The Lorax Birthday Party!
Hi everyone! I have been missing from blogland…basically this whole year! There just seems to be too much on my plate lately.
But I wanted to share some easy, free printables I created inspired by the Lorax Party I had for my daughter not too long ago. Um, whhaaat? Actually the party was in January, so I guess “not too long ago” is already 6 months ago….yikes! Ok, time lapse aside, I’ll also give you some more details about what I did during the party and how.
First of all, here is a PDF portfolio (i.e. collection of PDFs) that has all of the free printables you will see in this post. Some of them are premade and ready print, others have editable fields that you can fill out to customize and then print. This whole “editable PDF” thing was a new project for me – so hopefully it will all work out ok!
Also, feel free to check out my pinterest board for Lorax Party ideas.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are having a hard time seeing this PDF in your browser, please save it, then open it in Acrobat Reader.
(NOT for commercial use. ONLY for personal use. Please do not repost, however you may link to this post to refer people to my downloads. Thank you!)
I made the following invitation using images I found online, and putting them together as you see here. I also made up the rhyme on the invitation (that is a big deal for me!).
The PDF download has a editable version of this, where you can put in your child’s name, age, party location and date information so you can have your own customized version!
I printed the invitations at home, and bought green envelopes to go with them. I slacked this year and didn’t make matching return address labels!
For the decorations during the party, I made some fun, multi-colored streamers per Dana Made It’s directions:
Out front, I put a regular old “celebrate” pendant banner that I think I got from Target years ago (still looks good!) and some home made truffula trees:
I also made a sign for the door with my very own Seuss-like rhyme (this is in the PDF portfolio):
Here is the editable PDF version:
I made a banner for inside the house as well, that said “Happy Birthday Radha”
The happy birthday part is available in the PDF download as well.
I also made tent cards to label the food, drinks and activities, trying to come up with creative names for each. The PDF portfolio has the prefilled tent cards with the names I used, as well as blank ones that you can add text to.
I can’t stomach using plastic straws any more, now that I found out how bad they are for the environment and animals. So I bought these cute paper straws from Amazon.
I also made cupcake toppers for the cupcakes, lollipops and cups. They are very useful! (all included in the PDF download)
Food and drinks
Below is a fruit punch…aka Groovy Guava Punch! It is just guava juice, lime flavored club soda and mint leaves mixed together. And maybe some pineapple juice too…? …it has been 6 months…sorry!
The mason jars i kinda fell in love with after I saw them a couple of times on Pinterest. Especially the daisy cut out on the tops. Since they are glass jars, we reserved these punch drinks for the adults. The mason jars can be really expensive, but I found the jars and the lids separate at the following places and it was MUCH MUCH MUCH less expensive than most places you will find. The only downside is there was no insert with the lids, so you can’t really use them as sealable jars. That being said, you can easily buy those inserts from canning supply places!
By the way, it looks like the Jar Store, where I bought the mason jars, now sells the daisy cut lid as well. They are a steal!
For the food tables, I had tons of fruits, veggies, cheese and crackers. Tank goodness for wholesale places like Sams, Costco, BJs etc!
The rest of the drinks were basically sodas, milk (Butterfly’s Milk), orange juice (fits the color scheme), and water
The water labels are also part of the PDF download above or as a separate PDF below (the link has all three labels included).
And here is a PDF of 2 papers of the same color scheme that can be used to decorate random things. I used these on the bottoms of dessert plates etc…
Then of course, there is the desert table. Sadly, I don’t think I have a great picture of the entire dessert table…but here are a few to give you an idea of what it was like:
The main focus of the table was…of course…the cupcakes. I got them from a local cupcake parlor, and they made some really cute Lorax toppers for the cupcakes. The icing colors were kept pastel to go with the theme of the truffula trees
Since I couldn’t afford to get the fancy Lorax toppers for all of the cupcakes, I made cupcake toppers for the rest.
I bought these candy jars from Homegoods/Marshalls and filled them with marshmellows (they happened to have a bag of pink, orange and yellow ones!) and orange slices. We are STILL eating those orange slices…yeesh!
Since my daughter does not really dig cupcakes (go figure!) I also got a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins. They did such an AMAZING job with decorating it!
They printed a page from the book, which is what you see to the left with the lorax, then on the sides, they made truffula trees. And all the white dollops on top are supposed to be marshmellows =)
And right before the party started, I baked cookies (the pre-made, pre-cut kind by Nestle). Made the house smell yuuummmmyyyy.
You can also see in the background of this picture that I bought orange m n’ ms which I sed to decorate the plates with the cupcakes as well.
For the main dining table decorations, I used a green, grass like plastic table cloth that I got from the dollar store. Then I used orange and yellow paper ware. But my favorite part was the Truffula forest centerpiece!
To make it, I bought a styrofoam rectangle from AC Moore’s, green border from a teacher supply store (also available online) and a sheet of green moss (bought on Amazon). I then rolled the moss onto the styrofoam and used florist pins to tack the moss and the border to the styrofoam piece. I bought orange and white swirly lollipops from Amazon, put cupcake toppers on one side of them, and then stuck them into the centerpiece like trees. If I would have had more time, I would have colored black stripes onto the lollipop sticks to make them look more like Truffula Trees.
Oh, and don’t forget the mini marshmellows sprinkled around the forest, with some mini cupcakes in between as well!
A certain some body was happy with how it turned out!
I had 3 activities planned, of which we did 2 during the party.
1) Draw the lorax
One of the bonus items on the Lorax DVD is this realy cool feature where one of the animators from the movie takes you through how to draw the lorax, the barbaloots, and the humming fish. It is SO cool!
So for the party, I set out orange construction paper and black crayons (you can buy a box of just black crayons on Amazon), I played that part of the feature, and let the kids draw! I did need to keep pausing it to give them time at each step along the way, but they LOVED it!
2) Save the Trees Art
I got this idea from this blog which I found on Pintrest
We did a modified version of this activity (same thing but without the frame).
I printed “Speak for the trees” on card stock, and precut them to make tents.
Then I folded them all, and put them out with a ball of fuzzy glitter balls, strips of baker’s twine and glue (don’t have a picture of the set up, but you can kind of see it all in the picture below)
I think the result was pretty cute, and the kids enjoyed it =)
Although I WOULD recommend putting something down on the floor first so that you don’t spend hours afterwards cleaning up streaks of glue. I’m just sayin…
3. Last but not least, make your own Lorax mustache
We unfortunately didn’t get to this one, I think there was too much going on. In fact, I’m surprised we got even some of the kids to sit down for two activities!
Since I had everything together though, I did this as a an activity with Radha on another day.
Basically you need popsicle sticks, mustache cutouts (can be downloaded in the set of FREE printables I put together that I found online), wood glue, and glitter glue.
All you do is let the kids decorate their mustaches, then glue a popsicle stick to the back!
And there you have it!
For the party favors, I made several things and ordered an item online from an Etsy seller.
I bought the orange bags from Michaels (that’s where I found them the cheapest), and made the labels to go on the top:
Inside, I put homemade Lorax bookplates, homemade mustache crayons, homemade lorax stickers (couldn’t find any online!), and a lorax crayon roll (bought from Etsy) labeled with a thank note from Radha (also ordered from Etsy) with crayons inside.
For the mustache crayons, I used a mustache crayon mold, then broke up all of Radha’s old, broken crayons, and melted them in the oven into these cook looking mustache crayons!
The crayon rolls were an AWESOME find. They were only $2 each from this etsy seller - which was great since I needed about 30. The rolls are really great quality and came very quickly!
To make the stickers, I used my new sillhouette machine. It was pretty cool. Unfortunately, for all the work I put into them, Radha seems wholly unexcited about them. That was a bummer….
In case any of you want to make them, I am happy to email you my silhouette file that has it all already laid out. Just let me know!
Here is are the bookplates, with an editable field for the name. You can either print them blank and let people write in their own names, or you can print names on them already.
Lastly, Lastly (!) here is a set of free printables that I found online:
Well, I think that about sums it up!
I hope you like what you saw….and please leave comments of other ideas and how you did things in your party!
I think it has been what, 5 months since I’ve written anything? Yeesh!
I have had several posts in the works…and never have time to finish them…
This is a fabric that I have actually bought twice. At two separate times. Not realizing that I had bought it the first time! I guess I liked it… =)
I modeled the shirt after a simple top I got from India on a recent trip (more on that later!). It was challenging, but I made it through, and am happy with the result. It has pin tucks in the front to allow for extra fabric to camouflage the post baby tummy (an ESSENTIAL these days..and probably for all days to come…).
As usual, I was making this shirt as a last minute thing, so was using stuff I already had. I used bias tape to finish the arm holes, but the only color I had was the kakhi you can see peeping our of the arm hole… Not ideal, but it does the job…
I messed up a bit on the pin tucks. The first time around I made them too long, which meant the shirt was a tad bit too tight around the tummy. So I had to go back and open each open up from the bottom, and then sew the bottom again to lock the stitches. UGH. That was a pain!
And at the last minute, I added a couple of pleats in the back…and then I was done!
(I totally flaked on the collar. I couldn’t take spending any more time, so I just turned it down and sewed it into place. Not the cleanest or coolest looking…but again, it works!)
Fortunately, I was able to get some good pics of the kiddos too!
Well it has been forever and a day since I have written…too much going on and not enough time to write about it!
I thought I would share a quick note however, about a great deal over at Pick Your Plum on washi tape. I’ve put the info below – check it out if you are interested (and no, i don’t get any kickbacks…although that would be nice!)
All Washed Up – Washi Tape for 70% Off!
All Washed Up – Washi Tape for 70% Off!
IF YOU ORDER AFTER 8:45AM (MST) your order will ship on or before MARCH 20th. IT’S WORTH THE WAIT. YES.
If “washi” was a question, the answer would be WHY NOT. And do you know why? Because washi is fun to say and is amazing for every single occasion/creation. And it’s back by popular demand. Take a gander at these amazing spring colors. Stripes. Birds. Floral. Lovely patterns. It’s like we’re single-handedly ushering in the spring. Use it on party invitations, make flags and pennants to stick in cakes and cupcakes. Tape it on a neutral-colored wrapping paper and use it as the tag. For more ideas on how to use it, click here.
Pick a color, any color:
1. Orange Bollywood
2. Birds on a Highwire
3. Summer Cottage Floral
4. Buckingham Turquoise
5. Back to 60s Yellow/Orange
6. Thin Summer Stripe
7. Pink Morocco
8. Candyland Stripes
One of Each
Each roll of washi is 10m long and 5/8 inch thick.
I can’t believe it, our little girl is 4! We had her birthday party this eekend, and the theme was “the Lorax” by Dr Seuss. Getting it all together was a bit challenging since I worked 10-12 hour days for 12 days straight up until the da before the party, and was out of town for the 11 days before that for the holidays. So I tried to do as much planning in early december as possible, and have been staying up until 1-2am every night these last 2 weeks to get things ready! Of course, it would’t have been possible without the help of my husband, parents and in-laws who helped carry out my unencesarily involved plans!
Anyways, I wanted to get a few pictures u to share with family, but I’l l do a big post soon with tons free down loads with all the printables that i created for the party, and with more details about what I did! Very much like my Elmo party page!
So here is the fornt of the house. Just a simple banner out front, a couple of “truffula trees” and a welcome sign.
Some fun ruffled, multicolored streamers (tutorial on http://www.dana-made-it.com).
The wonderfully yummy and beautiful cupcakes from Velvet Sky Bakery neary by our neightborhood!
Tried to keep some healthy options available.
This was one of my favorite items. I fell in love with these mason jars and their lids, especially when used with a fun paper straw!
Abdorbed in one of the actiities…
Of course, we ended the night with a jam session with all the kiddos. It was quite a site to see!
Stay tuned for more details to come!
I don’t have a new image to post today, but thought I would at least post the answer to the last Mystery Monday challenge.
Here was the picture:
and it got these guesses:
part of a wreath
ball of red twine/ribbon
The answer is:
A tree with christmas lights strung up from top to bottom in straight lines.
I stood inside the canopy of lights, and spun in a circle while taking the picture!
Here is the same effect on a tree during the day:
The key is, you need to have a long shutter speed so that your shutter will stay open while you spin. If you are doing this at night, you wont have a problem. Just make sure you keep the flash off. If you are doing it during the day, then some tricks for making your shutter speed longer are to:
1) set your ISO to the lowest setting possible
2) set your aperture to the largest number possible (i.e. smallest aperture)
3) Use an ND filter on your camera….although if you have one of those, you probably don’t need my tips!
Anyways, then you just point your camera up, and start spinning, then release the shutter while you are spinning.
Try your best not to shake the camera in the other direction, otherwise you will end up with this:
You can also move in different directions. In the following picture, I basically fanned my camera top to bottom in one big sweep while pressing the shutter release:
This is another fun movement picture. It is of the leaves on the ground. In the first picture you can see the leaves etc on the ground and how they essentially leave a color trail behind them.
Well if you leave the shutter open long enough, you can completely blur our the leaves and just make a cool design. This could be a fun background to use for something else…or it might just live on your hard drive forever as mine often do…
And then you can have some fun with the picture in Lightroom/Photoshop/iPhoto (you get the point) to get some different effects and bring some of the colors out!
Well that’s it for the day.
Hope you have some fun experimenting!
oh and by the way – pretty much all of this can be done with a point and shoot too. Just turn off your flash, and if you can, decrease your ISO. If you can’t, then try putting the camera on landscape mode and see if that works (the camera will automatically use a very small aperture).
Have a good day!
I am all about QUICK, healthy, and easy meals.
So I thought I’d share my healthy option for the morning (the other non-healthy option is cereal. not so unhealthy, but lots of calories): an egg white omelet with lots of flavor!
It takes about 10 minutes to make. I use egg white cartons. To be honest the main reason is because they are EASY. You just pour. You don’t have to discard the yolk, or worry about salmonella all over your hands and counters (I have issues with bacteria…nuff said?), and you don’t have to worry about it expiring too fast. These cartons are ultra pasteurized, so you can buy in bulk and they will last for a while! BUT – once you open one, you usually are supposed to consume within 7 days. At least that’s what the carton says.
Anyways, I keep mine pretty simple: egg whites & taco seasoning, paired with chalula garlic sauce.
That does not mean I don’t like cheese, scallions, mushrooms, garlic, ginger and many other things in my omelets. I’m just too lazy to do all of that on a regular basis. If i have anything pre-cut, then I definitely throw them in. But it is rare.
It has taken MANY, MANY, MANY messy attempts, but I have finally come to see eye to eye with my omelet pan. This is our dance:
1)I turn the stove on medium low.
2) Once slightly warm, I spray the pan lightly with cooking spray.
3) Once a little warmer, I pour the eggs – straight from the carton (remember…ease is the #1 goal. why make another bowl dirty?). If I am adding anything extra like garlic, ginger, cilantro, scallion etc, I do this now. I used to saute them first, but I never really felt like it changed the taste, but it DID mess up my pan and make everything stick. That means more time cleaning. No good.
4) I sprinkle taco seasoning directly into the eggs. I usually wait until the eggs are warm – the spices clump less then. But if you forget, no worries. Once the eggs warm up, the spices will dissolve. I just swirl them a bit at that point (without scraping the bottom of the pan).
5) I let it sit for a while until I see bubbles, and I can tell that the underside has cooked a bit. Then using a rubber spatula (make sure it is rated for high temperatures), I lift the edges of the omelet and let the runny eggs go underneath to get cooked. I do this all the way around, and end up with this:
6) Once almost all the runny eggs have been sent underneath (I repeat step #5 a few times), I can safely flip the omelet without splashing eggs all over the place. If you want to add cheese, I would do that now, right now top)
7) I like my eggs a little (or a lot) on the well done side so I let it cook on the other side for a bit, and then that’s it!
Yummy and healthy! And only one cooking dish to clean up!
Ok, looking at this picture, LOOKS are clearly not a priority for my meals…but it does taste good!
It’s been a long time since I have participated in any weekly photo themed posts. Not that I haven’t thought about it or meant to…but you know, life just gets in the way sometimes.
This week’s theme at The Daily Post is “Thankful”
The MAIN thing I am thankful for is family. Well, family and friends. For all the time we get to spend together, for everyone’s health, for their kindness, for everything. We had a great thanksgiving weekend with family. it is so important to me that our kids grow up spending good QT with their grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. So it was great to see then playing with everyone this weekend!
Back to the photo challenge, a couple of pics of my kiddos, that I am OOOOHHHH so thankful for.
Geez…I gotta get more pictures of the little one!