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! 

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Outer Space Baby Shower

A few months ago, I hosted an Outer Space baby shower for a friend and her baby boy.  Thanks to my friend Liz, I didn’t have to do much with the food, so I got to focus on my favorite things:  the decorations, games and favors!  Here are the pictures with descriptions below them:

deirdre_invite_proofEThe invitation created in Adobe Illustrator

IMG_3639This is a foam wreath, covered with white tulle.  Then I cut out the rocket, star, and banner with my cricut and just pinned it onto the foam and added a ribbon to hang it.

IMG_3642Here is another banner made from my Cricut.

IMG_3648Here, I printed out different planets and cut them out.  You can use a glue stick on the picture side of the paper and paste them to the bottom of a clear plate to go with the theme of the party.

IMG_3647 The food and cut out stars scattered around.

IMG_3645I bought these whirly decorations of Amazon.

IMG_3644More cut out stars strung and displayed around.

IMG_3643  Fun baby shower Memory game.  Instructions HERE

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The favors were popcorn balls with a little blue food coloring!

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Strawberry Shortcake Party!

Welcome to Berry Bitty City!

Strawberry, strawberry, strawberry shortcake!  The song is still in my head 3 weeks later!   LOL   This party turned out cute, but I wasn’t on top of things as I normally am (I have to start months early for the April birthdays since we have 2 of them and I ordered the stuff early, but didn’t get to the crafting part early enough) … so it was a little stressful at the end.  But it all worked out and my daughter had a great time!  We had about 16 kids or so this time.  The kids arrived and started on a coloring sheet/maze activity, then we played some games, had some cake and she opened her presents. 
 
Strawberries are cut from the Hello Kitty cricut cartridge

 
My wonderful older daughters did all the coloring of the dots with some sharpie markers!  We just taped on the leaves and stem.  (warning… don’t let your kids play with these balloons when you take them down… the sharpie comes off everywhere… TRUST me!)

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

Birthday girl!!

 
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)!
chocolate cupcakes

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

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!
 

How to make ice cream cone garland

Ice cream cone garland

 
I thought I would show you a tutorial to make some fairly quick ice cream cone garland for an ice cream party!

What you need:

  • tissue paper in the colors you want
  • 6″ X 8″ brown paper (I used cardstock, but lighter paper will work just as well)
  • 2″ Styrofoam balls (you can find them cheap at the dollar store)
  • hot glue gun
  • fish line
  • scissors

Making the cone:



Take your brown paper

start to roll it into a cone with the corner at the point as shown above

hot glue a strip down the edge.  I glued the top half first while holding the point and then glued the pointy part around tight. 

Here you can see the glued part better.  then cut around the top to cute off the excess and make it straight.

 Adding the top:

Cover your Styrofoam ball with a bit of tissue paper and twist the ends together.

Put a little hot glue around the inside rim of your cone and insert the twisted end of your covered Styrofoam.
Cut a long strip of tissue paper about 1.5-2 inches wide and fold it down the center lengthwise
Start gluing on your strip of tissue down the fold and slightly above and below the fold, bunching it as you go.

all the way around and hide the ends into the start
Lastly, cut a small piece of fishing line, bring the ends together and put hot glue on the ends, and poke it into a small hole into the top for hanging.



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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!)
 

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!
Angry balloons!



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!!