Thursday, August 1, 2013


Monster High Party!

My little sister's birthday was all about Monster High! She had no idea what her mom and I had planned for the party - we did everything while she was in school and because I did a lot of the work, she never saw anything until the day of her party!!  It was fun trying to create this party all in secret! Even my daughter didn't realize that it was for Mia's birthday party!
First we started with the invitations! Mia loves Draculaura so we decided to go with that!  I have a great program that I bought for my digital scrapbooking - it's from Creative Memories and has made such a difference in all of my photo's and how I can edit them!  
After the images were all printed and the skulls were cut out, I took the ribbon and taped it in the center of the card, wrapped it around the whole card and had it trail out the bottom of the invitation.  After that I glued the card on top of the ribbon making sure to leave the bottom of the card free of glue so that the skull portion would still pull down!  Once everything was done I tucked the skull up inside the card and the invitations were all finished!

For the goody bags we thought it would be cute to give all of the little girls their very own purses! So after doing a quick google search, I found a pattern for cutting out your own paper purses!  I drew up my own pattern and then was able to put together these great purses! Everything is made from Bristol board except for the skulls - those were made with foam, and I stuck Velcro dots on the backs so that the girls could close their purses!

I even made these little Monster High tags to hang off the sides of the purses - we used a silver pen to write each girls name on their goody bag!

The boys couldn't very well be going home with pink purses but we wanted to keep with the same theme, so we went with the Monster High skull, changed the position of the bow as well as the colour! Huge hit with the boys!  These bags were made out of the same foam as the Super Mario goody bags that I made for my daughters party!

This party was a pool party but we still wanted to have some fun activities for the kids to do in between swimming!  So I thought it would be a lot of fun for the kids if they could pretend to be the Monster High characters! I used foam core and painted the images of four of the characters onto the boards.  In all honesty I was not impressed with how they turned out - don't get me wrong, I love how they looked and the kids had a blast playing with them, but I found that the paint caused the paper on the foam core to peel away from the boards! It was frustrating, but at least I have ideas for the next time now! I plan on trying something a little different next time I make these for a party!

Clawdeen Wolf
Even the boys had fun with these!!!

The girls had a sleepover at my house the night before the party - so I got them both ready to go! The night before I dyed their hair (you really can't see it in the brown hair unless you catch her under certain light :( - but the blonde turned out great!) How did I dye their hair!? Well that would be with bingo dabbers from the $1 store!!  All you do is put on some gloves, then take a section of hair, place a paper towel in between the hair and your glove and dab/grad that bingo dabber through the hair! Colour looks great in the blonde hair - and it washes out within a day or so! The colour comes out very easily and even washes out of pillow cases (my daughter had a fever one night while she had the dye in her hair and sweat all over her pillow case - stuck it in the washer the next day and it came out clean! I was so happy!!)
The girls had lots of makeup on too for the party and I was even able to paint little fangs on their lips!! lol!! Ohhhhh, so scary right!
Now for the cake!!  We thought we would go with something a little different this year - so we bought push pops from Micheals (don't forget your coupons!) - these little treats are a lot of fun and the kids love them! Perfect portion sizes for the little munchkins! And they are re-useable - just make sure everyone knows not to throw them out! 
The push pops were perfect, I was able to incorporate all of the main characters into the cake with these! And the kids all got to take home their characters! The cake was an 8" cake to feed the grown ups and the rest was Styrofoam! You don't always need a ton of cake to get a big effect!

The Monsters are print outs that have been glued onto foam core and then cut out!  I then just added a little hot glue and attached them to their colour coded cake pops! The kids LOVED them and they actually ate all of their cake!
Draculaura is a piece of foam core that was covered in fondant and then painted with food colouring! The birthday girl kept this topper!
I also made cookies for the party! High heel shoes, skulls, Frankie hearts, and Draculaura lips! The kids loved them - one of the little boys came up to me and said "these are the best cookies that I have ever had" - LOVE that little boy! He made my day!
This is how we put everything together on the food table! I used a great technique that I found on pinterest for the table cloth! We draped the table with the black table cloth (you can find black at Walmart!) and then took two sided tape to run around the table.  The I took the purple table cloth and started to loosely pleat the cloth around sticking it to the tape!  It worked perfectly and I am in love with this technique!  So much nicer then just a flat table cloth, and so easy to do! 
The goody bags were used in the decoration of the table and I also took a couple of table cloths and used them to decorate the window behind the table! The purple ball in the middle of the window is actually from my daughters princess party a few years ago.... it was a little mushed, but once we hung it up and fluffed it up - it didn't look too bad! These balls were made with the help of a you tube video - tissue paper balls - you can also buy them in the stores - but they are so easy to make!

 Overall the party was a hit and the birthday girl loved everything! Happy birthday Mia Bean!

Monday, April 8, 2013

My daughter's Super Mario Birthday Party!

My daughter is all about her video games these days - she is so good at them that when she plays with her dad she tells him where to find secret passages etc!! LOL!! And my husband is a gamer too - so you can imagine how funny I find this :)  It's cute though - they have their "thing" and enjoy playing together.  When it comes to the birthday party though? That is all mommy!
This year she wanted to have a Super Mario birthday bash!  So I spent a good amount of time on my favourite site - Pinterest! What a place to go to when you need ideas for ANYTHING!!! I love it!  I had so many wonderful ideas from that site and even came up with a few all by myself!
Being the Cake Momma - the cake was pretty important for this event, so I sat down with my daughter to find out what she wanted this year. I have learned from other children that when you surprise them with a cake and "think" that you have included all of the important elements in the cake based on the theme that you were given, sometimes you can really miss something that was important! Kids are so honest! LOL!! 
So I sat my daughter down and asked her what she wanted her cake to include. She said she wanted to have :Princess Peach, Super Mario, Luigi, Toad, Blue Yoshi, Bowser, The girl Koopa, Goombas, the castle and the "Bee-Bop-Po-Doodles" - that is what she calls those piranha flowers! Is that all? LOL!
I like to think that I nailed it and even brought in some other fun elements that I thought would enhance the overall cake!

There were so many elements to this cake - it was hard to get everything into one picture AND show the detail that went into everything! So I took a few photos of my creation!
This part of the cake was all Styrofoam! What can I say? I like to go big with my cakes, but when you make cakes all the time? You do not want to eat them! LOL!!  So I was able to make this portion ahead of time and just add the details when I put the real cake together! I love the candles!
THIS is the actual cake that everyone enjoyed!  And the kids all put in requests to eat the fondant characters as well as the Rice Krispie flowers!
The center of this castle is made from Rice Krispies and the peaks of the towers are ice cream cones, but aside from the fondant characters everything else on this upper piece of the cake is not edible.  Overall I am VERY proud of myself and this creation! I put a lot of work into it and it was so worth it! My daughter was in love with her cake and was telling me all week that I am the best mommy in the world! That makes it all worth it!
The cake aside, I made MANY other fun goodies for this party!
I actually made Super Why cookies like this for my son's last birthday party - but did I take a photo of them? Nope :( Oh well, I was sure to take MANY photo's at this party so that I could remember all the hard work I put into making this day special for my girl!  I got the sugar cookie recipe from and they were amazing! I had to hide them from myself! Those chocolate cookies? They are pure evil! SO delicious!!!
Who doesn't love a good cake pop?  EVERYONE loves cake pops it seems! Unfortunately I won't make them for anyone other then my little ones anymore - they take way too long to make and while they are adorable, I just don't have the patience for them anymore!  I figure if I only make them a few times a year for my kids functions, that is more then enough for me!  I do enjoy finding fun ways to display them though! In this case I went with foam core from the good old dollar store! Take your hot glue gun and glue the foam core strips to your Styrofoam, paint and it's all done! Cheap to put together and the presentation is perfect!
It is amazing the things you can do with foam core! I printed out these photos of some Super Mario characters I found on line at Costco, glued them to my $1 foam core and used an exacto knife to cut them out! Then take your scrap pieces of foam core and create a support at the back - attach using hot glue! Simple, cheap and easy for your table decorations!
I found this design on google and loved it! It was time consuming to make, but so much fun when it was all done! I just cut out all the pieces of the Mario man (yes I know he has a mullet) and then attached them to the card using small foam sticker squares that I found at the $1 store!

And now my Mario (mullet) man is 3D!
For the inside of the card I took an image of Princess Peach world and added my own words to it using the Storybook software from Creative Memories (This is the software I use for my digital scrapbooking as well as editing most of my photos!)
I don't know about you but at my last party I had about 10-15 bottles of water that only had 2-3 sips taken from them! What a waste!!  So as a solution I printed out these images on paper and cut them into strips that I taped onto the water bottles! I left out a cup of washable markers (I do not trust the kids with anything else at this age) and everyone wrote their names on the waters!  A lot less waste this year!
I did the same thing for the little ones!  I remember the last party I went to - two boys fighting and crying because "He is drinking my drink!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!" LOL!!! So I decided to not only put their names on the drinks - but also a different image for each child! This way the children who cannot yet identify their own name could still recognize which drink was theirs! Worked like a charm!
My baby's!! I love making fun goody bags for my kids party's! I made princess tutu bags for my daughters princess party last year, tool box's for my son's birthday party and now I have discovered foam!! You can make anything from foam! LOVE FOAM!!! I will be using this for all of my kids party bags from now on (unless I find something else that is really cool! LOL!)  I drew out all the characters that I wanted to make into bags and attached all of the pieces with hot glue! The kids were asking for their goody bags about 10 minutes after they arrived!!! Awesome!
And inside each bag were Mario stickers, a cake pop, a special Mario cookie, Mario candy (you can find tons of this at the dollar store), gold coins (found at both the dollar store and the bulk barn) and also a fun bag of "dress up Mario"!
When I was checking out pinterest for Mario party ideas - I came across a photo called "Dress up Mario" I thought to myself, how much fun would that be?! My daughter loves those paper cut outs and dressing them in different clothes! So I busted out the white cardstock and printed these out! Sure it took me forever to cut them out and bag them all (especially since I have to make 20 of these - yes that's right, I had 20 children at this party! Can we say crazy?! Actually it isn't as bad as you would think - a lot of the parents stay as they are friends of ours)
I decided that I should have games this year as the kids are starting the get older! Good old Pinterest to the rescue!  The Yoshi egg smash game? Amazing! I even found a video on how one lady made her eggs! So helpful!  Bowser I painted on two sheets of Dollar store foam core - and the kids were amazed that I let them throw eggs with the intent to break them! LOL! One mom looked horrified when I started to put a plastic sheet out under the game! "Oh my god, are those raw eggs you are going to let them throw?!" LOL!!  Ummmmm, no, not so much ;)  This game was a HUGE hit!!!
We also played pin the mustache on Mario ;) Simple, but lots of fun for the kids!
I was at the library for Halloween last year and this was one of the crafts that they had for the kids! How great! Print out some faces of your characters (isn't google great) - cut them out as well as the eyes, attach two strips cut from Bristol board and let the kids colour them!  Then staple the masks together and the kids can pretend to be someone else!
It was a great party and everyone had a good time! Both kids and adults! LOL!!  Thank you to everyone who came - it wouldn't have been a party without you!