Cutters Don’t Cry Podcast.

I’m doing a Cutters Don’t Cry podcast and am taking questions for the episode. Submit your self-harm questions or comments below.

 

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Peppa Pig Birthday Party

About 18 months ago, it was a lot harder to find Peppa Pig items in the United States. My young daughter had discovered the animated character on YouTube. She loved Peppa, her family and her animal friends. I wasn’t surprised when she asked for a Peppa Pig themed party for her third birthday, but I knew it’d be a challenge to find decorations. With the exception of a Peppa pinata that I found online, I made all the decorations myself with the help of online graphics and our tabloid printer.

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peppa2The Peppa clouds were the only decorations that
I was semi-proud of. I found a generic cloud online,
created a mirror image in Paint Shop, printed them on a tabloid
printer, cut out the clouds, glued cotton to the inside of one cloud
and used a glue gun to attach the other cloud. I ended up with
fluffy clouds that my daughter kept hanging in her room
for over a year.

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I ordered a Barbie birthday cake at Von’s and placed Peppa toys
I bought at Amazon on top of it. Daughter insisted that Barbie
remain though.

My Son’s Spiderman Birthday Party

I’ve been meaning to post this for some time. My youngest son had a Spiderman birthday party last year. Knowing very little about Marvel superheroes, I felt that pulling off a good party would be a bit of a challenge for me. So I spent a lot of time online researching party favor ideas, cake ideas, etc.In the end, I was shocked how easy it was, and how little money I spent.

Was it a perfect party? No. Was my son pleased with the result? He was thrilled. Ultimately, that’s all that mattered to me. 🙂

 

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Sign greeting guests as they walked through the door

SpidermanBirthdayComic

I designed a giant comic book cover in Photoshop and printed it out on our tabloid printer.

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I got a little cutsie with the food signs.

doc ock olives

My children are obsessed with olives so I gave them a funny name and it cracked them up

spidermantableware

Mary Jane’s Jello
Thank goodness for colored jello

spidermandrinks

Grabbed some water bottles at Target and put new stickers on them.
I believe the “table cloth” is just extra wrapping paper.
Spiderblue drinks are Blue Gatorade.

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Red and blue popcorn courtesy of food dye

spidermsnstrawberriesThese Spidey Strawberries, on the rear plate, were much cuter before the whipped cream melted and turned the eyes into a weepy mess.

Whipped cream and chocolate syrup for the eyes.

unclebensblueberrymoviesspidermanUncle Ben’s Blueberry Muffins

I found the spiderweb muffin holders on Amazon for only about 2 dollars with other Halloween items.

spidermanbirthdaystandee

Perhaps the biggest single item expense of the party. I found this Spiderman standee online for about 25 dollars. The boys kept it in their room afterwards for nearly a year.

Spidermanvillainsigns

I found the villain images online and created Wanted signs in Photoshop. These posters were scattered throughout the house. The boys still have these signs hanging proudly on their walls.

spiderman art
So the children wouldn’t become too restless after they tired of playing in the bouncy house, I set up a coloring station and told them to draw their best Spiderman art. Then, I hung the results on the wall so I’d have more decorations.
This photo was taken before most of the posters were completed.

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Fun with Photoshop again

Spidermanpinata

Spiderman pinata was bought at Target for about 15 dollars.

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Spiderman cake purchased at VONS for about 20 dollars. Delicious, too!