You’ve let her wear dirty socks to school (they passed the smell test) and served Ding Dongs for dinner (only twice).
But when it comes to correspondence, you’re the pillar of propriety, thanks to Heather Bloem.
A graphic designer by trade, her line of custom invitations and announcements are clean and simple, ranging from bright and whimsical to soft and sweet.
Bloem’s fresh designs keep the same old birthday theme from getting stale, while her knack for turning zany ideas into playful invites means your moppet’s creativity (a purple polka-dot platypus party, Mom!) need not be squelched.
She’ll even whip up a batch of thank-you notes, so you’ll be set beginning to end.
Now that doesn’t stink.
Available online at design-roots.net.
Fall Family Fun
What: Face painting, the Magic Man, and trick-or-treating at Storybook Playhouses tucker out little monsters.
Why: A scary good time.
When: Trick or treat, Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; other activities, Sat., noon-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd. (214-515-6500).
Oak Lawn Children’s Fall Festival
What: The Resource Center Dallas sponsors an afternoon of food, crafts, and activities.
Why: Two words — bounce house.
When: Fri., 3-5 p.m.
Where: Oak Lawn Branch Library, 4100 Cedar Springs Rd. (214-670-1359).
What: Meet firefighters and learn about fire safety through puppets and crafts.
Why: It’s a hot topic.
When: Wed., 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Museum of Nature & Science, 1318 S. Second Ave., science bldg., at Fair Park (214-428-5555).
Photo: Courtesy of Design Roots