So anyone who knows me would say I’m a perfectionist but sometimes that OCD side of me totally pays off lol. I knew immediately what kind of tea pot I wanted to use for Mrs. Potts but when it came to Chip I couldn’t find one that was just right and I wouldn’t settle for a cup that wasn’t the perfect size & shape. But after about a month of searching I found the perfect cup to transform into Chip, even IF it didn’t have a chip in it. 😉
This set of characters were actually pretty easy to complete once I had the items with the shape & sizes I wanted.
I started with molding air dry clay around the Mrs. Potts, the sugar and creamer holders. The clay gave Mrs. Potts the appearance of her rufflie hat/lid and all of the tea set characters their rimmed feet.
After the clay was dry, I spray painted the characters a soft white color to ensured they all matched and I loved the softer color because bright white would look too new and after all they have been enchanted for seven years.
After they were completely white, I simply took some acrylic paint and perfectly colored sharpies and added the custom paint job to give this cute little tea set the perfect look. To Lyssa’s delight I even gave Chip his trademark “chip” that contributed to his name.
So I have started on the props for Alyssa’s Beauty and the Beast party (yes, yes I know her birthday isn’t until March…but last minute running around drives me crazy so I start early) 😁
The first character I started was Lumiere. Lyss helped me pull this Christmas candle holder apart.
Our demolishin side came out and we had a lot of fun pulling, twisting and prying the pieces off lol. After it was completely dissembled I twisted the smaller bar so it would be shaped like Lumiere’s arms and glued it with permanent E6000 glue so it would stay put.
Then I shaped his body with air dry clay.
After everything was dried I spray painted him gold and added some battery operated lights and voila! Lumiere has come to life!
Our little darling chose Sleeping Beauty as this year’s birthday theme. So for the color palette we chose different shades of pinks, white & gold (especially gold sparkle…a princess just HAS to have her sparkle). We used doilies and tissue paper to make the banners which turned out beautiful and completed the look.
For the girls we made them beautiful crowns (tutorial) and gumball necklaces. I got the idea for the fabulous necklace stand from Life Ann Style.
For the Knights we picked up chest armor and shield from Dollar Tree and spray painted gold. For the swords I was originally playing around with the idea of making them wood swords but remembered how rough boys are with each other and decided to go with inflatable ones since they would most likely be smacking each other with them lol.
(Image coming soon)
For our princess we bought this amazing hand-made Aurora Dress from Miquel Zotto, even after letting her play in it most of the day it held up extremely well and is still as beautiful as the day it arrived.
We opted for sandals instead of dress shoes but was not disappointed with the pretty pink sandals I got on Zulily.
Per the request of the birthday girl Josh, myself and my parents also play dress up for the day (yes we are totally kids at heart too). Daddy got to be King Stefan and I was lucky enough to be Queen Leah. So I based our outfits off of the characters.
My dad’s outfit was so much fun and was super easy to make in order to make King Hubert’s character come to life.
The gift bags were book bags that we transformed into customized bags for the kiddos.
We simply used our refurbished buffet table as the gift table and hung the Happy Birthday banner to complete the look.
Then the birthday girl opened her presents on a pink chair made suitable for a princess.
There were so many details it’s hard to fit them into one post, there was a huge inflatable dragon flying above the tables, goblets for the girls, mugs for the boys, adventure coloring books, chicken, roasted potatoes, pinwheels, cake pops, French vanilla pink velvet cake, and other goodies galore.
At the end of the day we were blessed to have so many friends and family join us to celebrate another wonderful & healthy year.
I knew for our upcoming Princess party I wanted to make napkin rings that were budget friendly but also royalty themed.
After much debate I decided to use one of the crown stamps I bought for her party.
So I gathered my supplies:
• Shimmery cream color vellum paper
• Paper cutter with ruler built in
• Gold stamp ink
• Napkins to put the rings around
I started by cutting the paper into 2″ strips and set the small extra piece aside for another project.
Then using the gold ink I tried to stamp the crown as close to the center as possible.
After realizing my pieces of paper were too long I cut them down a bit and I know what you are probably thinking…but they are cut at an angle for a reason (I don’t cut that crooked normally lol).
I put a strip of clue on one end, then set them aside to work on the napkins
Now it’s time for the napkins
I placed the one with the scroll on the outside
2nd fold & placed the napkin ring (make sure crown is right side up)
After some trial and error I decided to round the top corners of the napkin rings like so:
It gave it a more polished look with the corners rounded in back:
We just finished the crowns for our princess’s upcoming birthday party.
I wanted the crowns to be unique which meant I needed to make them myself (like I really needed the excuse lol).
I entertained the thought of lace crowns for a minute since I loved the ones done by thegirlinspired but in the end I decided I wanted ones shaped more like Aurora’s crown since we are having a Sleeping Beauty themed party.
In order to achieve this look I sketched out a crown on cardstock until I had the shape I desired.
Then traced it on some sour cream containers (don’t judge but we definitely go through a lot of sour cream in our house and I save the containers because…well you never know when you will need one).
Next I cut the crowns out using my new handy tandy shears that I got from my mother-in-law for Christmas (thank you again Connie…I LOVE these things!!).
After I gave them a good two coats of Rust-Oleum gold spray-paint (letting them dry fully in between coats) I gave them one coat of Valspar gold glitter spray-paint.
Now I am just debating whether to attach them to the gold headbands or not. Either way, we are super excited with the results so far.
I couldn’t help it, I already strayed away from the Turkey theme lol.
But I HAD to take advantage of a rare moment of having a green apple in the house (we usually eat Honeycrisps)…ok ok I know ‘had’ and ‘want’ are two diff concepts but I truly didn’t want it to go to waste.
So I created a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and yes the nunchucks are pink…Alyssa is STILL a girl after all and I HAD to add a girlie flare to this lunch. 😉
I decided to make this month’s lunch around fall and Thanksgiving themes 🍂
Turkey is shaped from a turkey sandwich
Eyes (black nonpareils – aka round sprinkles)
Beak & feet (carrot)
Feather (cheddar & provolone cheese)
Leaves (radishes & cucumbers)