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Introducing … presto! party

17 Jul

You guys, I opened an Etsy shop! As you may have noticed, since the only thing I get around to blogging about these days is parties, I love planning parties! I love the little hand-crafted details that make each one special. Once I get through one kid’s birthday party, I can’t wait to start thinking about the next one! However, I fully recognize that, with two kids and a full-time job, I can’t be planning parties all the time! So I started brainstorming ways that I could continue to satisfy that creative bug without too much of a time commitment. And that’s how presto! party was born.

 

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Super mad props to my sister for creating this logo.  Click the photo for a link to her Etsy shop :)

The idea behind presto! party is that people often want the look of DIY details to make their parties more memorable {and, let’s be honest, more Insta-worthy}, but don’t have the time or materials to actually pull it off.  When developing the items that are offered in my shop, I tried to focus on popular themes and color schemes so that they would work as collections or on an a la carte basis. I started out with some themes I wanted to work on and have had friends suggest others along the way! The Rubber Ducky items were made for a dear friend and I absolutely love the way they turned out, so I added them to my shop!

Here are some of the themes I’ve been working on so far:

Tropical / Let’s Flamingle

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Tropical Favor Bags

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Pineapple Menu / Place Cards

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Flamingo Straw Toppers

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Pineapple Cupcake Toppers

Rubber Ducky

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Rubber Ducky Favor Bags

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Rubber Ducky Menu/Place Cards

 

Ballerina

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Ballerina Party Collection

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Pink Tulle Banner {Available in other colors}

Princess

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Princess Cupcake Toppers

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Tiara Menu/Place Cards

I hope you’ll check out my shop and let me know what you think! You can also follow updates on Instagram: @prestopartybykelli

Party on :)

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Superhero Third Birthday!

18 Apr

So, third time around on this whole kid’s birthday party thing, and I think I’m getting better at focusing on the little details that make a party more memorable rather than trying to do it all. I’m guessing that just about everything at the Twinkle, Twinkle First Birthday was made from scratch, but who has time for that anymore?!?  With an extra little one under foot since the last time we did this, I tried to prioritize by picking just a few projects that would have the most impact. Unless you’re a professional baker/chef, most of your guests are not going to care whether you lovingly cooked up every item on the menu from scratch, or lovingly warmed up some pre-made hors d’oeuvres! With that being said, here are the things that I think are worth spending a little extra time on:

  1. A good theme: Naomi had been loving her Batman and Superman shirts all summer, so a superhero party seemed like the way to go!IMG_20161112_183342
  2. A fun invitation: I love hand-crafted, custom invitations, but I love the ease of online tracking even more. My favorite way to get the best of both worlds is ordering a custom, digital invitation from Etsy and then uploading it to Paperless Post. This time around, I ordered from Kawaii Kids Design and was so happy with the result. They even did a custom blonde, blue-eyed Batgirl :)super hero invite v2
  3. An eye-catching tablescape: I went pretty simple this time around and just used red, blue, and yellow to pull the theme together. I ordered a six-pack of cardboard superhero signs and used them on the table, front door, and photo booth-style wall. Luckily, the birthday girl had just received some Little People Superheroes, so I used them as table decorations as well.20161112_160630 IMG_20170418_152520_229
  4. Fun take-homes for the kids: The big craft project for this party was making custom capes for each child using re-purposed, old t-shirts. I won’t reinvent the wheel on this one as I just found a tutorial on Pinterest and made some minor adjustments. I decided to leave the original necklines intact for the most part (unless it was too large for a child, in which case I cut in the center front so that it could be tied around the neck). I then found a free printable online and added each child’s first initial using Microsoft Paint. I printed them using iron-on transfer paper. The hardest part of the whole project was actually peeling the backing off of this paper! Otherwise, it was a fun and easy way to make it a little more special for the kids!IMG_20170418_164332_71820161112_174351IMG_20170418_152233_390


We couldn’t use our super-speed to get a decent picture of all four family members, but we had fun and that’s what counts! The birthday girl just asked for a superhero fifth birthday party {after a Moana fourth birthday, clearly}, so I think it was a hit with her!

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Mystery Materials Craft Challenge {The Results}

8 Feb

Last night was the first MMCC party and it was so much fun to see what everyone came up with! I was really blown away by the wide variety of crafts … everyone’s take on the materials was totally different! My dining room table was like a Pinterest board come to life, complete with a painted mason jar and a decoupage tray! As a reminder, the theme was Valentine’s Day and the materials were mini cupcake liners, cotton balls, craft tags, and pink twine.

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Without further ado, here are the winners of our blind voting!

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wpid-IMG_20150207_231956.jpgAnd because I thought everyone did an amazing job, here are the other adorable entrants!

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 I am already thinking about what we should do for the next MMCC party and I can’t wait :)

Mystery Materials Craft Challenge {Valentine’s Day Surprise}

13 Jan

The new year almost always comes with ambitious new projects and ideas. This year I’m committing to the usual things … more thoughtful eating habits, de-cluttering my life, etc. Those things are great and all, BUT the new project I am most excited about is the Mystery Materials Craft Challenge (MMCC).

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What, you might ask, is the Mystery Materials Craft Challenge? I’m so glad you asked! It’s kind of a Martha Stewart-y version of the Food Network show Chopped {quick synopsis: chefs face off to make a three course meal using ingredients from a mystery basket}. The major differences being we’re crafting not cooking, and I’m not giving away $10,000! What I really want it to be, is a fun way for friends to get together and share in each other’s creativity. Here’s the way I set up the challenge:

1. A package containing four mystery materials and a theme is sent to each participant.

2. Participants create one-of-a-kind crafts using all four materials and as many other items as they want.

3. Crafters bring their completed projects to a party featuring a blind contest to award our favorites!

That’s the idea anyway. I hope it ends up being fun!  If nothing else, we can all laugh about our failed craft attempts in the company of good friends over food and wine! The theme for the first MMCC is Valentine’s Day and the materials are below.  What would you make with these materials? Stay tuned for the results!

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Up, Up & Away {Vintage Travel Themed Baby Shower}

10 Jul

So, where did June go? I suppose I have a few good excuses for the complete radio silence in June … not the least of which being our big move to the new house! One of the more fun excuses was helping to plan another baby shower for a dear friend! We went with a vintage travel/hot air balloon theme because the mama-to-be loves to travel. I’ll spare you a lot of the details because one of the other hosts has that covered over on her blog. You can read up on all the fun details {and more to come} on her fantastic blog, Short Pockets Number Two.

I’ll just share with you some of my favorite images from the day!

Invitation

{Invitations were made using the Silhouette digital cutting tool and decorative fabric tape from cutetape.com}

Garland

{Hot air balloon garland was made using a circle punch, heart punch, decorative fabric tape and bakers’ twine}

Check-In

{Guests pinned their birthplace upon arrival and the map was a unique guest book for the mom- and dad-to-be}

Food

{The sky’s the limit when it comes to adorable, pink sweets!}

Drink

{We carried the travel theme through with the various stations at the shower, including the “beverage cart”}

Favors

{Iced animal cracker favors came together easily with snack-sized ziploc bags, a hot air balloon rubber stamp, and oval labels from Paper Source}

As always, the best part of planning a shower {apart from the fun crafternoons with the other hostesses} is preparing to welcome a new life into the world! So excited for the parents-to-be and can’t wait for their little girl to be BFFs with Baby P :)

Cutting things down to size {Note cards for spring}

21 Feb

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for spring. And what better way to prepare than to pull out some springy colors and play around! I often find that when I have a few spare minutes and feel like crafting, it takes some time to get the creative juices flowing. And usually, I don’t have all day to spend on crafts {shocking, I know}, so I end up putting my supplies away without much to show for it!

This time I tried a different tactic – I started with A2-sized note cards {4.25′” x 5.5″} and then I cut them all in half {down to 4.25″ x 2.75″}. It’s such a simple thing, but it’s amazing what a difference it makes to shrink the size of your blank canvas! Suddenly, my task wasn’t quite as daunting and lots of little ideas started popping into my head. It’s probably a good thing to remember when tackling any project – if you’re staring at blank paper for very long, maybe you just haven’t cut your tasks into small enough pieces!

Here are some of my favorites from the night – these little cards are not really big enough for mailing, but are perfect for gifts and hand-delivered wishes. Enjoy!

photo 1 (9)They didn’t have a bass stamp, but this one is for the hubs. While he’s out making music, I’m home making cards :)

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I had in mind all of the beautiful women I’m lucky enough to call family when I made this one. Wishing I was sharing a pot of tea with them right now!

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Heat Embossing Tutorial {Wine & Chocolate Party Invitations}

11 Feb

You may remember the wine and chocolate party invitations from the party celebrating my parents’ 60th birthdays last summer. I made them using one of my favorite rubber stamping techniques: heat embossing! With the right tools, heat embossing is a great way to add a little more oomph to your next stamped project by turning a flat image into a professional-looking raised image! I’d like to share a few tips for getting great results every time. All you need is:

  • Heat embossing tool {clip a 40% coupon from Michael’s to pick one up on the cheap}
  • Embossing powder {I love opaque white on bright paper}
  • Your favorite rubber stamps
  • Inkpad {a slower-drying ink is best for heat embossing}
  • Sturdy paper like card stock
  • Scrap paper to cover your work area

invitationStart by putting some scrap paper down over your work area. Heat embossing powder can be messy, but you don’t need anything fancier than a piece of paper to keep your table clean. Then stamp your image. I used VersaMark watermark ink for this project because it’s slow to dry and doesn’t leave any pigment behind.

IMG_3465Make sure you put the embossing powder down quickly before your ink has a chance to dry. Cover the image completely – don’t be afraid to just dump it out. You may be tempted to go easy to save powder, but it’s really easy to get the powder back in the jar. I’ve been using the same jar of opaque white for ages {including about 50 of these invitations with three embossed images each} and I’ve hardly made a dent.

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Shake off the excess powder over your scrap paper, tapping the paper lightly on your work surface. Give the back of your paper a good “thwack” to get any stubborn bits of powder off. When you’re done, you should only have powder on your stamped image.

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Turn your heat embossing tool on and hold it a few inches away from your stamped image. Embossing powder is made of wax, so all you’re doing is melting the wax. Slowly move the tool around the image, moving on when the powder becomes shiny – if you leave it over the image much longer, it will start to look a little less crisp.

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That’s really it! Your embossed image will be cool and dry in seconds! Repeat as necessary :)

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