Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cowboy/Cowgirl - Woody and Jessie Party for Twins - Part 2

For Aiden and Isabella's third birthday, we decided to do a Woody and Jessie Cowboy/Cowgirl  party! I had eight million plans for things I wanted to do and then life happened. Ha! So, we did what we could do and called it a day! The party is for the kids. But the fun, little details the kids maybe don't notice YET- I just like doing them. It's fun to me; and it's fun for the kids. This year their party came right after a 10 day vacation hubby and I took 2,000 miles away. Because of how much we spent on our vacation, we really were on a tight budget for this party! My point? Budget parties can still be JUST as cute - if you just focus on things that make big statements!

I got this Wanted Poster idea from THIS pin. There's even a link to print the wanted coloring sheets. All you need are the printed coloring sheets, sheriff stars (we bought 4-packs from the dollar store), some twine, and paper lunch bags. Super easy and it made a BIG statement on the tables. There are no instructions on the website, but all we did was got the normal lunch-sized paper bags and unfolded them and pushed them so they were flat (instead of 3d), then re-folded them so that they could fit the coloring sheet inside (we cut the sides of the coloring sheet a tiny bit), cut a tiny one inch line down the middle, folded down two little triangles, put a sheriff star right in that opening, and then tied a piece of twine around the whole thing. Here's a closeup of what they looked like:
This was the first time I made a big long kid table at any birthday parties I've thrown and I loved that idea! I'm definitely going to do it again! It was so nice to have the kids all at one table - and I could focus all my decorating on those tables!
Once we decided on a theme, I begged my mother-in-law to make outfits for Aiden and Isabella based on some ideas I had pinned. She came up with these outfits and they were SOO adorable. The only big difference between their outfits and the REAL Woody/Jessie costumes, was that we made them short-sleeve, since their party was in July. Their cowboy boots and hats were from Boot Barn. I linked to the exact place we bought the hats for the Jessie and Woody costume below.
The gift bags were super easy for me to make by hand. I just made one, got it the way I wanted, and then traced my pieces for the 15 others I had to make (and then enlisted my mother-in-law to help me cut!). I got inspiration for the Jessie Gift Bags from THIS pin. You can order 12 of them for $15, which is so great! And then I sort of tweaked THIS pin for the Woody Gift Bags to make my own. I stuffed them with coloring books, crayons, bandanas, and something else (I can't remember). 
The cake I had made from Legacy Bakeshop (local here in Sacramento) and then we added the figurines.
Here's a close-up of the cake and figurines from Toys-R-Us.
Here are the invitations we sent out (obviously our address has been removed). We ordered them from GirlsatPlay on Etsy and I just asked her to change the bottom color from blue to yellow to fit better with our theme. I found a million toy story invitations, but none that I thought were perfect for twins. So, when I found this - I thought it was perfect!
Connor originally wanted to be Buzz Lightyear and we were all set to order his costume. And then the more I started actually planning out some of the details of the party, the more we realized the party was less Toy Story themed, and more Western themed. So at the last minute, I convinced Connor to dress like a cowboy. We ordered his costume from HERE (beware, they run REALLY small. We ordered a 4-6 and it was way too small. It probably would have fit him when he was 3 or 4, definitely not 5, and he currently wears a size 4 in clothes). But for $18, it worked and Aiden will be able to wear it as dress up for a while. 
I have a friend who has several horses, but one of her newest babes is a miniature horse named Skittles. So when I invited them to come to the birthday party, she asked if I wanted her to bring Skittles to the party. Ummmm. YES! The kids were SO ridiculously excited! They brought horse brushes for the kids so they could brush and pet her. I'm pretty sure she was LOVING our grass (maybe the kids too - not sure -ha), and we were thankful for the extra mowing.
For additional party gifts, I made cowboy and cowgirl cookies (recipe HERE)  for everyone to take with them! I used cowprint fabric from JoAnns to make the cowprint toppers and then just bought a 12 pack of mason jars from target (a little note if you decide to do this, I would by a little funnel for a couple dollars - we had to create one because it's hard to pour some of the ingredients in the jar, without it spilling everywhere). And then we downloaded the cowboy Cookie and Cowgirl Cookie labels and instructions from THIS website. For these photos, I set the labels on the top so you could see them.
I got some ribbon to tie around the side, hole-punched the labels and directions, and attached them both with the ribbon. Here's how the jars looked before passing them out! For the cowgirl cookies, I found pink m&m's at Party City.
I have heard from two friends that they made these and they turned out great! So, if you're looking for a good m&m's cookie recipe, check out the link above!
This was the first time I ever did a backdrop for my cake table and there are things I would do differently next time; but for my first one, I thought it was cute. Some notes, if you want to do your own: I would HIGHLY recommend using fabric. I was totally on a time crunch and didn't want to have to stand in a line at JoAnn's to get yards of fabric cut - so I went and picked up plastic table clothes. Unfortunately, they were sort of shiny and also very see-through. If I could do it again, I'd spend the time standing in line. I think it would have looked better. You live and you learn. **P.S. I didn't get a good photo AT ALL of the backdrop for the table and I was all set to re-create it, until my husband called me crazy. Okay fine. Not my best idea. Here's the table sans cake. 
And one with the cake:
One of the things I had fully planned on doing was printing/ordering printables for cupcakes, etc. and I had visions of having the cake table filled with cute stuff, but time got the best of me and it didn't get done. Then, the morning of the party, I thought, "Oh no! I don't have cupcakes!" So I sent my husband to costco to pick up blue, yellow, or red cupcakes. And guess what? Costco didn't have ANY. So off he went to the next store. And again: nothing in solid colors! So, we had balloon cupcakes that didn't really match anything. I'm sure you're shocked, but no one noticed!
If you missed Part 1 of this Cowboy/Cowgirl birthday party, HERE is the link.
For the twins' first birthday party, see HERE and HERE

If you want to re-create anything, here are links to everything we bought:
Cowprint table cloths: Set of 6 of them for $7.90 from Amazon HERE.
Cowprint cups: An 8-pack for $4.09 from Amazon HERE.
Red Bandanas: Dollar Store find (2 pack for $1).
Cowprint fabric for jars: JoAnns
Sheriff Stars: Dollar story find (4 pack for $1)
Cowgirl/Cowboy Cookie Recipes and labels: Bakerella HERE.
Connor's Costume: Amazon HERE (warning: the costume runs small!).
Jessie's Cowboy Hat: HERE.
Woody's Cowboy Hat: HERE.
Cake: Legacy Bakeshop HERE.
Invitations: Etsy HERE.
Wanted coloring sheets: HERE.
The Woody/Jessie outfits were custom made by Grandma N Ellie Handmade


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