This vibrant and colorful art party came to me from Katie Guess, created for her daughter Olivia's 2nd birthday at the Marbles Museum. Highlights include custom crayons and invitations created as coloring pages, handmade pocket aprons and the infamous rainbow cake. There is so much true originality in these party details! Read on for more creative ideas from Katie...
Every once in a while, my real world and blog worlds collide and it's always exciting when they do. I first talked to Jill of Paperbox Press about her growing party invitation and stationary business over a year ago online. About 6 months later after Caitlin was born, I joined a local mom's club and discovered she was also a member- I had no idea we even lived in the same state! Like I said, small world. Anyway, I've been meaning to share some of Jill's products and designs for a while, and that time is now... here are just a few examples of all her shop offers.
I'd recommend these party invitations not just for the cute designs, but also for their print quality. I had a chance to see them in person and they come on a soft, thick cardstock that looks and feels great, even with double-sided printing (a very cool option as you can see below).
Best of all, this month Jill is offering some adorable FREE printable Valentine's Day Cards. You can download and print as many as you want for free, or have them customized for only $6. They make perfect little valentine notes for classmates, teachers and loved ones. Take advantage & enjoy!
Basic Banana Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt (or 1/4 tsp table salt)
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas (about 4 bananas)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 8" cake round.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir until well combined. Pour batter into prepared cake pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the cake comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.