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#Birthday, #Party, #Book

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I have been on a party planning kick. With both my girls old enough to be a big help, I am enjoying throwing a party here and there! Still, I am apprehensive about party planning. I did not get that gene. I like to write, but three dimensional creations worry me. (And that’s putting it nicely).

So, I need all the help I can get to create a special yet not super pricey bash here and there. Enter, “Birthday in a Book: The Complete Party Planning Guide and Toolkit,” by Angie Morrissey.

Angie is one of those amazingly crafty, creative genius people, and through her book series, she is sharing her secrets as she walks the reader through the entire party planning process!

Princess Tea Party

I got to review her ebooks on the Princess Tea Party and Mad Scientist Party this Summer.

Mad Scientist Party

I was thrilled to see these because my niece is almost to the tea party age and my nephew is a mad scientist and should be very impressed with his Aunt Heathers ideas for his next party.

Angie says that “Each book has everything you need to create a themed, on budget, kids birthday party. You can pick and choose which parts of the party theme you want to do based on your time and resources.” And I agree from what I see.

Features of the book series include:

  • PRINTABLES included for invitations, party décor, costumes and more!
  • DIY step-by-step instructions for crafts so you can recreate the party or use the ideas for other celebrations or events. (I just used a few of her Princess Tea Party recipes and ideas during another party I had for my daughter.)
  • Tips and tricks and detailed illustrations that take the guesswork out of party planning.
  • Budget friendly style and philosophy.
  • Buy It directory so that the parties can easily be recreated.

There are 7 chapters in the Princess Tea Party Book, with around 62 pages of detailed directions. Truly detailed! Look at some of the beautiful things you can make:

Princess Tea Party

You’ll see ideas for everything from invitations to party games, from table décor to full menus with recipes.

I especially like the tablescapes, costumes, printables and full recipes. And, if you do not want to make something, she offers online links and suggestions on where to buy that item. Another unique part of her book is her “little Helper” sections, where Angie mentions ways the kids can help with their party, making it so much more meaningful to them!

The Mad Scientist Party is hilarious!

Mad Scientist Party

 

This book follows a similar format and has tons of fun experiments, like Egg in a Bottle, Slime, and Erupting Volcano the kids can do while dressed up in their lab coats. Need security badges? Angie’s got them. Cool.

There are more themes coming up! I’m waiting with excitement to see her Owl Sleepover Party (we are SO doing that).

  • Mad Scientist and Princess Tea Party – Available Everywhere eBooks Are Sold
  • Superhero and Owl Sleepover – August 2013
  • Over the Rainbow and Dinosaur Dig – September 2013
  • Camping and Under the Sea – October 2013

* Paperback books of the entire series will be available at all major bookstores and are scheduled for release in spring 2014.

Go check it out on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the Birthday in a Book website!
This was really fun and I bet you’ll enjoy taking a look. Plus, Angie even shares party photos, printables and sometimes giveaways on her site.

 

#AmericanGirlCrafts

A GREAT girly party theme!

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Oh my daughter just had the most fun little party! I loved it because the whole party was so simple to setup and the girls had a fantastic time, really without me lifting a finger.

It all started when we got a chance to do a House Party American Girl Crafts® Party.

If you are not familiar with House Party, I recommend you take a peek at their website. They basically match up people and companies and then you throw a party with your House Party Box. Very cool, I know.

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Scrapping Stuff we got to play with!

Anyway, this House Party was amazing. We invited a bunch of little girls and their moms to come and do American Girl Crafts® . Specifically, we did scrapbooking, using the Scrap & Stuff books and all sorts of extra add-ins from the American Girl Crafts® .

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Table was super easy, with Scrap & Stuff Books as place settings and spots for girls AG dolls:)

We setup to have girls bring their AG dolls if they wanted and did a pink girly theme. My daughter likes to be different, so she incorporated a bunch of blue. Haha. But, I let her set it all up how she wanted. That was fun. Now that she is older (and had help from her older sister), she was able to feel like she ran the party.

I’m not a control freak, btw. Maybe a little bit. This was fun though.

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Because EVERYTHING we needed to do the crafts came in the Party Pack, we did not need to schedule activities. The girls came and bypassed the food…

WHAT?

Seriously, they bypassed the food and threw themselves into doing their books. They barely moved the entire time aside from going to get more embellishments, stickers, tapes, stamps, idea papers and such.

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It was fun to see how differently each girl worked and designed. They were all so creative!

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Some of the Moms stayed and we got to visit, while the girls got to show us everything they were doing. It was truly an easy and enjoyable mother and daughter time.

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I don’t always write about any House Parties I do, but this is a keeper, mainly because the party would be easy to recreate without a party pack.

The American Girl Crafts® are available at many stores and you would just need to gather up supplies, like embellishments and stickers and some of the little extras like envelopes. You could get the Scrap & Stuff books and follow the same theme. The Scrap & Stuff travel size books are reasonable and are very easy to use.

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We found more American Girl Craft items at our Michaels

Take a look at the American Girl Crafts®  you can get ideas there and buy in store or on the site. Pick and choose your “add-ins” and throw a great party!

 

Creativity For Kids Party

Heather —  August 23, 2012

Party Poses with Creativity for Kids Party

We just threw a Creativity for Kids Party! It was amazing. Want your kids to engage in more  creative play? Check this out.

As mom of an artist, I am familiar with the name Faber-Castell. I always associated the name with quality art supplies that my son would appreciate.

Just this Summer, when I was chosen to host a Creativity for Kids Party, through Faber-Castell and MomSelect, I got a chance to see all the new kids products they have unveiled.

I received two giant boxes of craft kits and we immediately broke them open and began playing  um, practicing for our party.

My daughter and I made headbands first. I love these things! I am the kind of mom who does not love messes. (I know, not creative and cool) I’m just like that. I try. Somehow, my kids are super creative in spite of me.

But, with the kits we tried, I was so impressed that everything we could need was at our fingertips and we were not even making messes, really, just REALLY making something we could actually use. Our “homemade” headbands looked like we bought them (maybe a little more glittery). I liked how we had all sorts of small embellishment materials there and my daughter could just dive into her imagination and make her very own creation.

The girl fashion kits are just the thing for a fantastic crafting day party or slumber party or Birthday party. Or just to have some fun!

After that experience, I took a look at many of the products we received so I would know what we were doing for our party. Most everything looked like things the girls would really like, fashionable for the time and with lots of choices on how the finished product would look.

Creativity for Kids Kits

So then we sent out our evites!

creativity invite

What did we have to share? Well, lots of accessories kits to make the following: Fashion headbands, Fashion Bracelets, Pop-Art Necklaces and Stuck on Fashion Tote bags. We had aprons and goodie bags and loads of party ideas!

So how did it go?

FANTASTIC! The girls had such a blast. Every craft was received with oooohs and ahhhhs! We did the bags first, so the kids would have a bag to put their creations in. I was surprised by how they all focused and played with just designing the bags! It was neat to watch how differently they all created even though they had all the same kit materials.

The same thing happened with the necklaces and headbands. I found it fascinating how different all their creations were. Talk about using their imaginations! One child even put two headbands together to make another look.  One little girl took some materials from the necklaces, some from the headbands and made a special hairclip with dangling feathers. Now, that was extra creative!

Creating an original clip

Meanwhile, I did let them eat too much sugar! We had fruit kabobs, tea party sandwiches, punch, candy and strawberry cream cake.

After the first three crafts and eating, we were already going over time. Now that is something I have never had happen during a kids party. I am usually hard pressed to add in activities to keep them busy. Not so with this craft party.

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They were super excited about the Shrinky Dinks, so I pulled those out and we all had fun with that. I even made some.

hard at work with shrinky dinks

Shrinky Dinks are from back in the day, you know?! Haha. It was fun to see them watching the oven.

Waiting for the shrinky dinks

After that, I really had to wrap things up–it was time to go! We still had time for some Vogue posing and a Fashion show!

more posing

If I had had this for my daughters birthday before we held a Roller Rink Birthday Party, I would have done this instead. The kids love activities like this. These are great for a rainy day or slumber party…any group gathering as a special thing or just a mom and child thing! I found the art materials so nice. The little pencils are marvelous, even.

Do take a look at the Creativity for Kids site and enroll in the Creativity Club. They have all sorts of printables, craft ideas, a craft of the month, and good directions to get your craft just right! #CreativityforKids, #FaberCastellParty.

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Right now through 8/31/12, get 20% off online purchases when you use code ANYTIME. Continental US shipping address only and eligible on Creativity for kids products only.

PS: Thank you to my older daughter who made the party so fun with a great playlist, dance party and fashion show!! You are AWESOME!

Striking a pose

Our party was sponsored by Faber-Castell’s Creativity for Kids Craft Kits in partnership with MommyParties. I received products for the party and a few additional products for my child. I have given my honest opinion on the products.

Zelda tshirt
One Happy Birthday Girl sporting a Zelda t-shirt from Cafepress.com (organic, too!)

We have had some awesome parties for our youngest. Here are just some of her themes & cakes so far:

The Princess Castle – everything glittery and pink, of course!

The Dinosaur Birthday Cake and party – This year, our little girl wanted everything dinosaur! Her brother built her a “dig” site where the kids went searching for dinosaur bones!

The Horse Birthday – Can you tell what she was into this year?

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free-form horse cake made by her brother

The Tangled Rapunzel Birthday and how to make the Tangled cake – One of my favorites.

Tangled birthday cake
3 D cake

Having so many brothers and a sister to help makes for super fun times! For most of the past years, her eldest brother would create the cake, with younger brother cooking it another brother and sister decorating for the celebration. Yes, I did some too, but I have to give credit where it is due!

This year I was worried about what my daughter wanted. She wanted a Legend of Zelda themed party. Now, we have a bunch of gamers around here, but Mom isn’t one!

Still, I really like Link and Zelda and the beautiful music and great artwork of Zelda. So, I was on my own quest, to make a Zelda party that didn’t stink.

First off, I looked for something a little special for the birthday girl. I decided on a Zelda t-shirt for the big day. I could find very few for kids, much less a girls shirt. I love the one we got and it is even organic. Thanks cafepress.com!

The Cake

My son, Nick, is our resident chef. He was really excited to make a great Zelda cake. He immediately knew he wanted to make a Hyrulian Shield Cake. He went ahead and drew and cut out his own patterns

shield design

for the shield design, which he recreated with thin layers of colored fondant over a lemon cake (Emma’s choice). The cake turned out to be simple, using a large rectangle shape and the shield design on top. A bit of silver fondant paint added the final touch. The cake actually looked AND tasted great!

the Hyrulian Shield Cake

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We also found some great games and party treat ideas on this site, The Zelda Party Channel.

We tried out the Red Potion Punch, Triforce Cookies, and Pieces of Heart Rice Krispy Treats! Sometimes giving these things Zelda names just helps so much.

Paper Party Supplies

I did look around locally for some Zelda themed party supplies. But, they did not appear exist in VA. So, I went online. Ebay had some things, but I found a good deal through Birthday Express, getting one big pack of Zelda theme party supplies. I was too late to wait for cheap shipping. I emailed the company to try to get a deal, but that was a no go. Anyway, I was able to find a promo code online, which cut the cost down.

The Party Favors

I found some cheap treasure chests for the party favors boxes. I bought a bunch of chocolate coins to put in. Ha! Of course, I should have gotten rupees somehow! I did find this craft for papercraft rupees, but, my acetate paper did not get here in time. Next time!

Anyway, so we had treasure boxes with assorted candy for the kids. IF I had started earlier, I would have included some homemade Zelda stickers and tattoos. I found out I can buy tattoo and/or sticker paper and just make my own!

party favors

The Main Activity

My daughter just discovered Roller Skating at the local roller rink. Now, that’s an easy way to keep kids busy! Apparently, between Zelda theme and roller blading the 90’s are back!


 

girls at skating rink

 

girl in wheelchair at roller rink

boys roller skating
The best part of this Party? The whole family, including all her older brothers had fun

I can’t wait to see what party theme this kid comes up with next. I am having so much fun!

What was the hardest to set up and/or the best party theme you ever created for your child?

 

 

 

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Sunday Rest

Heather —  April 26, 2009

Whew. Today was a welcome break from events. Seems like I’m living from one event to another, always planning and “getting ready.” I am glad Sunday is a day of rest around here! (Thank you, Lord) We had a fabulous birthday party for Emma yesterday. She wanted all things dinosaur, and it was really fun. My husband came through at every turn, from picking up coffee from Starbucks for the adults to getting the veges for the “plant-eaters.”

I think I’ve learned a bunch of Dino facts:) Baskin Robbins did a great cupcake dinosaur diplodocus–with pink frosting!!! I need to write a thank you BR–it was awesome. and all the little palentologists really worked hard digging out “dinos” from the awesome dino dig site my oldest son made. (pics to follow) MY family is so gifted!! All Emma’s siblings helped with decorations. Jacqui drew dino prints to the house with chalk–turned out great & easy/cheap decorating:) My son son made a dinosaur songs/sounds soundtrack for the kids–not even sure how he did it, he is very tech savy! Chris did all the last minute decorations (and he even played extinction with the kids!) All in all, I am consistently amazed by how helpful the supposedly evil teenagers really are…

And…during the party, I had a blast! The women who stayed and visited while their kids played were great! I love it when people are relaxed & real (even when you have just met) and this was one of those perfect times!