This weekend we celebrated Cora’s first birthday. I ordered cupcakes from a wonderful, local, all- organic bakery that makes a to-die-for flavor called “Bee-titude.” It’s a lavender cupcake with honey-lemon butter cream frosting, and it was the inspiration for Cora’s party theme: honey bee. The party colors were yellow and lavender, and it turns out that this was a really fun theme to put together.
I also made a few discoveries for decorating this party that eased the green-guilt that sometimes comes along with me decorating. I found spools of colored tulle at the craft store that I can easily roll up and reuse for another occasion instead of the crêpe paper streamers I usually use. And I bought two yards of inexpensive broadcloth for the table-cloth that would match the party theme.
I used various glass plates and jars to decorate and filled a vase with lavender and chamomile flowers.
I have a gorgeous bee skep-shaped drink dispenser that my mom bought me for Christmas last year and I filled it with honey-lavender lemonade. I was surprised that the lavender flowers turned the lemonade pink!
And I used my canning jars as glasses. Pints for the adults with ribbons and tags to write names on, and half-pints with lids for the kids. And here was my eureka moment. Ball jelly jars are durable and their lids don’t leak. And I used a HOLE-PUNCH to make them into drink lids.
First I traced old jar lids onto patterned paper and then cut out the circles.
I used double-sided tape to stick the paper to the top of the lid.
Then I used a regular old hole-punch to punch holes in the tops of the lids. This was surprisingly easy. I did it with one hand and minimal effort. The punch still worked great on about twenty paper tags after punching six lids.
I used a cheapy plastic straws with about an inch cut off the end to make the kids’ tumblers complete.
Not a single jar got broken between six, three- to seven-year-olds. They even took them outside. I wrote each kiddo’s name on the top of their jar, so there were no mix-ups. It was really easy and completely free, since I had all these supplies lying around the house. Henry even helped cut out the circles.
I plan to just swap out the paper circles and straws for the next party.