Scooby Doo Party

My youngest LOVES Scooby Doo so for her last birthday we of course had a Scooby Doo theme.
I have a few rules about birthdays:
1. We’re not breaking the bank, a kid’s birthday party should be fun, but also inexpensive.
2. If we’re going to have a “theme” it’s because we’re going to spend time together making fun things.

We thought of some pretty fun things for the Scooby Doo theme, and had lots of fun making them together.
First up, hamburger “cake pops”.  Directions here.
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And of course Scooby would want some hot dogs to go with the burgers!

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Orange Soda.. I mean, Jinkies Juice.

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The cake was probably her favorite thing to make.  We found some ideas on pinterest for making a fondant scooby.
We used our trusty Marshmallow fondant of course.

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More directions on making it here.

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For activities they make their own pizzas.

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And played the “mummy game”.

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And pin the tag on scooby.

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Baptism Treats and Ideas

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This was a very special day for our family and I wanted to share some of the fun things we did.

Before her baptism we made a trip to the Portland Temple for some pictures in her special dress.
I used fabric from my wedding dress and made my own pattern since I couldn’t find what I wanted.
The buttons are even antiques from my Grandmother’s button jar she had given me.

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I made the flowers for her hair and sash with some soft pink specialty fabric (just gathered and sewed in onto a felt circle, some more antique buttons for the center and attached them to alligator clips.
And you have to have sparkly gold kitty shoes to top everything off!

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I made a special scrapbook for her day, including a page to tell her about her dress.  I included scraps of the fabrics and some more of the special buttons to save for another special day.  I printed this frame from the Graphics Fairy for journaling.
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And some of the favorite pictures taken at the Temple.

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I printed more of the frame (I added a little banner that says “A message for Lucy”) and had them at the baptism for friends and family to write messages to her.
Afterwards I added them to her scrapbook.

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For the treats…
Basically we did cupcakes and cookies.  Lucy really wanted blues (for water) and doves (for the dove that appears when Christ was baptized).

I’ve had this cookie cutter set (at least the temple and angel moroni) for many years.  Originally purchased at Deseret Book.  Lucy really wanted a dove and luckily I had one from a set, and used a small scalloped circle as well.
I topped them with a glaze and some luster dust and some marshmallow fondant decorations.

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You can find these cookie cutters at Deseret Book.  After baking I added a bit of blue coloring to clear vanilla extract and used a small food paintbrush (you can find them with cake decorating supplies) to paint details.  Painting after baking will give a brighter color.

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If you don’t know this tip all ready, the best cupcake liners are mini souffle cups.  I buy mine at United Grocer’s Cash and Carry but any restaurant supply store should have them.  You can get them in a range of sizes, from teeny tiny to regular cupcake size.  You just put them on a cookie sheet, no cupcake pans needed.
I frosted with blue and white swirled frosting.

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I didn’t catch a better picture! The banner was made with my Silhouette, she really wanted a dove and the CTR symbol.   I placed her memory book with the pictures we took at the Temple and the shadowbox I made her for decoration.

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I had to share this too.  She received this special Baptism charm bracelet for a gift.  It is so sweet.  She doesn’t love wearing jewelry but she hung it over her desk and looks at it all the time.

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A Very Un Birthday Tea Party

A Very Un Birthday Tea Party

 

I recently threw a cousin’s party for my girls and their cousins.  And of course it had to have a theme.  If you question why you probably don’t know me very well 😉  We’ll just say it’s a problem of mine. 😀  We went with a Un-birthday tea party (Alice in Wonderland style, of course!).

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If possible, I like making a menu to go on each plate, it’s just a fun touch.

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Since my sisters were coming with the kids I made some sandwiches for the adults (and older cousins).  Using rye bread works well for making the “black” clover and spades.  I filled them with radish sandwich spread.  I bought some card suit cookie cutters on Amazon to use for these and the cookies coming up.  I also made Curry Chicken Sandwiches and just cut them in triangles.

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The same cutters were used for making fairy bread (bread spread with frosting and coated in sprinkles) and a bunny cutter was used to make peanut butter white rabbit sandwiches.

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Fairy bread is a staple around here for parties 🙂

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I was going to make hot tea, but did Iced cherry berry herbal tea instead, along with strawberry milk for the younger kids.

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Queen of heart scones, made with a tiny heart cutter.

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Mad Hatter hats.  We just had to.

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They are just oreos dipped in green candy melts, then jumbo marshmallows dipped in melts as well and put on top of the cookies.  (Work quick so the marshmallow doesn’t melt!  Don’t ask how I know that… 🙂 We used fondant to make the band and card, and a food marker to mark the card.

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We piped green leaves on half the mini cupcakes and on the other half put a fondant rose.  A few with red fondant, and on the others we made them white and painted some red on them.  To do  this mix some red food coloring gel into a little lemon extract and paint on.

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And the teapot cake, of course!

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A better look at the cookies.  I did a simple glaze instead of royal icing for my sanity’s sake.

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Rice krispy playing cards.  I was going to make them look like the soldiers but they looked good so I left well enough alone.  We made rice krispy treats and spread them into a large baking sheet so they’d be thinner.  Spread the tops with white candy melts, then added some fondant shapes and such.  I have this mini cutter set I used for the card suit symbols and this is the set I have I used for the numbers and letters.

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Cheshire cat tails 🙂 I don’t know what it is, but anytime I make decorated pretzel rods for a party they are one of the most popular things.
I dipped pretzel rods halfway in pink candy melts, then dipped the very end into purple sprinkles.  While holding the undipped end of the rod (work over a tray) I sprinkles more purple sprinkles around them to make stripes.

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We made giant card suit shapes out of construction paper and used mini clothespins to hang them from twine we strung around the room.

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I put out a Alice In Wonderland pop up book, and a white rabbit puppet, a big hat, some fun keys, and an alice in wonderland teapot I found at home goods.

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My girls love using that teapot.  Oh, and I borrowed hubby’s pocket watch for the rabbit.

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For an activity the kids painted little teacups with porcelain markers.

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It was such a fun party and I hope all the kids will have special memories of it.  I know my girls really enjoyed helping me make all the food and decorations for it!  Now, what to choose for a theme for next years?….

 

Mary Poppins Themed Party

Mary Poppins Themed Party
My oldest turned 12 and is OBSESSED with Mary Poppins.  Some may say that’s because she has Autism.. but I think she’s just more in tune with what awesome is. 😀
We had a whole Mary Poppins themed party, it was so fun!
I made her a carpet bag, hat, and costume, and a sweet friend made her the scarf.  The gloves were a thrift shop lucky find.
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A sweet friend bought her the umbrella and it made her over the moon happy.  She wears this costume all the time now!  The dress was made from an old shirt, I added a red elastic waistband, blue skirt, and red bow.  We found the hat for Daddy’s chimney sweep costume at Target.  He still has to learn the chimney sweep dance routine. 😉
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“17 Cherry Tree Lane Cherry Limeade” for the drink, my recipe is here.
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Pic Nik Shoestring potatoes for “Fiddlesticks” 🙂  My favorite movie quote of all time “Fiddlesticks, boy!  Feed the birds and what have you got? Fat birds!”
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I HAD to make something for spoonfulls of sugar.  At first I thought I’d just put a dollop of frosting on some small spoons but I had sugar cookie dough left and thought of this.
So glad I did, they were so cute!  I just traced a small spoon (you can buy cookie cutters in spoon shapes too).  I used a small rolled up piece of foil under my silicone baking mat so the spoons would be curved… but many of them broke after cooling.  Next time I would just make them flat.  Piped a dollop of frosting on the spoon and sprinkled with sanding sugar!
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For the sugar cookies I made cherries, hats (using sprinkles for the decorations), daisies, and a waiter penguin.
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I am not the best at decorating sugar cookies, but I was pretty happy with how theses came out!
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I figured we shouldn’t have ALL sweets so I made kite PB sandwiches (twizzlers pull and peel licorice for the kite strings) and the umbrellas are made from babybel cheese cut in half and a cut down bendable black straw for the handle.
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My daughter LOVES a special little candy shop in Portland, Candy Babel, so we had some of her sweets at the party.  Licorice scottie dogs to represent Andrew (The little dog in the movie), gold coins for tuppence, gummy cherries, and gummy peach penguins.
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Chimney soot treat bars and chimney sweeps, recipes here.
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I made a little kite for the top of her cake with green paper , bendable gold ribbon, and washi tape for edge.  I used twizzlers pull and peel for the red stripes, and used marshmallow fondant for the cherries (with this martha stewart mold) and also cut out letters from it to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious around the top.
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I made the cake really small, so I made some mini cupcakes to go with it.  The daisies were made with a tiny daisy cutter I have, and a mini candy chip in the center.
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For the activity we made “stained glass kites”.
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You’ll need:
Contact paper
Black construction paper or cardstock, cut in kite shapes and straight strips
Twine
Tissue paper squares
Glitter and sequins, optional
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They place the kite shape on contact paper, then make the cross strips if they want, then sequins and glitter, then fill with tissue.
Top with another piece of contact paper, trim edges, and add a string.  Hang in the window.

Mary Poppins Themed PartyOther activity ideas:

Feed the birds: Make peanut butter pine cone bird feeders.  Tie twine around a pinecone so you can hang it.  Spread it with peanut butter and roll in birdseed.

Chalk drawings: This buttermilk chalk painting is SO fun for kids!… okay, adults too! I totally do it with my girls every time.

Visit a carousel.

Other refreshment ideas: 

Cotton candy “London fog” or “chimney smoke”

Candy Apples (like Jane and Michael have at the horse race)

Tea sandwiches.. you could even do a whole tea party theme, go with the Tea party on the ceiling.

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This girl was soooo happy to have a Mary Poppins party and we all had so much fun!

I made the invites, pretty simple, but cute:
The front:
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And the inside:
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A Valentine’s Tea In the Woods

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Last year we had a “Bee Mine” Valentines Tea and it was so much fun we had to do another one this year!  My girls love the “Stranger in the Woods” books and videos, and that was the inspiration for this one.  Everything was really pretty simple, and my girls had so much fun helping to make everything.


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Here’s what we did:

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“Forest Flower Nectar”  This is just 7 up and cranberry juice.  Very well received! I debated on what to make for the girls to drink, as some like the hot herbal tea but not all.  This was an easy fix, they could have either and still drink out of the teacups.

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I love the log cake platter, I bought it at Cost Plus World Market and was happy to have a perfect occasion to use it!

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I made each setting an acorn cap necklace by making felt balls and gluing them inside acorn caps.  Beforehand I drilled a hole in the cap for a wire loop to put the string through. I wrapped one around each napkin.

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For place settings I used these woodland animal valentines, found here.
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Fairy bread, of course, for the girls.  It’s just peanut butter or frosting on bread, dosed in sprinkles.  I used the woodland animal cookie cutters as well.

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For “twigs” I made chocolate dipped pretzel rods.  With them are walnut cookies.

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For the cookie mushrooms I just used the sugar cookie dough I used for the other cookies (You just make a ball of dough, dip a bottle top into cocoa powder, then into the ball of dough.  I froze mine for about 45 minutes so they would keep their shape better, then baked.)

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For the snails we swirled chocolate and regular sugar cookie dough and used sprinkles for antennas.  Again, I froze them for about 45 minutes to help from spreading.

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The log cake was a big hit!

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I decorated the cake with marshmallow fondant, using martha stewart molds for the ferns and leaves, a little cookie cutter for the daisies, and freehanded the toadstools.

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The green moss is made by mixing graham cracker crumbs with green food coloring.  We added some candy rocks we found at the amazing Candy babel store.

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Last minute I remembered we had some deer picks so I added those the mini cupcakes.

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The cookie cutter set was from Ikea I believe, though the deer was just the bear modified.

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More sweets, of course!
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Even if you just break out some cookie cutters and make simple pb sandwiches with juice, have a tea party (with tea cups of course!)  I promise you won’t forget it, and your little for sure won’t!

 

Tea by the Sea

Tea by the Sea

This summer we had a “Tea by the Sea” for my daughters and few of their friends (and the moms).  It was such a fun way to end summer.  These ideas would work well for a mermaid type birthday party as well.

I kept the invites simple, printed on vellum and ripped the sides, attached to brown paper using some washi tape.

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My girls had alot of fun making each of their friends a mermaid clothespin doll.  We used them as a napkin ring and they each got to take theirs home.
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We kept decorations simple since we had made so much fun edible things.  just a few shells and such we had around the house.
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For the kids I made “Mermaid Lemonade”.  Mix lemonade and blue Hawaiian punch.  ( I also had hot herbal tea for the moms).
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I made pink seahorses using pink candy coating and a seahorse chocolate mold, then attached them to a pretzel rod dipped in blue candy coating, then sprinkled some sprinkles and pearl candy around them.
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And of course coral reef candy.  Make it yourself using the recipe here.
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Smores Starfish, recipe found here , and some cookie clams made with cookies, frosting, and candy pearls.
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I’m not the best at decorating sugar cookies, but the kids didn’t care!
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And of course the sandcastle cake went in the middle of the table

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And the teeny cupcakes disappeared very fast!
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Sea Glass candy, recipe here
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Seafoam (also called honeycomb candy) recipe here
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Lime mousse, recipe here. I served this for both the kids and adults.
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Fairy bread, of course.  A must for every tea party.   Cut bread with an octopus cookie cutter and spread with frosting or softened butter and coat with sprinkles. I mixed a few colors in with blue and added some candy eyes.
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Using some mini croissants we made crabs cutting the mouths from marshmallows and the candy eyes with “glued” onto marshmallows with frosting and put on toothpicks.  I put ham and cheese around them so the kids could make them how they wanted.
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For the moms I made some tea sandwiches.
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And I frosted some of the cupcakes with plain frosting and put a chocolate shell on top instead of the gummy candy for the kids ones.

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And lots of sweets to go around!

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It was a fun day! I wouldn’t be surprised if we do it again next summer!
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Lego Party!

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I’ve heard alot of backlash lately for the Lego Friends line, but in my opinion it’s not a bad thing.  My Lucy loves animals.  And many of their sets include animals, if not involved totally around animals.  When she got the Lego friends pet saloon she took it apart and rebuilt it to be an aquarium with a dolphin exhibit.  I’m not crazy about the girl figures, but they don’t offend me either.  When she turned 7 she knew just what kind of party she wanted.  Lego!  These ideas would work easily for a boy too, you could change the colors to primary too for classic lego, but since my daughters favorite color is pink we went with that. 🙂  We stayed within our rule for birthday parties, which is they have to be very inexpensive things we make ourselves together.  This makes for a much more memorable party when your child is helping to make everything.

I printed some simple invitations using this free Lego Block font and this free Lego Brix font on white cardstock.
I cut out on the top and bottom to look like the lego head shape.

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My daughter decorated the front of the invitations.  She really enjoyed this part.

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I made a small birthday banner on pink cardstock (again using the lego blocks font).  The little tabs on top I left longer so they could fold over the ribbon to hang.
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My daughter and I made this together to hold the silverware and napkins, with L for Lucy and 7 since it was her 7th birthday.

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I used these molds from Amazon to make some mini chocolate lego figures and bricks. We used candy melts and covered the backs with sprinkles.
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For some sandwiches all you need is a small circle cutter and a knife to cut squares or rectangles.  We made some lego fairy bread (a birthday tradition in our house) using frosting as the “glue” for the sprinkles.  And some peanut butter and honey ones as well.  Just use frosting or peanut butter to “glue” the dots on.

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You can make lego cookies using any square cookie or graham cracker and mini marshmallows cut in half for the dots.  I coated ours in candy melts leftover from the Lego Head Marshmallow Pops.  We also dipped pretzel rods in melted candy melts and added sprinkles and big candy hearts.

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And of course the Lego Head Marshmallow Pops!

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We covered juice boxes with colored paper and taped dots on using mounting tape so they popped out a bit.

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The cake was so easy.  Lucy did most of it herself even.  I baked a cake in a 9 by 13 pan and cut a 9 inch square out for the cake.  We used jumbo marshmallows cut in half for the circles on top, but you could also cut them out of cake.  Lucy put her name in Lego candy on the front of the cake.

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Using the leftover cake we cut squares out and covered them with frosting, then more lego candy.

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For the activity each girl had a tray with choices for making a ring.  I bought the rings with blanks at Craft Warehouse, but you can find them online as well.  We went to our local used lego store and sorted through the bins and found pieces that would work for the rings, except the flowers, which I found cheap on Ebay.

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It quickly became a game of “how many things can you fit on your lego ring?” 🙂

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My Lego lover was very happy!
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While I don’t think it’s necessary to do a “favor” for every party, especially since they each got a ring to take home, we found enough of the pieces to make a heart for each friend.  We strung them on some ribbon and made these boxes to hold them.

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Bee Mine Tea Party

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Normally I would save this draft to share next year closer to Valentine’s Day (which I might forget to do and it will be lost will all my other drafts!) but I can’t wait to share this, it was too much fun.  For Valentine’s Day this year me and my girls threw a “Bee Mine” themed tea party.  But these ideas would work well for a spring tea or party as well.    I have thrown tea parties for over a decade now, but as my daughters have gotten older I knew I wanted to give myself a little break and have more tea parties that involve them.  Luckily I am friends with all of their friends moms so it makes it fun to have their friends along with the moms so we can enjoy it together.  It was so much fun, I don’t know if I could have another tea party without them!  While my tea parties have always been special to me and I still really enjoy that time with friends, there is something about little girls at a tea party that makes my heart happy!  And I know my girls won’t be young for long, and I want to enjoy this while I can.  I involved them in all the planning, cooking, and decorating too.
I made the invites by printing the wording on pink cardstock and adding some embellishments made with my Silhouette cameo.  The bee and hive I found in the Silhouette store but the heart I made by fusing hexagon shapes together.  Don’t ask about how much time I wasted getting that right…

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I have lots of flowery tea party linens so we used those to decorate, along with some flowery teapots and a beehive pot as well.
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The girls helped make a pinata using a 12″ balloon (I think?) and we cut strips of crepe streamers to glue around, cutting fringe on the bottom half.
I hung it from our light with a grapevine wreath and some bees we made from yellow pom poms.  We wrapped them with black pipe cleaners and attached vellum heart wings.  They were hung with some thread, or you could use fishing line too.
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I printed the menu out and added a cute bee clipart to the top, and made the lettering in grew, yellow, and black.  I like putting the sweets and savory in different colors.
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I used the “Sparkling Nectar” recipe from Lucy’s Fairy Garden party, found here.  I am always amazed at how much the kids love this.  A 2 liter of 7 up mixed with a bottle of cranberry juice.  Easy!
For the adults I made Hibiscus tea.  You can buy this in bags, I just steep dried hibiscus, it’s the same thing.
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I made some “honeycomb snack mix” using my old monster munch recipe, using honeycomb cereal instead of chex, and dipping half the pretzels in black meltys with yellow sprinkles, and the other half of them in yellow meltys with black sprinkles and using valentines m&m’s in place of the reese’s pieces.
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Bumble bee pretzels were a big hit.  Just dip large pretzel twists in white meltys and sprinkle with sanding sugar for some wing sparkle.  Place close together on wax paper.  Let dry.  Dip the top third in yellow meltys and place on top of 2 twists.  Carefully add strips with yellow and black nonpareil  sprinkles.  Let dry.  The yellow should “glue” the rod to the wings.
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And of course honeycomb candy!

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And bee themed sugar cookies of course.  The wings had to get a little luster dust too 🙂
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Cupcakes were chocolate with yellow buttercream, and a bumble bee made from marshmallow fondant.
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Scones and honey butter!  Just whip butter with a little honey for the honey butter.
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For the sandwiches I made Artichoke, Radish, and Curry Chicken.
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Plus some kid sandwiches.  I made all of them using this bee and hive Tovolo sandwich cutter we had.
Some I made with P”BEE” and honey, and the others into fairy bread.

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For fairy bread, just spread bread with frosting or butter and liberally coat with nonpareil sprinkles.  I did yellow for the hives and black for the bees.  Fairy bread is ALWAYS a hit with kids.
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I was excited to put my “Bee happy” cookie mold from House on the Hill to good use too!
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This was the best part.  I didn’t even take many pictures, I was enjoying watching the girls have fun so much!
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If you have never had a tea party with little girls, you are missing out!
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You can see them in the background a little, I forgot to take a picture, but we made “roses” from hershey kisses for each guest to take home along with a plastic ring that had a bumble bee with a heart that said “bee mine”.  My little one found them at the cake decorating store and couldn’t resist. 🙂

Mickey Mouse Party

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I’m attempting to go through my pictures and catch up on getting them printed… and I keep finding pictures I meant to post here… and thought I did… but never had. :p  Blogging is probably not the best hobby for me.  🙂
A couple years ago my daughter was quite in love with anything Mickey Mouse so of course that was her theme for her birthday party.
I came up with a few cute and easy treats to go with that theme.
For the cake I did 3 layers.  2 for the cake and one I cut out a large circle and 2 smaller circles for a mickey shape.  First I frosted the cake yellow, then placed the 3 circles on top and carefully frosted it red.  Added some Mickey sprinkles and 2 skewers…

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Then covered the skewers with some striped paper straws…

 

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Then added some bunting.  Made from string, paper, and scrapbooking stickers.

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For the candy cups I made some cups from red candy melts using my chocolate cup mold:
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After the red was set I placed a scoop of fruity pebble rice crispy treats in each:
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Then I dipped the top of each in melted semi sweet chocolate.
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Before the chocolate set I added 2 m & m’s for ears, then used a little chocolate for glue to add some large sprinkles to the red cups for buttons.

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I also made some with chocolate bases, white chocolate on top, and sprinkled with mickey sprinkles.

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For the Oreo pops I added a popsicle stick to the middle of each cookie and used chocolate to “glue” in some ears. (Mini oreos).

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Add the top back on…

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And add a ribbon.  Or dip in chocolate first.

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The favors were simple.  Made ears from cheap headbands and some felt, the gloves were from the dollar tree in the makeup section, and some Mickey coloring sheets and a ball.

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Put each in a red bag (I got a set of them super cheap.. I think at Michaels?)  I had a mickey mouse paper punch so I used that to decorate the tags.

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Fairy Party

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This was such a magical little party.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group of little girls so happy.  I think this will remain one of my favorite parties we’ve ever had, just because how happy they all were!  The food was very simple, and just perfect.  The girls loved everything.
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MENU:
-Strawberries dipped in pink candy melts, drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkles.
-Gummy butterflies
-Candy buttons and flowers
-“Fairy Wands” and “Butterflies (Made using candy melts and sprinkles)

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-“Fairy Bread”  Basically sprinkles on bread 🙂  You can use butter, cream cheese, whatever to spread on bread and then cover with sprinkles.  I used some frosting left over from the cake and cut into butterflies.
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-“Toadstools” I made 2 kinds.  One using miniature marshmallows and candy buttons, using a dab of frosting to glue.  The other using string cheese (cut into chunks) and topped with a cherry tomato half, using cream cheese to glue.
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For drinks we had “sparkling flower nectar”.. or a 2 liter of 7 up mixed with a bottle of cranberry juice. 🙂
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And “Fairy Milk”.  (Strawberry milk).  I put paper butterflies on the straws and served in mini milk bottles.
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For the cake I made 2 small tiers, with a cupcake for the fairy house.  I decorated with marshmallow fondant and candy flowers, and fairies from a fairy toob.
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We also made some cupcakes, topping with a tiny fairy house made from marshmallow fondant as well.  These were super easy, just rolled a log of fondant, cut into chunks and cut out flower shapes for the roofs and rectangles for the doors.  And of course some flower sprinkles to finish off 🙂
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We got lucky with some dry weather, so I decorated our back patio.  I used some spare sheer curtains on our awning and hung a grapevine wreath from the top and tied some tulle pom poms to that.  I strung some pink tulle around and some butterfly garlands.
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For the butterfly garlands, I cut tons of butterflies with my Silhouette Cameo in lots of colors…
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Then I sandwiched 2 butterflies and sewed them together, running my thread between each set.  These were super cute, and because I used thread they looked like they were flying.  Only downside is… they got tangled super easy too.  Maybe ribbon would be a better choice.
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I made each girl a little flower wreath and some fairy wings.  For the fairy wings I sewed 2 wing shapes together out of a shimmery fabric and enclosed some wire in the edge.  I attached some elastic bands to go around their arms.
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For the flower wreaths I hand sewed silk flowers to wide ribbon, then enclosed the ribbon around a loop of wire, and added some long ribbons to trail down the back.
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As soon as all the guests arrived, they put on their wreaths and wings and took some snacks outside to eat.
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I knew this would be a popular thing, but i had NOOO IDEA how fast they would flock when I said it was time to make fairy gardens!  First, I put out paints and brushes and each girl got a little birdhouse to paint.
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My little Lucy with her masterpiece 🙂
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After they were painted, I brought out trays with things to fill the fairies garden.
They each got a terra cotta saucer to put their fairy garden in, and we had silk flowers, clay toadstools, rocks with “welcome fairies” written on them, bark, moss, little plastic hearts, shells, pretty much whatever else I found in our craft supplies I thought they would like. 🙂

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When the girls left they each took home their fairy garden, wings, flower wreaths, and they each picked a fairy from the fairy toob we had used for decorating to put in their garden.
If you need more fairy garden ideas, you can see my post here on our indoor fairy garden and DIY accessories.

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