Challenger – The Purple Pug

the colorful chameleon

colorful chameleon

{green grassgala}

My chimps adore the beautiful book A Colorof His Own by the brilliant Leo Lionni. The story is about a little greenchameleon that gets sad because he changes color all the time and does not havea unique color of his own like other animals do. He meets an older, wiser greenchameleon who suggests if they stick together, they will always be the samecolor as each other. Happy endingJ

My challenge design was based off of thischarming little book. A sweet, little green chameleon that changes colorswherever he winds up. I adore handmade touches and creative + inexpensive DIY ideas.

The kraft table runner was designed to bekid friendly and to doodle on for serious entertainment. The centerpiece wasthe simplest idea and quite adorable and impactful. The potato sacks on thechairs add to the earthy + whimsical vibe and I thought the were a funnytouch;)  The oversized paint chipswatches were perfection for kid-friendly + fun coasters. The place settingswere simply colored paper plates with a coordinating chameleon to represent thechameleon changing colors. I twisted pipe cleaners into initials for a cutefinishing touch at each place setting. The green in the grass + chameleon centerpieceand sparkling water added the green neutral for the table.
The dessert and favor table was sweet +simple. The chameleon blowouts were the easiest craft. Ever. You blow them outand it looks like the chameleons tongue. The Beanie Baby chameleons were aridiculously lucky find. I made the little “Chameleon Cages” to take theBeanies homeJ Themarshmallow pops were coordinated with the cutest little chameleons and aperfect portion for a kid. The fondant toppers were brilliant, beautiful andglittered-HOLLA! They added the sparkling, polished finishing touch to storebought cupcakes.
The chameleon stencil tote is an easy andinexpensive craft. It is an Earth friendly way to tote around important stufflike army men, Fun Dip and McDonalds Smurf figurinesJ
 I hope you laugh and find a little inspiration in my wickedcrazy “Green” interpretation. We adore the charm of A Color of His Own and I amhonored to have been asked to be a part of such an amazing challenge +experiment.
Special thanks and glittery smooches to:
My fondant chick: ToniAnn {BrooklynTreat Shoppe}
My marshmallow chick: Elizabeth {Stix N Pops}
LoneBenjamin Budget Breakdown + Deets:
Table, folding chairs, table cloth, forks,paper plates-personal collection: FREE
Roll of kraft paper: 4.00 (Michaels)
Three faux grass pieces: 7.50 (Michaels)
Two packages pipe cleaners: 2.00 (DollarTree)
Googly eyes for chameleons: from my craftsupplies: FREE
Chair covers-old potato sacks I have hadfor about 10 yrsJ: FREE
Misc ribbon + twine oncenterpiece/chairs/table-my own supplies: FREE
Two packages of mini colored pencils: 2.00(Michaels)
Coordinating paint chip coasters: FREE(Wal-Mart)
Pipe Cleaner initials for each placesetting: included with cost above
San Pellegrino sparkling water: 4.00 (ShopRite)
Two tiered dessert stand, whitewareplatters-personal collection: FREE
Party hats: 5.00 (Party City)
{embellished with Sweetheart Art my chimpsdrew and decorated with ribbon scraps: FREE}
Chameleon party blowouts: 1.00 (Wal-Mart)
{embellished with glittered foam:  2.00 (Wal-Mart) and scraps ofcardstock/sequins from my own supply: FREE}
Chameleon marshmallow pops: 6.00 (Stix NPops)
Fondant chameleon cupcake toppers: 6.00(Brooklyn Treat Shoppe)
Cupcakes: 6.00 (Wal-Mart)
Beanie Baby Chameleons: 12.00 (AC Moore)
Chameleon Cages Boxes: 2.00 (my littlechimps drew the artwork, I fashioned them into Sweetheart Art Chameleon cages)
Backdrop created with 2 pieces foam board:2.00
Kraft paper for backer: Included in rollprice above
Chameleon garland: Cost included abovewith pipe cleaners, googly eyes, twine
Reusable + recyclable tote bags: 3.00 (ACMoore)
Paints: 4.00 (AC Moore)
Dabbers: 2.00
My own design and supplies
*If this were a real party, I wouldestimate I would have spent an additional $20 on food.


  1. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    L-O-V-E those pipe cleaner details!!

  2. michelle@everydaycelebrating says:

    Completely awesome! Love the pipe cleaner initials and animals. Love the invitation! Love the colorful details.

  3. Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line says:

    Ridiculously amazing party! Love every color changing detail!

  4. Shawna says:

    Gorgeous….I can not stop myself from looking at this party…so impressed!!

  5. Piggy Bank Parties says:

    Hanging chameleons…adore! Based on a book…love! Pug party…winner!

  6. Party Wagon says:

    LOVE the book and LOVE the chenille chameleons!! So, so cute!!

  7. Jill {peasandthankyous} says:

    Chameleon cages. Girl, I totally love you ; )

  8. Kristy {the purple pug} says:

    Thanks fine ladies. I'm thinking pipe cleaners are the new pom;)

  9. Top It Off Designs says:

    Love. Love. Love. everything!!
    Ridiculously adorable.

  10. Natalie {the knock-knock factory} says:

    sweetest little critter party! AMAZING:)

  11. Pink Peppermint Paper says:

    Totally dying for those pipe cleaner chameleons. That they blend into their plate colors? I can't even talk about it. Brill!


  12. Mayra Rivera says:

    fun, fun, what a fun theme!!

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