Starwars Birthday

We did a combined party this year for my step kids.  They decided mutually on Starwars. It was really fun to plan, and was a great boy/girl party!

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I painted these figures on MDF.  It was fun and pretty easy. dsc_0689dsc_0690dsc_0692dsc_0693

We made Leia outfits and Jedi outfits for all the kids to wear, complete with pool noodle light sabers. dsc_0697dsc_0703

We played “the force” game.  We just drilled holes in a frisbee attached rope and then put a ball on it and had the kids try to lift this all together.

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We played storm trooper egg race.  I just drew storm trooper’s faces on the eggs, the kids loved it. dsc_0757

 

 

Starwars Cake

For my stepkids 11th and 13th birthday we did a Starwars theme this year.  I made the cake…this was the biggest, heaviest cake I’ve made yet.  

This was my first time making fondant myself and it was easy and tasted great!  Although I did not make the black fondant. Black fondant is a pain to tent. 

For the Yoda head I used half a ball cake and used fondant over it. On the Chewy part I used a grass tip to make his fur (this tip is amazing for a lot of things). R2-D2 was pretty easy. 

My stepkids loved it and I loved it!  I’ll be posting their party soon!  It was a really fun party to plan!

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Creepy Crawler Toss Halloween Carnival Game

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There was a fall festival and our small group was in charge of putting a game together.  I volunteered to make the game, which means my husband was volunteered as well.  We wanted to do something we could make two of so lines could move quicker and this is what we came up with.

We bought these boards from Home Depot for about $6.00 each.  We then got pumpkins buckets from Wal-mart for $1.00 each.

My husband used scrap wood for the back bracket and to make pieces that held the pumpkins in the right spot. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the vinyl lettering and we had bugs for the kids to toss in the bucket.

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We were very surprised at how well these held up.  We were even able to lend these out to our in-laws.

Fall Pinterest Craft Night

We decided to do a fall craft night and it was a big success!!DSC_0614.JPG

I did the wine glasses with chalk on the bottom, the younger girls loved this!  I cute the Pinterest images with my silhouette cameo and the same with the water bottle covers!  Click here for the Silhouette Cameo file I used to create the water bottle covers!DSC_0617.JPG

I painted a bunch of Dollar Tree pumpkins with chalkboard spray paint, this way everyone could write down what they brought! DSC_0618.JPG

I also made little bags for everyone to take their goodies home!  Here is the  Silhouette file for the stickers I made! DSC_0620.JPGDSC_0621.JPGDSC_0623.JPGDSC_0624.JPGDSC_0668.JPG

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We are planning our next party for Christmas!

Drive In Movie

Our Memorial day was very wet this year!  We had rain the whole few weeks before and even the day of, so we decided to take our fun inside!

I told my husband I wasn’t going to go overboard, he didn’t believe me, and rightfully so!  I decided to do a popcorn bar, so I got out the awning I used for my step daughters 50’s party.  It worked perfectly.  My stepdaughter made the cute popcorn sign we hung up.  I got candy to put in our record bowls, also from her party, and we got popcorn flavoring.

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I had a TON of extra boxes from when we moved, I knew I would find a use for them. So I got up in the crawl space and brought them out to create our cars.   Good thing for Dad’s and Uncle’s!  They did such an  awesome job with cutting the boxes!

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After we got done cutting, my sister in law and I helped with the decorating.  I helped the kids wrap their cars in wrapping paper and she cut flowers and steering wheels.  This took us a while, but all the kids were very engaged.  We finished just in time for the sky to open up and poor!

Here are the cars finished!

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We were all shocked that they stayed in their cars for the ENITRE movie!  This will defiantly be something we do again!

Minecraft Scavenger Hunt Pieces

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I used these for my step son’s party.  We wanted to do a scavenger hunt.  I knew I wanted to make a crafting table, the challenge was how to make pieces that wouldn’t blow away outside. You can see our crafting table here.   I didn’t want to spend much.  I thought we could just use paint stir sticks, cut the pieces and tape them onto the wood pieces.

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My sweet patient husband went out and cut these pieces, ALL 200 of them 🙂

Husband note: This was actually very easy. I used the width of a stir-stick to set a guide on my miter saw, stacked them10-high, and got 10 squares each time I brought down the blade. 200 pieces in just a couple minutes.

Next I spent time cutting out the pieces.  Then I used packing tape and tapped them around the piece of wood.  It took some time, we watched a movie and we both wrapped all these pieces.  
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This only cost me paper and ink!  Such a great easy way to do it!

Minecraft Birthday Party

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My step son turned 12 years old. He wanted a Minecraft birthday.  I knew nothing about Minecraft!  I’ve never seen him play or anything! So this required me to have many talks with him, he loved it, I felt confused most of the time.  I decided to go with green as the base theme!  I downloaded the Minecraft font and then started making signs, like above.

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I had a major fail on my step daughters cake so I was a little scared to make another one.  I found out freezing the cake makes all the difference in the world!  I made a square cake and chocolate frosting, I crushed Oreo’s and added them into the frosting to make it look like mud.  I use my Winton grass tip to make all the grass like frosting.  We have a very big family so I made some mini cupcake just incase we needed more. I also found these cute cardboard figures on amazon and placed them on top.

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My step son tole me about the potions and brewing them.  So I found a potion diagram on google and put it on the board.  I used Koolaid squirt bottles so the kids could make their own “potions”.

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For an activity I decided to do a scavenger hunt with a crafting table.  I used a card table, tablecloth, and duct tape to make the “crafting table”. I made crafting templates with my Silhouette Cameo software.   I bought a bunch of prized at the dollar store that seemed to fit the theme.  I got sword, chest armor, axes, and much more.  I also made little tupperware with coal, diamonds, and emeralds.  I used my silhouette Cameo and make stickers to put on them.  I wish I had pictures of how they turned out.

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I made these wooden scavenger hunt pieces for the scavenger hunt.  See how I made them here.

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They came inside and matched their pieces to get their prizes.  This was a little crazy, but they had fun!

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I didn’t get a picture of the cute lanyards I made.  I loved how they turned out.  I again used my Silhouette Cameo.

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I made these “dynamite” out of pool noodles.  I used duct tape and taped them together.  My husband is always thinking about the details, so he got the rope out and tape three pieces together and I hot glued them into the holes.

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I started collecting boxes about a month before the party.  I just went for it with Steve and the pig.  For Steve I cut a narrow long box in half for the arms and spray painted them and the large box and light blue, then I spray painted the other large box dark blue.  I used brown packing paper for the head, and I used black duct tape for the hair and painted all the other features. I decided to use a pink tablecloth for the pig and wrapped all the boxes individually.  Afterward I think it would have been better to spray paint it.

I really enjoyed this challenge of this party!