Annie’s birthday party is in five days, so we’ve reached the critical ZOMG SO MUCH TO DO stage. That means prioritizing the to-do list and then delegating or eliminating. Have I ever mentioned that I’m not good at delegating? Because I am terrible at it.
Most of the “crucial” things are done, or almost done. I say that jokingly because is anything really crucial in a party for a four-year-old, other than cake (ironically, the cake has not been taken care of.)? This is all just extra stuff, and if something doesn’t get done, it doesn’t have any impact on how fun the party will be.
I’ve been getting very acquainted with my sewing machine, as I’ve been using it to make the party favor capes and cuffs. I was joking with Mike that the best way to learn how to use a new sewing machine is to make thirty of the same thing. Bonus points if you’re giving those thirty things away, to kids! None of them will care which stitch I used. I ended up making the capes with two pieces of fabric instead of hemming the edges, it was much easier. The capes just need velcro at the neck and they’ll be done.
I was going to sew shields and initials onto the back of the capes but that is at the bottom of my priority list. I might still cut out the shields and initials for the kids to take and add on at home…I guess it depends on how much sleep I want this week!
I also made superhero cuffs for each kid based on this tutorial. They also just need to have the velcro added.
Annie’s outfit for the party was my most important task. She still picks out her clothes every day, so I wanted her to have input into her costume for the party. I did guide her a bit, though: she already has a cape and shiny leggings, so I told her she had to use those. She described what she wanted (“I want pink and purple and an “A” on my shirt and a crown, because I am a princess superhero who saves people!”) and I got to work.
I made her pink and purple cuffs, bought the pink Supergirl Mask, and made the crown from this template and two pieces of felt.
But the thing I was most worried about was her leotard. I had a vision of what I wanted based on what Annie had asked for, I just didn’t know if I could pull it off with my basic sewing skills. I constructed an “A” logo out of felt, and sewed it onto a pink leotard I bought at Target. I was really happy with how it turned out!
I didn’t know how Annie would react to it…I just wanted her to like it. I’d put it together after she went to bed, so the next morning I laid out her whole superhero outfit on her bed for her to see. She walked into her room, looked at her bed, and said, “Oh…my…gosh! Mama, I love you!” Hi, tears in my eyes.
Presenting the Amazing Annabel in her newly upgraded ensemble:
Ready to capture bad guys, don’t mess with her!
What a wonderful job you have done. Annie really does look awesome. I like the Princess/superhero combination.
Her costume is fabulous! You did good Momma!
She will never forget this! I am so impressed! Good job, mom!
Lee Cockrum says:
Great job! And I do agree that the best way to learn a new machine is to be “forced” to use it via a deadline! It can be stressful, but it makes you keep trying till you figure it out! I have done that with embroidery features on my sewing machine as well as with my new serger!
You are one talented and amazing woman, Heather. What a fabulous job you did!!
I understand that you really want to sew the shield and initials on the back of the cape, but if the clock starts to win, they make no sew, no iron fabric tape that would totally do the trick! Have a great party! The capes look awesome!
Wow, she looks incredibly cute!! And also, can you post instructions on how you sewed the capes and cuffs? I have a sewing machine, but am learning as I go . . .
She looks fabulous! You did a wonderful job!
A “trick” for adding those initials very quickly, assuming you end up cutting them out anyways – go to your fabric store and buy some “Wonder Under”. It’s an interfacing that will make any fabric into an iron-on transfer. Super super easy to use!! You trace the (reversed) patterns onto the Wonder Under, then apply the Wonder Under to the fabric. Cut your pieces out from there for nice sharp lines, then place and iron onto your finished piece.
I made superhero capes for my son’s birthday party a few years ago with each child’s initial on the back and they were a huge huge huge hit with the boys. I still run into parents who tell me their kids are still playing with them!
That. is. awesome. Annie’s party is going to be fantastic, and she looks so great! What a creative and crafty project! Totally in awe. I’m not very crafty at all . . . and wouldn’t even know where to start.
She and you are so awesome! I love it! You did great.
Annie’s costume is amazing! Your kids are going to have the best memories. How do you do it all? Enjoy the party nd I hope we get to see LOTS of pics!
I start planning way in advance, and I don’t sleep! LOL
Love it!! The outfit is perfect!
did you use a pattern for the capes, or just wing it? I’m totally copying your idea and doing the same thing (because I’ve had a sewing machine in the box for 3 years and it’s time)…i made a sample cape, i like it, but not sure I love the pattern I used.
I looked at the cape we’d bought for Annabel and traced around it – but I made my capes MUCH shorter than hers (hers is about 36 inches long, mine are 22 inches). I did this for two reasons: 1) there will be kids of all ages and I didn’t want to make long capes that the little kids would trip on, and 2) less fabric made the capes cheaper! Really, 99% of my motivation for everything revolves around cost!!!
Perfection!! Great job!! I have total faith that the Amazing Annabel will save us from all of the bad guys.
Kathryn M. says:
Wow!!!! I love her costume and she will cherish it even more in years to come knowing that it was hand made by her loving Mama!! You are a super hero Mama!
Debbie A-H says:
Wow! Bam! You Rock!
I want you to be my Mom! Seriously, I think I did a pretty good job with my kid’s birthday parties, but you have knocked this one out of the park and put me to shame! I’m not worthy! Great job!!
fantastic job!! she looks like she’s ready to fight crime
That’s awesome! Way to go, mama!
that seriously looks amazing… and from a new seamstress? You go, Super Heather! Will James have a super hero costume too?!
Can’t wait to read/hear all about the superhero festivities.
Yes! Annie picked a “super baby” costume for him! It’s so hilarious, I can’t wait for him to wear it.
ahh adorable! can’t wait to see the superheroes in action
Your daughter will remember this party because of you. You are such a great mama Heather. You and Mike are doing such a wonderful job nurturing her imagination and letting her make the choices on which way to take her imagination.
Looks amazing! As for the cake, just a suggestion I have learned over the many years of kids birthday parties – CUPCAKES. Seriously, they were invented for this purpose! Get Pink and purple cupcakes and then assemble them in a shape that makes the A from Annie’s outfit!
I COMPLETELY agree. But someone in this house (Mike) is firmly ANTI-CUPCAKE. I KNOW! And that is why he is in charge of the cake.
Anti-cupcake and his favorite friend is Ross? Let’s hope he doesn’t try to get a bunny cake with Annie’s face on it, if you know what I mean. LOL
Ya – I would require my hubby be on cake duty too then…not just getting but also handing out! LOL I usually do a friend party cupcake and family party small cake I seriously want to be 4 and invited to this party though!
Lisa in NJ says:
Wow can you be my mom too!!! I mean wow you are AWESOME
OUTSTANDING! can’t wait to see pictures!
One thing we did when my son was in his superhero stage was to take a picture of him with his arm extended in a superman pose. Then we glued the picture to a magnet, cut him out with an exacto knife and we had a refridgerator magnet of him flying. He’s 16 now and he’s still flying on the fridge as a 4 year old!
That idea is AMAZING! I am totally going to try this!
That outfit is adorable on her, and you are so talented!
Wow. Have to admire and respect the work put in for the party. BTW, I couldn’t recognize Annie’s face in her mask right away. That leads me to believe that the mask is working!
haha, GOOD! Her secret identity is protected!
This is fantastic!! Great job Heather, Annie could *not* look any cuter! I guess all those Amazing Annabel videos rubbed off on someone, eh?
To think she’s going to be four…FOUR! I remember when you were still pregnant with her! The times, they are a’ changin’…
OMG, she is going to have such an amazing party! I love how detailed you are in their parties. But as a fellow party-throwing parent, I have to ask, do you ever have any of the parents growl at you for the impossible standards that you are setting for parties? =) There is no way anyone could top, or even meet, the events you throw. Good grief, you are one amazing mom.
No, but I would hope they don’t feel bad! I have been a party-thrower since I was in high school, and most of the people coming to the parties have known me since high school/college, so they are used to my shenanigans! Throwing parties is my thing – I love entertaining people. I’m certain that as the kids get older and their desires change, the parties for them will also change and likely become far less involved.
Wow! I am impressed.
My girls will be 6 and 4 this year. I still go all out for their parties. People say they won’t remember. No, they likely won’t. But I will. And I’m the mom, so I get to do what I want. Ha!
P.S. Annie looks so cute in that mask. I think she actually looks younger. This may be the last year she looks “little.” Soak it up (as I know you do, from your previous post).
That is so awesome! Looks like it was bought right out of a catalog. And, um, I kind of want to come to this party! It looks like it will be so much fun. I can’t wait to see the photos.
Annabel really looks…four in those Amazing Annabel pictures. So grown up!
So amazing! My little guy wants capes for his 3rd birthday but we are going very simple with felt cutouts.
And they can fly around the park.
That outfit is AWESOME! Great job! Like someone else said, I wish I were a kid invited to this party, haha!