Party Time: Pokemon Birthday Party

For Elliott’s last single-digit birthday, he chose Pokemon as the theme. The YMCA provided the perfect space for the kids to run around and I didn’t have to worry about possibly being rained out. 

I arranged to have the kids play Protect the Pokemon (a.k.a. King Pin) and made cut-outs of Pokemon characters from wall decorations and some cardboard. This was followed up by running an obstacle course since I figured that’s what Pokemon trainers would do.  Almost two hours of non-stop play later, it was time for cake. I used this cake for inspiration and made the fondant Pokemon using these tutorials from Roart I found that used polymer clay.  

 After cake, we ended with a Pokeball Punchbox. I decided not to make it a trivia game, but that’s option if you need a longer activity.  The trading of figures that took place after will eat up some time as well.  

 The little Pokemon figures in the punchbox became part of their goodie bags, which included a Pokemon shirt, Pokemon stickers and Pokemon gum.  


Easy DIY: Pick-a-Prize 

For a fun take on the grab bag idea, use paper flowers. I made these for my son’s auctioned reused the boxes from his past Mario party. The green envelopes held a variety of gift cards but you could also just attach a number the corresponded to an actual prize.  


Easy DIY: Make-up Remover Pens

Ali at xovain has the brilliant idea of using Crayola Marker Maker Refills to make her own eye make-up remover pens. The comments also had some great suggestions of making nail polish remover pens or lip stains.

Photo: Ali at xovain

Easy DIY: Child’s Art Embroidery

My friends’s daughter drew this barn, so I thought it would fun to embroider and make her a small pillow.

2015/01/img_5632-0.jpgI took her drawing and used my Crayola lightpad to trace the image. Then I just used some basic stitches to embroider it with the colors she requested.

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.


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: Silk-screened T and Tote

For the class fundraiser, each child drew a self-portrait that I then had made into a silk screen.

There are a couple options for making a silk screen. Speedball has a great kit that has everything you need except an image on light source. I’ve used it before and it’s not that complicated. Blick Arts has a great video tutorial.

The second option is to have someone make it for you. This was the option I went with since I was feeling lazy. I went to a local art store, but there are a number places you can order from like Anthem Screen Printing and Standard Screen.