Lo's idea is awesome, as are all the others!
Here's mine: Depending on how many children you invite, let them make ragdolls of themselves! When I make ragdolls, I almost always use scrap fabrics, or old clothes, but if you need to you can get some muslin or something, as the base fabric. To save on money and time, they could glue fabric on to the dolls for clothes, or paint it on. I wouldn't try this if you're inviting 10 or so kids, but if it's just a handful, have a mom-friend help you make the plain doll-bases. Of course, provide lots of buttons so they can sew(or glue) on the eyes! You could get a bunch of those cheap little plastic tapestry needles, provide one for each child(as a favor). For functional decorations, fill mason jars(or s'ketti sauce jars, whatever) with buttons(in one), yarn(in another). Or put them in pretty bowls.
Big weird fake flowers(like Birds of Paradise or something) would make cool decorations, too.
Gummy bugs would rock! OOH, and those gummy rats!!!!(Dollar Tree)
You are so lucky that her birthday is after Halloween, you can ransack the clearance sales!!!
Lo's idea is awesome, as are all the others!
Here's mine: Depending on how many children you invite, let them make ragdolls of themselves! When I make ragdolls, I almost always use scrap fabrics, or old clothes, but if you need to you can get some muslin or something, as the base fabric. To save on money and time, they could glue fabric on to the dolls for clothes, or paint it on. I wouldn't try this if you're inviting 10 or so kids, but if it's just a handful, have a mom-friend help you make the plain doll-bases. Of course, provide lots of buttons so they can sew(or glue) on the eyes! You could get a bunch of those cheap little plastic tapestry needles,
You ought to also check out the Grimm Fairy Tales/Return to Wonderland comics characters, Alice and Calie...one in blue, one in black, the former is the original Alice, but has gone crazy from the effed up stuff she saw in 'Wonderland', Calie is her daughter.
OK, so I'm a doofus. I was thinking Baby Shower, not announcement. My ideas would be totally opposite of what you want!!! SOOOOO, here's an idea...that's actually ON subject, LOL.
Something girlie. There are actually cakes that have ribbon designs made of icing, all over them, so you could do both. Just a simple circular cake, with a big icing bow in the center, and little ribbon bows seemingly just 'stuck' to the sides, but when they go to take them off their slice, SURPRISE! That might be kinda cool.
It could be shaped like an old fashioned baby bonnet, so the ribbons would just look like decorations, to make it look like a real hat. Or a bassinet. Both shapes wouldn't be super hard to make with cake, and both tend to be frilly, anyway. Can't wait to see how it turns out! Show pics when the party's over!!
My boyfriend and his friends had Bridgestone Arena zombie-planned out, when we went to see Muse a month back. It was hilarious, within minutes of being there, they were discussing it seriously...But at least if/when Z-day comes, I'll be safe with my smartie!
Y'all are so creative!! I love all these ideas, I wish I wasn't living with in-laws right now, I'd have one for April Fool's day.
My addition to all these fabulous ideas is :
*get (or make) a bunch of funky hats from thrift stores, everyone can wear one, and take it home at the end.
-or even have scrap craft items available for everyone to make their own personal crazy hat.
*borrow or buy(thrift stores only!) several mismatched teacups and saucers to go with all the different tea pots. I would stack them helter-skelter all over the tables.
*borrow some card tables from family/friends, and line them up together sort of crookedy.
*for tablecloths, since Hatter is a...hatter...toss largish scraps of fabric, any kind/color, all along the tables, and maybe even pop some headpins in them to 'keep them together', as if you planned on sewing them later....that may just be my own madness talking, but I think that would be cool.
TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS!!! We want to see the end results!
My daughter is almost three, and she's happy with a pack of pipe cleaners/chenille stems. Play Doh is the hottest of commodities at this age, and either the salt dough, or an edible peanut butter play dough would be ideal.
PEANUT BUTTER PLAYDOUGH FOR LACTOSE
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
4-6 oz. corn flour or corn meal
Combine together peanut butter and honey. Add the corn flour until it reaches the desired consistency.
I came up with this idea after finding recipes only using dried milk but had a very lactose intolerant child in my class. In my opinion this recipe tastes better than the recipe using dried milk.
Note: Corn muffin mix (like Jiffy-Mix) can be substituted for corn meal.
You all have such great ideas!!! Snoo-the tree th2ing is called a topiary.
For a few years in a row I made knitted scarves for family and friends, as well as a Dirty Santa/White Elephant game gift. We love hand made ornaments in my family, and for a few years the adults would all make ornaments for each couple or each adult, and swap. That was really cool. One year I made snowflake ornaments out of sliced up toilet paper/paper towel tubes. They were lovely. I'm still not sure what I'm doing for anyone much this year. I knitted purses for two of my nieces, once. I'd really like to make a rag doll for my 2 1/2 year old daughter. And maybe a handmade book, she loves to be read to.