Monday, January 9, 2012

Elmo-riffic Party goods!

I went to the party store a week before Max's birthday party. The shelves were...empty. It was a party ghost-land in there. Picked over, tore up, and dusty to boot! I asked that lone employee what's up, and apparently if you want matching party goods on a theme, you need to pre-order them in advance now. And while I'm usually an avid supporter of shop local and support small stores, I cannot see myself getting it together to come in super early to pre-order overpriced Elmo party blowers at twice the price I can get them off Amazon...with slower shipping. Plus, since I waited until the last minute, I didn't really have that option anyhow...

So I bought white lunch bags and plain red party blowers and got crafty instead! I used my Rock the block favorite stamp Polka Dot background to make a stripe and stamped Thank You all over the party bags. I cut Scalloped circles and various sizes of regular circles on my Cricut using my Art Philosophy cartridge and built me some Elmos to top the bags. Sweet - and WAY less than the party store wanted for the pre-printed Elmo bags that I was two weeks too late to order.

Then I made another batch of Elmos in a smaller size to glue onto the tops of the Party blowers with Liquid Glass. I made 16 of these blowers for less than it would've cost me to order 8 of the specialty Elmo blowers.

Then I whipped up some (slightly crooked) gluten free Elmo cupcakes that were just delicious - you can find the recipe here on my Mostly Sweet Boys blog. I would eat these gluten free or not - yum! And the party was on....

This post was made for the Moxie Fab Die Cutting Challenge - check it out and play along too!

Big Elmos:
Red Scallop Circle: 4"
White Circle Eyes: 1 1/2"
Black circle eyes, Orange circle nose: 1"
Black Mouth: 3 3/4" Circle cut in half
Red Tongue:  1" Circle trimmed to fit curve of "mouth"

Little Elmos:
Red Scallop Circle: 2 1/2"
White Circle Eyes: 1"
Black circle eyes, Orange circle nose: 1/2"


sandee said...

awwww....they are cute, much cuter than anything store brought!!

Becca Whitham said...

Necessity is the mother of invention. Way to go!!

Cath said...

Hey Wendy! Thanks for linking this up to the Die Cutting Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)


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