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The Big Day… A Sweet 16 to Remember.

I do hope everyone is enjoying this weekend!  Well the big day came and went and I am satisfied with the results! It was a great party!  I am going to share all of my prep and party planning.  I saved big money on my daughters sweet 16 party by cutting a few corners and doing the work myself.

We started the day finishing up food prep and getting all the snacks ready. The menu was simple, I didn’t want to have a ton of leftovers and I didn’t want to over spend on food, too much food means too much time away from doing other important things.  So we kept it very simple.

MENU:

  • sub sandwich
  • mostaccioli
  • garlic bread
  • strawberry cheesecake salad
  • frozen grape kabobs
  • assortment of chips
  • crackers and cheese
  • salsa
  • water
  • assortment of soda
  • sweet tea
  • pink lemonade

For starters we ordered a 6ft sub from the Walmart Deli.  We had ham, turkey and American cheese on the sub and had all the condiments on the side so everyone could choose how they wanted their sandwich.  I found that it is much cheaper to order a full sub as opposed to ordering individual sandwiches or even a cut sub.  It is so simple to just cut it yourself.  The sub can be divided and wrapped in saran wrap and put in the fridge until it is ready to be cut later in the day. I cut the sub into individual sandwiches and arranged it on a large platter.   I made a large pan of my ‘famous’ mostaccioli.  ( I have several people that ask if I’m making it for every party, I think they secretly only come for the cioli.. lol) 🙂 I can make a large pan of it for as little as $10.  The most expensive thing in it is the cheese.  The mostaccioli was prepared the evening before and cooked in the oven the day of so it was a very quick and simple dish. For garlic bread to go with the pasta I used 4 cans of biscuits cut each one in half and stretched each piece a bit then sprinkled with garlic powder and oregano and baked as directed.  I made frozen grape kabobs the day before the party.  These are simple and easy to make and cheap if you get the grapes on sale.  Because they are frozen they keep for a while in the freezer!  Trust me this will be the first dish to go.  🙂  I found a recipe on Google for a strawberry cheesecake salad. Sounds yummy right!?  It is!  And very simple to make! Most of the prep for this salad can be done the day or night before the party.  I mixed the liquids and powder the night before and also cut the strawberries and sealed in a Ziploc.  The only prep that can’t be done before hand is the cutting of the bananas because they will brown if they sit too long so those get cut just before serving!  Check out the recipe below!

photo and recipe from food.com click here for recipe

I put out a tray of assorted snack crackers and a cheese spread.  Potato Chips, pretzels, tortilla chips and salsa were put in bowls and all set out on tables for a simple snack item in reach.  For beverages I filled dispensers with Country Time pink lemonade and homemade sweet tea.   I also had bottled water and 4 3 liters of soda.  I wanted to make sure we had a nice assortment of beverages.  Remember not everyone drinks carbonated drinks!

Our total cost altogether for our entire food and beverage menu was just about $75.  I purchased as much as I could from the dollar store and Aldi and I made sure to grab what I needed in advance when there was a great sale and I had a coupon.  By making my own large pan of pasta I saved $40.  Compared to our local caterer.  So any entre you can make, like baked or fried chicken etc. that is simple for you do it yourself!!  You will save big $$!

The next step of day was putting up decorations.  The party colors were black and purple so all of our decorations were those colors.  We found this neat ceiling decoration on Pinterest and did it in the party colors.  We also used streamers.

photo from pinterest

We had plans to set up a large tent in the driveway where the dance floor would be however due to high winds we were unable to use the tent.  But the birthday girl didn’t seem to mind.

We put black and purple table cloths on all the tables.  Using Avery.com I made coordinating signs for each table.  On the gift table we placed a sign with the signature pillow I created a while back.  The guests were able to sign it when they placed gifts and cards on the table.

The sign reads: Sign my Pillow Pick a spot, and write a note, over time I’ll enjoy reading what you wrote, please be polite and leave some room for others.

I created a nice candy buffet in rainbow colors.  The birthday girls favorite candy is skittles.  We put another sign on the buffet table along with some bags and ties that had a little thank you card attached.  The candy buffet had skittles, the dum dum tree, marshmallow horns (unicorn horns), life savers, gummy bears, pixie stix, Twizzlers and gourmet marshmallow pops.  I used black and purple ribbon and circle tags that coordinate with the signs also made on avery.com as seen in this post for the sweet 16 invitations.

We left a space on one side of the candy buffet table for the cake.  A friend of mine volunteered to take on this cake my daughter wanted.  She had several different cakes she liked and my friend put all three of them together and came up with this gorgeous cake design.

We put together matching plates, napkins and silverware with coordinating circle cut outs for the cake.

I set up a photo booth for the guests.  My daughter and I spent 8 hours creating photo props.  We wanted to have a large assortment.  We also spent a few bucks at the dollar store for some neat glasses and a few other props.  I made signs for the booth explaining how to use it and also one for props and one explaining the photos will be mailed out after the party.  I also made a little sign for the entrance saying open on one side and closed on the other.  The booth wasn’t open the entire day because I of course needed the camera to take pictures.

we had a ton of props!

This is how the booth was arranged.

After the party we sent out the guests photos on these neat photo strips I created using adobe elements.

Once all the party preps were set it was time to party! 🙂

The festivities started with the birthday girl being crowned, My hubby and I found the this beautiful tiara at The Icing in the mall.

Her Daddy is so proud.

Opening the gift from us. I couldn’t book her favorite band for her party but I did the next best thing and bought her 4 tickets to see them next month. She was totally not expecting them especially having this big box to open. 🙂 She was so happy she cried.

That is it.  The day was absolutely amazing and I am sure it was extremely memorable for her!

Coming up I’m going to be posting info on how to make the food and a how to for the photo booth.

until next time..

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Sweet 16 Invitations

It has been a while since I’ve posted on the blog.  I have been so busy working on my spring cleaning amongst many other projects!  I did get the invitations done today! Woohoo!

My daughter and I went up to Party City to get invitations for her party.  When we got there we were very disappointed.  The selection was disappointingly small, and the prices were outrageous!  We found one Sweet 16 invitation and it was not in her colors.. it was of course frilly pink and poofy.  So we decided instead of paying $9.99 for 8 invitations we would head out to Joann Fabrics and check out paper and card stock.

To our surprise the scrapbook paper crafts were all 50% off!

So we grabbed:

a box of 36 A2 4.25″x5.5″ glitter cards $5

a package of white card stock $2

8 feet of decorative ribbon $2

Our supplies we used at home:

2 inch circle punch

paper cutter

scissors

glue tape (double sided sticky tape or dots etc.)

printer

I used this amazing ‘design and print online’ at Avery.com I absolutely love this!! It helped me for invites and decor at my sons grad party!

For these cards I used the 2″ circle template, avery product #22824

and for the inside of the card I used #18664

I made a  line design and used the gorgeous Bella Donna font (the site offers many options for fonts and creating)

I used the hole punch for the circles and the paper cutter to get a precise line for the inside of the cards.

This is what we came up with…

Outside of the cards. The ribbon was stuck on using glue tape and the circle was punched out using the circle punch then glue taped onto the ribbon.

 

And the inside we typed out the party info.  The Avery site also has this option to carry your design onto another template with the click of a button!  I know like I said AMAZING! 🙂

And there it is!

So these cards are frugal and creative. not to mention sentimental because they are created by us! Caitlin is so excited to hand these out to all her friends!

I added up our savings…

The invitations at Party City were $9.99 for a pack of 8. We would have needed a minimum of 3 packs.  And I say minimum because we always end up needing more for those we had a duh moment and forgotten about. Take no offense to these moments because it happens to everyone. 😉  But I am going to add up the total for 36 invites which is what we got from the craft store.  So we would have needed 4.5 packages and since we can’t just buy half the package we would have had to buy 5 packages and the other half would have gone to waste.

For our invitations we purchased supplies for at Joann Fabrics we got at 50% off.  We only needed the one box and a few other supplies.

 Party city invitations   $50.00

Our own invitations supplies purchased at Joanne Fabrics $9.00

a total savings of $41.00

We made our invites for $9.00  and actually less than that because we only used 23 of the cards and they are blank so the unused cards can be used for other things 🙂  I like that savings! Even if the supplies weren’t 50% off we would have paid $16.00 for 36 invites as opposed to $50.00.  So sale or not it was big savings!  And that makes me smile!  $41.00 is a lot of money these days. That is more than what it costs my daughter and I to have lunch at our favorite restaurant!

Joann Fabrics also has 50% off coupons and you can grab them from your phone and have it scanned right off of your phone at the register.  click here to check it out!

I hope you enjoyed the savings and creativity in this post!

Till next time… 😉

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Dum Dum Tree Tutorial

I finally got the Dum Dum Tree done.  I seen a post on Pinterest that had a sucker topiary tree and I wanted to have one on Caitlin’s sweets table at her party.

After trial and error I finally got it done.  My first attempt was a total fail!  I tried using a small cone for the suckers and found that when I got to the top there was not enough room for the suckers to fit and the cone was breaking apart.

As seen in the failed attempt above the cone did not make for a good base.  I tried only pushing the Dum Dums in halfway, well I actually had no choice in the matter because that is as far as they’d go without getting crowded even at the bottom.  So with that said, I’m going to move on.

I am all about being frugal as most of you know, and I enjoy seeing what I can make and how awesome I can make a party on as little cash as possible!  It is like a challenge for me!  I love to entertain but I don’t love the bill that comes with it. Luckily the cone above came from the Dollar store and it will not go to waste still because I will break it up and use it as stuffing for my next project that requires to be stuffed. 🙂

This project was made with 95% materials purchased from my local Dollar Tree.

:)

I added the push pins to my project as I was moving along on it.

Supplies:

  • 3 foam cubes (Dollar Tree)
  • 1   2″ foam ball (multi pack Dollar Tree)
  • approximately 265 Dum Dum Suckers
    (I had some on hand and bought 5 additional bags at the Dollar Tree)
  • 4 large thumb tacks
    these come in a variety of sizes shapes and colors I had these on hand but I did purchase them at the Dollar Tree a few years ago
  • A scrap piece of felt
  • A larger piece of scrap fabric
  • wooden dowels (Dollar Tree)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • coping saw or other serrated cutting utensil
  • 3½” circle template (I cut out from a cereal box)
  • scissors
  • sharpie
  • colored pencil or chalk (not pictured)
  • a clean large work space

Lets get started!

Open the foam cubes and trace the circle onto one of them. (photo 1. below)

Using the coping saw carefully cut straight down around the circle. (photo 2.)

Once you have the circle cut out flip the cylinder over and place the 3″ circle template on it. If you haven’t cut straight down evenly you will get what you see in photo 3 below.  Hold the template and carefully shave off the excess foam using the coping saw.

Repeat this for the second foam cube. Next put a good amount of hot glue on one of the cylinders and stack the other on top. you should now have a nice tall cylinder as seen in photo 4. below.  Do any more trimming needed. however as seen in my photo it doesn’t have to be perfect because it is going to be covered.

A side note: use one of the larger foam pieces you cut off to test the glue on the foam. You want to be sure it isn’t going to eat through the foam! If it does your glue may be too hot.  And you may need to use a cooler temp hot glue.

This is very messy!! Use a cloth to cut on so you can easily dispose of all the foam you cut off.  Pay no attention to my un manicured nails 😉

We want to make sure that glue cools completely before we attempt to start poking at it so set it aside get rid of all the foam that is now covering you and your entire work space and floor.  Grab your large piece of fabric and lay it flat with the wrong side up.  Take your 3rd foam cube and place it in the center of your fabric and using your chalk or colored pencil trace it 9 times as seen in the photo below.

Cut out the entire combined square leaving at least ½” extra material all around.  This cut does not have to be perfect just as long as you leave enough material to fold under.  Next you want to cut from each corner in stopping at the center square as seen in the photo below.

Still working from the picture above put some hot glue all around one side of the cube and carefully put it in the center square.  Next put some glue in the square just below the cube. you don’t need a large amount but enough to be sure it sticks. Pull that side up snug and press and smooth it to the side of the cube.

Turn the cube counter clock wise and carefully put some glue on the piece of fabric that is like a triangle now folding it over snug smoothing it out as seen in photo 1. below.  cut off that little part that is hanging over the side.  Turn the cube counter clock wise again and put glue in the square and pull that side up taught and smooth it. Next turn the cube clockwise put some glue in the triangle and smooth it over the one you have glued down already as seen in photo 2 below. Cut off the extra piece hanging over the side.

Turn the cube all the way around to the opposite side of the triangle pieces you glued down and glue down the triangle pieces on this side. Don’t forget to cut off that extra piece that hangs over the side.

In photo 3 below you can see I am cutting off part of the triangle piece, the first thing you want to do is fold the triangle in and then fold up the side to be sure you have a nice edge lined up then cut the excess off  put a small line of hot glue to hold the fold over.  Do the same on the other side. Put hot glue in this folded edge square pull it up taught and smooth out see photo 4 below. Repeat on the opposite side.

take care in step 4 to make it pretty, this part of the tree will be visible.

Flip the cube and glue down the edges on the bottom.

Your cube should look like the one above at this point. Next put a little hot glue on the tacks and push them into each corner on the bottom.

Cut little squares out of your scrap felt and put a bead of hot glue on them and press onto the tacks as seen below.

These would make really cute jewelry displays too I think 🙂 so adorable!!!  IF you can’t find decorative thumb tacks at the Dollar store try Wal-mart or an office supply store!

Now we are going to move onto the 2″ ball.  cover the ball with fabric gluing and working the fabric in small sections cutting excess fabric off along the way once you get down to the bottom of the ball cut off all excess fabric. Next cut a circle out of the same fabric and glue it onto the bottom of the ball covering up the gathered fabric taking care to glue down the edges of the circle! Be careful not to burn your finger!!  I’m a daily cook at home and I craft a lot so my fingers are used to the heat but it will still burn the day lights out of my fingers if I don’t let the glue cool a bit before pushing down.  I also use the stand part of my glue gun to push down small parts of fabric.

once the glue is cooled you can rub at the glue that is exposed to get it off. But if there are stubborn pieces that can be seen (if using black fabric) you can use your sharpie on them to blend it in.

Using your coping saw cut a wooden dowel in half.  Next take your scissors and poke a small hole through the fabric on the bottom of the ball. Put some glue on the end of the dowel and insert it into the ball taking care not to go through the top!

My daughter said this looks like a cake pop.. she is addicted to starbucks birthday cake pops 🙂 Styrofoam everywhere still 🙂

This would be a great time to take a break and stretch, do yoga, take a brisk walk… whatever makes you centered 🙂 Or you can switch over your laundry… yes unfortunately it is a chore that we have to do! UGH! My least favorite chore!  You will never see me get excited to wash clothes.  I must have been one of those people that did nothing but wash clothes all day in a past life… like down in the basement of a castle!  Or I could have been the princess and never had to wash clothes… either way I think I’d dislike it no matter which I would have been lol 🙂

Now that you have centered or done a chore lets get on to the fun part!!!

start pushing the Dum Dum’s into the cylinder.  I suggest pushing them in all the way as seen in photo 2 below.  For 2 reasons 1. you will use less suckers to take up space and 2. the tree will be much more stable.

The only uniform I used in putting them in was in the first row. after that just start pushing them in working your way up to the top.  You will see in photo 3 below that there are some spaces between some suckers.  This is ok we will be going back filling them in later.

Once you get to the top push your dowel that was inserted in the ball down into the center of the cylinder.  Take care to go down straight, pull back out and put some glue on the dowel and push it back down into the hole.   If you didn’t get the dowel to go straight down you can use another piece of dowel and push it in next to the ball as seen below to straighten it out.  Add some glue around the dowel. You will want the ball to be about 2″ above the cylinder.

yeah yeah, I should have taken a break I stuffed the stick in crooked lol

Start filling in the rest of the way with the suckers going all the way up to the ball. Then go back and fill in any gaps between suckers.  I used approximately 265 suckers.  You can cut your cylinder shorter if you like so you don’t need to use as many suckers.

Once the suckers are all packed in push in on them all the way around making sure they are all snug.  Then gently lay the sucker tree on it’s side.  Cut another dowel in half and poke each half into the bottom of the cylinder as seen below.

Using your colored pencil or chalk heavily color the bottom of the dowels as seen below.  Carefully pick of your tree trying to keep it centered on the fabric cube press the dowels onto the fabric. The lay back down on it’s side.  This will transfer the color onto the cube so you know where to poke through the fabric.  If it didn’t work scrape more color onto the dowels and try again.  If it did work use your scissors and carefully poke through the fabric.

Remove the dowels and put some glue on them then push them back into the holes and allow a few minutes to dry a bit.

Put some glue along the dowels and on the top of your fabric cube, carefully push the dowels into the holes you cut in the fabric and down into the cube. make sure it goes all the way down it should with no problem.

Allow the glue to dry completely and sit back and admire YOUR Dum Dum sucker tree!

I am going to be adding rainbow ribbon around the bottom and the tag will be black, purple and white! I am also going to pin a purple number 16 to the top of the ball.

I hope you are as excited to try this as I was to make it!  This can be used at any kind of party and it will be amazing!  Boys parties too!  I think it would look awesome with camo material!  Or even cartoon theme!

So grab your reuseable bags and head up to your local dollar store and get started! 🙂

Until next time stay Crafty!!

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Guest Signature Pillow

While Caitlin and I were browsing Pinterest we came across this neat signature pillow.

She loved the idea and LOVES pillows so I decided I’d make her one in the colors of her party colors.  Which by the way as seen in the top photo she chose purple and black as her color theme for her party.  However we are still trying to decide on the sweets table because she’d love for that to be rainbow colors.  I am going to try and work that out. I have no clue how because such strong colors like purple and black are hard to blend with the rainbow.  I am giggling a little bit to myself now because if you read my previous post ‘My Sweet Little Lady’ I mentioned how I see my daughters personality and Ora.  I see her as a prism but not just the rainbow but the white and black as well.  She wants her color theme to be her favorite colors which are pretty dominant colors but also wants rainbow colors.  Any ideas on how I can play with this to make it work would be absolutely wonderful!! As always comments can be made by clicking that cute little heart on the top right of this post.

Anyway back to the pillow…

The materials I used are:

  • 1/2 yard of white medium weight cotton fabric. I just bought the cheapest fabric in the weight and color I needed I wasn’t looking for an expensive fabric. It is going to be written on.
  • Iron on transfer paper for your printer. I used white shirt transfer. I would prefer to use dark shirt transfer paper because I like the end result better. The dark shirt transfer paper is like a rubbery type paper and it’s white. It does require more steps but it can be printed normally. Whereas the white shirt transfer paper is clear and you have to print your design mirrored.  The white shirt transfer is what I had on hand.
  • A photo editing software. I used Adobe Photoshop Elements to create my design.
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • printer

I created the design and printed it out.  For the pillow I just made a simple bolster pillow but before sewing it all together I ironed the design centered on my main pattern for the bolster.

I have also been wanting to create a tag for my sewing projects.  So while I was at my machine I set up my embroidery parts and whipped up this cute little – ish tag.  I used a scrap piece of muslin I had left over from my heart pillow project and embroidered a simple heart with my initials frayed the ends and it was done.  For a trial tag I thought it came out pretty good.  I want to experiment with paints and stamps too until I find my perfect tag design.

 

I’m feeling like I’m getting ahead with her party.  That is a good thing considering I always feel overwhelmed and am constantly running and freaking out the week of our parties making sure everything is done and everyone will be happy.  My goal is to have everything done and ready a week before so the week of I can worry about nothing but the food and baking. 🙂

Sorry for the horrible pictures.  My camera battery went dead so I had to use my ipod camera. YIKERS!!

 

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My Sweet Little Lady

Caitlin

 

Here is my beautiful little lady Caitlin.  She was born in 1997 weighing 8 lbs 3 oz. We had a hard time trying to figure out if she was going to be a boy or a girl.  We went in for our first ultra sound the whole way Daddy was saying “I know it’s a boy”!  It was like he bonded with the baby in my belly before I did!  We get down to the time during the ultra sound when the Dr. asked if we would like to know the sex of our baby.  YES! of course we did 🙂  So he gets the machine lined up and just about in position to determine the sex and her little hands both move down and cover herself.  We were the talk of the office for some time.  The Dr. told us never has he ever seen this happen.  Luckily we have a recording of it.  See back then we didn’t have that fancy machine that gives you a real life 3D photo of your baby.  Ours was just black and white 2D.  Well the Dr. gave us another date for an ultra sound and we eventually were told “it’s a girl”  We were thrilled, and at that moment she became Daddy’s little girl. My little boy was going to be a big brother and have a little sister to look after!  Along with my son and the thoughts of his future I started to think of hers!

Caitlin and her Daddy April 1997.

Caitlin and her Daddy April 1997.

She has grown into a beautiful young lady.  She is still Daddy’s little girl and I don’t think either of them could live without the other. Caitlin has a unique sense of humor.  She can get a room of crabby people laughing.  She loves music, some of her favorite bands are; Asking Alexandria, Bullet for my Valentine, Black Veil Brides and Bring me the Horizon.  She has a very colorful personality.  To me her Ora is like the prism but the whole picture not just the rainbow.  It’s all the colors and black and white as well.  She loves crafting with me. She paints and sews also.  She enjoys cooking and baking. She recently made a red velvet cake… YUM! 🙂  She loves to play xbox and watch movies as a family.  We have family game nights and movie nights. Her and I love our Mom & Daughter days! We shop, and get lunch and just talk about anything!  Caitlin doesn’t want children (she said they creep her out), she would rather have a house full of random animals.  She currently has 2 guinea pigs and a beta fish.  We have had the lizards, hamsters, etc.

Caitlin and her big brother Stephen.  She loves to cut and style hair! He is such a champ, what a sweet brother letting her practice on him.

Caitlin and her big brother Stephen. She loves to cut and style hair! He is such a champ, what a sweet brother letting her practice on him.

About a year ago we found out Caitlin had a kidney stone over half the size of her kidney.  For a couple years she would randomly complain of back pain which was brought to the attention of her Dr. and passed off as sympathy pains at first for her Father (he had herniated several disks in his back).  Then a year before we found out what it was, she was really complaining of pain. I took her again to see the Dr. and this time he asked her to leave the room and told me he thinks she wants attention.  This was odd to me because our children get an overload of attention we are always spending time together.  He assured me she was fine but gave her a prescription for muscle inflammation and sent us on our way.  Last March she got up one morning and sat on the couch in a curled up position, I asked her what was wrong and she said her side hurt really bad and ended up getting sick. I was terrified thinking it was her appendix and it had to hurt bad enough to cause her to vomit.  So it was off to the ER we went.  After several hours and and a couple xrays the Dr. came in telling us she had a kidney stone about the size of a dime.  She would be admitted and a specialist would be consulted.  That evening she had a CT scan and the next morning the specialist came in eager to meet this wonder child.  He showed us the results and told us how big the stone really was, the xray only showed a small portion of it which would be the hardest part of the stone.  He was in shock and many questions came out as to how could she have gone so long not knowing had she ever complained of pain.  Why wasn’t she screaming in agony.  He was also upset to know that when her pain was brought up to her Dr. it was brushed off. Although he advised we got a new Dr. the deal was done when the ER Dr. told us she had a kidney stone.  I had a stone when I was 22 and my exact words were “I’d rather be giving natural birth to twins”  so I know she was hurting and bad!  It was a very long week he didn’t want to waste anytime he wanted to get that thing out asap.  he gave us 2 dates to choose from one was the day of her grandpas surgery and the other was a day after her birthday.  She wanted to be there for her grandpa so she chose the day after her birthday!  After the whole ordeal was done we went for a follow up to his office and the entire staff had to get a peek at the amazing 14/15 year old that had a kidney stone the size of her kidney and took it like a champ.  She was the talk of the office.  We were very fortunate that her kidney did not suffer damage.

A good friend of ours was telling us about how she extracted dna from a banana Caitlin had to do it for the science fair.  She only got a participation award because the judges said it was too advanced.  It is very easy actually. :)

A good friend of ours was telling us about how she extracted dna from a banana Caitlin had to do it for the science fair. She only got a participation award because the judges said it was too advanced. It is very easy actually. 🙂

This was our ditch day 🙂 We went down town to the Field museum and Shedd Aquarium. We had such a fun and educational day!

Well that was a little bit about the girl of the hour!  a couple stories and a bit about her.  We are so excited to get this planning under way.  We already have some crafts lined up for the party and I can’t wait to share them!!

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The Road to Sweet 16

tiara

A Sweet 16 party is a tradition celebrated mostly in The United States and Canada, it’s a party to mark a teenage girl’s transition to early adulthood.  For most girls, Sweet 16  is an important step in their lives and to some it’s comparable to their wedding day….

So here we are in our home just a couple short months away from our little girls Sweet 16!  I have been planning this day since I found out our baby is a girl!  My daughter has never been one for attention.  She used to get bad anxiety at parties, although for some time I thought having a Sweet 16 Party may not be happening, we have done a birthday party for her every year hoping the anxiety in crowds would pass.  In the last year I had been discussing this with her and I am super excited that she is as excited as I am to have the party(possibly, I think I might be a little more excited).  I unfortunately was dealing with a very big life changing event on my 16th birthday so there really was no time for such party for me.  I was planning my journey as a single teenage mother, but that is another story for another time.  I wonder if that is why every detail of my children’s teenage years must in my eyes be perfect. i.e. Homecoming, school sports, Prom, first date, graduations, college prep, sweet 16 etc.

Anyway,  I have been surfing the web the last few weeks gathering some information here and there..  Anyone that knows my daughter knows that fluffy pink sparkly things just wont suffice! She will exit the party or knowing her she’d turn it into a ‘burn all froofy pink stuff’ party.   I, of course would love nothing more than to book the best banquet hall and hire her favorite band “Bullet for my Valentine” but that’s just not in our budget.  I have come to the reality that my 16 years of planning this party wasn’t really much of planning, more dreaming 🙂  because I. am. not. ready for this.  Whilst surfing the interwebs I have found this is not going to be easy, I WILL no doubt be running around like a mad woman as I did for my sons high school grad party!  There is so much to be done!  There is so much tradition in a Sweet 16 party that I had no clue even existed!  The shoe ceremony, tiara ceremony, candle lighting!!! UGH! I will get through this 🙂 and because this is such an important day for my daughter this party isn’t going to be just another party.  I am dedicating an entire category to this eventful day!  I will share my journey and preparations and lets not forget the crafty things I do to prepare along the way, and I’m sure some tears as well!  The first step on our road to Sweet 16 is a list!

Sweet 16 preparation list

  1. Date
  2. venue
  3. guests
  4. save the dates
  5. invitations
  6. theme
  7. food
  8. entertainment
  9. party favors
  10. candle lighting ceremony
  11. shoe ceremony
  12. tiara ceremony
  13. cake
  14. decorations
  15. video montage
  16. photo booth?

So many ideas… I think I need to get to pinterest 😉

My next post will be an introduction of the girl of the hour!  I will hopefully by then also have some ideas to share and a date picked out.  Tomorrow is a good day to start some planning because she has a four day weekend! (Thanks Abe!)  So until then….

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