Saturday, 8 September 2012

A butterfly themed b'day party

Here's a post that's been lying in the drafts half completed for long. I had to post this before talking about my  next themed party. I'm dying to talk about it.

I planned and threw a semi-themed birthday party for my daughter's 2nd B'day.  She really didn't have too many preferences of her own till then and I'm not too fond of extreme girly themes like Barbie and Princess etc. So I decided to go for a neutral theme. The theme I chose was "Butterfly".

I have a friend and neighbor(SM) who shares a lot of my interests and we take up most projects together.
My son, SM and I made some very simple invitation cards with butterflies on them.  We fan-folded 2 different colors of crepe paper and stuck them down in the center with a ribbon. The crepe papers looked like wings and the ribbon strip like the body. We split the ribbon on top and curled them to make the antennae. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take pics.
These days I'm pretty charged up about conserving our environment. (Again SM shares this sentiment and is in fact a Phd in Environmental Sciences and is almost an activist when it comes to reducing the usage of plastics) So we made goody bags from old newspapers with a rope for the handles. And I was so proud of them! :) My SIL, who happened to be around also pitched in for this.
Along with some return gifts like books, I also put some butterfly shaped goody pouches in them. Now this was an interesting idea I found on the internet. They were so simple to make yet so cute. I found it here which was taken from here. And this is how I made mine -

Ek titali...
(One butterfly...)

I bought small zip pouches and filled them with different toffees and candies and some Cadbury's Gems. I folded the bags and put colorful clothes clips in the middle. The tutorials I'd refered to called for googli eyes for the butterfly's eyes and pipe cleaner for the anternnae. I didn't think I would find them anywhere closeby so easily. So I used small back sticker Bindis (The colorful dots and circles that Indian women sport on their foreheads) for eyes :). 

Ek, ek karke...
(One by one...)
Now came the tricky antennae...  Since I made them late into the previous night, I had to make do with the stuff I had available at home...Finally I just rolled pieces of crepe paper, folded them in half and stuck them into the clothes clips. What do you think?

Anek titaliyan!
(Many butterflies!)
The cake - I had this idea I had seen somewhere for an easy butterfly shaped cake. My first (actually second) attempt at making and decorating the cake myself for a party. I decorated it with the stuff available easily here like colored sugar and Cadbury's Gems.

Butterfly shaped birthday cake

While I'm at discussing cakes, I thought I could share a pic of the muffins I had baked for the party. ;)

Vanilla muffins with chocolate frosting
And it was such a coincidence that a number of gifts my little one received had butterflies on them - a frock with butterfly motifs, a lunch box in the shape of a butterfly and a toy wrapped in a butterfly print paper!

This was all I could manage in the short time after I decided on the theme. But butterfly themed ideas kept coming for a couple of weeks after that. :)

My next attempt was slightly bigger in scale - A "Save the Earth" theme for my son's b'day last month. I'm dying to talk about that's saved for another (long) post.

Ah it's already Saturday morning! So here's my entry for Paint Party Friday...a WIP of a Kerala Mural painting. Just the sketch is done. I have to start filling in the colors now. Since its Saturday, I'm also linking this to Show and tell saturday #25 at Artists in Blogland. This is a first for me although I've once participated in the Monthly challenge hosted on this wonderful blog.
(I wasn't able to capture the pencil sketch properly so I used the auto correct options of the photo editor which made the sketch clear but gave a photocopy look to it)

Krishna with Gopis


  1. Who doesn't love butterflies, and what a great theme for your daughter's birthday.

  2. I can see why it took two tries to make the cake it looks hard, the drawing will look amazing with color.

  3. Your butterflies with the clip bodies are so very clever. and the butterfly cookies look fantastic. What a party!

  4. very creative butterfly birthday things ~ sketch is excellent ~ well done ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  5. I have a High School and College age daughters, but clearly remember all their birthday parties. I love all the cool butterfly theme items you created for your daughter. As to your drawing, it's stunning! Hopefully I'll get to see your finished piece. Blessings!

  6. i think those butterflies are such a cleaver idea!! Your sketch for the upcoming painting is marvelous. Can't wait to see it complete. Happy PPF

  7. what a great theme for your daughter's party. Cool ideas with the goody bags and cake! I love your sketch of Sri Krishna. Visiting you from AIB!

  8. What a party! Looks like a fabulous event! I love your sketch- so many great lines in it- can't wait to see where you take it next!

  9. I go all out for my children's parties as well, and I try to make most of everything, so reusing and recycling what I can. Love what you did, especially the goody bags, such a simple brilliant idea!

    Love the sketch as well.

  10. Your butterflies are gorgeous and the sketch is beautiful too !

  11. Well happy birthday 2 yr old!!! And mommy too.
    what clever ideas i bet all the other mommies and kids enjoyed.

    Your "sketch" at the bottom is detailed and stunning. Now it will have color too? I can hardly wait!


  12. Those butterflies are great!! What a fantastic idea... and your Krishna sketch is awesome. Please share it again when you've added color. xox