Solid Colored Juice Boxes

The entire posting for “The Lorax” birthday party:

The Lorax Birthday
This posting is for the solid colored juice boxes.

Solid Color Juice Boxes

Materials you will need:

  1. Construction or card stock in the color you choose
  2. Glue
  3. Exacto Knife
  4. Hole Punch

Start by wrapping your juice box with the construction paper or card stock.  Trim the paper by using scissors or an exacto knife.  Keep the left over pieces.  Be very careful, the juice boxes are more fragile than they appear and I nicked a couple of boxes and juice went everywhere!

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Next, using the left over pieces, cut them into the size for the top of the juice box and use the hole punch to cut the opening for the straw.  I left a little overlap in the paper for the edges of the top and folded the top edges down.  Attach it to the juice box with glue.

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Then glue the paper to the box all the way around and then glue the overlapping edges of paper together.

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Personalized juice boxes!

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Tuesday Confessional 02/05

Working on Being a Big Boy

At one time, my son seemed to always be ahead of what other kids in his age group were doing.  He was always independent, very good with balance and very determined.  But somewhere along the line, he decided he wasn’t interested in growing up any more.  So my husband and I started noticing all the other kids were doing things Mason wasn’t.  So for the past two weeks we’ve started giving him little nudges.  As a result, he learned how to ride his bike without training wheels after just trying twice.  I think he could have done it a long time ago!  Also he started using the big kid swings instead of baby swings.  I can’t believe we were still letting him swing in the baby swings, it’s kind of embarrassing.  He also started ice skating lessons and he is doing very well!  He moved into a new full sized bed and he enjoys it.  Lots of growing up is going on and Mom is happy about it!

 Hubby

Those who know me personally know my husband is an editor.  He edits television commercials for a living and he’s quite good at it.  He’s won national awards and he’s done Superbowl commercials (the highlight of the year for some).  Although this year he did not personally do a Superbowl commercial, his editorial house did, more specifically his boss, and this is the result:

“God Made a Farmer”

Rainbow Table Skirt

The entire post for “The Lorax” birthday party:

The Lorax Birthday Party

This post is the how-to for making a rainbow table skirt (or any color table skirt with fabric).  This particular party had theme colors of orange, blue, yellow and hot pink, but any color can be used.

Rainbow Table Skirt

Materials needed for standard 6 x 2.5 foot table are:

  1. 2 yards of four colors of fabric (or 8 total yards of any color)
  2. 4 yards of fabric ribbon
  3. thread
  4. sewing maching
  5. safety pins and straight pins

I started by cutting the fabric for the top into five panels of 15 1/2 x 37 in panels.  The rest of the fabric is cut into 29×24 inch panels for the skirt.  This is enough to cover the front and two sides of the table.  If you want the skirt to go all the way around the table, you will need additional fabric beyond the total 8 yards.

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The top of the table is very easy, just sew the panels right sides together with a simple 1/4 seam until all the of panels are attached.

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For the skirt, start by sewing all the panels together in the same manner.  You will have a very long train, much longer than the perimeter of the table.  This is because it will reduce by about half in length because of all of the gathering.

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Then, using straight pins, attach the skirt to the ribbon.  I used the finished end of the fabric at the top and left it about 1 inch above the top of the ribbon.  Gather the fabric as you pin it so that is has approximately 1/2 inch darts all the way around.

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Front view:

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Back view:

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Then sew the ribbon to the fabric using a 1/4 in seam at the top edge and bottom edge of the ribbon.  Be sure to sew the skirt in the direction of the dart folds you made, otherwise you are going to have a very hard time with the fabric catching against your feeder!

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Lastly, you can hem the bottom of the skirt if you choose.  My new sewing machine had a wonderful hidden-hem stitch which I used, but any way you choose to hem is fine.

I used safety pins to attach the skirt to the table cover and you can not see them.

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What fun!

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The Lorax Cheese Wheels

The entire posting for “The Lorax” birthday party:

The Lorax Birthday

This posting is the how-to for making Lorax themed cheese wheels.

Lorax Cheese Wheels

The items you need are :

  1. Babybell Cheese Wheels
  2. Candy Eyes (usually found at craft stores where baking supplies are available)
  3. Sandwich Cheese Slices
  4. Small amount of icing to make the pieces stick to the wheel
  5. Exacto Knife
  6. Mustache and Eyebrow Template (I drew a template on a piece of paper and used it with the exacto knife.  I found this method much easier then freehand cutting each one.)

Making the Cheese Wheels

Lorax Cheese Wheels

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Credit for original inspiration:

Lorax Food Ideas at Cute Food for Kids

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