Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lego Birthday Party

Just realized I forgot to post the details of my two kiddos birthday party last month.  They are both really into building things with Legos, so we decided this would be the theme of their joint birthday party.

Invite:  I designed the border and text of the front of the invite on Photoshop.  I then used scrapbook paper, circles cut from my Cricut, and foam tabs to create the green, yellow, and blue Legos on the front of the invitation with the 3D look.  This took quite a bit of time to do, but I do love how they came out.  For the back side of the invite, the kiddos and I  built the number 3 and 5 out of Lego Duplos and then had a mini photo shoot in the front yard.  I took these photos and added them to the invitation I designed using Photoshop. I downloaded the free Lego font to do the main text.

Attire:  I made this Superman Lego shirt with the help of one of my friends.  We bought a plain red shirt, and  we cut out the fabric pieces and ironed them on the shirt.   My friend sewed them along the edges to help them stay.  My son's superman did lose an eye during the party, and it didn't really hold up after the washing machine, but it sure was cute!

My mom made my daughter's super cute dress.  I made the Lego hair clips to add to the outfit.  To make these, I just bought plain silver hair clips and then used hot glue to adhere the white Lego (with the smaller red one on top) to the clip.  They were really cute!

Entry Decor:  I made a giant Lego on my front door using a red plastic tablecloth and red paper plates.  It was super easy to do.  Just used duct tape to make the plates stay (and they did).  The Lego head I made using yellow foam board.  I drew the face and then cut it out and used red and black Sharpie markers to make the face.

Inside Decor:  On the fireplace mantle, I used some brightly colored garlands.  One of my friends made these out of felt for her daughter's rainbow-themed birthday party, so I was lucky enough to just borrow them.  The giant yellow Lego I made using poster board, card stock circles I cut out, and the foam tabs to make the Lego 3D. I made several of these giant Legos in various colors to spread throughout the party.

I also made this Lego banner.

For the centerpieces, my daughter made Lego Duplo creations. She had a lot of fun with this.  I set each creation on a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper that I made to look like a Lego/Lego base.

I also built a utensil and napkin holder out of Legos.

Party Games: We ordered this super cute cake bouncer and borrowed the corn hole game from a friend. My original plan was to make the bean bags look like Legos by stitching felt circles to the top, but I ran out of time.  We also had a Lego pinata.

Menu:  I wanted to stay simple on the menu, but I also wanted to at least have some items that related to the them.  I decided first on Lego My Eggo turkey and ham sandwiches.  These were good, except that the waffles were not as crisp as I had hoped once people started eating.  My advice is toast them right before you are going to serve them.  This way they stay warm and don't have a chance to get soggy.

For the kids, we also had hot dogs - the cheap and simple staple of birthday parties!  My original thought was go have square shaped pizza with pepperoni because it can look like Legos, but we went with Plan B to save time and money.

I made these jello Legos with a silicon mold set I bought off the Amazon (also used on favors).  As you can tell in the photo, these were VERY hard to use for this particular project. The little men came out fine, but the Legos didn't work. The knobs on the Legos stuck to the mold, and it just did not work well. I ended up using the same mold I used on the candy cake pieces (discussed below), which worked better, but not great.

We also had fruit salad, chips, and veggies to round out the meal.

I had a lot of fun making the cake and cupcakes, and I love how the cake table turned out.  I used the giant poster board Legos I made as backdrop.  I also bought a Lego storage head from Target to add to the decor.  All the desserts were served on Lego mats that my kids build their Legos on all the time.

The cakes were very simple to make.  Just 9" cake rounds frosted.  I used Lego Duplos on the top because it was simple and I could customize it to each of my kids loves (firemen and princesses) very easily.  As I mentioned above, the chocolate molds did not work, so I quickly ordered a different set off Amazon to try.  These chocolate candy molds worked perfectly, and I would recommend this set if you are making chocolate Lego bricks.

The inside of the cakes were two different colors.  I put food coloring in white cake mix to make these.

I saw Lego cupcake wrappers on Amazon, but they were outrageously expensive.  I decided to make my own.  I found a Lego border on Google images and used Photoshop to make it as big as I needed it. Then, I borrowed the Cricut Lite Cupcake Wrapper cartridge from a friend to cut the scalloped wrappers. The Lego chocolates on the top are the same ones as the cake; I just cut them in half for the cupcakes.

Favor:  Honestly, I couldn't decide on what to do for favors as I had too many ideas! First, I made goodie bags.  The multicolor bags I purchased at Michaels and just added the card stock circles/foam tabs to make them 3D.  I made the tag on Photoshop...

As with all my parties, if you would like the file for this tag, I am happy to share it.

I spray painted baby food jars yellow and added these silly Lego faces with Sharpie markers. Each jar was filled with Lego candy I bought on Amazon. I bought a 3 pound bag to fill these jars about 3/4 full and had plenty.

I also made mini Lego coloring books. I found the images on Google and then made them four of them fit on piece of typing paper.  Then I just printed one on back of the other.  It took me forever to find the images and get them positioned correctly.  If you are interested in doing this for a Lego party, please email me and I will send you the file.  It will save you hours!!

I made the crayons using the Lego man mold I bought.  I bought a few boxes of cheap crayons, soaked them to get the wrappers off easily, and then broke them into 5-6 pieces to put inside the mold.  Then just put them in the oven for about 10 minutes to melt. I only needed one crayon per mold for these.  I placed them in candy wrappers bought at Michaels and made an address label as a sticker to close them up. This was much faster than tying bows!!

After the party, I took this silly photo of my kiddos to use on a Thank You card.  The border/text I did in Photoshop.

All in all, the party was a success and the kids had a great time. Can't believe my little ones are 3 and 5 already!  Thanks for reading this super long post...Please comment below.  I just love hearing your thoughts!

Friday, July 11, 2014

World Cup Party: Viva La FIFA

 I can't say that I follow the World Cup too much, but it seemed like a fun theme to have for July, so I went with it. It also seemed fairly easy, and since I was on vacation the entire week before the party, I decided "easy" sounded good.

Invitation: I modeled my invitation after a World Cup ticket I saw on the internet. The logos are everywhere, so adding those was not hard to do.

Entry Decor: I made this entry sign out of card stock and a foam board.  I found the image on Google and enlarged it to use as a template.  The letters I cut out using my Cricut. I was also planning to have a huge (4 foot) blow-up soccer ball near the door, but it had a hole in it! Bummer.

Inside Decor:  I set my table with fake grass I purchased at Home Depot. I then used white electrical tape to make the field outlines.  As you can tell in the photo, the tape didn't stick very well when trying to do the circle.  I made the flags with card stock and dowel rods.  The mini chocolate soccer balls I purchased at Party City and put them in the vases with green tissue paper.  The soccer ball plates I also purchased at Party City.

I made this banner using paper lanterns I purchased at Party City and flags made out of card stock.

I made these cake pop place cards for each guest. After dipping them in the flesh color, I then used a piping tip to do the brown hair.  The facial features I did with a toothpick.  I made the jerseys on Photoshop.  Each jersey was from the team the guest RSVP'd that they would represent, and I added the guest's last name to the back along with the date of their birthday to the front and back as their soccer number.

Just another photo of a Colombian place card.

For wine charms, I found images of soccer balls with various flags online.  Again, I tried to match up the guest's RSVP country with the glass.

Menu: I wanted my menu to reflect participating countries in the World Cup, but I didn't want the food to be so random that it didn't go well together.  My original plan was also to serve everything in cups for the World CUP, but I strayed from this as my time and ideas ran slim.  I started off guests with a Greek Salad. It was Romaine letter, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, feta, cucumber, and red pepper.

For the main meal, I asked my good friend to make traditional Colombian empanadas.  This is her mother's special (and secret) recipe, and they were AMAZING! Absolutely delicious!

As side dishes, I made Spanish Rice and black beans.  We added salsa to the beans and a little cilantro/extra spices to both for added flavor.

For dessert, I kept it simple.  I made chocolate pudding and placed a toasted Eggo waffle (cut out with a round cookie cutter) in the top.  Since Belgium is known for chocolate, and I love Belgium waffles, I figured this might be a good combo.  Yep...I was right...yum!

Favor: As a take-home gift, I bought water bottles from the Dollar Tree and added a ribbon and soccer ball to the front.

I made this tag to attach to the water bottle.

We had a great time. We'll see who takes home the World Cup title this Sunday!!

**As usual, if you would like the tag, invite, flags, etc. just send me an email, and I would be happy to share.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Spa-aaah Party

After booking a couple massage therapists to come to our school for Teacher Appreciation Week, I got the idea of having a Spa theme as my monthly dinner.  This school year has been a stressful one for me, and with all of the end of the year activities and banquets, I am still super busy.  I wanted just one night to relax (after all the planning and prep of course), so I decided on a Spa-aaah party.

Invite: My original plan was to scrapbook masks with the party details on the back, but since I was short on time, I created this mask-inspired invite on PhotoShop instead.

Entry Decor:  I wanted to keep the relaxing mood throughout the decor, so I stayed simple on the entry.  I made the entry sign on foam board and cut the letters on my Cricut machine.  The rocks I bought at the Dollar Tree (it took me a little less than 2 bags to do this).  I simply glued the rocks on with hot glue.  

Table Decor:  I used a light green tablecloth and placed the $5 Target mirror from my bedroom along the center of the table.  Then I added more Dollar Tree rocks and white candles on top of the mirror.  Simple, but it really set the mood.

Here's another photo of the entire table...

As place cards, I made these super easy figures of each of my guests.  I found a photo of a girl with a spa towel on her head and a different girl with arms.  Then I just used PhotoShop to combine them and add in my guest's face.  The robe is made using 4 makeup remover cotton rounds and two emery boards.

Besides wine, I served water with cucumber slices.  I also used lemon and cucumber slices as wine charms.  I have two of each etched design, so this was all I needed to distinguish them.

Relaxation:  One thing I splurged on for this party was hiring a massage therapist from Massage Envy to come.  She gave 10 minute chair massages to each guest, and they were amazing!!  All the girls are already asking to repeat this at every monthly dinner!

Another relaxation station was facial masks. I was originally planning to make my own masks (there are plenty of recipes on the internet), but I thought it would be more cost effective and less waste to just purchase Freeman masks. I did set out cold cucumbers for guests to place on their eyelids.  Tip:  They work best if they are super cold, so I recommend putting them over ice.

We also did foot soaks.  I bought the white bins and towels for each guest at Dollar Tree.  The rose petals I pulled from my garden.  I set out Epson salts for guests to spoon into each bath.

The jars of Eucalyptus sugar scrub were the favor for guests to take home at the end of the evening. It was very simple to make. I used a recipe found on Pinterest. The jars I bought at Michaels.

Menu:  My favorite part of the menu was the Avocado Face Mask appetizer.  It was not only so cute and fun, but it was also delicious!!  Here is the recipe I used:

2 (8 ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1-2 tablespoons taco seasoning
(season it to your taste)
1 fresh mozzarella cheese roll
1/2 cup guacamole
2 slices cucumber
1 roasted red pepper
In a bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese and taco seasoning. Stir well to combine.  Mold the mixture into the shape of a face. (I did this freehand, but the recipe I had said they purchased a face mask from Michaels.)  Slice the mozzarella cheese roll and lay it along the forehead to create the towel.  Spread guacamole over the face. Try to spread the guacamole in an oval over the face, leaving some of the pale orange cheese ball showing.  Cut cucumber and place on the eyes.  Cut lips out of roasted red pepper and place on face.  Serve with crackers.

Whenever I go to a spa I also crave a sandwich and salad, so that's what I decided to serve as my main course.  The salad was a BBQ Ranch Spa-licious Salad which included corn, black beans, tomato, avocado, cheese, and tortilla strips.

The sandwich was a Caprese sandwich served on focaccia bread. It was a grilled chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, and tomato with a pesto spread. Yum!

For dessert, I made a mud pie.  I designed a spa mask on top and called it a Mud Mask Pie.

Favor:  I made the sugar scrub as the favor, but I also made these cute spa "treat"ments for guests to take home.  The polish bottles are marshmallows rolled in melted candy chocolate with a tootsie roll on top.  I used a cut toothpick to hold them in place.  The files are just wafer cookies.

As usual, if you would like any of the templates for this party, just comment on this post.  I would be happy to email them to you!