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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blue and Gold Wrap Up


Whew!  I am sure I am not the only one who feels that way now that our Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet is over,  but we all had a great time.  I was totally thrilled with how cool the fire pit centerpieces turned out.  In the end I decided to sand the edges.  I thought it gave it that white hot look :0)  Kristen and her hubby made the marshmallows/roasting sticks, sweet Ann painted the orange flames for me-HUGE help!  

It was kinda funny this morning.  All of the red flames were spread across my craft table like this when I walked into the room.  It looked a little cartoony.  It reminded me of a scene from Mario Brothers or something, with little fires all over the table top waiting to be put out-Made me laugh :0D 

Anyway, I glued all the orange to the red, then glued the logs to the bottom so that the two pieces could come apart, but the whole thing was free standing when put back together.  Can you tell I am a little proud of myself about this project.  I spend a long while trying to figure out just how to make this fire cool looking, easy to put together, and somewhat easy to store.  Yep.  I love it!
I have the pattern ready and on sale at my Etsy site.  You can find it here:


Here are all sides of the photo cubes.  They turned out totally Awesome!  Julie dropped by yesterday to help with the photo cubes and ended up taking everything with her and doing them all at her house-BLESS YOU JULIE!!!
  
Here is a table, scouts included.  I tore pieces of craft paper for the placemats, wrapped the silverware in the napkins and tied with jute, did a quick serge around the plaid for the center square, and then I think you have heard enough about the fires by now :0)  The photo cubes are all there too with each boy's photo and den photo as a keepsake.   

I made the pennant banner about an hour before we had to leave.  This one took about 20 minutes to cut, 20 minutes to look for my jute/ribbon/anything to sew the pennants to, 20 minutes to sew it all together.  It measured almost 90 feet long.   I really, really LOVE pennant banners.  They give the ability to decorate the top half of the room without the expense and waste of balloons.  The fabric for this banner was purchased at Walmart for $1.50 a yard-the equivalent of 3 yards- and $4 for the ribbon I sewed the pennants to.  That's a total of $9 for a decoration that can be re-used year after year.  I have enough fabric cut out to make one more so next year we can hang 2.


Check out these cuties!!!  Ann found the idea, Bobbi made them happen.  Little Owl s'mores!  How cute is that :0)

So they are made with a graham cracker as the body, two marshmallows slightly melted in the microwave, 2 yellow chocolate melts for the yellow part-obviously :0), and chocolate chips for the pupils.  Lets ask Emmalee if they were any good... 
Oh, I'm sorry.  She can't talk right now :0)  Scott said he couldn't stop eating them so you know they must have been good!
*Note*  If you are loven' the fire pit, I do have one for sale on my etsy.  The current price is $18 finished, unfinished wood kit is $12, discounts given for multiples :0) The pattern is ready and available as a download for $5 at my Etsy site:  

Email me if you have any questions at vanessa.cam5@gmail.com  

Well, there you have the behind the scenes wrap-up of our Blue and Gold decorating.  So many hands make light work, right?  Now to get ready for the Pinewood Derby :0)  One month to go!

21 comments:

  1. Everything looks great! Glad you had lots of help! :)

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  2. Oh, I remember those days. You did an awesome job and I am loving the wood campfire. Love them...would you be willing to share your pattern for them...I'd buy it.
    Crystal

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  3. We just finished ours last night too...but I have to say yours tops it! Although our banners turned out pretty awesome too. I was pretty sad I didn't take any pictures! Was this just for your ward? Or a Stake. We do stake and end up with about 120 people so we usually can't go WAY out on lots of stuff...but LOVE your ideas. BY the way...I always want to hang things in the GYM, but we have a rule no climbing on ladders...apparently you didn't get it trouble for that one? I'm still trying to figure out how to get around that?

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  4. I keep coming back to this... it is so, so cute!

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  5. Totally cute campfires! It looks like it was a huge success! I love your ideas, planning to steal some for our cub program :)

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  6. You are awesome!! Looks like the perfect banquet

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  7. awesome.... do you happen to have a template for the fire? and marshmallows? am looking for something like that soon!! I love it!!!

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  8. Becka, I have the pattern on sale on my Etsy for $5. You can find it here:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBubbleBox

    If there are any questions, please email me at vanessa.cam5@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Vanessa

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  9. Love your ideas!! Did you make photo cubes for all the kids in your pack?

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  10. Yes we did make those photo cubes for every kid. You can get about 16 out of one 4x4x8foot board. One board runs you about $8, making each cube about $.50 for the wood. We have done these every year and plan to make them again this year. You can find the printables here:

    http://sewcakemake.blogspot.com/2011/01/blue-and-gold-prep.html

    Or you can email me for the files. I just send them to my favorite photo center and pick them up to make the cubes. Let me know if you have any more questions!

    Vanessa.cam5@gmail.com

    Good luck!
    Vanessa
    The Sew*er, The Caker, The CopyCat Maker

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    1. I love your cubes! Can you please send me the files.
      Thanks
      Heatheranderson2@frontier.com

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  11. My head is spinning- what awesome centerpieces! Can you tell me about the rest of the Outdoors theme of the banquet- especially what was served for dinner, did you play any games, etc?

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    1. Oooh, you are asking the impossible if you think I can remember back that far :0) The last two years get mixed up in my head. One year we ate pulled pork sandwiches, the next we had hot dogs { we just had a grill or two brought by parents and grilled them}. We always have almost no budget, so we supplied the meat/hot dogs and the dessert, but had families bring side dishes like veggies and chips. This year we did a potato bar. We baked the potatoes and supplied the cake/cake pops, then had the families assigned a certain topping to bring.

      For activities, I am at a loss at remembering, so I will just tell you what I think would be fun :0) We were going to have a relay race to set up tents. That didn't work out in the end, but it would still be fun if you have two of the same, relatively easy to assemble, relay races. You can have a smore tower building contest. Use grahm crackers and marshmallows to build, give the boys like three minutes or whatever, and see who can build the tallest structure. The relay race idea can work really well. Have fishing boots, flannel shirt, hiking backpack, and grab like a tackle box and fishing pole or something, then run to the other side of the gym, take it all off, and have the next teammate do it all.

      Games like horseshoes, ladder toss {like shown here: http://www.outdoorgameplayers.com/outdoor-games-list/ladder-toss-ladder-ball-monkey-balls/ } could be really fun for the boys. You could do a raingutter regatta. So many fun ideas. Go ahead and email me if you would like more help. My email is vanessa.cam5@gmail.com. I would love help!!!

      Thanks for your questions :0)
      Vanessa

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  12. Adorable centerpieces! I've been scouring google, trying to find something cute for our Blue and Gold Banquet. These will be perfect! I'll be purchasing the template from your etsy shop. Thanks so much!

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  13. Hi, LOVE LOVE LOVE your ideas.
    What is the beak on the darling own desserts?
    Thanks!
    Charise

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    1. The beak is a tootsie roll, end snipped into a point, then snipped sideways so there is a top and bottom beak. Hope that makes sense :0)

      Vanessa

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  14. Just wondering are those real marshmallows on dow rods?

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    1. Nope, not real marshmallows. I cut them out of 1-1 1/2" dowels. I have been using closet dowel, but recently discovered big enough dowels in the dowel department at home depot. I cut them to about 1.5" long and drill a 5/16" hole into them for the stick.

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    2. Nope, not real marshmallows. I cut them out of 1-1 1/2" dowels. I have been using closet dowel, but recently discovered big enough dowels in the dowel department at home depot. I cut them to about 1.5" long and drill a 5/16" hole into them for the stick.

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  15. I tell you Vanessa, our "Great Outdoors" Blue and Gold was a huge success. I attribute it mostly to all of your great ideas. It's always so easy to do cutesy things for the girls but harder to get creative for boys. I love the idea of making the blocks each year for the boys. I also made them for our leaders. I had them set up on their own table with a big lantern in the background. The boys loved going to find theirs. The fires and place settings were all the rave. My blue and gold banner was so long that, after attaching it to the basketball hoop, it still went farther than halfway down the gym. I don't think we have a no climbing ladder policy. I attached the ends to the walls that were like bulletin boards. I blew up the block pictures and made some posters for the walls to help with the atmosphere. We too did a potato bar and a sundae bar. It was yummy! Thank-you, Thank-you for your ideas and your willingness to share.

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    1. Jillybean, thank you so much for coming back and telling us about your Blue and Gold. I Love IT!!! I know all the B&G visitors enjoy reading your ideas too. Please keep sharing and thank you for supporting our super AWESOME Cubs!!!

      Vanessa

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