Make This: Iced Penguin Cookies

A friend’s daughter wanted a winter themed birthday party and she asked for some treat ideas. I made white chocolate snowflake wands and my version penguin cookies that I found by Sandra Denneler at SheKnows. I used Junior Mints instead of black jelly beans and added “ice.”

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Easy DIY: Minecraft Blocks

My friend wanted to decorate her apartment for her son’s video game themed party. Minecraft is one of his favorites, so going off the coin blocks from the Mario Party, I decided to make big Minecraft blocks. Using wrapping paper and 8x8x8 boxes, I came up with three types of blocks–grass, dirt and diamond.

IMG_5758 You can buy Minecraft diamond wrapping paperat Amazon. There are three sheets to a pack and it’s enough to wrap eight 8x8x8 boxes if you slightly overlap the remaining scrap strips. The pattern is busy enough where you can’t tell that you’ve pieced it together.

Make This: Virus Valentines

Wendy at Notes from a Quirky Kitchen has baked some amazing thing, including bacteria and virus cookies presented in Petri dishes. I thought they would make awesome valentines. 2015/01/img_5608.jpgYou can order Petri dishes on Amazon and BarCoding.com will generate a bar code that you can cut and paste onto your document.

Make This: Valentine’s Lunch Ideas

Cookie cutters aren’t just for cookies. We made these for a Valentine’s Day tea party, but how fun would it be to open up your lunch and see all the hearts?

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Easy DIY: Halloween Treat Bags

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.

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Party Time: The Princess Bride Party

The Princess Bride is a favorite in our home. So what could be more fun than a Princess Bride themed party at Manhattan Fencing Center?20140609-142636-51996725.jpgI used tabletop sign holders to hold medieval birthday banners I made to decorate the entry way.
20140609-143903-52743669.jpgFor the table, I went with blue and gold. Each place setting had a goblet and a “turkey leg,” which was just a paper lunch bag filled with popcorn and closed with a paper frill.
20140609-144627-53187227.jpgThe activity was, of course, fencing. Coach Misha was fantastic and made it so much fun for everyone. After all the bouting, it was time for some homemade R.O.U.S. cake. It was red velvet with gray buttercream.
20140609-145401-53641246.jpgFor the goodie bags, they took home Iocane Powder (pixie stix in a glass vial), Miracle Max’s Miracle Pills (homemade chocolate-covered brownies) and circus peanuts (No More Rhymes…) in stamped cotton bags. It was a fantastic party and everyone left ready to fight the six-fingered man.

Disclaimer: We paid for the party ourselves and weren’t compensated in any way. The kids just had so much fun with Coach Misha that we’d recommend Manhattan Fencing Center for a unique birthday party that the kids will really enjoy.  

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.