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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Every Baby Loves Milk
Milkaholic Baby Shower

The centerpieces - also part of the desserts

Dessert Table

Milk Candies
 (There were little baggies for guests to take some home as a party favor.)

Moo Cakes

A little Milk Magic

The inside of the cake was also milk themed: Cookies and Cream!

So easy. So affordable. 
Hanging tissue pom poms are a great way to add height to your decorations.

Making Frappuccino Bottles into Milk Bottle Decorations

It's hard to believe that you could ever improve on a Starbucks Frappuccino, but I've found a way to make these jars even better! First step is to empty (enjoy) the contents.

Next peel off the labe - soak them in water if they're being stubborn. There will be a film of sticky glue left behind, I used Goo Gone to remove this. (Painters Goo Gone only smeared it and soaking in soapy water did nothing.) Next wash the bottles thoroughly inside and out and dry.

When they are completely dry get your oil-based paint.

Pour some in one of the jars.

Pour the paint out and rotate it while you poor.

Keep rotating it until all the paint is poured out and the jar is coated.

Wipe off the lip if needed.

When they're all done Goo Gone Painter's Pal will easily clean up any little spills and splatters. 
This magic spray will also remove the numbers and letters printed on the glass bottles.

Let the jars dry completely. In the mean time spray paint the lids. 
Put the lids back and you have a cute milk jar decoration.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DIY: Mini Cake Stand 

The Supplies you'll need.  
(Usually you can find the glass pieces at the Dollar Store; my store was out 
so I had to spend a little more elsewhere.)

Run a very thin line of glass glue around the top of your taper candle holder.
Carefully center the candle plate above the taper candle holder and press down.

If you're looking for a clear cake stand you're done!

I wasn't thrilled with how the line of glue was visible from the top and wanted white
to go with my party theme so I used spray paint to coat it. 

Viola! A cute mini cake stand.  

Note: I'm not going to put food directly on this stand. If you wish to, you'll need to ensure 
you've used non-toxic paint. This would be fine to put cupcakes on (they have wrappers) or lay a paper doily on it for cookies or other treats.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sidewalk Paint
Fun and Affordable Summer Fun

Something new and different that got them away from the screens (computer and television).
So easy and inexpensive. I got the old muffin tin at Goodwill for $2. Then in each cup we mixed 1 Tbs. Cornstarch with 2 Tbs. Water and several drops of food coloring. (The neon food color worked great.)
This can also be a great time to teach about mixing colors.

My kids were entertained by this for at least an hour. 
They were almost equally entertained washing it off the next day with a watering can. Rain would do the job too, but we wanted a fresh canvas to do it again.

Ponyo Party

Ponyo, Ponyo, Little Fishy by the Sea
My daughter loved the movie Ponyo when she was five.
 So for her sixth birthday we threw her a Ponyo Party.

While most of the ideas in this post are affordable, they were also pretty time consuming. If you're going to attempt it be sure to have some nice comfortable and sharp scissors handy.

The Invitations
Each invitation had a small pocket glued on the back that held Ponyo

 Lift her out of the bucket and there is the party info
Here's where your scissors first come in handy. Each piece of this was cut out by hand.


Yeah, that's a live gold fish for a centrepiece. I know, my husband thought it was a little over the top too.
In my defence this is one of the cheapest party decorations I ever made. We already had the globe shaped vases (they were only $1 at the DS) and you can get small goldfish for less than $.30. 
We only needed two centrepieces so we kept our new pets, but if you were to use more they could be used as prizes towards the end of the party - just warn parents before their child is sent home with a 
live party favor!

 Party Menu
There is really no sushi in the movie, but it is set in Japan and we love sushi so we made lots of big platters in various flavors.  It was a great option for the adults at the party and a few of the kids liked it too. We didn't have any left when the party was over!

You've got to watch to movie to understand these menu items, but the kids LOVED it! We separated the Ramen noodles from the broth so it wouldn't get soggy and had three Ponyo toppings to add in.

Ponyo loves Ham, but since we're vegetarian we used Wham.  
Kids gobbled up these simple sandwiches too. Just ham, cheese, and lettuce.

I didn't know if our cake would be enough so I made some simple cupcakes and stuck a chocolate sea shell on top to go along with the ocean-water aspect. I made the shells with a Wilton mold and swirled chocolate and vanilla almond bark. You can also buy chocolate seashells. It would cost more, but they taste way better and would save time.

 The Cake
This is actually cake attempt number two.
 I initially wanted Ponyo peaking out of her green bucket, but somewhere late in the night realized it was not working (the bucket wouldn't stand and rice krispy Ponyo was looking a little deformed). 
So I quickly made a simple 2 layer round cake, covered it in blue fondant and made a relief style fondant Ponyo. This wasn't too hard because I already had the pattern from making the invitations. 
All around the bottom I put more chocolate shells, green taffy sea weed, and candy rocks.

The Favors
Again with the scissors - I made each child a little Ponyo puppet. I cheated and used hot glue instead of sewing them. Then we tucked them in a green bucket with blue shredded paper (to represent the water and be a filler so Ponyo would be peaking out). We added a few other doo-dads and lined them up for guests.

 Our Ponyo

First we set up slip and slides and sprinklers in our backyard and let the kids go wild.
This picture shows the benefit of basing a party around a movie. It can be a good way to let kids wind down after all the sweets and excitement.

I consider a party a success if it gets kids to nap afterward :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cowgirl Birthday

A Cowgirl's Birthday

For this little buckaroo's birthday we chose the colors brown and pink and bought several sheets of scrapbook paper along those lines.

The Decorations

The table decorations were just a sheet of scrapbook paper with 1 to 3 cowgirl boot vases and a few tulips.
(These vases are quite affordable at

I used my "B is for Boy" Cricut cartridge to make these cute little horses. 
We made it girly by just using some of our floral paper.

The Cake
and other treats

Fondant cowgirl boots and hats with a toy horse on top for the Birthday Girl to keep.

We fancied up some simple goodies by pocking them on skewers and displaying them in a vase.
Not pictured were, of course, some delicious cowgirl cookies.

The Outlaw

My son loves the show 
Go, Diego, Go!
so it was easy to come up with the theme for his third birthday.
Most of these ideas could also be used for a Jungle theme party.

 These centerpieces were made with dishes from our local dollar store with squares of florist's foam covered in green tinsel (also from our DS). I made the signs on the computer and added stickers of Diego.
They also doubled as a game. We hid small toy snakes, frogs, and lizards in the "grass." When the time came we told the kids where to look and let them keep what they found.

The Snacks

 We stuck with our Jungley theme right down to the snacks. I purchased decorative boxes at the DS and covered them in scrapbook paper to match the rest of the party.

The Cake

Jungle Cake with "Baby Jaguar" on top

This was the other game we played. It also used decorations. From our computer I printed out "Click the Camera" cards with animal tracks in the lens. Then I printed several more tracks to tape around the party. I used my Cricut to create the animals, but you could easy find pictures on the internet too.

The kids drew a click the camera card then matched it to the tracks on the 
wall and followed it to the animal that left the prints. 

I really liked this game because the kids weren't into it beforehand; the
 leaves hiding the animals just looked like decorations.

Party Favors

These were the favors. "Rescue Packs" purchased at, you guessed it, the DS!
 I used craft foam sheets and permanent markers to make the features and hot glue to attach them.