St. Patrick's Day - Part 1

If you follow me on Instagram you've seen the photos of the parties I throw for my kids. I want to be clear, I use the term "party" loosely. I don't have a house full of people for these events, I do this just for my kids. It has become a tradition in our house. I buy balloons, streamers, a banner and make little gift bags with cute tags for them to wake up to the morning of whatever holiday we happen to be celebrating. I started doing this after we had our 3rd kiddo. I wanted to create a tradition that just the three of them shared. Something that would bring them together and that just maybe when they leave the nest they could all reflect on together. 

So this is part 1 of my process … the gift bags. For St. Patty's Day I went with clear bags, rainbow candy and color coordinated gifts.

Right now my boys are into Matchbox cars. They've been into them since they were each about a year old. I'm not sure how long it will last, but so far they're ages 5 & 7 and they still LOVE them. Their collection is quite large, but ask them if they have one or if they get a duplicate and they'll give you an inventory. I digress … I found some Airheads sour candies in rainbow colors. There were all kinds of options and this time I didn't eat them all! I divided the candy and put them into small clear bags for each of the kids. 

Then I added a few random chocolate gold coins, shamrock chocolates and a retro whistle lollipop. A little white shredded paper filler and I called it good!

The last part is the most important, THE GIFT TAGS. I received the latest Kelly Purkey kit in the mail and used the horseshoe right away with some gold embossing powder for this tag. I cut a rectangle using one of my stitched rectangles by Lawn Fawn. Then I used my Fuse Tool to seal some sequins in some plastic to create this cute little shaker tag!

Next I stamped a "Happy St. Patrick's Day" sentiment on some white cardstock and cut a long thin rectangle to layer over the shaker tag.

I'd played with some of the Distress Oxides to make rainbow printed paper a couple of weeks ago. I used one of the Mama Elephant tag dies to cut tags to put on each of the shirts I bought for the kids. Then I used an alpha die and put the initial of their first name on each of the tags.

Come back in a couple of weeks for the party pics!