Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Gator Party

My youngest grandson will be turning six soon and his mom surprised me by having an early birthday party. He is a big fan of Swamp People, a documentary television series on The History Channel. He enjoys watching the alligators and he decided to have a Swamp People theme for his party. I have been busy for the last few days working with gators!
My card was cut from blue Colorbok Textured cardstock at 9 x 8 inches for a tall card. When folded this will be 9" x 4" and will fit in a business size envelope. As you see, I turned my card. 
Cricut Birthday Bash is used on all cuts.
Alligator- page 28 cut 2 1/2". I used the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles folder on the gator for a little dimension.
Hat - page 53 cut 2"; Balloon - page 67 cut 2 1/2"; 6 - page 26 cut 1/2".
It's Your Day - page 67. Oops, guess the gator ate the paper with that cut size!!
I hand cut the corners at the top of the card and used ziz zag scissors on one side. Inking, wiggle eyes, and a bit of doodling complete the card.

For treat bags, again I used Cricut Birthday Bash. The toppers are the Card/Tag feature and the alligator is the shift cut on the Card/Tag feature found on page 28. Both are cut at 2 1/2 inches. The alligator treat bags are the example shown in Birthday Bash at the beginning of the handbook. Again I embossed the alligator and added the eyes. I made 20 of these and used 5 different colors for the toppers - red, green, blue, white and khaki as shown. Also used different shades of green for the alligators. These were for 5 and 6 year olds and mostly boys so I did not decorate too elaborately. My daughter took all the bags before I could take a photo of the different colors.

Now this is my little cutie with his birthday cake! His mom was able to get the cake decorating kit from the History Channel store and she had his cake made. Cypress knees, cattails, alligators, and the boat with people are so cute! Everyone enjoyed the party and the cake was yummy, even if it had gators on it!!

Cooking with Cricut - #30 Celebration Project with at least one balloon. My card has one balloon!!
Decorate to Celebrate - Party Time

Hope you enjoy!



  1. Oh my goodness...how cute! Love the gator card and goodie bags...adorable. And that cake...it's a work of art! My hubby loves Swamp People also. Happy Birthday to your cutie-pie grandson!

  2. Love all the gator goodies! We watch Swamp People too. :)

  3. Super cute!
    ~Maria Elena~ CWC DT

  4. how cute is this.you should link this to my new blog decoratetocelebrate and share this wonderful party.

  5. This is AWESOME!! :) I love those treat bags and the cake is AMAZING!! :)

    Thanks so much for linking up at Decorate To Celebrate!

    Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
    and Decorate To Celebrate!

  6. Hi Glenda, I just hopped over from the DTC blog and saw you had the same thought I did when you saw your finished mini from Rhonda....Oooh La La!!! Enjoy! The gator party theme is fantastic and kid approved from the looks of the pics.

  7. Adorable!! Thanks for playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut.

  8. wow you did a great job on everything!! i am a new follower, i found you at decorate to celebrate!!
    sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

  9. Oooh, I love this! I am a Birthday Party MANIAC, so I LOVE to see new ideas! Thanks so much for posting photos of everything! :)

  10. Great party treat bag and super cute card!

    Sherrie K

  11. Wow Glenda! This looks great. I love how the cake looks and I am sure it tasted good... Now I want to eat cake (lol)
    Thanks for linking me to the Decorate to Celebrate blog... I already mention that you send me there on my comment.