Sunday, February 13, 2011

Preparations for the birthday party - part one party favors

It's been awhile since I have written a post.  We have all been sick in one way or another since Carr birthday. I've been saving all the little energy I had for my boys and work.  It's really hard to keep a house running when everyone in the household is sick.  Needless to mention, that crafts and hobbies take the back seat for a wile until the dusts settles.  Which is not the case now but heck tomorrows Valentine's Day!
You would think that having Carr's birthday so close to Christmas should require special planning weeks ahead, right?  Christmas and New Years leave me exhausted after all the preparations, cookie baking and crafting. I wish I could say that but for the past 3 years, I have been caught off guard and unprepared. for  Carr's Birthday.   Thankfully, I  have managed to pull it together at the last minute with help from friends, family and event planning blogs.  Here is the post I published a year ago, please look at the DIY party favors for Carr's second birthday.

This year I wanted to be more hands on, I had already decided that I didn't want to give away party favors that inevitably loaded up kids full of sugar and ended up in the trash.  I also wanted to theme his birthday cake.  Yes, I know, I am not a baker and certainly not a cake decorator!  You'll get to judge the cake yourself soon enough.  First thing is first, I want to thank Tasha @  Creation Corner for the best idea ever. Tasha's super cape idea and design are brilliant. Check out her blog, I am planning to make more of her crafts.

Well, let's get started.   I suggest you go to Creation Corner and go over Tasha's instructions.  Her directions are easy to follow.  I was unsure of the measurements, and I ultimately wanted a bigger cape so I bought a yard in each color of felt.

The only change that I made was adding a superhero symbol.  I chose oval because it was easier to draw,  folding the felt in half and sketching a crescent.  Because I was pressed for time I chose to use ironed on letters with  their first initial and spray adhesive.
*Note: do not use anywhere near a child the fumes will get you loopy.

Looking back, I realize now that I really would love to do this project again, this time enjoying it and taking my time.  This was a very easy project that actually took me two nights to get done.  Considering I would work on them from 11 pm.  Oh, I didn't sew the Velcro, I bought the self-adhesive.

Another little piece of advice, not every child has your child's interest.  You must decide early on who you want to impress.  But sincerely, who can go wrong with superhero capes!

A cape gives you super human strength and muscles.


  1. the capes are awesome, you are a supermom! jo and az had them on yesterday morning and were running around shouting, "SUPERHEROES!" and chasing each other. all made possible by you making the effort for carr's birthday. so, thank you. :)

  2. Thank you for always giving me good ideas or helping me figure out to make my ideas come to life!
    I am so glad Asden and Jojo are using the capes!

  3. They turned out so cute!! I love them all. I totally agree...who could go wrong with capes? Girls or boys. I am glad you were able to use the tutorial. Yours are simply darling. Thank you for letting me come see them too. Just made my night :)