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A Halloween Birthday Bash For Daddy

23 Oct

Yesterday was my husbands birthday. Since Halloween is next week, my oldest daughter wanted to have a Halloween themed party for my husband and his twin brother.  My daughter placed paper balloons she decorated around the apartment.  We baked cupcakes and she insisted we have “twin” Jack-o-lantern cakes for my husband and brother-in-law.  I started thinking about how I could create this idea for her with what we had at home. This is what we came up with:

I don’t have a round cake pan and I only had 1 box of cake mix.  I realized that our Oogga bowls are oven safe and the perfect size for personal size cakes. See my past Oogaa post.  We made the cake mix according to the package and then filled the two bowls.  We used the remaining mix to make twelve cupcakes for the guests.  I added green food coloring to the end of the batter to make one green cupcake for the stem (do not ice this cupcake when done baking).

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We only had a container of hot pink funfetti icing. We put a little pink icing to the side because both of my girls wanted a pink cupcake and started talking about how we could turn it orange.   My daughter did a color mixing unit at school last year and she pipped up, “we can mix yellow and red to make orange”.   I pulled out the food coloring and we started with yellow.  As we were mixing, it turned bright orange and she realized we didn’t need red.

Once the cakes and cupcakes were done baking, we started icing.  After we  finished icing both cakes, we cut the green cupcake in half and cut one end off.  We added it to the top of the cake.  We always keep chocolate chips handy because my oldest loves them. We decided they would be good to use for the eyes and mouth of the jack-o-lantern.  She insisted I put them on for her.  The “twin jack-o-lantern” cakes were ready.

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My oldest had so much fun she asked if we could make them again. There is a Halloween bake sale at her school next week so we plan to make a few to sell.  Leave the Jack-o-lantern face off for a great Thanksgiving dessert.

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Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this post.  All photos, ideas, and opinions expressed are my own.

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Party Like A Princess!

16 Sep

Picture 4I don’t usually do birthday parties for my girls.  We did a big party with a friend when my oldest turned one and the rest of the birthdays have been cake or cupcakes with family.  I don’t like having them because I feel like I have to invite EVERYONE, feel guilty when I can’t, and then miss the whole point of having one in the first place.  Not to mention, planning a party is stressful, and a lot of work.  This year my daughter turned 5, kind of a big deal.  She is a September birthday and the youngest in her group of friends.  As she was attending parties for her friends, she kept telling me she wanted to go back to Magic Kingdom for her 5th Birthday to see the Princesses again, we went a year and a half ago when visiting my brother in Florida.  I knew Magic Kingdom wasn’t happening because she was starting so we came to an agreement that we would have “real” Princesses at her party.  After researching “Princess” in the New York area, I found New York Princess Party.  Our party started with just a few girls but my daughter later decided it wouldn’t be complete without a Prince for the princess.  She invited a few boy friends and asked to have a Prince visit for them.

The entertainment is the main piece of planning a party- what is going to keep the kids busy and be fun at the same time. I was very impressed by Maria, founder of New York Princess Party.  It was very easy to book with her and she was accommodating and flexible with the number of kids.  I also thought they are priced well compared to other entertainment I had researched.  “Prince Philip” and “Sleeping Beauty” showed up right on time and were professional.  The kids were so excited and in awe when they made their grand entrance.  The “Prince” and “Princess” were excellent at keeping the kids engaged and redirected them if anyone got upset.  There was a list of activities to choose from  Activities included:

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Face Painting with Magic Crayons.  The kids had to blow on the crown to make it magical paint.

Royal Crown Decorating: Each child received a gold crown and was able to decorate it with foam stickers.

Royal Crown Decorating: Each child received a gold crown and was able to decorate it with foam stickers.

Stories, Songs, Princess Hokey Pokey and lot's of Royal Fun!

Stories, Songs, Princess Hokey Pokey and lot’s of Royal Fun!

After I decided I was going through with the party and booked the entertainment, the next task was figuring food.  I wanted to go with the Princess theme and after some searches came up with this menu to be displayed on the table:

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Some of these menu ideas came from internet searches. When I went back to get links I was unable to find them.

For the “Jasmine’s Magic Carpet Pizza”, I ordered square pizzas from Harry’s Italian and had it cut into smaller slices.  For “Ariel’s Seashell Sandwiches”, I order the croissant sandwich tray from Costco.  “Rapunzel’s Cast Iron Chips” were a bowl of Stacy’s Pita chips.  For this I wanted to put out a pan to serve the chips in, however, I didn’t have one large enough.  I ordered a vegetable tray from Costco for “Tiana’s Mardi Gras Veggies”.  “Jaq & Gus’ Cheese and Cracker tray” included brie, cheddar, and Gruyère cheese.  GoGoSqueez provided Apple Sauce pouches for “Snow White’s Not-so-Poisoned Apple pouches”.  My girls love the pouches but they were also perfect for all the young siblings that aren’t on solids yet.  I put together a “Royal Jewel Salad” with grapes, strawberries, and blueberries.  Each salad was in an individual plastic decorated with silver and pink ribbon with a pink jewel heart sticker in the center.  Once each cup was finished, it was placed on a cupcake stand for display.  The “Magic Spell Cookies” were made by my mother-in-law.  “Aurora’s Birthday Cake” was the vanilla princess cake from Costco. Fruitable’s acted as “Sleeping Beauty’s Enchanted Juice”.  The “Queen’s Poisonous Punch” was a mixture of Prosecco and Orange or Cranberry Juice.  There was a variety of beer for all the “Kings” present.  I made place cards for each item on the menu but it happened to be a windy day so they kept blowing away.

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Next up, decorations and favors.  My girls have accumulated a lot of princess stuff over the years.  I used some of their toys as decorations, purchased a back drop from Party Depot, and bought balloons from balloon saloon to attach to the favors.  The favors were light-up star wands for the girls and light-up “swords” for the boys.  Attached was a heart-shaped note which said “Thank you for celebrating with me, have a magical day”.  My daughter signed each note for her guests.

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After the Prince and Princess left, the princess and princes remaining headed to a little area designated as “The Royal Ball” and danced until is was time to depart.  The party was a success and tons of fun.  It was a Magical Day for my 5 year old Princess!

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Do you have birthday parties every year?  Do you keep them small or invite everyone?

Disclaimer: I received GoGoSqueez pouches for the party.  All photos and opinions expressed are my own.

Fun Friday: A Pancake Party

13 Sep

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Over the summer, the girls had a blast having Pancake Parties with their friends-morning, day, or night.  My oldest had so much fun she requested one for her 5th birthday, which happened to be last Friday.

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Pancake Parties are easy!  All you need:

  • Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix (make a head of time)
  • Small bowls for you favorite “mix-in” ingredients.  Our favorites include; strawberries, blueberries, bananas, sprinkles, and chocolate chips.

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  • Tea cups for the pancake batter, one for each child.
  • Spoons for each child to stir ingredients and one for each “mix-in” bowl (to prevent pancake batter from getting into the fruit, sprinkles, etc.
  • Plates (if you use paper you can write names on them with permanent marker, if you use a regular plate use Wilton icing gel or writers for names

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  • Skillet or non-stick pan

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Some tips and suggestions for a successful Pancake Party:

  • Prepare a head of time.  Cut fruit, make batter, and put everything into bowls before children arrive.
  • Include a variety of “mix-in” ingredients.  My girls like very different ingredients in their pancakes and we want to make sure there is something for everyone.
  • Watch and make sure the kids aren’t putting too much in their batter because some kids like EVERYTHING in their pancake and it makes it hard to cook if there it too much in there.
  • Place teacups on the plate with their name so their batter doesn’t get mixed up.DSC_0650
  • Include activities for the kids to do while you clean up and cook the pancakes.  Putting on a cartoon for the kids to watch is always a good one or they play dress-up in their room.
  • Read a story about Pancakes while they are eating.

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Whether you are looking for something for a Fun Friday Night or something to do over the weekend, Pancake Parties are always a hit.  Happy Friday!

Birthday Gift for Cupcake Lovers

5 Aug

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We have attended a few birthdays this summer for friends and family.  I never know what to get but I always like having a theme with my gift.  The most recent theme my daughter and I decided to do was Cupcake Lover.  The gift included:

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1. Vanilla cupcake necklace from Piccolini

2. Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix, Funfetti Hot Pink Vanilla Icing, & Spritz Cupcake Liners with Cupcakes

3. DIY Cupcake Frame:

  • Need 1 Room Essentials White 4×6 Picture Frame from Target (came in 3 pack)
  • Jolee’s Boutique Cupcake Stickers
  • Crazy Glue
  • Picture or Sweet Saying
  • Glue on as little or as many cupcakes and you have an adorable frame.

4. Cupcake Gift Bag from Whole Foods

This was a sweet present for a sweet 5 year-old.  🙂

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post!  All opinions expressed are my own!