Showing posts with label party. Show all posts
Showing posts with label party. Show all posts

Friday, November 20, 2015

Rainbow Magic Fairy Party




My Princess turned 7!


She looks way to grown up!  *sob*

Princess loves reading the Rainbow Magic Fairy books.  When I asked her what kind of birthday party she would like, I wasn't surprised when she said a Rainbow Magic Fairy party.  I was concerned that her friends wouldn't know the Rainbow Magic Fairy books.  After fretting about it a few days, I came up with the idea to introduce the kids to the books.  I wanted to make them feel like they were inside one of the books and had to act everything out.  Let me show you how I did it.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dragon Birthday Party Decorations



My kiddos are growing up WAY too fast.  Bud is now officially 3!  I asked him what kind of birthday he wanted and he did not hesitate, "DRAGONS!"

I must admit I was super excited about this theme.  Castles, dragons, and knights are some of my favorite things to read about, watch movies about, and basically geek out about.  As usual, I went overboard on the decorations for his birthday, but I just can't help myself.  Decorating is my creative outlet.

I am going to walk you through all of the decorations I put up in the house and let you know how you can make your own.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pajama Spa Party




If you're like me, sometimes you feel like throwing a small party for no reason.  (Trust me, your kids won't mind.)  Bestie and I decided to have a little spa day with our girls.

Here is our little party agenda:

  • Breakfast
  • Nails
  • Hair

We ate an oh-so-healthy *cough! cough!* doughnut breakfast.  The girls were in heaven.

After we had thoroughly washed the chocolate off of three sticky children, we started painting fingers and toes.


They each wanted something different.


Princess wanted pink and purple nails with green hearts and little gem stickers.


I am not great at fancy nails, but I must have done alright.  Look how happy she is.


Goofy wanted red nails and yellow hearts.


Here's Goofy being...well...goofy.  She wouldn't stop laughing.


Finally, we have Brownie's cute little red nails.


Another happy girl.

Next, it was on to hair.  I got to do all of the hair, which was super fun for me.  Again, I'm no fancy hair expert, but the girls all loved the way their hair turned out.


Here's the view from the back.


This is yet another example that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time.

What are some of your favorite, inexpensive activities?

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Thanksgiving Buzzword



I am always on the hunt for a fun party game - especially when I know that the whole family will be around.  This Thanksgiving I created this fun version of Buzz Word.  During dinner if any of the words on the sheet are spoken the person who said the word must wear the Turkey Cone of Shame.  

What is the "Turkey Cone of Shame" you ask?  


Behold!  The "Turkey Cone of Shame!"  I made these out of cardstock, yarn, and feathers.  The feathers really do make the hat.  These little beauties got passed around to almost everyone.  I had a super cute picture of my grandpa wearing the cone of shame, but my phone broke a little while after Thanksgiving and I lost it.  So sad!

Feel free to save a copy of the Thanksgiving Buzz Word sheet (at the top) to your computer.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Doctor Who-loween



To those of you who are going to Salt Lake Comic Con - I am EXTREMELY jealous!  What I wouldn't give for a glimpse of Matt Smith, or touch the T.A.R.D.I.S., or just to mingle with my fellow nerds.  *Sigh!*  I will try to get over it (but it is going to be REALLY hard).

If you can't tell by my picture, I am a die-hard Doctor Who fan.  What you are looking at in the picture above is my front door last Halloween (2014).  Yep.  I love decorating my house around a different theme each year.  What better theme for Halloween than Doctor Who?  The weeping angels alone give me nightmares.  Seriously.

I wanted to share my Doctor Who-loween decorations for those of you who need party/Halloween ideas (and to forget my Comic Con sorrows).


Let's start with the crack in the wall.  I used a roll of white vinyl and hand-drew the crack in the wall.  I cut out the letters using my Cricut machine.  I had never cut vinyl with it before and it worked like a dream.  My kids had to get in on the picture taking action.


These are the starting stages of my outdoor decorations.  I really loved my crack in the wall on the garage door.  You can also see my T.A.R.D.I.S. front door.  To make the T.A.R.D.I.S. I used a blue, plastic tablecloth.  I printed out the words for the door and drew some windows onto two sheets of white paper.  It was so easy (and did I mention dirt-cheap)!


Okay, here is the door nearing the final stages.  I wanted to show it in the daylight so you could see how I put it together.  I knew from the start that I wanted the T.A.R.D.I.S. to look like it was flying through space.  To do this, I painted some black garbage bags with white and glow-in-the-dark paint.  I also cut styrofoam balls in half and spray painted them to create worlds.


Here's a closer look at "space" so you can see what I'm talking about.  I hung everything up using stucco tape.  (I tried many tapes and this worked best on the stucco.  Just be prepared to re-adjust throughout the month.  Wind is not your friend - trust me.)  



Here's a shot of it in my black light.  I really like my Doctor silhouettes with orange lights behind them.  (The ghost has nothing to do with Doctor Who - we were BOO'ed.  In case you were wondering.)  



I'll get in some more pictures of the AWESOME (if I do say so myself) front door.  But first, let's turn our attention to my second story windows.  I bought 3 large sheets of black foam board from the dollar store.  I hand-drew a Silent, Dalek, and Cyberman.  After putting some orange lights behind them here is what they looked like.  (Please forgive the poor picture quality - I took these with my cellphone.)  These were such a fun statement piece for the windows.


Here is the Cyberman in another window.  You will be upgraded!


Both windows.


Back to the front door.  These decorations were, as Nine would say, "Fantastic!"  I never wanted to take them down.


The neighbor kids loved it!  Not only did they feel like they were in space, but their costumes glowed in the black light as well.  Win-win!


One more shot of the front door.  Oooo Weee Oooo!


And just for fun - here is my Amy Pond costume.  Geronimo!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ballerina Birthday Party


Princess turned 6 last week!  I'm not old enough to have a six-year-old am I?

This year Princess has been a little obsessed with ballerinas.  Perhaps it's because we put her into beginning ballet this summer.  So, when I asked her if there was a certain theme she would like for her birthday, she responded without hesitation, "BALLERINA!"

The good thing about Princess being in school (you know, other than the fact that she is learning new things and making friends) is that I could work on decorations while she was gone.  I love making the decorations a surprise!


When she woke up in the morning she found ballerinas all over the walls of the house.  There was even one on the door to her bedroom.  I made these all by hand (never have I appreciated my Cricut machine more).  I didn't have a cartridge with a ballerina on it and I didn't want to have to go buy one.  Instead, I picked up some pink poster board from the grocery store, stenciled ballerina silhouettes onto it, and cut them out.  Talk about time consuming!

Perhaps it would have been better to buy the cartridge after all...

But Princess and Goofy loved them.  They ran around the house trying to count all of them.


Step into my pink kitchen.  I used a pink tablecloth (from the dollar store), tulle, balloons, and finally put ballerinas everywhere.


Here is the ballerina that was hanging from the light.  Yes, I made her a little tutu.  My husband lovingly reminds me that I'm crazy.  


The living room was filled with balloons (Bud's favorite decoration by far).


Princess thought it was funny that I gave the TV a tutu to wear.


Finally, here is the front door.  The large ballerina on the door was Princess' favorite.


Here's a little closer shot of the ballerina.  I hot glued the tulle onto the ballerina in pleats and topped it off with pink, polka-dotted ribbon.


I follow this rule when it comes to birthday parties: even year birthday = family party, odd year birthday = friend party.  So, this year we had a family party.


Princess is a little bookworm (maybe it's because of all of the family read-a-thons we like to have).  The only thing she asked for this birthday was a book.  She was excited to get a whole boxed set.


I think she got more than a book don't you?


Time for cake.  I had envisioned how this cake would look ever since Princess decided on ballerinas for her theme.  I knew I wanted it to be pink (her favorite color) and I knew that I wanted it to have a tutu.


I measured my tulle around the cake pan to get the approximate size.  I then sewed the pleats and glued the ribbon over the top.  After I frosted the cake I placed the tutu on it and hot-glued the ribbon ends together so that the tutu wouldn't come off.


Princess "oohed" and "aahed" over the cake so I guess I did alright.


Happy birthday my sweet ballerina.  You are so kind, considerate of others, helpful, and fun.  
Don't ever change!  

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