BIRTHDAY PARTY : book worm

7 08 2014

My older daughter LOVES books!  We’ve read some great ones this year:  Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Rainbow Magic Fairies, Whatever After, and Spirit Animals among others.  This year for her birthday, we had a Book Worm party and incorporated aspects from each of those books.  To keep the flow of the party moving, I had cards that I had done up for her to read aloud to go from one activity of the other.1-Rainbow Magic1

The girls went outside, collected a white pillow case, put on gloves and an orange apron and made tie dye pillow cases!

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Water fight!  Using sponges and zap straps, I made water bombs for the girls to have a water fight.  I got this idea from pinterest.

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Mentos & Diet Coke Geyser

Mentos & Diet Coke Geyser

Class is in!  We did the Mentos & Diet Coke geyser experiment.  The spray went higher than the big trees!  The girls thought it was pretty awesome!

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Dinner is served!  Each girl had their own menu with food based on the Spirit Animals, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Rainbow Magic Fairies and Whatever After books.  On the menu:  Uraza Spotted Pizza,  Essix Chicken Wings, Briggan Cheese Sticks, Jhi Bamboo Veggies and Fruit, Book Worm Birthday Cake, Whatever After Ice Cream, Butterbeer (rootbeer),  Polyjuice Potion (ginger ale), Pumpkin Juice (orange juice), Nectar (apple juice), Mad Eye Moody’s Milk (white milk), Poseidon’s Punch (water).  Breakfast was Pearl’s Pancakes, Button’s Bacon, Rainbow Fruit Salad, and Jack Frost’s Ice Blue Whipped Cream.  Yum!6-Pinata1Pinata

My two girls helped make this pinata.  Made from a cereal box, modge podge and a flour/water mixture with newspaper (and reinforced with a few strips of duct tape).  Inside the box was silly string can tops (I could not  fit the whole cans in as the moisture from the flour/water mixture made the cardboard wet and then dry with zero flexibility).  This pinata was so tough to break that each girl got numerous cracks at it, as did the adults!  Once the girls got their silly string cover, they came to me to get the matching can and they had a silly string fight.  Fun!

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The girls found a loot bag on each of their pillows.  They each got a book, a rainbow pin wheel, and my daughter made each girl a rainbow  loom book mark in the shape of a snake (book worm).  Their pillowcases were ready to take home the next morning.  They turned out so well!

Table Settings

Table Settings

Menu

Menu

Keeping with the Rainbow Magic Fairies books, I made the table colourful.  My daughter asked if her guests could each have a menu to order off of, so we pretended we were at the Three Broomsticks (Harry Potter) and ordered Butter Beer (root beer),  Poseidon’s Punch (water), Uraza Spotted Pizza (pepperoni pizza), etc.

Cake

Cake

I finally attempted fondant!  I wanted to try to make a birthday cake that looked like a book, and I succeeded.  I was so happy with how this turned out.  It was surprisingly easy.  My daughter said it looked delicious, but thought it may look too pretty to cut.

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

To decorate the mantle, we used a mix of balloons, streamers, a poster that my daughter made, and books, toys and ornaments that we had at home to decorate.

What a great party!

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Polka Dot Pool Party

7 08 2014

My younger daughter was so excited to turn five.  She really wanted a pool party this year (as many of her preschool friends had been having them, and she had fun at them, so she wanted one of her own).  By all rights, this should have been an easy party.  Kids come, have fun in the pool, have some pizza and cake and easy clean up.  Well, I knew I wouldn’t be happy with it being that easy.  If we were having a pool party, it would still be themed, fun and look good!

Decorations

Decorations

Table Settings

Table Settings

My daughter helped pick out the decorations.  I was fully expecting them to be pink, but she surprised me by picking out the blue.  She said that blue would be like water and fit the theme better.  I had to laugh, at five the girl has style!  For food, there was pizza, raw veggies and fruit, and yogurt tubes in a beach bucket with a shovel.

Game

Game

The kids played a game of “Guess How Many”.  The boy or girl who guessed closest won a large bottle of miracle bubbles.

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

I made a mix of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and decorated them with a beach theme:  teddy grahams laying on a fruit leather beach blanket under an umbrella … teddy graham in a gummy tube floating in the water … sharks in a blue icing ocean … plain white icing with some sparkly disco dust.  Easily, the most popular were the blue gummy sharks in the blue water.

Loot Bag

Loot Bag

I have to admit, the loot bags for this party were awesome.  I found Dr. Seuss “One Fish, Two Fish” reusable bags at Target on clearance for ten cents each!  They were smaller (about the size of a lunch bag).  I filled them with bubble (that I found on sale months before for $0.24), Crayola sparkly side walk chalk (again, on sale months earlier for $0.44), really cute inflatable animal rings to swim with (on sale at the end of the previous summer for $1), and some lifesaver gummies.  Very good loot bag for under $2 per child.  It pays to buy ahead if you have the storage space ~ and don’t forget that you have purchased the stuff!

She loved her party, and it was a nice change for me.





Hawaiian Luau Pool Party

7 08 2014

For my older daughter’s seventh birthday, she wanted to have a luau.  A friend of ours was generous enough to offer up the use of her pool in the afternoon so the kids could have a swim.  The kids all had a blast!

When we came back to our house, the girls each had a grass skirt, coconut bra, lei and flower clip waiting for them.  The grass skirts were a bit itchy, but the coconut bras were a hit.

Craft - Picture Frames

Craft – Picture Frames

Group photo time!  I had the group photo printed off right away so the girls could put them in their picture frame they got to decorate.  I have printed the wooden frames I had purchased at Michaels beforehand and bought the stickers from Oriental Trading.

Craft - Charm Bracelet

Craft – Charm Bracelet

The second craft the girls got to make was a charm bracelet.  I bought a lobster clasp  and jewellery beads so they would look a bit fancier.  The charms also came from Oriental Trading.

Table Settings

Table Settings

Table Settings

Table Settings

I always like to add a table runner.  I think it adds a nice touch and helps dress up a table.  I used the grass skirts and flower leis to dress up the chairs.

Cake

Cake

We were camping before this party and I didn’t have a lot of time to bake, so we went with a store bought cake.  My daughter picked this cake out as the one she wanted.  It fit in with the theme, but I wish I had  had time to do something different.  That being said, it tasted good and the kids liked it, so that’s what matters.

The loot bags were colourful mesh bags to use at the beach.  The girls took that home with their picture frame, flower leis, skirts, hair clips, coconut bras, and charm bracelet they made.

My daughter said that this was “the best party ever!”  I seem to remember her saying that last year too, so something tells me she’s pretty happy with her birthday parties, which makes me happy.





BIRTHDAY PARTY: Rock Star!

6 04 2013

My youngest daughter is a bit of a diva … multiple wardrobe changes daily, a love of shoes, accessories and music and the occasional diva attitude.  It seemed the logical (and fun!) choice to have a rock star birthday party!  I always use Smilebox to make a photo invitation and thank you card.  The guests were all greeted at the door by my eldest daughter (who was lucky enough to stay home from school for the party), and given their VIP backstage pass.

Decorationis

Decorations

My daughter’s favourite colour is pink, second favourite is purple, so I incorporated those colours into the decorations.  My husband has a large collection of vinyl records and I used them as a focal point over the fireplace.  The adults had fun reading the titles of the records.

Table Settings

Table Settings

Honestly, animal print is not my favourite, but I have to admit it does work very well for a rock star party.  I filled up votive candle holders with pink and purple candy that was on clearance at the Bulk Barn (the benefits of after Easter parties!).  I felt the runner needed a splash of colour and this seemed to do the trick very well.  On the menu:  penne with butter and parmesan cheese or with marinara sauce, fruit and raw veggies, and of course punch.

Cake

Cake

I went back and forth on what I was going to do for a cake for this party.  My thoughts went everywhere from attempting fondant, to a guitar shaped cake, to microphone cupcakes in an ice-cream cone (an idea I saw on pinterest), but finally settled on this DQ ice-cream cake.  The photo doesn’t really do it justice.

Prizes

Prizes

We started off the party sitting in a circle, introducing ourselves, and playing hot potato.  I got these cool coin purses from Michaels and filled them with Life Saver Gummies.  We used this as the “hot potato”.  Each time the music ended and a child was “out”, they got to go and design their guitar.  The last person in the game won the prize.  We also played pass the parcel where under each layer of paper there was a small gift (retro pins with pictures of ghetto blasters, cassette tapes, head phones….).  Finally, the last game was a variation of pin the tail on the donkey … our version was pin the jewel on Barbie.

Finally, each child left with their VIP badge, the pin they unwrapped during pass the parcel, the guitar they crafted and their loot bag.  The loot bag was a wrapped book with a bag of goodies attached by ribbon.  The bag of goodies included rock star candies, nail polish, and rocker tattoos among other things.

Favourite Gift

Favourite Gift

My daughter’s favourite gift she received?  A pink guitar.  When she opened it she said, “Ooh! It’s just what I wanted!”

Another successful party!





BIRTHDAY PARTY: a pirate’s life for me!

25 06 2012

Turning six, my eldest daughter loves the Disney Junior show “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” and wanted to have a pirate party.  On board with this, I wanted to make the pirate party as girly as I could and was able to find some great goodies on Oriental Trading’s website.  For the first time, I decided to host a birthday party at 4Cats Art Studio, and the kids all got to make a polymer clay pirate and paint a background where the pirate would be attached.  Each girl left with their own piece of art.  4Cats rents their place for one hour fourty five minutes.  The first hour is for the craft, the last 45 minutes is for cake and gift opening.  This actually ended up being the perfect amount of time, not a lot of mess to clean up.  My daughter told me that “this was the best birthday party ever!” and the girls all seemed to enjoy themselves, so it was a hit!

Decorations

Decorations

In an attempt to make a pirate party a little more girly, I chose the color combination of pink and black.  I was happy with it!

Table Settings

Table Settings

There wasn’t a whole lot of table settings needed for this party as the girls were only having cupcakes and punch.  I found the little sword picks at the dollar store and wanted to use them for the party, so I decided to add some maraschino cherries to the glasses as added decoration for their punch.  The napkins were one of the items that I purchased from Oriental Trading.

Treasure Chest Loot Boxes

Treasure Chest Loot Boxes

Each child left with a bandanna, pirate bracelet, their art they made and a treasure chest loot box filled with pirate tattoos, gold chocolate coins, some jewelry, stickers and other treats.

Pin the Eye Patch on the Parrot

Pin the Eye Patch on the Parrot

After playing “pin the eye patch on the parrot” the girls received a pirate bracelet.  The girls kept asking if they got to keep their bandannas and bracelets… they were a hit!

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

The cupcakes had either candy skulls or gold coins (also known as gold doubloons in the pirating world).





BIRTHDAY PARTY: a fairy special tea party

25 06 2012

I am in love with the idea of hosting tea parties.  With my youngest daughter turning three, she’s happy with cake and iced tea, she wasn’t too concerned about decorations or loot bags, so I was still able to make a lot of the creative decisions.  With her personality, I know that when she is older I will have little say about these things, so I will take advantage of it while I can!

Table Settings

Table Settings

Colourful cups & saucers, finger sandwiches, bite size goodies … lots of yummy little treats for the girls and boys attending the party.  I found the fairy wings after Halloween and decided to use them to decorate the chairs.  The kids wore the wings at the party and got to take them home.

Loot Bags

Loot Bags

I wanted pretty loot bags.  These are gift bags with a pretty lace-like appearance.  I used letter beads to spell out the names of each of the kids attending the party; a little added touch that I thought added a nice personalized feel to the loot bag.

The Cake

The Cake

I had such high hopes for baking a homemade cake.  I found one on pinterest.com that I fell in love with.  Started decorating it and the top was beautiful, but the icing would not stick to the side of the cake!  It kept rolling off, so (the perfectionist that I am) scrapped the homemade cake idea and purchased a one from Dairy Queen.  DQ made a very pretty cake and the fairy on it now sits in my daughter’s bedroom on a shelf.





BIRTHDAY PARTY: when I was a kid

27 02 2012

Every time one of the girls birthdays role around, my husband says “when I was a kid, we had hot dogs, potato chips, swamp water, cake and the kids left with a pack of playing cards.”  This was the foundation for this “when I was a kid” themed birthday party for my husband’s 36th birthday.

Hockey Rink CakeHockey Rink Cake

Hockey Rink Cake

Gel Food Colouring Swirls

Gel Food Colouring Swirls

Inside Cake

Inside Cake

My five year old daughter wanted the party to have some hockey influence to it, so we went on a hunt for some hockey cake accessories, only to be sadly disappointed.  We tried Michaels, Walmart and the Bulk Barn, but nothing for hockey.  We made due by using soccer nets and a Stanley Cup toy we had.  I was going to dye part of the batter blue, part green and leave some white, but then I was curious about what swirls of food coloring would look like throughout the batter.  It looked prettier on the top of the cake than while cutting it.  It is not something I’d likely do again, but am glad I tried it.

Table Decorations

Table Decorations

Even though I was trying to keep this party simple, I still needed to have some indication that it was a party through decorations.  This set up was very inexpensive, thanks to the dollar store and borrowing the goalie masks from a friend.

Swamp Water

Swamp Water

I have to say that I also remember swamp water from when I was a kid, although it seemed to taste better back then.  My girls liked it though … how’s that for passing along tradition?