My son has a love for everything soccer so when I suggested a swimming party at the local gym he said only if it’s a soccer party. The best part of this party was how easy it was! The cake was frosted like grass along with the cupcakes. That was my sons favorite part was his grass cake in the goal. In the past I will be the first one to say I may have gone a little crazy party planning. This year however was a very busy few months and everything was planned and finished in no time at all. No stress and it still has the little guy so excited. The guest tables were all covered in green table cloths with paper soccer balls.
My son started reading Harry Potter at the beginning of 3rd grade. He never much talked about it the first books but then started using Harry Potter lingo in everyday conversation. He was hooked!!! After he finished a few of the books we started watching the movies. Then he asked for a harry potter birthday party. That was Oct and his birthday was not until August so I half expected him to change his mind.
- Magic Wands
- The pink cake Haggard made in the first movie.
- Sorting Hat
- Honeydukes candy cart
- Pumpkin Juice
Well some of these request were easier than others but he was extremely happy with our attempts to make magic out of fabric, cardboard, pool noodles, hula hoops, wood sticks, hot glue and other not so magical things we had laying around the house.
Figuring out how to have the sorting hat place them in Gryffindor or Slytherin was difficult. We only needed two groups so he picked his favorite ones. The houses were used this to divided them up for Quidditch teams and potion classes along with the photo booth time. First I was just going to have them draw the team names out of the hat but my son wanted to actually wear the hat. So I decided (that morning) to place tags with numbers on them on the rim of the hat with tape. They put on the hat and pulled one of the strings. After they were all done they sat down and we passed out the boxes with wands on top. I figured since the wands were all different it was safer to just give them to them as if that is what was chosen for them. To my surprise not one kid wanted a different wand. I wrapped the 2 different shirts in all kinds of boxes and wrapped them in shipping paper and twine. The best part was that it looked great on the table.
Honeydukes Candy store had some amazing treats. All of which I packed up and gave them as a goodie bag. I knew that cake and butter beer was plenty of sugar for our 3 hour window.
Pumpkin juice… aka Orange Crush. Although I found many ways to make my own on Pinterest I decided that in August no matter how good a tall glass of pumpkin just sounded gross. This was great and a real hit.
Spells and Explosions Class
Berties Bott’s Every Flavor Jelly Bean Challenge.
The kids were so excited to have their very own New Years party two years ago. I did drop the ball and did not take very many photos of all of our actives. I put everything together the day before so with a little more planning it could be even more fun. The kids had a blast though and my kids who go to bed at 8 made it all the way to midnight with our hourly activity count down.
My 5 year old son wanted to be a astronaut last year (he thought he would be able to fly to China). He had to have a NASA Space Camp Party. I was a little worried that kids not interested in space would not have fun but they all had a blast. Of course I couldn’t find anything astronaut in stores so we made do with a little paint and cardboard.
Nothing made my son happier than when he walked into his room and saw his Mindcraft tree. The tree included the base that was a cardboard box sold as a mask. The mask had also been used for his birthday party this year. After the photo I placed black paper behind the eye holes. The ornaments included a few toys but like the torch on the top and a few plastic toys but most items were in a kit that you fold and make paper characters. I also had a few green ornaments from past years that I used. I enjoy making there tiny trees special and completely different each year but hate will not buy items we didn’t already have or won’t use or play with later. My favorite thing is when we can just use toys we already have. No one ever said it has to be made for charismas to put on a tree.
I first made this snack mix a few years ago with Santa hats ( https://danielleyarian.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/santa-hat-chex-mix/) and instantly imagined making it with carrots the following year for Easter. I finally made it happen and here it is. This is a simple mix that you could put any snack items in you would like.
What I used:
- Rice Chex
- Pretzel Sticks
- White chocolate melts (orange, green, white)
- Reese Pieces or M&M’s
- Bugles Chips
I made the carrots by using a broken pretzel and Bugle.
- Dip tip of chip into orange chocolate not getting any in the opening.
- Then let cool in freezer for a few min.
- Next dip tips of the pretzels in the green chocolate and place in the opening.
- Then let cool in freezer again for a few min to sit up.
- After cool dip the pretzel end into the green chocolate.
- Let cool while finishing the Chex mix.
- In a large bowl place Chex and pretzels.
- Warm white chocolate melt and poor over top
- Place on a lid and shake or mix with a spoon.
- I place mine in freezer until chocolate is set.
- When done brake it apart and place it in a bag or clean bowl.
- When ready to serve or putting in goodie bags is when I mix in the M&M’s and carrots. This limits the amount of white chocolate that comes off and looks like powdered sugar as it is moved around.