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How to Make a DIY Starbucks Latte Halloween Costume

I live by the motto that it’s never too early to start thinking about a Halloween costume. Even if you don’t share my passion for the one day of the year when dressing up like a weirdo is totally celebrated, you can’t deny that stores have started stocking black and orange decorations. And costume catalogs are probably flooding your mailbox as we speak. So, I figured it was about time I shared a how-to on S’s costume from last year: A Starbucks grande iced pumpkin spice latte with whipped cream!

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I already had an old slip and headband so the costume cost us less than $10 in felt and hot glue! When we were searching for ideas last year, we found lots of cute pictures (this blog post was our big inspiration) but there was no resource that really explained how to create the Starbucks logo and how to use felt to create the foam/whipped cream. But now, thanks to this blog post, there is!

You’ll need a tan dress (I had an old slip that fit S loosely but these cheapies from Amazon are a great option), a plain headband, 2 one-foot square pieces of dark green felt, white felt (enough to make at least six 9-inch circles and eight 3.5-inch circles), felt glue, a black Sharpie (to write the “order” on the back of the “cup”), a hot glue gun, and whatever you want to wear underneath.

Search for the Starbucks logo online and make an enlarged print about 7 inches in diameter. To make the traceable template, you’ll need to cut it out. This will be super annoying and time-consuming and you’ll get carpal tunnel but just think about how awesome your costume is going to be and deal with it. Plus…good news! Since it’s symmetrical, you can cut half of it and just flip it over when tracing. (Be sure to have a bowl of mini pumpkins nearby to help you get in the holiday spirit!)

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Use a black Sharpie to trace around the design.

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Then flip your template over to trace the other side.

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Next step: Stop and marvel at how good it’s looking!

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Then — yup, you guessed it — just when you’re starting to get feeling back in your hand, more cutting! Once you’ve got it all cut out, glue down each part of the design with felt glue. (Felt glue is easier and less messy than hot glue so it’s best to use felt glue for this step.)

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Soon it’ll look like this and all will be right with the world. (Don’t forget the nose, mouth and the little triangle in the middle of the crown.)

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Then cut out the circle and you’re ready to glue the logo on the front of the dress. Just make sure you put it down low enough so you have plenty of room for the foam/whipped cream across the top.

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To make the whipped cream you’ll need 5 or 6 white felt circles that are about 9 inches in diameter. If you want the foam to go across the back, you’ll need more. We decided against it because we wanted more room for the “drink order” on the back. (More on that later.)  They don’t need to be perfect circles so don’t worry your pretty little head about making it precise.  (The little ones pictured here are for the headband.)

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To make the whipped cream, fold your felt in an accordion fold vertically along the dotted lines below. Add small horizontal lines of hot glue (it adheres faster than the felt glue) across the center to glue each section together. Then fold it along the middle and you’ve got a big, fluffy, frothy glob of whipped cream / foam! Use a thin line of hot glue along the center back of the felt to attached it to the dress.

Sue at Home Starbucks Latte Costume foam

To make the frothy headband, grab two of the smaller circles and glue them together with the headband running through the middle of it. This will be your base to build the straw and foam onto. Lots of tutorials suggested a paper towel roll with green paint but I had some extra green felt so I tried gluing it into a tube shape and it worked! Just use paper clips to hold it together while the glue sets. Once your straw is dry, cut 4 slits in the bottom of it and glue the tabs onto the circles on your headband. Again, use paper clips to keep it in place while it dries.

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After the straw was glued in place, I added some more white felt over the green on the base to cover it up. Then I made the whipped cream with the small circles using the same method as I used on the dress.

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Perfect!

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To really make it look like a Starbucks cup, I wrote the “drink order” on the back with a black Sharpie. The order boxes from top to bottom are: Decaf, Shots, Syrup, Milk, Custom, and Drink. We customized Sophia’s with an X in the decaf box (to make it a decaf – duh), with a WC in the custom box (to add whipped cream) and PSL in the drink box (to make it a pumpkin spice latte). We also wrote her name but since they ALWAYS get it wrong at Starbucks, I wrote Sophie instead of S. Check with your local barista to make sure your costume matches your real order!

Sue at Home Starbucks Latte Costume back

I hope you liked this Starbucks latte costume tutorial. I’ll be back soon with some details on how we put together L’s rainbow unicorn / pegasus / pegi-corn (?) costume together.

Sue at Home Starbucks Latte costume and Rainbow Pegicorn Unicorn costume

I’ve already ordered gold and rust fabric to make my costume for this Halloween. Any guesses what I’m going to be?

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. If the thought of a Pumpkin Spice Latte is making you hungry, check out my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling!

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Halloween Crafts from Ladies’ Home Journal on The Better Show

Phew. That’s one long title. Allow me to explain.

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As you know, my day job keeps me busy over at Ladies’ Home Journal. I do lots of fashion stuff and not a lot of crafting stuff. But since I love me some glitter and spray paint, I was asked to present several of the Halloween crafts we featured in our October issue (all originally seen on some of our favorite blogs) on The Better Show, a nationally syndicated lifestyle program owned by Meredith, LHJ’s parent company. So, to put it in simpler words: I’m here to show the crafts that I made for The Better Show which were featured in Ladies’ Home Journal and originally produced by bloggers like me. Does that make more sense? No?

Well, then just set the DVR because I’ll be on Better tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29th. OK? Thanks.

Let’s check out a bunch of pumpkin crafts from Sequin Crush. First up is a Studded Pumpkin. All you need to do is buy a foam pumpkin (I got mine at Michael’s but most craft stores carry them), gold spray paint, and gold thumbtacks.

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Once you’ve got your fake pumpkin painted (remember – never spray paint real pumpkins because you don’t want this to happen), just space out the thumbtacks around the top first and then just press into the creases. I needed about 200 thumbtacks for this large pumpkin.

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All done! And bonus: Because it’s just foam, you can save it for next year!

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Next up is the Glitter “Dipped” Pumpkin. Again, start with a large foam pumpkin and spray paint it gold. Then use a spray adhesive around the base of the pumpkin and sprinkle on the glitter as you go. Spray a little, then glitter a little. Repeat until you’re all the way around.

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This baby has done quite a bit of shedding since I made it but I still think it’ll survive for a few more years.

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Next up was my favorite of all of the projects. It was insanely simple to do, it took about 2 minutes, and it came out great. I started with one medium sized real pumpkin, clear glue, glitter, and a round foam paintbrush.

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I put a little glue onto a paper plate and then dabbed the foam brush into the glue.

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Next, I put little circles of glue around the pumpkin with the paintbrush. (No measuring needed. Just eyeball it!)

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Next, I sprinkled on some gold glitter and it was done.

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Sadly, this one won’t last beyond the season so I’ll just have to make another one next year.

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Next are Baby Boos painted with Metallic Paint Pens from Paper & Stitch. I used oil based metallic Sharpies but you can use the water-based ones. (More on that in a minute.)

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First, I followed Paper & Stitch’s design and found that it only took a couple minutes.

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Then I went rogue and created a chevron with dots pattern.

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When the girls saw what I had done, they wanted in on it too. So I gave Sophia the oil-based pens and she made the one in the front while Lily made the one in the back with the water-based pens. (I just figured that Five Year Old + Oil Based Paint Pen would not be a good idea.) As you can see, the water-based is fine but not as bold of a statement.

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Here’s a more clear comparison:

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Next, I used pipe cleaners and yarn to make letters that were originally seen on the blog Cakies. This one didn’t come out as well as the others but–lucky you!–you can learn from my mistakes so you don’t make them too. Mistake #1 is pictured below. See how thick that orange yarn is? That’s how thick all of your yarn should be. I got sooo caught up with finding the right colors that I picked a bunch of way-too-thin yarns.

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Now listen closely because here comes mistake #2. I started by twisting the pipe cleaners together and then bending them to make the word Boo. Please note: Don’t do that. Don’t shape it into the word before you wrap the yarn. It’ll make the wrapping take forever. Just twist the pipe cleaners first but keep them in a straight line as you wrap the yarn.

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Ta da! Four hours later I had this. I know that sounds insane but as I told you, I screwed up. If you had thicker yarn and didn’t shape the word first, I’d guess that it wouldn’t take you more than an hour. I think the fun thing about this is that you could do any word with this method. “Ho Ho Ho” for Christmas? A kid’s name for a bedroom? “Eat” in the kitchen? Your last name on your mantel? The possibilities are endless.

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So, head on over to that DVR and figure out what time Better is on in your area tomorrow. You can click here and use that pull down menu on the top left that says Check Local Listings. Thanks for watching!

Oh…and since the October issue of LHJ is off newsstands by now, you can visit lhj.com/halloween to see all these Halloween crafts (and a lot more!). But if it’s the real deal magazine you’re looking for, check out the November issue on newsstands now. You won’t be disappointed. Especially since Sophia and Lily are in the issue! That’s right! Our editor-in-chief asked us for a picture of something that makes us happy and she chose a bunch to feature on the editor’s letter page. Here they are seeing it in Barnes and Noble for the first time. There’s nothing my narcissistic kids like more than looking at pictures of themselves!

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And a quick iPhone pic of the page.

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Always keep in mind that you can use that affiliate link in my sidebar (right where it says LHJ subscriptions) or you can click here to order a one year subscription of LHJ for only 10 bucks! (Disclosure: LHJ gives me a small percentage of the sale if you click over from my site. Thanks for shopping!)

Now, go and get your craft on! There are still a few more days til Halloween…

XO

Sue at Home

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Spooky Decor

Just in time for our annual Halloween soiree, I finally got the house all spooked out and ready. I started with spiders in the light fixture and a black scarf draped over my painting to make it look a little less pink.

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A lot of the decorations were left over from last year, like the little spiders, the tablecloth and the cobwebs. This year, I added lots of Martha Stewart Crafts that another editor gave me at my day job.
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All of the wine bottle decorations are from Martha Stewart. You can find them here.  The little owl papers just stick on the front of the bottle. Sophia said they all reminded her of Harry Potter.

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For the witchy wine, I combined the sticker from this kit with the witch’s hat from this kit.  My pumpkins are fake ones from Target that I spray painted and glued glitter onto.  (You know I’ll never spray paint a real one again after what happened last year!)

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The girls made the creepy hands at an event at Sophia’s school. They’re just medical gloves filled with flour.

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My favorite of the wine bottle decorations was this awesome vampire collar. We added fangs from the photo decor kit too.

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Sophia made the striped planter at the Y.

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Those ghosts in the back are the party favors for the kids. I just trimmed plain white lunch bags to have a ghost shape on top and Soph drew on the eyes.

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My glitter skull from last year is sitting on the front windowsill surrounded by brass candlesticks. (And of course, some pretty carnations. They’re my go-to party flower because they’re cheap, pretty and they last a loooooong time.)

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The girls colored pumpkins with metallic paint pens in lieu of carving.

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Our front foyer table holds this little glass pumpkin (another Target find) filled with lots of essential Halloween toys like glow-in-the-dark teeth and spider rings. (Because you can never have enough spider rings!)

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A little ghost that Lily made in pre-K last year hangs out in the den on top of a bowl of shells. Sometime between last Halloween and now, he lost an eye. But I think it’s a good look for him so we’re going with it!

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I also did a couple of the Halloween crafts featured in the October issue of Ladies’ Home Journal so I can talk about them for an upcoming TV appearance on Better TV. This is all day job stuff but I’ll let you know when it’s airing. (Follow Sue at Home on Facebook to hear all about it!)

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Up in Sophia’s room, she had a blast spookifying her place with this photo kit from Martha Stewart.

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Of course, that was before she switched her costume a few minutes before the party. As I told her the first time she changed her mind about her costume, “You can be whatever you want as long as you can put it together from things in this house.” I’m happy to help buy/build/hunt for costumes but not when she changes her mind two days before Halloween! (BTW: She’s a cat–obviously–and Lily is Chee Chee from Teen Beach Movie. When I posted this picture on Instagram, I tagged Chrissie Fit, the actress that plays Chee Chee, and she liked my picture! It’s scary how excited that makes me but you need to understand that this movie is like an Oscar-caliber film in my house and Chrissie Fit is like our Meryl. I don’t even think the girls understand how cool it is!)

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And when they’re not being as cute as can be, they can turn up the spook and scare the crap out of you too!

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XO

Sue at Home

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Lily’s Luau Birthday Party

We recently celebrated Lily’s 5th Birthday with a luau at our house. Let’s take a peek at how we put it all together.

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As you saw in last week’s post, I created an umbrella wreath for the front door out of paper parasols.

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 I bought two hibiscus plants that I put in some pots that I had painted last year.

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They added the perfect tropical touch.

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I made it with a picture of Lily from Aruba and a great font called Luckiest Guy.

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For the favors, I got sunglasses from The Children’s Place, some Swedish Fish (Lily loves “sweetest fish”!) a hibiscus tattoo, and either a Hello Kitty necklace for the girls or a foam plane of the boys (both from the One Spot at Target).

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I just put all the goodies into white paper bags and added a little tag–that said “Thanks for coming to Lily’s Luau”– thanks to Picmonkey again. (I “borrowed” some of Sophia’s fun tape to attach them to the bags.)

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luau-122I usually don’t like a matching set of paper plates but when I saw these at Ikea, I had to have them. I got the straws eons ago at Pottery Barn outlet and they’ve been sitting in a party bin in the attic just waiting for a luau!

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I kept the food pretty simple: pizza for dinner, tortilla chips and homemade guacamole, and lots of fruit. I had to include some pineapple, of course! (more cute napkins from Ikea)

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As for the cupcakes, I made them at home and used blue frosting to represent water, crunched up graham crackers for sand, gummy flip flops and a paper parasol.

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I pulled out all my cake stands and decorated some of them to look like they had grass skirts on.  I just cut up a piece of green craft paper and taped it all the way around. Then I cut apart one of the leis and glued flowers around the paper with fabric glue.

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I also wrapped one of the cake stands with a lei.

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The little tissue paper decorations are from Oriental Trading –where I got just about everything I needed–and they came in really handy to give some height to the cupcake displays. (I just stuck them on top of a plastic cup turned upside down.)

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As for activities, we kinda just winged it. I was nervous because we don’t have a swingset anymore (remember how I told you that Hurricane Sandy took it out?) But we just put out all of our frisbees, wiffle balls and bats, and bubbles and let the kids have fun in the yard.  They loved it and there wasn’t a dull moment. (Sidenote: Check out the nice lattice that Pablo just put up under the deck! A post about that is coming soon.)

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Of course, we had to do the limbo but there wasn’t much else that we tried to organize.

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Lily was totally happy just being with her friends.

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And all the kids loved their sunglasses in the goody bags. (I can’t help but picture these kids in the same kind of pose, 11 or 12 years from now, heading off to their prom!)

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It was a perfect day with lots of good friends, good food and drinks, and good times!

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Happy 5th Birthday Lily!

If you’d like to read all about Lily’s 4th Bday party last year, check out this post: Lily’s Rainbow Birthday Party.

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XO

Sue at Home

P.S. UPDATE: Check out the follow-up post that shows the matching fill-in thank you notes I made here.

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Umbrella Wreath for a Luau

We threw a Luau Birthday party for Lily’s 5th and I know I owe you all the pics and details but let’s start out with one simple mood-setting craft: an umbrella wreath.

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I was inspired by a few different umbrella wreaths I saw on Pinterest  but I didn’t follow any specific tutorials. I started out with a box of paper umbrellas from Oriental Trading, a styrofoam wreath, some glue, some craft paint and a brush.

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I painted the wreath in case you could see it through the umbrellas. (You could certainly skip this step. As long as the umbrellas are placed close enough together, you won’t see the styrofoam.)

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Before I added the umbrellas, I had to snip off about half of the toothpick so they wouldn’t stick out too much. Each tip got a touch of glue before it went in.

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Next I started placing the umbrellas around the edge with a little overlap.

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Another line on the inside and it was starting to get filled in.

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The finished wreath!

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I hung it on the front door and bought a couple hibiscus plants to create the tropical theme. And, of course, the birthday girl had to give out hula lessons!

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Stay tuned for a full party recap!

XO

Sue at Home

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40 Envelopes with 40 Memories for a 40th Birthday

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Yup. It’s that time again…the Pinterest Challenge. For those not in the know, here are the deets. Sherry from Young House Love, Katie from Bower Power, Emily from Sparkle Meets Pop, and Renee from Red Bird Blue are the hosts for this 4-way link party. The challenge is to simply pick something creative that you’ve pinned on Pinterest and finally get around to doing it.

Last time around, I opted for two quick updates: a free printable in Lily’s room…

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…and some new gilded frames in Sophia’s room.

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And this time, I created a project for Pablo’s 40th celebration. (Maybe next time, I’ll do something for myself!) When I had seen this birthday envelope surprise on Oh Happy Day I knew it was the perfect way to present Pablo with the sweet notes that I was planning for his birthday.

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The first step was to get the memories. Lucky for me, Pablo is very loved so even though I started this the day before his birthday (!), all I had to do was send one group message on Facebook and one group email for the non-Facebookers and the memories came flooding in. There were a few people I couldn’t find but I managed to get over 35 messages. (I simply asked everyone to send me a memory of a time they spent with Pablo. I filled in the last few from me and the girls.) Once I got them all, I cut and pasted them into a word document, formatted them, and printed them on bright colored paper. Some were long and some were short but that worked perfectly for my purposes.

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Next I found some random envelopes in my stationary stash and laid them out to spell 40. First on the floor (to get a layout I liked) and then up on the wall of the dining room.

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The girls helped me stuff the envelopes…
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…until each envelope – all 40 of them! – had a personal note from a friend or relative.

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When he came home and we surprised him with it, he was a little perplexed at first. (I think he may have been wondering if this was a permanent installation!)

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I think it was a perfect gift for him (because he loves reminiscing) and for this year (because with me working part time now, there are no extra funds for a grand gift so I needed to make a grand gesture instead.)

We did get him a few little goodies, though, because everyone needs to open some gifts on their birthday.

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As you can see, he had a great time. Thanks to everyone who contributed memories to this project. I couldn’t have done it without you.

On Wednesday, don’t forget to check back in with Sherry from Young House Love, Katie from Bower Power, Emily from Sparkle Meets Pop, and Renee from Red Bird Blue to see all the amazing projects that everyone made – plus all the linked ones!

XO

Sue at Home

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A Name Plaque for Lily or How My 4 Year Old Taught Me a Lesson

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After our trip to Aruba this past February, Lily and I brought back a few pieces of coral from the beach so we could make a custom sign for her room. Luckily for Lily, it’s pretty easy to find pieces of coral that look like L, i, l and y.

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All we needed was a simple board that I picked up at Michael’s, some craft paint I had on hand, and some heavy duty glue.

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Lily picked a pretty sea-colored blue to paint the base. I’ll admit: I was twitching watching her paint it. I know the point of it was for her to do something fun and creative but the perfectionist in me was having a hard time watching the bristles of the brush bend backward.

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After painting the board, I pulled out the Gorilla Glue — the master of all glues. I was ready to take over for this step because that glue is no joke and I was sure that Lily would glue her hand to her face if I let her do it. (What is wrong with me that I can’t trust her to do anything on her own?)

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The packaging on the glue warns that it expands but…it just kept on expanding. And expanding. And expanding…

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…until the glue that I put behind the Y gooped out so much the shape of the letter was almost unrecognizable. I mean, sure, it looks a little like that frothy, foamy stuff when a wave crashes on the sand so it’s kinda still close to the theme but it’s not quite what I was imagining. (Notice that Lily’s paint job is perfect and it’s my gluing job that totally sucks.)

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I was so mad at myself for screwing it up. Immediately, I started planning a way to fix the project. I figured I could slice the coral off the board with an exacto knife (or even a saw!) and then we could try again on the other side. But when Lily came to see if it was dry, she was thrilled with it. I apologized for putting too much glue on it but — get this! — she thought it looked great.

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In my demented mind, I wanted it to come out just as I had pictured it but to her, it was a just a cool project she made with her mom. And that made it perfect. (No matter how much glue was oozing out!)

So…into her room it went. Her “perfect” custom-made “Lily” sign made with coral that we found on the beach in Aruba.

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And I must admit…it looks absolutely perfect.

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XO

Sue at Home

P.S. Read more about Lily’s room here and here.

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Party Favor: DIY Gem-Covered Pin and Jewelry Box

For Sophia’s Glamtastic birthday party, we decided to make a custom party favor for all of Sophia’s friends. Each girl got a gem-covered pin with her initial and a simple little jewelry box with jewels on top. Sophia and Lily are ready so let’s get to it!

For the jewelry boxes, I bought some basic wooden boxes from Oriental Trading. We thought about painting them but figured it might get messy so we decided to keep it simple and just add some jewels. We had a mega bag of Big Bling from Michael’s so we used those (and had tons left for many more projects.) Sophia did most of them herself by gluing them with glitter glue so if a little gooped out, it still looked great. She did a sort of haphazard grouping of gems on each one and I was very impressed with her attention to detail and her restraint. I wouldn’t have known when to stop but she did. (Of course, Lily served as gem-sorting assistant.)

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As for the pins, I was inspired by these from Markus Lupfer. I had seen them months ago on Net-a-Porter and thought they were begging to be DIY’d.

But ultimately, the idea of a black varsity letter–no matter how glam-atized with sequins–was just too sporty for our theme. So I decided to make felt pins with gems instead. I started out by picking a clean sans serif font and printing out XL versions of the letters I needed.

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The next step was to trace the shape of each letter onto my hot pink felt. Note: I traced them backwards so if a little pen showed after I cut them out, it would be on the back.

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I felt like I was cutting these babies forever! But finally they were done.

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Next, I glued them to silver and gold cardstock and cut them out again leaving a little edge of cardstock sticking out. Then I glued gems on with fabric glue.

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Once the gems were dry, I glued pins on the back with Gorilla glue (because nothing will make that stuff budge!). By the way: it was Sophia’s idea to make some gold and some silver and since she was the creative director of the project, I had to listen to her. Right?

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I’m so glad I took the time to make the letter templates. The S on the left was my prototype and the one on the right was made with the template. So. Much. Better.

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I love how they all look together.

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The pins fit perfectly in the little jewelry boxes. We just added a little tissue paper pillow to each one so they’d all be comfy!

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Of course, once we we got the pins all nestled in their boxes, we realized that we needed some way to know which letter was in each one  so I went back to Picmonkey and made a bunch of little tags that match the invitation.

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Then I tied them on to the boxes and the favors were ready to go!

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We stacked them up on the foyer table so we wouldn’t forget to give them out as everyone left. I put the invitation in a frame to set the mood! (You know – in case anyone forgot why they were there!)

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For more recaps from Soph’s birthday party, check out these posts:

 DIY Party Invitation

How to Throw a Glamtastic Kids’ Party

DIY Photo Booth

XO

Sue at Home

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How to Throw a Glamtastic Kids’ Party

Since Sophia was turning 8 going on 18, we knew that a very glam party was going to be the way to go. And doing it at home was a natural solution for a couple reasons. 1) I get to do lots of crafty things that allow me to make it super personal for Sophia and I’m not gonna lie, I actually like all the projects. (Ok…I’ll admit it. I also love the control that doing them gives me!)  2) And it was much, much, much, much, much, much cheaper than having it at a place that throws parties. (I mean, I love my kids but $600-$1000 for an hour and a half of her life? Um…no.)

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Sure, it takes a lot of work but it was worth it to see her so happy. Let’s go over the eleven elements you need to throw an at-home glamtastic party of your own.

1. The Invitations – As I mentioned before in this post, I created a custom design on Picmonkey and printed them at home. A couple self-adhesive jewels finished them off.

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2. The DIY Photo Booth – Taking a picture every 10 seconds kept the girls engaged–and gave them just enough time to make a quick accessory change before the next shot. (A follow-up post is forthcoming with everything you need to know to create your own.)

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3. The Favor – Custom and unique all the way! Each girl got a pin with her initial in a special keepsake box. (A post with more details is coming soon!)

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4. The Manicure Station – A glamtastic party wouldn’t be complete without a little pampering! I hired a babysitter/friend of ours and some of her friends to man this station. Other than the hired help, this was free! We had everything on hand.

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5. The Makeup Station – The hired help came in handy here, too. I got Q-tips Precision Tips and cotton balls to keep it all sanitary and we kept the choices to a minimum. (Pablo mentioned that the girls looked like they didn’t have any makeup on so I consider that a huge success!) Oh…and did I mention the insane metallic tablecloth from Oriental Trading? Isn’t it amazing? (Note: There’s a silver one and a gold one but the gold one is actually gold on one side and silver on the other. It’s basically a big sheet of mylar. I’m dying to use it for a craft project but I’m not sure what. Ideas?)

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6. The Beading Station – This was an 11th hour addition by Sophia (cause she’s smart like that) and as you can see, it was literally a bowl of beads, some strings and scissors. Of course, it was a huge hit and the kids probably spent more time at this station than any of the others.

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7. The Fashion Show – This was completely unplanned but apparently Sophia can’t have a birthday party without having a fashion show in the middle of it. Pablo announced all the models in his best announcer voice and after watching most of the 7- and 8-year-olds “walk the runway”, 4-year-old Lily came stridding out like she had been taking lessons from Naomi Campbell. I mean, it’s quite obvious this girl has been “playing fashion show” for years!

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8. Dance Party – There was dancing of every kind at this soiree. The kind where you dance in the circle and the birthday girl gets down in the middle. (Yup. That’s Soph rocking out after a wardrobe change.) Freeze dance where the birthday girl controls the music. (I guess that need-for-control gene is hereditary.) And there was even an American Idol-type judging panel dance section, only much nicer. (Everyone got a ticket to Hollywood.)

Here’s a little piece of advice for you: Don’t spend a week making the perfect party mix to play on shuffle because you’ll just end up DJing anyway when they ask you to play Gangnam Style and Girl on Fire and Taylor Swift and  Thrift Shop and One Direction and…

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9. The Cake – I love the chance to whip up some sugary goodness so I created a basic but dramatic design. It was a tiered cake with buttercream frosting and accents of white chocolates covered in edible glitter. (There will be a follow-up post with all the details about how I made the glittered chocolates. Stay tuned!)

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10.  The Good Friends – No Glamtastic Party is complete without them!

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11. The Super Cool Birthday Girl – Sorry, you’re gonna have to get your own. This one is all mine!

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Happy Birthday Sophia!

XO

Mom Sue at Home

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DIY Party Invitations

Tick tock tick tock…the countdown is on to Sophia’s birthday party! I’ve got less than two weeks to get everything together so it’s crunch time now, people. I do this to myself every year. I have wayyyyyyy more ideas than I can possibly execute. But I think I’ve got a good jump on it this year. (Ha ha! I’m sure “future me” will reread that next week and laugh her ass off!)

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We’ve decided to have a “Glamtastic” party at our house  next Saturday night. We’ll have manicure and makeup stations, a DIY photobooth, a “gem” covered cake, DIY jeweled favors and possibly a fashion show and/or dance party. If everyone comes (and for some reason everyone always comes to parties in March!), we’ll have 17 seven- and eight-year-old girls in our tiny house. God bless us all. (Check out all the inspiration on my party dedicated Pinterest board.)

To set the scene, I decided to make a DIY invitation with the help of one of my favorite websites: Picmonkey. (Did you know that every single photo you’ve ever seen on this blog has been edited using Picmonkey? Well, now you do.) I started with this candid picture of Sophia.

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I know you may not believe that this wasn’t staged but it really just happened! Sophia had just received that awesome Children’s Place dress, glittery boots, plaid shirt and earmuffs. She tried it on…and then sat on the couch to watch TV! (She and Lily were both so obsessed with those dresses, they kept wearing them for days.) Anyway, I snapped the pic and it seemed like the perfect image for a girly, glam party invite. Using PicMonkey, I added a bunch of filters plus 2 of my favorite fonts: Special Elite (that’s the typewriter-ish one that I always use on Sue at Home) and Budmo Jiggler (that’s the name-in-lights one) and ended up with this:

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Next I just printed them on cardstock on our printer at home and sliced the edges off with my trimmer.

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Then I added a couple little gems to each one.

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Stay tuned for all the party details! Lots more coming soon. Wish me luck!

XO

Sue at Home