A year ago, we had FabDaughter’s 1st birthday party. It was a cupcake theme and it was super cute! I am a very detail oriented person and believe that it is the small things that can make a big impression. I spent a lot of time before the party planning and making decorations. It was going to be a big party, so we decided to rent a party room. However, we only had a half hour to get the room all set up before the party started. Thank god I had a bunch of family and friends to help! Fast forward to planning FabDaughter’s 2nd birthday party…I thought I was going to be smart and have it at home so I would have unlimited time to get ready beforehand. Well that quickly turned into me going overboard but it was sure a lot of fun to plan and so worth it to see FabDaughter as well as our family and friends having a good time.
First things first, we needed to pick a party theme. I LOVE a theme! I saw a company nearby that will bring a pony AND a miniature horse to your house. The best part was that it wasn’t that expensive. All the kids can have a few pony rides each and while they are waiting in line they can brush and decorate the miniature pony’s mane. So the idea of a cowgirl party was born. Next, I had to think about invitations, decorations and activities. I decided that I should buy Photoshop Elements (and learn how to use it) so I could create all the super cool things like invites and cupcake toppers myself. Good thing I started planning this party months in advance. Here are some of the pony pictures.
My first project with Elements was making a “Wanted” poster using an online tutorial I stumbled across from Six Revisions. Here is the link: http://sixrevisions.com/tutorials/photoshop-tutorials/how-to-make-an-old-western-wanted-poster-in-photoshop/ I thought it was pretty easy for someone who’s never touched Elements before. I had trouble figuring out a couple of the steps but thankfully I had some Photoshop masters at work who helped me out. (Thanks again Sarah & Michelle!)
My first project in Photoshop Elements!
Then I decided to dress up FabDaughter in some cowgirl gear in hopes of getting a picture I could use for her invite. I got one good picture taken before she was over taking pictures and wanted to move on to something else.
After finishing the invite, I decided to make another “Wanted” poster using the same picture from the invite.
While surfing the web, I saw some pretty awesome western towns made out of cardboard and I decided that I wanted to copy. So I enlisted the help of my dad, FabPop. He groaned when I told him what I wanted to do, and I was thinking what’s the big deal, this will be easy peasy. Not so much! FabPop and I worked on the town for two whole days. He is very methodical and measured out all the store fronts, then drew everything in pencil, then went over it in permanent marker, and then I painted everything in. Finally, we both went over everything again in permanent marker to bring out the details. Although it was a lot of work it was fun! It kinda reminded me of the days when I was in school and had to have FabPop help me with projects like the egg drop from science class. The western town ended up being a huge hit with the kids!
Here are some pics of us working on the western town!
Here are some pics of the finished product!
I thought it would be hilarious to make cowboy mustaches on sticks and it was pretty funny to see a bunch of little kids running around with mustaches. I found instructions on how to make mustaches on sticks online at: http://www.marthastewart.com/265827/mustache-on-a-stick. These were great because they used fake fur and weren’t just felt or cardstock. They were a bit time-consuming to make. I used pomade, hairspray and a toothbrush to shape the fur. I put them in mason jars on each of the tables and I made labels for the jars using Elements. Here is the label I made for the mason jars.
Here are some pics featuring the mustaches on sticks and my FabFriends:-)
Along with the western town and the pony rides, I decided to have a craft for the kids to do. I found this western vest craft on Crayola’s website. Here is the link: http://www.crayola.com/crafts/detail/western-vest-craft/ I pre-cut all the vests with arm holes, neck holes and fringe and had a bunch of stuff for the kids to decorate them. It was all very cute! Here is a picture of the craft table. You can’t see them, but I had hay bale seats covered in brown fabric.
My Mom, FabMomDK, helped me plan the menu and did the majority of the cooking. She is amazing!!!! I wanted to have food that went along with the cowgirl theme. We had pulled pork sandwiches, chicken tenders, mac and cheese, sausage and beans, salad, corn pudding, buffalo chicken dip, texas taco dip, jalapeno dip, cheese rolls, pepperoni rolls, corndogs and veggies and dip. For dessert we had cupcakes, rice krispie treats, cactus sticks (green chocolate covered pretzel rods), chocolate chip cookies, cranberry white chocolate & pecan cookies, frosted sugar cookies, peanut chews, apple pie, chocolate covered oreos, and oatmeal raisin cookies. EVERYTHING but the chicken tenders and corn dogs were homemade! For the favors, I filled candy bags with trail mix and made a label that said “Happy Trails Mix. Thank You For Celebrating With FabDaughter Today! Till We Meet Again.” Here are some pics of the details.
Here are pics of some of the other things I made using Elements: a bathroom sign, a food sign, a drink sign, hand sanitizer label and a horse banner.
Here is a pic of me with my parents. I sewed the apron I’m wearing using fabric covered in cowgirls for the occasion!
Here is a pic of the Fabulous Family. I just love how FabHubby got into the theme with his outfit!