June 22, 2012

Party Preparations - Building/Tool Party at Lowe's

I always do a party preparations post with Spencer's birthday parties because I search and search for cool stuff and I hope I can make this easier on someone else that has a party like this.

We had Spencer's birthday party at Lowe's Home Improvement.  You're saying to yourself right now, "I didn't know they do birthday parties there?"  Well, they don't.  But, they have their Build-n-Grow workshops every other Saturday and we took full advantage of that!  All you have to do is register the kids for the party here and they get to attend a building workshop.  The workshop for his party was the Madagascar 3 luxury vehicle.  They put the vehicle together and get to take it home.  An added bonus is that they get a Lowe's work apron and goggles.  Talk about super cute!  And by the way, this type of stuff is right up Spencer's alley because he loves him some tools!

I made the invite and the insert using photoshop.  Again, I do have a small invitation business on the side, so please holler at me if you need anything or even want this particular inviataion.  We can talk prices.  :)   I've made some for people that saw what I did last year with the ivitation.   My hopes are that my website/blog will be up the summer.

This was the insert.  I didn't have room to put an RSVP on the invite, so just added these hammers in with the invite.  I cut the hammer out.

These were the thank you notes/cards.  I also made these and they were 4.25" x 5.5" cards.

There was no room for the rest of the party, so we went to the park that was close by and continued the party with cookies, drinks and presents.  We needed something that wouldn't melt in the car while we were in the building workshop, so I opted for cookies.  And I found these to die for cookie cutters!
I made them from scratch and iced them all.  I'll be posting the sugar cookie recipe I used on Tuesday.  I iced them differently than I usually do my Christmas cookies.  I used all the tips and the royal icing recipe from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.  As you can see I have a long, long, long way to go, but it did get easier as I went.  Outlining and flooding the cookies is definetly the way to go.  I just had trouble with the consistency.

We needed something to put candles on and I think this worked out perfect!

For the party favors, I ordered the yellow plastic hats from Oriental Trading and put the kids names' on the hats using black vinyl and my Silouhette.  My intentions were not to add stickers to the hat, but Oriental Trading put a HUGE stamp that said 'Made in China' on the brim and you could see it.  (Morons!)  I put tool bubbles, tool silly bands, more cookies (because the recipe makes 5 dozen), rest of the stickers I didn't use on the hats and candy in the treat bags.

I hope you can get some inspiration with this and feel free to holler at me with questions and/or ideas!  Are any of you planning this type of party?  If so, what are you doing?  I'd love to hear about it!  Check out the pictures from the party here.

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Cayce said...

Another fabulous party! I always forget you do invites, so expect a call next time! Y'all should come to Bear's Pop Art Superhero party next Saturday!

Bridgett said...

Hey Kara-

I found you through the link up party over at Tatertots and Jello! Let me just say THANK YOU. Thank you for this beyond inspiring post, it was EXACTLY what I have been looking for! My son is turning 3 in July and because it's so hot I am always stumped for ideas! So glad I stumbled upon your blog!! Have a great weekend!


CSI girl said...

I had no idea you could do a party there. What a cute idea. Love the hard hats. I would love for you to do a tutorial in July for the CSI project. You can see the challenges on the blog and email me to sign up. I would love to have you on the blog.

AmieAnn said...

This is such an adorable party idea! My little guys would love this as their Daddy is a big "tool" kind of guy! Love the cookies.. those cutters are sweet!
Thanks for joining in the under 300 followers blog hop.. I am your newest follower~
Amie @ Pinkapotamus

Laurie said...

Such an original idea! My kids are grown, but I'm sure my grandchildren would enjoy a party like this. Your invitations are wonderful. I found you on under 300 followers blog hop and am now following you. Would love for you to visit me sometime. Have a great day!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Adorable party! I love the hard hats. Megan

Kathryn Pepper said...

This is so cute! My little guy would love a building party! I'd love for you to link this up to my link party!


Judy Whatilivefor said...

What a fun party! I love the hats especially, as would my boys :). I found you at DIY project parade and love all the ideas you shared for your party. My 5 year old informed me he wants a tool party next year.

Chelsea Art Designs said...

wow!!!wish I was there ..all the goodies and good vibes!! you are an amazing mum!! lucky Spencer! I am your newest follower and will pop by again soon.great post. keep up the good work. hope to see over at mines soon.

Michelle said...

What a great idea for a party!!! Love it all! Thanks for sharing and I am a new follower!
Hope you are having a great day!!

Marcie said...

This is such a cute party, I love it! I am now following you on linky and GFC. I would love for you to visit, follow back and maybe even link up on my linky party.
Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

Lamb @ LambAround: Life with my Sexy Nerd said...

Thank you for linking up! I shared this post on Twitter and Pinterest :)

Mama Jodi said...

I love those cookies. Great work.

Anonymous said...

Love this idea! Did you use the cricut to make the hammers and tags? If you did what cartridge did you use?

Kara said...

I made the hammers and tags using photoshop and just cut them out. I used my Silhouette to cut the vinyl letters for the hats. Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any other questions!


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Children's Party Specialists said...

Cheers to your creativity. You did fine on that party preparation. Keep your ideas coming. Thanks.

Michelle Brown said...

What age is best for this party? Does lowes have age restrictions? How do I register the guests in time? Any tips looking back?

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