We were so excited when the movie came out! It completely surpassed our expectations. It was cute, funny, and so colorful!
So, when I asked my boys what kind of birthday party they wanted to have this year, there was no question. The Lorax!
I wanted to keep things pretty simple, just kind of in that mood lately. However, there aren't a ton of (any!) Lorax decorations out there to just pick up at the store. So, I put together these truffula trees quickly.
Really, I'm not just saying quickly, I mean it. I made 7 in about 30-40 minutes.
If you want to make some, because truffula trees are what everyone needs, here is how you do it:
A marabou boa
A piece of cardboard
A stick (I sent my 3 cute nieces out in the field at my in-laws to gather branches -- they're awesome!)
Wire/jute (just something that ties tightly)
Cut your cardboard into a "circle" - clearly it doesn't have to be a perfect circle. In fact, if you could not cut perfect circles, that would probably make me feel better about my lazy circle cutting. Just sayin'.
Start by stapling the end of your boa into the center of your cardboard circle.
Wrap it around the center, stapling every once in awhile as you go.
When you get to the end, just tuck the tail of the boa in.
Sooooo... my "circle" needed a little trimming after I finished wrapping the boa. No big deal. Trim it down until you can't see it.
Move the boa aside a little and poke two holes in the center of your circle, stick the wire through.
Wrap it tightly around the stick, the trim excess wire.
Now, obviously this isn't a project that is going to stand the test of time, but it did last the party (and beyond), and that's all I really hoped for! Plus, nothing was damaged, so I can re-use the boas for something (no clue what, but something!) Not to mention, what else am I going to need 7 truffula trees for?!
I bought the boas on sale, used an old box in my basement, found sticks -- I'd say the price was right! :)
Fluff those tufts, and stick 'em in the ground.
Because after all,
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not." :)
The rest of the decorations consisted of this Lorax face stuck on orange balloons, and on the drink dispenser - filled with orange sunkist.
The grab bag was a tulip bulb (the last truffula seed of all), with a tag (made from a picture I saw on pinterest, but every time I tried to click to it's origin to give the person credit, it said page not found... ugh... frustrating... so, if you created this... thank you!)
We finished the night with cake, of course! Well, cupcakes, that is.
I used brown paper straws, cut in half, and cotton candy balls (found at the dollar store.) All you have to do is stick the cotton candy on the straw and stick it in the cupcake -- that simple!
My amazing (AMAZING!!) friend painted faces too. It was so much fun!
My boys were so happy! When it comes right down to it, that's all that really matters!!
Happy 4th birthday boys! I love you so much. You made me a mom, and bless me everyday by letting me raise you. We are so proud of the little men you are becoming, and I know Grandpa Louie would love watching you grow, seeing you love life the way you do.
Thanks for being you!