Crafty Like a Fox Party

Friday, October 28, 2016

When Tandy requested a fox party, we went a step further and created a Crafty Like a Fox Party. Ideas for the party only trickled in at first, but when I finally started to work on the party details the week before, they flooded in!! 

Inspired by her dress and her favorite dog, Tandy's fox party dreams came true. All of the fabrics featured are Acorn Valley designs by Patty Young for Riley Blake Designs.

Guests were greeted with fox ear headbands in lieu of party hats. 

Snacks included Chex mix, sausage cheese balls, and grapes. 

We served a mix of popcorn and Cheez-Its in paper cups dressed up with fox details. You can find the cup tutorial and template here

I pulled the orange and teal colors from the dress for our main color theme for the party. 

Fall may be the ideal time for a fox party since pumpkins happen to coordinate so well with the colors. I purchased felt from Benzie Design on Etsy for the pom-pom garland, rectangle garland, and applique embroidery hoops. The colors and quality are fantastic!! For the rectangle garland, I stitched across the top of the rectangles with my sewing machine leaving about 5 stitches in between each rectangle. 

I served pumpkin doughnuts which are basically cake mix and pumpkin puree with some spices. Easy!! (Recipe here.)

I can't decide if the cookies or the cake were my favorite. I found the fox cookie cutter here

My hand about went numb with from piping the frosting on the fox cake, but the end result was so worth it!! The instructions by Handmade Charlotte made it all pretty easy with maximum impact. I added a few fondant flowers to the cookies and cake that mimic the little flowers in the dress fabric. 

After trying blueberry pie pops for Tandy's Peter Rabbit party, I thought pumpkin pie pops would be perfect here. Pumpkins themselves made the perfect display. I have to say the pie pops ended up being much more crust than filling, but some indicated they preferred it that way. If there is a next time, I would probably resort to one of these other methods for presenting pumpkin pie

As a companion to the Acorn Valley fabric line, Patty Young released an applique pattern. I enlarged the pattern a bit to fit a large embroidery hoop for the backdrop. The "tail" of the number 5 had to have a fox feature as well. 

Tandy's aunt gifted her a bounce house for the party which was the biggest hit! These sisters had a blast!

We couldn't have a Crafty Like a Fox party without crafts!! We decorated pumpkins with the same fox templates we used for the cups. Avery actually brainstormed the idea for us, then I happened to find templates already available. We also used this popsicle stick fox idea. I prepped all of the crafts to reduce any waiting for drying times between gluing steps. We still needed lots of helpers, but the process went pretty smooth.

This was one happy birthday girl!!

We sent our guests home with fox temporary tattoos, chap stick, and glow putty. Patty graciously provided the fox graphic that I used to make the stickers on the favor bags. Can't wait to see what sort of theme she throws my way next year!! 
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