A Party

 Saturday we had a duel family birthday party for my step son who turned 11 and for my son who turned 8. I can't believe how fast they grow up.
We kept things simple for the party but I do have tons of fun making things for the party like the invites.

 The inside

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 I designed the cards on Photoshop Elements 10 and found the monster truck images on Google

the cake

 I made the cake myself and with some help from the hubby. 
I made the shape of a 8 like a race-car track by baking the cake in circle pans and cutting a bit of the edge and placing them together. I doubled the layers, chocolate and yellow cake. I made extra to make the mound in the middle. My guy did that part, hes very handy and can help with a cake! 

I'm not very good at decorating with frosting but I did my best not to mess up on the letters. I used these sanding sugars in brown and black edible glitter to give it texture. I stole the monster trucks from my kids.
The happy banner was made with cardstock, yarn, skewers and stamps. The flags were made from skewers also but I didn't have checkered black and white paper nor did the craft store so I used my hounds-tooth paper.

 It was very tasty as well. 

I made a deli and cheese platter which I forgot to get pictures of all the food set up but it looked really nice. 

these are galvanized metal flower pots from Ikea I had sitting around and I sanded and painted on a strip of chalkboard paint to make them a little more fun. 

 I'll be using these for herbs soon. 

I kept the decorations simple, I used the fabric banners from a previous party and tied balloons in the middle.

Today I didn't do much at all. I took my son to use his gift card at Target and I didn't buy anything. I almost bought this under the cabinet TV on Clearance for $75 but then I researched it on my android phone and it didn't have very good reviews. I love being able to do that while shopping.
I've been looking for a TV for the kitchen for a long time but now they are even cheaper. 
I dont want TV much but in the morning I need to watch the weather and the news and I wouldn't mind watching TV while cleaning, cooking or crafting in the kitchen.

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