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

 

 

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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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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!

1950’s Birthday Party Drive in Sign

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I had one more side of the inversion table box left over that I used for the candy table awning and thought I was sure I could find a use for it!  I started to paint the box and within the first few minutes I realized how much time a paint this was going to require so I got a dollar store red tablecloth and covered the box.  I then started to paint it. I just “winged’ the arrow and was really thankful it turned out!  I wanted to put light in it.  I always buy extra Christmas light on clearance for the end of the year, so I got a box out and started to put them in.  I tried a few different ways.  I found that using an X-acto knife and cut an “X” where I wanted to put the lights worked the best.  They pushed through pretty easily and it held then nice and straight.  She loved the personal touch!

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50’s Birthday Party Candy Table and Awning

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My Step daughter turned ten this year!  She loves a themed party.  So I asked her what our theme should be this year and she said I want to wear a poodle skirt, yes everything revolves around the outfit!  So I started planning. This was so exciting because when I started looking at decorations there were pretty inexpensive.  I wanted to make a lot of my decorations myself though so i started brainstorming!

I knew I wanted to make a vintage candy station complete with a awning, so I asked my husband for a little help with it.  I luckily just got an inversion table right before this and what do you know the box was the perfect size for where I wanted to hang it.  I thought I’d have to make so modifications, but once I got it up it looked just right.  I got a red and white stripped table cloth and stapled it onto the box.  Then we had to figure out how to hang it, this is where my husband comes in handy!

 I knew I wanted to zip tie it to the railing but my husband pointed out that it might break the box.  So he got two brackets and put then in the corners for extra support and it worked great!  My Mom had this awesome vintage boxes I was able to some of candies on.

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This is how it turned out! So cute! I used old records and melted them to make my bowls.  I made the cupcake stand out of records and mini Coca-Cola glasses that were 2 for a $1 at the dollar store.  Then I made the gum ball “machines” out of terra cotta pots and wooden doll balls.  I loved how this turned out!

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1950’s Birthday Party

My step daughter turned 10 this year! She wanted a 50’s party so she could wear a poodle skirt.  She loves to dress the part for everything she does! Here are is what I did for the party.  I’ll be posting about the candy table and awning and also the drive in sign I made. It was one of my favorite parties I’ve done so far!

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We did a candy bar table and a photo station!  I had gum balls, tootsie rolls, lollipops and we had cupcakes. I had a popcorn machine in the corner with little popcorn bags.

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I got checkered wall murals and wrapped our island and made a “soda shop”.  We also did Malts complete with a vintage malt mixer which I didn’t get a picture of unfortunately.  In the back you can see I ordered red baskets, for our hot dogs, hamburgers and fries.

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This was right in our entry way.  I had a table with glasses for they guys and girls and also for pearls for the girls.  This was a fun touch for everyone to dress up!

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Our table with our cardboard table jukebox.

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Lighted Drive in sign.

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Cute kiddos!

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Candy table

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Soda shop sign

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So I took a cake decorating class a few months ago and thought…I can make a cake. Well boy was I wrong.  I made my cake and it cake our perfect, I started to frost it and it ripped apart!  I have since learned…Freeze your cake before you frost it!! So last minute I ran to the store and found a plain round cake.  I rolled out my black fondant and cut it to fit the top of my pre-made cake. Used sugar paper for the white part and then wrote on it.  I think her record cake turned out pretty well, for all the trouble I had!

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Bubble gum contest!

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We played limbo! This was the kids favorite we played for quite awhile!

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Her party was a big success and so much fun to plan!