Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Angry Birds

 Isaac wanted a video game party for his birthday back in November (yes, I know I am several months late). I was not feeling inspired, so went with a specific video game, Angry Birds!
Isaac decided to invite all the boys from his class, this is the most kids we have ever had at a party and it was crazy! I made bird masks for all the kids. And bird goody bags. The kids had pizza and rootbeer for dinner. Then we played games. 
The first game was darts (sorry the picture is sideways). Simple. Then we went outside and did an egg race. They ran with the egg on a wooden spoon to the other end of the yard and had to place the egg in the nest without it breaking. Then we headed to the basement to play Angry birds. All the structure pieces were boxes (most of which were Capri Suns turned inside out). I painted pig faces on some green foam balls. And bird faces on red and blue bouncy balls, which the kids sling shot at the structures and had to knock all the pigs down. After that we had a pig pinata.
The cake. This was fun to make. I had seen several similar ideas. I wanted it to be a cake they could actually play. I had a wood board which I (or the hubby) drilled holes into to hold the dowls that made the sling shot (felt and rubber bands). The cake itself is 2 9*13 pans. I used Reeses Peanut Butter Sticks for most of the structure and the rest were rice Krispy Treats dipped in white or blue chocolate with a silver dusting on it. The birds themselves were not edible, they were purchased on Amazon.
All in all a fun party, just way to many kids. Hopefully I never make that mistake again. It seemed like all the kids had a great time.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bring in the Clowns

Noah turned 5 back in February and he really wanted to have a Carnival Party, this is a party I have always wanted to do because there are so many ideas out there. Sometimes when there are so many ideas it is hard to pick and choose. But this is what we did.
We turned the basement into the carnival We had popcorn and cotton candy, every kid got tickets and a goody box to put their prizes in.
We had several games. Elephant ring toss. Wiffle Ball Throw. Fish Pond (which I had made for a school carnival). Lollipop Tree ($4 clearance at OT). Plinko ($4 clearance at OT). Teddy Bear Toss ($2 clearance at OT). Fish Pond (not pictured, don't ask me how I missed taking a picture of that). Each game had prizes and that was there party loot.

After the games were played we headed upstairs for cupcakes and ice cream. I went with the clown cupcakes instead of a cake because they were so darn cute and colorful. 

The pictures are a bit out of order, but when the kids arrived they all got a homemade party/clown hat. While we waited for all the guests to arrive I made balloon animals. Who knew I had that talent.

Looks like a bunch of happy kids!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Our Little Goldilocks Turned 3

It has been a long time since I've done any blogging, but I think I might give it a go again. We'll see how long this lasts...Sydney had her birthday almost a month ago. It has been a fantastic 3 years. She really keeps us on our tows. It is fun to have a little girl around the house.

In honor of her birthday I sewed her a dress. It had been almost a year since the last dress, so I thought she was due for a new one. Over a year ago I bought a pattern book that had this twirly dress in it, I'd wanted to make it and I'm glad I did, she just loves spinning around in it.

Sydney does not have a lot of friends. ALL of the kids her age in the neighborhood are boys. So at first I thought I would just take her and a friend to Build-A-Bear, but I just couldn't do it. But I did use it to inspire a theme. Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
I was able to find a few ideas out there (thanks to Pinterest). I got some ideas from this party and this party. I loved the Honey Bears for cups, the red, pink and green color scheme, and the find Goldilocks game. I still liked the idea of the Build-A-Bear so I found some kits on Amazon (they were buy 3 get 1 free) and used that for an activity. We had porridge, muffins and fruit for brunch. And I used the 3-D Wilton Teddy Bear Cake pan to make her cake.
We made the bears, teddy bear necklaces, played Find Goldilocks (I used my Sillhoutte machine to cut out goldilocks in the 7 different colors and taped them throughout the house, when they found the colored Goldilocks they would circle it.), and I read them the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Sydney loved her little party and one of her little friends went home and told her mom, "I had the most amazing time at Sydney's party."
Well in my bad blogging days I have missed several other birthday parties and so for the next few post I may just post some Carnival and Angry Birds fun.