Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hostess Cake

I didnt quite know what to make my Love for his birthday. I usually just make his simple cakes but this year I decided to do a hostess cake. It even had a cream filling. Here's how it turned out.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pirate Birthday Party

Big Guy is really into pirates. So he of course wanted a Pirate Birthday Party. I couldnt wait.
Before this party there was a alot of prep that went on. I really love the way everything turned out.
Here were the invitations for the party. I printed them up on our computer and then burnt the edges. I almost burnt our house down in the process but they did come out cute. And I was next to a fire extinguisher just in case you're wondering.

The invitations opened up.

I decorated the front lawn with a little play structure we have and did my best to make it look like a "pirate ship." Hey I did my best. Close enough right? I made a few pirate flags and hung one on a stick for the pirate ship. I also these signs out of poster board and stuck them in the lawn.

And isn't this big blow up pirate great! I found him at a garage sale about a month ago for $1! Perfect I thought.

I'm not into the skull and bones thing but it was a pirate party so had to have them. I tried to make them look a little on the nicer side.

When the kids entered the house they saw this table which supplied them with everything they needed in order to become a pirate. I got such great deals on all this stuff. With my big guy having a birthday around Halloween there was a big Halloween sale at the fabric store. I made each child a sash, an eye patch and bandanna. The kids loved this part.

The present area.

The pirate birthday banner.

Big Guy asked for a Pirate Ship Cake. Here was my version. This cake was probably one of the easiest ones I've done. And fast! That was the best part.

For the food I tried to make everything Pirate themed. I know it doesn't look like it but if you look closer everything had a little sign to go with it. For instance the jello with mangerin oranges had a sign that said "Ocean with sunken treasures" or "X marks the spot" for the "X" bread sticks. Instead of ants on log for the celery and peanut butter it was "pirates on a ship."

As far as the games we play "Pass the Skull." It was kind of like the pirate version of hot potatoe except I bought a Halloween Skull at the dollar store.

We also played Pin the Flag on the Treasure. By far the best game we played was TREASURE HUNT! I was so looking forward to this part. My hubby came up with the clues for the treasure hunt and I typed them up and then wrapped them like the invitations.

The whole idea of the treasure hunt was to find the MAP that would lead them to where the treasure was hidden. My hubby read the initial clue in his best piratey voice and then my girl read the rest of the clues to the kids when they found them. They were so fun. The first clue led them to the kitchen. Where they were told in a rhyme that the clue was hidden under a seat where we eat.

The clues led them all around the house and outside the house. Clue #5 led them to the pirate ship where the map was taped underneath.
Here was the treasure map that showed them where the treasure chest was.

We fortunately have a secret hideout on the side of our house which was so perfect for the hidden treasure.
I looked all over town and to buy a treasure chest was going to cost alot so this was the next best thing. Its a Styrofoam ice chest for $2. With just a little work I thought I could give it a little makeover to look like a treasure chest. So I painted it with some left over paint we had and once again headed over to the sale at the fabric store for some leather which I cut and glued to the "chest." I then painted little dots on the straps to look like studs.

I lined the inside with velvet and whoa-la! A Treasure Chest.

I made each pirate a booty bag with some treats and then filled the treasure chest with them.

The kids went crazy when they opened the treasure chest. Lets just say they didn't really care about all my hard work and just decided to rip the thing opened like a pinata.
At the end of the party the kids got to take home their booty bags which had a few piratey things in them and they also got these favors that I made with photoshop. I bought some Hershey candy bars that were also ON SALE!!! I wrapped them with gold wrapping paper to make them look like bars of gold.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pinkalicious Birthday Party

It all started with this book. Pinkalicious! This is one of Bear's favorite books. Its actually really cute and little girls love it. This year for her birthday she wanted to have a tea party but wanted it to be a "Pinkalicious Tea Party." So the planning began...

 For those of you who don't know Pinkalicious is all about a little girl that eats pink cupcakes and turns pink. Having said that the most important thing  Bear wanted was PINK PINK PINK. I think I might have taken this a little too literal. Read on and you will find out.The invitation to the Pinkalicious Party. Of course PINK.

The tea party was outside in the backyard. I made a PINK Banner for her with her name on it. She loved it!
The birthday girl chair. We actually use this chair cover every year for her birthday. It worked out this year that it was PINK and had PINK cupcakes on it. Perfect!
The table scape.

With a little fabric and heat-n-bond I made this table runner. My daughter liked it too. The cupcakes looked way cuter in person.
The place setting. I did these flower napkins for for my friends bridal shower and my daughter wanted me to do them for her too. Every little girl had a special place setting with her name on it.

The PINK flowers.
Now for the Pinkalicious Party food. This is where I went a little overboard but I thought it worked out spectacular. I know some of you may think I went a little crazy but hey it was a Pinkalicious Party.
Pink Rice
Pink Popcorn
PINK Strawberry Cream Cheese and Jelly sandwiches.
PINK hummus with pita slices. The hummus was beets and white beans. So yummy. I might have to make this again. This was probably the only healthy food at the party
PINK fruit dip. Made pink with jello powder. No I didn't use food coloring for everything.
PINK Pasta. Okay yes I did use a little food coloring for this.
PINK deviled eggs. I soaked the cooked egg whites in beet juice. Another somewhat healthy food.
Even the tea was PINK. I made PINK chia tea.
The Pinkalicious cake.
Me and my girl in our PINK dresses. I just wore this dress in a wedding and my daughter wanted me to wear it to her party but she also asked me to make her a twin dress. This I have to admit was a little embarrassing when parents came and dropped off their kids. But it was my daughter's idea and I went along with it. At least I got a second use out of this dress.
I'm not one of those moms that likes to do games at parties. If the kids want me too I'll do it but since my daughter doesn't really like them it works out great! We usually end up doing a craft at her parties. This year we made Shrink-dink tea pot magnets. This was a big hit with the Pinkalicious girls.Loriella blowing out her candles. I love that Luke is trying to help her out in the backround.

Instead of party bags I decided to do favors this year. I rolled up PINK paper into these cones. They were filled with PINK marshmallows that I had dipped in chocolate and then pink sprinkles to look like the cupcakes from the Pinkalicious book. I also tied a little PINK tea bag on the side of it.

I think this was probably one of my favorite parties that I have done for my daughter. It was so girly and perfect for her.

Total cost of this party was $113

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bordem Chart

A week into summer when my son announced in these exact words,

I knew it was going to be a long summer. I didn't have the slightest idea of what I was going to do for them the all summer long. I didn't want them watching TV all day and you can only go to the park so many times. I wanted to make everyday a little fun.
The solution to my problem.....
I made this little ice cream calender for them. I saw this idea somewhere online and loved it. In every cone pocket there is a little something special that we are doing on that day. Sometimes its simple. Sometimes its not so simple. It could be anything from a craft to a field trip to an experiment to cooking etc..... They get so excited everyday to see what we are doing. I love it.
Some of the fun so far has included making their own batch of Kool-aid playdough. We also have made Birdseed Cookies. The list really could go on and on. Lets hope this keeps them busy!
We have done so much. I love this thing. Its been funny how the kids don't let me forget about the our daily ice cream cone adventure.

"I'm officially bored"

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Bridal Shower Brunch

My really good friend is getting married in a couple of weeks. I cant believe the day is almost here. Being the Matron of Honor of course I needed to throw her a bridal shower and for her, I wanted to make it fabulous! I decided to do a Bridal Shower Brunch.
I wanted to share it with you all not to toot my own horn but it really did turn out so nice and cute. I was really impressed with myself. Okay yea.....its to toot my own horn. LOL

The past few days the weather man has been teasing me saying it was going to rain. I didn't have a plan B and we were eating outside. Luckily God was on my side and the weather was beautiful. Perfect!

Here was out outside view

The table scape.Table setting.

I didn't have enough hanging lanterns so I got this idea from the Martha Stewart's website and made these pom poms for the center of the tents.
The favors. These were part of the table scape but the guest also got to take them home as favors. I saw this idea one time at a dentist office of all places and decided to make them. They are pens covered in floral tape and put in a pot of black beans (dirt). I also made little favor tags that said "Christi's Bridal Shower."
I made the cake to be a bride. I really liked the way it turned out. I know I know the bride is blonde but that didn't even cross my mind when I bought her. Oh well. She's still a bride right?
There was a lot of yummy food at the brunch. Everyone loved scarfing it down.
I made this banner for Christi and Barry. I liked the way it turned out too.
Yummy food. Notice the juices even had the color scheme going on. Can you tell Christi's wedding colors are pink and orange.We played fun games at the shower. Including Bridal Bingo and The Newlywed Game. For the Newlywed game I video taped and interviewed Barry. The questions were all about Christi. It was definitely the favorite game.
All and all it was good times. I am so blessed to have a friend like Christi and seeing her as happy as she is makes me so excited for her. I such a blast doing this party but most importantly I wanted to make this special for her and I'm glad it was. She deserves it!