiet.. bliss!
There it is! All my other pics have Laine's friends in them.. so, not going there. It was a fun day, I just hope the parents aren't too mad at me.. the girls may or may not have stayed up until 2am (rumour has it a few woke up to play barbies at 3am.. ooooooops!).. ahh well, that is what slumber parties are for right!?
Yay for fun nature themed and forest themed birthday parties! Inspiration from here.. finally found the link for the table I posted last week. :) How long do you think the critters will stay lined up on the table!? ;)