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Squeaker will be turning two on December 5th. Last year, we didn’t go all out for her birthday because I’m in the firm belief that birthday parties/fancy gatherings are more for the parents in the early years. Chances are highly likely that my precious toddler will not remember her second birthday party and I know she won’t remember her first birthday party. But that won’t stop me from inviting close friends and family over to help mark the occasion. Which also means I have to figure out how to decorate. Last year we didn’t do much. This year, we don’t have much of a plan at all. Usually I would turn to trusty google or Pinterest for inspiration, but instead… I wanted to wing it. Not always the best idea, but I think this year, it just might worth with an easy DIY centerpiece that also doubles as a take-home gift station.
When it comes to crafting, I’m at Martha Stewart’s level… In my head. Oh yes, in my head, I have a DIY/craft empire that reaches worldwide and inspires millions. I have my own TV show, magazine, successful line of books, and my own line of craft supplies in the works. And then reality hits me sharply in the head and says- stop dreaming. It’s not that I can’t craft… I can. But I’m not as fabulous at it as I’d like to be. Yet. Or maybe my problem is that I haven’t found my exact calling when it comes to crafts. I’ll find it someday, I’m sure. And in the meantime, I can be Martha fabulous in my head.
And I won’t let my lack of a crafting gene stop me in the meantime. I’ll just keep going and hope that one day it all falls into place. Otherwise I can’t really justify those wants and urges to buy Washi tape in bulk…. when in reality, it’s likely going to collect dust with the stacks of scrapbook paper on my shelf.
So why attempt to DIY decorations for my toddler’s party?
Well, because we’re on a tight budget and because at the end of the day; decorations aren’t going to matter. So I can get away with my attempts and our guests have a great little take-away at the end of it.
- C-Packs (OREO, OREO Double Stuf, Nutter Butter, RITZ, Chips Ahoy!)
- Wrapping paper
First, I had to figure out my configuration for my centerpiece:
Not as artistic as I would have liked, but you can certainly be creative with your layout! Adjust accordingly, depending on how many boxes you plan to use.
Next, was wrapping the boxes. So, while my craft skills may be lacking, I can wrap presents (with corners) like a parent on Christmas Eve.
After adjusting the OREO cookies on the wrapping paper, my next step was to adjust the wrapping paper. I cut that piece in half and then secured one of the ends of the wrapping paper to the top OREO box. After getting the long sides taped, I worked on the short sides. After pinching in the paper, I folded the top a tiny bit and then again before securing it with more tape.
This process was repeated for the remaining boxes and then stacked together like my initial display. I think I’ll jazz it up a bit with some ribbon to make it look more festive.
And, when the party is over, some of our guests have a little gift to take home with them!
The OREO and Double Stuf OREO got packaged together. I’m not expecting for too many guests this weekend so I aim low. If we need more, I’ll get more. We go to Walmart enough for every day, weekly, and monthly needs and the C-Packs are so easy to find! They’re right near the register so it’s easy to plop right into your cart.
What would you make with your boxes?