Easy DIY: Medieval Birthday Banner

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

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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.

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Party Time: Ever After High Party Table

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.IMG_2343

Since Parker wanted a black-out chocolate cake, Melanie decided to decorate it with gum paste roses for Briar Beauty.

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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.

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Party Time: Spy Party at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

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.
20140518-164011.jpg Photo: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum20140518-165458.jpg 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, 20140518-165333.jpg to visit the space shuttle

20140518-165412.jpgand to learn to break codes and make their own.
20140518-165246.jpg Then it was time for food and a cake from City Cakes (which was delicious). All of which were included in the package.
20140518-165659.jpgI 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.20140518-165751.jpg

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. 

Party Time: A County Fair Birthday

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.

I served corn dogs, mac & cheese bites, cheese curds, kettle corn, mini donuts (all from Target) and Elsa’s homemade birthday cake.

I also ordered candy apple cake pops from Pop N Stuff NYC. Rita used velvet cake and actually coated them in candy.

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.

Soda bottles, stickers and bangles made up the Ring Toss.

We gave each child a drawstring bag stenciled with a ribbon to hold tickets.

The kids then turned in their tickets for prizes that included things like candy, puzzles, balls, stuffed animals and grab bags.

I toyed with the idea of another punch box but decided to make a fishing game using crepe paper fish instead since it fit better with the county fair theme. And that’s how we ended the party.

Party Time: A Super Mario Birthday

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.

Treats included piranha plant pops, chips, a Mario cake from Cupcake Cafe and

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.

The next activity was Musical Mario Blocks. We used the brick and coin blocks for the kids to sit on and the music was the Super Mario theme song.

Finally, they played “Pick A Coin” where they picked a “coin” that contained a Super Mario character figure.

Then it was time for cake!

Party Time: Grady’s Subway Birthday Party

For Grady’s 4th birthday, his mom, Kelly decided to throw him a fantastic subway party. She used our printables to the personalize the party.

Look at these amazing cupcakes by Candace from Cupcakes and Compliments! She also made the cake.

All the guests received a wonderful goodie bag — the snow globe is a fantastic touch!

We love how Kelly made these balloons.

What a great party! Happy Birthday, Grady!!!

Easy DIY: Suprise Ball Game

For a fun party game (and because we wanted something other than a pinata), we used a bunch of surprise ball hearts, attached them to a board with glue dots and added numbered stickers.

We attached the same numbered stickers to the bottom of Hershey’s Kisses. (Avery’s 3/4″ round labels fit perfectly.) Each child picked a Kiss out of the bin and had to find the heart with the corresponding number.

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You could make this game with regular round surprise balls or make egg-shaped ones for Easter. Just make sure to have extras on your board so that even the last child gets to make a choice.

 

Try It: Momofuku Bo Ssam

We saw David Chang’s recipe for Bo Ssam in The New York Times and had to try it.

While it’s relatively easy, it is quite time consuming as you need to let it sit at least six hours to overnight in a sugar and salt rub. Then it’s in the oven for six hours and you baste it every hour. It is quite tasty, though, and would be great for a dinner party. And the leftovers are very versatile. We turned them into tacos and pulled pork sandwiches.

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