Feb 1, 2012

Halo Boy’s Birthday!! Halo Cake and All Access Pass Invitations!!

I was going to post this a year ago. This post has sat in my drafts for a year. My son turned 11 last year in March. We picked the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day to have his party. He invited a bunch of boys from his scout troop and the neighborhood for a pizza party, Nerf gun, sleepover. During the party I got a phone call that one of my family members, a police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty. It was very hard to get through that night, knowing in the morning we would have to tell our son and travel out of state for the funeral. Of course being 11 year old boys they stayed up all night.

My son handled this extremely well . The wake ended up being on his actual birthday and he handled it amazingly well. He mentioned a few weeks ago that his birthday has bad memories now and he will be sad. Yes we will all be sad I’m sure. I am not going to throw a party this year but he will have an amazing and special day this year. A lot of emotions are stirring up as this date approaches.

Anyway here is the post……

We ordered this awesome Master Chief Helmet Cake for the party. It was the coolest cake I’ve seen. However, I can not recommend fondant for kids or anyone for that matter. It tasted awful. Plus the baker made the cake days in advance so the cake part wasn’t that good too. Note to parents make sure the cake tastes good kids don’t care what it looks like. I wish I had taken a picture of all the plates of uneaten cake.

2011-03-12 William 11th Birthday (4)

All Access Pass Birthday Invitations


My son handed out his invitations to his Boy Scout friends and they all said these were the coolest invitations ever. I don’t know if you know any tween boys but that is a hard compliment to come by. Make sure the parents realize this is an invitation. I got a few late RSVP’s because the moms didn’t know it was an invitation until last minute.


How to make-

I got a 10 pack of lanyards & a 12 pack of badge holders from Office Depot. What is it with companies making uneven sets? Do I even need to bring up the Hot Dog & Hot Dog Bun example? Come on Office Depot if someone is buying 12 badges won’t they need 12 lanyards? Oh well, let me get off my soapbox.


I made these in Photoshop. They are 2 sided; the backside has the address, date & time. I found a cool Halo Font online to use on the front.

This can work in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, & Paint.net. You need to be able to make layers.

Create a new document 2.38 width x 3.25 height.

Invite Badge Settings

Design the front side and save than design the backside and save as another file. I used two sided photo paper and printed them on one sheet of photo paper. If you have a duplex printer this will be easy otherwise you may want to run a test print. This was the last set I printed that is why there is only 2 invites on the paper. You can fit up to 8 on a sheet.

2011-02-14 William Birthday Invitation (5)

To keep the older boys occupied have a bunch of Nerf guns, snaps, silly string and lots of food.

Thanks for stopping by.

I read and respond to all comments and I love feedback so please leave a comment.

Linked to:
Thrifty Decor Chick, Addicted 2 Decorating, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Savvy Southern Style, The Shabby Creek Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots & Jello, Under the Table and Dreaming, Someday Crafts, Chic on a Shoestring, Miss Mustard Seed, Southern Hospitality, Sugar Bee Crafts, Tip Junkie, The Thrifty Home, Beyond the Picket Fence, Oops I Craft My Pants, Between Naps on the Porch, Not Just A Housewife, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, I Heart Nap Time, Serenity Now, French Country Cottage, Remodelaholic, Creations By Kara, Homework, The 36th Avenue, Freckled Laundry, Coastal Charm, Handy Man Crafty Woman, Keeping It Simple, Blue Cricket Design, Be Colorful, Craft O Maniac, Skip to my Lou, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Dittle Dattle, Polly Want A Crafter?, Whipperberry, Sassy Sites, DIY By Design, The Girl Creative, It's Overflowing, A Girl ans a Glue Gun, Delightful Order, Fireflies & Jellybeans, Southern Lovely, Sew Much Ado, Young & Crafty, Homemaker on a Dime, Be Different Act Normal, Primitive & Proper, Lolly Jane, DIY Home Sweet Home, Lines Across My Face, Making the World Cuter, Fun to Craft, Nifty Thrifty Things, The Crafty Nest, Running with Glitter, Designer Garden, Cherished Bliss, CRAFT, Lil Luna, All Thingz Related, House of Hepworths, Oopsy Daisy, Domestically Speaking, Ginger Snap Crafts, Home Stories A to Z, Vintage Wanna Bee, The CSI Project

The DIY Show OffUndertheTableandDreamingThe Southern Institute
Sumo's Sweet StuffHome Stories A2ZThree Mango SeedsToday's Creative Blogyou are talking too muchPink Hippo Party


thistlewoodfarm said...

What a wonderful post. I am so glad that you posted this, even though I am sure it was difficult. I am so glad that you have returned to blogging. You are very talented....I mean seriously....that dog house is genius!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!


Dharma said...

Seriously cool, Mom! Love the theme and those passes are the shizzit!

Holly Lefevre said...

awesome idea for a party invite - so hard to find good ideas for boys! filing this one away!