Pirate Party

Chiara’s friend Jonah turned 5. 5 is such a big deal and their can be no better way to celebrate, than as a pirate!

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Best part of any party is the games, and with a pirate theme, the possibilities are endless. One of the games we played was “Hook Ring Toss”. You could do like Jonah’s mom, and make your own hooks with solo cups and aluminum foil, or you could use hooks like these:

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Just attach the hooks to a foam board or piece of cardboard. Rings of some kind, we used glow – necklaces and let the kids. go.

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Sword ring toss was also fun. Also easy to make, you attach a sword to a box, get some rings and let the kids go.

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The picture is not the best one, but there is the obligatory pin-it game: pin the patch on the pirate. This was a purchased game, but still fun. It also made it easy to know who’s piece was who’s because they were numbered.

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This game is exactly what it sounds like. You get a hook, much like the one in my picture above, and let the kids try to scoop as many pretzels as they can. We were playing fast and loose on this one, but you could set up a time frame, 30 seconds or so, if you’re looking to have a winner.

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It’s not a party without a cake! Jonah had this amazing treasure map cake, which was delicious! All in all, party was much fun!

Party on!

Super Barbie Birthday Party

I wasn’t sure if I was going to blog about this one. Or the one we went to today, as I didn’t actually put on the birthday party. After all, part of this blog’s appeal, for me, was that I did or experienced these things first hand. Then I realized that I did experience these first hand, and after talking to the mom’s that put on the parties, so we’re a go!

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Kids in decorating mode

Favorite part of Pinterest planned parties is always the crafty part. Especially with younger kids! Give them some glitter glue, sparkly stuff and stickers and they are good to go! For a Super Barbie party, you of course are decorating masks!

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Chiara made this super sparkly one!

Any respectable Pinterest party idea comes with a “pin the ______ on the _______” option. For Super Barbie, we have Pin the Mask on the Barbie.

Chiara taking her turn

Chiara taking her turn

The kids all did remarkably well on this game, almost all of them getting over the eyes. Yes, they were blindfolded, maybe they were all just above average at this game…… All you need is a picture of Barbie, some cut outs of masks, put some tape on the masks and you are good to go.

Madelyn's mom had an awesome setup

Madelyn’s mom had an awesome setup

I don’t really know why I didn’t get a picture of the cake itself, but Madelyn’s mom did a fantastic job with the food layout. She had the comic book-esque feel, necessary for any superhero party, even a Barbie one.

Adorable food labels

Adorable food labels

We had a blast at this super-fun birthday party. The kids got to keep there masks as their favors, I’m all about making your own party favors at kids parties!

Time to sing to the birthday girl.

Time to sing to the birthday girl.

Party on all, party on!

How to Train Your Dragon Party

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This was the invite for my son’s super awesome birthday party. I got the template for the invitation from this amazing site and did the editing on Paint. A little old school, but so much fun! Once I had the wording correct, I simply sent the picture to the Walmart photolab as 3×5 pictures. Once you pick them up, all you have to do is cut off the white edges.

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I racked my brain to figure out what kind of cake to make for a How to Train Your Dragon party. I was going through the 80+ Wilton cake pans in the basement (Thanks mom! It’s her collection being stored down there) and stumbled across a lamb cake pan.

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Yes a lamb! I stood there for a few minutes, holding the pan, realizing I could make this work.

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I did my outline and it fell into place. I don’t claim to be the Cake Boss, but the kids loved it!

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For the decor, I kept it simple, using the $.97 tablecloths, in red and black, from Walmart, layering them, cutting them and knotting them. Just for some interest, and to help hide my messy side room!

The kids really had a blast at the party this year. Be sure to take a look at my other party posts:
Shield Decorating
Feed the Dragon
Sheep Toss

Sheep Toss

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This year for Arthur’s birthday, he chose a How to Train Your Dragon theme. Naturally I perused Pinterest and created an entire board on the subject.
This particular party game was adapted from this pin. I read through the tutorial they had written, but decided to change it up to make it a little more my speed. They’re version is a lot fancier than mine, but this is the suburbs and these are seven and eight year olds, so I decided to make it a little simpler.

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My sheep started out with a bag of this, purchased at Walmart, and a ball of white yarn.

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I made little sheep faces, yes they look rediculous, but so do the sheep in the movies.

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After bundling the stuffing with white yarn, which was an entertaining evening for me, I used my hot glue gun to attach the faces.
The baskets were also purchased at Walmart, if you recall, I work there, so most of my shopping is done there. We needed new laundry baskets anyway…..
I dug into my scrapbooking supplies for the tags, and browsed the internet for the dragon designs. The three dragon shield designs I chose included the Nightfury, the Zippleback and the Scauldron. It took some work to find these designs, as I am in no way an artist and did not want to wing it.

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I was really embarrassed by my sheep, so I started this game with white balloons, sheep faces drawn on with a marker, and a little bit of water for weight. We only got one toss out of each balloon, as they popped after hitting the grass. We also used my “fish” from another game (check back tomorrow for more on that), but I finally dug out the sheep. They didn’t hold up very well, but they actually worked the best!

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My friend Jenna had as much fun as the kids playing this game!
we did have luck on our side, as it was a gorgeous day outside, but I would recommend a tossing game for any kids birthday party. There are so many ways to adapt this, it can be adjusted for almost any theme!
Party on everyone!

Snowflake Cake and Frozen Party Snacks

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This was the cake I made for Chiara’s Frozen birthday party. I do want to start off by saying I suck at smoothing icing. My mom even saw this picture and asked why I didn’t smooth it all the way. My response: I did my best. She says she’ll show me how to do it right the next time I see her. I can’t wait as she’s the one who taught me how to decorate cakes to begin with!
I started off with the 3 circular pans and a vanilla cake mix the night before. The next morning, the day of the party, I made up some of my awesome icing and got started decorating. Biggest layer on the bottom,  a layer of frosting, tinted to that beautiful color using a little of Scooby Doo Teal. Who knew that would yield a Frozen blue?!
As I stacked the layers, I kept the back of the circles flush so I would have more room to put her name. Once I reached the top, I used a toothpick to shape the snowflake design I wanted. Once I got something I was happy with, I traced it with white icing. Then I just iced her name and how old she was. Gorgeous all over, according to the birthday girl!

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The only other Frozen snack we agreed on for the party was chocolate drizzled popcorn.
I probably shouldn’t have used the extra butter popcorn we keep on hand, but it was still good regardless. I popped a bag of our popcorn, and dumped it into a bowl. Then I melted down some of the white chocolate morsels I bought for this purpose and drizzled it over the popcorn.
I drizzled it over the popcorn while it was in the bowl, but I think in the future I would lay it over a tray to ensure better coverage. It was still good regardless. Chiara would’ve sat and ate the entire bowl had I let her!
Enjoy the snackage and feel free to post pictures of your own Frozen food!