So my friend and I started plotting and had the birthday girl set aside some time for a "craft day." First on the list - hats! About a week before the party my friend and I got together to make fun little Mad Hatter type hats for everyone.
And the birthday got one a little bigger and brighter. We used this tutorial for the hats and it worked like a charm. We used plastic cups and the fabric still attached to it with the hot glue just fine. We didn't use the cup lids for the tops of the hats - we just traced around the lip of the cup and cut a piece out of an old cereal box. Then we attached it all to alligator clips so they would stay in our hair. If I were to do it again I probably would have gone with headbands. I think the hats would have stayed in place on our heads better with those.
This little guy was the only kiddo not old enough to be in school while we were working on everything. He wasn't a fan and made it very hard for his mommy to do much. Luckily he was in a much better mood on the day of the party and the entire time we were setting up he had that cute smile plastered on his face while he happily played in the playpen (phew!).
The clock came directly off my kitchen wall ;) I already had it taken down and the hands off all ready to pack up and it made the perfect base for the centerpiece. Add in a few colorful flowers, the misdirection sign posts and mismatched tableware and the bright eclectic look was pretty easy to pull off.
And aren't the key adorable?! I ran across them at JoAnn's a couple years ago in the dollar section with the intention of framing them somehow but haven't done it yet.
The menu included: southwestern egg rolls, pigs in a blanket, buffalo winge, fruit skewers, individual 7-layer dips and chips, miniture chocolate cupcakes and tiny caramel tarts. The teapot was filled with cold sweet tea and we also had pumpkin hot chocolate to drink.