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!

Feed the Dragon

If you like toss-across or cornhole, this is a great game! I got the idea for this game from a pin on Pinterest, shockingly.
I started by taking a giant piece of cardboard, we recently got a new door, so I had a monster one, and folded into a triangle. I then went ballistic with duct tape!

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The kids thought this was a tent, so we had to play for a little bit, obviously! I have a bunch of different colors of duct tape, leftover from when I made my duct tape flowers, so I used blue for the sky and green for my mutant looking grass.

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My next step started with me buying a new printer as our old one died and was never replaced. Then I discovered the joys of wireless printing from my phone, as I printed out full size pictures of the main dragons. Once they were printed, I cut them out and used packing tape to put them on my cardboard tent.

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After the dragons were attached, I cut holes, which we later had to enlarge, that the kids could throw their “fish” through. The original pin had the mouths cut out, but I couldn’t get the dragons big enough for that to work.
I went to town with my sharpie next, writing the dragons names and writing the name of the game.

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These are probably the ugliest “fish” ever used in a game, and I mean ever, but I have no sewing skills, and had no time to torture my husband into it. I took some of Arthur’s holey socks, thoroughly laundered, so don’t get grossed out, filled them with rice and tied them off. I drew little eyes on them with a sharpie to make it even worse!

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The kids were enjoying themselves, even before Tony enlarged the holes, making it possible to feed the hungry dragons. You may be able to see in the above shot, at least a little, but we did reinforce the box against the beanbags with additional pieces of cardboard acting as braces. They were held in place by our favorite accessory, duct tape!
If you decide to make and play this game, I hope you have as much fun as we did with it!
Play on everyone!

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!