Thursday, 7 February 2013

How Not To Plan A Party aka Why Do I Leave Things To The Last Minute?

Morning,

It's been a huge week of getting kids back to school and I was left with 48 hours to get a party ready.

 Here's how it played out.

The Decorations


Paper rosettes and vinyl sign cut out in my cutter. Those roses took no time using the machine rather than hand folding and scoring. Also there were the usual balloons and things



The Food 

 Elmo Heads

Maureen of It's All Connected posted the Elmo Heads, which I copied, that is not the name she gave them and  if you need a belly laugh go check out that post. I didn't have enough red food die so my little guys were a bit anemic and a little wonky but Madeleine thought these were a win!


Abby's Fairy Wands


 Linda at With a Blast, has been busy making Valentine treats, so I used this tutorial for Candied Peanuts and Sea Salt Chocolate and adapted it to make fairy wands. So you can go over there for some Valentine inspiration. and to see how to make the chocolate shapes.


Rubber Ducky Baths


All my idea, it's jelly (Jello) and cream with a little ducky on top - as you can see, I am quite the gourmet.  


The Cake


My sister made this - so of course it's the best thing at the party! Also I forgot to get a photo before putting it on the table. In my defense it was a blooming heavy thing. You'll never guess what is inside Elmo.


Her skirt was made by my fellow Aussie blogger, Ros at Sew Delicious, you'll all know her Peggy skirt.

 It was actually her Christmas outfit but the material is very subtle in it's Christmas look and so pretty, I wanted to get some more wear out of it. Ros did hold it to ransom and I left the mansion to meet her in person, fun!
She also made a matching tie for Max, but by the time I got to taking pictures he had drooled over it so I have included a couple of shots of them alone. Even the Christmas photos were too dark, my house in Summer is like a cave.

 I read Sew Delicious before I started blogging and sent her a message on Facebook saying I wanted to start, she helped me so much, I owe her a huge thanks!! Awesomely it turned out she lives somewhat close by.







Julian's sister and her family bought her a fairy dress, my favorite part of the day was her trying it on. It also made me a little sad because I feel this was the of the end of Sesame Street and being a baby and the beginning of her become a little girl. She twirled and "flew" for us.





The birthday girl loved the cake - it's everyone singing happy birthday she doesn't like so much.


Yes, that is terror, and if you think it's a one off, here is her on her actual birthday. It's not a great shot but trust me when I say she was howling. At my Mum and brother's birthday we all had to sing it in a whisper, which was kind of funny - I have it on video for her 21st.




At the end of the day, she was tired but cake fixes everything.




At the end of the day I was tired but wine fixes everything. (took the picture myself on my phone - awkward!)






Happy 3rd birthday my fairy princess!





DIY Delight or Disaster? Cake terrors aside, she enjoyed herself, also I had set up a couple of games but the little ones just wanted to play with the balloons. While I wouldn't say it was a diy delight, it wasn't a disaster and she certainly is delightful!

Thanks for reading,

Mel xo


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53 comments:

  1. happy birthday! looks like a great party to me!

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  2. I always wait until last minute to throw something together. The older my kids get...the more of a procrastinator I become. Your decorations and food look great!

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  3. Oh Mel! Your little girl is definitely in the princess stage now! The beautiful princess stage! What a fun party and crazy you for doing it last minute, but you sure pulled it off just fine! Love that you used Maureens Elmo you know what's recipe. Linda at With a Blast sure has some awesome recipes and although I don't know Ros at Sew Delicious, I'm about to go visit! Fun post girl!

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  4. DELIGHT! You did an amazing job. Your daughter is so adorable, and I just love the way you interpreted food ideas to fit the occasion. Congratulations on a job well done.

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  5. Happy birthday to your little one.
    I think you did extremely well. Elmo would have been very difficult because red food colouring never seems to actually go red. You did a great job.

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  6. Oh she is gorgeous Mel!!! I love the food - so clever but my all time fav are the rubber ducky baths - they are brilliant!!!
    Happy Birthday little sweetie xxx

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  7. Oh Mel! Your little girl is definitely in the princess stage now.Happy birthday to your little one

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  8. Your daughter is just too cute! I love all your food ideas for your party. I hadn't seen any of those before and they are all very creative. You are a fantastic last minute planner in my opinion. :)

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  9. So cute! I love the screaming at the birthday cake photo. Good Job Mamma :)

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  10. What an incredibly birthday celebration. You added so many wonderful festive touches to the party. The cake is amazing but I think that the jello bathtub yellow duckies are pure genius. I am impressed. Your birthday girl looks adorable. I also loved seeing a peek at you, even behind a wine glass :)

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  11. Not bad for 48 hrs. =) I especially love the rubber ducky jello. Genius! =)

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  12. Ah ha ha! Mommy juice is always a nice reward after a toddler's b-day!! You did an amazing job on everything! Your sister's cake is wonderful! Love the Elmo heads! Adorable :)

    Karen

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  13. Oh Mel, she is so adorable! I'm amazed that you were able to pull off such a great party in so little time. Love the rubber ducky baths! It looks like it was a wonderful and exhausting day. And you're right, wine does fix everything!! (Some days cake works for me too.)

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  14. Your sister made that cake?!? Amazing! Does she deliver to the US!? LOL.

    It looks like a fantastic party, you truly did an amazing party. Is it sad that I think Violet's second birthday will be Sesame Street? LOL. It is only 13 months away!!

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  15. You did great with only 48 hours! I like the jello "bath" Happy birthday to your little princess, Mel :-)

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  16. Oh so much goodness in this post!! Your sweet girl - happy birthday Madeleine! - and those ducks in a jelly bath! So cute. Your sister is so talented, that is an amazing cake!! Thanks for the lovely shout out :) xoxo

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  17. For your infomation, little Amberly CRIED HYSTERICALLY at more than one birthday party when everybody sang to her. So I can 100% relate to sweet Madeleine.

    And I loooOOOoOve all the treats that made this party so smashing!

    XOXO luv ya lady.

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  18. The ducks are brilliant! Such a clever idea :)

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  19. Always with a dash of humour mixed in. I had to laugh at the singing terror. So glad you have it on video for her. What an awesome party Mel. Your food and decor is amazing! Where do you find the time? Cheers.

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  20. I think it is a delight - as long as the birthday girl enjoyed it, then that's what matters :) she looks seriously cute in her fairy costume!

    Hugs, Estelle xx

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  21. What a great party, last minute or not! Sweet little Princess. She's adorable in her new princess tutu dress and I just find it so cute when they cry to their birthday song. So many do. Loving the ducky baths too!!! Very fun and creative. :) Hope things are calming down for you.

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  22. I'm all for last minute planning. If you start too soon you just end up doing more stuff! Love the Elmo heads and jello shooters. Kids would have been more calm if you spiked them. :)
    Sandy
    savardstudios.blogspot.com

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  23. You did an amazing job! I love the ducky in the jelly they are so cute! Well done :)

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  24. Love the cake, and the rubber ducky baths are adorable. What a hoot that she doesn't like the singing, so whisper a happy birthday for me! ;)

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  25. Wow, that is excellent for last minute. What a cake!

    The jelly ducks are excellent, frog in the pond is now so last year - these are the new thing!

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  26. Fantastically creative ideas, and love the fairy outfit x

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  27. It all turned out wonderful in the end, and with only two days to organise - you are a wiz! I love the ducks in baths too. Such a cute idea. The Elmo heads are clever too.

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  28. Looks like a great party I reckon! Nothing out of pinterest. It actually looks do-able! ;-)

    Found you through FYBF

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  29. Great ideas, looks like she had a great time.

    Love that cake!

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  30. Such great ideas here. I love the cake. Cake decorating is a hobby of mine, so I'm always interested in what other people are doing. Fun Elmo Rice Krispy treats too. Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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  31. I ran right over from I Gotta Try That when I saw the duckies swimming in jello tubs! So cute! And you are hilarious!

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  32. Looks like a fun and successful party! Love all the food ideas - especially your duckie baths!! :)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  33. Awww. Looks like she had a wonderful birthday party. I'm always doing things last minute too. Somehow the party always turns out just fine. Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  34. Happy Birthday Fairy Princess! The look on her face when you are all singing happy birthday is priceless. I’m your newest follower via GFC. I host Fluster’s Creative Muster Party on Wednesday’s and would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles and Blessings,
    Robin @ http://www.flusterbuster.com

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  35. The jello is fantastic!! Last year a friend's little girl turned three and she's in LOVE with Disney Princesses. I usually like to make her something and buy something, when she turned two I made her play dough, and bought little play dough toys (and gave her mom the awesome recipe my mom used to make us), when she turned three I made her 4 circle skirts with elastic waists because she was at that perfect age to play dress up. When she was done opening everything, the dress up clothes were all she wanted to play with! Home made, for the win! lol

    Your party looks fantastic, and I'm sure she'll love looking back one day at everything her mom did to make it special! :)

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  36. Cute party! My daughter had an Elmo party once! Fun times!! Visiting from Marvelous Mondays!!

    Shelley

    piggyinpolkadots.com

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  37. I love the duckies in the bath.......adorable!

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  38. What a cutie! Happy Birthday to her!

    I'm definitely going to save your idea with the jello and rubber ducks. I'm thinking of a Sesame Street party for my son and this is wonderful!

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  39. Looks like a hit...I thought the Elmo heads were cute :) and I especially loved the jello cups with duckies!

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  40. As long as she had fun, that's a success. Love the cute desserts. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

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  41. So very cute! She looks like she adored it! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

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  42. How on earth did I miss this post? Thanks for the shout out and I think your Elmo heads came out great. Making the birthday girl cry twice breaks me up! lol Pinning those cute rubber ducky baths.

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  43. I love the rubber ducky jello. Had a baby shower on the rubber ducky theme. This would have been a great addition!

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  44. I love your rubber ducky jello... what a cute idea! Thanks for sharing at One More Time.

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  45. That's so cool!! THe cake the jello everything!!

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  46. oh my goodness those ducks are the cutest ever!

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  47. You made some really cute things for her party. She looks so happy, and that is what you really want. I chose your party as the Dare to Share Feature of the Day.

    http://www.pamspartyandpracticaltips.com/2013/02/sesame-street-3rd-birthday-feature-of.html

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  48. Oh, Mel she is too cute!! It looks like she had the perfect party. I love everything, but those jello cups are adorable. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent!! :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  49. How cute! I am thinking about a Seasame Street theme for my twins next birthday party! Thanks for linking up!

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  50. You're a mom superstar. I wouldn't be able to pull this cuteness together for my twins' parties if I had a whole month. :) Thanks for co-hosting the Raising Imperfection link up! A new follow on bloglovin from twin-mom.com.

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/7915965

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