$3 Placemat Apron

Two years ago, we threw a baking/cupcake themed birthday party for our daughter’s fourth birthday.  I made these aprons as one of the party favors for the little guests.   You will be amazed at how simple they are to make!

I found these placemats in the dollar section (do you sense a theme in my life? “Target Dollar Section”).  If memory serves, they cost me $2.50 each.

First you tack down the top two corners.   You can either do this by hand, or use a sewing machine. I opted for a sewing machine and stitched back and forth in place to make sure the stitching held up.

I used a piece of grosgrain ribbon that was 20 inches long (make sure yours is long enough to go over the kiddo’s neck, but not too long that the apron will sag). Another option is to cut two pieces of ribbon and sew at the neck.  Each piece will need to be approximately 15″ long, in order to tie it around the child’s neck.  Make sure you use a lighter to singe each edge of the ribbon so it won’t unravel.

Next, cut two more pieces of ribbon (approximately 17″ to 20″ in length) and sew them in the middle of each side, to be tied around their waste.

Another variation is to use simple dishtowel.  This option might look a bit more masculine and be a better gift for a boy.  I made this one the exact same way.  The corners were tacked down (I actually sewed these completely down since the stitching was hidden within the pattern of the towel).  And I added coordinating  ribbon to the neck and waist.

And the view from the back….

An apron paired with a children’s cookbook would make a fantastic gift!

Don’t you love them!?

Jen

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  1. That is the cutest idea! Perfect for a party. You always have the best ideas (remember that fabulous doormat)! I would love it if you stopped by today for the impossiblity challenge! Your “impossiblity” could even be one of your fabulous new projects you have coming up!

  2. These would also make a great intro project for someone – young or young at heart – who is just learning to sew on a machine. Thanks for sharing!

  3. GREAT idea, I’m adding these to my to do list.

  4. It sounds like such a great idea for a gift! Thanks!

  5. I do love them! I’m sure the birthday party was a hit too…such detail in making it special! Great project! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Adorable!! Featuring both next week on Thrifty Thursday!

  7. These are great! Thanks for sharing the how-to with us at the Show & Tell party.

    Sharon

  8. What a fascinating idea! Great tutorial. 🙂

  9. So cute- and a great idea! Wow.

  10. What an adorable idea!! Those are the things that will be kept for a lifetime!! I think you did a great job on those. Soooo cute! Thanks so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday.
    Doni

  11. Love your aprons! so cute and simple. Thanks for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can.
    gail

  12. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    What a cute and thrifty idea! I love that you used these as party favors! Thanks so much for sharing at our Be Inspired party Jen! I hope you’ll be come by often!

  13. What a cute, quick and thrifty idea. Pretty creative is I say so myself, and so little sewing. Great idea, bet all the partiers loved them. What a great way to give a special touch to the party. thanks for sharing you inspiration at Sunday’s Best. PS – I’m featuring this on FB.

  14. I love this post! I found you on Tip Junkie! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

  15. Love the simplicity of these aprons. I don’t sew, and I think I could pull this off with some no-sew tape. I am pinning this!

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Baking Themed Party

When Emmie turned four, she had a cupcake/baking themed party.  It was both fun and easy to put together!

Each little guest received a handmade cupcake invitation.

I made these from scrapbook paper, glitter glue and pink chalk.  With a little bit of time and a tiny bit of money, you can personalize some great invites!  Here is all it took…

First I printed the text on white card stock.  Then cut the frosting/cupcake top around the text (draw an image that resembles a cloud  for the top of the cupcake and use that to trace and cut around the text).  For the cupcake base, I used a stripe but any pattern or color that matches your theme will do the trick.  Next, glue both the base and ‘frosting’ together on another piece of white card stock.    And to finish off the invitation, outline the entire cupcake in pink scrapbooking chalks and then use glitter glue on the frosting for some added sparkle.  Fun, huh?

For party favors, I once again raided the dollar section at Target. I was able to get everyone a spatula and a cookie cutter and  added a few snacks along with it to a cellophane bag.  The goodie bag was tied off with some coordinating ribbon and displayed in a vase.

And last but certainly not least, the aprons!  These were definitely my favorite touch to the party.

You won’t believe how simple and inexpensive these are to make….but you’ll have to come back tomorrow for that tutorial! Even a non-sewer should be able to produce a few of these!

Instead of games, we opted for an activity for the kids. They each got to decorate their cupcakes, and then of course eat them when they were done!

Diagnosis:  Delicious!  I think the party was a success!

Make sure to come back tomorrow for the tutorial on the darling aprons!

Jen

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  1. That was such a fun party – Amelie was wearing the apron the other day! As usual, loving all your blog posts! 🙂

  2. It looks like such fun, Jen! Happy Birthday Emmie!

  3. Oh my goodness!!! I have three girls and they would go crazy for a party like this!!! I will be pinning this!!! Thanks for linking up!

    • So glad you liked the party idea! You’ll have to read today’s post…it’s the easy ‘how to’ for the $3 placemat (or dishtowel) apron. Check it out!!

      Thanks for reading.
      Jen
      athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

  4. I never thought about doing that theme for a party but it is darling. I have a feeling as a mom of 3 girls I will be using this in the future. I am a new FB fan visiting from Embellishing Life. Vicky from Mess For Less

  5. Such cute party ideas. Emmie is going to be so happy. You can throw me a party like this too. Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Sunday’s Best!

  6. What a great idea! This party looks like loads of fun!

  7. awww! brings back memories…I had a decorate your own cupcake activity at my daughter’s 5 year party. She’s 13 now. Time flies. I love all of the special touches you put into making her party special. Lucky little girl. Thanks for sharing at Show & Tell.

    Sharon

  8. oh my goodness, I love it!! My daughter just informed us she wants to be called Emmie and something like this is right up her alley! I’m hosting my first ever link party and would love it if you linked up! Great job! http://www.aturtleslifeforme.com/2012/01/share-wow-wednesday-first-ever-link.html

  9. Very sweet idea. Love the invites and the goodie bags.

  10. What a cute party! I love the party favors and aprons. I live in the Northwest too–suburb outside of Seattle.

  11. What a super cute idea, I love the little aprons and the goodies bags all things that I am sure will get used many times

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About Me

I’m Jen.
Mother of two great kids. Wife of one fantastic husband.
As newlyweds, Dan and I moved to Texas, and later to Delaware. After nine years of living away, we are finally back at home, in the northwest.
My work history is in retail – in corporate retail (for Nordstrom and The Bombay Company) as well as in brick and mortar (for The Pottery Barn).
My biggest loves (other than My Lord and my family) are decorating and communicating. For two years, I’ve contemplated starting my own blog. Often wondering if I had anything to offer the blogging world. Now that my youngest has entered kindergarten, I decided to take the plunge. It seemed like the perfect marriage for my love of decorating and communicating! So here we go!

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It’s a Girl!

Six years ago today, we heard those words “It’s a girl!”

 

I still think of her as our baby…….

 

first day home from the hospital
Jack getting acquainted with his little sister.

 

….but two days ago she lost her first tooth, and today she turned 6!  Hardly a baby anymore!

 

 

Emmie is everything “girl”. Dolls, dress up, makeup and diamond rings.  She notices when I put on a new piece of clothing or don earrings she’s never seen before.  She’s silly and snuggly and as persistent as they come.

We celebrated her special day with a group of girls from her kindergarten class.  With a birthday ten days after Christmas, the decor remained simple.

Old tissue poms that I’d made for a baby shower hung from the ceiling.

 

 

And tulips add a splash of pink to any little girls party!

 

 

The goodie bags were  easy, thanks to the dollar section at Target.

 

 

 

Today’s dessert selection was sugar cookies, frosted by the party attendees.

 

 

 

 

Happy 6th birthday, big girl!

 

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  1. Oh Jen, I remember getting her baby announcement in the mail! I hope you all had a wonderful time! The party looks wonderful.

  2. She is so precious! They grow up so fast!

    Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday!

  3. Such a sweetie and your party looks great! Thanks for linking up this week!

  4. Lisa Annie says:

    Your party ideas are absolutely precious! I, too, came up with a special party theme for my little girl (in the 80’s) when most people rented the roller rink for large parties. I just had 5 or 6 little friends over. In fact, my daughter has a new blog and I found you from her post yesterday. It’s Cate, from domesticate.

    Kudos to you for keeping it at home and making it special. I will make sure Cate sees this particular post, just in case she hasn’t seen it already. The whole event must have been a big hit!

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