Riley’s Birthday Party will probably be spread out over a few different posts.  One for the decorations….one for the girls crafts….and one to showcase the party itself (so I can complain about only getting 5 hours of sleep).

So here’s the DECOR post!

Before you get to see the table displays and room decor as a whole- here’s some sneak peeks at some of the things I made for Riley’s party. 

I used my Cricut Gypsy to design cupcake wrappers, cut them out with my Cricut Expression, then embossed them with a Sizzix machine using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.  Why go to all the trouble?  My Demarle pan can’t use regular cupcake liners, they make muffins and cupcakes a little bigger than ‘normal’ so I needed a way to wrap the cupcakes after baking them.  Unable to find something in the stores, I made my own!

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms to hang from the ceiling:

A “Happy Birthday Riley” banner:

Kusudama Flowers (origami):

Glass Cylinder Jars filled with curling ribbon:

Scallop cut-outs to hang from the ceiling:

Cupcake boxes for the girls to take their cupcakes home:

Jewelry boxes for the girls to take their jewelry home:

And finally I replaced our Fall pictures (Everyday Display frames) with Riley-centric pictures!

Here’s how it all came together:





The main party room:

The cupcake decorating table:

The dining room:

Table centerpieces:

Jim pointed out to me that I made 100% of the decorations for this party, which I hadn’t even realized.  It all started when I saw The Party Dress website, and then when Riley chose pink, black and silver as her party colors and I saw the ornate black and white wrapping paper- the ‘theme’ just sort of took off!

I had a lot of fun making these decorations- and really all of it was pretty simple.  And fun!  A great ‘crafty’ week for me- loved it!  I couldn’t have made the scalloped discs without my Cricut though.  The banner was all Cricut as well.

Now what will I do with it all?   =o)

The next post will show the jewelry making and cupcake decorating activities….sit tight because I have a lot of pictures to weed through.  I promise to have the post on time- Monday morning at 6am!