$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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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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