Friday, August 3, 2018

Carnival themed party

Five *cough* years *cough* ago, we celebrated my grandmother's 80th birthday with a carnival/circus themed party. Apparently, this blog post has been sitting in my drafts ever since, so now it's time for it to see the light of day!

Craft E Magee teamed up with family to celebrate a fantastic lady's birthday: Grandma Janet! What carnival/circus themed party would be complete without games, a clown, and fun treats? Scroll down to see all of the fun things that made this party a spectacular extravaganza!

J and I handmade illustrated posters for each of the sections of the space where we hosted the party. 



I also got some clear plastic gallon "paint" buckets to make inexpensive centerpieces. Simply add some red and white striped scrapbook paper (for about 25 cents) around the inside, securing with tape, and you've got the perfect circus centerpiece. Top it with a plastic tiger or elephant and you're all set!






A photo booth is a must for any extravaganza, so family members helped gather props to use against a red and white striped piece of fabric that served as our backdrop. 


Mr. J and I went with black and white and red all over for our photo!

We even had a friendly clown at the party which was a hit with the kiddos.



Simple games like ring toss, tic-tac-tow, and bowling were easy for the kids to play without parental guidance.


Party treats included animal crackers, peppermints, Pixy Stix, gumballs, Cracker Jack, Circus Peanuts (marshmallows), ring pops, and more. You will notice we utilized some old trunks for some of the props and treats at the party. It's a fun way to carry the theme even further.




If you have a Jack-in-the-box on hand, it would make a great centerpiece as well!


Or simply fill some popcorn boxes and let people grab and go!


We were lucky to borrow a popcorn machine, which added to the festivities.




A simple, but special way to decorate the cupcake stand is to use paper raffle tickets around each tier. Affix tickets with tape so you can re-use your cupcake stand with other themes.


Along with desserts, and carnival foods, we had some healthier fare options too, including fruits, veggies, and salad.



It really was a fun party full of our large family and even some of Grandma's friends. Thanks to my family for helping to pull off this wonderful 80th birthday extravaganza for this fabulous woman!


Have you ever thought about doing a circus theme or carnival theme party? I'd love to hear about it or see links in your comments. Party on!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Winter floral crown

Usually after the December holidays, and all of the crafting opportunities that season provides, I find myself in a January slump. I'm never sure what to do with the cold weather, although being stuck indoors is really the perfect time for crafting! I decided to embrace winter with this next craft, and make a frosty floral crown. 


I was inspired by some faux Lamb's ear leaves at the craft store, and grabbed some pretty white flowers and glitter leaves in the same section.

This is a pretty easy craft because the only things you need are:

  • faux flowers and leaves
  • floral wire
  • floral tape
  • wirecutters
  • piece of string to measure head size (optional)
Floral Crown step by step


1. Measure your head with a piece of string, pulling taut, and cut to length.

2. Cut a length of floral wire the same length as the string, plus a bit more wire to twist tie together.

3. Make circle shape with floral wire and twist tie ends together, wrapping wire until no loose pieces remain.

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

4. Clip Lamb's ear leaves into smaller sections, leaving some groups, and some single leaves.

5. Using floral wire, attach leaves to "crown" piece.

6. Once you've wired some leaves to the crown, wrap that with floral tape to secure leaves. Hot glue is optional, but I stuck with just wire and tape for my floral crown. I didn't want the hot glue "webs" to mess up my flowers or leaves.

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

7. Some leaves should be secured at the ends and others in the middle to keep the natural look of the leaves around the crown. If all the leaves were sticking out (secured at ends) or flush to crown (secured in the middle), the crown would loose the natural look we are going for.

8. Continue adding leaves around the crown, leaving some gaps for your other florals.

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

9. After I was satisfied with the number of Lamb's Ear leaves on the crown, I switched to the white plastic glitter leaves. As with the Lamb's Ear leaves, secure some pieces at the end and some pieces in the middle. This allows the pieces to stick out or stay flush with the crown, depending on how you choose to secure them.

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

10. Once you've added all of the white glitter leaves, it's time for the flowers!

11. To make it easier to secure the flowers to my crown, I folded the stems to be flat or flush with the flower. That way, I could wire the stem to the crown without the flower sticking out too much.

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

12. Now is a good time to decide where the front of your crown is. Go to a mirror and decide which part of the crown best flatters your face. Once you know which part is the front, decide if you want to place all the flowers at the front, or back, or spread them around the crown. I chose to spread my flowers out.

13. You can also use the leaves from the flowers to add some more texture to your floral crown. I did this with my crown.

Floral Crown step by step Floral Crown step by step

14. After securing the pieces with floral wire, remember to add floral tape to make everything extra secure. Again, you could use hot glue if you wanted to, but hot glue can easily pop off and the strings of glue sometimes create webs on your craft that you have to clear away.

15. Admire your work! Channel your inner winter mystic and wear your floral crown with pride!

Floral Crown step by step

Floral Crown step by step

I hope you enjoyed this easy craft project and that you can use it to brighten your dull winter days! It really is a craft that's fun for all ages and can be as elegant or vibrant as you choose! There's no wrong way to craft, you just have to make time for it!

What do you think? Do you see floral crown crafting in your future?