Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Birthday Planning Week 5... PLUS a giveaway!!

Hello peeps!

So, birthday planning is still in full effect!!

After a long four weeks, we are now getting to the wire, with less than a month left!!!  EEK!

At this point, I like to figure out the invitations, since I should be handing them out in the next few weeks... if I were responsible and not a total procrastinator...

Well, if you saw my post on party printables here, you know that my one-stop for all my party goods is definitely Scribbles.  So, my sister and I collaborated and this is what she sent me:

Umm, ya- AMAZING!!  I didn't think it could get any better than this- I was totally in love... Until, a couple minutes later she sent another email with the attached message:
"just messing around and thought I would try it in chalkboard, too!"

HOLY MOLY!  Just when you think you couldn't possibly love something more, they go and totally out-do themselves!

So, drumroll please, here is the final result:

Isn't she FABULOUS!!???  I couldn't have dreamed up a better invite, let alone make one!  I was over-the-moon excited and ready to get my party on!

Once I had lined out all of the details, sat down with my soon-to-be-3-year-old and devised a guest list, and poured over pinterest pictures, I decided I needed some inserts.

If you know me, you know that I hate LOATHE clutter.  And birthday parties typically bring with them tons and tons of un-needed toys.  I always try and find some clever way to get around the gift-giving aspect- Just come and enjoy the day with my son!  So, this time, I thought WHITE ELEPHANT would go along with the theme and be perfect- this way everyone goes home with a toy and we can all ditch an already-loved masterpiece hidden away in our toy rooms!  SCORE!
Next step, consult the paper magician, and this my friends, is where the magic continues!
 But, why stop there, right?!  Lol- I decided to add 2 more informative and fun inserts to really bring home the circus feel!

 Really, I could not be happier with the final result!  Top it off with a cute picture of my son (in case the guest forgot who boston was, huh) And, VIOLA!

Admit one happy mom who now has cramped fingers AND the cutest invite EVER for her son!  Along with a list of invites. 

Check and check!

We are well on our way!  Circus party here we come!!

And now, for those of you who really don't care about my crazy party addiction, I know what you really came for....


Here we go- the first giveaway this week is....

THIS HEADBAND from my messyproject shoot made by a sweet local crafter:

LOVE IT???  I thought you might!!

Although I am sad to see it go, I am happy to find it a loving new home!!

To enter:

*Like my facebook page

*follow THIS blog

*follow me on instagram: cindylookyloo

*Follow me on twitter: cindylookyloo

*comment here and tell me what things you did

One point per item completed- ready, set, GO!  You have until Friday night at 12am!

As always, have a wonderful day!!!


Friday, June 21, 2013

Birthday Planning WEEK 4!


Well, I have been awful at keeping in touch- must be the four kids under five.


I plan to make it up to you- with some catch-up blogging.

So, although we are in week 7 {yes, the party is next week- YIKES}, I will be posting what I did during weeks 4-7 and get you all caught up so that next week we can..


Before I get started on week 4, and since it's been forever since I blogged, let's recap:

Theme- Circus/Carnival antique

Location- Grandpa's house

Colors- Red, Blue, Mustard

Budget- $250

Inventory of what I have- ridiculous

List of Games- fun!

Bought Food- $18

Cupcake List- Delicious

So, we've got a lot done- but, we have a LOOOONG way to go!

Now, let's get to the Semi, in the the Semi-homemade.  First, I check out what Oriental Trading has, line it up with the decor and games I've chosen.  But, I don't stop there.  Because, well, we're on a budget- REMEMBER??

So, I then cross-reference the items I want on Amazon and see who has the better deal.

Let me just save you some time: it's Amazon.

9/10 they have the item cheaper.  So, here we go:

*100 twisty balloons {balloon animal booth} $9.59
*100 ft. pennant banner {just looked cute} $8.07
*Jumbo Clown Bow-tie $6.24
*12 Clown Noses {party favor} $4.54
*Dart balloons {for balloon pop booth} $5.05
*Face paint kit {face painting booth} $10.96
*Clown Wig {photo booth} $3.90
*Black Top Hat {photo booth/Boston's outfit} $5.03
*12 darts {balloon pop booth} $4.32
*Ring toss rings {soda pop toss} $5.29
*tax- $1.23

TOTAL: $64.23

Leaving us with 85.77 for decor and games!

GREAT!!  We will need every penny to pull this off! ;)

Now, since we're in the buying mode- I like to get the party favors figured out.  It's a good idea to figure this out as soon as possible, so week 4 is perfect- a month left gives me plenty of time to order things on line, if need be.  

First, I looked through my party-supply stash... which, is always a good place to start- no sense buying something you already have!

I found 12 popcorn cups- PERFECT to hold some goodies!

Now, what to fill it with...

Conveniently, I bought a whole stash of glasses a few months ago... I'm thinking a clown theme?  Glasses and a red clown nose.  PERFECT!  So far, all I've spent is the $4.54 from my amazon order.  SCORE!  Now, I need something fun and exciting for the kids.  

As I've been shopping over the last couple months, I've placed 1-2 barnum animal craker boxes in my cart, just-in-case.  {scurry to my stash and what do I find: TEN boxes}  Thank goodness for my ocd desire to grab things here and there.

All I need now are TWO barnum animal boxes, and priced at $1.50 a piece, that is hardly breaking the bank!

So, we have super cute popcorn cups filled with some clown essentials {nose and glasses} and a sweet treat to take home {animal crackers}.

At a whopping $7.54

Leaving us with 82.77!!

Ahhh, the life of a budget blow-out is FABULOUS! 

Boy, I'm pooped- let's call it a day in party-planning!

But, don't go too far--- in case you haven't noticed: IT'S JUNE!!

And, what does JUNE mean for Looky Loo fans???!!!


Next week we are going to blow up your screens with giveaways EVERYDAY!

So don't forget to check back!

Also, see how our party comes together as I give you the last few weeks and count down the last days until BOSTON'S BLOW OUT CIRCUS BONANZA!!

Until then,

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!


{of course I couldn't do an entire blog post without a pic- check out this preview of the birthday boy}