My youngest, to my eternal shame, and unlike her older siblings, has never had what I call a ‘proper’ handmade/homemade birthday party. My excuse is that as a teacher, my workload now eats an astronomical amount of my time, compared to what it was when the other two were primary school age, and I simply could not spare the time to plan and prepare a party for her. Shocking really, that the demands of a job end up coming before your own child. :os
So after the Easter holiday I’m reducing my hours to 3 days a week. It’ll be ‘interesting’ financially, but for my own sanity and health it’s something I have to do, and one of the first benefits is that my little one, whose birthday is at the end of April, will have a handmade/homemade birthday party.
Together this week we planned and I made birthday invitations for her five best friends.
It was so good to be doing something creative, and her face when she came downstairs the next morning to see them laid out on the table cloth like this, was a delight.
I really enjoyed using up scraps of fabric and paper for the bunting, fabric and cupcake.
There are two different designs purely because I only had three white card blanks left and could only find three of the iridescent butterflies!
The cupcakes were such fun to make.
I happened to go into a charity shop in Lincoln last summer and they had a mass of crafty stuff for sale – first time I’ve ever seen anything like that in a charity shop and I had to exercise extreme restraint to not buy pretty much the whole table full! The paper for the cupcakes came from a brand new pack of decorative papers which cost me the princely sum of 99p. The textured brown is perfect for the cake part.
Then the cream colourway.
The silver needle shows up better on the cream background.
Lilacy-pink iridescent butterflies – very girly!
I’m told they went down very well indeed. I’m already on with planning the crafty activities, games and the food for the party, which will be on a day when I’m not working. That sounds so good.