Animal Crossing Birthday Party prep

Party prep is well underway for the big Animal Crossing birthday party! I’ll be sure and post some proper photos once it’s all said & done, with some little tips and tricks in case you decide to host your own. Meanwhile the Tom Nook piñata is finished (B said he needed to be the piñata because he’s the most annoying character in the game), and the table cloth is hemmed (fabric I made using game images and printed with Spoonflower) Next up I just need to test out the cookie cutters!

Animal Crossing Birthday Invites

animal crossing invites :
March is approaching and that means it’s almost time to celebrate B’s 11th birthday! He got a 3DS and Animal Crossing New Leaf for Christmas (which has been so much fun because now we can play together!) One night recently he said “I think I want to have an Animal Crossing themed party, we could design outfits and print out the little QR codes to include in the goodie bags” Yep, super exciting! So we have been having lots of fun planning out all the details.
For the invites we decided on bell bags. These are the little sacks of money you have in the game, we included some chocolate coins (bells) and then the invite which is printed on a leaf (card stock) also from the game. I even found an Animal Crossing font to use for all the info.
If you’d like to make your own, I have some easy instructions below!
You’ll need:
Invite & Star Pdf
-Jute or Burlap Bags, I got mine at Hobby Lobby $3.99 for a 3-pack. You can purchase larger quantities online like 4×6 pack of 50 if you plan on having a big party!
red cord
inkjet printable iron on transfers for the stars
-needle with a large eye for threading the string through bags
Chocolate Gold Coins

First cut the existing string off of the bag, and remove. Bell bags in animal crossing have red string. Next follow the instructions on your iron on transfers to print your stars. Cut out and position on the bag and iron in place. Since the bags are woven I found it helped after ironing while the transfer was still warm (not hot) to gently press into the bag with my finger. You might want to wear a glove or use a potholder to help press down.

Now thread your needle with a length of string about 8-10 inches long. Weave the needle in and out going around the entire bag and bringing both ends out on the same side. Tie these in a knot. Now do the same thing with another length of string only make sure the ends come out on the opposite side. This way when you pull both string knots the bag will close smoothly.

Print out your invites, tuck them into the bags with a few chocolate bells and your ready to mail them out! We will be shipping ours out in small padded envelopes this weekend.
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Flowers In The Attic

When I was growing up I had a V.C. Andrews phase (perhaps you did too?) I was mostly obsessed with the book Flowers In The Attic, the subsequent novels, and movie. If you’ve never heard of Flowers In The Attic here’s a little blurb I found online …..It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake–a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.
So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.
Just for a little while.
But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work–children who–one by one–must be destroyed….

Totally disturbing book with whippings & incest, yet totally engrossing to teenage me.

Recently I saw the film was on Netflix and I told Tom that we just had to watch it, and he was game. It was still just as good as I remember, but I kept mixing up stuff from the book which was left out of that first film. Yep, “first” film. A few days after we watched it I happened to see on Facebook that there is a new remake coming out. A made for tv Lifetime movie this January, and I can’t wait! It is rumored to stay very true to the book, so I am excited to see what they do with it.
Of course my first thought was it would be awesome to have a themed viewing party (this is just where my mind goes) so I made a little pin-board with some ideas.

-The obvious food of choice would need to be homemade powdered sugar donuts, or if you want to match the first film big oversized sugar cookies covered in powdered sugar.
-If you have a bar cart, the food can be wheeled into the room under domed dishes.
-People could come dressed as their favorite or most hated character. Maybe Cathy in a sad pair of ballet flats, very pale makeup. Maybe The Grandmother with her stern black dress.
-The decorations would need to be simple construction paper flowers like the twins make in the attic.
-Stop in used bookshops and pick up a few copies of the book, decoration and then gifts or prizes, maybe some Dollanganger trivia!
-You could also lay some fake mice around (Cory’s pet mouse…Fred, or Mickey again depending on film vs novel) Or make some candy shaped like mice to add to the food.
The movie premieres January 18th on Lifetime, so there is plenty of time for planning. ;)