Friday, August 28, 2015

Hiking 70th Birthday Party

Well, well, well... I've finally got a blog post up to share with you!  (I almost made it through the month without blogging!  Does that tell you how great our summer has been? Such a great one. )  

Today I'm sharing my mother-in-law's hiking themed birthday party.
Her most favorite thing to do is to hike.  She's been in a weekly hiking group for years and she just loves it when the family joins her hiking.  So...for her birthday we all headed up to Whistler, BC for a hiking birthday celebration.
Did I mention that it's her 70th Birthday? 
(One of her hiking friends made her this bib to wear while she celebrates.)

Of course we had to have some party d├ęcor to help jazz up the celebration. 
A simple pennant banner was made with my Cricut machine.  Styrofoam cones (trees) wrapped in coordinating wrapping paper and balloons added some color to the mantle.  (We stayed in cute, ski-lodge townhomes in Whistler Village. Loved the river rock fireplaces!)

Clever signs and food labels always elevate a party to a fun celebration!  The pretzels were labeled 'Hiking Sticks'.
'Ants On A Log' were actually chocolate chip 'ants' on peanut buttered celery sticks.
(These were gone in a flash!  I guess no one in the family really cares for raisins?)
The grandkids loved having a 'Pre-Hike Birthday Picnic Meal.'
Whistler water bottles were very appropriate for our party.

A blue plastic tablecloth with a green wrapping paper runner lined the table.  Paper plates and colored buckets were from Party City.  Napkins from IKEA.  The painted rocks were from this post many summers ago.
  (Yes, I hauled all this party gear into Canada.  No, I didn't try to explain to the border guards why we needed so much 'luggage' for one week-end.) 
Colored straws work well when placing signs in the foods.
Print out signs, glue to colored cardstock, trim and tape the sign onto the end of a straw.
(See bottom of post for links to print your own signs.)
After lunch, we all made our own trail mix for the birthday hike.(I basically raided the bulk food section of our grocery store!)

Each person was handed their own tiny paper sack to fill.

Can you even imagine the excitement from the kids when I said, "Make your own."!?

There WAS one rule. 
No eating the trail mix until you're on the trail.
(There may have been a little rule bending--from the adults?)

And one more thing for the hike... 

A Nature Hunt Hike Challenge. 

This was a great way to keep the kids interested in the hike.
During the hike they were to gather 6 things and place them in the bag.
1.  Something soft.
2.  Something smooth.
3.  Something green.
4.  Something rough.
5.  Something pretty.
6.  Something Nana would like.
When we returned home from the hike, everyone did a little 'Show and Tell' presentation for Nana.  The creativity was off the charts!

And the hike?!  The hike was spectacular!  Riverside Trail along the Cheakamus River was a perfect hike for our family.  We watched the river on most of the trail and stopped halfway to turn around at a small suspension bridge.  The kids and adults loved it.

Know what else they loved?  Coming home to my sister-in-law's homemade blackberry pie for dessert!

Happy Birthday, Nana!


Hiking Sayings Printables click here.

Hiking Labels to print- click here.

Hiking signs to print- click here.

Nature Hunt Hike to print- click here.

Trail Mix Labels to print- click here.

Want to see more of Nana's Birthday Parties?

Balloon Party

Sunshine Party

Beachy Starfish Party

Puppy Party

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tie-Dye Pillows with Delightfully Noted Old Craft Challenge

Tie-Dye Pillows

Never in a million years did I think I would be tie-dying.  Is that even a word?
I'm not really a fan of the tie-dye look, even though I was a child of the 70's.  Nowadays, I seem to see tie-dye everywhere I turn.  I'm not sure if the trend is still 'trendy' or on it's way out again?

Jennifer from the smart and clever craft blog, Delightfully Noted, came up with this CrAzY Old School Mystery Craft Challenge.  Not sure what I was thinking when I volunteered to do this, but it's too late now...

Click here to read all about the challenge. 

She basically mailed 9 crafters some old school craft products.  (Pony beads, potholder makings, plastic twine, etc.)  So, you'll never guess what she sent me in the mail?  Yes, of course you'll guess. I was really hoping for the moldy Bedazzaler! 
Our job was to craft up something fun with our product, take pictures and have blog readers vote on their favorite craft.  There are prizes involved, too!

So, for me it was a tie-dye kit.  Of course I couldn't choose which pattern I wanted to I tried all of them!  (Well, 4 of them.)
Spiral, Stripes, Crinkle and Ombre.  I used the one color that came in the kit-- blue.
It wasn't hard following the directions.  I used a white cotton material and went to work.
(I have to admit it was pretty fun!)  Just remember to wear plastic gloves!  You'll thank me later.
After soaking overnight, washing and drying, the color came out more turquoise than royal blue.
This was actually a fun surprise, since I LOVE turquoise!
I ironed up the fabric and sewed up a few easy pillow cases with a Velcro opening.
Ta-da!  The finished products!  Which pattern is your favorite?

I took the pillows over to my mother-in-law's beach place for the perfect chairs to highlight them. 
My mother-in-law loved them!

Who knew that that this 'old' process of dying fabric was so fun and addictive?  A big thank you to Jennifer for challenging me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.

I'd love you to vote for my project!  Click here to vote.  I'm #6!  You'll love what others made, too!  People are so creative!

 Thanks Friends!  Happy Summer!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bright and Colorful Balloon Party

It doesn't take much time or many supplies to host a balloon themed party!
Take a look at the fun we had with polka dot paper products and balloons.

It all started when I saw these balloon paper plates from Hallmark
I then purchased polka dot napkins and balloons from the Party Store.
The balloon party hats were from a previous party, click here.
Colorful water balloons were found at the Dollar Store.  You can buy a hand pump there, too.  (Let me re-phrase that...Be sure to buy a hand pump!  These balloons are impossible to inflate without one...unless you have some serious lung power!)
A teal green sheet was used to cover the table, on top of the sheet I rolled out a table runner of the polka dot wrapping paper.  Instant color!
Colorful craft poms (in all sizes)...

 were scattered on the table with the mini balloons.
Each place setting had a real plate with the paper plate set on top.  I love doing this.  It adds such a fancy look to paper plates!
Polka dot crepe paper (found at the Party Store) was wrapped around each plastic cup and taped to stay. 
Names were written onto the crepe paper with a Sharpie.
My extra talented sister-in-law joined in the theme with a hot air balloon fruit tray!  LOVE!
Dessert was served in waffle bowls with a mini balloon sticking out of each one.  I used Pringles Cookie Stixs and slipped a mini balloon on each one.  (You could also use Pocky sticks.)
Of course we had a photo booth!  Here's a simple way to make one.

We played Balloon Knee Volleyball for a multi-generational game.  (It's basically volleyball that's played on your knees.  Place a piece of tape on the floor for the net.)

Need a balloon craft to keep busy?

And there you have it.  A bright and colorful Balloon Party.