Ballerina Gift Bags

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

I made the gift bags or “goodie bags” for the party guests to match the theme of the party.

Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

I started by drawing the design I wanted and then scanned it into my computer and printed it on card stock.  I have attached the file below so you will not have to do this step.  I used the application MS Paint to add names onto the shapes but that is optional.  Next I cut out the shapes.

Then I made the tutu skirt by cutting 2 strips of tulle 3 inches wide by 18 inches long.  I used a needle and thread to gather the top of the skirt.

Then I attached the skirt to the model with hot glue.

After the glue was dry, I glued the whole model to plain gift bags.

File for design cut out:

 

First Day of School Poster

Ah, the joy of copying ideas off of other people…LOL.  So I found the idea on the internet to make a poster to commemorate Mason’s first day of Preschool.  I have attached the simple editable document below.

Cars Backpack!

The file to make the simple poster:

Craziness of Life

No Time
I’m not the only one who suffers from this issue, but there really is not enough time in a day.  Not when you have to give up several hours to sleep.  So I guess I’ve given up sleep.  Not intentionally, but the result is the same.  Since I’ve had kids, I’ve increasingly had more and more fights with insomnia.  It really sucks!  I’m really tired and I really want to sleep, but my mind just won’t let me.  Too much stress, too many things to do and not enough time.

First Day of School
So I think for most kids and their parents the first day of school is supposed to be exciting and a bitter-sweet experience.  It has not been that way for us this year.  We started Mason in a new school this year (as apposed to the Mother’s Day Out programs he went to in the past) and this time his first day has been extremely stressful.  I have not enjoyed it at all and that’s one of the main reasons it’s currently 4 AM and I’m awake!  I’m sure I’ll have more to say on this topic later on, but I am wishing all of you wonderful moms a much better first day experience than I’ve had!  Mason’s first day is officially tomorrow so I’m really hoping it goes well for him and that Mommy is the only one stressed out about it.

The Behavior Chart
Traditionally Mason has always been an angel at school.  Home is a totally different story.  So I wasn’t sure what to expect when we hired a nanny.  It could go either way.  Well, it went South.  Since he is at home and doing the same activities he did while I stayed at home with him, he equates being with the nanny to being with me more than being at school.  Things started off pretty good but now he totally acts out with her just like he does with me.  So, on advice from a friend, we are trying a “behavior chart”.  We listed all the main things Mason needs work on…don’t beat up your baby sister, mind the nanny when she tells you something, don’t throw fits.  The next step is to give him daily, weekly and monthly rewards for good behavior and consequences for bad behavior.  He did not do well today, so he did not get to play his favorite game tonight.  Conversely, if he does well, he gets to play his game and we will take him for a special outing at the end of the week or the end of the month (i.e. Chuck-E-Cheese or some place similar).  Hoping it works!  I’ll post an update later on and supply the chart I created so you don’t have to do all the work.

Ballerina Cupcakes

For my daughter’s first birthday party, I selected the theme “Ballerina Ball”.  The post for the whole party is located here:

Ballerina Birthday

This post is for the ballerina cupcakes I made for the party.

Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

The cupcakes are made to look like a tutu skirt.  First I made sugar cookies in the shape of a bodice.  I drew the shape on paper and cut it out.  I used a knife to cut around the shape and used regular sugar cookie dough.  The document with the design for the bodice is below.

Next I put the icing.  (Recipe below)

Next I used sprinkles and some heart shaped pieces I had to make a necklace on the bodice before the icing dried and hardened.  Also I used crushed rock candy for the skirt and pink icing.

One caution I would give is to use a tried-and-true cake batter recipe.  I used my own new recipe and it did not rise as much as I would have liked.  The shirt should be tall and full which means you need your cupcakes to have the traditional dome top, but unfortunately mine did not rise much, so they don’t look as cute as I would have liked.  Another caution…if you use the crushed rock candy, scrape that part off before any small children attempt to eat it.  It is hard so it is a choking hazard for little bitty kids.  My daughter had her own cake for her birthday and the other kids who attended were older.

Sugar Cookie Icing
1 cup powdered sugar1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
food coloring (if desired)
Stir confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup, and water together. Stir in food coloring if desired. Use right away or it starts to harden.  Adjust the recipe as needed with either sugar or water until it is the right consistency you need.

Design I used for the cupcake topper, as well as the tutu sugar cookies from another post:

Ballerina Cookies

For my daughter’s first birthday party I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”.  You can see the whole party located here:

Ballerina Birthday

This post is the specific how-to for the Ballerina Tutu Cookies.

Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

First, I drew the design I wanted and cut it out to use for the shape of the cookie.  I just used regular sugar cookie dough and a knife to cut around the shape.  I have attached the design for these cookies below.

Next, I put on the icing (recipe below).

The decorations I used were things I had around the house but it included mini sprinkles which were pink and pink tube decorating icing.

First I used the mini sprinkles to make a necklace on the bodice before the icing dried and hardened.

And lastly, I added some highlights for the skirt after the icing dried.

Sugar Cookie Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
food coloring (if desired)
Stir confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup, and water together. Stir in food coloring if desired. Use right away or it starts to harden.  Adjust the recipe as needed with either sugar or water until it is the right consistency you need.

Document with the cut out for the cookie shape: