Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Steam Punkin Favors

These were the favors we used for our Steam Punkin Party. The kit had enough goodies for them to make their own mini Steam Pumpkin. We found the lightbulbs at Michael's in the Christmas ornament section. The top slides off and you can easily fill them with all kinds of goodies.

The printables are Anders Ruff and available here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Legend of the Great Steam Punkin

Lurking in a room that can only be reached by traveling down a dark and narrow crooked street, rumor suggests a party has been planned to watch for the elusive Great Steampunkin.  After giving the secret knock on the door, party goers enter to find a table filled with gears, clocks, keys and a delicious assortment of strange delicacies. Here perhaps they will finally learn the truth...does the Great Steampunkin exist?

Anders Ruff was kind enough to make our amazing printables here! We were
so excited how well they fit with our Steam Punkin theme! You can find these and a lot of other awesome Halloween ideas. 

Of course GreatStitch is always going to have a place in our parties! We couldn't resist making an insert for this old wooden record player we found. We thought it fit the part so well! It originally had a pink yucky fabric in it. This is a much better option!  My creative daughter Rhonda just pulled the other one off and put this one on a cardboard and replaced it!

The favors for this party are really fun! We took goggles and painted them with the same spray paint that we painted on our pumpkin. These were "beer goggles" that found a new home. We thought they would fit the little gourd pumpkins perfectly and we had the favors for kids to create their own steam pumpkin. We included some of the Tim Holtz gears we found at JoAnns and a ribbon. That way kids can have their very own Steam Punkin. And we found the lightbulbs in the Christmas ornament section of Michael's.

I found this light from a craigslist ad! This girl makes amazing industrial lights! They were the addition we needed. Thank you Christy Calhoun for making it special for our party!

I am always trying to make banners look different and I had some lace sitting around so I sewed the paper straight on to the lace and hung it. 

This is the old record player I was speaking of. The insides are still there! It is such a fun old piece. We just couldn't resist leaving the finish just as we found it in an old barn at an estate sale!

Is any party complete without Macarons? They are one of my favorites. Gesine Bullock Prado has put out one of my all time favorite cookbooks. That is saying a lot since I collect them. It is called Sugar Baby and is quite an education. I have cooked my way about half way through the book (then I got on my bike!). She has a wonderful Macaron recipe in there that can be varied easily. 

It's apple season so we have to include apples. I will be sharing our pastry cream recipe that a chef shared with me in culinary school. It is the base of almost anything pudding related. We paired that with some apples and topped it with a butterscotch sauce. 

Wilton has an awesome chocolate mold that looks like gears! It made these so simple! Then Michaels has metallic FOOD spray paint! Now that is some fun stuff right there! Super easy DIY!

For the back drop we had some old magazine pages printed off with clip art. Then we mounted all three on the same fabric we used in the record player. We also spray painted the frame to be like the pumpkin. 

I was in a bit of a panic because I wanted Claire to have some gloves. I went to Party City and they had some icky fish net ones. I used them and tacked a little lace over it. I didn't sew it completely on because I wanted to give her room to get it on. We tied it all down with a fabric strip that we used in her skirt. 

GreatStitch made the outfits. You can find just the shirt here for boys or girls, and the whole outfit here

For our pumpkin, we went to JoAnns and got one of the carvable pumpkins and used metallic spray pain on it from Home Depot. None of these companies pay me or give me freebies, I am just telling you where I got things so you don't have to search far and wide! We used the Tim Holtz things again on the face of the pumpkin. 

Whatever way you choose to celebrate, if you are sincere enough (and have a little help from spray paint) the great SteamPunkin may make a visit to your party! 

The Good Stuff
Party Styling: Brenda and Rhonda Byers
Party Printables: Anders Ruff
Photography: Gypsy Canon
Steam Punk Light: Lamp Stand Couture
Party Clothes: Greatstitch
Straws: Pick Your Plum
Light Bulbs: Michaels
Pumpkin: JoAnns
Antiques and collectables: River City Trading Post

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Slugger Sleepover

The crack of the bat
The roar of the crowd
The ball sailing over the fence

A little boy's dreams often turn to heroics on the baseball field.  The American pastime still holds a special place in the hearts of young and old alike...but especially for little boys.  For a couple of baseball-dreaming best friends, a "Slugger Sleepover" made the perfect theme for a fifth birthday party.

GreatStitch did all the monogramming and PJ pants. One thing we're learned is that sleepovers go so much better with a theme--it just seems to keep everything on track. Starting with the moment they come in and change into their baseball PJ/uniforms, it sets the pace for them to be together as a team.

Who doesn't love a good cake pop? Autumn Lynns Chocolate Sins made some special just for this party. They were lemon on the yummy!

Gypsy Canon took the fun photos of this event. She has a way of capturing the details that make me want to eat everything in the photo! The pancake cake we made using a big cookie cutter (a jar lid actually) on the pancakes after they were cooked. Then we layered peanut butter and pancakes.

Forever Your Prints was kind enough to ask us to do a baseball party and we loved the idea! The printables for this party are all from them, and they are adorable! We used drink wraps, a birthday banner, a welcome sign, thank you tags, cupcake wrappers and number squares.

SomeMoBracelets has some really awesome ideas for bracelets! I loved that these look and feel like a baseball! The boys loved them too! 

We found a tent (cringe...did I just use that word?) Yes, awesome tent...I said it! Embark has a really kewl tent system where you can actually put it together in about 5 minutes. What better way to have a backyard sleep over than a tent that goes together quickly! Maybe you've done these kinds of tents before, but the old clanky pole system has made me walk away from tents. But as life often has teaching moments, we needed a tent, so I tried it! I really do. I didn't have to read or look at the very easy!

The boys loved their name on their own bat to take home. Mike at Precision Engraving has figured out a way to do it on round bats! The boys and I loved them! I see so many birthday and Christmas gifts coming his way! He has knives and yoyos, cards name it...this quality engraving is a really fun gift!

Promise Pretzels has made us baseball pretzels. The ball was a marshmallow...we thought it was really clever, and can you ever go wrong with a chocolate covered pretzel? My dad always talks about a black diamond watermelon. When I tasted it again for this party, it is so different from a regular watermelon! The local farmers market in Broken Arrow is where we find ours...fresh is always best!

It's bittersweet to see kids grow up. They have their challenges with every age, but along with those challenges come some really fun days. We were so thrilled to be part of this day with our buddy Jack. He and his bestie took some awesome pictures for us!

The Good Stuff

Party Styling: Brenda and Rhonda Byers
Photography: Gypsy Canon
Baseball Bracelets: SomeMoBracelets
Party Printables: Forever Your Prints
Personalized Bat: Precision Engraving
Pretzel Baseball Bats: Promise Pretzels
Baseball Cake: Reasors 
Cake Stand: Clay-a-gogo