Monster Eye Bubbles

Monster Eye Bubbles

I’m super excited to be a part of my friend Amber’s Big Birthday Bash this week by sharing a simply party favor idea for a monster themed party.  This favor will just so happen to be used for the kiddos that attend my second child’s first birthday party in a few short months {where has the time gone?!}.  You see, around the time he was born, Disney Junior released a new show, Henry Hugglemonster.  Well, baby boy’s name is Henry and big brother {and honestly my husband and I also} started lovingly calling him “Henry Monster”.  So, it has stuck, and it will be part of his little first birthday theme.

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These might be the easiest little party favors to make…ever!

To make some for your next birthday bash, you’ll need:

bubble bottles {think dollar store or Target Dollar Spot}

googly eyes, all sizes

black Sharpie

hot glue/glue gun

washi tape

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I decided to mismatch the lids to the bottles, just to make them more colorful.

Now, all you’ve got to do is hot glue a googly eye, or two or three, to the top of each lid, add a fun mouth or nose, and you’ve got instant monster bubbles!

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To make them even more fun, I wrapped each bottle with some coordinating washi tape as well.

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So, one thing checked off my June birthday party to-do list, about 50 more things to go!  No big deal, right?!

For more birthday party fun, check out Crazy Little Projects today {and all week for that matter} for some awesome and inspirational ideas.

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{star topiaries}

Here’s another super quick and inexpensive idea for party decor!  I was inspired by these topiaries, found at Simply Designing, but, I wanted something a little smaller.

To make my version of star topiaries, you”ll need:

red, white, and blue construction paper or cardstock

star punch (Hobby Lobby)

straight pins

styrofoam balls (mine were 4 inches from Jo Ann’s)

wooden skewers

paper basket filler (Dollar Store)

glue gun/hot glue

a tin or other item to hold your topiaries (found at Target Dollar Spot)

The first thing I did was take two sheets of each color, cut them into long strips, and punched a ton of little red, white, and blue stars!

To assemble each star ball, I poked the wooden skewer into place and secured it with a dab of hot glue, I then began to poke a straight pin through the center of each star and into the foam ball.  I think each ball took about 5 minutes to completely cover.

Once each ball was covered in little paper stars, I was ready to assemble the entire topiary.

 I cut a foam ball in half and pushed it into the bottom of my decorative tin.

Then, all I had to do was insert each skewered, star ball into the bottom foam and cover it with paper basket filler to finish the look.

I chose to use this as a centerpiece on the favor table at the party!

I actually still have these on the center of this table now.  They make a perfect centerpiece for the summer!

Check back each day this week for tutorials/recipes on:

autographed baseball “guest book”

burlap & twine name banner

monthly banner

handmade star topiary

cupcakes and firecracker cookies

Enjoy!

Please leave a comment!  I love to hear from my readers!

I’ll be linking up at these fantastic parties!

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{birthday party “guest book” autographed baseball}

I’m sharing two tutorials from the party today!  Head over to see Kate @ Cheap Crafty Mama for my tutorial on making a Burlap & Twine name banner, and read on here for the details on my version of a birthday party “guest book”.

I knew before having my little guy’s birthday party that I definitely wanted some sort of a “guest book” for him me to look back on (let’s be honest, he most likely won’t really care all that much when he’s 18, but I’m guessing I will).  Well, since the party had an All-American theme going on, I thought having each guest autograph a baseball for him would be perfect!  What’s more American than baseball?!

To make your own version, you’ll need:

a 5 x 7 frame 

spray paint

fabric

embellishments (I used white, foam stars from Hobby Lobby)

computer & printer

baseballs

fine tip sharpies

I had just about everything on hand for this project but the baseballs and stars.  So the total cost was under $5!

To get started, I spray painted my once black frame navy blue.

While that dried, I typed out the saying in the frame and added some baseball clip art.

 I printed that out and trimmed it down to about a 4 x6 size.

Instead of simply putting the saying in the frame, I covered and wrapped the cardstock (the piece that usually comes in the frame when you buy it) with some leftover fabric from Jackson’s Highchair Fabric Banner, then attached the saying to the center of that using a glue dot.

Once the frame itself had dried, I added some white foam stars, purchased at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, to the corners, placed the fabric and saying back into the frame, and set it out on the favor table with a couple of new baseballs and fine tip sharpies.

 I’m glad I had two baseballs because Jackson had a lot of party guests that were eager to autograph them!

Now, Jackson has a cool reminder of all the people that helped him celebrate his first birthday!  I’m thinking of having some kind of a “guest book” like this for many years to come with different items.  In sticking with the baseball theme, I’ve thought of using a glove, a bat, a hat, and a jersey.  You really could gear this for whatever theme your party is though!  I also like the idea of having guests sign a different children’s book each year :)

Check back each day this week for tutorials/recipes on:

autographed baseball “guest book”

burlap & twine name banner

monthly banner

handmade star topiary

cupcakes and firecracker cookies

Enjoy!

Please leave a comment!  I love to hear from my readers!

I’ll be linking up at these fantastic parties!

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{all-american first birthday party}

Just a few short weeks ago this little guy…

became this one year old big boy!

I still can’t believe it’s been a year!

To celebrate the occasion, we decided to have a big All-American Birthday Bash (being that his July 3rd birthday falls just shy of our nation’s Independence Day).  So I began searching on Pinterest for ideas and pretty much buying anything that was red, white, and blue from Hobby Lobby, Target Dollar Spot, the Dollar Store, Michael’s, and Jo Ann’s!

I had so much fun preparing for the big day and even more fun the day of the party.  Here’s a little tour in pictures of some of my favorite parts.  All this week I’ll be sharing tutorials for most of the projects I created for the party as well.

{party decor over the dessert table}

Have you ever made tissue paper pom pom’s?  They’re super easy to make!  Here’s a fantastic tutorial from Mrs. Martha Stewart herself :)

{monthly birthday banner}

{dessert table including firecracker cookies, homemade cake mix cupcakes, salt water taffy, and bubble gum}

{homemade cake mix cupcakes and patriotic cupcake toppers}

{red, white, and blue candy and patriotic food tents}

{highchair fabric banner (ready for smash cake eating) and tissue paper pom pom’s}

These red, white, and blue bowls were found at the Target Dollar Spot…cute huh?!

{sparkler party favors and handmade star topiary}

All patriotic tins were found at the Target Dollar Spot, and I used a star punch and construction paper to create the table confetti!

{burlap & twine name banner, party favors, 20 Questions Birthday Book, and guest book}

{autographed baseball “guest book”}

{stars & stripes burlap banner, tutorial found here at Simply Kierste}

We began our party at our neighborhood pool for about two hours.  It was 104 that day, and the pool definitely felt like bathwater helped keep everyone cool!  While at the pool we enjoyed cold drinks, hot dogs, pasta salad, chips, and black bean and corn salsa!

Jackson loved playing in the water with friends and family and rolled this cute patriotic beach ball around for a while too.

How cute is his little bathing suit?!  Walmart…$5!

After a while, we decided to head back to the house for some air conditioning, cake, and ice cream.  Singing happy birthday to Jackson was one of the sweetest moments of the whole party.  He loved the attention and the cake that his daddy was holding in front of him with a little candle on top.  After helping him make a wish and blow out his candle, we let him dig in!

He LOVED his cake!  I LOVED that he turned into a little smurf :)

After about 10 minutes of toddler cake smashing, we decided it was time to hose him off give him a bath.  Let me tell you…blue frosting is not easy to get off!

Shortly after cake Jackson was party pooped and took a nice, long nap!

Happy First Birthday Jackson!  We love you very much!!

Check back each day this week for tutorials/recipes on:

 

 

autographed baseball “guest book”

 

 

 

burlap & twine name banner

 

 

 

monthly banner

 

 

 

handmade star topiary

 

 

 

cupcakes and firecracker cookies

 

 

Enjoy!

Please leave a comment!  I love to hear from my readers!

I’ll be linking up at these fantastic parties!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{food tents & cupcake toppers}

{food tents & cupcake toppers}

Ahh!!  The birthday party is quickly approaching, and I’m most likely in my kitchen baking cupcakes as you read this.  I have a quick couple of party related items to share with you today.  Both ideas were found while browsing Pinterest.

I knew that I wanted to make cupcakes for my little guy’s birthday, and shared the delicious semi-homemade recipe that I’ll be using here.  To decorate the cupcakes a little bit, I printed out these super cute, patriotic cupcake toppers from The Celebration Shoppe onto card stock, plugged in my hot glue gun, grabbed my 2″ circle punch, and found some toothpicks in our spice cabinet.  All I had to do was use the circle punch to cut out each topper, and glue a toothpick between two circles.

Soon I had a handful of these beauts, ready for cupcakes!

Now for the food.

Most of the food we’re serving at the party is pretty self explanatory, but I always think it’s a nice touch to add a food tent describing what you’re about to eat (plus, they look super cute).  So I found these patriotic food tents from Seaside Creative and printed out several copies onto card stock.

 Two simple and inexpensive touches that bring the party together even more!

Don’t forget,

today is the LAST day to vote for your top three favorite projects in the Project Pinterest Challenge.  I’d love for you to support my Fingerprint Charm Necklace!

I’m so excited and honored to have been chosen as part of the Top 12!

I also wanted to give a shout out to my sweet blogging bud, Adrianne of Happy Hour Projects!  She also made the Top 12 with her Jello Oranges (seriously, how yummy/cute are these)?!  Be sure to check her blog out as well, it’s fabulous! :)

Please head over to either Two Yellow Birds Decor or The Taylor House to vote for your top 3 favorite entries (and hopefully one of them is mine and/or Adrianne’s)!  Just click on the vote button below the pictures of your three favs!  I truly appreciate all of your support!

Thank you so much :)

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.