Move out of your house in two weeks and throw a birthday party. A little crazy, right? It was last summer and we were under contract for the house. We had two and half weeks to pack and move thanks to a cash buyer and I had to decide if I would throw one last party before we said good-bye to our first house.
Well, I decided to go for it and thankfully, I had purchased nearly everything I needed beforehand. The first floor was filled with monstrous rolls of bubble wrap, boxes and wheels of packing tape. But my basement was ready to go for a party . . . a Superhero Party!
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(Washing all the superhero costumes I bought at garage sales. I snagged each for a quarter or 50 cents!)
I picked up the Superhero Tape and Superhero Word Cutouts from Oriental Trading Company. The signs were super reasonable, looked awesome and cost me less than trying to make them myself.
I kept the table rather simple. My backdrop was made of yellow plastic table cloths. (See how to line them up from this post). With my Silhouette Cameo, I cut the city buildings and Superman signs.
The spider web looked awesome (especially in person). I made the web with crepe paper and it couldn’t have been easier. Just create a center square (with something to tape it to – I used a lamp) and run black crepe paper lines out away from it. Think like an asterisk. Then, tape lengths between the black lines to connect and finish your web.
The web made for a great photo opp!
Favors: I glues red masks (made from my silhouette cameo) to blue treat boxes. Inside, each child received: superhero deck of cards, plastic superhero straw, stretchable flying superheros, superhero saying rubber bracelets and a couple pieces of candy.
Kryptonite Green Jello
Batman Cupcakes (wrappers made with my cameo).
Next time, I’ll be sharing about our superhero games and activities. One, in particular, is my all-time favorite party game…we got SUPER creative with this one!
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Are you looking for a fun summer party theme? Start thinking of assorted flavored lemonades, lemon-inspired food and a great outdoor evening with family and friends, because this lemonade party delivers!
For our lemonade stand party, we celebrated the kids’ 5 & 7th birthdays with family. The first thing I did was get this cute photo of my kids with lemon peel smiles. As you can see in the picture however, only my son would keep the peel in his mouth . . . and yes, it took a bribe. But it has become one of my favorite photos and will most definitely have a special place in the new house.
The first big project for this party was a lemonade stand. I saw this tutorial and asked my wonderful husband to make me a pallet lemonade stand. We were about to have a garage sale and I knew it could do double duty. (See a picture of my daughter working the stand in this post. They made $40!)
It looked like a simple project, but by his own admission, Dan is not super handy (case in point, but he is awesome at so many other things!!). The lemonade stand project was taking a lot longer than we both anticipated. Thankfully, our very handy neighbor, Drew, stopped over to see what we were working on. Drew grabbed his trim gun (I have got to get one of these!) and the two guys put the lemonade stand together in no time. Aren’t handy neighbors wonderful? Too bad we moved.
For the party, I made three kinds of lemonade. Of course, we served classic Country Time Lemonade. But our two flavored varieties were Ginger and Watermelon Mint, both recipes from Oh Happy Day. They were delicious! I loved the ginger, but many loved the watermelon mint too.
I made these cute lemon signs with these free canning printables and my Silhouette Cameo and served the lemonade out of mason jar mugs, regular mason jars, all with cute yellow striped straws. Aren’t paper straws fun?
My three beverage dispensers: plastic mason jar dispenser (this brand but larger), glass with pedestal (this one) and honey pot dispenser (like this one).
I picked up these apple crates at a local apple farm for $3 each. They had a ton of them, but I limited myself to three.
Our Menu: Lemon Piccata Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Italian Bread, Vegetables & Dip, Watermelon Kabobs, Hot Dogs, Seasoned Cous Cous and Potato Chips. For Dessert: Lemon Cake with Buttercream Icing and Lemon Shortcake Trifle. On the tables outside, I also had yellow cups (like these) filled with Pink Lemonade Chews.
Party Activities: We can’t throw a party, it seems, without some sort of activity. And this lemonade party had two!
The first was to finish the sentence, “If Life Gives You Lemons….” It was fun reading what everyone wrote. And if I find the answers when we unpack, I’ll come back and add some of our favorite funny and creative quips.
The second activity was Lemonongraphy. Yes, you read correctly! Dan put together a great collection of lemon-inspired trivia. (Are we a good match or what?) If you would like to read his list, you can download his trivia. He created either true or false or multiple choice questions from the trivia. We split the family into three teams and competed for boxes of Lemon Heads.
Pennant Banner: I picked up assorted fabric squares at the craft store and cut them so that I could fold over jute to create a flag. I used hot glue to adhere the fabric to the jute. Then, I used Stitch Witchery and ironed the pennant closed. I loved all the patterns! When the house is done, it will have a permanent place in my laundry room . . . maybe a cheery laundry room will make me want to do my laundry. Do you think that will work?
It was such a fun summer party. I will miss our deck and the lovely pond, but am excited to see what parties the new house will hold.
What is your favorite part of the Lemon Party? Do you think you would try this party theme?
See More Lemonade Party ideas on my Pinterest Board.
With the new Cinderella movie’s recent release (read my review), I am confidently guessing there will be many girls across the country looking forward to beautiful Cinderella birthday party.
So to help you get started on planning that fairy tale of a party, I have put together several collections of Cinderella party supplies. From decorations and table top accessories to favors, I am sharing my 44 of my favorite items (both licensed and non-licensed). And don’t miss the gift ideas I have included at the bottom. They are so cute! (All links in this post are affiliate links. Thank you for your support!)
Take a look and tell me, what do you like?
Light Blue Tulle // Blue Rocks Vase Fillers or Table Scatters // Glitter and Sequin Pumpkin // Paper Lanterns // Carriage Frame // Light Blue Festooning // Glitter Tulle // Glass Pumpkin // Pom Poms // Antique Silver Beaded Small Cake Stand // Unfinished Wood Spools // Blue & Silver Twirly Whirls // Champagne Glitter Pumpkin
Table Top Accessories:
Blue Candy Kit // Silver Round Charger Plate // Light Blue and Silver Polka Dot Candy Cups // Cinderella Place Card Holder Favors // Light Blue and Silver Straws // Silver Chevron Treat Sacks, Light Blue Straws and Blue and Silver Candy Cups // Baby Blue Plastic Table Cover // Wilton Princess Cookie Cutter Set
Cinderella Party Favors:
Mini Carriage Treat Boxes // Colorful Princess Tiaras // Princess Crayons – Set of 4 // Mini Star Fairy Princess Wands // Princess Party Favors Crown Cupcake Rings // Kleancolor Nail Lacquer Mini Collection // Cinderella Slipper Favor Charms // Glass Slippers (plastic)
Licensed Party Supplies:
Cinderella Invitations // Cinderella Party Products Box // Cinderella ‘Dreamland’ Favor Boxes // Cinderella Balloon Bouquet // Cinderella Favor Pack // Cinderella Paper Tiaras // Disney Princess Mini Bubbles // Cinderella Sparkle Table Decoration Kit // Disney’s Cinderella Sparkle Loot Bags // Cinderella Sparkle Tablecover // Cinderella Sparkle Jewel Rings (not pictured)
Tightening the Dress Coloring Sheet // Disney’s Cinderella Sparkle Party Game (Pin the Shoe) // The Stairs at Midnight Coloring Sheet // Cinderella “Dreamland” Bingo Party Game // Fairy Godmother & the Pumpkin Coloring Sheet
Cinderella Gift Ideas:
Light Up Glass Slippers // LEGO Cinderella’s Dream Carriage // Disney Cinderella Princess Doll // Cinderella Eau De Toilette Spray // Cinderella Romantic Waltz Figurine // Play-Doh Magical Carriage // Disney Princess Little Kingdom Cinderella Giftset // CINDERELLA Wedding Celebration Tiara and Ring Costume // Cinderella Sketch Design Decal Kindle // Cinderella Rotating Carriage Jewelry Stand // LEGO Cinderella’s Romantic Castle // Princess Cinderella Horse and Carriage (not pictured)
What will you take to the ball?
“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” ~The Cat in the Hat
Ah, this is my favorite quote from Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat. A poster with this silly saying used to hang in the playroom in our basement and I hope it holds up in storage to find a place in the next house as well.
Silly, fun and a little wacky is this February’s Party of the Month from Birthday Express. It has everything you need to get great Dr. Seuss party ideas and throw a fantastic birthday celebration (or a party simply for fun like we did).
Invitations – Get your guests into the party spirit with these Dr. Seuss Invitations. Check out the assortment! Each package includes 8 invitations with envelopes and features all of your child’s favorite Dr. Seuss characters on the front.
Party Decor – With the Dr. Seuss Balloon Bouquet and Dr. Seuss Wall Decal Set, your guests will walk in and be transported to Dr. Seuss’ world of the Lorax and the Grinch. Start the party off right by giving each guest a Dr. Seuss Cone Hat and Dr. Seuss Blowout when they walk in the door. Parents can also get in the spirit with several adult costumes available at Birthday Express. My favorite is the Adult Cat in the Hat Costume. Can you imagine your husband wearing this? Oh, the pictures we would take!
“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” -Dr. Seuss
Food & Drink – The books of Dr. Seuss are filled with great food ideas. Spice up your typical deviled eggs with some green food dye and serve alongside some roast ham to get the classic green eggs and ham. And what better way to serve your party’s green eggs and ham than on the Dr. Seuss Dinner Plates. For dessert, the kids will enjoy these Dr. Seuss Cupcake Wrapper and Box Kits. Each kid can get their own present with these individually wrapped boxes. You can either make a Dr. Seuss themed cupcake or buy some from the store and change out the wrappers.
Now have a great party! I am sure your mother won’t mind if we do.
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This month’s feature party from Birthday Express is the Pink Cowgirl Party. It was their most popular party theme in 2014 and is expected to be just as popular this year.
Invitations & Stationery – Without guests you don’t have a party, so start off your soirée with the perfect invites! Check out the Pink Cowgirl Invitations, specially designed by Birthday Express. The package includes 8 invitations with envelopes, and features an adorable cowgirl on the front. You can also find this great Pink Cowgirl Gift Wrap Kit, which also includes a gift bow, ribbon, and gift tag! The colors match perfectly, so you can’t go wrong with this set. Last, don’t forget to thank your guests for coming to your Pink Cowgirl themed party. Visit Birthday Express to personalize Pink Cowgirl Thank You Notes with text and images of your choosing. This set comes with 8 cards and envelopes.
Party Decor – It is so easy to bring class and elegance to your Pink Cowgirl themed party with the great selection of decor from Birthday Express. This Pink Cowgirl Ribbon Flag Banner would look great strung between trees for an outdoor party. Or, bring the barn to your party with an arrangement of these adorable Horse Foil Balloons. Last, why not bring some fun and games to your celebration with this Pink Cowgirl Piñata Kit, which contains the piñata, 1 bag of filler (assorted toys and candy), a blindfold, and a piñata buster (sized for little hands!).
Food & Drink – The food you serve and how you display it are one of the most important elements to completing a party theme. Bite-size snacks are perfect for parties, since it allows your guests to mingle without having to carry utensils. Why not think outside the box and display brownie bites or popcorn in these Pink Cowgirl Paper Cups? They’re not just for drinks! Also, wow your guests with a perfectly themed cake using this Pony Cake Pan. You can even modify the colors of the frosting to fit you or your child’s favorite colors! Another great way to bring the Pink Cowgirl theme to your party is with these Western Boot Cups. There are so many ways these could be used, from displaying straws or lollipops to holding snacks or drinks, these are adorable and affordable.
Hi Friends! We’re back with the final post about our Little Mermaid Party! If you missed the grotto decor or fun games, you will find links at the bottom of this post.
Today, we’ll be looking at Little Mermaid party food, favors and well . . . the rest of the sea.
The Food ~
At kids’ parties, I like to keep the food simple. I served cupcakes and ice cream, chocolates and goldfish. The cupcakes were decorated with Disney’s Little Mermaid Fun Pix from Shindigz, a wave wrapper made with my Silhouette Cameo and crushed graham cracker to look like sand. And boy, my husband had a great time telling the children it was real sand.
The chocolates came from Chocoley. I have now used their products several times and found them easy to work with and delicious! For this party, I used white molding chocolate (summer packaging!) with blue and green coloring oils. The three molds were starfish, tropical fish and seashells. (Sorry, I don’t think they are selling the seashell mold any longer.)
Easy-peasy Blue Hawaiian punch with Shindigz chevron paper straws. And not just any stripe…CHEVRON! Oh yes, I loved these.
For the Kids’ Table ~
I unrolled more of the turquoise gossamer (see this post for the wave), my fishing nets and turquoise stones. A couple pails of goldfish to balance the sugar . . . or at least that is what I told myself.
Check out these plates! I loved seeing my own little mermaid on the dessert plates. The mermaid princess personalized plates are just the beginning of the variety Shindigz offers in customizing your own party for any theme.
The Favors ~
Each child went home with a shell necklace, a shell key chain and a bottle of bubbles.
The Invitation ~
Made with a 99 cents shell shape and my Silhouette Cameo, these invitations were a breeze.
To Welcome the Guests ~
If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know I like to welcome my guests even before they step foot inside the house. I picked up this sign (similar to this Amazon one)and have used it multiple times.
A special thanks to Shindigz and Chocoley who provided me with many of the products you see in this party. You guys made it so much fun to be Under the Sea!
Have you thrown a Little Mermaid Party? What ideas did you use?
Creating Ariel’s Grotto
Little Mermaid Party Games & Activities
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Last month was my daughter’s 5th birthday. Yes, my baby is 5. Where did the time go? For this birthday, my Sweet Girl wanted a Little Mermaid theme. Last year, we celebrated with a Disney Princess theme, but this year, it had to be Ariel alone.
So where to start with Under the Sea & Little Mermaid party decor? You could go glam because Ariel is a princess, but I decided to go more authentic…which meant…Grotto.
How to Create Ariel’s Grotto:
1. Choose Sea Colors.
I decorated with turquoise for the sea and a taupe for the color of sand. (Can I just say how in love I am with turquoise right now?)
With a light brown table linen and lots of gossamer (thanks to Shindigz.com), I created a flowing sea and sandy stop for the grotto. (Here is a quick link for the Turquoise Roll or Ivory Roll.)
2. Go for the Usual Under-the-Sea Items.
Pull out your collection of shells, starfish, sand dollars . . . whatever you have, can buy or borrow. I found one of my very large conch shells at a garage sale for $2.00. It doesn’t hurt to pick your party themes well in advance and scour the garage sales for items that suit your theme. Nets are also an inexpensive way to “think sea.” I had several on hand from our Luau party. The sea shells, starfish, and mini sea creatures came from Shindigz. Their variety of products is wonderful!
3. Gather Gadgets, Gizmos, Whozits and Whatzits.
I began looking around my house for items that Ariel might have collected for her grotto. Old items. Peculiar items. I raided my house and then I raided my mom’s. Isn’t it crazy the amount of junk I found? And I do mean ‘junk’ in the best sense of the word. Shindigz had these great corked bottles and black lanterns too.
4. A Picture of Prince Eric.
While I would have loved to have found an enormous statue of Prince Eric, Dan would have freaked out just a bit. Not to mention the issue of storage after the party. 😉
Instead, I searched the internet for a great image of Prince Eric, printed it and put in a frame. Ariel’s one true love – present.
5. Soften the Lighting
I have a couple options for lighting in my basement. When it came time for the party, I used all my dimmers and this fabulous lamp. Lighting should be kept on the lower side. After all, you’re under the sea and in the grotto!
5. Don’t forget the Dinglehopper.
Of course, we had to hang a fork in the grotto so Ariel can brush her hair.
7. Create an Entrance for Going Under the Sea
The kids loved going through a wave of crepe paper to enter the sea. We doubled the crepe paper . . . simple and effective.
It was a wonderful party and the first time I felt like my basement fit right into a theme as opposed to trying to override my basement’s usual decor.
Little Mermaid Party – Games & Activities
Food, Favors & the Rest of the Sea
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If you have a little one who is turning one, two or three, here is a creative (and literal) touch you can add to the birthday party. Don’t you love the detail?
- A Stamp Pad (in color with your party theme)
- Wooden Utensils
- A Willing Child
Stamp his or her little fingers on the utensils and you have a simple and creative touch for your child’s young birthday party!
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