When I was a kid, there was a house in my neighborhood that would give little treat bags. We don’t get many trick-or-treaters in our apartment building, but I decided I want to be that home who gave treat bags. It was also the perfect way to use up some of the 1,000 wax paper bags I ordered this summer. I just glued on some construction paper eyes and mouths and filled them up. I might switch to drawing them on with Sharpie, though.
Maddie’s birthday party is coming up fast. This year’s theme is based on the movie “The Princess Bride.” I decided that I’d combine with medieval touches to make decorating a little easier since recreating a Fire Swamp or the Cliffs of Insanity would be rather difficult.
So I thought I’d make a birthday banner out of the tons of felt I had left over from Elliott’s rained out party last year. The smaller flags are about 8×11 and the large one is about 14×18
I traced a fleur de lis I found online and cut that out for the main flag. Then I kind of winged it with everything else. I cut her initials and the other decorations out free hand and glued them on with Tacky Glue. I haven’t decided if I’m going to attach them to a ribbon or individual stands just yet.
Miss Parker turned 8 and to celebrate, the treats table was inspired by Ever After High. Pinks and purples were the colors of the day.
Since Parker wanted a black-out chocolate cake, Melanie decided to decorate it with gum paste roses for Briar Beauty.
Apple cake pops were for Apple White. Jewels and flower pins and hair accessories added to the table of treats. Madeline Hatter and Daring Charming made appearances, too.
After the rain out that was Elliott’s 7th birthday, we decided to make up for it with a party at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for his 8th birthday.
Photo: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum They offer a number of different themes, but Elliott wanted the spy theme. The two Secret Agent hosts were fantastic and led the kids around the aircraft carrier to get an up-close look at the spy planes, to visit the space shuttle
and to learn to break codes and make their own.
Then it was time for food and a cake from City Cakes (which was delicious). All of which were included in the package.
I have to admit that it was so nice not having to do anything except show up. I did put together the goodie bags, though. The kids received a pair of sunglasses, fake mustaches and an invisible ink pen in a “Top Secret” manila envelope.
The Intrepid really knows how to host a birthday party! The hosts were amazing, the museum is fantastic and the cake was delicious. Everyone, kids and adults, had an amazing time.
Disclaimer: We paid for the party ourselves and weren’t compensated in any way. It was just so fabulous that we would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to celebrate a special birthday. Click here to learn more about birthday parties at the Intrepid.
I wasn’t sure I could top last year’s Maddie-licious party, but decided to try with a county fair theme after going to the Minnesota State Fair. With a little planning, fun prizes and a lot of food on sticks, everyone has a fantastic time.
Melanie designed the invitation to look like a county fair flyer. I continued the award ribbon theme by making my own ribbons as well as cutting out ones from card stock to use as food labels. The labels for the prizes looked like tickets.
Of course, we needed some games so the kids could win tickets. I ordered the Spin-A-Prize wheel and the Disk Drop from Oriental Trading. They were actually pretty solid pieces. I also used a Shut the Box game I had gotten on sale at Amazon. The rules of each game were posted in colored frames from IKEA.
Ping Pong Bounce and the Ring Toss rounded out the games. I made a Ping Pong Bounce game out of a white shirt box, an insert from an advent calendar that I saved for some random reason, round stickers and card stock.
The kids then turned in their tickets for prizes that included things like candy, puzzles, balls, stuffed animals and grab bags.
Elliott LOVES Super Mario Bros., so there was no better way to celebrate his 6th birthday than with a Super Mario party. The invitations were double slider cards based on this tutorial by thenorsugirl. A little pull on the card and the 1UP slides out.
For decorations, yellow plastic plates, hot glue and fishing line became a coin garland. Yellow and maroon wrapping paper helped turn boxes into coin and bricks blocks , which were also used for a party game. Balloons and white labels turned into chomps and piranha plants. The fabric backdrop was inspired by the one made by Chica and Jo and we used the amazing goomba template from their site.
For the snacks and treats, we used containers that looked like Super Mario items. Round boxes were painted green to look like the pipes in the game. Juice boxes were wrapped in the same maroon paper as the boxes and stacked to look like brick blocks. And mini coin blocks were created with card stock.
amazing cake pops from Pop-N-Stuff NYC. (Full disclosure: Rita is a friend, but the fact that these are the first Mario-themed pops she’s ever made show how amazing her work is.)
For activities, the kids played “Chomp Bop,” which was just the kids running around keeping the Chomps off the ground and also bopping each other with balloons.
Next, the kids played “Pass the Power-ups” by breaking up into two teams and using spoons to pass each other little wooden mushrooms.
To calm them down a bit, the next activity was “Design a Mario Kart.” The kids quietly decorated wooden cars with markers.
Finally, they played “Pick A Coin” where they picked a “coin” that contained a Super Mario character figure.
Then it was time for cake!
Getting the “Power Up Pass” game together. We used Kimahn’s tutorial at Scissors Paper Wok for toadstool pencils to make Power Up Mushrooms. We just skipped the pencil part and added eyes.