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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Star Wars Birthday Party

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...


There was an epic 8th birthday party celebrated for a young Jedi. The Jedi requested that all his Jedi friends gather together for an evening of Star Wars games, scavenger hunts, and birthday treats.


The dessert table was inspired by this large and fabulous Galaxy Rebellion Personalized Table Background. I had the backdrop personalized with the beginning of the Star Wars crawl, "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." instead of attaching the personalized sign to the top of the backdrop as shown, I chose to place it in the center of the table. This really made a dramatic focal point for the cake to be displayed behind. I also placed light up light sabers on each end of the table and hung these red and black dot garlands on the front of the table. 


Desserts were very simple. I made most of the desserts myself (except the birthday cake). The sweets menu included Darth Vader cupcakes, Millennium Falcon chocolate covered Oreos, light saber chocolate covered pretzels, and birthday cake. I used silicone molds I found online to create Millennium Falcon and Darth Vader chocolates. To make the light sabers, I dipped pretzel rods in red and blue melted chocolate. So easy to make and are very tasty!


I often use wood boxes and toy bins I already own to display desserts on the dessert table. For this party, I placed the light saber pretzels on top of a Lucite tray that I normally keep in my bathroom. I placed a light saber toy inside the tray to look as if it was on display underneath.


I filled my metal utensil holder with Star Wars napkins, black and white paper straws, and red plastic utensils and added a personalized Galaxy Rebellion sticker to the front. 


The kids loved drinking Rebel Water! This was very easy to create by attaching personalized waterproof water bottle labels to small water bottles. 


This Yoda Soda punch was a huge hit with kids and adults. To make Yoda soda, mix equal parts of Sprite with Green Hawaiian Punch. Add lime sherbet on top right before serving.


Our parties always include lots of fun activities. First, the kids went on an asteroid hunt. I wrapped small prizes and candy in aluminum foil and hid the asteroids around the house. 

The next game was the light saber balloon challenge. Our Young Jedi had to use a light saber to keep their balloon in the air. When the balloon hits the ground, the Jedi is out and must sit down. The last Jedi standing wins. 


The light sabers were a fun DIY project. I have done this before using pool noodles, but for this party we used LED color change foam sticks! The birthday boy loves to craft and had fun designing the light sabers by wrapping silver duck tape around the sticks, then embellishing with black electrical tape and red duck tape (for buttons). 


The red and blue Star Wars Episode VII balloons were perfect for this challenge.


Our Jedi guests took home personalized Galaxy Rebellion favor boxes filled with Star Wars blow outs, punch balloons, red gumballs in personalized favor bags, a Star Wars mask, and light saber. 


My Star Wars obsessed son loved his birthday party. I really enjoyed mixing traditional Star Wars party items with the Galaxy Rebellion personalized items. We even found ways to DIY the party with desserts and party favors. Our Jedi once again saved the galaxy and had fun while doing so!


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sponsored Wayfair Craft Redux: DIY Memory Box


I have been compensated for this post as a member of the Wayfair Homemaker Program, 
all ideas and opinions are completely my own #sponsored 


My husband turned 40 this year and we celebrated in epic style. For the 40 days leading up to his birthday, I left him daily notes filled with pictures, poems, lyrics, and clues about his party theme and secret ocean front getaway that would follow. We have many great memories from his milestone birthday, but it's been a few months now and they are all still laying in a big pile on my husband's dresser. What my husband needs is a special place to store his cherished memories. 


Being this is National Craft Month, Wayfair challenged me to re-create my first online craft project (a memory box gift box pictured below) and revamp it. I love a great challenge and immediately knew that a 40th birthday memory box was the perfect craft re-do!  

The original craft project, over 5 years ago. Such terrible photography. I cringe posting this, sigh... 

Here are all the cards and mementos that were piled up on my husband's dresser


Materials Needed:
Kraft Box
Twine
Ribbon
Glue
Scissors
Mementos (photos, souvenirs, etc...)


Craft Directions:
The first thing I did was glue a 40 sign from his party to the outside of my kraft box. I then tied all the birthday cards together with chevron kraft ribbon. I did the same with the 40 days of notes. 


Start placing mementos inside the box... I placed larger items like cards and notes on the bottom and smaller objects such as custom matches, rocks from the beach, sea shells, and wine tasting menu on top. 


Voila! The finished project. I love how it turned out. It's organized and all our memories are stored in one place. I hope this inspires you to get organized and get crafting on your own special memory box. 

Thanks again to Wayfair for celebrating National Craft Month with us!
Be sure to check out their site for all your crafting and organizational needs!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Brody's Scuderia: A Ferrari Inspired Birthday Party

Anyone have kids that love fast cars?!! My boys are obsessed with sports cars. They have even picked out their future first cars... a BMW i8 and Red Mustang. Yes, we can all dream, can't we?

I wasn't surprised when my nephew requested a Ferrari theme for his 9th birthday party. I knew there would not be a lot of party supplies available for this very specific car/theme. I had to get a little creative. Luckily I found the cutest Ferrari printable collection on Etsy by Art Paper Party. This really saved the day along with a custom Ferrari inspired banner by Piggy Bank Parties (keep reading to see what the banner means in Italian). 



An awesome welcome sign in the Ferrari font for the birthday boy. 


I kept desserts simple and fun. Chocolate covered "donut tires" and mini gold trophies filled with mini "steering wheel" Oreos. 


Who doesn't love party blowers? Well, parents... but kids love 'em.  

I customized the blowers with the small party circles from Art Paper Party's Ferrari collection. Hint, permanent glue dots are the perfect crafting material for adhering the circles to the blowers. 



I added checkered flag accents throughout the party with favor boxes, flags, and banners.




Close up details of the FABULOUS banner Piggy Bank Parties made for the party using the Ferrari font and colors. Notice the Italian flag rounded pennant with a personalized "B" Ferrari inspired shield! The birthday boy LOVED this extra special detail. The entire banner is now hanging in his bedroom. Gotta love party decorations that can be saved and re-used!


Fun little fact, notice the S F on the Ferrari badge (underneath the horse's legs), that stands for Scuderia Ferrari, the race car team founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929. Scuderia in Italian means a stable reserve for race horses, but more commonly now refers to Italian motor racing teams. That is how we came up with Brody's Scuderia for the banner.


Last but not least, we can't forget the party favors. Each party guest left with a fun box of goodies that included a race car pen, lollipop, tire yo-yo, checkered flag bandanna, gold trophy, and toy car.

A huge thank you to my party vendors:

Ferrari Printables: Art Paper Party
Ferrari Banner: Piggy Bank Parties
Race Car Party Favors and Boxes: Birthday Express

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Disney Descendants Birthday Party


Disney Descendants fans, grab your poisonous apples, magic mirrors and wands, and get ready to throw one seriously awesome and evil birthday party!


The Descendants of some of the most villainous characters in Disney history are sent to live on the Isle of the Lost until Prince Ben, the teenage son of King Adam and Queen Belle decided to change this ruling. He invites Carlos, son of Cruella De Vil, Jay, son of Jafar, Mal, daughter of Maleficent, and Evie, daughter of The Evil Queen to live on Auradon and attend his school called Auradon Prep. 


There are so many great characters in this movie, you can easily pick your favorite to base your party around. I focused this party around the main characters Maleficent and her daughter Mal. They both wear lots of purple and black, so I chose to use those as my main party colors.  If you look closely you will find hints of the other characters here too!


I try to think outside the box when looking for serving ware, tablecloths and backdrops to coordinate with my Birthday Express party supplies. My tablecloth is a fuzzy black comforter, the backdrop is a curtain panel, and my Maleficent's head piece is sitting on an upside down trash can! I loved the sparkle accent and metallic silver look it brought to the table. I hung two black paper chandeliers on either side of the table and used an over-sized cardboard frame to display Maleficent's hat as a work of art. 


I found white pedestal candy jars at my local thrift sore and filled them with blue and Purple sixlets. I then placed these two Disney Descendant cake toppers (Evie's gold compact and Mal's gold coronation tiara) on top of each filled candy pedestal. 


I kept desserts simple, a DIY-ish birthday cake, candy bar, and candy apples. To create purple poisonous apples, I simply dipped melted chocolate on the pointed end of a small wood dessert stick (sold in the dessert section next to cake pop sticks), and place into the center of the apple. Let dry, then dip the entire apple in the melted chocolate, and tap off excess chocolate. Immediately add sprinkles, candy, nuts, or any other embellishments to the candy apple, then place on wax paper to let dry. 



Last, you need a birthday cake! I grabbed my fairy godmother wand and wished up this cake. Well, not exactly. I bought a cake at the store and did my own DIY magic to it. I wanted it to look less traditional, more fun, and a little messy and evil. Here's how I did it...


Find a basic, store bought cake. Remove all existing decorations. Melt desired colored chocolates. I used bright purple, black, and lime green. Melt a small amount of chocolate in the microwave on medium low heat (30-60 seconds). Stir and splatter directly on cake. Repeat with other colors to create a layered splattered look. 



The lovable Carlos, son of Cruella De Vil would approve of these dog bone crayon cases! Each dog bone case holds six different color crayons inside. Wouldn't they make great party favors?!!!


I hope this inspires you to conjure up a little party magic of your own! 

Monday, January 25, 2016

New Year, New Room with Wayfair

I have been compensated for this post as a member of the Wayfair Homemaker Program, 
all ideas and opinions are completely my own. 


Given the chance to refresh a room in your house, which space would you choose?  Hands down I would go right to the central hub of our house, the dining room. We use this space for homework, crafting, eating, and entertaining.  Inspired by the beautiful products offered by Wayfair, this is how I would refresh my dining room for the new year. It has a little bit of everything, a tee pee for the kids to play in, toy and art storage (that doubles as an adorable storage cart!), a new dramatic chandelier, trays, dishes, and furniture. I'm all for finding ways to make organization look pretty and sophisticated.  



I hope this inspires a refresh of your own. Even the smallest change can make a big difference in your space. For more ideas, head over to my New Year, New Room Idea Board on Wayfair!
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