Thursday, October 27, 2011

rowan's rainbow fourth birthday party.

if you have been reading for awhile, you know i am gaga for creating party invitations and rowan's next birthday would be no exception. originally we were going to do a owl theme where i would print a cool owl drawing i found on pinterest onto a piece of book paper. then i came across this party and died, like dead of amazingness-i have bugged amy on several occasions to let me be one of her kids and to plan my birthday...cause she rocks at it.
this was the perfect theme for this year! i mean, let's be honest here - we're really feeling the pressure from buying a house last month; buying appliances, driving farther to work, adding new bills to the month, and more really starts to add up but i wanted to make sure that the girls don't suffer in anyway as we regain our footing. this means just having to get creative when it comes to rowan's party - we'll be able to pull off some major awesomeness with some simple balloons, streamers, colorful food, and homemade crayons for the take-away favors all for a very small budget. and the best part? rowan is over the moon in love with this idea. so far we are at zero dollars spent, the two of us were able to bust out these invites the last couple days all from stuff we had around the house and by enlisting our awesome neighbor to loan her cricut skills on the clouds.
somewhere between denial that she is almost four and sending her off to her first year of preschool we dreamed this up:
first i got out some left over wedding kraft paper and simply sliced it in half, then free-hand drew a rainbow shape to cut out with the xacto knife. when i was tracing the shape onto the rest i would move it around so they wern't all exactly the same.
i printed out the information on some textured white cardstock, i used buggie's rainbow party invite for wording inspiration then changed it around a little bit to fit our party. is it just me or is the wording the hardest part? maybe i put too much thought into it?
i gathered the rest of my supplies - our awesome neighbor has a cricut and she offered to cut out some clouds for me to save my hands from 35 tiny curvy cuts. tim picked up a $1.00 book from safeway (random!) with some change in his car, the book randomly ended up having a character named rowena...fate? 
i traced the rainbow shape onto the book paper then rowan and i colored in the rainbows with her fat crayola crayons and then glued on the clouds. i was going to add glitter but it wasn't turning out right and now my whole dining room is covered in gold glitter.
finally, we glued it all together and forced my corner punch through an obviously painful task and voila!
at first i was worried they were missing the 'wow' factor that i was picturing in my head but as we handed them off to her preschool teacher this morning, i was thinking, 'they look just PRESCHOOL enough' and we were ok with that.

i can't wait to share more of her party with you and we go along - and hopefully unlike stella's first birthday i will stop to breath and snap a few photos! ok, so there will totally be a photobooth...and preschoolers in a photobooth? i can only imagine! to see some ideas we are cooking up, check out my 'rowan's 4th birthday' pinterest board.

11 comments:

melissa rohr said...

I love them! 

melissa rohr said...

omg...i love this!

melissa rohr said...

I've been thinking rainbows for Lily's birthday (they are my favorite and I still get to pick the theme this year;) I might just...steal ALL of your ideas. Please and thank you.

melissa rohr said...

These are so so cute!!! I love making invites, it saves money and usually they are so much cuter than what you can find in the store! I JUST finished Sky's invites {his party is in December} and i'm hoping to share them on the blog next week. :) I LOVE your rainbow theme idea!!! Have you seen this party? http://makingitlovely.com/2011/05/02/eleanors-second-birthday-party/ I LOVE!!!!!!!

melissa rohr said...

there's definitely wow factor, i love them!

melissa rohr said...

Love these, they look fantastic!!

melissa rohr said...

go for it! hopefully i remember to take photos...i totally forgot at stella's first bday, uh oops!

melissa rohr said...

too cute!

melissa rohr said...

thanks!! kids birthdays are def a fun part of being a mom :)

melissa rohr said...

thanks! i am pretty proud of them ;)

melissa rohr said...

awe, thanks!!