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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!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Neighborhood Party!


Hi Neighbor!

"Ugga Mugga" to all my Daniel Tiger fans out there! I love this brightly colored, animated program for preschoolers based on the PBS Series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood! The show focuses on important lessons like social skills, counting, good manners, and eating healthy. Our dessert table is full of healthy alternatives to traditional sweets, just take a look at my party menu!





Baker Aker baked us some banana bread muffins in these bright red polka dot cupcake liners and topped with adorable character toppers from Shop Fluff.


To create my backdrop, I wrapped my large foam board (bought at an art store) with blue wrapping paper. I then attached Daniel Tiger wall decals on top of my wrapping paper. This creates a dramatic backdrop for our dessert table and takes less than 5 minutes to make!


Apples, apples, everywhere! I added Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood plastic rings to store bought candy apples to create a custom dessert for our table. I also filled a wood crate with fresh apples.

O the Owl and Katerina Kat agree that mini apples pies are perfect for fall parties! I added festive red flags picks in each mini pie to continue the use of bright colors throughout the party.




Miss Elaina, O the Owl, Daniel Tiger, Prince Wednesday, and Katerina Kitty Kat are all here to join in the fun!


Every party needs a photo opportunity! The Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood party collection has one of the best photo booths I have ever seen, a Trolley that is 3.5 feet tall! Just stick a small stool behind the cardboard cut out and kids can have a ball waving out the Trolley window!  Make sure to get your Ugga Mugga taken before you leave!


Treat your guests to these adorable trolley favor boxes and fill with goodies such as crayons, mini notepads, rings, stickers, and bouncy balls!


I hope you enjoyed our celebration in Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, it was a Grr-ific party!


Party Vendors:

Trolley Garland, Trolley Topper, and Cupcake Toppers: Shop Fluff
Black Plaid Tablecloth: Table Vogue
Daniel Tiger Party Supplies: Birthday Express

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Star Wars Rebels Ice Cream Party



Star Wars Rebels makes a terrific birthday party theme for all fans of Star Wars. Set between the events of Episode III and Episode IV, this Disney XD spin off television show brings back some of the most evil villains from the Empire as well as introducing us to new heroic characters from the Rebellion. My son is a huge fan of this show. He decided at least 6 months before his birthday that this would be his theme and it must include a real lightsaber battle! 


I created a simple custom backdrop for my dessert table. To recreate this look, attach a space blast tablecloth to a large piece of foam board. Next, cut apart the letters of the Star Wars Rebels Jumbo banner kit and attach each letter individually on the board using double sided tape or glue dots. I placed a life size cardboard cutout of a Stormtrooper and Ezra at each end of the table for dramatic effect. 


I enjoy implementing my children's favorite toys into their parties. My son is obsessed with his Inquisitor Double lightsaber, so I used that as the focal point of the dessert table. I simply attached it with tape to the front of a white cake plate. 

My son has a summer birthday and requested ice cream rather than a cake this year. We took ice cream to a new level by creating an ice cream toppings bar! I printed free Star Wars Rebel stickers from the Rebel Resistance Kit on the DisneyXD.com site and used the stickers as labels for our ice cream toppings.  We created a different topping for each character. For example, we used red cherries for the Inquisitor, green sixlets for Hera, and chopped up Oreos for Chopper. 




I include my children in as much of the birthday party prep work as possible. My boys loved making Tie Fighters as a special topping for the ice cream bar. 


To make your own Tie Fighter treats, you will only need 3 ingredients, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and Oreo 100 Crisps. Dip one end of your marshmallow in melted chocolate and attach to one Oreo crisp. Repeat this step with the other end of the marshmallow. Allow 10-15 minutes for the chocolate to harden. They are not only delicious, but look just like Tie Fighters!


To create my own ice cream cups, I printed and attached Stormtrooper heads to black treat cups. A great party tip and time saver (that I thought of too late to actually do myself) is to scoop the ice cream into the cups ahead of time and place in the freezer. Pull out the pre-scooped cups when you are ready and serve!


Linda of Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design created these fabulous Rebel and Stormtrooper cookies for me. They were a huge hit with the kids. 


I placed Star Wars Rebels stickers on store bought cupcakes and added a black and white striped cupcake wrapper to customize the cupcakes to fit our theme. 


We wrapped spoons in green napkins and attached black paper around the bottom to look like lightsabers. My boys added details to the lightsaber handles using chalkboard markers. 


A Large R2D2 air walker balloon and jumbo Darth Vader balloon were a fun way to make a big entrance to any party!


As I mentioned in the beginning, my son wanted to do a real lightsaber battle. I had to think of a safer alternative to this request and found a tutorial online for DIY lightsabers using pool noodles. These were easy and inexpensive to make.



For outdoor activities, we created an Intergalatic Obstacle course with challenges such as "ring around the lightsaber", lightsaber javelin toss, "defeat the Stormtroopers" relay race, and of course a lightsaber battle. The kids were excited to take home their lightsaber as well as a treat bag full of of Star Wars Rebels goodies. 



Party Vendor Credits:
Disney Rebels Printable Stickers: Disney XD












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