my biggest girl is getting bigger (in 18 days!!!! AAAAHHHH!!!). but more on that later. for now let’s focus on the fun details of planning a party. if you know me at all, you know this is something i really enjoy. i still lack a lot in the hostessing department (i prefer to stand back and watch, rather than be the conversationalist), but i so enjoy all the details that can go into parties. all the TOTALLY UNNECESSARY details. but they are so fun! gracie is turning 5 and she settled on a “splash” party. here’s a little history on my girl and her party preferences: when she was 2, she said she wanted a farm party when she turned 3. fine. sounds fun. before she even had that party, she informed of her choice for her fourth birthday: mermaids. we adjusted that a bit to accommodate the boys invited, and called it a pirate and mermaid party. again, before she even had that party, she told me what her “five birthday” would be: hello kitty. ummm, are you sure dear? i’m really not a big character party fan. not against going to them, i’d just prefer not to host one. yes, i am a party snob. but, of all characters, hello kitty is probably the best, in my opinion, to focus a party on.
so why the flip flop invites pictured above, you ask? because on february 15th, my girl changed her mind (thankfully before i raided the dollar section at target, filled with all things hello kitty), and said she wanted a valentine’s party. in may. hmm. thankfully a few days later, she exercised her prerogative once again, and changed to a swim party. we don’t have a pool. so a splash party it is! sprinklers and water games are good enough for her! so, in an attempt to secure better weather, we set the party date a few weeks further out, into june. i’m sure as it approaches, i’ll fill you in on the details. i’ll be making towel rolls (a beach towel with a carrying handle) for each of the guests as a “favor”, so i’ll show those.
so these invites started out as just the flip flops. i bought these pre-made for like a buck. turns out the were so cheap because they are so cheap. but i could print my own info on them, i already had them, didn’t have to buy something else, sooo the frugal mom inside me decided to go with them and make the best. the invites are designed to send as just the flip flop with a little paper flower in an envelope. but they felt too cheap, so i added the ribbon with some hot glue to cover the original yellow straps, then put the flower on top of that. then i was going to put the flip flop on some striped paper to look like a towel, then i remembered! i made a bag a couple years ago out of terry cloth and oilcloth and i still had the scraps of terry cloth left. i know, its shocking that i kept the scraps. i had enough terry cloth to cut into exactly enough towels. i sloppily zigzagged the edges, hot glued the flop on, and voila! i was done! not too bad for only spending a buck (plus postage). now let’s see if i can be so frugal in the rest of the party planning.
i also realized that i forgot to say what i was thankful for on my last post – ooops! so here’s for today:

things i’m thankful for:
1. a good night’s rest (the boy slept thru the night!)
2. the ability to nurse my babes
3. my husband’s job, and his wisdom concerning work things
4. time with friends
5. help with organizing (thank you, chrissie!)
6. little side jobs
7. a bit of crafty time
8. a quick date with my man
9. sweet kids
10. a beautiful place to live

thank you, Lord!



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    Shealynn Benner says:

    So, your daughter will be 5 on the 20th of May? My daughter will be 6 on the 20th of May! :) Go May birthday’s. My birthday is on the 14th. :) Sounds like fun! We are having a cupcake party, fortunately. Every other year it’s been a character party. ;)

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    those are too cute! i’ve been anxiously awaiting the theme for gracie’s party. i need help with esther’s little theme. i can’t seem to make up my mind. i’m going to ask for help from the expert party planner. so be watching for an email. and towel rolls as favors? sometimes when i think you’ve maxed out on what i would call craziness, you go and exceed my expectations! i love to see your creativity–it’s truly inspiring.

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    Kristen says: those are SOO cute! the towel rolls are party favors -genius!

    Morgan was looking over my shoulder as I opened your post and she said “Mom, she always comes up with the cutest stuff!” Oh, btw she is bragging on you to all her friends over her hair pretties. Too cute!

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    Denise says:

    your calls made me happy, didn’t realize i was missing you so much, i am.
    your invites are (as usual) adorable!
    i really like the “thankfuls” you have been adding at the end of your posts. i think that it is IMPORTANT as mommy’s that we focus on that.. for that is how we come into the presence of God “i will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart, i will enter his courts with praise.” it is so easy as mommy’s to dwell on the other. you inspire me!

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    Jeannett Gibson says:

    OH. MY. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Love it and can’t wait to see more!

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    Lisa Leonard says:

    love the invites and the theme!

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    chrissie says:

    Flip flops on a beach towel-brilliant and so cute!
    I’m glad the organizing tips are helping. Now, if I would only put them to use.

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    Cathi Hamen says:

    love the theme.. done the theme! always a favorite party for all.. cant wait to see the favors!
    have fun!

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