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Lego party: food

We had some tasty food for our Lego birthday party!

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We set up the island in our kitchen to hold the main “feast,” where we tried to do a little bit of theming to go along with the party’s theme.  Husband made a napkin holder and a utensil holder from Duplos, and we had fruit kabobs skewered on sword toothpicks.

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However, one of our favorite food ideas was these ninja cheeses–made from partially opened Babybels!  (We found this idea on Pinterest and LOVED it!) . The eyes are edible cake decorations.

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The dessert table displayed some more Lego mold prowess on the part of Husband: we made a bunch of Lego Jello– some with basic brick molds (affiliate link), and some– and this is the really awesome part– from an awesome Jello kit that molds interlocking blocks (affiliate link)!  They actually work, and it was so cool!  (these blocks form the cars in the photo below).

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We made cupcakes: B requested strawberry cake with chocolate frosting.  He also wanted the Ninjago golden weapons on them, which were going to be beyond my capabilities, especially that week… so we compromised and used edible gold stars from a cake dec mix.  Each cupcake was topped with a brick that we molded from another silicone mold–that makes smaller bricks– that I bought at Michaels.

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The birthday boy’s cupcake was at the top of the cupcake stand, and his cupcake had 5 gold stars and a “5” candle, of course!

B really wanted to be involved in the party prep, and so he helped Husband do some of the candy melt molding!  Husband was amazing– he did so much molding (Jello, candy, and crayons) for this party, and he always worked out the best method.

 

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For a fifth birthday party, you gotta have games!  Since B loves both Lego Nexo Knights and Lego Ninjago, we created a little storyline that involved both of them throughout the activity part of the party.

As the kids came in, they used Lego-shaped crayons with some coloring pages that I printed — there were Nexo Knights and Ninjago pages available!

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Once all the guests had arrived, we moved onto the first official “activity”– a craft to create their own Nexo shield.  Each kid got a white cardstock shield background and chose a colored digital border to glue onto it.  They used the Lego crayons to draw a Nexo power onto their shield, and when they were finished, I used a glue gun to attach the cardstock to a cardboard base, into which I had threaded an elastic wristband.

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We got a cool group photo at the party, but these are just the shields that my own kids made…

Now that the knights were prepared for battle, we told them that globlins had invaded our backyards, and we needed them to use their Nexo powers to defeat them!

Husband (and I helped, just a little) blew up 60(!!) red balloons and added globlin grumpy faces to each one!

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When it was time for the game, he released them onto the grass in the backyard, and the kids “CHAAAAAARRRRRRRRGE”d around the corner of the house to do battle!  It was amazing and hilarious.

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And it lasted for about 30 seconds! Haha.  After their victory, the kids made quick work of picking up all the balloon bits from the yard… Now that they were victorious Nexo Knights, it was time for the next phase– Ninja training!

I made each guest a personalized “ninja headband:” I used the font called “Shanghai” and cut the names out of vinyl using my Cameo.  I simply used blue painter’s tape to transfer the letters to 1.5″ wide white satin ribbon.  It was my first vinyl project, and now I’m hooked!

 

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Look at those awesome ninja moves!

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Husband found some suction cup throwing stars on Amazon, and he printed pictures of eight Ninjago villains, which he then mounted inside a poster frame.  The kids took turns “fighting” the villains!

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Finally, we sent the kids on a “ninja hunt” around the ground level of our house.  We printed tiny (about 1.5″ square) pictures of each of the six Ninjago ninja so that each kid had to find a complete set!

All in all, I think the kids had a good time with all of the games… and then we ate!

At the end of the party, the kids got to take home a goody bag that included their personalized ninja headband, their Nexo shield, a little set of Lego crayons, and a small Lego kit (the kind that come in the little packets).

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Lego party: crayons

For his fifth birthday, my son requested a Lego-themed birthday party!  And, as is our wont, Husband and I went all-out!

The party was a combination of general Lego goodness plus Nexo Knights and Ninjago theming.  As we browsed Pinterest for ideas, we quickly decided that Lego brick molds were going to be an important factor!

One of the first projects we did was to make Lego crayons.  The kids used some of these to color and work on a little craft at the party, and we also gave each kid a set of eight as a party favor.

I didn’t realize until we started working on this project just how many crayons I had stashed away!  We used almost exclusively Crayola crayons, and we spent a good long while one Saturday morning peeling off wrappers to prepare them for re-melting.

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V was particularly helpful with the peeling and sorting, and once we’d finished that step, we used an old cutting board to chop each color into tiny bits in preparation for the melting and molding.

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We got our molds from Amazon (affiliate link), and the blocks were a great size for crayons.  We liked the rectangles the best, but it was fun to have other shapes, too.

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We baked the crayon bits at about 300 degrees Farenheit until they were smooth and melted… it took a different amount of time for different colors!

In the end, we had red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, black, peach, white, gray, and brown crayons, and because we didn’t separate out the different hues in each color family, we had lovely marbled crayons as a result.  I thought the pink and the green were especially beautiful.

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They’re so pretty… let’s look at some more photos!

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We had quite a few activities planned for the princess party.  As the guests arrived, we had Rapunzel/Tangled coloring pages and crayons out on the table, as well as little “kits” set up to make Pascal blowers.

coloring pages and Pascal blowers to put together in the dining room

I’m really glad that I switched from regular craft foam to adhesive craft foam–it made all the difference!

Vivian made a Pascal blower

Becker made a Pascal blower with Mommy's help

We also had beanbag games set up in the entryway, where guests could throw “apple” (red) beanbags into a hole for Maximus and “satchel” (black) beanbags into a hole for Flynn.

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We did one “organized” party game before the “main event!”  I had cut a whole pile of small paper apples with my Silhouette, and we hid them around the rooms in which the party was happening.  The guests each collected at least five and they turned them in for a “reward from Maximus”– a little bag of red and green M&Ms (they were supposed to be apples, haha!)

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do you spy my Rapunzel charm bracelet?  I was Disney-bounding Rapunzel for the party, of course! 😉

The main event was the whole reason we decided to put on this party!  Husband found out about “party princesses” (entertainers who come to a birthday party dressed as a favorite princess character) and decided that they would be absolutely perfect for V.  And of course, they were!  We had requested that Rapunzel come to V’s party, and we were delightedly surprised when Aurora came with her!  The princesses sang, told stories, worked on a little craft, and played some games with the guests.  It was so sweet to see the little girls interacting with the princesses!  At the end, Rapunzel did a little coronation ceremony for V and then V gave out “coronation gifts” to each of the guests (toy rings for the girls, and sticky hands for the boys).

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Aurora, Vivian, and Rapunzel

As we did the different activities, the guests put their little treats and treasures into paper bags that I’d labeled with their names on tags that were styled after the party invitation. Also inside each of those bags was a little watercolor set shaped like a palette, and I added a little tag that says “Add a few new paintings to your gallery”

one of the favors for the kids

The party was so much fun to plan and even more fun to see in action… but it was so much work (totally worth it)!  The next party we do will probably be for B’s fifth birthday party– a few years from now, haha!

This is the last post in my series about our daughter’s princess party; click here for all the posts

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We did cupcakes for the party!

cupcakes, modeled after the Rapunzel cupcake in Vivian's game

cupcakes, modeled after the Rapunzel cupcake in Vivian's game

I thought about doing a large decorated cake for the party, but after thinking about all of the other things we were trying to accomplish (did I mention that we put the whole thing together in a week, not counting the invitations and the thank-you cards?), I realized that was particularly unreasonable.  Cupcakes seemed easier!

In fact, it played (no pun intended!) perfectly off of another one of my daughter’s favorite playthings–Disney Princess Cupcake Party Game (<–similar; affiliate link used).  This game is adorable (and actually has a clever game mechanic), and she loves just playing with the cupcakes themselves!  They’re like little Disney-bounding baked goods.  🙂 I managed to sneak a photo of the Rapunzel cupcake and I recreated it for her party.

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cupcakes, modeled after the Rapunzel cupcake in Vivian's game

The gold frosting is buttercream, and I made what felt like gazillions of royal icing flowers to sprinkle on top.  I cut out sunbursts from light yellow cardstock with my Silhouette and sandwiched a toothpick between two of them as a cupcake topper.  The cupcake wrappers are from Hobby Lobby, and my mother-in-law helped me locate the perfect color!!

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I was so delighted: when my daughter saw them for the first time, she immediately exclaimed about how they were the cupcakes from her game!  Highest praise, indeed.

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Stay tuned for more about our daughter’s princess party!  

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Speaking of food… Another of our favorite scenes from the movie (who are we kidding, really, we love the whole thing, haha!) is in the Snuggly Duckling with the pub thugs. I decided to recreate the Snuggly Duckling sign to display the menu for the party.

hand-painted Snuggly Duckling sign for displaying the menu

hand-painted Snuggly Duckling sign for displaying the menu

I made the sign by painting posterboard with acrylic paint. I’m pretty proud of myself for how it turned out! (Especially considering that screenshots from the movie are fairly blurry).

I hung the menu underneath.  We had fun giving the food punny names (thanks, Pinterest, for some of the ideas!).

To drink, we had lemonade. Oh wait, I mean magic golden flower juice.

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We had “Snuggly Duckling nuggets” (a Chick-fil-A platter of chicken nuggets, my daughter’s absolute favorite, which we served in a cast iron frying pan), “Flynn’s Golden Treasure” (macaroni and cheese), “Rapunzel’s Braids” (honey wheat pretzel twists), “Pascal’s Platter” (carrot and cucumber sticks), “Maximus’ Delight” (apple slices), “Gothel’s Hazelnut Dip” (a dip for the apples and pretzels made from Nutella, cream cheese, and whipped topping), and finally, “Attila’s Sublime Cupcakes” (see the next post!).

I think the spread of food was pretty good, if I do say so myself!

How could we resist making black paper plates into frying pans (who knew, right?)?!

Stay tuned for more about our daughter’s princess party!  

 

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Instead of doing a general princess theme for V’s party, we decided to narrow it down and choose one princess to focus upon.  It seems like our family is definitely on a Tangled kick!  It’s one of V’s two favorite princess movies, and we all love Rapunzel’s brave, spunky, persistent and sweet personality.  Plus, the movie’s aesthetic is gorgeous!

The main imagery that stood out to me from the movie is (of course!) the floating lanterns, but also the scene in which Rapunzel and Flynn participate in the city’s festival, with those beautiful purple pennant banners!  When we were in Disney World last January, one of my favorite areas of the Magic Kingdom was new Fantasyland.  Especially the Rapunzel theming!

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I took this photo (and many others!) of the area of Fantasyland themed after the Tangled movie. We loved the scenery!

Between my photos of the park and the movie imagery itself, we came up with a plan for the decorations!

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Husband made so many paper lanterns!  He made some by shaping cylinders of white paper, and others by cutting the tops and bottoms off of white paper lunch bags.  On all of them, he stenciled yellow sunbursts (the icon of Rapunzel’s kingdom).  He attached fish line and hung them from the ceiling.

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In the living, room, where the main activity of the party occurred, I draped some purple tulle from the ceiling over the fireplace and added some tissue paper pom poms.  Radiating out from this point, we hung yards of pennant banners.

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I cut each one out of purple cardstock.  I traced in the Silhouette Studio software the sunburst design that I downloaded from the Disney Family website and turned it into a cut file and inserted it into a curved triangle flag shape.   (We also used this cut file for the stencil Husband used to paint each of the lanterns!)

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We also had lanterns and pennant banners in the dining room, where we had some of the coloring activities and the kids ate their food.

there were pennant banners and lanterns in the dining room, too!

If you look closely, you can see a “magic golden flower” in a vase in the center of the dining room table!

Stay tuned for more about our daughter’s princess party!  

 

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Our sweet girl turned five years old at the end of November!  As time approached her birthday, Husband suggested that we throw her a birthday party.  I was resistant at first, for a number of reasons, but he convinced me, and of course then I had to go all-in!

The first thing we needed were invitations.  There was no question that the party would be princess-themed, and so I used a combination of inspiration from Pinterest and a previous invitation I designed to create the invitations for her party.

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Since it was going to be a fairly small guest list, I decided to actually mail the invitations.  You know, in envelopes, with stamps.  🙂  I printed the invitations onto photo paper and matted them on coordinating purple cardstock.

digitally-designed invitation for Vivian's fifth birthday party.

After the party, I made some coordinating thank-you cards.  I was really proud of my girl for writing notes to each of her friends!  (I know it wasn’t my favorite task when I was little, but I am glad now that my mom taught me how…)

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Even though Vivian’s birthday party was just her daddy and me, her brother, and her two sets of grandparents, I wanted to make a fun digital invitation to coordinate with her birthday cake wishes!

I practiced my recoloring skills so that I could have the purple elements that I needed.  I also played with making a “vellum” layer by drawing a white rectangle and reducing its opacity.  That way the text showed up a lot better on the orange polka-dot background.  It’s a technique I use with my paper scrapbooking that works in digital, too!

Fonts: Brandywine and HoneyScript

Supplies:
Bella Gypsy Happy Days Blooms
Sugar Plum Paperie Sweet Elegance leaf
Bella Gypsy Document Everything glitter alpha (recolored)
Sara Schmutz Birthday Bash (elements-04)
Sweet Shoppe Designs collaborative kit Create Something Beautiful (lgrier paper)

Karen Funk Enjoy the Journey (Doodle Frame 2)

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My dear friend, whom I have known since we were both 2 years old (does that make her my “oldest” friend?  I don’t think that sounds very flattering ;-)) is getting married this fall!  I am honored to be one of her bridesmaids, and together with her other bridesmaids, we threw her a shower.  The other ladies did a wonderful job with the shower plans, and part of my contribution was to design the invitation and some tags and cards.  These were some of my very last projects that I completed before my baby was born!

(I LOVE this kind of digital design!!)

After we decided that the shower would have a rustic and vintage French flair, I searched on Pinterest to get an idea of what that might look like.  Here’s the 4×6 version of the invitation that I designed (I purposely have mis-dated it for blog purposes):

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Based on this design, I made thank-you flags for the cupcake favors…

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…as well as notecards upon which guests wrote notes of encouragement and advice to the bride and groom.  These cards will be interspersed in an album among photos from the shower.

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I made a coordinating “instructions” card to be placed near the cards:

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Digital supplies:
Erica Coombs “Floraux” (papers 1 and 10)
CelesteKnight “Watercolor Overlays” (#2)
Chelle’s Creations “Precious” (Lace)
Jen Allyson “Vintage Findings Halloween” (Apothecary Labels)
Eiffel_Tower_Sketch_by_potterfisk0177.jpg from DeviantArt, converted into a digital brush

Fonts: Sail, Bodoni MT, Graphis, Bergamot Ornaments

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