Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Princess party!!

Wow, so much has gone on this month that I can see the dust collecting around here.  With the holidays approaching I have to say that family duties have come first. But I have not forgotten my loyal and new fans!  So as promised I am posting about our Princess birthday party.  It wasn't easy when Little Miss Bacon said she wanted a princess party but not Disney princess party.  How was I going to pull this off without breaking the bank?  Thankfully my craft skills came into play here and another thankful thing, I had most supplies already around the house.  But even if I didn't, I wouldn't have to invest much into it all.  So the planning started, and out came the pen and paper to plan a party for six little princesses! 

First the invites had to go out.  I didn't want to spent a lot of money on them, or an extra trip to town. Thankfully an Internet search solved my problem. I was able to find these super cute invites to print out. I downloaded them to my computer, opened them in the paint program and typed in the party info.  I rolled them up scroll style, secured with ribbon.  I cut out these circles and wrote each girls name on the back.  Invites ready to go!

Now to decide on cake.  Little Miss Bacon wanted a cake with a crown, humm not to hard there.  I dug though the dress up tub and found a sparkling crown.  Perfect for her cake.  I also remembered some cupcake wrapper kit I won this past spring that had princess crowns in it for cupcakes.  Cake done!

 Then we planned a few basic games, you know the good old fashioned birthday kind.  Anyone amazed by some birthday parties out there?  I've heard of bouncy houses, live animals, and much more.  We just went classic here and it paid off both in my pocket book and the kids attention!  Wonder what we all played?  Musical chairs, freeze dance, Princess says (instead of Simon), and pin the crown on the princess.  Yes I hand drew a princess on a large pieces of paper and made a felt crown for them to pin on, total cost = free! Ok so she may not be the prettiest princess out there, but Little Miss Bacon had fun coloring her in!

The final planning was the take home goodies.  I was told you can't have a princess party with out crowns.  I wanted something that wouldn't break easy, and that every girl could wear.  I opted for felt crown headbands.  These were super easy to make too, and they can slide off the headband for the girls to wear after the party as well. 

Here is what you need:
Headband
2 pieces felt (coordinating colors) 
glue gun
jewels optional




 First take one pieces of felt and cut the top part of your crown out of it. Make sure not to cut the whole crown out. 

From your other pieces of felt cut out the small crown.  I free hand drew all of these.  And I have no idea how to link to a pdf to attach my patterns to it.  It's ok to wing things, It adds to the character of it! This smaller crown you can cut out all the way. 

Next take the first crown (this is the bigger one that is not all the way cut out.  And place it around your headband.  I cut two little slits in the fabric to help make it fit better.  Make sure it is angled outward or in the same direction the crown shape is.
                        
Now is the part to work carefully with. Take your hot glue gun and glue the cut out crown to the felt.  Once it's glued down you can cut out the rest of the crown from the felt.  This makes it easy for them to be the same size once you glue them together. 

Tada! A princess crown.  You can re-glue any parts that seem like they are too lose once you get it cut out.  I also glue near the opening for the headband to slide though so it will stand up more on the girls head.  I didn't glue the headband to the crown though, I wanted it to be able to slip off so in the future the girls could remove it and just wear the headband. 

Now glue on your small crown to the big one.


And what is a princess without some gems right!  I had a packet of these stick on scrapbook gems left over from another project I made a long time ago. I used the glue gun to put a few on each crown.  Don't have gems? No problem. Use some of the remaining felt scraps to cut out flowers or hearts to glue on instead.  You know me better than to buy extra things right!
I think they turned out awesome! The 'princesses' liked them as well, and that really
is all that counts right?!
 
So crowns are finished, what else does a princess need?  How about a magic wand!  I saw this idea on pinterest when I was searching ideas for the princess party. OH how I love that website. If you are looking for anything you can find it there!  I just happened to have a large bag of korked ribbon in my craft box from when I used to make Little Miss Bacon's hair bows.  I knew I was saving it for something.  If you don't already have korked ribbon (you know that cute spiral stuff) no worries. It's super easy to make!  And it will save you a ton of money on hair bows to make it yourself too.  First you need some dowels.  Any size you want your curls to be.  I bought a bunch at our local hardware store and used one of Mr. Bacon's saws to cut each in half. 

Then take a ribbon, any kind of ribbon I found will curl, grosgrain ribbon tends to keep it's hold a little better but if you find something else cute in the craft department, give it a try! Start your ribbon at about a 45* angle on your dowel.  Secure it to the dowel with a WOODEN clothes pin. This is important that it's wooden because plastic will melt in the oven.  Continue to wrap the ribbon until you get your desired lenght or the end of the dowel and secure it with another clothespin.  Keep going until all your dowels are wrapped or you have enough ribbon for your project. 

Now that you have them all secure to the dowel, preheat your oven to 225*.  Yes you read that right, you need to bake your ribbon!  Pile all the ribbon wrapped dowels on a baking sheet adn pop them in the oven for 25 minutes. Not hard to remember right, 225* for 25 min.  Easy! When they are done, let them cool and unwrap them.  You'll have curly ribbon!  So now that I have my ribbon all curled it's time to work on those wands.

Take some ribbon and cut it to your desired lenght. I think I cut these between 3.5-4 inches. Really I just guessed at lenghts and didn't measure. Mr. Bacon would say that it is quite normal for me to not measure much!  He hates watching me bake becuase I rarely use measure spoons!  Not only did I cut curly ribbon, I also cut straight ribbon for these wands too. 
Once you haev all your ribbon lenghts cut, it's time to assemble them.  I took a thin ribbon and cut it about 6 inches. (yes it's a lot, but it makes tying much easier)  Lay your thin ribbon vertically on your work surface.  Start to lay your cut ribbon horizontally on the ribbon.  How many you lay on there is your preference, the more you lay the fluffier the wand. I'd say I places between 15-20 ribbons per wand.


Once you have your nice little pile, you have to do the tricky part.  Pinch all the ribbons together.  With your other hand take the thin ribbon and tie a knot around the others.  If you happen to have a second set of hands, this will go a lot smoother!  Once you have a good tight knot you can take a look at your work. If some of the ribbons are not even just give them a gentle pull to straighen them out. 

Next its time to attach it to your dowel. For this project I did have it invest in a package of dowels for the wands. I paid a whole .96 for a pack of 16 of them from walmart.  Not too bad for the budget!
Take out one dowel and tie the thin ribbon around the end of it.  Secure it as tight as you can with a knot. 
Next take the thin ribbon and twist it down the dowel and secure with a dab of hot glue. 
Now that the ribbon is secre it's time to wrap the dowel.  Take a long length of ribbon and secure it to the top of the dowel with a dab of hot glue.

Continue to wrap the whole dowel with the ribbon, wrapping it at a 45* angle to avoid overlapping too much.  Then secure the bottom with another dab of glue.  It can be a bit tricky to wrap over the thin ribbon that is glued to the dowel, just do your best. 


Stand back and admire your princess wand!  Beautiful right! The girls loved these.
 

But if you're like me it's not over until you have a jewel. I had a few of the stick on gems leftover from the crowns so I added one to the middle of each ribbon bouquet on the wand.  Nothing says princess better than some bling right!


Each girl picked out a wand and crown as they arrived to the party.  It was a blast.  Lots of giggles and smiles, games, cake and presents.  Mr. Bacon and I were exhaused by the time it was over.  We also sent the girls home with a thank you baggie of goodies.  I wasn't going to at first, I thought the wands and crowns were enough, but I happened to hit target's dollar spot on the right day. They marked all their princess stuff down 75% off! I picked up princess note pads, purses, bracelets and added a chapstick to each baggie.  Total cost was under $2 each.  I placed them in brown paper lunch bags I had in the pantry, punched holes in it and secured it with a ribbon and another princess circle from the above website.  They were a hit as well! 
Whew! Tired and exhaused.  Sorry for all the pictures but I hope you enjoyed Little Miss's Princess party as much as we did.  So what little princess are you going to spoil! 




4 comments:

  1. Did you make those big fuzzy looking flowers in the first pic?? I LOVE them....we are doing a princess party soon, and I am LOVING all of your ideas!
    Thanks,
    Jen

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  2. I hope your party went well. Unfortunatly I did not make the pink fuzzy flowers. I was lucky to find them 75% off in the dollar section at target! I couldn't pass them up for .25 each and they were a great addition to her party.

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  3. Love all your ideas...great inspiration for a princess party I'm about to throw! Thanks for sharing. : )

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  4. WOW!
    Is all I can say...WOW!

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