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Graduation Party

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Last weekend was a big day at our house. My youngest son was graduating preschool and had to have a party just like his big brother and sister did. IMG_2549

With just a few little details he felt like a king for the day.

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My sons only request for his party is that his cupcakes had to have eyes.  He loved them!

Cupcakes were just hat and diploma picks, candy eyes, and black cupcake wrappers.

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Next was Swiss Cake diplomas

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These cups and straws were my favorite element.

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Now we just have a few more years until we can have another graduation party at our house.

Spiderman Comic Letter Craft

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Comic Book Letter

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You just need A wood letter, comic book, paint, foam brush, Mod Podge, , craft knife, and tape.

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First paint the sides.

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Then place the comics where you want them with a painters tape on back.  FYI this could be a quick but took me a while I wanted to make sure I got as many Spiderman images as I could on the letter.

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Then flip over and trim extra.  I used a sharp craft knife.

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I then flipped it back over gluing it with the Mod Podge after removing the tape.

After a few minutes I began placing thin layers on the letter.  I followed the dry time on the container so this took a little time.

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We used the letter for my sons birthday party but later became a cute piece of art in his room.

Super Hero Birthday Party

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My 5 year old son wanted a Super Hero party this year. He requested lots of games and a huge Avengers cake. So I began collecting his toys to see what we had and began shopping.

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SNACKS

This year we kept it simple serving just a few little snacks and drinks.

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We had Wonder Woman’s lemon Twister, Spiderman cotton candy webs, and Kryptonite rock candy.

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We also had store bought ice cream cups.  I placed them in cupcake wrappers and picks they seem so much more festive.

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Ducked tape bottle water is always a fun and easy addition to our parties.

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Comic wrapped juice boxes and green hulk punch along with coffee were our beverages.   My son was so happy with his cake and the Hulk level looked so cool with the hair.

DECORATIONS

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Toys, Balloons, along with a 30′ back drop were just a few of the little touches that made everything come together.  A few of my favorite things however were the Comic banner and W that were super simple to make.  Here is a link to how I made the W. http://danielleyarian.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/spiderman-comic-letter-craft/

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GAMES

The games are always the fun part!

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Our games were kind of a boot camp to get the kids ready to save the world!

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First they knocked down walls!

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Then we used our Hulk hands to bust through our individual piñatas.  When my son requested a piñata I instantly said no someone always ends up in tears.  But then thought why can’t they each have their own.  I also thought this would be a great goodie bag.

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The boys had Superman ones and the girls had Wonder women.

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Then they defended themselves from Spiderman’s webs (aka silly string)

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We played Captain America target practice.

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At the end the kids all got to see if they were as strong as the man of steel by bending a tire iron.

GOODIE BAGS

Everyone was sent home with a little goodie bag.

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The bags included candy, coloring packs, stickers, squinkies, and super ducks for the little ones.

Decorative Candy Boxes/Party Favors

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The two boxes on the right are just movie sized candy boxes wrapped in scrapbook paper.  This is one of my favorite things.  Not only are they great favors but they look great and become part of the design. 

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keagen 6 016These are just juice boxes covered in colored paper.  I then took foam tape and attached circles.  

Below are little boxes of lemon heads wrapped in the same way.   The candy was 5 for $1.00 so you can’t find anything cheaper or easier.

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Surprise Road Trip/American Girl Birthday Party

This month we made a trip to the American girl store for my daughters birthday.  We invited her best buddy and were off.  But first I wanted to make the several hour drive a little bit more fun.  Or trip was complete with movie, snacks and decorations.  The best part was I used all left over items from other parties.

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This was the girls snack area.  They had candies, water, Chex mix, a American Girl gift card with folder, and notebook to write in.  The water bottles were just wrapped in ribbon and have a flower sticker on them.

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The watched AG movies the whole trip

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I made these little tulle puffs out of left over fabric from another party.   The hardest part making sure nothing was blocking any view.

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This is one of my go to party favors!  The 98 cents movie sized boxes of candy covered with paper, ribbons, duck tape…  Juice boxes are also a great thing to cover.

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Two candy boxes and a notebook.

Bowling Birthday Party Treats

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I love these large goodie balls. The best part is they are so large that if you wanted you could put a small lunch right inside. We had My sons party at a bowling ally so we could only do take home treats but I can see using them for mini sandwiches with chips and drink right inside.  What a super fun way to feed a group!

Its very cheap and simple to make.

I bought the 99 cent plastic balls at Party City and spray paint for plastic.  I then sprayed 2 light coats.  I had 2 that the paint crackled on where the sicker residue was not fully removed but other than that they looked great.  They were also bumping into each other and being rolled around by the kids and the paint stayed on.

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If you stop here you have great cannon balls for a pirate party!

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We however were making bowling balls so we needed one more tough.  I had Avery circle stickers left over from a past project so I just placed 3 on each they stayed on wonderful and were the perfect size.

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Now you can tell just how large they are each had a Capri Sun, Oreos, Goldfish crackers and 2 Air Heads.

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 I saw this wonderful idea on Pinterest here is a link to the original.  I just did the holes different but they turned out great! She also has some other cool ideas you could check out.   http://www.dukesandduchesses.com/2013/03/a-bowling-party-bowling-ball-goody-bags.html .

Family Movie Night Popcorn bar

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I remember mom and dad setting up our card table in the living room.  We had pizza and salads with Western dressing topped with crumbled up Ritz crackers.  The shows were Mork and Mindy and The Muppets I remember it like it was yesterday. It was so much fun doing something different.  I don’t know if we only did it a few times but I remember it like a tradition.  I think of all the special little things my parents did with my sister and I as kids and it inspires me to try to make some memories for my little ones.  I hope they remember a few of these easy  little things we do as a family the way I do.

My kids love family movie night, even the nights where they select the same movie they have seen 100 times and we have no snacks.  This week however we broke out the popcorn and candy.  The kids were so excited to have a ” movie party”  It just took a few minutes and made it so much more special.  Oh and the fact we do not eat in the family room made it “the best day ever”.

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Super Mario Birthday party

Super Mario is a love of my two boys!  My youngest had no trouble at all deciding that Mario had to be the theme of his 4th birthday.

Mustaches and hats were a must at this party!

Our cake table consisted of some fun themed snacks.  I also made Mario, Luigi, one up, and big power mushroom posters out of 11×14 poster boards, paint pens and sharpies.

Mario was holding our DS invitations.

I made the cake and the fondant.  I do have to say this is only my second time making a fondant cake so I was very happy with the results.  But not near as happy as my son who thought he had the best birthday cake in the world.

Next were the chocolate melt mustaches.  They were a hit!

Flying power cake pops.

We had fire power cheese balls and ice power marshmallows how could you have a Mario party without all the super powers!

Golden chocolate covered Oreos were the perfect gold coins.

The Wii motes were my personal favorite.  They were white chocolate pretzels yummy!

The games included Goomba stamp where we made Goombas out of brown balloons and sharpie with paper feet.  We then spread them out on our loan (on a crazy warm November day in Indiana) and the kids stomped them like in the game.

Then it was pin the mustache on Mario time.

Next we had Yoshi egg races.

Our last game was a gold coin race/hunt.   The kids had a blast with this one we had to do it over and over again:)

The goodie boxes were filled with Mario themed candy stickers  and notebooks.

Super Mario Party Invitations

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We are getting ready for a Mario party soon.  Today My son helped me make his invitations.  He was so cute he sat there and pretended to play the paper DS games.

I used the Cricut to design the layout and cut them out.  Then I used the image of Mario on the top and cut out and the bottom had all the information.  It’s hard to see but the speakers and buttons are cut out as well.  I  even included the two squares on the back just like on the DS.

Spa Birthday Party

Our spa birthday party was lots of fun not only for the girls but for the moms.

 

This year my daughter wanted to have a spa party complete with spa masks and cucumbers so that’s what we did.

The girls each got a personalized bag with fingernail file and buffer, a foot soak kit, mirror, and personal spa treatment schedule at their place settings.

I am in love with paper straws.  I even used them for the cake pops.Mini fruit salads

Mini veggie cups

All the girls got a spa dress and head wrap to wear to the party.  They helped  to get them in the mood to relaxed.We did face masks With cucumbers

and fingernailsOur foot soak was pink cristals and a bath fizzyThen a zen garden and hand soakI apologize for the photos of the bath salt station I forgot to take photos of them and found one where they were in the background but not great.

 The girls made their own bath salts in the smell they liked to use when they got home.

 The other station was DIY lip gloss.

So I won the best mom in the world award for today she can’t stop talking about how much fun she had.  Each the girls took home their foot tubs filled with all the items they need to have a spa day at home too.  Now I need a real spa day:)

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