A Plethera of Parties!

Jeri over at Got 2 Have Faith put together one post that featured a few of the parties she has thrown for her kids. There are lots of fun ideas to see so enjoy the parties!
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Below are just some of the parties that I have planned for my little girls. I hope that it will led to inspiration for your next party.

Ni Hao! Kai-Lan
for under $60

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Almost everything on this table is handmade. www.nickjr.com saved me this year. On their website you can find all of these printables and more for any of their Nick characters (i.e. Dora, Diego, Backyardigans).

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My very happy 3rd year old possing in front of her Kai-Lan theme party table! So, let’s start with the cupcakes. The cupcakes are semi-homemade using box mix and tub icing. I topped each with a fortune cookie (found at Walmart, 12 for $2.99). (Cake, icing and cupcake liners at Target for $5.20 total.) The sprinkles I had on hand. Hint: double wrap the cupcakes with 2 different colors to make more festive.

Parker Birthday 2009 002The invitations: from www.nickjr.com

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Decorations: These cute lanterns are printables from www.nickjr.com. I run them out on my inkjet, cut and assembled. They are really cute but time consuming. I only had the energy to make 3 total. Instead of expensive photopaper, I just used a white cardstock and used the economy print setting to save ink. This worked just fine. (Cost: $0, since I had the ink and paper on hand.)

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The  small blue lanterns (above) are made from toilet paper rolls that I collected for over a month. I covered each with a blue cardstock (from our craft box stash), added the red strip from the streamer roll, punched 2 holes and hung them with string (also from our craft box). (Cost: $1 for 2 rolls of steamers at Dollar Tree, which will be used again in the party.)

Parker Birthday 2009 025The cute printable “fortune tellers” (below) are from www.nickjr.com. Also I printed the “Say it Two Ways” card from the same website (left).

Parker Birthday 2009 033And, the Kai-Lan fans were printables along with the cup art. The cup art is actually a juice box planter printable but I printed it out from my inkjet, used markers to color in, then cut out and taped to the front of the cups. I also run out and cut out the straw toppers.

Parker Birthday 2009 046Panda Oragami. Found on, you guessed it, nickjr.com. The google eyes were $1 at Joann’s and the template I printed out. The older kids like doing this craft. They thought it was neat since they had never experienced paper folding before. The little kids need adult help.

Parker Birthday 2009 028Party Favors: I used more saved toliet paper rolls. Cover the roll with light blue tissue paper, secured 1 end with 1/2 of a pipe cleaner, fill with small candy (Kisses, candy corn & Reese’s), then secure the open end with the other half of the pipe cleaner. I finished it off with a red band of streamer. (Cost: tissue paper I had on hand. Pipe cleaner $1 at Dollar Tree, candy $1 for candy corn. I had Kisses & Reese’s in the pantry.)

Food: Koolaid ($ .52), frozen pizzas ($15.33 at Target), Mandrain Oranges (2 cans for $1.78), mixed veggies (brocolli, cauliflower & carrots $6.27), veggie dip ($3.79), chips ($3), ice cream cups (12 for $2.99).

Misc: Pocci chocolate sticks ($4.99), chopsticks (10 pack for $1.07 at Walmart), table clothes (2 for $2 at Dollar Tree), also from Dollar Tree I bought all the plates, cake plates, forks, cups and napkins for $1 each (total of $5). So, if you’re keeping track that was a GRAND TOTAL OF $59.93!

Advice:

  • Make a “wish list” of what you would like to have at the party then find ways to do it cheaper.
  • Check your local Dollar Tree or Dollar Store for unusual items. You would be suprised what these stores have.
  • Shop on Clearance. I bought Parker’s birthday presents, a Kai-Lan lunch box for $2.50 and a Hello Kitty Tent, for just $4.98 on clearance!
  • When making decorations be sure to allow plenty of time to cut out and make. I started in September making everything for this party.
  • Search the web for printables. This saved me big time!
  • Search around your house to see what you might have on hand already. My theme colors came from the tissue paper and colored cardstock that I had on hand.

Punk Princess.

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This party was for my daughter’s 7th birthday. I designed the skull and cross bones in Adobe Illustrator and had the cake shop make an eatable image from my print out. The large confetti on the table is from a scrapbook website that I printed out on my ink jet printer, then cut out each image and taped to the table cloth boughht at Dollar Tree.
The blog is: http://saras-scraps.blogspot.com

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These images are also from that scrapbook blog above. I enlarged the images, printed them out and cut and tied the images together with black streamers. I also made each image 2 sided.

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I bought some cupcakes from the bakery and made the cupcake picks by printing out the large confetti pieces and gluing each to a toothpick.

Candyland Birthday.

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The invitations for my daugther’s 2nd birthday was a Candyland theme. I purchased a sucker photo image from a popular photo website (sorry, I can’t remember which one). In Adobe Illustrator I created the type in a circle, then opened that file into Adobe Photoshop Elements. This made the type a transparent layer. From there I changed the transparency to 25% of the sucker image in the background then positioned the Illustrator type on a top layer. I set all the other text on several other layers. I also positioned on a layer a 100% image of the sucker (side by side), this served as the reverse side of the invite. I ran the images out to fit (front and back images) on an 8.5×11 sheet of photo card stock to my ink jet printer, cut them out and glued each the images together with a large popsicle stick in between. I then wrote “You’re Invited” on the popsicle stick with a Sharpy marker and handed the invites out to the invited guests.

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For the party favors I created in Photoshop Elements a wrap for a Hershey bar. I started with a freebie download of the wrap from a website I wish I had wrote down and modified it to fit my needs. (sorry again)

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As you can see I am no cake designer. My 7 year old also helped decorate the cake too. I make a 3 layer cake then used some mini cupcakes and mini ice cream cone cupkaes to decorate the cake. We got a little crazy with the sprinkles and candy!

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Truly a homemade cake…but it tasted sooooo good!

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For the table setting  I used bright colors as in the game Candyland. The table cloth, napkins, crazy straws and plastic (reuseable) cups I purchased at the Dollar Store.

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And of course, oodles of candy. Whatever was leftover went home with guests as part of the party favors! I used simple brown paper bags for the take home loot along with a Hershey bar.

pom martiniCandy for the adults: Rose’s Pomegranite Martini. Just use the mix, add vodka, shake with ice and served in a sugar rimmed glass. Yummy! Caution, after 2 of these I couldn’t photograph my feet let alone my daughter opening presents, so go easy on these! Or, at least take as many pictures as

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