Ice cream party!

Ice cream birthday party

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!  Actually the screaming didn’t get too loud!  🙂   Ok.. I’ll be honest, I never really know what to say in these intros, but sometimes I feel like I need to introduce each party!  🙂  Bla bla bla… I’m more of a picture person myself, so let’s just get right to the fun stuff!  🙂
 
First up the decorations:
I sorta threw this together last minute… I had made a large crocheted ball a few months ago as part of an experiment that didn’t work out.  And I had some of those cardboard like cones from Michaels from a previous party… so I hot glued on a ribbon hanger and rubber banded the tulle over my crocheted ball and shoved it in the cone.  Would have been cute with some beads glued on top for sprinkles. 

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 saw these cute ice cream balloons on Pinterest, so I tried them… they are helium filled balloons, but what I found out was that the weight of the cone (paper) was so heavy that they wouldn’t stay up in a bouquet… so I just tied them tightly to each chair and that worked.  Still a fun idea though… if you try this with a lighter weight paper and it works, let me know.

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

popcorn cones

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

I had my helpers (sis and mom-in-law) pre-scoop the ice cream onto a cookie sheet and stuck it in the freezer.  Then when it was time to serve… we dumped them into bowls and they were ready to go.  This was super helpful and make things fast and not as messy!

chocolate chip mint

and vanilla

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)
Recognize these?



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!
After the craft, we went right to snacks and then they watched an episode of She-Ra (I suspected not many of them knew anything about her, so it was good to watch a show first). 
I hot glued jewels to these gold plates and forks… I love how they turned out and will be doing this more often!
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)

My daughter wanted to help with the party and she drew the horse for the pin the horn on the unicorn.  Pretty good job I think!  (oh… and I highly recommend buying white butcher paper in a huge roll from some place like Cash N Carry.  We bought ours maybe 6-7 years ago and STILL have a bunch on the roll!  It lasts forever and we use it a LOT to cover the table for party crafts and other things like this for instance…. not cheap, but when you consider how long it is lasting, it is a great investment!)

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.  🙂

Cake time!

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!)
 

Dr Seuss baby shower

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!  Well, that happens to be my friend’s favorite children’s book, so it was easy to come up with a plan for what theme to do her baby shower.  Mary and I went to work with the planning.  I was so thankful that Mary decided to take care of all the food and I did the decorations and games because I am not a huge fan of the food part and that’s the part that always feels more stressful to me (due to its more last minute nature).  Man, this was a fun shower to plan, with pretty much free rein of all those bright colors and the whimsical style of Dr. Seuss stuff, and all the ideas I found online.  (I couldn’t do any pinterest pinning this time though, because I wanted the guest of honor to be surprised!, so I had to do thing the “old fashion” way… Bing and Google!)  There was a lot of good ideas out there, so thank you everyone!  It probably was one of my favorite showers to help create!

Here are the pictures!

These were inspired from the book Oh, the Places You’ll Go and I had some extra large cardboard in the garage, so I just cut out the shapes and spray painted them and duct taped them together in the back and a little to the house to keep them from falling down.
Tried to imitate the balloons from the book also.  Colored the striped (after they were blown up)  with permanent markers
The trees also inspired from the book.  I made these by using 5 sheets of tissue paper, accordian folded them and wired them around the center (just like the regular tissue paper puffs), cut both outer edge into a point, Then I used a heavier wire from Home Depot cut it twice the length needed, took a balloon clip weight, put the wire through the hole to the middle of the wire and folded the wire in half.  Then, with the ends of the wire toward the prepared tissue, I wrapped the thin wire around the tissue paper around the heavy wire to attach.  Next, I took black duct tape and wrapped it around the heavy wire to hide it all the way down to the balloon clip.  I did also have to wrap the taped wire around the balloon clip a little bit to make it strong enough to hold the flower up and then clipped it to the buckets (or anything you want).  Last, I fluffed out the tissue paper, mostly just one on side, so the top stays mostly flat to look like the Dr Seuss trees.  And voila!

I also loved the vases (idea I found online) wrapped with a blue boa and hot-glued the ends together.
Momma-to-be in all her glory!
Dr. Seuss phrases and characters for around the house!  (Printed and cut out)

Everyone had fun doing this and there sure were some funny ones!

One of the games (203 was the answer by the way).  Another game not shown was a crossword puzzle.  You can create your own here.  So, I did it fill-in-the-blank style based on the book, Oh The Places You’ll Go.
The 3rd game we played.  Some may recognize from a previous shower I did.  I had a lot of fun with Photoshop and took random baby faces and super-imposed them over celebrities and the guests needed to guess the celebrity.
I remembered I had this teapot my mom bought for my girls, so I just HAD to do the fish in the pot!

Food table
plates from Celebrate Express
Mary made this wonderful diaper silverware holder!

Party favors
Congrats sweetie!  Can’t wait to meet the little one!

Team Umi Zoomi party

Hey Umi friends!!  We hear a lot about Team Umi Zoomi from our now 3 year old, so when I asked if she wanted an Umi Zoomi party, she was so excited and talked about it for a couple months before her party (and even the few weeks after it).  It is a really cute show on Nick that is a math based show.  But also, it is only in its second season, so as of now, they don’t have any licensed party supplies.  They did, however, have a lot of stuff on the Nick, Jr website… printables, crafts, recipes, games, etc.  So, that was super helpful in my planning.  I printed and cut out a couple table centerpieces, posters, game posters with stickers, placemats, made Milli headbands and Geo’s shape belts, I made my first pinata from scratch!, and made Milli cupcakes, and decorated with other items I found online.  (I will describe more under the pictures.) We invited a few of her little friends and well…. see for yourself!  🙂 
The birthday girl in Bot’s Belly Screen on the photo wall.  Printed these from nickjr.com and attached Bot to a cardboard piece that I folded (at the top) and tacked to the wall.  Worked really well.  So, the kids could just sit on the bench and get their picture taken!  (this one was before I wrote Trina’s name on the poster)

The posters are for a couple games we played where everyone took turns putting on the stickers.  (found on Nickjr.com) and the numbers are from Oriental Trading.

Another nickjr activity I had on the wall (but we never really did the activity) … it was mostly for the older sibblings that came to the party.

Flowers were made (reused) from my Cricut and the laterns and tissue fans were from JoAnn Fabric’s dollar section!

Placemats to color as guests arrive and in between activities to keep the fast kids busy!

Was thrilled to see that they had these stuffed animals at Toys R Us!

Another printable (with lots of assembly required) from nickjr.com

paper fans (made similar to this, but to make them large, you need to glue 4 sheets (12X12) together end to end after creating the fan pleats.)  I put a Milli sticker in the center.

Loved these flower balloons from the local party store
Left this up from the last party we did!

colorful containers from the Dollar Tree

Milli Cupcakes

Milli headbands

Because I would want to know:  The display for the Milli headbands is made from taking a piece of fabric and batting and wrapping it around a Quaker Oats container and pinning it in place.  And the characters are more printables from Nickjr

The pinata just after I added the pull string to it.  I forgot to take pictures of the process of making it, but I used this website for instructions.

printed Umi Zoomi stickers to put in the pinata

more pinata stuffers

the finished product… it was actually super easy, just a lot of fringe cutting and gluing it on, but it actually didn’t take as long as I thought it would!! and the pull strings worked way better than the ones I have previously bought from the store.

Party favors, Geo’s shape belt, Milli headbands and favor bags

Inside is a hand clapper, crayons, magnetic numbers, and some shapes, and a coloring book.  I was going to make the outside of the bags like this, but ran out of time.

Owl baby shower for a girl

I suppose some of you remember when I did an owl baby shower last year for my friend’s baby boy?  Well, recently I hosted another owl shower for a little girl and it looked completely different!!  It was such a fun shower to do because my friend just adopted a baby girl, so the little one was able to come to her own baby shower and it was just such a sweet time celebrating this wonderful act of love and redemption. 

The inspiration for the shower was the crib bedding they chose for the nursery from Pottery Barn Kids here.  I have to thank Renee, Katy, Meghan, and Lisa for helping me with the food, supplies and decorations.  I didn’t even have to do any of the food prep, so I am very thankful for that!

banner thanks to the handy Cricut!  🙂
I love this shot of the guests of honor chatting on the chair!  It is precious.
Renee painted this lovely design on the wood letters and also the bird houses.  The branches, birds and 2 owls are printed on cardstock, cut and taped to pictureshelves (or wall). 

 

So cute, right?


Found this adorable owl at a local gift shop!




The food table


The topiaries were made by painting ceramic pots, inserting a piece of styrofoam in the bottom (covered up with some dried filling stuff), painted wooden dowel, the top is a styrofoam ball (I did paint this a quick covering of pink before I started)covered with paper flowers and leaves (cricut flower shop cartridge) and attached with a pearl stick pin.

The little ceramic birds are from Finland

Love these plates/napkins from Party Pail

Great idea Meghan to put fruit into krumkake shells

These petit fours were amazing!

Thanks Trader Joes

Lisa’s bacon wrapped dates

Chicken yummy on pitas

Lisa made these super cute chocolates for party favors

And the sweet Maya herself!  Such a precious gift from God!!  Welcome sweet little one!

low key pizza and movie party

Well, time to write about another party!  We just had one turn 8 years old at our house!  This year my daughter wanted to do a sleepover party, so with that decision, the deal was that she could only invite 3 kids over (plus her sisters for the movie part) and I wouldn’t be doing a super involved party this time.  But of course I just can’t help myself and did do a little something to make it cute!  🙂

We had pizza and cake, then the girls watched “The Tooth Fairy” and before the movie, they got to pick a mini pillow pet (to keep as the party favor), a boxed candy, and fill their cup with an assortment of popcorn choices.  It was cute and I think the girls enjoyed themselves. 
The “sleep”over was a bit harder… there is always the one girl that wants to sleep, the one that wants to bother/bug and the ones that just want to chat and giggle… can be a hard combo sometimes.  It may be a few years before we do more than 1 friend again!

Anyway, let’s get to the fun part… Here are some pictures from the party:

Got the cute unicorn party supplies from birthdayexpress
Extra large mylar
For the individual popcorn cups: I printed the names on white cardstock and stapled them on the backside to form a cylinder, cut a circle for the bottom about a half inch larger diameter than the cylinder, then pushed and bent it up into the bottom and stapled it around the base. 

For the larger popcorn bowls, I have a set of green mixing bowls that are different sizes and all fit into each other.  I thought, what if I just make “covers” for them and set the bowl inside.  So, I measured each bowl from table to just under the rim and the diameter, printed the striped design and label I made on the computer (had to glue a few sheets together to make the diameter large enough), and just set the bowl into them (unlike the individual cups, there is no paper bottom, they just go around the bowl).  I loved how it turned out and will definitely use that idea for future parties!
cupcakes from whole foods and we just added some sprinkles
Mini pillow pets as party favors (only worked because we had a small enough party for it to be do-able)
We happened to have a stuffed unicorn which came in handy for the centerpiece
pizza time
Happy birthday to you….
the theater is all ready … where did that teapot come from?
Movie time
Happy birthday Elise!  Love you!!!

Candyland Birthday Party

Welcome to Candyland!  This was a super fun party to create (but I think I do say that about most of the kid’s parties).  I decided to set up the house to look like a life-size candyland game board.
I did have a hard time getting started, so first I studied the candyland board games:  we have an older one and the new style one.  I actually used more from the older one, because I liked the variety of candy characters/places better.  The new board is a little too.. um.. busy… and the candies are a little more similar to each other.  Anyhoo… so I made of list of the “areas”:  Plum trees, rainbow trail, peppermint forest, gumdrop mountains, Licorice Castle (changed to Licorice Lagoon from the newer game), Peanut Brittle House, Lillipop Woods, Ice Cream Sea, Molassis Swamp (changed this to Chocolate Swamp), and last, but not least the Candy Castle.  I just started brainstorming ideas for each area and jotting those down.
I even made a playlist of candy related music to play, but then forgot to play it… boo.

Then I drew this rough map of my living rooms/kitchen… and how I wanted to set up the “game” (where all the sections would go).

I ordered supplies from my 3 favorite party websites:  Oriental Trading, Shindigz, and Birthday Express.  Also picked up some things from Ben Franklin, Bartells, The Dollar Tree, and Fred Meyer. 
So, I always find it easiest to just talk about the party as we go along.  So, here’s what the guests arrived to:

The giant lollipops are made from ballons taped to a baton I found at the dollar store and then wrapped in cellophane.  I stuck them in buckets filled with sand to keep them upright.
Aren’t these 2 great!  they’re from oriental trading!

As we were waiting for everyone to arrive, we had the kids decorating their goodie bags.  Note: don’t use elmers glue when doing this… took too long to dry… next time I will only use the stickers/sticky backed jewels.  lesson learned.

When everyone got there, we played the game.  I had taken out the colored cards from the board game and each kid drew a card and moved to that color square on the floor.  There are a ton of pictures, so I will just post a bunch!

Some stations had a little goodie bag gift to put in their bags.  We actually went back around a second time to grab those.  🙂
The rainbow trail led to the punchout game and the peppermint forest.

At the other end of the rainbow, I placed a “punch-out” game that I made.  See my previous blog post to see how we did that.  This we also came back to play on our second time around the game, so each kid just took a turn punching and getting a prize.

Candy canes and candycane pencils for the goodie bags.
I added glue and glitter to these popcorn and trash buckets from the dollar store to make them look like gumdrops.
I pinned bright colored blankets over beanbag chairs and pillows to make them look like the gumdrop mountains and the kids had to climb over them!  🙂
Here, I hung streamers to hopefully look like black licorice and the coat rack worked perfectly to make the licorice tree!

hung 2 brown curtaina that I had in my dining room, with pressure rods over the doorway for Grandma Nut’s peanut brittle house.

Inside the peanut brittle house I printed and cut out peanuts to hang from the ceiling and also taped some to the wall.

more cellophane covered ballon lollipops.  didn’t know how to get them to stand up, so I propped up a baby gate and covered it with a blanket.. then stuffed in the dowels.  (note that the bigger 3 lolli’s are attached to white wrapping paper rolls and the 6 smaller lolli’s are on wooden dowels)

You may remember the ball shaped decorations from here:  so I covered those with cellophane and whallah!  Dave helped me with the string between the walls to hang them from.

 Whew… hang in there only a couple more places to visit!

DO NOT EAT… these are play putty.  I was excited to find something for the theme that wasn’t candy!!
bubble wrap on the floor, so they can pop through the ice cream sea (the board game had lot of bubbles around Queen Frostine, so since a bubble machine probably would have been a little too messy for inside, I thought of this. 
not much decoration here.. just some more brown curtains on the floor for the chocolate swamp and a bench for a bridge to crawl over it!
Here is home of King Kandy!  Lots of yummies that the kids got to go around and load up their goodie bags!  (sorry parents)

this would have worked a lot better with dummies instead of these suckers… but oh well.

bought a plain white half sheet cake from Fred Meyer and then decorated it with colored fondant and lots of goodies!

The gingerbread pieces are from the board game

this is the older board game… like the one I grew up with.

Happy birthday to my amazing 6 year old!