Boys Thirteenth Birthday Banner

My youngest son is soon to be a teenager. Thirteen is something special to look forward to. It us also a good reason to celebrate. In my effort to find balance this year I also need to be more organised so I am getting ready early instead of needing to sit up the night before doing this kind of thing.

That should also help find balance in enjoying the time on his special day more instead of being dog tired. I really am enjoying the focus on my one little word this year.

This project is the start to part of some decorations I am planning. Plus it may become the front or title page for a mini album with photo’s from the day.

I have used Industrial Collab from Viva Artistry and Studio Gypsy. They worked perfectly with banner templates from The Cutting Files. Plus some brads and also some metal gears from Tim Holtz. Here’s a close up of some detail for you.

I’ll be back later with a tutorial showing how to make this.

High Tea

Today Chloe celebrated turning 13. She had requested a proper tea party with a purple and green theme.

Eight well dressed young ladies, lots of giggles, cake, pots of tea and sandwiches later, it was declared a success.

We had a hat decorating session when everyone arrived, after which we played another game. Chloe opened some lovely gifts and then it was onto the eating. Everyone seemed to enjoy the tea party. One girl declaring she was in heaven as ‘the spread looked so beautiful’.

A Serious Face for a Serious Job

The boys took their job of butler very seriously. It created a fun atmosphere and everyone got into the party mode very quickly. We wondered if we had created a problem for ourselves. The girls loved it so much they may want ‘tea with a butler’ every day. 🙂 Jarred is wearing the sunglasses at the request of one of the young ladies who said he looks like someone out of ‘Men in Black’. He earned the nickname ‘shades’ by the end of the party.

Chloe had a wonderful time too. She absolutely loves all things ‘cupcake’ which made the choice of a giant one for the birthday cake fairly obvious.

We held it early as school breaks up on Wednesday and her friends are all leaving kingdom for the Christmas break. Which meant no one was going to be here. With Christmas being so close to her birthday as well it seemed better to have it now.

All in all it was a fun , if exhausting 🙂 day.