Monday, October 31, 2011

Boo!

Happy Halloween!

I spent some time over the weekend making those cardboard signs I talked about in this post.  I had a little helper, it was a fun project and he was super excited to help mommy.  I just cut up some boxes and used acrylic paint.  I taped stakes to the back and voila!



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spooktacular Party

It is almost Halloween Weekend, are you ready for your party?  I have always loved this holiday.  It's my dad's birthday so we have always really celebrated - I loved my dad taking my brother and I trick or treating every year.  I've put together a few Halloween party ideas for you if you need some last minute help.  These ideas can be used for any age group.

You should start by dressing your front entrance.  Make an impression as soon as guests arrive.  Wrap white lights around your pumpkins, stack them up or line your walkway.  You could also use tiki torches and scarecrows!

For the food table - Consider Cake Pops, dressed up marshmallows, brownies in bat shapes, old candle sticks and a banner that says Boo!  Frozen Banana Pops from Skinnytaste.com are a great kid friendly food.  Definitely make custom labels to replace generic orange soda and root beer.    I especially like Toxic Elixer!  For decor: String candy corn using fishing line on your mantle or around your chandelier.  Other homemade and very easy things to do: 1-cut up an old diapers box, paint it and stick it in your yard. BEWARE! 2-hang a large bed sheet from some tree branches and paint a ghost, scarecrow and witch.  Punch holes in the face and hand - Great photo 'booth' at your party!

and a fun game to play with people of all ages -
Dress the Mummy:
  1. Divide the kids into teams of two and give each pair a roll of white crepe paper or toilet paper. Instruct one member of each team to race to wrap his partner, mummy-style, at the sound of the music (play something devilish, such as "The Monster Mash"). Kids must use up the whole roll, avoiding the head and wrapping arms separately from the torso.
  2. Once wrapped, the mummy hops to a finish line, holding his arms to his sides and trying not to break any of the wrapping.
  3. and a nice favor for everyone to take home - how about some yummy caramel apples from Gertrude Hawk Chocolates.
    Hope your party is a huge success!
    thanks to www.hostessblog.com, www.womensdaymag.com

Friday, October 21, 2011

Rock Star Party

So my little man turned 3 and we threw him a rock star party!  Enjoy some of the pictures of the party.  We had about 8 preschoolers there and 6 toddlers.  When the kids arrived they received a special back stage pass (we just printed and laminated at home) with a lanyard and were invited in for some play time and to check out the coloring station.  Then we had a little concert outside on a 'stage'  We got about 10 minutes of participation from the kids playing their guitars. It was so cute.  Just like any rock star I wanted to have his favorite foods available.  Everyone enjoyed a macaroni and cheese bar with a yummy dessert station.  I hear my cake pops are becoming famous.  :) wink
All kids left with a swag bag (full of personalized guitar pics, rockin ducks, glow braclets and rock candy), a blow up guitar and a clapper!  Items found at   Island Novelty and Oriental Trading.

Invitation was a printable I found on etsy at Stylishcelebrations




 






clappers and blow up guitars for all the rock stars in attendance



I made his birthday cake by using a guitar kit by Duff sold at michaels Stores.

My little rock star woke up to a room full of balloons and the front door decorated in the theme of his party.  He did a great job of blowing out his candle, eating cake, playing with his friends and loving his 'real' guitar.  He truly ROCKED it!