I got the privilege of throwing a 40th birthday party for one of my best friends a couple weeks ago. It was fun to have a bunch of ladies over to celebrate with her. Here are the pictures taken by my friend Amy (who does a WAY better job taking pictures than I do… thanks Amy).
Sofia the First Party
We had a Sofia the First Party for my 5 year old. It was so cute and we just love Sofia around here. I got carried away with all the little detailed crafts on this one … I had lots of fun with that part. I should have planned a couple more games or activities, but it all worked out in the end.
We watched an episode of Sofia the First during snack.
That’s the party! Now here are those last 2 how to projects mentioned above:
Here are pictures from my 7-year-old’s Frozen Birthday Party with descriptions and links below!
Here is a link to my Pinterest board for more ideas!
40th birthday party for my husband
I threw a party for my husband’s 40th birthday and it was super fun to plan a party for adults (not that I don’t like doing the kid’s parties, but it was a nice change!) You only turn 40 once, so I went all out and rented some bistro tables, plates, and glasses and rearranged the house and even hired a bartender (which, by the way, was a huge help and allowed me to enjoy the party also!) The party was on Saturday, so the bistro tables were delivered on Friday and picked up on Monday (also night… allowing me plenty of time to set up and tear down).
The color theme was black and blue, so I moved all our black furniture (couch and a couple benches) into the living room and used black linens on the tables.
I played some awesome hits from the hubby’s younger years; some where awesome classics and some were glad to be in the past! 🙂
It was truly a fun party and I definitely need to do this again sometime!!
My Little Pony Party
It looks like we have turned a corner with my oldest and she has really wanted to help in the planning of her birthday parties. I always let the kids pick the theme they want, but she wanted to be really hands-on with the decorations and what activities we would do and the order of the party. Looks like I am training up another little planner! 🙂 She wanted a My Little Pony party this year. I had seen that Hasbro has blank white My Little Pony that you can order, so I ordered some of those. I had no idea how we would decorate those, but we decided on Permanent Markers… you can color the hair and everything. I wanted the girls to be able to take them home and not get wet paint all over. If you have more time, I would recommend the markers for the hair and then probably acrylic paint would be better for the body and produce a more even look and glitter glue for some sparkle.
Without further ado, here are the pics!
Lalaloopsy birthday party
Lalaloopsies are so adorable, I was excited when my daughter chose that theme for her birthday party. (the party was last fall and I am again behind on my posts!) First, I bought a book (for the kids) that had most of the lalaloopsies in it, so I could get an idea of decorations and activities for the party (and Pinterest of course). And we watched a Lalaloopsy show on Netflix (the show isn’t good, IMO … the plot is horrible), but I did get some ideas. Here are the pictures from her party with links and comments!
Strawberry Shortcake Party!
Welcome to Berry Bitty City!
|Strawberries are cut from the Hello Kitty cricut cartridge.|
|Strawberry confetti from birthday express, Table cloth from oriental trading. The maize printout and coloring sheets are from the strawberry shortcake website.|
|My grandma crocheted these Strawberry shortcake dolls for me when I was a kid and I still had them. They are amazing and worked great for centerpieces!|
|balloons from birthday express|
|This was a HUGE decoration that worked great for filling up a wall! And only $6 at birthday express|
|Images from google and bing image search. Again… make sure you go to advanced search and search only for images with a high resolution to look better with printing!|
|This piñata was an idea I found on Pinterest from Grey Luster girl. She is amazing at parties and had a lot of fun ideas!
I did make it into a pull string piñata because my girls prefer them. (my string broke this time though… which was a bummer). For instructions on making a pull string piñata see HERE
|Strawberry Shortcake pin the strawberry on the vine game from Shindigz|
|I made a bunch of these out of felt and we used them to play a musical chairs game. Most of the kids have never played that before and were not happy about me taking them away. LOL. But it was fun to watch them figure it out.|
|We had strawberry shortcake music in the background! You know… the ones that are still in my head! (there are a lot of different strawberry shortcake albums available… we liked the Strawberry Jams and Let’s Dance the best.)|
|For the food, we had strawberry applesause, Strawberries, dried strawberries, Chocolate wafers, Pretzel thins, homemade suckers, cupcakes, and beverages. Most things are from Trader Joes.|
|I love making candy! It is a pretty fast process if you have all the right tools. I bought this hard candy mold from sugarcraft. I also recommend getting the large candy funnel… Works great! THIS was a helpful blog when I first started to make candy (without my mom, that is)!|
|I made a simple buttercream frosting with powdered sugar and butter (but I only used about 1/2-2/3 as much sugar as the recipe called for) and I added strawberry flavoring to it. Oh man.. it was so yummy!|
|Remember these? I don’t think I ever did say how I made them… They are from the flower shoppe cricut cartridge… probably my most used cartridge! So many things you can use flowers for! Anyway, you use a fancy pearl pin to pin them to the Styrofoam ball topiary. (Be sure to store them out of the sun when you aren’t using them because the colors can fade)|
|Enjoying some goodies!|
|Ok… there were so many fun favors to do this time… I may have gotten a little carried away. It was still under $5 per kid though which is my max. 🙂|
|So, I bought THIS cricut cartridge just for this party and it made the 3D strawberries in the basket and the basket. So fun! Inside the 3D strawberries are strawberry daiquiri jelly bellies. And also in the basket there is a packet of strawberry flavored Annies fruit snacks and strawberry Kelloggs pastry crisps.|
|These mini hand sanitizers are from bath and body works and I tried to find the fruity scents and just make my own label for them in Photoshop, printed on sticky paper and stuck them on! 🙂|
|Also there are coloring books and bubble wands ($1 each at Michaels).|
Ice cream party!
Ice cream birthday party
|inflatable cone… what I am going to do with this after the party?|
|So, I painted this cone for a game, but realized it was too small… so it just became a decoration.|
|(Ice cream try number too for pin the cherry on the sundae)|
|to make ice cream cone garland… see THIS blog post|
|I ran out of time to make a piñata, so I bought this at our local party store… I think it may have been the first time we used a piñata that wasn’t a pull string one… it was interesting! (my girls are not much into hitting with a bat)|
|This was one of the games. I had 4 buckets and filled 2 of them with some pom poms I made with this brilliant contraption. And I bought these cute ice cream scoopers. So, the game was a relay type race… there were 2 lines of kids and they had to scoop a ball of “ice cream” and run across the room to the empty bucket and drop it in and run back, then the next kid goes. Which ever line finishes first wins. We played a few rounds of this. It was a nice calm active game for them!|
|I may do a blog post about this game too. Have you all heard of the Cupcake game? It is a super cute easy game for kids. I spent a bunch of time creating a game like it, but it was making an ice cream cone or sundae instead. 5 kids could play at each game, so I made 4 games total. I will link to the post after I blog about that.|
|Pin the cherry on top of the Sundae!|
|I found this cake pop kit on clearance at Michaels and it was just perfect for the party. It was pretty easy to make… the instructions were well written and they looked adorable.|
|lot of syrups!|
|Lots of toppings!|
|and MORE toppings! (I am always happy when I get to use this fun ferris wheel serving piece from what used to be Southern Living at Home.)|
|Here are those finished cake pops|
|ice cream bowls from Oriental Trading|
|We had a ton of different cones, but the majority just wanted to use the fun bowls. The plates and napkins were from Birthday Express|
|chocolate chip mint|
|She didn’t want a cake, so candles went into the ice cream scoop! 🙂|
|party favors (in the green bucket there are THESE ice cream shooters for the boys)|
|These party pails were from oriental trading and they had the idea HERE|
|inside the pails there was Ice cream scented nail polish, tattoos, ice cream lip gloss and stickers. (just the sticker and tattoos in the boy’s favors)|
|Note: on the instructions from Oriental trading… the didn’t say anything about how they got the blue / purple/etc color under the iridescent glitter… I just hot glued on some ribbon of the same color and then glued the glitter stuff on top!|
|Happy birthday sweet girl!|
She-Ra Birthday party!
Princess of Power!!
I am She-Ra! LOL! I had fun planning my daughter’s 9th birthday party… took me back a few decades. I totally remember watching She-Ra and He-man from childhood! (Although, I was more of a Rainbow Brite and Wonder Woman fan.) My daughter started watching She-Ra when I saw it on Instant Netflix and she was an instant fan. But, when she asked about having a She-Ra party, I was actually a little nervous…. how was I going to do that one and where would I find She-Ra stuff 3 decades after it was popular! Thanks to some helpful facebook friends, I got some good ideas for crafts and games and finally got my creativity rolling for it.
As usual, I will just post pictures and explain as we go! 🙂 Thanks for reading!
|printed some posters to put in the entryway. Just found them from Bing and Google Image search on the “wallpaper” or larger options (so they are not pixelated when printing)|
|Party confetti and She-Ra images printed out and cut.|
|As kids arrived, we had them start on the first craft. I bought these paper swords from Oriental Trading and the girls got to decorate their “She-Ra” swords with jewels and markers and stickers. A nice easy craft to get the party started. And the funny thing is when the girls got all into it, there wasn’t a sound out of all 9 girls… I just love girl parties!|
|Just some fun snacks from Trader Joes.|
|Stole this idea from Kara’s Party Ideas. The image was found here.|
After watching the episode of She-Ra, we did 4 games lumped together… I called it “superhero training”! The first part of the “training” was finding the crystals hidden around the living room and returning them to the crystal bowl that goes back into the Crystal Castle.
|Be sure to count your crystals first because they can easily be lost… the girls had to find 20 small ones and 5 larger crystals. Aren’t they pretty?
The next game was to throw the suction balls at Sceletor. What a scary looking character for a girls party, but it was still fun.
|Ok… so nevermind the quality of my pasting together of the papers I printed off. With the light shining through, I should have lined the back with a thicker paper to hide it better, but I figured a bunch of 8-9 year olds wouldn’t care.|
|Found these suction balls at the party store… they didn’t stick to the window as well as I’d hoped, but it did help to throw underhanded FYI.|
Pin the horn on Swift Wind (She-Ra’s flying unicorn)
And I don’t have any pictures of the last game of the super hero training, and it was sorta added last minute. We had unicorn flying lessons. My girls got stick horses for Christmas, so we had 4 of them. The party attenders took turns on their horses “pretending they were flying unicorns” following a quick little obsticle course I made up of pillows and around couches, etc. It was pretty cheesy, but they seemed to like it. 🙂
After cake and presents we did the last craft. I had originally planned on making She-Ra headbands, but got to thinking… these girls will never get to wear these again because She-Ra’s headband is a little… um… out there (literally). Anyway, so I found these great headbands on oriental trading and you can use wire to bead around them. Perfect. I wish I would have taken pictures of each girl’s creation, but the parents started coming and it got a little hectic. They were all so different and creative.
|headband making supplies. The beads are all just a collection of stuff I had, and a few I picked up.|
|I got the headbands here. (Warning, they not the most comfortable since they are metal) And I printed out the samples they had on their website to help with ideas for the girls.|
|I started the wire on all the headbands beforehand to make it easier for the kids, but they really didn’t need much help after they got going.|
|bead and wrap.|
|This one was created by the birthday girl|
|And this one by my 5 year old… I was impressed and she did it on her own too!|
|Party favors (below is what was inside) minus the swords and headbands they made|
|I was lucky to find these adorable magnetic boards at Michaels on clearance… score!|
|Happy birthday to my creative, beautiful daughter! (oh and the She-Ra shirt was bought off ebay… loved this one!)|
Angry birds party
Birthday party season is on its way for us again this year, starting off with our 7 year old daughter’s angry birds party! When I was researching other Angry bird parties online, I noticed how so many of them had a real life angry birds game set up in their yards! I loved this idea and started saving boxes 2 months before the party. But, since she has an October birthday, it is typically too rainy here in Washington to have the party outside, so we moved all the furniture to one side of the living room, removed anything breakable and set up an area to have balls, boxes, and pigs flyin! I did think that the game was going to entertain them longer than it actually did though. I think they got tired of waiting in line or something. I think they had fun despite the craziness at times! Here are the pictures:
|I just made these in Photoshop, printed and cut them out.|
|Another print and cut project. Nora had fun taping them on the wall.|
|Since we didn’t know a lot of people from Nora’s class yet, I wanted to make sure that I knew if there were any allergies, etc. So, I made up this little sign in. Pretty cheesy, but helpful info to know!|
|I found a printout for these faces to stick to the balloons. I just used full sheet sticker paper to print them onto. They buckled a little, which I expected, but still a fun and inexpensive decoration.|
|All these little plush Angry birds I got at Costco and Zulily.|
|Love this large display I found at birthdayexpress.com|
|This is the craft we did as kids arrived: Backpack clips!. Mine sorta faded because I put too much glue on the back… whoops. First, put the front side of the image (I had many different angry birds to choose from) onto the circle epoxy stickers (a much better price than I paid by the way), then glue the back to the bottle cap and you can punch a hole in the top of the bottle cap with a tiny round puncher, stick in a ring and the fastener thingy. You can also make them as necklaces, but I was trying to be more gender nuetral.|
|I covered the boxes with white or brown paper and painted the brown ones to look like wood. The kids arranged the first set and placed the pigs.|
|sling shot from amazon for balloons, but it worked well to fit these little foam angry birds balls.|
|This little game would have worked a little better for a calmer party… fyi.|
|I wish I would have taken pictures of the progress as I made this pinata. I did paper mache over a balloon and let that dry for a couple days, then I cut a square hole in the bottom because a pull string pinata was requested. Here is the “how to” I have used for the pinatas I have made. I thought it would be perfect to use the beat up pig for the pinata, so I just printed and cut those pieces to put on. 🙂|
|I love making my own pull string pinatas because they actually work! (I bet you could convert a store bought regular pinata into a pull string as well.)|
|candy and stickers flying!|
|Just simple snacks this time… those are Angry birds cheese-its!|
|Just happened to see this cookie pizza at Albertsons a few days before the party and how could I not get it!|
|just bought a plain chocolate cake and decorated with cookies, kit kats, a quickly made sling shot out of wire and black tape, and these cute little guys|
|prescooped ice cream… so glad I did this!|
|party favor bags: including tattoos, a mini plush angry bird, angry bird fruit snacks and their craft and candy from the party.|
|Happy birthday Nora!!|