Monday, September 14, 2009

Les Petites Chefs Birthday Party Invitations

It's going to be such a fun week! Saturday, we're having a birthday party for Olive. The theme is "Les Petites Chefs" (how chic! how French! how very Julie and Julia of us!) We're bringing in the ladies from Sticky Fingers Cooking to teach the party guests some kitchen how-to. But more on the party details later. Today, I want to share the invitations.

Last week, I was sent a Cricut die cut machine to test out, so I decided Olive's party invitations were the perfect reason to pull it out and see what it could do.

After playing around with the Cricut for a while to get comfortable (I had never even seen one of these machines before, so I really had no idea what to expect) Maude and Olive and I designed some invitations that would use a million diecuts and really show off our mad Cricut skillz.

Basically, we cut out oversize hangtags (I'll note here, that cutting out all sorts of shaped tags in all sorts of sizes and colors will probably be my most used Cricut feature), and used the new From My Kitchen cartridge to cut out assorted cooking-related shapes we could display on the tags.

Then we attached the kitchen-themed tags to wooden spoons. So adorable! We actually tried 3 different ways of attaching our little tags, and couldn't ultimately decide on a favorite. So we gave out invitations using all 3 versions (and used up a bunch of my ribbon scraps in the process — love it.)

What do you think? Next up to work on: party plans and party favors.


Hey. If you want to get in on the Cricut action, there are a couple of big Cricut-related contests going on. Visit Today's Mama to see their Great Escape Contest — you could win a Cricut or 4 New Cartridges. And Cricut itself, is running a Great Gypsy Escape Contest — win one of 200 Gypsies or one of 20+ travel packages. Nice!

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Blogger *A* said...

Very cute idea!

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 3:16:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Michelle B said...

this is a fantastic idea! Too cute!

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 3:24:00 PM EDT  
Blogger MOMS Club Rio Rancho South said...

That sounds like such a fun party and the invites are adorable! Can't wait for more details, I would love to have a party like this for my daughter when she's older. I could even do the demo stuff. :)

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 3:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger fffabulous said...

Wow! SO CUTE!!

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 3:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kara said...

I love it!!! I am totally jealous of your mad skills!! You probably make all the other moms in your ward jealous (your the cool mom!)

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 3:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Miranda said...

-gasp!- These are fantastic! I'm thinking I should throw a similar birthday party for MYSELF! Thanks for sharing the name of the cartridge too. I've been wanting a kitchen themed one to come out.

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 3:58:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Mixing Bowl Mama said...

Awesome, awesome! I can't tell you how much I love to see kids cooking and getting busy in the kitchen!

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 4:22:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous amyks said...

Super cute idea...a little hard to mail though:)

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 4:24:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Erin S. said...

Fabulous! The wooden spoons are a great touch too!

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 4:32:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Emily N. said...

Love the invites and can't wait to see more of the party plans! For favors, what about pulling out the YUDU and printing some aprons, or oven mitts?? Oh, my creative brain is on overload with ideas! :o)

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 4:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

tres chic. have a great party. thanks for the report on cricut. i've been wondering.

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 5:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kendra@My Insanity said...

Very cute! Looks like it will be a fabulous party! Wish I were Olive's friend!

I wonder what one has to have a Cricut show up at their house to try out. You can let the Cricut people know that I'd be happy to give it a whirl, too. :-)

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger pinkstilettos said...

These are so adorable! Love it! Daisy~

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 8:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amy said...

Oh, so cute! i would love someone to help me find a way to do a super hero party that is not that possible?

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger 3StinkyBoysAndMe said...

What an awesome idea! So unique!

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:28:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Jen said...

What a darling idea! I bet these would make great gifts as well. (Using the tags as recipe cards). Hmm . . . maybe I'll try this for X-mas.

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jennifer Brailsford said...

Such a great idea. I hope the party is as fun as the invitations look.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 12:25:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Petit Elefant said...

Oh I cannot even handle the cuteness. I must start using the tags button on my Cricut.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 2:07:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Paula Duailibi Homor said...

I've never seen anything so cute in my entire life!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 8:47:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

This is darling! I love it! Sure wish I had a Cricut!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 8:58:00 AM EDT  
Blogger kelly said...

the party sounds like so much fun! can't wait to hear the details!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 10:32:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Cafe Johnsonia said...

Now I think I need a Cricut.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 10:54:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Cyn said...

Those are adorable and will make your guests so excited to come to the party! I'm currently making tags for my shop, so I may have to borrow the idea of tying them to a wooden spoon to photograph. Always looking for ways to spice up product shots - thanks, as always, for the inspiration! Can't wait to see the favors :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 11:18:00 AM EDT  
Blogger You Are My Fave said...

These are so great. And I love the idea of a cooking party.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 12:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger natalie said...

Did you send these invites out via mail? If so how were they mailed?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 12:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Heidi said...

Those invitations are darling.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 12:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Aurora said...

What a great, fun party idea! I can't wait to see what else you have planned!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 12:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Terri said...

These invites are darling! I might copy, in fact. You do the absolute greatest things for your kids' birthdays! Go find your kids right now and tell them how lucky they are to have you as a mom.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 2:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Design Mom said...

So glad you like them!

Thank you for the kind words, everybody.

For those who are curious about mailing, I wish I had better information -- we ended up just delivering them door-to-door. There weren't very many and I thought it would be easier.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 2:40:00 PM EDT  
Blogger peata said...

what awesome invitations!
love them.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 9:50:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Micah and Katie said...

Oh I love your invitations!! They turned out great. I just got a Cricut to and have been having fun doing lots of different things with it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 8:48:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Janika said...

I love chef parties! Have you checked out Family Fun's chef party? They have awesome instructions for tissue paper chef hats that turn out so cute--see here for my version:
It does seem crazy expensive to have someone else do the party, though! I think this party could be done on the cheap with just ingredients around the house, a bit of creativity and some tolerance for a mess!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 8:52:00 AM EDT  
Blogger SteamyKitchen said...

that's way cute!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 11:02:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Stephanie said...

so wish i had seen this for my son's chef b-day party last year! way cute!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 10:36:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tania said...

OOOH, I cannot believe they sent you a Cricut! I have had the old (smaller) one for a couple of years & love it. I really want the new one, because it's bigger and CAN CUT FABRIC - also can cut vinyl.

I've been trying to think of how I can justify buying the new one, when the one I have works perfectly well .....

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 2:07:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Polly R said...

These look great! So original! I want one! :) X

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 1:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Nance said...

Such a cute party idea. I love the invites. I'm filing this away for my kids' future birthday ideas.

Monday, September 21, 2009 at 10:01:00 PM EDT  

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