Book of Life Birthday Party

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My sweet baby girl turned five on May 3rd this year. I’m not really sure how that happened. Arthur had the nerve to turn eight only a few short weeks ago, which was celebrated in dragon training fashion, but Chiara wanted a Book of Life theme, which is all about Day of the Dead. Let the fun commence!
I’ve already talked about the games: Pin the Flower on La Muerta and Birthday Party Bull Fighting so now I’m going to talk about the overall theme.

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Her invitation featured La Muerta and, if you’re paying attention, Manolo. I found an image I liked and did a little playing around in Paint. Nothing like getting back to basics! Then I had 3x5s developed at Walmart. It’s that easy!

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The cake started out as this. I was a little amused at myself that I was going to make a sugar skull cake out of a jack-o-lantern, but maybe that’s just me.

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Once I did some outlining, it started to come together. Be kind because I have never claimed to be an artist!

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Here was my slightly lopsided La Muerta cake.

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For background color, I added an orange $.97 tablecloth to the red and black I had from Arthur’s birthday.
The kids decorated their own favors, much as they did at Arthur’s party, except instead of shields, we were decorating sugar skull masks.
We had a great time, but then again, we usually do when playing with friends!

Pool Noodle Lightsabers

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This little gem of an idea came from http://joyfuljoyful.com/isaiah-samuels-star-wars-birthday-party/ and I loved it!
I started by buying six regular pool noodles, silver duct tape and electrical tape. As you’re going to cut them in half, you need to buy half as many noodles as you need lightsabers.

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Once you have them cut in half, your creativeness moves to the forefront. You start by putting on your silver handle. Two strips of duct tape around the bottom is usually good. If they had had any red pool noodles, I probably would have done a handle in the middle to create Darth Maul’s super cool double – lightsaber, but I only had good guy colors.

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My husband actually made these while I was working on other games. He took great pride in the fact that no two were alike. Once you have the basic duct tape handle on, just go crazy.

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As you can see, there are a lot of ways to go with this. They can be as simple or as complex as you like.

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The best part of pool noodle lightsabers is that kindergarteners can beat on each other with no ill effects.

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Adults can even beat themselves on the head and it doesn’t hurt. These are definitely a great idea for a kid party!
Have fun, and may the force be with you!