Monday, September 17, 2012

A Backyard Carnival Themed Birthday

Hello there!

I am slowly recovering from my daughter's 12th birthday on Saturday.  I swear the minute the party ended my body gave out on me and I immediately came down with a nasty cold... It always feels like it happens that way, but at least it waited until afterwards I guess.  ;)

Today I thought I would share some of the things I made for her party.  She wanted a backyard carnival theme so I immediately thought of the darling Ferris wheel in Echo Park's Summer Days collection designed by Lori Whitlock.  I wanted the invites to be super flat (and therefore cheaper to mail) so I kept my usual use of buttons and ribbons off this year.  I also was super pressed for time since I made these the day before I needed to mail them out so I wanted to keep the design simple for more reasons than one (please note:  I digitally removed our address and phone number so the look a little bit funny now).  The Ferris wheel on the invitations was a print and cut file on the Silhouette which made it sooo much easier than paper-piecing a bunch of these.  :)

With the same paper collection I also made little pennants as cupcake toppers. I cut the pennants out on my Silhouette and then punched the circles and hearts out of coordinating scraps and these went together really quickly. I made sure to grab a couple of the discarded ones to include on her birthday scrapbook page.

Lastly, I made a banner to hang on the fireplace next to where she opened her presents.  For this one I used more of my favorite Echo Park Summer Days Collection and lots of fun Silhouette files designed by the amazing Lori Whitlock.


We had a blast with a Coke bottle ring toss, a ping pong ball toss with little coca-cola glasses, a bean bag toss and face painting.  I had wanted to also do a three legged race, but it was getting so hot outside and we had an odd number of kids so we ended up ditching that idea.  To keep with the carnival theme my neighbor loaned us big plastic popcorn themed buckets that we filled with kettle corn and white cheddar popcorn.  The menu also included Costco hot dogs and ice cream cones for dessert. 
At World Market my sister found me these adorable treat "bags" to give goodies to the guests in...  I added licorice, silly string and punch ball balloons to carry through the theme.
It was a great party! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supply List
Patterned Paper- Echo Park's Summer Days Collection
Cardstock- Bazzill Basics & Neenah Solar White
Buttons: orange flower (Doodlebug), white (craft supply)
Ribbon: American Crafts
Baker's Twine: My Mind's Eye
Other: Glossy Accents, Chalk Inks, Thread & Embroidery Floss
Lori Whitlock's Silhouette Files:
LW Happy Font


  1. This is an amazing birthday set up! LOVE that banner and the stitched letters!!!! :)

  2. Wow! Everything looks fab! My fav is the banner though! You are such a creative Mommy!

  3. Wow Mendi you did an outstanding job! I love that banner!!!


  4. How cute! You did an amazing job with the party theme! I love the your banner, the yummy looking cupcakes and the party favors! Wish I was 12 and your daughter's friend so I could have come! ;-)

  5. These are so cute!!! Ellie's celebrating her 7th birthday tomorrow and even though we did make handmade invites, she's getting a Walmart cake and no decorations (poor thing!:)))

    1. Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog--Totally made my night! ;) I had to reply to this comment to say I don't usually go to this much trouble for decorations, but I made the banner for my Lori Whitlock design team tryouts so I was had another excuse. LOL! My seven year old is having her party tomorrow and she is not having nearly the excitement in the decoration department (or with fancy cupcake toppers either for that matter). :)


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