On Monday we were enjoying the holiday as a family at the park. As I watched my girls playing I realized my baby girl is going to be 3 next week, and we hadn't planned a thing! We were at the Frisco Commons, and it dawned on me...we should do it here!!! The girls LOVE to go to that park! It's HUGE, it has a nature trail and a great playground. They call it the castle park! So with this in mind I had to figure out the details, I was running out of time.
We decided since Natalie loves Dora the Explorer so much, that would be the theme. We're having the party on the 15th, so I started working out what to do for invites on Wednesday thinking I'd have time to do them and get them passed out today. My dear friend Donna suggested Backpack..."oh I LOVE that idea," I told her, and then what did she do? She linked me to an example of one and it was perfect. Thanks Kelly for posting this simple design!
I had a plan, and I stayed up until 12:30 last night making 17 of them! I didn't use my SU! card stock for them, and I had forgotten how flimsy other stuff can be...WOW! I had to use 2 different shades of purple, but they both work! ;) I used my sewing machine for the stitching, but without thread...it was faster. Then I just drew the "stitches" on with my white gel pen. I think I saved a ton of time doing that. For the inside I was going to just type the info and print on white card stock with a Dora image, but when I looked for one on Nick Jr's website I found a free printable invite and it gave me a GREAT idea! I personalized them and then ran them back through the printer putting a simple map to the park on the back. After cutting and rolling them up I added Map's face and voila! Not too shabby for a rush job!