Seahawk Football Party

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL! If you are a Seahawk fan like my five year old, or just need some ideas for your football party regardless of the team you root for, I hope I can provide some inspiration. As usual, a lot of my inspiration came from Pinterest.

IMG_5567If you are going to throw a football themed party you obviously need to incorporate your team’s colors.

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I found blue, green, and silver Sixlets at Shindigz.com and the football helmets at Party City. If you live in a different city/state than your team you will have to order the helmets online at PartyCity.com

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For an inexpensive back drop I purchased some black bulletin board paper, and with a white crayon, drew a football play.  It kind of gave it a chalkboard look. Super simple and looks official.  Oh, The Party Zone, came from the” Life’s a Party” cricut cartridge.

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If you are looking at the right time you can find some great football party stuff out there like the bags I found at Michael’s of all places.  For the favors I ordered some items from Shindigz.com and OrientalTrading.com

whistles, mini vinyl footballs, pompoms, and popcorn boxes

Another great item I found was at The Dollar Tree… finger football. The kids loved it.

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Speaking of Etsy… that is where I found these adorable (if you can say that about stuff relating to football) cupcake wrappers. AND on Etsy I found blue and green popcorn and I am willing to bet if you asked they might have popcorn in your team colors too.

Good luck out there, and may the best team win 😉

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My Little Pony Party

When I was little I loved the My Little Pony’s.  Now they’ve revamped it and my daughter loves it.  So, when she asked to have a Pony party I was more than excited to make it happen.  Her favorite pony is Pinkie Pie which is kind of perfect since she is the party pony.  Hope these ideas will help with your party.  Check out my Pinterest page.  http://www.pinterest.com/adrianna2301/party-my-little-pony/

Invitation

I used Pinkie Pies Singing telegram from the episode “Party of One” with a few minor changes to fit my venue. Feel free to copy it to fit yours.

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Music

I found this link on YouTube/Pinterest which has all the songs from MLP seasons 1-4 and Equestria Girls!  Perfect soundtrack for the party.

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Food

1. Sweet Apple Acres – Apple slices & caramel cups, applesauce, apple juice boxes, and caramel apple pops

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2.  Fluttershy’s Animal Picnic – Carrots, celery, cucumbers, snap peas, veggi dips, grapes, and strawberries

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3. Sugar Cube Corner – rainbow candy, chocolate dipped Oreos, and cupcakes

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Activities

1. Pony Ears Craft

Made from foam visors you can purchase from Oriental Trading or Amazon.  Decorate with self adhesive jewels and stickers.

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2. Get Your Cutie Mark

I purchased these body art cutie marks from Party City.

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3. Rarity’s Fashion Boutique

We did hair chalk, glitter hairspray, and manicures.  I chose nail polish to represent all the different ponies.  Ridiculous I know, but the girls loved it.

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4. Caramel Apple Bar

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Goody Boxes – Too Many Pinkie Pies

made with gable boxes I purchased from Oriental Trading.  I would have preferred light pink boxes but that color is hard to find for a reasonable price.  These boxes were definitely a labor of love.  Lots of cutting and pasting.

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Here is the gif for the cutouts.

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What’s inside?

Spike – You’re a Gem (Ring)

Princess Luna – When the moon is bright use this light (glow bracelet)

Princess Celestia – Friendship is Magic (unicorn pop)

Rainbow Dash – Thanks for making my party 20% cooler (rainbow glasses)

Twilight Sparkle – This is my book and I’m gonna read it (bookmark)

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Super Hero Party

IMG_3424 I don’t know if I mentioned that my youngest is really into super heroes.  Captain America is her favorite and she has been looking forward to her super hero party for months,  while I have been planning it for months.  Decorations, favors, games, the cake… Where to even start?!  There are so many great ideas out there and I used a lot of them.

IMG_3418 IMG_3447 IMG_3434 IMG_3414Ok, so capes.  Something every Super Hero party needs (even though Edna says, “No, capes!”)   IMG_3421I purchased the capes from HaloHeaven.com they are always having sales and offer free shipping after a certain amount is spent.  Once I had the capes I purchased yellow felt and double sided iron on from the craft store.  Simply follow the directions given by the iron on and voila!

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For the ever important masks to hide their identities, I went through Oriental Trading. There are many mask options out there. I wanted to sew felt ones but I didn’t have the time.  These foam ones were fabulous, inexpensive, easy to put together, and the kids loved them.

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Games and prizes! I had a crazy idea to have super hero games and well, I think the kids really enjoyed it. They went nuts and I didn’t get as many pictures as I wanted of the games being played.  I had a lot of family in town so they helped by manning a station.

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Captain America Shield Throw

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I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on actual shields to throw so this was my solution.  I found red Frisbees at Pet Smart for $.99 each SCORE!!! Then I used my Cricut to cut out circles and stars (you could cut out by hand easily).  The circles were 6.5″, 5.25″,4.25″. Then I glued the paper layers together before I mod podged it onto the Frisbees.  Turned out better than I thought it would. I bought a hula hoop at the dollar store and the game was ready.

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I am pretty proud of how this turned out. I purchased one of those display boards from Walmart for under $3, plastic cups, tissue paper, and a treat to put inside the cups. I started by tracing the top of the cup onto the board then I cut inside the line so the hole would be slightly smaller than the top of the cup.  That way when the cup is inserted into the hole the rim stops it from going all the way through.  Added some hot glue around the rim so the cups were sturdy, put in the candy, and closed it up by taping four layers of tissue paper so it was harder to punch through.

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Diffuse Bombs

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This game was very simple and inexpensive.  Black balloons and stickers.  I purchased the balloons for $.98 at Walmart and the stickers from Oriental Trading. Simply roll up the stickers to fit in balloon, blow it up, and done.  The game is to pop the balloon however you can.

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This one was fun! I got one of those Nerf Rebelle bows (game and gift in one) had four balloons, taped pictures of villains on them, and anchored the balloons in the ground with a golf tee.

Wonder Woman’s Lasso

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I had those swimming dive rings so I took the yellow one, of course, and tied rope to it.  The object is basically ring toss.  You can use liter bottles and tape villains to them but I had some cones and placed them on top of the villain pictures. It worked.

Now for the piece of resistance… the cake!  A couple friends and I made it (more my friends though)

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I bought the little figurines ,Playskool Heroes, from Toys R Us.  They were perfect!  Cake only took about 10 hours to make, only.

Super fun party with super fun friends.

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Mommy-To-“Bee” Shower

012    Throwing a baby shower is fun but when you start adding up decorations, favors, games, and food, it can be quite costly.  I had a limited budget and I am pretty proud of the results.

First, I found the cutest bee shower printables on Etsy by Prickly Press for $11.  Look at all the great stuff you can print!

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Next, the favors.  I ended up spending $1.50 per favor which I felt was reasonable.

Boxes – Oriental Trading (found free shipping code)

Honey Dippers – Etsy by UHome Taste

Ribbon – Hobby Lobby 50% off 🙂

Bit O’ Honey – Dollar Tree (or if you have a Winco they have them in the bins)

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Now for the games. I decided to ditch the games and go with a craft. Make a onesie! I thought it sounded fun and useful. I purchased the plain white onesie packs by Gerber which were $8 for a pack of five. These can be purchased at Target or Walmart. Also, Carters has onesie packets if you prefer their brand, though quite a bit more in cost. I collected sizes 0-3 months up to 18 months making a total of 20 onesies. This gave everyone a chance to make at least two.  In order to make these onesies you will need iron on applique, different (but coordinating) fabric choices, traceable templates.  I used the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge mainly, but chose some designs from other cartridges I have in my collection to make the templates.

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Oh wait, I did do a guessing game… sort of.  As guests arrived I had them stamp the date they thought baby would arrive.

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So here is how the onesies turned out.  It was so fun to see how creative everyone was.  One guest put the design on the booty.  So cute.

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Food! A very important part. I simply did a make your own sandwich with rolls and deli meat, cheese, condiments, chips, veggies, fruit salad, brownies, lemon cakes, and bottled water. I spent only $50 and change.

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All in all this shower cost a whopping $150 approximately. Doesn’t have to cost a lot to throw a cute and fun shower.

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Happy Trails, Going Away Party

I had to quickly put together a going away party for some friends.  Couldn’t let them leave without feeling the love. I think it turned out great with such short notice.

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The centerpieces were yellow roses in mason jars with a couple Texas flags, of course,
and cowboy boots, which were purchased at the thrift store, filled with fake wild flowers. I am sure if we had vases with real wild flowers inside the boots that would have looked amazing too.

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For fun I made ad libs as a way for the guests to write funny goodbye letters, keep people laughing and busy.

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Then like all parties now, I had to do a photo booth. This way I could give my friend fun photos to remember us by.

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If you have a Cricut or Silhouette you can cut most of these shapes on your machine, if not, Google search the lips, mustaches, state shapes, etc. print, trace, and cut. Pinterest would probably have what you are looking for too. I also found some fun props at the party store like the cowboy hat, vest, and bandanas.

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Pinkalicious

My oldest is as girly as they come and she loves the book Pinkalicious.  She informed me months before her birthday that a Pinkalicious party is what she wanted. I got a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest (duh) here is my board. http://www.pinterest.com/adrianna2301/party-pinkalicious/

This is what we did.  Starting with the invitations.  I made them with the Cricut Sweet Treats cartridge.  They turned out to be so cute.

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I believe I made the cupcakes 6″.  The light pink frosting was actually glitter paper.  I don’t think you can really tell in the picture, but it added an extra pizazz to the invites.  I should have considered writing down all the dimensions because it was a lot of trial and error to get everything the right size.

Decorating was fun.  Inspired by the book, I made a backdrop.

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The blue and green is that butcher paper you can get from education supply stores, I think JoAnne’s even has some.  The flowers were made from different pink patterned scrapbook paper and cut out with the Sweet Treats cartridge.

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Since cupcakes are the major theme in the book I made aprons for all the girls and we decorated cupcakes.

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I got the dark pink aprons from Hobby Lobby (totally affordable! especially if you catch them on sale or have the 40% off coupon which is always available online)

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/hot-pink-child-size-apron-391516/

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I embellished them with ruffles and such.  They turned out adorable and my sewing skills are very beginner.  In hindsight, it may have been easier to just iron on a big cupcake applique and called it good.

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The girls LOVED decorating their own cupcakes. I totally stole the painting tray idea off Pinterest.  They worked marvelously. Each child had two cupcakes one for now and one to save for later.

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The little cupcake boxes were purchased from Oriental Trading.  They have these in all sorts of colors.

http://www.orientaltrading.com/candy-pink-polka-dot-cupcake-boxes-with-handle-a2-3_6169.fltr?prodCatId=553134

The food basically consisted of pink (strawberries, watermelon, and all sorts of candy) and green; you know, to cure pinkititis (cucumbers, grapes, pickles, celery, and broccoli)

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Fineally the favors.  I went a little nuts, but on a budget of course ;-/

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The wands came from Oriental Trading, I just added tulle and ribbon.  The buckets came from Party City.  Inside is a ton of pink stuff (gum, rock candy, chap stick, etc.) and topped with a cupcake hat.  Thank goodness Grandma knits.  Then without solicitation my daughter exclaimed, “This was the best party ever!”  All that hard work validated and appreciated.

 

 

 

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Arrrgh! A Pirate Party

My youngest is a bit of a tomboy and she wanted a Pirate Party. So that is what the little buccaneer received. Many ideas inspired through Pinterest. Here is my board.

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Pinterest has really ruined me. I can no longer have a normal play in the backyard party with cake and a piñata. Now it has to be a production. Why? Good question.
I was once told the success of a party begins with the invitation’s ability to set a good impression so here is the invitation. I am pretty proud of it. I printed it up on scrapbook paper that kind of looked like a paper bag. Then, I burned the edges… carefully. The paper burns really fast if you aren’t paying attention.

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I purchased those adorable bottles from Oriental Trading. http://www.orientaltrading.com/skull-and-crossbones-invitations-in-a-bottle-a2-25_4949.fltr?Ntt=pirate

They were PERFECT!
Now onto decorations. I made most of the decorations with my cricut and the Life’s A Party cartridge. I purchased some fish netting off of Amazon.com and again from oriental trading treasure map placemats (which I had laminated)love them.
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We celebrated in the pool, or err, I mean the lagoon and went on a hunt for pirate treasure. I made up rhyming clues which lead us to the booty. I had pictures of the clue locations for the really young kids but the bigger kids enjoyed it as well.

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The treasure chest was created with one of those Styrofoam coolers and some spray paint. Super Cheap and looked good too.

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The treasure chest treat boxes inside the cooler also came from oriental trading. Pretty much love that website.

Here are the cupcakes. I did not bake them or frost them. I didn’t need the pressure of baking that many cupcakes and have them taste good. I just went to Walmart. That’s right, no shame. I got the whipped frosting and asked if they could make the frosting look like sand. The wrapper and flags were created from the Life’s A Party Cartridge as well. To get the antique look I took an ink pad and gently rubbed it on the edges. It was time consuming but totally worth it.

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