I'm a very last minute person. Drives my husband insane. Coming up with gifts for Valentine's Day isn't going to happen until the last hour. I came across some easy ideas you can bust out that will have you looking like you've had it under control all along.
Izzy decided on a small slumber party for her upcoming 7th birthday. I was ELATED!!! While I have enjoyed her large birthday parties with several friends and parents, planning can get a little stressful. I'm looking forward to this more laid back party. Even though it's not going to be extravagant (not that the others were, but you know what I mean) I still want it to be special. She has asked for a Sleeping Beauty theme, so I'm going to go that direction without making it obnoxious.
INVITES: I'm really digging the ease ofPaperless Postevites. They have beautiful options at great prices and several that are FREE. Couldn't be more quick and simple. I chose this one and had it customized and emailed out in just a couple of minutes.
ACTIVITY: While they're waiting on pizza to be delivered I thought they would have fun coloring these princess themed pillow cases. Izzy is freaking out over it and I can hardly keep her from coloring hers in already :D I purchased the fabric on Etsy through Southern Stitch Fabric (looks like she's out of the castle fabric now, so I've linked to another supplier on Etsy below)and stitched the pillow cases up using the tutorial on The Mouse House blog. Seriously, how fun is this!!!
I feel like this has been SUCH a long time coming. The last time Sam had a "finished" room was in his nursery back when we lived in Kansas. He only had that room for a couple of months before we moved to TX. We lived in a rental while we waited on our house to be built. I had no desire to decorate a room that was only going to be used for a little while. Once we moved into the new house I knew it wouldn't be too long before he would be out of his crib, so his room waited some more. Ugh. I know he didn't care, but I felt bad for the little guy. Finally, two years after being in our house and many DIY's later, Sam has a finished room! Woohoo! Can I get an amen!!!
Before I get into it, I want to bring it back to how it looked before we started. I only have this one photo. I just stuck everything in there from the last house. And hated it. The curtains were obviously too short for the taller ceilings/windows, but I put them up anyways (Looking back I have no clue why).
Too much ugly, let's get to some pretty. I've already shared with you guys the portion of his room with his bed on it as I worked my way through the DIY's.
Everything over here has special meaning. The dresser was his great grandmothers that I repainted years ago for Izzy's big girl room. A lot of the art was reused from his original nursery with some other pieces added in, mostly DIY's. Might be hard to see, but the photo in the bottom black frame is of my grandfather who tipped his plane on its nose during a hard landing. The antlers were found in Papa Moo Moo's barn on one of our visits. The globe was bought for his nursery and I wanted to keep it out since Sam loves looking at it to see if he can find where Grandma and Grandpa live. And the basket holds Mike's old baseball bats and glove.
I put a hanging chair in here for his because, hey, it's fun! It's also super comfy. Seriously, I could relax in that thing all day. But warning (and this shouldn't come as a surprise) kids are gonna swing the heck out of these so make sure you've got that puppy anchored into a ceiling beam and give yourself enough swinging space!
To keep his growing collection of stuffed animals from being piled up on the floor, I hung some baskets from the wall on hooks.
He loves his room. And that's all I could ask for.