Friday, January 9, 2009

What's up this year?

I have lots of things on my to do list right now. It's all jumbled up in my head and it's one of those times that I have SO much I WANT to do and need to do that I don't know where to start.

Here's what I've got going on:

*clean out shoe/coat closet
*clean out/organize computer armoire
*paint Maressa's room
*put together new bunk beds (they have been ordered)...we are moving the girls in together
*fix up their new room together
*saving up for a cool new chandelier for dining room and hope to finally work on getting all the [ugly] wallpaper down

*finish new curtains for living room
*few throw pillows to match curtains
*make the boys room new curtains
*the girls Easter dresses and new spring clothes
*Maressa's bday party outfit
*myself a new purse for my birthday

*having some friends over to do post Christmas crafts...all the things we didn't have time for before Christmas (I figure why wait til the holidays again, but make stuff now during quiet times and pack it away for next holiday)
*I ordered this awesome pattern to make The Twelve Dancing Princesses picture for the girls from The Sugar City...I can't wait to get some fabric to get started!
*want to paint some wooden people

Also we have 4 kid parties a year. I LOVE planning kid parties. I think about them YEARS in advance...I have Maressa's not only completely planned for next month, but have themes in mind for the next two years...yes I'm sick like that. Anyway, I kinda go all out...not necessarily expense wise, but I think a lot about the details. I love helping my friends plan their parties too (even held one at my house...we're 'those' people with the mini playground in the back yard and a bouncy and a ball pit, etc etc.) I've always thought I'd love to get into professional party planning one day. But for now I'll just share my ideas. With that said, I want to highlight a kid party idea/theme at least once a month. I've got WAY more ideas than I can use, and seeing how my post about Z's lego party here and here gets tons of hits, I figure people could use my ideas. :)

So coming up are:
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake party (a friend is using this idea of mine)
Zoo party (Maressa's)
Dog party (Micah's)
Bird Party (Maressa's 3rd)
Six is Sweet Party (Kalla's)
Teddy Bear Picnic (Maressa's 4th)
Camping Party (Zachary's)

And more, as I think of them. I will share past parties ideas for Dinosaur party, Blues Clues, Train/Thomas party, One year old bubbles party, Elmo party.

If anyone needs ideas/help brainstorming a party, I would love to help.

Oh and sharing a little secret. I got Kalla a petticoat/skirt. I've been wanting to get one for a while now for her to dress up play, but refuse to fork out $75 for a play skirt from a fancy boutique (and the thought of sewing one gives me a headache). But you can get them from this petticoat site for $29 and they have children's sizes and pink! Now they aren't as crazy full as some, but for a really soft twirly frilly tutu they are awesome! I got Kalla who is 5 1/2 years (and tall) the child medium.


Peggy said...

You're a good mommy! :)

carrie said...

Wow! I'm impressed. I have just started thinking about my son's 4th birthday party and I thought I was ahead of the game since it is in May. I always love getting ideas, so please share! I'm that desperate mommy who usually plans last minute and just goes with it. I'm a good workhorse, but not so good with the ideas department. Any help would be fantastic!!

Beth said...

I am a poor party planner. You can help me. Lola turned 4 Dec 30th-she'll have a half birthday party in June. Lucy will be 7 in February. We did a mermaid party last year (I made every guest their own mermaid skirt and mermaid hair headband). This year? What's that Six is Sweet idea? Could it work for Seven is Sweet. Really - I'm bad at this! Beth

Deanna said...

Thanks guys!

Carrie, you give me a theme and I'll be glad to brainstorm ideas with you!

Beth, mermaid skirts for all! Wow that's impressive! K's Six is Sweet is going to be a candy/sweets theme. A Happy Birthday 6 lollipops I found on etsy on the invites, making mini graham cracker cottages as seen on Martha's site (except fairy tale style, not wintery) and homemade candy popcorn and these cool candy printed cover books I found at Bear Books for favors. I don't plan on doing a post on it quite yet, but if you want links and more details, I can email you. :)

Deanna said...

Oh Carrie, I did a fun dinosaur party with erupting volcanos for my son's 4th and it was a hit. If you want more info on that let me know. :)

DeeAnna said...

HI Deanna,
Your amazing. I was wondering if you could help me with a theme for my daughters 13th bday.. She wants to invite both boys and girls and then have a sleep over. I am having trouble coming up with a theme and goodie bag ideas for the boys at least.
Thanks in advance for you help.

Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen said...

I just found your website and am going to bookmark it. What fun ideas! I love the Lego party ideas and am going to save that for next year.
I would love to hear your Thomas the tank engine party ideas. Soon!!! My son's 5th birthday is next month, and he wants another Thomas party (like last year) but I'd love some new ideas. Would you please share yours? I'll keep checking back!!

Deanna said...

DeeAnna, I am going to post about some ideas for you...this has been quite a challenge being that my oldest is 7!! But I've thought of a few things. :)

Michelle, I prob don't have much new if you have done one before. I found lots of great ideas such as box cars that I was going to suggest already, on this site They have lots of great suggestions. Mine was for a 2 year old, so it was pretty simple. The birthday boy wore a engineer hat and overalls, but you can make a Thomas tee for bday boy and/or guests with this iron on

I did for craft too a coloring book that they decorated the cover. I got free coloring pages off the net and cut them into half sheets. Cut foam sheets to make the cover with three punched holes and rings to hold together. I got a bucket of foam shapes and gave each child enough shapes to paste a train on the front and foam letter stickers for their name...I did a trial train myself ahead of time to see what pieces needed to make a train engine and boxcar.

Hope this helps some!

Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen said...

Thanks for those ideas!! I'll check out those links.
Thanks for taking the time to reply!


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