Olympic Games 2013

I think there were a few moms giving me the stink-eye when they arrived at this party. Rest assured, fellow parents, this party took the better part of a month to plan, organize, and execute. It involved driving to multiple Targets looking for the right sizes of white t-shirts, carefully planning the movement of the teams around the activities only to throw the plan to the wind once it started and soccer took 5x as long as all the other sports, figuring out how to structure the awards so everyone got medals, but the individual winners also got acknowledged, building things, crafting galore, and of course watching the weather predictions for 10 days straight!

It was a little like child birth. Totally scary, super exciting, and slightly exhausting. My son is already asking for Olympics 2014, so hopefully in 11 months all that I will remember are these sweet moments.

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Parade of Nations (complete with downloaded National Anthems of all the countries as well as the Olympic theme song.)

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Events: Long Jump, Gymnastics (seat jumps/min), Basketball Around the World and Knock-out, Soccer Around the World

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Good Sportsmanship and Team Spirit were acknowledged with trophies

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DIY Water Bottle Labels

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For today’s project I’m making custom labels for the party this weekend. I use Pages for laying out images- it’s like a simplified Photoshop and Illustrator rolled into one.

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After cutting them all out with the paper cutter, I’m affixing them to the water bottles with packing tape. Simple as that.

And normally I would be crazed about the water bottles all being uniform in size, but I know from experience that kids never notice that stuff and I might as well use up what I have left over from previous parties.

DIY T-shirts

I’m bringing the Olympic Games to Venice for my son’s upcoming 8th birthday. Needless to say, there is a lot of planning involved, especially since I decided to invite the entire second grade class! Right now I’m finishing up the team t-shirts. I am kind of obsessed with the Avery transfer paper- they are very easy to use and the results are pretty great.

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Paperless Post

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Paperless Post

I’ve loved Paperless Post for years. It’s such a smart concept and so well executed. They have a great selection of invitations, but I also love just sending their thoughtful cards to my friends and family at random.
Here is a Paperless Post invite for my son’s upcoming birthday. Stay tuned for more pictures from the actual event…