Well, we’ve talked about the invites, the dress. Let’s talk party details. Well, not the food. We can’t talk about the food. Alea’s mom makes all sorts of delicious amazingness on an hourly basis, but to discuss it here wouldn’t be fair. We’re not food bloggers. The minute we can convince her to be one (we’ve tried) we’ll be introducing her here.
We can talk about decor. It included giant mushrooms inspired by Filth Wizardry. Ours made use of water bottles as bases, plastic bowls for caps and lots and lots of aluminum foil, paint and glitter.
Alea’s mom made giant playing cards and strung them around the party, and painted a Cheshire cat for a pin-the-smile-on-the-cat game.
Colorful ruffled streamers hung everywhere. Not because they related so much to the Alice/Alea in Wonderland theme as because they’re colorful and ruffled and so so so so so fun to make.
We can also talk about a crafty gift. Admittedly, we’d done a lot of fun things for Alea’s party, but I still wanted to wrap something fun up for her. Any time I’m giving a little girl a gift, I can’t help but think… when I was a kid, what did I want? (Uh, well, what I want hasn’t changed that much. I still think I’d like this gift.)
But first I’ll explain the inspiration. I’m totally fascinated with containers and packaging. I hate throwing it away. Recycling is better than throwing it away, of course, but it still generally means the end of the package. So when I was about to toss a cotton swab container recently, I looked at it a little harder. And I thought it could have a new, albeit short, life.
Another component to the idea? As a kid when my Mom would suggest homemade gifts I’m fairly sure I made a cranky face in response. In my mind, homemade gifts were boring. They lacked shiny newness. Commercialism. Packaging that you got to tear apart. (Come on Mom, those landfills need filling! It’s my job!)
So in giving Alea a homemade crafty gift that cost pennies to put together but was most definitely made with a whole lot of love and a desire to encourage her creative exploration, I assembled my tools:
– an empty cotton swab package
– knit scraps
– computer + printer
– card stock
– craft glue
– clips (bulldog, binder, clothespins, whatever)
I started by carefully tearing off the backing of the package. I wanted to keep it in one solid piece so that I can use it later as a template for a new backing. I soaked the plastic front in water and gently scrubbed off the paper bits around the edges.