Father’s Day Craft — It’s Not Too Late!

It’s so great having a dad in your life who’s a cliche. There are so many more Father’s Day craft ideas out there when Dad loves fishing or golfing as opposed to say, handcuff collecting.

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Love might even be an understatement when it comes to my husband‘s relationship with fly fishing. So when it came to Father’s Day, I knew the only thing that would make him happy would be a day on the water. That, and an adorable handmade, heart-made gift from the two greatest little people in our lives:

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Thank you, Pinterest!

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Jed’s Bug Birthday Party

We celebrated Jed’s birthday at our house just a little over a month ago and I’m finally getting around to sharing all of my crafty Pinteresting party planning. (Better late than never, right?)

We let him choose the theme. It took him about half a second to decide on bugs. For anyone planning a boys’ birthday party, here’s a little insect inspiration.

the invitations

Last year, I made the mistake of e-vites. Great in theory and for the budget, but turned out a few of the moms from Jed’s class never check their email and totally missed out. So this year, we hand-delivered straight to the cubbies — unless they never pick their kids up from school, I figured this was failsafe. Found these on Etsy from Olive & Star Paper Designs. They were wonderful to work with and did a super quick turnaround:

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the food

With a 3-5pm party time, I didn’t have to worry about a full-on meal and instead went with filling, healthy (bug) bites. We went all out with bug-themed snacks and an a-MAZE-ing cake from DOUGH, my favorite client and bakery in Asheville.

This pic doesn't really fo justice to the magnitude and deliciousness of this cake. Pastry Chef Ali Caulfield crafted a beetle coming out of the "dirt" just for Jed... his favorite bug:)
This pic doesn’t really do justice to the magnitude and deliciousness of this cake. Pastry Chef Ali Caulfield crafted a beetle coming out of the “dirt” just for Jed… his favorite bug:)
Caterpillars made from grapes with white frosting and mini-chocolate chips for eyes, put together on toothpicks.
Caterpillars made from grapes with white frosting and mini-chocolate chips for eyes, put together on toothpicks.
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P “Bee” and J: mini sandwiches in the shape of bugs, using bug cookie cutters.
Adult refreshments out back:)
Adult refreshments out back:)

the entertainment

If I could go back in time and teach myself balloon art rather than babysit, I would. In Asheville, a super smart kid who goes by Mr. Twister, has it made. He’s adorable, great with the kids and super talented. He made bug balloons for all of our guests including this dragonfly for me:) He even learned two new balloon bugs just for Jed’s party.

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We also had a bug scavenger hunt. I bought mini-magnifying glasses and a bag o’ bugs online from Amazon and hid 144 bugs all over the house. I gave extra “points” for anyone who found and got rid of any real bugs;)

decorations

I didn’t do too much in the way of decorating. I used some burlap fabric I had leftover from a Baby Q that I hosted last year, which I used for the table cover and made this very nifty Very Hungry Caterpillar out of balloons. I figured with other bug balloons bouncing about and bugs scattered all over the house, that was enough.

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And being close to Halloween, I was able to take advantage of a bunch of spider stuff out there, like for napkins and plates and our spider pinata. The pinata was probably overkill — had plenty to fill the two hours without it– but I thought I was self-editing when I held back on the two bug crafts I had planned. No one can say there wasn’t enough to do! In addition to the pinata candy (organic and low on sugar from this dentist’s daughter) and scavenger hunt bugs, kids brought home favor bags with Spiderman bubbles, glow-in-the-dark bug stickers and bug tattoos.

With disposable yet recyclable plates and a very helpful mother-in-law, clean-up was a breeze!

And, most importantly, everyone including parents seems to have a good time.

Cuppow and Uses for Mason Jar Lids

I’m obsessed with the Cuppow. It’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” inventions that’s so clever, I never would’ve actually thought of it.

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Image via thinkgeek.com
Image via thinkgeek.com

It basically turns your mason jar into an adult sippy cup. When you replace the mason jar lid with the Cuppow, you only keep the rim of the lid, leaving you with a metal circle. I hated the idea of discarding it, so I kept it around until I finally found its purpose in my kitchen as a spoon rest.

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I also found these other ways to use your Cuppow castaways via Pinterest. Do you have any mason jar lid uses to add?

Pinteresting Picture Wall

If it weren’t for Pinterest, I’d never remember the wonderful ideas I find all over the Internet — like this dynamic yet simple hanging how-to I found from MarthaStewart.com:

Measuring accurately to keep that inch and a half of negative space between the top and bottom row of pictures drove me to the brink of insanity… and turned my wall into baby Swiss. Much like a new nurse with her first patient trying to find that pesky vein. Lots of trial and error (despite my measuring tape and level). Lots of holes.

I finally gave up and eyeballed the last three frames. I’m pretty proud of how it turned out:

I still have plenty of room to build out on top and underneath, but the difficult part is done — I’ve established the line. My next wall project awaits me in my Pinterest account, also via MarthaStewart.com:

Source: marthastewart.com via Lindsey on Pinterest

I never thought of myself as a Martha girl before. Is Martha changing or am I?

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