Party of the Month: Cardboard Craze

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Jillian Northrup
Everyone knows that kids love the packaging as much as the presents themselves. For her twin sons' first birthday, Sabrina Moyle, cofounder of Hello! Lucky stationery, threw a box bonanza.
Jillian Northrup
Jillian Northrup

Out of the Box

Sabrina and her crafty friends transformed cartons into a castle, an airplane, and a car.

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Jillian Northrup
Jillian Northrup

Double the Fun

Sabrina designed the letterpress invite for James and Alex. The last line was B.Y.O.B. -- bring your own box!

Jillian Northrup
Jillian Northrup

Squared Away

Small gift boxes filled with chocolate airplanes and buses were topped with homemade buttons that matched the party.

Jillian Northrup
Jillian Northrup

Wheely Cute!

Birthday boy James is chilling in his super-cool, cardboard race car.

Jillian Northrup
Jillian Northrup

Nice Cap

Folded paper hats were worn by both young and old.

Jillian Northrup
Jillian Northrup

Make a Wish

This cake with a red smiling balloon tasted nothing like cardboard.

Originally published in the April 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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