Earlier, I decided that I would be making the following party items:
- Appliquéd pink dinosaur shirts for the birthday girls (done!)
- Big stuffed dinosaurs for their birthday presents (done!)
- A "Happy Birthday" banner
- Placemats for the family party (done!)
- Dinosaur cupcake toppers (for the childcare party-- done!)
- Little stuffed dinosaurs for gift bags (for the childcare part-- done!)
- A tablecloth for the party (done!)
- Dinosaur-shaped crayons (done!)
So, I feel pretty happy that in the next two weeks, all I have left to do is make the party banner, food for the family dinner, and the cupcakes. I will post the table decorations (tablecloth/ place mats / party banner/ cupcake toppers) at a later date. Tonight, I mainly want to share the stuffed animals I made and show the finished treat bags for the childcare party.
To the left, you can see how the plushies came out. I made the pattern myself, and there was definitely a learning curve. However, I was pretty happy with the results... I just hope the birthday girls like them! Both of the dinos were made from upcycled receiving blankets and fabric scraps I had lying around. I had to buy the ribbon and buttons (which are both sewn and hot-glued for added security), but the cost was pretty minimal compared to buying stuffed animals.
To the right, you can see an image of the completed treat bags. I just used some white, paper bags and ribbon (nothing fancy) since there was so much goodness inside. I really wanted the treat bags to be special since I am combining the parties and ultimately saving myself a fair amount of work. Each treat bag (these are for 2-4 year olds) has a dinosaur activity pad, a dinosaur crayon, a mini-brontosaur plushie, and a noise maker. The activity pad and the noisemaker are store bought, but I already had a lot of crafty stuff on my plate and though that these would be a little challenging to do on my own.
I am getting really excited for the parties, and I look forward to posting more soon!