How did we get here?

Well, we launched our business on May 5th 2018.  As we were preparing to do our launch (which we did in less than 40 days), Amy and I asked each other….”wow, how did we get here?”  So here is a post to reflect back on all of the event that led us up to making the decision to start our own small business.

The obsession to create began before our mom’s 50th birthday.  We wanted to do something special for her and decided to throw a surprise party at a local fire hall.  It was a large space and looked pretty bare, so we wanted to decorate it as much as possible.  But before that, we needed a theme.

After going back and forth for a while, we decided on a Willy Wonka theme, and got right to work.  Along with our other two sisters, we created backdrops with scenes from the movie, created cardboard cutouts of Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas, and put finishing touches throughout the party.

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Hand painted decorations

Check out more Willie Wonka pics here!

Everyone had the best time and we received a lot of compliments on our set up.  People even fought over who would take home the Oompa Loompas. Haha.

The next big event…..Amy getting married.  The first one of the four sisters to get married, so we kind of made a big deal….a really big deal.  I worked with my sisters and mom to set up an engagement party along with a bridal shower (luau party).  Those were more party planning instead of crafting but they both ended up being amazing parties.

For Amy’s wedding we did a lot of DIY projects: battery operated votives as table place cards, card box in the shape of a 3 tiered wedding cake, ceremony agenda that were fans to help keep cool on a steamy August evening, framed engagement photo as the guest sign in, amusing guest bags for family and friends staying at the local hotel, and a few more items that escape me right now.  The wedding theme was nature so it was very fun to help create something that was so beautiful.

After marriage came the next big event….baby Emma was on her way <3  Amy decided that the theme for Emma’s nursery would be owls.  At the time, there were zero owl-themed nursery bedding collections or decorations, so Amy ended up creating the nursery idea on her own.  With the owl theme locked, we did decided to throw her an owl-themed baby shower.

We were all so busy enjoying little Emma’s company, time flew by and she was already turning 1!  For her first birthday we stuck with the owl theme.  Lots of DIY for her 1st first birthday party.  This is when we realized that we really loved to craft…and that we really loved Pinterest.

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Dessert table

Check out more Owl Themed Birthday pics here!

Well, once we started the DIY…we really couldn’t stop.  We continued to make every one of Emma’s birthday parties: 2- Super hero, 3- Little Mermaid, 4- My Little Pony, 5-Trolls

Check out more party pics in our gallery!

In between the 4th and 5th birthday parties, Amy and her husband decided to have another awesome kiddo….and just like that, Henry was on his way.  Of course, we were all excited again and we needed to have another baby shower….Adventure Awaits.

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Check out more pics for the Adventure themed baby shower here!

The baby shower was such a hit that we were asked to assist with two other events: Graduation Party and 60th Surprise Birthday.  But not before we helped out with our best friend’s bridal shower.  It was Mary Poppins themed and we made the center pieces and some penguins!  We picked the flowers as they matched Mary Poppins hat and we had to include the funny penguins.

Back to the other events.  The graduation party was held at a really cute rustic cafe that specialized in grilled cheese sandwiches!  The rustic surroundings made for a great setting for the rest of the decorations.

Check out more pics for the Rustic Graduation Party here!

The 60th birthday party was after Henry was born so Amy was up for more crafting for the party….my PIC was back!  This party was for a very close family friend.  He was an extremely talented athlete in high school (just recently inducted into his alma mater Hall of Fame), so we decided to go with a sports theme.

Check out more pics for the Sports Themed Birthday party here!

After we started crafting for parties…we just couldn’t stop.  Next was gift making and crafting for our family holidays.

Easter:

Christmas:

Check out more pics for a Hogwarts Christmas here!

Check out more pics for a Grinch Christmas here!

After some requests to create other people’s party, Amy and I thought “why not?”  We love what we do and love seeing other people enjoy our work.  That is when we decided to go forward with the business and Two Peas in a Party Pod was born, but we had to figure out what would people really want.  We did some research and noticed that a lot of decorations out there all looked the same and were pretty expensive.  That’s when we came up with the custom-made party packs.  Original designs, custom per order, and affordable.  Once we started on this path, we hit the ground running.  We opened our shop in 40 days with over 10 themes to choose from, and at least 10 more in the works.

Less than a month after launch, we still can’t believe we started this business.  It feels like a dream, something we have been wanting to do for quite some time…and we did it!   It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it.  After all of these events and crafts we have completed, there is one thing that always stays with us….how much we love the work. We put a lot of love in everything we create, and we hope you enjoy the items as much as we enjoy making them.

The History of Easter

Easter. A holy day of miracles for those of the Catholic faith, and a day of candy for pretty much everyone else.

How did the origins of the Easter bunny come about? A rabbit delivering eggs and treats? Whaaaat?

Well, we did a little digging for you. According to History.com, the Easter bunny originated in Germany and first arrived in America in Pennsylvania:

According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests.”

Well…there you have it folks. The history of the Easter bunny. Check out our home page for a link to fun Easter crafts on Pinterest…

Easter Craft for Kiddos

Crafting can be fun and relaxing, but it’s even more fun to craft with the kiddos. We found a simple, fun, and inexpensive craft for Easter…Yarn Eggs! All you need is small water balloons (minus the water), different colors of pastel yarn, school glue, water, a bowl, a ruler, and scissors.

First step is to cut 8 foot lengths of yarn, in which 3 lengths will be used per ballon.

Next, you mix 1 cup of school glue with 1 cup of water and blow up the balloons.

Once you have the prep step complete then you are ready to create some eggs! Dip a length of yarn in the glue mixture. Ensure to saturate well, and to squeeze out the access (using the thumb and forefinger). Start wrapping the yarn around the balloon and make sure to tuck in the ends. Continue with 2 more yarn lengths.

See? Easy peasy!

After you have finished a balloon, put off to the side to dry. Note, drying does take a while and they needed to be turned. Ensure to give at least 2 days of drying.

After the eggs dry, then you pop the balloons… viola! Eggs are done!

Cute…right? Give it a try…tell us how they turned out!

Easy Peasy Easter Egg Wreath

I knew I wanted a new wreath for Easter but didn’t want to spend $40 for a pre-made one. So I decided to do it myself! Having never made a wreath before, I wanted to find something fairly simple but cute. The Mom & Wife blog had a cute picture come up on a Google search, so I checked out their page and read through their instructions. I tweaked a few things but was pretty happy with the outcome and it only cost me $15!

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