So, next up.. A pokemon party for Christopher's 9th bday! I can't believe my baby is turning nine. Where do the years go? He's halfway out of my house. The first nine have flown and I know the second nine will prove even faster. So, back to the party....

First up, I refuse to make myself crazy over this one! He's having a sleepover. I am thinking pizza, a picachu cake topped with yellow frosting and some easy accents, a late night "grossest desert" contest (because, you know, they are boys!), a new pokemon wii game for them to play, a few pokemon themed games, and maybe a movie to pass out to! Anyone else have thoughts on this????

"Paws"-itively Perfect Puppy Party

So Jenna decided she wanted a "puppy party" for her 4th birthday. At first I thought we could just have a couple of her little friends over to celebrate, but it turned into something so much bigger. I was on a mission: Puppy party on a budget. Hummmmm, so here is what I came up with!

When the girls arrived, they were greeted with adorable puppy headbands! I have to admit these were a pain, but sooooo worth the effort. A little felt, a little thread, some dollar store headbands and VOILA!! The girls loved them and they made for some adorable pics!
Cost: $7

Next, it was on to the tables to color their personalized puppy placemats! Free clip art paired with a really cute font, printed on white cardstock and mounted on pink cardstock (I would have preferred hot pink, but I just pulled from my stash). Daddy was waiting in the wings with cut contact paper to complete the placemat projects once the artists were finished! Love daddy! I had the pink cardstock and contact paper on hand and the images were free.
Cost: $2 (not counting the ink for printing)

While they created their masterpiece, one by one they visited the "Puppy Palace" to adopt their own puppy! Each puppy came complete with an adoption certificate and a carry case! Once they chose their puppy it was off to decorate their carry case and make a collar for their new pup! For this craft I purchased fifteen stuffed puppies from the dollar store, hot pink chinese take out boxes from Five Below, beads on clearance from Micheals, letter beads and elastic thread from Joannes, and a sticker book of dog and cat stickers.
Cost: $28

No party is complete without some games! After the puppies all had new homes and a little bling, the girls went on a dog bone hunt. Prior to the party, we drew paw prints on four dog biscuits and hid the rest of the biscuits (from the Dollar Store) all over the party area (main floor of the house). The girls used their ziploc bags from their collar project to collect as many bones as they could find. Once all the bones were found, each girl returned to their seats and emptied their bags. The girls who found the paw print bones won a prize! The other option to this game was to give the prize to the girl who found the most, but since we had such a wide variety of ages, I thought the paw prints were a better alternative!

Next, another game - "Pass the Paw." I found an inflatable paw at the party store (I really could have used anything "puppy" to pass, but Jenna saw this one!) We had all sorts of puppy songs recorded and when the music stopped the person holding the paw won a prize! (I opted not play the original way where the person stuck with the paw was "out" because we had sooo many little ones! I did not want the tears!) I just purchased some stickers and other small items for prizes!Cost: $8

Finally, it was on to cake and presents! The cake was so much fun to make and one of the most expensive parts of the party! I had to call in some reinforcements and it was well worth it! Jenna loved it!!!!! I had cupcakes, too, but I could have done without! The kids only wanted the cake!Cost: $25

For simplicity and timing of the party, I served puppy chow (muddy buddy chex mix), "puppies" in a blanket (pigs in a blanket), dog chow (ranch chex mix), Scooby snacks (scooby doo graham crackers), and Caprisuns. I purchased adorable black n white dog bowls (dollar store), placed them on the tables filled with the scooby snacks. They served two purposes - food and decor!
Cost: $30(This is an estimate as I had so much on hand already and, of course, my coupons!)

As for decoration, I used all the stuffed animals we had on hand! I purchased white table clothes and stamped black paw prints up and down each side. For the main table I used a hot pink sheet and for the backdrop I used a hot pink and white polka dot sheet. My amazing husband fashioned a fire hydrant from pvc piping and a drain, then spray painted it hot pink! I found paw print balloons and mixed them with black and hot pink balloons. My only regret was I did not have enough time to decorate the mantel/backdrop the way I wanted. The sign was a quick fix because I just ran out of time... poor planning on my part!
Cost: $28.50

So the Grand Total for the smiles and happiness of a puppy-crazed 4 yr. old.....

Truly Priceless!!!!!!!!!

A Picture Is Worth A..... NEW FRAME!!!

Check out my new projects!!!!! Picture frames! Getting ready to personalize some and make more for upcoming holidays and various themes! So excited about how they turned out! Sorry I did not post about our kiddo money plan. I will soon - the holidays are really coming quickly. Not enough time in each day!


So I was trying to think of something I do that I could offer up a tutorial on... something new, fresh, and innovative... Problem: I don't think there is a thing I could come up with that someone else has not already offered up on their own blog. I am truly amazed at the amount of information and ideas one can gleen from the internet. I have so many ideas in my head for things I want to do now, that I feel I will never get any of them done because there are too many to count ;) I want to accomplish so many things - cake decorating, party planning, blogging, photograpy, paper crafts, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing. Too many things, too little time. I guess I am just going to take this one day at a time, one idea at a time, one project at a time. The most important part of this is to remember that I am a Child of God first, a wife second, and a mom third. All else needs to fall in line behind that!!! If I have those priorities in line maybe I will find that I will have time for the rest!
As for today, I am off to work on another clipboard set for one adorable little girl! I hope she enjoys it as much as I love to make them! Then, its off to start party planning for another of the cutest little girlies I know - my Jenna bean! She wants a "Puppy Tea Party". Huh??????

So, this is what I have come up with thus far... "Posh Puppy Tea Party" minus the "Fancy Nancy". Jenna likes her Fancy Nancy books, but is all about the puppies instead! Hum, the ideas........
So, I'm off ...

Up next...

Do I have your attention? Great! Money and kids - a "Sassy" take on an old trick!

Sassy Order

Poppies N Bloom

Well, I just finished this order and wanted to share! I had a blast designing these and using all the fun papers I found! So much color...

"Journal This"

"Country Blue"


"Absolutely Perfect"

Looking forward to working on my next order now!

Blogging For Beginners

Hey everyone, I finally entered the blog world. I hope you will keep checking back as I update and add pics to the site for the business and the family, too! Right now, I am busy working on clipboard and journal orders. I can't wait to post pics of more cute designs. My hope for the future of Sassy Scripts is to design "sassy" creations to share with everyone! This is just the beginning! Next year looks to be as busy as ever!