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"


SandeeNC said...

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

Becca-expressions said...

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

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editor 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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