For those who follow my blog, you know my posts on the weekends are all about parties, cooking, and official stuff. My posts on Tuesday are more about me, my thoughts, my downfalls and my dreams. If you are interested in my blog at all, you may ask yourself, “Who is Stephenie?” I don’t think I am complicated to figure out. If you think I am complicated, then you are trying too hard. I think I am very straight forward, open and honest. I’ll offer you two songs which will give you insight.
In the year when I turned 15, my best friend heard a song on the radio and she called me to tell me about it. She said, “I don’t know the name of this new song, but it is written for you! It is definitely your song!” A few days later I heard the song for the first time, and I had to agree, it was written about me and it became the theme song of my life. And as lame as it is to be summed up in an 80’s theme song…here it is:
As much as I still love that song…let’s admit, it is dated. So I have been in need of a revamp. I don’t want to jump on the “Frozen” bandwagon, but a few months ago, I watched it with my children for the first time. I liked it a lot, but when I heard this song in the movie it made me cry…it was my revamp and it was exactly what I needed to hear. Only one small change, when you listen to the song…as melancholy as it sounds, replace the words “The Cold” with “Alone”.
And by the way, starting my own business was the best decision I have ever made. Whether it succeeds or fails, it has taught me more about myself and my abilities than I ever would have realized otherwise.
My new 2014 theme song revamped from 80’s hairband style:
I am going to show you how to create an awesome homemade realistic looking cloud for a rainbow ceiling decoration. This decoration was used for a My Little Pony birthday party for my daughter. To view the complete party, click here:
My Little Pony Birthday
I’m not going to say this decoration is hard…because it is not, but it is time consuming! A lot more than I initially thought it would be. And honestly, because you have to use pillow stuffing and stray adhesive, it’s a bit expensive.
Items you will need:
- 8-10 plain balloons
- 1-2 cups of flour
- newspaper or manilla paper
- 1 bag of pillow stuffing
- spray adhesive
- Fishing string (for hanging)
- 7-8 colored plastic table cloths
- Push pins
- A nail or hook
Start by blowing up a few plain balloons, preferably white. Also mix up some paste using a cup or two of flour and just add a touch of water until it becomes pasty.
Next, connect the balloons together in the best way you can find. I simply used very long pieces of scotch tape.
Then, being very gentle, use your hands or a paint brush and brush on the paste and attach strips of newspaper or plain manilla paper. Do one side at a time and then completely let it dry. This is the time consuming part. It takes several hours to dry before you can flip it over and then several more hours to dry before you can attach the stuffing. Once it is completely dry, work in small sections to spray a bit of adhesive and then attach a bit of stuffing.
Once the cloud is fully covered and dried, you are ready to hang it! We completed the cloud the weekend before the party but kept it stored until the night before. We hung the decorations that night while the children slept and they woke up to a cool surprise. Start by laying out the tablecloths on the floor in the pattern you want to hang them on the ceiling. I chose to fan them out from the center of the room in a circle. I gathered the center section and secured it with fishing line. Then we hung the center wire to a nail in the ceiling and used push pins to attach the other ends of the tablecloths around the ceiling.
Also use fishing line to encircle the cloud and tie a knot at the top where it will be evenly balanced. This step took us a few tries of trial and error because it kept trying to hand crooked!
The original idea for this super cute decoration came from:
The Farm Chicks: How to Make a Cloud
This conversation with my 3-year old daughter was too good not to post. Her one-liners are killer!
Me: Brie, do you need to go potty?
Marc: Yeah, Brie, do you need to go potty?
Brie: (3 year old daughter) I don’t need to, I already did.
Mason: (5 year old son) She did not!
Marc: Brie, are you sure? You already went? When?
Brie: Yeah, I already went.
Me: When did you go? Mason says you didn’t go.
Brie: I went when I was born.
I’m posting this link to a video from CNN in memory of my grandfather. Every day of my life I miss him.
This year for my daughter’s third birthday, the theme she chose was My Little Pony. For the decorations we could have chosen to stay primarily pink or go with a rainbow theme. I decided to go with rainbow!
I made a main table which was perfect for the theme, however the best part was the Rainbow and Cloud ceiling decoration. It was very reminiscent of a wedding ceiling draping, but with rainbow colors and a perfect cloud perched just below it.
I also ordered themed gift bags which were absolutely adorable.
I made a couple of small fondant cakes for the occasion.
And of course, the party would not be a complete event without a super matching outfit! I ordered this cute birthday shirt and made the matching tutu.
The party events included a petting zoo, a real-life my little pony ride, pin the tail on the pony, rainbow hair coloring and a pinata.
It made a very happy birthday girl! Happy 3rd Birthday to my little darling, Brie.
And as always, for my dear loyal readers, I will post the details of how to make, purchase or find each of the items from this party. All printables I post for free download and I always quote my source when I find a great idea from someone else. Over the next few weeks, additional links to the details on how to make or find each item will be linked back to this page under the “comments” section. Those links will lead you to the details of how to replicate this party!