Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jumping on the (Birthday) Bandwagon

I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but I somehow convinced my boys to have a combined birthday party this year....thank God! After much discussion we decided to have the party at an indoor trampoline facility called Sky Zone that just opened a few weeks ago.

When I booked the party I was given a stack of pre-printed invitations as a part of the package. Normally the craft-snob in me would scoff at these invitations, but I waited so late that I felt forced to use them. Or so I thought. When I pitched the idea to my kids, my oldest looked at me and said (cue the sad music) "but Mom, you always make our invitations". Ouch. I desperately tried to come up with valid reasons that a soon-to-be 9 year old would buy as to why I would not be making the invitations this year, but to no avail.

I had just started putting a design together when my youngest son declared that he would really love to have a pop-up card. Really? I only had 3 days to design and construct these invitations, so a pop-up card (that I've never made before) might be a stretch. And then my son gave me "the look". Needless to say, I made the invitations. Here is the outside of the card...


...and here is the inside - my kids are "jumping" out of the invitation. Please note that the enormous heads were my husband's idea - apparently it has something to do with sports.


Here's how the pop-up effect works - I found directions for this here.


I didn't care for the design on the cake that was included with the party package, so I decided to make a cake topper instead. I made a trampoline with the boys (again with big heads) jumping on it.


The trampoline was made out of foam paper and popsicle sticks...


Now that I had created custom invitations and a custom cake topper, I decided to complete the trifecta and create custom banners for the party. Each banner had my kid's name...


...and a birthday boy jumping on a trampoline.


According to my guys the party was a big success, so Birthday 2013 is officially a wrap!

4 comments:

pbrenner said...

I love the invitations and the cake topper - you did good, mom, especially for only having a few days :-) My son (also named Zachary) is 20 now - one of the things I miss is the kids birthday parties (though he would *love* the trampoline place!)

Patty

Bellenza Bistro said...

Mom deserves a BIG hug for all these party preparations!

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Thanks so much for the kind words and for reminding me that I've only got a few more years left for parties! Being a Mom is much harder than I ever imagined it would be, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Hoa Bracken said...

Congratulations for accomplishing all the preparations even in a short amount of time! And may I just tell you that I 'aww-ed' when you said that your son was sad that you're not making their birthday invitations this year? That would definitely make a mom's heart give in. Having the invitations printed will help you ease up on the things you need to attend to while planning a party; but if you can be a super mom for the day and accomplish everything on your own, then why not? Hoa Bracken

 

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