Showing posts with label kids parties. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kids parties. Show all posts

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Daisy Girl Scout Party & Daisy Cupcakes

Recipe for simple daisy cupcake toppers made with white chocolate. Plus details of a darling daisy girl scout investiture ceremony. 
A few weeks ago my big girl became an official Girl Scout! We are so lucky to have such a wonderful group of new friends through kindergarten. The girls took their daisy scout pledge at the home of one of the girls. If you know me, this place is so my style. Check out this adorable potting bench turned dessert & drink bar for the party! 

Keep reading for the rest of the details and the recipe for daisy cupcakes! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Disney Frozen Party Ideas

Simple homemade ideas for your Disney Frozen birthday party! 
Let it go, let it go, can't hold it back any-m-ooo-ooo-re! If you have little girls, that is probably the song you've been hearing nonstop for the past several months. That has certainly been the case in our house. So it was no surprise when my sweet girl requested a Disney Frozen birthday party for her 4th birthday. I really wish I could freeze time and keep her just barely 4 for longer. It's such a sweet spot. She was set on going to Disneyland to meet Elsa and Anna from Frozen for her birthday, but at the last minute decided she actually wanted to celebrate with her friends - almost-4-year-olds can be fickle! So I had to keep the party fairly simple, but it was a lot of fun. And we saved a ton of money by making the cake , food, and decorations ourselves. Keep reading some ideas for a Disney Frozen birthday party! 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

How to Make a Gingerbread House + Throw a Decorating Party

gingerbread party
The holiday spirit hit me in a major way last weekend. You too? Suddenly the fall decorations had to go, we had to get a Christmas tree (okay 2 Christmas trees if you want to get technical), we made a trip out of town to go ice skating, and I got the crazy idea to turn our house into a gingerbread house factory. 
gingerbread houses
The girls and I decided it would be really fun to invite some friends over for an afternoon of gingerbread house decorating. Since our crowd of 2 to 6-year-olds would have a hard time assembling the miniature cottages I put them together two days beforehand. I'm going to be honest, only a slightly crazy person would bake eight gingerbread houses. I had a lot of fun in the process, but it was a lot of work. I could have bought pre-made gingerbread house kits for $10-$20 each instead of making them for around $3 each. But along with wasting a lot of money, we would have missed out on the house smelling amazing all Sunday long and nibbling on gingerbread scraps.  
gingerbread house
These turned out so much cuter than the pre-made, plastic wrapped, inedible kind... don't you think? Each had their own quirky personality. None were "perfect" and I loved all of their unique lumps and bumps. I also loved   - ahem-  Our Elf on the Shelf also loved eating a chimney off after the kids went to bed. 
gingerbread making
Perhaps the smartest idea I had was to use a long piece of butcher paper as the tablecloth. The kids (and moms too!) made an incredible wonderful mess and all I had to do at the end was wrap it all up and toss it in the recycle bin. *Please note the candies pictured are serious choking hazards for kids under 4. The moms were sitting with these kids the whole time to make sure none went in their mouths. I do not recommend using these types of candies around toddlers. 

You can of course make your own homemade gingerbread cookie dough. Because I needed to speed up this whole process I used Trader Joe's mix, which was fantastic. 1 box makes about 1 gingerbread house using the template I used. 

Keep reading for the simple instructions! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

How to Make a Sandcastle Cake

Simple step-by-step directions for making a beautiful sand castle cake coated with ground cookie crumbs. 
sandcastle cake recipe
I was sure this cake was going to be a disaster. Right up until the night before the party when I assembled, frosted, and coated it in cookie crumbs, I was pretty sure I would be running to the grocery store for store-bought cupcakes to toss my white chocolate shells onto during a mad dash to the party. 
Thankfully I was wrong. The cake was much easier than I thought it would be, and looked even better than expected. Much easier than the Sock Monkey Cake I made 6 months ago. To make things simple, I baked the cake a week early, wrapped it in plastic and foil, and froze it. I finished the cake the night before the party. The look on my birthday girl's face when she saw her cake in the morning was priceless. Her exact words were, "Mom, I knew it was going to be good, but I didn't know it was going to be THIS amazing!" 

Here's what you'll need to do... 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ocean Themed Birthday Party Ideas

sandcastle cakeLast weekend we celebrated my big girl's 6th birthday. I know everyone says kids grow up quickly. But it really is true. In those trying moments, from learning to nurse a colicy newborn, to two-year-old tantrums, time passes so slowly. But then you blink and that newborn is SIX. We're now in the "sweet spot" - I'm just now getting used to being able to use the bathroom without someone screaming "MOM" and banging on the door like the world is ending, we can drive in the car for longer than 20 minutes without someone crying, and we can enjoy interesting dinnertime conversations and bedtime stories that our big girl can even help read. Don't get me wrong, there are still Legos coving the entire floor most of the time and there's no time for laundry. Side note - if you haven't yet read "How to Miss a Childhood" by Handsfree Mama, you MUST! 
She decided to design her own invitation this year, which I loved. I uploaded her artwork and sent it out through Paperless Post. Easy and eco-friendly!

My mermaid requested an ocean birthday party and we had a lot of fun planning it. As I had to transport all of the party supplies and food to the beach myself, everything had to be simple and make-ahead friendly. Here are all the details: 
healthy party food

The Food:
  • Applesauce pouches
  • Edamame hummus from the Yummy Mummy Kitchen cookbook (made 1 day ahead)
  • Peanut Butter & Jam dolphin sandwiches 
  • BLTA sandwiches - my daughter's favorite sandwich. I cooked the bacon 1 day ahead and assembled the sandwiches in the morning. 
  • Fruit platter 
  • Vegetable sushi. I thought about making it myself. Then I came to my senses and ordered a platter from Whole Foods. Because it was the only pre-made item I used and I saved a ton by making the cake myself, I splurged on the sushi. 
  • Sandcastle cake. It's much easier than it looks, I promise. 

party food

I adore these sushi sharing siblings!

The Games! 
pin the fin on the dolphinPin the Fin on the Dolphin was a big hit! I drew a fin-less dolphin on a piece of foam board and cut out one fin for each child. My girls had fun coloring designs on each fin to make them unique.

treasure hunt
Beach optional! You can easily do this fun activity at a backyard or park sandbox. 

The kids had to work for their party favors. Before the party I buried little bags of goodies in the sand. Gold coins on the surface were clues to the treasures underneath. As usual, I filled the party favor bags with sugar free items like shell necklaces, rings, bubbles, stickers, and sugar free lollipops

The most important ingredient for a fabulous birthday party? 
birthday friends
Family and good friends who love you, of course. A special happy birthday to miss Gwendolyn, pictured above, who also turns six this week! 

mermaid party
Happy birthday, my beautiful mermaid. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Girly Sock Monkey Birthday Party

It's amazing how different two sisters can be. I have one who is all about princesses and pink and jewels and glitter. And another who couldn't care less about those things. She loves monkeys and silly things and I just love her for that. Miss L requested a sock monkey theme for her 3rd birthday, so here's what I did... 
More after the jump! 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Birthday Party Recipes and Fun

Five years ago I had a baby girl and my life was forever changed. From the first day she has been spunky, passionate, smart, and loving. This weekend we celebrated her birthday. Her best friends and their parents came over to enjoy the warm last-day-of-summer in the backyard and celebrate.
I popped into Michael's craft store for a face painting kit. How cute is this pirate!?  The Snazaroo face painting kits are easy and at under $20 much more affordable than hiring a face painter.
Since we are still at the age where parents stay at birthday parties (and we want to hang out with our friends anyway!), I knew there would be more adults than kids. I wanted to be sure the food was kid and grown-up friendly. It was also imperative that most everything could be done the night before, as I can count on exactly 1 hour a day (naptime) to get things done without a 2-year-old crying, "hold me, hoooowed me!" Let me tell you, the pictures may look pretty, but the pre-party was anything but, as I tried to blow dry my hair with said 2-year-old under my arm. Lets just keep things real. All you mammas know what I'm talking about.
One of my favorite sandwiches: layers of roasted eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, and herb goat cheese. Very popular with the moms :) 
Some of the lovely girls. Gwendolyn was sporting a "be the good in the world" shirt which is quite appropriate as her family is literally changing the future of pediatric diseases like SMA. We have awesome friends. I love these kids. 
The birthday girl requested egg salad sandwiches. I made some on baguette and some on soft, easy for kids to eat sandwich bread.
The pesto pasta salad with peas, tomatoes, and mozzarella was very popular with the kids, and is also great packed in lunchboxes! My munchkin helped herself to seconds.

The no-candy pinata. I know, I'm the meanest mom ever. I filled the inside with plastic bracelets, stickers, and fruit leathers. The thing about pinatas is, it's hard to find really cute ones. So I set out to recreate this DIY one and spent a ridiculous amount of time after the kids went to bed hot gluing tissue paper rosettes. My husband and my burned fingers were looking at me like I had lost my mind. Pretty sure they were right.  
To my surprise, the birthday girl requested ice cream "in pointy cones" rather than cake or cupcakes. I loved her idea. One day before the party we dipped the tops of the cones in melted chocolate and sprinkled with rainbow sprinkles. We let them harden on a wax paper lined tray in the refrigerator since it's been hot. 
Sprinkles, face paint, family and friends, and a huge pink bow on your head. What more could a 5 year old birthday girl want? Happy birthday to my sweet girl! How did 5 years go by so fast?

Easy Birthday Party Menu
Click the links below for the printer-friendly recipes.  
Most of the party supplies (cute spoons, forks, etc. from Sweet Lulu - I love that shop!) 

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