Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party

For Caitie’s 11th birthday party last month, we decided to have an emoji themed craft party at our house.  Caitie and her friends had a blast and the time went by SO fast.  I kept the décor of the party pretty simple because I wanted to focus on preparing the crafts for her and her friends.  Creative kiddos!

Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party by @reneezwirek

The party lasted four hours (it was too short…the time just flew by).  Too much fun to be had!  I started the Emoji Craft Party with the DIY mini Emoji Pillows.  It was the right decision.  It turned out to be the most time consuming project because instead of using a hot glue gun for everything I decided on machine stitching and ironing on the faces.

To make the mini Emoji Pillows as durable as possible (I did not want them to fall apart right after the party), I machine stitched the pillows ahead of time.  A week before the party, I purchased yellow fleece at my local Jo-Ann store.  For 15 party guests, I used 2 yards of fabric.  I outlined an 8″ plate (from the kitchen) with a sharpie onto the fleece, cut them all out, layered two circles together, and machine stitched them.  After machine stitching all the mini pillows, I used my washer and dryer to clean them up.  I purchased black, blue, red, pink, and white felt fabric that came in rectangle sheets for the girls to draw and cut-out the faces.  I used the Heat n Bond UltraHold Iron-On Adhesive by Therm O Web from Jo-Ann to get the faces on the mini pillows.  It was easy to use.  No sew, no steam required, machine washable, permanent, 1 yard package (17″ x 1 yd). The red package not the purple package in the store.  The girls stuffed their mini pillows with the Morning Glory Premium Polyester Fiberfil 20 oz package.  This one bag purchased at Walmart was more than enough.

Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party by @reneezwirek

I purchased DIY Party Sunrise Fringe Tape and DIY Party Circle Mini Piñatas from We R Memory Keepers.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party by @reneezwirek

The girls had so much fun creating their own Emoji mini Piñatas.  It was something different for them and they loved it!  The best part was filling the mini Piñatas with candy from the candy bar.  Perfect party favors!

Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party by @reneezwirek

Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party by @reneezwirek

Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party by @reneezwirek

I had the girls use American Crafts smooth cardstock and Elmer’s glue for the faces.  They turned out awesome!

Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party by @reneezwirek

Emoji cupcakes displayed in the candy bar!  TOO CUTE!

Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party by @reneezwirek

These emoji cupcakes turned out amazing and were yummy!  I bought them from a local bakery.  The team at Miss Joan’s Cupcakes were fantastic!  We all had huge smiles on our faces when we opened the box and saw these impressive cupcake designs.  They were exactly what we wanted!  Actually, they turned out to be better than what we imagined.

Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party by @reneezwirek

The girls enjoyed a photo booth all decked out with an emoji background and props that I found and purchased at the Justice store.  I also purchased the table covers, cups, plates, napkins, and party favor bags from the Justice store.  I love their party section.  Fun stuff, perfect finds for our party, and all of it was on sale!

Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party by @reneezwirek

I added this AWESOME Heidi Swapp Lightbox for décor that I purchased from Jo-Ann.  Perfect Emoji Icon Lightbox Inserts!

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These emoji balloons were purchased online at the Emoji Balloon Company.  They were at each table for décor.

Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party by @reneezwirek

Thanks for stopping by to see how I put together Caitie’s Emoji Themed Craft Birthday Party!  It turned out to be one of my favorite parties!

One of These “Kids” is Not Like the Other Layout

Here’s a layout I made using the Front Porch collection by Pebbles.

Remember the Sesame Street song “One of these things is not like the other”? Well, I thought that worked well with the photo on this layout. My girls and their cousin were flower girls at their Uncle Adam and Aunt Maria’s wedding during the summer. In case you haven’t guessed it, their wedding was on a farm. And, these kids loved this kid. Yep, goats. Seriously, how often do you see flower girls with a bunch of goats?! It’s sweet and silly at the same time.

One of These "Kids" is Not Like the Other LO

I just LOVE these Cherish Fabric Thickers. After I sprayed some Inky Black color mist on them, they gave me this cool looking texture.

One of These "Kids" is Not Like the Other LO

One of These "Kids" is Not Like the Other LO

One of These "Kids" is Not Like the Other LO

One of These "Kids" is Not Like the Other LO

Pebbles Supplies:

Front Porch Breezy (732316)

Front Porch Snuggle (732319)

Front Porch Picnic (732322)

Front Porch Knock Knock (732324)

Front Porch Home (732326)

Front Porch Grey Cherish Fabric Thickers (732332) 

Front Porch Chips Printed Chipboard Pieces (732335)

From Me to You Roller Stamp (732278)

Other Supplies:

white cardstock, This To That Double-Sided Super Sticky Red Tape .5″ x 5 yd, This To That Circle Foam Tabs, and Black Precision Pen #08 (American Crafts)

corner punch (EK Success)

Vellum Die Cut Shapes and Inky Black, Leaf Green, and Lunch Tray Mister Huey’s Color Mists (Studio Calico)

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Stamp Pad (Tsukineko)

Ultra-Thin Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)

scissors and paper trimmer (Fiskars)

creme crepe paper, white thread, and sewing machine

Hello There, You’re Invited: Brave-Themed Party Invitations

I made these birthday party invitations for Payton’s 6th Birthday. She wanted a kids party this year. She is SO excited to invite all of the girls in her Kindergarten class this year for a fun party at a bounce house place. She asked for a Brave-Themed Party. No problem…easy peasy.

Hello There, You're Invited: Brave-Themed Party Invitations

Hello There, You're Invited: Brave-Themed Party Invitations

I was totally inspired by all the wonderful party invitations on www.tinyprints.com. I thought I would give it a try. Since I only needed ten invites, I thought I could easily make them on my own using items I already had at home. I never made photo invites before. I used this favorite pic of Payton in her Halloween costume from this past October. I opened it up into a Word Document and added my wording. The invite measures 5 3/4″ x 7 1/4″. It was quick and easy. It only took about 45 minutes from start to finish.

Hello There, You're Invited: Brave-Themed Party Invitations

This arrow pattern paper fit really well with the Brave-Theme. Very fun and pretty!

Hello There, You're Invited: Brave-Themed Party Invitations

I added the arrows along with the “Hello There” and “You’re Invited” stamps using the Zing! Embossing Powders to these pretty bags.

Hello There, You're Invited: Brave-Themed Party Invitations

I included a birthday wish list on shipping tags with these invites.

Hello There, You're Invited: Brave-Themed Party Invitations

I made ten invites for all the girls in Payton’s Kindergarten classroom. They’ll fit easily into their take home folders. I love how they turned out! Hello There, You're Invited: Brave-Themed Party Invitations

Hello There, You're Invited: Brave-Themed Party Invitations

Supplies I used to make my “Hello There, You’re Invited: Brave-Themed Party Invitations”:

Dear Lizzy 5Th & Frolic 6Th & Main 12X12 Paper, Gold Foil Mini Alpha Tile Letter Stickers, Clear Acrylic Stamps, and 24 Pack Ribbons (American Crafts)

Hip Hip Hooray Clear Stamps (Pebbles)

Studio Calico Stepping Stone Alphabet Clear Stamps (Hero Arts)

Arrow Washi Tape (Freckled Fawn)

Pink 6.25 X 9.25 Diagonal Stripe Bigger Bitty Bag (Whisker Graphics)

4 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ Strung #5 Shipping Tags (Avery)

Dear Lizzy Neapolitan and With Love Valentines Roller Date Stamps (American Crafts)

Aqua Opaque Finish, Black Glitter Finish, and Gold Metallic Finish ZING! Embossing Powders (American Crafts)

Versamark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad (Hero Arts)

Embossing Heat Tool Model 2500 (Marvy Uchida)

Herma Vario Tabs (EK Success)

Arial Narrow and Arial Bold (Computer Fonts)

black ink stamp pad, turquoise and purple sequins, and scissors

Happy Golden Birthday Card

I wanted to make a special card for this very special lady. Maria, my BIL’s girlfriend…Caitie and Payton call her Aunt Maria ; ) , celebrated her Golden Birthday this year! I made a card for her earlier this month and forgot to share it with you. Just in case you didn’t know…a Golden Birthday is the birthday when you turn the same age as your birthdate. Example:  Because I was born on Feb 28, I already celebrated my Golden Birthday when I turned 28 years old. It comes once in a person’s lifetime! That’s what makes it SO special, unique, and rare. It’s also referred to as a person’s Grand Birthday, Lucky Birthday, Champagne Birthday, or Star Birthday. Go ahead and make it a BIG deal! It is! Have fun with it! I wanted Maria’s card to be full of fun and love…just like her!

So, I made this card using items from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection by American Crafts.

Supplies I used to make my “Happy Golden Birthday” Card:

The Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection by American Crafts

Bailey’s Brush, Cobalt Composition, Crimson Charm, Sydney’s Snapshot, Viridian Vignette 12 x 12 Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Papers and 6 x 6 Paper Pad, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Layered Tags Bits, Doodle Remarks Dimensional Stickers, and Palette Accents & Phrases Book Remarks Stickers by American Crafts

Others:  Section Smash Tape by K & Company, Aqua 2.75 x 4 Diagonal Stripe Little Bitty Bag by Whisker Graphics, Gold Sentiment Foil Thickers and 12 x 12 Page Protector Sheet by American Crafts, Mini and Memory Book Glue Dots, Black and Pure Red Zig Writer Pens, Wholy Cow! Rub-On Transfers by BasicGrey, paper trimmer by Fiskars, scissors, gold sequins, yellow bakers twine, yellow thread, and sewing machine

A Special 9/11 Blog Post

A special weekend for many reasons. Yesterday, we celebrated Maddie’s First Birthday! She was born on Sept. 10 and was an extra special Birthday Present for my Baby Sister. I can’t believe my sweet and adorable little niece turned one. Yvonne and my Brother-in-Law, Robert, threw an awesome Butterfly Party for Maddie. A beautifully decorated tent for Family and Friends and a Bounce House for the kids in their backyard! Great guests, great food, great cake, cool treat bags for the kids, and a butterfly pinata…Wow, they did a super job!

The kids really enjoyed the Bounce House! Caitie and Payton had a blast!

The Birthday Girl got to enjoy the Bounce House, too! Her cousins are close at hand…they adore every bit of her!

The Birthday Girl enjoying her Smash Cake. Isn’t she great!? Totally Cute!


My Sweet Niece and God-Daughter…

We ADORE you with all our hearts!

This 9/11…we remember ALL the fallen Heroes and those Heroes who still stand among us along with their Family and Friends! We will never forget. God Bless America! This day also reminds me of how lucky I am to have my family and friends. Especially, this gal right here…born on 09/11!


You are a Wonderful…








This is a Happy Day…We are lucky to have You in our Lives!


A Birthday Party

What an exciting weekend. We went to Cousin Matthew’s 6th Birthday Party at Chuck E. Cheese! Caitie even got to High-5 Chuck E. and Payton…well…Payton ran to Daddy for protection. Ha! Payton was a little scared of him, but she LOVED eating, playing the games, and playing with her cousins!

It was the most exciting 30 seconds to watch as Cousins Ryan and Matthew (the Birthday Boy) grabbed as many tickets as they could!

Caite LOVED the Helicopter Ride!

Caitie and Payton LOVED riding the Carousel with Cousin Maddie! How cute is this little baby girl!? Answer: VERY!

Payton did a Great Job playing Skeeball! It’s one of my favorite games, too!

Payton cheered on Cousin Ryan as he played this fun game! Cousin Matthew (the Birthday Boy) was hard to find, but we knew he was playing games with his classmates and friends.

We had such a FUN time! Thanks, Violet and Kevin! It was a Great Party! The girls LOVED their party favors…SO full with pretty trinkets and goodies!

A Wedding

We have been very excited (especially the girls) and this weekend finally came! Caitie and Payton went to their first Wedding Celebration!

On Saturday, our good friends Angela and Doug got married. We went to a beautiful Country Club in Northern Illinois. It felt so good to be back up there. Even though we haven’t lived there in five years, we still remembered our way around. Due to the constant threat of a rain storm, the Ceremony was moved indoors. But, we still got to enjoy this beautiful golf course with Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres served outside. The sun did peek out. It was a perfect day!

Angela and Doug's Wedding

Caite and Payton had lots of fun outside on the patio, on the green, and at the bridge. There was so much to explore! They were so excited to be there!

Angela and Doug's Wedding

Angela and Doug's Wedding

It was a very touching Wedding Ceremony. The sun shining and filling up the room was perfect. They are such a beautiful couple! We are so happy for them!

Angela and Doug's Wedding

Dinner was wonderful! The girls were treated so special with their very own plates of fruit, chicken, and fries. Their Favorite Foods and every bit of it was gone! Chris and I enjoyed salads, grilled chicken and steaks with potatoes and green beans. It was a delicious menu. The cake was so moist and I loved the white and chocolate creams in between all the layers.

The girls LOVED spending time with the Bride throughout the day. She was their Disney Princess! Angela looked so beautiful…just glowing with happiness!

Angela and Doug's Wedding

They had this AMAZING and DELICIOUS Candy Station for everyone to enjoy! SO GORGEOUS! I loved looking at all the ribbons, tags, and the colors of their wedding. Caitie and Payton really loved using the pretty scoops. The decor of their entire wedding was just beautiful.

Angela and Doug's Wedding

How pretty is this Place Card!? I thought the glittered butterfly punch was so cute! You can tell it was a little roughed up. Payton proudly carried it around until we sat down for dinner.

Angela and Doug's Wedding

These were the party favors for all the wedding guests.  SO Adorable! These mini jelly jars were decorated with ribbons, butterflies, scalloped circle punches, and roses. Angela’s Mom made them (she did a great job!) and they were left empty at each place setting. We were able to fill and re-fill  ; )  them throughout the evening with the yummy candy at their Candy Bar.

Angela and Doug's Wedding

It was so sweet and thoughtful…so considerate of Angela and Doug to think of all their little party guests. All the kids received special party favors…finger puppets! I LOVE THIS! Caitie and Payton ran to Angela and gave her hugs and kisses. They couldn’t wait to thank her for giving them such fun presents!

Angela and Doug's Wedding

I loved dancing with my girls at the wedding. They spent the rest of the evening dancing with the Bride. It was so sweet to see Angela dancing with all the kids. They had so much fun together!

Angela and Doug's Wedding

We had a blast at the wedding with the girls. We are so proud of them…they did a great job taking in all the beauty, excitement, and joy of this day!

Congrats Again to Angela and Doug!